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Angela Davis on Violence 1971 and Revolution Principles of Activism

February 15, 2019

Angela Davis in 1971 of Principles of Revolution and Activism Against Violence to Black People

A reporter asked famed activist Angela Davis in 1971 if violence was needed for a revolution. Her answer blew him away…





14 Children Died in the Parkland Shooting. 1,200 Have Died From Guns Since Then.

February 14, 2019

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14 Children Died in the Parkland Shooting. 1,200 Have Died From Guns Since Then.

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Fourteen students died on Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla., inspiring marches, new laws and widespread calls to stop the onslaught of gun deaths. But in the year since one of the worst school shootings in the United States, nearly 1,200 more children have lost their lives to guns in this country.

[Read more on how America responded to Parkland]

The number alone might stop most people in their tracks. But editors at The Trace, a nonprofit news organization that reports on gun violence, wanted to remember the dead not as statistics, but as human beings with rich histories. This week they launched “Since Parkland,” a website compiling profiles of every one of the victims. To tell their stories, The Trace turned to those who could relate most closely to the victims: other young people.

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That’s how Mary Claire Molloy, 18, found herself trying to sum up the life of a 9-month-old boy, Jason Garcia Perez, who — along with two of his siblings — was shot and killed in August in Clearlake, Calif., by his father, who then shot and killed himself.

Ms. Molloy, a high school senior in Indianapolis, turned to developmental milestones to try to recreate Jason’s life of crawling and learning to talk. She was one of 200 teenagers to write the profiles.

“This is the most haunting and the most powerful thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “I’m a vessel for these kids’ stories that they can never tell. How can I be their voice?”

Ms. Molloy wrote 48 profiles; the youngest victim she wrote about was Jason, and the oldest was Alaina Maria Housley, who died when a gunman opened fire in a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The Trace worked on “Since Parkland” with the Gun Violence Archive, The Miami Heraldand the McClatchy newspaper group, whose member newsrooms will be publishing some of the profiles this week and over the weekend.

While the young reporters were assigned most of their stories, some felt a special affinity for certain victims and asked to write about them. A few shared birthdays with the dead. Another asked to write about someone killed in a drive-by shooting because a cousin had died in the same way, said Akoto Ofori-Atta, who led the project and is the managing editor of The Trace.

[Read how the Parkland massacre has changed the lives of the survivors in their own words.]

“We had thought about writing obituaries for kids, and that teen journalists should do this because it’s their story to tell,” she said of the 100-word vignettes. “They’re short and poetic. You don’t learn about the name until the end.”

The circumstances of their deaths were also saved for the end. “Doing this work doesn’t mean only reporting the death,” Ms. Ofori-Atta said.

The reporters’ youth was an advantage, said Melat Eskender, 17, a high school senior in Columbus, Ohio. “It was less intimidating for them to talk to a young person about their child,” she said of victims’ parents.

Ms. Eskender, who wrote or contributed to about 20 profiles, said that she had been most moved by the story of the youngest victim she was assigned, David Lee Anderson, 11, of East Chicago, Ind. He had been caught in crossfire while playing basketball.

“He played everyday, and ended up taking a shot to the head on Mother’s Day, in the morning,” said Ms. Eskender, who interviewed David’s devastated mother. “It was supposed to be a day of celebration of her relationship with her son.”

Both students and editors said that the victims were mostly African-American or Latino, and that many of their deaths had not been publicized.

“What struck me is that I didn’t even know this happened,” said Ms. Molloy, who was assigned a victim who lived near her in Indianapolis, a 1-year-old girl.

New profiles were being added this week, and the work is not done. They are counting every death until midnight on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, we know that there will be a young person who is alive right now and who won’t be alive at the end of the day,” Ms. Ofori-Atta said.

Follow Adeel Hassan on Twitter @adeelnyt.



An UltimateVirtuoso on the Court and In Life – William Russell

February 14, 2019

An Ulitmate Virtuoso on the Court and In Life  – Bill Russell


I’m losing my place of residence in the next two months at most

February 9, 2019

I’m losing my place of residence in the next two months at the most

Today, February 8, 2019, officially, the building in which I have been living the last few years where I’ve worked caring for the premises was informed that it will be closed as the master lease will be terminated effective as of March. Please if there is anyone who is out there, in any circumstance that includes working and plying my skills for a place to live, I will need to move what I’m able and work for a roof over my head. PLEASE spread this as you can to anyone else. I have worked and lived in Capitol Hill in Denver for a large part of my adult life.

Prayer Before the House of Representatives of the Colorado General Assembly February 2019

February 7, 2019


Prayer For the House of​ ​Representative​s​​ of the Colorado General Assembly ​2/​8/2019
Lift up your heads lift up your eyes to the firmament
Lift  up your hearts to the diversity, equity, grace of the creative surprising expression of our sisters and brothers. 
We shall embrace their hallowed origins; exalt in their presence; never waiver in either our love or our witness to their accompishments.  
We are all unique, blessed beings who share the ether, and by our honoring  all that is,  that is sacred, and righteous
we prevail.

