September 22, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Black Feminists/Womanists

Today’s open thread will highlight some well-known womanists.

Womanism is a social theory deeply rooted in the racial and gender oppression of black women. There are varying interpretations on what the term womanist means and efforts to provide a concise and all encompassing definition have only been marginally successful. Yet, the presence of ambiguity within the theology allows for its continuous expansion of its basic tenets.

At its core, womanism is a social change perspective based upon the everyday problems and experiences of black women and other women of color, but more broadly seeks methods to eradicate inequalities not just for black women, but for all people. The self- authored spirit of activism, spirituality, and the women’s relationship with herself, other women, and her surroundings comprise an essential part of the ideology. 

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The term womanism was first coined by author, Alice Walker in her 1979 short story, “Coming Apart.” Here Walker describes the protagonist of the story as a womanist. Although Walker is credited for the term, there are other contributors to the womanism movement. These contributors developed their own womanist theories independently of Walker’s womanism. They include scholars such as Clenora Hudson-Weems and Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyem.

A need for the term “womanism” arose during the early Feminist Movement, which was mainly led by middle-class white women advocating for social change in the form of women’s suffrage. While the Feminist Movement focused on ending gender-based oppression, it largely ignored race and class-based oppression. The height of this academic discourse occurred during the late 1980’s when scholars such as Cleenora Hudson-Weems, and Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi began to share their findings with the world. During this time, womanism was embraced, debated, and dismissed by academics, mainly due to its perspective on the African-American experience. The 1990’s presented a new kind of challenge with the proliferation of black feminism within women’s studies. As a result, womanism fell beneath the radar of the public eye, but academic discourse progressed, and scholars continued to contribute to and explore the discipline. By the early 2000’s, womanism had resurfaced as a unique social change perspective. This was further cemented by the publication of The Womanist Reader in 2006, a collection of womanist essays and critiques.

Author and poet Alice Walker first utilized the term “womanist” in her work, In Search of our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose. She explains that the term womanist is derived from the southern folk expression “acting womanish.” The womanish girl exhibits willful, courageous, and outrageous behavior that is considered to be beyond the scope of societal norms. 

Walker’s definition also holds that womanists are universalists. This philosophy is further invoked by her metaphor of a garden where are all flowers bloom equally. A womanist is committed to the survival of both males and females and desires a world where men and women can coexist, while maintaining their cultural distinctiveness. This inclusion of men provides Black women with an opportunity to address gender oppression without directly attacking men. A third definition provided by Walker pertains to the sexuality of the women portrayed in her review of “Gifts of Power: The Writings of Rebecca Jackson.” Here, she argues that the best term to describe Rebecca Jackson, a black Shaker who leaves her husband and goes on to live with her white Shaker companion, would be a womanist, because it is a word that affirms the connection to the world, regardless of sexuality. The seemingly contrasting interpretations of womanism given by Walker validates the experiences of African- American women, while promoting a visionary perspective for the world based on said experiences.

clenoraClenora Hudson-Weems is credited with coining the term Africana Womanism. In 1995, the publication of her book, Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves sent shockwaves through the Black nationalism community and established her as an independent thinker. She rejects feminism as the theology of Africana women, that is to say women of the African diaspora, because it is philosophically rooted in Eurocentric ideals. She further asserts that it is impossible to incorporate the cultural perspectives of African women into the feminism ideal due to the history of slavery and racism in America. A large part of her work mirrors separatist Black Nationalist discourse, because of the focus on the collective rather than the individual as the forefront of her ideology. Weems refutes Africana womanism as an addendum to feminism, and asserts that her ideology differs from Black feminism, Walker’s womanism, and African womanism.

 

 

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Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi is a Nigerian literary critic. In 1985, she published the article, ” Womanism: The Dynamics of the Contemporary Black Female Novel in English,” and described her interpretation of womanism. She asserts that the womanist vision is to answer the ultimate question of how to equitably share power among the races and between the sexes. She arrived at her interpretation of the term independently of Alice Walker’s definition, yet there are several overlaps between the two ideologies. Rather than citing gender inequality as the source of Black oppression, Ogunyemi takes a separatist stance much like Hudson- Weems, and dismisses the possibility of reconciliation of white feminists and black feminists on the grounds of the intractability of racism.

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  • morphus

    Black women understood the not so subtle meaning of the becky brigade’s “woman power” movement in the U.S. for centuries … When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America
    http://www.amazon.com/When-Where-Enter-Impact-America/dp/0688146503

    It seems ironic that White women abolitionists would discriminate
    against Black women. For Whites, though, abolitionist activism was
    primarily a means of releasing their suppressed political
    energies—energies which they directed toward the goal not of Black
    liberation, but of their own.” (Ch. II)

    • Miranda

      Ain’t a damn thing changed either. Black women better stop trying to buy into these “oppression” campaigns conjured up by white women and realize the Becky brigade ain’t thinking bout them. The Beckys give not one damn bout black women, black daughters and even less bout black sons…wake up black feminists, they really could care less.

