Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

July 2nd, 2015

Racism in America… Global Warming… Raif Badawi…

HOW THE FBI MANUFACTURERS FAKE THREATS…

June 29th, 2015

Here in Cleveland we have our own five victims of FBI entrapment, but they are far from alone. In Entrapped, a film produced for The//Intercept In 2007, five men were arrested and accused of plotting to attack the Fort Dix military base near Trenton, New Jersey. Among them were the brothers Dritan, Shain and Eljvir […]

CAN RELIGION SAVE THE WORLD…?

June 29th, 2015

Alan Rushbridger chose Naomi Klein to kick-off his last hurrah as editor of The Guardian, his Keep Carbon In The Ground campaign. Now, arguably the single most influential religious leader on the planet, Pope Francis, has also turned to Klein, described by The Guardian as one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a […]

PAPA POPE NAILS THE BIGOTS TO THE FLAG POLE…

June 27th, 2015

Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows Now that is the speech I, and many others I’m sure, wish our President had delivered.

ERIC FONER ON SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE FLAG

June 27th, 2015

Eric Foner is one of my important voices on The South. My much read, thumbed, high-lighted and tabbed copy of his Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 is the cornerstone reference work for my present novel in progress. Elias Isquith, writing in “The face of racism today is not a slaveowner”: Eric Foner on the past […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A RUST IN RUST-BELT REVIVAL…

June 26th, 2015

Roldo Bartimole writes: If you don’t believe that the city that has for years been the butt of TV late Night jokes is making a big comeback you haven’t been reading national news outlets about Cleveland’s resurgence. Yes, we’re talking that old rust belt, river-on-fire, shrinking city on Lake Erie once self-boasted “The Best Location […]

TAKE DOWN THE FLAG, THEN HAVE THE DEBATE…

June 24th, 2015

[Update at 0430: Clearly this story has serious legs.] Yesterday, in WALMART SAYS NO TO RACIST BATTLE FLAG… I applauded Walmart’s decision to no longer stock or sell merchandise bearing the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virgina. Demonstrating the power, for good in this case, of the world’s largest retailer, other retailers are […]

TIME FOR MOTHERS AGAINST POLICE MURDER

June 12th, 2015

There was an amazing power in the images of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. In the United States, there is no official accounting of the people killed by police. To address that void in information, non-governmental and news organizations have been collecting data on such incidents. Intercept data artist Josh Begley’s new project, […]

CLEVELAND JUST WANTS TO FEEL GOOD…?

June 12th, 2015

I know the sentiment of Jim Chase is just the expressions of one person’s emotions at one moment, but Jesus wept, I really wish I hadn’t read the news this morning. Outside the basketball arena Jim Chase, a marketing executive, said he was pleased with the ruling but added: “I don’t think people in Cleveland […]

HOLDING HANDS WITH BARBARIANS…

June 11th, 2015

We are guilty by association of imprisoning blogger Raif Badawi. We bear responsibility for each of the 50 lashes he received on 9 January of this year. We will take on further shame if Badawi’s beatings continue tomorrow. To do nothing is to agree to the barbarism of the House of Saud. A Saudi Arabian […]

WE ARE NOT LIVING IN A WAR ZONE…

June 10th, 2015

Yes, I know that most of these shootings were justified, but what happened to the days when police officers could go their entire lives without pulling their weapon? The number of people killed by police in the United States during 2015 reached 500 on Wednesday, according to a Guardian investigation, after two young black men […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 10 JUNE…

June 10th, 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. SECOND WALMART PAY-RAISE […]

BUT, BUT THEY’RE WHITE…! OH, NEVER MIND…

June 8th, 2015

[Update on 9 June from The Guardian: “Unlike Ferguson, North Charleston or Baltimore, no one was killed or injured here. This is an affluent, mostly white area without a history of serious racial tension. But the expressions of anger and the demands for change on Monday night in McKinney, Texas, recalled scenes from elsewhere in […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON NORMAN KRUMHOLZ ZEROED IN
ON CLEVELAND’S INEQUALITY 40 YEARS AGO…

June 3rd, 2015

Cleveland’s Norman Krumholz was ahead of President Barack Obama. He was ahead of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He was earlier, too, than economist Paul Krugman. Inequality was in his and his city planning staff’s sights in Cleveland in the mid-1970s. He was thinking how you curb inequality as Cleveland’s city planner 40 years ago. In 1975, […]

USA FREEDOM ORWELL ACT PASSES…

June 3rd, 2015

So, a few odious provisions of the Orwellian named Patriot Act, particularly section 215 used to illegally justify the bulk collection of the phone records of law-abiding U.S. citizens, was forced to sunset only to be replaced by a slightly less odious, and just as Orwellian named USA Freedom Act. I expected to find a […]

FLEEING POLICE IS NOT A CAPITAL CRIME, DAMN IT…

June 3rd, 2015

I left the following comment on the story in reply to Rhodan 1970 who made the repugnant You run from the law, you end up with a good chance of having an entry wound on the back side lame excuse: We do not allow summary executions here and fleeing from the police is not a […]

DON’T GET OFF THE BUS TOO EARLY…

June 2nd, 2015

Tom Wolfe famously nailed the essence of the ’60s in The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test (page 83) when in 1968 he quoted Ken Keasey’s dictum: There are going to be times when we can’t wait for somebody. Now, you’re either on the bus or off the bus. If you’re on the bus, and you get […]

THIS IS THE WORST OF CORPORATE WELFARE…

June 1st, 2015

Exposing corporate hypocrisy surrounding self-reliance and the value of bootstraps while sucking at the pubic teat—like yanking the blanket off of yet another child molester hiding behind Christ or a Republican homophobe trolling for a hookup in an airport bathroom—is shooting the fish in a proverbial barrel. Yet, we need to keep pulling the trigger […]

POLICE HAVE KILLED 464*; THAT WE KNOW OF…

June 1st, 2015

*That is 464 killed so far this year, most recently Richard Davis, 50, killed by Taser on Sunday, 31 May and reaching back to New Years day when police ran over Garrett Gagne, 22. We all know about Michael Brown and Tamir Rice and Eric Garner and Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell and…, but what […]

IRISH EYES ARE SMILIN’…

June 1st, 2015

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