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Category Archive for 'Higher Ground'

So sad

Medical people like this are real heroes: Sheik Umar Khan, the doctor leading anti-Ebola efforts in Sierra Leone—one of three Western African countries that have been hit by an outbreak—has contracted the virus himself, Reuters reports. [...] “I am afraid for my life, I must say, because I cherish my life,” Khan said in an […]

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That would be writer Gideon Levy: “My biggest struggle,” he says, “is to rehumanize the Palestinians. There’s a whole machinery of brainwashing in Israel which really accompanies each of us from early childhood, and I’m a product of this machinery as much as anyone else. [We are taught] a few narratives that it’s very hard […]

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The speech

The Rev. William Barber gave a barnburner of a speech at Netroots Nation last week. If you’ve looked at the videos I’ve posted from North Carolina’s Moral Mondays, you’ve heard him. He’s the Martin Luther King of our time:

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We don’t get much positive stuff these days, so I’m happy to note this: Los Angeles officials are developing a new strategy for taming pervasive homelessness on skid row, easing up on arrests for petty offenses while concentrating mental health, medical, housing and sanitation services in the long-troubled swath of downtown. Officials say the effort […]

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Very, very sad that things are at the point where he was moved to do this: A 79-year-old retired minister in Texas killed himself via self-immolation in an effort to protest what he described as lingering racism in his childhood home — his final effort in a career marked by social activism, the Dallas Morning […]

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Raju the crying elephant

In case you’ve been living in a cave, here’s an abused elephant some nice people rescued. They’re taking care of him now.

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We need very much to remember the many people who don’t back their country’s abuse of power. Because if we don’t acknowledge that glimmer of hope, we’re lost: The family of slain Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir received condolences from an unlikely source Tuesday: Israelis who had asked to come and mourn with them. The scene was […]

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Stuff Jesus said

Matt Bors:

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Happy Juneteenth

Today in History: Slavery was abolished in the U.S. territories (1862):

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