Category Archives: Justice

Just Mercy | Reflections and Resources

Just Mercy, 2019 [PG-13] “I came out of law school with grand ideas in my mind about how to change the world. But Mr. McMillian made me realize we can’t change the world with only ideas in our minds. We

Just Mercy | Reflections and Resources

Just Mercy, 2019 [PG-13] “I came out of law school with grand ideas in my mind about how to change the world. But Mr. McMillian made me realize we can’t change the world with only ideas in our minds. We

Antiracist Baby | Critical Reflections & Notes

Ibram X. Kendi. Antiracist Baby. Penguin Random House, 2020. CRITICAL REFLECTIONS Something feels different about this moment. Whether it is, has yet to be determined, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that this time may pass with little reform. However,

Antiracist Baby | Critical Reflections & Notes

Ibram X. Kendi. Antiracist Baby. Penguin Random House, 2020. CRITICAL REFLECTIONS Something feels different about this moment. Whether it is, has yet to be determined, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that this time may pass with little reform. However,

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Keynote Address at ADL’s 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate | Transcript, Highlights, and Reflections

  TRANSCRIPT & HIGHLIGHTS Thank you, Jonathan, for your very kind words. Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say “racism, hate and bigotry” I’m not

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Keynote Address at ADL’s 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate | Transcript, Highlights, and Reflections

  TRANSCRIPT & HIGHLIGHTS Thank you, Jonathan, for your very kind words. Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say “racism, hate and bigotry” I’m not

When They See Us | Reflections

When They See Us. [R] REFLECTIONS Ever since this film series released, I had multiple conversations with friends about our reticence in watching because we knew it was going to be painful and heart-wrenching. We had to “steel ourselves” up

When They See Us | Reflections

When They See Us. [R] REFLECTIONS Ever since this film series released, I had multiple conversations with friends about our reticence in watching because we knew it was going to be painful and heart-wrenching. We had to “steel ourselves” up

Biased | Reflections & Notes

Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. Viking, 2019. (340 pages) A journey is called that because you cannot know what you will…do with what you find, or what you find will

Biased | Reflections & Notes

Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. Viking, 2019. (340 pages) A journey is called that because you cannot know what you will…do with what you find, or what you find will

A Confession, Lament, and Hope in Showing Up | Reflections From My Public Protest

#CaravanToClint On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in response to the news of the migrant crisis at the US border, a friend and I got on a plane and headed to Clint, TX to join the #CaravanToClint protest group organized by Julie

A Confession, Lament, and Hope in Showing Up | Reflections From My Public Protest

#CaravanToClint On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in response to the news of the migrant crisis at the US border, a friend and I got on a plane and headed to Clint, TX to join the #CaravanToClint protest group organized by Julie

Justice | Reflections & Notes

Michael Sandel. Justice: What Is The Right Thing To Do? Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. (308 pages); http://justiceharvard.org; REFLECTIONS While many of my religious compatriots would balk at this, I have been considering the argument for “objective morality” to be fallacious for

Justice | Reflections & Notes

Michael Sandel. Justice: What Is The Right Thing To Do? Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. (308 pages); http://justiceharvard.org; REFLECTIONS While many of my religious compatriots would balk at this, I have been considering the argument for “objective morality” to be fallacious for

Dear America | Reflections & Notes

Jose Antonio Vargas. Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. HarperCollins, 2018. [Advance Reader’s Edition] (231 pages) REFLECTIONS The fraying of political discourse by its abstract and categorizing rhetoric is a dehumanizing cycle that needs to be seriously reconstructed. Books

Dear America | Reflections & Notes

Jose Antonio Vargas. Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. HarperCollins, 2018. [Advance Reader’s Edition] (231 pages) REFLECTIONS The fraying of political discourse by its abstract and categorizing rhetoric is a dehumanizing cycle that needs to be seriously reconstructed. Books

The Cross and the Lynching Tree | Reflections & Notes

James H. Cone. The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Orbis Books, 2011. (202 pages) To the memory of Black People whose lives were lost on the Lynching Tree REFLECTIONS I once participated in a small group that was intentional about discussing

