Category Archives: Activism

Don’t be like FEMA ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Shrugging and poking fun at authoritarian behavior, clicking on Facebook posts about ICE demanding to see identification on domestic Amtrak trains with an angry emoji and calling it activism, and succumbing to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ over calling and marching isn’t the only unlearned … Continue reading

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Life at 23: Happy Birthday, Trayvon Martin

Million Hoodies launched six years ago in the wake of the racist and horrific murder of Trayvon Martin. Today, what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 23rd birthday, the Million Hoodies NYC chapter launches their #Lifeat23 campaign to honor Trayvon and the lives … Continue reading

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Buy Like You Give A Damn, part I

I found Brittany Packnett via Twitter, as one does. And I liked what I saw. In fact, I really liked what I saw. So I clicked on the website she has in her profile and hello! I found a comforting … Continue reading

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Why I Knelt: Honoring the Good and Asking for Better

My friend Adrienne Riofrio recently shared the story of choosing to kneel during the anthem at a sporting event this weekend. It moved me for its honesty, for its vulnerability, and for its example of one way to be an … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Signs of Inclusion & Resistance

Just over six months ago, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Just as I felt compelled to attend the March for Women’s Lives in April of 1992, I felt a real … Continue reading

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#IWD2017’s No Judgment Reminder of Our Privileges

There are plenty of lefty think pieces (is that what we’re calling them these days?) about how there are many women who aren’t able to strike today, the #DayWithoutAWoman. There are plenty of righty commentaries about how women who are … Continue reading

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Evergreen: Authority Figures MUST Train to DeEscalate

As I’ve written before, I get it. I really, really do. Being in a position of authority, especially with teens is a constant tension. All day you get pushback and challenges, some are good-natured, some are intensely hurtful and personal, … Continue reading

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I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin’s Call to Action is On US

The Oscar-nominated I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, is a must-see. You can stop reading now and just get to the nearest theater today. I was lucky to be at the Montclair Film Festival and Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence sponsored … Continue reading

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Ivanka Trump needs to have a hard conversation with her father.

Several years ago, a year or so before my father’s illnesses kept him indoors, we went to pick up dinner for a family gathering. He drove. As we were leaving, he almost hit a pedestrian as he was pulling out … Continue reading

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Donald Trump Doesn’t Know Who Frederick Douglass Is. Happy Black History Month!

I’m not making this up. Click here. Maybe our Electorally Elected POTUS without a mandate doesn’t know who Frederick Douglass is (or the other totally unknown and obscure people like Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks…) because Douglass dissented loudly and … Continue reading

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