As we move deeper into autumn and winter like weather, most if not all Americans, recognize Veterans Day. I am not sure most or any employers in the Private Sector do though – just saying! My mind is on many things but the news and many Veteran Day ads on TV have brought back memories of my brother. My brother was, a Marine, a phenomenal artist and promising professional football athlete who got drafted in high school under the old laws of mandatory military service, he was of age with no option to say no contrary to some upper class mostly white men who begged and received many deferments. I know he was an exceptional soldier, though we all hoped for the best, always prayed, knowing the end result of war he and his fellow soldiers and friends were subjected to back then almost always meant injuries, mental health issues and possibly death. He and his fellow Soldiers served the best they could, he earned medals at the cost of having a pace maker, his body was heavily grafted and his hand mangled from protecting his men when a land mine blew up. I will admit, say he made some terrible mistakes during and after his years in service; he suffered from all that he endured in the Vietnam War like so many other Soldiers in the name of “Military Service” which was forced upon so many young men unable to vote or drink yet some die while others are still unable to get the help they so need. He was far from perfect, but our family loved and are very proud of him … peace and love bro. on Veterans day.
If you live in Washington State, enjoy the outdoors with a reminder of what the Men and Women in uniform mean to all of us here in the States. I cannot begin to list all the Military people I know; those who have chosen to serve and protect our country in some form live and died with a great sense of pride to have been in the Military, and we should thank them all for keeping us safe.
On March 7, 1965, hundreds of brave unarmed nonviolent women and men dared to March for African Americans right to vote.
The fact is that less than 1% of eligible Blacks could vote or register to vote.
People organized a Peaceful Protest March from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery. However, as these protesters crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Montgomery the police, some riding on horses had, looking back, a predetermined tactical intervention plan against protesters, and as police proceeded to engage in “excessive use of force.” it became clear as protesters continued on that the excessive force was now an active use of police brutally; beating protesters like #RepJohnLewis some of these officers actually surrounded and knocked out young protesters using their night sticks, sprayed water cannons while others used tear gas. These kids had no weapons; they did NOT fight back, but showed courage and strength. We must never forget that some of our fellow Americans died for the right to vote in an adverse harmful environment, quickly retreated while journalists and photographers became witnesses to the violence and suffering .
The brutal reaction by the police was not only caught on tape it forced then President Johnson, once against civil rights programs as a Senator to call on Congress for equal voting rights for all on March 15.
The Voting Act of 1965 was signed into law on August 6; is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.
A day that started out peacefully quickly descended into an awful ugly March of death for the right to vote called ,”Bloody Sunday”.
Now, some 48 years later, a new “Jim Crow” era has emerged with a major step backward in the fight for civil and voting rights. There are conservative states targeting not only African Americans but Senior citizens, first time voters, early voting, Students, low income, immigrants and the undocumented though Republicans call them (illegals) Dreamers they were all born in the US of A. In addition, Governors from Republican controlled States are allowing election officials to purge voters, people without birth certificates were given limited or completely denied access to the voting booth failing to meet new voter ID regulations in time and were treated like possible (illegals). This is the 21st Century; we should be on a progressive path toward equality for all not one that will re-engage folks in the act of racism or exclusion leading to suppressing participation in the election process. In this year 2017, Republicans continue to pass and or enforce new, even stricter voter ID legislation or influence their districts with strange redistricting rules regulations. While some judges … have struck down some of these bills that ultimately suppress the vote, it is clear the effort to shut people of colour out of the election process sadly continues.
We need to push back on all attempts to suppress the right to Vote.
With so much at stake, it is time to stop sitting on the sidelines. If we are going to succeed, Conservative lawmakers NEED to hear our Voices.
We cannot let the naysayers turn back the clock on Voting Rights or the next generation.
Time to deal with old outdated complicit relationships that need to change
It is time to take Republicans onto the floor of Congress and wipe up the floor with their ideologies.