      • isonprize

        Ain’t a damn thing changed

        SPEAK ON IT.

        DAMN.

  • Miranda

    CA Republicans’ Fake ‘Obamacare’ Website Mailers Sent at Taxpayer Expense
    By ERNEST A. CANNING on 12/6/2013, 4:29pm PT

    The Ventura County Star reports that CA Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Thousand Oaks), and three other members of the California Republican Assembly Caucus abused their public mailing privileges by sending nearly 260,000 deceptive mailers to their constituents.

    According to a former opponent of his that I spoke with, it wouldn’t be the first time Gorell has been linked to deceptive mailers.

    Instead of directing constituents who desire to take advantage of the state’s Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange, the mailer “labeled as ‘A California Resource Guide’ to explain federal health care reform”, points constituents to a fake website created by state Republicans. Rather than the official CoveredCA.com website, the new mailers direct the recipient to CoveringHealthCareCA.com, a bogus Republican site which, though attempting to appear to be the official CA health care exchange site, doesn’t actually provide the ability to shop for or purchase policies.

    “Though it launched in August,” ABC News reports, “the site made waves this week after a number of GOP Assembly members sent out mailers to their constituents, highlighting the page as a ‘resource guide’ for information on the Affordable Care Act.”

    The deceptive, publicly funded mailers sent by the self-described “fiscal conservatives” cost CA taxpayers $77,496, according to the Star’s public records request. The money, they report, came from the state Assembly’s “taxpayer-funded operating budget.”

    more here: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10411

    • Worldwatcher7

      Somebody needs to be charged for this misuse of taxpayer funds. Come on karma — in the form of Kamala Harris.

      • conlakappa

        They should be up on mail fraud and cyber fraud charges as well.

    • MonieTalks

      Charge these twits with a crime. It is past time to stop treating their lies and stupidity as a blip on the screen….these mofos are deceitful criminal thugs.
      Barbara Boxer never holds her tongue regarding anything about PBO where she at….Maxine Waters can’t be unleashed?? The usual noisemakers mighty quiet.

  • rikyrah

    Published on Dec 5, 2013

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President spoke on the importance of addressing economic mobility and supporting implementation of the Affordable Care Act, visited fasting immigration reform activists, marked World AIDS Day, celebrated Hanukkah, and visited a local bookstore for Small Business Saturday. That’s November 29th to December 5th or, “Olde English.”

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  • jds09

    “a garden where every flower can bloom”, that’s so beautiful, simple and profound. This weeks posts have been great, I’ve learned so much.

    Thank you and Good Morning!

  • JB20005

    50 years after second wave feminism started, 56% of white women voted for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

    Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, you failed.

    • conlakappa

      I know less abut the latter’s efforts but imagine how far feminism would have gotten if Friedan hadn’t gone out of her way to purge black women and white lesbians from NOW at its early stages? I’ve talked before about my perception of that cow [I'm being nice; trust], who was a neighbor of mine in the 1990s.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ -:>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) -Ohhh PBOMB♥ – –A POWERFUL TRIO of -“WOMANIST”-ACTIVISTS —COMMITTED 2 – -“Da STRUGGLE” :>) – —

    – – -PBOMB♥ – – -Thank U 4 this INSPIRING SERIES. :>) Have learned sooo much. :>)

    – —-☻Clenora Hudson-Weems, Ph.D., was the first to establish the position of the August 28, 1955, brutal lynching of Emmett Louis “Bobo” Till, the 14-year-old Black Chicago youth for whistling at a 21-year-old white woman (Carolyn Bryant) in Money, MS, as the catalyst of the Modern Civil Rights Movement. In Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the CRM (1994),. . — [NEW INFORMATION.]

    – —☻ Ogunyemi takes a separatist stance -much like Hudson- Weems, and dismisses the possibility of reconciliation of white feminists and black feminists on the grounds of the intractability of racism.[THIS has been demonstrated by the -"YT -feminists" as THEY can NEVA be found when it comes 2 -DEFENDING -OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥]

    – – – -ENJOY your TREAT annnd B BLESSED2-day.

    — – — ☺http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nelson-mandela/10499583/Nelson-Mandela-death-the-worlds-front-pages.html
    – —RIHEP – –Dear MADIBA♥ – -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – — -A TRIBUTE – – -2 Dear MADIBA♥ – – –

    – – – – -Crowds pay tribute to Mandela in S. Africa – –

    – –JOHANNESBURG — Not waiting for the formal services and ceremonies to begin, South Africans mourned Nelson Mandela’s passing with tributes around the nation Saturday, including at the foot of his statue in a modern commercial development here.

