As a tribute, we have set up The Valerie Lewis Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. In this way, her life's work and her influence on her students can continue. Checks can be made out to Mercy College, memo: Valerie Lewis Memorial Award and mailed to Mercy College, English Program, English Program, c/o Frances Biscoglio, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. This information will be in her obituary but I have had so many people asking if there's something they can and so wanted to get this information out there. I am so proud of my sister for always doing the work she loved and teaching with the same enthusiasm and uniqueness of her character. She never gave up on a student and she was always so excited when they made progress and began to share her love for writing. I know this award can never replace her impact on future students, but I hope in some small way it keeps her influence in this world. Please pass this on to others as you can.
You've undoubtedly seen and heard quotations from this speech, especially, "The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice"; but it's worth listening to in its entirety. (It's 40+ minutes, so, when you have the time.) Other than the names and numbers, it's all too similar to events of the last decade.
(I would have linked a transcript, too, but a few Googles didn't turn one up.)
How are we supposed to trust anything you say when you are so willing to slip into hyperbole to make your own filmmaking look like you were there at the most crucial time?
They said something similar about how this was the first time Afghans had gathered to discuss peace. I guess it never came up at the Loya Jirga in 2003? And their revelations about the warlords being in the the peace assembly aren't so earth-shattering when you consider that that's why Joya stood up and denounced the 2003 Loya Jirga. I mean, it's good they're telling us, because what do Americans know, but it's just more of the same.
Some of these people probably should get their 2nd Amendment rights restored, some should not. The process clearly needs serious reform. But that aside...
What I find reprehensible is that we have a gun lobby that can demand that gun rights be restored to people with histories of violence (not just involuntary commitments), and absolutely NO lobby to return VOTING RIGHTS to people with felony records.
Thanks to our racist drug laws, and racist law enforcement, and racist judicial system, the effect is the disenfranchisement of MILLIONS, disproportionately black men. And nobody has ever been able to explain to me why a drug conviction should permanently deprive someone of the right to vote, even after their incarceration is over.
It's the modern day equivalent of poll tests. And nobody cares.
But by all means, lets restore the right to own a semi-automatic to a person with paranoid delusions and a history of domestic violence! Brill.
Can we maybe give a little less attention to the 2nd Amendment, and a little more than the 15th?
I have a special hate in my heart for It's A Wonderful Life.
Why? Because it's like an advertisement for self-abnegation and codependency. The message is, "If you give up all your own dreams and live solely for other people, who blithely take advantage and give nothing in return, someday they'll appreciate you."
The Save Our Siberians - Siberspace Rescue Fund (SOS-SRF) is an organization which raises and disburses funds to assist Siberian Husky rescue groups and individuals with non-routine expenses incurred for rescue dogs. This might include paying for heartworm treatment or making a contribution towards major surgery or multiple medical expenses.
Some of the items in the auction are knitted from yarn spun from recycled Husky hair! If you have a Husky, you can send your dog's (clean, dry) hair to be spun into yarn. Knitters/crochet-ers, there are a few skeins of yarn in Husky-wool or Husky-merino blends in the auction.