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An Open Letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Posted by Admin On June - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

From: Frank Chapman, Field Organizer CAARPR 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Because you have declared that you will be introducing legislation to the City Council on June 22, 2016 we, who have been fighting for community control of the police here in Chicago, would like to inform you that we totally reject your attempts to hoodwink us into thinking your proclaimed concerns for police accountability are genuine. We will be at City Hall on June 22nd, making sure that our voices will be heard, demanding that our proposed ordinance creating an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) be enacted.
Here are two statements you made that we would like to address:
  1. On May 13, 2016 you stated that: “While much work still remains, we will continue to make significant strides on the road to reform. To fully fix Chicago’s police accountability system, we must be thoughtful and bold and have the courage to call out and address the root causes that have eroded trust between police and Chicago’s communities and some of Chicago’s residents.”

Before we have that discussion, Mayor Emanuel, you need to deal with your own malfeasance while in office, for example, your complicity in the murder of Laquan McDonald and your refusal to intervene in the name of justice in the cases of Flint Farmer, Ronald Ronnieman Johnson, and numerous other cases where murders by Chicago police officers were video recorded. You could have used your executive authority long ago to move the Police Board to fire Dante Servin, the murderer of Rekia Boyd. You could presently use your executive authority to fire and press for charges against all those CPD officers who lied on their reports in the Laquan McDonald case. You could use the evidence from the over 100 videos about to be released to seek immediate prosecution of police crimes. Then you could do the most honorable of all things and resign as Mayor of Chicago. That’s the kind of courage you need to have in this precise moment of history.

2.   Also on May 13, 2016 you said: “We will be judged by whether our actions truly measure up to the demands of the moment. I am confident  that by creating this new structure and committing to this comprehensive plan, Chicago will be better off because we are facing up to these difficult challenges and we are doing so together.”

You, Mr. Mayor, have already been judged by your actions, and the people want you to cease using your executive authority to cover up and excuse police crimes and to hand in your resignation. This is the only honorable thing you can do after 16 shots and a cover up. You should be a co-defendant of Jason Vandyke, the killer of Laquan McDonald. You are not a social reformer advancing the cause of justice for the people. You are a crime partner to all the police criminals at large in this city and we, the people, sooner or later, will bring you and your partners in crime to justice.
No Justice, No Peace!
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression 
 Stop Police Crimes Campaign

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression: Our Attitude Toward the Mayor’s Proposal to Abolish IPRA and Restore Trust

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Frank Chapman, Field Organizer CAARPR 
Last week the Mayor announced the following:


“Today I can announce that in the coming weeks, we will have the final details worked out on a comprehensive plan to fundamentally reshape our system of police accountability and it will be introduced at the following meeting of the full City Council on June 22. It will be based on the thoughtful suggestions made by my Police Accountability Task Force. It will also be informed by the conversations my administration is having with aldermen, community leaders, the U.S. Department of Justice and experts in the field. We want to make sure the police accountability system is trusted by the members of the Chicago Police Department and the residents of Chicago.”

I have received many calls about this statement and have seen and heard many reactions. The reaction of some of our friends and supporters is that the Mayor has opened a window of opportunity for CPAC advocates to walk right in and take a seat at the negotiating table. Then there are some who feel that the Mayor is stealing the thunder of our movement by getting rid of IPRA and replacing it with a civilian version with the same authority. And finally there is the vast majority of the people in our movement (Black Lives Matter Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, Trinity United Church of Christ and others) who clearly see that the people in our communities have been left out while the experts (from legal think tanks), political deal makers on the City Council, orchestrated community leaders, and whoever else the Mayor knows he can manipulate, is invited to the negotiating table. People who have been fighting for community control of the police, who represent tens of thousands in our communities as well as victims/survivors of police crimes and torture, have not been invited to the table.

But don’t get it twisted. We are not lamenting because we have not been invited or because we are vying to replace IPRA with yet another appointed body that can only make recommendations. Another appointed body that:

  • STILL has no one elected or chosen by the people.
  • STILL gives Mayor Rahm Emanuel decisive appointment power.
  • STILL can be overruled by an Appointed, police board.
  • STILL can be overruled by the present Mayor Appointed, Superintendent.

