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May 24, 2016 Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at the Center for Popular Democracy’s annual gala on May 24, 2016. [In this excerpt] she discussed Donald Trump rooting for the 2008 housing market crash, his plans to dismantle Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform, and his decision not to release his taxes.View full post
Courtesy Thomas Frank, theguardian.com, May 4, 2016 Convinced that the country’s ongoing demographic shifts will bring victory for years to come, the party establishment acts like its candidates need do nothing differently. The year of our discontent rolls on, and now it is Indiana that hands victory to the insurgent senator Bernie Sanders and …View full post
Courtest Guardian Sport of theguardian.com, May 4, 2016 It’s probably no shock to learn that most US golfers tend to vote Republican – but the strength of ill feeling towards Hillary Clinton is perhaps more surprising, particularly among the women of the LPGA. Oh, and the game’s greats also like Donald Trump – and …View full post
Courtesy of Alan Yuhas in theguardian.com, May 7, 2016 Harvard University will bar members of single-sex clubs, fraternities and sororities from fellowships and leadership roles on campus, college president Drew Gilpin Faust announced on Friday, in an effort to prevent sexual discrimination. “Although the fraternities, sororities and final [single-sex] clubs are not formally recognized …View full post
Courtesy TBS, May 16, 2016 Five councilwomen in Seattle have been receiving a lot of hate for the insidious crime of doing their jobs. Courtesy TBS, May 16, 2016 Sam learns that the only thing sadder than Jeb Bush’s super PAC is the guy who raised millions of dollars toward it: Mel Immergut. courtesy …View full post
Courtesy of Fred Bayles, theguardian.com, March 4, 2016 In 1972, a few weeks into my first job as a reporter at the Burlington Free Press, I was sent to check out reports of a demonstration in one of the s poorer neighborhoods. The scene was somewhat chaotic. Three or four people were highly exercised about …View full post
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Courtesy of theguardian. Michael Arceneaux, March 7, 2016
As it becomes ever more likely that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, a host of people have announced that they either won’t vote for Clinton, or won’t vote at all, if Bernie Sanders isn’t the candidate on the ballot. I believe there’s a self-righteousness about this that only people with a certain level of privilege can afford to have.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/28/bernie-sanders-or-bust/
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/26/dancing-with-the-president/
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/24/this-may-shock-you-hillary-clinton-is-fundamentally-honest/
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/22/sen-elizabeth-warren-calls-for-overhaul-of-student-loan-system/
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/21/criminal-justice-the-high-price-of-breathing-while-poor/
Courtesy womensenews.org, March 8, 2016, by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/20/international-womens-day/
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/10/real-life-hillary-ad/
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/07/reasons-to-celebrate-key-progressive-gains-in-2015/
courtesy of Jessica Valenti, theguardian.com, December 28, 2015
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/07/why-are-top-women-politicians-still-peppered-with-gender-specific-slurs/
Courtesy of Ben Ambridge, theguardian.com, December 6, 2015
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/05/is-this-a-circle-and-what-does-your-answer-say-about-your-politics-2/
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/04/californias-new-health-laws-coming-in-2016/
I 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!
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In my first term as trustee I am proud to bring a new direct bus route from Desert Hot Springs to Palm Desert.
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Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/04/message-from-mary-jane-sanchez-fulton/
courtesy of Simon Hattenstone, theguardian.com, December 30, 2015
You want to know why Aretha is the indisputable Queen of Soul? Watch this. You want to know why hacks like me send her fan mail by the week pleading for an interview, knowing there is sod-all hope, but not resenting her one smidge? Watch this.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/03/aretha-franklin-long-live-the-queen/
(by William Thomas)
There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied ’round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a Republican or Democrat, but the president of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders, and it was America versus the rest of the world, with the president of all the people at the helm.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/02/the-real-problem-with-americans-and-their-disrespect-with-obama-according-to-a-canadian/
(courtesy of The Huffington Post | By James Michael Nichols, July 4, 2015)
It’s really no secret that Ruth Bader Ginsberg is kind of a badass. Now, her legacy as a Supreme Court Justice is immortalized in an unexpected way — a rap parody of the Sugarhill Gang’s iconic “Rapper’s Delight.”
The video comes from Allison Lane, an actress, writer and filmmaker known for her work with “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “Going Down In LA-LA Land” and the upcoming “Kiss Me, Kill Me.” The hilarious “Judges Delight” tribute to RBG is a feature on Lane’s popular YouTube channel called “See You Next Tuesday.”
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/02/notorious-r-b-g-rap-video/