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On October 6th, 2007 Denver Colorado celebrated(?) it’s 100th anniversary of the Columbus Day parade. For about 20 years, since the parade was revived by local Italian Americans, American Indians have protested the event. They contend that Christopher Columbus was a slave trader and the catalyst to the genocide of their people.

Italian Americans view this as a day to celebrate their heritage. I saw only a few references to Columbus. Mostly folks in nice cars or on cool motorcycles waving U.S. and Italian flags.
The American Indians want the name changed.
Some states have changed the name of the day to Indigenous Peoples Day but I’m not sure that would work here because the Italian Americans have been having this parade for years.

So this is how it all went down. The protesters showed up at the Denver capital building several hours before the parade. Protesting and drumming, some in traditional American Indian clothing. Amazing workmanship and detail.

In the past, protesters and police had spoken beforehand about "how things would go", trying to keep things peaceful.
Going as far as planning arrests. Not this year.
Interestingly enough the leader of the anti Columbus Day group "Transform Columbus Day Alliance" is Glenn Spagnuolo, that’s right Spagnuolo.
When confronted with the permits needed, Glenn stated
"We don’t need a permit, because we are on native land."
www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_…
and
"Asking an illegal colonizer for permission to be on land that doesn’t belong to them doesn’t work for us,"
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Another group well represented was the American Indian Movement of Colorado. Ex and current Colorado University professors Ward Churchill and Glenn Morris are leaders of this group. Well known Russel Means is also a member, having left the main chapter of AIM.
www.russellmeans.com/aim.html
www.coloradoaim.org/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Indian_Movement_of_Colorado

The American Indian Movement of Colorado is not affiliated with the American Indian Movement. View their stance here
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So they followed their own route, from the capital through downtown Denver, on their way to come head to head with the Italians and their parade. They have always been peaceful and they vowed that today would be the same.
However, they had grown tired of years of words and seeing no actions.

When the protest met the parade, emotions ran deep and blood spilled through the streets. Not real blood however, but fake blood spilled by the protesters along with dismembered dolls. Many protesters sat in the street, stopping the parade from starting. Russell Means and Glenn Morris included. All were arrested. Nobody fought, but they did resist their arrests.

After this initial push by the protesters, the parade went on….a little off schedule. At this point it was lots of yelling and verbal abuse. Protesters yelling at cops and Italians. Italians, including 80 year old ladies and teenage kids, cursing and flipping the bird at protesters. Police officers, staring through mirrored sunglasses with rubber bullet guns, flashing dirty looks at everyone.

After the parade had traveled a few blocks, a group of young American Indians wearing bandannas over their faces made their stand and sat in the middle of the road. About 20 cops jumped on top of them and promptly pulled them apart and arrested them. The protesters didn’t fight, but they did use each other as weight, locking their arms together. One of them came up bloody.

After this, the parade continued and the protesters headed back to the capital to spread the word. 83 protesters taken away on police buses by the time the parade was over.

Personally, I have no vested interest here. I’m not American Indian or Italian American. I do believe that what happened to the native people of this land is horrible. If I was Native American, after years of persecution of my people, I would probably be tired of words and lies too. However I don’t have anything against Italian Americans either and I doubt their ancestors had more to do with Indian genocide than any of the other European countries that settled in the United States.

I think the city of Denver needs to get off their butts and do something about it. How hard is it to change the name of the parade to Italian Heritage Day or whatever and out of respect to the American Indians, have another day for them. How hard is that? 20 years, really?

I also realize the city is planning for the Democratic National Convention but was the show of force necessary, for a group that has maintained their peaceful approach?
A little overkill if you ask me, but then again this is a post 9/11 world, and everyone could be a terrorist.
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One of many protesters from the American Indian Movement of Colorado.

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What you are looking at here is the Bondi Iceberg baths and I shared a close up of the pools yesterday but what saving this magical seascape till today. I got this great vantage point of the baths and surf life saving building from up on the walkway and I used a tripod to capture it with slow shutter speeds to emphasise the movement of the water.

The editing process was Luminosity masks with 2 exposures with a touch of HDR in the sky, but the ocean is one exposure and the same with the swimming pools.

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One of my photos, of a lady bug on a leaf, has been included in a book on letters in photographs (it’s on page 172). It was included, because the vein of the leaf on which the lady bug is sitting, is shaped like the letter "Y".

Not until I actually received a copy of the book, did I notice that not only did they use it in the book, but they also put it on the cover of the book: how cool is that!

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Bryan O’Quinn was one of the few underground dance music artists to enjoy negligible mainstream exposure during the late ’80s and early ’90s heyday of hip-hop soul. O’Quinn’s smooth seductive crooning style and erotic dance moves earned him a substantial female following and made him a presence on the up and coming R&B scene. Even after the futuristic productions he favored were eclipsed by the more organic, retro-leaning neo-soul movement.

Native North Carolinian, Bryan O’Quinn comes from an upper middle working-class family, His father a hard-working managerial businessman and his mother a creative homemaker turned entrepreneur, exposed their child to the arts through academics at a very early age. He began singing and dancing when he was just two years old and, when he was three and a half, he performed song, dance and very clever storytelling, before a lively audience of third graders. Enchanted by the talented tyke, Students and Teacher asked O’Quinn’s Grandmother, who at one time co-hosted a praise and worship radio show, to bring him back weekly, and that she did. By the time he was in junior high school, he had begun to participate in music competitions, workshops, and The Children’s Theatre that’s when he began to write songs. After high school completion, He sought secondary education through certificate course programs at both North Carolina and Philadelphia Schools the Performing of Arts O’Quinn took private voice lessons at the Community School of the Arts in his hometown. Already a working model, singing with several original music and cover bands, Bryan O’Quinn is specialized in various forms of music, dance and photography. Furthermore Bryan is not only a singer, but also a writer and producer.

