Can Gun-Toting Solve Gay-Bashing?

Bullets Magazine

n a 5-4 ruling the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a gun for personal use. While the debate will continue to go on about whether the Second Amendment really means that American citizens only have the right to bear arms in connection with service in a well-regulated [...]

Uh-Obama: Racism, White Voters and the Myth of Color-Blindness

Tim Wise

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write, at least not as soon as I am now compelled to write it: It may well be the case that the United States is on its way to electing a person of color as President. Make no mistake, I realize the way that any number of factors, [...]

How Did the Pilgrims Get It So Wrong?

Pilgrims

emember your history class? In 1620, The Pilgrims left England and set up a colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which was supposed to be more Biblically rigorous than the licentious English society they left behind. Their colony was to be governed by Biblical principles. In 1630, the Puritans arrived a little north of Plymouth and founded [...]

A Fleeting Moment of Democracy for California’s Same-Sex Couples

Justice Hangs in the Balance

In contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender [...]

Black Media Fails Its LBGTQ Community

Rev. Irene Monroe

By now many in the LGBTQ community have heard of the news about the cop beat down of Duanna Johnson in a Memphis jailhouse that was captured on a surveillance video. Those of us especially of African descent, who don’t know or haven’t seen a photo of Johnson, might pick up on a cultural marker [...]

Marriage Equality: The ‘Defense’ Rests

Alicia

I received my first marriage proposal at the age of eighteen. My fiancé, a year older than I, was a real catch. A Tom Hanks look-alike, he was tall and lanky, with curly brown hair and a sweet, slightly loopy smile. Kenny was smart, funny, athletic, a gifted actor and a talented saxophone player who [...]

Thoughts on the Anti-Gay Marriage Campaign

Same Sex Marriage Statue of Liberty

The Bible says that Solomon had 700 wives. David had wives too numerous to number. And Gideon had so many one wonders when he had time to practice with his trumpet. These Biblical characters came to mind as I listened to people campaigning for a November ballot measure to overturn the California Supreme Court’s decision [...]

Color of Law: Breaking Down the Far Right’s Attacks on Michelle Obama

David A. Love

Are the spouses of the presidential candidates fair game? Republican presidential candidate John McCain – as well as McCain surrogates at Fox News and elsewhere – seems to think they are open for attack, particularly when they are Black. The Far Right decided to wage warfare against Michelle Obama after she stated in a Feb. [...]

The Black Jobless Picture – From Bleak to Bleaker & Out of Sight

Globe for a head cartoon

When I heard there was a sizable increase in black community joblessness between April and May I mentioned it to a few people and in return got that so-what-else-is-new? stare. “Every month, when unemployment rate data are released, the news for African Americans is bleak,” wrote educator Julianne Malveaux four years ago. Some things change, [...]

The Whole World Is Watching

Black Woman

know the issues that America currently faces with regard to racism and sexism have been addressed at many levels. While I’m encouraged by the conversations people are having (even the immature ones), I’m saddened with the reality that our country…our world…is saddled with such unnecessary burdens. I hate that we are so ignorant and fearful [...]

E Pluribus Unum: You Say You Want an Evolution?

E Pluribus Unum Flag

Three small words and one very BIG idea: E Pluribus Unum – “out of many, one”. It is easy to say but troublesome to achieve. Our advancement inside the Party in the last four years has brought the Progressive movement to the brink of a broader leadership role. The question is – how will we [...]

The Bloodline Revenge of Mad King George III

King George III

“I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor.”: “Mad King George, III.” His tutors found George a difficult student. He was silent and morose and when angry, he became obstinate and sullen. At twenty he still wrote like a child. George III became king when he was [...]

Between the Lines

Langston Hughes

On This Day, In This Time I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then. Besides, [...]

A Jefferson for Obama

Sally Hemings

A hornet’s nest was stirred up recently by my public endorsement of Obama as our next president and then again with my recognition during a speech at University of Virginia of the cousins in my family who are descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. (As a member of the Jefferson family at large, I [...]

Good Job, Hillary

Donna Brazile

Anyone reading the L.A. Progressive knows I support Barack Obama. But I have to admit that as I sat watching and listening to Hillary Clinton announce that she was suspending her campaign this past Saturday, I felt a tinge sadness and a sense of loss. I didn’t expect to feel this. I was getting tired [...]

