Roanoke Parks/Recreation to host Free Community Festival

Roanoke Parks and Recreation is excited to host the Eureka Fall Festival, a free community event open to all. This event will be held at Eureka Park on Friday, Oct. 29, from 2 – 9 p.m., to encourage community members to engage with their neighbors, experience their local parks, and enjoy fun, safe activities in the City.

This festival is a part of Star City Safe, an initiative focused on expanded services and access to public facilities to keep our youth and neighborhoods safe. The initiative also includes a variety of in-person and virtual formats to keep a two-way dialogue going between the City and the community. Star City Safe was initiated internally by the City, working across departments from a whole-of-government perspective. Continue reading Roanoke Parks/Recreation to host Free Community Festival

The Road less traveled . . .

“Those who follow the crowd are soon lost in it,” we have heard it said. Yet we instinctively continue to follow such lead, lured by increasing television and other popular unscrupulous fads that glorify sex, violence, profanity, immorality and stupidity.

Never having been a sports fan, I seldom ever turn on the TV set except for occasional news casts which are getting harder to watch–especially during election times. It is probably already evident that I am out of touch with today’s perceived “reality.” Continue reading The Road less traveled . . .

Critical Race Theory – Latest Boogeyman

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is just the latest boogeyman of white supremacists.

CRT holds that racism is systematically structured in American institutions. Thus, it is “baked in” the system. It is systemic.

CRT is not new. It is a relatively new term addressing the older concept of Systemic Racism. What CRT brought to the table was a more focused argument about the role of laws in the maintenance of systemic racism, something implicit if not explicit in sociological theories. Continue reading Critical Race Theory – Latest Boogeyman

Who are these Rules Serving?

by Katie Adams,
Policy Advocate for Domestic Issues

You might have heard a lot recently about the filibuster in Congress. It’s a rule in the Senate that allows any Senator to hold up legislation, making it harder for legislation to pass because it requires a supermajority—60 votes—for passage through the Senate. Baked into the Senate rules of conduct is a slow and deliberative process that gives each Senator vast power over consideration of legislation. While the House of Representatives might churn out legislation, the Senate slows things down and takes a more contemplative approach, considering legislation with a sharp eye toward viability. Continue reading Who are these Rules Serving?