Rural Progressives, Conservatives, and the Tone of Political Discussion

"But they did it first!" is not a good enough excuse for kids on the playground and it's not good enough for alleged grownups in civic life. … Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018 6:16 AM in The Nugget Newspaper. I recently had occasion to chat with a local colleague about the tone of political discussion these days. Progressives are often too hostile, he suggested, and make too many assumptions based on (ironically enough) the race and gender of other folks-especially if those other folks happen to be white and male. I'd say there's been plenty of hostility on all sides, but he's got a good point. If progressives want to make real progress in the world? Rather than licking our wounds in the corner, we need to check more than our privilege. We need to check our outrage, self-righteousness, and dismissiveness of others. And we need to vote for candidates who will do the same.

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Workshop: Getting Your Voice Heard 

Are you passionate about an issue, candidate, or cause? Would you like people to hear and consider your unique idea for solving a problem in your community?

Persuasive writing and speaking skills can help! Learn to craft clear, convincing opinions on issues that matter. Bring effective storytelling to your letters to the editor, blog posts, and personal conversations. 

Most of us need a little help thinking through our ideas, questioning our prejudices, and crafting compelling arguments. Join us and discover new ways to get your ideas placed in the forums you want — such as Letters to the Editor in the newspaper. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Sisters Library Community Room
Deschutes County Library
5:30-7:00 pm
Workshop is free
Presented by Indivisible Sisters

Your workshop leader is Tiffany Lee Brown, a.k.a. T. Since age twelve, she’s placed letters to the editor in papers such as the Eugene Register-Guard and the Bend Bulletin. She’s been quoted, sourced, or tweeted by The Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, NBC News, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

As a freelance writer and editor, T has written for publications like Wired, Bookforum, Oregon Humanities, Utne, Willamette Week, and Whole Earth Review. She was a regular columnist for Bookforum and frequent Op Ed writer for The Oregonian. Her work appears in various books and anthologies, and on websites including Boing Boing and She recently began writing for The Nugget, the local newspaper in Sisters, Oregon.

T also helps businesses and nonprofits craft their messaging and take a strategic approach to branding and editorial issues. As Senior Writer for the New York offices of the agency Organic, she edited the musician Sting’s first website. Here in her home state of Oregon, she frequently collaborates with the design and branding firm Plazm, on projects for clients including Nike, Fort George Brewery, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. 

Most recently, she helped launch Kid Made Camp, where Central Oregon kids learn to run a real business! They make food and crafts, then sell them at local farmers markets. See for more.



"Riding Out the Recession in Portland" ~ The Oregonian

The Oregonian's Editorial pages regularly. Here's one from the heart of the Great Recession, July 4, 2009. Excerpt: The qualities of Portland life aren't just a Wieden+Kennedy tagline for the state's tourism board. They are an expression of values -- real values, lived by real people. Maybe it's time to stop flogging them as the solution to our state's long history of economic woes….we should remember why we really love this place, why we made it so cool to begin with. It wasn't money.

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"The Moon", a very interesting online magazine

The Moon differentiates itself from thousands of blogs and online literary journals with intriguing, thoughtful themes such as "Beyond Words: Healing Communication" and "The Quantum Issue." Each theme is supported by interviews, essays, poetry, and fiction selected with a distinctive curatorial, editorial eye. 

I'm therefore pleased to have my poem "And we" published in the "Conscious Partnership" theme issue. Check it out at

Sign O' the Times

I'm not sure who benefits from the story that we all hate each other and have nothing in common…. Recently, a woman in the small Oregon town where I live wrote a letter to our local newspaper, The Nugget. In her letter, she noted that some local folks have been putting up "In Our America..." American flag signs, and this seemed to make her nervous. It made her want to buy a gun.

My response, printed as a "guest column" in The Nugget, seemed to strike a chord. Several locals wrote to the paper, praising it. When I posted a...

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