The Next Day

If you've been in a long, deep slumber and looked outside to see the sun on the horizon, you would not be able to tell if the sun was setting or rising. It's the solar equivalent of the glass being half empty or half full: the only difference is what has changed from before and … Continue reading The Next Day

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One Drop of Justice

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” - Dalai Lama XIV There’s an oft-shared story about the power of small actions. It states how a small drop can shatter the perfect, smooth sheen in a pond and create ripples across the surface.   Another allegory reminds … Continue reading One Drop of Justice

On the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Awards

My recent trip to DC was extraordinary - from enjoying Michelin starred restaurants to receiving an award from the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation for my battle to advance civil liberties, then meeting incredible journalists like Wolf Blitzer - but I don't think I ever felt more out of place. Each of the folks standing with … Continue reading On the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Awards

You Are Enough to Make a Difference

A few days ago, I was speaking at UC Davis School of Law for an event that highlighted some moments from my journey to the Supreme Court. After the presentation, I spent some time with student leaders of APALSA, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, where we casually spoke about music, Joss Whedon's Firefly, … Continue reading You Are Enough to Make a Difference

We’re Taught to Hate

I've been thinking about the South Pacific song, "You've Got to be Carefully Taught," which is partially responsible for spreading the idea that hate is taught. You've got to be taught To hate and fear, you've got to be taught from year to year It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear You've … Continue reading We’re Taught to Hate

Go Big or Go Home

Go big or go home is a popular adage that exhorts you to go all in, to experience something to its fullest. Like other catch phrases, it's easier said than done. In one sense, it might dissuade people from trying at all - "Don't bother unless you put your entire self into it." In another, … Continue reading Go Big or Go Home

How Social Media Affects Elections

Today, I participated in a panel from City Club of Portland's Friday Forum on how social media affects elections in Oregon. I was honored to join a distinguished group of experts, each with a unique perspective into the role that new media plays with social change. Below is the Storify recap of social media posts … Continue reading How Social Media Affects Elections

What Whiteness History Month is Already Teaching Us

In Portland, Oregon, a brave community college launched a new project that “seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.” It’s called Whiteness History Month. And it has received equal parts scorn as well as praise. It should be noted that the endeavor itself isn’t “White … Continue reading What Whiteness History Month is Already Teaching Us

Love Wins: On the Bible and Marriage Equality

As a person of faith, it's been disheartening to see much (but not all) of the Christian community at the helm of leading the anti-marriage equality movement. It'll be interesting now to see how committed those opposing it will now adhere to the biblical concepts of submitting to the government. Romans 13:1-3 states, “Everyone must … Continue reading Love Wins: On the Bible and Marriage Equality