• Jennifer Harvey is a yoga-obsessed writer, educator and parent interested in how social structures shape us and how we can transform ourselves into people who create more just, compassionate social structures.  She is passionate about racial justice, the problem of whiteness, queer life, community and spirituality. Her newest book, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America, will be out in January 2018.

Let’s Move Beyond Fear of the Words “White Supremacy,” and Say Yes to Racial Justice!

[Friends, in this love letter to white Unitarian Universalists (originally published on Medium), Chris Crass calls his community to choose to stay. To stay and say “White supremacy, you cannot have me. You cannot have my family; you cannot have my faith; you cannot have my congregation.” His words speak well beyond the UUA too, to those of … Continue reading

Citizenship and Survival in Seven Steps

Two days after the election, I vowed to take one action in Dissent, every day. Today – inauguration day – I want to offer a systematic way that friends and neighbors can work to maintain our democracy, and our souls. Every week, once a day: 1. Say Thank You. Call the office of a public … Continue reading

Staying Oriented . . .

Today on NPR I heard Roger Cohen speaking with Tom Ashbrook about the relationship between incoming president DT, and Russia. It was a helpful unpacking of the global instability potentially being unleashed by way of DT’s “strange obsession” (as Cohen put it) with Vladimir Putin. Sobering (as so much has been in the last 10 weeks). … Continue reading

Now That It’s Official: Back to that Whole Safety Pin Thing

Four days after the election I went for a run on the trail near my house. As I approached each person on the trail I wondered “Is this person gloating and gleeful? Are they relishing an outcome that has me and so many folks beloved to me feeling violated and terrified?” I felt raw, afraid … Continue reading

My beloveds . . .

My beloveds…..I say this with love and gentleness. I am in mourning (as are you)…but I say it calmly and gently (even while the blood in my body is running ice cold). We must organize. We must organize. We must begin (and continue) to organize right now. Each of us need to plug in somewhere, … Continue reading

We All Need Healing

This morning I walked away from a school building that was on “external lockdown.” My children were inside. What a totally counterintuitive thing to do as a parent. But this seems to be kind of a new normal. My kids’ school is only 10 blocks from where one of two Des Moines area police officers … Continue reading

White Kids and Black Lives

There’s so much uncharted territory in parenting. But, raising white kids differently than most folks of my generation were raised? With few (any?) roadmaps? At a time when the failure of decades of “colorblind” white parenting and tepid attempts at “celebrating differences” is exposed by news cycles that bleed day-after-day with stories of Black people … Continue reading

Dear Police Chief 2

I didn’t have to wait long to hear back from the West Des Moines police chief. To his credit, he picked up the phone and called me. So, a few days after I sent my letter last week, Chief LaDue and I spoke on the phone for about a half hour. Chief LaDue explained the following to … Continue reading

Dear Police Chief . . .

I sent this email to the police chief in my city two days ago. I urge you to send something similar to yours and to ask folks who live around you to do the same. I intend to follow up over the coming days by sending him examples (which have trickled in) of police officers … Continue reading

If You’re a Cop . . . (or have cops in your life).

Dear Police Officers, Let me share a story that illustrates something like how this should go. A few months ago, my nephew T. was at school. A fellow student was relishing in a bag of Doritos he’d brought for lunch. The student was quickly deluged with other children clamoring for a chance to smell this … Continue reading

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