Category social justice

marriage

At 10:11 a.m. today my department chair sent a myself and two colleagues a brief email: “Marriage Equality Passes 5-4”. A quick google search confirmed the news and the reality that my marriage in Massachusetts will legally move with me to Tennessee. I quickly texted my spouse, “We’re officially recognized in TN!!!” and received his “Woo-hoo!!” in […]

The things I learned…

This is a blog post I wrote for and shared with the students of MC795 The Health of Adolescents and Emerging Adults (for which I TA’ed this semester): Dear learners and journeyers of MC795, It is almost the fifteenth week of our meeting, and I believe we could continue to meet, think and talk for […]

Superbowl Sunday

This Sunday an expected 184 million Americans will tune in to watch the New England Patriots face off against the Seattle Seahawks in Superbowl XLIX. A tough game is expected with the two competitors evenly matched in their strategy, physicality, and aggression. As such, spectators can look forward to a lively and tense game. There […]

Changing the Cage

In public health we learn hard skills and strategies to guide us in assessing community health issues, developing programs/policies and evaluating their efficacy. And yet, each day our work is challenged by new frameworks, belief systems, politics, and systems of oppression. This week we ask: How does public health take on addiction—one of our most […]

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Junior

Justice and Public Health

In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As we head into a day commemorating Dr. King, this past week gives us much to reflect upon as individuals, community members, and public health researchers and practitioners.The tragic suicide of trans* teen Leelah Alcorn […]

just a kid

Before Ferguson and New York our country was in tumult; we just weren’t talking about race, racism, power, hatred, and violence at the volume we are currently. But we have lived out racism each day- as folks of oppressed groups and as folks of non-oppressed groups, folks with privilege, folks without privilege, and as folks who deny […]

sunset - red sky at night

she leads our walks

“She leads our walks with thoughtless intention through the back lanes and side streets. This is how I come to know where I live.”