Author: Alicia Dhanifu

Remembering the first Thanksgiving in North America

Do you recall when you looked into a loved one’s eyes and felt the joy of sharing that time together? Celebrating Thanksgiving Day with family and friends is much like that moment — only on a much broader scale.  In the midst of our daily mélange, we can find something or someone to be thankful for. Don’t let unhappiness stop you from sharing and being grateful; gratitude is not contingent upon happiness. It is possible to be happy and yet ungrateful. Thanksgiving is a yearly reminder to “count your blessings.” North Americans welcome Thanksgiving with a simple catchphrase: “Eat,...

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Urge lawmakers to support the Social Security Expansion Act

Today, one-third of the world is living longer. But will the money they’ve invested over the years last longer? With this question in mind, former US Rep. James Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt’s son, launched the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in 1982 to create some peace of mind and financial security for Americans. Today, average Social Security benefits range from $700 to $1,800 monthly. This is no windfall, yet the working poor and middle class are intentionally marginalized by those who have “dipped into” or intend to “drain and blame” the Social Security Trust Fund. Those...

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‘Nine Badass Women’ set standards for all to follow

More than 3.2 million people participated the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, with approximately 3.2 million more people marching worldwide in peaceful solidarity, calling for a “revolution.” Women and men were disgusted with the election outcome and potentially harmful policies and legislation to dismantle human, civil, reproductive rights and environmental policies. But just calling for change did not mean the battle was won. Far from it. This month marks 100 years since women have had the right to vote. US Rep. Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to serve in Congress in 1917. The Women’s March on...

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William Ellis, a son of former slaves who changed his name and became a millionaire in Mexico, never forgot his family

History seems to remember those who believed more than others in their own quest for power and immortality. Perhaps Napoleon expressed it best when he said, “Opportunities? I make opportunities!” I asked history professor Karl Jacoby, author of “The Strange Career of William Ellis the Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire”, why it was important to tell Ellis’, story. “Ellis,” Jacoby explained, “seemed to be impossible and captivating with an element of surprise.” Speaking English, yet also a Spanish-speaker, Ellis, the son of former slaves, changed his name to Guillermo Enrique Eliseo. His family was listed in the...

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Neither peace nor justice can be achieved without civil rights

No Justice, No Peace Clinches your teeth, forcing your cause into the streets Like a fever pitch with a battle cry Injustice strikes, then it lies You are no hero, so you realize “Yes, I’m marching, but I’m crying inside”   Like grapes on a vine, justice and peace are intertwined. Unless justice prevails, peace cannot. Those seeking justice seek fairness and moral defense from the oppressive snares of injustice. Justice never challenges truth, but truth never goes unchallenged by the unjust. Who are the unjust? They are the greedy and nefarious who have been the unwitting catalysts behind...

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Little Candle Productions Live R... @ The Woman's Club of South Pasadena
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Health Fair, Free Film at Pasade... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
A free health fair offers glucose, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, hearing screenings, counseling and community health resources, from 9 to 11 a.m. Free films screen at 1 p.m. on select Fridays. Friday’s film[...]
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Family Art Night at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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