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Julia Chaffers


The Bloomberg problem

It is difficult to hold someone accountable who is not beholden to anyone for funding. It is challenging to campaign against someone who can drown you out with an unending stream of advertising and the media coverage that accompanies it.

Silenced on the biggest stage

Columnist Julia Chaffers argues that the International Olympic Committee undermines its claim to values like equality by silencing athletes taking politically-motivated actions.

Enough is enough

America is unlike any other country on the planet in terms of amount of firearms and frequency of gun violence. Continuing to do nothing enforces this pattern, and the cycle will continue.

Beyond Soccer: Lessons from the World Cup

The team’s commitment to lifting others up as they rise presents an example for each of us, aspiring World Cup winners or otherwise. They show us how to use our reach to fight for equality, for ourselves and for others, in whatever we do. 

My new perspective on prison abolition

Often in the movement for criminal justice reform the question is, “How do we reduce mass incarceration?” What if we asked, “How do we eliminate incarceration altogether?”

What we can learn from New Zealand

New Zealand’s response is both inspiring and instructive for us here in America. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited Christchurch and addressed the people, many of whom are Muslim refugees, whose communities had been targeted, assuring them and the rest of the country that “they are us.” It was an act of leadership, inclusion, and empathy that feels far removed from our own politics. 

Admitting to the inequality in our schools

The aspect of this case that is so infuriating to people is the fact that rich parents were able to literally buy their children spots at elite colleges, but even if these families cut the line to get into schools, there are plenty of other ways to get ahead in the process.