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Rona’s rule #1: If you want to communicate with people, stop calling them stupid. Don’t take a good argument and defeat it by calling anyone who disagrees stupid. That just makes people return to their corner: you are the elitist, they are the real…

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How can what you say be perceived as the very opposite? Well, it happens all the time. Before you look at the conversation below, think consciously about where you sit in these social issues: What is your age/generation? What is your attitude about…

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There were four ballot questions about worker pay and taxes set for the 2018 election in Massachusetts. They won’t be on the ballot, even though polls showed they were popular. They were passed, instead, through legislative action. It has been nicknamed,…

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Voting to Protect the Right to Just Be Massachusetts is about to embark on a battle about public accommodation. Currently, our laws say that all people in our State can be in public spaces, and they can use public facilities that are appropriate to them.…

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Anything you can do yourself, you can do more safely if you have allies doing it with you, or doing other things that support your intervention. Delegating — or recruiting allies — is one of the Ds that I use in the mnemonic for a successful active…

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African-Americans celebrate their freedom on June 19th. The celebration is called Juneteenth. Juneteenth — June 19th, 1865 — was a watershed moment for enslaved Americans. It marks the end of the Civil War (in Texas) and the emancipation of all the slaves…

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The battle for who can safely be in public places has heated up between those who think public space is for everyone and those who think it is for “the right kind of people.” When the two sides battle it out in court, the legal language they use is about…

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I knew why some kids failed this psychological test. Do you? The psychological study: A pre-schooler was left in a room, alone, with a marshmallow. They were told that if they ate it, that was all they would get; but if they didn’t eat it for fifteen…

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The most effective conversations I’ve had with people who are prejudiced against my friends is to tell stories about what I know about my friends. When people say something that I think is awful about someone I know (as part of a negative statement about…

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People who call the police are secure that the police care about their interests. People who don’t trust the police are painted as unworthy of police protection. It is a self-fulfilling cycle that makes People of Color and counter-cultural people even…
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