Social Justice For All

7 Apr

SJALL BlogI started my blog, The Solipsistic Me, three years ago.  I must confess it started off as a lark and at that point, I did find the whole process of blogging a bit solipsistic.  However, three years later and my surprise at the success of the blog have made me reflect that blogging can be far more than just a lark.  I have found there is amazing power and impact through blogging.

The content of the blog is exactly the same, but now the name of the blog actually reflects the mission of the blog.  Social Justice for All will continue to address: misogyny, homophobia, racism, ageism, bigotry, discrimination, hypocrisy, power differentials while also celebrating the heroic acts of our fellow human beings who work to expand social justice and civil rights for everyone with a focus on the marginalized and underserved and those living poverty.  Of course, I hope most of the stories published here will also contain some humor, for if we can’t laugh at our selves and the world around us, we lose a great part of our humanity. Thus you can count on another interview with my friend the Dowager Countess Goosenberry, and we must keep vigilant, now more than ever, for that scary Gay Agenda! 

Welcome to Social Justice For All, same blog with a new name.  Let us hope that I and all of you readers learn how to create a space that provides a counter narrative to the dominant discourse and celebrates allies and those that stand in solidarity while spotlighting and embracing with joy those voices that are marginalized and oppressed.

26 Responses to “Social Justice For All”

  1. Kathleen Saadat April 7, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Michael, I am so happy that you do this. Thank you

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 7, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Kathleen, thank you for providing such amazing inspiration to me and to so many others as we both individually and collectively work to leave a legacy of equity and equality for all voices. I love you so very much!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 7, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      Thank you, dear heart! It does seem more fitting.

  2. prideinmadness April 7, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Fantastic name change!

  3. webwordwarrior April 7, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I really like the new name, Michael. I was startled — but intrigued — to see something from “Social Justice For All” in my email. When I realized what it was, it made perfect sense. This blog is never solipsistic and always promotes social justice. I appreciate the appropriation of “justice for all” from an ironically conservative source that is familiar to most people. Nicely done!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 7, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Lex, thank you very much! I so appreciate your comments here and glad to know you approve of the new name for the blog. Lex, are you accusing me of being subversive and toying with a conservative, rather jingoistic phrase that was added in 1954?🙂

  4. dykewriter April 7, 2013 at 9:59 am #


    I started blogging about 3 years ago, because I gave up on writing and blogging was a way for me to still do that

    I was doing a sort of Nancy Stewart thing – martha’s lazier younger and smarter sister – but then more of the real me emerged as I tried to cope with my life events

    now I primary do the Raw Recovery Specialist and Agoraphobic Diaries.

    still trying to cope and reconnect back to the social justice and environmentalism and can’t we just all get along….

    so I am very glad that we connected in the blogosphere and facebook

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 7, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Nina, very interesting that we both started to blog around the same time. I started blogging in reaction to the rash of LGBT teen suicides and the blatant racism that was going on three years ago. While I hope the blog raises awareness and work to create space for social justice, I am constantly plagued by doubt and constantly worry and know that I am not doing enough.

      • dykewriter April 7, 2013 at 10:46 am #

        I started blogging happy homemaking stuff because I was being bullied at work for being a lesbian and an atheist

        as they got worse, my blog changed to being indirectly about that

        I was forced out on disability leave in August 2011

        then I realized

        I was being bullied at home

        so I get my gay divorce this month

        you have to consider what your span of control and sphere of influence is

        I don’t pretend what I do on facebook and blog has much impact

        but this year, I was doing direct counselling with an at risk 14 year old and turning her around

        has helped turn me around too

        getting to connect to you and others helped me


        you have helped to save one life


        so some of the good I do

        is on your karmic balance sheet

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 7, 2013 at 11:42 am #

        Nina, I feel honored that you shared this here! Thank you. I hate to think of you being bullied, but know you are earning good karma.

      • dykewriter April 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm #


        I just didn’t want you to have any doubts about the good you are doing in the world

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 7, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

        Thank you, Nina. Let us hope I find more ways to reach more people and hear how they want me to stand in solidarity.

