Friday, July 03, 2015

Thank You America Ferrera


the award winning actress, best known for her starring role in the Ugly Betty really put Trump in his place. She took his hate and changed it into something beautiful. She makes me excited for our future, not because she is a woman and Latina, but because she is exactly the kind of role model our nation needs to move us into the 21st century and empower not only Latino(a)s, but move all of us toward a more educated, compassionate, resourceful globe.

Dear Donald,

You've said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they're worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have a right to speak up even if I'm not a billionaire. Isn't that awesome?

Anyway, I heard what you said about the kind of people you think Latino immigrants are -- people with problems, who bring drugs, crime and rape to America. While your comments are incredibly ignorant and racist, I don't want to spend my time chastising you. I'll leave that to your business partners like Univision and NBC, who have the power to scold you where it hurts. Instead, I'm writing to say thank you!

You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that. Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective. Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.

Do you know why that's such a big deal, Donald? Because Latinos are the largest, youngest and fastest-growing constituency in the United States of America. That's right! You are running for President in a country where the Latino population grew by over 49 percent from 2000-2012, while the rest of the country grew by 5.8 percent. What's more, we are the future. The median age of the average Latino is 27 years old, compared to 42 years old for white Americans. In case you need a translation, that means there are a whole lot of Americans who are Latino and have the right to vote. And, we're not going anywhere.

This is the America we are actually living in. I hope by now you understand that without the Latino vote, there is no chance of you ever winning this election. If you don't believe me, you could ask President Bush or you could even ask President Obama.

You, Mr. Trump, are living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America. Last week, America celebrated some amazing milestones -- marriage equality, universal healthcare, removing of the confederate flag -- making it clear in which direction the country is moving. That is why racist remarks that play to extremists won't change the tide, no matter how hard you try. They will only serve to rally more Latino voters to the polls. Your negativity and your poorly thought out speech ignited a fire in our community. Thank you, Mr. Trump!

Thank you for reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that we must continue to combat. Thank you for reminding us to not sit complacently at home on election day, but to run to the polls and proclaim that there is no place for your brand of racial politicking in our government. Thank you for sending out the rallying cry.

You have made your thoughts on the Latino community clear and you continue to stand by them. And in return, we will do more than tweet about our indignation and beat piñatas of your likeness. We will silence you at the polls. We will vote and use our growing position in U.S. politics. Our fellow Americans who understand and value our contributions will join us. We know there is nothing that scares you more.

The truth is, Mr. Trump, that your comments mean that you fail to see that immigrants are what have made this nation. They are at the core of our ideals, and they are the foundation that keeps us afloat. No, Mr. Trump, you may not reduce us to drug dealers and rapists. We are moms and dads, sons and daughters. We are valedictorians and honor students. We are college graduates, bankers, police officers, entertainers, teachers, journalists, politicians and we are the future of America.

Thank you for helping us in our work to energize the Latino vote and to usher in our shared future! 

Keep it up!

Sincerely,
America



Thank You, Donald Trump! 
Hispanic Leaders Tell Republican Party To Stand Up To Donald Trump

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Corporate America Should Be Embarrassed About This Chart


"If you are a company who needs to understand the views and sensibilities of your consumer, a woman’s voice on the board is critically important." Wenda Millard, the President of MediaLink



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Adam Gopnik-The Simple Truth About Gun Control


"On gun violence and how to end it, the facts are all in, the evidence is clear, the truth there for all who care to know it—indeed, a global consensus is in place, which, in disbelief and now in disgust, the planet waits for us to join. Those who fight against gun control, actively or passively, with a shrug of helplessness, are dooming more kids to horrible deaths and more parents to unspeakable grief just as surely as are those who fight against pediatric medicine or childhood vaccination. It’s really, and inarguably, just as simple as that." Adam Gopnik

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It's Okay To Be Gay, Just Don't Touch Each Other


"Compared to the way gay men and women were treated in the past, it might appear trivial, but for gay people to really be equal, we have to be in relationships which don't carry shame or insight fear. If I were to hold my boyfriend's hand in public, people would stare at us. They'd try not to, but they would. If I did it in the wrong part of town, or around the wrong people, the reaction would be a lot worse - not an easy situation to pre-empt. Equal marriage is a landmark moment in gay rights, but there is work still to be done when it comes to changing attitudes about what a relationship is, and normalising affection that for straight people is a given." 



