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ProPublica @ProPublica 1h1 hour ago
How to influence Trump, Lobbyists' edition:

Step 1: tee up ⛳️
Step 2: send a note on Mar-a-Lago stationery 📝
Step 3: call the president “King” 👑

more about this letter:
https://propub.li/2SPira7




...I nailed this in 2017:



Belize is preparing for her future knowing that it's limitless

_________________________

Kirsten Allen @knicole_a
By asking @KamalaHarris - only the third black woman to run for President - “what it’s like running for President and if you get nervous,” Belize is preparing for her future knowing that it’s limitless. This is what #ForThePeople means. This is why #RepresentationMatters.




watch:

https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1101672221490270208


twitter.com/yamphoto/status/1101698988418330624


Most striking watching Cohen's extraordinary testimony about Trump's criminality

...why isn't this an IMPEACHMENT hearing?

ANY other president... but the nation is set back on its heels by this buffoon in the WH, by his republican Senate.

This is a national shame. The president and his party are everything Cohen says about Trump. They're "racists, conmen, and cheats."

Cohen is one sleazy dude. Watching and listening to him just brings the entire, sordid farce of a presidency into focus. Trump gained his office deliberately surrounded by a circus of unbridled criminality, and Cohen is laying it all out in the committee like a mobster turned state's evidence. I don't think it's an accident that this reads like something being prosecuted out of the RICO Act.

This is Sammy the Bull testifying against John Gotti. Shouldn't really be surprising it reads like that, given Trump's decades of mob-connected financial dealings; comparisons made inevitable by the fact it was Mueller who took down the mob boss.

Really puts this incredible and historic hearing in perspective.

Kamala Harris - For The People - at Women's 'Power Rising' Summit in New Orleans

Okaloosa Democrats @OkaloosaDems 6h6 hours ago
KAMALA HARRIS & STACEY ABRAMS: Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris and Stacey Abrams speak in New Orleans at the Power Rising Summit, an annual event to ‘celebrate and grow the collective power of Black women.



Halleemah Nash @halleemah 5h5 hours ago
@StarJonesEsq and @KamalaHarris talking “For The People” at #PowerRising




Maeve Reston @MaeveReston 5h5 hours ago
An interesting note from @KamalaHarris here at the Power Rising summit on her strong and enduring self confidence throughout her career. "I was raised to believe I belonged wherever I wanted to go.” She says whatever room she wanted to go in, she believed she belonged there.#iampowerrising #powerrising2019

https://twitter.com/MadameAshLee/status/1099001533314854918

Flo McAfee @soukieg 5h5 hours ago
“Don’t ever let anyone tell you who you are. Tell them who you are.”@KamalaHarris #IAmPowerRising




https://twitter.com/FaceTheNation/status/1099065073459433473


MG @MonicaGinDC 5h5 hours ago
Loved that @KamalaHarris took the time to share and talk with the next generation of leaders #IAmPowerRising



watch:

https://twitter.com/notcapnamerica/status/1099023183036989440

MG @MonicaGinDC5h5 hours ago
My girl, the one with the white T-shirt, could barely contain her excitement as she stood just one person away from candidate @KamalaHarris #futurevoter #nextgeneration #IAmPowerRising




DocWard @DocWard1 3h3 hours ago
How powerful is this image? Black women in the #CBC represent !!
#iampowerrising #powerrising2019 #WakandaForever



NOBEL-Women @NOBELWomen1 5h5 hours ago
"The day we stop fighting is the day we lose"- Senator @KamalaHarris #IAmPowerRising



watch:

RBG Delivers Majority Opinion Banning Excessive Fines for States, Citing History of Black Codes

Legal Defense Fund @NAACP_LDF 2h2 hours ago
A huge victory for criminal justice reform. In Timbs v. Indiana, #SCOTUS formally incorporates the 8th Amendment's Excessive Fines Clause against the states—majority opinion by #RBG. https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-1091_5536.pdf



Megan Ming Francis @meganfrancis 19m19 minutes ago
BREAKING: RBG delivers #SCOTUS opinion in Timbs v. Indiana where she situates protection from excessive fines in history of black codes & convict labor after the Civil War 🔥 https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-1091_5536.pdf



https://twitter.com/meganfrancis/status/1098268660949385216

Opinion analysis: Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states
https://www.scotusblog.com/2019/02/opinion-analysis-eighth-amendments-ban-on-excessive-fines-applies-to-the-states/

