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Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination

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The New York Times
Voters have the chance to choose one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history.

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
JANUARY 30, 2016
For the past painful year, the Republican presidential contenders have been bombarding Americans with empty propaganda slogans and competing, bizarrely, to present themselves as the least experienced person for the most important elected job in the world. Democratic primary voters, on the other hand, after a substantive debate over real issues, have the chance to nominate one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history.

Hillary Clinton would be the first woman nominated by a major party. She served as a senator from a major state (New York) and as secretary of state — not to mention her experience on the national stage as first lady with her brilliant and flawed husband, President Bill Clinton. The Times editorial board has endorsed her three times for federal office — twice for Senate and once in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary — and is doing so again with confidence and enthusiasm.

Mrs. Clinton’s main opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist, has proved to be more formidable than most people, including Mrs. Clinton, anticipated. He has brought income inequality and the lingering pain of the middle class to center stage and pushed Mrs. Clinton a bit more to the left than she might have gone on economic issues. Mr. Sanders has also surfaced important foreign policy questions, including the need for greater restraint in the use of military force.

In the end, though, Mr. Sanders does not have the breadth of experience or policy ideas that Mrs. Clinton offers. His boldest proposals — to break up the banks and to start all over on health care reform with a Medicare-for-all system — have earned him support among alienated middle-class voters and young people. But his plans for achieving them aren’t realistic, while Mrs. Clinton has very good, and achievable, proposals in both areas.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/opinion/sunday/hillary-clinton-endorsement.html?mwrsm=Facebook&_r=1&referer=http://m.facebook.com

The Role of Black Women in the Democratic Party

We're hearing a lot these days about the angry white base of the Republican Party. Beyond analysis of this group as the core of support for presidential candidates like Donald Trump, there are people who suggest that Democrats (like President Obama) need to reach out to them either to calm the waters of our political divide or as people who might be lured back into the Democratic Party.

There are occasions when people also refer to the base of the Democratic Party. Often it is assumed that this group is made up of the most liberal activists - in this election cycle, Bernie Sanders supporters.

But take a moment to look at some of the data in a report about a group that doesn't get much attention in our political discussions these days: The Status of Black Women in American Politics.

First of all, the number of black women who turn out to vote is higher than any other demographic group - 70% in 2012. That number has been rising since 1996, so it is more than a response to the candidacy of Barack Obama. And no group votes more consistently Democratic than black women. Here are the figures since 1992:


1992 Bill Clinton - 87%
1996 Bill Clinton - 89%
2000 Al Gore - 94%
2004 John Kerry - 90%
2008 Barack Obama - 96%
2012 Barack Obama - 96%

As a comparison, in the above elections no Democratic candidate got more than 48% of the vote from white women.


http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-role-of-black-women-in-democratic.html

Artists for Bernie

We — the undersigned artists, musicians, and cultural leaders of America — are excited to endorse a new vision for our country.

It’s a vision that pushes for a progressive economic agenda.

It’s a vision that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment, and gets big money out of politics.

We endorse Bernie Sanders to become the 2016 Democratic Nominee for President of the United States of America.

Sincerely,

The Artists and Cultural Leaders for Bernie Sanders

https://berniesanders.com/artists/

Here Are Rappers’ 2016 Presidential Endorsements

Since DUers of all persuasions are interesting in Rap music--I had no idea some of y'all were so familier with the genre. Here is a handy slide show on who is endorsing who. This is Internet old, before the first debate. Rapper Mike for instance was a even fan back then, (I think the news is his active support) Snoop Dogg endorsed Hillary back in May--But I digress. Here is a short list -----feel free to use google if you don't recognize some of the names.

Tonight (Oct. 13) is the first democratic debate. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee will go at it while proving to the nation their legitimacy. Since the 2016 Presidential candidates for both parties put in their bids, hip-hop has been very vocal along the process. Here’s a gallery of who your favorite hip-hop stars are endorsing.


http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/10/here-are-rappers-2016-presidential-endorsements/

The Gambia bans female genital mutilation

The Gambia has announced it will ban female genital mutilation (FGM) after the Guardian launched a global campaign to end the practice.

The president, Yahya Jammeh, said last night that the controversial surgical intervention would be outlawed. He said the ban would come into effect immediately, though it was not clear when the government would draft legislation to enforce it.

FGM involves cutting female genitalia – often when girls are young – to remove their labia and clitoris, which often leads to lifelong health complications, including bleeding, infections, vaginal pain and infertility. More than 130 million women worldwide are subjected to the procedure in Africa and the Middle East.

The practice is widespread in many African countries, including the Gambia, where 76% of females have been subjected to it. The age at which FGM takes place in the Gambia is not recorded, but it is reported that the trend of practicing FGM on infant girls is increasing. By the age of 14, 56% of female children in the country have had the procedure.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/24/the-gambia-bans-female-genital-mutilation

Hating Hillary: The One Thing Left and Right Men Can Agree On

(*My note: while this article specifies a gender, Hillary hate is by no means exclusive to men)

“It” is Hillary-hate. It is the tendency for people to decide, at regular intervals, that Hillary Clinton is not a mainstream Democrat who’s carved out a groundbreaking career in politics, but a blood-drenched, boner-killing, venom-dripping hellbeast who is out to destroy America.

“They” is more nebulous, and worse: Hillary-hate is often, but not always, the province of men. It is often, but not exclusively, Republican; conservatives launched The Hillary Project to stop her candidacy back in 2013. (“Hillary Clinton—the name alone strikes dread in the heart of freedom loving Americans.”) And it is often, and unacceptably, embraced by otherwise progressive men, who abandon their principles and their common sense in order to trash her, demonize her, and loudly proclaim to anyone who will listen that they Just Don’t Like Her.

