Category Archives: current events

8 Tips for Other Women Trolled By Men

I’m a woman. I’m smart. I say what I think. Out loud. In public. I am, therefore, a target for trolls – especially angry, fearful men. I’m also not alone. Everywhere I look online, men seem to be trolling us more than women. In the four years I’ve been publishing pieces in the digital age, all but one of…

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Los Angeles 1992: A Personal Reflection on the Riots

Aging is strange. It’s strange to have memories that are decades old – older than the very lives of many people I know, work with and pass on the streets. I’m still getting used to the fact I know things from firsthand experience, not just books or elders. I’m still getting used to my memories…

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Love Letter From the Future

Dear 2017, Dear Those Who Are Fearful, Dear Progressives, Dear Evolutionaries, Dear Exhausted Veteran Activists, Dear Energized New Activists, Dear Woke White Folks, Dear Seeking Souls, Dear Confused Minds, Dear Pissed-off Disenfranchised, Dear Bleeding Hearts, It’s going to be OK. It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be pretty. It’s going to…

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Dismissal of the Women’s March and #BLM Uncovers Why They’re Needed

Mere days have passed since the historic global Women’s March, and one of the topics buzzing around social media is the discontent some non-participants felt about the event. One view is that the march was unnecessary because women have all the rights we need and the only thing stopping us is ourselves. While not surprising,…

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Progressives Must Stand Our Ground and Show Our Teeth

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In November, something broke inside me. In the space of thirty days, the election combined with two other profound personal disappointments which sent me reeling. In hindsight, those three events had a lot in common. They were all about the shattering of illusion – seeing people and situations for who they really are, or what…

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Six Ideas Progressives Need to Get Clear in a Trump World

This didn’t feel like an election. I’ve voted in elections and weathered their results, for better or worse, for 28 years. This felt more like a relationship breakup, or the death of a loved one. I’ve also weathered those – the shock, betrayal, grief, anger and disorientation. The waves of shifting emotion punctuated by brief…

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Let Go of Perfect and Wear the Safety Pins Already

A week has passed since the election, and there’s been lively debate among progressives about whether or not to wear safety pins.  Initiated by an American living in the UK, the safety pin spread there as a protest against the BREXIT vote and the xenophobia it represented.  On this side of the pond, liberals have…

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Anti-intellectualism Harms “Diversity” Efforts and Our Collective Future

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ ” ~Isaac Asimov I’ve written that binary thinking – an “either-or” orientation that presents everything as a choice between two opposites –…

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Leading in the Age of Trump and #BlackLivesMatter

With the election just a couple of weeks away, one thing seems certain regardless of the outcome: It’s tough being American right now. Anxieties and tensions are high, and most of us feel threatened by the political rhetoric and what’s at stake, not to mention regular news about police shootings and other violence. As we…

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Let’s Get it Right: Bigotry is Not Racism

The word “racist” is getting a lot of air time lately.  From Donald Trump to Black Lives Matter and the latest police shooting of an unarmed Black man, accusations of racism abound.  But there’s an important distinction missing from these accusations that’s keeping us stuck and stoking anger: bigotry is not racism. In my work…

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