CW: Homelessness Someone I know recently called people who are experiencing homelessness “entitled.” Context: A person wearing business casual was walking down a crowded outdoor mall in the middle of the day. A person experiencing homelessness interacted with Business Casual in some way–and then attacked Business Casual with a bear hug from behind as the […]Read more "Why People Should Stop Saying Homeless People Have an Entitlement Problem"
The Washington Post recently featured an article that talked about the increasing percentage of youth in America who both live in poverty and attend public schools. The article was problematic in itself — and not only because the actual study, if you look it up, points out that more than half of children in public […]Read more "More than 1/2 of Public School Children are Low-Income: Or, why we need to stop talking about “equality”"
Freedom’s a-Callin Me (2012) by Ntozake Shange (illustrated by Rod Brown) is an imagining of the lives and stories of men and women who participated in the Underground Railroad. Each page contains a different poem, which chronicles one potential portion of a slave’s journey northward. Shange and Brown don’t pull punches in this children’s book […]Read more "Freedom’s a-Callin Me by Ntozake Shange"
How can I not talk about Oregon? How can I not talk about the armed terrorists (aka, depending on who you’re listening to: militia, angry old white men, activists, “patriots*” — don’t worry that link takes you to Media Matters, not Fox News, which is the group saying that) who are occupying a wildlife refuge […]Read more "Oregon Under Attack & America’s White Supremacy Problem"
One year, I burned resolutions in a bonfire. I no longer remember who sat around that bonfire. I don’t even remember if it happened at New Years or at some other point in the year. It was cold enough for a bonfire — which says nothing at all. The faces I fill in are people […]Read more "When Morning Comes, We’ll See Who’s Left Alive*"