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On Human Dignity, Freedom, and Flourishing

Less than a year ago, pandemics such as COVID-19 weren’t on my list (or hardly anyone else’s list) of “things that keep me up at night.” Climate change was on there but something else that should have been—“surveillance capitalism”—wasn’t even in my vocabulary. Across 2020 I’ve learned how pandemics, climate change, and surveillance capitalism—along with […]

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The Gaslighting Hall of Fame

And now…some catch phrases, and their true meanings, nominated for the Gaslighting Hall of Fame: “Liberal media” – catch-all grouping for stuck up, intelligent journalists who dare to conduct thorough research, care about human rights, and call people out on their bullshit. “Family values” – Judeo-Christian monotheism and its rightful place as the foundation for […]

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Books I Recommend – Updated, Oct. 2020

Books remain indispensable during an era when information is proliferate but wisdom is scarce. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer paperback, hardcover, audio, or e-books; books are essential. With the possible exception of travel to new places and cultures, nothing compares to the deep learning and insights you garner–along with significant pleasure–when you plunge into […]

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The Brilliant Strategy of White Supremacy

Let me see if I understand this correctly… Our nation’s white supremacy complex works tirelessly to oppress and destroy Black Americans through slavery, Jim Crow, “law enforcement,” and mass incarceration/war on drugs, resulting in endless generational cycles of economic, educational, employment, environmental, health, lifespan, trauma, and voting disadvantages…and then labels these same Black Americans as […]

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Recommended Reading for Racial, Gender, Economic, and Social Justice (Updated, Oct. 2020)

Magee, Rhonda, The Inner Work of Racial Justice King Jr., Martin Luther, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin, James, The Fire Next Time Wilkerson, Isabel, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents Wilkerson, Isabel, The Warmth of Other Suns X, Malcolm, The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, […]

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Communication to Elected Official Regarding COVID-19 Relief (Updated, Oct. 2020)

Feel free to use as much of this drafted communication as you would like, and customize to fit your needs and intended audience. Dear _________, Thank you for your service to our city/county/state/district/country. I’m reaching out to you regarding the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on some of my most vulnerable fellow constituents. Black people are […]

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Communication to Elected Official Regarding Excessive Use of Police Force Force (Updated, Oct. 2020)

Feel free to use as much of this drafted communication as you would like, and customize it to fit your needs and intended audience. Dear _________, Thank you for your service to our city/county/state/district/country. I’m reaching out to you regarding the disproportionate impact of excessive use of police force on some of my most vulnerable […]

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Communication to Elected Official Regarding Economic Justice (Updated, Sept. 2020)

Feel free to use as much of this drafted communication as you would like, and customize to fit your needs and intended audience. Dear _________, Thank you for your service to our city/county/state/district/country. I’m reaching out to you regarding concerns I have regarding the disproportionate impact of specific economic policies on some of my most […]

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