To deny the reality of vast progress is to be willfully blind. But to deny the stubborn persistence of injustice is be equally blind.
As a father, I can only imagine the pain that Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, must now feel. When a case is the topic of such extensive commentary and has such broad social significance, the person at its center can be reduced to an abstract symbol. It is important to remember that he was a human being, flesh and blood, loved and now mourned.
Today’s historic Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA advances the cause of equal opportunity for all Americans. Here in our region, many families, friends and neighbors will benefit directly, as will countless others across the nation.
Although Noam is not able to attend the Moreland Commission hearing in person today, his experience as Mayor of New Rochelle during these recent storms compels him to offer written comments to the commission, which you can read here.
Is there shame in taking the bronze when you are swimming against Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte? Comparing the three headliners of this Democratic convention, I thought that President Obama fell just a little short of the standard set by the First Lady and Bill Clinton. But in that rarified company, third place ain’t bad. … Continue reading Democratic Convention: Day Five
As I wrote yesterday, the Democrats put on a great show for the opening night of their Convention. Did Wednesday’s proceedings reach the same heights? Well, if you are asking about the entire six-hour lineup, then the answer is no — despite a scattering of bright spots, the speeches as a whole were less coherent … Continue reading Democratic Convention: Day Four
Writing yesterday afternoon, I expressed some ambivalence about the warm-up activities here in Charlotte and my eagerness to get on with the show. Well, that ambivalence is now gone. The Convention’s opening night was exceptionally impressive, with speeches and videos that were moving, funny, powerful, and pointed — with a confident, coherent message that bound … Continue reading Democratic Convention: Day Three
The Convention won’t be formally gaveled into session until late this afternoon (a couple of hours from the time I am writing), so I’ll have to hold any comment about tonight’s headline speakers until tomorrow’s post. But even though the Convention has not yet technically begun, Convention-related activities are in full swing. First up was … Continue reading Democratic Convention: Day Two
While serving as a Democratic delegate in Charlotte, I’ll do my best to share a few observations about the experience for those who are interested back home. The main event doesn’t get underway until tomorrow, so today is mainly about exploring and waiting. I am writing from within the Time-Warner Arena, which is fully decked … Continue reading Democratic Convention: Day One