Coinciding with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives shared a recently re-discovered speech by Dr. King.
On his way to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize , Dr. King stopped in London and delivered a speech to the Christian Action group on December 7, 1964. In this speech, Dr. King connected the history of American segregation and the Civil Rights movement with the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, then a correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Roughly 50 years later, the speech was re-discovered in the Pacifica Radio Archives. This morning, Democracy Now! shared the speech.
Listen to the speech above; a full transcript of the speech (and the broadcast) is available at the Democracy Now! site.
Teaching Tolerance, an educational resource of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), created an excellent, broad online resource for the 2016 Election. While the format is geared towards professional educators, the material is rich enough to merit everyone’s time.
The resource is divided into several subject areas: Countering Bias; Civic Activities; Getting Along; How To (or, how teachers can cover the election in class); and Election Sites. Every section mixes research, media, storytelling, activities, direct action, and much more—in short, there are a number of entry points for users. Post-Election Day, the Election Sites section may seem of less use, but it still deserves attention, given the current level of interest and attention upon the election process.
The entire Teaching Tolerance project, which has been in existence since 1991, is remarkable and worth your time. The site is updated regularly, so it is worth bookmarking, adding to your RSS feed, etc. And, of course, the SPLC is very deserving of your support.
Published on 9 November 2016, Slate’s “How to Channel Your Post-Election Anger, Sadness, and Fear Into Action” was one of the first comprehensive post-election to-do lists to be shared. The list contains areas of interest—reproductive rights, representation of women in government, climate, Islamophobia, freedom of press, bridging cultural divides, income inequality, immigration, hunger and poverty, and (my favorite) the future of liberal governance—each with a couple manageable action items.
Dividing the work in terms of subject allows the user to pick and choose, based on one’s interest and/or comfort. The list, by no means comprehensive, also demonstrates the breadth of the impact of Trump’s presidency.
PDF print-out of the web page here: how-liberals-can-channel-their-post-election-anxiety-into-action.