Weekly Wrap 3.15.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 3.15.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots

From The Atlantic: “What is judged extremist today was once the consensus of a powerful cadre of the American elite, well-connected men who eagerly seized on a false doctrine of “race suicide” during the immigration scare of the early 20th century.”

2. Jeanette Vizguerra: ‘I Lead My Fight. And the Faith Community Are My Allies’

On Thursday, faith groups and other supporters petitioned Immigration and Customs Enforcement to issue a stay of removal and visa approval for activist Jeanette Vizguerra, who in 2017 entered sanctuary in Denver.

3. Meet the Schoolkids Going on Strike Over Climate Change

Today, students in nearly 100 countries and dozens of U.S. states are skipping school to fight climate change. Washington Post profiles a handful of these young activists.

4. Becoming a Peace Church

A look at the discernment process behind going all in on pacifism.

5. How Journalism Got So Out of Touch with the People It Covers

A revealing look at America’s newsrooms from Sarah Jones for Columbia Journalism Review: “America is wedded to the myth of its own greatness. It insists it has created a meritocracy, which it sustains through the power of assertion. This has a knock-on effect: Journalists inhabit a skewed society, and not all of them realize it. The industry therefore suffers from structural inequalities that reflect its surroundings. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are relatively absent from newsroom leadership for the same reasons they are relatively absent everywhere. These absences impact coverage in every respect, and poverty reporting is not exempt.”

6. Trump Unveiled His Budget Proposal This Week. It Reveals His Misplaced Priorities

Trump’s budget priorities will disproportionately hurt the poor and communities of color, which will simply reinforce structural racism and exacerbate economic hardship.

7. How to Make Sex More Dangerous

From The New York Times: “Only about half of all school districts in the United States require any sex ed at all. Of those that do, most mandate or stress abstinence-only instruction. No birth control. No sexually transmitted infection prevention. No consent.”

8. ‘Leaving Neverland’: What the Documentary Reveals About Systems of Abuse — and What the Church Can Learn

The documentary focuses on the stories of two men who allege that Michael Jackson abused them as children. What becomes apparent throughout is the way the grooming process by a charismatic figure disarms not only the victims, but all those around them who look the other way. Amid countless stories of abuse, the church must take notice.

9. Is the American Justice System Equipped to Deal with an Ex-ISIS Member?

“The legal and ethical case of whether Muthana should return will continue to rage on. What shouldn't be lost in the conversation is how her case reveals the glaring lack of infrastructure and resources in the U.S. to receive radicalized people.”

10. Sacred Resistance: Inside the Resurgent Sanctuary Movement

This short documentary tells the stories of people who have entered sanctuary amid an increased prioritization on deportations, the congregations who welcome them, and the activists who recognize that sanctuary is more than a space — it’s entire campaigns of engagement, accompaniment, and rapid response. Check out the film and the small group discussion guide for your congregations.

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