Public Safety for Some is Terror for All

After the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, The Washington Post began a database on January 1, 2015 (www.washpost/fatalforce) tracking all the on-duty police shootings of unarmed people across the country. Their numbers were more than double those voluntarily reported by police departments to the FBI—just one example that many police departments cannot be trusted to hold themselves accountable. There have been more than five thousand shooting deaths since the database began, averaging one thousand […]

May 30th, 2020|In the News, Politics|

A 2020 Vision for the 2020 Vote

The November 2020 election will be the one-hundredth anniversary of American women winning the vote after a seventy-two-year struggle. This vision for the landmark 2020 vote is rooted in values that many women agree on.

Empathy. Treating others like you want to be treated. The Golden Rule is one of the first lessons we teach children, so they will stop and think about how they would feel if someone treated them badly. It’s a valuable rule for everyone.

Truth. We […]

January 1st, 2020|Politics|

Perpetrator in Chief

We should not be surprised when Donald Trump sides with perpetrators of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and pedophilia. Survivors of these forms of intimate violence and those who help them heal, are familiar with the power and control dynamics abusers use. These are the same tactics the President used to get elected, and continues to use to divide and conquer the populace so that enough people remain committed to his version of reality.

Control—of the person, their own image as impeccable, […]

February 13th, 2018|Politics|

We the people

We live in a nation still struggling to define who belongs and who doesn’t in the opening words of our Constitution, “We the people.” The founding failure of our nation is rooted in the hypocrisy of the land-owning, white, European men who were referring only to those like themselves when they wrote those words. Yet, the words alone, inspired by the confederacy of the Iroquois Nation at a time when Europeans knew only the tyranny and […]

January 15th, 2018|Politics|

Women Hold the Future

Women are often in care giving roles—in our families and in professions that heal, nurture, and educate. Across nations and throughout history, women model and instill values to children and adolescents, not only as mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters, but as teachers, nurses, social workers, and volunteers. We take that work seriously because we know the fabric of a community and the heart of a nation are at stake. It is from this perspective that 2017 was so appalling for […]

January 1st, 2018|Politics|