Afraid of Our Own

I hear people asking why local organizations are working on behalf of refugees when there are so many of “our own” in need of support. Often this question is accompanied by veiled or not-so-veiled Islamophobia or xenophobia, with the implication that Arab Americans are not real Americans, or that people do not enter this country… Read more »

Struggle Against Silence

One month ago, a man walked into Emanual African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and shot and killed nine people. A witness stated that the arrested suspect said he was there “to shoot black people” in addition to stating “you’ve raped our women, and you’re taking over the country. I have to do… Read more »

Start There

Since joining the staff at the YWCA in Missoula last May as the Racial Justice Intern, I have bookmarked close to a hundred articles, videos, and links to court cases on my internet browser. I spent hours reading, watching, listening, and waiting for me to get it. My job was to write about racial issues… Read more »

It’s Not A Costume

My seven-year-old daughter’s obsessed with American Dolls. She knows every doll’s name, pet’s name, and horse’s name. She’s sent numerous letters to Santa, asking for a particular doll named Kaya, which is short for Kaya’aton’my (she who arranges rocks). Kaya, a fictional character who came out in stores in 2002, is from the Nimíipuu, or Nez Perce tribe,… Read more »

LR-126 Compounds Voting Barriers Faced by American Indians

Imagine a people who don’t share your Ellis Island story. Imagine a people who watched others invade the land they’d inhabited since time began. Imagine these “others” forming governments who take your children to be assimilated. Imagine getting excommunicated, forced to live on a reservation. Imagine being granted citizenship to your own nation less than… Read more »

I Am Not Alone

I had just finished dinner with my fiancé on Sunday, Aug. 10, when I saw the headline flash across his Internet home page, “Police: Black teen shot in Missouri was unarmed.” I found myself saying out loud, “What is wrong with the world? How many more black teenagers have to die before people get fed… Read more »