Mahalo & Always Have HOPE

We began this journey with HOPE and a good man who was born in Hawai’i and became a Senator from Chicago named Barack Obama. We used all our spare moments in our busy lives to volunteer for him and we forged wonderful friendships along the way. We cheered together on election night to find that we made a difference and that America is truly filled with good people. Our wonderful President Obama did his very best to help America and Americans despite a disfunctional Congress.

A person note; since our Nov 8th, 2016 election the prayer I say every night is May empathy, love and hope replace the hate in the minds and souls of people all over the world.’

But now it is time for me to say “Aloha Oe”  (Farewell to Thee). This is my last thread for ProPresObama.org. I feel very fortunate to have been able to speak out on all those things that I hold dear like equal rights for ALL Americans, honor and justice for minorities and solidarity with Democrats. Please, please keep fighting for justice and equality and VOTE DEMOCRAT!

Mahalo & A Hui Hou (thank you & until we meet again), 

By ☮ CR  of OFA

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A member of the audience holds a "Thank You" sign during President Barack Obama's speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform, at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
A member of the audience holds a “Thank You” sign during President Barack Obama’s speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform, at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The ‘most successful’ Dem president since FDR ends on a high note 

There’s a school of thought that suggests this isn’t entirely Trump’s fault. Maybe the public is just in a sour mood. Perhaps Americans, after a long and ugly campaign, are inclined to hold every political figure in low regard, and Trump is simply caught up in a wave of broad public revulsion.Of course, if that were true, President Obama wouldn’t be leaving office with rising popularity.

While Trump is entering office with the worst numbers in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll, outgoing President Barack Obama is exiting with some of his highest numbers. Fifty-six percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job, which is his highest rating since the first few months of his presidency.

Moreover, 53 percent of Americans believe the country is better off than it was eight years ago, while 42 percent think it’s worse off. A similar 54 percent say Obama mostly brought the right kind of change.

And a combined 55 percent believe Obama – compared with the past several U.S. presidents – will either go down as one of the very best or be better than most.

Democratic pollster Fred Yang put it this way: “If Donald Trump enters office on a down note, the current occupant is enjoying a second honeymoon of sorts.”

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll, meanwhile, puts Obama’s final approval rating at 60% — one of only four presidents since World War II to leave the White House with so much public support.

Similarly, a new CNN poll also shows Obama with a 60% approval rating. The same survey found 65% of Americans consider Obama’s presidency as a success.

The 2016 election may not have turned out the way the president wanted, but there’s no doubt that Obama is exiting the stage on a very high note.

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Thank You President Barack & First Lady Michelle Obama!!!

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Mourn. Then Organize.

At a time like this, many liberals and progressive will recall the words of labor activist Joe Hill: “Don’t mourn, organize.”

But let’s be honest. We’re in shock. We need time to mourn. To recover from the trauma of this election.

I feel awful for my 19-year-old twin daughters, who voted for the first time this year and now have to spend their college years with Trump as president. They’re upset. They talked about moving to Canada. They were half serious. We talked and texted all night, trying to console ourselves. It was tough.

I reminded them that we’ve been through periods like this before. The Civil War. The Gilded Age. The Great Depression.

I told them that in 1968, when I was 20, America elected Richard Nixon. At the time, we thought that this was the apocalypse. I had worked for Bobby Kennedy’s campaign. His murder in June of that year was traumatic. He certainly would have beaten Nixon, brought together the civil rights, union, and anti-war movements, and pushed to end the war in Vietnam, escalate and war on poverty, and expand workers rights.

After Nixon won, I considered moving to Canada myself, not just out of fear of Nixon’s agenda but also to avoid the draft and Vietnam. I even submitted an application to the University of Toronto.

But I stayed. I didn’t want to abandon my country. Like many others of my generation, I wanted to change it.

After Nixon beat Hubert Humphrey in November 1968, a massive resistance movement emerged to make it harder for Nixon to govern. In 1970, we started electing anti-war candidates to Congress. We started a backyard revolution of community organizing in urban communities. Then activists also built the women’s movement, the consumer movement, and the environmental movement.

Nixon did great damage (including the invasion of Cambodia, the killings at Jackson State and Kent State, the government infiltration and surveillance of dissenters), but the country survived.

Yes, Trump is worse than Nixon. He’s a demagogue, a white supremacist, a psychopath. But we’ll resist again.

