We arrive once again at the long festive holiday season that officially begins annually with Thanksgiving. Should a National Family Holiday ever be declared it would most certainly be Thanksgiving, the one holiday that transcends race, religion, nationality and politics, as well as academic, socio-economic and all other status while drawing families and other related groups together in various ways whether through football or around one common dinner table. The more we gather indiscriminately around dinner tables or through other intimate settings the more understanding, compassion and friendship replace feelings of intolerance and indifference that otherwise tend to dominate daily conversations and subsequent routines. Continue reading Creating a perpetual Thanksgiving Season . . .
As a longtime advocate for just immigration reform, I have been following and amplifying the call for a clean Dream Act. When President Trump ended the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), 800,000 young people became vulnerable to deportation. I believe we are called to be people of justice and mercy, recognizing the violence and crisis driving the global movement of people, but I also believe the Dreamers benefit our communities and that we need them to help us make a more just and beautiful world. I want them to stay for multiple reasons. Congress must pass a legislative solution very soon for that to be possible. It is an urgent matter, which is why I recently shared an update on this issue from a young Dreamer on social media using the hashtag, #HereToStay. Continue reading Welcome the stranger without caveats or conditions
by Mary Campagna
About 50 people gathered at Roanoke’s Higher Education Center Tuesday to support Democrat Robert Jeffrey Jr.’s intended run for Roanoke City Council next May. Delegate-Elect to the 12th District of Virginia’s House of Delegates, Chris Hurst, introduced his long-time friend with a reference to the recent “blue wave” of leaders who espouse liberal and progressive values; those who will make Virginia more inclusive and diverse. Continue reading Local publisher announces bid for City Council
by Lut Williams
Special to the Roanoke Tribune
Salem Stadium hosted its second Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) football championship Saturday and it was obvious the league had much longer to plan this one.
This year’s championship game, pitting the undefeated North Division champion Virginia State University Trojans vs. the South Division champ Fayetteville State University Broncos on Veterans Day weekend, was the first of a three-year deal the conference inked after last year’s game was brought to the area in a last-minute decision. The league moved a host of championship events out of North Carolina last year based on its opposition to the controversial HB2 law, better known as the ‘Bathroom Bill.’ Continue reading Community, fans get involved in CIAA title game
by Shawn Nowlin
Some people know what they want to do in life by the time they reach high school. One such individual is Jason Ford. As a senior at Glenvar High School, he was regularly asked what was he going to do after graduation.
“I’ve always wanted to join the military since I was a little kid,” he said.
Kenny Ford, Jason’s father, was a local police officer for 31 years. His mother, Susan Ford, has worked at Wells Fargo for nearly three decades. Continue reading Glenvar graduate Jason Ford working towards a life of selfless service