The Cross and the Lynching Tree | Reflections & Notes

James H. Cone. The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Orbis Books, 2011. (202 pages) To the memory of Black People whose lives were lost on the Lynching Tree REFLECTIONS I once participated in a small group that was intentional about discussing

RBG | Reflections

https://www.rbgmovie.com %5BPG%5D 2018. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique

RBG | Reflections

https://www.rbgmovie.com %5BPG%5D 2018. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique

Believed podcast | Reflections

REFLECTIONS This series is one of the most insightfully disturbing, tragically illuminating, and piercingly convicting podcasts I’ve listened to. The Larry Nassar case and story is no doubt about one man’s serial abuse of children and young women. It is

Believed podcast | Reflections

REFLECTIONS This series is one of the most insightfully disturbing, tragically illuminating, and piercingly convicting podcasts I’ve listened to. The Larry Nassar case and story is no doubt about one man’s serial abuse of children and young women. It is

TED | Robin Steinberg: What if we ended the injustice of bail?

“I hate injustice and simply can’t sit still when I see it.” TRANSCRIPT I will never forget the first time I visited a client in jail. The heavy, metal door slammed behind me, and I heard the key turn in

TED | Robin Steinberg: What if we ended the injustice of bail?

“I hate injustice and simply can’t sit still when I see it.” TRANSCRIPT I will never forget the first time I visited a client in jail. The heavy, metal door slammed behind me, and I heard the key turn in

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

Jesus and the Disinherited | Notes & Reflections

Howard Thurman. Jesus and the Disinherited. Beacon Press, 1976. (102 pages) Foreword …this richly endowed, seminal work (vii) can be more accurately and helpfully described as a profound quest for a liberating spirituality, a way of exploring and experiencing those crucial

Jesus and the Disinherited | Notes & Reflections

Howard Thurman. Jesus and the Disinherited. Beacon Press, 1976. (102 pages) Foreword …this richly endowed, seminal work (vii) can be more accurately and helpfully described as a profound quest for a liberating spirituality, a way of exploring and experiencing those crucial

Just Mercy | Review, Reflections, and Notes

Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. (349 pages) Review and Reflections What Stevenson does in this book is brilliant, for he does not just state the problem with erudite arguments, though he is

Just Mercy | Review, Reflections, and Notes

Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. (349 pages) Review and Reflections What Stevenson does in this book is brilliant, for he does not just state the problem with erudite arguments, though he is

The New Jim Crow | Reflections & Notes

Michelle Alexander. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2010. (312 pages) Reflections For anyone with even a scosh of compassionate humanity, reading this will be difficult, perhaps causing at times outbursts of screaming

The New Jim Crow | Reflections & Notes

Michelle Alexander. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2010. (312 pages) Reflections For anyone with even a scosh of compassionate humanity, reading this will be difficult, perhaps causing at times outbursts of screaming

13th: A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay | Reflections

13TH: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay – Netflix We’re all human at the kitchen table. – Ava DuVernay Our church has been going through The New Jim Crow for our book club, and I’ve been personally growing

13th: A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay | Reflections

13TH: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay – Netflix We’re all human at the kitchen table. – Ava DuVernay Our church has been going through The New Jim Crow for our book club, and I’ve been personally growing

Finding A Way Forward: Mass Incarceration, Community Policing, & The Effects On The Family | Notes

Panelists: George Gascón,  San Francisco District Attorney and former Chief of Police. Frederick Hutson, founder, CEO and Head of Product for Pigeonly, a service which allows inmates to efficiently and affordably connect with their families and loved ones. Pastor Michael McBride

Finding A Way Forward: Mass Incarceration, Community Policing, & The Effects On The Family | Notes

Panelists: George Gascón,  San Francisco District Attorney and former Chief of Police. Frederick Hutson, founder, CEO and Head of Product for Pigeonly, a service which allows inmates to efficiently and affordably connect with their families and loved ones. Pastor Michael McBride

