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Books Are Playing a Role in Elevating and Transforming Chicago Communities

This has me thinking about literacy programs in my area and what I can do to help:

Books Are Playing a Role in Elevating and Transforming Chicago Communities
- billmoyers.com
This post originally appeared at AlterNet.

Snuggled under scaffolding in Chicago’s West Loop is an inconspicuous entranceway that leads to Open Books, a bookstore with over 54,000 used books on its shelves. Nearly all of the books for sale are donated, as are the 55,000 for sale online and the 20,000 more at its Pilsen location. This Thanksgiving will be the eighth anniversary of the first store opening, in Chicago’s River North.

Here in the West Loop, Open Books is the anchor store for the space above it, the Literacenter, a co-working space of 123 Chicago-area literacy programs and organizations that range from theater and poetry to childhood homelessness support and books for prisoners.

Tim O’Brien, Open Books executive director — and a former Open Books volunteer — says they process about 650,000 books a year. The book granting team hand-selects books to give to students, classrooms and homes, with a goal of capturing early readers with age- and interest-appropriate stories. “If the student sees themselves in a character, if they identify with the story, they’ll want to read more,” says O’Brien.

This, in turn, leads to community building. For example, cookbooks, especially for baking, are popular among young people because they foster engagement with a parent or grandparent; it gives the family something to read — and do — together.

The bookstore also supports multiple Open Books literacy programs, including creative writing workshops and a publishing academy.

More at link: http://billmoyers.com/story/open-books-transforming-chicago-communities/

Charles Barkley: Roy Moore should have been disqualified 'way before this women stuff came up'

Charles Barkley: Roy Moore should have been disqualified 'way before this women stuff came up'
- AL.com, 11/25/2017

The endorsement at least some people have been waiting for in the race for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat has arrived, with NBA great and former Auburn basketball player Charles Barkley telling NBC News, "if I lived here, I'd vote for Doug Jones."

Barkley -- asked to weigh in on politics while in Auburn for the unveiling of a statue of him outside Auburn's basketball arena on the day of the annual Iron Bowl clash with Alabama in football -- told NBC's Vaughan Hillyard that Republican nominee Roy Moore should have been "disqualified" from the race long before recent allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted teenage girls and behaved inappropriately around others in the 1970s.

"Everybody's going crazy over these sexual allegations, Roy Moore to me, when he brought in Steve Bannon should have been disqualified," Barkley said. "I don't understand. How can you have a guy who's running with a white separatist running for a political office?

"We've got a lot of black people in this state who are amazing people but to run a campaign with a guy as your chief advocate who is a white nationalist or white separatist, that should have disqualified Roy Moore way before this women stuff came up."

More at link: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/11/charles_barkley_roy_moore_shou.html#incart_river_home


The Democratic Party needs to continue growing, evolving, and adapting to win.

Not sure why that is so irritating to some, but I'm glad the Dems are doing those things. If we continue to change and grow in ways that attract and inspire voters, we'll win.

Staying the same is death.

Speak Softly, But Belong to a Big Country Club

Your list is epic!!

Adding a couple:
The Togs of War
Full Duct Tape Jacket
Full Smoking Jacket
Downfall (no change needed for this one!)
Das Patent Leather Boot
Kelly's Zeroes
We Weren't Soldiers
The Emoluments Men
Where Beagles Dare

Happy 100th Birthday, Thelonious Monk!

And thanks for everything.

Breaking news: "Maniac hurls 100 knives a second from hotel room into crowd, kills 59 & wounds 500+

before turning a knife on himself."

The story to fit this headline has not turned up yet. Nor has the one about the baseball bat mass murderer.

"We're American Citizens. We Can't Be Left to Die."

Puerto Ricans Call for Aid Amidst Catastrophe: "We're American Citizens. We Can't Be Left to Die"
Sept. 26, 2017 - democracynow.org

Six days after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, 3.4 million U.S. citizens in the territory remain without adequate food, water and fuel. But as the massive crisis became clear over the weekend, President Trump failed to weigh in, instead lashing out at sports players who joined in protest against racial injustice. It took the president five full days to respond, with comments that appeared to blame the island for its own misfortune. We examine the dire situation in Puerto Rico with Yarimar Bonilla, Puerto Rican scholar, who wrote in The Washington Post, "Why would anyone in Puerto Rico want a hurricane? Because someone will get rich." And we speak with Puerto Ricans in New York who have been unable to reach loved ones after nearly a week.
- more: https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/26/puerto_ricans_call_for_aid_amid

This is a good report about what's going on on the ground in Puerto Rico, including interviews with people from the Puerto Rican Family Institute, who are helping Puerto Ricans on the mainland connect with family members back home.

More Democracy Now coverage of Puerto Rico: https://www.democracynow.org/topics/puerto_rico

Also see: Why would anyone in Puerto Rico want a hurricane? Because someone will get rich by By Yarimar Bonilla, Washington Post, 9/22.

Good points.

It was a tragic miscalculation to ignore big chunks of the upper Midwest and shift the campaign's focus to Utah, Arizona, and Georgia.

I sincerely hope Democratic Party leaders are learning from such mistakes.

He's very much appreciated by the Republicans,

who continue to undo gains made during the Obama years. While everybody's focused on the latest tantrum, blunder, or outrage coming from the Trump sideshow, they're consolidating control over state legislatures, voting processes, law enforcement, environmental regulations, the judiciary, and -- soon -- the 2020 census.

Their only real regret (and it's a big one) is that they haven't yet been able to give billionaires and multinational corporations the superfluous tax breaks they expect. Since this is the true purpose of the Republican Party, they'll keep working on that while we obsess over the careening toddler's reality show.

"...oil and gas drilling, mining, logging and other industries"

That's who these assholes work for, not the public interest -- and sure as hell not anybody who cares about wilderness or the environment.

While we're busy chasing various shiny objects, engaging in circular firing squads, etc., the Trump administration is moving swiftly to strip these national monuments (and others to come, no doubt, as we'll as national parks, I predict) of monetizable national resources.

The damage could take generations to reverse. DO NOT trust these bastards.
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