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King's message demanded that individuals tell their oppressors what they were doing was wrong. Can we do so with his grace?

Channel your Agape: Why a fractured nation needs to remember MLK’s message of love

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As we honor MLK today, let's remember to LOVE.
Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. Is that what Donald Trump is doing?

Trump's Plan to Neuter the White House Press Corps, and Neuter Our Democracy

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Dalai Lama. Malala. Courageous, wise leaders show us how faith can intersect culture and politics in healthy, helpful ways. Charlotte's Intersections blog

Exploring Intersections of Faith, Culture and Politics

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Coffee, Poetry and Martin Luther King.
This week a new President is sworn in for our country. Many are expressing concern for the United States and its future. Below an affirmative prayer is offered knowing that our greatest possibilities will ultimately be expressed.

An Affirmative Prayer for Our Country | | Conscious Bridge

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"The core story about three brilliant and incredible women, to the way they become leaders in their fields despite of racism, sexism and segregation, to the overarching drama of the space race and the achievement over the impossible on a global scale."
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I Take Liberty With My Coffee

The Beautiful Ideals of “Hidden Figures”

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee did not mince words as she excoriated Republicans who are risking the lives of Americans by repealing Obamacare.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee comes out swinging at Obamacare rally (VIDEO)

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Political golden boy Corey Booker fell from Progressive grace when he and 12 other Dem senators voted against an amendment to allow import of cheaper drugs from Canada. Booker and several in that group were among top recipients of pharmaceutical industry money. Their expressed concern such drugs might be less-than-safe, since most originate in the US, echoed the industry's seemingly...
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Progressives Outraged Over Booker, Democrats’ Vote on Prescription Drugs From Canada

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Ugh! This frustrates (and embarrasses) me as an "average American"! What can we do about this problem? (cvc)
What will be the measure of us men and women in this our current time of "challenge and controversy?" MLK shows us the way. (cvc)
Journalists are our witnesses to history in the making. I agree that anything less is "public relations". And you?
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The words of a colleague. I am fortunate to work with some excellent people.

"Imagine how different this world would be if we all paid it forward and we all engaged in a random act of kindness every day, or at least once a week. Small acts by hundreds of millions of Americans add up. And the reason I use Americans as an example is because sadly, we are arguably causing the most suffering in...
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"Sign-making parties are popping up around the state as like-minded women gather to share their perspectives, camaraderie and travel plans. More parties are planned for later this week and next week as momentum grows for the march, which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to Washington the day after Trump takes the oath of office" -- Kristen Jordan Shamus.

(Vince Lamb)

Women's March participants make signs for D.C. trip

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"But it hasn’t all been doom and gloom. While the rest of the world struggled to come to terms with the aforementioned craziness, innovators, scientists and tech heads worked quietly from the sidelines to come up with solutions. And some succeeded: from a trashcan that sucks up ocean garbage to a drone that delivers vaccines to endangered ferrets, here are our top picks for this year’s best...
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The five innovations that shaped sustainability in 2016

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"Given that our government does not hesitate to cast blame on other countries without providing evidence, there’s little reason to believe that American citizens with dissident views can’t be branded as foreign propaganda outlets."
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New Legislation Establishes Orwellian Propaganda Agency

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Word is that Baldwin will be taking his Trump show on the road this year. Should be fun :) In the meantime, this might have been the funniest SNL opener he has done yet ... absolutely HILARIOUS!!!! Take a break, have a few laughs ... it's good for the soul. [ Bit.ly Link ]

SNL Opener: Trump Will Bring Back The Biggest Thickest Golden Stream Of Jobs (VIDEO)

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"With only days until Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community, Just in Time for Trump

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Jeff Sessions seems to be on his way to becoming attorney general. Many people are angry and frightened by his anti-civil rights stance.

NYT: If Only We Knew What We Already Know About Jeff Sessions

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" No other state in the nation has established the rights of children to have their basic needs met. In California, parents, school officials and lawmakers have sought to build a consensus centered on the issue since 2009."
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California bill declares all children have a basic right to quality education, healthcare and social services

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