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Scrap Papers: Junot Shows Our Girl Octavia Some Love
By Lucinda Holt
I’ve recently developed an especially soft spot for Junot Diaz. In an interview withThe New York Times yesterday, he was asked which three writers he would invite to a dinner party of writers. Of course there are many, many writers he could have chosen, but I was delighted that one of the writers was Octavia Butler— Read more...

 

National: Military Weapons for All?
By Lucinda Holt
I grew up in Texas—a state proud of its gun culture and steeped in the belief that one is not truly free unless one has the right to protect him-or herself with a gun. But I’ve never fired a gun or even held one in my hand. I’ve heard family stories of my grandmother or great-aunt wielding a pistol after some man has done her wrong. Read more...

 

Scrap Papers: John Lewis—A Beacon for Voting Rights Continues to Shine
By Sheryl Wright
Many of us are familiar with “Bloody Sunday,”—a seminal day in the lead-up to President Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On that day, March 7, 1965, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), then the head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was beaten by state troopers as he helped lead a voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama. Read more...

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Monday
Sep262011

Link Round-Up: Obama’s Mojo

The season premiere of Extreme Makeover Home Edition featured surprise guest Michelle Obama. The First Lady applauded the work of Barbara Marshall who helps homeless women veterans and their families in Fayetteville, NC get back on their feet. Michelle Obama’s approval ratings are still sky high. President Obama’s approval ratings are in the dumps, but it looks like he might be getting his mojo back.

So is Obama getting his mojo back? What can we do to keep the spring in his step and the pressure on Congress to deal with the economy in a substantive, rather than obstructionist, way?  

Thursday
Sep222011

Scrap Papers: Why Is This Death Important?

Lawrence Brewer (March 13, 1967-September 21, 2011)Ernest J. Gaines’ Lesson Before Dying tells us that in the face of an unjust conviction, our strength lies in facing the punishment with dignity. Troy Davis, convicted of the 1989 murder of undercover officer Marc MacPhail in Savannah, GA, was sentenced to death. Davis explored every avenue of appeal, resulting in three stays of execution and an historic decision by the Supreme Court paving the way for a hearing to prove his innocence. Read more...

Thursday
Sep222011

RIP Troy Davis 

Troy Davis (October 6, 1968 - September 21, 2011)Like many around the world, I watched Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! as she stood outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia, covering the execution (some may call it a lynching) by lethal injection. I fell asleep last night after hearing reporters repeat Troy Davis's last words, “God bless your souls.” This morning I feel defeated. Is there no escaping, no hope of overcoming our arrogance, cruelty, and malicious ignorance?

Wednesday
Sep212011

Parenting: Never Too Young to Stand Up

By Lydia Holt

You know the saying, little pictures have big ears? It’s true, and not only when talking about grown folks business and shooing little ones out of the room. A few months ago, my 5-year-old witnessed me confront a man about his street harassment of another woman passing by. It wasn’t a physical confrontation (he was in a car in the middle of the street and paid little attention to my reprimand) but I became very angry. My son asked why I was so angry. I told him it was because that man was being so rude. Read more...

Tuesday
Sep202011

Scrap Papers: I Like Ike!

Somehow, President Dwight D. Eisenhower (also known as Ike) is always left off my mental list of U. S. presidents that did their part to make America and the world a better place. While listening to The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC this morning I realized that he was a pretty cool president. Read more...

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