After signing with a New York City Independent Record label in the late ’80s, Bryan O’Quinn’s debut LP Working All the Time, included the singles “Yes we can " and "The Feeling of Love (you’ve got to move) both of which received a good response in a number of R&B and dance circles. Bottom Line and Experience the Jazz & Groove (recorded live) followed in 1990 and 1992, both of which established a high-quality reaction in black college (HBCU) radio. After release from his contract, the record label folded. Shortly after that his single release “Keep on (Holding On)” (remixed and recycled by Chuck Walker and Hit Sounds Entertainment NYC) still did well on the club scene and gained some radio rotation. A buzz had been created with little or no support from a record label.

In 1996, Bryan O’Quinn founded BSM Entertainment & Records where he began to collaborate with other upcoming artists and produce his own projects independently.
O’Quinn spent that spring performing live engagements with his band at spring festivals, biker rallies, and many of the historic colleges; Davidson College, Johnson C. Smith University, and Morehouse College just to name a few. By the following summer, Mr. O’Quinn was playing many limited engagements for 1,000-2,000 fans a night as the opening act for other artists the most rife was Grammy-winning rap group Arrested Development.

In 2004 Bryan O’Quinn signed an exposure agreement with the Alpha Model Group (a division of On track Modeling Inc.) The Contract representation directs his modeling, promotional work, and television, print, and motion picture endeavors.
The new millennium found Bryan O’Quinn in yet another inspirational and motivating place, championing many causes, especially those concerned with families and children. He was spokesperson for the Men of Valor Responsible fatherhood association partnering with Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. An organization adhering to the great importance of the non-custodial parents or as O’Quinn was quoted as saying the uplifting and preservation of the father parent child connection.

In early 2006 Mr. O’Quinn began to serve as a board member for a very exclusive Performing Arts Advisory Board which was formed by the Dilworth Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School. The purpose of the board is to strengthen the connection between the school and one of Charlotte NC’s most esteemed neighborhoods.

In 2006 and 2007 O’Quinn found newer success selling his original music catalogs, recordings and downloads online. Singer, songwriter and music business man Bryan O’Quinn worked and contracted with Music Sales Companies who partnered and affiliated with major retail stores doing special music product and merchandising promotions for top popular recording artist like Beyoncé, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross and Prince all who had new hit music releases for various record companies during this year. Mr. O’Quinn also participated in radio and venue promotions with gospel artist like Troy Sneed and other various secular artists.

Bryan O’Quinn nicknamed “Bo Quinn” by some continues to balance a happy life of single parent fatherhood and his current career demands with elevated goals for the future in music, fashion, television and beyond. His chronicles project Bryan O’Quinn: Profile of a Don (A Retrospective Collection) was initially released in first edition form as a two disc-CD package. The collection of songs was later condensed to a one disc package with new material and alternate takes of his original recordings is scheduled for a 2012 reissue, essentially as an unassuming offering for itself was for his already established fan base and long time supporters. “For me, every song on my new CD is a positive affirmation of where I’ve been as an artist and it is truly a direct acknowledgment and a personal thank you from me to all of my supporters and my core fan base over the years, to the business people who have taught me, I am extremely grateful,” Mr. O’Quinn said.

AP Press Release : Bryan O’Quinn Buzz Single: Bryan O’Quinn Category: Music Neo soul, alternative hip hop I clearly raved about the buzz single "Stay True," which has been getting airplay this year, new material from this talented young musician— I have taken to the song. The song can also be heard on Sound Click internet Radio and his
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What I love about "…Stay true" is Bryan O’Quinn’s ability to represent both the old school Motown inspired style and the newer generation of a cool but more chic R&B style, his music has been described as that smooth sophisticated dance funk where you’ll just have to get down but you don’t have to get dirty. Stay true is a feel-good message track that should hopefully keep his fan base at ease until his new album arrives . Premix: Bryan O’Quinn [original demo leaked ] Stay True A new single will be released digitally .DANCE and NEO-SOUL CHART LISTINGS This is a listing of seven solo singles released by American Dance/ Neo-soul recording performer

Bryan O’Quinn. Eleven out of Twelve of his singles reached the Soundclick.com Top 40; five reached the Sound click Top 10; In the UK, O’Quinn has amassed a strong dance club music and tribal house fan base following. Youtube.com has ranked his special music video and its accompanying song “More to life (deep drones house remix) #47 – Top Rated – Music (31 October 2008), #38 – Top Rated – Music (01 November 2008) uk.youtube.com/user/BryanOQuinnTV In 2012 More to life [Deep House Vocal Mix] by Bryan O’Quinn youtu.be/WYMLTBATGGU is #2 out of 1700 electronic dance tracks– listed on the Soundclick.com Digital downloads FREE MP3 streaming so click this link, www.soundclick.com/genres/charts.cfm?genre=Electronic&amp…

Tribal house is a fusion of various styles of electronic dance music Latin House and African House Here as a producer Mr. O’Quinn distorts the boundaries between dark house, which is an offshoot of progressive house He delivers a more techno-like, yet jazzy kind of house, and mixes intelligent dance music lyrics with a truly spiritual message.
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During MSNBC’s coverage of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte NC performer Bryan O’Quinn said, "I have to tell you, I’ve really strong opinions about lot of things, and I do not always verbalize these opinions, because regardless of what I believe people have the right to exist whether it suits my individual scope of the world or not… there is so much more to life !”

