Category Archives: Social Justice

Day 7: Grateful for a Leader Who Walks in Love

On November 6, 2013, at his General Audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis walks his talk once again.

On November 6, 2013, at his General Audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis walks his talk once again.

I am always–always–grateful for signs that the entire world is not giving in to the dark grip of fear, oppression, and hatred as some of our news outlets would have us believe.

Today, that sign is a series of photos of Pope Francis comforting and kissing the head of man badly disfigured by a neurological disorder, neurofibromatosis, which may cause mental impairment, hearing and vision loss, other nerve damage, and a profusion of tumors.

The man’s face is largely hidden from view by the Pope’s embrace but you can see his scalp and neck are so riddled that the skin covering them appears bubbled.

It’s not the first time this new pope has heartened me with his authenticity and his compassion. One of his very first acts was to wash the feet of prisoners, both men and women. Continue reading

Day Six: NYC Has Chosen “A Progressive Path”

Bill de Blasio, newly elected mayor of New York City, hugs his son and daughter on election night. Photo by Carlo Allegri of Reuters, from MSNBC.com

Bill de Blasio, newly elected mayor of New York City, hugs his son and daughter on election night. Photo by Carlo Allegri of Reuters, from MSNBC.com

Pack my bags. I’m moving to New York City, where yesterday an enormous majority of people elected Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio their mayor.

An enormous, multiracial, multicultural, multigendered, big-hearted, optimistic majority of people voted for a man who ran on a platform of inclusiveness and social progress.

Seeing that vast diversity of people stand strong behind de Blasio on the stage as he gave his acceptance speech last night; seeing him embrace his African-American wife, his hugely-Afro-haired son, and his beautiful biracial daughter made my heart soar.

And when I heard de Blasio claim ground for progressivism and justice, then the tears flowed. Continue reading

Day Five: Thank Goodness He’s from Toronto

MSNBC Tweet #VAGov

MSNBC Tweet #VAGov

We are electing a governor today in Virginia and the cable news networks are a-Twitter.

The polls closed at 7:00 p.m. It’s 8:24 now. And, to be honest, at this point, I expected it all to be over including the shouting.

Instead, it’s too close to call.

Ken Cucinelli, the uber conservative everyone thought was bound to lose is actually ahead–though the Washington D.C. suburbs have not been counted. They’re expected to boost Democrat Terry McAuliffe to victory. And I’m starting to wonder if even a vaguely humorous post is such a good idea. Continue reading