rosemary-jenkins-200Rosemary Jenkins is a graduate of UC, Santa Barbara, with degrees in both English and history and a minor in the humanities. She earned her teaching credential there and taught for more than 37 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she served as a master and mentor teacher and coordinated many programs. She is an author of literary and grammar handbooks and a book of poetry in both English and Spanish and currently is working on an historical fiction novel dealing with the Black experience in America. Rosemary is a community and political activist and specializes in environmental and educational issues. She is an advocate for other current policy matters as well.

Why Hasn’t Minimum Wage Raise Happened Yet?

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Rosemary Jenkins: It is just counterintuitive that our economy can grow if people have no money to spend! Earn more, spend more–on housing, cars, food, clothing, all of which then generates more jobs at the retail level, manufacturing, construction, and so forth.

What If Barack Obama Were a Muslim?!

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Rosemary Jenkins: Can you imagine if Barack Obama were really born in Kenya, how many contributions to this nation he would not have been able to make? Now that is food for thought!

Nanny State or Granny State?

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Rosemary Jenkins: Grandma would be horrified to think that there are those who choose to justify gun ownership so they can “stand their ground” and then shoot an innocent young person in the face.

The New Jim Crow: California Prison Style

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Rosemary Jenkins: Over the last 30 years, our country has become number one in the world at having more people incarcerated at any one time (second only to what transpired during the reign of terror during Stalin’s regime).

Transgender Equality: Get Used to It

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Rosemary Jenkins: I always love it when people quote the Bible to me about how sinful such behavior is. It is obvious to me that such people have probably never read the Holy Scriptures nor understood them if they did.

A Wedding Is Not Always Just a Wedding

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Rosemary Jenkins: I remember during my early days of teaching when gay teachers had to hide who they really were (and this was right after it was legally possible for my husband and me to marry—only since 1967). Black and white, gay and straight, Jew and gentile.

Union Training New DWP Workers

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Rosemary Jenkins: Upon completing the program, they can become linesmen, working high above us on tall poles; or in the generating plants, often working underground with “hot” wires.

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