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09
Oct
2017

Ingredients for Progressive Change

By gwen,

[caption id="attachment_4347" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Restaurateur Andy Shallal blends menu for action and change at DC Area Busboys and Poets[/caption]   The novelist Aldous Huxley once said: ‘Liberties are not given; they are taken.’ We are not given our liberties by the Bill of Rights, certainly not by the government which…

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09
Oct
2017

I, too, Read America: Fall Reading List

By levi,

The American Experiment is a never-ending combination of hues, beliefs, cultures and languages from across the globe. Our literary canon is fueled by the rich perspectives and histories of our neighbors, friends, advocates and critics. This month, in honor of the immigrant experience, here’s a few of our favorite reads…

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09
Oct
2017

Hailing Columbus Day ~ Myth Busters of a Mariner Lost At Sea

By llenda,

A fitting tribute to “Columbus Day” is to explode myths that surround this explorer. We share a few facts to counter the fictions which mark the observance.   Myth 1: Columbus set out to prove the world was round. He was more than a little late to the party—a couple…

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18
Sep
2017

Danny Glover Beyond Labor Day

By gwen,

[caption id="attachment_4321" align="alignleft" width="450"] Photo by Lindsay Keys | IG: @LindsayKeys[/caption]   It started as a private conversation with my friend Danny Glover. He had just completed a protracted war in Mississippi working with the United Auto Workers to organize a Nissan plant. As a fitting homage to Labor Day,…

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01
Sep
2017

#LaborReads

By llenda,

As we mark Labor Day and the movement that brought us accepted norms ranging from the 40-hour work week to protections against child labor abuses, here’s some good reads chronicling labor struggles.   The Jackson Project Phil Cohen’s memoir gets it right. Taking readers inside his local union and the…

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21
Jul
2017

Vestiges of the Unheard in the Motor City

By llenda,

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”             Martin Luther King, Jr. In July 1967, the nation was rocked by civil disturbances in northern cities. In Detroit it took the authorities five days to quell the outbreak. There were 43 fatalities, 33 of them Black, and some 7,000 people were…

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21
Jul
2017

Our Summer Reading List

By llenda,

Summer is at its zenith and there’s no better companion than a good book! We tapped five McKinney collaborators (and writers) to share their top summer reads. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on a Caribbean beach or chilling on your patio, we’re certain something here will captivate, capture and…

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21
Jul
2017

Conquest or Collaboration: When Boomers and Millennials meet

By levi,

 Conversation Bridging the Generational Divide Perhaps the most intense generational rivalry of the ages is between Baby Boomers (1946-1964) and Millennials (1980-2000). The boomers, reflecting the largest population cohort in history, then gave birth to a progeny that now outnumber their older predecessors. Somewhere, squeezed quietly in between, are Generation…

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