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Civil Rights … god and nature NOT the government ?


just another rant …

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I don’t know about you but I think of the Declaration of Independence as our social contract … right. Though if you listen to Republicans, it seems they missed that class, ignored it or prefer the archaic ideology beliefs of that time.  The idea that we even have to debate how some have had to struggle fight and die for the right to (be) is beyond me. I can only speculate, but; it could only be considered an inaccurate interpretation maybe a big slap of reality of what our Nation should expect if Republicans were to govern the Free World.  Is it possible that Rep. Paul Ryan could very well be conveniently ignoring the hypocrisy that is our Declaration of Independence written by a group of men who were definitely involved in the slave trade? Yes, there are constant references to “natural rights”  The fact is, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness Republican Rep.Paul Ryan was speaking of did not apply to Blacks obviously most being slaves held against their will at a time when these folks considered themselves the only real Americans worthy. Originally under the Constitution, only white male citizens over the age of 21 were eligible to vote.  We must all remind Republicans like Paul Ryan that it was the action taken by our government that finally allowed some slaves a peak at the rights given by “God and Nature,” as Rep. Paul Ryan unfortunately proclaims.

Oh, do not get me wrong; the Declaration of Independence is a great document written in defense of grievances against kings and kingdoms which led to the inclusion of some provisions in the Constitution and Bill of Rights due to complaints.

Contrary to what Republicans like Rep.Paul Ryan stated, the list below is just a few of our rights that could have only been experienced by our nation’s citizens because the government was forced to debate vote then Amendments were created granted … and updated

()    Women’s right to vote (granted by 19th Amendment)

()    Right to vote for all citizens, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude (15th Amendment)

() 4th Amendment: Citizens cannot be forced to subject themselves to seizure and search without a search warrant and probable cause.

()    Right to bear arms (granted by 2nd Amendment)

 ()     the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States and provides that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or …Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865,

()    6th Amendment: Guarantees fair and speedy jury trial and the rights to know the accusation, the accuser, and to find counsel and witnesses.

() The Fourteenth Amendment addresses many aspects of citizenship and the rights of citizens.  The most commonly used — and frequently litigated — phrase in the amendment is  “equal protection of the laws“, which figures prominently in a wide variety of landmark cases, including Brown v. Board of Education (racial discrimination), Roe v. Wade (reproductive rights), Bush v. Gore (election recounts), Reed v. Reed (gender discrimination),  and University of California v. Bakke (racial quotas in education).  See more

Paul Ryan: ‘Our Rights Come From Nature And God, Not From Government’ http://www.mediaite.com/tv/paul-ryan-our-rights-come-from-nature-and-god-not-from-government/ via @mediaite 8/11/2012

 

 

What say you?

Are we only human … Black History


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Just another repost and today’s rant

 It was about 6am on a Saturday morning. I was checking my email and other social media accounts while listening to pundits talk about POTUS’s latest press conference.

This has been a rough few weeks now moving into the month of July because The Voter Rights Act was essentially torn apart by SCOTUS.  I have gone over things in my mind repeatedly not being able to write about it, crying, and wondering what was the true intent of that decision looking for positive outcomes and there are many but few active players willing to make the best thing happen, which is Universal Voter Rights. We all know that conservatives do not want everyone voting though redistricting or packing and cracking interferes with the rights of minorities, rural folks, poor and low income … conservatives engage in this practice legally mind you. Then Women in Texas, South Carolina among others started to say NO to lawmakers… made up mostly of men, seemingly wanting to control our bodies and decisions along with a few conservative women who need to be schooled on what a rape kit is for,  maybe told to stop being so submissive and move into the 21st Century period. Then there was the #justice4Trayvon marches and juror B37 spoke along with quite a few deaths with defendants using SYG started something.

It is obvious, our voices need to get loud louder and loudest for those who no longer have one.

As I watched President Obama walk into to what usually is the President’s Carney briefing. The room was empty enough for the President to comment as well as the so-called 2-minute rule was given … or not as reporters stated and the environment seemed tense maybe very negative.  I am biased, but there are things I do not agree with our President on and it should be that way because we are not lemmings we have different attitudes about life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The fact is many people needed to hear POTUS come to the mic and talk race but what we all heard was not just comments from the President about race or a reminder to respect the Trayvon Martin family their wishes for calm back then. It was a reminder while we must have respect for the judicial system, POTUS also asked Americans about the possibility of looking at the laws that face us today. I am not quoting or trying to quote the President because everyone who heard watched that historic press conference will take and remember what he or she wants.  While each station on the airwaves focus on what they want, the only responsible thing is to listen to what the President said by playing the original tape and refrain yes I say refrain from taking what TV hosts, pundits and journalist tell you as the truth. It was an important moment because the stand your ground laws while said to be absent in the Trayvon Martin case, the jury did use it to determine the fate of a young black man who just turned 17 …shot and killed by a wannabe cop.  I ask anyone truly interested to compare the juror instructions given by the judge and what was stated before they were excused to make their decision and as a former juror how could or why did this group ignore the facts, his words, his violent past or George Zimmerman’s efforts to want to become a cop least we remember he was told to stand down and he did not. If he had waited for the cops, we all know things would be different. There is truly something wrong when a child is killed, the parents were not contacted immediately, and what happened to the cell phone? The police decided on their own that it was self-defense, only one guy requested expected an investigation felt there was a need to survey the neighborhood but that did not happen either while the evidence was not just withheld or tossed it was tainted  and no one went to jail for a killing a human being, a young black man.

