However narratively clumsy, adaptations like Maleficent are inherently constructive. They teach us to humanize others in a society stalled not by men themselves, but by a patriarchal legacy that's dismissed qualities of the ancient goddess.
Disability metaphors abound in our culture, and they exist almost entirely as pejoratives. You see something wrong? Compare it to a disabled body or mind. These words seem so "natural" to people that they go uncorrected a great deal of the time.
It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.
A new study by UCLA's Civil Rights Project finds that California leads the nation when it comes to segregation of Black and Latino students. What's more, the researchers indicate segregation has "grown substantially in the past two decades."
Hashtag activism and symbolic gestures have their place, but transforming the publishing industry will take sustained pressure; increasing diversity in children's literature will require support not only for inclusion but innovation.
What if we stopped the wars? What if, instead of attacking each other's decisions, we calmly discussed them and shared information, throwing each other a new rope when we see that others are getting to the end of theirs?
Our activism must be objective and consistent. Boko Haram has been largely ignored up until this point. Now that they have the public's attention, it is critical that we attack the root of the problem.
I have learned that I need not look beyond my own city to establish the community -- of men and women -- that cares deeply about this issue. I don't need to make a global appeal for support. I can turn to my neighbor and ask for her or his hand first.
I don't believe morality relies on religious institutions, but if we are looking for places with a very long track record of concern and activism for oppressed people, then religious institutions remain a good place to start.
Libraries across the nation, large and small, north and south, east and west, are getting hit as low-hanging fruit in budget battles everywhere. Fortunately we have very loud supporters like Henry Rollins and EveryLibrary.