Angela Davis’ Support by 350+ Scholars is Timely for MLKJr Day

This article is so important, we should all become familiarize ourselves with its merits and engage is regular discussions with our circles of influence, shout about it from every rooftop across this nation, put on every social media platform, discuss it daily, discuss it more than #45’s tweets. Then, we would really be “honoring” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and helping to keep his dream alive!!
Can I count on you to do that for yourselves, for millennial’s (many whom have never heard of Angela Davis), and for democracy??  Will you continue this conversation and make it more important than that football game on February 3rd in Atlanta??
Am I asking too much of you??
Thank you for this informative article as published at:

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, over 350 scholars of the Civil Rights and Black Freedom Movements, and veterans of these historic struggles, along with educators and human rights advocates, issued the following statement in support of Palestinian human rights, and in defense of, Angela Y. Davis, who was publicly dishonored three weeks ago by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute when it abruptly reversed its decision to recognize her with its annual award because of her stand on this issue. The statement was the initiative of Scholars for Social Justice, a new national network of progressive scholar-activists, led by scholars of color. To learn more please visit

Open Letter to the Leadership of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Support of Dr. Angela Y. Davis

As scholars and historians of the Black Freedom Movement, and as veteran civil rights and human rights activists, we are appalled and outraged by the decision of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) to “dishonor” our colleague and sister, Angela Y. Davis, by rescinding its 2019 Fred Shuttlesworth Award, claiming that she does not meet the criteria for the award. As a daughter of Black Birmingham whose sense of justice was shaped by her community’s organizing tradition, who better than Davis to be honored by such an award.

There are few individuals more admired and beloved in the U.S. Black Freedom struggle, and the global struggle for human rights and justice than Angela Y. Davis. Her status as an international human rights advocate is iconic. Davis has been an unwavering stalwart in the fight for freedom and justice for more than fifty years, speaking out against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia, war, settler-colonialism, and imperialism around the world. She has been one of the most ardent advocates for prison abolition and for humane alternatives to the caging of our fellow human beings. She has also been a steadfast supporter of indigenous peoples. And yes, she has spoken out strongly in support of Palestinian rights, as have millions of principled activists around the world, including tens of thousands of Jews, and many Israelis.

In reflecting on the BCRI decision we are reminded of the following quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “The ultimate measure of a [person] is not where [they] stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where [they] stand at times of challenge and controversy.” Sadly, the BCRI leadership has failed to live up to King’s challenge, caving in to pressure to reverse their earlier decision to honor Davis.

We may not all agree on the best way forward in the Middle East but we do share Dr. Davis’ view that the Israeli Occupation is wrong, and that the repressive, discriminatory and often violent policies of the Israeli government vis-à-vis the Palestinian population are wrong and indefensible. This is not a stance against the Jewish people, as is sometimes erroneously suggested, and as evidenced by the increasing number of Jewish people who are a part of the movement for Palestinian rights. Rather it is a stance against the policies of the Israeli government, and our own government’s immoral support of those policies. This is one of the fundamental human rights issues of our time, and we will not be bullied into silence on it. Individuals and institutions that choose to punish, censor, blacklist and dishonor anyone who dares to take a critical stand on this issue are acting in the disgraceful tradition of McCarthyism and furthering the intolerance of dissent.

Finally, we are especially disturbed and angered by the recent targeting of Black supporters of Palestinian rights. Journalist and scholar Marc Lamont Hill was abruptly fired as a CNN contributor for expressing his views on Palestine at the United Nations in December of last year. And now, Angela Davis is publicly disrespected in this way, in her hometown, a site of so many heroic struggles for the values that she, and many of us, uphold. This reminds us of the ways in which liberal supporters of civil rights reforms turned their backs on Dr. King when on April 4, 1967 he dared to speak out condemning the war in Vietnam. This sends a clear message today: how dare independent Black activists express views on international politics that differ with mainstream U.S. policy. This message, was then and is now, paternalistic and insulting. Many others, especially Palestinian and Arab scholars and activists, have also been targeted and attacked for their outspoken stance in support of Palestinian human rights. And we support their right of expression as well.

We stand with Angela Davis and applaud her outstanding and admirable track record as a public intellectual, feminist scholar, and advocate for peace, freedom and justice around the world. The BCRI leadership has refused to recognize or value Dr. Angela Davis’s sterling human rights record. They have instead chosen to pander to conservative critics and the pro-Israel lobby. History will not view this decision kindly.

Angela Davis represents the best of the tradition Black freedom fighters who were uncompromising internationalists, refused to bow to intimidation, and were unafraid to speak truth to power. We thank and honor Angela Davis for her life’s work, her moral courage and her visionary leadership, even if BCRI has chosen not to do so.


