Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?
In a world that often silences and disbelieves survivors, supporting those who are experiencing the effects of violence feels like the most important, urgently-needed work I could be doing. I am so happy and honored that I am able to be there for people experiencing trauma; to hear their stories and to validate their humanity and their feelings.
What would you like to learn your first year on your new job?
I want to learn more about the various programs across Virginia, the communities they serve and the different types of help they offer. I hope to always be improving my advocacy skills so I can give folks who call the hotline the best possible support.
What is the latest book you have read and would you recommend it?
I just finished a book called The Medieval Home Companion, written by a Frenchman as a guide for his young wife in the 14th century. I would not recommend to folks who are not already interested in medieval domestic life. Though, if you have been searching for an inscrutable recipe for linen-stamping ink made from oak galls and axle grease, definitely hit it up.
If you were a vegetable what would you be? Why?
This is the most challenging question in this interview. A bell pepper, maybe? They’re super versatile and guinea pigs love them.
Describe the magazines on your coffee table?
There are always a lot of 90s-early 2000s zines on my coffee table, and I have a huge collection of old Maximum Rock and Roll magazines from that era, so those are always around. I usually read Terrorizer and Decibel (metal magazines), and have a subscription to TapeOp, a magazine about home recording. I love corny/trashy history magazines, too – the kind that treat Richard III like a teen heartthrob.
What are the 3 things you love about Virginia?
- Richmond is one of the great American metal cities. So many of the best metal bands in the world right now are from right here (Inter Arma, Cough, Windhand, Prisoner…).
- I am proud to live in a city where so much great community organizing, anti-violence work and resistance is happening.
- I am from Tennessee, but a lot of my ancestors came to America from England via Virginia in the 17th century. I like being able to research that piece of my family’s history at places like the Library of Virginia.
- It is wonderful to live somewhere with a truly great, free art museum like the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
What is the most incredible view you have ever seen?
It’s maybe not the most “incredible” –- it’s not from a great height or across a vast expanse, etc. — but my favorite view is Primrose Hill in London.
Lastly, what excites you most about your new job at the Action Alliance?
I love how the staff here looks out for, cares about, and celebrates one another in very sincere ways.
Emily is a Hotline Crisis Services Specialist at the Action Alliance. She volunteers with Girls Rock! RVA and Knoxville Girls Rock Camp, and is a board member of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance. She is a musician, knitter and armchair medievalist.
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