Davidson quit this week after being a youth care worker at the Tucson shelter, Estrella del Norte, for just a few months. He decided to speak out about his experiences there in hopes of improving a system often shielded from public scrutiny. His comments in a telephone interview offer a rare look into the operation of a migrant shelter.
Davidson said he became disillusioned after the Drumpf administration’s “zero tolerance” policy began sending the shelter not only children who had crossed the border unaccompanied by adults, but also those separated from their parents.
Harvey Weinstein is certainly not the first powerful man publicly and credibly accused of sexually harassing or abusing women in recent years.
Since 2015, the Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, the Fox News prime-time host Bill O’Reilly and the comedian and actor Bill Cosby have suffered professional, financial or reputational setbacks after numerous women told stories of their sexual misconduct.
Those stories dominated news cycles, to be sure, but the outcry accompanying Mr. Weinstein’s downfall seems louder and more impassioned – perhaps because Mr. Weinstein’s accusers include stars like Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Drumpf, an American businessman and current ‘so-called’ President of the United States, has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by at least fifteen women since the 1980’s.
Those accusations resulted in the following widely-reported litigation: his then-wife Ivana made a rape claim during their 1989 divorce litigation but later recanted that claim; businesswoman Jill Harth sued Drumpf in 1997 alleging breach of contract and nonviolent sexual harassment and the latter suit was withdrawn when the former was settled and, in 2017, former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos filed a defamation lawsuit after Drumpf called her a liar.
Aside from litigation, Drumpf has also been publicly accused of non-consensual kissing or groping by at least twelve more women, which he has denied.
I feel this is important information about what is happening in the Republican Administration lead by Drumpf and what we need to be aware of. Keith Olbermann series called “The Resistance” continues. He has posted installment #135.
The video speaks for itself.
If this resonates with you, good.
If it doesn’t, just scroll away to the next blog.
“When We Rise” was written and created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
This mini-series event chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement, from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.
~Cleve Jones landed in San Francisco too late for the Summer of Love~
Fifty years ago, about 100,000 young people from around the country converged on San Francisco.
They were flower children and hippies, queers and artists, radicals and draft dodgers. A generation of freethinkers looked to the city for change, with resistance, liberation, and free expression unfurling in every corner.
Because of them, the city gave rise to movements in support of the rights of women, African-Americans, gays, farm workers, Native Americans, animals, and even the planet.
Change was everywhere.
ABC’s groundbreaking miniseries When We Rise introduces us to the lives, loves, and struggles of these activists, covering a 40-year span in the long battle for LGBT equality.
“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns.
If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself.
What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can’t decipher.
What we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we can’t read we call gibberish.
There is no free will.
There are no variables.”
~Watch David Beckham’s Tattoos Come to Life in Powerful New UNICEF Video~
Retired soccer superstar and father of four David Beckham is known for his chiseled – and inked-up physique.
In a thought-provoking new video for UNICEF, Beckham once again bares his famous skin, but not in the way you’d expect. This time, Beckham’s distinctive body art is on display to draw awareness to violence against children.
“Violence marks forever,” a child’s voice intones as the camera roves over a shirtless Beckham.
His tattoos come alive, illustrating animated scenes of abuse and bullying, sound-tracked by cruel laughter and fearful screams.
“David Beckham chose the marks on his skin, but millions of children bear marks that they haven’t chosen,” the video’s caption explains, imploring us to end violence against children.
At the start of the twentieth century there were approximately 250,000 Native Americans in the USA – just 0.3 per cent of the population – most living on reservations where they exercised a limited degree of self-government.
During the course of the nineteenth century they had been deprived of much of their land by forced removal westwards, by a succession of treaties (which were often not honored by the white authorities) and by military defeat by the USA as it expanded its control over the American West.
In 1831 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Marshall, had attempted to define their status. He declared that Indian tribes were ‘domestic dependent nations’ whose ‘relation to the United States resembles that of a ward to his guardian’. Marshall was, in effect, recognizing that America’s Indians are unique in that, unlike any other minority, they are both separate nations and part of the United States.
