Mayor, Mayor, on the wall…

Who’s the most intelligent, caring, and forward thinking of them all?

Lolz, THIS is pic speaks a thousand words, doesn’t it?

At the last of three Mayoral candidate debates/forums in Carlsbad, this one hosted by Pacific Ridge School and moderated by Voice of San Diego’s Jesse Marx, we witnessed a tired old sour faced dinosaur listening to the brilliant words spoken by a true visionary.

THIS is what Carlsbad needs.

Present in the moment, alert, thoughtful, intelligent…

Cori Schumacher.

Real. Genuine. Authentic.

Mayor Mall is the embodiment of “liar liar pants of fire“.

He was not truthful when he said he really really really responds to each and every email.

I can only speak for myself BUT I know that is specifically and categorically UNtrue.

He has NEVER responded nor acknowledged any email OR snail mail letter I personally sent to him during the years he’s been mayor of Carlsbad.

He delivered more confusing and obfuscating word salad, but what REALLY spoke to me was the demeaning and misogynistic device he used by consistently referring to Cori Schumacher as “her” or “she”, instead of affording her the respect Cori deserves by speaking her name, and by snarkily laughing while she was responding to questions.

This is a tool in the arsenal of a misogynist who covertly/overtly minimizes, diminishes, and depersonalizes women.

Unacceptable.

We will no longer have our voices silenced.

Vote for Cori Schumacher.

It’s a win-win for Carlsbad.

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“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”

I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all. ~ Coco Chanel

Yes, my darling Coco said that, and it’s one of my favorite quotes.

Confession time:

Did you know that I used to be so shy that I’d never speak up in class or voice an opinion or even HAVE an opinion because it might somehow be the wrong one?

I used to be so afraid of what people thought about me.

It was a lot of wasted time, worrying about other people and their opinions.

And today? I don’t really care so much. (A little, but not too much.)

This was a life lesson I wish I’d learned decades ago. Sigh.

If you know me NOW, I’m positive you’re shaking your head in disbelief, but it’s true.

I dunno, maybe it was all the animal protests and wolf activism I’ve been involved in that changed me, but I’ve developed such a LOUD VOICE that some actively wish it would be quiet once in a while (like tugboat man) but there are things that need to be done and things that need to be said—and I’m silent no longer.

Which is a really strange segue to where I’m going with this post—like life, it’s a journey of sorts.

Sometimes in life people cross your path and you’re inspired by all they’ve achieved, following their dreams to create a better world.

Meet Cori coriSchumacher.

I’m working with her on a couple of projects here in Carlsbad, and she’s FIERCE, y’all.

Maybe I admire her so much because it took me so long to discover my own power and my own voice.

If you aren’t already following her blog, here’s the link…
http://www.corischumacher.com/

…and a snippet of her bio so you’ll get to know Cori:

I am a three-time Women’s World Longboard Champion (2000, 2001, 2010), Women’s Longboard Pipeline Pro Champion (2009), and two-time ASP North American Champion (2008, 2009). From late 2001 to 2005, I went on sabbatical from competition, surfing in only two events from 2005 to 2007. I returned officially to longboard competition in 2008 to win the Linda Benson Roxy Jam at Cardiff, California. I ceased competing altogether after boycotting the ASP World Tour in 2011.

In 2012, I co-founded the nonprofit, The Inspire Initiative, “to enrich and empower women of all ages through participation in surfing while emphasizing education, media literacy, and building a core community of leaders that will effect positive change in the world.” I am interested in using The Inspire Initiative to develop creative, non-competitive spaces through which to explore surfing’s potential as a complicated force for the physical liberation of women and girls around the world.I have chosen to use my platform as a world class athlete to create positive social impact in and around persistent gender disparity, homophobia, the impacts of consumer culture, and other important social and environmental issues in and around surfing and sports in general. I have written various articles addressing these issues that have been published in The Inertia, The Guardian, The Surfers Journal, and elsewhere, and have been a keynote speaker at multiple local and international conferences and events.

In 2013, I spearheaded a successful international campaign against Roxy that made visible the growing concern and pushback against the hyper-sexualization of elite female professional surfers, a problematic issue that continues to require attention and activism.

In 2015, I accepted an invitation to become an ambassador for Surfers for West Papua, a “solidarity and awareness-raising campaign aimed at exposing Indonesia’s brutal oppression and on-going occupation of West Papua.”

She gets shit done, you guys.
GETS. IT. DONE.dropmic