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JUNETEENTH NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY

is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was declared a holiday in 1983.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

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rene marIe

Lift Ev’ry Voice & Sing

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Robert Robinson

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

This was a coded song that alluded some of the angels

that helped free slaves such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

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Resources

to understand

America’s long history of injustice and inequality

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/08/understanding-racism-inequality-america/

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What is White racial identity and why is it important?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/the-lily/what-is-white-racial-identity-and-why-is-it-important/2021/06/18/a7db496c-02a7-4128-9f4e-0f924df83976_video.html-2

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President Biden on Thursday 17 June signed a bill to recognize Juneteenth — the celebration to commemorate the end of chattel slavery in the United States —  as the first new federal holiday in decades, a major symbolic victory that Black activists have sought for years.

“This is a day of profound weight and profound power,” Biden said. A day in which we’ll remember the moral stain, the terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take; what I’ve long called America’s original sin. At the same time, I also remember the extraordinary capacity to heal and to hope and to emerge from those painful moments and a bitter, bitter version of ourselves to make a better version of our selves.”

Biden said that he hopes by establishing the holiday, “all Americans can feel the power of this day and learn from our history and celebrate progress and grapple with the distance we’ve come, but the distance we have to travel, too.”

It marks the anniversary of the date in 1865 when Union soldiers brought word of slavery’s end to the Texas gulf — some two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s famed Emancipation Proclamation.

“Think about that,” said Vice President Kamala Harris. “For more than two years the enslaved people of Texas were kept in servitude. For more than two years they were intentionally kept from their freedom.”

“Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names: Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, and today, a national holiday,” said Vice President Harris, who is the first woman, Asian-American and the first Black person to serve as vice president.

“We are gathered here in a house built by enslaved people. We are footsteps away from where President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation,” she said at the White House signing ceremony.We have come far, and we have far to go. But today is a day of celebration. It is not only a day of pride.

It’s also a day for us to reaffirm and rededicate ourselves to action.”

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THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO

2013

Catherine L. Johnson

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

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UDEERpresh-uhs

UDEERpreSHəs

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youDEARPRECIOUS

 

2021

Catherine L. Johnson

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Eight original works

Each measures: 20.5″H x 12.25″W

Mixed media:

color –  a soft, clean early spring chartreuse with the breath of luminous dawn

line – graphite, metallic gold pencil

paper – archival heavyweight kraft 

 

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precious

preSHəs

Of great value; not to be wasted or treated carelessly.

Greatly loved or treasured by someone

Used as a term of address for a beloved person

 

 

 

 

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youDEARPRECIOUS’ #1           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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youDEARPRECIOUS’ #2           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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youDEARPRECIOUS’ #3           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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youDEARPRECIOUS’ #4           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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youDEARPRECIOUS’ #5           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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youDEARPRECIOUS’ #6           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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youDEARPRECIOUS’ #7           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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youDEARPRECIOUS’ #8           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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youDEARPRECIOUS’ #8 detail           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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The

BOW

symbolizes that a woman is a gift to the world.

 She is strong, attractive, and of worth and value.

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The bow is associated with female sexuality and sexual power.

Consider how you tie up a bow on a gift.

You put tension on the ribbon and tie the knot,

and

then you release the bow.

This tension and release is seen as symbolic

of

women’s release from social constraints / conventions / bondage.

 

She is empowered to shape her intimate love stories.

Her choices in relationships are GIANT STEPS that call out

the expanse of each other’s wilderness

– mutual, improvisational, creative, nest/harbor,

simple/complex, a dear balm, beyond…

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She is unrepeatable, multi-spherical, and an unfolding dance.

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She is an unrepeatable presence,

an unforgettable dynamic offering

of

sweet wonder,

laughter,

comfort,

boundless  wings of FREEDOM,

rapturous elegance,

  integrity,

and

awe.

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PRECIOUS’

 

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ZACHARY WILLIAM ROBERT JAMES WOODRIDGE

On 20 March 2020, a darling sweet

PRECIOUS

5 month Blue Heeler x ?? entered my heart and home!

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His litter was rescued from a reservation in North Dakota and were named the WILD!

