1. Unconditional Love and Homosexuality

    I watched the documentary “For the Bible Tells Me So,” which includes interviews with such powerful messages of love. My sexuality as a straight person isn’t a choice or a lifestyle; why would it be any different for someone who loves those of the same gender? Religious texts are not meant to be used in the name of hate, discrimination, and exclusion. Parents should not oppress the nature of their children, but rather embrace and love them, unconditionally. 

    "What I’ve learned is that instead of taking the Bible literally, I have to take it in the context and culture of the day in which it was written."
    - Mary Lou Wallner, Teach Ministries

  2. "It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little. Do what you can." - Sydney Smith

  3. "Flight," June 25th, 2014

  4. "Stormy," June 13th, 2014

  5. To my fellow social justice activists and friends of color

    Your frustration and anger with an unfair and oppressive system are justified, and your experiences are valid. To defend yourself and amplify your voice, at times harsh words and even violent reactions are required. Yet to those in my network I have asked:

    Please do not assume that because of my pale skin, that I am not aware of the privileges that I am inherently and systematically afforded. Please do not expect that because I am fair skinned, that I have not critically analyzed my identity and the role that I play in structural oppression and racial power dynamics.

    Please do not speak to me as if there are things I will never understand in a truly compassionate way, simply because I cannot experience them directly — dialogue would be useless if this were really the case. Please do not presuppose that I hold a mainstream worldview, or dismiss my point of view because my race contributes less to “diversity.”

    Please do not generalize and make sweeping statements about “whites” in a disparaging manner when criticizing unjust societal structures and institutions, considering that there are many people who look like me and who stand in solidarity with you. I recognize that I cannot fully participate in your struggle, but I can’t help but feel that the energy that is expressed behind such attitudes smacks of stereotyping and exclusion, which is antithetical to the advancement of struggles for equality and justice.

  6. Charter Schools: Structural Exclusion and Discrimination?

    The promise and successes of public charter schools have been increasingly lauded. One of the main measures of success are high test scores (they’re actually very comparable to traditional public schools, natch). But have you considered how the charter school model can unjustly doctor enrollment to control their student population (and exclude certain students that would negatively impact test scores)? They, wittingly or unwittingly, do so through structural decisions that include: chosen niche (who they dedicate to serve), location, marketing (i.e. race portrayed in promotional materials and the language the material is offered in), illegal document requirements, specific admissions preferences, not providing services or resources for English learners or students with disabilities, conditions for application, and harsh discipline policies. Students with disabilities, English learners, students of color, and students in poverty face a number of barriers when seeking to enroll in charter schools. Kevin Welner breaks it down in “The Dirty Dozen: How Charter Schools Influence Student Enrollment” (read here).