The Week-ish

A lot of what’s being said and shared on our social feeds is pretty polarizing. But if you look hard enough, there’s also a lot of dialogue happening across differences. (ICYMI, that's what we’re all about!)

Here’s the internet dialogue we're dialoguing about from the week-ish.


Dialogue, Not Division

Kid President has a few things to say about disagreeing without making people feel terrible: 

 

Filmmaker Julia Bacha shares stories of effective nonviolent resistance, including eye-opening research on the crucial leadership role that women play.

 

Speaking of division, have you heard about...

Airbnb created a new anti-discrimination policy.

 
At the heart of our mission is the idea that people are fundamentally good and every community is a place where you can belong. We don’t say this because it sounds nice. It’s the goal that everyone at Airbnb works towards every day – because we’ve all seen how when we live together, we better understand each other.

Discrimination is the opposite of belonging, and its existence on our platform jeopardizes this core mission. Bias and discrimination have no place on Airbnb, and we have zero tolerance for them. Unfortunately, we have been slow to address these problems, and for this I am sorry. I take responsibility for any pain or frustration this has caused members of our community. We will not only make this right; we will work to set an example that other companies can follow.
— Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO and Co-Founder
 

Other Conversations the Internet is Having

Colin Kaepernick’s protest continues in the NFL and receives support from other sports and perspectives. From Megan Rapinoe of the Seattle Reign:

"And quite honestly, being gay, I have stood with my hand over my heart during the national anthem and felt like I haven't had my liberties protected, so I can absolutely sympathize with that feeling."
 

More from Megan here.

The California legislature has sent to Governor Jerry Brown a landmark bill to regulate the industry of residential programs that claim to help “troubled” youth, including those who are simply lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Meet Level Ground Collaborators

  • Jesse Cramer, the playwright behind this week’s production of CROSS, begins most days with peanut butter pretzels. Yes, please!
  • Kelby Harrison, who helped facilitate the How do we think about gender identity class, rented a jackhammer this weekend. We’ll let her tell you why.
  • Expert storyteller and Anecdote co-host, Kyle Johnson, makes his own Photoshop "art" for his profile pictures.

Who to follow

Christina Cleveland is Duke University professor, social psychologist and reconciliation scholar-practitioner, author of Disunity in Christ. Recently she's been talking about theology and singleness. 

 

Follow Broderick Greer for a crash course in all things at the intersections of: American history, queer theory, black theology, human rights, and racial justice.

 

ICYMI

Author Elizabeth Gilbert came out. “Love is always complicated,” says the Eat, Pray, Love author.

The creator of the Baby-Sitters Club, Ann M. Martin, is queer.

Read This

Elizabeth Smart is fighting to change the way we talk about sex, rape, and abstinence.

 

Quoted IRL

Level Ground Artist-In-Residence Leslie Foster is hard at work on his 59 Project


SEE YOU NEXT WEEK-ISH!

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