Published on October 26, 2020.

In September, media reported that more money was being spent on political ads in North Carolina than any other state. It is one of six states where 9 out of 10 of all ad dollars are going to this contested presidency. Not only is the presidential race close, but the Senate, the governor’s race and […]

Time for Compassion

Published on October 20, 2020.

Like many people who grew up in poverty in this country, I was embarrassed and ashamed about my background. Not until after I had spent time in Nicaragua in the 1980s, where people understood poverty in a very different way, did I decide to “come out of the closet” as a poor person back home. […]

No Matter What Happens

Published on October 13, 2020.

As we sit here in anticipation of an election that will change our history for generations to come, I feel both excited and afraid of what could happen. The divisiveness of our country, the fear of voter suppression and possible violence sits heavily on my mind, as I’m sure it does yours. But no matter […]

Is it Just a Band-Aid?

Published on October 7, 2020.

Not all ways of working for change appeal to everyone. Some organizers disdain reform, which involves changing laws and policies. In many cases, reform means trying to protect current policies that serve the public. These are what Joanna Macy calls, “holding actions.” I know that the compromise that is so often at the heart of […]

Sometimes You Will Fall, But Most of the Time, You Will Fly

Published on September 28, 2020.

Whether or not we’re actively engaged with social justice work, most of us know what’s wrong with our world. Yet often we don’t know what we want instead. We just don’t want more of what we’re seeing every day on the news. Some of us are exploring questions of equity and social justice by working […]


Published on September 21, 2020.

This is a critical moment for the environmental movement. As we watch in horror the effects of climate change – the catastrophic droughts, floods and fires – grow in severity and frequency, our ability to galvanize a broad-based response has been under attack. The Right’s onslaught on science and bedrock environmental protections is terrifying. Misinformation […]

The Toolbox You Really Need

Published on September 15, 2020.

I’ve been thinking a lot about toolboxes lately. Our local home improvement stores are busy with customers and their DIY home repairs. We are gardening more, painting more, reorganizing and unclogging. But we need more than screwdrivers and sanders. We need a toolbox for activists to fix what’s going wrong in our country today. I […]

The Unhappy Marriage of Food and Politics

Published on September 9, 2020.

Food insecurity is particularly visible among immigrants, the same people who work so hard to supply food to our tables. Undocumented immigrants are barred from most government aid, so the CARES Act has done them little good. Last month’s new “public charge” rule, set to go into effect October 15, is even discouraging legal immigrants […]

Peace, Power and Love

Published on August 26, 2020.

As we watch the party conventions these past two weeks, we are thinking about how spirit, compassion and humanity – or the lack thereof – influence and shape us. Michelle Obama said last week: first, we must listen to each other. Only then, as Linda’s work has shown, can we build vibrant, diverse and thriving […]

How We Keep Our Voting Rights

Published on August 18, 2020.

The November elections are about more than just who will win or lose. The anxiety and apprehension reportedly surrounding them is the latest example of the long-running dispute over voting rights, since key parts of the Voting Rights Act were invalidated in 2013 by the Supreme Court. States with a history of discriminatory voter laws […]

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