#WeStandWithSaira

There’s a lot of us feeling excitement and energy about the number of women—especially women of color—running for political office. If you’d read my Facebook newsfeed the day after the New York primaries, you’d have thought I and just about every one of my friends actually lived in the Bronx or Queens. That’s how elated we … Continue reading

History is Happening: What Part Do You Want to Play? It’s Not a Rhetorical Question

Heated debates about civility and moral witness; continuing trauma of separated children and parents; momentous 5-4 Supreme Court rulings on abortion, the travel ban, and unions; Justice Kennedy retiring at the worst possible moment—and that was only 3 days of the news cycle this week! It leaves out so much, such as the most recent example of white police killing … Continue reading

You and I and We

Beloveds…. There is no all-powerful “they” out there who is going to swoop in and stop this. There is no one coming to end these injustices and degradations once-and-for-all. I have to admit something. Each morning, these days, I wake up, and I realize some part of me is holding my breath in anticipation. I’m … Continue reading

When White Guilt turns to White Hate

So, is it okay to be white? The jury’s still out.

When Ashes & Roses Collide— This Valentine’s Day, Love Bigger

 For Christians, two holidays collide on February 14th: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Ashen foreheads alongside bundles of roses and heart-shaped boxes is not an ideal pairing. Being reminded that “we are dust and will return to the dust” is decidedly not an aphrodisiac. Yet maybe this awkward juxtaposition might help people of faith remember who we … Continue reading

Colin Kaepernick doesn’t need me.

Colin Kaepernick doesn’t need me. He’s plenty strategic, utterly persistent and clearly a person of deep integrity who’s doing just fine without my help. Look at how much has changed on the NFL sidelines since he first took that barely noticed seat, which soon turned into a widely-noticed knee. More importantly, look at how much … 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

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