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with Janee Woods

There Is No Life to Be Found in Violence

The month of March so far: we’re barely halfway through and already such madness. Cleveland, Ohio’s attorneys blamed 12 year old Tamir Rice, a black boy, for his own shooting … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

White People Making Racist Mistakes

Recently, we’ve had a slew of high profile examples of privileged white people acting like, well, privileged white people. Setting aside Iggy Azalea being willfully oblivious to her misappropriation of … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Finding a New Perspective: Reconciling Privilege with Empathy

I think a lot about poverty and low-income families. Reading this report from the Children’s Defense Fund about ways to reduce child poverty made me want to do more to advocate change. … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

An Evolution of Social Justice Awareness

  I wasn’t always an activist for social justice. There was a time when I held a plum position as an attorney at a high profile law firm. And then one … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Different Kind of Justice

Punitive justice won’t bring back Michael Brown—or Eric Garner or Tamir Rice or Trayvon Martin or John Crawford. Unraveling systemic racism starts with communities, not courts. “AFTER THEIR EXHAUSTIVE REVIEW, … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Helpful Media about Ferguson

Thank you to everyone who has visited this blog over the past few days. Thousands of people have read and shared the words on social media, prompting much needed discussion … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

Ask an Anthropologist: Ebola Edition

Ebola continues to ravage West African countries, causing almost 5,000 deaths due to a mortality rate approaching 50% and creating thousands of orphaned children, who are now isolated and shunned by their … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

An Important Lesson White People Must Learn If They’re Serious About Fighting Racism

There’s a difference between feeling uncomfortable and being unsafe in black spaces. One month ago, the nation’s consciousness around race relations was awoken abruptly following the shooting death of Michael … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · 6 Comments

Call to Action: Support People Powered Democracy with RHIZE.ORG

Hi Everybody! I wanted to let you know about this exciting new venture I am supporting called Rhize, and its crowdfunding campaign. Rhize is a new nonprofit that is building … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Let’s be honest, we can’t be colorblind because America is not post-racial.

It is a matter of color. Photo credit: Reuters/Adrees Latif As outrage over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri further develops—around police brutality, First Amendment rights, and memories of a Civil … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 4 Comments
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