National Coming Out Day

Is celebrated every year on October 11. I forget what that date was selected when the holiday was inaugurated in the … late 80’s?
My good buddy Warren Blumenfeld, a colleague from the Social Justice Program at UMass-Amherst, distributed
his speech
via the social justice listserv.…

Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights

Unesco has posted the text with a brief historical account.
the Preamble declares:
“[T]his Declaration takes language communities and not states as its point of departure and is to be viewed in the context of the reinforcement of international institutions capable of guaranteeing sustainable and equitable development for the whole of humanity. For these reasons also it aims to encourage Read more...

income inequality and presidential elections

Here’s some info on income inequality and political representation in the U.S. and some correlations with partisan politics (from a presentation by Chris in Labor Studies).
Compiled from the 2004-2005 edition of The State of Working America:
“1. Income in 2000 was slightly less concentrated among the top 1% than in 1929. This means, in 2000, the top 1% … Read more...

Eyewitness Account – Katrina

This is a letter from a tourist who didn’t make it out of New Orleans. He wrote this to his mother; it was then sent on to friends and Ira posted it to the social justice listserv at UMass. Thanks.
Another letter was written by emergency medical personnel who were in New Orleans for a conference.
Also, a link to …