Supporting the Freedom to Marry

Freedom to Marry Banner

The feeling was electric! When Stephen hit the opening chords of the Wedding March, and people recognized it, there was first laughter, then an explosion of applause in recognition of the Supreme Court decision about same-sex marriage. A number of weddings are already scheduled, and this is as much fun as I have ever had [...]

The Love of a Gay Man

Leopold Allen and Alessandra Ferri

n the day I was born, my uncle, Leopold, went up and down our block in the South Bronx announcing to the neighbors, and anyone else who would listen, that I had finally arrived. He was as excited about my birth as my parents  or any new parent would have been. That day, my first [...]

Notas por La Casa Politica

latina voter

How can I vote for a candidate who doesn’t care about us? Race, sex, and age are always issues in every political campaign. In every political campaign, a successful candidate will confront racism, acknowledge economic inequality, and assure voters of all ages that their agendas will be addressed. For the last eight years I have [...]

Pastor Wright, It’s Time to Dance with What There Is

So let’s see now. We’ve had the flag pins, the “bitter” bit, some moldy-oldie urban guerrilla nobody ever heard of, and now, the rather large, open, and self-involved mouth of Pastor Jeremiah Wright. And THAT is what’s stamped “URGENT” at this late date in presidential primary season. This, while we also have gasoline at four-plus [...]

Update on JPL Intrusive Background Check Case

Dr. Robert Nelson

On Friday April 25, 2008, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review its earlier decision issuing a temporary injunction preventing NASA and the California Institute of Technology from conducting intrusive personal background investigations of employees at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The government had petitioned all of the judges of the Ninth [...]

Si Se Puede: Anti-Labor Legislation

Kevin Lynn

Once again the Bush Administration and Congress are shilling for big business at the expense of labor. Labor much like capital is ruled by the law of supply and demand. According to the UFW website , last month more than 5,000 UFW supporters sent e-faxes to the Department of Labor (DOL) telling them instead of [...]

Jeremiah Wright: Let’s Explore This Wound

Jeremiah Wright

Perhaps you were as moved by Barack Obama’s speech on race as I was, and as intrigued with the responses as well. Last year, at Professional Days before the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, we heard Rev. Jeremiah Wright as our keynote presenter. He was impressive—learned, provocative, inspirational. Our tradition of preaching is quite different from [...]

HSPD 12: It’s Not Rocket Science

NASA JPL Scientist Bob Nelson and Software Engineer Susan Paradise

Thwarting the Bush Administration’s latest assault on individual liberty, a small band of Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees have fought and won—at least for now—a battle against government efforts to trample their rights to privacy and indirectly limit their scientific inquiry. The assault began innocently enough. In tightening security after the September 11th attacks on the [...]

Lest We Forget

Alice Walker

An Open Letter To My Sisters Who Are Brave I have come home from a long stay in Mexico to find — because of the presidential campaign, and especially because of the Obama/Clinton race for the Democratic nomination – a new country existing alongside the old. On any given day we, collectively, become the Goddess [...]

The More Things Stay the Same: Sharon Remembers Forced Busing

Forced Busing for school desegregation

School Desegregation Busing (Part 2 of a 2 part story) ast forward 20 years after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and we found ourselves embroiled in yet another school desegregation controversy. The more things change… It was September 1973, I was about to enter the 11th grade in a new [...]

The More Things Change: Remembering the Little Rock Nine

Terrance Roberts - Little Rock Nine 1957

(Part 1 of a 2 Part Story) For those of us of a certain age, the image is forever seared in our minds of Governor Orville Faubus blocking the doorway to Little Rock’s Central High School, flanked by members of the Arkansas National Guard, denying entrance to a group of nine black students. It was [...]

As the Black Vote Goes

Tavis Smiley

he presidential primaries for both parties could be all over but the shouting come February 5th. By then, voters in 32 states—including big hitters like New York, Florida, Michigan, and our own California—will have selected their party’s nominee. With roughly 6% of California’s voting population, Black voters could have a decisive voice here in California [...]

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