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KimCooper



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:36 am    Post subject: an old new meme? Reply with quote

Here is a paragraph from an article about Helen Keller:

The picture books omit the courage that took Helen Keller farther away from her home to visit povertystricken neighborhoods in New York City, where she witnessed the horror of the crowded, unhealthy living conditions in tenement buildings. Outraged about the child labor practices she encountered, she began to educate herself about efforts to organize unions and the violence that organizers and strikers faced. She wrote angry articles about the Ludlow Massacre, where, in an attempt to break a miners' strike, the Colorado National Guard shot 13 people and burned alive 11 children and two women. The Ludlow Mine belonged to the powerful millionaire John D. Rockefeller, and Rockefeller had paid the wages of the National Guard. When newspapers hesitated to publish her articles, Helen Keller spoke out publicly against Rockefeller: "I have followed, step by step, the developments in Colorado, where women and children have been ruthlessly slaughtered. Mr. Rockefeller is a monster of capitalism," she declared. "He gives charity in the same breath he permits the helpless workmen, their wives and children to be shot down."

(emphasis mine) I rather liked the phrase "Monster of Capitalism"! what do you think?


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jbartas
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kim, this is incredible. Your post got me curious, and I found this link.

I'm one of those ignoramuses who had Helen Keller frozen at the water pump. I had no idea she went on to become an activist for suffrage, labor laws and racial and economic equality. Her conclusion that she would not have achieved her famous victory over disabilities without her parents wealth took incredible humility and honesty.

And co-founder of the ACLU? Wow.

Best of all, she didn't take crap from the MSM. I love this quote:
Quote:

"At that time the compliments he paid me were so generous that I blush to remember them. But now that I have come out for socialism he reminds me and the public that I am blind and deaf and especially liable to error. I must have shrunk in intelligence during the years since I met him...Oh, ridiculous Brooklyn Eagle! Socially blind and deaf, it defends an intolerable system, a system that is the cause of much of the physical blindness and deafness which we are trying to prevent."


How I wish the world had more like her.


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KimCooper



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, my quote came from that site too. Incredible what we don't know about Helen Keller. I was glad to read it. And I've been telling people.


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Sean Higgins



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enough to prompt me to get into political action. Perhaps we could find
a present-day equivalent of Helen Keller & seek the backing of Emily's List or MoveOn.org...

Speaking of which: are you-all familiar with the Main Street Moms (plural, as opposed to the singular Stepfordized 'version' which came about, I believe, in reaction to the MMOB organization & website...)?
MMOB was organized out of Bolinas & is now national. I was drawn to them in my checking out info. on the military's increased efforts to play Uncle-Sam-as-Pied-Piper, leading our high school kids off to serve as
cannon -- or RPG with no adequate armor -- fodder. Main Street Moms (MMOB) is also at the fore of the fight against Diebold-style touch-screen vote-theft technology, as originally exposed by Bev Harris in HER book & website (Black Box Voting/blackboxvoting.org...).
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