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What might Dr. King say to us today?

What might Dr. King say to us today?

By Jan S. Gephardt In the wake of the holiday that honors him, I’ve been wondering “what might Dr. King say to us today?” The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a man whom many of us consider a moral beacon for the ages. His life ended more than fifty years ago, but we value moral beacons because their guidance transcends their own times. We certainly could use a moral beacon right now. We’ve just lived through a year…

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Politics on Rana Station

Politics on Rana Station

In last week’s post I promised to talk about politics on Rana Station this week. As I said in that post, I built the Station’s system on ideas garnered from decades of teaching, studying history, and observing our contemporary society. Those experiences inspired the guiding question, What kind of environment would allow ALL of my students to reach their full potential? I’ve spent most of my career teaching both urban and rural students from lower-income areas. I knew our current…

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How Can This be Legal?

How Can This be Legal?

By G. S. Norwood We live in crazy times. At a time when most of us are just trying to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic and stay afloat in an unstable economy, we have seen armed counter-protesters turn out to threaten peaceful protesters in a quiet town like Weatherford, Texas. How can this be legal? Protesters and militiamen have died in places like Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon, due to the presence of heavily armed militias. The President of…

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What are they thinking?

What are they thinking?

By G. S. Norwood When armed civilians take to the streets, what are they thinking? The news out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is bad. A 17-year-old boy, armed with an assault rifle, killed two protesters and wounded a third. I wanted to finish up this cycle of protest-related blog posts by trying to answer the question: What are they thinking? Peaceful Protests or Armed Militia? To get to that answer, I’ll recount a conversation I had online with two men who…

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How (and why) might we defund police?

How (and why) might we defund police?

By Jan S. Gephardt It appears that when people say, “Defund the Police!” they often don’t mean completely. They usually appear not to mean “dismantle the police force and don’t replace it,” although some do. I started examining the ideas of abolishing or defunding the police in the previous post on this blog. Defund the Police, like Abolish the Police, is an arresting (sorry), but inadequate slogan. Like most ideas, if you take the logic to its farthest extreme, it’s a terrible idea (hint: for real-life applications, never go to the farthest extreme)….

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Abolish the Police?

Abolish the Police?

By Jan S. Gephardt If we abolish the police in the 21st Century, why should people need XK9s in the future?  Wait! That wasn’t the question at the top of your mind? Actually, it wasn’t my first question, either (although I do have answers). When I originally learned about the movement to abolish the police, my first question was why would we do that?  Then I realized that by asking that question I had already marked myself as a person who owns property and benefits from white privilege.  Clearly, there was a disconnect happening. I needed to…

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G. S. Norwood Stories

G. S. Norwood Stories

We figured we should kick off our blog with introductions. This week it’s time for G. S. Norwood stories. She’s the younger Weird Sister behind Weird Sisters Publishing. Yes, we know the legend says there were three, but we figure there’s enough weirdness to go around with just Gigi and Jan (who actually are sisters in real life). Of course, three authors’ work did inspire the creation of the company. We suspect Warren C. Norwood would’ve laughed to learn he’d…

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