Thursday, November 16, 2017

Scholarly Voices: Reflecting on the Reflections, One Year Later

We were excited to solicit contributions to our Scholarly Voices series reflecting on one year since the 2016 election.  In part, we were excited because the people we asked mostly said yes, so we were able to offer up a range of new voices and perspectives. 

But frankly, we were also hoping that this series would give us a boost.  Like so many of you readers, those of us on the back end of the blog can't help but feel tired and stressed and fed up as we read about and experience the latest daily insults to democratic governance, the rule of law and individual human  rights.

The good news is, we did get a boost -- and we hope that you did, too!  We will need all of the energy that we can muster for the next year, so we thank our thoughtful contributors for giving us some perspective (some of it quite sobering) to help us along.

For those of you who missed one or more of the Scholarly Voices postings, here's a catalog:

To kick off the series, Fran Quigley distilled nuggets of hope from bipartisan efforts on the state level to address drug pricing.  Check it out here!

Next, Margaret Drew found hope in the increased visibility of women's voices speaking out about sexual assault and harassment, a phenomenon that has continued to gather strength even in the past week.  In a separate post, Margaret Drew argued that we are better lawyers as a result of the focus, vigilance and creativity required over the past year.

Justine Dunlap reflected on the changing rhetoric of the past year, from "soft misogyny" to a harder, more open version of sexist language and treatment. 

Writing from Hofstra, guest contributor Barbara Stark examined hate speech after Charlottesville, considering comparative examples and noting that changing contexts may change our view of what can be tolerated.

Davida Finger, based in New Orleans, drew strength from the local organizers with whom she works on housing issues, writing about their work in a blog titled Displacement.

Lauren Carasik looked at where we've come on climate change and human rights over the past year, particularly noting the interrelationships with the refugee crisis and the urgency of concerted action.

Finally, in a post titled Mobilizing for Resistance in the Age of Trump, Bill Quigley charged us all to look beyond the "symptom" of Trump and focus on real resistance and movement building.

As always, we welcome comments, retweets and other engagement with this blog as readers and writers alike continue to advocate for human rights at home.

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