NFL Players and the Flag: Two Years On

If there was ever any question that the wheels of justice turn slowly, the continuing controversy over NFL players, the national anthem, and racial injustice has provided the answer. It’s at once hard and not so hard to believe that we are still having this conversation almost two years after Colin Kaepernick first decided to take a knee during the national anthem before a 2016 pre-season game in response to the disproportionate numbers of black people being killed by police.

People of color are still being shot just for the crime of being black. And they’re being arrested for the crime of sitting in a Starbucks while black, and they are having the police called on them for the offenses of napping in their dormitory lounge while black, and moving into their apartment while black.

And still we continue to object to the very idea of players exercising their right to protest racial injustice.Continue reading “NFL Players and the Flag: Two Years On”

Listen to Marco Rubio: It’s Not About the Money

Senator Marco Rubio just gave America and the grieving students and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a civics lesson. But I’m afraid that many in the classroom weren’t paying attention.Continue reading “Listen to Marco Rubio: It’s Not About the Money”

Be Part of the Solution

If you’re not registered to vote, you’re part of the problem.
If you didn’t vote, you’re part of the problem.
If you’ve never contacted your legislator, you’re part of the problem.
If you’ve ever voted for a candidate because of an ad you saw on TV, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t know who your Senators are, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t know who your Member of Congress is, you’re part of the problem.
If you know what’s going on in the Big Brother House but not the US House, you’re part of the problem.
If you get the majority of your news from TV, you’re part of the problem.
If you think someone else is going to solve the problem, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t think you can be part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Whatever the problem is, be part of the solution.

Don’t Argue. Vote

About a third of Americans still support Donald Trump. Nothing you can say or do is going to change their minds.

Despite the fact that he has done nothing to fulfill any of the promises that he made during the election (saving the coal industry, giving you a wonderful cheaper health care system, bringing back manufacturing jobs, draining the swamp…) the majority of Trump supporters feel no buyer’s remorse whatsoever. And it is understandable that you want Continue reading “Don’t Argue. Vote”

2018 Elections: the Work Starts Now

This week we celebrate one year since America elected Donald Trump President of the United States. Happy Anniversary.

Are you pleased with the way things are going? No? Well, you can do something about it, because it’s also one year until Americans go to the polls again—not to elect a President, but for an election that could have just as much impact. A lot of people underestimate the importance of non-presidential elections (aka “midterm elections”), but they have a huge impact. Continue reading “2018 Elections: the Work Starts Now”

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)”

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”

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.

It’s Up to Us to Save Ourselves

If you’re waiting for Republican lawmakers to break ranks and do the right thing, don’t hold your breath.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are becoming increasingly concerned about Trump’s agenda, his lack of knowledge of international relations, or any of a number of other things, or maybe even hoping for impeachment, I’m here to tell you that help isn’t coming. This time, it’s up to you:Continue reading “It’s Up to Us to Save Ourselves”