We cannot forget what happened to Oscar grant, Trayvon Martin, Sean Belle,  or other Jordan Davis’s of the world.  So many invisible people of colour, mistreated even in their deaths is unacceptable. While folks say, black and brown folks are able to use the castle doctrine or the stand your ground law, common sense says and reports tell us this is not true. After hearing what happened to Marissa Alexander even with a new trial might serve possibly 60yrs for a warning shot, proves stand your ground has failed at least people of colour and the first question is. Who is Stand Your Ground really for?  How many more people of colour have to die to see a law that is not being interpreted correctly or is it that those applying the law are on the extreme side of States Rights. We all know ALEC is involved and it would be in all our best interests to consider what future ALEC should play in the lives of Americans.  I happen to believe Marissa Alexander was hoping that the police would come to her house and save her from an abusive husband but the system failed her.  Whatever the outcome, I felt helpless, upset angry and overwhelmed by all the things happening unable to rant rave or shout.  Now, it is time for each of us to ask questions about how our own States are applying the castle doctrine and more specifically how our police interpret it.

 

I come from a long line of mixed family on both sides – this is fact. I know that a group of folks from white,brown&black sides of my family clashed, were forced, some had complicit or secret relationships and even more often than not possibly manipulated, some were willing to take risks for love or whatever; If not, I would not be here – this is another fact. I have children and I still believe in a woman’s right to choose, I am straight but I believe you should not be punished for loving whom you do and this is slowly melting away, yet the fight to turn back the clock on civil, voter, human, reproductive rights is in full effect.  In my heart from my own family experience … Race will always matter; it is up to each person who chooses to be open to the unknown that counts.

Be aware be present and join us in the fight for equality… on all its levels

This is NOT America …


Npelosiwomenshcjust another election rant …On Jan 21 I saw several posts cheering for America’s new president and I had to respond.

I admit trump won the Electoral vote  but not the Popular vote which is important to us Americans though it does seem silly because he won. Americans and folks who are actually able to do something about these rules have been debating the process for years and it is still sitting on a shelf somewhere.  Ah… to be an American in this era of trump, who started his bid for president by shouting that Obama may NOT be an American and if you follow his rise, and I do not use that word loosely, it can be and is compared to Hitler, maybe Mussolini , but definitely supported by white supremacist, acting a little like Napoleon, a dreamer of a kingdom and if you take his actions seriously … ultimately a dictator; none of which is accepted or the norm here in the US of A.  I voted for Hillary, supported her without question but knowing what we had here … was a binary choice.  This man is NOT not presidential material, cannot fix our problems alone, he is NOT our savior nor does he care about his constituents who sadly were are misinformed, willing to be pushed and verbally shoved into whatever direction they need to get change. However, the change that is coming is one that will appear positive and given the position of power the President has, he can and will do anything he wants and has so the changes will be negative. Why do I say this, any person with so much power should know not to act with revenge in your mind but he is a narcissistic person in all its forms so this part of his personality will not only impact their lives and has already with the roll back of ACA but his reach will be long and global. I believe in choice so the effing idea that women should be punished for making decisions about her own body is crazy in itself but this man has just made it impossible for Americans to help women globally with the Reagan gag rule…the number of unsafe-abortions may increase certainly other reproductive issues women have will most definitely continue and in all probability end up in a rise in the rate of mortality among women globally.  This man is a protectionist an isolationist with nationalists standing by him wearing suits ..history speaks to us rejecting this behavior but he will be the thing the vehicle for women on both sides of the political aisle as well as race etc. to use as a common denominator …who obviously see or are seeing that this man should not be in power thus the enormous numbers of women marching not just in America but globally and while he is only talking to his constituents this carpetbagger can’t help but make all things about him, has stomped on our constitution already, broken what most will say are American values and while republicans wring their hands in joy, their corrupt behavior will show itself as some of our economist suggest could be another ride into another ditch with all the costs created by actions like moving the Israel embassy, repealing ACA just to name two lest we talk about block granting education ending Medicaid and increasing qualifiers reinstating others that restrict health care … this man is NOT the savior but a emperor wannabe though he seems to act as if he was voted in as a king … hopefully, his voters will see the light in time.

FYI I am still crying because as a person of colour i feel our rights our bodies will now be a target and a threat while living as Americans depending on what city, their social norms and the rule of law lest we talk about how folks interpret trump’s rhetoric and unfortunately his dogma will be spread as often as he holds rallies for the people to see him and how far the spicers of the world are willing to go and say whatever it takes to keep their followers calm in imo. While it’s apparent this needed to happen to America … freedom and the pursuit of happiness seem to be slowing down hopefully not gone

So, it’s January 26,2017 trump whipped his pen of freedomhaslimitationsrevenge out and seemingly took America back to the dark ages.

