Paris is Always a Good Idea

Lydia Benitez, a close friend of Release the Women, took a solo trip to France a couple of months ago, thoroughly documenting on Instagram as she went. She was completely vulnerable from the start, sharing the real anxiety and loneliness that overwhelmed her first night. We were captivated by every extremely raw and genuine post. … Continue reading Paris is Always a Good Idea

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Dear Alex, You Have Really Done It

I first met Alex Ike about 20 years ago while her family was on furlough in Georgia. We became fast friends and spent countless hours running around our church building, getting poison ivy in the woods and laughing at everything. Alex is one of those people who makes you feel more like yourself when you're … Continue reading Dear Alex, You Have Really Done It

Practical Tools to Be a White Ally – with Kirsten Purpura

I’ve been called divisive many times, but at some point I’ve decided that it’s not worth it to stay silent, even though I may personally feel more comfortable. In the summer of 2013, Kirsten Purpura left her Indiana home to volunteer for a homeless shelter located in what is considered the "worst" zip code in … Continue reading Practical Tools to Be a White Ally – with Kirsten Purpura