Thursday, October 11, 2007

Divest for Darfur National Grassroots Action

There is an important divestment rally coming up in New York City. Join the NYC Coalition to Save Darfur and Brooklyn Parents for Peace and demand that JPMorgan Chase divest from companies that help fund the genocide in Darfur.

The rally, to be held at noon on Monday, October 15, outside JPMorgan Chase headquarters, is part of a National Day of Action. You will join thousands of activists around the country urging the top offending investment firms - including JPMorgan Chase - to divest for Darfur.

What: Divest for Darfur National Grassroots Action
Where: JPMorgan Chase Headquarters, 270 Park Avenue
When: Monday, October 15, noon - 2:00 p.m.

The National Divest for Darfur Day of Action was organized to encourage investment firms, especially JP Morgan, Franklin Templeton, Fidelity Investments, Capital Group (American Funds), and Vanguard, to withdraw investments from companies that help fund genocide in Darfur. Millions of Americans have their retirement funds invested through these firms and are inadvertently investing in genocide. The goal of divestment is to put economic pressure on the Sudanese government to end the violence.

For more information on divestment, check out

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hanging noose found at Columbia University

This is for those of you with innocent souls that continue to deny that racism is alive and well in the US.

Columbia University planned a town hall meeting Wednesday for faculty and students to discuss the discovery of a hangman’s noose on a black professor’s office door, an incident which the university’s president described as an assault on the entire university.

Police are investigating the incident, which was discovered Tuesday night, as a hate crime. The noose, an echo of other recent incidents involving the symbol reviled by many for its association with the lynchings of the Old South, was hung up on the door of a professor at the university’s Teacher’s College.

“This is an assault on African Americans and therefore it is an assault on every one of us. I know I speak on behalf of every member of our communities in condemning this horrible action,” Columbia President Lee Bollinger said Tuesday.

Columbia did not immediately say which professor was targeted, but she was identified in the local media as Madonna Constantine, a professor of psychology and education and author of a book entitled “Addressing Racism: Facilitating Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Educational Settings.”

A noose left hanging on the officer door of a respected African-American professor at Columbia University prompted students to stage a demonstration, chanting: “not in my school”.

University officials are stunned, to say the least. Officials plan a community meeting

to confront the issue. But students were already in action with protests.

Many at the school call the hanging noose—a cowardly act.

The noose was found by another professor, hanging on the office door of Dr. Madonna Constantine shortly before 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Dr. Constantine is a tenured professor at teachers college her specialties: psychology and multi-culturalism. Her work includes the book, “addressing racism.”

Police are also looking into whether the incident springs from a dispute between Constantine and another faculty member.

Student organizers are calling for a campus-wide student walkout at 2:00 this afternoon.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Chandra Leigh Brown says, “Everyday Is A Celebration!”

Read the full story and view the pictures at

That is what I do EVERYDAY I wake up—I celebrate!  On May 3, 2002, I was in a horrible car accident.  While driving alone, I was struck by a hit-and-run driver.  The impact was so hard that I was ejected from the passenger’s window and flown airborne over 50 feet.  While on life support for nearly a month, doctors instructed my family that I would NEVER have use of my right arm.  I was told that my right arm saved my life because I used it to break the impact from the fall.  I tell you, “God Is Good!” About two years ago, the pin was removed (see photo holding pin).  Today, my arm is completely healed.  On occasion, I engage in a game of basketball and will soon shoot a game of pool.  Both are my special vices.

Although my life has been spared, it has forever been changed.  You see, I am a 38 year old African-American woman living with a brain injury.  Things that were once second nature have become challenging.  Particularly in the area of employment.  I have over five years of college education (I changed my major a couple of times).  I was in the Who’s Who of America’s High School Students.  I was very active in African-American social and civic organizations.  I exhibit both a leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.  Before my accident, I had planned on becoming a forensic pathologist.  However, today, I now stutter when I get excited, my attention span is not as strong and processing information takes more time than before.  Despite all of these new challenges, my health is better than most and my spirit has not been broken.

I have had many people help me through my recovery.  My best friend Annetter (who is now deceased-breast cancer), visited me everyday when I was on life support.  I was told that she would pray and not engage in talk with others during her entire visit.  Some family and many friends were instrumental in my recovery.  Particularly, my doctors and my partner, Janet.  Janet encouraged me to keep a daily journal.  This journal along with the encouragement of friends has been instrumental in me writing my autobiography.  In 2006, I was named The International Chairperson for Disabled Individuals for the Oprah Winfrey for Nobel Peace Prize Movement.  I will continue to fight for Oprah to win such a deserving award.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Squatters no more

Die-hard camping, road-tripping and concert-going women have long hoped for an invention that would facilitate peeing while standing up. But, few imaged it would be so ... sparkly.  You’ve got to see it!

Posted by Nuttshell on 10/02 at 02:45 PM
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