Hi, my name is Phil and I am a Christian.

Recently, someone IRL asked me if I was a Christian. I said I was and moved on quickly before they tried to either debate abortion or sell me something. It did get me to thinking,though. I am a Christian, but with no real need to proclaim this part of my life. I am nominally a …

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25 years ago today . . .

I wrote a piece on this blog five years ago, describing my experiences in the first twenty years of my career as a community organizer. On February 5th, 1994 I walked into the offices of Syracuse United Neighbors, a community group working with residents of the south, southwest and near west sides of the city. …

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On cursing in public, an organizing perspective

At a celebration after being sworn into the House of Representatives for her first term of office, Rep. Rashida Tlaib made the following statement:  “When your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won, bullies don't win,' and I said, 'Baby, they don't,' because we’re gonna go in there and we're gonna impeach …

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Memo: re the solar eclipse

Date: 8/21/17 To: All madmen, drummers, bummers, Indians in the summer, teenage diplomats, all-hot half-shots, fleshpot mascots, young Scotts with a slingshot, bloodshot forget-me-nots, brimstone baritone anti-cyclone rolling stone preachers from the East, new-mown chaperones, fresh-sown moonstones, silicone sisters, manager's misters, Go-Cart Mozarts, Early-Pearlies, hazards from Harvard, backyard bombadiers, dudes with a calling card, shooting …

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