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Catherine Meeks, holds a Ph.D. from Emory University. She taught African American Studies at Mercer University for 25 year. She served as a loaned executive to the mayor's office at the city of Macon directing the Mayor's Youth Violence Task Force for two years before joining Wesleyan College's faculty as the Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies before her retirement in 2008.

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    MEEKS: We need a new fire

    The Georgia legislative session is finished and no progress was made toward addressing health-care issues in this state. A debt of gratitude is owed to the courageous group of folks who disrupted the work of the Legislature and got themselves arrested last week in an effort to show that we need ...

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    MEEKS: We could learn from Finland

    A few days ago I heard a wonderful National Public Radio story on education in Finland. It was amazing and it caused me to ponder how we might change some of our educational ways if we could allow ourselves to learn from others. In this regard, perhaps former Bibb County school Superintendent Romaine...

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    MEEKS: Twenty percent is the right standard

    In the past few months I have been in a number of conversations about tipping the waitstaff in the restaurants we frequent. There were a few folks in one group who did not tip very well and felt it was not up to them to supplement the low salaries of those who serve them. But there were others who...

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    MEEKS: Another training day

    Though I am deeply honored to serve as chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s Commission for Dismantling Racism and to work as a trainer for the dismantling racism workshops, it is challenging work. The workshops are required for everyone who serves in a leadership position in the Episcopal...

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    MEEKS: Opening a new door

    “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”

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    Meeks: Forgiveness is the right kind of cash

    One of the most powerful scenes from the new movie, “Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom,” which is based upon his autobiography, is the speech that he makes to his fellow citizens about the necessity to seek freedom without violence. He declares to his listening audience that forgiveness...

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    MEEKS: ‘We belong to each other’

    “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

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    MEEKS: It is a disgrace for us to have homeless veterans

    A couple of days ago I read a lovely story about the Hometown Hero Project in a small town in Pennsylvania that helped to provide a home for a homeless veteran who served during the Vietnam War. He is ill as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange, the herbicide which was sprayed on the foliage...

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    MEEKS: I like Oregon’s spirit

    Our state could learn a few lessons from Oregon. This state decided to embrace the Affordable Care Act and expand its Medicaid program so that its residents who did not have health care coverage could receive it. The state set up its plan and began by contacting all of the folks who received food...

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    MEEKS: The call of compassion is inconvenient

    At 2 a.m. on Sunday morning there was banging on the door along with ringing of the doorbell at the Open Door Community. One of the residents who was awake and had served on house duty earlier in the day was a little disturbed that someone had forgotten to disconnect the doorbell that night before...

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