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JR Martin
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Jay Smooth originally shared:
 
Great op-ed today, that applies to much more than just "The Help." If we could recognize that good, well-meaning people are susceptible to perpetuating racism and all the other isms, it'd be easier to move past the "but I'm a good person!" defensive posture that stalls so many race convos (as described in my How To Tell People They Sound Racist video)
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Are there any dancers around G+ who might be willing to take part in a sort of collective dance project through Hangouts? All styles, body types, etc. sought! I will provide choreography and record the final product, and we'd be "meeting" on Hangouts on weekends to learn the choreography and rehearse. Please share with your circles :-)
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Cleaning out some stuff from my closets and file cabinets, I found the following poem. I wrote it in 1995 or so, when Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House. I thought it would be worth bringing back now, since Newt is supposedly running for President (although at this point he is mostly a joke candidate).
The point of the poem is that every line is an anagram of "Newton Leroy Gingrich" (which is Newt's full legal name).

We're crooning nightly,
Renewing thorny logic,
Cheerily noting wrong.
Coiling energy, thrown.

Wrongly enticing hero,
Ongoing wintry lecher,
Reigning theory clown,
Whining electron orgy
Growing incoherently.
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sure, and, thanks, wow, this is mysterious, i don't know what it could be--but my address right now is 265 Auburn Ave SE; Grand Rapids, MI; 49506. and it's so exciting that you're going to germany on the 4th!
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You’re Not Alone: A Video Project for Queer Youth

There’s been a lot of talk about the It Gets Better project and how “It Gets Better” is mostly true for cis-gendered, white, gender conforming, able bodied, middle-class gay and lesbian youth. This is an alternative project aimed at youth for whom it very well may NOT get better.

The You’re Not Alone Project asks for video contributions from everyone, but especially those who are queer, trans, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, people of color, immigrants, disabled, or any other often-ignored part of the queer umbrella. The message is not that it gets better, but that queer youth are not alone. We’re a large, diverse community that can offer support and understanding, even when change is slow in coming.

To participate, upload a short video (less than 10 minutes) to the video service of your choice. The goal is to communicate your own experiences in your own “words”–speaking, singing, signing, using art, dance, whatever medium you prefer–with the theme You Are Not Alone. All languages and means of communication are encouraged. Focus on queer youth in general or on a particular population. You might tell a story, talk about your identity or your community, or provide resources for support. Don’t forget to tag your video with You’re Not Alone and any keywords that are relevant. Once you’ve uploaded, submit your link to me in a comment to this post or by e-mail at yourenotalonevideos [at] gmail [dot] com.

If interest is high, I will buy a domain for the project and post an index of all these videos on the web. Please share widely! This won’t work unless we get a diversity of voices to contribute.
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Awful, awful news all around today.

Half of my timeline caught up in scolding other people for caring more about this story than that story, or caring more about that story than this story. It really seems like this grief-scolding/grief-shaming has itself become a kind of coping mechanism for a lot of us (myself included)..
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Education
  • University of Chicago
    English, 2004 - 2008
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  • Advancing Wisconsin
    Field Organizer, 2011 - 2011
  • University of Chicago Graham School
    Graduate Studies Representative, 2008 - 2009
  • Rourke Art Museum
    Assistant to the Director, 2004 - 2007
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Appleton, WI - Charlottesville, VA - Fargo, ND - Chicago, IL
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