“One A Day” Black History Month ~ Dr. Olivia Hooker


By Jueseppi B.

Twenty-Third in the “One A Day” Black History Month Series…..Dr. Olivia Hooker.

Once again I am getting an education in Black History, today I introduce you to Dr. Olivia Hooker:

Olivia Hooker was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1915. She moved with her family to Tulsa, Oklahoma a few years later. Her parents had moved to Oklahoma from Holmes County, Mississippi. Her father, Samuel D. was a businessman, who operated a clothing store in the Greenwood District and her mother, Anita J. Stigger Hooker, was a former teacher.

Dr. Hooker was a child of six when the Tulsa Race Riot occurred. She recalls being awakened by the sounds of thudding noises outside her house on the morning of June 1st. One of her most poignant memories is of her mother carefully leading her to the window and pointing to the hill, where a machine gunner was stationed. Her mother then said, “That is a machine gun on that hill, and there’s an American flag on it. That means that your country is shooting at you.”

Dr. Olivia Hooker, a psychologist and former college professor at Fordham University who resides in Greenburgh, New York, became the first black woman to enlist in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, is also a survivor of the Tulsa Riot of 1921. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced a resolution in recognition of Dr. Hooker’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the advancement of women and civil rights.

The tragic events of the week of May 31, 1921, later known as the Tulsa race riots, resulted in the deaths of more than three hundred people – some buried in mass graves, and the burning of more than one thousand black homes and businesses. Although one of the bloodiest altercations in the history of U.S. race relations – the death toll surpassed the totals of the Watts riot, the Detroit riot, the Washington riot and the Los Angeles riot combined – these events have largely been omitted from most accounts of history. But, Dr. Hooker continues to recount her experience, educating our communities and serving as a role model for future civil rights activists.

In February 1945, Olivia Hooker was sworn in by a Coast Guard officer, becoming the first African-American female admitted into the United States Coast Guard. Hooker joined the service to become a SPAR (Semper Paratus Always Ready), the acronym used for female service personnel during World War II. During World War II, Hooker tried to join the WAVES, of the United States Navy but was rejected due to her ethnicity.

 She applied to the Coast Guard, where she was received cordially, and completed her basic training in March of 1945. She attended yeoman school for the next nine weeks and spent the rest of her service time in Boston. She remained in the Coast Guard until the war-time SPARs were disbanded by mid-1946.

In 1997, Dr. Hooker and other survivors helped found the Tulsa Race Riot Commission, which drafted recommendations for restitution, took their case to the Oklahoma State Legislature and to Capitol Hill where she and others testified before the United States Congress and initiated a federal lawsuit which was argued by Harvard law professor and civil rights lawyer Charles J. Ogletree, and became the subject of a recent documentary, “Before They Die.”

After graduating from Ohio State University, Dr. Hooker went on to become the first black woman to serve in the United States Coast Guard. Following her time in the military, she earned a Master’s Degree in psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Doctorate in psychology from the University of Rochester. After a long and accomplished career as a Fordham University professor, she worked as a psychologist at the Fred Keller School in Yonkers until 2002.

Though she experienced discrimination, she never returned the unkindness while working as a psychologist at Bedford Correctional Facility for Women.

“I treated them [the prisoners] as if they were visitors in my living room,” said Hooker. “No matter what they had done, I never brought it up in any way or degraded them. They appreciated that, they were in my corner all the time.”

In addition to her volunteering with the local NAACP chapter, she volunteered at Westchester Medical Center during the 1980s at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. While many people at the time were afraid to be in a room with an HIV positive child, she would visit with the children even on days she wasn’t supposed to be volunteering. She couldn’t fathom how some mothers refused to see their dying children for fear that they would contract the virus.

Regardless of the things Hooker has seen in life, she never lost faith in humanity and its potential.

“I still believe there is good in everyone,” said Hooker. “Maybe they’ve done a heinous crime, but somewhere there is good that can be brought out. That’s what we have to learn, how to deal with people who have no impulse control. I think we could have a peaceful world, if we put the preservation of life at the top of our priorities. And we can do that, it would be a much better world to live in.”

Next in The “One A Day” Black History Month Series…..Ms. Wilma Glodean Rudolph

The Manhattan Declaration. You Should Know This


By Jueseppi B.

When religious organization & religious leaders step out from their religious arena into the world of politics and setting political policies, they forfeit any and all rights to remain a tax exempt organization. When religious leaders attempt to dictate what political leaders actually do in Washington, they are no longer religious organizations, they then become lobbyists.