      • dykewriter April 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

        you’re welcome

    • Bruce Kestelman April 10, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Hi Nina,
      I’m getting to this post a little late. Finally working back from today’s emails wondering when and why the title of Michael’s blog changed.
      I came across your comment and appreciated the authenticity and rawness and your willingness to share in this safe place which is Michael’s blog.
      I guess I believe that it’s the journey that matters and its iterative nature and what we learn and our willingness to give and share along the way. It certainly is also about the destinations, but they are so temporary unless we box ourselves in.
      It looks like you’ve figured that out for yourself and others and are taking control over what it is you can control.
      All the best on the next leg of your journey and thanks for what you give and do to make a difference in at least one starfish’s life. The vastness of the issues can be overwhelming, yet it’s the possibility even for one that matters, and you did that.
      Peace to you and your spirit, let it shine.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 10, 2013 at 11:20 am #

        Bruce, what a lovely note of support for Nina and for the link. Your voice is always full of social justice, humanity, and compassion.

  5. Bob April 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    I like the new name of your blog. CBS Sunday Morning did a piece on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. At the end, Rita Braver said “But today, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum stands as a reminder of what can still happen when evil goes unchecked.” Too many people stay silent and do not speak up for others out of fear or simply because social issues do not affect them. Thank you for being the voice of many voices.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Bob, what a lovely and wonderful comment. You are such a lovely reminder of how very privileged I am to know so many phenomenal people like you and Christopher. How beautiful that we are in each other’s lives as we journey to make life easier for those that will not be heard and for those that are forced to be invisible. All my love to you and Christopher, Michael

  6. Bruce Kestelman April 10, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Hi Michael,
    I had an interesting internal conversation when I got to your blog explaining the transition from Solipsistic Me to Social Justice For All.
    At first it was, when it was Solipsistic it caused me to go to the dictionary, even Google to learn and understand the meaning of the word.
    Now, it’s “simply” Social Justice For All.
    And then I thought, no, not so simple and not so easily defined and understood. It’s good to have a blog to talk about this concept. And, now I am more familiar with the concept of the “ironically conservative source familiar to most people” and “ jingoistic phrase that was added in 1954.” Better than a cross word puzzle, better than the puzzle master, Will Shortz on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. So much to learn, so little time.
    So, many thanks once again.
    All the best to you and this community, your tribe.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 10, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Bruce, I am so honored by your comments here, “Better than a cross word puzzle,” maybe the highest praise I have ever had.🙂 I also love and am grateful that you and other have helped create this community/tribe. Warmest regards, Michael

  7. Will S. April 11, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Michael, can I just tell you that I admire your dedication so much. I love your work, and I’m proud to have you on my blogroll.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 11, 2013 at 7:33 am #

      Will, thank you for your kind comments, your solidarity, and your voice. It is wonderful that you are a part of this community for social justice.

  8. alexander johnny April 15, 2013 at 12:57 am #


    Thanks for stopping to see what my blog is about. I looked over yours as well and though I am a bit new into the politics scene, I can really appreciate your morals and your overall message for equality for all different paths of life in humanity. I truly agree. Even though I pretty much fall into that heterosexual white male crowd, and pretty much have since birth, I don’t agree in any form of injustice towards my brothers and sisters of humanity. I am certainly not wealthy either haha. I am glad you are here, blogging and decided to stick with it after your initial reaction of not seeing the point of it. Correct me if I am chopping your words up when I say that. You’ve got yourself a new follower.

    Alexander Johnny

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 15, 2013 at 6:58 am #

      Alexander Johnny, Thank you for your comments here and for now following my blog. It warms my heart to know there are wonderful people that are able to stand in solidarity with those that are targeted and marginalized. Thank you for your using your voice for social justice and understanding the intersections of oppression and why we need you as an ally. Many thanks, Michael

      • alexander johnny May 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

        Hey Michael,

        Sorry it took so long to respond back to this. You’re very welcome for the comments and the support. Some of my best friends are homosexual and have every right to be treated equal. I wanted to nominate you for Liebster Blog Award as a sign of friendship and because I like what you’re doing with your blog. Keep up your inspiring voice and be well. The link to my blog with the nomination is here.

        Talk soon mate.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 9, 2013 at 5:56 am #

        Thank you for the nomination. I appreciate your very kind words and your voice of solidarity. I’m going to take a look at your blog now. Best, Michael.

      • alexander johnny May 9, 2013 at 7:52 am #

        Thanks and your welcome.

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