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By Larry James on January 31, 2010

After over four years we've finally leased the first apartments to formerly homeless persons at CityWalk @Akard!

It's been a long, eventful, instructive journey to say the least. The building is not quite finished. We expect all of the housing to be completed by late February. Some parts of the retail and the 15th floor, market-rate condos will wrap up a bit later.

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By Janet Morrison on January 31, 2010

The South Dallas Cultural Center is a fairly small theater that, depending on the event, seats probably around 100-200 people(Don't quote me on that... spacial estimations were never my strong point!). Every seat allows great access to a good view and close proximity to the stage. I saw that their Soul Children's Theater would be performing Tales of the Mouse this weekend - a great opportunity to take children with me.

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By Larry James on January 30, 2010

I've never been much for "New Year's Resolutions." Something about my history of achieving failure so early in the year I guess just discourages me from making grand promises to myself about what I'll accomplish personally.

Do you know the feeling?

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By Angelo Lopez on January 30, 2010

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By Larry James on January 30, 2010

Though he tries in this performance, Jerry Caplinger is not Willie Nelson, but the lyrics still ring strong and true. Our communities are stronger thanks to the complexity, diversity and energy of our immigrant neighbors.

Here in East Dallas we're surrounded by immigrants from south of our border. I'm grateful that my Mexican and other Latin American neighbors found their way to Dallas.

The vision of the "promise land" still shapes our national soul. During the coming battle over comprehensive immigration reform, we'd do well to remember the song's faith in the people of this nation.

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By Jamie Sanderson on January 30, 2010

I want to be really honest with my fellow liberals and progressives. A true liberal is not going to win in South Carolina. There has to be a foundation built in order to get that done. Let's read on as I share with you Chad McGowan's stances on issues that matter to us and why he needs to be our next U.S. senator.

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By Bob Hooper on January 29, 2010


Yet even as the oil giants show their green stripes, they have quietly pursued a strategy that works against the environmental tide: buying up rights to explore Arctic and sub-Arctic lands soon to be exposed as global warming melts the polar ice. -- Joshua Kurlantzick, What lies beneath, American Prospect. Nov. 2006
A study published this month by Peter Doran and Maggie Zimmerman at the Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, found that 97.4 percent of those climatologists actively researching and publishing agree that not only is the climate heating up, but human activity is behind it. Doran and Zimmerman's findings confirm earlier studies by Naomi Oreskes, Ph.D. at Univ. of Calif., San Diego. (Science Magazine, Dec. 2004)

Of the general public 57 percent believe man-related global warming is real. Thirty-eight percent don't. A few are uncertain. So why do many ordinary citizens remain skeptical?

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By Diane Wahto on January 29, 2010

Last summer and through the fall, Peace Center members and other activists rallied, demonstrated, and distributed information on the “Medicare for All” plan that we hoped Congress would adopt as its health care reform. This plan seemed like the most sensible and those knowledgeable about our health care system, people such as Dr. Thomas Kluzak of Physicians for National Health Program, seemed to think that this is the only kind of reform that made sense.

As debate at noisy Town Hall meetings and on the floor of the House and the Senate progressed, or deteriorated, if you will, it soon became apparent that the enemies of government-funded and government run health care were going to see to it that real reform never got out of the gate. When Pres. Obama started substituting “health insurance reform” for “health care reform,” the writing was on the wall.

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By Tatiana McKinney on January 29, 2010

According to TPMMuckTracker, "A Kansas jury just found Scott Roeder guilty of first degree murder in the killing of abortion doctor George Tiller at his church last May. The jury reportedly deliberated for less than hour. Roeder, an extremist anti-abortion activist, admitted on the stand that he killed Tiller. Roeder was also found guilty on two counts of aggravated assault for pointing his gun at church ushers."


WOW!

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By Tula Connell on January 29, 2010

Want to crosspost here some stunning data in a post by Dr. Jody Heymann, professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Arts at McGill University. Dr. Heymann has authored and edited more than 150 publications, including Raising the Global Floor and Forgotten Families. Also, check out the interactive world legal rights database created by Dr. Heymann and her team.

When it comes to ensuring working families have the bread-and-butter basics, the United States is an outlier, there’s no doubt. For example:

  • 177 nations guarantee paid leave for new mothers; the U.S. does not.
  • 74 nations guarantee paid leave for new fathers; the U.S. does not.
  • 132 nations guarantee breastfeeding breaks at work; the U.S. does not.
  • 163 nations guarantee paid sick leave; the U.S. does not.
  • 48 nations guarantee paid time off to care for children’s health; the U.S. does not.
  • 41 nations provide leave that can be used for child education needs; the U.S. does not.
  • 33 nations provide paid leave to care for adult family members; the U.S. does not.

