#ShePersisted: Warren Silenced for Calling a Racist a Racist

While we were screaming into the void about the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, the Senate began confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions, the pick for Attorney General.Sessions' past record on civil rights has provoked widespread protest over his nomination. But this is not a new conversation. In 1986, similar concerns kept Sessions from the federal bench.Among the voices opposing his appointment 3 decades ago--civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. She … [Read more...]

Reading As An Act of Resistance: How the Nerds Inherit the Earth

I read Animal Farm in high school. I learned that power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely.I read Lord of the Flies. I learned about scapegoating, and scarcity. And mob mentality.I read Heart of Darkness.  I hate that damn book, and I had to read it 3 times. THREE. Twice in high school for two different teachers (who I felt could have done some better collaborative work in planning their curriculum, but whatever) and then again in college for a Victorian lit class. I learne … [Read more...]

When to Go Rogue: What Jesus Says About Saving Life and Breaking Rules

One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them.  But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?” Then he said to … [Read more...]

Creative Resistance: 7 (Other) Ways to Spend Inauguration Day

Despite the American flag shaped fireworks lighting up the sky, it is a dark day. There's no denying it.But it's important to remember that the incoming President, whatever hatred, aggression and ugliness he represents, is only one person. And he is a symptom of the larger disease, not the disease itself. America's larger chronic illness is rooted in systemic racism, subjugation of women, greed, and fear of the other. These are the conditions that got this man elected President, and these … [Read more...]

Back to Work For Affordable Healthcare

It's kind of a fog, but from what I recall, we had a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. 2 kids in diapers. 2 kids who needed naps at different times of the day, and who needed to eat every 2 hours or so. 2 car seats with complicated buckles to fumble in the triple-digit heat. The older one was a chronic thumb-sucker, and in part-time day care. So we were all sick, all the time. We'd pass it around, and by the time the last one of us was better, a new and exciting germ funk would be making the rounds. T … [Read more...]

A Confession For MLK Day: What Trump’s John Lewis Tweets Say About Us

I confess, not much surprises me anymore.After the election, I became a little despondent. That America could elect a known misogynist who has no respect for women; a man who stoked racial tensions for his own political gain, and then blamed the existence of those tensions on the first black President; a man with know political experience or proven track record in... well anything; a man who exploited the faith of millions of Americans by saying a few magic words, while showing no real life … [Read more...]

10 Words From Obama’s Farewell Speech (That You Won’t Hear Again For Awhile)

In 2005, I attended a Sojourner's conference in D.C. The theme was ending poverty, and the gathering was mostly young clergy, social workers and community organizers. My friends and I had a series of misadventures getting there--everything from terrible weather to airline incompetence--and by the time we arrived, we were soaking wet, a day late and SEVERAL dollars short, and had no clothes but the ones we were wearing. We rolled through our first day grumbling that no way was this worth … [Read more...]

The Difference Between Celebrity and Authority: Meryl Streep Gets It, Trump Never Will

Her Highness Meryl Streep preached a sermon at the Golden Globes last night.As she accepted the Cecile B. deMille award, she did not use her moment at the microphone to selfishly reflect on her career, or to thank her mama. As one of the most decorated performers of all time, she has had plenty of other occasions to do that.Instead, she took a moment to express her concern about the behavior and temperament of the incoming President; she called him out on his mocking of a disabled … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Care for Someone (When Nothing Will Fix It)

You just can't imagine what they must be going through. You don't know what you could possibly do to help. You have no idea what to say.Thing is... No one does. There is no magic formula of care and concern, words and deeds that will make this terrible thing better for this person you love. The death of a spouse, the cancer diagnosis, the divorce, the job loss, the debilitating accident, the incarcerated daughter... You can't fix it. Very often, not even a professional can fix it--not a d … [Read more...]