On being young, biracial and successful
4 3 She started donning the nuns’ habit at the height of the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011, in protest against the US Congress declaring pizza a vegetable (thwarting President Obama’s plans for healthier school lunches).
‘If pizza was a vegetable, I was a nun,’ she says. ‘So I put on a nun out t and started going out to protests, and the movement dubbed me Sister Occupy.’ At that time she was already running a medical marijuana business with her brother, after helping her nephew overcome his heroin addiction. After a falling-out with her brother, Sister Kate decided to start a ‘sisterhood of therapy plants’. A mutual friend introduced her to Darcy Johnson, 24, and after a halfhour phone conversation, Darcy moved to California. The sisters are branching out – a third member, Sister Rose, was recently ordained, and they’re talking to women in other parts of the US who are interested in joining their order.
‘I always wanted to be a sister,’ Sister Kate told The . ‘But I couldn’t be in a sisterhood that wasn’t empowered. I try to emulate the Catholic nuns’ standard of excellence. They stood for something. I’m trying to bring that back.’