 

 The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience is a manifesto issued by OrthodoxCatholic, and Evangelical Christian leaders to affirm support of “the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty“. It was drafted on October 20, 2009 and released November 20, 2009, having been signed by more than 150 American religious leaders. On the issue of marriage, the declaration objects not only to same-sex marriage but also to the general erosion of the “marriage culture” with the spectra of divorce, greater acceptance of infidelity and the uncoupling of marriage from childbearing.
I am curious, does the “greater acceptance of infidelity” include a woman’s infidelity or just that if the men?

The Declaration’s website encourages supporters to sign the declaration, and counts more than 495,000 signatories as of February 2, 2012.

The drafting committee includes evangelical leader Charles ColsonPrinceton University law professor Robert P. George and Beeson Divinity School dean Timothy George.

Notable signatories include New York Archbishop Timothy DolanPhiladelphia Archbishop Justin Francis RigaliWashington Archbishop Donald WuerlOakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, and American Cardinal John Patrick Foley of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, along with Family Research Council president Tony PerkinsFocus on the Family founder James DobsonActon Institute president Rev. Robert A. Sirico, president of Asbury Theological Seminary Timothy C. Tennent, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Al Mohler, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary Chuck Swindoll, president of Houston Baptist University Robert B. Sloan Jr., president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals Ligon DuncanNational Association of Evangelicals president Leith Andersonprimate of the Anglican Church in North America Robert Wm. Duncan, and Orthodox Church in America primate Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen), with Bishops Mark (Maymon) of Toledo and Basil (Essey) of Wichita of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

Not one female name on this list of signatories. Not one. Strike you as strange?

The Declaration summarizes itself as follows:
Because the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as a union of husband and wife and the freedom of conscience and religion are foundational principles of justice and the common good, we are compelled by our Christian faith to speak and act in their defense. In this declaration we affirm: 1) the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human being as a creature fashioned in the very image of God, possessing inherent rights of equal dignity and life; 2) marriage as a conjugal union of man and woman, ordained by God from the creation, and historically understood by believers and non-believers alike, to be the most basic institution in society and; 3) religious liberty, which is grounded in the character of God, the example of Christ, and the inherent freedom and dignity of human beings created in the divine image.

The declaration vows civil disobedience if Christians feel that their rights to civil liberties of free exercise of religion and freedom of speech are being violated. It states :

We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right—and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation—to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence.

Through the centuries, Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required. There is no more eloquent defense of the rights and duties of religious conscience than the one offered by Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Writing from an explicitly Christian perspective, and citing Christian writers such as Augustine and Aquinas, King taught that just laws elevate and ennoble human beings because they are rooted in the moral law whose ultimate source is God Himself.

One of the drafters, Princeton Law professor Robert George, stated, “We certainly hope it doesn’t come to that. However, we see case after case of challenges to religious liberty,” including laws which he claims would force health care workers to assist in abortions or pharmacists to carry abortifacient drugs or birth control. George continued, “When the limits of conscience are reached and you cannot comply, it’s better to suffer a wrong than to do it.”

Some religious leaders and apologists have criticized and protested the Manhattan Declaration, calling its principles in general, and its opposition to gay rights in particular, contrary to the teachings of Jesus. Catholic scholar Anthony Stevens-Arroyo wrote, “While two wars are being waged, with unemployment in double digits, the financial system of the world in suspense, these religious leaders declare that abortion, stem-cell use and same sex marriage override any other Gospel value. (You won’t find Jesus saying anything about abortion or stem cells in the Gospel, but the Savior said a great deal about the homeless, the sick, and the hungry.) It’s cheating to speak pious platitudes about Christianity and ignore Jesus’ words.”

Some discussed the document as a political strategy, regarding it as the religious right’s effort to re-establish its relevance in the public square, but others noted that younger generations of evangelicals and Catholics were less likely to oppose same-sex marriage and more likely to prioritize economic issues over social, and that the document was thus unlikely to win them over. Stevens-Arroyo criticized fellow Catholics who signed the declaration for aligning themselves with evangelicals in what he described as opposition to the separation of church and state.

The declaration’s invocation of Martin Luther King and of the principles of civil disobedience has also been questioned. An editorial in the Los Angeles Times criticized the paranoid tone of the document, noting that the anecdotes it cited as examples of Christians’ religious freedom being restricted were misleading or from outside the United States, and that strong legal and judicial protections already exist for people who do not wish to perform abortions or same-sex marriages. It also questioned if the document’s advocacy of lawbreaking in the service of a religious cause might motivate anti-abortion terrorists.

