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2013 Martin Luther King Jr Reading & Reference List


(Blogger’s Note—This is the 6th updated version of this list.)

While it is always instructive to watch a rebroadcast or listen to a recording of the I Have A Dream speech, there is a next level for someone who wants to better understand Martin Luther King and his message.

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr asked serious questions about America as a war criminal nation in Vietnam. He asked if America merited divine judgement as a wicked nation of racism and social inequality.  These questions are as relevant as ever as America is engaged in endless war and as income inequality grows.

It is within your power to bring about a better world. You have the ability to understand complex things. Learn about what a true prophet of justice Martin Luther King Jr was in our society. After you learn more about Dr. King, take action yourself  to address the great pressing social problems of American life, and to address adverse conditions in our world as a whole. (more…)

By |2013-01-25T06:30:17-04:00January 25th, 2013|Books, Poverty, Race, Religion|3 Comments

Facts About Juneteenth

(I thought that I would re-post this. Enjoy.)

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is the celebration to mark the end of slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger, landing at Galveston, Texas, made the announcement that the Civil War was over and that slaves were free.

(Above–Ashton Villa. It was from the balcony of this house that the Emancipation Proclamation was read in the event now known as Juneteenth. Photo by Nick Saum

Juneteenth for 2011 will be observed on Sunday, June 19.

It is important that we are all aware of Juneteenth. The freedom of all people is connected. If any group of Americans does not have all their rights, than we are all denied our rights. (more…)

By |2012-06-19T17:56:46-04:00June 19th, 2012|General, Race|Comments Off on Facts About Juneteenth

New Cheney Heart Needs To Last Long Enough For War Crimes Trial

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has received a heart transplant.

(Above–Former Vice President Cheney)


I hope that Mr. Cheney’s new heart lasts long enough for him to be prosecuted for war crimes.

Human Rights Watch says that both former President Bush and Mr. Cheney should be investigated for war crimes because they ordered people to be tortured.

I suppose it is not likely that this will ever take place.

But with Mr. Cheney having a new lease on life, we can keep on hoping that justice will be done.

(The U.S. Senate website is a great resource to learn about each of the Vice Presidents.)  

Update: Editor’s Note – VP Cheney isn’t my favorite person. But I don’t wish him ill. I hope that he does well with his new heart. I find it interesting that he was transplanted now instead of 8 or 10 years ago. It was clear then that his heart was a significant problem back then. Yet, for some reason, he wasn’t transplanted. Now, he is 71. He is a different man than he was 10 years ago. He is thinner, but, not in a good way. He looks chronically ill. The official recommendations is NOT to transplant someone over the age of 70. We all know that the rich and famous are able to bend and break rules that the rest of us can’t. So, he gets a heart. I hope that he does well.

By |2012-03-24T23:56:18-04:00March 24th, 2012|Healthcare, Torture|8 Comments
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