He was named: Zach Parise!!!

ZACH_BABY

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ZACH in ‘PETFINDERS’ March 2020

ZACH_MEETUP_

MEET / GREET!!!

20 March 2020

 

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PLAY TIME @ CHS Dog Park!

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NAP TIME!

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ZACHARY WILLIAM ROBERT JAMES WOODRIDGE

FIRST BIRTHDAY celebrated at the BLACK DOG Cafe!

24 October 2020

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ZACH was my dedicated K9 PARTNER working the BIDEN/HARRIS campaign!

Reynold and ZACH’s K9 GF BUDDY #1 NEKO stepped UP, too!

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ZACH is my dedicated K9 ADVENTURE PARTNER:

fat tire biking and x-skiing!

NO kayaking – not a swimmer!

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On my birthday: 29 December 2020!!!

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in his/my favorite black leather chair – he loves comfort!!!

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ZWRJW  reigning from a JUMBO PAUL BUNYAN SIZE CHAIR

A photo souvenir from a ‘stop’

during 1 of the weekly K9 RIVER WALKS – which began 7 March 2021!

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ZACHARY WILLIAM ROBERT JAMES WOODRIDGE

18 May 2021

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ZACH and his FIRST K9 BUDDY: Cousin MILO!!!

August 2020

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ZACH and his GF K9 WRESTLING BUDDY #1: NEKO!!!

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ZACH and his GF K9 WRESTLING BUDDY #2: TOOTSIE!!!

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ZACH and his K9 WRESTLING BUDDY: CLOVIS!!!

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ZACH and his GF K9 BUDDY: JUNO!!!

Above: April 2020  Below: August 2020

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ZACH and his ‘K9 RIVER WALK’ BUDDIES: 

LOKI, CoCo and his K9 BIG BRO (NO WRESTLING) HENRY!!!

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CLICK below for further information on the SUNDAY K9 RIVER WALK!

K9 RIVER WALKS

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ZACH and his BEST 2-legged human PLAY BUDDY: LEO!!!

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ZACHARY WILLIAM ROBERT JAMES WOODRIDGE

&

ME – a K9 living in a human body!!!!!

14 February 2021

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The HUMANITY PORTFOLIO 2013

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

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A frantic warning from 100 leading experts:

Our democracy is in grave danger

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/01/frantic-warning-100-leading-experts-our-democracy-is-grave-danger/

Democrats can’t say they weren’t warned.

With yet another GOP effort to restrict voting underway in Texas, President Biden is now calling on Congress to act in the face of the Republican “assault on democracy.” Importantly, Biden cast that attack as aimed at “Black and Brown Americans,” meriting federal legislation in response.

That is a welcome escalation. But it remains unclear whether 50 Senate Democrats will ever prove willing to reform or end the filibuster, and more to the point, whether Biden will put real muscle behind that cause. If not, such protections will never, ever pass.

Now, in a striking intervention, more than 100 scholars of democracy have signed a new public statement of principles that seeks to make the stakes unambiguously, jarringly clear: On the line is nothing less than the future of our democracy itself.

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Statement of Concern

https://www.newamerica.org/political-reform/statements/statement-of-concern/

The Threats to American Democracy

and the Need for National Voting and Election Administration Standards

Statement

June 1, 2021

We, the undersigned, are scholars of democracy who have watched the recent deterioration of U.S. elections and liberal democracy with growing alarm. Specifically, we have watched with deep concern as Republican-led state legislatures across the country have in recent months proposed or implemented what we consider radical changes to core electoral procedures in response to unproven and intentionally destructive allegations of a stolen election. Collectively, these initiatives are transforming several states into political systems that no longer meet the minimum conditions for free and fair elections. Hence, our entire democracy is now at risk.

When democracy breaks down, it typically takes many years, often decades, to reverse the downward spiral. In the process, violence and corruption typically flourish, and talent and wealth flee to more stable countries, undermining national prosperity. It is not just our venerated institutions and norms that are at risk—it is our future national standing, strength, and ability to compete globally.

