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A Multi-Cultural California and America

Barach Obama's recent speech that addresses racial and economic concerns for this diverse challenge we are facing together.

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green globe with glasses Communication is about the exchange of ideas and information relevant to the participants in that conversation. America's changing demographics span any measure of diversity the world has ever witnessed: from racial groups and mixtures; rich and poor, educated and uneducated, highly skilled and low-skilled...and native residents and immigrants -- America's diversity is both our biggest challenge and our greatest hope for a shrinking world. What happens in a society so diverse that no ethnic group can call itself the majority?

Exploring a question that has profound relevance for the nation as a whole, this study looks closely at eclectic neighborhoods in California where multiple minorities constituted the majority during formative years of the twentieth century. In a lively account, woven throughout with vivid voices and experiences drawn from interviews, ethnic newspapers, and memoirs, Allison Varzally examines everyday interactions among the Asian, Mexican, African, Native, and Jewish Americans, and others who lived side by side.

What she finds is that in shared city spaces across California, these diverse groups mixed and mingled as students, lovers, worshippers, workers, and family members and, along the way, expanded and reconfigured ethnic and racial categories in new directions. Making a Non-White America - Californians Coloring outside Ethnic Lines, 1925-1955

Sustainable communities are a new breed of villages. The scale is both big and small -- and yet very different. Communication is not only over the back fence or around the corner, but across global borders.

Green issues are not only about local ecosystems and regional governance -- but of global import as well.

Living with families mixed by customs and cultures and ethic loyalties is viscerally different for many people today. It's strange. It's difficult. And it's rich with the wonder of what it means to be human and one of the many life forms inhabiting our living planet.

I'm not very active in political realms because my focus is on tasks more than people. That's just a tribute to the way I was raised and the quirks of my personality. But occasionally, a leader catches my attention with a message that applies to my life, my work and my family. And my role in the world.

This year's presidential race has been full of diversity -- and is sparking interest even in me :-) -- I'm awed that we have a woman who is a serious contender for our president. I'm intrigued that we have a man of mixed ethnicity who is a serious contender. And someone who is actually older than me...still kicking butt! I salute them all!

I thought you might enjoy hearing Barach Obama's recent speech that addresses racial and economic concerns for this diverse challenge we are facing together. He hit the mark on so many issues that affect sustainability and environment and survival that I thought you might want to hear his speech in its entirety. I watched with rapt attention and he touched a nerve about America's strength: our ability to change with the times.

Barach Obama Speech - March 2008

This is a challenging time to be an American. And it is in challenging times that we break through glass ceilings and rise to a higher level of understanding, innovation and responsibility. This is our time, my friends. This is your time to shine in a very challenging time!


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