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Heart of the Matter

The saga continues…
Antwan Wilson, the former Chancellor of DC Public Schools, maintains that Mayor Muriel Bowser knew that he circumvented the school lottery system for his daughter. Bowser denies it, of course.

Chancellor Wilson stepped down once it came to light that his daughter did not go through the school lottery, in order to go to a different school. Rather than review the details of this scandal, let’s get straight to the heart of it: our public school system has so few quality options that the head of said system is willing to risk his ‘good government job’ to secure the best education for his child. How about we focus on that sad but true fact?!??

 

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

pink-rose-cascade-cakeSCOTUS will hear this case today. If you haven’t heard about this case, then Google it today and pay attention to the decision when it is handed down.

A cake shop refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because it violated the religious beliefs of the owner. This violates the state’s civil rights law.

The fact that it made it to the Supreme Court is telling of our social climate. This is the epitome of a legal “slippery slope.” Stay woke!

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Civil Rights, Family, History, Politics, religion, women

 

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Chi-town’s Finest

Part of me wishes the officers would’ve taken this picture in plain clothes away from the precinct, yet identified themselves as Chicago police officers. Then we could witness the real basis for the reprimand that they still would’ve received. Perhaps it would lose some of its visual power but the truth would be plain.

#ColinKaepernick

 
 

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Nope.

A Nats fan and DC resident shared this pic on social media. It’s across from Nationals Park in DC. #Nope

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Civil Rights, Family, Politics, Race, Sports

 

A House is Not a Home

I just finished blasting the Mayor’s office as well as the Director of DC Housing and Community Development. I am not naive to believe that my comments will be addressed or even read, but I am sick to death of seeing this type of abuse.

This is the Nation’s Capitol. I believe that we pay the HIGHEST taxes, have no representation AND have extremely shitty and limited affordable housing. Over and over, we hear about property owners in our city (seldom do they even live here) exploiting residents by taking their rent and providing housing that is unfit and unsafe. They are finally hauled to court, ordered to pay fines and nothing changes. WHY?!?? Is it because the impacted residents are on the low socio-economic rung of society?

I do not understand why there is no cap to the neglect that a landlord can inflict. If you have over X number of code violations and/or X number of lawsuits, your property can be seized and sold. What are agencies waiting for? Someone to die? A child to get seriously hurt?

I am so disgusted…

The Rental Housing Accommodation Nuisance Abatement Amendment Act Of 2016 was introduced last May in the DC Council but no action has been taken on it to date beyond it being added to the Public Register.

More, if you’re interested…

North Philly Notes article

Urban Turf article

Washington City Paper article

 

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WWDKD?

wpid-20130808_220206.jpgWhat Would Dr. King Do?

A great question.

What would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. do if he were alive to see the state of the union? I think that he would cry (in private) and then take action to ignite a fire in the next generation. It was many young people as well as college students of many colors who were mowed down by fire hoses, who sat at lunch counters and who were repeatedly arrested for the crime of demanding inalienable rights for everyone. Those freedom fighters registered people to vote, led the charge for justice and shamed a nation in front of the rolling cameras and on front pages that were seen across the globe.

I think that he would ask people to care…He would ask specifically command young people to put down the selfie stick and pay attention.

Perhaps, this year on the day of service (January 16, 2017) we can each take some time to actually read some of his sermons, pull up some of his interviews on YouTube and not just the excerpts that we’ve heard. Understand the depth and complexity of this man and become inspired. We need hope and we need a dream that can become tomorrow’s reality.

 
 

Dear FLOTUS: Various ‘Love’ Letters

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A beautiful dedication to the First Lady of the United States.

Thank you New York Times.

 

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Women’s Equality Day

Supposedly, that’s today… Is it really or just a hashtag?

Yesterday, I bumped into an acquaintance that I hadn’t seen in a while; she is blessedly pregnant. She is going on 40 and never thought she would have children because that’s what she’d always been told. 

As I shared a bit about pregnancy and motherhood, I asked her how she was doing.

It’s been interesting.

She said that about three or four times, but with a smile so I wasn’t worried. What she said next changed that… her employer does not have maternity leave. 

[A quick aside: I worked for an employer with no maternity leave, however this was a small non-profit and there was short-term disability after seven days.] But we are talking about a large, stable organization. 

Not only is there no maternity:

  • There is no STD until 90 days;
  • Can’t use the sick leave bank (even as a participant) unless you have a cesarean; and
  • You can’t have leave donated to you.

Her plan: bank as much leave as possible until December, tap her savings and get back to work as soon as she can.

But they have FMLA so at least she’ll have a job to come back to…

It’s 2016 y’all! Happy #WomensEqualityDay!!!!

 

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A Simple Question

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Black Lives Matter

It is amazing to me that so many can be offended and feel the need to misconstrue such a basic statement. A statement that is so basic and human that it begs the question: why would anyone feel like they need to make the statement at all?

But then again, I belong to the group that must make such a statement…

Last week was an extremely long and emotional one. On Wednesday morning, I was late for work trying to say the right words to my beautiful daughter to melt the mask of rage on her face. The slaying of a black driver in front of his fiancée and child was too much. And what do I say to make sense of the nonsensical? Especially following the videotaped murder by police in Baton Rouge? And how can I convince her of anything when my heart is so burdened?

That evening, she attended two rallys: one in our neighborhood then another at the White House. She was feeling better but I was not.

The next morning at work, I was asked to proof a statement that would be sent to our employees; a statement in response to the killing and wounding of officers in Dallas at a Black Lives Matter rally. It needed a black girl set of eyes…Why was there no statement the day before or the day before that? Hell, where was the statement two weeks ago following the Orlando shooting at Pulse? Where was the statement when churchgoers were murdered in their place of worship in South Carolina? I gave my feedback and suggested that it not be sent as is. The content was thankfully changed to address the unrest in the country rather than to only express sorrow about the police officers.

This morning, I bit off my man’s head because he was sharing some ridiculous “points” that Guliani made on In the Nation. “If I were a Black father, I would tell my son…” Well sir, you are not so you don’t need to fibish that sentence. You have no idea what it’s like to have to have conversations with your children that are literally life and death. It is unfair, it is heartbreaking and it is necessary.

#blacklivesmatter

 

 

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