Leslie Van Every is one of my favorite people ever, anywhere.
She and I worked together years ago, when she was the high-powered publicist for CBS Interactive, and I was the Executive Video Producer for Chowhound, the food website. Leslie's energy is boundless, and she and I immediately found the sort of kinetic power that comes from two people who vibe off each other.
One of the many things I appreciate about Leslie is that she is a doer. She bakes, she sews, she crafts beyond compare (she made Alice one of her favorite baby blankets). And when Donald Trump was elected president, she jumped into action. Along with co-founder Kate Schatz and Jennye Garibaldi, she created Solidarity Sundays, an incredible grassroots movement of action. (Learn more here or join the Facebook group in your area).
I asked Leslie if I could interview her about what it feels like to take action when you're feeling powerless. I want to know what creating this group has done for her mental health, and the mental health of the women who met at her house every week. She said yes!
Question #1: Hello dear. Thank you for letting me interview you! Can you tell me about your state of mind leading into the creation of Solidarity Sundays? How did it all begin?