Some evangelicals, such as Alistair Begg, and James R. White have taken exception to the declaration on the grounds of its ecumenismR.C. Sproul did not sign the Declaration because he disagrees with the document’s identification of Catholics and Orthodox as “Christians.”

I have one question concerning The Manhattan Declaration, what happened to separation of church & state?

Manhattan Declaration & Signers

Read the Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience

The Manhattan Declaration – Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty

Knowledge is vital in dealing with these religious zealots and fanatics. Knowledge 2 Truth 2 Power.

Organizing Against The War On Women


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

There is a new movement to combat the War On Women waged by the TeaTardedRepubliCANTS, against our most valuable asset, The American Woman. This new movement is a new Facebook group and it has a name: Organizing Against The War On Women.

Organizing Against The War On Women was started on Saturday the 18th of February at  18:49 hrs by Ms, Karen Teegarden. The Administrators of this group are Ms. Desiree ObamaShanti Jordan, Ms. Yvonne Hussein Le Fort, Ms. Lora Trezil, Ms. Tana Emerson, Mr. Trillian Dent, Ms. Rhonda Carr, Ms. Denise Courser-Miller, &  Ms. Wendy Rogelle. Organizing Against The War On Women currently has 4,794 members as of the publishing of this article. Magnificent membership in 4 days, but they need you to join with them in fighting this all out assault on Women In America.

By: Karen Teegarden, Ms. Wendy Rogelle and Ms. Susan Masten
Logo designed by: Mr. Tim Teegarden

Mission Statement

Help defend women’s rights and pursuit of equality. Join Americans all across the United States on April 28th, 2012, as we come together as one to tell members of Congress in Washington DC and legislators in all 50 states. “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”

All Americans have the right to make decisions about their own bodies, including the right to contraception without interference from government, business, or religious institutions.

Everyone is invited to join, plan, and march as WE STAND TOGETHER to demand that every person be granted equal opportunities, equal rights, and equal representation.

Here are the individual State links. Everyone should belong to this main page and their State page:

Main National Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/300…

Alabama:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/297…

Alaska:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/353…

Arizona:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/134…

Arkansas:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/355…

California:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/259…

Colorado:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/300…

Connecticut:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/386…

Delaware:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/327…

Florida:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/287…

Georgia:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307…

Hawaii:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/113…

Idaho:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/194…

Illinois:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/389…

Indiana:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/286…

Iowa:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/383…

Kansas:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/146…

Kentucky:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/1914…

Louisiana:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/258…

Maine:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/332…

Maryland:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/353…

Massachusetts:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/283…

Michigan:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/279…

Michigan We are Women March- Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
https://www.facebook.com/groups/145…

Minnesota:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/313…

Mississippi:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/373…

Missouri:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/258…

Montana:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/353…

Nebraska:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/311…

Nevada:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/373…

New Hampshire:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/241…

New Jersey:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/334…

New Mexico:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/235…

New York:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/246…

North Carolina:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/364…

North Dakota:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/174…

Ohio:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/133…

Oklahoma:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/331…

Oregon:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/234…

Pennsylvania:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/232…

Puerto Rico:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/184…

Rhode Island:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/355…

South Carolina:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/134…

South Dakota:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/147…

Tennessee:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/231…

Texas:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/323…

Utah:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/286…

Vermont:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/391…

Virginia:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/246…

Washington:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/189…

Washington, D.C.:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/287…

West Virginia:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/299…

Wisconsin:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/146…

Wyoming:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/300…

United we are victorious…..United we defeat sexism and racism.  These warriors against the War On Women need your assistance, they need you to contact your state links and join together for the March


Jueseppi B.:

I don’t know her name yet, I just this minute started following her blog: “The Ramblings Of An Intellectual Sistah”. She writes like a summer storm, and i always love to observe summer storms.

Originally posted on The Ramblings of an Intellectual Sistah:

Are Black women really angry or is it just a stereotype that many of us are falling for? There are a lot of reasons Black women could be angry:

  • lower pay than their counterparts
  • gender/race bias and discrimination
  • limited availability in the dating pool
  • the list very well could go on.

Yet, the point is are Black women really angry, or is it that their strength is misunderstood as anger?

I am attaching here a notice from Hip Hop Feminist Joan Morgan, and also there is an interesting article from Washington Post on the upside of anger in the workforce for Black women.

To Whom it May Concern:
For reasons of emotional health and overall sanity, I’ve retired from being a STRONGBLACKWOMAN. Since I’ve been acting like a SBW for most of my life, I’ve taken the liberty of drafting a re-orientation memo.