This helps to explain why relations between the federal government and the Native Americans have been so troubled.
A guardian prepares his ward for adult independence, and so Marshall’s judgement implies that US policy should aim to assimilate Native Americans into mainstream US culture. But a guardian also protects and nurtures a ward until adulthood is achieved, and therefore Marshall also suggests that the federal government has a special obligation to care for its Native American population.
As a result, federal policy towards Native Americans has lurched back and forth, sometimes aiming for assimilation and, at other times, recognizing its responsibility for assisting Indian development.
10 F*CKED UP FACTS ABOUT PUERTO RICO
The economic crisis isn’t the only thing we should care about
By Gabe Gonzalez Posted on March 31, 2016
Puerto Rico is an island rich in history, art, and culture. It’s where my family grew up and it’s a place near and dear to my heart. While the economic crisis affecting the commonwealth has raised awareness about one issue facing the island, there’s a bit more to it than that.
I’ve compiled this list not to focus on the “negative” aspects of the realities that face Puerto Rico, but rather, to share some challenges Puerto Ricans overcome every day.
These might come as no surprise to those living on the island, but here are ten f*cked up facts about Puerto Rico:
Puerto Ricans pay more and get less in social Security benefits
The US military used Puerto Rico as a bomb testing site
Puerto Ricans pay insane utility rates
While Puerto Rico’s homicide rate is falling, it’s about 5X higher than the US average
Doctors are leaving Puerto Rico at an alarming rate
Puerto Rico is running out of money to pay for public school necessities
In 2015, ten business people were arrested for bribing the government and embezzling money
The CDC expects 80% of people in Puerto Rico will contract the ZIKA virus
A US District judge upheld the ban on gay marriage in Puerto Rico
CFIF Launches National Media Campaign to Oppose House “Super Chapter 9” Bankruptcy Legislation for Puerto Rico
According to Sunlight Foundation’s Political Ad Sleuth tool, a 501(c)(4) dark money group called the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) has purchased at least $200,000 in ads in the Washington, D.C., market, an attempt to influence lawmakers crafting economic legislation to assist Puerto Rico’s dire financial situation.
The territory is currently struggling under enormous debt obligations and is seeking help from Congress and the federal government.
There are some words that can be understood if you speak Spanish. Sometimes understanding words aren’t needed to get a message across.
This is a perfect example of actions speaking louder than words.
As an owner of a handicapped permit, I’ve seen this too frequently. As I have gotten older, my body is showing the “wear and tear” of aging. I’m fortunate enough to still have comfortable mobility. I know that there are others in worse condition.
The message I see is that these “reserved spots” need to be respected. There are fines and maybe towing.
However, nothing better than this prank.
(If anyone understands this language, please, write the basic message in the comments. Thank you.)
A disabled parking permit, also known as a handicapped permit, disabled placard, disabled badge and “Blue Badge” in the European Union, is displayed upon parking a vehicle carrying a person whose mobility would be otherwise significantly impaired by one or more of age, illness, disability or infirmity.
The permit allows exemption from street-parking charges in some places and is used to park within dedicated disabled parking spaces reserved for people who have satisfied requirements to receive the placard.
The abuse and/or misuse of disabled parking permits has been identified as a major problem in the US, with some estimates indicating the majority seen on the street are used or obtained fraudulently. The substantial privilege and convenience granted by a permit provides a major incentive to use one illegally or obtain one fraudulently, and medical privacy law often confounds attempts to identify truly disabled individuals from abuses.
Abuse most often occurs under the following circumstances
A non-disabled driver using the vehicle, plate or placard of another person who is disabled without transporting that person. This often occurs with family members of disabled people.
Forging a physician’s signature on the form submitted to the motor vehicle department.
Bribing a physician to submit the form for the motor vehicle department.
Feigning or exaggerating symptoms of a medical condition in order to convince a physician to submit the form.