On politics, activism, charity, and efficiency

While reading a forum, I came across a link to a blog post by Scott Alexander of Slate Star Codex, which made the case that “charity” is a more effective way of helping people than “politics”. This post is a response to that one.

First, the bits that I do agree with. The eventual conclusion […]

Crossing Qalandiya: My West Bank checkpoint story

This is part of an occasional series about my experiences with the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights delegation to Palestine in June 2014. My previous posts in the series are here and here.

Qalandiya Checkpoint, which I misheard as “Columbia” the first half-dozen times I heard it referenced, is the […]

A protest in Bil’in, West Bank

This is part of an occasional series about my experiences with the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights delegation to Palestine in June 2014. My previous post in the series is here.

In the middle of the last decade, a network of villages started holding unarmed demonstrations against the Occupation and […]

To increase sexual violence reporting, fix law enforcement

As promised, I am following up my last post with one about policing and how it interacts with sexual violence and reporting.

One aspect of this is that police are often trained in ways that lead them to think normal trauma response behavior is a sign of lying. I encourage everyone to read this transcript […]

Increasing disclosures without pressuring sexual violence survivors

Edited 12/17 to fix broken links. Sorry about that. Apparently the text editor in which I was drafting the post inserted a bunch of the weird curly quotation marks around my links and it broke the HTML somehow.

In my last post, I alluded to the problems with pressuring sexual violence survivors to report as […]

Rolling Stone, survivor advocacy, and respect

There’s already been a lot written about the Rolling Stone campus rape story debacle, PTSD and memory, the infrequency of false rape accusations, and the terribleness of Charles C. Johnson. There are a lot of things that could be said, and probably have been, about the disingenuousness of claiming that teaching “believe the victim” to […]

The NYPD and chokeholds

“A chokehold shall include, but is not limited to, any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air.” – from the 2004 NYPD patrol guide

The first time I was in New York City was also the first time I medicked a protest there. It was […]

The bread they have cast on the waters: Balata and Nablus

This is one of a series of essays, which I will be posting gradually, that I wrote about my experiences on the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights Project delegation to Palestine in June.

“People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they […]