Top lawmaker: Pushing ‘inner city’ kids to college is a waste

This was my Facebook post that I decided to share here. I can’t stand ignorance, especially from elected officials who decide on our children’s futures. 



Senator John Eichelberger, I wonder if you consider pushing the rural kids from your district a waste as well. This is one of the most ignorant things that I’ve heard this year, and that is saying a lot. As the chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee, I see that you need some quick lessons for success. First, don’t equate inner city with minority. That’s an illogical fallacy. If you are too lazy to look up the term, it’s similar to an alternative fact. Please note I said similar…not the same. I don’t know if my the majority of my neighbors would like to be called minorities. Second, what gives you the right to assume that only minorities would succeed in vocational programs instead of collegial curricula? A race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexuality, etc. does not determine academic and vocational success. The success is based more upon the ability to use multiple learning styles, a culturally responsive curriculum, and school districts willing to teach for success. It is time to remove your rose-colored glasses. It is just as easy to use your reports to disparage rural school districts and push students to become farmers and mechanics. Instead of doing that, why don’t you visit each school district to discover and then implement the factors for success?

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Top-lawmaker-Push-to-send-inner-city-minorities-to-college-is-a-waste.html?mobi=true

La Cristina Dice: The Mother/Daughter Tree

I imagine that my mom, my daughter and I are all part of a tree. My mom is the roots, sturdy and strong, keeping us grounded. She is for the most part unseen, but the rest of the tree wouldn’t exist without her. 

Please read this beautiful post from La Cristina Dice about the connection between mothers and daughters. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 
http://lacristinadice.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-motherdaughter-tree.html?m=1

Keep Fighting #RESISTANCE

I saw this on Facebook, and I needed to share here. We will not lose. Please share.  

Hey activist friends: despite the headlines, you are making a difference. In the words of #Banksy: “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”For everyone who DID something, small or big, your efforts have been successful. Because of you:

1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (#VeteranAffairs).

2. Court ordered partial stay of the immigration ban for those with valid visas.

3. #Greencard holders can get back in country.

4. #Uber pledges $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter.

5. #Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air. #ACA

6. The #ACLU raised 24M over the weekend (normally 3-4Mil/year).

7. HHS, EPA, #USDA gag order lifted.

8. #EPA climate data no longer scrubbed from website.

9. More people of different career/religious/economic/race backgrounds are considering running for political office than ever before.

10. MOST importantly, since we live in a participatory democracy, the people are engaged.

While more is needed, sometimes you have to celebrate your wins. Stay vigilant, but also take self care seriously. Activist burnout is a thing, as is protest fatigue. Marathon, don’t sprint. #RESIST

The Hypocrisy of Our Nation

I saw this on Facebook last night, and I had to share. Unfortunately, I do not know the original author so I cannot give credit. Yet, it was so powerful and truthful that it had to go beyond my Facebook Page. I hope that you will share this message as well. If I find the author, I will be sure to come back and update this post. 

Let’s talk about hypocrisy. 

If you voted for Trump because of Hillary’s email “problem” but are not upset that the Trump administration is using a private email server and unsecured phones, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe Jesus was a persecuted refugee fleeing Herod, but support the ban on Syrian refugees, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe life begins at conception, but support defunding the countries number one source of prenatal care, planned parenthood, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe the mainstream media lies but believe Trump when he spouts verifiable lies, you are a hypocrite. 

If you dismiss the AP, Reuters or NPR as biased media but accept everything Fox news says, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think all life is sacred, but do not support reasonable gun control, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think children are the future, but support reducing funds for SNAP, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in education, but dismiss evolution or climate change as hoaxes, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the sovereignty of the United States, but support forced incursions on Native American lands, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that we need to drain the swamp of Washington but support Trump’s cabinet picks, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the Constitution, but support indiscriminate detainment and torture, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe our troops lives have worth, but support Trump’s claims to foreign countries natural resources, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that unborn black babies lives matter, but black lives don’t matter, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that we deserve life, liberty and happiness, but support taking away healthcare from millions of Americans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that the practice of your religion is more important than the practice of no religion or a different religion, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in equal rights under the law, but don’t support marriage equality and non discrimination for LGBTQ Americans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you are glad that California or New York do not decide national policy for you, but insist on forcing your red state policies on others, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the first amendment, but call people who peacefully protest the President as hooligans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you are an American but think dissent is disrespectful, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think that anything that has happened over the last week is normal or acceptable, then you have not been paying attention.

