At 10am on 14th March, American students walked out of class for 17 minutes, honoring the 17 students and staff who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and demanding gun reform. And this is just the beginning.
On St Patrick’s Day, let’s acknowledge him as an activist, who reportedly spoke out against slavery and oppression and other injustices.
The following was first published at DailyTheology.com:
In search of St. Patrick
St. Patrick is one of a handful of Christian saints, along with Mary, Valentine and Francis, that is celebrated in popular culture. His feast day is commemorated with supermarket meat sales, green rivers, green beer, and (my favorite) parades. But who was the real St. Patrick?
Most people know that the missionary Patrick (Patricius or Pádraig) helped to bring Christianity to Ireland in the 5th Century. Some may remember how his first visit to the island was as a slave. Sadly, only a few may remember Patrick’s opposition to structural injustice and his prophetic defense of victims of violence and human trafficking. As with so many of our saints, Patrick’s radical application of the Gospel has been domesticated and stripped of its challenging message. Rather than witnessing to the prophetic and loving call of the…
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Here’s how to show American students that we are encouraging them – at the same time getting the attention of American lawmakers to show them that the world is watching. Continue reading “Let’s show USA that Gun-free Schools are Achievable”
Five black students at the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School found racist slurs written on their doors.
This was their superintendent’s response.
One politician’s misinformed attempt to promote a confusing non-issue in Australia’s Marriage Equality survey has backfired. A prominent comedian noticed the blunder and turned Senator Bernadi’s divisive tweet into a huge success for a group of Aussie kids trying to raise money to educate girls in Africa. Continue reading “Goodness Prevails amid Aussie Shitstorm”
It takes a lot of courage and patience to articulate truth when wider society is so adept at, and chronically intent upon, “criticizing, finding fault as if there were a reward for it” (Zig Ziglar).
Robin was invited to share the following work with Resilience 101 because it is an eloquent and deeply personal expression of the impacts we have on one another when we make assumptions, and form judgments, that are based on zero facts. Continue reading “You Wouldn’t Know by Looking at Me”
This is one of my current projects, which I’m hosting on my personal site. Please participate, if you wish, by including your comments at the end of the original post. Thank you.
I am writing a book about racism.
‘Why?’ you might ask.
Well, not because I have any expertise on the matter. Not because I want to. Not because it’s easy. Not because it’s comfortable… It’s none of those things. And there are a bazillion easier ways to get a cookie, so it’s not that either.
To be clear up front, I am a a middle-aged 9th+ generation Tasmanian beige-skinned woman who grew up not even knowing there was such a thing as race. I have not personally suffered anything on the basis of my race. Ever.
But racism is my problem anyway.
It is my students’ problem, my friends’ problem, my relatives’ problem, my country’s problem, my online community’s problem; and, thanks to various political influences, it is likely to get poked with a stick more and more often. I am part of all those mini-worlds, and the greater world around them…
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Prime Minister Turnbull wants to change our Racial Discrimination Act to increase freedom of speech (1). I have never heard any Australian complain that we have a freedom of speech problem, so this makes no sense whatsoever. Continue reading “Australia’s Freedom of Hate-Speech”
Today I stumbled upon a short illustrated story about privilege, On a Plate, by Toby Morris. The story was touted by its host website as “The Simplest and Most Perfect Explanation of Privilege I’ve Ever Seen”.
Well, I certainly appreciated it. It is a good start. But it is not the whole story Continue reading “Privilege is a counter-productive word.”