If you made a screwball comedy (or a surreal farce) about an inept mafia don who accidentally starts a race war, nonaccidentally rapes women, and fails all the way up to the presidency, it would still not be as far-fetched as the country we are living in today.Continue reading "Truth is much, much stranger than fiction"
I stand with UNC PhD student Maya Little who was arrested today for pouring blood and paint on Silent Sam. Here is her statement: I have been an organizer for the Silent Sam Sit-In since September 2017, when campus police confiscated the belongings of the 24 hour occupiers. Every weekday we provide context around the …Continue reading "Confederate context"
Last week I attended the Nonprofit Technology Conference for the first time since 2011. I was very impressed with the organization and the the content of the conference, it was great to see how the community has evolved over the years. Along with Tim Nafziger, I co-facilitated a discussion session for members of the NTEN/Nonprofit …Continue reading "Getting started with Drupal"
Lots schools have been shot up. Lots of people have protested. But it really is different this time.Â
This moment reminds me of when the Greensboro Four sat down at a lunch counter in 1960 and captured the nationâ€™s attention, largely because it was covered on national TV and the timing was right. It wasnâ€™t nearly the first sit-in of it’s kind, but it had a bigger impact than most before it.
These young people have a national platform and theyâ€™re using it SO WELL. Theyâ€™re increasingly intersectional, and they’re building a movement. I think this will evolve beyond guns and really help to energize the actual majority of the country that is sick of Republican greed and corruption.
In the Drupal diversity and inclusion working group, we are often asked how people can improve the diversity of their tech events. I wrote up some thoughts about this today and thought it would be useful to share here as well.
The most important thing you can do is have your leaders look how you would like your speakers and attendees to look. No matter how well intended, a group of men is going to be less successful recruiting women, and an all-white group will not be able to recruit as many speakers of color.
Representation in leadership matters both because people can do outreach more effectively within their own communities, but also because even strangers will look at that and get more of a sense that they would be comfortable and welcome at the event.Continue reading "If you build it, they won’t come"
Parkland students like Emma Gonzales remind me so much of myself at their age. I was ready to change the world, and I knew exactly how to do it. I also rocked the same kind of natty friendship bracelets, and even shaved my head (well, part of it). I helped mobilize thousands of students to …Continue reading "I’m ready to follow these young people to a better future"
I haven’t posted a poem in a while, and this one keeps coming back to me, most recently via MonaÂ Eltahawy’s wonderful essay about the restoring the righteous rage of women and girls.
Poem about My Rights
BYÂ JUNE JORDAN
Check out the late Grace Lee Boggs on how to foster solidarity and make it through this horrible time with our souls and hopefully our social fabric intact. Her words are only becoming more and more important. “Iâ€™ve come to believe that you cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you …Continue reading "Stay alive, stay connected"
The FCC is about to vote to end net neutralityâ€”breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet. I’m supportingÂ an effort to create an avalanche of calls to Congress to stop it.
Net neutrality affects everyone who uses the Internet. This is for all of us.Continue reading "Stop the FCC and save Net Neutrality!"
I will say it again: please stop thinking everything will work out in the end. The only way that happens is if massive numbers of Americans rise up and do not allow business as usual to continue. It’s on US. The institutions that got us to this moment are not going to suddenly fix it. …Continue reading "Less faith, more action"