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How I totally rocked a bystander intervention to stop a drunk white man from goading a young black man into a fight on the subway, and how you can too

Wednesday¬†night I went to a play with my dad and my sister and then I took the train home and between Central and Davis I totally used my bystander intervention training to stop an older drunk white man from provoking … Continue reading

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We are right to protest, and when we fight, we win.

This glorious post, Drop Apocalyptic Thinking and Get in the Streets: On White/Male Voices Stifling Resistance, inspired me to think about how I keep from despair. Almost immediately after the election, I pulled out my old collections of the Dykes … Continue reading

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How to host a postcard-writing party

I feel like it’s been a thousand years since that ACLU training session. Apparently 29 days is now a thousand years. I’ve been out at protests and rallies every weekend since the inauguration and I’m thinking about buying a huge … Continue reading

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Civil rights advocacy at the state level

Last weekend I attended an ACLU training event on state-level civil rights legislation in Massachusetts. The line I found most inspiring, oddly, was: “Advocacy isn’t difficult or tricky. It’s about being persistent, strategic, and thoughtful.” We can do that, y’all. … Continue reading

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“SING” takes on the music industry

This morning we took V. and a friend to SING! I’d heard iffy reviews but in fact it’s a brutal expos√© of the sexism and racism of the music industry. SING! traces the careers of several women including a brilliant … Continue reading

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Turing test

Folks, I need to tell you about an amazing customer service call yesterday. I was trying to find out why my insurance wouldn’t pay for a refill of something, and the customer service rep was so slow, and had a … Continue reading

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I am devastated.

First I want to say: to my dear friends and family and colleagues and students, queer, immigrant, poor, Muslim, Jewish, Mexican, female, black, brown, disabled, and more: I love you, and I have your back. Everyone I see is struggling. … Continue reading

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