Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Day 2015

Quotes for you to contemplate today, Martin Luther King day, 2015.  Slavery and civil rights go hand in hand; both need to be continually addressed and corrected by the masses.  We are all EQUAL, all deserve to be FREE and all have the right to be treated with RESPECT. 

"I am working towards a Star Trek world -
where we are all equal and our uniqueness
is celebrated and racism and slavery are
nowhere to be found."
Alice Keesey Mecoy
Great great great granddaughter of 
John Brown, Abolitionist

"Our lives begin to end the day we become 
silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King, Jr 

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, 
I have a strong impulse to see it tried 
on him personally."
Abraham Lincoln 

“Slavery stands as an affront to human dignity.”
― Allan Dare Pearce, Paris in April

"Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the 
path from slavery to freedom.
There are many kinds of slavery and many
kinds of freedom, but reading is still the Path."
Carl Sagan  

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor;
it must be demanded by the oppressed."
---Martin Luther King Jr.  

 "I am naturally anti-slavery. 
If slavery is not wrong,
nothing is wrong."
--Abraham Lincoln

“And oft the blessed time foretells
When all men shall be free;
And musical, as silver bells,
Their falling chains shall be.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poems on Slavery.

"Slavery, throughout its entire existence in the United States, 
is none other than the most barbarous, unprovoked and 
unjustifiable war of one portion of its citizens against 
another portion, the only conditions of which are perpetual 
imprisonment and hopeless servitude, or absolute extermination, 
in utter disregard and violation of those eternal and self-evident 
truths set forth in our Declaration of Independence."
--John Brown 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Obituary - Bertha Adams Cook

In a box of treasures from a cousin I found a copy of this obituary.

Bertha Alice Adams Cook was the second child of Annie and Samuel Adams, and John Brown's granddaughter. She passed away quietly at home in December, 1959, one hundred years after the hanging of our famous ancestor.
Times Standard
Eureka CA
18 Dec 1959
page 27


   Mrs. Bertha Cook, [B184XV2]
84-year-old resident of Pepperwood, 
died Tuesday afternoon following 
an extended illness. She had resided 
in Pepperwood for the past 50 years. 

   She was born May 18, 1873 
in Rohnerville, daughter of the 
pioneer family of Samuel Adams, 
blacksmith in Rohnerville. She had 
lived her entire life in the area.

  She is survived by daughters 
Mrs. Beatrice Keesey [B184XV21], Arcata; 
Mrs. Marjorie Landergen, [B184XV22] Rohnerville; 
Mrs. Georgie Cook, [B184XV23] Pepperwood; 
Mrs. Sibyl Robinson, [B184XV24] Shively; 
Mrs. Alice Hunt, [B184XV29] Las Vegas, Nev: 
sons, Clifford Cook, [B184XV25] Shively; 
Earl Cook,  [B184XV28] Miranda: 
brothers, Frank Adams, [B184XV6] Petrolia; 
Gus Adams, [B184XV9] Port Kenyon; 
J. A. Adams, [B184XV3] Sacramento: 
sister Mrs. Irene Brown, [B194XV7] Burbank: 
12 grandchildren and a 
number of great-grandchildren.

  Funeral services will be held 
Friday at 2p.m. in Emmerson's 
Mortuary in Fortuna. Internment 
will follow in the family plot in 
Ocean View Cemetery.

  Pallbearers will be Vaughn De Fries, 
Merle Carneggie, Earl Johnston, 
Herschel Wheeler, Perry Johnson 
and Sidney Schwab

Monday, January 12, 2015

Presidential Proclamation - January 2015

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Proclamation -- National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, January 2015

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For more than two centuries, the United States has worked to advance the cause of freedom. Stained from a history of slavery and shaped by ancestors brought to this country in chains, today, America shines as a beacon of hope to people everywhere who cherish liberty and opportunity. Still, our society remains imperfect, and our Nation has more work to do to uphold these values. At home and around the globe, we must continue to fight for human dignity and the inalienable rights of every person.
   Today, millions of men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking. This modern-day slavery occurs in countries throughout the world and in communities across our Nation. These victims face a cruelty that has no place in a civilized world: children are made to be soldiers, teenage girls are beaten and forced into prostitution, and migrants are exploited and compelled to work for little or no pay. It is a crime that can take many forms, and one that tears at our social fabric, debases our common humanity, and violates what we stand for as a country and a people.
Founded on the principles of justice and fairness, the United States continues to be a leader in the global movement to end modern-day slavery. We are working to combat human trafficking, prosecute the perpetrators, and help victims recover and rebuild their lives. We have launched national initiatives to help healthcare workers, airline flight crews, and other professionals better identify and provide assistance to victims of trafficking. We are strengthening protections and supporting the development of new tools to prevent and respond to this crime, and increasing access to services that help survivors become self-sufficient. We are also working with our international partners and faith-based organizations to bolster counter-trafficking efforts in countries across the globe.
   As we fight to eliminate trafficking, we draw strength from the courage and resolve of generations past -- and in the triumphs of the great abolitionists that came before us, we see the promise of our Nation: that even in the face of impossible odds, those who love their country can change it. Every citizen can take action by speaking up and insisting that the clothes they wear, the food they eat, and the products they buy are made free of forced labor. Business and non-profit leaders can ensure their supply chains do not exploit individuals in bondage. And the United States Government will continue to address the underlying forces that push so many into the conditions of modern-day slavery in the first place.
   During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we stand with the survivors, advocates, and organizations dedicated to building a world where our people and our children are not for sale. Together, let us recommit to a society where our sense of justice tells us that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, where every person can forge a life equal to their talents and worthy of their dreams.
   NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2015 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon businesses, national and community organizations, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.
   IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.