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Using IT for Political Advocacy

February 27, 2017 Leave a comment

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While many citizens choose Twitter and/or Facebook to advocate for important causes (or just vent), it’s definitely not the only weapon in the advocacy arsenal.

Countable and VoteSpotter are two apps enabling social advocates and political junkies to obtain info regarding issues and bills, so citizens can respond in real time to their elected officials.

We need everyone to fight for our Rights. Please contact your elected officials and tell them what’s important in your life. Remember, they work for you.

Do the elected officials in Washington stand with ordinary Americans – working families, children, the elderly, the poor – or will the extraordinary power of billionaire campaign contributors and Big Money prevail? The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question. -Bernie Sanders

 

 

 

#Resist & Know Your Rights

January 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Whether you are a Protester, Federal Employee, Immigrant or Refugee, #resist & know your rights with information from the ACLU.

Since there is more information for Immigrants and Refugees concerning their rights, you will find two flyers at the end of the post: one for rights at home and one when traveling.

Rights of Protesters:

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Rights of Federal Employees:

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Rights of Traveling Immigrants & Refugees:

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Rights of Immigrants & Refugees at home:

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#NoBanNoWall #Resist #Resistance #OurRevolution

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

-Robert Kennedy

 

 

 

Listen to Kids & Learn Compassion

September 29, 2016 1 comment

It’s sad to see what is going on in the world; but if we want to know what to do, then listen to the kids. The children will show you the compassionate way to help others around the world as well as in our own neighborhoods.

While many American citizens are against accepting Syrian refugees, one little boy contacted President Obama, explaining how his family would adopt a little boy who lost his family. Six-year-old Alex stated, “We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”

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Zianna Oliphant chose to address Charlotte’s City Council over the #BlackLivesMatter movement, a struggle impacting so many people. Zianna said:

“I feel like that we are treated differently than other people. I don’t like how we’re treated…We are black people, and we shouldn’t have to feel like this. We shouldn’t have to protest because y’all are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to, and we have rights. I’ve been born and raised in Charlotte, and I never felt this way till now. And I can’t stand how we’re treated. It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them and we have tears and we shouldn’t have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.” – Zianna Oliphant

So, you can choose to be compassionate. You can choose to make a difference. You can choose to be strong, caring and courageous, like these children, and we will have a better world for it. If you dare to care.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. -Dalai Lama

Angry Activists VS Smug Sheep #DemExit

July 29, 2016 1 comment

 

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It’s amazing to me that people who support Hillary Clinton, a cheating liar, can be so smug and self-righteous; but I guess their votes were counted, and they don’t have the capacity for outrage for those who were unable to vote.

I wanted to vote in the primaries, but I couldn’t. Like many others, I was disenfranchised and because of that, there is no way I’m going to give my vote to the DNC, a party who should be jailed for voter fraud. I’m angry at and disappointed by the leaders of the DNC, especially President Obama. You allowed voter suppression and disenfranchisement, fraud and collusion. When I voted for hope and change, I thought it would be positive change, not a war monger and thief’s coronation.

At least we have a chance with #Berners who won’t lie down and accept the lesser of two evils for President of our country.

So, we know the two-party system is corrupt; it’s time to just say no to parties, reverting to #OnePersonOneVote in a #DemExit. But first, please sign this petition to investigate DNC election fraud.

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Thank you, Bernie and Jane Sanders, for waking citizens up and fighting for the future of America.

 

 

 

A Letter to Bernie’s Millennials (from a Bernie Boomer)

Agreed. #FeelTheBern #Bernie2016 #BernieOrBust

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“I cannot tell you how many times in the last three decades I have heard the Democrats (myself included) lament the absence of the 18-30 year olds. Over and over we said, if they would just show up, we could effect real change. Maybe that was true most of the time back in the day, but there is no denying the fact that you are here now, in formidable numbers, and the Democratic Party has dismissed you entirely.” ~Scout Gerain

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I have been considering reaching out to the young people involved in the Bernie campaign for some time.  In light of Hillary’s repeated dismissals of Bernie supporters, combined with President Obama’s impatient demand that BLM activists should “stop yelling and compromise,” I cannot put it off any longer.

