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While Drinking A Glass Of Flint Water, Obama Ripped The Heart Out Of The Republican Party

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President Obama didn't just drink the water in Flint. Obama ripped the heart of the failed small government ideology of the Republican Party.

Obama said, “It doesn’t matter how hard you work, how responsible you are, how you raise your kids. You can’t set up a whole water system for a city. That’s not something you do by yourself. You do it with other people. You can’t hire your own fire department or your own police force, or your own army. They’re things we have to do together. Basic things that we all benefit from.”

President Obama attacked the heart of small government ideology, “Volunteers don’t build water systems and keep lead from leaching into our drinking glasses. We can’t rely on faith groups to reinforce bridges and repave runways at the airport. We can’t ask second graders, even ones as patriotic as Isiah Britt, who raised all that money, to raise enough money to keep our kids healthy. You hear a lot about government overreach. Oh, Obama, he’s for big government. Listen, it’s not government overreach to say our government’s responsible for making sure that you can wash your hands in your own sink, or shower in your own home, or cook for your family. These are the most basic services. There’s no more basic element sustaining human life than water. It’s not too much to expect for all Americans that their water is going to be safe.”

Obama’s Soaring Approval Rating Powers Democratic Optimism For 2016



President Obama’s job approval rating now sits at 52%. As the President gets more popular by the day, optimism is growing among Democrats for a big 2016 election victory.

Here is Gallup’s Daily Obama job approval rating:



Notice a pattern? President Obama’s job approval has been a net positive for two weeks.

More: PoliticsUSA

Read the short, devastating speech Sandra Bland’s mother just made to Congressional leaders

Video enclosed: Fusion

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“I don’t come here playing games with you all,” said Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman who died in a Texas jail cell last summer. “I don’t come to sit and be a part of a caucus where we talk and do nothing,” she continued.

Reed-Veal was speaking at the Library of Congress, part of the first symposium of the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. “Am I angry? Absolutely,” said the mother, who said she does not believe her daughter committed suicide. Her testimony instigated tears and loud sighs in an audience filled with black women. The officer who arrested Bland, Brian Encinia, was fired.

Below is the full transcript of Veal’s short but emotionally powerful speech.

I want to say to all of you who sit here today, thank you. Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to be here today. Sometimes it’s rough. I don’t have a big long statement to read. What I’m going to say to you is that I’m here representing the mothers who are not heard, I am here representing the mothers who have lost children as we go on about our daily lives. When the cameras and lights are gone, our babies are dead. So I’m going to ask you here today to wake up. Wake up. By a show of hands, can any of you tell me the other six women who died in jail in July 2015 along with Sandra Bland? That is a problem. You all are among the walking dead, and I am so glad that I have come out from among you. I heard about Trayvon, I heard about all the shootings, and it did not bother me until it hit my daughter. I was walking dead just like you until Sandra Bland died in a jail cell in Texas.

Let’s get something straight. I as a mother do not believe she committed suicide. I will say that until it’s proven. But if you want me to believe that my daughter—that I sent down there sitting up, driving her own vehicle—would be sent home in a capsule in the bottom of a plane with luggage on top of her, that I’m going to shut up? I will not. I will not. I will continue to speak for every mother paralyzed because of the loss of their child. Six, and Google them. I’m looking at your phones. Take two minutes and Google the other six that died in jail. We’re not talking about that year, we’re talking about the month of July. 18-50 . Kindra Chapman allegedly stole a cell phone; 20 hours later she hung herself. Alexis McGovern downstairs in the infirmary dead, her family upstairs paying the bond. Nobody has spoken these names. And as I go around the country speaking, the fact that no pen is raised in a room, where six other women, aside from my daughter, have died. And nobody knows their names. That’s a problem.

The tears are real, the pain is real, the problem is real. So, I don’t come here playing games with you all. I don’t come to sit and be a part of a caucus where we talk and do nothing. You, you, you, you don’t know my pain. God forbid you go up to another grieving mother and say you know how she feels, that is a lie. Unless you have lost a child. Am I angry? Absolutely. I’m not angry enough to create a riot where I burn things down, but I will create a riot, I will set off so that people will understand that this is real. Movements move. Activists activate. We have got to stop talking and move. So I leave you with this: it is time to wake up, get up, step up, or shut up.

Watch the speech below:


Five women that lost their life the same month as Sandra Bland were ... The Root

George Takei Video Urging Democrats to 'Vote Blue No Matter Who' Goes Viral

Beloved Actor and Civil Rights Activist Says He's a Fan of Bernie Sanders but Urges Liberals to Support the Democratic Nominee – No Matter Who It Is

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George Takei Wednesday afternoon posted a short video telling his fans he's a Democrat and has "also been a fan of Bernie Sanders." In the video, the actor and civil rights activist who, at the age of five was rounded up by the U.S. government and sent with his family to a Japanese internment camp, delivers a strong and fatherly message: "Vote Blue No Matter Who."

It's been viewed nearly 1.2 million times already.

"I stood with the protestors at Occupy Wall Street, and have spoken out often for campaign finance reform."

"I like Bernie. A lot of folks like Bernie. God himself sent Bernie a tweet," Takei quipped.

Aligning himself with issues Senator Sanders fights for, Takei says both candidates vying for the Democratic nomination will continue those battles from the Oval Office.

“But having been through many bruising primaries in my life, I’m also a realist. From where I sit, the math is clear: Hillary likely will win, and she will be our nominee.”

"But that doesn't mean Bernie didn't also win. He won in a myriad of vital ways – none more so than energizing the Democratic base in a way no one expected."

"Young people in particular have become so passionate about this election, because they recognize its historic importance."

“At stake is nothing less than the very soul of our nation. So, I’m asking Democrats out there to take a pledge, along with me. Vote blue no matter who.”

