Bright when the cause is right

Title taken from one of Carol Kendall’s books because this is some relatively upbeat stuff.

Back in January, Oprah’s Golden Globes speech led many people to imagine her running for president. Slacktivist says that misses the point of the speech: it’s not about how Oprah’s going to save us, but looking forward to the day we can save ourselves.

“When we quit believing in the possibility, we quit trying and what was once horrific becomes ordinary. That is what happens when we let hope die.”

 “Why are the rich so hard toward the poor? It is because they have no fear of becoming poor.”— Rousseau

“She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild” — Ella Fitzgerald on how Marilyn Monroe helped her break through the color line.

“The Archbishop of Canterbury and Comrade X, author of Marxism for Infants—all of us really owe the comparative decency of our lives to poor drudges underground, blackened to the eyes, with their throats full of coal dust, driving their shovels forward with arms and belly muscles of steel.” — George Orwell on how we shouldn’t forget that we depend on the grunts of the working class.

” If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!” —JRR Tolkien on the merits of reading fantasy

Cutting off white supremacists and neo-Nazis from GoFundMe and PayPal won’t kill the movement, but it’ll make the alt.right hurt.

The religious right did not do well this past midterm election.

Texas pastor Gavin Rogers joined the migrant caravan to witness the truth of who’s coming here (spoiler: it’s not a secret terrorist army financed by George Soros).

We don’t always punish the people who cover up for villainy. But former MSU president Lou Anna Simon has been charged with two felonies for lying about serial sexual assailant Larry Nassar.

A reminder how very radical Martin Luther King was, and is today.

When Koeberle Bull received racist message on FB from a stranger, she investigated. She may have stopped a school shooting.

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