If you happened to be walking up Orcas Avenue on Sunday night you couldn’t have missed the excitement bubbling up from the Hillman City Park and Garden. A large crowd filled the grassy garden area, spilling out onto the sidewalk here and there. Adults stood around and talked. Children chased each other through the vibrant planting beds. Food was shared and cool beverages were offered. And laughter filled the air. Continue reading ROAR: A Farm Stand for the People→
I found myself in El Salvador for 48 hours this passed Memorial Day weekend due to a family emergency. As I stood in line to pay the tourism fees to enter the country, I learned about a historic “beatification day” happening over the weekend. Two nuns standing right behind me in line, had run into “the famous John Dear”, and were star struck. They were excited to be in El Salvador to commemorate the martyr, Archbishop Romero, 35 years after his assignation: “this is a big deal and people from all over the world are coming for this important day,” they informed me. Continue reading From El Salvador to South Seattle→
I never really wanted to be White. Until I was 10 I didn’t even realize that’s what I was. When people talked about race I assumed they meant ethnic heritage which seemed like a separate issue from the color of one’s skin. I understood myself to be Italian and Swedish – ¼ of each. I’d proudly claim those two identities and feel pity for my friends who were only and 1/8 or 1/16 of something or – worst of all – didn’t claim anything at all.
This all came to mind when I attended the European Dissent Community Meeting last Saturday. The meeting was an opportunity for White people interested in anti-racism work to come together. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that, rather than rallying us for immediate action or flaunting their activist successes, this meeting was focused on building relationships and fostering the inner work necessary for White people seeking racial justice. Continue reading Inescapable Whiteness→
The stalemate in Olympia over Washington state’s budget represents an ideological divide that won’t be overcome by negotiators sitting long enough in a room together. And unfortunately, neither side has proposed a budget and revenue package that would actually fully fund the educational opportunity and services families need in today’s economy. Continue reading The Stalemate Over Washington State’s Budget→