And where, if police crimes perpetrated against victims like Howard Morgan, Flint Farmer, Rekia Boyd, Ronnieman Johnson, George Anderson, and countless others happened tomorrow… the appointed “civilians” of this appointed body would STILL HAVE NO VOTE.

We want and we demand that the powers of IPRA, the Police Board and the Internal Affairs Dept be put squarely in the hands of the people through an all elected, all Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). We are fighting for our inalienable democratic right as a people to determine who polices our communities and how our communities are policed.

By their actions the Mayor and the existing City Council have been complicit in the murder of Laquan McDonald and should be co-defendants of Jason Van Dyke, and his fellow officers who perjured themselves. However, here they are devising yet another scheme to make sure the people are forced to trust a police force over which they have no power or control.



See also Op-Ed:
We Don’t Need Another Mayor Controlled Chicago Police Review Board

Stop Police Crimes Campaign




Growing Inspiration—17 Farming Heroes!

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

From: Foodtank

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated that there are more than 570 million farms in the world. Behind each farm – at least 90 percent of which are considered family farms – is a farmer, or team of farmers, collectively responsible for growing the world’s food. Food Tank is highlighting farmer heroes who go beyond cultivating the land, acting as employers, experimenters, keepers of tradition, and contributors to healthy lifestyles.SHARE this list with your social network: http://foodtank.com/news/2016/05/seventeen-farmer-heroes-for-sustainability-equality-and-defense-of-traditio

Family farmers are key players in job creation and healthy economies, supplying jobs to millions and boosting local markets, and are vulnerable to difficult climate and financial hardship, particularly because of the disproportionate amount of work required given the financial returns in farming. Farmers aren’t just food producers–they’re business women and men, they’re teachers in their communities, they’re innovators and inventors, and they’re stewards of the land who deserve to be recognized for the ecosystem services they provide that benefit us all.

Meet seventeen farmer heroes from around the world, working for innovation, sustainability, the environment, and local economy, all doing more than putting food on our plates. And don’t forget to SHARE this list: http://foodtank.com/news/2016/05/seventeen-farmer-heroes-for-sustainability-equality-and-defense-of-traditio

Janki Bai (Madhya Pradesh, India): In the Madhya Pradesh state of India, Janki Bai sacrificed an acre of her semi-arid land for the digging of a watershed pond in 2013 – a significant economic project for the community. Not only could she begin to grow rice on her land, but the pond, built with the help of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) quickly began to benefit farms within a half a kilometer of hers. Today, her family has increased financial stability and her community has a more reliable water source.

Mary Seton Corboy (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.): Founder of Greensgrow, a Philadelphia urban agriculture non-profit, in 1998 on the former site of a galvanized steel plant. Greensgrow has since become a model for sustainable food systems in Philadelphia and beyond. With CSAs, farmers markets, and more, Corboy is heralded for not only growing vegetables, but changing attitudes around food.

Ibrahima Coulibaly (Mali): Chosen as one of six Special Ambassadors for the International Year of Family Farming in 2014, Ibrahima Coulibaly is the President of theNational Coordination of Farmers’ Organizations of Mali (CNOP). Under Coulibaly, CNOP has contributed to the first agricultural policy in Mali focused on family farming. CNOP has projects for food security, natural resource management, and for strengthening farmers’ organizational and financial capacity.

Jess & Matt Fealy (Mareeba, Queensland, Australia): In 2012, the Fealys moved across Australia to begin lives as family farmers. In Australia, 99 percent of farms are family farms. Their farm, Blue Sky Produce, makes them proud to contribute to their rural community. They are grateful for the opportunity to use a variety of skills: “one day you’re repairing a wiring harness on the tractor, the next you’re stripping down a chainsaw, the day after that you’re pouring over soil and leaf analysis,” the Fealys say.

Bryan Gilvesy (Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada): Originally a tobacco farmer, Bryan Gilvesy has become an ecological agriculture champion throughout Ontario with his sustainable cattle ranching operation, Y U Ranch. He works with Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS), which supports farmers in restoring and preserving natural resources throughout Canada.

