Category Archives: Politics

Library Highlights: African Americans and the Law

It worked for me

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

Colin Powell

E840.5.P68 A3 2012

From the Publisher: It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary public service career of the  four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell’s “Thirteen Rules”—notes he gathered over the years and that  now form the basis of his leadership presentations given throughout the world. Powell’s short but sweet rules—among them, “Get mad, then get over it” and “Share credit”—are illustrated by revealing personal stories that introduce and expand upon his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others. In work and in life, Powell writes, “it’s about how we touch and are touched by the people we meet. It’s all about the people.”

Courage to Hope

The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear

Shirley Sherrod and Catherine Whitney

E901.1.S54 A3 2012

From the Publisher: In this “inspiring memoir about the real power of courage and hope” (Kirkus Reviews), lifelong activist Shirley Sherrod explains why she was fired from the USDA under false charges and how she stood up against the politics of fear.

End of the pipeline

The End of the Pipeline: A Journey of Recognition for African Americans Entering the Legal Profession

Carla D. Pratt and Dorothy Evensen

KF299.A35 E94 2012

From the Publisher: This book had its beginnings in a simple question: How have some African-American attorneys, recently admitted to the bar, successfully navigated what research suggests is a very precarious pipeline to the legal profession? The response to this question entailed a journey that spanned some three years, over fifty informants, and a dozen or so researchers and scholars who study the intersections of education, race, and efforts to achieve social equity.

Moving Diversity Forward

Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing

Verna A. Myers

KF300 .M94 2011

From the Publisher: “If you believe that your organization has done everything it can to enhance its diversity, and if you are still frustrated at how little progress you have made, Moving Diversity Forward is for you. It is an instructive read for all of those who wish to live and work in a multi-cultural world where everyone has a fair chance to succeed and contribute.”

parodies of ownership

Parodies of Ownership: Hip-Hop Aesthetics and Intellectual Property Law

Richard L. Schur

KF4757 .S38 2009

From the Publisher: Parodies of Ownership offers a broad analysis of post–Civil Rights era culture and provides the necessary context for understanding contemporary debates within American studies, African American studies, intellectual property law, African American literature, art history, and hip-hop studies. Weaving together law, literature, art, and music, Schur deftly clarifies the conceptual issues that unify contemporary African American culture, empowering this generation of artists, writers, and musicians to criticize how racism continues to affect our country.

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

RC265.6.L24 S55 2010

From the Publisher: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all  HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Staff Recommendation Corner: “America Again”

America Again

Title: America again : Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t

Author: Stephen Colbert

Popular Reading Humor and Personal Improvement Display (Popular Reading Collection, 4th floor)

Reviewed by: Hadas Livnat

Review: A humorous, satirical look at current social and political issues in America, including healthcare, the economy, food, Wall Street and elections.

5/5 stars

2012 Presidential Election Information

As the November 6th election date draws near, you may wish to look more closely at the articles written by serious investigative journalists. Below are some sources of election information beyond the usual suspects of Fox, NBC etc., which are in the business of entertainment rather than serious journalism.

For progressive or conservative alternative press, see this list of U.S. independent media sources from Ithaca College.

Roundup of viewpoints on the Debt Ceiling

NPR

Debt Deal: A Democrat’s Perspective (Audio) – August 1, 2011

Debt Deal: A Republican’s Perspective (Audio) – August 1, 2011

Debt Deal: The White House’s Perspective (Audio) – August 1, 2011

Carl ’60 Cent’ Kasell And The Debt Ceiling (Audio/Song) –

“NPR’s legendary newscaster Carl “60 Cent” Kasell explains everything…in a RAP!”

‘Satan Sandwich': Cleaver Weighs In On Debt Deal (Audio) – August 2, 2011

Path Ahead For Debt Legislation Remains Uncertain by David Welna (Audio) – August 1, 2011

Debt Agreement Is An Answer But No Solution? by NPR Staff (Audio) – August 1, 2011

After Debt Deal, The Tea Party Has Staying Power by Liz Halloran – August 3, 2011

Prawfs Blawg

Can the Fed Use its Over-Draft Power to Get Around the Debt Ceiling? – Friday, July 29, 2011

Volokh Conspiracy

Natelson on the 14th Amendment and the debt ceiling  David Kopel  August 1, 2011 8:13 pm

Blog post referring to an audio Podcast

Whom Should the Treasury Department Pay First?  Russell Korobkin  July 29, 2011 12:46 pm

Balkinization

George Washington on the Debt Ceiling Crisis – Jason Mazzone (Monday, August 01, 2011)

Lessons From the States on the Debt Ceiling Crisis – Guest Blogger David Super  (Friday, July 29, 2011)

Becker-Posner Blog

The Depression, the Deficit Debacle, and the Debt-Ceiling Crisis—Posner 08/01/2011

Virtual Library Cat’s Eye View

News and Views from Ernster, the Deane Law Library Virtual Cat.

Debt Ceiling, Explained  –  Saturday, July 30, 2011

Los Angeles Times Debt Ceiling News

Wall Street Journal Debt Ceiling News

Mail Online Could this be the end of America’s economic supremacy? By Dominic  Sandbrook

 

U.S. News: The Osama Post

Given the recent death of Osama Bin Laden, here are some resources to learn more about what this all means and doesn’t mean.

Commentary on the death of Osama Bin Laden (Dudziak)

Books

Major Reliable News Sources

Local News: Wrongful Termination – Scott Kessler fired for being a whistleblower?

San Diego Mayor Jerry Saunders is currently defending the decision to lay off former Deputy Director of Economic Development, Scott Kessler. Kessler claims that he was fired for being a whistleblower on issues related to bribery, fraud, and conflict of interest. For more information, see these two recent articles from the San Diego Reader, and 10News.com. This news comes on the heels of another San Diego Reader news report questioning the Mayor’s ethics regarding the financial interest of San Diego.

10News.com
San Diego Reader by Don Bauder (Nov 10, 2010)
San Diego Reader by Don Bauder (Oct 19, 2010)

Local News: Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus runs for San Diego Superior Court Seat

Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus, and second generation attorney Jim Miller is running for San Diego Superior Court Seat 20. He aligns himself with the policies of Supreme Court Justice Scalia, and is endorsed by the San Diego Republican Party. The full article, entitled Bench Seats: Judicial Candidates Monroy & Miller Field Questions can be read in the East County Magazine. For more information about Miller, and his opponent, Richard Monroy see: