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Miriam and Herbert distribute ribbons at The Hurricane Library Relief program

at Enoch Pratt Free Library featuring Kalamu ya Salaam, editor/writer, movie-maker, educator, producer. 



Purple Ribbon Cross News

No. 2, November 11, 2005 

Jeannette Drake, LCSW, Publisher


Newsletter Mission: To share information about Purple Ribbon Cross Solidarity Activities for Katrina (and Rita) Gulf Coast deceased and survivors with persons who distribute, sew, wear, or contribute ribbons.

Yes, Jeannette, you have it right . . . we must never forget, and the crosses are a way of searing the images into our minds and memories . . . Miriam DeCosta-Willis

We will touch God's heart, we will touch the people's heart, and together we will move the mountain . . . but revolution is not an action, it is a process.

                                                                               Huey P. Newton

Everybody's got to sew, sew, sew . . .                      Big Chief Monk Boudreaux  

As of November 11, 2005 approximately 3000 purple ribbon crosses have been distributed to persons who reside in: 

Washington, DC; Silver Spring, Clinton, Lanham, and Baltimore, MD; Williamsburg, Chester, Providence Forge, Hampton, Capron and Boykins, VA; Schenectady, NY; San Diego, CA; Atlanta, GA; Scottsdale, AZ; Bristol, TN; Tallahassee, FL; Jacksonville and Anniston, AL; Philadelphia, PA; Columbia, SC; Quincy and Boston, MA; New York, NY; Lagos, Nigeria.

The following were added since October 14, 2005:

White Plains, NY; Toronto and Hamilton, Canada; Tobago, West Indies; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

10-12-05 Baltimore, MD -- Brenda reports that she will sew ribbons.

10-15-05 Philadelphia, PA -- Victoria reports that she will sew ribbons.

10-16-05 Richmond, VA -- Pastor and congregation of Greater Brook Road Baptist Church donate money for ribbons.

10-17-05 Richmond, VA -- Request from UNIA-ACL (United Negro Improvement Association-African Communities League) for October 14th newsletter for their archives.

10-20-05 Richmond, VA -- Sylvia donates money for ribbons.

10-21-05 East Point, GA -- Joyce requests October 14th newsletter.

10-24-05 Washington, DC -- Miriam donates money for ribbons.

10-26-05 Silver Spring, MD -- Barbara reports that her grandchildren continue to wear ribbons and carry them in their backpacks to share with peers at school.

10-30-05 Richmond, VA -- Otto, age 13, at Greater Brook Rd. Baptist Church distributes ribbons to church members and his peers.

10-30-05 Richmond, VA -- Dorothy Marie distributes ribbons at the Missionary Circle's Katrina relief program at Morning Star Baptist Church.

10-30-05 Toronto, Canada -- Claire reports that she's displaying her ribbons and has mailed ribbons to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

10-31-05 Capron, VA -- Southampton Correctional Center inmate requests ribbon.

11-01-05 Richmond, VA -- Muriel places ribbons for customers in beauty shop.

11-02-05 Richmond, VA -- Jeannette sends press release to various media.

11-03-05 Richmond, VA -- Rebekah, publisher of Average Girl, The Magazine will provide ribbons for guests at the Third Annual Tea and Hat Party on December 10, 2005 at the Wyndham Richmond Airport Hotel.

11-04-05 Baltimore, MD -- Miriam and Herbert distribute ribbons at The Hurricane Library Relief program at Enoch Pratt Free Library featuring Kalamu ya Salaam, editor/writer, movie-maker, educator, producer.

11-05-05 Richmond, VA -- Dorothy Marie pins 100 ribbons on and provides an explanation to fellow church members at an election at Morning Star Church.

11-06-05 Chester, VA -- Melvin reports an announcement was put in the church bulletin at Second Baptist Church for persons to obtain ribbons.

11-07-05 Richmond, VA -- Ribbons distributed to Richmond Public School Staff in an after school professional development creative writing workshop at Arts & Humanities Center.

11-07-05 Richmond, VA -- Antoine, LaDarion, Zavia, Rashad, and Angelo, elementary and middle school students receive ribbons and 10-14-05 newsletter on Hull Street.

Saying Amen: Blessing and Glory, and Wisdom and Thanksgiving, and Honor and Power and Might be unto God, forever and forever, Amen.

posted  9 December 2005

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Journey Within: A Healing Playbook

By Jeannette Drake

Journey Within: A Healing Playbook is a fun tool for anyone interested in personal growth, learning how to be more creative or gaining a deeper insight into The Divine. Section One includes 13 original color abstracts that invite the viewer to intentionally go on a playful, inner journey. An optional guide of play instructions is included.

In Section Two the author's spiritual autobiography provides an inspirational explanation for each drawing.            May 2005 This Book Is for Someone You Love


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Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered

the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It

By H. W. Brands

In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar's astonishing rise to become the world's principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar's changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America's economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan's bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt's handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar's dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today. He concludes with a sobering dissection of the 2008 world financial debacle, which exposed the power--and the enormous risks--of the dollar's worldwide reign.  The Economy

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—WashingtonPost

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The White Masters of the World

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By W. E. B. Du Bois

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