Monthly Archives: May 2012

New Movement

About twenty years ago I knew Catherine McGowen, a retired cleaning woman from a hospital in Montgomery, Alabama. A small African American, she had been one of grass roots activists in the civil rights movement. She was raising two young … Continue reading

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The Politics of Abortion

Maria Elena Lucas, an ex-farm worker, poured her heart out into the spiral bound, green notebook. Dating her inscription March 16, 1990, she declared, “I . . . refuse to believe God is a man or that there is only … Continue reading

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War on Drugs

Shortly after Ronald Reagan promoted the “War on Drugs” in 1982, I met a young African American woman locked in jail in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She had been arrested in a drug sweep and charged with prostitution. In the background, cells … Continue reading

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“Texas Friendly”

“Our mobile home court is very secure,” the thin retired woman with coiffured gray hair told me. “As you can see, we have a high chain link fence and are a gated community. The crime rate in here is nearly … Continue reading

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