October 2010

Democracy in Action
by Ana Lua Fontes

TAGS: civic engagement
109 years ago this month, Booker T. Washington became the first African-American to dine at the White House by invitation of President Theodore Roosevelt.   National furor and riots arose over the social implications of this historic moment. Sometimes it seems, that the current fury from the right- from the Tea Party to the Birthers is once again, at root, due to a man of color being in the White House. But even among Democrats and liberals, there is a lot of finger pointing at the Obama administration.

TAGS: election
Ever since I can remember, my mother took the bus to get to work.  She would leave the house before 6 am, walking several blocks to the bus stop then spend an hour on the bus to get to work. The bus would bring her home after the sun went down.  On most nights, my father, brother and I would pick her up at the bus stop so she wouldn’t have to walk home in the dark.

TAGS: civil rights
Something Special on 10/10/10
10 days ago on 10/10/10 over 350 people Got Down and Dirty at Laney College in Oakland ) as part of 350.org’s international Get_Down_and_Dirty_Oakland.jpg