These are not normal times

Open Letter to My Dear Republican Brother – these last 21 months have been difficult for our relationships. I know I’ve always been the back sheep – a rare blue in your sea of red – and I will always believe I brought an important perspective to the table but I never felt that you demonized me. Nor, I you. Our differing political never separated us into corners, unable to even talk with each other anymore. But, that apparently is where we are now.

I recently realized that my experience with our father was very different than yours. Since I was the baby of the family, the late-in-life child who remained with Mom & Dad for the many years after you’d left for college, I had more time alone with them. Dad loved talking history, politics, world events and I loved listening to him. So much so I graduated UC Berkeley with a BA degree in Political science.

So what’s the problem? The recent Helsinki Summit between Presidents Trump & Putin has tipped the scale.

America Rising BLUE: United States Presidential Oath of Office
America Rising BLUE: United States Presidential Oath of Office

It became apparent to the world that the United States President Trump is not defending the truth against the dezinformatsiya campaign & cyberwarfare Russia is waging on us. As surely as Osama bin-Laden attacked the United States on 9-11-2001, Putin attacked us & continues to attack us.

This is not Fake News.  President Trump told the crowd at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention “Don’t believe what you hear. What you’re seeing & reading is not really happening.”

WAVE: Women for American Values & Ethics

WAVE- Women for American Values & Ethics
WAVE- Women for American Values & Ethics

I had the great opportunity to speak with Katie Kalvoda, a founding and organizing member of WAVE – Women for American Values & Ethics – based in the Newport Beach area in Southern California. Representing a dynamic group of over 600 women, WAVE is dedicated to compiling progressive issue-centered candidate information for voters in the CA 39th, 45th, 48th & 49th Congressional districts. All four of these districts are competitive with Dana Rohrabacher’s seat the most hotly contested as witnessed by the Twitter hashtag trend during a rally for his opponent, Harley Rouda, Sunday, July 22, 2018 #FlipThe48th.
Who is your Congressional Representative?

As the 2018 campaign cycle winds down to Nov 6, much effort is being spent both nationally and locally on voter registration. WAVE concentrates on 3 demographics – Democrats, Independents & Millennials. WAVE members and volunteers are actively working with other organizations to get out the vote, particularly on college campuses which has an abysmal record of under 10% of eligible students voting in midterm elections.

WAVE focuses on issues important to all women’s lives no matter their age, locale, politics, education, religion, culture, or socioeconomic status.

Civil Rights
The Environment
Free Press
Health Care
Immigration

They join numerous other organizations working to elect progressive candidates in the 2018 Midterm Elections who represent their values on these issues and who will stand up to persuasive but contrary political players.

For more information about WAVE and its current positions and candidate endorsements: Wave4All.org


07/22/18 – Dana Rohrabacher

“Rohrabacher told Politico that he could be the congressman listed in an indictment of a 29-year-old guns rights advocate accused of being a Russian spy. Rohrabacher had dinner with Maria Butina in 2015, but said at one other GOP member and other Americans were there as well.” Stay Tuned!

USAToday.com

GOP Rep Dana Rohrabacher is compromised by Russia.
GOP Rep Dana Rohrabacher is compromised by Russia.

This Is a Dark Hour for America

The question is: What are we — the vast majority of Americans — going to do about this? 

By Robert Reich, The Baltimore Sun
05 July 18

Seven suggestions:

First and most importantly, do not give up. That’s what they would like us to do. Then they’d have no opposition at all. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Please do not succumb to it.

Second, in the short term, contact your senators and urge them to oppose Mr. Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

If your state has a Republican senator, you might mobilize and organize your friends and neighbors to do whatever they can to get that senator to reject Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Or, at the least, postpone consideration of that nominee until after the midterm elections, so there’s a chance to change the composition of the Senate.

Third, make a ruckus. Demonstrate. Engage in nonviolent civil disobedience. Fight lies with truth. Join the resistance.

Many grassroots organizations are doing great work, and could use your help. Among them are: @IndivisibleTeam, @swingleft, @UpRiseDotOrg, @MoveOn. @Sister_District, and @flippable_org. I’m sure I’ve left out many others. Check with your friends, and check online.

Fourth, don’t engage in divisive incrimination over “who lost” the 2016 election. There’s no point in Hillary Clinton loyalists, Bernie Sanders supporters, Jill Stein voters, and others turning on one another and blaming each other for the outcome. We must be united.

Fifth, vote this Nov. 6 for people who will stand up to the Trump Republicans’ rampage. Mobilize and organize others to do so, too. If you live in a blue state, contact friends and relatives in red states and urge them to do the same.

Sixth, help lay the groundwork for the 2020 presidential election so that even if Trump survives Robert Mueller’s investigation and a possible impeachment proceeding, he will not be re-elected.

Finally, bear in mind that this fight will be long and hard. It will require our patience, our courage and our resolve. Yet the stakes could not be higher. We’re talking about the future of our democracy, and the well-being of our children and our children’s children.


Source: Baltimore Sun 07/05/18 republished ReaderSupportedNews.org

Independence Day July 4, 2018

America Rising Blue Independence Day, July 4, 2018
Es obvio que el gobierno federal de los Estados Unidos no tiene procedimientos, políticas o protocolos para reunificar a las familias ya separadas y recluidas en detención.

Twitter LongTail HashTag Search Strings Protocols

#Twitter_LongTail_HashTag_Search_Strings_Protocols

Es obvio que el gobierno federal de los Estados Unidos no tiene procedimientos, políticas o protocolos para reunificar a las familias ya separadas y recluidas en detención.
Es obvio que el gobierno federal de los Estados Unidos no tiene procedimientos, políticas o protocolos para reunificar a las familias ya separadas y recluidas en detención.

It’s obvious the USA federal government has no procedures, policies or protocols to reunify the families already separated & held in Detention. It is up to us.


 

Reuniting children with their families

We are all witnessing the humanitarian crisis unfolding at our southern border as images and sounds of crying children in obvious distress have finally surfaced. Since April. when the Trump Administration implemented the “Zero Tolerance” policy to arrest and charge immigrants crossing illegally between official ports of entry, an estimated 2300 children have been displaced from their families.  Although President Trump reversed his own Family Separation policy today, much confusion exists about reuniting the children already taken by the Department of Homeland Security and placed into a hodgepodge network of shelters, tent cities and foster homes.

Complicating everything is the apparent lack of planning and the woefully inadequate resources to help families find and reunite with their children after their cases have been adjudicated.  In some cases, parents have already been deported back to their home countries while their children remain in custody somewhere in the United States. Little or no thought has been given to what happens to these families afterward.  The very real possibility exists that many of these children will never be reunited with their mothers and fathers.

Long-tail Hashtag Searches on Twitter

Example: a Mother & Father looking for their child & the people helping your child to find you are hampered by disjointed agencies not communicating let alone sharing their data.

Think about this:  Long-Tail Hashtag Searches on Twitter.

Different parameters than Boolean Searches; instead Twitter uses hashtags, underscores.

Help to reunify separated families. Long-Tail Hashtag Searches on Twitter
Help to reunify separated families. Long-Tail Hashtag Searches on Twitter