Banner Photo by Grant Pepper; June 10, 2020, Black Lives Matter, Mt Vernon Square
In this section you can find:
–Suggested reading, documentaries, databases, info links to truthful/ accurate information from non partisan orgs with focus on social concerns at the local, state, federal , and global levels
To Young People From Barack Obama, Aug 19, 2020
“To the young people who led us this summer, telling us we need to be better — in so many ways, you are this country’s dreams fulfilled. Earlier generations had to be persuaded that everyone has equal worth. For you, it’s a given — a conviction. And what I want you to know is that for all its messiness and frustrations, your system of self-government can be harnessed to help you realize those convictions.
You can give our democracy new meaning. You can take it to a better place. You’re the missing ingredient — the ones who will decide whether or not America becomes the country that fully lives up to its creed.” –Former President Barack Obama
DNC Young Democrats: Highlights
WATCH: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s full speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention
WATCH: 17 “rising stars” of the Democratic Party deliver keynote address with Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta from Pennsylvania, State Rep. Victoria Neave from Texas, Mayor Randall Woodfin from Alabama, and more.
Books to ground us
If We Can Keep It by Michael Tomasky;
Our Own Worst Enemy by Tom Nichols;
On Corruption in America by Sarah Chayes;
Billionaire Democracy by George Tyler;
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis;
Hate Monger by Jean Guerrero;
Supreme Inequality by Adam Cohen;
Non-Believer Nation by David Niose;
Law Without Future by Jack Jackson;
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander;
Toxic Inequality by Thomas Shapiro;
Beyond Outrage by Robert Reich;
Winner Take All Politics by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson;
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein;
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson;
I Can’t Breathe by Matt Taibbi;
Evicted by Mathew Desmond;
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates;
Dear White America by Tim Wise;
How to be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal Fleming;
The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? by Michael Sandel;
Our Malady by Timothy Snyder;
Documentaries and Visions
13th directed by Ava DuVernay; Netflix documentary
Freedom Summer written and directed by Stanley Nelson, Jr; PBS Firelight documentary
Bryan Stevenson on PBS Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan
Baratunde Thurston writer, activist, comedian. How to Citizen podcasts (13).
Baratunde Thurston deconstructs racism, TED talk 2019
Sean Sherman, Lakota-Sioux chef reclaiming Native American history and cuisine. Culinary Institute of America talk, 2018
On The Issues Databases
Current Info Links
-Local, State, Federal, Global.
Non partisan, accurate, evidentiary
Knox Pages—online local news service, only one locally owned and operated: by Richland News, Mansfield, OH.
Eye on Ohio—Their mission is to promote the public good by pursuing in-depth, underreported and high-impact journalism which exposes injustice and explores its consequences. Their reporting investigates the truth, holds those in power accountable, and seeks solutions.
Innovation Ohio—Ohio Statehouse’s Advocacy Hub; A unique organization that connects the dots between advocacy, activism, and legislative action at the Ohio Statehouse. A state-based non-profit that conducts research, builds coalitions, and coordinates advocacy campaigns on critical issues at both the state and local level. Their focus is on innovative solutions that impact poor and working families, create economic opportunity for all Ohioans, and strengthen our economy from the bottom up.
| Gems of Wisdom from Charles Shultz, Peanuts|