So what’s up with the U.S. Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME, a.k.a. Right-to-work (for less), case? NewsBroke’s Francesca Fiorentini provides some history, context and speculation on outcomes in her irreverent, witty and acerbic style. [Read more…]
Here’s a vision for the future; a video by Adriana Heldiz for the Voice of San Diego introduces us to four individuals engaged in their Barrio Logan community and shaping its development.
Some readers may recognize the last person featured, Joaquín Junco, as a San Diego Free Press contributor. While a Southwestern College student, he provided many cartoons and illustrations for the San Diego Free Press as Junco Canché. [Read more…]
Civil rights leader Charlayne Hunter-Gault, interviewed by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, reflects on her experiences desegregating the University of Georgia and on the contemporary student-led movements for gun reform. [Read more…]
Robert Reich explains why Ayn Rand’s ideas have destroyed the common good. [Read more…]
From an interview by Daniela Galvez in Latina:
Daniela Galvez: Your single “Peligrosa” is all about women empowerment. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Lila Downs: I think that it’s the notion that women are somehow dangerous if they’re leaders, if they think, if they have certain desires, and ambitions. It’s also the notion of looking at men in those same positions. Of course, they’re not dangerous; they’re just a normal guy. I think that it’s about those relationships that we had, that we’re not quite sure what we’re dealing with. I think that’s happening right now. I mean in government and in day-to-day life. It’s a confrontational time and it’s scary. At the same time, I feel like it’s a moment when finally women are really coming out and being more forward about the injustices towards our gender. This is really important. So it’s exciting and that’s what the song is kind of about. [Read more…]
Sister Rosetta Tharpe—often called the Godmother of Rock and Roll—performing in Manchester, England in 1964, as part of The British Tours of “The American Folk Blues Festival”. This video showcases her rendition of Didn’t It Rain as well as Trouble in Mind.
This year Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2018 on April 14th, in the category of Early Influences. BBC reporter Chris Long relates that University of Salford’s Dr. Chris Lee says of the 1963 performance in Manchester “that a minibus came from London to that show and in it were Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and Brian Jones. They came all that way just to watch the concert.” [Read more…]
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), currently seven months pregnant and expected to deliver her second child in late April, will make history, being the first senator to give birth while in office. She gave birth to her first daughter, Abigail, while serving in the House of Representatives—the tenth representative to do so. By that time, the House had policies in place to deal with parental issues of House members.
Anna Palmer and Reena Flores of Politico interviewed Senator Duckworth for a recent episode of its Women Rule podcast. Senator Duckworth told Politico “I can’t technically take maternity leave because if I take maternity leave, then I won’t be allowed to sponsor legislation or vote during that time period.” She says that she’s working with her party’s leadership and her staff to figure out how she can still take important votes while she’s out.
There’s a more in-depth discussion of the issues facing a senator with child care needs in a Newsweek post by Marie Solis. “The lack of any sort of policy or accommodation for new mothers suggests that the U.S. Congress remains a bastion of patriarchy on its face,” Jennifer Lawless, the director of Women & Politics told Newsweek. [Read more…]
March is Women’s History Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
Thoughts & Prayers MakeUp Tutorial; a fresh take on an old problem. This was posted on YouTube four days after the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. [Read more…]
Ari Melber, on MSNBC’s The Beat, breaks down the legal issues surrounding claims of Second Amendment protection for weapons such as AR-15s. [Read more…]
Is it déjà vu all over again? Rubio in 2016 “This could have happened anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, today was Orlando’s turn.” Gov. Rick Scott’s prescription for helping: “I think the biggest thing is pray. … Pray that this never happens again.” Samantha Bee: “Maybe we’re not praying right. Can we check the instruction manual?” Flips Bible to James 2:17 “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Samantha: “Oh sh*t! We were supposed to DO SOMETHING while we prayed?!” [Read more…]
Showtime now features an animated series—Our Cartoon President—Executive produced by Stephen Colbert. Here’s a clip that covers Trump’s address at the recent 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference where he speaks about Wayne LaPierre of the NRA, Devin Nunes, Mitt Romney, and Roy Moore. For me it acts a sort of Trump translator. [Read more…]
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” (often called the Black National Anthem) is a song written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1900 and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson in 1905. Here it is sung by Wintley Phipps. [Read more…]