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 Another Hallelujah

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Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017
Working on a novel is like having a newborn: it lets you know when something’s wrong and you can’t ignore that cry. When there’s a mess you change it and you forget to brush your teeth because personal hygiene falls by the wayside while you are in service of a new life. Read more…

Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes

 

Langston Hughes 1936 photo by Carl Van Vechten

Poets in Unexpected Places pop up at the holiday market in Union Square with poems in response to police brutality, a day after the non-indictment for the killing of Eric Garner. Abena Koomson performs “Let America Be America Again” by American poet Langston Hughes, written in 1935. It was originally published in the July 1936 issue of Esquire Magazine. It was later republished in the 1937 issue of Kansas Magazine and was revised and included in a small collection of Langston Hughes poems entitled A New Song, published by the International Workers Orders in 1938.

 YouTube video published on Dec 18, 2014: Read more…

A Day Without A Woman ~ Protest in D.C.

March 8, 2017 Stacey Plaskett, the delegate to the House from the Virgin Islands, brings her 7-year-old daughter to the Capitol for the “Day Without a Woman” protest. Melina Mara/The Washington Post

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The Story of Microfibers

Try following this paradox of modern life ~ the very clothes we wear to exercise, practice Pilates or take a hike could be coming back to bite us in a lovely slice of tuna or salmon. Thank you to The Story of Stuff Project for continuing to lead global changemaking for a healthier planet. Watch their new film about the perils of polyester (we knew it wasn’t cool, even back in the 70s).

 

Read my past post on The Story of Change

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Women’s March Oakland 1.21.17

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer

Because sometimes we just need to laugh ~ and you don’t even have to make this stuff up!

How You, THE PEOPLE, Will Beat Trump

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Guest Blogger:
Andreas Carlos Freund ~ CEO: DiveIn, San Francisco, CA
Post from his blog:

“What the hell?…This is not the country we we are used to. This is not the country we have strived for…For me, as the multiracial son of immigrants from an activist family, this is personal. My grandpa worked side by side with Cesar Chavez at Radio Campesina. My mom lived through the violent Nicaraguan Revolution against the brutal Somoza dictatorship. Her mom (my grandma), to this day, works as a social worker in central California. On my dad’s side, much of our German family were killed by the Nazis, simply for being Jewish. Some were welcomed to the US as refugees. My grandma, who grew up in Germany during WWII, survived after the war thanks to aid packages provided by the US government. Growing up, she used to tell me about her fond memories of the liberating American forces, who handed out chocolates as they rolled through her town on the tops of tanks. Today, I can call myself a proud American solely because of the sacrifices my parents and their families made.”  ~ Andreas Carlos Freund Continue reading

 

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