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Anita Hill: How To Get The Kavanaugh Hearings Right

September 19, 2018

“Do not rush these hearings. Doing so would not only signal that sexual assault accusations are not important — hastily appraising this situation would very likely lead to facts being overlooked that are necessary for the Senate and the public to evaluate. That the committee plans to hold a hearing this coming Monday is discouraging.”

Via: New York Times

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John McCain Believed In America. Let’s Redeem It In His Passing.

September 1, 2018

Now the nation mourns for what we had and what we fear has been lost. And yet, as so much of John McCain’s life and legacy was spent learning how to deal with loss, he also symbolized hope, strength and the beauty of the second chance. He stood determined that this splendid country called America will forever stand in the sunlight.

Via: Daily Beast

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The Twilight And Power Of Joan Baez

August 29, 2018

“I feel a sense of responsibility that I am leaving,” Baez says of her imminent retirement from the road. “At this point in history, me and my stuff are needed.” What can be hard to grasp today is how top-of-the-charts popular the lone folk singer was, and how much she was willing to stake her celebrity on artivism.

Via: Washington Post

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Fred Rogers And The Loveliness Of The Little Good

July 6, 2018

In ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ children are our superiors in the way they trust each person they meet, the way they lack guile, the way a child can admit simple vulnerability. They are superior for their instinctive small acts of neighborliness, the small hug, sharing a toy.

Via: New York Times

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Waffle House Hero A Role Model For Lawmakers

April 24, 2018

Current laws allow just about any deeply disturbed young man to obtain an AR-15 or similar military-style assault rifle. James Shaw Jr. risked his life to take a war weapon away from a mass murderer before he could kill anyone else. Are cowardly members of Congress and the Tennessee state legislature even capable of enough wisdom and courage to act to take them away?

Via: Commercial Appeal

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Jackie Robinson Didn’t Shut Up And Play Ball, So Why Should Today’s Athletes?

April 13, 2018

In this current sports era—a historic moment filled with protests and calls for athletes to “shut up and dribble,” it is especially important to remember the Jackie Robinson who was determined to use his platform to fight for civil rights. And the Jackie Robinson who embodied the message: “A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.”

Via: Bleacher Report