Statutory changes in large key electoral battleground states are dangerously politicizing the process of electoral administration, with Republican-controlled legislatures giving themselves the power to override electoral outcomes on unproven allegations should Democrats win more votes. They are seeking to restrict access to the ballot, the most basic principle underlying the right of all adult American citizens to participate in our democracy. They are also putting in place criminal sentences and fines meant to intimidate and scare away poll workers and nonpartisan administrators. State legislatures have advanced initiatives that curtail voting methods now preferred by Democratic-leaning constituencies, such as early voting and mail voting. Republican lawmakers have openly talked about ensuring the “purity” and “quality” of the vote, echoing arguments widely used across the Jim Crow South as reasons for restricting the Black vote.

State legislators supporting these changes have cited the urgency of “electoral integrity” and the need to ensure that elections are secure and free of fraud. But by multiple expert judgments, the 2020 election was extremely secure and free of fraud. The reason that Republican voters have concerns is because many Republican officials, led by former President Donald Trump, have manufactured false claims of fraud, claims that have been repeatedly rejected by courts of law, and which Trump’s own lawyers have acknowledged were mere speculation when they testified about them before judges.

In future elections, these laws politicizing the administration and certification of elections could enable some state legislatures or partisan election officials to do what they failed to do in 2020: reverse the outcome of a free and fair election. Further, these laws could entrench extended minority rule, violating the basic and longstanding democratic principle that parties that get the most votes should win elections.

Democracy rests on certain elemental institutional and normative conditions. Elections must be neutrally and fairly administered. They must be free of manipulation. Every citizen who is qualified must have an equal right to vote, unhindered by obstruction. And when they lose elections, political parties and their candidates and supporters must be willing to accept defeat and acknowledge the legitimacy of the outcome. The refusal of prominent Republicans to accept the outcome of the 2020 election, and the anti-democratic laws adopted (or approaching adoption) in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Montana and Texas—and under serious consideration in other Republican-controlled states—violate these principles. More profoundly, these actions call into question whether the United States will remain a democracy. As scholars of democracy, we condemn these actions in the strongest possible terms as a betrayal of our precious democratic heritage.

The most effective remedy for these anti-democratic laws at the state level is federal action to protect equal access of all citizens to the ballot and to guarantee free and fair elections. Just as it ultimately took federal voting rights law to put an end to state-led voter suppression laws throughout the South, so federal law must once again ensure that American citizens’ voting rights do not depend on which party or faction happens to be dominant in their state legislature, and that votes are cast and counted equally, regardless of the state or jurisdiction in which a citizen happens to live. This is widely recognized as a fundamental principle of electoral integrity in democracies around the world.

A new voting rights law (such as that proposed in the John Lewis Voting Rights Act) is essential but alone is not enough. True electoral integrity demands a comprehensive set of national standards that ensure the sanctity and independence of election administration, guarantee that all voters can freely exercise their right to vote, prevent partisan gerrymandering from giving dominant parties in the states an unfair advantage in the process of drawing congressional districts, and regulate ethics and money in politics.

It is always far better for major democracy reforms to be bipartisan, to give change the broadest possible legitimacy. However, in the current hyper-polarized political context such broad bipartisan support is sadly lacking. Elected Republican leaders have had numerous opportunities to repudiate Trump and his “Stop the Steal” crusade, which led to the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Each time, they have sidestepped the truth and enabled the lie to spread.

We urge members of Congress to do whatever is necessary—including suspending the filibuster—in order to pass national voting and election administration standards that both guarantee the vote to all Americans equally, and prevent state legislatures from manipulating the rules in order to manufacture the result they want. Our democracy is fundamentally at stake. History will judge what we do at this moment.

Signatures are still being added. This list was last updated on 6/1/21 at 2:40 p.m. ET.