The things on my mind while Congress continues to take a few days here there … called a congressional recess? seriously
The information below is a history and time line regarding the Census and Gerrymandering or Packing & Cracking rules
In December 1975, the Congress passed Public Law (P.L.) 94-171. This law requires the Census Bureau to make special preparations to provide redistricting data to the 50 states no later than April 1 of the year following a census (so April 1, 2011, for the 2010 Census). P.L. 94-171 specifies that within 1 year of Census Day, the Census Bureau must send each state the small-area data the state will need to redraw districts for the state legislature.
P.L. 94-171 sets up a voluntary program between the Census Bureau and those states that wish to receive population tabulations for voting districts and other state-specified geographic areas.
Under this program, those responsible for the legislative apportionment or redistricting of each state may devise a plan identifying the voting districts for which they want the specific tabulations and submit it to the Census Bureau.
Beginning in 2005, the Redistricting Data Office of the Census Bureau met with state officials in 46 states. These meetings explained the timeline and programs available for the 2010 Census, providing states the time to prepare and allocate resources in advance of the census. The states also provided the Census Bureau with valuable feedback on census program planning.
The 2010 Census Redistricting Data Program is a five-phase program. During Phase 1 (2005–2006), the Census Bureau collected state legislative district boundaries and associated updates to tabulate legislative districts. This phase also included an aggressive 2010 Census communications plan, with visits to state capitals, to make sure the states were informed and prepared for the upcoming census.
Phase 2 (2008–2010) consisted of the Voting District/Block Boundary Suggestion Project (VTD/BBSP) in which states received TIGER/Line® shapefiles and the MAF/TIGER Partnership Software (MTPS) to electronically collect voting district boundaries, feature updates, suggested block boundaries, and corrected state legislative district boundaries. Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 are voluntary programs that include a step where the state verifies the submitted data.
Phase 3 constitutes the delivery of the data for the 2010 Census. The Census Bureau will deliver the geographic and data products to the majority and minority leadership in the state legislatures, the governors, and any designated P.L. 94-171 liaisons. Once bipartisan receipt of the data is confirmed, the data will be made available online to the public within 24 hours through the American FactFinder. For this census, the P.L. 94-171 data will include population counts for small areas within each state, as well as housing occupied/vacancy counts.
After the Census Bureau provides the data, the states will begin their redistricting. States are responsible for delineating their own congressional and legislative boundaries and their legislatures. Legislatures, secretaries of state, governors, and/or redistricting commissions carry out the process.
Republicans on the floor of Congress continue to stall, block, scale down bills, and or add nasty amendments no one could vote for in good faith while providing misinformation and misinterpretation to the public any chance they can. We the People, cannot afford to vote for politicians who put Political Party and Money over doing the People’s business; though Republicans would have the public believe it is in our best interest. We must remember that Speaker Boehner said, his main concern was jobs jobs jobs among other things… the question is how many jobs bills did Republicans bring to the floor, how many Senate jobs bills were rejected and how many awful amendments were attached. Yes, this voter is biased, but I don’t think it’s in the best interest of Americans to side with the party of no; people need to make the effort to listen to what and how bills are handled by Republicans.
We need and must move into the 21st Century if we plan to get back on track and to do so Republicans must accept that PBO won a second term, has earned the right to govern … Americans … 53% of us said YES to his ideas, policies and desire to move forward.
Instead, POTUS continues to spend time on cleaning up the crap the House of Bush left …Sadly, we will never ever know exactly what all Barack Obama had planned for our country,but if you dissect the moves the votes the actions of Republican members of Congress … you might think hmmm what was their intent?
Contrary to what went on in both Chambers of Congress, it is obvious that this is NOT what President Elect Barack Obama had in mind when he ran for office ~~ Think about it, Republican leaders met& decided to be the Party of NO. POTUS either gets no reporting on his accomplishments or has to battle with the Media and it hasn’t been POTUS friendly reporting! I ask folks to contrast&compare it to the primaries because the media gained the reputation of having a love fest with Obama … was that ever true or
For your information, wiki states, “Gerrymandering is effective because of the wasted vote effect.
