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“remember the ladies” a letter from Abigail Adams


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In a letter dated March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams writes to her husband, John Adams, urging him and the other members of the Continental Congress not to forget about the nation’s women when fighting for America’s independence from Great Britain.

The future First Lady wrote in part, “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

Nearly 150 years before the House of Representatives voted to pass the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, Adams letter was a private first step in the fight for equal rights for women. Recognized and admired as a formidable woman in her own right, the union of Abigail and John Adams persists as a model of mutual respect and affection; they have since been referred to as “America’s first power couple.” Their correspondence of over 1,000 letters written between 1762 and 1801 remains in the Massachusetts Historical Society and continues to give historians a unique perspective on domestic and political life during the revolutionary era.

Abigail bore six children, of whom five survived. Abigail and John’s eldest son, John Quincy Adams, served as the sixth president of the United States. Only two women, Abigail Adams and Barbara Bush, have been both wives and mothers of American presidents.

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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

In Memory … of MLK


 MLK Murder Still Haunting

Martin Luther King Jr., second right, and SCLC aides Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson Jr., from left, and Ralph Abernathy return to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis to strategize for the second Sanitation Worker’s march led by King in this April 3, 1968 file photo.

King was shot dead on the balcony April 4, 1968. AP Photo/File

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

in the News – birthers … again


doilookillegala debate from 5/2011, that is still relevant

With all the commotion about birthers, birthrights, citizenship  and or any of the combinations out there, the past birther comments from trump and maybe his family made me wonder not only about their beliefs  but what their supporter followers believe and if they even know how narrow minded this man might be. The idea that people actually are able to run for political office without being vetted sufficiently enough is heartbreaking and offensive. We cannot be so lax and not use all the tools needed to pull out important information like; will you represent ALL the people in your State or just a select few and please make a list that all Americans can look at.  Naturally this issue struck me as concerning and a real problem as it affects all our families past, present and future.  I guess birthrights was something he contemplated for awhile and considering what is currently in our News any and all speeches and or comments about birtherism should be posted and made available for anyone wondering how he feels about birthright citizenship. Therefore, I did a few weeks ago and this week I received a couple of comments via email so i posted and responded to both, which are below

 

ME: The reason i posted comments from Trough on my blog is because we all need to see and read what people say about birth rights and why – make sure our children of the future do not grow up to talk like or promote and learn it from people like Trough –

 

ME: Your comments about what Ron Paul wrote are your opinions, which if you live here in America are a right not a privilege and should not be taken for granted. What i did not like or agree and are in fact lies like your statements about President Obama. I saw your pix and you look like one of my sisters so to hear a person of colour write such things seemed odd and offensive. I know it makes no difference to you but both my parents are mixed and while there is def a long history of why i come from such a multi ethnic&; cultured family, we were brought up to accept rejoice and realize that America is a country made up of immigrants. We would not be such a rich and diverse country had the attitude you and Ron Paul have. In fact, with that kind of attitude, our families would not be in America let alone take part in that quest to make our lives and or our children’s lives better if Ron and Rand Paul had their way. I take issue with people who do not accept the 14th Amendment or who use race to bash and promote hate fear without evidence that anyone is bad simply because they might be undocumented. I don’t know about you but anyone that says no one in their family history was an immigrant is lying and if they made it to America then you should praise and thank them. I know that a complicit relationship was made a long time ago by big business who figured out how to cheat while paying little or nothing to people (immigrants) who had and still have no rights to fight back. We are a nation with- the rule of law and the undocumented need to be dealt with because no one has done so correctly – President Obama did not start this, however he did bring immigration out of the shadows. I don’t know why anyone would punish a child born in America of an undocumented mother because the quest for a better life for her child was the most important thing unless of course her intent was to wreak havoc or was a terrorist but i wager that the truth leans more toward looking for a better life. I think the Dream Act would help take care of all those children who for the most part are great students some have become great teachers and or innovators that should have an opportunity to do good things for America. We should hold companies accountable. The undocumented, if upstanding given an opportunity and a path toward citizenship-Ron Paul says anchor babies are wrong and if i read your comment about birthright citizenship and how it relates to anchor babies correctly you seem to insist that President Obama is something other than an American and that is a lie – I really think you need to do some of your own research. Btw, not all Muslims, Blacks, Hispanics or Whites are bad but you do know America has white terrorists who are bad-

Final comments left …

 

Me:

Actually, I went to your site and read your comments or what you call critiques. I said we live in America and thank goodness, freedom of speech is just one great reason to live here. However, I read your comments in a much diff way and will stand firm. I think it’s fun and amusing that anyone would give themselves props for anything the mainstream media says because in my opinion it’s lame offensive and full of lies. If that is what you want, props for them and so be it, but most people are not happy with the right of center biased comments from “the media.” My President , President Barack H. Obama is not only underestimated people boost his polls because they are actually comparing and contrasting his comments against what the Republican Tea Party and the folks who control cable news as well as mainstream media thank you very much. I know a lot of folks would love to take the victory lap but he is his own force moving toward that change 53% of Americans voted for – I give any and or all props to this President -full credit for all that he does. – Well, welcome to America and thank you for responding to the rethinking birthrights citizenship essay that Ron Paul wrote though if I read your blog correctly you support his point of view, which was why I responded originally. I still am offended by his views in that essay as well as anything else he says when he is on the airwaves about Race, birthright including the 14thAmendment.

Carmen

 

10 tips on thrifting


What should you look out for …or buyshoesandblackgirl

I love the hunt and it’s great when you find something at a thrift or consignment store that are still in their original boxes or with tags on; or on some occasions an item considered pre-owned was worn 3 times just waiting to be taken home.

So, let me break it down …

1) Buy NAME BRANDs & Designer… when possible

2) Some things look great but may have been on a recall list …ask questions, do research and keep your internet near you

3) Check everything, pay attention to seams, stains and buttons for damage or possible replacements, which may not be an option in most cases

4) Jewelry: Vintage and even some costume look amazing for evening

5) Kitchen: Vintage Pyrex, Depression glass, fine china, cast iron, and Corning ware just to name a few

6)Tools: Vintage and thrifting is also a great cheap way to replace old lost or damaged

7) Mirrors and Glassware are the first things I look for … Vintage and the more unusual is sometimes better for great center pieces,trays, coffee table toppers

8) Fabric or reclaimed wood&metal etc. for upcycling projects

9) Bedroom: Look out for novelty items, popular characters or vintage posters, which are all great, but PLEASE do not buy pillows bedding due to bugs etc.

10) Try to negotiate

Summary:For Clothes, Handbags & things: Buy designer, Jewelry: made from Bakelite, buy leather goods and always look for damage ~ some dress designer fabrics can be upcycled …especially if you know how to sew

– Buy Authentic leather only … try to avoid knock offs

 Remember … recycle reuse reclaim reduce

waste from going into our landfills