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November 20, 2014
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Preparing For Injustice vs. Preparing for Justice in Ferguson

In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs?

As it waits to hear whether the grand jury will indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson is preparing for the worst: that the grand jury will decide not to indict Wilson, leading to more outrage and unrest in the streets of Ferguson. Continue Reading →

November 19, 2014
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Digest for November 19th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 19th from 11:05 to 12:34:

November 19, 2014
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Forward From Ferguson

The goals of the post-Ferguson movement for justice must reach beyond whether the grand jury indicts officer Daren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Too much depends upon its success.

Over 100 days ago officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. In the aftermath, the streets of Ferguson resembled a war zone. Today, Ferguson is preparing for war again. As the city awaits the grand jury’s decision, citizens and law enforcement are arming and preparing for the worst.

In the days, weeks, and months to come, anger over the absence of justice must not overshadow the changes we must continue to fight for after the Ferguson grand jury makes its decision. Continue Reading →

November 17, 2014
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Digest for November 17th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 17th from 14:00 to 14:04:

November 17, 2014
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Digest for November 13th through November 17th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 13th through November 17th:

  • The Two Types of “Black Church” and Why I Left the First One – … despite the differences in beliefs, bank statements and interpretations of the bible, all the black churches I encountered during my tenure as a resident musician were either severely disconnected from the political systems that surrounded it, traditionalist to the point of oppressive, devaluing women in the way their leadership structure was organized, obsessed with demonizing and degrading homosexuality or just way to deep and prophetic, speaking more words in tongues than English.
  • Every Child is Equal – Do you know by looking at a child who they will turn out to be?
  • Gay Marriage Issue Squarely Before High Court – Appeal by lesbian couple from Michigan puts gay marriage issue squarely before high court.
  • People Want Flexible Work Hours – In the November/December issue of the Washington Monthly, Judith Warner of the Center for American Progress has a piece on the importance of passing national paid family leave legislation. Parents are more involved in their children's lives than ever but they've never had less time to tend to their families. The resulting stress is reducing female participation in the economy and is now reportedly becoming a big problem for men, as well.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: Race, to the Finish – Let’s review how we got to this point where African-Americans vote so overwhelmingly Democratic and are suspicious of Republican motives.

November 13, 2014
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Digest for November 13th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 13th from 12:28 to 12:42:

November 12, 2014
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Digest for November 12th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 12th from 11:32 to 11:41:

November 11, 2014
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Digest for November 11th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 11th from 12:45 to 13:05:

November 10, 2014
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Digest for November 10th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 10th from 14:01 to 14:12:

November 10, 2014
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Digest for November 5th through November 10th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 5th through November 10th:

November 7, 2014
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Wingnut Week In Review: The Inmates Take Over The Asylum

The 2014 mid-term elections are over, and the inmates have taken over the asylum. Prepare for wingnuttery like you’ve never seen before.

Last Friday, I had a lot of fun poking at the nuttiest candidates on the ballot. Wednesday morning I woke up to a mind-numbing reality: they all won.

Never mind that soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the same thing earlier the same day.

Wingnuts spewed outrage all over Twitter that President didn’t just resign and hand in the White House keys.

Plus, wingnut media has a message for Republicans: “You weren’t elected to govern!”

November 5, 2014
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Digest for November 5th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 5th from 13:54 to 14:28:

November 5, 2014
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Minimum Wage Ballot Initiatives Deliver Progressive Populist Victories

In an otherwise dismal election, progressive populist victories on state ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage reveal a way forward for Democrats who are paying attention.

Going into the 2014 mid-term election, the odds — and deep-pocketed billionaire donors — favored Republicans. Yet, one issue defied trends and conventional wisdom: increasing the minimum wage. After efforts to raise the federal minimum wage stalled, voters went over the heads of their own elected officials, and voted to raise wages themselves. Continue Reading →

November 4, 2014
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Digest for November 3rd through November 4th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 3rd through November 4th:

November 3, 2014
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Digest for October 29th through November 3rd

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 29th through November 3rd:

October 31, 2014
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Wingnut Week In Review: The Nuttiest Candidates of 2014

Every election year, the GOP comes up with a new crop of wingnut candidates for office. This one is no exception.

Todd Akin. Christine O’Donnell. Joe Miller. Sharron Angle. Back in 2010, they soared to new heights of wingnuttery. Will any of this elections nuttiest wingnuts become the next Todd Akin or Christine O’Donnell? It’s hard to say, because the GOP has tried to avoid minting more extreme right-wing candidates like those who flamed out in 2010. But if this list is any indication, Republicans haven’t entirely succeeded in that effort. Continue Reading →

October 29, 2014
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Digest for October 28th through October 29th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 28th through October 29th:

  • Why the Term ‘Biblical Marriage’ Is Misleading – While same-sex marriage is not endorsed in the Bible, neither is a loving, mutually agreed upon union of a man and woman.
  • We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black America – It is high time that we decide as a nation that the symbolic slaying (and perhaps the actual locking up) of some of our most beloved men is an entirely reasonable price to pay for creating a world safe for women and children, a world where we don’t accede to narratives that convince us yet again that predators are really “good guys.”
  • A Tax Bonus for Black and Latino Men? – What if I told you that there is a policy change that is pretty much guaranteed to help low-income people of color struggling to get out of poverty, and that it has Democratic and Republican support even in today's super-polarized Congress? Sound too good to be true? Well that's what the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansion is.
  • America’s 10 Worst LGBT Work Insults – These are just 10 of the hundreds of comments made to this year's LGBT2020 research by U.S. respondents, who chose to write — in their own words — what is happening right now in their workplaces.
  • Video Proof That Men Are Pigs – In this video titled “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman,” we get to bear witness to what it’s like for a young woman to get from A to B, and why sometimes a compliment feels like harassment.
  • Black Freedom Fighters in Ferguson: Some of Us Are Queer – This week for #FergusonFridays we turn to two Black queer leaders, Ashley Yates and Larry Fellows III, who have been working on the front line in Ferguson, MO along with others from the start of the burgeoning movement.
  • Empathy Deficit Disorder – Almost two-thirds of working Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. And they’re worried sick about whether their kids will ever make it. They need leaders who understand their plight instead of denying it.
  • How our winner-take-all society makes us tougher on our kids – The rise of helicopter parents like Amy Chua, whose 2011 book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" brought attention to an increasingly popular parenting style emphasizing hard work and strict child rearing, could be less of a cultural phenomenon than a mere economic reality.

October 29, 2014
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Rioting In Black And White: From Ferguson To Keene, And Back

A riot in New Hampshire, and a likely acquittal in Ferguson, Missouri, underscore that blacks and whites still live in very different America’s, under very different rules. The comparison was inevitable, as the images of unrest in Ferguson were still fresh in the minds of Americans, when a riot of a different color broke out in Keene, New Hampshire last week. Continue Reading →