The cost to Americans is profound...

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By Tatiana McKinney on January 29, 2010

According to the Telegraph, "Mrs Clinton said she would not serve a full eight years if President Barack Obama is re-elected in 2012. There has been speculation in America that Mrs Clinton could resign to run for the governor's post in New York but she said she wanted to retire to writing and teaching."

Asked if she would serve eight years, she replied: "No, I really can't."

"The whole eight - that would be very challenging," she said in the interview broadcast on television.

"It's a 24-7 job and I think at some point, I will be very happy to pass it on to someone else."

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By Angelo Lopez on January 29, 2010

I'm not sure how I got on their email list, but over the past couple of months I've been receiving emails from MoveOn, a progressive Democratic web organization that was started by Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, in 1998. I'm grateful for the emails, for it has given a concise argument of progressive views of various aspects of the health care reform bill as it has gone through the House and the Senate. What I most appreciated were the links to periodicals like the New York Times and the Washington Post that gave longer explanations as to why Move On held on certain positions on health care reform. Often these emails would come with invitations to rallies or vigils to show support for a more progressive health care reform. After the recent victory by Scott Brown in the Massachussetts Senate elections, Move On invited several people in the local southern Bay Area for an emergency health care reform rally in front of Congressman Mike Honda's office in Campbell, California. I decided to take 2 hours off of work to attend, and was glad I did. In spite of the rain, quite a crowd of people showed up to show their support. The people inspired me with their passion for true reform and their persistence in fighting for what they believe.

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By Tatiana McKinney on January 29, 2010

According to WKOWTV.com (Madison, WI), "Wisconsin schools that teach sex ed, would have to teach students how to use birth control, under a new bill passed by the state legislature. It passed along party lines, supported by all Democrats and voted against by Republicans."

YAY!

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By Gerald Britt on January 29, 2010

I'm a huge fan of Princeton University's Cornel West . I've read several of his books, but most inspirational has been the opportunities I've had to meet him on a couple of occasions. The first time was at a seminar sponsored by the Industrial Areas Foundation, where I and a group of leaders from across the southwest engaged in community organizing had a chance to not only listen to him lecture, but engage with him personally.

The second time was when I had the privilege of being a member of the inaugural class of Harvard University's Summer Leadership Institute. He was one of the presenters, at that time a member of Harvard's 'Dream Team', a group of African-American professors whose academic excellence and prodigious intellects were held in high regard.

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By Tatiana McKinney on January 29, 2010

According to the Guardian.co.uk, "The Irish government came under increasing pressure to overhaul its ban on abortion today, after it was accused of exposing women to "grossly misleading" information about the procedure."

According to Human Rights Watch, Irish legislation – under which women who have an abortion in Ireland face a life sentence in prison if prosecuted – is putting women's health at riskand exposing them to deliberate misinformation from rogue pro-life agencies.

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By Gerald Britt on January 29, 2010


"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions."

Carter G. Woodson, 1875 - 1950
Historian, Author, Activist

By Tatiana McKinney on January 29, 2010

“Everybody counts in applying democracy. And there will never be a true democracy until every responsible and law-abiding adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own inalienable and unpurchasable voice in government,” by Carrie Chapman Catt.

According to Channel 4 News Kabul, "Women were promised greater protection after the invasion of Afghanistan, but Nima Elbagir finds an increasing number have forced to self-inflict injuries to escape abuse."

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By Tatiana McKinney on January 28, 2010

Everyone has been working hard to make sure the "Anti-Choice" Ad doesn't run during the Superbowl Game. But, due to an overwhelming response by the Pro-LIfe Activist, it is scheduled to air to a "offended-audience." Recently, some interesting news surfaced about the "charming pro-life" story told by Pam Tebow.

According to Salon.com, "The Center for Reproductive Rights has taken an entirely different tack in fighting Focus on the Family's scheduled Super Bowl spot: Countering the personal anti-abortion tale Tim Tebow and his mother are expected to deliver with cold, hard facts. "

Pam Tebow's story: While pregnant working as a missionary in the Philippines, she fell ill with amoebic dysentery and was treated with robust antibiotics, which she says doctors told her had caused fetal damage, but she refused their advice that she have an abortion for her own safety. Luckily, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy -- and to a perfect anti-abortion tale.
Maybe Not!