Jim Wallis: Bridge to a New America | Live Notes & Reflections

Thank you, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church for hosting. LIVE NOTES Thank you for being among us, and being a prophet in our midst. – Karin Hejmanowski Racism is not a topic that people want to talk about. And yet, here you

Jim Wallis: Bridge to a New America | Live Notes & Reflections

Thank you, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church for hosting. LIVE NOTES Thank you for being among us, and being a prophet in our midst. – Karin Hejmanowski Racism is not a topic that people want to talk about. And yet, here you

Michelle Higgins: Seeing Past the Color Line in the Bay Area | Notes

The following are a few notes from a talk that Michelle gave at the University of AME Zion church in Palo Alto, November 12, 2016 hosted by TBC. You can see her talk here, read her CT article here, and

Michelle Higgins: Seeing Past the Color Line in the Bay Area | Notes

The following are a few notes from a talk that Michelle gave at the University of AME Zion church in Palo Alto, November 12, 2016 hosted by TBC. You can see her talk here, read her CT article here, and

13th | Reflections & Loose Transcript

13th. Netflix, 2016. — via reflections — I find my heart being broken and my soul being weighted down more often these days. The more I discover about the plight of my fellow human beings, the greater my frustration and

13th | Reflections & Loose Transcript

13th. Netflix, 2016. — via reflections — I find my heart being broken and my soul being weighted down more often these days. The more I discover about the plight of my fellow human beings, the greater my frustration and

The White Helmets | Reflections & Quotes

Netflix Documentary, 2016. In the White Helmets, we have a motto. “To save a life is to save all of humanity.” It’s hard to put into words the depth of emotion that I felt watching this. There’s the mere destruction,

The White Helmets | Reflections & Quotes

Netflix Documentary, 2016. In the White Helmets, we have a motto. “To save a life is to save all of humanity.” It’s hard to put into words the depth of emotion that I felt watching this. There’s the mere destruction,

Policing the Police | Reflections & Quotes

[UPDATE, July 10. The Mayor of Newark, through the city’s Communications Director posted a statement in the comments below. I encourage all to read it as it is an important voice in the conversation in which all truth and all

Policing the Police | Reflections & Quotes

[UPDATE, July 10. The Mayor of Newark, through the city’s Communications Director posted a statement in the comments below. I encourage all to read it as it is an important voice in the conversation in which all truth and all

Between the World and Me | Notes & Reflections

Ta-Nehisi Coates. Between the World and Me. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. (152 pages) NYTimes.com Review, Slate.com Review by Jack Hamilton. —via— It is hard to articulate my feelings while reading this book. At moments I recall feeling such as this,

Between the World and Me | Notes & Reflections

Ta-Nehisi Coates. Between the World and Me. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. (152 pages) NYTimes.com Review, Slate.com Review by Jack Hamilton. —via— It is hard to articulate my feelings while reading this book. At moments I recall feeling such as this,

Reconcile | Notes & Reflections

John Paul Lederach. Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians. Herald Press, 2014. (191 pages) Christian Piatt interview, Patheos; Christian Piatt YouTube interview; The Heart of Reconciliation, a Conversation, Baylor. Preface Deep conflicts are stressful and painful. At worst, they are

Reconcile | Notes & Reflections

John Paul Lederach. Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians. Herald Press, 2014. (191 pages) Christian Piatt interview, Patheos; Christian Piatt YouTube interview; The Heart of Reconciliation, a Conversation, Baylor. Preface Deep conflicts are stressful and painful. At worst, they are

TED | Nancy Lublin: The heartbreaking text that inspired a crisis help line

A girl I’ve never met before changed my life and the life of thousands of other people. I’m the CEO of DoSomething.org. It’s one of the largest organizations in the world for young people. In fact it’s bigger than the

TED | Nancy Lublin: The heartbreaking text that inspired a crisis help line

A girl I’ve never met before changed my life and the life of thousands of other people. I’m the CEO of DoSomething.org. It’s one of the largest organizations in the world for young people. In fact it’s bigger than the

Melissa Fleming: How to help refugees rebuild their world

So I started working with refugees because I wanted to make a difference, and making a difference starts with telling their stories. So when I meet refugees, I always ask them questions. Who bombed your house? Who killed your son?

