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November 2016

Traveling to a New America – Temescal, Oakland, People Along the Way

I was in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, California today.  Temescal is a very diverse neighborhood, with people of different racial and economic backgrounds living side-by-side. I met a lovely young woman named Alana here. Alana, what’s your take on America at this time? “It’s been a private and personal adjustment for me right after […]

Traveling to a New America – Rockridge, California/People Along the Way

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Maya John, age 18, Rockridge, California. _______________ Maya, what’s your take on America right now? “I think we’ve had a lot of change from technology, we had a black president for two terms, a lot of immigration, but still there’s a lot of inequality economic-wise, […]

Hope. And A New Dream.

With the sudden ascendancy of Donald Trump and his allies to power, a shroud of darkness and uncertainty has descended upon many citizens of America. People of all stripes would like to believe something good might emerge out of this election, but their reservoirs of hope have dwindled mightily.  We are in a new era […]

Traveling to a New America – Pleasant Hill, California/People Along the Way

Yesterday I was in Pleasant Hill, California, talking to people, and I met a young woman named Teri. Teri, what’s your take on America right now? “I see people being kinder to each other, demonstrating kindness towards people who maybe have been marginalized in this whole election, and I’ve also seen people who voted in […]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way, Talking on the Street

Raymond, age 29.  Artist. ___________________ Raymond, what’s your take on America right now? “My take is that America and the world is really going through a shift – one that’s going to unify a lot of people, but also separate a large group as well, not so much in a negative way, but in a […]

Democracy – The Real Kind

What is democracy? Here in the United States, in what we consider the world’s most perfect democracy, political parties are at each other’s throats, struggling to gain fifty-one percent of the vote, or fifty-one percent of the power, so that one party and its adherents can control and have their way with the other forty-nine […]

Traveling to a New America – Alameda, California

Alameda, California. An island community, adjacent to and south of Oakland, of about 75,000 people.  You find a mix of backgrounds here – Caucasian, Asian, African American, Hispanic.  In general, you talk to people, they like living here. I stopped five people at random to ask what they felt about America, a week after the […]

Evangelical Christianity – A Mirror of Immorality

Let’s talk about religion in this country for a moment. We just chose Donald Trump as our President, in an election where millions of white Evangelical Christian voters sided with a man whose behavior, talk and denigration of Hispanics, women, Muslims, blacks, the disabled, military heroes and other Americans reached a low point of disgusting […]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way

Cynthia Reyes College student, psychology, Berkeley, California. _______________________ Cynthia, the elections being over, what’s your take now on America? “With all the changes happening in America right now, my main focus is spreading love and kindness, and reaching out a helping hand to those who feel alienated or are fearing events to come. “I’m really […]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Charleston, S.C.

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way. Chuck, age 55, Charleston, South Carolina _____________ Chuck, what do you think is going on in America right now? “I have more or less a historical perspective, so I know when you look at human activity for the last several millennia, things have always been […]