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    Roque’s Weekly Review for 1/3/2019

    This is my first weekly update for 2019. Happy New Year to you! I hope it will be filled with meaningful new beginnings and mind-boggling adventures! I have a lot to share this week . . . A New Year’s Farewell The first two days of this new year have been a struggle. The oldest dog in our household who was almost 17 years old had not been eating or breathing very well over the last few days. We made her as comfortable as possible and fed here delicious food. Progressively, it became clear that it was time to let her go. Yesterday, we went to our family vet clinic,…

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    Tropical Shade of Green Launches on July 10th

    I have decided to expand my website a little by giving my blog, writing, and poetry its own dedicated online space. Tropical Shade of Green (TSOG) will officially launch on July 10th and will feature all of my weekly blog posts and new poetry.  Most of the blog posts I have written over the last year will be migrated to this new site. Roqué In Bloom (RIB) will still stand as my main website and primary hub for all of my creative pursuits, but since my writing will be the most consistent offering of all that I do, I want it to have its own space to grow and flourish.…

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    Help To Veto HB 2315 in Tennessee

    Here’s a phone number: 615-741-2001 When you dial it, you can leave a message for Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto the extreme immigration bill that the TN Legislature just passed. This bill is called HB 2315.  It is designed to undermine the existence of so-called “Sanctuary Cities” by authorizing every police officer to detain anyone for immigration reasons and initiate mass deportations. THE GOVERNOR HAS UNTIL MAY 22 TO VETO HB2315!! Please call and urge him to VETO this dangerous bill! Here is an excerpt from a statement issued by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC): “HB2315 sets a dangerous precedent by severely restricting the ability of…

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    I Am Not White, and I Have Less Power.

    The heading for this post is a grim reality that I face.  Here in America, white people are the dominant political and cultural forces in society. You can look at any magazine rack at any supermarket and drug store.  The vast majority of magazine covers has beautiful white people on them.  Every major film release and television show predominantly features white people in leading roles and  explores the stories and experiences of white people. Of the forty-five Presidents of the United States of America, 44 of them have been white.  The members of congress, the senate, and the supreme court have been primarily white people across this country’s history.  This…