Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites (from @Truthdig)

Photo by Mr. Fish / Truthdig

Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites (from @Truthdig): The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism. - 2017/03/05

This article by Chris Hedges is a clarion call to all interested in democracy, equality, and humanity.  "These are the times that try men's souls," quoted Thomas Paine. Although Thomas Paine was speaking of another era and crisis, the events of today are as troubling.  No doubt the country was in crisis then, and we the people then fought against tyranny as we must do today. Cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control is not a democracy, nor is it what we as a country and people can and will tolerate!

By James H. Williams

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Op-Ed Trump's cruel, illegal refugee executive order

Protesters demonstrate against the Trump administration's refugee and immigration orders at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 28 in New York City. (Stephanie Keith / Getty Images)
Erwin Chemerinsky
The new refugee policy announced by President Trump on Friday is unconstitutional and inhumane. It is also completely unnecessary.
Trump’s executive order suspends the entry of refugees into the United States for 120 days. The order also indefinitely stops the admission of Syrian refugees and for 90 days bars individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries:  Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Possibly due to poor drafting, the Department of Homeland Security said the order applies to green card holders reentering the United States. It has already resulted in chaos as travelers have been kept off flights to the United States or stranded at airports.

On Saturday night, a federal judge in New York issued a temporary stay, allowing green card or visa holders detained at airports to enter the country. The judge declared that the challengers have a “strong likelihood” of prevailing in showing that Trump’s order violates due process and equal protection.
To start, it’s illegal to bar individuals from entering the country based on nationality. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 explicitly says that no person can be “discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth or place of residence.” This act was adopted to eliminate the prior practice of immigration quotas from specific countries. Indeed, in signing the legislation, President Lyndon Johnson said that “the harsh injustice” of the national-origins quota system had been “abolished.”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Op-Ed Nunes vs Rousey

In all competitive sports, there is a winner and a loser. Winning, like losing, requires respect for the opponent because the opponent has prepared and sacrificed, both mentally and physically. Two star athletes of our time familiar with this process are Mr. Lebron James and Mr. Kobe Bryant.

In my opinion, Ms. Ronda Rousey showed no respect to Ms. Amanda Nunes, before or after her recent resounding loss. Rousey did not show the least bit of courtesy or sportsmanship, i.e., she did not shake the hand of Nunes after Nunes kicked her ass within 48 seconds of the first round!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

It’s Worse Than You Think (from @Truthdig)

It’s Worse Than You Think (from @Truthdig): The election of Donald Trump, whose appeal to voters is based on magical thinking, assures the rise of a police state unlike anything seen in American history. Its fangs will appear the moment Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed.
- 2016/11/11

The English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Thomas Paine wrote, "These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

"It is Worse Than You Think" by Chris Hedges, bears reading, heeding and action. Christopher Hedges is an American journalist, activist, author, and Presbyterian minister. Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of several books.

"Knowledge is power and words are its weapons."

By James H. Williams

Monday, November 7, 2016

Defying the Politics of Fear (from @Truthdig)

Defying the Politics of Fear (from @Truthdig): The major political parties offer us nothing but continued corruption and oppression. A simple act of citizen defiance can be a first step on a road to profound change.
- 2016/11/06

The more that one knows about the world one lives in, the better off they are. Knowledge is power and words are its weapons! Learning is forever. Read and heed.

By James H. Williams

Friday, November 4, 2016

DOJ Agrees: North Carolina Counties Are Purging Black Voters From the Rolls (from @Truthdig)

DOJ Agrees: North Carolina Counties Are Purging Black Voters From the Rolls (from @Truthdig): A DOJ statement of interest filed Monday in response to an emergency lawsuit finds that GOP-led roll purging violates the National Voter Registration Act.
- 2016/11/02

The more that one knows about the world one lives in, the better off they are. Knowledge is power and words are its weapons! Learning is forever. Read and heed.

By James H. Williams

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dakota Access Pipeline CEO Kelcy Warren Should Face the Music (from @Truthdig)

Dakota Access Pipeline CEO Kelcy Warren Should Face the Music (from @Truthdig): Folk/rock legend Jackson Browne and other musicians are banding together to support the land and water protectors at Standing Rock—and to implore Warren to stop construction of the pipeline.
- 2016/11/02 "The more that one knows about the world one lives in, the better off they are. Knowledge is power and words are its weapons! Learning is forever. Read and heed."

By James H. Williams

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

"Some books leave us free and some books make us free." By Ralph Waldo Emerson

What book(s) you have read or would suggest reading, that has proven invaluable in aiding you in general or in your discovery, growth, vision, family, creativity, or enhancing wisdom?

