What comes next?
“The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.” Toni Morrison
After hearing about my long break from organizing this year, many have asked me what I am planning to do “next”. For roughly five months I dedicated time to rest, healing, self-care, travel and self reflection. I also investigated various career paths and opportunities in search of the answer to that question. I learned a lot about myself. As a directly impacted person: Black, Woman, child of a hard working single-mother, challenged socio-economic status and 1st generation Nigerian immigrant, my commitment to advancing social justice is deeply personal and a great challenge to face day-in and day-out.
However, there is a call on my life and what I know for sure is, advancing justice through love is central to my purpose, and I believe wholeheartedly in the power of every day people to enact change through transformative organizing. Transformative organizing means altering existing structures, challenging dominant frameworks and developing a vision of the future that inspires and enlivens the struggle. I am a transformative organizer, and the next phase of my journey is dedicated to transformation, both personal and political.
I’m honored to share that I recently joined the staff of Revolve Impact, an award-winning social action media and creative company that utilizes radical imagination, art and culture to transform global power, politics and people. In my role as Director of Impact, I serve Revolve Impact’s proven commitment to social justice movement building through creativity, imagination, political strategy and power building. Learn about a few of Revolve Impact’s program initiatives:
You can reach me at Tia (at) RevolveImpact.com if you would like to learn more.
I am forever committed to the work of Black liberation and building Black Diaspora power. I am still a kinship member and supporter of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Black Immigration Network. I especially look forward to the upcoming BIN Kinship Assembly in 2018. I encourage everyone to donate to BAJI’s work at this most critical time at BAJI.org/Donate.
I have greatly enjoyed and will continue speaking and developing political education. Check out my appearances on Black2Reality, The Black Guy Who Tips and Speak Out! Please follow me on social media on Twitter and Facebook - and this blog - TiaOso.net for updates and announcements on speaking, media, training and political education as well as announcements for other upcoming projects. Contact SpeakOut if you are interested in requesting me as a speaker or trainer for your company, organization or event.
While shifting away from frontline political advocacy and organizing was a necessary turn in my professional journey, I love and value my extended movement family and I truly I believe that we will win. In these dark times, let’s inspire one another to Live in the Light…