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>OPEN LETTER FROM MONMOUTH COUNTY HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION CHAIR

>I am angry. I am angry that there are increasingly disturbing incidents and events that point to a community that is failing to live up to the level of respect and appreciation for diversity that we should expect to prevail in the 21st century. Far too many have made great sacrifices—for some, enormous amounts of devoted time, for others, their very lives—to ensure justice and equity for all people.

I am angry that we are regressing socially. Recently, I had a dream in which a huge tidal wave covered the building where I was vacationing. I remained safe and dry inside, but it was frighteningly disastrous outside. Just before I had awakened, I started to see leaks coming into the building from small cracks in the foundation, and I then knew that it was only a matter of time before my safety turned to pure peril. The danger in the climate we are in today is that this regression away from respect and appreciation for diversity is slow and subtle, chipping away at the core of a foundation that has taken extraordinary efforts to build.

It is no longer as popular as it has been to fight on the side of equity and justice for all. In fact, we are slowly surrendering the struggles of diversity not to what should be the right rule, but to mob rule. Examples of the subtle and chipping erosion of fundamental respect and appreciation for diversity are ostensible in reports about the attempted dissolution of a local human rights commission (HRC), physical assaults on individuals because of their culture, issues of racial disparity among educators and leaders in our institutions of learning—K-12 and postsecondary, socioeconomic wars with municipalities failing to meet housing obligations mandated by law, veiled housing codes that exclude groups of people based on their ethnicity, refusals of individuals and organizations to consider accessibility for all, casual and too familiar usage of the N-word, published attacks on segments of people based on their ethnicity, and myriad other instances where people just do not get it!

Despite my anger, I am grateful to be affiliated with the members of the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission. The cross-section of members committed to educating violators of basic human rights to the point that they get it is a valuable asset to our community and our humanity. We must persevere through this adverse climate of erosion, taking steps to seal the cracks that threaten the foundation of equity and justice for all.

To this end, I appeal to all human relations commissioners at county and local levels, as well as true advocates and supporters of diversity to be loud and visible—particularly loud and visible at town meetings, at board meetings, in op-ed columns, on blogs, and at ad hoc rallies. We need all hands on deck. We need you now to be active and vigilant to help us heal painful and hurtful wounds!

Earl Thomas Teasley, Chair
Monmouth County Human Relations Commission
3000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
732-735- 9795

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OPEN LETTER FROM MONMOUTH COUNTY HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION CHAIR

I am angry. I am angry that there are increasingly disturbing incidents and events that point to a community that is failing to live up to the level of respect and appreciation for diversity that we should expect to prevail in the 21st century. Far too many have made great sacrifices—for some, enormous amounts of devoted time, for others, their very lives—to ensure justice and equity for all people.

I am angry that we are regressing socially. Recently, I had a dream in which a huge tidal wave covered the building where I was vacationing. I remained safe and dry inside, but it was frighteningly disastrous outside. Just before I had awakened, I started to see leaks coming into the building from small cracks in the foundation, and I then knew that it was only a matter of time before my safety turned to pure peril. The danger in the climate we are in today is that this regression away from respect and appreciation for diversity is slow and subtle, chipping away at the core of a foundation that has taken extraordinary efforts to build.

It is no longer as popular as it has been to fight on the side of equity and justice for all. In fact, we are slowly surrendering the struggles of diversity not to what should be the right rule, but to mob rule. Examples of the subtle and chipping erosion of fundamental respect and appreciation for diversity are ostensible in reports about the attempted dissolution of a local human rights commission (HRC), physical assaults on individuals because of their culture, issues of racial disparity among educators and leaders in our institutions of learning—K-12 and postsecondary, socioeconomic wars with municipalities failing to meet housing obligations mandated by law, veiled housing codes that exclude groups of people based on their ethnicity, refusals of individuals and organizations to consider accessibility for all, casual and too familiar usage of the N-word, published attacks on segments of people based on their ethnicity, and myriad other instances where people just do not get it!

Despite my anger, I am grateful to be affiliated with the members of the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission. The cross-section of members committed to educating violators of basic human rights to the point that they get it is a valuable asset to our community and our humanity. We must persevere through this adverse climate of erosion, taking steps to seal the cracks that threaten the foundation of equity and justice for all.

To this end, I appeal to all human relations commissioners at county and local levels, as well as true advocates and supporters of diversity to be loud and visible—particularly loud and visible at town meetings, at board meetings, in op-ed columns, on blogs, and at ad hoc rallies. We need all hands on deck. We need you now to be active and vigilant to help us heal painful and hurtful wounds!

Earl Thomas Teasley, Chair
Monmouth County Human Relations Commission
3000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
732-735- 9795

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>The Bush/McCain/Palin contempt for subpoenas and the rule of law

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Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com has a good article about the contempt for the law that is being shown by the McCain/Palin campaign for their refusal to comply with subpoenas issued by the Alaska State Senate in the “Trooper-Gate” investigation.

Todd Palin’s refusal to comply with the Alaska State Senate’s subpoena:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband has refused to testify in the investigation of his wife’s alleged abuse of power, and key lawmakers said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the probe until after Election Day.

Todd Palin, who participates in state business in person or by e-mail, was among 13 people subpoenaed by the Alaska Legislature. Palin’s lawyer sent a letter to the lead investigator saying Palin objected to the probe and would not appear to testify on Friday. . . .

Ignoring a legislative subpoena is punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail under Alaska law. But courts are reluctant to intervene in legislative matters and the full Legislature must be in session to bring contempt charges, Wielechowski said. The Legislature is not scheduled to convene until January.”

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The Bush/McCain/Palin contempt for subpoenas and the rule of law

Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com has a good article about the contempt for the law that is being shown by the McCain/Palin campaign for their refusal to comply with subpoenas issued by the Alaska State Senate in the “Trooper-Gate” investigation.

Todd Palin’s refusal to comply with the Alaska State Senate’s subpoena:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband has refused to testify in the investigation of his wife’s alleged abuse of power, and key lawmakers said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the probe until after Election Day.

Todd Palin, who participates in state business in person or by e-mail, was among 13 people subpoenaed by the Alaska Legislature. Palin’s lawyer sent a letter to the lead investigator saying Palin objected to the probe and would not appear to testify on Friday. . . .

Ignoring a legislative subpoena is punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail under Alaska law. But courts are reluctant to intervene in legislative matters and the full Legislature must be in session to bring contempt charges, Wielechowski said. The Legislature is not scheduled to convene until January.”

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