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Gender: Female
Hometown: The South with an "F"
Current location: San Diego
Member since: Sun Jan 29, 2017, 06:55 PM
Number of posts: 1,500

About Me

I was practically born a member of the Democratic Party. I began registering people to vote while still in elementary school, often after Sunday school. I'm excited about the future of our party because good, in the end, always wins!

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Connecticut Is Ready To Make History




Jahana Hayes wins the Democratic primary for 5th district defeating Mary Glassman Tuesday night.
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(John Woike / Hartford Courant)


By Daniela Altimari, Rebecca Lurye and Dave Altimari•Contact Reporters

August 14, 2018, 9:20 PM



Jahana Hayes, the daughter of a drug addict who grew up in public housing, won the Democratic nomination for the open 5th Congressional District seat Tuesday night, bringing her closer to becoming the first black Democrat from New England to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hayes, the former National Teacher of the Year who had never run for office before, defeated Mary Glassman, a veteran politician with a long history in government. Hayes will face former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos, the winner of a three-way Republican primary, in November. Santos has struggled to raise money and the district is viewed by most political observers as likely Democratic.


Full article: http://www.courant.com/politics/elections/hc-pol-connecticut-fifth-district-primary-jahana-hayes-mary-glassman-20180813-story.html

Mothers of the Movement, Surviving and Thriving

Let me start off by saying that I love and respect these women a great deal. They are some of the most courageous and inspiring folks around. If it comes across that I am emotionally invested in their journey, I am. These ladies deserve to be lifted, individually and collectively, for the work they've done and are continuing to do.
If you're looking for someone to "be your voice", I would urge you to consider learning to amplify your own. You don't have to be a part of the political class to matter. Sometimes, no one else has your story to share. Lifting your own voice may be the very first spark of a movement.
Seven women, united by a mother's worst nightmare, decided to add their own voices to a growing movement. Seven sisters were recruited into a most somber association. Their sorority's meet and greets look and feel more like a church revival than the beginning of "rush". There are no bake sales to make new "house" purchases or dance parties at the local club on Thursday nights. The colors that unite them are a stark combination of black and red.
During the 2016 election season, they campaigned with Sec. Clinton. All around the country, they bravely shared their stories of pain and loss. They even made a special appearance at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.


(Mothers of the Movement at the 2016 Democratic National Convention)

But their stories did not end there.

These mothers have turned their grief into growth. Their pain of yesterday is becoming tomorrow's progress. Some have entered the world of politics. Others have become authors, making the rounds across the nation's campuses. They've all been raising awareness about police violence against our communities.

I will be posting updates about these mothers on a regular basis. Today, I will focus on Sybrina Fulton. In the clips below, she'll tell you about her journey.... in her own words. It is my hope they will inspire you to be, use, and lift your own voice.


(Gail King Interview on CBS This Morning)


(Talking about the new 6 part series, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story)


(Encouraging Diamond on Inyanla: Fix My Life)

Mothers of the Movement:
Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown
Cleopatra Pendelton-Crowley, mother of Hadiya Pendelton
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin
Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland
Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner
Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis
Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton

Still saying their names.


Uncle Ben Strikes Again!

My childhood hero disappoints again. The following article can be found @ www.newsone.com.

Ben Carson Is Trying To Make Housing In America As Segregated As Possible

The heartless secretary of HUD strikes again.
Written By Parker Riley




Ben Carson has officially taken the steps to make housing as segregated as possible in America. Until now, he was blocking the July 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which was to ensure neighborhoods were not segregated. Now Carson wants to completely dismantle the rule.

~snip~

Under the Obama administration, with Julian Castro as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the 2015 rule required more than “1,200 communities receiving billions of federal housing dollars to draft plans to desegregate their communities — or risk losing federal funds,” according to The Washington Post. This rule was necessary considering studies have shown that when neighborhoods are segregated, Black and brown communities receive less funding and fewer resources.

However, it would seem that Carson couldn’t care less about Black and brown communities receiving less. He released a statement on Monday claiming the rule was “suffocating investment” and “we can craft a new, fairer rule.” Now word on what the “fairer” rule would be.

In May, fair-housing advocates filed a lawsuit against Carson, claiming that he “unlawfully suspended the 2015 rule by not providing advance public notice or opportunity for comment.”


link to article: https://newsone.com/3821764/ben-carson-housing-segregation-america/
I had to add the waving gif .....because...... reasons. Hell, I like gifs!

The Queen and Her Crowns

Aretha Franklin is a living icon. Her legendary voice has a special place in the hearts of many, worldwide. Just as powerful as it is elegant, Ms. Franklin's voice graces both opera and church houses alike.


(Ms. Franklin and Luciano Pavarotti)

Ms. Franklin has an especially revered place in many black churches throughout the country. Her rendition of "Mary Don't You Weep" has been danced to and dramatized for decades. "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", a church staple, when performed by Ms. Franklin becomes something that edifies all present.

