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Below are the 6 most recent journal entries recorded in Coalition of Fat Rights Activists (COFRA)'s LiveJournal:

Friday, April 24th, 2009
2:19 pm
I need ideas
So.  This summer I am taking a month-long road trip through the US.  I'm planning to go down the west coast, hit Vegas and the Grand Canyon, go across the South to Atlanta, back up to DC and NYC and then back west via Chicago and Fargo, ND, Yellowstone, etc.

Anyway, this morning I've been thinking about ways to make an impact on the fat-phobic world with this trip.  I'd like to work in as many things as possible that fat people "can't" or "aren't supposed to" do.  I'd basically like to debunk the idea that you can't live your life until you are no longer fat. 

I'm planning on blogging and taking photos about whatever I do, possibly video if I can wrangle a camera from somewhere.  So far I'm definitely going bungee jumping, camping/hiking and possibly taking a dance class but I need some more ideas.  Any thoughts?  Email 'em to carrie at fatrights.org.  Thanks!
Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
3:24 pm
Athletes at Every Size
For a long time I have carried around this idea in my head that I am too fat to exercise. Despite all of the message out there telling us we *should* be exercising (because otherwise we'll be bad fatties...ooo), there is a distinct lack of actual imagery, videos, photos, etc of fat people in the act of exercising. The media portrays all athletes as lean hardbodies and there's no room for the rest of us to see ourselves in that ideal.

About a year ago I went to Vancouver, BC to watch my brother run a marathon and it was an incredible experience. I realized that I wanted to run one too, someday. I managed to find a fat-friendly trainer (ask me about her if you are in the Portland area. She is AWESOME) and set about working out once a week, with the marathon goal in mind. I had no idea what I was capable of doing, but I wanted to give it a shot so I could maybe someday reach my goal. I'm certainly not some magical good fattie success story, but my point is that once I blindly leapt and gave it a shot, I realized I was so much more capable, physically, than I had previously thought.

Long story short, I think the lack of imagery had a lot to do with my reluctance to believe in myself physically. So I would like to invite you all to participate in a new photo project with me. I started a group on flickr called Athletes at Every Size, with the intent of getting people who don't fit the hardbody image to post their workout photos. I think it would be a really powerful thing for us to show what we can do, to ourselves and others.

So if you've got photos of yourself in the act of working out, or in the middle of your post-workout glow, or even just in your workout clothes, please post them.  The point is to show the range of bodies that are capable of exercising (and hopefully enjoying it), so whether you consider yourself to be fat, fit, a long time exerciser or just starting out, please post to the group.  The world needs to see you!
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
9:54 am
Calling all Fat Activists and wannabes!

KrissyD and I brainstormed over a lovely brunch yesterday about having a central hub for fat activists to set up profiles and share the projects they are working on.  She then went home and created this awesome site!  If you are at all interested in fat activism, please check it out and join us :)

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
2:45 pm
COFRA Think Tank III

This is an invitation to join the Coalition of Fat Rights Activists, as well as a call for participation in our upcoming Think Tank III. The mission of COFRA is to “to establish and defend equal rights and opportunities for all people regardless of weight or body size.” COFRA is still in the development stages, and our president is Paul McAleer of Big Fat Blog.

We are holding Think Tanks quarterly in Chicago. The next Think Tank is June 21st & 22nd. This will be the first two-day Think Tank. It will include two mini-workshops and a time to film Dare To Show Your Face videos (a project begun at our last Think Tank), on top of our usual organizational business. Paul will host a workshop called Working with the Media, and Virginia Dicken and Mychii Null will be hosting Fat Intersections: Finding Direction, Honoring Connection.

Due to policies of the Harold Washington Library, The Think Tank is only open to members of COFRA or Big Fat Blog. In other words, you must become a member in order to attend—and the more fat activists the merrier! To RSVP or inquire further, please e-mail paul@bigfatblog.com.

What: COFRA/BFB Think Tank III
When: June 21st & 22nd, 2008
Where: Chicago’s Harold Washington Library

If you can’t come (I know this is late notice), our Dare to Show Your Face video project is ongoing. I have heard that many people have videos in the works. I’m going to try to get mine up by the Think Tank.

Finally, here’s our fabulous Carrie encouraging you to attend. She’s coming all the way from Portland!!!

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Monday, April 7th, 2008
1:28 pm
I may have found a new place to live, which is terribly exciting.  The other big thing on my mind today is that there was a comment on the video this morning from a kid saying I should talk to the kids at his/her school.  This got me thinking:  we totally SHOULD be talking to kids in school!  We should create some kind of program and go to schools and have assemblies and teach them to love their bodies and not discriminate against others.  How awesome would that be??  

I'm going to have to do some more thinking about this, and what might have to be involved and how much it would cost us to do and what form it should take, etc.  I think it could be a really powerful tool in promoting body acceptance and lessening fat hatred, if done correctly.  Neat!  
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
1:00 pm
If you’ve watched any news segment about fat people, ever, you’ve undoubtedly seen the video that accompanies any such news segment: the parade of headless fatties. Fat people in public, shown from the neck down, voiceless, stripped of their humanity—most likely without their permission. It implies that it’s shameful to be fat, that we ought to be ashamed to show our faces in public.

COFRA, the Coalition of Fat Rights Activists, wants your help in turning this portrayal inside out. That’s why we’ve started a project called Dare to Show Your Face. The goal is to show the world that we are people, first and foremost, no matter what our shapes. Fat people have voices, they have stories, they have faces.

We’ll be putting together a series of promotional videos for COFRA spotlighting the everyday lives of fat people in all walks of life.

How can you help? It’s easy: just upload a 1 or 2 minute video of yourself to our YouTube group.


Tell us about your life. Show us what you do. There’s no need to get fancy with video effects (but if you want to, go for it) – just your raw story is what we’d like to see.

For more information on COFRA and to join us in our campaigns for fat rights, sign up at fatrights.org.

Watch our first video by Carrie:

And her video on what she got out of the experience:

Feel free to repost anywhere you see fit!

PS--We also accept photo mashups for those of you without access to a video camera. And often libraries will loan out cameras, especially at universities!
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