Justice & Equality

Why I Give Money To Homeless People

“You got any spare change?” the man asks. He’s grubby, carrying a small backpack holding all of his belongings and a cardboard sign that says “Lost job. Anything helps.” I shake my head and hurry past, staring at the ground, not even looking him in the eye. I wanted to help him, but I couldn’t…… Continue reading Why I Give Money To Homeless People

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Shocking News: Adam and Eve Weren’t White

In the past few years I have tried to go outside of my comfort zone and get to knows a few teenagers in our community and school district, even mentoring them when I’m able. A high school girl of color I was talking with started joking around, not even realizing the implications of what she…… Continue reading Shocking News: Adam and Eve Weren’t White

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I Hear You No Matter Your LGBTQ Letter

As I left the doctor’s office, I saw my friend Katie sitting on a chair. I waved and almost walked by, until I sensed a sadness about her. I stopped, sat down next to her. Immediately I could tell she was very upset. “What’s going on?” “No one wants to listen to me. I have…… Continue reading I Hear You No Matter Your LGBTQ Letter

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It’s Complicated: Race and Socioeconomics

Originally published 1/19/15. Today is Martin Luther King Day. Although I didn’t get the day off, I have still been spending quite  some time thinking about race. About a week ago, Trib Total Media published an article about a report regarding racial disparities in Pittsburgh. I found the article and some of the statistics it…… Continue reading It’s Complicated: Race and Socioeconomics

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What Roman Art Taught Me About Gender

Gender. It’s a hot topic right now. And despite all of our efforts to make sense of it and understand it I still feel like we’ve gotten it wrong. While traveling in Italy I found a work of art that really made me think. Please bear in mind that I’m not an art scholar, this is…… Continue reading What Roman Art Taught Me About Gender