Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Barack Obama, His Presidency, and a New Generation
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For several weeks, as the end of his presidency approached and
then occurred, I've been reflecting on Barack Obama -- whose Dreams from My Father book I read in 1995,
years before he came to national prominence.
Those reflections appear at Medium.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Marching On, Women and Their Allies
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
New Seminars and Lecture Series, in Partnership
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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Marching with, and for, Women—and America
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Yesterday, my family participated in the New York City and Hartford marches for women
(and not just for women!). While my wife and our daughter headed to New York via train with a large contingent of fellow
New Haveners, my son and I (who were otherwise occupied in the morning) went to Hartford in the afternoon.
The night before, friends gathered, with the younger set crafting homemade posters.
In Hartford, we saw a former New Haven mayoral candidate with his family, as well as a current public school principal
with his. We were among a crowd estimated at some 10,000 by the State Capitol in Bushnell Park.
Though my son and I were too far back to get clear views of the speakers (Gov. Dannel Malloy, Comptroller Kevin Lembo,
and legislator Beth Bye among others), their remarks were just part of the occasion. Music and chants -- especially “Love
trumps hate!” -- resounded.
I struck up brief
conversations with several participants, including a couple appearing in their sixties from Windsor, and two women -- from
Middletown and Wethersfield -- of a similar age. There were other children roughly my son's age (nine), as well as numerous
twenty- and thirty-somethings. Several evidently identified as transgender, perhaps eighty-odd percent female, and the
There was a spirit of camaraderie, emboldened by the scores of handmade posters.
Some signs were earnest, listing specific examples of policy
concerns. Others were targeted toward a particular issue
or two -- including those of understandably profound consideration for women and their bodies. Many voiced positive messages of unity and humanity.
Others expressed more personal doubts about the president's veracity and character, as well as his proclaimed policy
goals. Some of these posters included derisive comments about
the president, his administration, and those goals. Among
the most amusing of these protest messages: “Pence likes Nickelback.”
My son's poster captured a sentiment to which
all of us can aspire, favoring “love” over “hate.”
Meanwhile, in New York, hundreds of thousands (an estimated 400,000) marched
from the UN to Trump Tower. Expecting throngs, the organizers asked participants to obtain tickets (at no charge) in
After completing that march, my wife, our daughter, and friends went -- signs in hand -- to the Trump International Hotel on Columbus Circle, too.
and not-so-young, the marchers in various cities seized the opportunity to assume what President Obama in his January 10 farewell
address termed “the most important office in a democracy”: citizen.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
MLK, John Lewis, and the Continuing "March," Post-Obama
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As earlier (August 2013 and January 2016) posts have noted, my father heard civil rights hero (now Congressman) John Lewis speak at the March on Washington in 1963.
Reminding my son of this, we marked Martin Luther King Jr.'s actual birthday today in part by reading the first volume
of the acclaimed John Lewis book, March.
My wife, our children, and I concluded the day by watching President Barack Obama's final interview on 60
Minutes, and then his January 10 farewell address (which the three of them had missed that night). As generations
have been inspired by John Lewis and Dr. King and have been beneficiaries of their struggles, I believe generations will appreciate
the leadership and example of Barack Obama. Let's keep marching.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Barack Obama, Leading Citizen (and a Modest Example of Citizenship)
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Tonight, President Barack Obama gave a
compelling, poignant farewell address that my wife, children, and I will watch together this weekend (they were asleep and
missed it in real time tonight). His call for active, informed citizenship
Beforehand, early this morning, my own modest effort at engaged citizenship was to send
messages to each of Connecticut's U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. Those notes thanked the senators
“in advance for scrutinizing Donald Trump's nominees for Cabinet positions.”
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Blood Month, Too
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January is not only National Mentoring Month, as recognized January 1 (below); this is also
National Blood Donor Month, as the New Haven Register noted about local blood needs.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Mentoring, throughout the Year
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