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Voices as Power

Meet Charlie: The ELU LBC Facilitator

Long Beach CA chapter

New chapter!

Long Beach, CA

It’s Facebook, Insta and Twitter official - The Emotional Labor Union now has a West Coast chapter! The mission of The ELU is to amplify the voices and experiences of women through curated feminist topics empowering them to get clarity on their viewpoints, speak with confidence and arm themselves against societal pressures. You can learn more about the mission and values of the ELU here.

Super duper excited to introduce you to Charlie (some of our DC crew may recognize her) and the Long Beach, CA chapter!

So without further ado, a little Q&A:

Heyo! I’m Charlie, obviously. I joined the original ELU in Washington, DC in 2018, where I met Casey many moons ago. I help with the social media, website stuff, cool quotes. I lived in DC for 8 years and after my talents in science were no longer needed (#resist), I took my ass to the West Coast and set up right near the beach in Long Beach, CA.

I run Checkmark Creative, a small business creative agency based in Long Beach and #LadyHikers - a super fun hiking resource for all is also me.

Current list of books on bedside table? The Devil in the Shape of a Woman, it’s about the Salem witch trials and it’s a little intense so I go in and out of that one. Next in line is...ha! The Bedside Book of Bad Girls: Outlaw Women of the American West which was acquired someplace in Utah and my Lonely Planet California guide gifted to me by my bestie back on the East Coast.

If you could use one word to describe you, what would it be? Intense

What appeals to you most about starting an ELU chapter? This is going to be the shortest possible answer to one of my lifelong speeches: because I was raised a conservative Christian girl who had her voice silenced for far too long! Okay, so I hail from the Lone Star State and for some reason, I was born into a conservative Christian family - I mean that my mom was Christian and my dad was on paper and in public, he rocks his MAGA gear on occasion around me.

I was sent to the private school and told to be quiet or stop making so much trouble, Charlie. Those white, private “non-denominational” school uniform-wearing, blonde-haired, spoiled-brat-face having...hi!!!

As a progressive born into a conservative family, I would like to use my skills, privilege and voice to push the platform the Emotional Labor Union strives to give us all.

I’m so excited to learn and grow in a community I’ve come to love in a very short time!


Shout it far and wide because #OurVoicesArePower and we’ve got a new chapter!

Connect with Charlie on social media on Instagram and Twitter. Come meet and chat IRL if you’re in the greater Los Angeles-area at any of the upcoming ELU LBC’s discussion events.