Pointing it Out

Pointing it Out

by Sage Piper

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ending Ignorance, One Circle at a Time

“Circles of Voices” Airs Diverse Opinions

Once a month on an early Saturday evening, a small but powerful vocal transformation is taking shape in Baltimore. At a time when the players on the national scene are brazenly sowing division and putting all minority communities in danger and our local Baltimore streets are rife with a record number of homicides, a new space is quietly being born. A now and future safe space. Its birth pangs are not always pretty, as it entails connecting people who do not occupy the same space in any way in the city. This connection and the dialogues which follow are raw, complicated, painful, at times deeply traumatic, and they require an amount of courage, openness, and humility which call forth all of our inner and collective strength in order to face.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Stand Up for Our Humanity

When the Ravens announced that they are considering signing Colin Kaepernick to the team, the floodgates opened in Baltimore. It is not simply a matter of football. It is loaded, political, and rife with meaning. It is news underlying actions wielding the jagged edge of a knife, it is coming down on one side or the other, it is fierce, defiant, divisive and ugly – though for many it holds the possibility of healing, reconciliation, and a ray of hope. It is a symbol and symptom of life in Donald Trump’s America.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Actions or Words?

“Ask yourself who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community, Donald Trump with actions or Hillary Clinton with her words? I will tell you who the better friend is, and someday I believe that will be proven out, big-league.” – Donald Trump, June 2016

What a difference 13 shocking and hapless months can make. Thirteen months ago, Donald Trump was on the campaign trail touting himself as a friend to the LGBTQ community, pledging to “fight for you” more bigly than Hillary Rodham Clinton ever could. Pledging to fight against those who would threaten our freedom and beliefs.

Seventy-eight. 80. 84. These are the ages of three of the liberal Supreme Court justices about whom speculation on possible retirement dates swarm daily – Justices Breyer, Kennedy, and Ginsburg. As the age scale tips against them (and Kennedy drops loaded retirement hints) all we can do is watch and anguish over when and how the major advancements and institutional progress that have been won for our community will be overturned and erased, one by one. Yes, the spector of another three-and-a-half years with Trump and/or Pence in the Oval Office looms larger and more threatening by the hour.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Milk’s Words Still Ring True

Will They Now Reach Scalise?

As details of the shooting on a Virginia baseball field poured in last week, it became clear that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several congressional staffers had been saved from further injury and possible death by the brave actions of his two Capital Police security detail, Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner. As news surfaced that both were African-American and that Crystal Griner was a gay woman who is married to another woman, the earth turned on its axis just a little bit. And it happened on Pride Week, to boot.


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