Author : Jamakaya

  • GOP poised to kill the Affordable Care Act

    Republicans in Congress are set to repeal the Affordable Care Act — possibly before the end of March. It’s not too late to let U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., know how you feel about his promise to vote for repeal. Re-elected to a second term in November 2016, Johnson says he has a mandate to vote against the ACA. Although he has no immediate fears of being voted out of office, he clearly fear.... Read More
  • Oscar-style awards for bad politicians

    When Hollywood prepares to award the Oscars, it’s time for WiG to bestow awards for both outstanding and dubious performances outside the film industry. By unanimous vote, the M. Night Shyamalan Award for surprise endings goes to the presidential election of 2016. Surprise endings are fun in movies; in real life, not so much. The Do the Right Thing Award goes to the dozens of attorneys who spo.... Read More
  • Nellie Wilson: A brave black pioneer

    It’s Black History Month, so please get to know an unsung heroine: Nellie Sweet Wilson. A self-described “thorn in the side of management,” Wilson achieved many “firsts” as an African-American woman in the labor union and feminist movements in Wisconsin. I interviewed Wilson for the Women of Wisconsin Labor Oral History Project in 1988. Nellie Sweet was born in 1916 in Lufkin, Texas. H.... Read More
  • Ongoing activism in the post-Trump era

    I’m glad I still have my Obamacare insurance policy given the whiplash I experienced in the days after Donald Trump’s inauguration. The despair that set in after Trump’s sour, bellicose inaugural address was lifted considerably by the outpouring of millions around the world for the Women’s Marches on Jan. 21. My old feminist heart was flooded with hope at such a massive display of suppo.... Read More
  • Abuse of disabled must end

    Millions of Americans were shocked by the video of four individuals taunting and assaulting a man with mental health issues. The horrendous behavior shed light on a mostly silent epidemic of abuse targeting people with physical and mental disabilities. In one of the most extensive studies conducted — involving 7,200 respondents nationwide, 87 percent reported verbal or emotional abuse, 51 perc.... Read More
  • Happy (scary) New Year

    I am entering the new year with a profound sense of trepidation — one that I have not felt in all of my 60 years. The nearly two months that have passed since the presidential election have done little to alleviate the shock of Donald Trump’s victory. In fact, every erratic tweet and cabinet choice the president-elect has made since Nov. 8 has only deepened my anxiety for our country and our.... Read More
  • 2016: Highs, lows and farewells

    James Corden delivered the best quip of 2016. Hosting the Tony Awards ceremony, he teased, “Think of tonight as the Oscars but with diversity.” How diverse is it, James? “It’s so diverse that Donald Trump has threatened to build a wall around this theater.” Another fun moment was supplied by Jill Soloway, as she accepted an Emmy Award for her direction of an episode of Transparent. So.... Read More
  • Embracing the Christmas spirit

    I’m a sucker for the holiday season. I love the carols and cookies and sentimental movies. I love Christmas cards and gift wrap and parties. I love driving around late in the evening on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, looking at lighting displays in people’s yards. The humble efforts can fill me with as much wonder as the elaborate displays, especially if a nice blanket of snow makes everythi.... Read More
  • Trump era dawns, but which Donald shows up?

    Count me among those who misjudged the strength of Donald Trump and the forces of reaction in our country. Despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote, she’s outta here. This is the fifth election in our nation’s history in which the person getting the most votes lost the presidency. The last was the controversial race between Al Gore and George W. Bush in 2000, which was ultimately de.... Read More
  • What good can be salvaged from the election?

    The 2016 presidential campaign likely will be remembered for its record-setting length, bitterness and sleaziness. What good can we salvage from this mess? Early voting, registration Reports indicate early voting numbers are way up this year. More than 20 percent of voters are expected to cast ballots before Election Day. I read this as a sign not of a dispirited electorate but rather a motiva.... Read More