"For me, the most important lesson
[of the Freedom Movement] is that by respecting the fact that fellow activists could passionately disagree over strategy and tactics—yet remain allies—they strengthened SNCC and the Movement as a whole."
From Bruce Hartford's article in the current issue of Urban Habitat.
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Berekely Public School Desegregation 1968

The Berkeley Public Library has a digital pictures archive of stories by teachers who taught in the Berkeley Schools  in 1968. 
Three of them are on Youtube
Coming of Age in the Civil Rights Era: Experiencing Berkeley Public School Desegregation 1964-68, a grant supported by the California State Library of the Berkeley Public Library working with the Center for Digital Storytelling, to share and record first-hand experiences of the voluntary desegregation / integration of the Berkeley Public Schools.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Something to Ponder on election day!

Freedom is a Constant Struggle. The Southern Freedom Movement fought hard to eliminate obstacles to voting: literacy tests, poll taxes, threats of violence and death, grandfather result being the passage of the 1965 Civil Rights Voting Act.  Today a new obstacle: differential punishments and police harrassment.

America’s Millions of Disenfranchised, Largely Black Voters from Colorlines 
It’s Election Day, which means millions of voters are headed to the polls. But there’s a sizable number of people who aren’t permitted to cast ballots because they’ve been caught up in the criminal justice system. An estimated 5.3 million Americans have currently or permanently lost their right to vote because of felony convictions—.... At least four million of those people have completed their sentences or are on probation or parole, according to NPR.  Read More

The Shame of New York   By Bob Herbert NYT
Published: October 29, 2010
The whole notion of the rule of law, critical to a democracy, is sabotaged when the guardians of the law — in this case the officers of the New York City Police Department — are permitted to violate the law with impunity.  Read More