Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Obama's committed Christian mailers

Obama's committed Christian mailers used in South Carolina.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Comrade Gaynor, Rev. Edwin T. Bueher, and the GA kerffule

Kerfuffle right description for the debate over the GA and Ft Lauderdale. It pales compared against prior struggles.

The Peoples Weekly World's obit from few years ago for a Comrade we mocked over at third UU in the late 60s early 70s as a Stalinist fossil.

But Third Unitarian's Rev Bueher put his Church on the line behind Comrade Gaynor over integration. That took courage, and threat of violence wasn't from the Gov, but their neighbors.

There were real consequences to taking a stand then. That's missing from this Kerfuffle.
At the beginning of World War II, Gaynor found work at the Chicago Dodge plant making parts for the B-29 bomber. There he met another party activist, Sam Gold, with whom he had many discussions about the Communist Party’s views and its role in fighting Hitler fascism. He subsequently joined the party and remained a member to the end of his life.

In the early 1940s he met Anne, his loving and supportive wife, of whom he said, “I chased until she caught me.” They married in 1947. Shortly afterwards they took real estate courses at Wright College and began their own business in the then white South Lawndale community. The discrimination in housing became personal when they were denied renting an apartment because they were Jewish.

They became more active in fighting discrimination and racism. They also joined and were active with the NAACP, the Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission, the USA-USSR Friendship Council, Freedom of Residents, the Progressive Party, Chicago Peace Council, ACLU, Anti-Defamation League and the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

In the late 1950s, the Gaynors owned and lived in a three-family unit in the predominantly white Garfield Park neighborhood. They rented one unit to a newly wed Black couple, both city workers. The community’s reaction was immediate.

The next day over 2,000 white bigots demonstrated outside. Gunfire shattered windows, and the building’s back porch was set afire. Police had to restore order, but the Gaynors and their tenants were under siege for nearly a year. They received hundreds of pieces of hate mail. But they persevered with support from many organizations and progressives, among them the Rev. Edwin T. Bueher of the Third Unitarian Church.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Hitchens on Obama and Creationism

Hitchens unloads on Obama and his Church,
Trinity United sells creationist books and its home page includes a graphic link to a thing called Goodsearch—the name is surmounted with a halo in its logo—which announces cheerily that "Every time you search or shop online!
...let's see if UU's unload on Obama as one did on Paul in the comments to this post,
...concerns over a future President Ron Paul enacting polies that promote abstinence-only sexuality education or intelligent design education in our schools.