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Black Lives Matter 

5/13/21  The House passed HR 1280 he George Floyd Justice  in Policing Act of 2021.  We must press the US Senate to do the same.   And we must pass HR.1- the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act.  Jim Crow, 2.0 is happening in plain sight.  A democracy expands the franchise and an autocracy inspired by white supremacists retract the franchise.  We must life up our voices and protect our precious rights to vote.  It is the only way our government will make progress for all people.


The systematic disenfranchisement of people of color is happening all across this country and the supreme court has laid out a red carpet for the assault on our community.  We must continue to press for voting rights, police and gun reform.  What is the value of black and brown and poor peoples lives?  The white power structure is doing all it can to retain and consolidate their power.  We are in the battle of our lives.


I was moving into my new home and an older white woman who used to live in the community many years prior happened to be in the area hoping to take a look at her former residence or a similar apartment.  She spotted our movers and  moving truck on our street, approached the man in charge of the move (a white man) and asked him if she could see the apartment because it was adjacent to the one she used to live in many years ago.  He said, yes she could without consulting me,   BLACK LIVES MATTER.  Rather, he told me that he told the woman she could come to the house to look at it.  I immediately informed him that he had no business telling a stranger that she could come into my home.  His sense of entitlement to that decision really angered me.  Then I pivoted to the door and caught the unmasked woman who was about to open my screen door and enter my home.  I said, whoaaa, excuse me, can you please back up away from the door.  She said, oh, are you helping to clean the house, the owner said I could come in and look at the apartment.  I lived next door and I wanted to see what the place was like now.  I said, excuse me Miss, but that was the man I hired to move me and my wife into this home.  I am not the cleaning lady and you can not come into my home.   Perhaps someone else can accommodate you, this isn't the time for it today.  She then said, well I can see that they did some different things with the fireplace (she could see from the screen door) and that's all I wanted to see.  And then she turned around and went down the stairs.  BLACK LIVES MATTER.


It has been a while. I put my head to the grindstone in and around of all things medical to finally publish: Inherited Wisdom: Drawing on the Lessons of Formerly Enslaved Ancestors to Lift Up Black Youth..  You can order it on the books page. This book, completed with my partner Dr. Deborah Brooks Lawrence and mentored by Dr. Steve Burghardt has been a long overdue. The book is a homage to the sanctity of black lives, especially youth.


Black folks, black culture, black history, black studies continue to be under assault in the new trumpian amerikkka.  We must remain diligent and vigilant and stand up against racial oppression. We must also be allies with other targeted groups, especially LGBTQ people.

Stop the Hate

The people have spoken, 78,800,000 + votes for Biden-Harris and 73, 100,00 + votes for DJT.  This election puts the rest the notion that the USA is in a post-racial period.  Hate has been weaponized in America.  I long believed that there were more of "us" than "them" but my God, there are lots of "them"!  We must keep the coalition in tact to fight the evil of white supremacy and hate and we must do it at all levels of government. 

5/13/21  The Proud Boys are designated a terrorist organization by Canada and not by the USA.  Speak up!  We must stop white supremacist domestic terrorist organizations.  Support the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center and their efforts to track and defeat racist terrorism.  www. 


We need more aggressive prosecution of domestic terrorist groups.  Why isn't it happening?  


Are you watching the governors races in NJ and VA?  Hate is on the ballot, yet again.  The republican is slick and using all of the racist tropes of the former occupant of the People's House in DC. Do not forget to vote! Every vote really matters.


White supremacy kills. I continue to follow the trends and speak out when I need to on this issue.  I am anxious about where we are heading until I realize that there are way more of us justice and equality loving people than those hate mongers.  We will not go back. 


The struggle continues.  We have lost ground in civil rights.  Keep pressing forward.  Keep standing up.  Keep the faith.  We are on the right side of the struggle. 

LGBTQI+ Rights are Human Rights

We must protect the lives of our LGBTIQ+ family. Lambda Legal is on the front lines of  protecting our rights in employment, healthcare, housing and education. They are working to preserve our families, our marriages and our dignity.   Check out ways to get involved:


More and more Trans men and women are being killed. Their lives matter.  We must continue to press for protections against hate based on ones sexual orientation and gender expression.  


Do you know who Pauli Murray is?  Google her!  Born 1910. She was LGBTQ and brilliant and powerful and ahead of her time.  She spoke truth to power as she ascended through careers in business, education, law and the ministry.  We owe debts to her for our civil rights at people of color, women and LGBTQ Americans.


I am staying away from lots of states that are passing draconian laws around LGBTQ + issues. We and our allies must continue to be vocal and advocate for the hate to end. 


Black and Brown Trans lives Matters.  Drag shows don't harm children or kill children, guns do,  I reject the assault on trans men and women. We must stand up for their lives and challenges legislation that promote fear and stereotypes of trans and queer people. 

Hold the Biden-Harris Administration Accountable

What a mess #45 left behind and I believe the Biden-Harris Administration are the right leaders for the time.  But we have to stay engaged and we must continue to press them on the issues we care about:  COVID cures, Economic relief, Strengthening our Health Care, Protecting Pre-existing conditions, Bringing down RX costs, Student loan forgiveness, ending Mass Incarceration, turning the tide against systemic racism in all areas of our lives, protecting women's reproductive freedom, securing LGBTQI+ love, restoring our relationships with allies around the world and reversing all the damaging environmental regs that create the existential threat to us all with climate change.


So far, the administration is doing a good job.  Of course they are under attack and the republicans have committed to their usual tactic of obstructionism, even opposing policies that benefit their constituents.  Some have the unmitigated gall to actually sing the praises of bills in their districts that they in fact voted against in congress around the stimulus, COVID relief and other economic policies.  We have to keep calling out their lies.

What are you doing to fight the big lie advanced by the Republicans?  What are you doing  to hold the new administration accountable? 


Why is the Biden Administration defending Donald Trump in the case of sexual misconduct?  Why is Joe Biden assigning VP Harris to every major policy initiative - the immigration crisis, police reform and voting rights -- what is she SUPERWOMAN?  Why set her up to fail?



Biden can't catch a break.  The Republicans are continuing their campaign to obstruct and obfuscate the popular policies that would benefit their constituents and the truth.  Did you know that not even the business of usual of appointing ambassadors around the world has been thwarted by McConnell.  And do you wonder if  Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema are actually  DEMOCRATS?  It seems to me that they are holding the Democratic legislative agenda hostage.  Are we witnessing democracy in action or are we witnessing the devolution of democracy in our country?


Where is the pro democracy messaging?  Where is calling out the lies? Where are the policies to secure voting, ciivil and women's rights?  Where is the change in filibuster?  Where is the elimination of the electoral college? Where is the expansion of the Supreme Court?  BE BOLD JOE, in addition to your kindness and compassion and pro NATO work.


I stand with Joe.  The right wing have no real rebuttal to this administration's policies because they themselves and their constituents and their districts benefit from them. So their big issue with Joe is his age.  Isn't that rich.  Keep on keeping on especially VP Kamala Harris who has to withstand an extraordinary amount of racism and misogyny.  I am a proud Democrat and supporter of this administration.

Social Worker Equity Campaign

Social Workers deserve livable wages, work that brings dignity and work places that foster professional growth rather than burn-out.   There's a campaign to speak truth to power so that we make change.  We need the support of social workers and allies.  Please consider viewing the petition, signing it and sharing it.  The time has come!!

You can also join the campaign too!  We meet monthly. 

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