I have had the honour of meeting Jessie Taylor and getting to hug her and call her and email her when I need help and guidance about “Human Rights Lawyering” and she is just wonderful.
Whenever something in my new life here in Indonesia has been overwhelming or stressful or just plain exhausting, I take a deep breath and somehow, every time, find myself thinking back to the shots of Jessie in Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea talking to desperate asylum seekers.
That will probably creep her out but honestly, that actually happens, and it gives me the courage and energy to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Above is a brilliant talk that Jessie gave about being a human rights advocate that gave me warm fuzzies.
Jessie’s talk has stacks of encouragement and advice - and in this gig you just cannot have enough of that because, as Jessie says, it is bloody hard to be doing this stuff.
Since I am a nerd I took notes. Here are my takeaways:
- advocacy is about human communications - human stories and making human connections
- you need the “the ability to take a hundred knocks and get up a hundred and one times”
- you cannot wait for it to be easier to do this work, or to be less scared to do it - you need to do it now
- “don’t let people use your youth [and idealism] against you” and “don’t let anyone put fear into you”
- “take criticism, take encouragement, take advice and wisdom from mentors and people you trust”
Thank you, Jessie :)
*sorry for lack of posts - I have this day job and so I have just been SO BUSY. Like. I’ve barely had time to tweet. Crazy.