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Being an Ally

We sincerely hope so

In opening our recent organizing committee meeting, we each wrote a word or phrase that related to the work we do with Racial Justice Allies. “Relationism (instead of individualism.” “Courage (not to be confused with testicles).”  “Clarify the Issue before the Action.” “What’s the Point?” “ACTION—it’s OK to be embarrassed.” …

Students Demonstrate for Andy Lopez

I wrote the letter below in support of the middle school students holding a demonstration at their school on April 23, the 6 month anniversary of their school mate Andy Lopez’s killing by a Sonoma county sheriff. It appeared in the Press Democrat on April 24 and at 9:30 AM …

White Privilege Check List for Activists

When people organize to challenge the oppressive (and often racialized) dynamics in their community, they frequently neglect to consider how those dynamics find their ways into the organizing itself.  We do not come together in a vacuum. What happens “out there”  also happens, albeit in different and perhaps more subtle …

Supreme Court Decisions on Voting Rights & Gay Marriage

Speech by Cathy Cade, Oakland Unitarian Church Steps, June 26, 2013 Yesterday the US Supreme Court struck down portions of the civil rights voting act, the state of Texas tried to reduce access to abortion. Today the Supreme Court struck down Proposition 8 prohibiting LGBT marriage and the federal Defense …