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  • Education, Shirley Chisholm, a Postage Stamp, Hope and AWTT

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    Here's a little tale about public education, public policy, and a postage stamp. In January of this year, these three seemed to converge, but in truth, they passed like trains in the night.Several years ago a designer who works with the US Post Office wrote to me about the possibility of using my AWTT portrait of Shirley Chisholm for a stamp in the Black Heritage series. I was delighted, but as time passed and no more mention was made, I forgot about it.
  • Bill Bigelow: An Earth Day Message - Take Heart from the Abolition Movement

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    On this Earth Day, those of us fighting for climate justice and an end to the world's fossil fuel domination should take heart from the struggle against slavery.Imagine for a moment that it is 1858 and you are an abolitionist. Talk about discouragement: The previous year, in itsDred Scottdecision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no black person—whether enslaved or free—was entitled to become a U.S. citizen. Chief Justice Roger B.
  • The Backward Dancing Man

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    In the early 1970s when I was teaching myself how to draw and hoping, in the process, to develop an artful voice, I was also reading the great anthropologist, philosopher, poet, paleontologist, and writer Loren Eiseley.
  • Exuberant Whales and Frantic Turtles

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    Robert Shetterly considers the exuberance of playful whales and the survival of baby sea turtles.
  • What Would Clyde Do? Why I Painted Clyde Kennard

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    Chances are, you haven't heard ofClyde Kennard, an unsung hero and martyr of the Civil Rights Movement, a man of great wisdom, compassion, gentleness, and determined courage. Until a few months ago, I hadn't either. Then a colleague told me a remarkable story about a man set on showing southern Mississippi white people that their culture would be better for them if they integrated.
  • What You Should Know by Russell Libby, a review

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    Robert Shetterly reviews Russell Libby's new, posthumously published book of poetry, What You Should Know: A Field Guide to Three Sisters Farm.
  • This App Is So Cool!

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    The entire function of art -- at whatever level of ability -- is to enable a person to discover a personal voice, an idiosyncratic way of seeing, thinking, feeling, reacting, being that could only come from you.
  • AWTT Focusing on Narrative Activism

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    It is the mission of Americans Who Tell the Truth to encourage all of us to discover true stories, stories that help us engage in the life and health of our communities, stories that align our ideals with our actions.
  • David Swanson: "War in Syria will not be won"

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    David Swanson takes apart the public rationale for war with Syria: "The debate over chemical weapons, itself, is framed by the lie that a law against chemical weapons can be enforced by one nation attacking another."
  • Peter Ludlow on Whistleblowing and Hacktivism

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    Read Peter Ludlow's thoughtful exploration of the morality of the new generation of leakers, whistleblowers, and hacktivists. The post, titled "The Banality of Systemic Evil" was published in The New York Times on September 15, 2013.Writes Ludlow, "Clearly, there is a moral principle at work in the actions of the leakers, whistle-blowers and hacktivists and those who support them.