Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"may all your weeds be wildflowers..."

I am hoping that something good will come out of the Supreme Court's ruling this week in PARENTS INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS v. SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 1 ET AL.

From Justice Breyer's Dissent: "...it undermines Brown’s promise of integrated primary and secondary education that local communities have sought to make a reality. This cannot be justified in the name of the Equal Protection Clause."

From Chief Justice Robert's Footnotes:
"14... Regardless of what JUSTICE BREYER’s goals might be, this Court does not sit to “create a society that includes all Americans” or to solve the problems of “troubled inner city schooling.” Ibid. We are not social
engineers. The United States Constitution dictates that local governments cannot make decisions on the basis of race. Consequently, regardless of the perceived negative effects of racial imbalance, I will not defer to legislative majorities where the Constitution forbids it."


Internet Radio is under siege! Free, independent broadcasters, that is... please check out www.savenetradio.org

The Internet Radio Equality Act will make it easier for smaller radio sites to stay on the air, by levelling the amount of royalties due to artists relative to corporation size and mission...


Partners in Health has launched an interactive, on-line edition of The PIH Guide to the Community-Based Treatment of HIV in Resource-Poor Settings.

If you haven't read about PIH, or seen the case studies of Paul Farmer, like Pathologies of Power, now is the time. Their online model has the potential to exponentialize the way we connect to other orgs working with community based models of knowledge and practice...

Praying for the day that worldwide wifi changes our lives, so this discussion isn't limited to those who can access a computer and the internet. But still pretty awesome in its scope and possibility. Stay tuned...