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Madi Williamson | Compassion through action

Saturday, May 21, 2016 Chalkidona, Greece I haven’t posted in a while, because I have been a bit too busy and overwhelmed. I am re-posting this part because I’m still feeling the same way as before: I’m not a hero. None of us are. But we all have something in us that draws us here to care for other human beings. It takes all shapes and sizes but it’s been an amazing thing to […]

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Shirley Muir | Hitchhiker in a headscarf

She’s not a hitchhiker. She’s one of hundreds of middle-aged women who live in our mountain village. Well, their mountain village to be precise. Dressed in baggy trousers, paisley blouse and an anorak, her toes are streaked with mud as they protrude through the tips of her leather sandals. A shiny flowered headscarf swathes her head, a riot of color when the sun shines, I expect. But not today. Through […]

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Robin DiAngelo | What does it mean to be white?

I AM white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources — schools, textbooks, media and anecdotal evidence — don’t provide us with […]

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Anna Marie Alkin | Steal away home

The White House is an image I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. It seems we have all been forced into a prolonged meditation on this topic on one level or another. Apparently, it is time. The White House was built upon ground won through the genocide of indigenous peoples. The White House was quite literally built upon a foundation of slave labor. The White House reminds us the continued […]

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