I'm a Fitzgerald, freckles and all, but one piece missing is the mother language that must have been spoken in Ireland by earlier generations of relatives on my father's side.
The public space between social activism, advocacy and art can be profound. In their own ways, art and social justice are universal languages. The idea that all people should be treated fairly and respectfully transcends backgrounds and cultures.
The groundbreaking photos that she took during the Great Depression of breadlines, and the despair she recorded of those forced to migrate in response to the Dust Bowl, are permanent fixtures in the pictorial history of the United States. However, the depth and range of her photography extend far beyond those iconic depictions.
No one was surprised when the U.S. Senate recently passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and though a new video urges all to sign the NRDC petition advising Obama to veto the pipeline, which he will likely do, sooner or later the black snake from Alberta will penetrate the heartland of the U.S. and pipe will be laid.
I recently had the pleasure of talking with Ta'Kaiya about the video while delving into the changing face of social engagement that is bringing healing for our communities and the environment.
Nation to Nation; Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, the recently installed exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, is one of the most difficult and troubling exhibitions I've ever experienced. It is also the best history exhibition I've seen at the Smithsonian.
The Washington team's inappropriate response is unfortunately consistent with the "playbook" that the Washington team and NFL continues to use to defend the offensive and harmful team name and logo of the Washington team.
He paused, reached over for his checkbook, and filled out one of the checks. "Here, take this. Now you can live your dream." It was enough money to buy 50 acres of some of Britain's most beautiful land.
"This isn't just Indians, it's the whole planet. We're all connected. What we're made of here goes clear to the end of this universe," Fielder says.
Some of my fondest memories as a parent were of reading to my children. They would snuggle up next to me with book in hand, excited for me to take them deep into stories told in words and pictures.
Language is always a vehicle for social justice. Righting wrongs. Native American language revitalization sustains the life force of communities. This is ever so true when it comes to immersing children in their heritage language.
Oklahoma is a thriving farming utopia that years later would be discovered and once again the "white man" would betray his words by making it part of the frontier.
It is my hope that with Intel and NIH leading the way, 2015 will see significant advancements in concrete investments and strategy to actualize our long struggle for equal representation in STEM.
Even before the kickoff, the FSU fans were flaunting their painted faces and chanting their grade-B movie Indian chant, and doing the infamous tomahawk chop. "Yes, we are killers; we are savages who will use our tomahawks to take your scalps."
Let's be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.