John Aldrich
Professor of Political Science
Duke University

Deborah Avant
Professor of International Studies
University of Denver

Larry M. Bartels
Professor of Political Science
Vanderbilt University

Frank R. Baumgartner
Professor of Political Science
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Sheri Berman
Professor of Political Science
Barnard College, Columbia University

Benjamin Bishin
Professor of Political Science
University of California, Riverside

Robert Blair
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs
Brown University

Henry E. Brady
Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley

Rogers Brubaker
Professor of Sociology
University of California, Los Angeles

John M. Carey
Professor of Government
Dartmouth College

Michael Coppedge
Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame

Katherine Cramer
Professor of Political Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Larry Diamond
Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute
Stanford University

Lee Drutman
Senior Fellow
New America

Rachel Epstein
Professor of International Studies
University of Denver

David Faris
Associate Professor of Political Science
Roosevelt University

Henry Farrell
Professor of International Affairs
Johns Hopkins University

Christina Fattore
Associate Professor of Political Science
West Virginia University

Christopher M. Federico
Professor of Political Science and Psychology
University of Minnesota

Morris P. Fiorina
Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution
Stanford University

Joel L. Fleishman
Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies
Duke University

Luis Fraga
Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame

William W. Franko
Associate Professor of Political Science
West Virginia University

Francis Fukuyama
Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Stanford University

Daniel J. Galvin
Associate Professor of Political Science
Northwestern University

Laura Gamboa
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Utah

Martin Gilens
Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Social Welfare
University of California, Los Angeles

Kristin Goss
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Duke University

Jessica Gottlieb
Associate Professor of Government & Public Service
Texas A&M University

Virginia Gray
Professor of Political Science Emeritus
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Jacob M. Grumbach
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Washington

Anna Grzymala-Busse
Professor of International Studies
Stanford University

Jacob Hacker
Professor of Political Science
Yale University

Hahrie Han
Professor of Political Science
Johns Hopkins University

Thomas J. Hayes
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Connecticut

Gretchen Helmke
Professor of Political Science
University of Rochester

Amanda Hollis-Brusky
Associate Professor of Politics
Pomona College

Daniel Hopkins
Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania

Matthew B. Incantalupo
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Yeshiva University

Matt Jacobsmeier
Associate Professor of Political Science
West Virginia University

Gary C. Jacobson
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
University of California, San Diego

Hakeem Jefferson
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Stanford University

Bruce W. Jentleson
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Duke University

Theodore R. Johnson
Senior Fellow & Director, Fellows Program
Brennan Center for Justice

Richard Joseph
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Northwestern University

Alex Keena
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Virginia Commonwealth University

Nathan J. Kelly
Professor of Political Science
University of Tennessee

Eric Kramon
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
George Washington University

Katherine Krimmel
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Barnard College, Columbia University

Didi Kuo
Senior Research Scholar, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
Stanford University

Matt Lacombe
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Barnard College, Columbia University

Timothy LaPira
Professor of Political Science
James Madison University

Michael Latner
Senior Fellow
Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy

Anna O. Law
Associate Professor of Political Science
CUNY Brooklyn College

Yphtach Lelkes
Assistant Professor, Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania

Margaret Levi
Professor of Political Science
Stanford University

Steve Levitsky
Professor of Government
Harvard University

Robert Lieberman
Professor of Political Science
Johns Hopkins University

Scott Mainwaring
Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame

Jane Mansbridge
Professor Emerita of Political Leadership and Democratic Values
Harvard University

Lilliana H. Mason
Associate Research Professor, Department of Political Science
Johns Hopkins University

Corrine M. McConnaughy
Research Scholar and Lecturer, Department of Politics
Princeton University

Jennifer McCoy
Professor of Political Science
Georgia State University

Suzanne Mettler
Professor of American Institutions, Department of Government
Cornell University

Robert Mickey
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan

Michael Minta
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Minnesota

Terry Moe
Professor of Political Science
Stanford University

Jana Morgan
Professor of Political Science
University of Tennessee

Mason Moseley
Associate Professor of Political Science
West Virginia University

Russell Muirhead
Professor of Democracy
Dartmouth College

Diana Mutz
Professor of Political Science and Communication
University of Pennsylvania

Pippa Norris
Professor of Political Science
Harvard University

Anne Norton
Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania

Brendan Nyhan
Professor of Government
Dartmouth College

Angela X. Ocampo
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan

Norm Ornstein
Emeritus Scholar
American Enterprise Institute

Benjamin I. Page
Professor of Decision Making
Northwestern University

Tom Pepinsky
Professor, Department of Government
Cornell University

Anibal Perez-Linan
Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs
University of Notre Dame

