Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

PAST PREDICTS FUTURE? COUNTY DEBT LOOMS

September 29th, 2016

Sometimes the past could predict the future. Or at least raises warning signs. This warning is about DEBT. From time to time, when it seems appropriate, I will revive something I wrote years ago if it has a relevance to the present. The following was written in Point Of Vi?w newsletter in April of 1976. […]

RODNEY AXSON IS NOT ALONE…THAT’S GOOD…

September 29th, 2016

On a very important Friday night in Brunswick, Ohio, Blue Devil Quarterback Rodney Axson made a fateful decision and became the first high school student to follow the example of San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest of xenophobic bigotry and police violence against young African American men (and women) like himself. Axson’s principal […]

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

September 29th, 2016

End Racism Xenophobia in America… Stop Global Warming… Free Raif Badawi… There are a number of stories and themes that I come back to again and again. My friend Eric Vessels once wrote that I do a consistently good job of following up, and Scene Magazine said that my daily posts remind the public of […]

FIRST FOOTBALL, THEN SOCCER AND NOW TENNIS…

September 28th, 2016

Julia Carrie Wong, reporting in Serena Williams speaks out against police killings: ‘I won’t be silent’ for The Guardian, writes: Serena Williams spoke out against police killings of African Americans in a heartfelt Facebook post, writing: “As Dr Martin Luther King said ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal’. I won’t be silent.” The […]

ZIANNA OLIPHANT WITNESSES…

September 28th, 2016

We shouldn’t have to feel like this. —Zianna Oliphant.

WE MUST STOP CENSORING THE USE OF NIGGER

September 28th, 2016

When I was seven or eight, one of my aunts gave me a globe of the world for Christmas. I immediately sat down and started running my finger over the surface, reading the strange country names. When I got to West Africa I found Nigeria and Niger. I proclaimed to the room, Look! There’s a […]

AM I LIVING IN KLAN KOUNTRY…?

September 27th, 2016

I don’t think so, but when you look a the above poll results (click on the image and then vote select “view results” to see the current tally) from this week’s North Royalton Post, four out of five respondents do not support professional athletes protesting the National Anthem, you get that the southwest corner of […]

WHY READING OUR CONSTITUTION IS VITAL…

September 27th, 2016

The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, widely assumed to simply end slavery, doesn’t. The amendment reads: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, [emphasis mine, JH] shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Two books—WEB […]

OH YES, WE CERTAINLY CAN SEE THE PROBLEM…

September 25th, 2016

Note, in the group above, the number of people standing but not placing their hand over their heart and the number of people who do place their hand over their heart but do not remove their caps, and then there are the people standing but not paying attention to the song. A little more than […]

CLEVELAND BROWNS ANDREW HAWKINS SPEAKS…

September 24th, 2016

Dan Labbe, in Andrew Hawkins on national anthem protests: ‘It’s not so much about the kneeling as much as it is about the message’ for The Plain Dealer, writes: If Miami Dolphins players continue their protest during Sunday’s national anthem before their game against the Browns, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins—as outspoken as any NFL player […]

DO A GOOD DEED: ADOPT A SAD, CONFUSED XBAT…!

September 24th, 2016

An XBAT is a Xenophobic Bigoted Anonymous Troll. Since I began following Rodney Axson’s story on The Plain Dealer‘s website I’ve identified several of these particularly odious creatures and now follow them with the intent of injecting a bit of sanity into their ravings. I am a rabid defender of free speech as guaranteed under […]

IN MIKE DIKTA’S WORLD, THERE WOULD BE NO USA…

September 24th, 2016

So, here’s a core fail of all the people who subscribe to the whole America, Love It Or Leave It philosophy: if the founders had followed that advice we all would still be bowing and curtsying to Queen Elizabeth as our rightful sovereign. The United States of America, as so perfectly demonstrated by The Son’s […]

TIME PUTS COLIN KAEPERNICK ON THE COVER…

September 24th, 2016

I’ll have to wait until I can buy a newsstand copy next week to read the story, but Colin Kaepernick taking-a-knee cover is already big news as evidenced by the headlines this morning: Colin Kaepernick Protest So Big, It Deserved Cover… Says Time Mag; Ray Lewis Hates on Colin Kaepernick Getting Time Magazine Cover; Colin […]

ARE AMERICANS READY FOR DEMOCRACY…?

September 23rd, 2016

Ralph Nader, in BreakingThroughPower.org–Ready for Democracy!, writes: Are the people ready for democracy? This question was leveled by monarchs, despots and authoritarian rulers post-World War II when stirrings for freedom in less developed countries blossomed. We often heard apologists for the western colonial powers—the British, French, Portuguese, etc.—say that the Indians, the Arabs and the […]

RESPECT IS NOT GIVEN, RESPECT IS EARNED…

September 23rd, 2016

Matt Taibbi in Colin Kaepernick and Forcing Love of the Flag writes: You can insist all you want that people pledge allegiance to the flag, but it seems like the more important thing would be making all Americans want to do so, and we’re a long way from that. You can’t regulate people’s feelings. Reading […]

IN CLEVELAND BUILDINGS ARE ON WELFARE

September 22nd, 2016

The article announcing the sale of Cleveland’s historic Terminal Tower by Forest City may start a new merry-go-round of tax abatements and other subsidies downtown. Not that there’s been a slow down. But we see a second round of tax gifts on the same building from back in the early 1990s. Subsidies have been flowing […]

FOR RAZORBACK, DEPLORABLE AND COL KURTZ…

September 22nd, 2016

This is for Razorback, Deplorable, Col Kurtz* and the rest of the cowardly bigots frightened by strong Americans standing up by taking a knee for justice. Here are the panels leading up to today’s: 160919, 160920 and 160921. [Update on 25 Sept @ 0531: here are the panels that follow the above—160923 and 160924.] *Col […]

EVERYONE HAS A PRICE, BUSINESS DEPENDS ON IT…

September 21st, 2016

I have no problem with sponsors pulling funds from athletes (or anyone for that matter) when the bought puppet fails, or outright refuses, to dance as instructed. That’s just business. Corporations never give money to anyone without expecting a return on their investment, to do so would simply be naive if not stupid. All of […]

THE POLITICAL BETRAYAL OF THE 99% CONTINUES…

September 21st, 2016

I wrote earlier that party platforms are not worth the paper they’re written on and once again Hillary Clinton demonstrates that you can’t trust her any further than you can toss a wonk. Karl Mathiesen, writing in Hillary Clinton ‘dropped climate change from speeches after Bernie Sanders endorsement’ for The Guardian, tells us: Hillary Clinton […]

TRACKING KAEPERNICK’S TAKE-A-KNEE MOVEMENT…

September 20th, 2016

Despite any media hopes that Colin Kaepernick’s Take-A-Knee protest movement might quietly go away, Lindsay Gibbs at ThinkProgress suggests that that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. In Tracking the Kaepernick Effect: The anthem protests are spreading, A movement has begun, she writes: On Monday night, hours after video of another unarmed black man being […]

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