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By Angelo Lopez on July 4, 2010
The United States isn't a perfect country, but it's a good country, a country I love. What I most revere about the United States are the reformers and radicals who have fought to get this country to live up to its highest values. These reformers and radicals helped give this country a new understanding of what it means to be a country of freedom and equality.
So on this 4th of July I thank Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, Thomas Paine and our Founding Fathers for giving us the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
I thank Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eugene Debs, W.E.B. DuBois, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Thoreau, Emma Goldman, Booker T. Washington, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothy Day, Norman Thomas, Bayard Rustin, William Sloane Coffin, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez, the Kennedy brothers, Harvey Milk, Dolores Huerta, Larry Kramer, Howard Zinn and other leaders of social movements that have helped women, minorities and the disenfranchised become more of a part of the American promise
By Gerald Britt on December 21, 2009
On August 6, 1964, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was formed as an alternative to the segregated Mississippi Democratic Party.
Organized in conjunction with the Freedom Summer voter registration drives of SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and COFO (the Council of Federated Organizations), the MFDP following democratic party rules, elected 68 delegates, including 4 white delegates and went by bus to the 1964 Democratic Party Convention held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They contended that a Mississippi delegation, elected in a segregated process, violating party and federal law could not be lawfully seated and sought to be seated as the true delegation from their state.
This placed President Lyndon Johnson, seeking election to the Oval Office in his own right (having succeeded President John F. Kennedy after his assassination in the previous year), in an awful position: allow the MFDP to be seated along with the Mississippi Democratic Party and alienate the white south, or reject the MFDP and lose the black vote.
By Tatiana McKinney on October 29, 2009
Hello EverydayCitizens. It has come to my attention that something awesome happened while we were sleeping. Legally Blond Star and Academy Award Winner, Reese Witherspoon donated $2 Million by stepping out to the women's empowerment charity.
By Mikyung Lim on October 15, 2009
The news of Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Obama appears to have come as a surprise and caused fierce criticism, cynicism that the award is premature. This strong resistance to the decision even followed by the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s unprecedented defense of why they believe President Obama is the right choice for the award. To me, the early Friday morning’s announcement of the award brought a brief moment of surprise, followed by “Ah Ha” moment of understanding why the Nobel committee made such a decision, which hit my head like a lightening. “Of course, who else?” I felt the sincere wisdom of the Nobel Committee on leading to the decision.
When President Obama became the 44th President of United States, I posted a blog on “the meaning of his inauguration” to me on Obama's website...
By Pamela Jean on July 15, 2009
Next month, thousands of progressives will gather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for four days of panels, parties, trainings, keynotes and screenings — all in an effort to strategize and organize progressive change. I hope you join us! This 4th annual gathering of Netroots Nation...
...amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to ...influence the public debate... we strengthen community, inspire action and serve as an incubator for progressive ideas that challenge the status quo and ultimately affect change...What's that in plain English? Grassroots folks, from all over the country, gather in one place for four days to make new friends, teach and learn from each other and to return to their homes armed with new tools, new ideas and fresh inspiration. This year's convention of insightful panels, training sessions and networking opportunities will be held in Pittsburgh August 13 - 16. Still deciding on whether or not to attend?
Here are some compelling reasons that will convince you to register right now...
By Zola Jones on June 21, 2009
I wrote a couple of days ago to give everybody a heads up about the Blogging While Brown conference in Chi-Town this weekend. Since I didn't get to go (dang it), I've been eagerly awaiting the post-conference roundups from these illustrious attendees of color. It does seem though that the re-energized brown bloggers had so much fun in Chicago that only a few of them have had time to blog their weekend for us! We eagerly await! Still, I did find these early shining pearls...
By Carter Maddox on January 20, 2009
So apparently I'm only any good at blogging when there's an "event" that I can wrap my head around. And there's quite an event happening in DC today! If you hadn't heard, Bush left in a helicopter, chased out of DC by a good website (check out the new site if you haven't already) and ill-will from around the world.
Keep reading below the fold...
By Katwy Heru on January 19, 2009
It is my utmost honor to have been allowed to experience the remainder of this day in the company of so many kindred souls of every hue committed to the notion of being further steeped in this outpouring of support and openness to the power of possibility consecrated through a rededication to commitment and a sense of renewal. Those brave souls choosing to bear witness and be a part of this steady moving journey that I have recently dubbed the CHANGE locomotive. I have termed it so, and genuinely resisted the impulse to coin it differently, given the consistent fatherly chidings by our President-Elect to remember that this process will not take place overnight nor without sacrifice.
Yesterday, my traveling companions and I returned to Baltimore to take part in the third station stop of President-Elect Obama's journey. While his War Memorial Address was all the more moving it was further amplified by the thousands of people that braved the bitter cold to receive the message and embrace the fullness of this moment. Yes it is still quite a surreal experience for me to be taking part in all of these activities that are meant to usher in this new era of human development in the continually developing American conversation.
By Pamela Jean on January 18, 2009
What do these EverydayCitizen.com writers - Katwy, Janet, Carter, Melissa and Sarah - all have in common? They are all on their way (right this minute!) to inaugural celebrations in our nation's capital! Our writers are all planning to cover the events and share their observations, stories, photos or videos with us - right here at Everyday Citizen!
They all have EverydayCitizen press passes and many of them have tickets to the Swearing In, the Parade, and various inaugural balls and galas. Just being in the capital is so exciting. Janet will share stories from the cross-country bus caravan she's joined up with, as it makes its final trek from Dallas to Philly. Katwy has already filed his first story from an RV enroute from NYC to Baltimore. We know that Carter and Sarah are going to the official Youth Ball and other events. We so look forward to their reports as well as Melissa's insightful observations of the celebrations in her hometown of D.C. Since wireless Internet connections and electricity will be in short supply over the next few days, we are even more honored that these EC writers are determined to share what they can as history unfolds in full regalia around them, all week long. We're so fortunate that they are allowing us to experience their adventures vicariously through their eyes!
Thank you, Janet, Katwy, Carter, Melissa and Sarah! We are thrilled for you - and for us, too. Please be safe, ya'll, and write home as often as you can.
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