Stop Hating Donald Trump

I’m as surprised as you that I wrote the title to this blog post. If you’d showed me those words on Election Day, Inauguration Day or two weeks ago I would’ve scoffed. However, I was raised to speak up for what I believe is true. I was also raised to respect the president whether or…

When Outrage Isn’t Enough

A few months ago I was involved in planning a rally in Buffalo. Frustration over President Trump’s anti-Muslim legislation pushed a small group of creative, generally relaxed people to prove that the people of Buffalo were welcoming of the refugee families starting over in our city. For logistical reasons the rally never happened. We were…

Racial Reconciliation & The Church

Conversations around race, slavery and racial reconciliation have been happening for a few years now. As America realized that systematic racism was still very much alive and calls for racial unity began, church leaders¬†asked how they could do the same. Racial reconciliation is about more than equality. Instead, it seeks to repair relationships across race…

Coffee & Conversations | No Boundaries

I was in a coffee shop on Buffalo’s West Side when I read the first issue of No Boundaries, a bi-annual social justice oriented publication created by Rise Collaborative. My perspective on Buffalo had always been a positive one, as it was impossible to ignore the life that was seeping back into a weary city….

A Response to the U.S. Air Strikes in Syria

There’s been a grief-induced pit of nausea in my gut lately. It started when I heard about the chemical attack on Syrian civilians and grew worse when I heard about the U.S. Air Strike last night. I will never rejoice in the face of death, even if it is the death of a terrorist. I…

The Future of ASipoftheCity

A few weeks ago I had a coffee date with a new blogger friend. She asked what I was passionate about, and I began talking about refugees. After a ¬†five-minute soap box speech she asked, “why aren’t you blogging about that?” It was a question I’d asked myself before, so I smiled and spewed out…