Is a cop’s life worth more than a firefighter’s? Is it worth more than a nurse’s? Than a little kid’s? Than a young mother’s? Than somebody’s grandmother’s? Than a homeless person’s? Continue reading
It troubles me deeply when I hear people say that undocumented people should be deported because “they broke the law and there must be consequences.” We need to remember the importance of proportionality.
First of all, you can’t criminalize human nature. Continue reading
When you take on a leadership role in an organization, you generally become attached to it, hoping for its continued success, even after you step down. That is how I feel about the Sussex County Democrats, having served as chair of the 14RD Committee for 4 years, and sitting on the County executive committee because of that role.
Consequently, I’ve been asking myself these questions: Democrats had a registration advantage in Sussex County in 2014 (49,865 v. 49,615) and only a slight disadvantage in 2016 (57,522 v. 59,907), so why can’t Democrats get elected in Sussex? Why did every single Democrat lose in 2014 and 2016, except for the one Trump supporters love? Is the County just hopeless, best written off as a lost cause? Continue reading
Like many of you, I have been pondering what to do as a progressive in response to the Trump presidency.
1. When Donald Trump betrays the promises he made to his base on the campaign trail, progressives need to be there to offer another alternative. Continue reading
For those who are wondering about the significance of wearing a safety pin, I embrace it for 3 reasons.
1) It signals people that if they are being harassed, I am a safe person, willing to stand up for them. I will do whatever I can to stop bullying.
2) It makes a public statement of opposition to racism, nativism, misogyny, xenophobia, and homophobia. I will fight to protect the rights and human dignity of all people.
3) It symbolically puts me in solidary with the global justice movement for progressive change. I will remember that if people in much direr situations than I can fight for justice, I can too. Continue reading
We suffered a body blow Tuesday. That’s for sure. We may be down, but we are not out. Time to regain our composure, struggle to our feet, and begin anew our struggle for a better world. The political revolution must continue! Continue reading
My mother recently went into assisted living, and I was tasked with sorting through my dad’s old papers. I came across the speech he gave right before the Iraq War. Here it is.
Lee Snyder, Anti-War Rally, Bradenton, FL, October 26, 2002
I come to this platform today rather depressed, because our Congress has just passed a resolution granting the president the power to start a war at his own discretion. Continue reading
Coming out is not something you do once. It is an ongoing process. This is especially true, I think, if you don’t look stereotypically gay. Continue reading
This weekend I attended the American Political Science Association annual meeting for the first time in 5 years and shared with my friends some of my campaign experiences. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love fire fighters? The brave men and women who risk their lives to put out raging fires, risking painful injuries or a horrendous death for the good of others – and in Delaware they volunteer to do it.
So I was stunned to read in the Washington Post this morning that systemic misogyny exists in many fire companies, and it got so bad in Fairfax that a young woman, who gave up a promising career in IT to pursue her dream job, killed herself because of the cyberbullying, sexism, and harassment she received from her male colleagues in the Fairfax County Fire Department.
She was friends with my spouse. Continue reading