Category Archives: Race & ethnicity

Congressional Black Caucus to Donald Trump

From executive summary of “WE HAVE A LOT TO WE HAVE A LOT TO LOSE: SOLUTIONS TO ADVANCE BLACK FAMILIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY,” the March 2017 Congressional Black Caucus‘s reply to the question “What do you have to lose”:

…The CBC calls on the Trump Administration to strengthen voter protections and reform the criminal justice system from end-to-end. We call on this Administration to address the expanding wealth and income gaps between the rich and the poor in this country and strengthen the ladders that lift millions of Americans out of poverty. We call on the Trump Administration to commit to basic principles of humanity and decency, mainly that every child should have access to a high-quality education and every life deserves affordable, quality health care. The CBC calls on this Administration to improve the circumstances of the American worker and prepare our nation’s workforce for the challenges of the future. We call on the Trump Administration to guarantee that every American has equal access to clean air, water, and soil. Finally, we call on the Trump Administration to address the unique challenges in Rural America and help revitalize these oft forgotten communities.

If President Trump is sincere in his interest in advancing the Black community, this document should be the guiding post of his Administration….

download the full report at Congressional Black Caucus

Let America Be America Again

video of excerpts from the poem MoveOn, directed by filmmaker Frank Chi and recited by actress Alfre Woodard.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) graduated from Lincoln University in Chester County in 1929 and became a leading poet of the Harlem Renaissance.

See full text at PoemHunter.

And in this time of hostile government dismantling the country’s legacy, not to forget the poem’s final lines (not in the video):

We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain–
All, all the stretch of these great green states–
And make America again!

Sign on to stand with Rep. John Lewis

Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1/19/17

[Local note: Chester County native Bayard Rustin, John Lewis’s fellow MLK colleague, worked for the Congress of Racial Equality, founded by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, for several years, including in 1947 when he co-organized and co-led the first Freedom Ride, known as Journey of Reconciliation, to protest segregation on interstate buses that continued even after the US Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in 1946. Another case of action not words….]

In the last few days, our friend and Fellowship of Reconciliation lifetime member Rep. John Lewis has come under attack for humbly yet powerfully speaking truth to power. In his choice not to attend the inauguration, he is using his body as he has done so many times to refuse compliance with injustice. The Fellowship of Reconciliation stands with him and will not have staff or an organized presence at the inauguration.

We urge FOR members and friends to support resistance marches and actions on Saturday, January 21, and join gatherings of prayer, ritual and #moralresistance on inauguration day….

Keep reading at Fellowship of Reconciliationand sign “An open letter to the Honorable Representative John Lewis, Chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Freedom Rider and Freedom Fighter, Conscience of the United States Congress.”

Reporting while Muslim: how I covered the US presidential election

by Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian, 12/28/16

There were many chilling conversations with those who – not knowing my faith background – told me they wished for violence and concentration camps

“We should exterminate them.”

The words rolled off the voter’s tongue as though he was merely discussing a pest invasion in his home. He was talking about Muslims.

I froze as I became suddenly aware of my own Muslim identity, my long hair just barely covering my necklace that bears the name of Allah in Arabic scripture.

The conversation had begun just as any interaction with a voter does. The man had come to see Rand Paul speak at a luncheon in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and I approached him to gauge his thoughts on the Kentucky senator’s candidacy.

It was when the topic turned to national security, which he listed as his top priority, that he expressed his desire to purge Muslims from the United States.

When you say exterminate, do you mean we should kill Muslims living in America? I followed up, masking my incredulity as I’ve been trained to do as a journalist.

Yes, he confirmed. If they don’t leave, we start killing them.

I had never feared for my personal safety while on the road covering previous US elections…

keep reading at The Guardian