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Giving Thanks…and Respect

 GIVE THANKS TO PINE RIDGE EMERGENCY SHELTERS For many Native American nations, Thanksgiving is recognized as a day of mourning. Appropriately, some tribes fast to demonstrate dissent and agency. I think this is a dignified measure that speaks volumes, and am going to join them this year out of solidarity and respect. On Thursday, November […]

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On Sparing Change

We hear it often as we bustle to and fro on city sidewalks: “Can you spare some change?” And none of us is a stranger to the humbling experience of asking someone you do not know for help. Who has not had a flat tire, needed directions, or to know the time? Who has never […]

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An Open Letter to Shin Dong Hyuk

Dear Shin, You were born in the same year as I, with just 8 months and 173 miles between us on the Korean peninsula. 173 miles made all the difference in our experiences, opportunities, and communities. I was born in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Your entry into the world began at the political prison and labor […]

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