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Food and Power in Hawai’i – Summary and Reflection

I just finished reading Food and Power in Hawai’i: Visions of Food Democracy. I disagree with the framing of the book around “food democracy” as opposed to “food sovereignty” (see below for why), but there are some very useful insights to be gained from the book about conversations we need to have and actions we can take to improve food security for Hawai’i. Continue reading “Food and Power in Hawai’i – Summary and Reflection”


Hip Hop as cultural resistance, rebuilding, and global solidarity

This past week, I’ve encountered three examples of hip hop being used as creative forms of cultural/social resistance and also rebuilding. Continue reading “Hip Hop as cultural resistance, rebuilding, and global solidarity”

Why the word “feminism” isn’t enough

How the word excludes men, non-binary, and transgender people from the movement, and can cause people to overlook how the situation has changed and new issues that have arisen. Continue reading “Why the word “feminism” isn’t enough”

On “Political Correctness” and “Truth”

I realized recently that “political correctness” is a complete misnomer. First, it has nothing to do with politics. It’s social. Continue reading “On “Political Correctness” and “Truth””

Over-teaching the Civil Rights Movement to prevent further change

I remember distinctly one day in a high school history class when we were about to start “learning” about the Civil Rights Movement…again. You could almost hear the collective unvoiced groan of the class. I had leaned over and said to a couple friends, “I think the Civil Rights Movement is the most over-taught thing in school. Yeah, MLK was a great person..we get it already.” They were all nods and yeahs.

While at the time we were just reveling in our (armchair) defiance of the education system, I realized today that this sentiment was actually an indication something deeper. The over-teaching of the Civil Rights Movement de-sensitized us to what had taken place. Continue reading “Over-teaching the Civil Rights Movement to prevent further change”

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Legal ≠ Moral, Loss of Power ≠ Oppression: thoughts on Freedom of Speech

With the blow up of controversies like the Charlie Hebdo attack, the flogging of Raif Badawi, and Gamergate, I have been struggling to understand where I stand on the issue of free speech – mainly how to reconcile the need for free speech with my problems with hate speech. Tied up in this confusion is a personal (practically debilitating) fear of conflict – a fear of offending people and being offended – and I think resolving where I stand with free speech involves facing this fear of conflict. Continue reading “Legal ≠ Moral, Loss of Power ≠ Oppression: thoughts on Freedom of Speech”

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