Understanding Accountability So We Can Hold the Police to Account

Ever since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, people all around the country are mobilized to challenge the systemic racism that is deeply embedded in every institution of our country. We are in a moment full of sadness, trauma, and a sense of urgency. Many of us are worried that the moment … Continue reading Understanding Accountability So We Can Hold the Police to Account

Mobilizing Climate Action in the Face of Planet of the Humans

We are in a climate emergency. That means we all need to do everything we can to get the world to stop burning fossil fuels and chopping down trees. And we need to do it as quickly as possible. Getting to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will take everything we have. That's why … Continue reading Mobilizing Climate Action in the Face of Planet of the Humans

Facing Our Other Crises With Lessons From COVID-19

As I have been thinking about the worldwide response to COVID-19, like many people I have been amazed that this pandemic would spur people to move out of a business-as-usual approach to life and into forms of action that will stop at nothing to achieve an important social goal. While I have complied very willingly … Continue reading Facing Our Other Crises With Lessons From COVID-19

Owning Our Shit: The US Role in Global Migration

Trump's comments about shithole countries are no surprise and it reflects the racist worldview we know he holds. While much of the discussion around the statement has focused on how racist it was, less commented on has been how profoundly it misunderstands the nature of immigration. The US is a nation of immigrants, the descendants … Continue reading Owning Our Shit: The US Role in Global Migration

Holding onto Your Humanity in Solitary Confinement

On the pain and the pathology of the Security Housing Unit by Ifoma Modibo Kambon. Introduction by Cynthia Kaufman Introduction: I first met Ifoma Modibo Kambon through my friend Sharon Martinas. Sharon is part of PLEJ (Power, Love, Education and Justice),  a project of Human Rights Pen Pals. PLEJ is a collaboration between incarcerated people … Continue reading Holding onto Your Humanity in Solitary Confinement