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My camera and my life long love of people have led me to make the acquaintance of some really fascinating individuals.

If you ask any street photographer, they will tell you that the pictures they most remember are the ones they didn’t take…

the photograph that they ‘saw’ but ‘missed.’

The one that got away.

That’s how I met a man named George Anastaplo.

I saw him walking down the street while I was on the way to a very special dinner that I was already late in getting to.

As I passed him up on the sidewalk there I resisted with everything that I had the urge to stop and photograph him.

I wanted to impress the woman that I was with with the fact that indeed I possessed a modicum of self control and that I didn’t have to ‘pop’ every interesting looking person that I encountered in life.

After we arrived at the dinner I thought about the man that had just looked so fascinating to me out there on the street.

The man whose picture I didn’t take.

The shot I missed.

Then fate did a funny thing just then.

That man sat down at the table right next to me.

Fate has given me so many second chances to capture ‘his soul’ in a photograph.

I swore to myself that day that one day I’d get ‘the shot that I missed.’

The ‘soul portrait.’

Fate is a funny thing indeed.

And she has always been good to me.

I am going to get that photograph.

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"One door closes"

An article written by Richard Mertens in ‘The University of Chicago Magazine.’

You can find the original article here: mag.uchicago.edu/law-policy-society/one-door-closes

“Are you a member of the Communist Party?” George Anastaplo, AB’48, JD’51, PhD’64, refused to answer that question, a refusal that shaped his life.

Justice Hugo Black once called George Anastaplo, AB’48, JD’51, PhD’64, “too stubborn for his own good.” Sixty-some years later, Anastaplo sits in a basement room in the Gleacher Center, in downtown Chicago, surrounded by a dozen adult-education students, the picture of cheerful amiability. At 86 years old, Anastaplo has taught in the University of Chicago’s Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults for 55 years. A small man with white hair and clear gray eyes, wearing running shoes and an old tweed jacket, Anastaplo is lively and relaxed. A photocopy of Emerson’s essay “Friendship” lies on the table in front of him.

“I was appalled by how elitist Emerson was in his view of friendship,” says one student, a middle-aged woman.

Anastaplo’s eyes light up. He leans forward, and a smile tugs at the corners of his mouth. “You were appalled?” he says. She reads from a passage in which Emerson writes, “‘I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them.’ Give me a break!” she exclaims, rolling her eyes. Delighted, Anastaplo swivels his head around the room. “Any reactions?”

This was not the life Anastaplo envisioned. On the morning of November 10, 1950, three days after his 25th birthday, he put on a coat and tie and headed downtown to the offices of the Chicago Bar Association, on LaSalle Street, for what he assumed would be the last step to launching a legal career in Illinois. The son of Greek immigrants from downstate Carterville, Anastaplo was a World War II veteran—he had navigated B-17 and B-29 bombers—and a top student at the University of Chicago Law School.

He had already passed the bar exam. He had begun talking to firms in the city. All that remained was a routine interview with two members of the Illinois Bar Association’s Committee on Character and Fitness. Anastaplo expected 15 minutes of pleasantries. Other applicants were waiting outside.

But the interview took an unexpected turn. After a few harmless questions, one of the lawyers asked Anastaplo if a member of the Communist Party should be eligible to practice law in Illinois. Anastaplo was surprised. “I should think so,” he said. But didn’t Communists believe in overthrowing the government? the lawyer asked. In the long colloquy that followed, Anastaplo, invoking George Washington and American political tradition, insisted that the right to revolt was “one of the most fundamental rights any people have.” The committee members were unconvinced. Finally the second one asked, “Are you a member of the Communist Party?”

Although this question was much in the air in the 1950s—earlier that year in West Virginia, Senator Joe McCarthy had brandished a list of Communists he claimed had infiltrated the State Department—no one seriously thought that Anastaplo was a Communist. Nor did anyone doubt his intellect, character, or patriotism. “If the mothers in Car­terville have their way, all their boys will be like George,” Fred K. Lingle, one of his high-school teachers, had told the committee in a written statement. And yet Anastaplo had determined that, as a matter of principle, the committee had no right to ask about his political beliefs or affiliations. “I think it is an illegitimate question,” he replied.

Thus began a decade-long confrontation pitting an unknown but determined young Army reservist and Law School graduate against the Illinois Bar Association and the climate of fear and suspicion that then pervaded public life in the United States. Anastaplo never did become a lawyer. But the case made him famous as an example of resistance to communist witch-hunting and launched him on a long and prolific career as a scholar, law professor, and teacher of great books, a good-natured contrarian, gadfly, and independent thinker.

In the months and years that followed his first interview with the Committee on Character and Fitness, Anastaplo had many chances to change his mind and answer the question. He had plenty of encouragement to do so, including a warning from his Law School dean, Edward H. Levi, U-High’28, PhB’32, JD’35, that he was making a big mistake. But he refused—and kept on refusing. He declined, as one writer put it, “to follow the line of least resistance.” For its part, the Illinois Bar was no less intractable: it simply refused to admit him. Anastaplo sued. The two sides fought back and forth through ten years of hearings and rehearings, rulings and appeals, until the case landed before the Supreme Court in 1960.

By then Anastaplo had spent a decade practicing law, all on his own behalf. He made the oral argument himself. On April 24, 1961, the court ruled against him, upholding the Illinois Bar five to four. In a lengthy petition for rehearing that he had little hope would succeed, Anastaplo wrote, “It is highly probable that upon disposition of this Petition for Rehearing, petitioner will have practiced all the law he is ever going to.”

