Daily Archives: 03/25/2022

MUSIC: Best Of SOUL 70’s – Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Luther Vandross

MUSIC: Best Of SOUL 70’s – Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Luther Vandross

USA: History: Lyda Conley Native American Woman: A profile in Determination.

Lyda Conley

BY CHAITRAM AKLU –  for Women’s History Month

She was a pioneer in the fight for the preservation of her Native American Cultural Heritage – her ancestral burial ground. Eliza Burton ‘Lyda’ Conley was only the third woman and first Native American woman to argue a case before the United States Supreme Court. And that was in 1910 before the Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote.

Although women lawyers could prepare briefs they were barred from arguing cases before the US Supreme Court.  That barrier was removed on February 15, 1879 when President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the law admitting women to the Supreme Court Bar and allowing them to argue cases before the court. The following year on November 30, 1880, Belva Ann Lockwood became the first female lawyer to argue a case before the United States Supreme Court.        Continue reading

JAMAICA: 100 Jamaican individuals and organizations sign open letter to William and Kate

— regarding their visit to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II 70 year reign


I am sharing below the Advocates Network’s Open Letter to William and Kate, who bear the titles “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” The letter is signed by 100 individuals (including myself) and organizations. The royal couple will arrive in Jamaica on Tuesday, March 22 and depart on Thursday, March 24, as part of their Caribbean tour.

Dear William and Kate: Why not just say you are sorry?      Continue reading

U.S.A — Hypocrisy in full display at Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearings – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Ketanji Brown Jackson


The United States Supreme Court was established under Article 3 of the Constitution in 1790, or more than 230 years ago. It was not until 1967, 177 years later, that the first African American, Thurgood Marshall, was appointed to the court. No other African American was so honored until 1991, when Clarence Thomas was named to fill the vacancy created by Marshall’s retirement. Meanwhile, five women were elevated to the court, starting with Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981 or 191 years after its creation. She was followed by Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993, Sonya Sotomayor– the first Latino member in 2009 — Elena Kagan in 2010 and Amy Coney Barrett in 2020.

So this highest court in the nation has so far had only two African American members, both men, and even then at different times. It has not had any African female member, although there are 42 million African Americans or more than 13 percent of the population.      Continue reading

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