• Michael’s Journal

    The New Jim Crow

    by  • July 31, 2012 • Michael's Journal

    Can a book change our world?  I always have hope.  Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring comes to mind.  How we see the world is critical to our hope to change it.  I think The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander might be such a book.  I certainly hope so.  It lays out how mass incarceration of [...]

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    by  • June 27, 2012 • Michael's Journal

    Went to the Chica graduation this Sunday, a leadership development program for high-school age Latinas founded and led by Nurys Camargo.  It is wonderful to see this work going on.  It is so important that young Latinas have role models who are people who look like them and can understand who they are and where [...]

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    We Can Do Better

    by  • May 31, 2012 • Michael's Journal

    I received a call from a college student today who attends a Catholic school in New Hampshire.  He lives in Belchertown, MA and he was calling me because I had called his mother last election day on behalf of Martha Coakley who was running for US Senate. (She lost to Scott Brown.) I recalled that [...]

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    “The Economy” Does Not Exist — Sorry

    by  • May 23, 2012 • Michael's Journal

    There Is No “Economy” During Bill Clinton’s campaign for the Presidency, the mantra was: “It’s the economy, stupid.”   The point was that after twelve years of Reagan-Bush, most peoples’ livelihoods were hurting. Some people were doing just fine (economically), thank you, but not a majority.  And majority rules in elections The mantra was meant to [...]

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    Teachers Union and Public Support

    by  • May 17, 2012 • Michael's Journal

    I am glad the Mass Teachers Assn has hired the Union of Minority Neighborhoods and Jobs with Justice to organize in the community in support of public education.  With all the attacks on public education, this is a welcome move.  It has taken years for the teachers’ union, and other public employee unions to recognize [...]

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