Dear John Javna and Allies for a New Civil Rights Movement in the 21st Century,

(l) On Line Conversations and Gatherings at National Spiritual Monuments: Soldiers Homes as Places to Teach Peace and Foster Racial Reconciliation

I propose we have on-line conversations
And then quarterly or yearly gatherings
At sacred places like the Soldiers Home of MIdwest USA,

Where are buried the remains of 43,000
Who fought the war that ended 10,000 years
Of Western Civilization’s shameful slavery,

Who beat back the plague of
Stalinism, Nazism, Fascism,
Whose children must mobilize
Against the American Taliban.

The Soldiers Home is in Milwaukee,
Home to Socialist Mayors for the first half of this century,
Home to anti-war traditions currently a secret.

(2) Establish World Music, Cultural and Human Rights Venues

These conversations could happen
Also at neighborhood locations,
At “New American” Cultural Venues,
So the “Movement” will be global.

I propose as a possible model
Of a kind of social enterprise to
Create in visions and in practice,
Timbuktu on Center in Riverwest Milwaukee.

Here is a poem about Timbuktu
Written by a South African Freedom Fighter
Before and after the South African Revolution,
Mathibela Sebothoma.

Timbuktu: The Untold Story

This is not a pub

Not a drinking place

It is a University

A Centre for knowledge and empowerment

An intellectual and spiritual capital

A mission for the expansion of peace

Home for Africans in Diaspora

A guest house for friends of Africa

Home to prestigious souls

A seasonal camp for travellers.

With patrons of noble blood

Timbuktu is a royal residence, a palace

A resting place for legal and moral counsellors

A relaxing place for the lonely and confused

With wells containing sweet waters

And delicious delicacies from mother earth

A Centre for North, South, West and East

To stimulate the ancient times for upcoming victories

To save, refurbish and propagate sanity.

Mathibela Sebothoma
South African Catholic Priest Solidarity Movement

With Timbuktu’s in major American cities,
Teaming up with resurgent “reainbow” NAACP chapters,
The New American Cultural Revolution
To protect us from the Talilban inside and outside our gates
Would wondrously germinate.

Let a thousand Timbuktu’s blossom in 1000 American cities.


For more visions of an American Cultural Revolution, see

(3) Spark a New Civil Rights Movement with “Grand Alliances” Sparked by a resurgent NAACP

Here is a manifesto for that Movement’s on-line and in real book clubs, starting at the NAACP/National Association of Black Vets/Bridge Works/Milwaukee Renaissance Partnership for a Rebirth of Freedom Ceremony during the National NAACP Convention, Milwaukee, July 11, 2005
Including the first national formal acknowledgement of the role of veterans of color in this new nation’s quest of liberty and government of the people, by the people, and for the people.* Portions of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” will be cast in bronze and set in stone along side Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysberg Address.” We’re hoping Stevie Wonder and Colin Powell will participate.

Awakening from the Dream: Civil Rights under Siege and the New Struggle for Equal Justice

Edited by Denise C. Morgan, Rachel D. Godsil, and Joy Moses

Table of Contents

Foreword: Erwin Chemerinsky, Alston & Bird Professor of Law, Duke Law School


Part I: The Rehnquist Court’s Federalism Revolution and Civil Rights

Chapter 1: What is Federalism, and What Does it Have to do with Civil Rights?
Federalism: The Double-Edged Sword of Liberty and Oppression
Paul Finkelman, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law

Chapter 2: The National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights Conference Introduction
Reversing the Retreat on Civil Rights
Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and Janell Byrd-Chichester, civil rights attorney, The Cochran Firm

Part II: The Impact of the Federalism Revolution on the Lives of Americans

Chapter 3: African Americans
The Rehnquist Court, the Resurrection of Plessy, and the Ever-Expanding Definition of “Societal Discrimination”
Lia B. Epperson, Director of Education, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Chapter 4: Latinos
Un Pasito Pa’lante, Un Pasito Pa’tras: Latinos and the Rollback of Civil Rights
Sandra Del Valle, civil rights lawyer, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund

Chapter 5: Asian Americans
Asian Americans under the Rehnquist Court: A Protracted and Ongoing Struggle for Justice and Recognition
Vincent A. Eng, Deputy Director, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, and Julianna Lee, law student, University of Michigan Law School

Chapter 6: Women
Making a Federal Case out of Women’s Concerns: The Supreme Court’s Hostility to Civil Rights for Battered Women
Emily J. Martin, staff attorney, ACLU Women’s Rights Project

