Mothers of the Movement: Out of Grief, Unity and Hope
The Mothers of the Movement brought the audience at the Democratic National Convention to its feet, and hushed it with the staggering losses that brought them there. It was one of the most powerful moments of the convention. Yet it should never have been necessary.
So, why is Michelle Obama the one person who throws Trump off his game? I’m not sure I can satisfactorily answer that. But what strikes me is that she doesn’t engage on his level. As she said Monday night, her motto is “when they go low, we go high.”
The modern Republican Party is dead and Donald Trump killed it. He did so by extracting its heart, a large group of voters who joined the party because of their views on race but who disagree with the GOP’s economic positions.
Roger Ailes: How The Russ Meyer of the Newsroom Sped His Own Demise
The ouster of Fox News chief Roger Ailes, set in motion by a long history of sexual harassment, portends big changes for the network he created — and the party it has consumed.
A sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Ailes, by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, sprouted a Bill Cosby-esque crop of similar allegations against Ailes. Not long ago, that wouldn’t have been enough to dislodge Ailes as king of the Fox News mountain. But the ejection of Ailes’ old ally Rupert Murdoch from his media throne left Fox News parent company in the hands of a younger generation of Murdochs, who have the future of the network to think about, and no particular love Ailes.
“As a Latin person ― minorities, black people have to do it as well ― we have to immerse ourselves in white culture and learn about white culture,” Leguizamo said in the video, posted Saturday. “It’s all we were taught in school and in movies. And so we learn, but it’s not reciprocal, you know? It’s not a reciprocal thing that happens that white culture wants to learn about Latin culture or black culture.”
Here’s the problem, Republicans. Three days from now, this show you’re putting on will be over. All the promises made by people who aren’t Donald Trump will be gone. The only thing you’ll be left with is the guy you actually nominated for president. And what he has said—and continues to say—is so awful that you couldn’t bring yourselves, in four days of talking about him, to face who he really is.
We found that scores of U.S. cities home to tens of millions of people will face dramatic increases in dangerous and extreme heat days by the middle of this century if current greenhouse gas emissions trends continue.
We really never know what’s going on in someone’s life—what news they might have gotten that day, whether they just lost their job or have a loved one who is ill. That’s why it’s so important to lead with kindness as often as we can.
I shouldn’t have to find the right words to talk about it with my 5-year-old son. I shouldn’t have to tell him that Mr. Phil was killed by the police for no reason. I shouldn’t have to explain that the people charged with protecting us all too often end up killing people with brown skin.
July 12, 2016
by terrance Comments Off on Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas Through A Father’s Eyes
Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas Through A Father’s Eyes
The horrors we witnessed in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas are rooted in racism that has haunted our families for generations, and is perhaps at its deadliest when embodied in law enforcement and embedded in our communities.
Before he became governor of Indiana and a candidate to be Donald Trump’s vice-presidential nominee, Mike Pence was a congressman, and he voted for every free-trade agreement that came before him. That record, along with at least two votes favoring freer trade with China, puts him squarely at odds with Trump on one of the signature issues of the businessman’s presidential campaign.
Can we forgive you for your insulting and repugnant mantra “We love the sinner but hate the sin”? Can we forgive you in your efforts to deny me and members of my community the rights of self-definition and self-determination, and to deny us our integrity and our humanity by attempting to prevent us from maintaining our subjectivity, our agency, and our voice?
Transgender people are now allowed to serve in the military, according to a new policy announced by Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday. That means these individuals can go to war and bravely fight for their country without fear of being discharged or denied re-enlistment. But when they come home as civilians, it will be legal to fire them.
July 1, 2016
by terrance Comments Off on Wingnut Week In Review: The Benghazi Committee Takes A Bow
Wingnut Week In Review: The Benghazi Committee Takes A Bow
It took Republicans four years, over $7 million, eight congressional investigations, 11 hours grilling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and 800 pages to reveal nothing new about the Benghazi attack. But that doesn’t mean it’s over.
After six years, and more than 60 votes to repeal health care reform, Paul Ryan and House Republicans have come up with a GOP alternative to Obamacare that’s guaranteed to make millions of Americans sick.
A culture that fosters and promotes anti-gay sentiment — and for some, in recent days, refused to even acknowledge the victims as LGBT people of color, thereby erasing their identities even in death — must share some of the responsibility for the hatred Mateen and others like him harbor.
Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed new rules to rein in payday lenders and their outrageous fees. Now, the CFPB needs to take the next step to protect Americans from these corporate loan sharks.