Friday, February 5, 2010

Obama mentions St. Louis Woman who passed away recently

President Obama on Melanie Shouse: "How can I say to her, 'You know what? We're giving up'"?

by: Michael Bersin

February 4, 2010:

I got a letter -- I got a note today from one of my staff -- they forwarded it to me -- from a woman in St. Louis who had been part of our campaign, very active, who had passed away from breast cancer. She didn't have insurance. She couldn't afford it, so she had put off having the kind of exams that she needed. And she had fought a tough battle for four years. All through the campaign she was fighting it, but finally she succumbed to it. And she insisted she's going to be buried in an Obama t-shirt. (Laughter.)

But think about this: She was fighting that whole time not just to get me elected, not even to get herself health insurance, but because she understood that there were others coming behind her who were going to find themselves in the same situation and she didn't want somebody else going through that same thing. (Applause.) How can I say to her, "You know what? We're giving up"? How can I say to her family, "This is too hard"? How can Democrats on the Hill say, "This is politically too risky"? How can Republicans on the Hill say, "We're better off just blocking anything from happening"?

From Show Me Progress:

It is unconscionable that those who claim to "represent" us enjoy excellent, easily accessed health care while heroic Americans like Melanie are allowed to die because of the political "risk" Blue Dogs like Claire McCaskill are afraid to take. If the members of Congress had half the courage and integrity that Melanie had, we wouldn't even be having this conversation in 2010. Shame on them.

Health Care for America Now leaders are calling for rallies on February 17 - three days after Melanie's memorial service. How many more Melanies must die before we get the attention of our "leaders"?

From Show Me Progress Diaries:

Melanie Shouse, a local stalwart activist for social justice and single payer health care passed on very recently. Melanie was attempting to get treatment out of state as she was denied care by her health insurance. Her illness could have been treated -- 45,000 people die each year due to lack of access to care.

Godspeed Melanie Shouse you were an inspiration to us all. We will miss you, Byron

From Susan with the West County Democrats:

Melanie's last wish was to be cremated in her Obama t-shirt. Her memorial service will be at Central Reform (Jewish) Congregation on February 14th. She wanted us to wear our activist t-shirts, and we will do that. --- RIP, Melanie.

Monday, February 1, 2010

What would Fannie Say About Black History Month?

Black History Month 2010: Reflection or New Direction?

by Tom Burrell
Author of Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority

As a socially-accepted, designated observance, Black History Month rarely explores the unresolved psychic trauma that resulted from centuries of oppression, media manipulation and conditioning. Presented in “past tense,” the observance stymies true reflections of the price paid for progress.

Consider Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s “The Mis-Education of the Negro,” the 1933 landmark the
sis that addressed black inferiority conditioning. Have we truly progressed past Woodson’s description of “the Negro … taught to despise” his own race, who prefers to patronize white businesses and desires the seats of “righteousness controlled by his oppressor?”

Would Fannie Lou Hammer or Shirley Chisholm quietly condone foul-mouthed rappers surrounded by scantily-clad video vixens or black male actors dressed as obese, gun-toting grandmas or other exaggerated pathologies regurgitated in Hollywood films like “Precious?”

Would Justice Thurgood Marshall or Martin Luther King, Jr. claim “we have overcome” when confronted with media images of President Obama and LeBron James as monkeys or Tiger Woods as a sexual predator? Would Malcolm X still blame the “white devil” for the disproportionate numbers of uneducated, impoverished, unemployed or imprisoned blacks or the inexcusable number of deaths related to black-on-black homicides?