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Community: Examining Our Values, Our Outrage

1. the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.
2. a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life.
1. an extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation.


Examining what we value is a deeply personal act and, I believe, an individual responsibility. I wonder if this act can or should effect our immediate and our larger community. Is what happens ‘there’ and how we feel about events – terrorism in France, kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls and terrorism in Nigeria and on and on – directly connected to what happens ‘here’ and how we feel about events – the bombing of the Colorado Springs NAACP office, killing and abuse of unarmed children and adult civilians, the killing of police officers, and on and on.  Should our outrage, our solidarity, be piqued and call us to action – moving us from our homes and offices to the street en masse, raising our voices to demand new and renewed commitments from our elected leaders, from our neighbors, from ourselves – no matter the shore we find ourself upon?



(The speaker is Jules Ridgeway, Esq. of Evolved Lawyering, a Brooklyn, New York based practice found at evolvedlawyering.com. This clip is from a broader discussion on the connection of national and international events, our individual and collective roles in our immediate and larger communities, and the role of art/theatre in creating space in which to examine all. The conversation took place at Drama League of New York City on 8th November 2014 after a staged reading of UPON THE FRAGILE SHORE, written by Caridad Svich (appearing on the far left of the screen), directed by Gabriel Shanks, Executive Director of Drama League.)

Thank you to Gabriel Shanks, Executive Director, Drama League and to Brittany McCandless of CBS News and to Caridad Svich, playwright Upon the Fragile Shore for the opportunity to add my thoughts in conversation with such an esteemed panel and audience and  at the close of last year.