Elizabeth Smart: Children should be educated that “you will always have value and nothing can change that.”

Elizabeth Smart, the rescued kidknapping victim who has gone on to serve an LDS mission and graduate from BYU, is now heading a foundation which advocates for victims of sex crimes.She recently spoke at Johns Hopkins University and the Christian Science Monitor reported the following: Rescued kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart said Wednesday she understands why some human trafficking victimsdon't run.Smart said she "felt so dirty and so filthy" after she was raped by her captor, and she … [Read more...]

“Your Anger is a Gift”

A prophet once said, "Your anger is a gift."That prophet was Zack De La Rocha.http://youtu.be/H_vQt_v8JmwIn this age of incivility, many crave civility as an ends in itself.However, civility is a situational virtue. In many ways, civility is a bourgeois virtue. It protects the powerful and the comfortable, because uncivil behavior is a threat to them most of all.Do not agitate. Do not criticize. It is not civil and nice. Martin Luther King's Letter for Birmingham Jail was a response to … [Read more...]

Matthew 5:43-48 (Love Your Enemies)

I have been pondering a good bit lately about what it means to "love your enemies." I am going to post about regularly over the next month or two.Today, I just want to share share Matthew 5:43-48. Below are those verses from three different English translations.Matthew 5:43-48 (KJV)> Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them … [Read more...]

I Still Need Your Vote! (Netroots Nation Update)

I am currently ranked at #33 and have a ways to go.I still need your vote!As I have mentioned yesterday, I am trying to go to Netroots Nation so that I can network and advance both my blogging and my social justice advocacy. The voting goes through May 7th and I still need your help!In order to lock in one of the scholarships, I need to be one of the top 5 vote-getters among the different people who have applied for the scholarship. Even if I do not make the top 5, a … [Read more...]

Meg Lanker-Simons is my friend.

Surviving Wyoming is no longer about surviving the brutal weather and climate (like it was the pioneers) but it is about surviving the brutal and cruel people.Meg Lanker-Simons is my friend. I am her friend. I stand by her for that very reason.I know what it is like to be thrown under the bus by an institution of higher education that is willing to spread vitriol and lies in order to cover itself.I know what it is like to deal with law enforcement in Wyoming. Not the most analytical … [Read more...]

I Need Your Vote! Help Send me to Netroots Nation!

I need your vote!I also need your help.As I have mentioned before, I am shifting into a new stage of life. I am no longer teaching at an institution, instead I am advocating and writing about social justice full-time both as part of Independence Rock Group: Center for Faith, Ethics, and Social Justice and here at Approaching Justice.As a result of this shift, I need to network and branch out in a whole range of new directions. For this reason, I am competing for a scholarship that will … [Read more...]

Which Side Are You On? (Happy May Day!)

I was introduced to the Florence Reece's song "Which Side Are You On?" by Pete Seeger's rendition of the song. I love Pete's version. It is a haunting song in many ways.I recently can across Natalie Merchant's cover of "Which Side Are You On?" It is equally haunting and beautiful.Earlier today, I wrote about officially joining a union.Which side are you on? … [Read more...]