Month: September 2004

Forgotten Voters Step Forward to Fight Discrimination

An Invitation to all of you! Forgotten Voters Step Forward to Fight Discrimination Ex-Prisoners Band Together in SF’s New Civil Rights Movement WHAT: Peace & Justice Community Summit WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 10am-4pm WHERE: City of Refuge Community Church, 1025 Howard Street, San Francisco CONTACT: Linda Evans, All of Us Or None, 510-219-0297 Dorsey Nunn, All of Us Or None, 415-516-9599 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Thousands of people will be disenfranchised in this November’s election – and thousands more face daily discrimination due to their status as former prisoners. But at this Saturday’s Peace and Justice Community Summit, a rare grouping of elected officials, community leaders and formerly-incarcerated people will join to fight that discrimination, and create a real vision for public safety in San Francisco. The summit is sponsored by Public Defender Jeff Adachi, State Assembly Member Mark Leno, and All of Us Or None, a grassroots civil rights movement dedicated to building political power for people in communities devastated by mass incarceration. This is the first time that formerly-incarcerated people as a group …

Blogs: Political pundits are here

NYT has a story on the political bloggers by Matthew Klam. Just for the record, the entire text follows. Fear and Laptops on the Campaign Trail: Nine blocks north of Madison Square Garden, next door to the Emerging Artists Theater, where posters advertised ”The Gay Naked Play” (”Now With More Nudity”), the bloggers were up and running. It was Republican National Convention week in New York City, and they had taken over a performance space called the Tank. A homeless guy sat at the entrance with a bag of cans at his feet, a crocheted cap on his head and his chin in his hand. To reach the Tank, you had to cross a crummy little courtyard with white plastic patio furniture and half a motorcycle strung with lights and strewn with flowers, beneath a plywood sign that said, ”Ronald Reagan Memorial Fountain.”

Oprah’s Gifts: Winner takes it small

What happens when Oprah Winfrey declares free Pontiac G6 sedans as free giveaways?comScore Networks, which tracks site traffic, reported that visits to oprah.com jumped 800 percent from Monday to Tuesday as over 600,000 people logged on after seeing ‘Oprah.’ Plus, visits to pontiac.com jumped 600 percent in the same period as over 140,000 people viewed the site. What else happens? Pontiac gets huge advertisement base since the news appears in all national media. The return is much more than the investment of Pontiac. What else? Oprah is the angel once again, her television program gets ratings, more and more emulate her wealth (of course, what else did you think?). Last, but certainly not the least. The “free” sedans are not so free after all. Lucio Guerrero in Chicago Sun Times reports that each of the 276 recipients of the sedans will have to cough up over thousands of dollars in taxes. Since Pontiac paid for the local charges, the recipients have to report the cars as income once tax time comes.

American Museum finally Opens

The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian on the Mall in Washington finally saw light. Not just long due, but also long suppressed, the idea is a great relief in its materialized form. What least can one afford to pay as a tribute to the peoples who were forced to convert to the Jesusland? For peoples who were perished so that the corporate American Dream can be established? A museum? Well, it appears some talks will surely take place between intersections of minorities in this country. Hopefully it will not be played on the same cards of favoritism that strives to attract attention of the Whites.

Journalism needs Palmers and Jarretts

Chicago Defender Editorial on why Journalism needs more Palmers and Jarretts for the 21stcentury: In the last four months, the Black journalism world, and Chicago in particular, lost two esteemed colleagues in Vernon Jarrett and Lu Palmer. The latter died Sunday night of pneumonia, and it was cancer that took the life of the former in May. What made these two men remarkable wasn’t just their ability to take the English language and use it to effect change in this city, nation and world, but that they had the heart of great civil rights champions like Frederick Douglass, A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King Jr. Both men subscribed to the admonition of Douglass as he lay dying, “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!” What Palmer and Jarrett understood was that wielding the pen of a journalist or twirling the microphone was a weapon that could not treated lightly. Instead, they made it a point to wield their work tools to cultivate and nurture a growing political, social and economic movement that has produced one of the smartest, …