Posts tagged Activism
Ben Carter on How to Write an Op-Ed

Ben Carter is a lawyer here in Louisville who practices consumer law. He’s also an op-ed columnist at the Louisville Courier Journal, and his columns have appeared in USA Today. Between 2008–2010, Ben worked at the Legal Aid Society and helped Jefferson County build an innovative, county-wide response to its foreclosure crisis. As a litigator, he has defended homeowners from foreclosure with novel, emerging, and bold advocacy.  Ben has just taken a position with the Kentucky Equal Justice Center as Senior Litigator.

Full disclosure, Ben is a member of the congregation I serve. So, I’ve known Ben for about 10 years or so. I’m really excited to talk to him about how to write an op-ed. He is one of the sharpest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.

Here are a couple of examples of Ben’s Op-eds (including the now infamous “jackassery” piece): here and here.

You can find Ben at his web site, on Twitter at @notbencarter, and by email

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Nicole Hardin on How to Organize a Direct Action
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Nicole Hardin is both a minister and a social justice ninja. She has had a key organizing role in Black Lives Matter Louisville. She’s played a big part in the long march toward racial justice here in Louisville.

Full disclosure, Nicole is a member of the congregation I serve.

(Because of the often sensitive nature of Nicole’s work, I’m not going to publish her contact info.)

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Sandhya Jha on How Churches Can Get Involved in Social Justice

Sandhya Jha serves as founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations creating access, equity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay Area.

Sandhya is also an author. In her two most recent books, Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines she takes on the subject of race and spirituality in America. Pre-Post-Racial America was listed as one of the top five books on race and religion in 2015 by Publishers Weekly. Sandhya’s newest book, Transforming Communities: How People Like You are Healing Their Neighborhoods, focuses on concrete ways that regular people are creating change community-by-community in an era where positive change can feel impossible. 

You can find Sandhya at her web site, on Twitter at @pastorsandhya, and by email at

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