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Shirley Chisholm declares presidential bid, January 25, 1972
When I wear my “Shirley Chisholm for President” button, I get two reactions. The first–usually from someone over the age of 50–is an enthusiastic smile before they ask where I got it. The second, more common reaction is, “Who’s Shirley Chisholm?” After I sigh and hang my head briefly–especially when asked that by a person of color–I explain that she was the first Black woman elected to Congress, and the first Black person to seek a major-party’s Presidential nomination.
I could tell you about how kick-ass Ms. Shirley was, but instead I’ll direct you to Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, so you can see for yourself.
It’s been a while since I felt the need to shake things up on my top 5 white girls list. Like any self-respecting angry populist, Ms. Warren has been on my radar for some time now. After her appearance on The Daily Show, I wanted her to make me some hot cocoa and further explain how she was going to make those bad men pay for locking me and my hypothetical children into a lifetime of wage slavery at the hands of Capital One, Citibank, etc. After reading this piece in the latest Rolling Stone, and this Q & A on CounterPunch, I knew it was time to give her a spot.
Also, it will now be known as the Top 5 White Women list. Much classier; especially given the new tilt of the list towards more serious issues. And now, the new list.
- Bjork – Having said that, there is very little that I take as seriously as music.
- Amy Goodman – The more I read, the more documentaries I watch, the more conversations I have with interesting people at random parties and events, the more I find myself saying or thinking, “I know about that because of Amy Goodman.” Either through her work on Democracy Now or her talks and books, I can’t think of any single person other than Noam Chomsky who has introduced me to so many national and global news stories, socio-political issues, amazing thinkers and activists, and exposed the failings and lies of so many scoundrels and scalawags.
- Elizabeth Warren – It’s that serious. Getting Wall Street under control should be one of the highest priorities of every global citizen.
- Shiela Kuehl – Former California State Senator who introduced SB 840; legislation that would establish a state single payer health care system. Twice, the bill passed both houses of the legislature only to be vetoed by The Governator. Last year, Senator Mark Leno re-introduced “The California Universal Healthcare Act.” SB 810, as it is now called, was passed by the Senate in January. Also, Kuehl played Zelda on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
- Ruth Jones – Co-creator, co-writer and co-star of the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey. My favorite performer on one of my favorite shows of recent years. The accents can be a bit tough to penetrate, but if you can figure out what they’re saying on The Wire or in any Guy Ritchie film, you’ll be fine.
And that’s what’s occurring.
Featuring my home girl Vernetta Jenkins as Michelle.
They were killed on the same day, in the same way. One of the deaths captured the attention of a city and spurred the Los Angeles Police Department into overdrive. The other slipped by unnoticed, leaving a lone detective with little more to go on than hope.
Some stories don’t even need commentary.