    Grieving countrymen of all colors dropped off fresh flowers, some in elaborate bouquets, along with photographs, messages and other mementos paying tribute to Mandela, whose passing at age 95 is regarded as a deeply personal loss by many South Africans.

    “We lost our daddy, mother, granddaddy. For us, he was everything,” said Rita Hlathi, 53, who came with a friend to pay tribute to the former president and leader of the long struggle to strike down the country’s former official system of apartheid.
    THERE IS MORE – – – -AMEN♥

  • crazycanuck

    @MMFool really has jumped the shark. Good Morning everyone.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – – -FROM MR. PRESIDENT♥ – –

    — -Weekly Address: Calling on Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits this Holiday Season- –

    – – – -In this week’s address, President Obama says that before Congress leaves for vacation, they should extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million hardworking Americans who will lose this lifeline at the end of the year. — –
    – – –HAH! – –CALLS! – -‘EM! –OUT!. – –THANK U. Sir♥ –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – – -YES — -MORE CONNECTIONS:- :>)

    http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/extended/archives/Story_TwoDots.jpg

    – –The radical histories of Mandela and MLK

    —- – – – -Martin Luther King Jr. never got to see himself canonized as a saint. When he was struck by an assassin’s bullet in 1968, much of the country despised him as an anti-war troublemaker who kept fighting for civil rights even as the movement faced a growing backlash. His emergence as a largely sanitized and unimpeachable symbol of American freedom embraced by both sides of the political spectrum would come decades later.

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95, managed to survive not just 27 years in prison but the very
    struggle against apartheid that made him a legend. As Gary Younge wrote in The Nation, Mandela, like King, became a figure so synonymous with racial equality that no one could afford to hate him publicly without questioning the principle itself. Yet the canonization of King and Mandela inevitably seeks to expunge from history the memory of the radicals they once were.

    Make no mistake, they were radicals. They were seeking nothing less than a fundamental reordering of the societies they were born into. King and Mandela somehow found within themselves the ability to love those who hated and brutalized them. King did it through his commitment to nonviolence, Mandela through a commitment to multiracial democracy that survived nearly 30 years of imprisonment.

    As Mandela stood in the dock in 1964 being railroaded by a racist
    court that criminalized his opposition to government by white supremacy, he declared:

    I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

    THERE IS MORE —

    – –[Some of this --a little negativity is present -IMHO. --But its basic premise is solid.] —

    — – —-☺http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1309282/thumbs/o-KING-MANDELA-facebook.jpg – – — -BLESS THEM♥ -♥ –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – MUSING – —

    -After reading THIS TRUTH: – – Ogunyemi takes a separatist stance much like Hudson- Weems, and dismisses the possibility of reconciliation of white feminists and black feminists on the grounds of the intractability of racism.

    – When it came 2 looking 4 SUPPORT 4 OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥–WE have always axed – – —

    — – – – — — — — ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGQ-ISsDm8M

    Annd THEIR apparent response — –***crickets***.
    – — – – – – —-☺http://cdn.straightfromthea.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/side-eye-gif1.gif

    • Worldwatcher7

      Hey there Ms. GLH! You are up early this Saturday morning speaking truth. Wishing you and all of POU a restful weekend.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Worldwatcher7. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        —-This SERIES has been sooo –INSPIRING! -annd EMPOWERING. :>)
        Thank U 4 your KIND WORDS. :>) – –
        –U B BLESSED 2-day Ww7. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    -PBOMB♥ —Watched a segment on the photographer who took official pics of Dear MADIBA♥ –at ROBBENS ISLAND —

    – – – –http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/extended/archives/Story_TwoDots.jpg —-

    —-☺http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/1921454-3×2-700×467.jpg

    – – ☺http://www.thehindu.com/multimedia/dynamic/01503/Obama-Robben_1503272f.jpg

    – – — BLESS THEM♥ -♥ —AMEN. – –

  • Alma98

    Morning everyone.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ Alma98 – –***BIG HUG*** :>) —Ohh —What a –FUN SUN –HAPPINESS ABOUNDS. :>) – —
      –Thanks 4 –“BRANGIN’ IT here”. :>) – —OUR DAILY JOY – – -I look FORWARD 1 it. :>) – –

      B BLESSED alma♥/Family♥ :>) – –

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH!
        Even though we have sun the temp is -2 lol.
        I’m going to buy my tree in a little bit but I have to grocery shop first. I hope you’re having a great, hugs and blessing to you and the fam.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma — Brrrr —B careful annnd safe. :>)

          – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdpicC_6y4s Have a FUN time. -:>)

          Annnd THANK U. :>) Blessings — ALWAYS welcomed.♥ – -:>)

        • pamelabrown53

          Good Luck with your tree shopping, Alma. I have always been the nightmare of the the tree owners’ lots: I tell them exactly what I want and will make them unwrap and show me everything they have til I’ve found a reasonable facsimile.
          Hope you find the tree you carry in your mind’s eye.

