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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Highbridge Horizon on the Web

The latest issue of the Highbridge Horizon is now online.

This month, we've got a sad story about the death of Alfred Steward Jr. , a mailman who served Highbridge for more than 30 years...

We've also got a piece about how the current economic crisis is forcing more and more Highbridge residents to seek assistance at local food pantries...

Continuing our series of interviews with candidates for the 16th District city council seat (in January, we interviewed Joel Rivera), we did a Q+A with Daryl Johnson this month...

We also feature two thought-provoking editorials, offering different viewpoints on the same question: What does Barack Obama mean for Black History Month?

C. Lionel Spencer argues that the start of Obama's presidency signifies that Black History Month is no longer only about the past, but also about the present; Spencer further suggests that the arrival of Obama's presidency changes what it means to be Black in the United States.

On the other hand, Tony Richards argues that racial oppression stems principally from institutions, not individuals, and remains deeply entrenched in our society. In fact, he writes, Obama's presidency is more than anything a distraction from the ways in which racial oppression remains a dominant force in U.S. society, and a distraction from the necessity for the people of this country to fight this racism.

We are hoping to get some good dialogue going on this issue; we would love to know your thoughts on both of these editorials, and publish them in the next issue of the Horizon. Write to the editor at richardst@highbridgelife.org and let us know what you think!

Finally, our aspiring young reporters in Highbridge have been doing some exciting work lately. In this issue, they interviewed librarian Margaret Fleesak about progress on the High Bridge branch, which is currently being renovated.


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