Freedom of Speech

Over the past couple of months, as tempers rise and depression deepens in the midst of this global pandemic and political unrest, I’ve seen an increase of calls citing “Freedom of Speech.” The infamous Harper’s Letter called for open debate, speaking specifically about cancel culture, but there’s also a cry for “Freedom of Speech” regarding…

Our Civic Duty

I live in Portland, and I have been both horrified and proud of what’s been happening downtown since May 28, 2020**. Horrified by the lack of humanity shown by the police and federal officers as they brutalize non-violent protesters night after night. Proud of the American citizens standing up in the face of those assaults…

The Revolution in Portland

The video below is the first in a series of short videos from a Portland resident who has been to the protests and seen what’s happening there first hand, as well as countless videos from front-line journalists. There has been so much misinformation, lies, and half-truths spouted by Trump and his followers, along with some…

Black Lives Still Matter

The current revolution in Portland all started with the Black Lives Matter movement, and it still very much is about the Black Lives Matter movement, although many POC feel the focus has shifted away from the BLM movement. It seems like the focus hasn’t been shifted as much as broadened. (Granted, I have a very…

The Bottom Line

We are slowly boiling alive. I’m referring to what is known as the “Boiling Frog Syndrome,” meaning when things happen slowly enough we don’t realize the danger until it’s too late. Socrates said, “The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” It’s not even possible to have a discussion if the word I use carries a different…

A New Declaration of Independence

This morning, a friend posted The Declaration of Independence on social media, urging everyone to read it—not only for the historical significance, but also for the eloquence of the writing. The last time I read it was probably a decade ago, so I definitely read it with new eyes. It quickly became evident that the…

A Response to J.K. Rowling’s Essay

I’m obsessed with Harry Potter. Literally. I sleep in Harry Potter pajamas. I have a full set of Harry Potter Gryffindor robes, complete with replica wand. I have a Harry Potter lap desk in which I keep my Harry Potter quill to write cards with a real ink well, just like Harry Potter. My partner…

Criminalizing Dissent

The news is getting to me, and I have felt a range of emotions from anger to depression to helplessness to rage to utter futility. I’ve shed many tears over the past week, watching the police respond to protests against police brutality with more police brutality, while the world watches in utter horror. Trump threatened…

Zero Tolerance for Violence

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” ~JFK For the first time in three months, the news is not dominated by the global pandemic. Instead, it’s covering the protests and riots across the country sparked by the latest instance of police brutality leading to the death of yet another Black person….