art piece by artist, Lisa Diamor-Sanchez
Combat Apathy was formed as the activist wing of Mountain2Mountain, with the tagline – We Fight for Women!
Combat Apathy was born out of my belief that the biggest obstacle to the work Mountain2Mountain and other non profits face is not war zone hazards, in-country corruption, logistics, or even the struggles with fundraising… its apathy. The onslaught of stories about war, poverty, terrorism, oppression, and violence haven’t galvanized us – they’ve hardened us. We’ve become overwhelmed and so we tune out, and apathy sets in.
Instead Combat Apathy is a place to be outraged at the India gang rape, the forced marriages in Afghanistan, female circumcisions in Somalia, the rape culture in the US, and instead of shrugging our shoulders and wishing someone would do something, we use our voice. We shout out. We take action. To fight for women we must first use our voices.
So at the launch of Combat Apathy – I wanted to pull together a group of woman that used their voice. That believed that change is possible, and that wanted to take action. Here we have artists, a pro skier, pro bikers, writers, a filmmaker, activists, photographers, fashionistas, environmentalists, media and PR queens, musicians, humanitarians, creatives – many of these women wearing more than one hat. Complicated, diverse, powerful women that are willing to the enter the fight, to collaborate, to create, to inspire. Knowing that one woman can create a ripple of change that affects many lives, but an army of women could change the world.
So please meet the inaugural list of Combat Apathy Ambassadors, .
Anna Brones @annabrones – writer, Foodie Underground, traveler, producer, creative, ass kicker in chief
Amy DuFault @amytropolis – writer, editor, fashionista, conscious consumer, foodie
Nicole Duke @NicoleDukeNow – elite pro cyclocross racer and former downhill racer, ass-kicker
Beda Calhoun – owner Brick + Mortar, storyteller, production and media queen
Claudia Lopez – photographer, mountaineer, traveling gypsy, salsa dancer
Megan Lazier @meglaz – creator of TEDxKabul, storyteller, writer, social media maven, creative
Heidi Volpe – pro mountain biker, photo editor, creative
Maggie Thomspon – activist, cyclist, advocate, non profit management
Heather Pfahl – US deputy director for Eastern Congo Initiave, activist, traveler
Ferestha Ramsey – singer, poet, songwriter, peace ambassador and spiritual activist
Heidi Swift @heidiswift – mountain biker, writer, photographer, producer
Sara Close – adventurer, yogi, nonprofit consultant, strategist and facilitator
Libby Lowe @libbylowe – Writer, editor, content strategist
Sara Lingefelter @saralingafelter – social media and content strategist, activist
Kyleanne Hunter – former marine combat helicopter pilot, competitive cyclist, activist,
Winter Wall Walker @winterwall – humanitarian entrepreneur, advocate, a lover of people, a traveler and a hopeful optimist
Andrea Moore – writer, performer, photographer, producer, activist, poet, storyteller
Kim Havell – ski mountaineer, coach, adventurer
I am proud and humbled to have this amazing group of women involved and engaged and building our army of women. Just wait to see what we’ve got planned!
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