Monthly Archive: January 2013

Reconcile & Repair–Precedent: Nikkei

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Picking up from last Friday:  We’ve succeeded at reconciliation and reparations before—for Japanese Americans. Korematsu v.United States Forty-one years ago, Chester James Antieu—my Constitutional Law professor and the most unassuming rabble-rouser of the intellect I’ve met, before or since—presented us with a guest lecturer, Lenny Weinglass.  (He did all the heavy lifting defending the Chicago …

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Reconcile & Repair: How?

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Picking up from last Tuesday:  How could we as a Nation reconcile with people of color for our past actions and what could we do to make it right? Kudos to our re-elected President for celebrating the progress we’ve made since his 16th predecessor and his allies freed the slaves, for invoking Dr. King’s contribution …

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Reconciliation?

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Lance Armstrong notwithstanding, it is said confession is good for the soul. I attended a remarkable event last Thursday at the Crest Theatre.  Sponsored by the Leadership Institute California, it coupled a screening of Phillip Rodriguez’ documentary, Race 2012—released last October 16 and described  as a “PBS special that uses the 2012 and past presidential …

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Dr. King II (Redux)

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[From last Tuesday: In my young life, it’s September 1963…] Three weeks later, Klan cowards counterpunched by immolating four defenseless girls at worship. Six weeks later, Camelot died in Dallas and white America finally felt it; we sophomores heard the principal’s announcement in English class just before lunch. It was so unbelievable we made jokes …

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Sac-Habitat CEO Ken Cross: “Meeting the Need”

Continuing our conversation on why Sacramento Habitat for Humanity is unique among charities serving at-risk families, I asked CEO Ken Cross to put some numbers to the unmet need for housing in Sacramento County. Here’s how he responded:     As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting …

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Sac Habitat CEO Ken Cross: “Our Sponsors”

In our recent interview, I asked Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross to profile a typical Habitat sponsor, or sponsors, who front $75,000 for each Sac-Habitat build-out. Here’s his answer:     As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be told: Real people, with real …

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Dr. King I (Redux)

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In honor of– His actual birthday today; The national holiday in his honor next Monday; and The second inauguration of our first African-American President, also on Monday, and his renewed call for a National Day of Service this Saturday– I’m reposting—with editorial updates—a two-part, personal reflection about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s effect on and …

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Sloan’s “Mr. Penumbra:” GEEKS RULE!

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Our local National Public Radio affiliate, Capitol Public Radio, inaugurated its “CapRadio Reads” book club with a launch party Tuesday evening for first-time novelist Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. What a splendid evening it was.  Mr. Sloan—a 30-something Michigan State graduate in economics who spent the last decade knocking around Silicon Valley tech—was charming, …

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Sac-Habitat CEO Ken Cross: “What Motivates Me”

In our recent interview, I asked Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross what it is that gets him out of bed to tackle each new day, sheltering at-risk families. Here’s his answer:     As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be told: Real people, …

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Alaya Family Dedication–Save the Date!

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Sacramento Habitat for Humanity has posted the details for the dedication of the Alaya family’s new home on its Facebook page. You’re invited to share in their joy.  Click here for details.    Abdul Alaya [left], watches another Habitat family’s home being dedicated last September. He came to the United States in 1998 from Maydeen, …

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Sac-Habitat CEO Ken Cross: “Our Record, Here & World-Wide”

Continuing our recent, wide-ranging interview, Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross put into numbers for me the impact Habitat for Humanity has had on the affordable housing problem, in Sacramento and globally:     Pretty impressive, huh? As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be …

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