I reminded my daughters that probably 35 percent of eligible voters didn’t vote this year. Most of them are poor, people of color, and/or young. Had they voted, Clinton would have won a big victory. Don’t judge the whole country by the election returns. The American people, overall, are better than the people who voted.

There will be many post mortems trying to explain how and why Trump won. Among the key factors:

James Comey: No major election analyst tonight (not even Rachel Maddow) mentioned the impact of FBI director Comey’s outrageous intervention on the outcome of this election. That, more than anything else, stopped Clinton’s momentum, diverted attention away from Trump’s sex and other scandals, and refocused public attention on Clinton’s emails. More than 20 million people voted between his letter to Congress 11 days ago, and his statement two days ago that the FBI found nothing damning in the new wave of Clinton emails. Much damage was done. Comey, the rogue FBI director, was more responsible for Trump’s victory than anyone else. A Republican under pressure from GOP lawmakers, Comey intentionally caused the damage.

Voter Suppression: The Republicans’ voter suppression campaign (including voter ID and felon disenfranchisement laws) in key battleground states—particularly in poor and minority areas—gave Trump the margin of victory. This was true in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Charlotte, and other cities. Republicans engaged in such fraudulent election activities as sending phony robocalls to black households with misinformation about voting locations and times. Our arcane election laws also played a role. If Election Day were a national holiday (as it is in most democracies), or if most states had same-day voter registration, turnout among those groups would have been higher, and Clinton would have won in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and other swing states, and won the presidency.

Media Bias: The mainstream media gave Trump a free ride for most of the past year; treating him like a normal candidate rather than a racist demagogue. That allowed him to win the GOP nomination and to gain traction after the Republican convention. The media’s obsession with Clinton’s emails obscured the much-more-serious Trump scandals—his failure to pay taxes, his sexism, his bogus and self-serving foundation, his lies about his fortune, his fraudulent and abusive business practices, his total ignorance about public policy, Only in the past month did the media wake up and begin serious reporting on the real Trump. But it was too little, too late.

Right-Wing Money: The Koch brothers didn’t back Trump, but their political empire—including other right-wing billionaires who joined forces with them—may have spent close to a billion dollars helping Republican candidates for House and Senate. That increased GOP turnout in battleground states, and helped Trump.

Other factors—WikiLeaks, Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s stupid meeting with Bill Clinton on the airport tarmac, and the persistence of racism and sexism among a significant segment of the American population—all also played a role.

How did so many pollsters get it wrong?

How did so many pollsters get it wrong? Trump benefited from what political scientists call the “Bradley effect.” Just before Election Day in November 1982, polls showed that Tom Bradley, the African American mayor of Los Angeles, was going to beat Republican George Deukmejian in the race for California governor. But on Election Day, Deukmejian won. It appeared that many voters had lied to pollsters (or even to themselves). They didn’t want to appear racist, so they told pollsters they favored Bradley, but they voted for Deukmejian. Apparently, a significant number of people this year told pollsters they were voting for Clinton, or were undecided, but wound up voting for Trump. Perhaps they didn’t want to admit to pollsters, or to themselves, that they preferred Trump over Clinton.

The future looks better. Although turnout was low among the under-30 generation, those who went to the polls voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton and liberal Democrats for Congress. Latinos—the fastest-growing part of the electorate—voted overwhelmingly for Clinton. Within a few years, their growing numbers will determine elections in Florida, Arizona, Nevada, even Texas.

There were even some silver linings on Tuesday. Voters in Maricopa County, Arizona, defeated the right-wing immigrant-bashing Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington state approved ballot initiatives on Tuesday to increase their states’ minimum wages. Voters in Arizona and Colorado approved measures to require businesses to provide employees with paid sick days. California voters approved statewide ballot measures to extend current income tax rates for the wealthy to pay for public education, to raise tobacco tax by $2 a pack, to repeal the ban on bilingual education, to strengthen gun control laws, and to legalize marijuana. And some might find solace knowing that even though Trump beat Clinton in the Electoral College, she won the popular vote.

Moreover, all polls show that large majorities of Americans support a progressive policy agenda that links economic prosperity with fairness. They want higher taxes on the super-rich, stronger regulations on Wall Street, and big business to protect consumers, workers, and the environment, a significant increase in the federal minimum wage, some version of universal health insurance, a large-scale job-creating infrastructure program, and more affordable colleges and universities.

But public opinion, on its own, doesn’t bring about change. That’s what movements do. Americans need to join forces to resist where Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, the Koch brothers, and Wall Street want to take the country. We need to build on the momentum of the Black Lives Matter and Fight for $15 campaigns, and the movements to protect immigrants, block the Keystone and Standing Rock pipelines, divest from fossil fuels, and defend Planned Parenthood and women’s right to choose.