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By Tatiana McKinney on January 28, 2010

According to Salon.com, "So when the news hit this morning that American Apparel were running a search for "the world's best bottom" we swear to God we tried not to take the bait. But with copy like:

"Confident about the junk in your trunk? Show us your assets! Post a photo of your booty's best side for judgment!"
People have rushed the sites posting pictures of their "amazing assets" with some of the funniest captions imaginable and pictures as well....

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By Larry James on January 28, 2010

For some reason I remember my 10th birthday. We'd had snow that winter (1959-1960). Santa brought me a great, new bike. It was red and white and chrome and very cool. I rode that bike into the ground and until I was too old and too embarrassed to ride it any longer, even with the addition of the "longhorn" handle bars!

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Earlier posts in this month:

In Memoriam: Percy E. Sutton (1920-2009), January 28, 2010
Looking out from under a filthy, green hoodie, January 28, 2010
The Poor and The Poor in Spirit, January 28, 2010
IPAD: Tech Savvy Computer Product?, January 28, 2010
President Obama, It's Time to Get in the Game!, January 27, 2010
How Safe Can We Expect to Be?, January 27, 2010
Worry and Children, January 27, 2010
Elizabeth Warren: If We Don't Act, the Middle Class Will Collapse!, January 27, 2010
Barack Obama, Please (before it's too late) Hear Martin King, January 26, 2010
Terrorism vs Terrorism, January 26, 2010
Young Girl Punished For Being Raped and Pregnant, January 26, 2010
Teen Tries to Sell Herself to Pay For School, January 26, 2010
2028 The Movie: Hoax for Teen Pregnancy PSA, January 26, 2010
Hopelessness vs. Laziness, January 26, 2010
Thanks Don!, January 26, 2010
The Dictionary: Too Hott For Fourth Graders, January 26, 2010
'Polarized Approval Ratings' vs. 'Increasing Urbanization', January 26, 2010
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin: A Novel, January 25, 2010
Public Libraries Vital in Hard Economic Times, January 25, 2010
If You're Really That Mad DO Something!, January 25, 2010
An old entry in my journal: tough resignation and acceptance, January 25, 2010
Open Laboratory: The Best Writing on Science Blogs 2009 Edition, January 25, 2010
'Mancession' Hits Working Women: Underpayed, Underappreciated, Overworked, January 25, 2010
This Culture of Violence: We Can Overcome!, January 24, 2010
Undermining democracy, January 23, 2010
Oh Boy!, January 23, 2010
Health Care Reform After Brown's Victory, January 23, 2010
SC: Andre Bauer compares needy children to 'stray animals', January 23, 2010
Israel and Palestine: Why I Oppose Proposals of Peace, January 23, 2010
The Perils of Dogma, January 23, 2010
Health Care Reform: A Study of One, January 22, 2010
Roe vs. Wade Anniversary: Did Planned Parenthood Exploit Haiti?, January 22, 2010
The Working Class Has Spoken. Will Democrats Listen?, January 22, 2010
All Is Not Lost, January 21, 2010
I'll keep this short, January 21, 2010
He's No Joke, January 21, 2010
A Cartoon on the Gay Marriage Trial in San Francisco, January 21, 2010
Sign of the Apocalypse: Jennifer Aniston is 'Fat', January 21, 2010
Haiti Update, January 21, 2010
There Was A Time When We Pursued Peace, January 21, 2010
Girls Grab Your Men, the 'Cougars' Are in Town!, January 21, 2010
Supreme Court Ushers in Fascism, January 21, 2010
Women's Movement Mourns Death of 3 Haitian Leaders, January 21, 2010
The Lost Tapes: George Tiller On Being a Woman-Educated Physician, January 21, 2010
Jane Dyer: A New Kind of Leadership, January 20, 2010
King's Dream Is Still Unrealized, January 20, 2010
The Moral Obligation to Speak, January 20, 2010
A Knock on the Door, January 20, 2010
Enough, January 20, 2010
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, January 20, 2010
Voting Isn't Enough, Let's Exercise Our Power of Citizenship, January 20, 2010
Independent Woman = Bitter and Doesn't Need a Man, January 20, 2010
I Blame the Independents, January 20, 2010