“Ultimately, we Democrats know that a bit of a tussle isn’t a bad thing. It makes us stronger. Keeps us sharp. And really, it’s like a family squabble, where only family, those very close to us, can truly get under our skin.”

“But remember this, too: It’s precisely because we like and respect each other that the words and criticisms sting as much as they do.”

"But here's the other thing about family. We come toge...


More Including Video: The New Civil Rights Movement

Crystal Valentine - "And the News Reporter Says Jesus Is White"

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“How can she says Jesus was a white man when he died the blackest way possible? With his hands up, with his mother watching."

With incredible passion, poet Crystal Valentine responds to Megyn Kelly’s statement that Jesus is a white man. The Fox News anchor, also called “Her Royal Whiteness,” caused an outrage with the claim back in 2013. Holding nothing back, Valentine’s voice begins to shake from what appears to be her outrage as she rebukes Kelly’s assertion.




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How “Nina” Became A Disaster Movie

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The outcry against the casting of Saldana began immediately after it was announced in August 2012, and it grew loud enough that the New York Times wrote about the subject’s complexities. A consensus of media, scholars, and fans felt strongly — according to the Times — that casting the lighter-skinned Saldana, who is black and Latina, was an example of colorism, and that Simone’s physical image was of particular significance because the singer, pianist, and civil rights activist had “celebrated her looks, which were unconventional by show-business standards.”

Most damningly, the article quoted Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, criticizing the filmmakers’ casting decision. “My mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark,” Simone Kelly said. “Appearance-wise this is not the best choice.” (Saldana’s publicist said she was not available to be interviewed regarding Nina. Reached through Facebook, Simone Kelly said, “I have nothing more to say about Nina.”)

While the clamor over the film ebbed — mostly because it’s taken so long to be released — it erupted again after the trailer was released in March. On Jezebel, Kara Brown wrote, “One of the most harmful products of anti-black racism is the notion that our proximity to whiteness increases our beauty and desirability, not just to white people, but also to each other. By simply existing, Nina Simone confronted this lie.” In The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, “There is something deeply shameful — and hurtful — in the fact that even today a young Nina Simone would have a hard time being cast in her own biopic. In this sense, the creation of Nina is not a neutral act. It is part of the problem.”

And after Saldana tweeted a Simone quotation — “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me- No Fear… I mean really, no fear” — the Simone estate’s official Twitter account smacked back: “Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.”

U.S. Sends F-22 Warplanes To Romania



From: http://www.cnn.com/

April 25, 2016 - Two of the world's most advanced warplanes have touched down in Romania for the first time, near the shores of the Black Sea. CNN's Clarissa Ward reports.
Source: CNN


No, Mr. President, We Do Not Need to Learn How to Compromise



At a youth town hall in London, England on Saturday, April 23, 2016, President Obama said that activists — specifically Black Lives Matter activists — need to be willing to compromise. He also claimed that the tone of some activism can turn people off to its message.

“You have a responsibility to prepare an agenda that is achievable,” Obama told the crowd.

But achievable by whom, and in whose eyes?

People wonder why I’m no fan of this POTUS. Where would the Marriage Equality movement be in this country if we in the struggle to achieve marriage equality in all 50 states “learned to compromise”? Some may recall the amicus curiae brief Obama’s DOJ filed in Windsor v. United States, which advocated for a ruling in favor of Edie Windsor but limiting the scope to that particular plaintiff — a breadcrumb, if you will.

That brief further argued that each state should make up its own mind on the issue of marriage equality. Indeed, had the Supreme Court followed that line of thought, we’d be battling it out in the states for the next fifty or so years — or more — a piecemeal approach, to be certain.

Anyone who has studied progressive social justice movements knows that “compromise” is a way for the power elite and the establishment to maintain their power and to prevent real reform from reshaping the power structure. It’s a means for those in power to remain in power, giving people just barely enough to keep them from launching a full-on revolt.


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Bernie Sanders Defends Ousted CPS Principal

The presidential hopeful came to the defense of Blaine Elementary Principal Troy LaRaviere

One of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's sharpest critics has lost his job: Chicago Public Schools has removed Troy LaRaviere as principal from Blaine Elementary School in Lakeview. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Thursday, April 21, 2016)


One of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's sharpest critics has lost his job: Chicago Public Schools has removed Troy LaRaviere as principal from Blaine Elementary School in Lakeview.
In an email to teachers at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, the notice was given that LaRaviere has been "reassigned."
Thursday morning LaRaviere responded to his ousting, telling NBC 5 that the email was as much as a surprise to him as it was to the parents at the popular North Side school.
“Interesting wording. I’ve been ‘reassigned’ with no explanation thus far,” LaRaviere said. “They’ve told the press far more than they’ve told me.”
CPS argued, however, that a meeting with LaRaviere was scheduled for Wednesday but he did not attend.
LaRaviere is expected to become head of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association next month, so his removal is surprising. It's also Spring Break for CPS, so this move was done when teachers and students are not in school.
In a written statement, CPS says it "has removed Troy LaRaviere because of alleged acts of misconduct, including violations of a previous Warning Resolution passed by the Board of Education. A hearing will be held to determine his employment status."
LaRaviere’s been a very outspoken critic of the mayor, writing op-ed pieces for newspapers and was also involved politically in both Chuy Garcia's campaign for mayor and Bernie Sanders campaign for president.
Parents have stood by LaRaviere, who had been at the school since 2011. Many told NBC 5 Thursday morning that although the school is on break, they will want to know the details behind his sudden removal.


Video: NBC Chicago

Prez Obama: A Shade of Cool…



President Obama landed in LA wearing a pair of very sharp sunglasses. Has there ever been a cooler president?

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