Project Vote Smart, CNN and prominent national leaders of both parties completed the 2010 National Political Courage Test to measure each congressional candidate’s bravado, tenacity and eagerness to avoid public scrutiny.
As a result of Democracy being eviscerated, the country known since 1776 as the United States of America is now steeped in the throes of a political, social and moral nervous breakdown. As a country, we’ve barely broken the barriers of adolescence. China (a country to whom we appear to be abdicating ourselves through outsourcing and the U.S. Chamber of Congress), Nigeria and Chile can trace their national lineage back multiple dynasties, kingdoms and centuries.
Sometimes Oakland just cannot deliver on its best intentions. A prime example of this flaw is visible for all to see right now in West Oakland. Few people would argue that West Oakland doesn’t desparately need a groocery store. Right now, there is no grocery store in Oakland west of Broadway. The closest grocery stores for West Oakland residents are near Lake Merritt or Emeryville.
San Francisco artists Kate Connell and Oscar Melara are seeking to put their neighborhood, The Portola, on the map, literally. Their newest work called, Crossing the Street, is a series of interactive books and maps about the working class enclave on The City’s underserved southeastern corner. Crossing the Street is now on display until February 25, 2011 at The Portola Branch Library at 350 Bacon Street. At the exhibit opening, on Saturday, October 2, attendees were given eight colorful and informative maps of The Portola, in poster form.
The story of gay and lesbian students committing suicide has played out far too many times despite college administrators, gay rights activists, therapists and some policy makers pleading to stop the emotional, political and physical assaults on gays and lesbians. Now Rutgers University freshman Tyler Cleminti has taken his life, after jumping off New York’s George Washington Bridge. His roommate Dharun Ravi and fellow classmate Molly Wei used a webcam to surreptitiously transmit Clementi having sex with another man. My heart and spirit are outraged.
Now that Jerry Brown is running for governor, his campaign is pointing to Oakland as Exhibit A in the case for Brown as a can-do pragmatic politician, a counterpoint to the unfair caricature of Brown as a monkish pol in thrall to pervy French gurus and faddish Big Ideas.
On the heels of rabid Islamophobia, what non-violent and legal recourse can we take to prevent Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center from burning the Quran on 9/11? This man, and his church, are putting the country and the war at even greater risk, by planning to violate Islam with this planned incendiary action. This is inciting terrorism pure and simple.