Civil Rights Newsletter for 10-22-05
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We are plunging ahead with our peek into the details of this country’s greatest piece of writing: the Constitution. Or, more accurately, we are taking a look at its Preamble. Only a few words long, this amazing introduction to the foundation of our country’s beliefs holds a charge that is living and breathing even today. Yet, is it The Preamble -- Prelude To Chaos? Part II?
This Month In Civil Rights History
On October 19, we remembered the 1781 surrender by British General Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown, thus giving up almost 8,000 men and any chance of winning the Revolutionary War. .
Civil Rights Trivia Game
Last time we asked the question: In 1936 the original social security card was designed by a prominent artist. What was his name?
The Answer: Fred Happel
We have a winner! Ann Adams, 67 year-young great-grandmother and political activist from the California central valley, knew the correct answer within minutes! Congratulations!
For those who did not win, there is always this time!
If you know the answer, please e-mail me. All who answer correctly, will see their names published in the next newsletter. (Sorry, no other tangible prizes yet!)
Here goes: Social Security Board Chairman John G. Winant declined to have the very first social security number, SSN 001-01-0001, registered to him. The second choice was John Campbell, the Federal Bureau of Old Age Benefits' Regional Representative of the Boston Region. He did not want the first number, either.....do you know to whom the number was finally assigned?
Civil Rights News You Can Use
What do you get when you mail out credit card applications at whim, disregard consumers’ please for help, and then change the bankruptcy laws to make it even harder to keep one’s head above water? Pandemonium! Please read the story and be amazed ...“Consumers Race to File Bankruptcy Petitions“.
Featured Book Of The Week
“Does the number of children gunned down double each year? Does anorexia kill 150,000 young women annually? Do white males account for only a sixth of new workers? Startling statistics shape our thinking about social issues. But all too often, these numbers are wrong. This book is a lively guide to spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers. Damned Lies and Statistics is essential reading for everyone who reads or listens to the news, for students, and for anyone who relies on statistical information to understand social problems. ” (Synopsis)
Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists
Musing Of The Week
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
(Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826, Third President of the USA)
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