Category Archives: human rights

Lies, Bad Language, Body-Slamming

Reflection by Mary E. Latela The “innocent by-standers” who would not speak, went along with the notion that after all the votes were counted, life would be better. They forgot or erased what they had seen and heard prior to … Continue reading

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The Harmful Effects of Disrespect

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, February 4, 2017 Based on statement from @jhalifax: (Roshi Joan Halifax) “I am concerned about what disrespect is doing to the fabric of our society; incivility is normalized & is eroding moral sensibilities.” I decided to … Continue reading

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From the Left

FIRST THOUGHTS Wednesday January 11, 2017 by Mary E. Latela I recall that Julia Cameron suggested a morning exercise of about 10 minutes of free writing. As I woke up, so many thoughts blossomed. I am captivated by the story … Continue reading

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Democracy, Starting with the Truth

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, November 18, 2016   We are a people of stories. We learn about our families, our nation, about the world, from the stories transmitted to us. This has been a stressful time, this election season, … Continue reading

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On Fire for Freedom

On Fire for Freedom by Mary E. Latela, November 3, 2014 We decided to join a political party when a young man came along, who seemed afire with enthusiasm for a better way, for a truly united nation, where people were not … Continue reading

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36 Hours

36 Hours by Mary E. Latela, July 9, 2016 When my roommates heard I’d signed up to spend 36 hours in a fall-out shelter –they did not believe me. Part of the reason I took the plunge was to quash … Continue reading

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“Yes, I can.”

Rachel Maddow & Elizabeth Warren (MSNBC)  June 10, 2016 MADDOW: With that kind of a vision, I have one last question for you. You’ll know what I’m getting at but take my question literally. WARREN: OK. MADDOW: And I know you’re … Continue reading

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It’s My Vote!

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, March 3, 2016 For several decades, voting in most states was limited to white male landowners, called freeholders. Gradually, the franchise, or right to vote, expanded to include non-landowners, then African-American men, then women, and … Continue reading

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The Barefoot Lawyer

In May, 2012, Chen Guangcheng escaped from house arrest in China and fled to the American embassy, prepared to continue his work in China. Read his fiercely honest memoir, out on March 1, 2016. Continue reading

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