This past week we learned that Aretha Franklin was approaching the end of her life surrounded by friends, family and luminaries. During the ensuing days, images of Aretha and strains of her songs have been shared in the public sphere. Many of us have gone through our own personal play list of the Queen of Soul who died today. [Read more…]
In between shilling pills and elixirs like InfowarsLife Super Male Vitality tonic and fighting off lawsuits from his wife and Sandy Hook parents, MAGA groundhog Alex Jones saw his shadow and prognosticated a Second Civil War launched by Democrats on July 4. No, we aren’t linking to it— no clicks from us.
While we Dems prepare for the final assault on the Red Hats, the twitter hashtag #secondcivilwarletters , a send up of Ken Burn’s Civil War documentary, is today’s best fun read.
Time for Democrats to go on the offense
Remember how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Merrick Garlanded Obama’s Supreme Court pick? Let’s do McConnell one better:
Any Trump SCOTUS pick is void while he and his campaign are under a criminal investigation for obstruction and conspiracy against the United States.
State Sponsored Terrorism In Our Name
There are 11,000 children currently in detention in 100 shelters in 17 states. This figure includes unaccompanied minors. Over 2,300 children, including babies and toddlers have been separated from their parents seeking asylum at the border between May 5 and June 9 alone. These children who arrived at the border with their family are being sent all across the country, ending up in places as diverse as Grand Rapids, Michigan and New York City. We know that some of these children are in El Cajon and Lemon Grove.
These children have been snatched from their family, sent to undisclosed locations and there is no plan to reunite them with their parents. [Read more…]
Is there no limit to bureaucratic sadism?
“Where are the girls? Where are the babies and toddlers?” are the questions many of us have been asking all week.
We have learned that the GOP is our domestic Boko Haram, silent on the location of the girls and their treatment. And now we have learned that the babies, the children who have been ripped from their mothers’ arms are being placed in “Tender Age Facilities.” These are not shelters. These are prisons—for babies and toddlers who sit unattended in cages.
Over 2,300 children have been separated from their families since May. The GOP is a terrorist organization. [Read more…]
Who were you in 1968?
A few months ago at a San Diego Free Press contributor meeting a group of us shared stories about where we were, what we were thinking and what we were doing in 1968, a watershed year for many of us. It was fifty years ago that so many baby boomers came of age against the backdrop of first Martin Luther King’s assassination, then Bobby Kennedy’s. It was a year of civil rights protests, school walk outs, university sit-ins and broad civil unrest.
At the summer Olympics in Mexico City, American medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest of racial discrimination. That same year Cesar Chavez announced that he would begin a fast to promote nonviolence within the ranks of the United Farm Workers.
The Tet Offensive occurred in 1968. There were 549,500 American troops in Viet Nam at the time. (The draft would be imposed a year later in 1969). This would be the next to the last year of LBJ’s presidency. North Korea seized the USS Pueblo, heightening Cold War tensions.
These are just a few of the events that rocked our world in 1968. There was substantial interest among us at the contributor meeting to recognize the significance of that year. [Read more…]
Who do you think promulgated this video, Trump or Kim Jung-un? If your first impression is that this is a North Korean propaganda video, you are not alone. Seeing the White House icon with WH.GOV beneath it is pretty damn chilling. And the propaganda machine is fueled with our taxes. [Read more…]
Here are some frequently asked questions about election day voting in San Diego County. In order to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age and you must already be registered to vote. There is no same day registration in CA.
Come inside for much more information… [Read more…]
Part of a Statewide and National movement
National City Families for Fair Housing, a coalition of community groups, is currently gathering signatures to put a rent control measure on the November ballot.
If they successfully gather the required 2,225 signatures, the ballot measure will cap annual rent hikes at 5%, enact rules for just cause evictions and establish an independent board to administer and enforce the measure.
National City has become San Diego county’s ground zero for addressing the failures of a market-driven approach to housing and the complicity of elected representatives in that failure. Renters in National City saw a median rent increase of 15% between 2015 and 2016; the City has filed an unusual lawsuit to kill the rent control effort before it reaches the November ballot. [Read more…]
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The following article appeared in the Advocate Newspaper from Burnie Australia on January 9, 1934. The football field and other sport venues have long been a politicized space.
While we seldom think further back than to Tommie Smith and Juan Carlos raising a fist at the 1968 Olympics game, it should come as no surprise that the exertion of raw institutional power in sports— nationalistic as well as racialized, and I would also add gender based, is not particularly new or only an American occurrence. [Read more…]
SDFP editors Annie Lane and Doug Porter are taking a well deserved, week long vacation. Editor (and husband) Rich Kacmar and I have assumed the control panel in their absence. If everything had gone as intended, our line up today would not be noticeably different from prior days, with the exception of the absence of Doug’s Starting Line column.
But the day has not gone as intended. In between posting and an attempt at writing was the morning feeding of a cat colony which includes outside cats and inside cats. When Orlando, one of the outside cats, did not show up for breakfast I carried his food tray out to the back yard where I found him intently looking at something by the garage. A tiny black kitten was tucked into the grass next to the garage. [Read more…]
The Poet as Witness
During the 1950’s Philip Levine was working in Detroit auto plants and writing poetry. In an interview at that time in Detroit Magazine he described how he found his compelling subject material. “I saw that the people that I was working with…were voiceless in a way. In terms of the literature of the United States they weren’t being heard. Nobody was speaking for them. And as young people will, you know, I took this foolish vow that I would speak for them and that’s what my life would be. …I just hope that I have the strength to carry it all the way through.”
They Feed They Lion was written in 1968, when Levine returned to Detroit following the race riots of 1967. It is one of his finest poems, reflecting the degree to which he found “the strength to carry it all the way through.” The poem is merciless in its judgements and propelled by the rhythmic insistence of the language itself. [Read more…]