Tag: politics

Google, Sexism, & When Dudebros Become MAD MEN

Google, Sexism, & When Dudebros Become MAD MEN
Sometimes, writing about tech provides….interesting challenges. For example: after writing a follow-up post about App Camp For Girls’ pitch event, I wrote a review of Disrupted by Dan Lyons, which emphasized a lack of diversity within the startup world. So the latest news – about how James Damore wrote a memo for Google claiming that women can’t... Read more »

Another Open Letter to Governor Bruce Rauner

Dear Governor Bruce Rauner, You may not remember me, but I had written about several of my concerns in an open letter from January 2016. Since then, I had hoped that you might reconsider your approach – you know, the “my way or the highway” approach to reform.  Given the tasks you sought, I really hoped... Read more »

Community Organizing Tools To Resist Trump

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr  Thanks to concerned citizens taking a cue from Barack Obama’s farewell address, community organizing is making a comeback in response to Donald Trump’s actions as President. Whether you’re talking about Trump’s recent travel ban or the fact that he’s appointed a white supremacist journalist to the National Security Council, many... Read more »
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Your Inauguration Day 2017 Event Roundup

Your Inauguration Day 2017 Event Roundup
On January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. For some people, Inauguration Day 2017 means a successful transition of power; for the vast majority, Inauguration Day 2017 confirms that greater activism, advocacy, and monitoring will be needed for a man unqualified to lead our country. Many will protest by... Read more »

Artists Against Hate on Inauguration Day 2017

(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon for her help putting together this post) After a very contentious presidential election, many Chicago residents are pledging to actively resist Donald Trump’s agenda. Because of his focus on dismantling many of the programs that impact social change and civil liberties, there will be many ways to protest on Inauguration... Read more »

Open Letter To Donald Trump Supporters

Open Letter To Donald Trump Supporters
First, let me make this clear – this isn’t a blog post about why you shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump for president. By now, you are locked into your decision, and nothing I say will convince you otherwise. Despite overwhelming evidence of Trump’s inability to act professionally, he is choosing to remain in the race and... Read more »
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Five Lessons in Social Justice from Colin Kaepernick

One of the biggest stories of recent days has been Colin Kaepernick and his protest….and rather than spend time recapping, here’s a 1o minute clip from The Daily Show that outlines exactly what’s been happening:  It’s ironic that, in a year that is highly charged around both free speech and social justice issues, that the individual... Read more »

Open Letter to John Oliver of LAST WEEK TONIGHT

Open Letter to John Oliver of LAST WEEK TONIGHT
Dear John Oliver, I just want to say that I love your work on Last Week Tonight (especially through the magic of YouTube), but I also have enjoyed your star turns on The Daily Show and Community….but also, that little video that pops up whenever I watch a Doctor Who DVD. You know the one: I must... Read more »

The Chicago Mayoral Election & The "Digital Divide"

The Chicago Mayoral Election & The "Digital Divide"
With the Chicago Mayoral election coming up next week, I’ve been thinking about a question from the first debate between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. One of the questions was about the “digital divide”, and both candidates seemed to struggle with the concept: Garcia made an initially fumbling, but articulate discussion of the... Read more »
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Addendum: Chicago Mayoral Election Judge

A few weeks ago, I wrote about serving as election judge in the February primary. As a first-time judge, I had some questions and observations, and was fortunate to discuss these matters via e-mail with Jim Allen at the Board of Elections. With a Chicago mayoral election just a few weeks away, I thought this... Read more »