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BEGGING AND BLEEDING

We continue to beg our lawmakers to do something about school shootings. We’ve begged for years. We just get more guns — and more shootings. We’ve begged for universal health care and mental health funding. Not getting that. In any reliable form. We begged for sensible immigration reform. FOR DECADES. We got a horrible destructive inhumane opposite. […]

The Power of I’m Sorry

An honest desire to help allows us to say “I’m sorry.” I am so sorry for your loss. For the devastation. For oppression. For your wounds that won’t heal and your hurt that has no remedy. If we are one with those we want to help, it becomes natural to express our sorrow for what […]
Angela in Lebanon

A Brief Essay on Time

…on advocacy and heartbreak… Time passes differently for the privileged than for the neglected. For “the poor”, time is measured in packages of effort devoted to survival, the time it takes to earn your rent, the hourly wage, overtime (if you are lucky), the time it takes to scrounge up a meal. And waiting. The […]
Angela in Lebanon

Still Out to Change the World

Since May, when it was announced I’d be leaving my role as President and CEO of BakerRipley at the end of the year, people have been asking about the transition. What’s next for the agency? For me? I spent some time answering those questions. Are you really retiring? No. That’s the way others have described […]

Here. Hold My Martini.

This week, a discussion erupted around speakers and conferences — -mainly who gets paid and who doesn’t. This article about closing the pay gap for speakers and Luvvie Ajayi’s experience with The Next Web conference brought up the need for fairness and transparency in booking speakers. As someone who has done my fair share of […]

Crowdsource that Dang Wall

I’ve been thinking about DJT’s ~1,900 mile wall.* I think we should crowdsource it. If you want a wall, grab a brick and haul it down to the Texas** border and put it right down. On the border. A few things to watch out for: Snakes. I’m scared of snakes. They have snakes. Mean ones. […]

You’re Welcome

Today in Houston, elected, faith, civic and nonprofit leaders, led by Mayor Turner, gathered at Baker Ripley to tell all residents of our city that they are still welcome in Houston. It was necessary. Children are not coming to school. Parents are calling hot lines with questions about “immediate deportations”. People proudly seeking citizenship now […]

NO. Governor Abbott. NO.

I write this from Germany where I’ve been invited to speak to 1,500 German public, private and NGO leaders and volunteers about best ideas for the long term integration of immigrants and refugees. Germany has welcomed 1.1 million refugees to their country. Every major city here has taken in 100–200K people. Now, leaders are intensely […]

Earn. Learn. Belong.

David Brooks has written a compassionate piece about an older white Kentucky man who has lost his place in the world of work. In the comments section, this man is receiving advice about who to blame. But he isn’t blaming other people. He doesn’t have the luxury. He goes on trying to find a place […]

Same Boat

I have spent almost two decades in outspoken support of immigrants and refugees -advocating for immigration reform, for compassionate and generous responses to those that fling themselves on the water in search of a better life. Migration makes us strong and more connected and I believe the future belongs to the most connected countries and […]