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O'Malley does have support in the black community - who are they?

I posted in a GD thread because I saw - Clinton and Sanders will split the black vote. This thread isn't about them - It's about O'Malley, who I know is supporting him, and who we should be reaching out to. I'm expanding on my post in GD - I've linked it below.


Subtract 1 - Me - from that. Telecom, deal with Federal Law agencies, married to an immigrant who is in the arts and has a business that makes art commercial - restoration, railings, copper bars and bar stools, gates. We interact as it relates to business with other blue collar business owners, historical/preservation societies, architects, and artists/entertainers - as well as many people in the tech fields. Voted for Booker and Obama. Involved in anti racism coalition - started our community kitchen, hell raisers in our small towm in NJ. We live in a bright red district.

2 - my brother owns a green building supply company. That one is a no brainer. The best thing for him is leadership that sees the value in the repurposed and new things with a small carbon footprint that can also be reconsumed. Think about all the small business tradesmen he touches.

3 - Lisa from WNY - lives in Baltimore about 14/15 years now. Well educated single mom, active in black lives matter, saw the positive impact of O'Malley's approach to crime in her neighborhood, took part in a community police initiative - voted Obama - supported Clark in 2004.

4, 5, 6 - My sister and her two eldest.  Sister is another single mom in the sciences. Actually - pretty uch everyone in her circle is for O'Malley. People who work hard but need SNAP to get by - up to Corporate Attorneys. Nieces sweet 16 a few weeks ago was interesting. Interesting - older son just started first job in private equity on Wall Street after interning last summer. K to Antie A - It's not about me.

7, 8 - Dougbug and his wife - Elizabeth NJ  - he's high up in telecom but never left his old neighborhood - wife is a nurse. 5. Kids including the nephew they took in. Strong Democratic family.

9, 10 - D (From the Caribbean)and his wife - Brooklyn - Came here when he was a little guy - dad became police man in NYC - was killed on the job. Wife is a Spelman grad. He worked on Wall Street in the 90's, made sick money - woke up one day and said: this sucks. Wife is in Fashion industry - he's with an equipment manufacturer. Live in Williamsburg section. Solid on the O'Malley train. Education for their son and safety for him. That's key for them.

11 - Uncle Otis - 78 - Atlanta - my dad's older brother. Retired for quite a few years - owned three business (in the trades), Morehouse grad. Deeply religious but likes his home made grain booze. Active in youth outreach and stepping up when dads aren't around type organizations.

12 - Cousin Michelle, Husband (Senegal immigrant) , Aunt Lela - MD - They love O'Malley. She works in Fed Gov (NIH used to be CIA) , he's with Catholic Charities. Aunt Lela moved with them to be closer to their daughter. Environment, education are critical to them. Fair pay - extremely anti war.

13 - Juls - San Diego. Says her dad back home in Rochester is with us. She's in telecom (we met at work about 17 years ago). Her husband is a Chef. She's still pissed Al Gore in her words "rolled over". Mixed race couple - they see the ugly in America as my husband and I do.

That's just a few. 

Around the country, different journeys, different goals, different financial backgrounds, different financial and life circmstances etc etc 

Two things when I think of discussions be it to face, by phone, by skype,, via email that are common threads - 

A disgust with Washington DC long games 

A lack of people who really want to accomplish things or they would have done it already 

Personally I don't want to be like a one issue pro life Republican - you know the type. They had all the branches of the Fed give for six years and they couldn't make abortion illegal - yet the dummies on the right with that one issue keep voting for them - and on the way to vote . . . The bridge they cross is crumbling. 

Step by step, inch by inch - sorority, fraternity (understand these are hugely significant associations in the black community), links meetings, b & b meetings, jack and Jill etc etc the message starts there and funnels out to our civic endeavors. 

Don't believe all is lost to Sanders and Clinton. These are the types of folks you need to be engaging. There are others I'm sure - but this is a handful I know - strong supporters.

Honorary mention - my mom. White woman in her late 60's. At the top of her business in her career - but she never made the kind of income I do. She has deep pockets, deep roots as a hippie whose true nature met a tragic end when she married my dad (Army Officer), engaged in warfare with my dad in 2008 - she was Edwards he was Obama. I think DU II I posted about the 'sign wars' they had in that election. Extremely anti war, anti establishment, but has deep pockets and we tease 'Lady Di' about wearing her pearl earrings to bed. I won't share her comments on Senator Clinton (she strongly supported her for the Senate) - those are negative.

