People are getting curious.
Glitterpill started as an inside joke with my group in 2019. I was beginning my comprehensive exams and preparing a Far-Right training presentation for my university’s Title IX office. I wanted to use a meme to explain “pilled,” as a suffix, and highlight the various forms it could take. I described an image of Bubba alongside Forrest Gump to my group, with the different types of pills in the background. I told my group, “I have this idea of Bubba saying, you can have a redpill, bluepill, blackpill,” when one member wrote, “Glitterpill!” It stuck! We ordained our group Glitterpill that day, March 15th, 2019.
The community has since evolved and expanded.
How the hell do smart people end up falling for Qanon?
How do nice people end up in a militia, or attacking peaceful protestors?
How does someone go from Youtube viewer to violent agitator?
So many of us may be asking these same questions.
Leading academics are grappling with them – but right now, the ivory tower of academia isn’t what we need.
I believe these are grassroots problems, with community solutions.
I want to bring these questions and other big, powerful discussions, into the public space and give every day people the tools they need to help their friends, family, and coworkers from falling down a dangerous rabbit hole.
As much as social media can be a treacherous landscape full of fake news and echo chambers, I believe it also has the potential to revive healthy debate and foster powerful transformational discussions.
I believe in the inherent good of people. I believe in the power of people to change, and I believe in the power of community to help people heal.
Preaching to the choir may be satisfying, but that’s not where change occurs.
Real change lies in our ability to compassionately engage with people – even if they have differing viewpoints, education levels, and experiences from you – and learning from one another.
This is about being willing to see everyone’s humanity, and have genuine discussions that respect our human desire to feel connected and understood. This type of communication takes practice, nuance, and skills; skills that are cultivated in the Glitterpill community.
With so much going on in the news every hour of every day, I know that busy people need clear and concise information to guide their understanding of the current social and political landscape, and to help facilitate clear decision making. In Glitterpill you will receive important data, analyzed by a professional researcher and trained academic in the field of countering violent extremism, so that you can stay up to date without the fatigue of parsing through each and every piece of news yourself.
I know that everyone who really cares about the state of our country, and our world, can easily become emotionally drained and fatigued by the 24 hour news cycle. It’s easy to feel like you can never keep up, that every day there’s a new dire threat, a new mountain to climb, a new unwinnable fight. It’s emotionally draining trying to argue people who don’t care about facts or data. It’s so incredibly important to have a community of likeminded people there to remind you about the value of taking breaks, resting, self care, and cultivating joy and resilience as we navigate activism, or even tense dinner table conversations with family members at Thanksgiving.
Glitterpill is a resource, a community, and a toolkit for those who are interested in cultivating a new way of communicating about important events and important ideas.
The red pill or the blue pill aren’t the only options anymore.
The Glitterpill is a pluralistic, joyful, creative, human-centered approach to understanding the news, arming yourself for important conversations, replenishing your spirit, and engaging with critical thought and grassroots activism for building a more just and peaceful society.
As a member of the Glitterpill Patreon, you will learn the science behind what makes conspiracy theories alluring. You will be able to ask the experts in our community, participate in discussions crafted to make you a more strategic thinker. You will no longer feel powerless to stop the wave of disinformation we are being hit with daily. You will learn how to identify – and thoughtfully combat – disinformation. As a member, you will gain the knowledge and confidence to push back the tide of right-wing extremism, and persuade people, from the person in the comments section to those closest to you, away from dangerous ideology.
We balance our diligent study and daily activism with deep replenishment, with tools for self-care and support chats, because we’re in this for the long-haul, and we can’t afford to get burnt out.
Ditch the red pill. Ditch the blue pill. Take the Glitterpill and open your eyes to a world where joyful collaboration and applied learning is possible.
I sustain a supportive, trauma-informed, grassroots collective that produces high-end, high-impact results.
I am trusted source of information, guidance, insight, and actionable intel on emerging far-right threats.
I contribute to the development of a comprehensive picture of global far-right violence.
I help members to see the benefits of the community for themselves and then take that healing into their networks.
Based and Bookpilled Glitterpill series are readings for the trauma stewards, memesmiths, those looking not just to flash their intellectual jewelry, but to have the raw materials they need to produce it.
I provide weekly self-care challenges and chats to help others aggressively prioritize their self-care, through peer support and guided readings.