Describing a vigil at the Berks County Detention Center

    When I talk and write about the Berks County Detention Center (BCDC) I am amazed at how many people, some of whom actually have a social conscience, do not know about its existence or its nefarious purpose, so I thought a description of one vigil that Carol and I attended, some of the […]

The Berks County Detention Facility, ICE and the KKK

Here are a few more photos from the Immigration Rally held in Philly on Saturday, some reflections on that rally, and some suggestions on what you can do next to resist Trump and his white nationalist movement. Carol and I attended the rally and when it was over we went to a nice place to […]

Are You Smarter Than a Burmese Python?

The Hegins Pigeon Shoot may not be known to you unless you like to murder pigeons or you grew up in Schuylkill County as I did. Hegins (pronounced ‘Higgens’ – don’t know why but perhaps since it is Germanic in nature it comes from some Pennsylvania Dutch usage in that area) was the location for […]

Philly School Board. Diverse? Yes. Public School Advocates? Not So Much.

Mayor Kenney just announced the 9 members of the new school board, and he deserves recognition for the diversity of the new members. Choosing diversity is a good first step, but it must be accompanied with choosing members who demonstrate a commitment to full and fair funding for public schools. That is not so evident […]

Disabilities Act of 2017

House bill 620 – the Americans with Disability Act of 2017 The cowardice and lack of integrity of the Republican Party was on full display yesterday when the House passed the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 that effectively gutted disability rights in this country. This bill was passed the day after the school […]

Memorial Day 2017

                    There are times when events connect without apparent meaning. That is what happened to me with today being Memorial Day, members of my family making an annual visit to cemeteries where previous generations are buried, and our own Unpresident Trump laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. One of […]

M.L. King, A. Ginsberg, Unpresident Trump

                OK class, which one of these three does not belong?                 Two of these folks could speak and write in compete and coherent sentences and at times their language was profound and poetic, but this is not the reason that I have chosen these three names to write about this time.                 Yesterday was […]