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Race, gender and identity

Building Racial Equity: Foundations

Today, I took part in a six and half hour training run by Race Forward, called “Building Racial Equity: Foundations.” It was a long time to spend on Zoom, but it was valuable to build a level starting point to engage on racial equity going forward.

Rethinking Thansgiving

On this Thanksgiving, it’s powerful to consider how the history I learned in grade school has erased the taking of land from North America’s Indigenous people. Today, I did quite a bit of reading on the movement to acknowledge that oppression. And I signed this petition to support closing Mount Rushmore and return public lands [...]

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 [...]

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