We need new Democratic Party leadership. We need a progressive like Senators Elizabeth Warren or Dick Durbin, or Congressman John Lewis as the next head of the Democratic National Committee.

For more: http://prospect.org/article/mourn-then-organize

Timeline of protests against Donald Trump (post presidency)

For the entire timeline: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_protests_against_Donald_Trump#Post-election_protests 

Sunday, Jan 15, the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Interfaith Moral Action on Climate is organizing a spiritual assembly and walk to the White House.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Build and Resist: Climate Convergence and Action at the Inauguration and Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance. The Climate Justice Alliance also plans trainings and mobilization.

 

Thursday, Jan. 19
Take action in the morning at FERC to Resist Trump’s FERC

 

Friday, Jan. 20, Inauguration Day

 

Saturday, Jan. 21
* The Women’s March on Washington will begin at Independence Ave and 3rd St. SW.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Seven Greenpeace members climbed a construction crane belonging to Clark Construction and displayed a large banner saying “Resist”, blocking traffic and interrupting work

 

Saturday, Jan. 28

Protests occurred at airports across the US, including O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, JFK Airport in New York, SFO in San Francisco, LAX in Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Sunday, Jan. 29

Protests against executive order 13769, banning travelers and refugees from certain countries continue at airports and public spaces, continue in the United States  and internationally.

 

Monday, Jan 30

A protest occurred at the U.S. Consulate in TorontoCanada in the wake of Trump’s executive order on immigration. A demonstration by Democrats was held outside of the Supreme Court to protest the executive order. Across major cities in the United Kingdom, large crowds varying from over 200 people, protested against the Trump Administration’s order on banning travellers and refugees from certain countries, as well supporting the petition to ban the Trump state visit to the U.K, which gathered over one million signatures in two days.

 

Tuesday, January 31 

Protests against Executive Order 13769 continue. In Las Cruces, New Mexico, demonstrators showed up outside the Islamic Center to show support for the Muslim community.

 

Thursday, February 2

Yemeni business owners in New York City shut down their various businesses from noon until 8pm to protest executive order 13769.Thousands of Comcast employees in PortlandWashington, D.C., Philadelphia and Sunnyvale walked off the job in protest of executive order 13769.

 

Friday, February 3 

Mock vigils for the Bowling Green Massacre, a fictitious event accidentally created by Kellyanne Conway while defending executive order 13769 took place in Bowling Green, Kentucky and at Bowling Green train station in New York City.

Planned protests

Thursday, February 16 – ‘A Day Without Immigrants‘ strike

Monday, February 20 – ‘Not My Presidents Day’ protest

Wednesday, March 8– International Women’s Day  march

Saturday, April 15 – Tax Day March demanding that Donald Trump release his tax returns.

Saturdy, April 22 – Earth Day’s March for science protesting climate change denial.

Wednesday, May 1 – May Day aka International Worker’s Day 

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Economic policy:

Social policy:

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)#Political_positions

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38 thoughts on “Mahalo & Always Have HOPE

  1. WH

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    All Times Eastern

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  2. We began this journey with HOPE and a good man who was born in Hawai’i and became a Senator from Chicago named Barack Obama. We used all our spare moments in our busy lives to volunteer for him and we forged wonderful friendships along the way. We cheered together on election night to find that we made a difference and that America is truly filled with good people. Our wonderful President Obama did his very best to help America and Americans despite a disfunctional Congress.

    A person note; since our Nov 8th, 2016 election the prayer I say every night is May empathy, love and hope replace the hate in the minds and souls of people all over the world.’

    But now it is time for me to say “Aloha Oe”  (Farewell to Thee). This is my last thread for ProPresObama.org. I feel very fortunate to have been able to speak out on all those things that I hold dear like equal rights for ALL Americans, honor and justice for minorities and solidarity with Democrats. Please, please keep fighting for justice and equality and VOTE DEMOCRAT!

    Mahalo & A Hui Hou (thank you & until we meet again), 

    By CR of OFA

  3. The ‘most successful’ Dem president since FDR ends on a high note

    01/18/17 10:55AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    Donald Trump is entering the White House with the weakest public support of any new president since the dawn of modern polling. The Republican may prefer to see a giant media conspiracy against him — Trump yesterday dismissed survey results as “rigged” — but if so, the scheme incorporates a plethora of national news organizations and polling outfits, each of which show the president-elect with surprisingly awful backing.