Melissa Fleming: How to help refugees rebuild their world

So I started working with refugees because I wanted to make a difference, and making a difference starts with telling their stories. So when I meet refugees, I always ask them questions. Who bombed your house? Who killed your son?

TED | Jon Gosier: The problem with “trickle-down techonomics”

As a software developer and technologist, I’ve worked on a number of civic technology projects over the years. Civic tech is sometimes referred to as tech for good, using technology to solve humanitarian problems. 0:26 This is in 2010 in

TED | Jon Gosier: The problem with “trickle-down techonomics”

As a software developer and technologist, I’ve worked on a number of civic technology projects over the years. Civic tech is sometimes referred to as tech for good, using technology to solve humanitarian problems. 0:26 This is in 2010 in

Escaping ISIS | My Prayer

Even though it’s dangerous, we’re going to keep going because if one girl escapes, it’s a blow to them. But for now, I can’t forget there are still so many in captivity. Khalil Al Dakhi Where are you, LORD? In

Escaping ISIS | My Prayer

Even though it’s dangerous, we’re going to keep going because if one girl escapes, it’s a blow to them. But for now, I can’t forget there are still so many in captivity. Khalil Al Dakhi Where are you, LORD? In

TED | Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America

0:11 Growing up, I didn’t always understand why my parents made me follow the rules that they did. Like, why did I really have to mow the lawn? Why was homework really that important? Why couldn’t I put jelly beans

TED | Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America

0:11 Growing up, I didn’t always understand why my parents made me follow the rules that they did. Like, why did I really have to mow the lawn? Why was homework really that important? Why couldn’t I put jelly beans

TED | Gary Haugen: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now

0:11 To be honest, by personality, I’m just not much of a crier. But I think in my career that’s been a good thing. I’m a civil rights lawyer, and I’ve seen some horrible things in the world. I began

TED | Gary Haugen: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now

0:11 To be honest, by personality, I’m just not much of a crier. But I think in my career that’s been a good thing. I’m a civil rights lawyer, and I’ve seen some horrible things in the world. I began

TED | Khalida Brohi: How I work to protect women from honor killings

0:11 While preparing for my talk I was reflecting on my life and trying to figure out where exactly was that moment when my journey began. A long time passed by, and I simply couldn’t figure out the beginning or

TED | Khalida Brohi: How I work to protect women from honor killings

0:11 While preparing for my talk I was reflecting on my life and trying to figure out where exactly was that moment when my journey began. A long time passed by, and I simply couldn’t figure out the beginning or

Evil and the Justice of God | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. Evil and the Justice of God. InterVarsity Press, 2006. (174 pages) Preface …our primary task is not so much to give answers to impossible philosophical questions as to bring signs of God’s new world to birth on the basis

Evil and the Justice of God | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. Evil and the Justice of God. InterVarsity Press, 2006. (174 pages) Preface …our primary task is not so much to give answers to impossible philosophical questions as to bring signs of God’s new world to birth on the basis

TED | Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence

Talking about empowerment is odd, because when we talk about empowerment, what affects us most are the stories. So I want to begin with an everyday story. What is it really like to be a young woman in India? 0:27

TED | Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence

Talking about empowerment is odd, because when we talk about empowerment, what affects us most are the stories. So I want to begin with an everyday story. What is it really like to be a young woman in India? 0:27

Tattoos on the Heart | Notes & Review

Gregory Boyle. Tattoos on the Heart. Free Press, 2010. (217 pages) “This day…with me…paradise.” – Luke 23:43 Preface If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less

Tattoos on the Heart | Notes & Review

Gregory Boyle. Tattoos on the Heart. Free Press, 2010. (217 pages) “This day…with me…paradise.” – Luke 23:43 Preface If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less

