February 10, 2019

In North Carolina, news headlines describe the tense state of emotions for some Hispanic & Latin-American people and families throughout the state. Immigrant rights groups have spoken out and spoken up in defense of immigrants statewide as immigration officials make aggressive moves that make some immigrants hesitant to go out. Though some elected officials such as the chairman of the Democratic Party of North Carolina, Wayne Goodwin, some sheriffs, and state level legislators have spoken out, many politicians including all… Read more

January 29, 2019

Cinema Libre reached out to me and asked me to review their new documentary Jihadists. It’s a powerful and moving film that documents the actions and lives of members of Islamic extremist groups in Northern Africa. This is a review of a documentary. More information about the documentary can be found here. If you’re tempted to go and watch the documentary yourself I will say this: it’s an important subject, the documentary is fantastic, but there is disturbing content and… Read more

October 23, 2018

Today has been a rollercoaster of a day but I am very excited to announce that like many young professionals I now own a website. I spent a lot of time over the weekend working on it and it is very rough but it’s mine and I’m proud of it. Creating this website was something I did over the course of the last few weeks little by little until this weekend where I poured a lot of time and energy into… Read more

October 20, 2018

This is a book review. It’s unusual because it’s a book review I wasn’t asked to do and of a book that wasn’t really aimed at me as a secular humanist: Reconcile. Reconcile is a book by famed Mennonite Christian peace scholar and professor John Paul Lederach. It explores a biblical perspective on conflict transformation and reconciliation and as a secular humanist who is a conflict worker and wants to be a peacebuilder, I decided to check it out myself… Read more

October 19, 2018

This post owes its existence to a tweet posted by Daniel Jose Camacho and the conversation that that tweet caused. Reading the tweet caused me to remember the idea of the role of “the forgotten man” or the “forgotten voters” in politics and in the 2016 election. I dislike this idea in a vacuum but I recognize that for many people who voted in the 2016 election it was one of the reasons why they voted the way they did…. Read more

October 17, 2018

Today is the inaugural celebration of International Pronoun Day. International Pronoun Day is a brand new celebration dedicated to as one might guess encouraging people to make the sharing of personal pronouns commonplace. It’s a perfectly nice celebration that should in no way be controversial, yet there are plenty of people who for reasons that escape me not only don’t want to participate but also feel entitled to let people know they won’t be celebrating and want to mock people who… Read more

October 16, 2018

I’ve been involved in the secular community for years. During this time I’ve read a decent number of books from humanistic authors and read resources provided by a variety of humanistic groups. Something that might exist in theory but that at the very least I’ve never seen is a guide that shows people how to create humanistic communities. I’m not expecting or demanding perfection from a guide that aims to help do this, I haven’t even seen someone create a… Read more

October 15, 2018

Some context is needed to understand this article on heritage, oppression, and historical memory. I believe that to more fully understand our full and complex heritage as Hispanic and Latin-American people we need to sit down and remember that our ancestors in more than a few cases were fleeing religious oppression when they came to the Americas. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to them to remember that and unpack it. This post is an essay in a more… Read more

October 15, 2018

I am the co-chair of a brand new organization that after months of organizing and collaborating is now public. The Latinx Humanist Alliance. I am beyond excited to be able to talk about this phenomenal organization since my co-chair, Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera, and I have worked with Latinx humanists throughout the country and with the great folks over at the American Humanist Association to be able to make this a reality. This is an idea that I’ve previously written about and I… Read more

October 11, 2018

Today is National Coming Out Day and I really love this holiday. I came out twice so it shouldn’t surprise people that I’m a fan of this fantastic holiday. Coming out has changed my life for the better and I’m not going to say that it will have the same impact on everyone who comes out, but for me coming out was a difficult choice both of the times I did it I made it easier for other people to… Read more

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