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At the end of Trump’s first year, I pray for revolution

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      *This column originally appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Saturday, January 20, 2018 I woke up. Fear had nested in my bones. I couldn’t see. There was something downstairs. The words penetrated the darkness. “Trump” and “win” repeated incessantly on the forgotten radio. Shock exploded. Audio of the vulgar and profane […]

A Recent Email to Our Children’s Teachers

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  Teachers.   I wanted to make sure that I sent this message to both of you.     As a matter of conscience, I am writing to request that our children stand outside the classroom and not participate in the pledge of allegiance/national anthem to the US (or Texas/not sure if y’all do that […]

The Day After the 4th

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  The Cost of Patriotism Born of Fear Scared as Hell Salvation Decisions Full Jails We Invaded Millions Die Red, White and Blue Apple Pie The World Starves Choirs Sing We Destroyed Everything We Matter We Alone We Don’t Care About Your Home The Flood of Blood Took Our Brain The Pain of Arrogance Did […]

The Immigration Question

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*Interaction from the Hope for Peace and Justice “Imagination: Immigration 2” Panel I served on today (9/26).   Q: Where should our efforts to solve the immigration crises begin?   A: We must stop treating people like shit. We must learn to love our neighbors. The problem is that we don’t even know who our […]

Daring to Love Strangers

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  The lifeless body hung by a rope. Tears streamed down my face. I couldn’t believe I was crying. I thought I was watching the execution of a murderous tyrant. I tuned in to celebrate. Why was I crying? Everything in my cultural context told me that I was supposed to be overjoyed at the […]

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