Boricua Desarollando Mas Comida En Una Manera Que Esta Salvando Nuestra Tierra

February 7, 2019


Chefs se sumergen en la agricultura ecológica boricua

Con el propósito de crear vínculos más fuertes con la realidad de este tipo de agricultura


El Proyecto Agroecológico el Josco Bravo en Toa Alta fue sede de un encuentro de chefs y cocineros con la intención de estrechar lazos y crear vínculos más fuertes con la realidad de la agricultura ecológica local.

Más de 15 proyectos gastronómicos de alrededor de toda la isla se dieron cita a la finca con botas puestas para conocer los detalles de la producción agroecológica local y conocer sobre los productos de temporada de la agricultura.

El recorrido comenzó en el área del vivero donde se desarrollan todas la plántulas que van a ser sembradas posteriormente a campo abierto. Allí podíamos encontrar una gran diversidad de vegetales que pronto serían sembrados en la tierra tal como tomates, remolachas, repollos, brócoli, lechugas, cebollino, nabos y pimientos entre otros.

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“Es importante que reconozcamos las diferentes temporadas de cultivo que existen en nuestro clima tropical caribeño para así maximizar el potencial de nuestra agricultura y nuestra gastronomía. Mientras en Estados Unidos se encuentran ahora mismo con una ola de frío y nieve, nosotros estamos en plena primavera agrícola boricua y es el momento del año en que encontraremos la mayor abundancia y diversidad de vegetales”, explicó Ian Pagán Roig, agricultor del Josco Bravo.

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El recorrido continuó por diferentes predios de la finca en donde se trabajan más de 20 cultivos diferentes y donde se tuvo la oportunidad de degustar y apreciar diversidad de vegetales en plena cosecha tal como el rábanos, cilantro, remolachas, repollos, brócolis, tomates, lechugas, cebollinos, maíz, batata y yuca entre otras viandas y hortalizas de temporada.

“El venir a la finca me despertó nuevas emociones y es de gran importancia para mí porque veo el producto en otros niveles y me inspira. El escenario me trae magia y me trae paz. La energía que recojo del área definitivamente va a entrar en el proceso de confección de platos” expresó el chef Gabriel Hernández, propietario del Restaurante Verde Mesa en El Viejo San Juan.

“En Puerto Rico somos privilegiados porque podemos cosechar todos los vegetales que se siembran en otros lugares más fríos como Estados Unidos y Europa pero también disfrutamos de otra gran variedad de productos autóctonos con gran versatilidad como las viandas que solo se pueden cosechar en el trópico. Por esto es importante reconocer qué se cosecha en qué época del año para así disfrutar de productos locales de alta calidad al mismo tiempo que se apoya la agricultura ecológica puertorriqueña”, contó, por su parte,  Pagán Roig.

Durante el recorrido se pudo visitar todas las estaciones de la finca y ver cómo una semilla se convierte en plántula que se cultiva en un suelo nutrido con composta y otros fertilizantes orgánicos para transformarse en las cosechas frescas que servirán en decenas de restaurantes. Al final se degustó un almuerzo preparado con un 97 por ciento de productos cosechados de la propia finca el día anterior, mientras agricultores, cocineros y chefs discutían coloquialmente sobre diferentes temas de la agricultura y gastronomía local.

“Como restaurante aportamos en aspectos que impactan social y políticamente por medio de enlaces que tenemos con diferentes instituciones”, añadió la dueña del restaurante El Grifo (Caguas), Loumiry Sánchez.

“¿Qué cosa más importante que la alimentación como una herramienta de transformación masiva para una sociedad? Podemos hablar sobre la importancia gastronómica y la importancia agrícola pero hay que recalcar la importancia revolucionaria de la agroecología y sentarnos a discutirla aquí en la finca tiene mucho potencial”, sostuvo.

Así poco a poco cada chef y cocinero regresó a cada uno de sus proyectos recargados con la brisa y la energía de la tierra para seguir creando el arte de la comida pero con los pies bien plantados desde el suelo de la finca.

Entre los chefs y cocineros que participaron del encuentro se encontraron: Chef Rebecca, Gabriel Hernández de Verde Mesa, Francis Guzmán de Vianda; Berenice Berrocal de CRU, Pilar Ponce de Alfajores Chasquis, Berenice Carmona de Axolote; Glorimar Frank de Obrigado Café, José Guillermo y Oscar Ortiz de Eco Lounge Bar Stakehouse; Samantha Rabaudi de Época; Eloy Berlingeri de Que Viva Trattoria, Zulmari Lamboy de Alimento, Loumiry Sánchez y José Soto de El Grifo; Giomara de Agrococina, Stephanie Berry de Peace & Loaf, Chef Germania Díaz de El Caribe Hilton, Chef Esteban Muñiz de Cholo’s Bistro, Sherry Mariel de Trenza y Canela, Marko Ramírez de Chifrijo FoodTruck y Eddie Ramírez de Casa Sol Bed and Breakfast

Food Food Glorious Food

February 6, 2019

Food  Glorious Food

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