December 22, 2016

Getting to know people who know what we do now: Cristina Jiménez, Mara Keisling, M. Dove Kent


What-We-Do-Now-white-235x300As you might have heard, in time for Inauguration Day we’re putting out What We Do Now, a collection of short, powerful essays on what we can do now to cope with Trump’s election, and how, moving forward, we can protect our values, our politics, and our country. The book’s twenty-seven contributors are prominent progressives, writers, and activists.

For the rest of the year, we’ll be sharing info on a few of our contributors every day — just a way to help you get acquainted with who’s on that list, and to help all of us remember that now’s the time to be preparing ourselves for the difficult and vitally important struggle ahead.

Cristina Jiménez

zty3P2i1_400x400Cristina Jiménez is the cofounder and executive director of United We Dream.

Background intel:
Check out Megan O’Neil’s bio of Cristina for the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 2016 “40 under 40” feature.

A quote:
“It seems that my family, and the entire immigrant community, become political targets every time Republicans face off in a primary election.”

What to look at:
Definitely follow her on Twitter! Then maybe watch this video of her appearing a few years ago on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”:


Mara Keisling

Mara_web_400x400Mara Keisling is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Background intel:
Read her bio at the NCTE page.

A quote:
Of President Obama: “[M]ake no mistake, the President of the United States condemning persecution against transgender people is pivotal. It will empower trans people to stand taller and work harder to improve this country for all people. That he has also said bisexual for the first time in a state of the Union Address is very significant as well.”​

What to look at:
Make sure you’re following her Twitter feed! And then watch this moving segment with Mara from WPSU, State College, Pennsylvania’s PBS affiliate:



M. Dove Kent

BdwC3STWM. Dove Kent is the executive director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

Background intel:
Listen to her recent appearance on the Treyf podcast.

A quote:
We pray that community, allyship and love forge new bridges of understanding and trust
That we continue to hope and believe in each other
Demanding as one that black lives truly do matter
All these things we pray in solidarity together

And let us say,

What to look at:
Don’t sleep on her Twitter! And then check out these two excellent pieces she’s published: one in the Forward on “Transforming Through Communal Action,” and one in the Guardian on Trump’s Islamophobia.