Hardly a Landslide or an Overwhelming Mandate, January 20, 2010
Health Care Reform vs. Senator Scott Brown vs. Abortion: Will it work?, January 20, 2010
Pregnant Osun Women's Protest: Better Services or None at All!, January 20, 2010
Pink Glove Dance for Breast Cancer Awareness!, January 20, 2010
Thanks to Emmitt Smith Family, January 19, 2010
Racism vs. the Realities of Race: What's the Big Deal?, January 19, 2010
Iran's Mourning Mothers Have Authorities Terrified, January 19, 2010
Bending Toward Justice: Our Work, Our Service, January 18, 2010
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 18, 2010
Scott Brown rally reminds us of the hatred in this country, January 18, 2010
Time to Realize the Era of Human Rights, January 18, 2010
Don't quit being disappointed, January 17, 2010
Watching 'All In The Family' For The First Time, January 16, 2010
Misdirection and Regulatory Capture, January 15, 2010
Can Racial Bias Impact American Helpfulness in Haiti?, January 15, 2010
Haiti Touches Hearts: Many Question Women and Journalism, January 15, 2010
Civil Rights Pioneer: Post-Racial World Doesn’t Exist, January 15, 2010
Women Required to Name Baby, Paint Nursery Before Getting Abortion?, January 15, 2010
Rereading 'On Civil Disobedience', January 15, 2010
Women's Rights and Gay Rights: Quest for Equality, January 15, 2010
Women's Center in Mahoning Valley Closes after 34 Years, January 15, 2010
Inclusive Leadership, January 14, 2010
SC: Chad McGowan Answers Facebook Questions, January 14, 2010
Pat Robinson vs. Haiti: 'The Pact With the Devil', January 14, 2010
'Women and Children First' in Haiti Relief Effort, January 14, 2010
McGowan: We need to set aside partisanship, focus on the good of the country, January 13, 2010
SC Conservative Action Council wants kids left in cars alone for more than five minutes?, January 12, 2010
Trapped in the past, January 11, 2010
Hillary Clinton: Hero for Women's Rights, January 11, 2010
Amazing Graduate, January 10, 2010
McGowan: Let's do something about wasteful earmarks. Now., January 10, 2010
Revoking Insurance Industry’s Exemption from Antitrust Laws, January 10, 2010
SC: Learning about Chad McGowan, January 9, 2010
New York Times' One-sided Report on Deaths of I.C.E. Detainees, January 9, 2010
Ambitious Leader, January 8, 2010
Local Newspaper Died - Inspired Birth of Online Venture, January 8, 2010
Carrying Two Condoms Can Get You Arrested in Washington DC, January 8, 2010
Communication, January 8, 2010
Planned Parenthood vs. Abby Johson and Coaltion for Life: Who is telling the truth?, January 8, 2010
Demonstrative Courage Award of 2009, January 7, 2010
Everyday People: A Vision, a Gritty Vision, January 7, 2010
Anniversary of a New Year's Showdown in Dallas, January 7, 2010
Ethopian Immigrants Forced to Take Controversial Birth Control, January 7, 2010
Arrests of Women's Rights Activists, Journalists and Relatives, January 7, 2010
US Job Situation: No Magic Bullet to Solve It, January 6, 2010
Opinion on President Obama: Fair-grounded or Too Judgmental?, January 6, 2010
Current Recession: Malfunctioning Public or Incompetent Leaders?, January 6, 2010
Young Wonder Award of 2009, January 6, 2010
John Quincy Adams Goes To Congress, January 6, 2010
Thanks for Your Service, But Don't Let the Door Hit You, January 6, 2010
Women's Groups Urge Moily to Amend Sexual Violence Laws, January 6, 2010
Protecting the Powerless Award of 2009, January 5, 2010
SC: Excitement for 2010 is Minimal at Best, Let's Change It, January 5, 2010
Prostitutes With A Choice: Jail or Rehab, January 5, 2010
Sharing The Wealth, January 4, 2010
Community Crusader Award of 2009, January 3, 2010
I'm Trying to Be Like You, January 2, 2010
Championing Children Award for 2009, January 2, 2010
Dallas' Double Standard, January 2, 2010
Afghan Strategy: Counter-insurgency or Counter-terror Operations, January 2, 2010
Jasper Finds His Way Home, January 2, 2010
My Rickety Resolutions for 2010, January 1, 2010
End of the Year Awards, January 1, 2010
Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life, by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith, January 1, 2010

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