Author Archives: Marilyn Jackson

Black? Friday

I joined up on Facebook a few years ago to see pictures of a close relative.  Now I’m hooked and check it every day!  I’ve found it to be a slippery slope in terms of privacy issues and more.  There … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Woody Guthrie

Labor Day in the USA does not have the punch that May Day has in other countries, to hold up the rights of working people.  Giving a thought to it as more than a before school, last day of summer, … Continue reading

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Films for Girls

As an adult I’ve been able to watch films I didn’t get around to watching as a child.  I remember my father was nervous about me going to see Dr. Zhivago as an early teen. There are films I’ve watched since … Continue reading

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Educational Pedagogy for Sharing of Work and Learning Process in Brazil

This podcast from Against the Grain, a KPFA radio program, an interview of a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley, tells the story of a workers’ movement in Brazil that is also an educational movement using the ideas of Paulo Freire … Continue reading

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Scandinavian Seminar

I spent a weekend on the premises of Scandinavian Seminar in Amherst, MA a few decades ago for a gathering of the Folk Education Association of America.  Scandinavian Seminar sent students from the US to folk schools in Denmark.  Here’s … Continue reading

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Social Democratic Safety Net And Crime Rates, Is There A Correlation?

When the 99% movement began, talk radio host Ron Owens was puzzled as to what they were all about and this supplied a topic to discuss for hours of radio programming.  Recently I heard Ron Owens tell a story about … Continue reading

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In One Hundred Years

Here’s a poem I translated in 1993 that was written by my great great uncle who lived in Sweden, 1846-1931.  I have mostly translated Swedish songs and a few poems to be singable and as true to their meaning as I can. … Continue reading

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Senior Care

Here’s a video of a senior who feels seniors have been put at the bottom of the list. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2bYGMPM-I8&feature=share I’m glad this man expresses himself so well. Depending on health issues and the older people are, the less well they can … Continue reading

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Please join this Social Democracy Think Tank!

I’m looking for others to join this think tank.  If you want to form a pod of 2 or 3 people, I encourage that as well.  The goal would be to discuss social democracy in the U.S., it’s history, why … Continue reading

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Social Services to Avoid if you Don’t Want to Pay Taxes

This website has a long list of service US Americans shouldn’t use if they don’t want to pay taxes: 1. Do not use Medicare. 2. Do not use Social Security 3. Do not become a member of the US military, … Continue reading

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