What good is an Oath?

On March 16th of 2015, I finally swore the oath which released me from quasi-Commissionerhood. Because, according to Article 7: §709 of our Home Rule Charter: Every elected official and officer and every appointee before commencing official duties shall take and subscribe the following oath: “I do solemnly swear and affirm that I will support…

Ark of memory: Aunt Ester sings the Blues

People say you crazy to remember. But I ain‘t afraid to remember. I try to remember out loud. I keep my memories alive. I feed them. I got to feed them otherwise they‘d eat me up. I got memories go way back. I‘m carrying them for a lot of folk. All the old timey folks.…

The Ark of Return: City of Bones: Gem of the Ocean

Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained this year’s theme of “Women and Slavery.” “Women slaves played a key role in maintaining the dignity of their communities. Too often their leadership and brave resistance have been underestimated or forgotten.” In…

Human Relations: From Pittsburgh

On October 15th of 2011, I marched with over 3000 other Pittsburghers onto Mellon Green in downtown Pittsburgh at the intersection of Grant Street and Sixth Ave and helped to set up a crowd of tents that would become the most visible expression of Occupy Pittsburgh. Tents and humans, we were all dwarfed on either…