[A] list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015. These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general. They also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy and black resistance.

My friend Cecily helped put the list together.

Thinking about it…

Thinking about my friends doing this year’s Twin Cities marathon as their first marathon, and how I’ve run one marathon but not Twin Cities, and… NO NO NO NO NO (but maybe…).


Detroit Mass Mob

How to participate: This whole concept requires very little effort. You simply show up for a Mass (as announced) at a beautiful old historic church. These century old churches are awe inspiring. Be sure to bring a camera.

My dad told me about this. There are lots of old, historic, gorgeous churches in Detroit and in southeast Michigan and probably all of them could use an infusion of people and contributions.

Project 515 Love graphic

Project 515’s Final Report

As of today – June 30, 2014 – Project 515 has officially ceased to operate. For real, for serious. It’s officially official.

One element of our legacy program was to produce a final report detailing the history of the organization. Feel free to download, read, and share widely (and check out page 6…).

Project 515 Final Report

I’m proud of the work we’ve done to achieve our mission to secure equal rights and considerations for same-sex couples and their families under Minnesota law.

I’m proud of what I’ve been able to contribute to this organization. I’m grateful for all the people of Project 515 who came before me. I’m grateful for all the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, and experiences I’ve had through this organization.

I recognize that we did not achieve marriage equality by ourselves. A whole lot of individuals and other organizations contributed. Each of those people and communities contributed as they were able, leveraging their unique strengths and resources.

And I recognize that there is a whole lot more work to do. The rights and responsibilities of marriage are both vast and also very limited. A whole lot of LGBTQ people, married or not, have other needs. A whole lot of marginalized people, LGBTQ or not, have other needs.

So let’s get back to work.