In an Immersive Play, Scrolling Through Grief at the Coffee Shop - Bedford & Bowery
With each performance, O’Donovan pushes the audience members seated at the cafe tables around him to consider or reconsider their digital afterlives. As you watch Terry debate whether to delete or keep his deceased ex-partner’s social media accounts, you’re confronted with the reality of your own internet mortality–or immortality as the case may be: Do you want your Facebook to become an online gravesite of sorts, with folks leaving posts on your wall in lieu of flowers? Or is there a loved one–a digital executor–you trust to make this decision for you after you die?
When 14-year-old Bresha Meadows shot her father after allegedly enduring a lifetime of his abuse, she could have just been one more girl processed through what’s become known as the abuse-to-prison pipeline. But instead, the #FreeBresha movement arrived to question the harsh, punitive nature of our juvenile justice system.
The Best Soccer Team in U.S. History Wants Justice - Sojourners
There were two moments at the World Cup when I witnessed soccer fans unite for the common good across national lines: When the women’s restroom ran out of toilet paper during half time of the semifinals, and when the nearly 58,000 fans at the Stade de Lyon erupted into an “equal pay” chant as soon as the FIFA president took the stage during the awards ceremony.
Consider dating women. It’s my firm belief that women should be considered for roles historically filled by egocentric men. Kamala Harris would be one example of a person who is a woman. I would be a more experienced example.
Tell Them Our Names - Atavist
For the first time in months, they all danced. The guards gave them the day off. Some stood and watched them, trying to cover up their smiles. Others yelled at them to stop shaking, stop smiling, stop feeling anything other than trapped. Maybe these guards could not handle their visible, temporary joy. Maybe, thought Pauline, these guards do not want to be reminded that we are human. Or maybe they just want to feel powerful. The women kept dancing.
Neither Angels Nor Demons - Sojourners
Kruzan was asking for more time and nuance from her courtroom than our justice system often allows. She was asking the courtroom to see her as a human—one who hurt, feared, lashed out, and had some growing up to do. But grace is a pesky, time-consuming task. The mythical super-predator—who possesses some unshakable evil from birth—is a simpler story to understand than that of a flawed human with a troubled past.
Dear financially independent recent grad,
You inspire and shame me with your financial autonomy. The Internet, which must know that your parents do not pay for your phone bill, should reward you for your 4G independence.
Married, Queer, and Co-Pastoring a Church - Sojourners
A documentary video about two women who are the first married same-sex co-pastors of an historic Baptist church in Washington, D.C.
Tips for Female Presidential Hopefuls (humor piece) - McSweeney's
When an interviewer compliments your hair, give the credit to the wild beauty of menstruation.
How Not to Respond to Grief: On Refugees and Paris - 20-Something Survival
There is a phrase common in the US that is meant to express heroism: “These colors won’t run.” But often they do. They run from peaceful solutions to war in favor of dropping bombs from a safe distance. They run from refugees who are running for their lives. They run from Syrian children washed up on a beach.