Dirk Philipsen
Associate Research Professor of Economic History
Duke University

Paul Pierson
Professor of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley

Ethan Porter
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
George Washington University

Robert D. Putnam
Professor of Public Policy
Harvard University

Kenneth Roberts
Professor of Government
Cornell University

Amanda Lea Robinson
Associate Professor of Political Science
Ohio State University

Deondra Rose
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and History
Duke University

Nancy L. Rosenblum
Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government Emerita
Harvard University

Larry J. Sabato
University Professor of Politics
University of Virginia

Sara Sadhwani
Assistant Professor of Politics
Pomona College

David Schanzer
Professor of the Practice of Public Policy
Duke University

Kim L. Scheppele
Professor of Sociology and International Affairs
Princeton University

Daniel Schlozman
Associate Professor of Political Science
Johns Hopkins University

Kay L. Schlozman
Professor of Political Science
Boston College

Cathy Lisa Schneider
Professor, School of International Service
American University

Shauna Lani Shames
Associate Professor in Political Science
Rutgers University, Camden

Gisela Sin
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Illinois

Dan Slater
Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Professor Emerita of Politics and International Relations
Princeton University

Charles Anthony Smith
Professor of Political Science and Law
University of California, Irvine

Rogers M. Smith
Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania

Leonard Steinhorn
Professor of Communication
American University

Susan Stokes
Professor of Political Science
University of Chicago

Alexander George Theodoridis
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chloe Thurston
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Northwestern University

Antonio Ugues Jr.
Associate Professor of Political Science
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Michael W. Wagner
Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Omar Wasow
Assistant Professor, Department of Politics
Princeton University

Christopher Witko
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Pennsylvania State University

Christina Wolbrecht
Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame

Daniel Ziblatt
Professor of Government
Harvard University

*Institutions and titles are listed for identification purposes only.

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Footage

of the Prosperous Greenwood

and

the Tulsa Massacre

 

Tulsa Race Massacre

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Tulsa Race Massacre

In 1921, a white mob descended on the Black section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and during a deadly rampage, burned more than 1,000 homes, looted hundreds of others and destroyed a thriving business district.
 

The Associated Press explores how the economic, political and cultural impacts have echoed across generations: https://apnews.com/hub/tulsa-race-massacre

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“White survivors of the massacre stopped talking about it,” DeNeen L. Brown said.

“Black survivors only whispered about it,

because there was a real fear among Black people that it could happen again,

and it did in other places.”

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Blood On Black Wall Street:

The Legacy Of The Tulsa Race Massacre

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At no cost to viewers,

click on link below and sign in your provider to watch:

‘TULSA BURNING’

The 1921 Race Massacre

https://www.history.com/specials/tulsa-burning-the-1921-race-massacre

The History Channel’s

Tulsa Burning:

The 1921 Race Massacre

Creators in Conversation

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Tulsa:

The Fire and the Forgotten

https://www.pbs.org/show/tulsa-fire-and-forgotten/

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American Flag GIFs | Tenor

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BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC

Sung by Odetta

Some sources say this was played as the convoys headed to Normandy for D-Day

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My Daddy’s* favorite.
I can ‘hear’ him singing this hymn.
*Richard Harold Johnson.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Hymn_of_the_Republic
The “Battle Hymn of the Republic“,
also known as “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” outside of the United States,
is a lyric by the abolitionist writer Julia Ward Howe
using the music from the song “John Brown’s Body“.
Howe’s more famous lyrics were written in November 1861
and
first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862.
The song links the judgment of the wicked at the end of the age
(Old Testament, Isaiah 63; New Testament, Revelation 19)
with the American Civil War.

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American Flag GIFs | Tenor

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American Soldiers boarding
Aircraft Carrier Galaxy Flight to Iraq 
Row of Sealed coffins
 of American Soldiers
KIA
Army Sgt. Brian Ellis, 22, of Canyon Lake, Texas, a soldier with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, or "Old Guard," places a flag before each grave in preparation for Memorial Day, during the annual "Flags-In" at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press / AP

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Uncle Bill aka First Lieutenant William Henry Johnson.

B-17 pilot based in Rattlesden, England and a true VALIANT hero.

