On Anger, Viral Videos, and the Power of Standing Up

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls … Continue reading On Anger, Viral Videos, and the Power of Standing Up

On Turmoil, and Motivation, and a Little Brown Bat

Small things done consistently, in strategic places, create major impact. ~David Allen This week there's a lot we could talk about. Three mass shootings in so many days. Covid cases skyrocketing. A theocratic Supreme Court that's poised to destroy constitutional rights. Ukraine. Every potential reprieve is a mirage. But because there's so much to talk … Continue reading On Turmoil, and Motivation, and a Little Brown Bat

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