Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday Reading



The folly of barring pregnant girls from school in Sierra Leone
by Chernor Bah
Pregnant girls are now barred from school in my country Sierra Leone. The government has decided that as schools reopen this week for the first time since the vicious Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 10, 000 lives – and plunged our country into fear, lock downs, economic and emotional pain – pregnant girls should simply stay away. According to Dr. Minkailu Bah, the Minister of Education, Sierra Leone is “not going to legalize teenage pregnancy.”
Read More at Africa Is A Country


Do You Live Near a Hazardous Waste Site?
by Keir Clarke
Enter your location into How Close Are You to a Superfund Site? and you can view the closest hazard waste sites to your home. The sites marked on the map are color-coded to show whether the cleanup is still in progress, completed or if the location is a proposed clean-up site.
Read More at Google Maps Mania


The cost of free childcare
by Shiha Kaur
The Conservatives launched their manifesto yesterday. One policy stood out. If they win the election, the party pledges to give parents 30 hours of free childcare. It seems like a great woman friendly policy enabling them to work and have affordable childcare. However, as I have worked at a nursery and understand how the funding scheme works, I disagree.
Read More at The F Word


Mother of Simcox’s Alleged Victim Recounts Nightmare Scenario in the Court System
by David Neiwert
Ever since that night in May 2013 when her daughter told her that her friend’s daddy – the seemingly ordinary guy who hung out with the kids in the neighborhood, but who turned out to be former “Minutemen” leader Chris Simcox – had molested her the previous February, Michelle Lynch’s world has been an endless limbo of uncertainty while wrestling with her daughter’s pain.
Read More at Orcinus


Imperialism's Policy of Mass Murder and the Black Panther Party's Analysis of Survival
by Danny Haiphong
When the Black Panther Party formed in 1966, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and the rest of the party leadership concerned themselves most with how the party's political work would relate to poor Black Americans. The Party responded with the formation of police patrols, the active promotion of armed self-defense from police and vigilante murder, and the creation of survival programs in the arenas of health, education, and nutrition. Behind these efforts was the consciousness that the historical enslavement, genocide, and exploitation of Black people in the US remained the foundation of imperialism. The Black Panther's created the slogan "survival pending revolution" out of the objective assessment that the struggle against imperialism for Black Americans begins with the fight for life from the terror of white supremacy.
Read More at Black Agenda Report


Roya Marsh - "Forgiveness" (WoWPS 2015)



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