Category Archives: activism

Push through the asphalt and cement

The photo above was taken by JB in our backyard. For the past 3 or 4 years, I have been planting old books around the garden, some of them from the days when I was teaching. There is something very … Continue reading

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Government of the people, by the people, for the people

I couldn’t really watch any of the Republican Convention. The whole affair made me sick to my stomach. I read postings and articles about it in social media including newspapers and listened to some coverage as well. I have to … Continue reading

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Consumerism, Capitalism, Exploitation

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“Vivas To Those Who Have Failed: The Paterson Silk Strike, 1913” by Martin Espada

Vivas to those who have fail’d!                                                                                                      And to those whose war-vessels sank in the sea!                                                                      And to those themselves who sank in the sea!                                                                            And to all generals that lost engagements, and all overcome heroes!                                 And the numberless unknown heroes … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandella 1918-2013

On this day, Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary, would have been 97. A year and a half ago, when he died, Bob Herbert (former New York Times columnist) wrote a remarkable piece about how history can swallow the work of … Continue reading

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Newsome’s clarion call to activism

At 6am in the morning last Saturday, Bree Newsome removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol by climbing its flagpole. She was arrested with James Ian Tyson who helped her over the fence around … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

President Obama’s eulogy for the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine killed during Bible study at the AME church in Charleston, was a powerfully put perspective on race, love, spirituality, justice, and activism. Obama even broke into singing “Amazing … Continue reading

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Lesley Gore 1946-2015 RIP

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Between qigong and grocery shopping—Frances Willard

After qigong this morning I met a student of mine and her mother to take a tour of Willard House in Evanston. The student is doing her research project on Frances Willard and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. In actual … Continue reading

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“So long. It’s been good to know ya.”

The words on the front of Pete Seeger’s banjo say, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” And that is the legacy of Pete Seeger’s music and activism for the last seventy plus years. He has inspired musicians … Continue reading

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