Let's just say 2008 - Clinton caused her mama bear to kick in regards to Obama. She really related to his mothers choices in life and said - he's not an orphan. There's a lot of women out here like me that see their son.

Those women you guys - we can get them.

And we can do it by staying positive and on point!
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Wed Jul 1, 2015, 03:00 PM (5 replies)

The White Male Union Voter 2016

Start here -


Here's what we know: Union membership has been nearly cut in half over the past thirty years. During that time, income inequality grew, with the top one percent of wealthiest Americans seeing especially big gains in their pre- and post-tax income. And although the economy has grown, wages have not: The portion of GDP going toward workers' pay has shrunk by almost six percentage points over the last decade.

The causal chain is so tempting: As unions get smaller, collective bargaining gets weaker, worker wages go down, and evil profiteers cackle. But is it clear that the decreasing power of unions has made it harder for employees to afford everyday life? This idea was discussed at a recent Atlantic working summit on "secure livelihoods," which focused on systemic causes of persistent income inequality; what does the research say?

We had a newcomer to the group explain to us that one of the candidates has to not speak to the issues of minorities in order to snag the white male union voter's vote.

Now Obama won twice by getting out the black vote - with a special emphasis on black female voters from all income levels.

A democratic candidate that frames the issues in a way the speaks to us - can win without the white male union voter. They can win without the white male Republican Southern voter.

So that being the case - how far should a Democratic candidate go to woo the Shrinking White Male Union Voter? Should they not declare in writing and make part of their platform the issues and concerns of blacks? Even though we can bring you over the finish line - and HAVE BEEN CARRYING Water for the party .
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Sat Jun 27, 2015, 12:45 PM (36 replies)

The thing is - for zingers

He only has to say -

Well - while my opponents have a great idea - here's how I implemented it.

Posted by JustAnotherGen | Thu Jun 25, 2015, 01:25 PM (2 replies)

Who? He's the Who Who Did It!

A tasted of what he accomplished as Governor - because you know . . . talk is cheap.

Legalized Same Sex Marriage

Enacted Strict Gun Control Laws - so strict he offended Beretta and they moved out of stae.

Repealed the death penalty in MD

He signed a law that allows people in the country illegally to get drivers licenses.

He defied the Democratic Party leadership last summer on the child 'new Americans' crossing the border.

Raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour

He left office with Maryland having the highest median household income in America.

Education Week magazine ranked Maryland’s K-12 schools #1 in America for five straight years.

The Pew Center ranked Maryland one of the top three states for upward economic mobility.

Look up the words 'Flush Tax' - they funded an upgrade to wastewater treatment plants.

1 Million acres of open space preserved

MD cut their infant mortality rate by 21% under his watch - the goal was 10%

What else did you need?

You aren't going to get a lot of would, should, could from his supporters. I know I'm not the only person who looks at a long list of 'I did' - and that's where his appeal is to me.

Now 1strong -frame this in - "I know gen is actively engaged in getting things done in her community."

Start from that point with my response on this.

And then remember this - He didn't back away from his policy in Baltimore as the Mayor. He operated from a place of what he knew, when he knew it. But when the people got good and righteously angry - he didn't hide out in Europe. He came home and faced the music.

And that humility makes him human.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Thu Jun 25, 2015, 01:07 PM (4 replies)

What strikes me about this

Effa did it during a time of segregation - where being black meant you weren't a 'full citizen' of the united states.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Tue Jun 23, 2015, 08:31 AM (0 replies)

I'm cool with that


$5.38 <- What South Carolina gets back on its' investment to the Feds. They are number 40 on the list in terms of what they put in.

$.48 cents <- What NJ gets back on our investment to the Feds. We are ranked number 1 for putting into the Feds.

For the purpose of distributing Federal tax dollars around the state of S.C. - at their state house - Governor Haley tear down that flag!

I could care less what private homeowners do in S.C. - they are a 16 hour car drive from me - and cant impact my property value in NJ. Don't care about their bumper sticker or t-shirt either.

Conducting business of the State with my money which we would spend far more effectively in Hunterdon County NJ - I expect them to be solid patriotic all for one and one for all Americans.