With that valedictory flourish, Anastaplo moved on. But although he had lost, neither he nor the case was forgotten, thanks primarily to Justice Black, whose dissent raised Anastaplo to something more than a legal footnote. Black had not taken Anastaplo seriously at first. Of his lawsuit, Black had confided to Chief Justice William Brennan, “This whole thing is a little silly on his part.” But recent cases had left Black worried about the fate of the First Amendment and of what he later called “that great heritage of freedom.” In Anastaplo he found freedom’s champion. “The very most that can fairly be said against Anastaplo’s position in this entire matter is that he took too much of the responsibility of preserving [this country’s] freedom upon himself,” Black wrote. He compared Anastaplo to great lawyers like Clarence Darrow and then, taking measure of the nation’s ills, decried “the present trend, not only in the legal profession but in almost every walk of life” in which “too many men are being driven to become government-fearing and time-serving because the Government is being permitted to strike out at those who are fearless enough to think as they please and say what they think.” He concluded with an exhortation that still resonates: “We must not be afraid to be free.” Black liked this dissent so much that he had parts of it read at his funeral in 1971. When Brennan, who voted with Black, read it, he told him, “You’ve immortalized Anastaplo.”

Anastaplo has been called many things, some worse than stubborn. Sidney Hook, the leftist New York intellectual turned anticommunist crusader, described him as “a very much confused young man—both philosophically and politically—with a large bump of self righteousness.” On the other hand, Leon Despres, PhB’27, JD’29, a Hyde Park alderman and one of Anastap­lo’s most fervent admirers, dubbed him the “Socrates of Chicago.”

But Studs Terkel, PhB’32, JD’34, who interviewed Anastaplo twice on Chicago’s WFMT, may have hit closest to the truth when he described him simply as “one of those rare individuals who belongs to himself.” Anastaplo remains an unconventional figure, a lecturer in the Graham School’s Basic Program, a law professor at Loyola University of Chicago since 1981, and a writer of unusual range and productivity, with articles and books on subjects as diverse as the US Constitution, the Bhagavad Gita, and the lights at Wrigley Field. Shut out of the law, Anastaplo poured his energies into new channels, where, his friends say, he has proven himself as much his own man as he was before the Committee on Character and Fitness.

“To use a cliché, George really marches to his own drummer,” says Stanley Katz, an old friend and a professor at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. “I don’t know anybody of whom that is truer.”

Anastaplo inspires strong feelings. To a dwindling number of old friends and admirers—he has outlived not only his antagonists but also most of his old supporters—he is a heroic figure who stood up for liberty and decency at a dark moment in American history. At its 40th reunion, his Law School class gave him a bronze plaque that read “In admiration of a life devoted to high principle.” He has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Later generations know Anastaplo mainly as a gifted teacher and writer who delights in expressing unpopular or idiosyncratic positions. His first book, a close reading of the First Amendment, holds that the amendment does not apply to the states, in contrast to the views of almost every other constitutional scholar. Once, at a ceremony honoring him for his defense of civil liberties, Anastaplo surprised the audience by arguing for the abolition of television. On a talk show, he defended Richard Nixon against Gore Vidal, asserting that Nixon’s Watergate transgressions were minor compared to the actions of some other presidents, such as Harry Truman.

“He has always behaved as some kind of gadfly,” Laurence Berns, AB’50, PhD’57, an old friend, said in a 1986 Chicago magazine article written by Andrew Patner, X’81. “When the conventional opinion goes overboard in one direction, he tends to move in the other.”

But Anastaplo is more than a gadfly. He is an intellectual omnivore, a generalist who respects few intellectual boundaries. In lectures, essays, and op-ed pieces, he often returns to favorite subjects, including the Constitution, the Greek classics, Shakespeare, and Lincoln. He comments frequently on contemporary issues involving questions of rights and liberties. Recently, for instance, he criticized the use of drones against terror suspects.

In fact Anastaplo writes about whatever interests him. He has published about 20 books, a dozen book-length law-review articles, and hundreds of essays. Many of his books treat aspects of the Constitution (including one on Lincoln and the Constitution), but they also explore literature (The Artist as Thinker: From Shakespeare to Joyce, Swallow Press, 1982), non-Western ideas (But Not Philosophy: Seven Introductions to Non-Western Thought, Lexington Books, 2002), religion (The Bible: Respectful Readings, Lexington Books, 2008), and other subjects far from his training in law and Western political philosophy. This variety is in part a consequence of teaching in the Basic Program, where, during a typical week last fall, he led discussions of Emerson, Plutarch, and Newton’s Principia, and where, he notes with a kind of pride, “I teach whatever other people don’t want to.”

It is also an expression of a lively curiosity and the freedom to follow it. Anastaplo frequently attends University lectures, panels, and colloquia—the Franke Institute for Wednesday lunch, a Physics colloquium on Thursdays—where, he laments, he is often the only layman in the room. As his friend Stanley Katz suggests, Anastaplo exemplifies an older intellectual ideal, one envisioned by Robert Hutchins’s university and Mortimer Adler’s Great Books of the Western World.

Friends have long marveled at his capacity for work. His eldest daughter, Helen Newlin, U-High’67, JD’75, CER’02, says that in winter he would rise and begin working as soon as the family’s modest wood frame house had cooled sufficiently to wake him. John Murley, a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in whose house Anastaplo stayed while a guest lecturer in the 1980s, remembers that his typewriter began clattering away at 5 a.m.

“I have always had the overwhelming feeling, when I’m with him, that I should get much more serious about my work,” says Murley.