I won’t sit idly by without, at the very least, publicly stating how thrilled I am to see you here, on the political…

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#Vote #Bernie2016 #FeelTheBern #BernTheMovie

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It’s been a heck of a campaign in more ways than one, and Bernie is the only candidate that has the gumption to be the best candidate, the moral candidate. Bernie knows we need an advocate for the majority to fight big interests who have stolen our country.

Please do not listen to the media and Washington politicians who are bought; instead, place your faith in a man who has fought the good fight from the very beginning. Take a moment and watch a sneak peek of BernTheMovie and while you’re at it, take a look at Bernie’s stance on issues.

What my campaign is about is a political revolution – millions of people standing up and saying, enough is enough. Our government belongs to all of us, and not just the hand full of billionaires. – Bernie Sanders

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#FeelTheBern #BernieOrBust #BernieSanders #Bernie2016 #BernTheMovie

What do Bill Moyers, Jon Oliver & The Pope have in common? Prison Issues.

September 27, 2015 Leave a comment

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Unbelievably, the “home of the free” incarcerates more of its citizenry than any other nation. Moreover, it invests more in prisons than its educational system. In prisons today, we incarcerate the guilty, but also the poor, the sick, the old, the young, and the innocent. While the rich pay bail and go free, the poor are incarcerated until trial–if they don’t take a plea bargain. All the while, families are left without fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. In this blog post, Bill Moyers and Jon Oliver provide a wealth of information about our culture of imprisonment, and Pope Francis offers his sage advice.

As noted by a CNN Money graph entitled, Education vs Prison Costs, data from 40 states depict how much government money is spent per year to educate an elementary/secondary school student compared to the cost of keeping an inmate imprisoned.” In addition, Online Degrees provides a list of the 10 States That Spend More on Prisons Than Education.

krogh_040205_335cc-6ef52bb049898a969421a3026fe4f9ce89ec44f7-s6-c301Bill Moyers, Political Talk Show Host and Former White House Press Secretary, offers enlightening episodes via Moyers & Company in regards to incarceration, as you can see from the following episodic titles (which you can click on to see the episode):

  1. Stop Punishing People After They Have Been Released From Prison January 30, 2015 by Jeremy Haile
  2. These Five Corporations Are Making Millions From Mass Incarceration January 21, 2015 by James Kilgore
  3. The School-to-Prison Pipeline Starts in Preschool March 31, 2014 by Mychal Denzel Smith
  4. Higher Profits Explain Why There Are More People of Color in Private Prisons February 7, 2014 by Joshua Holland
  5. Just Kids (in Prison for Life) December 31, 2013 by Matt Stroud
  6. Land of the Free? US Has 25 Percent of the World’s Prisoners December 16, 2013 by Joshua Holland
  7. Report: “Low-Crime Tax” Keeps For-Profit Prisons Profitable September 20, 2013 by Joshua Holland

Not to be outdone (but he still needs a few episodes to catch up to Bill), Jon Oliver discusses our penchant for prison, mandatory minimums, and bail.john-oliver-last-week-tonight (2)

  1. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison
  2. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mandatory Minimums
  3. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Bail
  4. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Public Defenders

By now, you’re asking yourself, what can I do? I know because you wouldn’t have read this far down the post, otherwise. So, yes, you can help. You can help by voicing your concerns to elected officials, advising them to invest in schools not prisons, and you can advocate for those who received sentences that do not or no longer fit the crime. We need pardons and commutations to reduce sentences that were mandatory, especially for judgments that no longer are applicable. You can also help “Witness to Innocence” produce a short documentary that shares the incredible journey of our many Witnesses to Innocence.”

Lastly, we can take the words of Pope Francis to heart and action:

“This time in your life can only have one purpose: to give you a hand in getting back on the right road, to give you a hand to help you rejoin society,” the pope said in the gymnasium of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. “All of us are part of that effort, all of us are invited to encourage, help and enable your rehabilitation.”

Pope Francis also rebuked society for not doing enough to rehabilitate prisoners. “It is painful when we see prison systems which are not concerned to care for wounds, to soothe pain, to offer new possibilities,” the pope said, speaking in Spanish through an interpreter. “It is painful when we see people who think that only others need to be cleansed, purified, and do not recognize that their weariness, pain and wounds are also the weariness, pain and wounds of society.”

Pope Francis greets inmates during his visit to Curran-Fromhold correctional facility.
Pope Francis greets inmates during his visit to Curran-Fromhold correctional facility. Photograph: David Maialetti/AP