Surrounded by allies

or, I love where I work.

The killing of Black women and men by police, and the treatment of protestors around the country, continues to make me heartsick. So many words and emotions come to the surface when I even think about what has been happening, what comes to light, and what may still be hidden from the public’s view. The words remain stuck behind lips for many reasons, mostly due to being sick and my desire to be a good ally by not getting in the way of Black and Brown voices.

In the meantime I want to share some images from my workplace. As many of you know, I’m a librarian, and I work in a graduate school library. While the students tend not to share in my being a pagan and polytheist, they do tend to be fairly progressive and even radical. They’re also predominantly White, and versed in awareness of privilege and issues around oppression. Most of these images have been taken in the last week but they have been happening all year. I feel it’s another reminder of the need to work together and not just sequester off with a small group of people exactly like us.

The Black Lives Matter car

(Car with a “Black Lives Matter” banner across the back windshield.)

Spotted in January.


(Plaque spray-painted with the words “End White Supremacy”)

I walked into one of the main rooms at the school one day in March to see this over the fireplace. It seemed to have gone up anonymously.

the following are from the past week:


(“I Support the Baltimore Rebellion” flyer)


(Flyer for rally in New York City in support of Freddie Gray)

Townes quote

(Quote from theologian Emilie Townes: “Sacrifice is a dangerous notion. It is dangerous because we often ask those who are the most vulnerable to give the most.”)

Malcolm X quote

(Quote from Malcolm X: “We declare our right on this earth… to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.”)

Cotes quote

(Quote from Ta-Nehisi Coates: “When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con.

Anarchism pamphlet

(Surprise anarchist pamphlet appears on a corkboard in the library!)

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