Thomas Harttung (Jutland, Denmark): Thomas Harttung is the Co-Founder of Aarstiderne an organic produce and meal box delivery program that now supplies over 45,000 customers across Denmark and Sweden with fresh, nutritious food. He serves as the Chair of the Trustees for the Sustainable Food Trust, a nonprofit committed to building a food system that causes the least possible harm to humans and the environment. Harttung is also on the board of the Nordic Food Lab which is dedicated to exploring food diversity and potential in the Nordic region. He has an 1,8000 acre biodynamic estate in Jutland.

Larry Jacobs (California, U.S.):  Larry Jacobs suffered illness from pesticide exposure as a young farmer and dedicated his work to pesticide-free farming. Jacobs Farm, now 35 years old and the largest organic culinary herb provider in the United States, won a notable lawsuit over a pesticide applicator whose application on a nearby field found its way to Jacobs’s dill crop. Jacobs and his wife, Sandra Belin, have also helped a cooperative of family farmers in Baja California, Mexico, form an organic growers association called Del Cabo, which now imports millions of pounds of organic produce into U.S. markets.

Rahab Kithumbi (Ng’arua Division, Laikipia West, Kenya): Rahab Kithumbi began her research with observation of poultry in a farmer-to-farmer exchange visit. After the visit, Kithumbi experimented with rearing chickens and turkeys and found an increased hatching rate when reared together. Turkeys also provide food for her family and more manure than chickens, useful as fertilizer. She displayed her innovation in 2013, becoming one of the first participants in Prolinnova’s Farmer Innovation Fair in Nairobi and earning the name “Mama Turkey” in her village.

Robert Morris & Gigi Pontejos-Morris (Padre Garcia, Batangas, Philippines): In 2005, Robert and Gigi Morris bought a traditional mango orchard in the Philippines and named it MoCa Family Farm. Certified for agri-tourism, MoCa is a “blueprint for family farming,” lending insight into the business of farming. With “several small-scale business operations running at the same time,” MoCa has incorporated specialty crops, niche market and branded farm products, farm accessory item sales, and hospitality services. The Morris family promotes farm-to-fork and local food.

Edward Mukiibi (Uganda): Edward Mukiibi is the current Vice President of Slow Food International. Living in Uganda, Mukiibi has experience developing community and school gardens in Africa through his Developing Innovations in School and Community Gardens project and sees great potential in Slow Food International’s 10,000 Gardens in Africa goal. Mukiibi is working “to promote our own food gastronomy, to strengthen traditional food systems and communities, and to defend African biodiversity.”

Kathy Ozer (Washington, D.C., U.S.): Kathy Ozer is the Executive Director of the National Family Farm Coalition, where she has worked in farm policy for more than two decades. Ozer dedicates her work to ensuring that “family farmers and fishers can not only survivebut thrive in order to support themselves, their families, and their communities.” She has expertise in the global credit and food crisis and the dairy farmer crisis.

Denise O’Brien (Ames, Iowa, U.S.): An Iowa native, Denise O’Brien founded the Women Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) in 1997 to coordinate information and networking for women as supporters of sustainable agriculture and healthy food systems. WFAN provides women with agricultural educational opportunities, an apprenticeship program, as well as tools for serving as political advocates for agriculture. O’Brien farms and raises organic chickens and turkeys with her husband on their farm in southwest Iowa.

Bernie Prince (Washington, D.C., U.S.): Bernie Prince is the Co-Founder of FRESHFARM Markets, an operator of producer-only farmers markets in the Chesapeake Bay region. Since 1997, FRESHFARM has been helping to provide opportunities for local farmers and has branched into other areas, like the FoodPrints nutrition and healthy eating education program for elementary school children. After retiring as Co-Executive Director of FRESHFARM in 2015, Prince now spends more time on her 10-acre farm in Georgetown, Delaware, where she and her husband grow organic fruit, vegetables, and flowers.

Flora Cañete de Sanabria & Edita de Jesús Franco de Sanabria (Caaguazú District, Paraguay): Once the only women members of the Paraguayan Ministry of Agriculture’s Sustainable Rural Development Project committee of rural producers, Flora Cañete de Sanabria and Edita de Jesús Franco de Sanabria have influenced rural development and agriculture decisions in Paraguay and increased the involvement and voice of women in local grass-roots projects.

