This is the question I am asking myself a lot these days. Working for a nonpartisan journalism organization, I am bound to ethics guidelines that preclude me from expressing my political views publicly. So how do I express who I am at a time when free expression has never seemed more important? For starters, I am walking my talk. Saying yes to more opportunities to be of service. This morning at 6 a.m. I helped make and serve breakfast to women and children making the long and lonely journey from their homes in Southern California to Pelican Bay State Prison. On their way to see their sons, husbands and fathers, they stopped in my county and we showered them with love and nourishment. In return, I got to meet the incredible Frankie Guzman (National Center for Youth Law) and Dorsey Nunn (Legal Services for Prisoners with Children) — two amazing souls working to protect the human rights of children ensnared in the incarceration complex. Next month, I will be representing The Khaled Hosseini Foundation at one of ACT’s performances of A Thousand Splendid Suns. I am looking to say yes to March and April so if you have an idea, please be in touch.
My dear friends at The Khaled Hosseini Foundation shared this three-minute UNICEF video with me. It documents the recent relief efforts UNICEF began in response to the Badakhshan landslide in Afghanistan. I have to admit, I was stunned by this video. Whatever it was I was picturing when I read the words “landslide” in the news was far less devastating than this.If you watch it, you will see what I mean. Khaled’s foundation is raising funds for UNICEF through July 4 so if you or anyone you know might want to help, you can donate safely through his site.