Thursday, April 28, 2011

Napal's Abortion Decision

* A woman cannot be forced to allow her body be used in ways that she does not want.

* It affirms the importance of making sure that  women are not unjustly denied access to legal abortion service because of the cost and makes it obligatory for government to provide free services to women who cannot pay.

* It establishes that the fetus cannot be prioritized over the protection of a women's physical and mental health and well-being as, without the mother, there would be no fetus.

* The decision also briefly mentions Roe v. Wade, noting that the U. S. Supreme Court does not recognize the fetus as a human life.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Little Toy Boat * Rachel Corrie * 1979-March 16, 2003

Little toy boat with a broken sail
Tossed by the swelling stream,
You are drifting slowly out of view
Like a silently walking dream.

I watched carelessly as you left the sand
Into the current,
Out of reach of my hand.

Behind your chipped paint
There's a man on your deck
Is he a ghost from a past shipwreck?

Did I tell you
The pleasure you gave me,
In the pond
Beneath the cottonwood tree?

Did I tell you,
Do you know?
That I didn't mean to let you go.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Poorest City in America

Camden, New Jersey is the poorset city in America. It is also the most dangerous, a city rampant with political corruption and crime. It is the dumping ground for the poorest of the poor, the forgotten people of our society. I would like to share the views of Father Michael Doyle, an Irish priest who was banished by the Catholic Church to Sacred Heart Church in Camden. He was sent there in 1971 as punishment because of his membership in the Camden 28, a Catholic left-wing organization opposed to the Vietnam War.

"Today it is very hard to be poor. Because you know if you are poor...all these people have everything and I have nothing. You have an enemy, and that enemy is greed and prejudice and injustice and all types of things, but you can't get at it. There's no head [poverty] there's no clarity, so you take it out on your neighbor [violence]."

"Poor" does not accurately describe the situation in Camden. These are people who are destitute, with no food, shelter and have lost all hope. Our Nation can not survive unless there is a total commitment by all Americans to change our views on the most vulnerable in our society.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Postcards from Ed * Ed Abbey

Postcards from Ed is insanely readable, hilarious, and irritating, and will occasionally raise a rash. For many who lament his passing, and for the many who celebrate it, this book is the gadfly's return. Here he is, people: pure Ed. Uncooked and full of fiber. Mr. Abbey welcome back.

Luis Alberto Urrea