video on progress

I just discovered this online–a video taken at a GA somewhere (Louisville?). They were asking many people about the Journey Toward Wholeness, and here is the video of my answer:

Poems in the Lap of Death (service; 140223)

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Not only do I not believe in that literal version of the monotheistic God, I have very little interest in trying to prove or disprove its existence. It is not a very nuanced understanding; I want us to deepen our appreciation of the complexities and paradoxes of life. ~read more~

Coming Out of the Shadows

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“Undocumented…Unafraid!” The chant outside the Broadview Detention Center this morning demonstrated that the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) had joined the usual band of hardy souls from the Chicago Religious Leadership Network (CRLN), praying and singing for an end to senseless deportations.

Two young adults spoke of their personal journeys. Brought to the USA as children, they struggled when they learned that they were not considered citizens of the country they loved. Both risked their ~read more~

God Made Farmers

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“Maybe God did make farmers, but why’d Dodge [show us primarily] white ones?” asks Alexis C. Madrigal:

“It’s true that whites are the managers of 96 percent of the nation’s farms…But the agricultural workforce is overwhelmingly Mexican with some workers from Central America thrown in. The Department of Labor’s National Agriculture Worker Survey has found that over the last decade, around 70 percent of farmworkers in America were born in Mexico.”

Madrigal borrows Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ~read more~

Emancipation Tour

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Vincent Licenziato’s “Emancipation Tour” showed me Boston statuary I had never seen before, and taught me a good bit about some of the women and men who worked to emancipate themselves and others. Licenziato is knowledgeable about the people of African and European descent depicted in the statues, sculptures and monuments of his tour; and he is passionate about the cause of freedom. At each of the five “stops,” he asks questions like “what do ~read more~

NACCS address, take two

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I attended the “Save Ethnic Studies” fundraiser at the 40th annual National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) conference because I believe that cultural diversity makes us stronger, and sharing *all* of our stories is one of the best ways to foster healthy diversity. I was happy to donate a few dollars to support the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program, in its battle against HB2281, which makes illegal all ethnic studies programs ~read more~

Occupy Gary

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1. What were your intial thoughts about Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Gary?

As OWS continues to pick up momentum, I am more and more optimistic that we can make a real impact on the culture of our nation and our world. It is equally important to Occupy our local areas, like Gary, to keep the spotlight on economic inequalities at every level. If the Occupy movement can be successful at engaging the racial ~read more~

Lost in Detention

Children Of Undocumented Immigrants Rally In Washington To End Deportations

The controversial “Secure Communitites” immigration enforcement program is losing support from law enforcement, as it fails to deliver on its promises–and creates a backlash from the immigrant communities affected. Worse, PBS’ Frontline discovers evidence of physical and sexual abuse of detainees in ICE detention facilities.

“Last year, the Obama administration set new records for detaining and deporting immigrants who were inside the country illegally. The government plans to best those numbers in 2011, removing more ~read more~

study guide for “Arc”

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A study guide has been published for The Arc of the Universe is Long: Unitarian Universalists, Anti-Racism and the Journey from Calgary. The Rev. Ms. Leslie Takahashi-Morris has written a clear guide to lead discussions about the book, and about racism in general. Because I did not write it, I feel justified in praising the study guide: as much as it is possible, Leslie’s guide makes it safe to explore the complex issues and painful ~read more~

Rango funny, racist

Rango and "Wounded Bird"

“Rango” is a funny movie, but it has too many stereotypes for me to endorse wholeheartedly.  I agree with Roger Ebert, who called it an “animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical.”  Gore Verbinski’s film has visual quotes from many movies (“Star Wars,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” etc.), which were delightful for the adults in the crowd.

However, there are several troubling stereotypes.  Stephen Bridenstine notes, ~read more~