          • Alma98

            LOL!

          • Aquagranny911

            I haven’t had a ‘live’ Christmas tree since I think 1982 or so when we were living in MA. A big storm came through a couple of weeks before Christmas & snapped off the top of a pine tree in our yard. We cleaned it up, brought it in & decorated it.

            Usually I just light pine scented candles & spray around the pine scent.

            I’m a child of the desert. We usually decorated a few dried tree branches or whatever. I was thrilled when the artificial trees got really good. I have a great one. If I spray enough of that pine essence, lots of people think it’s “real!”

            I’m a desert person. What do I know?

    • crazycanuck

      Good Morning Alma

      • Alma98

        Good morning cc.

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m late but Happy Saturday Alma! It is so cold here! I know you will tell me not to whine that 37 degrees is not really cold but we are so worried about our gardens. We covered everything last night & picked a bunch of stuff. We are going to do a give away of produce tomorrow.

      It is too early for this kind of weather here. It is common in maybe late Dec or Jan but too soon now.

      • Alma98

        Hola AG! I’m not going to chastise you about 37 degrees. When it’s cold in places that grow our food I worry because produce will cost more. And that’s not a good thing for people already struggling.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – –WATCHIN — -DREAM DEFENDERS’ –CEO – –Phillip Agnew on mhp. – – -He is a –POWERFUL –INSPIRATIONAL LEADER♥ :>)

    — –☺http://instagram.com/p/hj5PL6P87m/

    —-☺@Dreamdefenders
    #justiceforreefa protestors are outside the Miami Beach Convention Center at #artbasel #baselforreefa pic.twitter.com/ox95HfeCe1

    – –☺ ‏ ‏@Dreamdefenders
    A #YSI facility in #PalmBeach had the highest rate of reported sexual assaults of 36 facilities reviewed in FL #NoMoreContracts
    — —ALWAYS —“IN Da STRUGGLE”. – – -BLESS All of U. :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – – -TWEETIN’ – – -TRUTH —

    – – – -☺ ‏@NerdyWonka
    Anytime the media says the Obama Admin. isn’t diverse, never forget that this is the WHPC front row. (h/t @bcarzz) pic.twitter.com/W0zNsN3w9Y

    — – -☺@NerdyWonka
    Avik Roy is on TV to always remind us of the incredibly dumb people who ran Romney’s campaign, represent @GOP, & why we must VOTE. #Nerdland

    – -☺@NerdyWonka
    No @GOP, we’re not buying your fake tears: Right Wing’s Campaign To Discredit And Undermine Mandela, In One Timeline http://thinkprogress.org/home/2013/12/06/3029871/wing-timeline-mandela/
    MORE L8R :>)

    • isonprize

      And bruhman with the camera DOESN’T COUNT!!! LOLOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL —isonprize :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) LOL

        Seeeeee. . . – –U! AIN’T – – — ——WRONG. :>) LOL – –Good 1. :>) Good 2 C U isonprize. :>) B BLESSED –U♥/Family♥ –

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Federal Judge Agrees Overworked Public Defender Amounts To A ‘Warm Body And A Law Degree’

    In two counties in Washington state, publicly appointed defense
    attorneys for the indigent worked less than an hour per case. They
    almost never met with their clients in a confidential setting. They
    rarely performed an external investigation of cases. For the most part, they participated in what U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik called a “meet and plead” system, negotiating a deal and foregoing trial based on the assumption that what they were told by police officers was an accurate description of the case.

    In a ruling that could resonate in counties across the country, Lasnik found that the cities appointing those lawyers had violated the defendants’ Sixth Amendment right to counsel, and ordered an immediate slew of reforms and federal oversight of the department going forward.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/12/05/3025441/federal-judge-agrees-overworked-public-defenders-warm-body-law-degree/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

  • creolechild

    Triple threat: Obama orders federal agencies to boost clean energy use threefold

    [....] The president is doing what he can without approval from Congress: requiring the federal government to get more of its power from renewable sources.[....] Under a presidential memorandum out Thursday, each agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable supplies.

    Agencies are supposed to build their own facilities when they can, or buy clean energy from wind farms and solar facilities. The memo also directs federal agencies to increase energy efficiency in its buildings and its power management systems.[....] With today’s memorandum, Obama follows through on a promise he made in his big climate speech in June.

