"He's evil." - Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaking to Al Jazeera America about former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, Darren Wilson When I went to Germany, eight years ago, my friend in Hanover was less than enthused when she found out we had been to visit the museum at the Dachau concentration camp, near… Continue reading The evil that police do – Darren Wilson and the family of Michael Brown
Oh freedom, Oh freedom, Oh freedom over me And before I'll be a slave, I'll be buried in my grave And go home to my lord and be free Lulled and complacent among a couple of thousand righteous liberals and progressives, what should be seen is often easily hidden. The obvious remains obscured behind conversations… Continue reading Dying in custody – a most necessary conversation
When Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, the concept of the White, Southern country lawyer defending a Negro accused of touching a White woman was inspirational. It showed how commitment to a moral cause could overcome social norms and bring justice to a community hungry for it. It also showed something else… Continue reading Of heroes and liars – from Atticus Finch to Rachel Dolezal
It's a battle on two fronts, necessitated by the Supreme Court's decision, last year, to nullify the pre-clearance formula sections of the Voting Rights Act, in Shelby County v. Holder. That left Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott free to pursue what is alleged to be targeted, minority voter disenfranchisement.On Tuesday, the United States Department of… Continue reading Holder’s Texas Two Step: voter ID challenge begins
"I'd love to change the world, but I don't know what to do." - I'd Love to Change the World, Ten Years After, 1971, by Alvin Lee Affecting change is hard. Screaming for social justice can be frustrating. As anyone who has ever been involved in social and political activism can tell you, making sure… Continue reading AROMA – creating sustainable activism across Atlanta movements
"I think Washington in general is unpopular, the president and congress, because we seem dysfunctional and we are dysfunctional." - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), on NBC's Meet the Press, Sunday, June 22, 2014 In the American experience, our country's forebearers have left us a legacy of knowing who and what we are against. From religious… Continue reading But what do we fight for? How about idealism, fairness and equality?