Only when people think a problem is THEIR problem do they mobilize … and work. Activist Chip Berlet said that people have to SEE trouble before they act on trouble. When people SAW, for example, women and children being attacked by police dogs and hosed down with fire hoses like they were pieces of burning… Read More When People See
Today, I wept. I was already reeling from the report that a young, white, wealthy teen boy received probation after being convicted of vehicular homicide in an accident which resulted in the deaths of four people. I have been studying the phenomenon of mass incarceration, a reality which is responsible for literally thousands of young… Read More Why Does a People Weep?
“We the people” absolutely cannot be silent and be unaware of what is going on around us. When I was young, living in Detroit, I and my friends were told how to survive “out there.” We were never to be unaware; we were never to be so trusting that we didn’t, at all times, inspect… Read More Silence of “we the people” is deadly
When I was a child, I remember my mother encouraging me to get on a certain ride when we visited an amusement park. I don’t remember the name of the ride, but I remember what it looked it; people would stand in these little slots and hold onto bars on either side of them, at… Read More When The Earth Falls From Beneath Your Feet
As the reports of the devastation and destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy continue to dominate the news, it has been hard for me not to think of this as an act of terrorism – a natural act of terrorism. We all know that terrorism can come in a lot of ways, but the… Read More Sandy: An Act of Terrorism