    There’s a school of thought that suggests this isn’t entirely Trump’s fault. Maybe the public is just in a sour mood. Perhaps Americans, after a long and ugly campaign, are inclined to hold every political figure in low regard, and Trump is simply caught up in a wave of broad public revulsion.

    Of course, if that were true, President Obama wouldn’t be leaving office with rising popularity.

    While Trump is entering office with the worst numbers in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll, outgoing President Barack Obama is exiting with some of his highest numbers. Fifty-six percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job, which is his highest rating since the first few months of his presidency.

    Moreover, 53 percent of Americans believe the country is better off than it was eight years ago, while 42 percent think it’s worse off. A similar 54 percent say Obama mostly brought the right kind of change.

    And a combined 55 percent believe Obama – compared with the past several U.S. presidents – will either go down as one of the very best or be better than most.

    Democratic pollster Fred Yang put it this way: “If Donald Trump enters office on a down note, the current occupant is enjoying a second honeymoon of sorts.”

    A new Washington Post/ABC News poll, meanwhile, puts Obama’s final approval rating at 60% — one of only four presidents since World War II to leave the White House with so much public support.

    Similarly, a new CNN poll also shows Obama with a 60% approval rating. The same survey found 65% of Americans consider Obama’s presidency as a success.

    The 2016 election may not have turned out the way the president wanted, but there’s no doubt that Obama is exiting the stage on a very high note.

    Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-most-successful-dem-president-fdr-ends-high-note#break

  4. CR, thank you so much for all of your hard work in keeping this site going. It has gotten me through a lot. Didn’t have a chance to meet you in person, but I feel like I did. I wish you and your family the best in whatever the future has in store for you. This first family will be sorely missed, and I will miss all of your wonderful posts. Take care, and again, love you for all of your hard work.

  5. Mourn. Then Organize.

    NOVEMBER 9, 2016 PETER DREIER – TheProspect

    This nation has survived political crises before, and it will again if progressives refrain from pointing fingers and start organizing.

    At a time like this, many liberals and progressive will recall the words of labor activist Joe Hill: “Don’t mourn, organize.”

    For more: http://prospect.org/article/mourn-then-organize

    Saturday, Jan. 14
    ^ DisruptJ20 has direct action training camp, learn more
    * National Action Network “We Shall Not Be Moved March” on Washington.

    Sunday, Jan. 15
    ^ DisruptJ20 has direct action training camp, learn more

    Sunday, Jan 15, the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    ^ Interfaith Moral Action on Climate is organizing a spiritual assembly and walk to the White House.

    Wednesday, Jan. 18
    Build and Resist: Climate Convergence and Action at the Inauguration and Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance. The Climate Justice Alliance also plans trainings and mobilization.

    Thursday, Jan. 19
    * Take action in the morning at FERC to Resist Trump’s FERC

    * Anti-inaugural Ball
    The New Yorker Hotel, New York, NY
    6:30PM – 9:30PM

    * Anti-inaugural Ball
    Magic City Casino, Miami, FL
    7:00pm – 10:00 pm

    Inauguration Day, Friday, Jan. 20
    * #Disrupt J20 has a Facebook page. In addition, numerous permitted rallies and nonviolent civil disobedience are planned

    * Anti-inaugural Ball
    BIMBO’S, San Francisco, CA
    7:30pm – 1:00 am

    Saturday, Jan. 21
    ^ The Women’s March on Washington will begin at Independence Ave and 3rd St. SW.

  6. Protests against Donald Trump

    Planned demonstrations and boycotts of Inauguration of Donald Trump

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    Former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart US Capitol

    Former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama say farewell to the White House staff

    Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden say farewell to the White House staff

    Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden Departs Washington, D.C.

    Former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
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    Former President Obama delivers his last remarks to military and civilian personnel
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  8. Happy and HOPEful last night of the historic Obama Presidency, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    We will never forget these years — and there is plenty of work left to do. The Obamas and the Bidens will be in the fray, and we will join them in America's unending effort to reach a more perfect Union.

    Still fired up — still ready to go — still filled with HOPE. Yes we can, we did, and we will again.

    CR, thank you for ProPresObama.org, and thank you even more for your friendship.


  9. On his last day, Obama shrinks Guantanamo population to new low

    01/20/17 08:41AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    Congress made it effectively impossible for President Obama to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, but lawmakers couldn’t stop the outgoing president from coming close to his goal.

