Tuesday, May 24, 2016

DOS EE

He can wait for the Red Line forever
because he doesn't  know how to drive.
He once rode the DC Trolley to nowhere.
He is known to make grandmothers feel young again.
He is the poet people read for despair.
He survived the hospice of gentrification.
There are people at Howard who claim they are blacker
but they live in the dark.
He decided to ride only buses after giving Rosa Parks a seat.
Stay surfaced my friend.


 - E. Ethelbert Miller


Saturday, May 21, 2016

There is an age you reach when political discussions inquire if you wish to waltz. In other words - maybe we can slow things down until we forget them. I'm having that dance these days. Listening to pundits and friends talking about Trump, Sanders and Clinton makes the walls around my bed weep.
No -I don't fear nightmares anymore only nonsense.

Friday, May 20, 2016

E-Note

I need to get back to my E-Notes.  One can lose track of one's schedule and quickly miss deadlines.
It's almost June and I need to make more money, etc.
I'll look for a few more things to apply to...

Slowly thinking about this 3rd memoir that will focus on my sister's  life and it's shadow over my own.



Friday, May 13, 2016

DO YOU BELONG TO THE H- CLUB?

How long will we have to listen to the media discussing Clinton's emails?  It's a dumb issue. I can't imagine what her situation would be if she had work where I did for 40 years. I'm still waiting for a couple of faxes from many years ago. How often did you enter a door that was opened? So we fail to elect someone to be president because of a few emails? This is the stage of civilization where the dinosaurs get the vote.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mr. Ince and the Hope of Being Needed


By Mario Kaiser
Following Turkish immigrant Dursan Ince in Berlin for a year and a half, a picture emerges of a man who shatters the stereotype of the freeloader.
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Reconnecting with the Subversive Power of Our Imagination 
 

By Chris Hedges
Those in modern society who are shunned as odd, neurotic or eccentric, would have been valued in pre-modern cultures for their ability to see what others could not see.
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How Jane Eyre Saved My Life


By Celia Bland
All the kids in the neighborhood had been warned to stay away from me. Bored out of my mind, I read Jane Eyre at least eight times before college.
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A Moveable Commons

 
By Jonathon Rowe
The train is not only an easy, economical way to get places, as many BMC visitors know.  It can also be a profound, pleasurable experience.
 
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Goldenrod and Asters: My Life with Plants.


By Robin Wall Kimmerer
To walk the science path I had stepped off the path of Indigenous knowledge. Then seemingly out of the blue, came an invitation to a gathering of Native elders.
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Filmmaker Lenore Malen Imagines Scenes From Paradise

 

About Lenore Malen
Paradise recreated for our time in Central Park and on  a sheep farm in a film that evokes Ingmar Bergman and a 15th century illustrator.
 
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What Should Bernie Do Now?


By David Morris
Bernie should stay in the race but not attack Hillary. Hillary should push for new trade policies, free tuition and closing tax loopholes.
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Hail the Micro Entrepreneurs

By Andy Robinson
Unfortunately we are invisible to many economic development experts, who keep searching for the next mega-employer, like Ahab chasing his white whale.
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12 May 2016

CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Advocacy & campaigns 3. Jobs & announcements

Features

Electoral violence in Uganda: A short history

Mary Serumaga

State brutality is integral to the electoral cycle in Yoweri Museveni’s Uganda. There are campaign beatings, ballot beatings and post-election beatings. Ugandans this week witnessed pre-swearing-in beatings. They can expect swearing-in beatings, after which there is every chance there will be post-swearing in beatings. Then, the election cycle over, the country shall revert to ordinary beatings.

Whose agenda anyway?

Vanessa Burger

President Jacob Zuma’s continued disregard for the constitution, rule of law, independence of the judiciary and authority of independent institutions is increasingly translating into the lawlessness currently dominating KwaZulu Natal, where the police, courts and state security are used to protect political interests and suppress valid public discontent; where state torture and police criminality are endemic.

 

Where do we go from here?

A call for critical reflection on queer/LGBTIA+ activism in Africa

Liesl Theron,John McAllister and Mariam Armisen

This essay looks at the complex relationship between the personal and the political in queer/LGBTIA+ organizing in Africa. It considers how current modes of organizing impact the connection between professional activism and grassroots participation and explores some of the consequences of these two intersecting factors for activist praxis.

