I am aware that I have the privilege of deciding every day whether I want to do the work. I don’t have to be involved in or care about dismantling racism because of my white skin. The system serves me. But I know too much now to turn back. If I believe I am a decent human, then I do have to care and be involved.Read More
After cowards from the hate group Patriot Front covered parts of Tacoma with litter/propaganda, Tacoma made sure to send this trash back to its rightful owners - known members of Patriot Front at their homes and businesses.Read More
Stan Lee, the iconic in-house Marvel Comics superhero, recently passed away. But aside from his legacy for helping to create some of the world’s most famous heroes, we wanted to take a moment to remember his long legacy of calling out bigots and racists on their nonsense.Read More
The change you seek in a debate is not with the opposing party in the debate. That is not the point of the interaction, and it is not why you engage. Hillary wasn’t there to change Trump’s mind or vice versa. We know this, and yet far too often we forget this when it comes to our personal debates.Read More
The charred remains of homes and storefronts, crumbling staircases, and the twisted remains of child-sized bed springs are the souvenirs of a crime so horrific that General Charles de Gaulle ordered the remains of the town be left untouched - to bear witness to what happened there.
“Souviens-toi,” implores the lone sign at the entrance to the site. Remember.Read More
Guest author and Tacoma resident Annie describes the realizations about white supremacy that a childhood spent in white poverty have provided her, including its root causes and and how to combat its spread.Read More
For too long, the hope had always been that we can ignore white supremacists and they'll go away. We'd frustratingly - yet far too quietly - complained when they would plaster their racist propaganda posters around town or hang their banners on an overpass of I-5. But this year has been different. In 2018, Tacoma in uniting to tell these unwelcome guests that it’s time to go.Read More
It's officially summertime in the PNW, and this week the fine interchangeable white ladies of the, er, Interchangeable White Ladies podcast are discussing how to beat the summer heat, oh and also how to beat Nazis.Read More
We all watched in horror as the news coverage of the white nationalist marches and subsequent clashes with counterprotesters unfolded in Charlottesville, VA, last year. How such a brazen display of white supremacy could play out publicly in a US city in 2017 seemed unfathomable to many watching. Unfortunately, as we've seen since then, it wasn't an isolated incident. And now, it's happening just down I-5 from the South Sound in Portland - of all places.Read More
Making space for honest, equal disagreement is not a simple matter – since such discussion has a way of bringing up embarrassing points for people in power, people in power often seek to prevent such discussions.
Such spaces are, however, essential for a just world. Recent protest movements such as the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter, which I write about in my recent book “Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance,” can be understood as desperate attempts to crowbar open public space for such awkward but necessary discussions.Read More