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Thank you and gratitude beyond measure to Priscilla Goldfarb
who researched/resurrected and upheld
the life story of a young hero – my Uncle Bill.

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 13 April 2019

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At the COMMEMORATION of

First Lieutenant William H. Johnson,

marking where he went down with his plane
as he steered his B-17 into a field
on

13 April 1944.

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Location: Johnson’s Corner.

My brilliant nephews attended:
George – LEFT and Max – RIGHT.

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Image result for fort snelling memorial day 2019Fort Snelling. Minneapolis. Memorial Day.

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Daddy

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My respects to

ALL BRAVE HER/OES

– the military wo/men

who

stepped UP

and

served

with

VALOR / HONOR.

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BEBRAVEIWILLSINGTOYOU                                                           Catherine L. Johnson  2013

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TELL_NO_SECRETS_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WP TELL: NO SECRETS                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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TELL_NO_SECRETS_TELL_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSONTELL: NO SECRETS  TELL                                                                     Catherine L. Johnson   2021

 

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secret

[ see-krit ]

adjective

noun

something that is or is kept secret, hidden, or concealed.
a mystery.
a reason or explanation not immediately or generally apparent.
a method, formula, plan, etc., known only to the initiated or the few: the secret of happiness; a trade secret.
a classification assigned to information, a document, etc., considered less vital to security than top-secret but more vital than confidential, and limiting its use to persons who have been cleared, as by various government agencies, as trustworthy to handle such material.

 

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The Secret Life of Secrets
https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-secret-life-of-secrets
http://www.keepingsecrets.org/
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Why the Secrets You Keep Are Hurting You
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-the-secrets-you-keep-are-hurting-you/
https://www.lifehack.org/352062/7-signs-you-are-lying-yourself-and-you-dont-know
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Truthfulness / Honesty
https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/truthfulness.html
https://www.becomingminimalist.com/why-honesty-is-the-best-policy-for-simplicity/
https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/4-reasons-why-you-should-always-honest.html

https://www.minimalismmadesimple.com/home/honesty-is-the-best-policy/

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IPROMISETOTELL_2015_CATHERINELJOHNSONIPROMISETOTELL                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2015

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I was valedictorian of my High School class.

Three months before graduation, my beloved orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark B. Coventry, Mayo Clinic.

operated on both of my feet: my toes.

A wheelchair followed by crutches- lightly walking on my heels – was how I moved.

On Graduation Day, outside – an early June beautiful clear blue sky evening in Minnesota,

the Superintendent of the school district introduced me.

I used my crutches to reach the podium and set them down on the stage.

I clutched the sides of the podium balancing on my heels,

AND, the Superintendent held me up with his hand on the back.

 I began my prepared speech: “This above all: TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE”.

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ALL these years later, with now 56 surgical procedures along the way,

lots of an A/LIVE life, and  riSING riSING riSING,

“This above all: TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE” has been my steadfast North Star and practice.

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My first full year n the public school was when  was 10 years old – the 5th grade.

I had lived In hospitals where I was horizontal with a shaved head.

During short stints at home between surgeries, my hair grew out (I loved my barrettes).

I was THRILLED by the kinetic motion of my sister and brothers!

The nurses showed me black and white photographs of them,

they were so tiny and still – and, I was so HUGE!

They could not visit – their scale/ size compared to me was in inches and they were less than half the size of my index finger.

My world was not theirs. Their world was not mine.

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I had homebound teachers.

I was wheeled into my Mom’s bedroom in a wheelchair 3x week and a portable desk was placed on the arms of the wheelchair: my desk.

The homebound teachers smoked cigarettes, smelled like hairspray, and read movie magazines.

I was given primary reading books: Alice and Jerry, Dick and Jane.

Their world was alien to me: “Look at Jerry run! Run Jerry run!” 

I did not know what running felt like.

I flew In my dreams. No feet on the ground. Above.

I was observant.

 I knew those homebound teachers thought I was stupid – I wore the ‘institutional’ face that was my tribe: hospitalized children.

Trauma eyes, slack jaw, not talkative – too much energy.

Yes, I was angry that they thought I was stupid.

