The Uncomfortable, But Necessary Cost of Solidarity

I was 22 when I read Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street. The book, told from the perspective of a young Latina girl, chronicles the hardships of growing up in a marginalized, impoverished family. The book was simple like a Zen garden is simple: gorgeous, spare, shimmering. In other words, not simple at all. […]

Our Meal of Resistance

I first met Debra at our Arizona senator’s office. Our paths crossed again at an ACLU Resistance Training. This time Debra came with her partner, Candy, and shared that for decades, they’ve been organizing to secure their rights and were willing to join with us to continue the work on behalf of others. Truth be […]

We are Women, We are Strong

By Catherine Hanna Schrock We are women We are strong We belong To the global sisterhood Fortified for the good Of the other Daughter, Mother Sister, brother Every nation Reverberate The proclamation That each one is The beloved Reconciled through grace United in love Come, sisters, With the wisdom Of our ancestors For the sake […]

Bold Activism for the Cowardly

The other day, I briefly chatted with an acquaintance from church. “You do any activism lately?” she asked, smiling warmly. I blinked, surprised that she asked … surprised that, when she thought of me, she thought of the word “activism” (as opposed to say, homebody or slippers or hot tea). I was, perhaps, most surprised […]

I Am Because We Are

I closed my eyes and hung my head, because I didn’t want to know. I could hear the shuffling of feet and the conversations in hushed whispers as I stood, cemented in my place. I knew I was in the way, but I couldn’t move. I couldn’t open my eyes,  because I didn’t want to […]