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/triple-threat-obama-orders-federal-agencies-to-boost-clean-energy-use-threefold/

    H/T Lisa Hymas

  • creolechild

    Fleeing to Next Town, Bosses May Find Minimum Wage Is Rising There, Too

    When Marc Elrich, a county councilman in the northern Washington
    suburbs, sought to raise the minimum wage, businesses threatened to move across the Montgomery County line to pay workers less.
    So Mr. Elrich did something that experts say is unprecedented: Enlisting the governments of Washington and Prince George’s County to the east, he got all three governments to agree to raise minimum wages together — essentially forming a regional pact to make it far less tempting for businesses to flee next door.[....]

    The pact comes at a time when the minimum wage is becoming a defining issue for those, including President Obama, who are anxious about economic inequality.[....] In a coincidence of timing, Walmart opened two stores in Washington on Wednesday (H/T conlakappa), bringing low-cost goods and entry-level jobs to an increasingly gentrifying city with a shortage of both. The company said 23,000 people applied for about 600 jobs.

    A Walmart spokesman declined to say whether plans for four other stores were in jeopardy with the city set to approve the $11.50 minimum wage.

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/07/us/as-employers-grouse-cluster-of-governments-seeks-to-raise-minimum-wage.html?ref=us

    H/T Trip Gabriel

    • conlakappa

      Vincent Gray, Mayor “we are totes like South Africa under apartheid,” will figure out a way to have an exception. Bet on it. I thought in Montgomery County we have a living wage. Wal*Mart will never be here. We also have had access to cheap prescriptions for a few years now.

  • crazycanuck

    Check this out, I’ve been googling. I asked the clinic doctor the exact same thing, he gave me this weird look. This person was getting arm pain in her right arm.

    ….He took my temperature and told me I didn’t have a temperature so I don’t have a sinus infection. Every time my sinus flare up my arms feel worse. My doctor thinks it’s from depression, I still swear it’s from sinuses.

    This morning my sinuses flared up and guess what my arm started hurting like the dickens.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ crazycanuck. – –***BIG HUG*** :>) —

      –FIRST: – –☺http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000647.htm —-
      NOW — — I hope that the docs will continue 2 –DRAW a CONNECTION – -between your sinuses annnd your injection site. —
      —Wonder iff U R gettin; a small reaction from the influenza virus –even though it is attenuated or dead.?
      –Als –when your sinuses “flared up”- – did U take your temperature.? – –
      -I’ll B happy when they get 2 the bottom of this.:>)
      It’s good that your R frequently checking your –signs annnnd symptoms. KEEP it up. :>) —***HUGS*** :>)
      Prayin’ 4 U –always. :>)

    • isonprize

      Listen to your body and get another doctor. At least, that is what I would do…

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – –TWEETIN’– -TRUTH –ACA POSITIVITY♥ – –

    – -☺@NerdyWonka
    #ObamaCare Works: In Connecticut, 22,904 people have enrolled and 100 small employers have purchased health insurancehttp://www.ctmirror.org/story/2013/12/05/cts-obamacare-exchange-applications-surging-week

    — ☺@NerdyWonka
    Now that http://Healthcare.gov is working, the beltway media is strangely silent on good news about #ObamaCare. http://www.nationaljournal.com/white-house/3-ways-you-can-tell-the-health-care-website-is-working-20131205
    – –[Mr. PRESIDENT said this 2 chris matthews. --TRUTH!]
    MORE L8R. :>)

  • creolechild

    85-year-old American war veteran Merrill Newman released from North Korea as Joe Biden visits DMZ

    [....] US officials said Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old from California, headed home after arriving in Beijing. North Korea deported him “from a humanitarian viewpoint”, its official Korean Central News Agency said, citing his “sincere repentance” as well as his age and health condition. His release came hours before Biden visited the demilitarised zone which has split the Korean peninsula since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

    “The DPRK (North Korea) today released someone they should never have had in the first place, Mr. Newman,” Biden said earlier after laying a wreath at the war memorial in Seoul. “It’s a positive thing they’ve done,” said Biden, visiting South Korea as the last stop on a three-country Asia tour that has already taken him to Japan and China.[...]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/07/85-year-old-american-war-veteran-merrill-newman-released-from-north-korea-as-joe-biden-visits-dmz/

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • creolechild

    WTO Seals Deal for First Time in 18 Years to Ease Trade

    [....]The deal unveiled today in Bali, Indonesia, was the first multilateral agreement negotiated by the WTO’s 159 member nations. It emerged from talks that had continued through the night after the U.S. and India compromised on food subsidies and a Latin American bloc led by Cuba dropped its earlier opposition to a draft agreement.[....]

