Who Gets To Vote?

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago today America was born. Under the shadow of the American Revolution a nation of promise and hope was created. Then it happened: the Second Continental Congress restricted the right to vote to white, free, male landowners, over the age of 21. That was the start of our nation’s still bumpy [...]

Stomping on Martin’s Dream

Writing to overturn key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declared, “Nearly 50 years later, things have changed dramatically. Largely because of the Voting Rights Act ‘[v]oter turnout and registration rates’ in covered jurisdictions ‘now approach parity. Blatantly discriminatory evasions of federal decrees are rare.’…The tests and devices that [...]

Guilty of Getting Himself Killed

You want proof that his race was what got Trayvon Martin killed? Try this: a jury of six white women found his 29-year-old killer not guilty of second degree murder or even manslaughter because the 17-year-old black boy, wearing a hoodie in the rain and armed with a bag of candy and a can of [...]

Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday is Saturday; how about singing ‘This Land Is Your Land’ to mark it?

The 15th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival opens tomorrow in the singer-songwriter’s hometown of Okemah, Okla., and it will be a special one, running through the 100th anniversary of his birth on Saturday, July 14. The Woody Guthrie Centennial website says, “His songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well oiled track. [...]

Continued Without a Finding

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In March, I told you about a well-known sports figure who was arrested hereabouts on charges of arguing while black. I didn’t give his name because I didn’t know how widely the story would be reported and didn’t want to contribute to his public humiliation. Well, the story was widely reported, [...]

Out in the Street

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The more of us that show up at rallies and demonstrations, the sooner we’ll get our country back. Libya to the contrary notwithstanding, it may be a little easier to get people out in the streets to overthrow a dictator than to defeat a legislature that promotes union busting, unbridled capitalism, [...]

Arguing While Black

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’m steaming here.  If you’re black, you already know about the subject of this post. If you’re not black, but have no interest in white racism and white privilege, go find something else to read. A while back, in a place not far from where I live, a man came out [...]

US Uncut

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Three new progressive organizations, with three distinct but complementary purposes, have surfaced over the last few weeks.  Last week I told you about Cognitive Policy Works, its Progressive Strategy Handbook, and the strategy group that is at work developing the progressive brand, so that people will know at once what progressive [...]

Terror, Intelligence and You: Partners at the Fear Ballet

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson [This essay, reposted from Truthout, is such a brave piece of work that I wanted to bring it to you without even asking you to click on the link where the original is to be found.  Its author, Barry Wingard, is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air National Guard [...]

Couldn’t Americans Learn From This?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s a pleasure to end the week with this inspiring post from the Egyptian English-language website Ahram Online. It’s reassuring to know that there are still large numbers of people unswayed by the efforts of some to make us live lives of fear and intolerance. Egypt’s Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, [...]