on July 15, 2020
Today, I attended a virtual talk by Bryan Caplan, drawing on his book Open Borders. It was a fascinating discussion of the economics of immigration. It was also a fundraiser for St Mark Community Education Program (SMCEP) a non-profit that helps immigrants become U.S. citizens.
on July 5, 2020
Today, I made a donation to the St. Mark Community Education Program, an organization that provides English-language and citizenship education programs for adult immigrants and their families.
on July 4, 2020
Today, I listened to a recording of the second session of the Nonprofit Quarterly’s “Beyond the Board Statement: How Can Boards Join the Movement for Racial Justice?” The event was actually this past Monday, but I couldn’t join and hadn’t had the chance to catch up until today.
on July 2, 2020
Today, I joined a Zoom call hosted by the Somerville Museum and the Somerville Media Center, during which the edited community reading of “Reading Frederick Douglass together” was broadcast. I recorded a segment, so it was good to see the whole piece come together. It was followed by an amazing talk by Keidrick Roy, a [...]
on June 22, 2020
Today, I joined a call hosted by the Nonprofit Quarterly to talk about “Beyond the Board Statement: How Can Boards Join the Movement for Racial Justice?” It was a good conversation about the need to center around racial equity.
on June 20, 2020
Today, I marched with the Movement for Black Lives as part of its Juneteenth mobilization. I attended the rally on Cambridge Common and marched to Cambridge City Hall, 90 degree weather be damned.
on June 15, 2020
Today, I joined a national mobilization call for the Movement for Black Lives. This call was geared specifically toward rallying environment justice advocates for upcoming Juneteenth actions. Today, I also recorded a passage of Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is 4th of July?” speech for a Somerville Museum/Somerville Media Center project called Reading Frederick [...]
on June 7, 2020
Today, I attended a candlelight vigil for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others killed by police brutality and racist violence. This was a Somerville event, organized by people of color who have formed a new organization called Just Us Somerville. It ended with 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence, after which we [...]
on May 31, 2020
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died in Minneapolis after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. Chauvin handcuffed Floyd and put his knee to Floyd’s neck, pinning him to the ground for nearly 10 minutes. Captured on video, the incident has inspired protests around the country, once [...]
on May 8, 2020
Somerville-based Welcome Project is the primary means by which the city’s immigrant population can participate in and shape community decisions. It’s a critical support for a significant portion of the City’s populace — a community that is struggling through the coronavirus. Today, I donated to the Welcome Project for its Immigrant Assistance Fund.