A factor that endears her even more, as if we needed another reason, is her love of church hats. If you didn't know, church hats are a "thing" in some historically black churches. What some people may reserve for the Kentucky Derby, many black women sport every Sunday. The Queen is no different. Growing up as the daughter of a preacher, Ms. Franklin saw black women sporting their "Sunday best".
Not known to shrink from bold fashion choices, Ms. Franklin has been seen in some striking ensembles. Her majesty is so epically influential that even one of her hats has become almost as famous as she!

Join me, now, as we celebrate one of the greatest of all time.

Trained in the Gospel, tested by life. Her amazing voice continues to reign both the 20th and 21st Centuries! I give you the Queen of Soul in her many crowns........

















https://assets.vogue.com/photos/58916cfd97a3db337a24a440/16/pass/03-aretha-franklin-hats.jpg
(Okay, not technically a hat.....still really awesome)





And last, but not least...the hat that everyone and their mom bought......



Whether performing "Nessun Dorma" or making an appearance in "Blues Brothers", there's only one Queen.


A Queen and her Crowns

Aretha Franklin is a living icon. Her legendary voice has a special place in the hearts of many, worldwide. Just as powerful as it is elegant, Ms. Franklin's voice graces both opera and church houses alike.


(Ms. Franklin and Luciano Pavarotti)

Ms. Franklin has an especially revered place in many black churches throughout the country. Her rendition of "Mary Don't You Weep" has been danced to and dramatized for decades. "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", a church staple, when performed by Ms. Franklin becomes something that edifies all present.

A factor that endears her even more, as if we needed another reason, is her love of church hats. If you didn't know, church hats are a "thing" in some historically black churches. What some people may reserve for the Kentucky Derby, many black women sport every Sunday. The Queen is no different. Growing up as the daughter of a preacher, Ms. Franklin saw black women sporting their "Sunday best", regularly.
Not known to shrink from bold fashion choices, Ms. Franklin has been seen in some striking ensembles. Her majesty is so epically influential that even one of her hats has become almost as famous as she!

Join me, now, as we celebrate one of the greatest of all time.

Trained in the Gospel, tested by life. Her amazing voice continues to reign both the 20th and 21st Centuries! I give you the Queen of Soul in her many crowns........

















https://assets.vogue.com/photos/58916cfd97a3db337a24a440/16/pass/03-aretha-franklin-hats.jpg
(Okay, not technically a hat.....still really awesome)





And last, but not least...the hat that everyone and their mom bought......



Whether performing "Nessun Dorma" or making an appearance in "Blues Brothers", there's only one Queen.


Family, can I talk to you?

Warning: The post you are about to read is a rant. Mildly offensive language may follow. Viewer discretion is advised.

I just need to rant for a minute but.....
What the hell is going on? Where do they keep finding all these "skin folks" pretending to be my kin? Is there a factory that manufactures these "pod" people?
You're probably saying, "what are you talking about"?
Oh, but You know. You may have seen them on CNN from time to time. If you're particularly brave (or just into brain numbing) you may have seen them on Fox. Still not sure? Here are some examples:

Candace Owens


Sheriff David Clark


"Pastor" Scott


Paris Dennard



And I've just watched another one on Fox and Friends. Smh. I'm turning back to the Rev on msnbc. All this buck dancing is making my head hurt.

Evangelicals are not black.....according to the news.

That's the only way to accurately suggest that Dump continues to enjoy support from the Evangelical community. It's another way the media white washes a group that is actually very diverse.
According to 538, 5 % of black evangelicals identify as republican. This stands in stark contrast with the fact that 49% of white evangelicals identify as republican. The Democratic Party continues to enjoy overwhelming support from the full diaspora of the black community. This includes 69% among black evangelicals. Interestingly, Hispanic evangelicals lean more independent.



According to the Pew Research Center, the contrast between white and black evangelicals is even more defined.

From The Economist:

The racial divide will take some healing. Of the 27% of American adults who describe themselves as evangelicals, 62% are white, 19% are black and 11% Hispanic, according to the Pew Research Centre. Since Mr Trump’s inauguration last year, Pew has found that three-quarters of white evangelicals say they lean towards the Republican Party. And three-quarters of those people said they thought Mr Trump was doing a good job. Among black evangelicals, 85% said they leaned towards the Democrats, and 86% of those said they disapproved of Mr Trump’s performance.


Let's not fall into the trap of forgetting what the cult of tRump is really about. It's not about faith. It's not about economic worry. It's not about the opioid crisis. It's not even about regulatory changes.
It is now and has always been about one thing...race.

"My body, not your crime scene!"


From Essence.com


#TotalShutdown: South African Women Take to the Streets To Protest Gender-Based Violence


Britni Danielle Aug, 03, 2018


Activists in South Africa are fed up, and they’re doing something about it. Faced with an upswing of violence against women, citizens took to the streets to demand government officials do more to protect women and children as well as hold perpetrators accountable for their abusive violence.

