Category Archives: Change

Want to defend democracy? Start with your public library.

Lies have become too commonplace in the United States, so the American people need a place where they can go to get the truth. Ron is right. Go to your public library. Katrina vanden Heuvel writes this great opinion piece for the Washington Post.

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Just not good enough – Apparently, it was an ‘administrative error’ that saw Senators vote for racist motion

I was outraged to hear about the actions of the 28 senators who chose to support the bill – including Nigel Scullion who is supposedly the Minister for Indigenous Affairs. The list of supporters of this bill are listed below:

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For more coverage go to the Women’s Agenda.

If education and hard work were enough leadership would be culturally diverse. How can we fix the imbalance?

Another great post from Cathy Ngo on how we can fix the imbalance that exists throughout our society.

Ta-Nehisi Coates – Black Panther And The Crew #1

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Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold band together to take on a dangerous wave of street-level threats in this new ongoing series by co-writers Ta-Nehisi Coates (New York Times best-selling author of Between the World and Me and Marvel’s Black Panther) and Yona Harvey (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and legendary artist Butch Guice! The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past and set the stage for a big story in the Marvel Universe’s near future. Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: “We are the streets.”

Read it because:

You need a new comic book title, that embraces diversity and also the lessons of history. A powerful book that helps the non-American understand what is happening in America. I found it incredibly powerful and have started book clubbing with my child…..Best comic of this year – 2018.

No more Plastics – Greenpeace USA takes a stand

Annie Leonard Executive Director, Greenpeace USA has this to say on why we need to take action now!

What if I told you that every minute of every day, the equivalent of one garbage truck load of plastic is dumped into the sea? I imagine you’d be pretty shocked. Well, from bottles to soda rings, plastics are entering landfills, and flowing into our oceans — where they are out of sight and out of mind for those making a quick profit from products wrapped in plastic. Plastics don’t decompose or go away. When they enter our oceans, they fragment into tinier pieces called microplastics that pollute the food chain and kill marine life.
We can no longer tolerate this cycle of destruction for so-called “convenience.” Please add your name to the growing movement around the world saying “ENOUGH.” Sign our petition demanding that the CEOs of seven of the largest producers of single-use plastics take responsibility for their products.
Together we can reject the tired story from companies that a throw-away lifestyle is the only way — it’s not! We must demand an end to corporate plastic pollution by convincing executives at Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, McDonald’s, and others that we no longer want products made with single-use plastic packaging.
Sign our petition today and help us fight back against corporate polluters.
No matter how hard we try to clean up plastic pollution, the scale of the problem is impossible to tackle with beach cleanups and recycling alone. Until we change corporate practices to stop plastic production at the source, plastic will keep ending up in the ocean. Take action and tell these companies to do their part.
I believe that this is the year that things begin to change. Join this global campaign; I promise you, it’s the beginning of the end of single-use plastics.
We’re all in this together. We’ve only got one planet. Please help keep it safe.

For a plastic-free future,

Annie Leonard
Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker in Doctor’s first appearance

I wept with joy as I watched the new Doctor take to the small screen last night. Trying to explain the feelings I felt, as for the first time, someone who looked like me, took on the role was a deeply emotional moment. I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since the first time I saw Jon Pertwee transform into the new Doctor – we’re talking since 1971.

I’ve loved some Doctors more than others, (I knew my partner was the one for me when they admitted Pertwee was their favourite too), while others like Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker have been irritations. But last night, watching Jodie Whittaker take and make this role anew, moved me like no other new regeneration. Here at last, was the reflection of someone who spoke a little like my parents did  but more importantly shared a lot of the traits they bestowed upon me. I was transported back to watching Pertwee, the same glee and joy as I watched the episode.

I adored the new companions too. From Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill who play Graham, Ryan and Yasmin, I felt so much warmth and comfort. Here were folks who I would want as friends. I loved the connectiveness between them, they felt real and just like me too. I did so want Sharon D Clarke to be one of the companions and hope she returns. What is exceptional about this bunch of companions is that they are like people I know, they reflect that we live in such a wonderful diversely rich world.

This new season of Doctor Who will take us to new places and I for one am so very glad to be along for the ride.

Banned Book Club’s June BoTM: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — This is Lit

Banned Book Club is a meme I host where we read one historically challenged book a month. We support free speech and fight censorship every chance we get. Join our Goodreads group and DM me on Twitter to join our group chat. Book of the month: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Banned […]

via Banned Book Club’s June BoTM: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — This is Lit

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