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Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Physics and Core Faculty in Women’s Studies, University of New Hampshire

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Patti Duncan – Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University

Paula Austin – Assistant Professor, California State University, Sacramento

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Penny Patch – Civil Rights Movement veteran, Nurse-Midwife, Adjunct Professor, Springfield College (ret.)

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Phyllis Bennis – Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies

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Prexy Nesbitt – Senior Lecturer, Making the Road

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Quincy Mills – Associate Professor of History, Director of Africana Studies, Vassar College

Rabab Abdulhadi – Director and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, San Francisco State University

Rachel E. Harding, PhD – Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver

Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and History, Columbia University

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Rhonda Hanson – NEA Peace & Justice Caucus

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Happy 90th Birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Ebenezer Baptist Church bulletin from 2018.

Today Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Would have been 90 years old.

Here are some MLK,Jr questions for you and your circle of influence:

How will you celebrate his birthday today or next Monday, January 21, the day the King National Holiday is celebrated?

Will you attend the Annual Program at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as Co-Pastor and his father served as Pastor?

Will you participate in a MLKJr Day of Service?

Will you attend one of the many marches or other celebrations across the region?

Will you take time to learn more about MLKing,Jr with your circle of friends and family?

Will you read one of the many books about him?

Will you read one of his speeches (google Dr. MLKing, Jr. speeches) other than his “I Have A Dream Speech”?  Or, watch any of his less famous, yet just as important, speeches or interviews online?

To study King, his life and works will amaze you.  He was a brilliant visionary.  You will find that many of his speeches, letters and other works seem timeless. Some of them are still appropriate today…in 2019.

How do you believe things might be different if he were still alive?

What things did he envision during his lifetime do you believe still need to be fulfilled?



Long Lines in Grocery Stores


At the Greenbriar Kroger and  grocery stores across the nation long, long lines now (and all day) after the federal government released WIC and food stamp payments for February.  Could have  avoided these lines if I had realized this impact.

And since it is late in the day, items as eggs and some produce (including kale) were sold out!  Lots of bare shelves around the store.  Yet another unintended consequence of the federal government shutdown over the past 25 days.

Thanks Kroger for calling in more workers!!

Why Are Corporations Entering Healthcare?

Healthcare is profitable!  That is why you should watch the big corporations, not reality tv shows. That is how you spot future trends.  See the four examples below:

1. Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway

In January 2018, Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway announced their collective intent to form a new organization focused on delivering healthcare benefits at a lower cost to patients. The venture would tackle two of healthcare’s largest challenges: price transparency and patient centricity, elements that will be integral to competing in the marketplace for health systems of the future. The joint venture has already brought on several heavy hitters from both inside and outside the healthcare industry, including Atul Gawande, MD, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Taha Kass-Hout, MD, former FDA Chief Health Informatics Officer; and Jack Stoddard, former GM of Digital Health at Comcast. These types of hires further signal the venture’s willingness to explore nontraditional methods of solving healthcare’s challenges. The “Amazon effect” was manifested in this venture and has provided the impetus for much of the disruption in healthcare that took place this year.

2. Alphabet Invests in Health Insurance Start-Up

In August, Alphabet invested $375 million in six-year-old health insurance start-up Oscar Health. Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser claims the investment allows Oscar to “hire more engineers, we can hire more data scientists, more product designers, more smart clinicians who can think about health care a different way. It’s the acceleration of that product roadmap that fascinates us the most.” This investment gives Alphabet a 10% share in Oscar Health and follows a previous $165 million investment last March through Alphabet’s Capital G investment company and Verily Life Sciences. Additionally, the investment will enable the expansion of a new Medicare Advantage product line in 2020. Like Amazon, Alphabet will seek to optimize its experience in analyzing massive amounts of data to enhance the consumer experience.

3. Google Hires a CEO from within the Industry

In early November, Google hired David Feinberg to oversee its health initiatives. Feinberg comes from Geisinger Health and is expected to help coordinate siloed healthcare efforts of the various organizations of Alphabet, which is Google’s parent company, into a more cohesive approach. Alphabet’s companies have been involved in healthcare mostly on the B2B end, working on projects ranging from using Nest to detect falls in senior living facilities to utilizing AI to help physicians take notes during hospital visits. Rather than entering the market itself, Google seems to be finding opportunities for performance improvement in existing healthcare organizations. We’ll see what 2019 brings regarding Google’s healthcare efforts and expect to see a more cohesive strategy at a minimum.

4. Apple Tests the Market with Wearables and EHRs

In early December, Apple announced the availability of its long-awaited ECG app with irregular heart rhythm notifications. This follows Apple’s move into the EHR space, which officially began in January when the company began allowing patients from 30 different healthcare organizations to gather their medical records on their phone via a healthcare app. These won’t be the only innovations Apple will have in healthcare, considering its iPhones are in the hands of over 90 million Americans, a huge opportunity for healthcare deliverability and patient

Thanks to authors of this article, Don Cosentino and Sean Hartzell.  Read the full article  at:

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Planetarium Article Reveals Recent Developments

Thanks to Maggie Lee for taking the time to research and write this article.

