Let down 

By Jill Riley It is such a shame when you lose faith in someone you really believe in. Especially in somebody you hoped would change the world; somebody with the potential to really make a difference. The disappointment in them and for you is soul crushing. Such a let down. Guiltily, I feel this way.…

I’ma sit this one out

On December 1, 1955, a tired Rosa Louise Parks took a seat on a bus and kept that seat even though the overcrowding left white people standing in the aisles. The driver stopped the bus. “Why don’t you stand up?” he asked Rosa. She replied, “I don’t think I should have to stand up.” Rosa…

Black Lives Matter: Authentic Endorsements?

By Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom What does it mean to endorse a social movement? Political network researchers Florence Passy and Gian-Andrea Monsch describe social movements as relational processes in which groups act collectively, share resources, and challenge boundaries through narratives and identity building (Social Networks and Social Movements: Contentious Connections, 24). Collective action, relationship making, resource sharing,…

Evangelicalism Be Damned

As this election season has blossomed I have watched with, at first, irritation, then frustration, and now alarm as the press regularly uses the term “evangelical Christian” with its implied fundamentalist and Republican subtitle, as the banner under which all who follow Christ will vote. It is not that I decry fundamentalism or Republicans.  My…

The Politics of Protesting

By Jen Gillan Last week someone left me a brief message on my Facebook wall. It simply read, “F.Y.I.” and had an attachment with information regarding a day of protest in Chicago. I chuckled to myself. In the last couple of months, through conversations or pictures on social media, some people have come to view…