In person Anastaplo is mild, courteous, and funny. He is a classicist at heart, with a deep faith in reason, moderation, and human goodness, and devoted to the search for enduring values. He is skeptical of modernity. He dislikes what he calls “value-free social sciences.” He is fascinated by the physical sciences but thinks their influence has been bad, chiding scientists for their “abandonment” of “common sense.” His 1961 petition to the Supreme Court included his own exhortation: “We must try to take seriously again the concern and conditions for virtue, nobility, and the life most fitting for man.”

“He’s a person who is profoundly conservative, with a small ‘c,’ ” says Katz. “He’s deeply committed to traditional values … that for him are more than intellectual. … The bar-admissions case was about that. This is simply a man for whom principle is everything.”

The bar case was not his only clash with authorities. In 1960 the Anastaplo family drove a Volkswagen microbus across Europe, one of many summer trips the family made. On a public square in Moscow, Anastaplo approached a group of British tourists handing out copies of an American magazine, attracting a crowd. He meant only to warn them they could get in trouble, but when the police showed up, he says, someone pointed him out, and he was arrested along with the others. The next day he was expelled. In 1968 Greece’s military rulers threw him out of the country for criticizing their regime. C. Hermann Pritchard later quipped, “Any man who is kicked out of Russia, Greece, and the Illinois Bar can’t be all bad.”

As a teacher, Anastaplo has a talent for inducing thoughtfulness, says Laurence Nee, a tutor at St. John’s College in Sante Fe and a former student of Anastaplo. Once, Nee recalls, Anastaplo gave a talk on Constitution Day at the University of Dallas, a conservative Catholic institution where he taught for many years, flying down regularly from Chicago. Flag burning was in the news, and Anastaplo began by handing out photocopies of a canceled stamp bearing the image of a flag—in effect, a mutilated flag.

“His first motion isn’t to argue for or against a position,” says Nee, then a graduate student in Dallas. “It’s, ‘Have we thought about this?’”

Students like his obvious love of learning. He often scribbles notes in class, and he tries to approach each work afresh, using a clean text whenever he can. “He has a kind of boyishness to him still,” Nee says. “I think that’s part of his appeal. He enjoys learning. You can see the pleasure he takes in it.”

Monday and Tuesday mornings this past fall, Anastap­lo taught at the Gleacher Center, then walked briskly up Michigan Avenue, a canvas tote in each hand, to teach jurisprudence and constitutional law at Loyola. He uses public transportation (or his feet) whenever possible, and until a few years ago he biked to classes downtown, pedaling an old three-speed up the lakeshore path.

Anastaplo’s freewheeling and often philosophical approach to the law is a welcome contrast to the “nuts and bolts” fare of other courses, says Rebecca Blabolil, a recent Loyola graduate who took Anastaplo’s class last fall. “His classes are an opportunity to think and exercise a part of your brain that has been dormant for the three years you’ve been here,” Blabolil says. During one week, for example, he discussed the Emancipation Proclamation, a new Supreme Court ruling concerning images on cigarette packs, and Civil War songs, which he described as a neglected window into sectional differences.

Anastaplo’s Law School classmates remember him as brilliant and witty, although quiet, even solitary. He was clearly not a typical law student. “He had his own ideas about how to spend his time,” says Abner Mikva, JD’51, who went on to become a congressman, federal judge, and adviser to President Clinton. Instead of joining the Law Review, a sure path to advancement, Anastaplo audited other courses at the University. When Dean Levi decreed that students wear coats and ties to class, Anastaplo continued to show up in jeans. When a lecture bored him, he would pull out a newspaper and read.

Few of his classmates, then, were surprised when Anastaplo defied the Committee on Character and Fitness, says Alexander Polikoff, AB’48, AM’50, JD’53, who later helped write a friend-of-the-court brief for him. “He was strong willed and stubborn when it came to constitutional principles.”

At the hearings Anastaplo was polite but confident. Transcripts suggest he was more than an intellectual match for his questioners. But he seems to have misjudged them. He arrived as if armed for a graduate seminar, laden with books, citing Jefferson, Locke, and English parliamentary rules, expecting to engage in real debate. To the lawyers on the committee, however, his arguments seem to have been mostly beside the point. The anxieties over communism in America, fanned by far right, anti–New Deal Republicans, were real, if misguided, and the lawyers could not easily discount them. In Chicago schoolteachers had been forced to take loyalty oaths. An Illinois legislative committee had been investigating communist sympathies among the faculties of Illinois universities, including the University of Chicago. Anastaplo’s talk about revolution was alarming.

“I had a feeling that George was not a communist in any shape or form,” said the late Edmund A. Stephan, who presided over a rehearing of Anastaplo’s case in 1958, in the Chicago magazine article. “But at that time, ‘communist’ meant somebody who would overthrow the government. It wasn’t something to be trifled with.”

A bigger issue for the lawyers—and a decisive one for the Supreme Court—was whether Anastaplo could get away with refusing to answer questions. His manner, as much as his arguments, exasperated some committee members. One told Patner he was “a smart aleck.”

“The big mistake, if it was a mistake, was in assuming that other people in other institutions had sense and good will, and they didn’t,” concludes Lawrence Friedman, AB’48, JD’51, LLM’53, a former classmate and today a professor of law at Stanford University. “It was an age of intolerance and moral panic. He was asking for trouble, and he got it. You don’t argue with George—‘Why are you doing this?’ It won’t do any good. I think it was admirable. He stood up for his principle. And he took the consequences.”

At the Law School, sentiment ran heavily against him. Students seem to have respected his principles but doubted the wisdom of his position.

