Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

REMEMBER WHEN 60-70% IN CLEVELAND VOTED?

October 19th, 2017

Cleveland mayors Carl Burton Stokes (1968-1971) and Dennis John Kucinich (1978-1979). When 87 percent of voters of Cleveland don’t bother to go to the polls it suggests a non-caring citizenry. Or worse. I realize it was a primary vote. But it involved a mayor who wants an unprecedented fourth four year term. It also drew […]

BIG-OIL CORPORATIONS TEACHING 3RD-GRADERS…

October 17th, 2017

The key moment in the report comes at timemark 5:30: Oklahoma’s legislature cut $214 million from the education budget and gifted Big Oil with $216 million in tax breaks. Yea free market…!

WE’RE NOT CUSTOMERS, WE’RE THE PRODUCT…!

October 15th, 2017

WYPIPO BE FUCKIN’ CRAZY…! NO, SERIOUSLY…

October 13th, 2017

Michael Harriot, reporting in The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Whitest Email of All Time for The Root, declares a winner! From: Nancy To: Michael Subject: Your vile, sick, self deluded article Hey Michael Regarding your hateful rant about white people. If you think we are so bad you really need to go back to your […]

PONDERING CALLIOPE’S NEMESIS, MY ASTARETH…

October 12th, 2017

I’ve had a copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Imp of the Perverse on my desk for several weeks. I came upon the story after reading an old essay by Oliver Burkeman: On being tempted by the call of the perverse. The piece is eight years old, but I recently finished reading Burkeman’s older essays […]

WINNING THROUGH INTIMIDATION IS A FAIL…

October 10th, 2017

There is a tradition in American politics that requires former presidents to disappear for a time, to write memoirs, plan libraries and depressurize from the insane demands of sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office so that the present occupant can go about governing. That has generally worked successfully for 43 former presidents. Ralph […]

WHITE PEOPLE… WE NEED TO TALK…

October 10th, 2017

First, Michael Harriot: In the 241 years of America’s existence, we have purposely ignored the important topic that lingers over this country’s constant pursuit of happiness. Until we can come to grips with this pressing dilemma and confront it head-on, we can never hope for peace, justice and equality. For too long we have allowed […]

AMERICA’S TRACK-SUIT-SEX-OFFENDER…

October 8th, 2017

John Oliver almost gets there. He missed the opportunity for Americans to confront the reason, not the excuse, the reason why the Slavetocracy in the Confederacy was able to finally force votes to secede from the United States: wealth. The teaching moment came at timemark 08:59. Oliver dismisses the argument, but that is the central […]

REED MUFFS CHANCE TO REBUFF MAYOR JACKSON

October 8th, 2017

Mayoral challenger Zach Reed missed an opportunity to really distinguish himself from Mayor Frank Jackson and his leadership of the last decade. The issue: Neighborhoods vs. Downtown. It apparently jolts some energy among citizens. It was evident in the collection of more than 20,000 signatures to call a halt to the city/county gift-giving to the […]

IN AMERICA, TERRORIST IS NOW THE NEW BLACK…

October 6th, 2017

COINTELPRO, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s infamous dirty-tricks gang, is back under the guise of the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit and a declaration that: Black Identity Extremist perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such […]

HOW CLOSE TO A ROLLERBALL WORLD ARE WE…?

October 6th, 2017

In September 1973, the year I turned 18, William Harrison published Roller Ball Murder in Esquire. Two years later, when I was still in Gunner’s Mate School at Great Lakes, I first saw Harrison’s adaptation of the story to the big screen. Harrison set his corporate dystopia in 2018. We are only three months from […]

NOT THE WORST MASS SHOOTING IN US HISTORY…

October 4th, 2017

When I first heard the news from Las Vegas on Monday morning, the reports characterized the massacre as the worst mass shooting in recent history. The question that came to my mind was, well, what was the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States? The massacre at Wounded Knee, 1890, 150 dead, […]

HOW YOUR CUYAHOGA COUNTY MONEY FLOWS UP

October 4th, 2017

Cuyahoga County has released its bond prospectus showing more than $140 million to be borrowed for the Quicken Arena expansion. The issue that never got the vote it deserved. Politicians, corporate interests and even citizen action forces jilted citizens of a voice on a give-away to seven times billionaire Danny Gilbert, all around capitalist money-grabber. […]

I’M LISTENING TO TA-NEHISI COATES THIS EVENING…

October 3rd, 2017

TIMEMARK 7:25—Great writing is necessarily a selfish act. You have something inside you that you are trying to express, or a question that you are trying to answer and you hope that the answer you produce resonates with a wider audience. TIMEMARK 45:10—Joshua Johnson: What gives you the most hope? Ta-Nehisi Coats: I get this […]

THERE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU [WE] CAN DO…

October 2nd, 2017

While The Guardian continues Live Updates into a second day, please consider this: the slaughter in Las Vegas is the 1,516th mass shooting in the United States in the last 1,735 days. In the last 57 months, 1,719 Americans have died and 6,510 have been injured in mass shootings. Look at those numbers again. 1,516 […]

IF YOU CAN’T TREAT SOMEONE WITH DIGNITY
AND RESPECT, THEN YOU NEED TO GET OUT…!

September 29th, 2017

Via Mano Singham… Herman Wong and Rachel Chason, reporting in Meet the Air Force general who delivered a powerful speech against racism for The Washington Post, write: Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria had an important message for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets at a moment of crisis. Five black cadet candidates at the academy’s preparatory school […]

BOWING TO THE DIVINE RIGHTS OF INSTITUTIONS…

September 27th, 2017

When monarchs or their spawn go mad, when bat-shit crazy politicians go off the deep end, when whole masses of individuals succumb to group psychosis, we think we understand what to do. We believe that because we’re dealing with people. When the insanity has infested the non-person—I don’t care what the United States Supreme Court […]

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REDEFINED EPIC FAIL

September 25th, 2017

Driving between students today I was blown away by how every, and I mean every, radio news show focused on one story: President Donald John Trump’s appeal to his minions with his fire the sons of bitches meme. You might argue that Trump has distracted us from yet another zombie blowing up, but I don’t […]

TRUMP HANDS CONVERSATION TO KAEPERNICK…

September 25th, 2017

"It’s not about dividing. We as American people need to come together even stronger.” — @KingJames responds to @realDonaldTrump’s comments. pic.twitter.com/UHpzXpb42K — UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 23, 2017 Anndddd, we have Colin Kaepernick for the wind. Once again, President Donald John Trump thinking that firing up the base was the solution to all his problems has […]

JOURNALISTS MUST REPORT, NOT REPEAT, NEWS…

September 21st, 2017

Nader, in The Censorious Vortex of the “Flash News” Barons, writes: For decades, the factors that decided what noteworthy stories would not find their way into print or on the air came down to the media’s ignorance, laziness or from advertising restraints. How else can one explain the many years that passed before the tobacco, […]

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