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with Janee Woods

Inauguration Day

My plan for today is to be Extra Black. I sang some Negro spirituals during my morning drive. Also on my to-do list: listen to some Black music, read Black … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Commitment, Courage and Resistance: Making Real the Promises of Democracy

  The Unitarian Society of Hartford invited me to be their pulpit guest this morning at their special service celebrating the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, which has fallen … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Trump is the Face of Deep-Rooted Bigotry and Islamophobia

Honestly, I don’t even want to participate in creating any more media presence for Donald Trump’s self-aggrandizing national spectacle of idiocy and antagonism. However, I refuse to be silent when … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

White Privilege Is Not a Good Look

My dear white friends, someone pointing out how your white privilege might color your perspective is not the same thing as being called a racist. This can be a hard distinction … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

We See You, Smart Black Boys and Girls

Can I be honest with you right now? I am feeling discouraged. The killing of Black people by the police just doesn’t stop. Today, we’re mourning Freddie Gray, who was … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Resources for Becoming a Stronger White Ally

If you haven’t seen Dixon D. White’s brave and honest videos about challenging white supremacy in America then go to You Tube right away and subscribe to his channel. Dixon, a … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

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

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 · 1 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 · 2 Comments