You know Hillary-hate. You’ve seen it before: It’s Tucker Carlson proclaiming that “when she comes on television, I involuntarily cross my legs.” It’s Chris Matthews scolding Clinton, when she criticized Bush’s homeland security spending in 2005, by saying that “you look more witchy when you’re doing it like this.” It is sainted progressive icon Jon Stewart getting huge laughs, off a shot of Clinton smiling politely, with the line “that look is where boners go to die.”

And it goes on, and gets worse, until Hillary is not just portrayed as an ugly, mean old lady these dudes don’t want to fuck, but as an actual monster. Hillary-hate is the fact that, while Clinton was grieving the suicide of her friend Vince Foster, Republicans spread rumors that she had seduced and murdered him. Hillary-hate is Maureen Dowd calling Clinton “Godzilla” and “Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction.” Hillary-hate is the not-remotely-subtle implication that Clinton abuses her husband, spread by the New York Post; next to a photo of Clinton with her mouth wide open at a Benghazi hearing, they ran the headline “NO WONDER BILL’S AFRAID.” Hillary-hate is the persistent, bizarre need for major media outlets to go along with Dowd’s calling Clinton the “50-Foot Woman” and to make Clinton look scary by portraying her as superhumanly huge: On the cover of TIME as a rampaging, pantsuited giantess the size of a skyscraper (photographed in the act of stepping on a powerless man, of course) or on the cover of the New York Times Magazine as some sort of Lovecraftian elder God the size of a planet.


http://globalcomment.com/hating-hillary-the-one-thing-left-and-right-men-can-agree-on/

I think I think to start a 12-step program for my fellow white people

1) Admitted to ourselves, and each other that yes we too can be racist and probably are and definetely were at some point in our lives and could not manage our own racism

2) Came to believe that instead of telling AA's and other POC how to think, feel and act, we should instead...listen

3) Made a decision to turn over our defensive knee-jerk reactions and action to the care of educating ourselves about whiteness and what that means

4) Made and searching and fearless moral inventory of our racisms

5) Admitted to our friends, family including AA and POC friends and family the exact nature of our racisms and encouraged dialogue and conversation.

6) Were entirely ready to have all racisms removed from our character

7) Humbly asked POC and other fellow anti-racists to call us out on our racisms to help remove them

8) Made a list of all persons we had harmed by our racism, and became willing to make amends to them ALL.

9) Made direct amends where possible, and where not possible, listened to POC about what would, and would not work in making those amends

10) Continued to take personal inventory of our racisms, and when we are racist, promptly admitted it.

11) Sought through community action and self-reflection to improve our additudes and outlook and race and racisms, making the battle against racism part our daily lives

12) Having had social conscience awakening as a result of these steps, carry the message to fellow white people and practice not being racist in all our affairs.

Do black children's lives matter if nobody writes about them?

Besides teaching us who we are, books are where we learn who is important enough to read about – and only 5% of kid’s books had black characters last year


Literature’s job is not to protect young people from the ugly world; it is to arm them with a language to describe difficult truths they already know.

“In times of crisis or unrest,” Ferguson municipal public library director Scott Bonner wrote in an email conversation, “everyone, but especially kids, will have questions that tie to identity, empathy, sense of belonging vs exclusion, seeking a role to play, and so forth”. Bonner turned the FMPL into a safe haven during the civil unrest in 2014, earning it a Library of the Year award and international acclaim.

“Books help us know who we are,” he added, “and we must know who we are before we can understand what we must do.”

Besides teaching us who we are, books are where we learn whose lives matter enough to read about: a recent Florida State University study called children’s literature “a dominant blueprint of shared cultural values, meanings and expectations”. Exclusion from this world, the study says, constitutes a kind of “symbolic annihilation”. As suicide rates among black youth skyrocket, and police officers justify killing unarmed children, the annihilation becomes much more than symbolic.


The ongoing crisis of state-sanctioned violence and antiblackness in America is not a new problem, but sustained protests have forced the world take note of it. And while some individual writers have spoken up, the Young Adult industry has had little to say about what the New York Times called “the most formidable protest movement of the 21st century to date”.


http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/06/do-black-childrens-lives-matter-if-nobody-writes-about-them

Goddamnit

So my grandson's football couch has been caught "in a relationship" a high school girl. They have confiscated phones because how the girls patents found out, was texts left on her phone. Now my daughter tells me this isn't the first time in this particular school district, and school board members have quit over non-action (cover-ups, she calls them)

The story is a little messier than that, I don't have proper details, but it could get even uglier--it's not in the news cycle. My daughter wil probably go to the press, if nothing is done.

Not that it matters, but it's the Quillayute school district--that's right--home of "Twilight"



You NEED to Watch ‘Black Woman Steps Up to Mic’ RIGHT NOW by Clutch


Sha’Condria Sibley’s poem, “Black Woman Steps Up to Mic” is everything. And yes, that word gets used for, well, everything these days, but Sibley’s award-winning piece fits the bill.

In her poem, which she performed at the this year’s Texas Grand Slam, Sibley takes on the misconceptions and stereotypes about Black women that do little but make us feel under siege.

Sibley powerfully spits:







Sibley later proclaims, “Black woman is even afraid to call herself Black woman too many times in this poem because she has been taught that she is too insignificant to be acknowledged.”

Well, damn.

“As a black woman with a big name,” Sibley told Fusion she wrote the poem for “people who may have been guilty of not listening to someone based off their initial presentation.”

http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2015/10/you-need-to-watch-black-woman-steps-up-to-mic-right-now/
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