    Success in reaching an agreement that supporters say could add $1 trillion to the world economy may help extend talks on the Doha trade negotiations, which have have dragged on for 12 years. [....] The U.S. and other members of the Geneva-based WTO would retain the right to file a complaint if subsidized goods are sold in global markets and depress prices or harm competitors.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-07/wto-seals-deal-for-first-time-in-18-years-to-ease-trade.html

    H/T Neil Chatterjee, Brian Wingfield & Daniel Pruzin

    • pamelabrown53

      Is this part of the same trade agreement that the emo-progs are comparing to NAFTA? Their panties are on warp speed wadding. I mean, don’t we want to expand our global markets as long as “free trade” is not substituted for “fair trade”?

      • Aquagranny911

        This is not NAFTA. NAFTA was designed to make a few multinational corporations even more money. It hurt Mexico & Latin America as well as smaller companies & workers here in the US.

        The Asian trade agreements will help a lot of countries and the US as well. This is about “fair trade” and it will be a boon for the US & world economy not just for a favored few corporations.

        my two pesos…

        • conlakappa

          Right. Wasn’t Pamela mocking the emoprogs for making a false comparison to NAFTA? That it happened during Clinton just makes it extra.

          • Aquagranny911

            That she did! If Hillbillygoat thinks they can sew up the Latino vote they better hope no one brings up NAFTA!

        • lessthantolerant

          BS as usual.

  • creolechild

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $275 Million Loan for Northwest Corridor Project in Atlanta – November 21, 2013

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined representatives
    from the Georgia Department of Transportation in Atlanta today to
    announce a Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $275 million to build new reversible lanes along I-75 and I-575.[....]

    The corridor has long been recognized as one of the Atlanta region’s most congested travel corridors with over 400,000 residents in the area. It is also one of the most economically important areas in the region containing several of the region’s major activity and employment centers, including Cumberland Galleria, Marietta, and Town Center.[....]

    Read more: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pressroom/dot1397.cfm

    H/T U.S. Department of Transportation

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —WAY-ELL–Da RACISTS –STILL B RACISTS –humph!

    – –South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag To Honor Mandela: ‘He Wasn’t American’ – –
    – —-Rick Clark, the sheriff of Pickens County, South Carolina, is refusing to lower the flag to half-staff to honor the life of Nelson Mandela, publicly defying the orders of President Barack Obama.

    After Mandela died on December 5 at the age of 95-years-old, Obama issued a declaration ordering all U.S. flags—from the White House to government buildings and military outposts—to be flown at half-staff through sunset on Monday, December 9. A rare honor for a foreign dignitary that Clark doesn’t feel Madiba deserves.

    Despite all that Mandela did for global peace and democracy, because he wasn’t America, Clark feels that only South Africa should honor him and posted the following on his Facebook page:
    —-SNIP —-
    – – –As previously reported by NewsOne, the United States didn’t remove Mandela from its terrorist list until 2008.
    Clark’s actions and those of his supporters prove that White supremacy and privilege—and illusions of American exceptionalism—are alive and well in South Carolina.
    – – – –

    —- -☺http://mormonsoprano.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/speak-truth.jpg
    ——-☺http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view1/2405228/ling-ling-speak-the-truth-o.gif

    • TyrenM

      Somebody should be removed from office or refused all federal funding.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ TyrenM :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) —
        —-***BIG fist bump*** —BOTH! –:>)

        SADLY —his “colleagues” R of the same ILK – -RACISTS!! —

        -Annnd iff federal funds R revoked —WE suffer also, —
        IT’s a dilemmma — -that WILL B taken care of —
        C’MON – —KARMA

        Good 2 C U –TyrenM. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Do I have to wait for Karma? Can’t I just go smash this racist’s face in a cactus right now? Where is the respeto for an elder who worked so hard for equality & peace?

      I’m old, I’ve seen too much evil & sadness. It is starting to really hurt my tough hide.

      • isonprize

        Yeah, AG, I agree with you. But no, we’ll do better to wait for Karma. It would take WAY too much energy to smash all the racists that need smashin’!!

        • Aquagranny911

          Verdad! But I would like to try! I’m getting old & I’m not sure I will be around for Karma. She needs to worker faster & harder.

        • conlakappa

          Gov. Haley should be asked about his actions, of course. But that’s likely asking too much of the current media.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Aquagranny911. —**BIG HUG***

        —LOL —-U have a GOOD PLAN. :>) —
        – – — -☺http://images.wikia.com/glee/images/2/22/Pika_slap.gif
        —Annnnd I’m prepared 2 JOIN U. — LOL

        BUT — -I’m believin’ that we’ll hafta WAIT 4 KARMA. — – -:>) — –
        Good 2 C U Aquagranny. :>)

    • Kennymack1971

      They’re nothing if not consistent. Racist piece of crap.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Kennymack1971. :>) ***BIG HUG*** [oops. missed this. Sorry.]