They announced my future with their rigid optics of ‘handicapped cripples’: a blob occupying space.

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Entering the 5th grade, God’s GRACE love offered the radiance of my cherished friend to this VERY day: Sherrie! 

I was met with the constant torrents of one question by the children:

“What is wrong with you?”

I dd not know what recess was or the raucous, loud interaction of children playing.

I would sit quietly at my desk during recess: I knew how to do that.

One day, Sherrie approached me and asked me to join her outside for recess.

She taught me how to play 4 Square.

And one powerful moment occurred  soon after when Sherrie, a 10 year old girl, asked me with a rare depth of caring compassion, took me aside and gently asked me: “What happened TO you?”

 

When entering the 7th grade and with the ‘matrix’  of standard testng, I was placed in the ‘slow lane’.

Expectations.

A teacher, a math teacher, Helen Merrill, presided over the ‘slow lane’ classes.

Life, again, resonated with my institutional daze.

She could SEE me.

One day in the winter, Mrs. Merrill asked me to stay after class.

She looked at me, a 13 year old girl – I could feel the electric of her gaze.

Mrs. Merrill said quietly: “I would lIke to place you In all the Advanced Placement classes for 6 weeks.

Would YOU be willing to try?”

My heart pounded with the SHOCK of being seen.

Yes!!!!!

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Note: Mr. Richard Sladek was my 6th grade teacher – a remarkable innovative creative amazing educator.

He was an artist of education!

Because of him, I began to leave my fortified thick armored self-protective shell of an animal in the wild: my constructed shield to unknown/random predators of my naivete.

Mr. Sladek had the sugar in his hand for me – me, a deer.

He taught college rally songs for us to memorize, set up small businesses to learn economics, responsibility, and what Individual talents each of us had, and was a gardener and a coach to be the best.

My colors became vibrant, and my wings began to billow because of him.

“You are an artist!”, Mr. Sladek proclaimed!!!!

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My transformative language, my art,

became a living vehicle of grief <>joy, a dove of divinity,

a communication vehicle to/for/of humanity.

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My shield is still my glove, my cave…and, can become my prison.

My art is my BREATH and WING: my truth-telling, my honesty.

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WONDER and AWE

 

 

 

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10 Awesome GIFs for Calm Breathing | DoYou

 

9 Minutes, 29 Seconds

Silent Observance:

Anniversary of George Floyd’s

MURDER

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2020

 

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O say can you SEE,

by the dawn’s early LIGHT

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Please click on the links below for naming:

 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/isaiah-and-first-light-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-dan-choma-spring-2013-st-paul-art-crawl/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/923-crest-george-floyd-catherine-l-johnson-2020-o-say-can-you-see-846/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-press-release/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/689-truth-rising-rising-truth-couragecouer-of-tellingliving-the-truth-no-whitewashing/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/921-emmett-till-george-floyd-the-tectonic-plates-shifted-and-the-400-old-cracked-down-volcano-erupted-be-a-soldier-of-social-justice/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/08/922-james-baldwn-1965-pin-drop-speech-st-paul-mayor-melvin-carter-iii-we-literally-all-are-george-st-paul-mayor-reflects-on-generations-of-pain-among-african-americans-nj-senator/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/17/924-the-crest-works-2020-catherine-l-johnson-sam-cooke-a-change-is-gonna-come-___________________/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/03/31/996-till-hebrew-verb-%d7%a2%d7%91%d7%93-avad-turnthesoil-2021-catherine-l-johnson/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/04/19/999-closing-arguments-chauvin-trial-till-the-soul-crosshairjustice-a-white-male-badge-mono-optic-defense-till-the-soil-soul/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/04/26/1000-guilty-guilty-guilty-stayawake-stayawake-stayawake-till-the-soul-2021-catherine-l-johnson/

 

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THE HALL OF LAMENT: STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN; Catherine L. Johnson;

HALL OF LAMENT: STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN
Multi-media installation / 2012 / Catherine L. Johnson

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HUMANITY SERIES : FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN_CATHERINE L.JOHNSON 2013; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                        Catherine L. Johnson 2012

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10 Awesome GIFs for Calm Breathing | DoYou