So, what does Packing and Cracking mean to you …
~ Packing opposition voters into districts (concentrate as many voters of one type -( maybe party&race ) means they already win and by …
~ Cracking the remainder among districts where they are moved into the minority (increasing votes for eventual losers), the number of wasted votes among the opposition can be maximized. Similarly, with supporters holding narrow margins in the unpacked districts, the number of wasted votes among supporters is minimized.
First printed in March 1812, the political cartoon above was drawn in reaction to the state senate electoral districts drawn by the Massachusetts legislature to favour the Democratic-Republican Party candidates of Governor Elbridge Gerry over the Federalists.
Hopefully members of Congress have heard their constituents voices about Gun Safety, understand that ACA is the law of the land, respect Women and their reproductive rights, find courage to end governmental shutdowns, find the compassion to implement save or reform Paycheck Fairness, Immigration and Medicaid just to name a few. Lest we forget that Republican Governors continue to pass, ridiculous Family Values bills while squashing social service programs for the poor.
I also hope the constant racial comments by people voted into Public Office, which, sadly is slurped up by people who seem to be listening and following like lemmings not only affects people of colour ends. It shows the World how primitive we truly are while our constitution, civil and human right achievements seem like documents and sensibilities with absolutely no value or power. The public needs to stay informed; elections suffice it to say have consequences. The fact is midterm elections are just as important as the National Elections, especially in years when gerrymandering or as they say ,when redistricting goes into full effect which lumps, separates, destroys diverse communities and robs some of their voting rights allowing more extreme tea party members onto the Congressional floor.
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 some lesser million dollar amount but what we all need to know is gentrification is also about being and staying woke while voting. The idea that Seattle would consider building one of the most expensive police precinct ever …wait -let me change that, it would be the most expensive in the nation is beyond comprehension let alone give up what used to work! … diversion programs
yep, it is a WTF moment.
Oh, and let’s top that off with a city that seemed more on the side of troubled youth using diversion programs back in the day, it has or is deciding to invest in the “school to prison pipeline.” …Private Prisons are known to bring in revenue but do we have to do this and why?
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 major lack of housing whether it’s affordable or not and from just reading about this move … Seattle is suffering from what appears to be secrets, lies and closed door meetings, well 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. The plan was or is to have developers, who want to build here put money or a % into a fund that will help pay for affordable housing or for that new “Police Precinct”? What I want to know is if this is retroactive because while they announced the new program it doesn’t appear to be more than just a proposal to have developers pay up and common sense begs the question about how many new proposals could be in que with that stipulation …just saying
Oh and did you know if you want to live near the new transportation system called light rail stations in the Greater Seattle area; you will be paying approximately 10% more? I have to admit after hearing the City of Seattle admitted they actually tell property managers that IT professionals are the best tenants was very disappointing and makes you wonder…did they just admit to systematic gentrification/discrimination and don’t seem to care? The comment becomes clearer if you’re looking for what used to be affordable housing here and discussions with folks who now live an hour or two away taking a train or driving in from places like Olympia to work is both infuriating and sad. The colourful yet offensive 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 Seattle; spread out and seemingly took green space away … all of which ultimately raises rents all over the greater Seattle area.
I don’t even understand how, but 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 from A! it’s not only frustrating to see the lack of space between buildings … it’s a cluster fk of massive buildings for sure and thinking about how many are foreign dollar driven is too much … i think about all the old timers who had homes, small biz … places etc. now gone or struggling to live seeing the vote for the people seemingly less and less becoming more corporate
The process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of upper-income or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents is not new. The changing faces of the Pacific North West is quite concerning … Portland,OR once 33% white in the year 2000 is now 76% white as of the year 2016. The change raises unsettling questions for a city that prides itself on tolerance, social equity and valuing diversity, which includes Seattle, WA.;Census documents reports our State was 77% white in 2014, not far behind that concern is hearing that there were are developers possibly still asking, demanding and harassing older communities of colour into selling their homes and or lands without having a place to move to in the neighborhood let alone in the city because they are priced out. 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 companies were 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 makes most feel helpless, 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 !… and where are they?
Your vote matters ..make it count
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