A driveway in front of what's now Harper-Archer Middle School in far west Atlanta. It opened as Harper High School. Credit: Maggie LeeWhat’s now Harper-Archer Middle School in far west Atlanta opened as Harper High School. Credit: Maggie Lee“You’d go in this room,” she said, “looking up at the night sky, they’d put up stars, the Big Dipper, they’d tell you all about that, the comets racing through … How could you dare take that experience away from kids?”But the planetarium at what’s now Harper-Archer Middle School on Atlanta’s western edge closed nearly 20 years ago. Williams and others want it re-opened.They talk about how these places can be used to as a sort of immersive classroom to teach not just astronomy, but chemistry, physics, history and more. Or as theaters for music, performance or visual art display.In the mid-20th century, a United States spooked by Soviet space advances started pouring big money into science education — which included planetariums.DeKalb schools took the feds up on that and put money toward Fernbank, which is one of the largest planetariums in the country, and which is part of a larger science center.Atlanta Public Schools also wanted planetariums — a brief mention in a newspaper clipping from 1972 has the school superintendent boasting about three of them. Seems the other two were at Northside and the former Fulton High School — now site of Dobbs Elementary.But fast forward to the 2001-2002 school year: that’s when Jim Summers puts the end for Harper-Archer’s planetarium.“It was really no one person’s fault. It was just that the school system ran out of money and something had to go,” said Summers, the last director of the planetarium.The building still exists, but it has no equipment.Summers is still a witness for what a planetarium can be, but he emphasized that word can.The room depends on animation by an educator — a real person who teaches to the student’s curriculum.“A planetarium with well-trained and well-motivated hands is a valuable tool … it can open a lot of doors that don’t get opened any other way,” said Summers.“Whenever a door opens for one of these children, they have an opportunity for a life that they didn’t have before,” Summers said. “Not just that they will learn an understanding of science, but that there is another world out there other than the one they encounter every day. And that is what education is ultimately all about.”The Fernbank planetarium opens for evening and weekend community programs. Credit: Kelly Jordan ” data-medium-file=”″ data-large-file=”″ src=”″ alt=”The Fernbank planetarium opens for evening and weekend community programs. Credit: Kelly Jordan” width=”222″ height=”297″ srcset=” 224w, 768w, 769w, 526w, 450w, 896w” sizes=”(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px” style=”max-width: 100%; margin: 0.5em auto; display: block; height: auto;”>The Fernbank planetarium opens for evening and weekend community programs. Credit: Kelly JordanIt is a kind of theatrical way to teach, said Richard Williamon, Emory physics faculty emeritus who used to teach at Emory and Fernbank planetariums. But you can go back and forth, teach at the right speed for the students, go back to certain points.“After you capture them with the beauty and the mythology … something by which they can remember the sky, they’ll get out and start looking,” he said.And that’s just astronomy. He too talked about teaching math and arts too.“You can whet a student’s appetite for just about anything,” Williamon said.And since the building’s already there, he sees it as a great deal for APS.Mary Palmer wants to see the Harper-Archer planetarium re-opened, especially as the Douglass cluster is meant to specialize in “STEM” — “science, technology, engineering and math.” A variation of the term makes it “STEAM,” adding “arts.”When her kids were in APS, she said, she felt a calling to shift from IT work in the corporate world toward K-12 education, advocacy, watchdogging, supporting kids.“My having that academic focus and seeing from a STEM basis what all a planetarium could offer, and knowing that Harper-Archer is sitting in one of the most poverty-stricken, socially, economically challenged areas in Atlanta, I cared about that,” Palmer said.Williams is the founding board chair of a nonprofit that would be a sort of booster club for the planetarium, working on things like fundraising; and Palmer is one of her board members. The nonprofit puts the cost of salaries and running of the planetarium at $227,000 per year.Expensive, Williams admits; but that’s why she wants to get private organizations to help.Williams thought this was going to be the Harper-Archer planetarium’s year, that $2.3 million from an education sales tax would be used to renovate it and an adjacent theater. But now it’s unclear.On the same block as APS headquarters, one of many painted utility boxes Downtown gives an astronomy lesson. Credit: Maggie Lee ” data-medium-file=”″ data-large-file=”″ src=”″ alt=”On the same block as APS headquarters, one of many painted utility boxes Downtown gives an astronomy lesson. Credit: Maggie Lee” width=”298″ height=”224″ srcset=” 300w, 768w, 1030w, 705w, 450w,” style=”max-width:100%;” />