This is Why I Do What I Do

I just finished up writing an article for The Nation on government funds for domestic violence getting slashed just as the need for those services is rising. I spoke to a lot of amazing people doing work to support victims in local communities who are really struggling to keep providing their core services. Some have turned to layoffs, furloughs, and pay stagnation for their own staff just to keep serving their populations.

I emailed the article after it was up to all of the advocates I had spoken with or been in touch with in the process of writing the piece. This is an email I got back from one of them:

Thank you for highlighting this issue. We fear that more state budget cuts will be in store in January when our legislature reconvenes. Your story will help us tremendously in our advocacy efforts against such cuts.

This is the best impact I could hope my writing would have.

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