“Good children’s fiction cultivates empathy, imagination, social conscience, and historical awareness. Some of the best children’s novels written during the early twentieth century also raise class consciousness—Natalie Savage Carson’s The Family Under the Bridge, for example; socialist E. Nesbit’s Railway Children, Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses, and the original Mary Poppins books, which are wonderfully critical of capitalism and give magical superpowers to a nanny and her working-class friends.
While the politics of these older books hold up well, it’s hard to miss how very white the characters are. Fortunately, a new wave of multicultural, politically attuned children’s fiction is now hitting the shelves. Thanks in part to a movement called “We Need Diverse Books,” many new novels for middle graders and young adults include more people of color, gay and lesbian characters, ethnic and religious minorities, and the differently abled.”
Gay and transgender rights activists are demanding justice after two alleged hate crimes in Queens — the stabbing of a transgender woman and the beating of a gay man — after the borough’s Pride Parade.
The beating happened at about 9:55 p.m. as victim Brandon Soriano, 25, was walking through Jackson Heights after the June 3 parade, police sources said.
“You’re a f—–g f—-t!” two men yelled, just before descending on Soriano and pummeling him on 83rd St. at 37th Ave., sources said. The men then ran north. Cops have made no arrests.
Soriano’s mom, Mary Kilafofski, 48, said one of the men knocked him unconscious, and the other started kicking.
Jefferson City- Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) delivered a
speech on the floor of the Missouri Senate regarding the importance of African American men standing up for their culture and their beliefs.
Rose McGowan, who first went public with accusations against Harvey Weinstein and whose campaigning became the focus of the #MeToo movement, tweeted Friday she is canceling all future engagements following a contentious confrontation with a transgender activist in New York City.
White House withdraws nomination of wildly unqualified climate science denier to top environmental post; Drought returns with a vengeance to California and Southern U.S.; Exxon Mobil pulled in an extra $8 billion in profits thanks to the Republicans’ tax cut; PLUS: California’s governor hits the accelerator on statewide electric vehicle charging network… All that and more in today’s Green News Report!
Durban – Police are failing to investigate regular
incidents of rape of young sex workers operating on Durban’s beachfront. So says Vashti Downs, a 41-year-old Christian missionary and founder of Anchor’s Hope, an organisation that cares for sex workers.
TOMS RIVER — An admitted drug dealer who was caught with about 4,150 doses of heroin worth $25,000 was sentenced to just six months of rehab and five years of probation.
Gary Fox, 30, of Toms River, who has a criminal record that includes previous drug convictions, avoided prison by being accepted by Drug Court and pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree possession with intent to distribute and a count of possession.