“I think the majority felt that it was impractical,” says Ramsey Clark, AM’50, JD’51, a classmate and a former US attorney general. “It was kind of a quixotic gesture that might hurt the Law School a little bit. And I think some, and I shared this, felt some pain for what you might call a self-inflicted injury. But I admired him.”

A few Law School professors defended Anastaplo, but most did not. Several wrote a proposal, likely never adopted, to discourage other students from following his example. Levi, who went on to serve as University president and US attorney general, urged Anastaplo to reconsider.

“I thought Anastaplo’s position was ill-timed,” Levi told the New York Times in a 1975 profile published after he became attorney general. “I thought the big problem was the teacher-oath cases. I thought to raise the non-Communist oath issue with the Character and Fitness Committee was the wrong way to do it, and because of the timing of the thing he would lose and hurt himself, and he did. We were all trying to help him, whether he knows it or not.”

Indeed, Anastaplo felt betrayed. To this day he believes that if the Law School had stood up for him, the Illinois Bar would have backed down. For all his abilities, he says, Levi, then in his first year as dean, “was a timid man.” The faculty, too, “were fearful.” In his view, he was standing up to “hazing, harassment, whatever you want to call it.” His years as a flying officer in the Army Air Corps had helped to give him confidence. “I wasn’t going to be bullied.”

While the bar-admissions case was under way, Anastap­lo worked at different jobs, including, briefly, driving a taxi. He also studied political philosophy in the Committee on Social Thought under Leo Strauss. He taught, first in the Basic Program and then, after earning his PhD, at Rosary College, the University of Dallas, and eventually, Loyola, often holding two or three positions at a time.

His relationship with the University has been complicated and a source of disappointment. With three degrees, Anastap­lo is as much a creature of the institution as anybody. But he remains marginal. For a long time he hoped to secure a regular faculty position, and each time was rebuffed. In April 1975, after Levi had departed for Washington, Anastap­lo loaded a shopping cart with manila envelopes and pushed it the mile from his house on Harper Avenue to the Faculty Exchange mail office. The envelopes contained samples of his writing, a bibliography listing some 300 publications, and a letter making “a quiet … appeal to the good sense of the University faculty.” They were addressed to acting president John T. Wilson, the provost, and the heads of schools, divisions, departments, and committees. He received a few replies but no offers. He never tried again.

Anastaplo did teach once at the Law School, in a not-for-credit course organized by Patner, then a law student. For many years he also met informally with graduate students in the University library. He recounts a separate occasion several decades ago when he was offered a course in the College and actually taught the first class—on the Declaration of Independence—only to have the offer withdrawn without explanation.

Anastaplo and his supporters say he was blacklisted because of the bar-admissions case and the opposition of his old dean, Edward Levi. He was too much of a troublemaker. Others offer different explanations. James Redfield, U-High’50, AB’54, PhD’61, a professor of classics and former master of the New Collegiate Division, recalls that he and Levi talked “more than once” about Anastaplo and that some professors recommended him. But Anastaplo lacked broad faculty support. The reason, Redfield suggests, was neither Levi nor the bar case but Anastaplo’s link to Leo Strauss. “There was generally a hostility toward Leo Strauss on the humanities faculty,” he says.

Katz believes that Anastaplo’s scholarship was simply too unconventional. “He has not respected any of the norms of academic discourse,” he says. “He’s turned that into a virtue, but he never would have gotten tenure at the University of Chicago like that.”

Still, Anastaplo has thrived in the academic hinterland, finding appreciative audiences at lesser known and often conservative institutions like the University of Dallas and publishing in obscure journals like the Oklahoma City University Law Review and the South Dakota Law Review. “The main thing is to write it the way I want it,” he says. “That’s what I’ve been able to do.”

Anastaplo has taken care that his writings do not languish in obscurity. “My model in self-advertisement is Don Quixote, who seems to have reckoned that if he (as an artist of knight-errantry) went to the trouble of doing useful things, others should benefit from learning about them,” he writes in an essay footnote. He collects many of his essays into books. In recent years friends have posted his writings on the Internet (at anastaplo.wordpress.com). And for most of his adult life Anastaplo has regularly sent packets of his writings to large numbers of friends and acquaintances. His children received packets when they were at college. So, in the last ten years of his life, did Hugo Black, who responded that he enjoyed them. “I have long thought and still believe that you have the capacity to make a highly useful citizen of this country,” he wrote in 1969.

Anastaplo’s work has attracted critical notice and often praise, but no large following. “George is prolific, original,” says Geoffrey Stone, JD’71, an expert on constitutional law and a Law School professor since 1973. “But in the world of legal scholars, he isn’t widely recognized.” An exasperated Dean Alfange Jr., now a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, noted in a 1974 review that Anastaplo would not extend First Amendment protection to artistic or literary expression: “Professor Anastaplo states that he knows of no one who agrees with his position on the First Amendment. It is unlikely that he will have to change that assessment as the result of this book.” Another writer praised Anastaplo’s “fervent and selfless moral vision, rooted in the classics of Western thought,” and called him a “rare intellectual: thought and learning are not for him the meaning of life, inducing a withdrawal into books, ideas, and ideological posturings; they give meaning to life, enabling one to live it actively and as perfectly as possible.”

