Ends, Leavings, and New Beginnings – A Change From Within New Year’s Message

After a week off for Holiday Festivities and Family Time, I am happy to be back to blogging. As we look back over 2010 and look to what 2011 will bring, I cannot help but want to write a list blog like the many out there: Top News Stories of 2010, The Most Beautiful People of 2010 (WEIRD!), Top Tech Innovations of 2010, and so on.

In Change From Within style, though, my list will be a tad bit different. Based on my musings over the year that was 2010, here are a few:


  • Victories for Gay Rights like the overturning of Prop 8 and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell!!
  • Sanity in our politics. John Stewart, you make me swoon.
  • Accountable, loving, and communicative Partnerships. My partner and I have been going through some struggles in learning how we communicate, so this topic is very much on my mind. Thank you to the amazing people who have displayed healthy partnerships for me. Let’s see more of them in 2011!!
  • Consent – You can never have enough consent.
  • Relationships across difference – Let’s start/continue reaching out and building accountable relationships!
  • Laughter. Nuf Said.
  • Student-Centered School Reform – Testing our students provides wonderfully-useful data.  However, in the “race to the top,” let’s not simply continue to leave the students behind.
  • Support and love for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters – Again, I want 2011 to be the year we make it better!
  • Andrea Gibson
  • Time taken out of our busy lives to appreciate the ones we love.






What things do you want to leave behind in 2010? What do you want to see or see more of in 2011?

Happy New Year, All!

Peace be the Journey


2 thoughts on “Ends, Leavings, and New Beginnings – A Change From Within New Year’s Message

  1. Things I want to see or to see more of in 2011:
    Honesty and self-critical reflection
    Critical thinking about politics and culture
    More dialogue around issues of class, race, gender, etc. that involves listening (on the part of those with privilege) to people who are actually victimized by such forms of oppression
    More of a fight for anti-discrimination laws in terms of employment, including for LGBTQI folks
    Acknowledgment of multiple oppressions overlapping
    Acknowledgment of privilege existing (for example, across the political spectrum–it’s not always “the other side” that needs to acknowledge privilege)
    Greater access to health care, including for issues of mental health, and to education for those in need

    Things we should leave in 2010:
    Denial of forms of privilege
    Less comparing of intersecting oppressions in a manner that upholds privilege (i.e., playing the “Oppression Olympics”)
    Notions of a color-blind, “post-racial” society
    The prison-industrial complex and the disproportionate punishment of people of color
    The backlash against Ethnic Studies programs
    Undeserved senses of entitlement on the part of those who don’t recognize their privilege

    Now, to be sure, it could take many years to even try to institute or derail some of the above problems. However, I think we should all ask ourselves what we can do–I honestly don’t know what I can do to fight against something as large and powerful as the prison system, but I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for ways to continually work at and/or dispose of issues we are raising.

  2. i would love to see inspired and authentic bi-partisan cooperation in this nation. it could be revolutionary!

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