The Dogs That Caught The Bus Are Uncomfortable

Anger is like gasoline. If you spray it around and somebody lights a match, you’ve got an inferno. [But] if we can put our anger inside an engine, it can drive us forward. ~Scilia Elworthy A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily … Continue reading The Dogs That Caught The Bus Are Uncomfortable

On a Sleepless Night, Shifting Ground, and Losing a Constitutional Right in One Sentence

We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled ~Justice Alito for the majority; draft opinion, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health The fight to save abortion rights was lost slowly, over a long time, and then all at once. ~Elie Mystal, Yes, the Theocrats on the Court Really Are Going to Overturn Roe v. Wade "The permissibility of abortion, and … Continue reading On a Sleepless Night, Shifting Ground, and Losing a Constitutional Right in One Sentence

It’s Enough: A Guest Post

Note: This week’s pep talk is courtesy of Jessica Glunt, who I first met after the 2016 election at a meeting with our U.S. Senator (back when he hosted such things). You may recall that I met last week's guest post writer, Lisa, at the same event. (You can see why he stopped hosting those … Continue reading It’s Enough: A Guest Post

33 Votes: A Guest Post

Note: This week's pep talk is courtesy of Lisa Ryan, who I met in the raw months after the 2016 election at a meeting with our U.S. Senator (back when he hosted such things). Lisa is as a busy as they come (I'll let her explain) but that hasn't stopped her from contributing mightily, most … Continue reading 33 Votes: A Guest Post

On Keeping it Local: Inspiration From Arizona

The worst thing they could do is not try. ~ Sarah Kendzior Community organizing is all about building grassroots support. It's about identifying the people around you with whom you can create a common, passionate cause. And it's about ignoring the conventional wisdom of company politics and instead playing the game by very different rules. … Continue reading On Keeping it Local: Inspiration From Arizona

The Company You Keep

It is important to look closely at the people who will not call evil by its name. There are no neutral parties in this moment. ~Steve Schmidt “Our partner, Trump.” ~Russia "I don't think you want to be associated with those kids, Michele. Trust me on this one." ~My mother, circa 1991 People judge you … Continue reading The Company You Keep

On Conformity, Groupthink, and the Slap Heard Round the World

The important thing about groupthink is that it works not so much by censoring dissent as by making dissent seem somehow improbable. ~James Surowiecki One morning when I was in fourth grade, my teacher wheeled in a television from the AV center. She beamed as she rolled that rickety cart to the front of the … Continue reading On Conformity, Groupthink, and the Slap Heard Round the World

On a Pokemon Quiz, Small Deeds, and the Simple Ways We Can Make Life Better for Each Other

You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world. -Andy Andrews Last night our doorbell rang. Which was a shock, because it never does. At least, not outside delivery hours. I had just emerged from a 1.5 hour conference call and was … Continue reading On a Pokemon Quiz, Small Deeds, and the Simple Ways We Can Make Life Better for Each Other

On the R-Nought of Courage, and Not Letting Them Keep You On the Sidelines

It is not that the good undoes the evil, but that we feel better when we know that others are acting, responding, not giving up. ~Timothy Snyder An employee at Russia's state "news" channel, Marina Ovsyannikova, briskly walked behind the anchor's desk and held up a white piece of poster board. It was the kind … Continue reading On the R-Nought of Courage, and Not Letting Them Keep You On the Sidelines

On the Danger of Inevitability, Our Role in History, and Sleepwalking

History is not how one man smooths the past so that we all slide towards war.  It is how many of us, each a little differently, confront the difficulties of the past and so imagine our own individual routes towards the future.  ~Timothy Snyder Resist notions of fate ... and optimism.... History is also made by … Continue reading On the Danger of Inevitability, Our Role in History, and Sleepwalking