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  • Opinion: A Love Letter to my Heart Going on 25 years ago, I was in elementary school. I was one of those little round black girls who wore her hair in plaits, or pig tails. Deep down, I'm still one of those.I remember a tightness in my chest, on two or three occasions. Always around lunch time or in the afternoon, it was a dilapidation pain. At some point, I remember laying down across the table.I don't really remember any thing being done about it. I was brought home and I got a lecture about eating too much pork. That was about it.It wouldn't be until some 25 years later that I finally would get a check in on my heart ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2019, 6:33 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Opinion: When Joshua Tree National Park was my Home Reposted from Susan Grigsby at Daily Kos It was late afternoon when we pulled into the Cottonwood Springs Campground on that September day in 1989. The only ones there, we sat outside of our motorhome and enjoyed a glass of wine and watched while the sunset turned the desert gold. Although this was not the Chihuahuan Desert of Big Bend, where we had been visiting friends, this expanse of the high Colorado Desert, part of the larger Sonoran Desert, was just as beautiful. This was our introduction to Joshua Tree National Monument.Josha National Monument in 1936 Designated in 1936, Joshua Tree was initially called a National Monument. It is located in California, east of Los Angeles, near Palm Springs ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2019, 6:40 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Update: Celebrating the AC Phoenix News Archive at Digital NC and Rodney Sumler Day (March 13) 2019 This year, we are practicing Sankofa by celebrating the digitization of the AC Phoenix News. The AC Phoenix News was created by Rodney Sumler, community activist and entrepreneur in Winston-Salem, NC.  In 2015 while celebrating his life, the Mayor of Winston-Salem declared March 13 Rodney Sumler Day to honor his life of service. This year we will be celebrating his service, the preservation of the AC Phoenix Newspaper, as well as kicking off the Rodney Sumler Research Foundation; whose mission is to continue the work of rewriting negative cultural narratives for people of color through education, research, and development. Help us celebrate wherever you are by signing up for our twitter campaign for March 13.AC Pheonix Archive ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2019, 8:15 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Economic Empowerment: 11 ways costs are shifted onto You (After taxes are cut for the Wealthy) Reposted from David Akadjian at Daily Kos The idea of “tax cuts” is popular because people tend to think that they are getting some kind of break. Somehow, they’ll be able to save more because they’ll have more money. While the idea sounds good, the only taxes that ever seem to really get cut in our country are those paid by corporations and the wealthy. After these cuts are pushed through, what tends to happen is that either government has to cut services or revenue has to be raised some other way. In each case, average people still end up having to pay. And they tend to have pay more to make up for deficits that come from ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2019, 7:37 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Looking back to Move Forward: 2019 Marks 400 years since the first Slave Ship Arrived in the US This year marks 400 years since the landing of the first slave ship in the then, English Colonies in 1619. The White Lion and the Treasurer pirated black slaves from Portuguese Trans-Atlantic ships, selling them in Virginia from despite there being no clear laws on slavery in colony at the time.  Some people were able to win their freedom, become tax paying citizens, and buy land as indentured servants up until the 1700s.By the 1800s, however, slavery had become more solidified as a racial institution. As an effect, the rights of enslaved and free blacks were severely limited  thus beginning the class-racial divides that still effect us today. Sankofa (Ghana, from the Twi dialect of the Akan ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2019, 10:24 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Ballotpedia's Daily Brew: Five 2018 ballot measures that went into effect for New Years Day Ballotpedia Daily Brew from News Editor, Sarah RosierWelcome to the first edition of Ballotpedia's Daily Brew in 2019. They've talked a lot about the 2018 ballot measures, so to kick off the year, here are five of them that took into effect January 1, 2019.Minimum Wage in the USMap of the US with states and territories indicated where minimum wage is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Critics for increasing minimum wage say that smaller businesses would not be able to keep up with minimum wage increases, which is bad for workers as small businesses make the most jobs in communities throughout America. Conversely, supporters for minimum wage increases say ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2019, 12:14 PM by Rahni Sumler
  • Form and Function: This D.C. Government ‘Palooza’ Aims To Fix Confusing Paperwork Reposted from Helen Wieffering at the DCistIf you’ve applied for a D.C. driver’s license in 2018, chances are you did less squinting than the applicants who came before you. If you purchased a home this year, you may have actually scanned your property for peeling paint before signing the lead disclosure form. Both of these forms were recently redesigned under a District initiative to help residents better understand and access government services.Civic Participation in Action: Form-A-PaloozaParticipants at Form-a-palooza worked to redesign five D.C. government forms to be more user-friendly. (Photo by Helen Wieffering)You can get engaged in your own city or town by contacting your mayor's ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2018, 6:52 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Opinion: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis lets the world know who's in Charge Reposted from KM Wehrstein at Daily Kos Just as the full story is coming out of the plot between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election, Defense Secretary James Mattis has spoken truth on behalf of America about the murderous Russian mobster-president.  Per Time:26th Secretary of Defense, James Norman MattisOn December 20, 2018, James Mattis submitted his resignation, effective February 28, 2019, after failing to persuade Trump to reconsider his decision of the previous day to withdraw the remaining American troops from Syria. The letter has been published by politico at this link. Mattis has occasionally voiced his disagreement with certain Trump administration policies, including criticizing budget cuts that hamper the ability to monitor ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2018, 10:23 PM by Rahni Sumler
  • UCS Report: Trump And Zinke Making Science Inferior At the Interior Reposted from ClimateDenier Roundup, Daily Kos Community at Daily Kos The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report yesterday detailing how science is under siege at the Department of Interior. This is not going to be welcome news for Secretary Zinke. He’s already fending off calls for his resignation by Rep. Grijalva, who will chair the House committee that oversees DOI in the upcoming Congress.New Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee: Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz Rep. Raúl Grijalva will be assuming the office in January 2019. He has stated: "The American people need an Interior Department focused on addressing climate change, enhancing public recreation, protecting endangered species, and upholding the sovereign rights of Native American ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2018, 7:07 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • [Breaking] Video: North Carolina woman admits 'harvesting' ballots, turning them over to Republican Contractor Reposted from Jen Hayden, Daily Kos Staff at Daily Kos The congressional race in North Carolina’s 9th district continues to unravel as there is mounting evidence of serious felony fraud. Observers noted the unusual discrepancy in the absentee ballot return rate, particularly in two counties: Robeson and Bladen. From WFAE:The only legal ways to submit an Absentee Ballot: In-Person, Mailpersons, Close-Relatives, or Multipartisan Assistance TeamsStock image of Multipartisan Assistance Team member helping the elderly vote, from the North Carolina Board of Elections' page on Multipartisan Assistance Teams. This page states that "the first preference, according to the law, is for the voter to receive assistance from a near relative or guardian". It also states that ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2018, 6:59 AM by Rahni Sumler
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