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Race, gender and identity

Open Borders by Bryan Caplan

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.

St. Mark Community Education Program

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.

Reading Frederick Douglass together

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 [...]

Juneteenth mobilization

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.

Movement for Black Lives and Reading Frederick Douglass

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 [...]

Candlelight Vigil

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 [...]


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 [...]

The Welcome Project

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.

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