The American Civil Liberties Union: Resisting Trump’s headlong race towards destroying our democracy.

american_eagleYou know, I rarely post anything to my blog relating to politics. As a writer of books and a 30-year career educator, I have deliberately avoided public declarations involving political parties and governmental actions, or inactions.

No more.

With the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, and his actions soon after being inaugurated, I can no longer remain silent.

And what I am hoping is that others like me who see the Trump administration as a threat to our democratic institutions also finally enter the field of battle.

It is time. We can wait no longer.

American_FlagThe horrific executive orders now flying out of the White House, such as the Muslim Ban, need to be counteracted with all due haste. And to help make that happen, I have chosen the ACLU as my standard bearer.

The ACLU is already acting as the tip of the spear in this legal fight, and I encourage you to join/support that organization and its tremendous efforts in addition to whatever else you might do or already be doing to resist this increasing peril.

FYI. Here are just a few of the crucial stands the ACLU has made:

Lincoln1925 – THE SCOPES CASE

The ACLU hired the famous attorney Clarence Darrow to defend teacher John Scopes when Tennessee charged him with violating a state law against the teaching of evolution.

1942 – THE INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE-AMERICANS DURING WWII

The ACLU denounced the federal government’s internment of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans in prison camps.

1954 – BROWN v. BOARD OF EDUCATION

The ACLU supported the NAACP in the legal battle against school segregation.

Freedom Is Not Free1973 – REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

The ACLU support of a woman’s right to privacy in deciding whether she will continue a pregnancy or not. Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton

So! It’s time!

Please conisder joining me by being part of the solution to this incredible threat to our democracy.

Click here to access the link to the ACLU.

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Thanksgiving: Old Fake News

February 14, 2017

Many Native Americans aren’t very enthusiastic about Thanksgiving. Can’t blame them. Like Columbus Day, many of us in the United States continue to celebrate a very skewed version of American History. Native Americans have vastly different stories to tell.

It seems to me that as a nation, as states and as local communities, we should follow the path already laid out in Plymouth, Massachusetts in cooperation with the United American Indians of New England. They have erected plaques telling the sad but very real stories of Native American interaction with the original European settlers of the northeast United States. Multiple thousands of similar incidents happened over the centuries in this country and we would do well to make them known in very public and permanent ways.

Here are the plaques. I won’t editorialize on them except to say that the historic facts as stated are not in dispute.

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