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Books in quarantine

They’re like pacifiers. Though it’s more involved than that; bad comparison. Something distracting and thought-provoking enough to avoid ennui,insulated enough to quell anxiety, and hopefully original enough to battle against the cliché that seems to be permeating this pandemic. More or less. Context: Online learning has been one of my…

On privilege, uncertainty, and COVID-19

I’m just going to say it: I’ve never before had my considerable privilege taken away. Sure, I’ve had challenges in my life, but they’ve stemmed from completely expected occurrences—my great-grandmother dying of old age—to downright wonderful experiences—living abroad for a year (how horrible). And forget structural barriers. I may be…

Internal moderation in movement politics fails to achieve goals

For almost four years now, I have been a member of Northfield’s chapter of ISAIAH, a progressive faith-based community organizing group that seeks to build power across Minnesota. Many in the community are likely familiar with the name ISAIAH, it being one of the most prominent political organizations in the…

Uh Oh. We have to talk about it: Joe Biden, accountability, and change

Content Warning: This article discusses the ongoing political, cultural, and social crisis surrounding the Tara Reade story. Out of necessity to adequately address the severity of our failing of Reade, discussion of sexual violence follows.  Let’s talk about Tara Reade. Or maybe not Tara Reade precisely. She has been discussed…