        — – –RACISTS annnnd LEOPARDS —-NEVA CHANGE. —geesh!! –

        – –☺http://www.shrewsburycartoonfestival.com/images/Leopard.jpg – — -SPEAK TRUTH!! —

        Good 2 C U Kennymack1971. :>)

    • lessthantolerant

      he is correct, our boy king did not order flags at half mast for Margaret Thatcher.
      Pretty racist of him.

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – -MR. PRESIDENT – -on IRAN — –

    — – -☺http://www.hulkusa.com/watch-msnbc-live-streaming/

  • creolechild

    Rhode Island teen honored for biodiesel project

    [....] It all started in 2008, when Lin attended an eco-festival where she learned about biodiesel
    and how used cooking oil could be recycled into cheap, clean-burning
    energy. Not long after, Lin learned about families in her own community
    that could not afford to pay their electric bill and heat their homes.
    So Lin launched TGIF – Turn Grease Into Fuel –
    an initiative that partners local restaurants who are willing to donate
    their used kitchen grease with charities that help families who need
    heating assistance.[....]

    Since its inception, TGIF has grown into a network of 113
    restaurants, collecting over 4,000 gallons of grease per month. To
    date, TGIF has helped offset more than 2 million pounds of carbon
    dioxide emissions. The team also helped draft a bill requiring all
    businesses in Rhode Island to recycle their waste cooking oil. The Used
    Cooking Oil Recycling Act went into effect in January 2012. This year, Lin earned a Brower Youth Award from the Earth Island Institute for her efforts towards ecological sustainability and social justice.[....]

    Read more: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/blogs/rhode-island-teen-honored-for-biodiesel-project

    H/T Jenn Savedge

  • creolechild

    Justice giant: Remembering Mandela and his fight for climate justice

    [....] Six years ago, Mandela founded The Elders, a cross-cultural group of leaders from across the globe to forge human rights-based solutions to worldwide problems. One of the group’s top priorities is climate justice, which is not only about reducing greenhouse gas emisssions, but also about ensuring the protection of those people and regions most vulnerable to the worst of climate change’s impacts.[...]

    The pillaging of Africa’s natural resources through mining (oil, coal,
    diamonds, etc.), deforestation, and other European industrialized forces led to the ramped up blasts of carbon dioxide and methane that trap heat in the atmosphere, reconfiguring ecosystems and destroying habitats all over the planet.[....] It’s for these reasons that Mandela aligned himself with other South African leaders who want to move beyond the oppressive extractive industries of the past and toward a cleaner, more sustainable economy[....]

    An appreciation for the beauty and subsistence of nature is not
    something that occurred to Mandela in just the final years of his life.
    During his 27 years in jail, he fought to have a garden installed on the roof of his prison, where he and his fellow inmates could grow
    vegetables for their meals. “To plant a seed, watch it grow, to tend it
    and then harvest it, offered a simple but enduring satisfaction,” he wrote in his autobiography. “The sense of being the custodian of this small patch of earth offered a small taste of freedom.”[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/climate-energy/justice-giant-remembering-mandela-and-his-fight-for-climate-justice/

    H/T Brentin Mock

    • Aquagranny911

      “To plant a seed, watch it grow, to tend it and then harvest it, offered a simple but enduring satisfaction.”

      I have tears again for the loss of this great man. I have done this all my life, even if it was only a few seeds in pots on a window sill. Growing things always gives me hope even when I feel most sad & defeated.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –MEDIA ALERT: – MR. PRESIDENT -CONTINUES

    — ☺http://www.showscorner.com/cnn-live-streaming/

    [msnbc had da NERVE 2 --"cut out"! ]

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –FROM Dear MADIBA’s FAMILY♥ – – –

    – – – -Mandela’s family speaks-
    – – – – – A member of Nelson Mandela’s family he was a great leader who made time to see everyone in his busy schedule.

    -BEAUTIFUL — TRUTH♥ :>) —

    – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGdEXP7Pe4c

  • creolechild

    POU, I came totally undone watching this video about Quai. I’m so PROUD of him, and the woman who raised him. I hope that a door is opened so that his mother is taken care of when he leaves for college.

    Young N.J. athlete Quai Jefferson juggles football and caring for his sick mom

    Quai Jefferson is a 17 year old starting wide receiver for St. Joseph of Montvale, the number one ranked team in the state. He’s blessed with all the markings of a star athlete who has a bright future. But when school and football end each day, he faces a very different reality. Quai is the primary healthcare provider for his mother who is sick with multiple sclerosis. He has always been the man of the house because his father was in and out of his life.