 President Barack Obama, an avid reader as well as a gifted writer, has a summer reading list published every year. The list sometimes highlights new authors, but more importantly profound thoughts about issues and circumstances both in novel and nonfiction genres. Moreover, many world leaders today and throughout history in business, politics, academia and the sciences are and were inspired by books. A well-known fact, reading is an endeavor that offers many benefits for the health of mind and body.

By James Williams

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The United States’ War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors’ Prisons (from @Truthdig)

The United States’ War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors’ Prisons (from @Truthdig): The U.S. views children not as social investments but as suspects as the country models its schools after prisons and subjects its young to a criminal legal system marked by severe class and racial inequities.
- 2016/10/21

The more that one knows about the world one lives in, the better off they are. Knowledge is power and words are its weapons! Learning is forever.

By James H. Williams

How Power Works (from @Truthdig)

How Power Works (from @Truthdig): Historian Heather Ann Thompson’s book on the 1971 Attica prison uprising details the government’s brutality, lies and propaganda, demonization of the poor, obstruction of justice and silencing of those who tried to tell the truth. She exposes the American blueprint for social control.
- 2016/10/23

The more that one knows about the world one lives in, the better off they are. Knowledge is power and words are its weapons! Learning is forever.

By James H. Williams

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

"When will justice run down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream?"

"I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back."

By Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy wrote these words over 130 years ago in one of his seminal books, “What is to Be Done?” and yet man and woman are still burdened by the weight of hypocrisy. The thirst for freedom, peace, equality and harmony for all humanity continues to go unfulfilled. How long will injustices that are in our grasp to correct go unchallenged? How long will black, brown, and other minorities have to languish in a subordinate status? When will I ask, “Justice run down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream?” Paraphrasing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his sermon, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” quoting Amos. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem. (John G. Mabanglo/European Pressphoto Agency)

If you have not read Kareem Abdul-Jabber’s op-ed article in the Washington Post, http://wapo.st/2byi7Hf?tid=ss_mail, please do.  It speaks eloquently about other events in our history similar to what San Francisco quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has decided to take a stance against……racism, inequality, bigotry, and a whole host of issues that never actually achieved a resolution satisfactory to the public as a whole. “Black Lives Matter” validity of protest would never need an audience if the burning issues facing black, brown and other minorities dealing with second class citizenship concerns were addressed many years ago. Colin Kaepernick, like others before him, felt the need to speak out about the injustices they either see daily and/or experience at first-hand. Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

By James H. Williams

Friday, August 26, 2016

Womens Equality Day!

Today we celebrate #WomensEqualityDay and the women who have inspired generations of women to become their greatest. There are so many women who have spooked truth to power and fought for women's rights. Who shoulders did you need to stand upon and has inspired you? 

By James Williams

*Image provided by www.holidaysandobservances.net

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Let America Be America Again!

President Barack Obama addresses the Medal of Valor recipients in the Blue Room prior to the Medal of Valor ceremony in the East Room of the White House, May 16, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

"Let America be America Again”

The prophetic work of Langston Hughes "Let America be America Again" is a reminder that justice and equality continue to elude not only African Americans but other economically disadvantaged and minority groups as well.  Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has effectively addressed the issues that affect this group as a whole; police brutality, mass incarceration, job loss, and low wages.

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Pulse - The Loss of Many Unfulfilled Dreams. The Orlando, Florida Massacre

I know the pain, hurt, anguish and suffering of losing a child. In my situation, I lost two sons. For those parents who lost loved ones in Orlando, Florida, to a coward disguised as a man, I offer my sincere condolences.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I am an invisible man

In 1952, the African American author Ralph Ellison’s novel “Invisible Man” was first published. In it, he addressed issues of the day concerning an African American man whose color, he wrote, renders him invisible. Additionally, the novel addressed many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans in the early twentieth century, including the relationship between black identity and issues of individuality and personal identity.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Equality vs. Equity: What's the Difference?

Equality and equity are two sides of the same coin, if you will, that are always pondered within a variety of issues that are often left unresolved.  We have Affirmative Action, Voting Rights, Women Rights, Equal Pay, Equal Marriage, and the list go on to address the lack thereof of equality and equity.  WE must always deal with these and other matters that are not advancing equality and fairness for all humanity.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” is a reminder that the struggle continues.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Women's Health Care 43 Years After Roe v. Wade

The Peace Garden State and others want to challenge the abortion ruling (Camera Press/Redux)

By James H. Williams

January 22nd of 2016 marks the 43rd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which defended a woman’s right to an abortion. By acknowledging this right, Roe v. Wade helped make abortions safer and more accessible for women across the nation. Access to quality and affordable reproductive health care, including abortions, has been demonstrated to be both lifesaving and key to women’s economic security.