Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

RAIF BADAWI MAY NOW FACE DEATH PENALTY…

March 3rd, 2015

Note: newer, but less vital stories do appear lower down. Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who was sentenced to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, now faces being beheaded for renouncing the religion, his family have said. They claimed to have learned of attempts within the Saudi judicial system to have […]

MYTH BUILDING, MYTH BUSTING, MYTH BANISHING…

March 1st, 2015

Our particular myths—Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, Davey Crockett Uncle Remus—have a warm, Disneyesque quality that informed our childhoods, but there are adult myths that we cling to that allow us to not feel guilt for the world we ignore. Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in The Case For Reparations: From the White House on down, […]

TA-NEHISI COATES ON COMFORTABLE HISTORY

March 1st, 2015

In cross-reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Case For Reparations in the June issue of The Atlantic with the online version, I found this sidebar/precursor dating from 22 January 2012:Crowd-Sourcing American History in which Coates writes, in part: I’ve been thinking about that some in my posts on Ron Paul, Howard Zinn and the issue of compensated […]

REP. JOHN CONYERS AND HR 40…

March 1st, 2015

When asked to suggest one approach for broadening the conversation on reparations and how individuals might push the conversation, Ta-Nehisi Coates pointed to Rep. John Conyers’ (D-Mich.) HR 40. Broach the topic of reparations today and a barrage of questions inevitably follows: Who will be paid? How much will they be paid? Who will pay? […]

250 YEARS OF SLAVERY. 90 YEARS OF JIM CROW.
60 YEARS OF SEPARATE BUT EQUAL.
35 YEARS OF STATE SANCTIONED REDLINING

March 1st, 2015

As I noted earlier, I come to this story late. I am also finding the brilliant writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates daunting, dense and deceptively easy to read. Any young, or old journalist, might aspire to this level of mastery and be gratified in the attempt. Coates follows the punch line of his stories head—The Case […]

SLAVERY, JIM CROW, SEGREGATION BILL PAST DUE…

February 27th, 2015

I only learned of Ta-Nehisi Coates August 2014 presentation before the Cleveland City Club last this week when I opened the March issue of The Real Deal Press and read R.T. Andrews’ front-page story Looking back to go forward. Ta-Nehisi has long been one of my favorite writers and I was looking forward to watching […]

WEALTH EQUALS OPTIONS EQUALS STRESS…?

February 26th, 2015

Bill Gates share one, irrefutable commonality: each and every revolution of the Earth provides us with 23 hours, 59 minutes and 4.1 seconds of time. That is a fact and what is true for Bill and myself is true for you and every other being, regardless of class, status or wealth on the planet. That […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON MAYOR RECALL WON’T RIP
US APART; MAY EVEN RAISE CLEVELAND UP…

February 25th, 2015

A recall effort to knock Mayor Frank Jackson out of office could have some significant benefits for Cleveland. Even if it fails. I question whether the forces leading this effort have the heft to obtain enough signatures to place a recall vote on the ballot. Some 12,000 plus. They are not high profile politicians. Leading […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 25 FEBRUARY…

February 25th, 2015

It’s been a really, really busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. WALMART KARANĒ KĒ LI'Ē ĀPAKĀ SVĀGATA HAI... […]

IF YOU’RE NOT LEARNING YOUR DYING…

February 24th, 2015

HOW MANY BLACK SITES ARE INSIDE THE U.S….?

February 24th, 2015

This is what we get when the Bush Obama Security Scheme (BOSS) goes domestic. The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s […]

STAYING ANALOG, PAPER STILL COUNTS…

February 23rd, 2015

I have continued to go analog in many aspects of my life, but I still find the digital component important for sharing information through Have Coffee Will Write, The Writing On The Wal and emails. When writing fiction I still have my IBM Selectric II for first drafts, but I find my brain moves too […]

21 FEBRUARY 1965…

February 21st, 2015

Entering the final days of Black History Month we remember the assassination of Malcolm X 50 years ago. I was a clueless and very white 4th grader on 21 February 1965 and while I knew, in a 4th grader sort of way, who Martin Luther King was, I would not learn of Malcolm X for […]

WHAT MODEL EVIL LEGISLATION LOOKS LIKE…

February 21st, 2015

You can read much more at The Writing On The Wal about Walart’s announcement Thursday morning to give half-a-million workers more take-home pay, but Ed Pilkington, writing in How a powerful rightwing lobby is plotting to stop minimum wage hikes for The Guardian, offers important backstory on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s campaign to spend […]

HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU GET; DO YOU NEED…?

February 20th, 2015

Can you recall the last time you remember enthusiastically telling you about the wonderful night’s sleep they had? Me neither. Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher Lydia DonCarlos, PhD, is a member of an expert panel that’s making new recommendations on how much sleep people need. The panel, convened by the National Sleep […]

BE AT PEACE AND THE WORLD MAY BE AT PEACE…

February 20th, 2015

[I]t’s crucial for you to find a way to practice peace. Even if you can only do it in a very restricted manner, it will help you survive. It will help you nourish hope. So I think it’s very important not to allow ourselves to be carried away by the feeling of despair. We should […]

THIS ONE IS FOR ALL MY STUDENTS…

February 19th, 2015

Lynn Johnston writes: Writing about the trials and tribulations of being a student brought memories flooding back. Here, I relived the anxiety of writing exams. Like everyone else, I hated them. There is an art to studying, which I didn’t learn until high school, and that is: there will always be questions asked about things […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 18 FEBRUARY…

February 18th, 2015

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. WHAT WALMART WANTS, […]

PASSION IS A LOAD OF FETID DINGO’S KIDNEYS…

February 17th, 2015

Dilbert creator Scott Adams has a chapter in his book “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big” titled “Passion is Bullshit.” “When a successful person is interviewed, and you say, ‘What was the secret to your success?’ what they can’t say, because society won’t let them, is: ‘I was smarter, I worked […]

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February 16th, 2015

Stay aware. Next time you’re trying to solve a problem, remember to check that the problem you’re solving is the problem you’ve actually got. Oliver Burkeman writing in Asked a tricky question? Answer an easier one for The Guardian.

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