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LANNY SWERDLOW for RCDCC, 42nd AD

 

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DANCING WITH THE PRESIDENT

Courtesy WhiteHouse.Gov, February 22, 2016, by Melanie Garunay

Virginia McLaurin, 106 years old and a longtime Washington, D.C. resident, had always dreamed of visiting the White House. Last week, her dream came true in a big way. Check out the video:

Here’s how Virginia McLaurin got to the White House:
 
A friend of Mrs. McLaurin’s reached out to the White House and shared that Mrs. McLaurin has been doing stellar work as a volunteer throughout the D.C. area for decades and would like to visit the White House. So the White House made sure that she not only got to visit — but also had the chance, before the Black History Month reception, to meet privately with the President and First Lady backstage. It was her dream to meet President Obama, given his passion for investing in early childhood education and his significance as the first African American President.

Virginia McLaurin is a Senior Corps volunteer at Roots Public Charter School as part of the United Planning Organization’s Foster Grandparent Program, serving as a foster grandparent and mentor to special-needs students. As a mentor, she helps children with their reading and social skills.

Virginia has volunteered at C. Melvin Sharpe Health School for over 20 years, serving 40 hours a week. She was introduced to the program by a friend from her church who knew Virginia was interested in finding ways to make life better for those in her community.

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THIS MAY SHOCK YOU: HILLARY CLINTON IS FUNDAMENTALLY HONEST

Courtesy Jill Abramson, theguardian.com, March 28, 2016

 

It’s impossible to miss the “Hillary for Prison” signs at Trump rallies. At one of the Democratic debates, the moderator asked Hillary Clinton whether she would drop out of the race if she were indicted over her private email server. “Oh for goodness – that is not going to happen,” she said. “I’m not even going to answer that question.”

Based on what I know about the emails, the idea of her being indicted or going to prison is nonsensical. Nonetheless, the belief that Clinton is dishonest and untrustworthy is pervasive. A recent New York Times-CBS poll found that 40% of Democrats say she cannot be trusted.
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CDP WOMEN’S CAUCUS “BOOT CAMP” QUIZ

 

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SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN CALLS FOR OVERHAUL OF STUDENT LOAN SYSTEM

Courtesy commondreams.org, March 31, 2016, by Nika Knight

“It’s long past time for the Department of Education’s bank to clean up its act and start running the student loan program to benefit students—not private companies,” declared Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as she announced a plan (pdf) for the Department of Education (DOE) to completely overhaul its student loan servicing system.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE: THE HIGH PRICE OF BREATHING WHILE POOR

By Donald Cohen, Capital&Main.com, March 22, 2016

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Courtesy womensenews.org, March 8, 2016, by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett

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(WOMENSENEWS)— Hold off on the fireworks for International Women’s Day. Put a cap on that box of sparklers.Instead of celebrating progress on March 8, we in the U. S. have to ask why we fare so poorly compared to many other countries.
The gender wage gap in the U.S. is still a chasm. Fifty-five years after JFK signed the landmark equal pay bill, we still rank a dismal 65th in the world out of 142 countries, according to the World Economic Forum. In one year, 2014, for instance, the U.S. only narrowed its wage gap by one percentage point to 66 percent, “meaning that women earn about two-thirds of what men earn for similar work according to the perception of business leaders,” World Economic Forum Economist Saadia Zahidi told CNN.

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REAL LIFE – (TV WOMEN FOR HILLARY) AD

Courtesy Hillaryclinton.com, March 10, 2016

Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, and Ellen Pompeo discuss their support for Hillary Clinton in a video directed by Tony Goldwyn.

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REASONS TO CELEBRATE: KEY PROGRESSIVE GAINS IN 2015

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2015 by CommonDreams.org
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

As the year draws to a close, it’s worth noting a handful of progressive gains that people-power made possible:

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WHY ARE TOP WOMEN POLITICIANS STILL PEPPERED WITH GENDER-SPECIFIC SLURS?

courtesy of Jessica Valenti, theguardian.com, December 28, 2015

 

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There seems to be no end to the number of insults that are tailor-made for women. And for those who decide to run for office, the sexist slams seem to never end. For as long as women have wanted to have a voice in our political process there have been men looking to shut them up with slurs and condescension. And it shows no sign of stopping – or even slowing.

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FORMER NAACP PRESIDENT ENDORSES BERNIE SANDERS

By Yamiche Alcindor, New York Times, February 5, 2016

Benjamin T. Jealous, a prominent black leader and former N.A.A.C.P. president, endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for president on Friday and vowed to increase his support among black voters in South Carolina, a crucial primary state, as well as across the country.

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IS THIS A CIRCLE? AND WHAT DOES YOUR ANSWER SAY ABOUT YOUR POLITICS?

Courtesy of Ben Ambridge, theguardian.com, December 6, 2015

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Here’s a simple question that can tell us an awful lot about you. Is this a circle?

If you said: “Yeah, sure, close enough,” then you are probably politically liberal, and strongly support the idea of government aid for the homeless and unemployed. You are also likely to support same-sex marriage and legalisation of marijuana for recreational use.
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BERNIE SANDERS’ SMALL DONOR FUNDRAISING CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

Courtesy of Paul Blumenthal, Money in Politics Reporter, The Huffington Post

January 31, 2016

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign raised $33.6 million in the last three months of 2015 and another $20 million in January alone, the campaign announced Sunday. The campaign further stated that 1.3 million people have made 3.25 million donations to Sanders’ run — a record number of donors at this stage in a presidential campaign.

“The numbers we’ve seen since Jan. 1 put our campaign on pace to beat Secretary Clinton’s goal of $50 million in the first quarter of 2016,” Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, said in a statement. “Working Americans chipping in a few dollars each month are not only challenging but beating the greatest fundraising machine ever assembled.”

The vast majority of Sanders’ money has come from donors giving under $200. This contrasts with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, which has raised the majority of its funds from donors giving maximum contributions of $2,700. Clinton’s campaign has also raised substantial sums from small donors, but Sanders’ ability to remain competitive with Clinton’s fundraising by relying solely on small contributions is unprecedented.

The Sanders camp said that the fourth quarter total will show 70 percent of the campaign’s donations came from small donors. Further, the $20 million it reports to have raised in January came almost exclusively from online donations averaging $27 a piece.

Overall, Sanders raised $75 million in 2015 compared to an anticipated $114 million for Clinton.

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CALIFORNIA’S NEW HEALTH LAWS COMING IN 2016

by Lisa Aliferis, kqed.org, December 30, 2015

 

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The new year arrives Friday, and with it a host of new state laws.

Here’s our roundup of new ones coming in health. Most take effect on Friday, except where noted:

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MESSAGE FROM MARY JANE SANCHEZ FULTON

Mary Jane SanchezI want to thank my fellow Trustees who unanimously voted for me Chairman of the Board for the College of the Desert organizational meeting. I’m really looking forward to a positive and productive year on behalf of our students!
COD is a truly special and magical place of changing people lives everyday.
In my first term as trustee I am proud to bring a new direct bus route from Desert Hot Springs to Palm Desert.
College of the Desert board meetings are held on the second Fridays of the month starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Peggy Craven Center 1st Floor in the in Palm Desert Campus 45-700 Monterrey. The meetings can be viewed online as live webcasts at http://college ofdesert.edu
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