At 86, Anastaplo maintains a busy schedule of teaching and writing. “That’s how you stay alive,” he says. He is in the middle of a projected ten-volume series called Reflections, each volume a collection of essays, or “constitutional sonnets,” as he calls them, on various topics. In the third volume, for example, titled Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution (University Press of Kentucky, 2009), he takes up Pericles’s funeral oration, assisted suicide, obliteration bombing, and “The Unseemly Fearfulness of Our Time.” In the meantime he is trying to publish a collection of essays on the aftermath of 9/11, as well as a book-length series of interviews he conducted a decade ago with a Holocaust survivor. He would like to write a book about Roma people and about Sophocles’s Oedipus Tyrannus, a work he considers “the greatest of our plays.”

Despite his full life, Anastaplo remains aggrieved by the bar-admissions case. He finds it ironic when people tell him they admire what he did. Last year, on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, he wrote, “If such people had expressed their admiration publicly in the 1950s, the Character Committee would probably have backed away from demands that were being made only of me.”

After anticommunist fervor cooled in the United States, friends and supporters tried several times to get Anastaplo finally admitted to the Illinois Bar. The Committee on Character and Fitness itself had a change of heart: in 1978 it voted 13 to 4 to certify him. But Anastaplo refused to reapply, and without his cooperation these efforts died. “George doesn’t want to let them off the hook,” says Katz.

Indeed, Anastaplo has done his part to keep the case alive. He has spoken about it occasionally and has chronicled it in immense detail, publishing not only most of the essential documents but also much correspondence and commentary about it afterward. “Frankly, I felt, and still do, that staying out on the terms I did was more instructive,” Anastaplo says. “I figured that, all in all, it was better to stay out.”

Was he too stubborn for his own good? Certainly Anastaplo sacrificed what might have been a lucrative law career. As a graduate of a leading law school, he might have found other opportunities open up to him as well. Many of his fellow students, including Mikva, Clark, Friedman, and Robert Bork, AB’48, JD’53, went on to distinguished careers in government and academia. From a practical point of view, says Clark, Anastaplo’s actions in 1950 were “catastrophic.”

But the practical point of view never was Anastaplo’s. In the end, he says, his case proved “liberating and even empowering.” It made him a symbol of principled resistance and set him on what he calls “my career as a naysayer.” More than that, losing the case gave him the freedom to “do what I want to do and publish what I want to.” Those who know him say they cannot imagine him doing anything differently.

“George is always at peace, as far as I can tell,” Clark says. “He was confident. The consequences, which he fully understood, were not a concern. He was determined to live a life of principle as far as he understood it. … And that’s the type of life he’s lived.”

Richard Mertens ‘The University of Chicago Magazine’ March-April 2012

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On October 6th, 2007 Denver Colorado celebrated(?) it’s 100th anniversary of the Columbus Day parade. For about 20 years, since the parade was revived by local Italian Americans, American Indians have protested the event. They contend that Christopher Columbus was a slave trader and the catalyst to the genocide of their people.

Italian Americans view this as a day to celebrate their heritage. I saw only a few references to Columbus. Mostly folks in nice cars or on cool motorcycles waving U.S. and Italian flags.
The American Indians want the name changed.
Some states have changed the name of the day to Indigenous Peoples Day but I’m not sure that would work here because the Italian Americans have been having this parade for years.

So this is how it all went down. The protesters showed up at the Denver capital building several hours before the parade. Protesting and drumming, some in traditional American Indian clothing. Amazing workmanship and detail.

In the past, protesters and police had spoken beforehand about "how things would go", trying to keep things peaceful.
Going as far as planning arrests. Not this year.
Interestingly enough the leader of the anti Columbus Day group "Transform Columbus Day Alliance" is Glenn Spagnuolo, that’s right Spagnuolo.
When confronted with the permits needed, Glenn stated
"We don’t need a permit, because we are on native land."
www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_…
and
"Asking an illegal colonizer for permission to be on land that doesn’t belong to them doesn’t work for us,"
www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_…

Another group well represented was the American Indian Movement of Colorado. Ex and current Colorado University professors Ward Churchill and Glenn Morris are leaders of this group. Well known Russel Means is also a member, having left the main chapter of AIM.
www.russellmeans.com/aim.html
www.coloradoaim.org/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Indian_Movement_of_Colorado

The American Indian Movement of Colorado is not affiliated with the American Indian Movement. View their stance here
www.aimovement.org/
aimgrandgovcouncil.blogspot.com/

So they followed their own route, from the capital through downtown Denver, on their way to come head to head with the Italians and their parade. They have always been peaceful and they vowed that today would be the same.
However, they had grown tired of years of words and seeing no actions.

When the protest met the parade, emotions ran deep and blood spilled through the streets. Not real blood however, but fake blood spilled by the protesters along with dismembered dolls. Many protesters sat in the street, stopping the parade from starting. Russell Means and Glenn Morris included. All were arrested. Nobody fought, but they did resist their arrests.

After this initial push by the protesters, the parade went on….a little off schedule. At this point it was lots of yelling and verbal abuse. Protesters yelling at cops and Italians. Italians, including 80 year old ladies and teenage kids, cursing and flipping the bird at protesters. Police officers, staring through mirrored sunglasses with rubber bullet guns, flashing dirty looks at everyone.

After the parade had traveled a few blocks, a group of young American Indians wearing bandannas over their faces made their stand and sat in the middle of the road. About 20 cops jumped on top of them and promptly pulled them apart and arrested them. The protesters didn’t fight, but they did use each other as weight, locking their arms together. One of them came up bloody.

After this, the parade continued and the protesters headed back to the capital to spread the word. 83 protesters taken away on police buses by the time the parade was over.

Personally, I have no vested interest here. I’m not American Indian or Italian American. I do believe that what happened to the native people of this land is horrible. If I was Native American, after years of persecution of my people, I would probably be tired of words and lies too. However I don’t have anything against Italian Americans either and I doubt their ancestors had more to do with Indian genocide than any of the other European countries that settled in the United States.

