The day after the election most people I knew were exhibiting physical signs of stress. I felt it mostly in my stomach. The morning after the election, I spent time commiserating with an undocumented student I mentor, and who I love. I held her and tried to be supportive of her in her fear that… Continue reading On Surviving the Trump Years with Our Spirits Intact
As a middle aged college professor, I hear a lot from colleagues about how worried they are about how young people relate to news. The dominant narrative among us older folks is that young people: don’t consider news important; spend all their time surfing the net for celebrity gossip and cute videos; spend all of… Continue reading Healthy News Habits
The California Communities Colleges system is engaged in a serious attempt to close the racial achievement gap so that students from all demographic groups are achieving at high levels. The word being used for this attempt is “equity.” The idea is that we should not treat all our students equally. Rather, we should try to… Continue reading Empowered Students Transforming Colleges: Civic Engagement as an Equity Strategy
Presidential elections are important. They are really important. If George Bush hadn’t been president, the US would not have bombed Iraq, ISIS would not exist. And yet around presidential election time, people get wrapped up in the elections in ways that are not helpful for building a just and sustainable society. There is a lot… Continue reading Don’t Mourn, Organize…and Vote
My friend Annette Aylward is trying to make a living as a crafts person. She makes beautiful handmade linen towels. She believes in craft. She loves to make these things. To make a living making handmade things woven out of linen she needs to charge a lot of money for them. And she is successful… Continue reading Making beautiful things where everyone gains and no one profits
In order to deal with the climate crisis and have more satisfying lives, we need to build economies that consume fewer natural resources. In other words, we need to build a "solidarity economy" based on worker-owned cooperatives, self-provisioning and barter systems, and gift-based exchanges. (1) To build popular support for a transition to solidarity economics,… Continue reading Ten Ways to Challenge Capitalism’s Death Grip on Daily Life
We are entering a period where the social structures and mechanisms that have channeled and controlled power for the past few hundred years are shifting radically. In The End of Power, Venezuelan politician and former director of the World Bank, Moisés Naím, describes some serious ways in which the systems we have lived under for… Continue reading An End of Power?