January 23, 2013
A local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a talk on how it changed history presented by Christopher Jimenez y West, an instructor at Pasadena City College. The Martin Severance Chapter, which has members from Glendale, Pasadena and surrounding communities, met on Jan. 5 at the Pasadena home of Mary Ellen Mohler. Jimenez y West told members that in the latter part of 1862, President Abraham Lincoln formulated the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery, and it eventually paved the way for the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
March 7, 2012
Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian on Tuesday clarified statements he made last week in which he equated working without pay to shutdown the city's redevelopment agency to slavery. At a meeting of the so-called Successor Agency, created to wind down the Redevelopment Agency according to state law, Najarian said his reference was intended to be a metaphor to illustrate the position local officials had been put in. “When I alluded briefly to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution outlawing slavery, it was simply a metaphor indicating that without compensation, this agency is not only being forced to meet, but will be forced in the future to cannibalize the very institutions that we find near and dear to our hearts in Glendale,” Najarian said.
June 12, 2010
M embers of Soroptimist International of Glendale are planning to educate the public about human trafficking through live theater. "Body & Sold" will be produced June 19 at Glendale Community College. It is a staged reading of a documentary play based on interviews with survivors written by Deborah Lake Fortson. The play will be followed by a panel discussion with two human-trafficking experts and two members of the cast. In 2007, Soroptimist International of the Americas came up with the program "Stop Trafficking."
April 18, 2008
Simcha Backman O n Saturday evening, people of the Jewish faith will be celebrating the first night of Passover with a traditional meal called the "Seder." During the Seder, we observe various traditions such as eating the "Matzah," unleavened cracker with horseradish, and drinking four cups of wine. All of these rituals are reminders of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt 3,319 years ago. Our ancestors’ miraculous escape from oppression to freedom has served as a source of inspiration for many generations and will do so for many more to come.
May 19, 2007
Agitators have laudable history Glendale News-Press columnist Carl W. Raggio apparently knows very little about American history ("Overused protests dilute voices," Tuesday). Almost all of the significant political and social changes in this country were started by agitators of the type Raggio does not seem to like. These agitators were scorned and ridiculed by their neighbors but they kept agitating and, in time, the changes they wanted were accepted by the majority.
February 2, 2005
Robert Chacon Slavery was abolished in the U.S. at the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865, but it never quite disappeared. Today, it is known as human trafficking and affects more than 800,000 people worldwide each year, many of whom are brought to this country. The Justice and Peace Ministry at St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Canada Flintridge will examine the horrors of human trafficking Thursday, including its local effects during a symposium, "Trafficking in Human Persons: The Horror of the 21st Century."
July 9, 2002
Civil War has enough material without WWII Regarding James Nelson's response to my piece published June 23: We began earlier this year with a discourse on the subject of Robert E. Lee and whether or not he should be considered a great American hero. This, quite naturally, has led to a healthy discussion of the Civil War, its causes and outcome -- Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and whether the end justifies the means, among other things. History is not just an accumulation of facts, but an interpretation of those facts.
July 5, 2002
major one It is a pity that Mr. Shelton tries to teach cause and effect, because he doesn't seem to know the first thing about these concepts. I don't know if I can help him learn, but I will try. First of all, the Civil War, like any event of comparable magnitude and complexity, had many causes. The split between the North and the South goes back to the very beginning of our nation as a nation, and interestingly enough, this first dispute was about slavery.
June 28, 2002
While I don't wish to comment on all the whatever in Steve Mills' rambling letter of June 25, I would point out that he ought to read a little history, especially of the American Civil War, before he makes statements like it "was entirely about slavery." I hate to burst your bubble, Mills, but it was "entirely about the preservation of the Union." You should have read more of Lincoln's writings, especially the one addressed to Horace Greeley of Aug. 22, 1862.
June 26, 2002
It seems many of your readers are distressed over issues regarding the Civil War and, later, the internment of the Japanese, the connection being that every educated person condemns racism. That is all well and good, but being against racism should not blind one to established historical fact. In their rush to argue, some of your letter writers fail to comprehend the point made by others, and by me. In regard to the Civil War, I was simply pointing out that the North's imposition of tariff laws was the cause of the war. It was in reaction to these very laws that the South seceded.