    The Obama administration’s long and fitful effort to wind down the Guantánamo Bay wartime prison came to a close on Thursday with an announcement that it had transferred four more men out of the detention complex. Their departures are expected to be the last before President Obama leaves office on Friday.

    The transfer of the four detainees means that President-elect Donald J. Trump, who has called for an end to such transfers, will inherit the fates of 41 men there, 31 of whom are being held without charges or trial.

    “As president, I have tried to close Guantánamo,” Obama said in a letter to congressional leaders yesterday. “When I inherited this challenge, it was widely recognized that the facility — which many around the world continue to condemn — needed to close. Unfortunately, what had previously been bipartisan support for closure suddenly became a partisan issue. Despite those politics, we have made progress.”

    That’s quantitatively true. Updating the tally we’ve been keeping an eye on, the detention facility’s population peaked in 2003 with 680 prisoners. The Bush/Cheney administration began moving detainees out in its second term, and by the time President Obama took office, the population was down to 242 prisoners.

    Now, as Obama exits the stage, the total is down to 41. Two weeks ago, Donald Trump, who’s never demonstrated any real understanding of this issue, declared, “There should be no further releases from Gitmo.” Fortunately, the current president ignored him.

    For more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/his-last-day-obama-shrinks-guantanamo-population-new-low#break

  10. January 21, 2016
    Women’s March

    Hawaii grandma’s plea launches women’s march in Washington

    Dec 5, 2016 | 5:35am EST By Laila Kearney – reuters

    Hawaii grandmother Teresa Shook wanted to share her outrage with other women the night after Donald Trump was elected president, but she had few options in her remote island community. So she went on Facebook and in a popular political group wrote the first thing that came to mind: I think we should march.

    Four weeks later, organizers credit Shook’s quiet plea with igniting what could be the largest demonstration in the nation’s capital related to a presidential election.

    More than 125,000 people from across the country have signed up to march in Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration in support of women’s rights. Sister protests are planned in London and Frankfurt and online interest has grown to hundreds of thousands.

    For more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-women-idUSKBN13U0GW

    • Women’s March

      The Women’s March on Washington is a political rally that took place on January 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to promote women’s rights, immigration reform, and LGBTQ rights, and to address racial inequities, worker’s issues, and environmental issues. Sister events took place in cities around the world. The march, organized as a grassroots movement, was on the day after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, whom protesters view as a major threat to their cause. It aimed to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.” The march was streamed live in Washington, D.C. on YouTube. Marches occured all around the world, with 408 marches reported in the US, and 168 in other countries. The march drew hundreds of thousands to D.C. alone and approximately 2.9 million in cities throughout the U.S., thus becoming the largest single day protest in American history.

      For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_March_on_Washington#Washington.2C_D.C.

    • Hundreds of thousands mobilize in women’s marches across the South

      January 23, 2017 by Chris Kromm – facingsouth.org

      They’re being called the biggest protests in U.S. history: On Saturday, Jan. 21 — one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump — millions of people joined Women’s Marches in more than 500 towns and cities across the country.

      Drawing on reports from newspapers, social media, march organizers and other sources, Erica Chenoweth at the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut created a database to inventory turnout at the protests.

      Their estimate: At least 3.3 million came out to the Women’s March events, a figure that’s incomplete because turnout reports are still coming in.

      The South was well-represented in the Jan. 21 demonstrations, according to the reports. Busloads from around the South arrived in Washington, D.C. for the main demonstration — which drew more than half a million people — and many more went to “sister marches” across the region.

      Chenowith and Pressman document more than 100 events in Southern towns and cities. Events ranged from massive demonstrations mobilizing more than 20,000 people in cities including Atlanta, Houston and Nashville to an event in Helena, Arkansas that reportedly drew two people.

      Altogether, between 320,000 and 410,000 marchers gathered for events spanning all 13 Southern states. Events across the region included [summarized]:

      ALABAMA: More than 5,000 gathered in Birmingham, a city steeped in protest history.

      GEORGIA: Officials estimate more than 60,000 came out for the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women, which stretched for over a mile in making its way from the Center for Civil and Human Rights to the state capital. At the front was Rep. John Lewis (D), who said, “I marched in Nashville, I marched in Washington, I marched from Selma to Montgomery. I’m ready to march again.”

      NORTH CAROLINA: A crowd of 17,000 to 20,000 gathered in Raleigh for North Carolina’s biggest Women’s March. A diverse range of grassroots leaders stressed the march’s connection to struggles for racial equality, labor and LGBT justice.

