Featured Advocate: Molly of Transatlantic Notes

I’m Molly, the British creator and writer of Transatlantic Notes, a site that aims to highlight and explore the politics, activism, news and events that impact communities throughout America and around the world. I moved to the United States in 2013 and have dedicated the years since then to speaking out against social, racial and environmental injustice and supporting mental health awareness.



What excites you?


I find that I get a lot of joy and excitement from being able to make connections with people. It can be on a personal level or through their art, writing or work, etc. I find the possibilities of where we can go as a society, the celebration of our diversity, creativity, purpose and the constant ability to expand our own knowledge and continue to learn throughout life is something that also inspires and excites me.



What matters to you?


Many things matter to me but ultimately I think it always comes down to one overarching theme — love. I think without love for ourselves, other people, the natural world and how these things give back to us as we give to them is key to what matters in life. What you put out into the world is ultimately what you get back.  



What drives you?


I have an innate sense of fairness, kindness, education/knowledge (seeking and sharing it), reflection and responsibility that drives what I do and how I choose to live. I’m also driven by the love and respect I have for all the people in my life.    



What do you stand for?


I stand for racial, social and environmental justice, equality and equity (all of which are connected). I stand for fairness and respect and liberation from oppression.



What causes are special to your heart?


Causes that are close to my heart include protecting Indigenous sovereignty and land rights, especially against anything that would threaten their culture, environment or way of life, the Black Lives Matter movement and fighting to secure a society free from systemic racism in all facets, protecting healthcare, ending voter suppression, LGBTQ+ rights, social reform and mental health support, to name a few.



What's the difference you want to make?


If I can help educate other people about social, racial and environmental justice, and support normalizing talking about and taking care of our mental health, then I will consider myself as having made a difference. I want to do the work needed to help create social change and share what I [un]learn along the way.  


   

What are some ideas that your advocacy finds currently important that you would like to highlight?


I would just like to highlight the idea that advocacy is something we all have a responsibility to be a part of, and in the timeless words of the late John Lewis, “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”



Follow Molly's work here:

Website: Transatlantic Notes www.transatlanticnotes.com

Twitter: @saltwatersong www.twitter.com/saltwatersong

Instagram: @transatlantic.notes www.instagram.com/transatlantic.notes



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