Lindsey Lusher Shute (Hudson, New York, U.S.): National Young Farmers Coalition(NYFC) Executive Director Lindsey Lusher Shute is a young farmer with a background in policy. NYFC believes in affordable land for farmers, sustainable practices, fair labor, farmer-to-farmer training, diversity among farmers, and independent family farms for sustaining young farmers in the future. Its awareness campaigns include topics like student loans, land access, water conservation, and federal policy. The White House named Shute a Champion of Change in 2014. She has a particular interest in structural issues in family farming.

Mike & Gayle Thorpe (East Aurora, New York, U.S.): The Thorpes run two organic family farms – one in New York and the other in Florida – with an over 540-member CSA. The Thorpe family began farming in 2001, supporting a 42-member CSA, always with a “[belief] in nurturing the soil” by using well-composted material for the healthiest nutrient balance. The Thorpe farms are successful examples of true family farm CSA.

Arkhiben Vankar (Gujarat, India): Arkhiben Vankar is known as The Pesticide Lady in her community in the Indian state of Gujarat. She developed a toxin-free pesticide from herbal plants that has shown to be as effective as chemicals on pests like mealy bugs, white flies, and aphids. Not only is this pesticide safer for farmers, but Vankar’s pesticide is cost-effective too.

What farmer heroes inspire you? Share them with us at Danielle@foodtank.com and SHARE this list with your social network: http://foodtank.com/news/2016/05/seventeen-farmer-heroes-for-sustainability-equality-and-defense-of-traditio



Danielle Nierenberg
President, Food Tank


Online Voting: Newest Way to Vote in the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting election

Posted by Admin On April - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Letters to Editors

As we approach our seventh year of Participatory Budgeting – where 49th Ward residents decide how to spend $1 million in money to improve our neighborhood – I have exciting news.

Beginning TOMORROW (Saturday, April 16th) at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until Friday, April 29th, you will be able to vote in the Participatory Budgeting Election from the comfort of your own home, work, coffee shop – or wherever you might find an internet connection.

Two years ago, we introduced electronic voting, but it was limited to special laptops set up at certain voting sites. This year, we are expanding that opportunity so anyone with internet access and a 49th Ward address can vote wherever they wish.

How to vote online

To be eligible to vote (online or in person on election day or at an early-voting site), you must be 16 years of age or older and aresident of the 49th Ward. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to participate in PB!

To vote online, all you have to do is reply to this email and attach proof of ward residency. You can attach either a scanned copy of the proof of residency or a photo of it. Here are some of the documents you can use as proof of residency. It must contain your name and address:

  • Driver’s license or Illinois state ID
  • Current Apartment lease
  • Utility bill or bank statement
  • Student ID (with address)
  • Personal ID from another country

My staff will reply with the URL to the early voting website and a special access code to enter at that site. Please do not share that code with anyone else; your unique code and may only be used once. Then proceed to vote, following the instructions provided. If you have questions, please reply to this email or call my 49th Ward Service Office at 773-338-5796.

The online ballot will provide information on this year’s proposed projects, but feel free to examine the proposals before you vote. For a look at this year’s proposed PB49 projects, CLICK HERE.

THE ONLINE VOTING PERIOD BEGINS THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 16th, AT 9:00 A.M. AND WILL CLOSE FRIDAY, APRIL 29th, AT 7:00 P.M., so please vote by that date and time. If, by chance, you don’t vote online by the April 29th deadline, you can still vote in person on PB49 Election Day, Saturday, April 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St.

Please note: We will not share your identification information! After the voting is over, we will delete the email that includes your form of identification.

And Happy Voting!


Alderman Joe Moore

Department of Justice: Investigate Arizona Voter Suppression

Posted by Admin On March - 29 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Sign The Petition


I’m Laura Packard, a fellow MoveOn member, and I started a petition to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, which says:

In Maricopa County, Arizona, the number of polling places was reduced from 200 during the 2012 primary election to just 60 for 2016. Some predominantly Latino areas only got one or no polling places at all. People had to wait in 5+ hour lines to vote. Please investigate and put a stop to the voter suppression before the general election.

