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#113: The Anguish of Activism

This week, we are reeling from the shock of another horrific mass murder. It is impossible to process
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#113: The Anguish of Activism
By Mark Isero • Issue #113 • View online
This week, we are reeling from the shock of another horrific mass murder. It is impossible to process. The articles in today’s issue will not mention the massacre, nor will they offer solace or specific means forward. In fact, three of the pieces may serve to confirm or exacerbate a lack of hope. But I chose these articles because they poignantly tell the truth about what we face. (If you’re not in the mood, skip to the last piece for a pick-me-up.) As always, thank you for being a loyal subscriber to The Highlighter, and I hope that these selections will help you through.

The Anguish of Activism
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Here are loyal subscribers Aletheia and Jessica at the Inaugural Highlighter Happy Hour last Thursday at Room 389 in Oakland. It was great to see everyone there! If you want to join next time, check out www.highlighter.cc/events.
Here are loyal subscribers Aletheia and Jessica at the Inaugural Highlighter Happy Hour last Thursday at Room 389 in Oakland. It was great to see everyone there! If you want to join next time, check out www.highlighter.cc/events.
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This Week’s Podcast: I’ve been a big fan of writer Lauren Markham ever since I read “Our School” in #78.  When “The Girl Gangs of El Salvador” was chosen lead article in #110, I invited her on the show, and she agreed. Our conversation centered on Ms. Markham’s writing and her work in Oakland with newly arrived immigrant youth. She’s also the author of The Far Away Brothers, which I recommend and which received a glowing review in The New York Times. If you haven’t listened yet, please do!
Thank you for reading The Highlighter #113! Are you feeling connected to the newsletter? Hope so. Let me know what you think (thumbs are below). Also, we had a bonanza of 14 new subscribers this week! Please welcome Caity, Dara, Reuben, Lara, Hannah, Brett, Joycelin, Seewan, Brittany, Laura, Elizabeth, Lesley, Rosie, and Shruti. Let’s keep growing The Highlighter community and making it stronger. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you again next Thursday at 9:10 am.
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