Monthly Archives: November 2008

Prop 8 Protest: Same Sex Marriage Rights Denied

In November, 52 % of California voters passed Proposition 8, which denies same-sex couples the right to marry. The initiative overturned a May ruling by the State Supreme Court that struck down a 2000 ban on same-sex unions. As with … Continue reading

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Cherrie Moraga: Still Loving in the War Years

I am the welder. I understand the capacity of heat to change the shape of things. I am suited to work within the realm of sparks out of control. I am the welder. I am taking the power into my … Continue reading

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Anti-Chief Protest Express Concerns

I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. This quote truly sums up the nature of most public conversations about ‘the chief.’ … Continue reading

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WAMPANOAGS FOUR CENTURIES OF STRUGGLE FOR TRIBAL RECOGNITION

The Wampanoag were the Native American tribe encountered by the early colonists when they arrived to the shores of Wampanoag lands. The tribal nation, however, was not to receive federal recognition until last year. The struggle for tribal recognition faced … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: A Native American View

I celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving. This may surprise those people who wonder what Native Americans think of this official U.S. celebration of the survival of early arrivals in a European invasion that culminated in the death of 10 to … Continue reading

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Sgt. Burge Arrested

The October 2008 edition of the Public i detailed the systematic torture perpetrated by Chicago Police officer Jon Burge and other officers under his command from 1972 to 1993. On October 21, 2008, Sergeant Burge was arrested at his home … Continue reading

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Sports, Politics, and Disenfranchised Fans

Sports — that’s another crucial example of the indoctrination system, in my view. For one thing because it — you know, it offers people something to pay attention to that’s of no importance. [Sports] keeps them from worrying about things … Continue reading

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The Great Mother Wails

The Earth extends her arms to us; Revealing through her nature the changing condition of our existence. She bends and twists, Deflecting the swords of Our foolishness, Our arrogance, Our gluttony, Our deceit. Unbridled by red alerts or amber warnings, … Continue reading

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Market Fundamentalism and Liberty

Naomi Klein spoke at the University of Illinois in late October about a liberation movement that began in South America on September 11, 1973. It was a liberation movement for the international corporation. The current American economic crisis is a … Continue reading

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The Contradictions in Signs of Wonder

Like millions of others around the world, I shed tears at 10:00 CST on November 4 when Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th president of the United States. I cried because my daughters, first time voters, were able to see … Continue reading

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