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Black Lives Matter ! Market Square, Portsmouth Sunday June 28th 4- 5pm



The recent events in South Carolina and the inappropriate responses from the media and supposed leaders in our nation show that we are not moving forward in reducing inequality in America.

After the absence of accountability in the recent deaths of Freddie Gray, of the assault on innocent teens in Texas, of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and 12 year old Tamir Rice we should not be moving in this direction. These breaking points in humanity’s conscience were thought to have created a new movement in America but obviously more is needed.

Please join us, get involved and show that humanity is better than this and that there will be change.
Presented by Occupy NH Seacoast. Occupy NH Seacoast is a local group working to promote social and economic equality worldwide.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Half Of U.S. Households Approaching Retirement Have Saved No Money



"This report makes it clear that there is a retirement crisis in America today. At a time when half of all older workers have no retirement savings, we need to expand, not cut, Social Security benefits so that every American can retire with dignity." U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders



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2015 NH Progressive Summit-June 27th, Hennicker, NH


2015 NH Progressive Summit

Saturday, June 27th

New England College in Henniker, NH

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Granite State progressives proudly stand together to advance the American values of equal opportunity and mutual responsibility, effective government, and the hope for a stronger, better future for all of us. This annual event provides space for new and existing activists to come together and hear from inspiring keynote speakers, as we collectively learn, train, and mobilize for the many issue and electoral challenges and opportunities we face together.

Last year’s NH Progressive Summit theme was “Building the Progressive Movement.” This year, the theme is “Investing in Our Future.” What are the steps we can take today to create a better future for all Granite Staters tomorrow? How do we organize for short-term success while communicating broader progressive values for the long-term? Whether it’s advancing pro-active legislation at the state and federal level, guarding against conservative rhetoric, or challenging corporate political corruption of our legislative and electoral process – the 2015 NH Progressive Summit will highlight the investments we can make today to build a better future.



 

 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

#SayHerName: Why We Should Declare That Black Women And Girls Matter, Too



#SayHerName: Why We Should Declare That Black Women And Girls Matter, Too
 
 “When we wear the hoodie, we know that we’re embodying Trayvon. When we hold our hands up, we know we’re doing what Mike Brown did in the moments before he was killed. When we say ‘I can’t breathe,’ we’re embodying Eric Garner’s final words,” Gilmer said. “We haven’t been able to do the same thing for black women and girls. We haven’t carried their stories in the same way.” Rachel Gilmer, AAPF Associate Director

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Bernie Sanders Would Tax The Income Of The Wealthiest Americans At 90 Percent


“What I think is obscene…when you have the top one-tenth of one percent owning almost as much as the bottom 90.” Bernie Sanders

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

6 BILLION Pounds Of Perfectly Edible Produce Is Wasted Every Year Simply Because It's "Ugly"


"You're going to feel good, knowing that by eating Imperfect, you're helping to reduce food waste and protect the environment from the green house gasses that rotting food emits," Imperfect promises in  the IndieGoGo fundraising video.

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This Is How The Obama Administration Plans To Save Bees And Butterflies


"Four million Americans have called on the Obama administration to listen to the clear science demanding that immediate action be taken to suspend systemic bee-killing pesticides, including seed treatments. Failure to address this growing crisis with a unified and meaningful federal plan will put these essential pollinators and our food supply in jeopardy." Friends of the Earth food program director Lisa Archer

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America's Oldest Park Ranger, 93, Is A Fierce Advocate For Young Women Of Color Everywhere



"I still love this uniform," she told the show. "Partly because there's a silent message to every little girl of color that I pass on the street or in an elevator or on an escalator...that there's a career choice she may have never thought of." Betty Reid Soskin the U.S.’s oldest active park ranger

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?


"There are so many big issues in the world, and the question is: Do you want to do gun research? Because you're going to get attacked. No one is attacking us when we do heart disease." David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center







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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

What It Means To Be Muslim In America-Video and Stories



The diversity of Muslims in the United States is vast, and so is the breadth of the Muslim American experience. The following animated videos depict the experiences of nine Muslim Americans from across the country who differ in heritage, age, gender and occupation. Relaying short anecdotes representative of their everyday lives, these Muslim Americans demonstrate both the adversities and blessings of Muslim American life.
By Emily Kassie

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A TALE OF TWO AMERICAS



Black America Is Just 72 Percent Equal To White America.

In Some Areas, The Inequality Is Worse Than That.


 “What do we say and how would we frame the state of black America for 2015? I must use the word crisis.” Marc H. Morial, President and Chief Executive, the National Urban League

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