Month: August 2017

08-30-17 – Chaos or Community?

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“We’ve learned to fly the air like birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven’t learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Hey Family,

To all of those affected from Hurricane Harvey and the aftermath, here are a list of local organizations that are looking for help and resources. Sometimes these local groups can do much more with much less money.
Galveston County Food Bank: http://www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org/
Corpus Christi Food Bank: http://www.foodbankcc.com/
Houston Food Bank: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/donate/
Texas Diaper Bank: http://www.texasdiaperbank.org/
SPCA of Texas: https://www.spca.org/news_hurricane-harvey
Portlight is a local grassroots organization that provides disaster aid to the disabled specifically: http://www.portlight.org/home.html
The Coalition for the Homeless is an umbrella organization coordinating shelters and orgs across the city.

As organizations from the federal, state and local branches look to assess the damage and help out in any way they can with the residents in Houston and the surrounding areas impacted by the damage, I wanted to see how we were shaping up in our legislative agendas across the country to see if states were equipped to handle these types of emergencies if they were to pop up in their state. On the program today, Karyn Bruggeman, Press Secretary of State Innovation Exchange and co-author of SiX’s End of Session Report, will talk about the legislative trends of 2017. This report examines some of the best—and worst—state policies that emerged from this year’s legislative session. While not intended to be exhaustive, it provides a clear picture of important progressive victories, setbacks, and major trends across the country, as we take stock and look ahead to 2018 and beyond.

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08-23-17- Arrested Development

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“Inclusion is not simply about physical proximity. It is about intentional planning for the success of all students.” – Anon

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School has started this week for my children and they were excited to see their friends from school again.  New classrooms, old teachers, it was as if summer never happened.  For me, not them. They had an amazing summer. I had camp drop offs, after camp study sessions and dance classes to attend.

As we kick off the new school year, I thought it would be a good time to look at how our current education policy is shaping up. Continuing in their vein to “shake up the system” the administration’s education department has been a proponent of school choice/vouchers.  But at what cost? Catherine Brown, Vice President of Education Policy at the Center for American Progress will join me to talk about the current state of school voucher program in the US and the origins of this controversial stance on education.

Adolf Hitler once said, “Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction”. This is what opponents of the school voucher program try to combat against with the new administration’s push toward a voucher program across the US.

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08-16-17 – The Second Coming

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“America will not be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedom, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

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In times like these, I often wonder about my friends who weren’t bothered by the election of Donald Trump, especially my black friends who said they would welcome anarchy and disfunction like what we have been seeing in cities around the country including Charlottesville.  Their justification? That we will finally see where peoples true colors lie.  I don’t agree with this sentiment. Because I like life. But more than that, because in reality we don’t know if the path we are treading down is one that will give minority communities a favorable outcome.  But we did know the other path and could see how communities of color and poor communities were helped. Hate has never served a justifiable purpose other than to draw out more hate.

So what happened in Charlottesville and what’s been happening around the country has emboldened racist hate groups to continue to act upon their hate with more frequency. I keep asking myself, is this the start of the second civil war? Here to sort all of this out, Becky Monroe, Director of the Stop Hate Project for the Lawyers Committee will signal what organizations like hers are doing to counteract these groups.

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The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? – W.B. Yates 1919

08-09-17 – No Church In The Wild

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“Negroes sweet and docile, meek, humble and kind: Beware the day they change their minds!” – Langston Hughes

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I have to be honest. It keeps getting harder and harder to ignore the glaring neon DANGER sign coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But since a World War III might happen whether I purport to care or not, I figured I could at least talk about something that could be affected by the amplification of a microphone.

I started my show almost a year ago today on Colin Kaepernick and the momentum of his protest, so it is fitting that we come full circle to talk about the impending NFL boycott set to take place if he is not signed to a team this year.

I’m not going to claim to be a football buff, but I think his story highlights so many problematic stances the NFL takes regarding the relationship between the owners and its players.  Attorney Charles Coleman Jr.,  has been following this closer than I ever would and he will join me to talk about the protest, the boycott and how kneeling turned into a fight for our rights.

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08-02-17 – DETROIT

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“The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion” – Fredrick Douglass

Hey Family,

I remember as a teenager I would often hear some variation of the phrase “[our] generation has never seen true governmental strife…we’ve never even been alive during war times.”  I remember at the time thinking I had the rest of my life to “be alive during war times” but I digress.

My have the times changed.

Not only are we still in the middle of a couple of wars overseas that we can’t seem to finish, but our government is currently going through it’s own constitutional crisis. This might be the single biggest challenge of our generation. Nothing of this magnitude can be created in a vacuum, so Scott Kurashige, author of The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began In Detroit will join me to talk about how in many ways, Detroit echos the current U.S. political system. I thought it would be fitting to get a little context before the movie DETROIT debuts this Friday.

I was told I would be triggered several times if I saw it this weekend. Judging by the trailer, we all should be.

Also #blackwomensequalpayday was two days ago, so of course we will talk about that. Because why would I enjoy just now making the same amount as my white male co-workers?

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