"I can't breathe."

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What keeps us safe and what keeps us oppressed, controlled, hobbled in a racial caste system? Alice Goffman's lecture at Penn Urban Studies gives concise numbers and an appalling family narrative like so many other appalling narratives we cannot continue to accept. We can change this.

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Spring '15 Non-Fiction Writing class

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In this course, Penn writing students describe, report, and illustrate stories of children and safety so that we can see it with the clarity and imagination with which we now see danger. They'll be aiming to publish on a new site, SafeKidsStories, set to launch next fall. If we do the job right, we will shine a light on thousands of people in our midst creating safety and peace with and for kids. If we make it fun to read, look at, and listen to, too, then we’ll be on our way to a stealth culture change.

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Reflections on learning

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Published in St. Paul's School's Alumni Horae magazine, "Updrafts of Memory" is a 40th high school reunion meditation on then and now. The word that swept over me like poetry that weekend was "mercy."

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Appearances: Coming Up!

3 p.m., Saturday, 24 January, 2015: Community Launch event for SafeKidStories.org. Hosted by Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104