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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HILLARY SINGS “HALLELUJAH”

Courtesy SNL, November 12, 2016
 

Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) performs Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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WHY MUST THE TRUMP ALTERNATIVE BE SELF-SATISFIED, COMPLACENT DEMOCRATS?

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.

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HARVARD TO BAN MEMBERS OF SINGLE-SEX CLUBS FROM STUDENT LEADERSHIP ROLES

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 by the college,” Faust wrote in an open letter to dean Rakesh Khurana, “they play an unmistakable and growing role in student life, in many cases enacting forms of privilege and exclusion at odds with our deepest values.

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HILLARY and BERNIE REMINISCE

Courtesy SNL, May 22, 2016

Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) and Bernie Sanders (Larry David) reminisce about their time running against each other in the Democratic primary.

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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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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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WHO’S THIS BERNIE SANDERS?

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 some housing-related issue, but it was hard to get past the rhetoric to understand the details. To add to my rookie confusion, the group was led by a wild-haired, wild-eyed 30-something with an incongruent Brooklyn accent. I took notes and retreated to the newsroom.

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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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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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ARETHA FRANKLIN— LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

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.

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THE REAL PROBLEM WITH AMERICANS AND THEIR DISRESPECT WITH OBAMA—ACCORDING TO A CANADIAN

(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.

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NOTORIOUS R.B.G. RAP VIDEO

(courtesy of  |  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.”

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