Posts filed under ‘Bravery’
The March on Washington happened on August 28, 1963,
and oh my god, I can’t believe we’re going to have to do it again 50 years later.
Here’s a little slice of what African-Americans are up against every day in the good ol’ U.S. of A., not to mention fighting anew for the right to vote, thanks to George W. Bush’s Supreme Court and the Republican party:
Note to wingers: If this is happening in isolated coal towns in the impoverished ravines in Tennessee, your fight against gay marriage is over:
Police officer Kat Cooper of Collegedale, Tennessee, had been asking for health benefits for her partner, Krista, since 2006. Collegedale, a town of 6,500 east of Chattanooga, turned her down in 2006 and 2009. Newly married, Cooper asked again for the chance to cover her wife in 2012. The answer again was no.
But she kept asking. On Monday, Collegedale became the first place in Tennessee to offer family health insurance to all employees who are married, whether they’re straight or gay. “Small ripples can precipitate huge waves,” Detective Cooper told the Collegedale City Council on Monday (video below). The council then voted for equal benefits by four to one.
If you’re a lobbyist with a bunch of money, you saunter into the Oval Office on a regular basis. If you aren’t, you do this:
First Lady Michelle Obama was interrupted by gay rights protesters during a private event at a home in Washington, DC.
The protesters were demanding that the President issue an executive order banning job discrimination by federal contracts against gay and trans people. In essence, enacting the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as an executive order for federal contractors. (ENDA itself would make it a violation of federal law to discriminate in employment against gay and trans people.)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT., wore her Sunday Best to the Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi-sponsored photo opportunity with the Democratic women of the House to highlight the historic diversity of the House Democratic Caucus in the 113th Congress and celebrate the increased number of women joining the Democratic Caucus on January 3, 2013.
I’m not sure if this is high fashion or low fashion but whatever it is, I think it’s wonderful that DeLauro has the guts to step out in what I presume she thinks is a fabulous outfit, no matter what anyone thinks. Bravo to her for her guts. And look at that hair!
She bucks the stereotype of what a woman who is almost 70 “should” wear.
The more I think about it the more I love it.
We’ve all seen this photo of a lone man standing in front of a tank during the June, 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square:
Now, all of a sudden, an uncropped version of the photo is making the rounds and it is terrifying:
The new version, showing the man standing in front of that long, long line of tanks, all alone, puts his bravery and determination into a new light.
Larger version here.
This morning on DemocracyNow! I listened to a spellbinding segment about a brave and proud African-American named Booker Wright:
In 1965, Booker Wright, an African-American waiter in Greenwood, Mississippi, dared to be interviewed by NBC about racism in America, a decision that forever changed his and his family’s lives. Wright said during the interview, “I always learned to smile. The meaner the man be, the more you smile. Do all your crying on the inside.” He would later lose his job, be beaten by police, and ultimately be murdered. Wright’s story is told in the new documentary film, “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story,” a collaboration between our two guests: co-producer, Yvette Johnson, Wright’s grand-daughter; and director Raymond DeFelitta, whose father, Frank DeFelitta, originally filmed the interview with Wright and later said he regretted it.
I’m making a note to see “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story.” It sounds wonderful. (The DemocracyNow! interview about Booker Wright is pretty wonderful too. It’s unconscionable that Wright isn’t a household name. Watch/listen at the link above.)
FYI, here’s the trailer:
I’m putting this “Journalists Security Guide” up in part to save it for myself because I haven’t had a chance to look at it in detail yet but also to help throw it out onto the Internets.
The world isn’t safe for journalists anymore. Countries across the globe — the United States included — are instituting measures to restrict the freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
The international Committee to Protect Journalists issued these new, detailed (and frightening) guidelines this month as to how journalists can protect themselves in areas it never occurred to me they needed protecting:
Go to the original version here. There’s more.
It’s incredible what real journalists do to bring us news. Imagine being so passionate about what’s going on somewhere that you’re willing to do this: