Discrimination is on the rise for Australia's Muslims and others of Middle-Eastern descent, as Prime Minister John Howard's draconian anti-terror laws echo the fear-mongering tactics of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.
As the House of Representatives voted to allow oil drilling in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich decried
the back-door methods and contemplated the impact on the
indigenous Gwich'in people.
The nation might believe it has moved on from Katrina, from the name so
childish and somehow slightly foreign, not Sherry or Ann or Margaret.
Moved on from the scenes of dark-skinned people in
Apartheid education is alive in America and rapidly
increasing in hyper-segregated inner-city schools. And though it's now
fashionable for policy-makers to declare integration a failure,
effective programs across the country still survive--and deserve to thrive.
Samuel Alito once boasted he was a member of Concerned Alumni of
Princeton, which opposed bemoaned the impact of co-education and
affirmative action. What does this say about his character and the kind
of place he would like America to be?
Vincent Carretta's Equiano, the African is the complex narrative of a Carolina
slave who bought his freedom, married an English woman and published a
memoir on his life as a seafarer and gentleman.
Frozen in memory as the simple woman who helped to bring down
segregation, Rosa Parks was far more complex and formidable than the
popular imagination makes her out to be . A fuller picture of her life
should make us also remember the many unsung heroes and heroines who
came before and after her.
The quiet purposefulness that characterized Rosa Parks's actions bears eloquent witness to the power of her protest.
The Cajun and Creole folks of Ville Platte, LA, learned long ago not to
rely on the government for help. It the wake of hurricanes they
launched a homemade rescue-and-relief effort to save their community.
Follow a mythical voyage through America's nightmare, on a
ship with an uncaring captain, a subsequent shipwreck, and the poor are
left behind to perish.