Yaira A. Robinson

Yaira A. Robinson is the Associate Director of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Texas Interfaith Power & Light. She holds a master’s in theological studies from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and has studied religiously-based environmental and food justice with Creation Justice Ministries, Hazon, GreenFaith, and the Siach network. Granddaughter to a Christian minister and daughter to Sufi teachers, she is joyfully and by choice Jewish. She is grateful for her 11-and 14-year-old boys, who add love, laughter, and laundry to her life.

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Life and Action

Love Sustains: How My Everyday Practices Make My Everyday Activism Possible

The world needs awake, alive, engaged people whose work to mend the world is grounded in and inspired by love. The world needs people who somehow keep their hearts open and pliable while they look unflinchingly at our broken systems and work to change them.

Sounds nice, I know. Actually doing it for any length of time, though, is damn hard.

News and Politics

Enough With the Post-Paris Blame Game Already: Stop Finger Pointing, Start Fixing

In the aftermath of the brutal attacks in Paris last week, not to mention the horrific slaughter in Nigeria, we’re hearing the same sound bytes from the same sources. Conservatives questioning where Muslim condemnation of violent, extreme Islam can be found. The answer is here, here, here and lots of other places. Moderate Muslims in anguish, using the hashtag #NotInMyName to distance themselves from and denounce the terror. Jews, afraid. Again.

News and Politics

A People-First Approach to Climate Justice: Thinking Jewishly About Change

If you are among the despairing would-be climate activists of the world — overwhelmed by the scope of the problem, frustrated by lack of political will, horrified by the ever-more-dire predictions of climate scientists, and simultaneously consumed with both the urgency and the hopelessness of the situation — you are not alone. But here’s the thing. Our climate crisis isn’t just bad for frogs or whales or polar bears. It is bad — really bad — for people. Especially poor people, and people of color. When our main focus is on nature, habitat, and the suffering of creation, then we are just depressed. But if we focus instead on creating just, healthy, and sustainable local communities, then we open incredible opportunities to create tzedek-centered communities. READ MORE

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