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An Open Letter to America about the Central Park Five

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

This was published several months ago in Indiewire by Josh Raiske but I just came across it and thought it needs to see more light of day.

It’s in my nature to overanalyze and to equivocate, and to make light of the things that are most important to me, but sometimes even those who can close off their emotions with seemingly little effort come up against a force that moves us in strange and powerful ways.

I saw The Central Park Five at the closing night of DOC NYC last night, and at the end, when the five men who’d been wrongfully convicted came up onto the stage, together in one place for the first time since that night in Central Park on April 19, 1989, I was choking back tears, and maybe all my perspective (too much fucking perspective) has gone out the window, but I think this is one of the most important films I’ve ever seen.

Full blog article here.

 

 

The Semester Has Started and Posts Are in the Works

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
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The Central Park 5

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
This picture of Yusef Salaam is one of the most haunting pictures of the century.

This picture of Yusef Salaam is one of the most haunting pictures of the century.

Everyone should see this Ken Burns documentary at least once on the big screen. Then a few times on the screens at home. And recommend to families and friends and neighbors.

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White House Blog: Thursday, December 20

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The House Republicans’ Spending Reduction Act of 2012 Will Hurt Middle Class Families

The House Republicans introduced a bill last night, The Spending Reduction Act of 2012, that would negatively impact the American people in several ways.

I’ve been spending so much time “studying” facebook that I’ve neglected this blog. That’s all about to change even though the first few steps can be measured in picas.

I might go to the inauguration in January.

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Boycotting the Aronson Awards – Sending Peter Parisi a Message

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Should journalism professors who support news censorship be publicly pilloried?
Stories are in the works.

Peter Parisi

NYC February 28 Rally Against Suppression of Occupy Movement

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

What:    Rally & March
When:   5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28
Where:  Union Square, New York City (north end)

Support is growing for a non-violent mass action Tuesday, February 28 in NYC against the suppression and repression of the Occupy Movement, raising the demands, “Stand with the Occupy Movement!  No Rubber Bullets – No Beatings – No Tear Gas – No Mass Arrests, Don’t Suppress OWS. Drop All the Charges Against Occupiers.”  The General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street reached consensus February 11 in support of the Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement, and specifically in support of the February 28 Mass Action at Union Square in NYC.

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Stinkiest Journalism of the Year

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Occupy the PU-litzers!

This year has given us simply too many worthy contenders for FAIR’s annual P.U.-litzers–recognizing the stinkiest journalism of the year. A big part of the problem was that so many outlets were striving to distinguish themselves with especially awful coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. So to note those lowlights, we bring you a special installment of P.U.-litzers: The OWS edition.

Read full story here.

9/11

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Several days ago, New America Media invited this writer to attend a meeting of New York City-based ethnic journalists who would be talking about their articles for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Asked about my plans – this writer hadn’t been planning to share –  he spoke in tongues, that is, his response was as articulate as a person speaking with his tongue flailing the roof of the mouth and the sides of his teeth, upper and lower.  Caught off guard, he couldn’t articulate, didn’t enunciate.

What follows is what  might have been said or referred to if this writer had had the presence of mind many wish for when a signature moment beckons them to rise to the occasion:  From the Center for Constitutional Rights regarding a panel discussion, September 12: The 9/11 Decade and the Decline of U.S. Democracy.

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