      TEXAS: “I think there’s a time and a place to be furious and this is the time,” said a woman attending a march in Austin, which police estimate drew 40,000 to 50,000 people.

      WEST VIRGINIA: In a state where more than two-thirds of voters cast ballots for President Trump, more than 3,000 gathered in the capital city of Charleston, where they sang “Bread and Roses,” a labor song made popular during the 1912 miners’ strike.

      For the entire article: https://www.facingsouth.org/2017/01/hundreds-thousands-mobilize-womens-marches-across-south

  11. In a first, Georgia police chief to apologize for 1940 lynching

    8:53 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 Brad Schrade The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    A Georgia police chief will publicly apologize Thursday for his agency’s role in a 1940 lynching — an extraordinary admission believed to one of the first of its kind in the South.

    The lynching of Austin Callaway occurred after a white posse removed him from the LaGrange city jail, took him to a rural road and shot him multiple times in the head, arms and hands. The incident had been scrubbed from the city record, but it was remembered by members of the African American community and it contributed to their mistrust of the police department.

    When LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar first heard of the incident a couple years ago and as he learned about his agency’s failure to protect Callaway and its failure to investigate the lynching, he believed strongly an acknowledgement and public apology was needed.

    He said it’s challenging for his agency to build trust in the black community without acknowledging this past wrong.

    “It shouldn’t have happened,” Dekmar said. “We accept responsibility for it and we apologize for it. We want to assure the African American community specifically and the city of LaGrange citizens generally that this climate of injustice would not occur again.”

    Dekmar will make his apology to decedents of Callaway who still live in the community and the public at a ceremony of remembrance today at 6 pm at Warren Temple United Methodist Church in LaGrange.

    For more: http://www.ajc.com/news/first-georgia-police-chief-apologize-for-1940-lynching/SGoYdPnXfDthhu3ik1esvN/

    • State Department officials take a stand against Trump’s Muslim ban

      02/01/17 10:18 AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      It’s not at all common for hundreds of officials in the executive branch to take a public stand in opposition to a White House policy, but as the New York Times reported, that’s exactly what happened this week at the State Department.

      It started out in Washington. Then it went to Jakarta. Then across Africa. One version even showed up on Facebook.

      Within hours, a State Department dissent cable, asserting that President Trump’s executive order to temporarily bar citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries would not make the nation safer, traveled like a chain letter — or a viral video.

      The cable wended its way through dozens of American embassies around the world, quickly emerging as one of the broadest protests by American officials against their president’s policies. And it is not over yet.

      As of yesterday, roughly 1,000 officials at the State Department had put their names on a “dissent cable,” which is the mechanism made available to civil servants to express their disagreement. There’s no reason to believe the total number of signatures won’t grow further.

      And make no mistake, it took some courage for these folks to associate themselves with such a document. While retaliation and reprisals against dissenters is technically illegal, officials nevertheless worry about political consequences: the Times’ report added, “When it comes to ambassadorships, the selection process is highly competitive – and highly subjective – and the diplomats said it would be impossible to prove why someone had been blocked from a coveted post. Previous dissent could easily be used against the person. Some State Department officials said on Tuesday that they would not sign the letter because of those risks.”

      This is especially true in this administration. Asked about criticisms from of Trump’s Muslim ban from within the administration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters this week, “These career bureaucrats have a problem with it? They should either get with the program or they can go.”

      It wasn’t long ago that some of Trump’s cabinet nominees disagreed with the president’s positions during their confirmation hearings, and Trump said he didn’t mind. Evidently, the sentiment was fleeting – because there was the president’s press secretary, effectively saying career officials who disagree with the White House might need to find different employment.

      This is obviously an unhealthy approach towards dissent, but it makes the 1,000 signatures from State Department officials that much more notable.

      For more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/state-department-officials-take-stand-against-trumps-muslim-ban

  12. EU’s Tusk: Trump Joins Radical Islam, China, Russia as Threat to Europe

    JAN 31 2017, 11:22 AM ET by REUTERS

    BRUSSELS — President Donald Trump has joined Russia, China and radical Islam as a threat to Europe, the president of the European Council Donald Tusk said on Tuesday.

    In a letter to national leaders before a summit that he will chair in Malta to prepare the European Union’s future after Britain leaves, the conservative former Polish prime minister called on Europeans to stick together to avoid domination by three other continental powers.

    For more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/eus-tusk-trump-joins-radical-islam-china-russia-threat-europe-n714691?cid=sm_tw_nbcnews

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