During this past Tuesday’s primary election in Maricopa County, Arizona, the number of polling places was reduced from 200 during the 2012 primary election to just 60 for 2016.1 Officials were warned that this would mean long lines and discourage people from voting. But they did it anyway.

Some predominantly Latino areas only got one polling place. Others got none at all. County officials allocated one polling place for every 108,000 residents on average in Phoenix, a minority-majority city—but Anglo communities had far more polling sites per resident. The result was traffic jams, and people had to wait in 5-hour lines to vote.2,3

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, in charge of overseeing the election, told reporters she was sorry people were upset but didn’t offer solutions.

The Justice Department can put a stop to this; they are the best hope for upholding the rights of all Arizona voters. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has asked for the DOJ to investigate. Now it’s our turn to keep up the pressure.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


—Laura Packard


1. “Maricopa County election officials writing off voters? You bet,” Arizona Republic, March 23, 2016

2. “Our View: A five-hour wait to vote in Arizona primary? That’s shameful,” Arizona Republic, March 23, 2016

3. “Phoenix mayor asks Justice Department to investigate Arizona voting delays,” CNN News, March 24, 2016

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#WhatWeDoMatters: YADP Evaluation Report

Posted by Admin On March - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

From: Malik S. Nevels, J.D.

Executive Director, ILAACP

I am excited to announce the release of our 2014-2015 Youth Asset Development Project Evaluation Report. This report represents the impact of our Youth Asset Development Project (YADP) on the lives of 117 at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 18 residing in Chicago’s Englewood, Auburn Gresham, Greater Grand Crossing, South Shore, and Roseland communities.

As the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention (ILAACP) prepares to celebrate our ten year anniversary, this report demonstrates another way we are building safe, healthy and resilient African American children, families, and communities.

The ILAACP 2014-2015 Youth Asset Development Project Evaluation Report analyzes data gathered through surveys and focus groups from youth participating in the YADP. Youth were recruited and enrolled by our Delivery Partners: Teamwork Englewood, Target Area Development Corporation and South Shore Drill Team. Participants attended 12-week sessions that included an amalgamation of three evidenced-based approaches to reducing violent behavior including Conflict Resolution Training (Think First Curriculum), Mentoring (Achieving Success) and Restorative Justice Practices (Peacekeeping Circles).

Based on evaluation findings, the majority of YADP participants reported significant increases concerning their confidence in their ability to deal with conflict, including an increase in ability to self-calm, and increase in confidence concerning talking out disagreements, and an increase in their perceived ability to walk away from violence. YADP participants also reported positive increases in their perception of school, ability to persist into college, and interact in professional environments. Survey findings suggest an enhancing of interpersonal relationships and increased optimism concerning future circumstances.

The success of YADP is due, in large part, to the collaborative effort of concerned county and non-profit agencies committed to implementing innovative solutions to the wanton violence that unfairly plagues too many of our Chicago area neighborhoods. To that end, and on behalf of youth that participated in YADP, we want to thank the Cook County Justice Advisory Council, the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Teamwork Englewood, Target Area Development Corporation, South Shore Drill Team, and SGA Youth & Family Services.
Please read and share our 2014-2015 Youth Asset Development Project Evaluation Report using the hashtag #WhatWeDoMatters!

If you have any questions, or require additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact Isaac McCoy, Special Initiatives Director, at 312.850.4444 ext. 227 or imccoy@ilaacp.org.

