Thursday, April 24, 2014

Teaching, Learning, and Loving Who We Are

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“A disciple...can never imitate his guide's steps. You have your own way of living your life, of dealing with problems, and of winning. Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.” 
― Paulo CoelhoThe Pilgrimage

“Those who truly love us will never knowingly ask us to be other than we are.” 
― Mark NepoThe Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

Justice Sotomayor's Dissent to Schuette v. BAMN Regarding Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Cite as: 572 U. S. ___ (2014) 1 SOTOMAYOR, J., dissenting
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
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No. 12–682 _________________

BILL SCHUETTE, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MICHIGAN, PETITIONER v. COALITION TO DEFEND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, INTEGRATION AND IMMIGRANT RIGHTS AND FIGHT FOR EQUALITY

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY (BAMN), ET AL.

ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
[April 22, 2014]
We are fortunate to live in a democratic society. But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups. For that reason, our Constitution places limits on what a majority of the people may do. This case implicates one such limit: the guarantee of equal protection of the laws. Although that guarantee is tradi- tionally understood to prohibit intentional discrimination under existing laws, equal protection does not end there. Another fundamental strand of our equal protection jurisprudence focuses on process, securing to all citizens the right to participate meaningfully and equally in self- government. That right is the bedrock of our democracy, for it preserves all other rights.

Yet to know the history of our Nation is to understand its long and lamentable record of stymieing the right of racial minorities to participate in the political process. At first, the majority acted with an open, invidious purpose. Notwithstanding the command of the Fifteenth Amend- ment, certain States shut racial minorities out of the political process altogether by withholding the right to vote. This Court intervened to preserve that right. The majority tried again, replacing outright bans on voting with literacy tests, good character requirements, poll taxes, and gerrymandering. The Court was not fooled; it invalidated those measures, too. The majority persisted. This time, although it allowed the minority access to the political process, the majority changed the ground rules of the process so as to make it more difficult for the minority, and the minority alone, to obtain policies designed to foster racial integration. Although these political restruc- turings may not have been discriminatory in purpose, the Court reaffirmed the right of minority members of our society to participate meaningfully and equally in the political process.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dr. Walter Amprey, Former Baltimore City Public Schools CEO, Dies at 69

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A kind and insightful friend and great supporter of my work via Civic Frame Presents Amplify Baltimore, Dr. Walter Amprey had a deep affection for Baltimore's children. 





How lucky we were to have the benefit of his vision and love.  


How To Get What You Want

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"When you stand where you are, knowing that you want something that hasn't come about yet, and you don't have the discipline to look in the direction of what you want, but instead you're looking at whatever it was to cause you to want it, and you're feeling the discord of that lack of focus, there is a very powerful tendency, without even knowing it, to let what you've got, be the catalyst that trains your vibration. So you keep thinking this thought which is different from what you want so you develop a belief or a chronic pattern of thought which then holds you apart from what you want.

You've got to let everyone else off the hook and you've got to develop your own pattern of thought by focusing upon what you want. Stop asking other people to be big players in what you want and you be the only player in becoming a match to what you want and then watch how fast the universe delivers to you exactly what you want."

-Abraham Hicks

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Organic & Natural: 10 Things To Do On Earth Day


Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.

-Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society

1. Take public transportation, ride a bike, walk, carpool, or work from home.


2. Unplug all non-essential household appliances and electronics. 


3. Go meat-free.


4. Buy local, organic, and in season.


5. Compost.


6. Adjust your thermostat.


7. Use compact fluorescent bulbs.


8. Plant a tree, grow a garden.


9. Spring clean your home and workplace and donate unwanted, usable items to appropriate charities.


10. Adopt a street, school, playground, neighborhood, highway, park, or beach and help clean it up.


And of course, ALWAYS RECYCLE and FREECYCLE!


We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. 
-Native American Proverb

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