Category Archives: Politics

Hating the Others

The air is thick with it here in America, a swirling mass just out of reach of reason, a nauseous wave of vague gray haze that reappears no matter how often we cleanse our collective lens: hate. This is not … Continue reading

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Rest In Peace Matthew

For gay people in America, the day that Matthew Shepherd was murdered is remembered as starkly as the day John Kennedy was killed, or more recently, where we stood on 9/11/01 when the towers fell. Twenty years ago in October … Continue reading

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Sexual Abuse

Sigh. So–sexual abuse of women is a front page headline–again. This is starting to feel like the fight for gun control, like a hopeless fight against something so deeply entrenched in our male dominant culture that it flags on the … Continue reading

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Annual Compliance Tests

I’ve worked in corporate America for most of my life. It’s been boring but relatively lucrative, providing a degree of security that made it worthwhile. Throughout my career (31 cumulative years at more than a dozen different companies) but especially … Continue reading

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A Reluctant Activist

It Was Hot Yesterday, I stood outside in 105-degree heat for more than three hours, along with tens of thousands of protesters outside the Phoenix Convention Center. There with two friends, I was surrounded by an extremely diverse cross-section of … Continue reading

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The Civil War is Over

There’s violence and debate in America today, incidentally around Confederate War memorials. Of course, these memorials were just the trigger for a much deeper and more complex racial hatred, but the removal of these memorials was the catalyst. I was … Continue reading

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Women’s March – Phoenix, Arizona

Music: All Rise, Blame Sally

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Dear Mayor Schaaf

1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza 3rd Floor Oakland, CA 94612 officeofthemayor@oaklandnet.com phone: (510) 238-3141 fax: (510) 238-4731 TTY: (510) 238-3254 Dear Mayor Schaaf, I’m leaving Oakland. After two years in Oakland, CA, I’m leaving. My time here has been horrendous … Continue reading

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Necessary Imports

Every Trump supporter I’ve seen interviewed or read interviews with seemed to have one main complaint that they believed Trump could fix (because he loudly told them he would): they want better jobs that pay more money. Some of them … Continue reading

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Free Press = Freedom

These attacks on the free press by our current president are disgusting, deviant, and devious. This is an industry that is devoted solely to finding and reporting the TRUTH. For any real journalist (and I am aware that there are, … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Political

I was looking at a photo on Facebook this morning. It was an image of Obama standing in the White House next to a small African American schoolgirl. He was writing something to give to her as she stared up … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Harvey!

May 22, 2013 I was driving to my morning class at Georgia State University on Nov. 27, 1978, when I heard on the radio that Harvey Milk, an openly gay politician, had been murdered in his office in the city … Continue reading

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