 

IN HONOR / IN RESPECT

  FOR 

GEORGE FLOYD

and

BLACK LIVES MATTER:

BREATHE FOR/WARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

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TELL THE TRUTH

step UP

REPRESENT / BE the WORLD

 

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ACCOUNTABILITY

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Encouragement Greeting Card. Be the change you want to see in | Etsy

 

 

 

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‘Love Longing Loss’

At Home with Charles Lloyd During a Year of the Plague

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Dorothy Darr + Charles Lloyd

Dakota Jazz Club’s Green Room / Charles’ 79th birthday 15 March 2017

Photo credit: ME!
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Attachment:
edited/redacted correspondence
providing Dorothy’s permission to share the link

Dorothy Darr Catherine L. Johnson Dorothy’s documentary LOVE LONGING LOSS

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On May 14, 2021, at 1:13 PM, Dorothy Darr wrote:

Catherine,

My latest film is now streaming! Charles had 2 concerts scheduled last December in the beautiful Frank Gehry designed Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. In lieu of the concerts, they commissioned me to create something to replace the performance for their audience and reflect on the isolation at home due to COVID. 14 months into the shutdown — in reality it is still a work in progress.

Here is a link to my documentary …

https://boulezsaal.de/charles-lloyd-love-longing-loss

They are streaming it until June 11th. I hope you like it.

xoDorothy

Dorothy Darr
Forest Farm Music + Art
PO Box 5816
Santa Barbara, CA 93150
USA

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/03/15/992-keep-the-fires-lit-1-2-3-4-march-15th-charles-lloyds-83rd-weegees-22nd
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/09/23/953-attn-links-for-26-sept-2020-live-stream-concert-charles-lloyd-zakir-hussain-julian-lage-%f0%9f%92%90%f0%9f%97%bdrbg%f0%9f%97%bd%f0%9f%92%90-blessed-visionary-courage-actualized/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/911-15-march-2020-birth-anniversary-charles-lloyd-and-will-aka-my-nephew-weegee/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/790-for-charles-lloyd-dorothy-darr-charles-eight-oh-on-the-ides-of-march-2018-for-cl-dd-sacred-listen-2018/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/725-newnewnew-life-awakenings-risings-rebirth-sound-of-chartreuse-sound-of-sublime-charles-lloyd-the-marvels-w-bill-frisell-greg-liesz/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/721-15-march-ides-of-march-charles-lloyds-sevennine-birthday/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/blackmovesyellow-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-2016-catherine-l-johnson-rene-maries-vocal-sonics-charles-lloyds-wild-man-dance-open-sonics/

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‘WILL: FLY AWAY

#1/ #2/ #3/ #4/ #5/ #5/ #6/ #7/ #8/ #9

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/05/04/1002-will-fly-away-2021-catherine-l-johnson/
original mixed media works

2021

Catherine L. Johnson

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PRELUDE:

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Fossil Fern - Preverved by Carbonization | Fossil, Fossils, Fascinating

Fossil fern – preserved by carbonization

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Carbonized fossil remains (also called carbonizations) may result when organisms are rapidly buried, especially in low-oxygen conditions. Carbonized remains are thin, approximately two-dimensional films of carbon preserved on a flat surface of rock. They are most often black in color, reflecting the fact that they composed mostly of carbon (as is coal, which is also black in color). Most fossils that exhibit “soft part” preservation are carbonizations.

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X-ray: full homo sapien spine

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Homo sapiens: the species of bipedal primates to which modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) belong, characterized by a large brain, a nearly vertical forehead, a skeletal build lighter and teeth smaller than earlier humans, and dependence upon language and the creation and utilization of complex tools:the species has existed for about 200,000 years

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Black Bird Pub GIFs - Get the best GIF on GIPHY

 

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WILL: FLY AWAY #1        Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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WILL: FLY AWAY #2        Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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WILL: FLY AWAY #3      Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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WILL: FLY AWAY #4      Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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WILL: FLY AWAY #5      Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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WILL: FLY AWAY #6      Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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WILL: FLY AWAY #7      Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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WILL: FLY AWAY #8     Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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WILL: FLY AWAY #9     Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE