A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. First of a two-part column The author has a son serving a life sentence, currently at the Stillwater Correctional Facility. The anticipation, the anxiety, the control, the possibilities… It all causes many emotional and physical changes in my … [Read more...]
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Cambridge, Massachusetts is a stormy hotbed of politics and social issues, and no person has weathered its vicissitudes better than Mayor E. Denise Simmons. On May 11, Simmons held a town hall meeting she dubbed “A Citizen’s Assembly” on race, gender, class and culture. “I recognize the division and increasing polarization in the country that reverberates in Cambridge, too. … [Read more...]
The Minneapolis NAACP will be enforcing our demands upon the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for the dereliction of their duty to address the many issues that we have repeatedly raised. We will be shutting down the upcoming City Parks Alliance International Urban Park Conference: Greater and Greener. Additionally, effective today, the Minneapolis NAACP will be … [Read more...]
In the group that has been here longer, white Americans dominate both the FTE [finance, technology, electronics] sector and the low-wage sector, while African Americans are located almost entirely in the low-wage sector. In the groups of recent immigrants, Asians predominantly entered the FTE sector while Latino immigrants joined African Americans in the low-wage sector. The … [Read more...]
I have been an active participant in the battle for my individual rights as a human being with a disability since 1974. In 1977, my calling in that battle expanded to include my rights as an African American male. The two battles became one as I began to recognize, and be noticed for, leadership and outspoken advocacy for the equal treatment of all people. As I reflect on the … [Read more...]