In service,
Malik S. Nevels, J.D.
Executive Director

State Rep. Mitchell Says Opponent Sent Out a Mailer Filled “With Lies and Propaganda”, Sets the Record Straight

Posted by Admin On February - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
Over the weekend, my opponent sent out a mailer filled with lies and propaganda. We know this because she provided absolutely no evidence to back up her outrageous and disingenuous claims.   
You deserve the truth, and I want to make sure that you have the facts.
Claim # 1 – Jay asserts that I am “steering money away from local schools.” If you have been following my e-blasts, you know that nothing could be further from the truth.
  • My Fund Education First bill would do exactly the opposite – by providing CPS with an additional $200 million immediately and over $1 billion long term without raising property taxes. Over 2,000 people signed a petition in support of the bill, but despite the bill’s impact and popular support, Jay and the Chicago Teachers Union opposed it.
  • I have been a staunch advocate of Education Funding Reform to ensure that more state dollars go to the students who need them the most – children living in concentrated poverty, with special needs and kids who are bilingual. The bill I support, SB 1, would bring an additional $141 million to CPS now. For no other reason than her own political gain, Jay and the Chicago Teachers Union have actively opposed it – she even repeated Republican talking points to derail the bill.
  • The mailer lists one bill that Jay says “steals Chicago’s tax dollars .. giving them to suburban schools..” Again, Jay and her allies are completely wrong. This bill would have restored more than $500 million in education spending, which is why sixty-one Democrats, including every legislator from Chicago, voted for it. You can see the roll call here.
Claim # 2 – Jay asserts that I am “forcing us to pay for special interest tax breaks.” Again, she provides no evidence to support this. I have been on the front lines working to change our unfair tax system since my days as a community organizer, and I have continued the fight as your State Representative.
  • I co-sponsored and voted for a bill that would close corporate tax loopholes and crack down on an unacceptable system where two-thirds of corporations in the state of Illinois pay no income tax.  
  • I am a co-sponsor of the Millionaire’s Tax, which would add a surcharge on wealthy individuals like Bruce Rauner and his friends in order to provide our state with an additional $1 billion in education funding. 
Claim # 3 – Jay asserts my priorities are “shaped by the same corporate interests that fund Governor Rauner’s economic agenda.” Again, this simply doesn’t bear out in the facts.
  • IllinoisGO, a Super PAC aligned with Governor Rauner, sent out several negative attack mailers against me this past summer because I have so fiercely opposed the governor and his disastrous agenda.
  • You can view one of my many speeches against the governor’s agenda here.
My work on these critical issues is also why I have been endorsed by nearly every labor union – including the Illinois AFL-CIO, AFSCME Council 31, SEIU Illinois State Council, the Chicago Federation of Labor, the Illinois Education Association, UFCW Local 881, IUOE Locals 150 and 399, the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, and the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local 130.
Jay can try to distort my record for her own political purposes, but she can’t refute the facts. Here’s what organized labor has said about me:
Jay knows my record of standing with working families, seniors, and our children. But for her, it’s not about right and wrong, it’s about distorting my record and lying to you to win this election.
Though unfortunate, it’s clear why Jay is avoiding talking about her own record. Her record is filled with exploitation of our community, abuse of resources and people under her care, and blatant opportunism – all of which are delineated by documents from the United States Court of Appeals. For more information about Jay’s record, you can view the facts, which are backed up by federal court documents, at www.TheTruthAboutJay.com.
Together, we can prove that facts will always triumph over the desperate attacks of a flailing candidate, and continue moving our district and our state forward.
State Rep. Christian Mitchell 

Donald Trump Needs to Stop Hiding Behind Vets: Sign The Petition

Posted by Admin On January - 29 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS


Voting Rights Restricted in Illinois

Posted by Admin On January - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Letters To Editors

From: Congresswoman Linda Sánchez

Su voto es su voz (Your vote is your voice).

Today, our right to vote is under attack.
Please join me and demand that Congress restores basic voting protections.

Before the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, literacy tests and poll taxes kept minorities from the polls.

For Latinos, the Voting Rights Act was key to gaining equality in the electoral process.

But after the Supreme Court overturned key pieces of the Voting Rights Act, Republican leaders have failed us and our democracy. They’ve intentionally brought us back to a dark time in our past.

Today, Republicans are using voter ID laws and eliminating early voting to deliberately restrict the rights of Latinos and minority groups across America.

They’re chipping away at the right to vote. It’s wrong. That’s why I’m asking you to join me and demand that Congress restores the right to vote.

If you believe all Americans should have the right to vote, sign on now.

I was born to immigrant parents from Mexico. My dad was a mechanic and my mom was an educator.

