copIt was one word that struck me. More than any other word spoken over the past 10 weeks of court testimony in Floyd v. City of New York, the civil trial questioning the New York Police Department’s policy of “Stop, Question and Frisk."


In over 8,000 pages of official court transcripts from the trial that ended on Monday, it is spoken time and time again by sergeants, precinct commanders and current and former high ranking officers within the police department. The question being replied to was a variation on this: “Does it bother you that in the vast majority, nine out of 10 stops, no enforcement action was taken? No summons, no arrest, no weapons found?”

congressIt’s important to celebrate whenever social barriers are knocked down — including the one that fell today when Mignon Clyburn became the acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Never before has a president appointed a woman to chair the commission — not even on an interim basis. It’s not the first time Clyburn has made history. She’s also the first African-American woman to serve as an FCC commissioner. But there are still many barriers that need to be knocked down. For one, we need to remove the “acting” title for the next woman to chair the FCC.

Dear Mr. President,

Finally we have a bill! But I think it’s way too soon to celebrate anything, given the fact that a crop of undocumented immigrant will remain.

For now, at least the long overdue and talked about bipartisan immigration reform legislation – the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act” – has been introduced in Senate, a big first step towards the silver lining on a very long, dark road for many undocumented migrants.

CARTOON2013Men are always doing something, or not doing something, to upset women. Men are always putting their feet in their mouths, oblivious to what effects it’s having on the little woman. Oh Lord, how you face so long…is what wrong with you now...what me do...what me say?”

And thus begins his lesson for the week, seven doghouse days , as she not only gives him a piece of her mind, but lashes him with her tongue, shows him the cold shoulder and makes sure that he sleeps on the far side of the bed. Now I know how sensitive many women are, and have a kneejerk reaction when fingers are pointed in their direction, but I did my research before I put pen to paper. I also gleaned my information from various husbands who wanted their stories told - so that others would know.