I hope that you got to share some quality time with family, friends and communities during the past few months.

If 2016 was a year of cataclysmic change that left us more uncertain about the shape of things to come, 2017 shows a spiraling of tensions, violence shattering cities, increased visibility of hate groups, attacks on civilians and freedom of the press and much more.  However, I am also hopeful, as many people are speaking out and standing up against these attacks, violence and hate. They are challenging and holding accountable those politicians who use their pulpit to fan the flames and exacerbate violence with their vitriolic words and actions. This is a time when sociology must matter to address those forces that threaten societies. The XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Toronto, Canada in July 2018, with its theme of Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities will be an important space where we can come together to share ways that scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists and activists from diverse fields can and do contribute to our understanding of power, violence and justice.

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