Only in America can someone like me, the daughter of immigrants, become a member of Congress.

But there’s no question that the Voting Rights Act empowered me to live the American dream.

Without it, myself and other Congressional members would not be here to represent our communities.

For the sake of democracy, this right must be restored and protected. I need your help to demand change.

Join me in support of voting rights protections by adding your name today.

I spent my day yesterday reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

Dr. King believed that there is no greater tool for change than the right to vote.

I’m asking you to join me and fight to restore that right for every American.

Thank you for your support,

Congresswoman Linda Sánchez


Su voto es su voz.

Pero hoy en dia, nuestro derecho al voto está  bajo ataque. Les pido, por favor, unase conmigo y demanda que el Congreso restaura protecciones básicas de votacion antes de las elecciones de 2016.

Antes de que la ley del derecho al voto fue aprobada en 1965, impuestos del voto y pruebas de alfabetización nego el derecho a votar para las minorías en los Estados Unidos.

Para los Latinos, la ley del derecho al voto fue importante para obtener equidad en el processo del voto.

Pero después de que el Corte Suprema de justicia de los Estados Unidos revocó  piezas clave de la ley del derecho al voto, líderes republicanos han fallado a nosotros y nuestra democracia. Intencionalmente, ellos nos trajeron a una época oscura de nuestro pasado.

Hoy en día, republicanos estan aplicando leyes de identificación de votante innecesarios y eliminando la votación temprana para restringir los derechos de los Latinos y grupos minoritarios en todo los Estados Unidos.

Los estan quitando el derecho al voto poco por poco. Esto esta mal. Es por eso que te estoy pidiendo que exigen que el Congreso restablece el derecho al voto.

Si usted cree que todos los estadounidenses deberían tener derecho a votar, firme en este momento.

Yo nací de padres inmigrantes de México. Mi padre era mecánico y mi madre era un educador.

Sólo en los Estados Unidos puede alguien como yo, hija de inmigrantes, convertirse en un miembro del Congreso.

No hay duda que la ley del derecho al voto me dio el poder para vivir el sueño americano.

Sin esos derechos, yo y otros miembros del Congreso no estariamos aquí representando a nuestras comunidades.

Por el bien de la democracia, este derecho debe ser restaurado y protegido. Necesito su ayuda para exigir cambio.

Unase conmigo y apoya la proteccion de los derechos del voto.

Pasé mi día ayer reflexionando sobre el legado del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King creía que no hubo mas grande herramienta para el cambio que el derecho a votar.Les pido hoy que se unan conmigo y luchar para recuperar ese derecho para todos los estadounidenses.
Gracias por su apoyo,
Congresista Linda Sánchez

President Obama, PLEASE Come to Flint: In Support, Please Sign The Petition

Posted by Admin On January - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Letters To Editors

From: Michael Moore


I’m outraged at what’s happening in Flint, so I decided to write President Obama asking for his support. Read my new letter below and sign our petition here: http://michaelmoore.com/ObamaComeToFlint

Dear President Obama,

I am writing this to you from the place where I was born — Flint, Michigan. Please consider this personal appeal from me and the 102,000 citizens of the city of Flint who have been poisoned — not by a mistake, not by a natural disaster, but by a governor and his administration who, to “cut costs,” took over the city of Flint from its duly elected leaders, unhooked the city from its fresh water supply of Lake Huron, and then made the people drink the toxic water from the Flint River. This was nearly two years ago.

This week it was revealed that at least 10 people in Flint have now been killed by these premeditated actions of the Governor of Michigan. This governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the democratic election of this mostly African-American city — where 41% of the people live below the “official” poverty line — and replaced the elected Mayor and city council with a crony who was instructed to take all his orders from the governor’s office.

One of those orders from the State of Michigan was this: “It costs too much money to supply Flint with clean drinking water from Lake Huron (the 3rd largest body of fresh water in the world). We can save a lot of money doing this differently. So unhook the city from that source and let them drink the water known as ‘General Motors’ Sewer’ — the Flint River.”

