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A letter from The Coalition For an Equitable Community --
Equal Rights for All Americans Championed at Oscars
By Kevin Gosztola
One of the amazing and historic things about this presidential campaign is that it's made us blasé about how amazing and historic it's been.
No one's really talking anymore about the fact that the Democratic Party just nominated its first African-American candidate for president. Or that a female candidate got closer than any woman's gotten before to securing the nomination.
At this point in time, the reality is that women still don't make as much as men. Women make almost 76 cents to every dollar that a man makes in the workforce. This pay gap is sadly widening. http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/censusandstatistics/a/paygapgr... I can't think of unequal pay without thinking of Lilly Ledbetter. Lilly Ledbetter worked at the Goodyear plant for years and was paid less than her male counterparts. Her case lost in the U.S. Supreme Court last year. See and hear Lilly's story at http://www.now.org/issues/economic/080108paycheckfairness.html
A fellow scholar from my program informed us of the anniversary of integration of the U.S. Armed Forces, led by former President Harry S. Truman. With all the emphasis on Obama's race i.e. questions including, "Is the U.S. ready for a black president?" and great efforts to recruit minorities in ROTC programs without a comparable move to recruit them into higher education, I wonder, how far have we really come in terms of racial reconciliation?
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 23, 2008
60th Anniversary of the Integration of
the United States Armed Forces
By the President of the United States of America
I hope this "outreach dream list" will inspire you!!! Let's spread the word now as much as possible, Remember the motto "If there is a will there is always a way, especially if it is the will of God!"
I'm currently working with other students to create a mock bill of rights to pitch to the student government but I can't find an example of one that addresses student's lives as well as academic issues.
Does anyone have one at their school that they could share to show us the basic layout?
November is Native American history month. Or, atleast it should be. There is a ton of history to be learned on Native Americans. There are well over 500 tribes, and several thousands of years of history. I feel that Native Americans deserve their own month, and it should be in November.
"Another of those silly jokes she forwards to her whole list," I thought as I warily opened the e-mail from my friend and former U. S. Senate candidate, Claire Sargent.
But this was no joke. Claire had forwarded a message from another long time tiller of the women's equality fields, Paula Cullison, who reported that when she went to AOL's greeting cards seeking to send Women's Equality Day greeting cards in honor of the 87th anniversary of women's right to vote, August 26, she found instead a card honoring National Toilet Paper Day.http://greetings.aol.com/display.pd?path=62352&bfrom=3&prodnum=3079182
Not to disparage toilet paper, given its importance to human comfort and cleanliness, but I was, pardon me, wiped