Annette Grande Magjuka 
Member since Jan 30, 2012

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Re: “Take a moment in memory and respect for Andre Green

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Martin Luther King, Jr. said this many years ago, and we still do not have justice for all in America. It is so hard to know that change in urgently needed while having to watch things stay the same. The nature of social justice work is that you are asking an entire status quo to shift. This is no small thing. Kyle, your writing, music, and voice do matter. Keep doing what you do.

There is a well worn pattern in discussing unarmed black people killed by police. Demonizing the victim is always a part of it. The police stick together, even if a story makes no sense. The fact is, police work is dangerous. But time after time, black people turn up dead at the hands of police. The question we must ask is, are police allowed to kill with impunity? Are the actions of every unarmed black person capital offenses? It is stunning.

Indiana is one of the states that fought integration tooth and nail. As a result, we are still extremely segregated. Many white Hoosiers have zero contact with people of color. This is a systemic problem but many white people like the status quo. So change is very slow in coming.

How do we expect things to get better when our state representatives are
"pro business" by union busting, tax cutting and wage depressing? There is an underclass of workers in Indiana. For unskilled workers, it is the worst. And because of decisions going way back (refusing to integrate schools and neighborhoods) many people of color are stuck in neighborhoods where there are no jobs. This is the problem we must address. Our schools are bad and getting worse. Pence et al are busy transferring tax dollars from public to private schools. He has cut education to the bone. And many Hoosiers agree with his policies. Until we dig in and make systemic change, things will stay the same.

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Posted by Annette Grande Magjuka on 08/17/2015 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Phoenix Theatre's Bryan Fonseca was chosen to be a director for the Playwrights’ Workshop in D.C.

Bryan has been a gift to The Indianapolis arts scene for many years. I have enjoyed so many theatre experiences at The Phoenix. He always looks for ways to "pay it forward," helping young artists. Thanks for writing this article.

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Posted by Annette Grande Magjuka on 07/25/2015 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Discrimination exists beyond RFRA in Indiana

Kyle, your writing has been a balm for me. Keep doing what you do. I agree with every word you wrote here. Young people need to get aware, and then they need to vote!! This will be their state soon, and it is sinking fast. Thank you, too for your music writing. You do a great service with your truth-telling.

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Posted by Annette Grande Magjuka on 04/02/2015 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Mike Pence, RFRA and the controversy

A Reagan in reverse! haha. Love it. But I do not love this law. It needs to be repealed. If it is not repealed, at least LGBT people should be made a protected class.

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Posted by Annette Grande Magjuka on 04/01/2015 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Are there more than bigots in Indiana?

Thank you for writing this. Many will say you are a Negative Nelly, that although the law opens the door for POSSIBLE discrimination, that Hoosiers are just too loving and hospitable for that. Your referencing the KKK is right on point. And yes, the law allows ALL religions to bring a case in front of a judge. But the far right knows that they will have "Christian right-thinking judges" in place just for this reason. The far right is often called stupid, ignorant, etc. No--they are smart, well organized, and are on a set path to make their views, their "religion," their workplace ideas the law of the land. Chip, chip, chip away at the rights of the people--that is their mode. This time, they chipped a little too much off at one time--and the entire country NOTICED! We are literally fighting for civil rights for all. LGBT people stand to suffer most by this new law. But every person of conscience and good will is at risk. VOTE. It matters, as we all can now see.

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Posted by Annette Grande Magjuka on 04/01/2015 at 11:26 AM

Re: “NUVO at 25: How far we've come

It's time that LGBT people are a protected class. Put that language in the law, Pence!

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Posted by Annette Grande Magjuka on 03/31/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “SB 101-Where do they work?

None, it is not THAT they voted, but HOW they voted. Most people do not think discrimination is OK.

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Posted by Annette Grande Magjuka on 03/30/2015 at 5:04 PM

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