And, lo and behold, the Governor was right. It was a lot cheaper! Fifteen million dollars cheaper! And for saving all that money, it is now estimated that to repair the damaged water system in Flint, it will cost at least $1.5 billion. Someone had suggested to the governor, before he did this, that the river contained many toxins. He ignored that. One of his own people said maybe they should add a safe-to-drink “corrosive protector” to the water so that the toxins in said water wouldn’t leach the lead off the aging water pipe infrastructure and into the drinking water. “How much will that cost?” asked the governor’s office.

“Just $100 a day for only 3 months,” the governor was told. Oh, $100 a day?! THAT’S TOO MUCH!, came the reply from the governor. Don’t worry about the lead. “Lead is a seasonal thing,” he would later explain to the public. “Heck, there’s lead in everything!” Just let them drink the river water.

This is a city full of poor black people, a city where half the population (including myself) found a way to escape the misery and the madness (the crime rate is so bad, we’ve lead the country in murders for most years — and just to get an idea of what that means, if NYC had the same murder rate as Flint last year, over 4,000 New Yorkers would have been killed, instead of the 340 who actually were).

My city has been pummeled by General Motors, Wall Street and the State and Federal governments. It’s no surprise that the Republicans who control our State Capitol in Michigan didn’t have to worry about any push-back from the residents of Flint because, to them, that’s just a bunch of eviscerated black people who have absolutely no power, “don’t vote for us any way,” and have NO means to fight back.

And now, after every single child in Flint has been poisoned with lead-filled water that the State knew a year ago was in that water, we learn that the governor’s office sought to cover it up, hiding it not just from the defenseless African Americans they secretly fear and despise, but also hiding it from YOU and the federal government! (Link)

And, as if things couldn’t get any worse, the news of 87 people with Legionnaires Disease happened this week. Ten Flint residents have been KILLED by this disease which is caused by tainted water. Not by gun violence, not in Afghanistan, but by an act of racism and violence perpetrated by the — I’m sorry to say — white, Republican governor of Michigan who knew months ago the water was toxic.

All fingers from the doctors and scientists point to the filthy, toxic Flint River as the cause of this Legionnaires Disease outbreak. 10 human souls deceased. In an average year, Flint already had an astounding 8 cases (and rarely a death) of people contracting Legionnaires Disease. Since the citizens of Flint were forced to use the water from the Flint River, EIGHTY-SEVEN CASES OF LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE have happened! AND TEN DEATHS! And the number is expected to rise.

President Obama — the people of Flint are crying out to you for help. Our Congressman, Dan Kildee, has called the federal government for assistance. But he’s been told that it’s a “State issue” and that “the State of Michigan has to be the one asking the feds for the help.”

NO! The STATE is the one who CAUSED THIS! That’s like asking the fox if he could repair the chicken coop. No, Mr. President, we need YOUR help — TODAY. 100,000 people have no water to drink, to cook with or to bathe in.

This week, you are coming to Michigan to attend the Detroit Auto Show. We implore you to come to Flint, less than an hour’s drive north of Detroit. Do not ignore this tragedy taking place every day. This may be Gov. Snyder’s Katrina, but it will become your Bush-Flying-Over-New Orleans Moment if you come to Michigan and then just fly away. I know you don’t want that image of flying over us as you “fake-sad” look down on Flint just as Bush did in that never-to-be-forgotten photo-op over New Orleans. I know you are going to come to the rescue here in Flint. I can’t imagine any other scenario.

We need:

  1. The CDC here at once to truly assess all of the disease and damage that has been forced upon the people of Flint.
  2. FEMA has to supply large water containers in every home in Flint — and they must be filled by water trucks until the new infrastructure is resolved.
  3. The EPA must take over matters from the State (can the governor be removed and replaced like he did to the mayor of Flint?). Immediately.
  4. You must send in the Army Corps of Engineers to build that new water infrastructure. Otherwise, you might as well just evacuate all the people from Flint and move them to a white city that has clean drinking water — and where this would never happen.

President Obama, I’m counting on you to give us a response. Can we expect to see you, in Flint, in the next few days?

Michael Moore
Flint native

P.S. – Everyone please sign our petition and share this! http://michaelmoore.com/ObamaComeToFlint

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