Social Justice

Protect The Civil Rights Of People Of Color & Religious Minorities

In the wake of attacks by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and members of the KKK in Charlottesville, VA, the general secretary of the United Methodist Church,Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, penned a letter to fellow United Methodist, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. She encouraged others to also send their own letters calling for greater protection of the civil… Continue reading Protect The Civil Rights Of People Of Color & Religious Minorities

Community Informatics · Social Justice · Teaching · Technology and Society

Should we promote more collaboration among male “things-oriented” coders and female “people-oriented” coders?

Last weekend a now-former Google engineer, James Damore, rattled Silicon Valley when his internal Google memo was made public. I caught up on how this is unfolding in today’s Washington Post Morning Mix post: ‘I’m not a sexist’: Fired Google engineer stands behind controversial memo http://wapo.st/2vRMAOT , by Samantha Schmidt. The article is a valuable read… Continue reading Should we promote more collaboration among male “things-oriented” coders and female “people-oriented” coders?

Liberation · Social Justice

Remembering the July 1967 Detroit & 1917 East St. Louis Race Riots

Yesterday evening NPR spent a good part of the Sunday evening All Things Considered highlighting a remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Race Riots in Detroit. It included one segment interviewing 3 prominent Detroit natives, and one interviewing the defense attorney for three white Detroit cops charged variously with murder, conspiracy, and federal… Continue reading Remembering the July 1967 Detroit & 1917 East St. Louis Race Riots

Digital Literacy Reconsidered · Social Justice

Digital Literacy as a Social Justice Skill

May through September, 2016, I wrote a set of blog posts regarding digital literacy, starting with A Growing Understanding of Digital Literacy, and continuing with Part 2: Prioritizing Skills, Part 3: Advancing Agency, and Part 4: Exercising Agency. I also gave several talks, had the article A Radical Reconsideration of Digital Literacy published in issue 36 of Information… Continue reading Digital Literacy as a Social Justice Skill

Gardening

2017 Summer Challenges at Wolske Urban Farm

Jim Angel’s latest post regarding “Dryness Across Illinois” is helping to shed light on some of the challenges we’re seeing so far this summer on the Wolske Urban Farm. As a result of the below-normal rainfall, crops and vegetation have had to rely more heavily on soil moisture to grow. This is causing a rapid depletion of soil… Continue reading 2017 Summer Challenges at Wolske Urban Farm