This is NOT moving toward a more perfect union as Barack Obama said to us but I believe that we must gain insight, become mindful, analyze all that must get done before election 2018;this is our lot and while I completely disagree with the host blogger, she is also kind enough to accept opposition comments. I also admitted I understand their point, said as much when we elected Obama and watched as the opposition party pledged to do nothing … So, as bill after bill had some stipulation or nasty pill attached to it no one addressed stagnant wages, 21st century living, climate,renewables or jobs and while babies were being killed by guns infrastructure among other things were all put on hold unless and until republicans could get the trifecta to make change their way and get the credit, but social security, Medicaid, as well as “affordable healthcare” like congress enjoys …  is paid for by US taxpayers yet not available to the rest of us!

I say he is talking in tongues… I live in the US of A, I thought we didn’t or don’t censor the government, the people or control women, tell scientists that any and all info about climate has to pass a review panel before the public sees it is or that joint government/nonprofit summits can be and have been canceled by a President? This ish is offensive and should be considered crazy! The notion of being told to have babies let alone comply is insane, that the media needs to shut their mouths, torture works though it’s against the Geneva convention, we should have taken the Iraqi oil or that nukes should be available to all while side stepping the 1st Amendment … maybe a lot of amendments as he harkens back to a time when men who governed considered themselves to be the only legitimate Americans and suffice it say there weren’t many amendments back then to protect what we now call folks in “protected classes”  So, I am resisting. I am not naive; but I am hoping that enough folks who voted for him will see through his con while others continue the fight ending his trifecta in 2018.

Thanks for letting me speak

Nativegrl77

urban renewal, rebuilding while displacing … gentrification! are you feelin it too


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Definition of GENTRIFICATION …

Gentrification is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders. pbs.org

Listening to the local news, reports are that the Seattle City Council is building a New police precinct to replace the old one. ok, Then we hear the cost started out being $160Mil is now around $149Mil and would be the most expensive police precinct ever …let me change that, it would be the most expensive in the nation… yep, it is a WTF moment.

This plan seems like a betrayal to the residents of this great city.  Why can’t they rebuild on the old site least we ask why should we put up with this when there is a lack of housing, jobs and from just reading about this move … suffering from what appears to be secrets, lies and closed door meetings until that last public hearing. To say Seattleites are pissed at some of those folks we trusted and voted for is crazy … while gentrification seems to be in full effect. This news seems in conflict with what Seattle is about or used to be, not to mention the proposals for affordable housing being considered discussed possibly implemented has developers, who want to build here having to put money  into a fund that will help pay for housing or for that new “Police Precinct”?  What I want to know is if this is retroactive because common sense … how many new proposals could be in que …just saying

Oh and did you know if you want to live near great city transportation systems such as our light rail stations in the Greater Seattle area; you will be paying approximately 10 percent more? I have to admit hearing the city of Seattle admit they tell property managers that IT professionals are the best tenants was very disappointing. The comment becomes clearer if you’re looking for what used to be affordable housing here.  The yellow, orange and sometimes blue cranes stand tall, maybe 4 or more in certain parts of this beautiful city are being built to house folks of the IT variety among other big corporations that moved into downtown Seatttle; spread out, took green space away …all of which ultimately raises rents all over the greater Seattle area. Then we heard our rents are not just higher than New York City, but highest in the nation and if that wasn’t mind boggling enough try driving through Seattle to get to point B, C or D it’s not only frustrating to the lack of space between buildings … it’s a cluster f for sure.

The process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of upper-income or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents. The faces of the Pacific North West is quite concerning … Portland, Or once 33percent white in the year 2000 is now 76percent white this year of 2016. The change raises unsettling questions for a city that prides itself on tolerance, social equity and valuing diversity. It includes Seattle, WA. census documents state was 77percent white in 2014, not far behind in having developers ask demand harass older communities of colour into selling their homes lands without having a place to move to in the neighborhood let alone in the city.  I don’t know about you but gentrification is worth fighting against, but who really knew how bad it was or is? I knew that new development was pushing parts of the Pacific North West but got to say; not until after watching United Shades of America point the finger at Portland did it become clear that Portland was indeed systematically involved in a change in the faces of their state. The 64 million dollar question is how did this happen? As someone who used to go to Portland a lot, it makes me want to scream. The idea that gentrification continues to be skillfully ignored, kept outta the airwaves and or swept under some rug… probably dirty from developers, but then again Seattle and Portland need their Democratic Governor and Mayor to tell their constituents why they haven’t addressed or solved this issue.

Below is a quote from Goodread

“In the twenty-first century, the visions of J.C. Nichols and Walt Disney have come full circle and joined. “Neighborhoods” are increasingly “developments,” corporate theme parks. But corporations aren’t interested in the messy ebb and flow of humanity. They want stability and predictable rates of return. And although racial discrimination is no longer a stated policy for real estate brokers and developers, racial and social homogeneity are still firmly embedded in America’s collective idea of stability; that’s what our new landlords are thinking even if they are not saying it. (138)”

Other reads below

― Tanner Colby, Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America

 

 

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