Friday Feedback: “Sally to Jaycee to Trayvon”

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This week, Reggie Brown comments on Sharon Kyle’s “From Sally Hemings to Jaycee Lee Dugard and Trayvon Martin,” and then he and Sharon carry on a conversation.

Who Says It’s Not About Destroying Unions?

Frances Perkins

Stanley Kutler: For those with a historical animus against the organizating and advancement of labor, the current strife in Wisconsin and other states offers a happy prospect for the resurrection of a dismal past of exploitation and the re-creation of a downtrodden working class.

A Murder in Uganda

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Carl Matthes: At David’s funeral, the presiding pastor used the tragedy to actually rebuke homosexuals saying that “they would go to hell.” Incited sympathizers stormed the pulpit and grabbed his microphone.

Anti-Immigrant Leader Spearheading Effort to Oust Sheriff Dupnik

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

Andrea Nill: The focus of Dupnik’s controversial statements was not immigration. However, it is no coincidence that Americans Against Immigration Amnesty is going after one of the most vocal critics of Arizona’s immigration law.

State of the Union Address 2011 – Full Video and Transcript

You can watch President Obama’s State of the Union Address, in its entirety and read the full transcript here. The president began by introducing the Speaker of the House, John Boehner. He then went on to talk about the tragedy in Tucson, pointing out that Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ seat was empty. The hour long video offers insight into what we’re to expect in the coming year.

The Tragedy of Under-Reaching

Hands Up Reaching

Norman Solomon: We need to build a grassroots progressive movement — wide, deep and strong enough to fight the right and challenge the corporate center of the Democratic Party.

We Ignore Our Infrastructure at Our Peril

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Carl Zimring: The tragedy in San Bruno should draw our attention to infrastructure. Millions of homes across the U.S. are woven together in networks.

Heroism, Cowardice, and the National Tragedy of Hidden Guilt

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Charles Hayes: Today I feel very differently about the Vietnam War than I did in my youth, but my own feelings of guilt during that time give me a unique kind of insight into the psychology of courage and commitment. America has never had a shortage of courageous citizens willing to take up arms and fight to the death for reasons and causes beyond their own understanding. Arlington Cemetery in Virginia serves as proof. But my sense of the decades since the end of World War II is that America has and is experiencing a courage crisis of shameful origin and of tragic consequence.

Boy’s Suicide: Avoidable Tragedy?

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Ron Wolff: Los Angeles County Supervisors have been aware for years that several of their largest departments — Juvenile Probation and Children and Family Services among them — are dysfunctional. They claim to care — but the problems persist. There is one thing a leader does in urgent times — take urgent action!

Putting a Smiley Face on the Job Picture Can’t Evade the Growing Tragedy

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Michael T. Darda, chief economist at the research and trading firm MKM Partners, probably summed up last week’s message from Washington best, telling the New York Times, “Less bad is always a prelude to good.” The things one learns. We are being asked to believe that the results of the “stress tests” were “not as [...]

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