Corporate capture of seeds in Africa

Jana M. Grieb

Organic farmers from Machakos, Kenya, say that fertiliser and seed companies even deploy their own extension officers and agro-dealers in the villages, who aggressively advertise the use of their products. When their promises prove false, nobody compensates the farmers for their losses.

The case of Benoit La Salle: How Western do-gooders exploit Africa

Yves Engler

The Canadian mining magnate is just one in a long line of Westerners who ask the world to believe what they say but ignore the actual results of what they do — a “spin-sploiter” publicly professing humanitarian ideals all the while exploiting Africa.

 

Britain and the labeling of Nigeria as ‘fantastically corrupt’

Fidelis Allen

Isn’t it the height of hypocrisy for a British politician to label Nigeria as fantastically corrupt? Britain built its economy on the wealth looted from colonies such as Nigeria. Today, British politicians collude with their thieving Nigerian counterparts to spirit away money that is then invested in London and other Western cities. Cameron’s neo-colonial moralism fools no one.

 

Memories of Azania

Rafaela Araujo

Between September 2015 and January 2016, African-Brazilian activist Rafaela Araujo visited Azania/South Africa on a share/ study program. She was hosted by eBukhosini Solutions – a community-based company specialized in Afrikan centered education and youth/community empowerment. She spent most of her time studying English, getting to know the situation of Afrikan people in South Afrika and assisting in eBukhosini’s activities. She also undertook some speaking engagements in neighboring Namibia.
 

The spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine: Is his real legacy being upheld?

Ramzy Baroud

The Mandela that now stands erect in Ramallah has been incorporated into the zeitgeist of this city, particularly the rich and beaming neighborhood of massive white-stone villas and luxury cars. It would have meant much more if it had stood in the center of Gaza, a city that is withstanding an ongoing genocide.

 

Monarchy a luxury that Swaziland cannot afford

Peter Kenworthy

Swaziland’s big-spending absolute monarch King Mswati III is spending millions of dollars on a new personal jet and other luxuries, while many of his poor citizens rely on food aid to survive.

 

Sports in Africa: An untapped resource for development

John O. Kakonge

The importance of sports has not been sufficiently appreciated by African governments for it to be integrated into their national development plans. There is no doubt that sports could play a critical role in attaining peace, development and stability.

Choosing the next UN boss: A political quagmire

Diana Bochaberi

Ban Ki-Moon’s term as UN Secretary General ends this year and already political jostling is underway ahead of the selection of the new head of the world body. There are strong indications that favour a woman candidate. And how has Africa positioned itself for the unfolding contest?
 
Advocacy & campaigns

We bear no more!

Public statement from the families of detained recently dismissed students from the University of Khartoum

Parents of students at University of Khartoum

The university suspended and permanently discontinued several students on claims that they had attacked a professor, without giving them a fair hearing as required by the institution’s regulations and natural justice. And then a number of the affected students were brutally attacked by officers from the national security services and detained in an unknown destination.

A million workers form new federation in South Africa

South African Workers

The declaration of the Workers Summit at May Day Rally 2016
A new workers federation is being formed in South Africa that is intended to toally change the face of popular organising. Based on the principles of independence, concerted mass action and worker control, the new federation starts with a membership of 1.1 million workers drawn from 51 affiliates.​
 
Jobs & announcements


SOTU Journalist Competition 2016

Call for Submissions

State of the Union (SOTU)

The State of the Union Coalition (SOTU) calls out for submissions of articles from journalists working in the 10 African countries SOTU has membership; Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Tunisia. The competition is open to African journalists reporting on Human Rights and Governance issues in the print and digital media. Deadline: 31st May 2016 at 11:59 (GMT +3).

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Book Update

If you want to know why folks purchase books from Amazon just walk into DC bookstores looking for your book. I've been doing a few test runs...
Nothing has changed when it comes to being a "local" author.
The best place to find most of my books is perhaps in the Bennington Bookstore in Vermont.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Was your daddy a jockey and did he teach you how to ride?



1875 Kentucky Derby winner, Aristides and jockey Oliver Lewis