Plenty has been written about the stress working parents — especially the White and privileged among us — are under to manage distance learning during the coronavirus. I’m one of those parents — juggling a book deadline, some consulting work, and multiple zoom calls through out the day for my 1st grader (who has a real love/hate relationship with staring at herself in the iPad screen right now, as she constantly pushes her little tongue through the hole where her bottom front teeth used to be). …

Even on the other side, we will not have transcended the mess of who we are

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For months, I’ve been playing school with Stella, my four-year-old daughter. Usually, this involves difficult homework that must be checked, a class pet that must be fed, and the teacher eventually adopting the student because her parents have disappeared. (The teacher was looking for a kid to live with her anyway, so it all works out.)

As such, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that on Monday, the first morning that we took Stella back to her little home-based preschool in real life, she was psyched. As we drove, however, I noticed Stella becoming quieter and quieter. …

A Teacher & Parent Speak Out

This article was co-authored with public school teacher, Sydney Dexter

Sydney Dexter: Picture this. It’s April 2020 and I’ve been teaching my third graders remotely for about a month. Alongside my rockstar teaching partner, I recreated a schedule, distributed hundreds of computers, scoured the internet for any platform that mimicked the joys of being together in the classroom, and built a brand new website instead. Oh, all the while checking in on every family in my classroom, delivering food bi-weekly to those who could use some, and trying to deal with my own rising anxieties.

It was at this point in the pandemic where teachers emerged from the COVID chaos as heroes. My social media and inbox were filled with gratitude and anecdotes from students, parents, and even celebrities, thanking teachers for all we do. It was a welcome change, as teaching — especially in a public school — can sometimes feel like a thankless job. …

A Q&A by—and for—people with privilege who want to learn more about racial justice

Demonstrators hold signs at a Black Lives Matter protest in Birmingham, England, on June 4, 2020. Photo: Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images

For a while now, I have been part of a community of white anti-racist activists that are working on understanding our own relationship with racism and anti-blackness and how to take action. We live all over the country, do a range of work, and come from a range of class backgrounds. We don’t have a lot of answers, but apparently our friends think we do because they keep texting us, asking us questions like: Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?

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As I was driving my 5-year-old to school this morning, NPR updated us both about our current president’s maniacal desire for a wall. “Do you understand what they’re talking about, sweetie?” I asked her.

“No, can you explain?”

“Well, you know how we are excited about cutting a little hole in the fence in the backyard between our house and Max’s house?”


“That’s because we want you and Max to be able to travel freely between our house and his house. …

Looking for an organization with a badass woman of color in leadership who is doing amazing things in fresh-thinking, dignity-restoring ways? Just as I thought. Here are just a few of the organizations my partner and I are donating to as we close out 2018. Join us?

Girls walk in Washington, DC. Photo credit: Alyscia Cunningham

Girl Trek: Every interaction I’ve had with leaders Morgan and Vanessa have convinced me that these two are not only joyful, beautiful friends and collaborators, but have impeccable integrity and laser focus on their very clear goal: to get 100,000 black women walking and change their health, and our nation, in the process.

Springboard to Opportunities: I worked with Aisha Nyandoro on a TED-style talk years ago and her voice, her story, and her vision have been on my mind ever since. Now she’s making history by doing one of the first basic income pilots of its kind in the U.S. — with single, black mothers in Mississippi. This is THE year to jump on the Springboard train. …

By Chelsea Fuller and Courtney E. Martin

A group of journalism practitioners and supporters discussing #MeToo through a Solutions Lens

Canceling open bar work gatherings. Refusing one-on-ones with women under a certain age and, in some cases, all women. Rethinking whether or not to hire women regardless of qualification. According to a recent Bloomberg Business article, the above are a few of the extreme, and some would say discriminatory, tactics men on Wall Street are employing in response to The ‘me too.’ Movement. …

The volume and variety of reporting on sexual harassment and assault in the last year has skyrocketed. According to the Women’s Media Center’s new report, the number of articles on sexual assault is up over 30 percent since the Harvey Weinstein story broke. And yet, very few journalists and/or outlets have dedicated attention and resources to finding out what responses to toxic educational or professional environments work, what kind of prevention efforts prove effective to reducing the chances of that toxicity in the first place, or what processes for accountability, justice, and even healing exist.

The Solutions Journalism Network spent a day exploring what these kinds of stories might look like together with journalists, organizers, educators, and entrepreneurs from around the country. And launched a fund (now closed) for just this kind of reporting! Here’s some of what we learned…

“American Hero” by Wendy MacNaughton

Let’s say, for just a moment, that it doesn’t matter whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. It does. But let’s just say, for a moment, that it doesn’t matter.

Aren’t you horrified that a man of his age, professed intellectual chops, and judiciousness, wouldn’t take this opportunity to reflect searchingly on his own blind spots and missteps, much less the larger national and global crisis of sexual harassment and assault? He has responded as if there is no personal or public value to treating Dr. …


Courtney Martin

author of Do It Anyway and The New Better Off, co-founder of @soljourno & @FRESHSpeakers, electric slider, momma, lover, fighter

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