I think the city of Denver needs to get off their butts and do something about it. How hard is it to change the name of the parade to Italian Heritage Day or whatever and out of respect to the American Indians, have another day for them. How hard is that? 20 years, really?

I also realize the city is planning for the Democratic National Convention but was the show of force necessary, for a group that has maintained their peaceful approach?
A little overkill if you ask me, but then again this is a post 9/11 world, and everyone could be a terrorist.
www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096409698

The only police officer that I saw standing by himself. He WAS half a mile from the parade.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Flexible, felt-covered puppets don’t sound like the makings of a groundbreaking career. Yet as only a sophomore at Maryland, Jim Henson premiered a TV show starring a motley cast of them-and earned his first Emmy before graduation.

Henson ’60 grew his early vision of silly songs, dances and gentle joking on "Sam and Friends" into the educational and entertainment Muppets empire. As what would have been Henson’s 75th birthday (Sept. 24) approaches, his creative legacy of "Sesame Street," Muppet movies and more is still firmly rooted at the University of Maryland.

The university houses the Jim Henson Works, a compilation of more than 70 digital videos of his most memorable contributions to film and television, as well as the Jim Henson Artist in Residence in the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, and the Jim Henson statue outside the Stamp Student Union. More importantly, it continues to foster in students Henson’s spirit of imagination and innovation.

"Jim Henson will always be an inspiration to students at the University of Maryland," said President Wallace Loh. "It takes talent as well as creativity to make a bunch of puppets-maybe I should say Muppets-into household names around the world. It takes skill as well as ingenuity to enable children to learn while entertaining them, and to enable grown-ups to enjoy themselves by becoming children again."

Challenging Convention
Henson grew up in the early1950s, as the new world of television brought puppets into people’s homes, through "Kukla, Fran and Ollie," "Howdy Doody" and "Captain Kangaroo."
He was already deeply involved in puppetry before graduating in 1954 from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, just a stone’s throw from the University of Maryland. With his future wife, Jane Nebel ’55, he took his first puppetry class at UMD as a freshman and together they launched "Sam and Friends" on WRC, Washington’s NBC affiliate.

"I can guarantee you people back then told him working with puppets was a bad idea," said Asher Epstein, who directs the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. "As every entrepreneur knows, if you don’t get enough criticism, you’re probably headed in the wrong direction. He followed a path where he pursued his passion and really did something that was meaningful to him. "

Henson revolutionized puppetry, melding hand puppets with marionettes. Instead of presenting a puppet show on a stage, he brought in the camera much closer to simulate a more natural environment-and to keep the puppeteer off-camera. He used rods, not strings, to give the foam rubber characters he invented more lifelike movement. Then he gave Kermit, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and their friends unique personalities. Their messages, whether about sharing, telling the truth or learning the alphabet, were conveyed with humor. An episode of "Sesame Street" featuring Robert De Niro or Rachael Ray speaks to children and adults on different levels that both enjoy.

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The University of Maryland has celebrated Henson and his Muppets over the years with major events like "The Muppets Take Maryland" in 1997, and that iconic class gift of a statue of Henson and Kermit in a memorial garden outside the Stamp. The statue, by sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter, is one of the most popular sites on campus. Terps who marry at the Memorial Chapel often have their picture taken sitting on the bench with the two stars, as do visitors on Maryland Day and graduates and their families during commencement.

"Jim Henson is easily one of the most recognizable of our noted alumni," said Assistant University Archivist Jason Speck. "The spirit of his work lives on in the creativity and joy exhibited in the work of every Maryland student. Keeping his memory alive lets every student know that ‘big’ ideas have long been a campus tradition, much like the fight song or Testudo. With the university serving as a home to ever more talented students, it will continue to be a place of ‘big’ ideas for years to come."
Over at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Maryland students take advantage of the Jim Henson Works collection of videos to see what’s possible with foam, rods and a little imagination. As curator Vince Novara said, "The point of The Jim Henson Works is to demonstrate to our students that puppetry can embrace many forms of expression in the performing arts: acting, singing, moving and visually presenting ideas."

Honoring the Power of a Terp
Henson died in 1990, but his influence on family entertainment continues to grow. A new Muppet movie from Disney. "Green with Envy," is set for release Nov. 23. "Sesame Street," now owned by Sesame Workshop, is in its 42nd season, while the Jim Henson Company produces other popular kids’ shows including "Sid the Science Kid" and "Dinosaur Train." The company, owned and operated by Henson’s five adult children, also has a successful "Creature Shop," recording studio and an alternative/live puppet show division. Henson Legacy President Cheryl Henson told CNN recently that two new preschool programs are coming soon, and the company is developing new programs for tweens and adults.

Here at the University of Maryland, Jim Henson’s legacy remains a force 75 years after his birth, providing inspiration and an entrepreneurial spirit. "I am so proud that Jim Henson began his extraordinary career while a student at the University of Maryland," President Loh said. "He showed the power of a Terp with an idea and a vision. He showed the power of innovation and entrepreneurship. And he showed while ‘it’s not easy being green,’ it helps if you are also red and white, and black and gold."

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The University of Maryland is celebrating the 75th birthday of Jim Henson with several activities:

Henson Birthday Celebration Friday, Sept, 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Stamp Student Union-including 150 green cupcakes!

Web series highlighting innovation and entrepreneurship at Maryland;

Special announcement during the Temple-Maryland football game Sept. 24;

Special screening of the new Muppet movie, "Green with Envy," in the Hoff Theater in mid-November.