Monday, February 3, 2014


Harry Belafonte

“I think artists have a platform, they have a power, the gift – and by using that gift and that power and putting it the service of those who are being ground out by inequity and systems that are unjust, we begin to put a light and a new dynamic into what is going on with the poor and what is going on with the racially oppressed, sexually abused,” Belafonte told Harris-Perry. “And by doing this, we have heightened the consciousness of people who are being constantly distracted at taking a deeper look at what goes on in our social issues.” -- Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC
 Leonie Haimson, Exec. Dir., Class Size Matters
"Send Arne Duncan to Mars" --
Chris Hayes

Following the release yesterday of the State Department report on the environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes delivered a blistering rebuke of America’s dependence on fossil fuels, likening President Barack Obama’s apparent willingness to embrace the project to a drug addicts trapped in a “self-destructive cycle.”
 “Everyone who breaks free of any addiction digs down and finds some inner strength to say no, to stop, to say this is the day I start to turn my life around,” Hayes concluded. “And the question is whether we as citizens, and Barack Obama as a president, as a human being, can find that strength within himself.”-- Chris Hayes Takes on Obama’s
‘Addiction’ to Oil: Just ‘Say No’ 
Maia Wu speaks truth to power. 
Calif. 8th-grader Maia Wu
Currently in my school, parents and teachers are afraid to speak out against what they feel is wrong, which is something that should not be accepted as the "norm". Unfortunately, it's not just teachers and parents, but students as well.  You could even say, my school is run by fear. -- Living in Diagogue

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