Thursday, March 11, 2010

Granny D

Yesterday Granny D Haddock died at age 100. At age 90 she walked across America to educate us about Campaign Finance Reform.

She is inspirational--she gave a wonderful, funny (she said she had become the epitome of the little old lady in tennis shoes) insightful talk at Marist a few years ago. She said that her involvement in politics (she also ran unsuccessfully for Senate) was what any citizen could and should do--if they believed in our democracy.

Here is the website for a video about her:

Here is the NH paper article on her death:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A women's history event

Wednesday March 3rd 7 p.m. in the Henry Hudson Room Fontaine Hall Marist College

Changing Society: [Black]Women, Race and the Law

Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall will speak about Black women catalysts for change who challenged the criminal justice system from the Colonial period to the Civil Rights era.

Professor Browne-Marshall is the author of Race, Law, and American Society: 1607-Present
(Routledge, 2007). She teaches at CUNY-John Jay in the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration forcusing on Constitutional Law and Racial Justice/Civil Rights Law, International Human Rights Law (African and Minority Rights), Child Advocacy (in the area of Statutory Rape, Education, HIV/AIDS)

This talk is sponsored by Women's Studies, History, Political Science and the African Diaspora programs as part of Women's History and Black History months.

Light snack will be served.

Thank you.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

There's a lot of DV going around

Domestic violence (aka wife or woman battery) the mayor of White Plains, Adam Bradley, has been arrested charged with slamming his wife's fingers in the door, on purpose. [When Bradley served as Assemblyman in Albany he was sponsing the no fault divorce bill. No Comment necessary.] Domestic violence can happen in any home, in any relationship.

During times of stress and economic hardship, domestic abuse increases. We need to find an acceptable outlet for frustrations, and beating their women is NOT acceptable.
We need to teach our young men (and women) to relieve their frustrations by shooting hoops, or going out for a run. Our young (and old) need to learn to settle differences not with fists and weapons, but with (measured) words.