Category Archives: social justice

“A Riot is the Language of the Unheard”

…Certain conditions continue to exist in our society, which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to … Continue reading

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Dr. Quentin Young 1923-2016

This is a tribute to Dr. Quentin Young, a resident of Hyde Park for most of his life, who was a dedicated advocate for single payer healthcare and a civil rights advocate. He died yesterday at 92. I met him … Continue reading

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“We Light These Lights: A New Hanerot Hallelu Prayer for Hanukkah” by Rabbi Brant Rosen

We light these lights for the instigators and the refusers the obstinate and unyielding for the ones who kept marching the ones who tended the fires the ones who would not bow down. We light these lights for the sparks … Continue reading

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Montgomery Bus Boycott

59 years ago today the Montgomery Bus boycott began and lasted 381 days. Between 30,000 to 40,000 African Americans boycotted the metropolitan bus company in response to the arrest of Rosa Parks because she refused to give up her seat to … Continue reading

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“I can’t breathe…”

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Creative dislocations

Today I attended the memorial service of an old teacher of mine, John Fish. He was an activist, teacher, pastor, co-founder of the ACM Urban Studies Program, founder of the Princeton Project ’55. He was on boards and an active … Continue reading

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“Do Everything”

Today we toured the F.E.W. distillery in Evanston. Though the name refers to crafting small batches of whiskey, rye, and gin, the name is also the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard, president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union from 1879-1898, … Continue reading

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