Susan Galleymore

Susan Galleymore

Susan Galleymore is the author of Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak about War and Terror. Bi-cultural – South African and American—she explores her habitat with astute humor and discernment.

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Imagine you’re a privileged white male who’s learned, implicitly, and accepted, explicitly, that white male culture will protect you, no matter what, if you stick to the script. If you can’t imagine that, recall Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham, and Brett Kavanaugh during the hearing. (Tom Williams/Pool/CQ Roll Call/Abaca Press/TNS) Views
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
How Dare She Unsettle Us?
An intense week of riveting cultural moments amplified by assorted news media. Is he lying under oath to get on the Supreme Court? Is she a pawn of the Democrats? Is Lindsey Graham melting down or showboating? Is Jeff Flake a flake? I appreciate the weeklong reprieve as the FBI investigates...
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Saturday, December 03, 2011
The People versus San Francisco's Wall Street Bull
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Labor Council attracted several hundred protesters to march from the Federal Building on Mission Street to the financial district – with spirited stops outside Wells Fargo Bank (king of foreclosures), Verizon (obscene disparity in salaries between executives and workers) , and the Embarcadero Hyatt (egregious treatment of workers, especially women). Seniors and wheelchair-bound protesters were especially evident at this event to protest cuts to social security and medical care and health insurance companies’ business practices.
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Sunday, May 08, 2011
A New American Dream This Mother's Day
Every Mother's Day we mothers are subjected to the same consumer brainwash: that we deserve a “day off”, and flowers, and brunch – or at least breakfast in bed. But Mother's Day originated as a call for peace after the grisly, divisive carnage of Civil War. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe wanted to appoint “a general congress of women without limit of nationality...to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.”
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Sunday, February 20, 2011
That Moment People say “No!”
Fifty years ago six college students – two African American and four White – went to jail for sitting down at Patterson Drugstore lunch counter in Lynchburg, Virginia. Their plans had been amorphous: “let's just talk to Mr. Patterson”...they were honor students after all, and talking surely would convince the owner/manager that racial segregation was wrong. They had no plan when, red-faced and enraged, Mr. Patterson yelled into each of their faces giving them one last chance to vacate his establishment.
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Monday, January 17, 2011
'Making Things Right by People'
A scene in the film The Good Shepherd shows a conversation between an Italian-American grandfather and Central Intelligence Agent Edward Wilson. "We Italians, we have family. What do people like you have?" Wilson smiles. "We own the country. The rest of you are just visitors."
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Monday, August 09, 2010
Calls to End the False Security of Nuclear Weapons
Takashi Tanemori stands on a makeshift stage on the back of a truck parked at an intersection near Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California. Tanemori San's formal traditional Japanese dress and his silver hair riffles in the chill morning breeze. His voice is firm and clear over the roars of large trucks passing.
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Monday, June 21, 2010
Israeli Shipping Line Zim Shut Out at Oakland Docks
Long before 5:30 a.m. on June 20 about 800 protesters traveled the mile from West Oakland's BART station, near San Francisco, to Berth 57 of the Oakland docks. The early risers were determined to block the gates and discourage longshoremen from unloading a Zim cargo ship. Zim is an Israeli shipping company. A second shift of more than 200 hundred protesters kept the gates closed for the 4:30 p.m. work crew too.
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Monday, January 25, 2010
The Seamy Side of Coal-Fired Power
South Africa has one of the heaviest carbon footprints in the world...and the World Bank is offering a US $5 billion loan - the biggest ever to any African entity - that ensures its footprint becomes even heavier. The World Bank, however, says the loan assists South Africa's electricity parastatal Eskom to "achieve financial stability, increase generation capacity and efficiency, and adopt a low carbon trajectory."
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