To the white folks I work with–the…

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The Soap Box


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

From time to time, I get so full of bull shit, lies & misinformation from the TeaTardedRepubliCANTS that I will burst open like clouds on a summer afternoon, producing rain shower’s that cleanse the small town streets, if I don’t climb upon my soap box. So now would be a good time to click off this article, or rant, or facts & truth if you will, unless you are curious as to what sickens me today.

Politics & Religion…What Has Faith To Do With Political Office.

Lets start with the lies and misinformation spewed all over the media concerning President Of The United States (POTUS) Barack Hussein Obama, and his “faith”, Christianity, religious affiliation etc…etc….etc…. First off, I am sick to D.E.A.T.H. of the racist caucasian media and politicians along with so called “religious” leaders” lying. If a politician or a “religious” leader have no moral character or integrity that prevents them from telling lies repeatedly, and they can’t tell the truth about an issue, they are pieces of turtle feces.

Lets go back to 2008, when it was an issue that POTUS Obama was a member of Rev.  Jeremiah Wright‘s church, Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), a megachurch in Chicago. Remember that? Remember how POTUS Obama had to denounce and distance himself from Rev. Wright over remarks Rev. Wright made in his sermons?

Wright’s beliefs and preaching were scrutinized when segments from his sermons were publicized in connection with the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, including his contention that the attacks of September 11, 2001 were proof that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost” and “…not God Bless America. God damn America.” POTUS Obama reacted to the Wright controversy in a speech entitled “A More Perfect Union.” (Explain to me what a minister’s Sunday sermon has to do with a Presidential candidate, unless that Presidential candidate writes the sermons in question, which then Senator Obama did not).

Wright subsequently defended himself in a speech before the NAACP on April 27, 2008, in which he indicated that he was not “divisive” but “descriptive,” and that the black church experience, like black culture, was “different” but not “deficient”. I bring this up now to ask this question…..if Barack Hussein Obama was a long time member of the Trinity United Church of Christ Church, a “CHRISTIAN” church….what the hell are you stupid ass racist caucasian politicians & “religious” leaders talking about?  By the way…all you dumb asses need to read Section 6, Article 3 of the U. S. Constitution, and it’s contents on religion in politics. End of Story.

 

Lets See What New Issue We Can Create To Discredit “Obama”.

The mission of the newly elected 2010 general election politicians were made crystal clear the morning after the elections, when the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, uttered these famous words: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” He forgot to add: “By Any Means Necessary”.

In order to achieve that mission statement, of making President Obama a “one term President”, the following fake issues have been thrown at MY President and labeled HIS fault/responsibility: BP oil gusher, rising gas prices, the U. S. economic failure, low stock market numbers, record number of foreclosures, fraudulent foreclosure practices by banks, Wall Street greed, building of the Ground Zero Mosque, high illegal immigration, raising of the debt ceiling, increase in food stamp dependence, soft on terrorism, the killing of Osama bin-Laden, ending the Iraq war too soon, bringing home troops too quickly, signing the Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCares), extending tax cuts for the 99%, attempting to raise taxes on the wealthy/greedy 1%, pushing for a passed jobs bill, killing the harmful Keystone XL pipeline fiasco, being a Muslim, being a Socialist, being a Kenyan, being a foreigner, NOT being a Christian, being Black, not being Black enough, being too easy/soft, not being confrontational enough, being a thug, being too smug, being too “uppity”, trying to make women’s health issues a priority, being anti-religious and declaring war on religion based on making religious employers responsible for the health concerns of their female employees, being pro-union, being pro-woman’s choice, being pro LGBT, being a common sense, logical, critical thinking diplomatic President.

Did I leave anything out? I am sure I did.

Now based on all these “issues” the TeaTardedRepubliCANTS have manufactured to stop POTUS Obama’s re-election…you tell me which one actually under his Presidential control, that he handled incorrectly? From the BP oil gusher crisis to the women’s contraception issue to the latest bull shit over his “faith”, POTUS Obama is untouchable. Like Teflon baby, the shit just won’t stick. Oh…yeah….I forgot his many vacations and his style of jeans…both issues created by the Party Of Stupid.

In closing, let me repeat…this coming election on “NO”vember sixth, twenty twelve…THE most vitally important election in my 52 years of life.

“America is back. Anyone who tells you otherwise, anyone who tells you America is in decline or that our influence has wained, doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we world as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s back.
We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction.”

~  President Barack Obama. ~

Go Out On “NO”vember SixthTwenty Twelve &Vote Democratic.

Vote For Barack Hussein Obama.

Four More For Forty Four.

“BARACK” The Vote.

“Disagree Intelligently, Use Facts, Truth & Common Sense.”

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