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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-05 03:55 AM
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Shirley Chisolm has left us.
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Former Congresswoman Chisholm Dies at 80
U.S. National - AP
By CORALIE CARLSON, Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and an outspoken advocate for women and minorities during seven terms in the House, died near Daytona Beach, friends said Sunday. She was 80.

"She was our Moses that opened the Red Sea for us," Robert E. Williams, president of the NAACP in Flagler County, told The Associated Press late Sunday. He did not have the details of her death on Saturday.

Chisholm, who was raised in a predominantly black New York City neighborhood and was elected to the U.S. House in 1968, was a riveting speaker who often criticized Congress as being too clubby and unresponsive.

"My greatest political asset, which professional politicians fear, is my mouth, out of which come all kinds of things one shouldn't always discuss for reasons of political expediency," she told voters.

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http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/2005...
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GOPFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-05 12:22 PM
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1. We we so optimistic back then
She was such a great Congresswoman, role model and leader. Back then, the Democrats were electing Shirley Chisholms, today, the Republicans elect Tom DeLays. Damn, I miss the good ol' days!
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msgadget Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-05 06:53 PM
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5. Isn't it astounding, GOP,
how things have changed since then? I REMEMBER her, the pride, the promise... But, you know, things change and sometimes we have to sink all the way down before we're able to rise up.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-05 01:48 PM
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2. She was
a trailblazer....and will be honored as such.

A Great Black Woman! :cry:
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Chovexani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-05 09:07 PM
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3. Our elders are leaving us
Shirley Chisholm was an inspiration to so many...geez this is depressing. :cry:
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Pithy Cherub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-05 09:40 PM
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4. She leaves a legacy that will be honored and remembered!
Edited on Mon Jan-03-05 09:57 PM by Pithy Cherub
In tribute to a valiant leader and courageous role model!

Peace be unto you Shirley! :cry:
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GOPFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-05 08:39 AM
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6. "Shirley Chisholm had guts"
Washington Post Editorial today: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48630-20...

As with most things in her life, Shirley Chisholm had some pretty definite ideas about how she wanted to be remembered. "I'd like them to say that Shirley Chisholm had guts,"

Upon her arrival, the freshman Democrat took the unheard-of step of balking at her assignment to the Agriculture Committee, which she considered irrelevant to her urban district. Rejecting the speaker's counsel to "be a good soldier," Mrs. Chisholm ended up with a preferable slot on Veterans Affairs.

By the time she retired in 1982, Mrs. Chisholm,... said that with the advent of the Reagan administration and a more conservative Congress, "many of us can't be effective at this time. It's not because we're not trying but because the gods seem to be against us."

The Gods are still against us, Shirley. We vow to change that.

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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-05 09:32 AM
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7. Yes she has. This is very personal for me. Ms. Chisholm
was a role model for me and I met her several times. I always thought she was beautiful activist ahead of her time. I agree with the Robert William's quote. She was "our Moses" and I appreciated everything she did for African-Americans in this country especially in New York City.

Shirley Chisholm, rest in peace. O8)


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msgadget Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-09-05 02:58 AM
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8. Will there be another?
<snip>
Three decades have passed. And the Democratic Party in the 11th-hour of the 2004 election rushes out and registers people to vote whom it has alienated and who feel alienated from the political system. The party loses back-to-back presidential elections. And it still casts women and minorities as tokens, order-takers and errand-runners. The Democratic Party is a loser, and it needs to hear some of the things Shirley Chisholm discovered in her run for the presidency.
...
She believed the party, and the political system generally, needed new blood, but that new blood needed a fair campaign finance system to make time and access possible. Campaigns should be financed entirely by public funds; regulations should be tightened and enforced; political campaigns should be shortened, she said.

"Everywhere in this country there are men and women who have real ability and new solutions to offer," she wrote, "but they will never have a chance to serve in public office because they do not have the money to run and win. Meanwhile, candidates who are wealthy to start with, or who are not scrupulous about where they get their financial support, run well-financed campaigns that land them in office - where they become, with few exceptions, exactly the men and women whom we ought not to have representing us."
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The Democratic Party may not be the vehicle for forming a new coalition, she says, writing in 1973. But, she predicts, the "alternative is a future in which the minority (now majority) Republican Party will hold the White House and enough power in Congress and on the state level to ensure that the nation's social problems continue to worsen, particularly the drift into two separate societies for blacks and whites. Meanwhile, the crumbling hulk of the Democratic Party will stagger from disaster to disaster doing the country no good and making it harder to put together a new coalition through the vehicle of a third party."<snip>

To the Democratic Party from Democrat Shirley Chisholm

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