High School Students: DO NOT READ

Hey, high school teachers: I know how fun it is bending your curriculum to the whims of your school board. Because lesson planning and grading and controlling hormonal little monsters (who are actually angels, but seriously, Jackson & Tegan, do you have to make out with each other in the hallway?!) all day isn’t exhaustingContinue reading “High School Students: DO NOT READ”

Wicked Problems: A Deeply Personal Monograph

This has been the hardest year of my life. But I survived. Many did not. Should I feel grateful? I do, I guess, if only to not scorn those who have been lost. But what toll has it exacted? On us? On me? What has this year revealed about us as a civilization and about our future? What’s next? 

We are paying attention

Have you ever noticed how in stories set in ultra-conservative authoritarian post-revolutionary dystopias, there is always a moment when the gravel-voiced narrator says something to the effect of, “I guess we never noticed it was even happening – a little here, a little there – small pieces of our liberty stripped away and we didn’tContinue reading “We are paying attention”

A sin for a sin

On the night before he was nailed to a tree, Jesus joined his closest friends for one last supper. In his final miracle, he lifted bread and wine and transformed it into his body and blood for his disciples – those in the room with him that night and those for thousands of years to come – to join him in the most holy communion. The next day, he was beaten and dragged across town and crucified.

Opposing Petroleum Extraction in the Ecuadorian Amazon via Increased Indigenous Rights

Oil extraction in the Yasuní-ITT section of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest has wrought social and environmental destruction since its rapid expansion in the 2010s. Since indigenous spokespersons have been outspoken about their strong stance against all extractive activities, by codifying indigenous land rights definitively in the Amazon and affirming indigenous autonomy, this policy will ensure that indigenous communities and their jungle environments are protected.

Dismantling the Barriers of White Supremacy Obstructing Ecological Sustainability Initiatives in Communities of Color

Institutional racism upheld by strong capitalist markets have embedded inequity into the fabric of American society for centuries, disenfranchising entire communities of color; economically disadvantaged communities are therefore largely excluded from mechanisms that would contribute to creating healthier local communities and a more sustainable world.