Solitary Nation | Reflections

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/locked-up-in-america/   Solitary confinement began in the United States in the 1800s as a progressive experiment to see if isolation would reform criminals. It was soon largely abandoned because prisoners didn’t reform, they lost their minds. But in the 1980s,

Solitary Nation | Reflections

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/locked-up-in-america/   Solitary confinement began in the United States in the 1800s as a progressive experiment to see if isolation would reform criminals. It was soon largely abandoned because prisoners didn’t reform, they lost their minds. But in the 1980s,

TED | We should all be feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston (transcript)

(This is a personal transcript. I take responsibility for all typos. The symbol “[–]” simply indicates African names and references unfamiliar to me. *UPDATE 7/6/2016: The “[–]” have been replaced with the names suggested by rancommenter in the comments below.)

TED | We should all be feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston (transcript)

(This is a personal transcript. I take responsibility for all typos. The symbol “[–]” simply indicates African names and references unfamiliar to me. *UPDATE 7/6/2016: The “[–]” have been replaced with the names suggested by rancommenter in the comments below.)

When Helping Hurts | Notes & Review

Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself. Moody Publishers, 2012. (274 pages) Preface We believe that the coexistence of agonizing poverty and unprecedented wealth — even just within the household

When Helping Hurts | Notes & Review

Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself. Moody Publishers, 2012. (274 pages) Preface We believe that the coexistence of agonizing poverty and unprecedented wealth — even just within the household

TED | Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

A tourist is backpacking through the highlands of Scotland, and he stops at a pub to get a drink. And the only people in there is a bartender and an old man nursing a beer. And he orders a pint,

TED | Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

A tourist is backpacking through the highlands of Scotland, and he stops at a pub to get a drink. And the only people in there is a bartender and an old man nursing a beer. And he orders a pint,

The Hole In Our Gospel | Notes & Review

Rich Stearns. The Hole in our Gospel: The answer that changed my life and might just change the world. Thomas Nelson, 2009, 2010. (335 pages) INTRODUCTION What does God expect of us? … What is the Christian faith all about?

The Hole In Our Gospel | Notes & Review

Rich Stearns. The Hole in our Gospel: The answer that changed my life and might just change the world. Thomas Nelson, 2009, 2010. (335 pages) INTRODUCTION What does God expect of us? … What is the Christian faith all about?

TED | Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there’s good news)

Chris Anderson asked me if I could put the last 25 years of anti-poverty campaigning into 10 minutes for TED. That’s an Englishman asking an Irishman to be succinct. (Laughter) I said, “Chris, that would take a miracle.” He said,

TED | Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there’s good news)

Chris Anderson asked me if I could put the last 25 years of anti-poverty campaigning into 10 minutes for TED. That’s an Englishman asking an Irishman to be succinct. (Laughter) I said, “Chris, that would take a miracle.” He said,

Toxic Charity | Notes & Review

Robert Lupton. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help. HarperOne, 2011. (191 pages) Chapter One: The Scandal The Compassion industry is almost universally accepted as a virtuous and constructive enterprise. | But what is so surprising is

Toxic Charity | Notes & Review

Robert Lupton. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help. HarperOne, 2011. (191 pages) Chapter One: The Scandal The Compassion industry is almost universally accepted as a virtuous and constructive enterprise. | But what is so surprising is

Everyday Justice | Notes & Review

Julie Clawson. Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Choices. IVP Books, 2009. http://www.everydayjustice.net/ WARNING! Read Before Proceeding Don’t panic! We see acting justly as an all-or-nothing endeavor, and because we can’t do it all, we often end up

Everyday Justice | Notes & Review

Julie Clawson. Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Choices. IVP Books, 2009. http://www.everydayjustice.net/ WARNING! Read Before Proceeding Don’t panic! We see acting justly as an all-or-nothing endeavor, and because we can’t do it all, we often end up

