• Two Republican Senators announced they will vote No on Betsy DeVos…and the others capitulated to Trump. #NotMyPresident

    BREAKING – Senator Susan Collins and Senator Lisa Murkowski just announced they will vote ‘NO’ on Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. One more vote needed to defeat Trump’s nominee.

    WE CAN’T STOP NOW: Our efforts are working, call the Senate today to #StopDeVos.

    This is the last chance to pressure our elected officials. Contact these five Senators EVERYDAY until the floor vote and demand they reject DeVos for Education Secretary.

    Senator Portman
    Local Office: (614) 469-6774
    D.C. Office: (202) 224-3353

    Senator Toomey
    Local Office: (814) 453-3010
    D.C. Office: (202) 224-4254

    Senator Heller
    Local Office: (702) 388-6605
    D.C. Office: (202) 224-6244

    Senator Burr
    Local Office: (336) 631-5125
    D.C. Office: (202) 224-3154

    Senator Flake
    Local Office: (602) 840-1891
    D.C. Office: (202) 224-4521

    Calling our senator’s office is one of most effective ways to have our voices heard. Make sure Senators know you REJECT Betsy DeVos’ nomination.

    Here are five crucial reasons we need to #StopDeVos:

    DeVos has zero experience in public education.
    Devos has made few statements on the student debt crisis.
    Over $1 million in campaign contributions to Senators voting on her nomination.
    She wants to funnel tax dollars away from public schools.
    She wants to stop enforcing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

  • Say No to DeVos for Secretary of Education

    The vote to confirm the woefully  unqualified Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education was delayed due to an outpouring of resistance. The hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will now be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 so that Republicans have more time to garner votes. We must act now:
    Please call one of the following Republican Senators (key in the confirmation vote) to express your opposition on the appointment. At least 3 of these senators need to be convinced in order to block DeVos’ nomination. Don’t email. Don’t tweet. Don’t complain on Facebook. Please call them!
    If you live in one of the states represented below, PLEASE call YOUR Senator. If you don’t, pick one and call him/her:
    Susan Collins (ME) 207.622.8414..&..202.224.2523
    Lamar Alexander (TN) 615.736.5129..&..202.224.4944
    Lisa Murkowski (AK) 907.586.7277..&..202.224.6665
    Johnny Isakson (GA) 770.661.0999..&..202.224.3643
    Orrin Hatch (UT) 801.524.4380..&..202.224.5251
    Richard Burr (NC) 336.631.5125..&..202.224.3154..&.. 910.251.1058..&..828.350.2437
    Michael Enzi (WY) 202.224.3424
    Dr. Bill Cassidy (LA) 202.224.5824
    Pat Roberts (KS) 202.224.4774
    Tim Scott (SC) 202.224.6121
    Rand Paul (KY) 202.224.4343

  • INDIVISIBLE: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda—download here


  • Statements of Solidarity from Faculty, Administrators and Staff at Fletcher and Tufts University Faculty of Arts and Sciences



    Each day more faculty, staff and administrators sign on to express their commitment to human dignity and equality. Please share these Statements of Solidarity with your friends and colleagues. Thank you.

  • Tufts University President’s Statement of Solidarity with our Undocumented Students


  • This is Not Normal: Next Steps for the Trump Years

    I am posting this again as my friends and I regroup following the American Anthropological Association’s yearly conference, and the Thanksgiving holidays.  I was fortunate to spend time with wonderful people, and was asked some thought-and-action-provoking questions. These questions help me plan some form of action each week, which counters the despair many of us are feeling.

    What is your gift?  What is your piece? Who supports you in this work?

    And the reminder: this incoming administration is not normal.


    Autocracy: Rules for Survival

  • Being an ally: Our next moves and the people we love

    Let each of us plan our next moves. There is too much at stake to remain silent now. I draw strength every day from my friends and colleagues who share a commitment to human dignity and decency. And let me say it: I am a relatively privileged white woman with a PhD. Trump and his kind will not come for me first— they will turn first on the targets Trump enumerated throughout his campaign. People of color, Muslims, members of the LGBTQ communities, undocumented workers, asylum seekers— they are on the frontlines of the forthcoming assault. So let us be the best allies we can. If the Trump administration registers Muslims, then state you are a Muslim. If the right to same sex marriage is repealed, then register as gay every time you must state your status. If asked your (binary) gender, check the box for Other. They will not come for us first, so we must be the buffer for what comes next. People we love are in danger.

  • A resource to support the LGBTQ people we love

    This can also be adapted to your local hotlines and email addresses.  screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-4-35-08-pm

  • Show your solidarity in ways both big and small

    One former student who is Muslim let me know how much it mattered to her in the aftermath of 9/11 to have people — friends and strangers — reach out to make sure she was alright and to offer a safe place if she needed it.  As she wrote, “When suddenly you are judged for just being who you are, having kind people around you makes the world of difference.”  Be that difference in someone’s life.



  • Another tool for educators

    Here is another tool. This can be adapted to your school or university. It reclaims public space as a site of peaceful association, and can help our students who feel particularly threatened right now. One colleague, with the support of her provost, has made a version with her Lehman College logo and they are posting these across campus. For professors and schoolteachers, you can hang this on your door. Our students need reassurance now.