They aren't independent - they are dependent. And being dependent on my income 1000 miles away - I expect them to toe the line. They lost the war - and their days of winning the peace are over.

Their state house - using money from states that don't fly Johnny Reb colors to conduct the business of South Carolina - must not offend the citizens of other states giving the our hard earned money - so they can continue to perpetuate institutionalized racism. It's bad enough they do that - their faces are dirty in that regard. At least their hands should be clean.

Posted by JustAnotherGen | Tue Jun 23, 2015, 05:21 AM (0 replies)

Excellent thread - adding this to my journal!

Posted by JustAnotherGen | Fri Jun 19, 2015, 12:06 PM (1 replies)

The Racist Planned the hate crime for six months


Dalton Tyler told ABC News that he'd known Roof for at least seven months, and that the 21-year-old was "planning something like that for six months."

ABC reports:

“He was big into segregation and other stuff,” Tyler said. “He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”

Tyler said he met Roof, a Lexington, South Carolina native, through a good friend. He also said Roof’s parents, with whom he said the suspect was “on and off,” had previously bought him a gun but never allowed him to take it with him until this past week.

Many of Roof's family members have repeatedly declined to comment on the 21-year-old suspect, but his friends, previous police reports and his uncle have painted a picture of a shut-in with no job and plenty of anger.

*Another snippet:
A childhood friend with whom Roof had recently become reacquainted said Roof started railing about the Trayvon Martin case in recent weeks, complaining about black people "taking over the world" and about the need for someone to do something about it for the sake of "the white race."

Posted by JustAnotherGen | Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:56 AM (37 replies)

One White Parent - One Black Parent

That used to be called 'mulatto' - now it's bi-racial and on forms you can sometimes check 'other'.

I'm one of those women.

With it comes a set of experiences that causes you to view America through a different lens that a white woman.

We are going back to CHILDHOOD here.

For those in America whowish to defend Rachel D's right to 'claim' a series of experiences - go ahead.

But don't compare her to those of us (she's just a few years younger than me) who were born into and grew up in a family with a black parent and a white parent.

Because of her color - she did NOT have the same experiences as us.

And her color is the FAULT of her parents. Be angry with them - not black folks and bi-racial folks who don't accept her as one of us. The beef is with them.

How about - those in America that want to defend this insanity - how about they start taking pot shots at one of her parents for not doing her the favor of marrying/creating with a black person.

It seems to me that the issue could be with them. If Only one of them had done so -

Then Rachel wouldn't have been 'burdened' with growing up blonde haired and blue eyed in a household with two white parents - and in a country that treats that women that looked like she used to as something to be held and cherished (blonde haired blue eyed beauty standard).

Either the folks making this claim that she's 'bi-racial' are deliberately ignorant - or they are deliberately taking pot shots at mixed race people.

Set all of your science aside - science doesn't account for how white racists treat black people - and white people who cross the color line - in AMERICA.

And I really find it funny how white racists in America will ONLY come to a 'black woman's defense' when she is actually a WHITE WOMAN.

Their two faces are showing - they best be careful. Wouldn't want the mask to drop completely - and stay off.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Wed Jun 17, 2015, 08:08 AM (26 replies)

With all due respect

Rachel isn't one of us.

My Father (whose beautiful soul is in heaven) was black - my mother is still alive and white.

Rachel has two white parents.

TBH - It's pretty insulting to imply that she has had my same life experiences, family experience etc. etc.

Here it comes - 'bi-racial kids are fucked up because this white woman who tans a lot and wears a wig is fucked up'.


Yes - I was ^ yelling ^ - because I'm insulted. Her parents didn't get run off the road when her mother was close to full term with her older brother - Mine did. That's the reality for REAL mixed race families in the late 1960's / early 1970's in Kentucky.

I'm not driving into every. single. fucking. experience. I've had.

But please - knock it off.

This was 'settled' to white Americans satisfaction led when a black man with a white mother entered the White House.

At no time ever have all the bigots in this piece of shit inherently racist country EVER accepted him as white -

Except when they want to be little bigoted snots.

Find another analogy - she doesn't have the life experience of a bi-racial person -

Comparing her to us - it's just fucking bullshit. And you know it is. You know it.

Posted by JustAnotherGen | Wed Jun 17, 2015, 07:56 AM (1 replies)
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