Half The Sky | Review & Notes

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide. Vintage Books, 2009. (296 pages) http://www.halftheskymovement.org, http://www.facebook.com/kristof, https://www.facebook.com/halftheskymovement, http://twitter.com/nickkristof, — Review — The book reads much like one long New York Times article (or several

Half The Sky | Review & Notes

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide. Vintage Books, 2009. (296 pages) http://www.halftheskymovement.org, http://www.facebook.com/kristof, https://www.facebook.com/halftheskymovement, http://twitter.com/nickkristof, — Review — The book reads much like one long New York Times article (or several

Sarafina! | Favorite Quote

There are a few joys in my life worth documenting. One of them is watching movies about injustice, apartheid, and struggle with my beautiful South African daughter! They fear you because you are young. They fear you because you are

Sarafina! | Favorite Quote

There are a few joys in my life worth documenting. One of them is watching movies about injustice, apartheid, and struggle with my beautiful South African daughter! They fear you because you are young. They fear you because you are

TED | Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk About an Injustice

http://www.eji.org/eji/ | http://jjie.org/founder-of-equal-justice-initiative-greeted-standing-ovation-at-ted/76755 Bryan Stevenson spends most of his time in jails and prisons and on death row. He’s a lawyer, and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. So he’s found it very energizing at TED, and wanted to start by

TED | Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk About an Injustice

http://www.eji.org/eji/ | http://jjie.org/founder-of-equal-justice-initiative-greeted-standing-ovation-at-ted/76755 Bryan Stevenson spends most of his time in jails and prisons and on death row. He’s a lawyer, and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. So he’s found it very energizing at TED, and wanted to start by

China’s Lost Girls | Notes & Review

National Geographic, 2005 Lucy Ling follows a group of American families to China and captures the key moments of their adoption process illuminating the unforeseen effects of China’s one-child policy coupled with ancient traditions and social constructs along the way.

China’s Lost Girls | Notes & Review

National Geographic, 2005 Lucy Ling follows a group of American families to China and captures the key moments of their adoption process illuminating the unforeseen effects of China’s one-child policy coupled with ancient traditions and social constructs along the way.

Guerilla Art

The recent TED Prize winner is named “JR.” JR creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on buildings of Parisian slums, on walls in the Middle East, on broken bridges in Africa or in favelas in Brazil. People in the exhibit

Guerilla Art

The recent TED Prize winner is named “JR.” JR creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on buildings of Parisian slums, on walls in the Middle East, on broken bridges in Africa or in favelas in Brazil. People in the exhibit

The Women’s Crusade

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/magazine/23Women-t.html Nicholas Kristof, NYTimes.com, 2009-08-17. Kristof’s journalism continues to inspire me, and this article is up there on the top (see also the Girl Effect). The following are a few poignant quotes. I recommend reading the whole article, however, because

The Women’s Crusade

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/magazine/23Women-t.html Nicholas Kristof, NYTimes.com, 2009-08-17. Kristof’s journalism continues to inspire me, and this article is up there on the top (see also the Girl Effect). The following are a few poignant quotes. I recommend reading the whole article, however, because

The Girl Effect

Chip and Dan Heath in their book Made To Stick refer to this website and organization. THE GIRL EFFECT, n. The powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society. Here are

The Girl Effect

Chip and Dan Heath in their book Made To Stick refer to this website and organization. THE GIRL EFFECT, n. The powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society. Here are

The Great Debaters | Notes & Review, and Reasoning the Psychosis of Race

The Great Debaters movie site. 2007. Well done. Inspiring, and moving. There is some controversy around the historical accuracy of the movie, specifically the names of the characters, and the closing “data” of their accomplishments listed at the end of

The Great Debaters | Notes & Review, and Reasoning the Psychosis of Race

The Great Debaters movie site. 2007. Well done. Inspiring, and moving. There is some controversy around the historical accuracy of the movie, specifically the names of the characters, and the closing “data” of their accomplishments listed at the end of

