Articles on PR for People

Pauli Murray and the process of becoming

 Every American generation has its heroes, its profiles in courage, its personages fighting to save and advance the soul of democracy. In the 20th century, perhaps no one better represented that than the incomparable Pauli Murray. For more than 50 years, Murray was a prolific civil rights pioneer, plowing new territory for Blacks, women and LGBTQ populations. 


Libraries We Love - Whitman County Rural Library District, Colfax, WA

Each month, we profile a library. Large, small, urban, rural, post-modern, quaint or neo-classic; do you have a library that you love? Tell us about it. This month Barbara Lloyd McMichael writes about the many challenges facing rural libraries, including the fiery destruction of the Malden Library Branch. 

 


Environmental Justice for All

   “Pollution-by-zip code” has been practiced for more than half a century by some of America’s largest industries, and by the regulatory agencies that are charged with their permitting and oversight. Communities of color, tribal and indigenous communities, and economically depressed areas long have been targeted as sites for chemical plants, refineries, pipelines, landfills – the kinds of enterprises that generate toxic waste. 


JUNE FEATURE - VOTE!

 Vote-by-Mail | A Reality Check: A global pandemic, riots in the streets, disinformation campaigns, the systematic dismantling of our national postal system, a presidential election year – and perhaps a remedy or two. 


Local effects of a global pandemic: Kent, WA as a case study

Barbara Lloyd McMichael zeroes in on the local effects of a global pandemic by examining Kent, WA as a case study. Kent’s current efforts to grapple with the Covid-19 meltdown is a microcosm of what is happening in communities across America. While some grant programs have been implemented at the state and federal levels, many small business owners do not have enough resources to allow for the time it takes to receive funds. 


Learning to lead by listening to others

 Eduardo Mendonça has performed for Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama. He himself descends from a royal African family. But the hardworking Brazilian-born musician doesn’t rest on his laurels. With his wife, Ana Paula Mendonça, the naturalized American citizen founded Show Brazil Productions, a Seattle-area company that promotes Brazilian arts and education opportunities throughout the United States and Canada.


Love Beyond Borders

Barbara Lloyd McMichael writes about “Love Beyond Borders,” a program performed by the Seattle Men’s Chorus that is slated for March 20-21 in downtown Seattle. The theme of “Love Beyond Borders” explores Seattle’s unique place in the world as a sanctuary for LGBTQ individuals who grew up in Muslim nations. In the Middle East, assaults, executions, and honor killings of LGBTQ people are very real threats.  Michael Failla, a retired chiropractor, has been working to help LGBTQ individuals by forming an underground railway to help LGBTQ individuals to escape to safety


Food Innovation Network offers a new take on a time-honored tradition

We are just two years shy of the fourth centennial of one of America’s most cherished American traditions – Thanksgiving. That original harvest feast was celebrated in 1621 by three-score Pilgrims and a Native American contingent twice that size. The Wampanoag had welcomed the desperate English immigrants to their shores, shared food with them, and taught them American agricultural methods.


Building the Whale Trail

Take a journey along the whale trail to encounter the majesty of orca whales. Barbara Lloyd McMichael has written an outstanding feature article about Donna Sandstrom, who was appointed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the Southern Resident Orca Task Force. In this instance, “Southern Residents” refers to an extended orca clan, comprising several pods, that sometimes travel together in the Pacific Northwest.  Donna Sandstrom is also the executive director of The Whale Trail, a nonprofit that encourages whale-watching from shoreline sites. 


The Marine Mammal Library – A Deep Dive into Research

This month, if your curiosity about orcas is piqued, and you’d like to do a “deep dive” into orca lore, the Seattle-based National Marine Mammals Laboratory/Western Region has an excellent library for marine mammals and offers extensive research materials focusing on orcas. Just one hitch, the library doesn’t offer drop-in dives. You must book an appointment in advance to examine their materials.