Stones of Injustice

The man depicted in the image above is Father Julio Lancelotti, a Catholic priest who has dedicated his life to championing the rights of unhoused people in São Paulo, Brazil. He made the news yesterday for personally taking a sledgehammer to the rocks installed under an overpass in a classic example of what is called “hostile architecture” — urban design used to regulate and limit the use of public space. In this case, design specifically used keep homeless people from camping. …


For those of us who have fought and worked for reform, the living, dynamic time of our ancestors has become a dead prison, an eternal waiting room. We are always told to wait for the next Council direction, for another hearing, another ordinance, another committee, and so on, until the last syllable of recorded time. …


It is becoming quite common to hear people refer to #AbolishICE as an example of fringe, far-left, knee-jerk radicalism, or as evidence, according Jordan Peterson, that the left “has no limits.” Following this line of so-called centrist reasoning, the Abolish ICE campaign embodies a diametric counterpoint to say, the events in Charlottesville, and further indicates a society with diminishing common ground. There are many easy problems with this narrative, and in part it emerges from an increasingly muddled sense of what left and right are, historically, and what their aims are, particularly in US politics.

But there is nothing necessarily…

João Paulo de Mello Connolly

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