The Statue of Liberty: a Glowing Reminder of Who We Are

On this day in 1885 the 350 individual pieces of the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor.

Most people know at least some of the words associated with the Statue of Liberty. They’ve heard “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…” Continue reading “The Statue of Liberty: a Glowing Reminder of Who We Are”

Injustice

It’s time we stop thinking of Black Lives Matter as a “black person’s issue.” We need to stop thinking of #MeToo as a “women’s issue.” LGBTQ rights aren’t just important for gay people or people who have a gay family member. Islamophobia doesn’t just hurt Muslims; anti-Semitism doesn’t just effect Jewish people.

All people, of every race, ethnicity and religion, of every sexual orientation and gender identification MUST fight to ensure justice for everyone. We must all be allies in one another’s causes, because it’s going to take all of us standing together shoulder to shoulder doing the hard work necessary to create a society that is fair and just for every one of us.

The Right to Health Care: Our Next Battlefield

I bristle a little every time I hear Bernie Sanders say “Health care is a right.”

What he means is “health care should be a right.” Every human being should have access to health care. A moral and decent society does not let its citizens live in pain or ill health, suffer permanent injury or die simply because of their financial circumstances. Health care is a right in nearly every other developed nation in the world.

But it’s not a right in America.

The fact is, in the United States of America in 2018, if you’re Continue reading “The Right to Health Care: Our Next Battlefield”

Mrs. Maisel: Marvelous or Misguided?

Congratulations to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for its two Golden Globe awards. Though I don’t generally talk about movies or TV shows, given the theme of this one it’s no surprise that I’ve got an opinion.

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There Can Be No Compromise

“I have the feeling that we let our consciences realize too late the need of standing up against something that we knew was wrong. We have therefore had to avenge it—but we did nothing to prevent it. I hope that in the future, we are going to remember that there can be no compromise at any point with the things that we know are wrong. . . . .”

Eleanor Roosevelt’s words upon returning home after a visit to a displaced persons camp following the end of World War 2 serve today as a warning and a reminder. We must summon the courage do what we know is right.

NFL: Here’s Your Chance to Do the Right Thing (for a change)

I’m not a sports fan. Which teams win and which teams lose each week matters not a whit to me. Who scored points, touched down, gained yards, free-thowed, RBI’d or whatever, I could not care less.

But that’s not to say that I don’t follow sports. The intersection between sports and society is too big to ignore. Nor should it be ignored. Continue reading “NFL: Here’s Your Chance to Do the Right Thing (for a change)”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

“Do what you feel in your heat to be right –for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

The longest serving First Lady in US history, Eleanor Roosevelt was a prominent advocate for women and for human rights.

She was a strong proponent of her husband’s administration’s efforts to create programs that kept Americans working, optimistic and united during the dark years of the Depression and World War II.

In 1945, she was appointed to serve as a US delegate to the UN and chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She also co-founded Freedom House in the 1940s and founded the UN Association of the US in 1943 to advance support for the UN’s formation. She is one of the most respected women in modern history.

Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884.

The Flag Stands For Our Right Not to Stand

A year ago, when I wrote this short post about Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest, I never would’ve guessed that we would still be talking about this issue a year later, or that the President of the United States would be using it as yet another wedge to divide America. But here we are.Continue reading “The Flag Stands For Our Right Not to Stand”

Stop Calling Donald Trump Crazy

After Trump’s most recent twitter tirade, in which in personally attacked Mika Brzezinski’s intelligence, sanity and appearance (which is quite a lot to cover in a single tweet, even for him, so he used two) the Left once again began calling into question the man’s sanity, emotional state and fitness for the office.Continue reading “Stop Calling Donald Trump Crazy”

Happy Birthday, Susan B. Anthony

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”

“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people – women as well as men.”

“Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.”

Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820.

She was a tireless social reformer and advocate for women’s rights and played a pivotal role in securing the vote for American women.