TONI MORRISON HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

Courtesy of newyorker.com, November 21, 2016

Making America White Again, by Toni Morrison

This is a serious project. All immigrants to the United States know (and knew) that if they want to become real, authentic Americans they must reduce their fealty to their native country and regard it as secondary, subordinate, in order to emphasize their whiteness. Unlike any nation in Europe, the United States holds whiteness as the unifying force. Here, for many people, the definition of “Americanness” is color.

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HOW COOL IS MICHELLE OBAMA!

Courtesy The Late Late Show with James Corden, July 20, 2016

James Corden’s White House tour takes an unthinkable turn when First Lady Michelle Obama joins him for a drive around the grounds singing Stevie Wonder and Beyonce. Surprise guest Missy Elliott drops in to sing “This Is For My Girls.”  

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GOLF TOUR PROS LOVE DONALD TRUMP BUT LOATHE HILLARY CLINTON, POLL REVEALS

Courtesy Guardian Sport of theguardian.com, May 4, 2016

 

It’s probably no shock to learn that most US golfers tend to vote Republican – but the strength of ill feeling towards Hillary Clinton is perhaps more surprising, particularly among the women of the LPGA. Oh, and the game’s greats also like Donald Trump – and think Tiger Woods will win again.

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DANCING WITH THE PRESIDENT

Courtesy WhiteHouse.Gov, February 22, 2016, by Melanie Garunay

Virginia McLaurin, 106 years old and a longtime Washington, D.C. resident, had always dreamed of visiting the White House. Last week, her dream came true in a big way. Check out the video:

Here’s how Virginia McLaurin got to the White House:
 
A friend of Mrs. McLaurin’s reached out to the White House and shared that Mrs. McLaurin has been doing stellar work as a volunteer throughout the D.C. area for decades and would like to visit the White House. So the White House made sure that she not only got to visit — but also had the chance, before the Black History Month reception, to meet privately with the President and First Lady backstage. It was her dream to meet President Obama, given his passion for investing in early childhood education and his significance as the first African American President.

Virginia McLaurin is a Senior Corps volunteer at Roots Public Charter School as part of the United Planning Organization’s Foster Grandparent Program, serving as a foster grandparent and mentor to special-needs students. As a mentor, she helps children with their reading and social skills.

Virginia has volunteered at C. Melvin Sharpe Health School for over 20 years, serving 40 hours a week. She was introduced to the program by a friend from her church who knew Virginia was interested in finding ways to make life better for those in her community.

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HILLARY SINGS “HALLELUJAH”

Courtesy SNL, November 12, 2016
 

Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) performs Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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WHY MUST THE TRUMP ALTERNATIVE BE SELF-SATISFIED, COMPLACENT DEMOCRATS?

Courtesy Thomas Frank, theguardian.com, May 4, 2016

Convinced that the country’s ongoing demographic shifts will bring victory for years to come, the party establishment acts like its candidates need do nothing differently.

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HARVARD TO BAN MEMBERS OF SINGLE-SEX CLUBS FROM STUDENT LEADERSHIP ROLES

Courtesy of Alan Yuhas in theguardian.com, May 7, 2016

 

Harvard University will bar members of single-sex clubs, fraternities and sororities from fellowships and leadership roles on campus, college president Drew Gilpin Faust announced on Friday, in an effort to prevent sexual discrimination.
“Although the fraternities, sororities and final [single-sex] clubs are not formally recognized by the college,” Faust wrote in an open letter to dean Rakesh Khurana, “they play an unmistakable and growing role in student life, in many cases enacting forms of privilege and exclusion at odds with our deepest values.

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HILLARY and BERNIE REMINISCE

Courtesy SNL, May 22, 2016

Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) and Bernie Sanders (Larry David) reminisce about their time running against each other in the Democratic primary.

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SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN CALLS FOR OVERHAUL OF STUDENT LOAN SYSTEM

Courtesy commondreams.org, March 31, 2016, by Nika Knight

“It’s long past time for the Department of Education’s bank to clean up its act and start running the student loan program to benefit students—not private companies,” declared Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as she announced a plan (pdf) for the Department of Education (DOE) to completely overhaul its student loan servicing system.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE: THE HIGH PRICE OF BREATHING WHILE POOR

By Donald Cohen, Capital&Main.com, March 22, 2016

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REASONS TO CELEBRATE: KEY PROGRESSIVE GAINS IN 2015

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2015 by CommonDreams.org
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

As the year draws to a close, it’s worth noting a handful of progressive gains that people-power made possible:

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WHY ARE TOP WOMEN POLITICIANS STILL PEPPERED WITH GENDER-SPECIFIC SLURS?

courtesy of Jessica Valenti, theguardian.com, December 28, 2015

 

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There seems to be no end to the number of insults that are tailor-made for women. And for those who decide to run for office, the sexist slams seem to never end. For as long as women have wanted to have a voice in our political process there have been men looking to shut them up with slurs and condescension. And it shows no sign of stopping – or even slowing.

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WHO’S THIS BERNIE SANDERS?

Courtesy of Fred Bayles, theguardian.com, March 4, 2016

In 1972, a few weeks into my first job as a reporter at the Burlington Free Press, I was sent to check out reports of a demonstration in one of the s poorer neighborhoods.

The scene was somewhat chaotic. Three or four people were highly exercised about some housing-related issue, but it was hard to get past the rhetoric to understand the details. To add to my rookie confusion, the group was led by a wild-haired, wild-eyed 30-something with an incongruent Brooklyn accent. I took notes and retreated to the newsroom.

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IS THIS A CIRCLE? AND WHAT DOES YOUR ANSWER SAY ABOUT YOUR POLITICS?

Courtesy of Ben Ambridge, theguardian.com, December 6, 2015

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Here’s a simple question that can tell us an awful lot about you. Is this a circle?

If you said: “Yeah, sure, close enough,” then you are probably politically liberal, and strongly support the idea of government aid for the homeless and unemployed. You are also likely to support same-sex marriage and legalisation of marijuana for recreational use.
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CALIFORNIA’S NEW HEALTH LAWS COMING IN 2016

by Lisa Aliferis, kqed.org, December 30, 2015

 

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The new year arrives Friday, and with it a host of new state laws.

Here’s our roundup of new ones coming in health. Most take effect on Friday, except where noted:

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