At the start of the country’s Women’s Month, which runs the length of August, South African women and their allies, wore red and black. They shut down streets and government buildings across the country to deliver a powerful message: “My body, not your crime scene.”

https://twitter.com/KPutuma/status/1024647160015544321/photo/1

*Full article can be found here: https://www.essence.com/news/totalshutdown-south-african-women-protest-violence/



Fight Like Grandma

I'm not sure, but I don't think I've ever felt this way before. The first time I was old enough to vote, the teenaged me watched Bush and the SCOTUS silence my voice (my vote). I was upset, but things were so close that I wasn't sure of an outright theft. I thought, next time.....we'll make the margins even bigger. I've seen people gunned down in the streets by law enforcement, captured on film no less, all to have no charges filed. I thought, we'll vote their asses out next time and get a DA that sides with the people. Today, my home city has it's first black female mayor. She ran on social justice and police reform.

But today......I am shaken. Utterly and completely. My humanity and the humanity of my fellows should never be up for referendum. A woman's autonomy over her body should not be up for referendum. It's ridiculous to say, "this was decided last November". What, exactly, was decided last November?

If you are saying that women are going to go back to the alley......that my gay friends are no longer going to be able to marry the loves of their lives......that my 3 beautiful sons and goddess of a daughter will be second class citizens........our friends may not be able to worship (or not) in peace.........that you are going to continue to separate children from their families...........that we are going to go back to your messed up old and out dated definition of family......of love.......!?!

This is not acceptable. I'm not sure how to make this clear. You see, our laws and rules only work when a critical mass of the populace believes that they are fair and evenly enforced. I'm not talking about violence, at least not on behalf of the citizens. History shows us that law enforcement traditionally goes that route. I'm talking about civil disobedience.....ALL THE TIME. Like, welcome to the 60's, all the time. Well, at least dolt did MAGA. He brought us back to the 60's.

Even my grandmother (I call her Momo) was talking about marching this morning when I called her. She was not sad or even hurt. She was ready! I'm trying to be like her.

My grandmother has survived so much. More than she will ever share with me. If she can look to the future, having already waded through so much, so can I.

Like my grandmother, we too will persevere. Get mad, but get activated. Organize and connect. Step outside of the virtual world and into the real. Talk to people and find out what's going on in your local area. The Kochs started off by targeting school boards and city councils. Let's meet them there. Education is our bailiwick. Don't give an inch, ANYWHERE. Fight! We're on the side of right, not them. Fight for your friends! Fight for your kids! Fight for your ancestors! Fight for those that have already given so much! Fight because it's your damned turn! Woman up, man up, person up and fight! Like Momo, Fight!













In peace and love......fight on.

Fight Like Grandma

I'm not sure, but I don't think I've ever felt this way before. The first time I was old enough to vote, the teenaged me watched Bush and the SCOTUS silence my voice (my vote). I was upset, but things were so close that I wasn't sure of an outright theft. I thought, next time.....we'll make the margins even bigger. I've seen people gunned down in the streets by law enforcement, captured on film no less, all to have no charges filed. I thought, we'll vote their asses out next time and get a DA that sides with the people. Today, my home city has it's first black female mayor. She ran on social justice and police reform.

But today......I am shaken. Utterly and completely. My humanity and the humanity of my fellows should never be up for referendum. A woman's autonomy over her body should not be up for referendum. It's ridiculous to say, "this was decided last November". What, exactly, was decided last November?

If you are saying that women are going to go back to the alley......that my gay friends are no longer going to be able to marry the loves of their lives......that my 3 beautiful sons and goddess of a daughter will be second class citizens........our friends may not be able to worship (or not) in peace.........that you are going to continue to separate children from their families...........that we are going to go back to your messed up old and out dated definition of family......of love.......!?!

This is not acceptable. I'm not sure how to make this clear. You see, our laws and rules only work when a critical mass of the populace believes that they are fair and evenly enforced. I'm not talking about violence, at least not on behalf of the citizens. History shows us that law enforcement traditionally goes that route. I'm talking about civil disobedience.....ALL THE TIME. Like, welcome to the 60's, all the time. Well, at least dolt did MAGA. He brought us back to the 60's.

Even my grandmother (I call her Momo) was talking about marching this morning when I called her. She was not sad or even hurt. She was ready! I'm trying to be like her.

My grandmother has survived so much. More than she will ever share with me. If she can look to the future, having already waded through so much, so can I.

Like my grandmother, we too will persevere. Get mad, but get activated. Organize and connect. Step outside of the virtual world and into the real. Talk to people and find out what's going on in your local area. The Kochs started off by targeting school boards and city councils. Let's meet them there. Education is our bailiwick. Don't give an inch, ANYWHERE. Fight! We're on the side of right, not them. Fight for your friends! Fight for your kids! Fight for your ancestors! Fight for those that have already given so much! Fight because it's your damned turn! Woman up, man up, person up and fight! Like Momo, Fight!











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In peace and love......fight on.


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