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Exciting News From Rivera Sun – Dandelio

Great news! You are just slightly over a month away from getting your hands on the long-awaited sequel to the much-loved Dandelion Insurrection. The manuscript is in the final, wildly exciting throes of editing. The cover is gloriously beautiful (I’ll share it in the next newsletter, I promise), designed by Asch Phoenix Design. And, I’m preparing […]

Idle No More Round Dances

Idle No More Round Dances

Christmas shopping season was in full swing on December 17th, 2012 when the sound of drumbeats and singing broke out at the crowded Cornwall Centre shopping mall in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Surprised onlookers craned over their shoulders as they rode up escalators while an indigenous round dance circled around the Christmas tree in the center […]

Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution: Know

Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution in 1989 —  Campaigners sought to end the Soviet occupation of the country, as well as shifting from communist rule. They wanted to remove the laws of state-mandated censorship and demanded free elections. Just eighteen months before the November nonviolent revolution, Czechoslovakians organized their first public mass demonstration since 1969. Roman Catholic […]

La Casita Library Occupation, Chicago

La Casita Library Occupation, Chicago

In the neighborhood of Pilson, Chicago, there’s a small elementary school called Whittier Elementary School. The residents and children are mostly Mexican immigrants, and the chronically under-funded school needed repairs, a functional cafeteria, and a library. In the corner of the soccer field was an old run-down field house affectionately called “La Casita”, where parents […]