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Goods Unite Us

Goods Unite Us is an app as well as a website where you can go to gauge where corporations spend your money for their political gain. Tomorrow, I will be switching from AT&T who spend 73% of their political contributions toward Republicans to Verizon who are at least spending 52% to republicans and 48% to democrats. Not great but better than AT&T.

Let’s see who else will be losing a few of my pennies. I highly recommend this app, especially after this Supreme Court Debacle. Read more

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Much has been written in the last two weeks about the nation’s latest hero, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  Women across the globe watched as she did the bravest thing many of us can imagine.  She shared her terrible story with the world, not because she wanted to, but because she felt it was her duty. Read more

Mothering Teenage Daughters

I was a college freshman in October of 1991 when Anita Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I imagine that 27 years later as a mother of teenage daughters I would watch a similar horror unfold on the national stage.  

Based on my social media feeds, I know I was not alone in my rage and indignation at the treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The glib dismissal of her credible allegations and the thinly veiled irritation by Republican Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee that they would “have” to let Dr. Ford testify were maddening. Read more

No One Cares About Crazy People book cover

No One Cares About Crazy People

No One Cares About Crazy People is not and was not meant to be an easy read.

It is the story of one family’s struggle with schizophrenia as well as a wider history of mental health care in western culture. Read more

Close up of Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban came for Malala Yousafzai, she was on a bus sitting next to two of her friends. The two girls were hit by bullets meant for Malala. They were not as severely injured, but their trauma was just as real as Malala’s. And that is Malala’s message. All young women are at risk of having the harm done to them that she had done to her. If a young woman dares to speak out against the edicts of powerful men, they risk their lives. Despite what many of our societies try to tell us, being young and female will not protect you.   Read more

Savage Lovecast Podcast Love

Savage Lovecast

We have recommended the  Savage Lovecast podcast before but I want to recommend one episode in particular. Episode 613 begins with a caller talking about a coworker who often says offensive things about African Americans and women then, when he gets called on it, tries to pretend that he is just kidding. The caller wants to know if they should report their coworker. Savage’s response begins with comments I want to remember. He says that calling the police on an African American is putting that person’s life in danger. Yes. This is true. Think very carefully before you call to report a non-life threatening situation. Read more

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Talent Crush

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

The story of Flint, Michigan is tragic, but with it, brings a true American hero.  That sounds like a cliché, but there is truly no other word to adequately describe Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

In 2011, Flint switched their water source from the purified, treated waters of Lake Huron to the Flint River.  The Emergency Manager, appointed by the Governor of Michigan, ignored federal safety laws in an attempt to save money and ended up poisoning the impoverished residents of Flint.   At the time, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was the director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center, a public teaching hospital affiliated with Michigan State University. After a pivotal conversation with a childhood friend about the lead levels in Flint’s drinking water, who just happened to be a water quality expert, Dr. Hanna-Attisha worked tirelessly to bring the evidence to the public eye.   Read more

Sister District Project

Sister District Project

There are many people who are already sick of the 2018 election. Well, if you are already sick of this election then it’s possible you don’t have much at stake in the outcome. Maybe for you not much changed when Trump was elected.

But for millions of people that hasn’t been the case. Read more

volunteering as unpaid labor

Volunteering as Unpaid Labor

I have had the great fortune of being a stay at home mom for most of my adult life.  In my experience, one of the job expectations is that SAHMs will volunteer at their children’s school.  Lots of working moms and and an increasing number of dads spend hours volunteering as well, but as a SAHM, I felt strong internal and external pressure to contribute.  

When my kids started elementary school, I jumped in with both feet.  I scheduled regular weekly visits to the classroom where I graded tests, prepped projects, read with kids, and did crafts.  I volunteered as room mom almost every year, for each of my 3 children, I planned parties and sent out email reminders for upcoming events.  I went on field trips to the zoo and the museum. I joined the Parent/Teacher organization, went to meetings, and had welcome parties and fundraising parties at my house.  I wrote letters and went to school board meetings to advocate for programs. Read more

Oyez

OYEZ

Oh how I love this nerdy app. Here is why. I am standing in a very long line at one of my local big-box stores. I am bored. This will be a 20 minute wait, easy. I pull out my phone, open Oyez, and randomly select a court case.

Today’s randomly selected case is Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean. Court Term, 2014. The blurb reads, “A case in which the Court ruled that the Whistleblower Protection Act bars an agency from taking enforcement action against employees who intentionally disclose sensitive security information.”

So I click on the blurb and I have options. I can listen to the oral argument that took place on November 4, 2014. I can also listen to the opinion announcement on January 12, 2015. I can read a syllabus of the opinion. I can also read the Opinion of the Court (written by Chief Justice Roberts) and/or the Dissenting Opinion (written by Justice Sotomayor).

Now, in addition to all this information, there is a whole history of how the case wended its way to the Supreme Court. You can choose not to click on anything I just mention and keep scrolling and get to a header that read, “Facts of the case.” This is the part I tend to read and after I do then I go down to the Conclusion section where there is a little row of pictures of the Justices. The graphic shows who voted how and there’s this funny option where you can sort the Justices either by seniority or ideology. When you click it, the little robbed figures shift around. Makes me laugh every time.

So, in the time it took me to wait in line at big box store, I learned about a Supreme Court Case. The people who made the app have a webpage and it is fun, too. And, for an excellent introduction to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) there is the SCOTUSblog. And the SCOTUSblog has videos and I have watched a lot of them.

Enjoy!