‘Before you say you want to help, say you want to learn’

Allegra Love doesn’t mince words. It’s obvious from the pace and passion of her speech that she doesn’t waste time, either. The immigration lawyer can’t afford to, not with her clients depending on her – plus the onslaught of “thousands of emails” and calls since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, just one week before we spoke.

The waves of new attention come from people who want to help the organization she created: the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, which provides free legal aid to immigrant youth and their families.

At one point during our Skype conversation, Love stands up to go ask her colleagues for a website address she wants to give me. “I’m sitting outside,” she explains, “so I don’t disturb all the other lawyers while I YELL. AT. YOU.” She laughs for a split second, recognizing the heightened emotion that has dominated the conversation, and then the moment of mirth is gone and it’s back to the urgent topic at hand.

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Welcome

Rosie The Riveter.jpgWelcome to Shadow Cabinet, one writer’s quest to interview women on the front lines of the fight for human rights in today’s United States.

There’s so much information – heartbreaking, infuriating and inspiring – coming at us hourly after only nine days of the country’s 45th president. We all need to be calling our representatives, signing petitions and putting our money where our mouth is, but I also feel a need for something both bigger and smaller than that: weekly conversation. I hope you’ll join me here for brief, weekly chats with inspiring women who have suggestions to share about how we can make a difference alongside them.

Read more about the idea here and please contact me with your suggestions or feedback on Twitter (@shadowcabinet45) or at kstan.cr@gmail.com.