**Not written by me. Sharing is encouraged.**

 

For a country that was founded and built by immigrants and refugees, I cannot believe where we stand now. What is this country coming to?

Read Draft Text Of Trump’s Executive Order Limiting Muslim Entry To The U.S. (EXCLUSIVE) – The Huffington Post

https://apple.news/ANoKNR-4JSYqBxVn_xKzzcg

Who Will Speak For You?

Speak up now before it’s too late. Who will be left to speak up for you? #Think #Speak #BeTheChange #EngageTheEnraged

The First Dance #Inauguration

It’s official​. The first dance for the Trumps and Pences. Now let us pray and work to create the change we want. 

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Tears of Trump Supporters

GOPocalypse recently published an article about Trump supporters who were upset about changes to the ACA, such as the pre-existing conditions clause, and its journey to repeal. I realize GOPocalypse is not a neutral publication, but I had to share some of the tweets.

@realDonaldTrump So back to a choice between rent & insurance again now that I know I have serious health issues? Voted for you, now worried
—worldgonecrazy (@jenworkmail38) January 12, 2017

@realDonaldTrump I voted for you. I have Crohn’s and private insurance. I’m 61. I must have pre existing conditions in my insurance plan.

—Joy Ryman-Snow (@SnowRyman) January 13, 2017

This is a perfect example of why you need to understand what candidates stand for when they are running for office. These “former” Trump supporters are boohooing because the steps to repeal ACA has already begun. Maybe they were ignorant (as in unaware) to know that ACA and Obamacare are the same thing. Maybe they didn’t believe him because he’s a liar and flip-flopper. Who knows? But now they will be sitting on the sidelines praying for good health and asking God, Allah, Buddha, or just family and friends to help them pay obscene medical bills and prescriptions.

You can read the original article and more tweets by clicking here.

What’s Next?

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I have not written a post since the election because it took me some time to process everything. I wanted to make sure that I truly understood what was occurring. I wanted to wait and see if Trump was going to try to unite our country, or would we the fruits of his divisiveness throughout his presidency. Always the optimist, I gave him a chance, and I said maybe things would be better.

Throughout the past 10 days, however, I have seen Trump pick people in his administration that all seem to share one scary perspective of hate in their past. He says that he wants unity, but you question the sincerity of his acceptance speech when you look at his picks. Steve Bannon has been openly connected to white supremacists and anti-Semites. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been open about his anti-Muslim beliefs, and said on Twitter that the “fear of Muslims is rational.” And lest we forget good ol’ Alabama Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. His view of African-Americans sends chills through my spine because he represents that stereotypical old, white racist man from the deep South. You know the ones that many thought were dead and gone by now, but are now loud and proud again since Trump was elected. Thirty years ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee denied Jeff Sessions a federal judgeship due to his racist remarks. He has called the NAACP and the ACLU “un-American” and “Communist-like.” In addition, it was alleged that he called a black US attorney that worked for him “boy” on numerous occasions.

equality

I am scared. I believe that the civil rights of many will now be considered irrelevant. We must fight harder for every right that we have and each one that we know we still deserve. Yes, we can continue to still protest peacefully. But then what…what’s next? We must unite and mobilize. Each group may be considered a minority separately, but together we are the powerful majority. This goes beyond black, brown, or yellow; Christian, Jewish, or Muslim; straight, bi, or gay; male, female, or non-gender specific. This is the right to live with freedom and equality.

So, tell me, what do you plan to do protect your civil rights?

The Truth of This Election 

The closeness of this election truly concerns me. It goes beyond Clinton vs. Trump. These results show the true heart of people. No matter who wins or loses, it is quite easy to see that this country has to heal.