Another Week of Injustice

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // July 23rd 2015 // Issues and Trends, Mosaic // no comments

Another Week of Striving to Overcome Injustice This week has us grieving yet more murders of unarmed black and brown people, asking what happened to Sandra Bland and India Clarke? Kenny Wiley responds to #IfIDieInPoliceCustody offering, “We are all gifted, and we are all flawed. I can speak and write well, and I also have depression and let friends and family down all the time. I should not need to be perfect in order to matter. Sandra Bland was not perfect, and she mattered.”   What does healing or resilience, self-care or survival even begin to look like in the face of this state of emergency, as organizer Tia Oso called it when she interrupted the Netroots conference? Some brilliant folks…

A Prayer for Freddie Gray

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // April 30th 2015 // Future of Faith, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

  Prayer Because the world cracks open and here we are: For the 900 lives lost to the migration injustice – mothers, fathers, parents, children, trying to reach Europe by boat. For the over 4,000 lives lost to earthquakes in Nepal and South Asia. For the family and community of Rekia Boyd, an unarmed black woman shot in the back of her head by police 2012. For the officer who killed her and was cleared of wrongdoing. For Freddie Gray, an unarmed black man who died in police custody last Sunday. For his family, friends and community. For Baltimore and the protesters who call for justice. Help us to know that no matter our losses,…

The Symptom is Not the Problem

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 28th 2015 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

It is Overtime to Shift the Paradigm An acquaintance of mine named Molli King is a teacher and yesterday she posted an essay she wrote for an education blog about a school in New York City called Success Academy that had recently been profiled in the New York Times. In her essay she told a story, one that I remember her sharing in person when she still worked at Success Academy, and this story has been rattling around in my brain today. The story is found in her blogpost and I will also recount it here in Ms. King’s words: But of all of the awful stories from my time at Success, none will top the…

Looking Back to Move Forward

Posted by Bart Frost // April 3rd 2015 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

Undoing the “Third Reconstruction” This is part three in our four part series, here are links to Part One and Part Two. – ed. Rev. Dr. William Barber Saturday morning began with Rev. Dr. William Barber’s How to Build a Movement/Wake Up Call. I had the pleasure of witnessing his preaching on Thursday night at Tabernacle, so I pulled myself out of bed to make it to the workshop at 7:30am. Thursday night he spoke about the power within to fight for justice and was so inspiring I knew I had to see him no matter what. Saturday morning he spoke about the Third Reconstruction and grassroots organizing. (Beacon Press will publish his book “The Third…