Laura Stearns: Paladin Advocacy

What would happen if I tried to see the world through new eyes?

pal·a·din

/ˈpalədn/

The Paladin is a champion of justice.

ad·vo·cate

noun

/ˈadvəkət/ 

A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.

My kids are both into D&D. I have just enough information about this role playing game to be able to nod in agreement if someone is talking about it and that's about it. But when schooled by them in the matters of characters, it was clear to me that I would be a Paladin; Lawful good, painfully honest, warrior healer. In my life, I am an advocate for best practices, for battling through the messiness of community building and healing from trauma. I am a peaceful warrior. 

 

In 2015 I made a life changing decision to expose my rapist, Jason McLean, and the institution that harbored him, The Children's Theatre Company (CTC), when I was a student there back in the 1980's, by filing a civil law suit under the MN Child Victims Act. It was a devastatingly hard process to go through, but at the same time it was the most transformative process I have engaged in. I feel like I was cracked open and a better me emerged as a result of it. 

I'm currently in the process of community building with CTC, as well as the greater twin cities theater community. Through a coalition of artists and community leaders, we are striving to create a new normal that includes transparency, accountability, education and safety for performing artists of all ages. That coalition is called Theater Artist Leader Coalition, and you can go here to find out more about what we are doing.

I write to figure out the world around me, as well as my internal landscape, trying to navigate the seemingly impassable obstacles of my brain. Social media makes me a little cranky, I'm trying to avoid it as much as possible, but people seem to dig the occasional ramblings of this tired warrior, so this is my solution, my attempt to stay in touch with the people I care about and let you know what I'm trying to accomplish in this crazy world. So check in when you feel like it, leave me a message if you want. Let's try this blog thing and see what happens. 

Here we go!.....

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