From McCarthyism to the Patriot Act to Islamophobia

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If you’re concerned about the growing governmental scrutiny of our private lives and communications in the name of the vaunted “War on Terror,” please participate in the discussion “From McCarthyism to the Patriot Act to Islamophobia,” on Tuesday, September 13, 7 p.m. at Neighborhood Church in Pasadena.

The New Jim Crow: Our Role in Incarceration Nation

Michelle Alexander

Diane Lefer: Judge Gray referred to Senator Jim Webb of Virginia who, in looking at the entire criminal justice system in which we hold the world record for the number of people incarcerated, concluded either we are the most evil people in the world or we are doing something seriously wrong.

Sticks and Stones

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Rev. Jim Nelson: It is about power, power over. All slurs are meant to demean and to wound, to rob a person or a people of their humanity. Whether it is calling those on the left socialists or those on the right fascists, name-calling divides and wounds; it provokes rather than promotes.

Plugging Pasadena’s School-to-Prison Pipeline

Learning Works! chasers Kendrik Watson and Carlos Cruz.

As Governor Arnold Swartzenegger and the Democratic-controlled state legislature strip education funding wholesale to meet California’s budget collapse, Pasadena’s public school district offers a microcosm of the woes besetting school districts that are already in crisis across the state. Recent months have seen a drumbeat of distressing reports of alarmingly high dropout rates in Pasadena’s [...]

School to Prison Pipeline

School to Prison Pipeline

Public forum: Is There a School to Prison Pipeline at the Pasadena Unified School District? Soaring dropout rates, rising suspensions and expulsions, police on campus, overly harsh one-size-fits-all discipline policies, high poverty rates, court involvement and juvenile detention all suggest the pipeline to prison is present at the Pasadena Unified School District. Join us to [...]

Uniting a Divided Nation

Not too long ago, Dick and I joined our local Unitarian Universalist Church, Neighborhood Church in Pasadena. Shortly after we started attending, the church contacted us about a potluck dinner they were having for the congregation’s “people of color.” Being a newcomer to the church, I tried my best to be gracious as I inquired [...]

Supporting the Freedom to Marry

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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 [...]

Light Bulbs and Laws: Will We Let Global Warming Cook Us?

David Crisp

In recent generations, the test was the Great Depression, World War II, Vietnam, and maybe the Cold War. With polar bears drowning in open Arctic waters and evermore fearsome storms spinning out of warming oceans in every corner of the globe, it’s becoming apparent that our generation’s test could well be global warming. But given [...]

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 [...]

Why Am I in This Hand Basket?

Jim Hightower

Texas best-selling author and radio commentator Jim Hightower swung through Southern California this past week to ruffle a few feathers—“kick a little ass,” is what he actually said—and spread a little sunlight as the long night of the “theocratic, plutocratic, kleptocratic” Bush Administration comes to an end. Speaking to a mostly white-haired audience at Pasadena’s [...]

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