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Practice Gratitude with the Avaaz Community

Avaaz Photo I have participated in Avaaz internet actions for years. For those who do not know, in the words of the Avaaz team, Avaaz is an extraordinary community of hopeful, practically idealistic people who choose to sign a petition or donate money when no one is looking. This organization has successfully delivered petitions, with millions […]

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Please Support My Big Idea for Change

I’m an active e-mail activist. In November I added comments to the Big Ideas Project asking for what change I’d like to see in this country. I didn’t realize it’s a large effort to influence political legislation. The top 20 ideas will be presented to Congress. People can vote on ideas. To my surprise I received an e-mail yesterday […]

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Free Write Friday – The Seed

It’s been a few weeks since I had the time to participate in Kellie Elmore’s Free Write Friday. Below is the prompt and the short story that just came to me immediately. Enjoy. You’re young. You are standing in front of a shop window watching something on the black and white television inside. A woman grabs your […]

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Angela Davis and I – Poetry, Cinema, and Social Justice

1970, Professor Angela Davis and myself, a college freshman; Angela in the 80s our second meeting; Angela in 2012 at the Toronto Film Festival.——————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Angela My conscience commissions me/to take pen and paper/and give meaning to the meaningless word./Your silence castrates me./Day dawns but I am weary/the pages empty, the hours wasted./What is your glory […]

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Originally posted on Black Film Center/Archive Blog:
Paul Robeson, the consummate renaissance man, is known as well for his amazing talent (an athlete, polyglot, orator, intellectual, singer, actor) as for his political involvement and passion for social justice.   His involvement in the Spanish Civil War[i] on the side of the Republican forces, though less…

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Valiant Ones Transform Events – VOTE

Don’t sit on the fence.  If you, like me, stand for a multicultural USA providing economic justice and opportunity; recognize the importance of protecting the environment by changing our consumption of fossil fuels, investing in alternative energy, and preserving our wild places; see health care and education as rights for all citizens; understand a woman’s right to control […]

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To Honor Malala – The Freedom Bird

I dedicate this audio story, The Freedom Bird, to 14 year old Pakistani peace campaigner Malala Yousafzai who is now recovering from gunshot wounds. You can read her story by clicking the following link: http://news.yahoo.com/conversations-malala-yousafzai-girl-stood-taliban-133500248.html Her courage and conviction is a living example of one thing that never dies. Click on the link below to listen […]

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Vote in this 21st Century Multicultural USA

My husband and I watched “Bowling for Columbine” on HBO this week. This Michael Moore documentary examines root causes of the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. That day two students came to the school with guns and killed 12 students, one teacher, wounded many, and killed themselves. The school is located in […]

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CELEBRATE VISIONS OF FREEDOM AND EQUALITY

Before I began looking at my e-mails I was contemplating how I was going to write this Friday’s story because I wanted to write about the big day coming up, July 4th. Fortunately, I received an e-mail which gives an important message and have decided to share it in its entirety below.  As we gather […]

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American Pie – A Dream for the USA

Good government should be like religion. The core purpose of all religions is to protect and improve the life of their practitioners. The leaders of government should be motivated like bodhisattvas to work for the enlightenment, or in political terms, the betterment of all citizens. Unfortunately, current politics in America, despite constant references to religion, […]

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