Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

 Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you.    Matthew 5:44   That scripture defined the man and the movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—the icon of the Civil Rights Movement—was committed to nonviolent resistance to racial discrimination based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, and Henry David Thoreau. He preached peace, love, and unity as he fought for racial integration, labor, voting, and civil rights for African Americans in the 1950s…

Experts Disagree with Lockdowns: The Great Barrington Declaration

On October 4, 2020, the Great Barrington Declaration was authored and signed by three world-renowned physicians and scientists, Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Dr. Sunetra Gupta, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.   This declaration has since been signed by nearly 40,000 medical practitioners, and an additional 13,000 medical and public-health scientists.  It outlines their grave concerns about the side-effects of the lockdowns.  These lockdowns  are having an alarming effect on short- and long-term public health, including “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health.”  There has been…

US Supreme Court Rules Against Newsom in Favor of Churches in California

restrictions on indoor religious gatherings.  This ruling came on December 3, 2020, just a week after it prohibited New York Governor Cuomo’s worship restrictions, in a 5-4 vote.  The decision is detailed in the Supreme Court Case, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo.  “The application for injunctive relief…is treated as a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, and the petition is granted,” wrote the Supreme Court in the decision Harvest Rock Church, Et Al. V. Newsom, Gov. of Ca. which references the New York case for its…

Coronavirus, Local Preparedness for a Global Emergency

By Janet Stephenson As of January 28, 2020, the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China has been officially designated a global emergency by the World Health Organization. The declaration came after China reported more than 7,800 cases and 170 deaths, as well as reported cases in eighteen other countries, including the United States, South Korea, Canada, Japan, and France. In a press conference statement, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China but because…

U.S. Congress Ratifies Trump’s USMCA Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada

Local U.S. Representative Julia Brownley Votes in Favor by Staff Writers Washington, DC – On January 16, 2020, the United States Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with a strong bipartisan vote of 89 to 10.   Key provisions of the agreement include: 1) Canadian dairy market is opened up to US farmers, 2) extension of copyrights from 50 to 70 years, 3) no duties on digital content, 4) liability protections for internet companies, 5) 40-45% of Mexican auto parts must be made by workers earning at least $16 per…