Affirmative Action Under Attack. Again.

On January 24, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases that have upheld the use of affirmative action in college admissions. The cases, one filed against Harvard University and one against the University of North Carolina (UNC), have been organized financially and in media by Edward Blum, a legal strategist who has worked for years…

What Does it Mean to Defund the Police

Below is the final in a series of essays for the Pittsburgh’s School of Education while I have served as Associate Dean for Equity and Justice. Intentionally NOT diversity and inclusion. This a form of public pedagogy. Read, write, reflect, talk, take action. Not in that order necessarily. There are myriad ways to do the…

Letting Go of Returning Back to ‘Normal’

As is necessary these days and a reminder of how should all slow down to truly listen to the answers from the question, “How are you?” How we are with each other is one consistency amidst so much destabilization. The fact that we all interconnected is undeniable. This past month, and much longer for many,…

Community

Community like to hear about it, talk about it? Here it go (En Vogue)   Although not an even split, I devote my awake working hours to two very different kinds of institutions: the academy and a grassroots education for liberation organization. Higher education is a hierarchical institution, in which people, schools, and programs are…

On the shattering of human dignity

I provided some answers to questions from Teachers College Press, along with Karen Gross, about the logic and consequences of separating migrant children from their families, and more fundamentally, the what happens to human dignity when incarceration is a political tool. Read the full Q&A here. Many thanks to @TCPress

Returning the public to the commons

   We went to the public hospital but it was private, but we went through the marked ‘private’ to the nurses’ coffee room, and it was public. We went to the public university but it was private, but we went to the barber shop on campus and it was public. We went into the hospital,…