    It has always been Quai and his mom. The responsibility of her care, falls mostly on him. Quai shops, cleans, handles bills and cooks as well. All this, while still maintaining his rigorous school and football schedule. But now, Quai is about to open a new chapter in his life. He will begin college next fall raising the concern of what will happen with his mom. (Click on link to watch video)

    Read more: http://theblackmancan.org/2013/11/30/positive-black-male-news-young-n-j-athlete-quai-jefferson-juggles-football-and-caring-for-his-sick-mom/

    H/T The Black Man Can and Andre Malok

    • Aquagranny911

      No matter what happens this young man will be blessed all the days of his life. I hope he and his Mom can tap into some resources to help her when Quai begins college.

    • Kennymack1971

      Wonderful story. Thank you posting this.

      • creolechild

        You’re welcome Kennymack.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ creolechild. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      —-Ohhh —-WHAT a FINE YOUNG MAN. :>) —
      -What a BLESSING 2 his mom –who certainly is sooo PROUD of HIM. :>) – –
      BLESSINGS 2 all who have annnd will help him ACHIEVE HIS GOALS. – -:>)
      Thank U 4 sharin’ creolechild. :>) Good 2 C U. :>) –

      • creolechild

        Hi Baby Doll. Sending you a big hug right back and you’re welcome.

        • GreenLadyHere

          creolechild :>) ****smilin’ @-chu :>) – ***
          Thank U. :>)

    • lessthantolerant

      where is his father? why allow such destruction just so you can kiss the feet of frauds in the democratic party and idiots like Obama?
      responsibility and self reliance are the keys.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU. I’ve been a bit down in my spirits since Thursday. I grieve for the loss of Madiba on this earth. He was a human being, not perfect but he lent us grace as a child of Dios while he walked with us. He made of himself the best he could be under circumstances I cannot even imagine, much less think I could endure with such courage & fortitude. He humbles me. He reconciled with his enemies. I’m not sure I could ever do that. He put his people & his country above any personal feelings or personal desire for power. He stood for justice, equality & peace. He was a MAN in every sense and essence of that word.

    I understand & accept death. I believe that it is another journey that we take. We do go on because ‘alma,’ the Spanish word for soul, spirit, the true essence of a human being never dies as we may think we understand death. Nelson Mandela may have gone on to his next journey but what he did in this life & his true essence lives with us.

    • lessthantolerant

      notice he also did not cry racism every time one of his people murdered someone.
      too bad you learned nothing from his example.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – – -Focus on –VP Joe: :>) – –

    – – -☺http://video.theloop.ca/watch/joe-biden-visits-korea-dmz/2905976774001?sort=date&page=1#.UqN6leJQVTs

    – – -Joe Biden visits Korea DMZ – – -Good on U.♥ :>)
    MR. PRESIDENT said that U R the best VP – –EVA. :>) –
    THANK U. :>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —-MR. PRESIDENT —Soo SUPPORTIVE♥ – – –

    – — -Obama consoles Mandela’s widow in call – —
    – – —President Obama called Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, Friday afternoon to express his condolences.
    Obama thanked Machel for “the profound influence that Nelson Mandela has had on him, and underscored the power of President Mandela’s example for the people of South Africa and the entire world,” according to the White House.

    Obama also applauded the couple’s commitment to a “peaceful, fair, and loving world.”
    – – -SNIP – — –

    – – —Shortly thereafter, Obama made a statement from the White House briefing room about Mandela’s effect on the world. He hailed Mandela as “a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”
    THERE IS MORE ——BLESS U SIR♥ –:>)

    • lessthantolerant

      Drivel.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- — -FONDLY REMEMBERING♥ — -♥: – – :>)

    – – –

    BARACK OBAMA MESSAGE TO NELSON MANDELA- —

    – —-KINDRED SPIRITS♥ – – —

    –As he said” –“I STUDIED HIM”[Dear Madiba♥] — – -Annnd —-HE —-LEARNED. :>) – –B BLESSED. :>)

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Afternoon Miranda♥ – –***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

      —☺ON MY WAY :>) – -http://www.win-health.com/sites/default/files/wpro_shared/images/Cartoons/Cartoons%20for%20website/woman_walking_somewhere_md_clr.gif

      THANK U. :>)

  • lessthantolerant

    What drivel, you allow your men to use and abuse you. You let black culture objectify you into the class of HOES and you spew this drivel?
    Why not try an embrace rational thought? make your men follow the lead of responsibility and self reliance instead of animalistic instinct and let your white masters in the democratic party place you o new plantations.
    Stop crying racism as an excuse for the abdominal behavior of blacks.

    • Miranda

      Your dumb coward ass tries to come up in here all late to troll the comments….roach be gone.