African-American Humor: The Best Black Comedy From Slavery To Today is a collection of anecdotes, jokes, sayings, and mini-biographies of influential African-American comedians, providing a broad reflection of the African-American experience in America. With history as a backdrop, author Mel Watkins, shows how humor played, and continues to play, an important role in not just the African-American community, but in America generally.
Although it is commonplace in Western society to label rapists and child molesters as criminals who must be held accountable, the criminal justice system rarely produces prosecutions in cases of sexual assault let alone true and enduring satisfaction for the victims and their families — and it often does not consider the circumstances of perpetrators, their families, or the community that produced them to be relevant to the outcome. Nevertheless, many survivors of sexual violence and their supporters are recognizing the futility of the status quo and are embracing alternatives, such as a number of processes collectively referred to as restorative justice. While this paper, after clarifying its terminology, will focus briefly on the proven and potential effectiveness of restorative and transformative justice, its main concern will be to address how to transfer the knowledge and skills necessary to take this approach.
Occupy Wall St. began as a call to action from the anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters to “occupy” Wall St. on Sept. 17, 2011. What happened next is the subject of many books — most of which extol the movement. Nonetheless, it is self-evident that the movement did not achieve its major, although mostly implicit, goals: to abolish corporate-elite governance and restore democracy for the so-called “99 percent.” There are many possible explanations for this — some competing and some complementary — but for the purposes of this paper, the focus will be on explanations relating to internal problems in the movement and will also be mostly limited to the Occupy Movement in Washington, D.C.
“James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system — say, a swarm of birds — is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable.”
“David Cunningham wrote about a unique period in the history of the United States. The period is unique, not so much for what the government did against its own citizens that is startling, but because the documents give the public a glimpse into the activities of the U.S. government when its agents thought no one was watching. Cunningham sought to understand how social protest movements are affected by repression and to ‘understand the patterning of repression against protest groups’ in the democratic environment of the United States. The social movement literature up to Cunningham’s research had been conducted with an ‘implicit assumption … that authorities allocate repression … in a rational manner.’ This research focused on overt repression that occurs after certain protest activity; researchers often focused on the activists who had been repressed; Cunningham chose to focus on covert repression and on those conducting the repression. Therefore, Cunningham’s research set its aim directly at the FBI in the COINTELPRO years.”
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Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible is a brilliant documentary and a must-see for all people who are interested in justice, spiritual growth and community making. It features the experiences of white women and men who have worked to gain insight into what it means to challenge notions of racism and white supremacy in the United States.
This site is about some very broad topics we associate with learning including but not limited to education, reading, books, and technology. I am interested in the big ideas surrounding how, what, and why we learn. A lot of my thinking on learning, education, and the classroom stems from the work of Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, and perhaps Isaac Asimov, among others. I’d like to post news articles and opinions from the world of education, as well as reviews of books which might be of interest to teachers, parents, and students. It will also (eventually) contain a directory of links to lesson plans and activities.