The Religious Case For/Against Gay Marriage | Saying A Lot About So Little

While reading the current Newsweek cover article (“The Religious Case for Gay Marriage” by Lisa Miller), it struck me how much we say about how little the Bible mentions. The summation of the Newsweek article is found, really, in one

The Religious Case For/Against Gay Marriage | Saying A Lot About So Little

While reading the current Newsweek cover article (“The Religious Case for Gay Marriage” by Lisa Miller), it struck me how much we say about how little the Bible mentions. The summation of the Newsweek article is found, really, in one

Become A Freedom Partner

The inaugural Podcast for IJM Freedom Partners was set out today, December 10, International Human Rights Day (read the full text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). In this podcast, Emmy Award-winning journalist and IJM Director of Media Relations

Become A Freedom Partner

The inaugural Podcast for IJM Freedom Partners was set out today, December 10, International Human Rights Day (read the full text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). In this podcast, Emmy Award-winning journalist and IJM Director of Media Relations

From Victim to Heroine

This video from Nicholas Kristof tells another story of courageous hope and victory through oppression. Be inspired, and add another heroine to your list of role models. Thank you, Kristof, for your “journalism of justice.” There seems to be very

From Victim to Heroine

This video from Nicholas Kristof tells another story of courageous hope and victory through oppression. Be inspired, and add another heroine to your list of role models. Thank you, Kristof, for your “journalism of justice.” There seems to be very

Books Not Bombs

(This is the second of two posts that highlight the endeavors that are helping to change the world through creative and contrarian ways of thinking.) This video on The Developments In Literacy programs is of a similar vein to one

Books Not Bombs

(This is the second of two posts that highlight the endeavors that are helping to change the world through creative and contrarian ways of thinking.) This video on The Developments In Literacy programs is of a similar vein to one

Call + Response | Notes & Review

I took five of my high schoolers to see this film last night. After watching, they mentioned that they are more grateful for the lives that they have, recognizing that there are people in the world that have it a

Call + Response | Notes & Review

I took five of my high schoolers to see this film last night. After watching, they mentioned that they are more grateful for the lives that they have, recognizing that there are people in the world that have it a

Call + Response Rockumentary

A family member of mine is involved with this, and so I’m doing my part to perpetuate it and get the word out. Be sure to visit the site (http://callandresponse.com/home.html), and see the film. From the website: CALL+RESPONSE is a

Call + Response Rockumentary

A family member of mine is involved with this, and so I’m doing my part to perpetuate it and get the word out. Be sure to visit the site (http://callandresponse.com/home.html), and see the film. From the website: CALL+RESPONSE is a

The Kingdom – Movie Review

My wife and I watched The Kingdom last night, recommended by a friend who works in the Middle East. There are three elements of the movie that give reason why every American should watch this.   1. I believe that

The Kingdom – Movie Review

My wife and I watched The Kingdom last night, recommended by a friend who works in the Middle East. There are three elements of the movie that give reason why every American should watch this.   1. I believe that

Dr. Paul Farmer in Haiti

Watch this: http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=4069409n The work of Dr. Farmer and his team must be applauded. As FindingRhythm mentioned, His story is incredible, inspiring, humbling. Playing in a rock band never seemed so lame. While I can’t comment on playing in a

Dr. Paul Farmer in Haiti

Watch this: http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=4069409n The work of Dr. Farmer and his team must be applauded. As FindingRhythm mentioned, His story is incredible, inspiring, humbling. Playing in a rock band never seemed so lame. While I can’t comment on playing in a

U2 & Not For Sale

U2 has put out a 3-disc box-set containing the Joshua Tree CD, with new mixes and recorded live performance. This package also includes a 56-page hardback embossed book, featuring previously unseen Anton Corbijn photos and original essays by Bono, Edge,

U2 & Not For Sale

U2 has put out a 3-disc box-set containing the Joshua Tree CD, with new mixes and recorded live performance. This package also includes a 56-page hardback embossed book, featuring previously unseen Anton Corbijn photos and original essays by Bono, Edge,