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The weather, is  wicked.  It is reported that winter is rolling in for the mid-west and east coast though life is as per usual here in the 206 … windy cold and reports of Halloween rain.

The last few weeks of mid-term2014 campaigning by the Republican Tea Party have made me sick ,what with all the loony tune behavior, overt lies and racist comments by folks who are not qualified to be representing anyone let alone the people of America do not seem to understand or care that we can hear them…

 “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” -George Orwell

 I personally do not want to go back to what sounds like colonial days  …it controlled my great- grandparents lives & the future of my parents and now a group on the hard right are determined to repeal equity in all its forms … we must move forward stay in the present so discrimination fails …the past fails

Remember the Restore Sanity and or Fear Rally?

 

That rally on 10/30/10 ,was fun to me and while some seemed confused over what the point or the message was; it was the obvious silliness of it all that some folks wanted needed and hopefully experienced. I for one, felt it was a moment to gather at the National Mall either physically or online like me and apparently there were 4 million of us online while 250thousand were at the Mall to say to America ~ listen to the rhetoric! It is getting crazy. We know people are not just engaging in silly fear mongering tactics, the engagement has become physical and people are being hurt or killed. It was time for the bullying to stop and time for a more moderate tone or nothing will get accomplished at all.  Jon Stewart said …something like we are in the hard times, but it is not the end of times.  If you listen to the right, in my opinion they  not only believe that the boogey man is out to take theirs away from them but they have to take back their country in whatever form that takes even if they have to use 2nd amendment remedies.  To me, this sounds insane and stirs fear, which provokes folks to react instead of being proactive.  I was fearful each time I heard Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and others make comments that could seemingly cause folks to commit crimes and lately lodge death threats. Today, most people are seeing through the GOP nonsense.   The rally was diverse had great music by the Roots, Ozzy Osborn, Mavis Staples, Tony Bennett, Yusuf, the OJays,Kid Rock plus cutie pie John Legend and I was totally impressed by the not so R&B instrument, the Tuba. It looked like they had enough potties though rumors were they did not and yes, there were many miscues. We need another one of those rallies. There were many people different from themselves standing together without violence, some may have even agreed to disagree but I saw no one being taken down because of it or stomped on or put in handcuffs, not too many offensive signs and actually, some were quite clever.

The crowd definitely leaned left of center grew to 250thousand people so we know they could not have all been lefties though some in the media might have you believe that. By the end of the day, reports and or stories started being blasted and one in particular grabbed my attention because I question the reasons lady had for being at the rally or even her sanity a bit but hey, she was there expressing or doing her own thing though strange in my opinion. The AP interviewed and gave this lady major attention and while we all have the 1st amendment to fall back on she stated she and the 400 she brought there voted for Obama but will not again. This woman stated she not just wanted to wipe the slate clean she admitted to having dreams of Jon Stewart as a candidate but as she describes her dream, it became violent. I have to say all I could think of was insane in the membrane when I read it and boy it was definitely symbolic of what is going on today. When people are angry and in their anger if poked prodded  just enough , out comes inappropriate reactions by folks who need to take it down a notch … who knew it would take a comedian to say this is how I feel do you feel this way too! Ok, so let us take it to our National Mall and show our Politicians and their cronies whoever that may be and tell them we want debates we want discussions but the crap that is going on right now is not acceptable. In my case, the Republican Tea Party is at fault …done and period. The provocateurs know who they are and I don’t know about you but having some or quite possibly a lot of them running for Public Office possibly getting paid by our tax dollars is just unacceptable to me let alone having to know what they plan to do if elected.

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2013 has been an exciting year for us!
Since our ground breaking in February 2012, the Museum has been taking shape at our construction site on the National Mall, located at the corner of 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, in Washington, DC.
Just before Thanksgiving, we installed by crane two signature objects — a Southern Railway railroad car (segregated) and a 1930s guard tower from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola — too massive to be installed after the Museum is built.  These will be a part of our inaugural exhibition on segregation.
As construction continues, the beams and pillars are beginning to rise. When finished, the Museum will be nearly 400,000 square feet, crowned by a 3-tiered bronze colored corona, but we still need additional funds to reach the finish line.
Can I count on your help? Please consider making a special, year-end tax-deductible gift to the Museum.
Your support is vital to preserving and promoting the cultural legacy of African Americans. Imagine seeing firsthand a PT-13 Stearman Bi-plane actually used to train Tuskegee pilots, viewing the lace shawl Queen Victoria gifted to Harriet Tubman, or enjoying a presentation of jazz music from the Harlem Renaissance!
With artifacts like these and more, the Museum will be a place that becomes a lens into a story that unites as all. To make this possible, Carmen, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today and ensure we stay on schedule to open the Museum’s doors in just a few short years.
Thank you for all you’ve done to support the Museum so far!

Lonnie G. Bunch Sincerely,
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Lonnie G. Bunch
Director

Rudy Lopez, Reform Immigration FOR America … Starving for reform


Eliseo and I

         Support the fasters by sending a message to House leaders calling for on them to make reform a reality!

Send a postcard!

 

I have seen firsthand how our broken immigration system tears families apart.  Now that we are so close to passing immigration reform, I am pushing myself to do all that I can to demand that Speaker John Boehner and other House leaders bring reform to a vote. I am taking part in the Fast for Families on the National Mall.

We fast as an act of faith — faith in the power of our communities, and in our country’s ability to pass reform that will keep our families together. But our fast alone will not bring about change. We need support and action from our movement to make sure that the message of our fast has the impact it needs in the House of Representatives.

Today is a Day to Act, Fast, and Pray — a national day of action.

It is our moral responsibility to do everything we can to show our leaders the urgent need to stop family separation and to make immigration reform a reality. Help ensure that our message is heard in Congress right now.

Some fasters have gone more than three weeks without food. I am now on the 13th day of my fast, and I will take part until my body cannot continue. Although we face physical pain from hunger, we know that it is nothing compared to the pain thousands of families face from deportation.

As my friend and fellow faster Eliseo Medina said, “We’re tired. Feeling weak. But you know, as tired as we are, there is still a hunger within us for justice. A hunger to be heard. A hunger for the end of this suffering.”

I have faith that we can move our leaders to act, but we need your prayers and your voice. Send a message to leaders in Congress now.

With faith,immigration

Rudy Lopez Reform Immigration FOR America

PS: You can learn more about the Fast for Families at Fast4Families.org.

BioMarin said No to her friend with Cancer


The first thing I have to say is thank you. More than 140,00 people — including you — have signed my petition to help save the life of my friend Andrea Sloan.

Andrea is in desperate need of a new cancer drug made by pharmaceutical company BioMarin, but they say she’s “not eligible” for any of their current trials. Andrea needs access to the drug under a “compassionate use” program, and because of our petition, it’s looking like that could really happen.

Just last week, a leaked internal email from BioMarin proved that they are taking this petition seriously and really considering helping Andrea.

Now is the time to turn up the pressure on BioMarin. Can you share my petition on Facebook to help it gain more signatures and momentum?

We are so close to getting Andrea the medicine she needs. She has dedicated her life to helping others — I know we can do what it takes to help her.

Thank you,

Carol Carter
Lake Dallas, TX

P.S. Have you seen this video that Andrea made explaining compassionate use? Click here to watch, and feel free to share that as well!