4realpeople

I am an African-American woman who has lived my life on the cusp of all of the most significant social, domestic and foreign policy movements of the past half-century. I was born in the middle of the baby boom. I am a personal witness to the March on Washington, the Black Power movement, the rise of feminism and then the first Earth Day. The war in Vietnam and Watergate unfolded before my very eyes. I watched Republicans demonize Jimmy Carter for attempting to bring compassion to government's treatment of the poor and the environment and having the audacity to speak out loud of the coming ideological war facing the nation. I watched as Ronald Regan eased the country into that war and what would become the ever-expanding, insidious and inhumane age of ultra-conservatism, fascism in the name of the Lord and the evolution of ever-present, state-sanctioned racism. My Master's thesis was an analysis of the deal with the Devil that Bill Clinton made as he "changed welfare as we know it" into a punitive, regressive inescapable trap that reinforced and re-institutionalized systemic support for the cycle of generational poverty for people of color. I watched as leadership at the federal state, and local levels colluded in the deconstruction of the domestic policy infrastructure of our government and shredded the safety net of job training, childcare, education, transportation, cash assistance for the poor in an unprecedented rending of the social contract of America with its people. "I am woman hear me roar." Willie Horton and Michael Brown. "I Am a Man" to "Black Lives Matter." These have been the hallmarks of my journey from a tiny town in rural Missouri where Jim Crow ruled to this place where today I work on behalf of urban and rural poverty-stricken and communities of color from the heart of one of the most powerful institutions in the world. I am still living public policy, but now, as we are on the cusp of the end of America as we have known it, I am speaking out loud; sharing my struggle to make sense of the world of increasing senselessness

IICMEYCSM

Yvonne S. Sparks Yet another case of IICMEYCSM Syndrome: “If I close my eyes, you can’t see me.” Despite countless cases brought to the attention of authorities and the public, the condition is persistently unresponsive to the only known cure–common sense. Weiner admits lying about lewd photo, won’t quit news.yahoo.com A tearful Rep. Anthony Weiner […]

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We Need RealHelp4RealPeople: Reich has the right idea

Robert Reich (Back Toward Double Dip) Again, Robert Reich has proposed common sense, completely doable and compassionate solutions to the looming economic and financial catastrophe that faces individual Americans and our nation’s economy. Washington politicians appear to be devoid of common sense, an understanding of the national economics, financial literacy at the macro level and, […]

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Of Earthquakes and Pipelines

Yesterday’s earthquake and Japan and the subsequent nuclear plant destabilization in the country, makes me wonder what would happen here.  We know that there are thousands of underground, underwater and other means of finding, drilling and transporting oil and natural gas across the United States.  What would happen if we experienced and earthquake of the […]

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Beyond the tea party: What Americans really think of government

When we allow nameless, faceless corporations and individuals to influence our election and define the issues for us, we will continue to get a government that does not meet our needs. All of those negative ads are disturbingly alike. They are not civic discourse illuminating the issues. The are in fact pure unmitigated marketing designed to lead us as if we are sheep to embrace their slogans. Their purpose is to inbed them in our psyches until we think that what they are telling is us true. That it is real. Those messages become that commercial jingle we just can’t get out of our heads even though it is irritating as hell!

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