Summer sizzles–cool off with a great book!

Posted June 26, 2008 by colorsnorthwest
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I’ve selected a few good novels that should get you through this summer. With temperatures and gas prices rising, who wouldn’t want to stay indoors in an air-conditioned room tearing into great novel? The list includes a number of fiction and non-fiction titles that are sure to hold your attention. Enjoy!


1. Come On People by Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint
2. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
3. Nothing to Lose by Lee Child
4. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle                                  
5. Sail by James Patterson and Howard Rougham
6. The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
7. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
8. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill Pantheon
9. Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter by Sidney Poitier
10. The Condition by Jennifer Haigh


What are you reading this summer?


Seattle PI: Native American, black kids more likely to end up in foster care

Posted June 26, 2008 by colorsnorthwest
Categories: Race and Ethnicity, youth


Until he was 17, Charles Goodwin spent most of his teen years living with foster families and interacting with caseworkers who never fully understood him for a basic reason: None shared his Native American heritage.

The state removed him from his dysfunctional home and passed him through the child welfare system, where some foster parents referred to him as an “Injun” and disregarded his cultural interests, he said, while the state ignored his requests for a Native American caseworker. MORE…

Seattle PI: Another dead black kid — still no justice

Posted June 26, 2008 by colorsnorthwest
Categories: Race and Ethnicity


There is no justice for Jessie Drungo. He’s dead, got a knife in the chest at 23.

The man authorities said killed him in Kent nearly two years ago now stands cleared of the crime. Last week, King County prosecutors quietly dismissed a second-degree homicide charge against Lonnie Lee Johnson. They couldn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt whether he or another man stole Drungo’s life in a parking lot melee. READ ON…

Seattle Times: Seattle Schools budget of $556 million would use savings to fund raises, new hires

Posted June 24, 2008 by colorsnorthwest
Categories: Education

It’s a plan that Steve Sundquist, chairman of the School Board’s finance committee, calls unsustainable but responsible. MORE…

NY Times: More Lesbians Discharged in 2007

Posted June 24, 2008 by colorsnorthwest
Categories: LGBT

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The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Army and Air Force discharged a disproportionate number of women in 2007 under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibits openly gay people from serving in the military, according to Pentagon statistics gathered by an advocacy group. READ ON…

Campaign Launched to Promote Black Men and Boys’ Achievement

Posted June 24, 2008 by colorsnorthwest
Categories: Education, Race and Ethnicity, youth



On the heels of a growing body of research revealing that the isolation and negative outcomes for African American men and boys is more extreme than previously acknowledged, the Open Society Institute has launched a campaign to promote Black men and boys’ achievement. For example, more than 50% of all African American boys do not finish high school and a mere 18% of black males aged 18 to 21 are enrolled in college. MORE…

NY Times: Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From Obama

Posted June 24, 2008 by colorsnorthwest
Categories: Election, Obama, Race and Ethnicity

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By: Andrea Elliot, June 24, 2008

As Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country’s first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help. Mr. Ellison believed that Mr. Obama’s message of unity resonated deeply with American Muslims. He volunteered to speak on Mr. Obama’s behalf at a mosque in Cedar Rapids, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim enclaves. But before the rally could take place, aides to Mr. Obama asked Mr. Ellison to cancel the trip because it might stir controversy. MORE…