Before He Was Assassinated, MLK Had A Radical Idea

Just months before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. was organizing support for the “Poor People’s Campaign,” aimed at supplementing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a full measure of economic and human rights for America’s poor.


Watch MLK unfurl some important history at 1:22 and take a minute to sit back and wonder what might have happened if he’d been successful.


Community Village‘s insight:

The U.S. government not only gave extra benefits to European-Americans, but continues to give extra benefits to corporations, while U.S. parents and U.S. schools struggle to provide a competitive education to our children.

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Think Mexican • Remembering the Chicano Moratorium

Brown berets

Brown Berets

On August 29, 1970, a “Chicano Moratorium” against the war in Vietnam was held in East L.A.

Loyola-Marymount film student Tom Myrdahl shot this documentary, capturing the events that unfolded as law enforcement and protesters clashed in and around Laguna Park. This film has not been seen in nearly 40 years.

Tom, who is still a working cameraman in Los Angeles, is putting this historic film on the web as a tribute to the brave citizens of East L.A. who came together 40 years ago to voice their dissent against the Vietnam War.


Community Village‘s insight:


In the video:

  • Bronze people with a Bronze culture”
  • “We’re not against the black people or the white people. We’re against oppression.”

Note: The Beret has been used as a symbol of fighting oppression going back to

The black beret as a revolutionary symbol

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Family In Protest

Explore Think Mexican’s photos on Flickr. Think Mexican has uploaded 49 photos to Flickr.


Community Village‘s insight:

Does it make a difference in the immigration debate if we view those of Mexican heritage as Native American?

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Tavis Smiley on the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington: “It was a great day… but…”

On the heels of Wednesday’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, “Piers Morgan Live” invited Tavis Smiley to offer his perspective on today’s ceremony as well as Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech.


Community Village‘s insight:

I agree with Mr. Smiley. One of my pet peeves is hearing politicians talk about helping the middle class, while as the same time, not mentioning the poor and working class – as if they don’t matter or don’t exist.

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The Power of Vulnerability


Influential author and speaker Dr Brené Brown tackles the myth that vulnerability is a weakness. Instead, she argues, it is the clearest path to courage and meaningful connection, and has the power to transform the way we engage and educate.


“Our capacity for wholeheartedness can never be greater than our willingness to be brokenhearted.” -Dr. Brené Brown


“Empathy fuels connections. Sympathy drives disconnections.” -Dr. Brené Brown


  • Shame: “I am bad” | makes us think that we can’t change
  • Guilt: “I did something bad” | creates cognitive dissonance
  • Humiliation
  • Embarrassment


Community Village‘s insight:

In Dr. Brown’s message I recognize my many failures :/


I could listen to this over and over to:


  • help me a better parent, spouse and citizen
  • help me discover groups who shame other groups
  • help me recognize patterns of shaming that happen between cultures


Shaming is the starting point in the process of oppression.


If you convince yourself that you and your culture is superior AND you convince others by shaming them that they and their culture is inferior – you have the ingredients to start the oppression. Once the oppression has started it can self sustain with no further involvement.



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Joshua Solomon

Joshua Solomon (c. 1974- ) was a White American university student who made himself look black in 1994 to see what it would be like. He was going to do it for about four months and visit different parts of the country. He only lasted a week.


Community Village‘s insight:

 I’m sure it didn’t help him that he doesn’t seem to smile much.

And here he is on Oprah

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Hudbay decide not to appeal | Will stand trial for Human Rights Abuses

Adolfo Ich Chaman, an opponent of Hudbay’s Fenix mine, was hacked with a machete before being fatally shot in the neck in September 2009. The attack was allegedly carried out by mine security staff. Ich’s widow Angelica Choc has brought the case against Hudbay Minerals on her husbands behalf. Photograph by James Rodriguez


Community Village‘s insight:

At the bottom of this article is a link to more info about the case.

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50th anniversary of the March on Washington – Videos on NBC

Video on LIVE VIDEO — President Obama, former President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries and celebrities deliver remarks at a commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality at the Lincoln…

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