Muller is a graduate student studying social justice and investigative journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Originally from Chicago, she is currently based in Washington, D.C., where she reports on social and racial justice.

Posts By This Author

Can Churches Earn the Trust of Young Racial Justice Activists?

by Madison Muller 04-05-2021

A woman poses in front of a 'Black Lives Matter' mural on the street as a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

While adherence to organized religion may not be as strong as it once was, faith and spirituality still play fundamental roles in the contemporary fight for racial justice.

D.C.-area Churches Encourage Community To Have ‘Faith in the Vaccine’

by Madison Muller 02-12-2021

Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Southeast Washington is the first faith-based vaccination partner in DC Health’s “Faith in the Vaccine” initiative. Photo by Madison Muller for Sojourners.

Senior citizens braved the winter weather on Thursday morning for their COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Pennsylvania Baptist Church in Southeast Washington, D.C. By the end of the day, 100 Washingtonians would be vaccinated at the church.

She Guarded the BLM Memorial for Months. Now It's Preserved In Archives.

by Madison Muller 02-03-2021

Nadine Seiler admires the fence she has been protecting since Oct. 27. Many of the signs on the fence she has had to repair with tape, plastic wrap, or zip ties after they were vandalized by pro-Trump supporters during various demonstrations since October. “The fence is like my baby, I guard it like a guard dog,” Seiler said. Photo: Madison Muller

Nadine Seiler began protesting then-President Donald Trump in 2017 with one simple sign: a pink piece of paper with the word “RESIST” written across it in black ink. Until late January, that same sign hung among hundreds of others on what community members call “the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence” in Washington, D.C., near the White House.

‘We Hate the Media! Get Out of Here!’

by Madison Muller 01-26-2021
A student journalist's firsthand account of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Trump supporters at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot hold a cross that says 'Jesus Saves'

Trump supporters carry a cross to the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021 / Madison Muller

Madison Muller is a graduate student studying social justice and investigative journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She spoke with Sojourners' Jenna Barnett.

“I GOT TO Federal Plaza around noon, right when Trump’s speech was starting. I sat with a group called the America First Coalition. They had plugged a phone into a megaphone and were standing in a circle listening to the speech. I sat right in the middle to listen. Ten minutes in, Trump started speaking about his distrust of the media and [how they were] complicit in the ‘rigged’ election. That’s when I started getting a little bit fearful. I could see people looking at my press pass. When I said that I was a graduate student journalist, one of them said, ‘We don’t like people in grad school.’ And then they started yelling at me, ‘We hate the media! Get out of here!’

A larger group started forming in the street. I [ended up] at the front of the group when they walked to the Capitol. I saw people in bulletproof vests, people with military tactical equipment, walkie-talkies, helmets, goggles; people had batons in their backpacks. There was this acceleration toward the Capitol. I remember thinking there is just nothing that’s going to stop the momentum of this group. I was surprised by the lack of law enforcement that I saw, especially after having covered racial justice protests since May, where there’s always such a heavy police presence.

How DC Peace Team Plans to De-Escalate Inauguration Violence

by Madison Muller 01-15-2021

A member of DC Peace Team attends a Black Lives Matter protest this summer. Photo courtesy of DC Peace Team.

Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, monuments are fenced off, streets are closed and 20,000 National Guard members are positioned around Washington, D.C. But some local organizations are more focused on the safety of Washingtonians — especially the safety of Black and brown Washingtonians who may be at greater risk of being targeted by right-wing groups, many of which have ties to white nationalism.

Photos from an Attempted Coup

by Madison Muller 01-07-2021

Despite advanced warnings of far-right demonstrations intent on wreaking havoc in Washington, D.C., Wednesday began as many pro-Donald Trump rallies have in weeks since the election: Spirited attendees in American flag apparel, some bearing the insignias of right-wing organizations like the Three Percenters, took pictures, mingled, and professed their ardent support of Trump – some going so far as to conflate the president with Jesus Christ.

D.C.’s Black Churches Prepare for Right-Wing Protests of Election Certification

by Madison Muller 01-05-2021

D.C. Metropolitan Police were stationed outside of Metropolitan AME Church Monday night as the city heightened security around Black churches and places of worship. Photo by Madison Muller for Sojourners.

Black church leaders, anti-racist activists, and Washington, D.C., officials urged Washingtonians to exercise caution as they prepared for right-wing demonstrations on Wednesday as Congress convenes to certify the Electoral College votes in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.