Archive for October, 2005

Good bye Rosa Parks

Posted in Women's Voices on October 25, 2005 by Blog Admin

The world has lost a voice that has left an indelible mark on the United States.  I am filled with melancholy with the news of <a href="">Rosa Parks</a> death.  Park's refusal to get up from her seat in a Montgomery Alabama bus was not because her feet were tired after a long day's work, but rather because, as a civil rights activist, she was tired of the injustices that she had to endure everyday.  Her subsequent arrest resulted in the <a href="">Montgomery Bus Boycott</a>, and her legal case ended in a Supreme Court ruling that bus desegregation is legal.  We will all miss you.

New Orleans and Racism

Posted in Media Watch on October 6, 2005 by Blog Admin

<font size="2"><p>A recent <a href="">Newsweek poll shows</a> that 55% of the American people think Bush is doing a poor job and only 28% think that he is doing a good job. Hooray to the American people! We finally understand that, yes, George W. Bush has never accomplished anything productive in his life, other than take advantage of his family name, and create business (or job) opportunities for his political contributors, like Michael Brown.  <font size="2">Finally an opportunity presents itself for George W. to lead, and what happens?  Disaster!  The outrage that is directed at Michael Brown should be redirected to the real culprit, George W. Bush.  Michael Brown clearly has no qualifications to lead FEMA, other than agreeing to sit by and watch silently while FEMA is gutted.  Hearing Brown recently whine about FEMA's lack of funding was nothing short of sickening.</font></p><p>In stark contrast to the lack of food and water that thousands of Katrina survivors experienced in the Super Dome, <font size="2">I was struck by the Herculean efforts that are being made to rescue individual houses that are threatened by California wildfires. <font size="2">I watched in amazement while plane after plane dropped fire retardant or water in the vicinity of a single home.  All this is happening for individual multimillion dollar homes, while over 100,000 Katrina victims still live in shelters and almost 1/2 million live in hotels.  Given the racial disparities in wealth, the racism occurred when FEMA was dismantled, because the wealthy do not depend on such agencies.</font></font></p></font>