My grandson is too young to know anything about the events surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin or the trial of George Zimmerman, yet the outcome of the trial may have a significant impact on his life. He’s too young to watch the news and frankly doesn’t care about it unless it concerns his favorite character, Elmo, after all he’s not yet 2 years old.
Watched President speak on race today, loved what he said but was left with this urgent plea!
Dear President Obama:
If you want to help Black men have better lives and prospects – End the War on Drugs!
How to feel about this week’s historic Supreme Court rulings? As a progressive African-American I am pleased to see the Court strike down DOMA as an unconstitutional violation of equal protection. As a lawyer and human rights activist, I am gratified for judicial recognition that sexual orientation is not a legitimate basis for discrimination and violates our values and constitutional principles. It is an historic moment in our national journey towards justice and equality.
I know I can’t be the only one who thinks there’s something wrong with an agency that has found a way to enable people to bring small knives on a plane but not baby formula or breastmilk? Seriously??!! I’m more than a little outraged at the decision this week to allow knives in carry-on bags on domestic and international flights. Not because I believe carrying knives has much to do with airline terrorism – it probably doesn’t – what I’m outraged about is that TSA has done little to address the problem of the ‘fluids rule’ for airline travel, particularly with respect to medications and baby formula.
In their attempt to divert the media from continued hyperventilation over Mitt Romney’s tax returns and whether he should release more of them, Republicans have advanced another of their clever canards where they accuse President Obama of something they are doing. In this case Mitt Romney and his Republican supporters have accused President Obama of gutting the federal welfare program – Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) because his administration wants to give states more leeway in implementing work requirements for people receiving assistance. The Department of Health and Human Services recently sent a letter to states informing them they could seek a waiver of existing rules setting targets for the number of hours recipients spend in “work activities” if they propose better ways to help them find permanent, living-wage jobs.