Chapter 7: Older Americans
“Narrowing the Nation’s Power”: The Impact on Older Americans
Simon Lazarus, Public Policy Counsel, National Senior Citizens Law Center

Chapter 8: Americans with Disabilities
Judicial Revision of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: Mere Fine-
Tuning? Or Ideological Backlash?
Caroline Palmer, Pro Bono Development Director, Minnesota State Bar Association

Chapter 9: Sexual Minorities

     	The Federalism Revolution and the Sexual Minority Federal Legislative

Arthur S. Leonard, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Chapter 10: Language Minorities
Language Rights and the Loss of Judicial Remedy: The Impact of Alexander v. Sandoval on Language Minorities
Rose Cuison Villazor, Human Rights Fellow, Columbia Law School

Chapter 11: Immigrant Workers
The Rollback of Immigrant Workers’ Civil Rights
Marielena Hincapié, Program Director, National Immigration Law Center, and Ana Avendaño-Denier, Associate General Counsel and Director of the Immigrant Worker Program, AFL-CIO

Part III: The Impact of the Federalism Revolution on Access to Courts to Protect Essential Services and Fundamental Rights

Chapter 12: Public Education
Reneging on the Promise of Brown: The Rehnquist Court and Education Rights
Denise C. Morgan, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Chapter 13: Health Care
The Civil Rights Rollback: It’s Bad for Your Health
Jane Perkins, Legal Director, National Health Law Program

Chapter 14: The Environment
Permitted to Pollute: The Rollback of Environmental Justice
Olga Pomar, attorney, South Jersey Legal Services, and Rachel D. Godsil, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Chapter 15: Our Criminal Justice System
Federalism, Race, and Criminal Justice
Michelle Alexander, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic, Stanford Law School

Chapter 16: Our Civil Liberties
Who’s Watching the Home Front?
Barbara J. Olshansky, Deputy Director for Litigation and Organizing, Center for Constitutional Rights

Chapter 17: Immigration
Abuse of (Plenary) Power? Judicial Deference and the Post-9/11 War on Immigrants
Lori A. Nessel, Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration & Human Rights Clinic, Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law, and Anjum Gupta, Clinical Fellow, Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law

Part IV: The Federalism Revolution: Principle or Politics?

Chapter 18: It’s Not About State’s Rights
Double-Talk by the Activist Supreme Court Majority
Herb Semmel, former Director, National Senior Citizens Law Center Federal Rights Project

Chapter 19: Using State Sovereignty and Federal Power to Undermine Workers’ Rights
Federalist Hypocrisy and the Preemption of State Labor Laws
Nathan Newman, Associate Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law

Part V: Strategies for Reversing the Civil Rights Rollback

Chapter 20: Lessons from the Right
Fighting the Civil Rights Rollback: Lessons from the Right
Lee Cokorinos, Executive Director, Capacity Development Group, and Alfred F. Ross, Founder and President, Institute for Democracy Studies

Chapter 21: Restoring the Balance of Power in the Federal Courts
Saving the Courts
Susan Lerner, Founder and Chair, Committee for Judicial Independence, on behalf of the Equal Justice Society

Chapter 22: Revitalizing Federal Civil Rights Legislation
Protecting Ideals of Equality and Justice for All: Progressive Legislation in a Conservative Era
Joy Moses, staff attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Chapter 23: State Reform Strategies
State Strategies to Reverse the Civil Rights Rollback
Dennis D. Parker, Civil Rights Bureau Chief, New York State Attorney General’s Office

Chapter 24: Activist Strategies
We Shall Be Moved: Community Activism as a Tool for Reversing the Rollback
Andrew Friedman, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Make the Road by Walking; Robert García, Executive Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest, and Erica Flores Baltodano, Assistant Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest; Julie Hyman, senior policy analyst, Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, Brad Williams, Executive Director, New York State Independent Living Council, and Tracie Crandell, policy analyst, Center for Disability Rights

Chapter 25: Student Advocacy
Building a Student Movement: Lessons Learned and Suggestions for the Future
Lisa Zeidner, student, Columbia Law School, and Luke Blocher, student, Columbia Law School

Chapter 26: Litigation Strategies
Lawyering and Litigation during the Rollback: Legal Strategies to Pursue Social Justice
Marianne Engleman Lado, General Counsel, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Websites with Information about Federal Judicial Nominations

Appendix C: The U.S. Constitution

About the Contributors


  • re “Rebirth of Freedom” see

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