Whole hog, greens, cornbread and Kamala

Dave Weigel @daveweigel 20h20 hours ago
Kamala Harris’s first South Carolina stop today: BBQ




Steadman™ @AsteadWesley 20h20 hours ago
Hi from Charleston, SC... Here's Senator Kamala Harris ordering some BBQ at Rodney Scott's. Her order: Whole Hog, greens, and cornbread




Kyung Lah @KyungLahCNN 20h20 hours ago
BBQ & South Carolina. ⁦@KamalaHarris⁩ takes her campaign to the voters’ hearts and stomachs. #cnnpolitics #2020




Kyung Lah @KyungLahCNN 20h20 hours ago
A woman who knows how to eat: ⁦@KamalaHarris⁩ orders the house specialty, pulled pork sandwich & a side of greens. Big smiles of approval as she places her order #2020campaign





twitter.com/alivitali/status/1096471901050949632


Caitlin Byrd @MaryCaitlinByrd 22h22 hours ago
If your going to eat barbecue, eat with the (pit) master: Kamala Harris eats Rodney Scott BBQ with Rodney Scott. #2020inSC #scpol




twitter.com/DashTheTweeter/status/1096599171124154368



twitter.com/melmason/status/1096472343147364352


Ian Sams @IanSams 20h20 hours ago
cc: @TexasPete




https://twitter.com/MaeveReston/status/1096474874330128384


https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1096552486217740289

These little leaders and Kamala

Dorien @DorienPaul
At @KamalaHarris’ Charleston Town Hall these little leaders climbed under the rope line and organized their own photo-op with the boss... #ForThePeople #Kamala2020





photo: Wade Spees


Ian Sams @IanSams 9h9 hours ago
Quite a shot of @KamalaHarris’ first crowd in South Carolina, via @postandcourier:




Melanie Mason @melmason 16h16 hours ago
Quite a turnout for @KamalaHarris’ townhall in Charleston. Capacity in this gym is around 1500 people and it’s pretty darn full (the upper balcony has filled in even more since this photo)




Elijah Nouvelage @wanderinghome 9h9 hours ago
Here’s another angle from @reuterspictures @IanSams https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/USA-ELECTION-HARRIS-RC1601F60100.html



Ali Vitali @alivitali 17h17 hours ago
Picking up the #sopanarama mantle with this one from @KamalaHarris’s town hall in North Charleston, SC.




Lily Adams @adamslily 15h15 hours ago
The selfie crush is real.


Trump's withdrawing from the nuclear treaty to construct another self-serving crisis

https://twitter.com/jmsexton_/status/1091335964482523136

In this case, the ploy is to ramp up the notion that Russia is out of compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, so that Trump can proceed with his desire to develop and deploy a new generation of mini 'usable' nukes. Withdraw from the treaty will allow the U.S. to proceed with nuclear tests which were restricted by the INF.

Watch for that development coming shortly after this announcement today.

What I wondering about in the meantime is the aim of the administration to upgrade and deploy existing missiles, like the Tomahawk, and ship them off to Europe.

Such a move would require the agreement of our NATO allies... That's right, the same NATO which Trump has been shunning and disparaging in the past few months.

WaPo:

Trump’s announcement that the United States would exit the treaty raised fears of a return to Cold War tensions when nuclear-tipped missiles across the continent threatened to strike targets within minutes...

European leaders have sought to preserve the arms control framework, even as NATO foreign ministers declared Tuesday that they believed Russia was in violation.

“I regret that we now most likely will see the end of the INF Treaty,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who has spoken of how the Cold War arms buildup shaped his views of security as he grew up in Norway. “We really felt that the world was moving forward when the Soviet Union and the United States in 1987 agreed.”

The termination plan was set to go into effect Tuesday, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders persuaded Trump to delay the move to allow for additional consultations, according to diplomats and officials familiar with the discussions...


What's likely to happen will be similar to this push past the European allies we're supposed to be protecting from nuclear war with this arms agreement. Trump is poised to escalate nuclear weapons development without any regard at all for the security of our allies. What's forgotten is how the U.S. pledge to halt its own nuclear proliferation and our commitments under NATO served to keep other nations from pursuing their own nuclear weapons programs with the promise of mutual defense.

Trump's systematic, unilateral withdrawal of our security commitments around the globe threatens to transform the world into a nuclear wild west. Armageddon cowboys looking to actualize rapture.

Nancy went right after Donald's weak spot, his vanity

...she went right after his appearance before millions, she pulled the rug out from under his planned great performance at the SOTU.

Speaker Pelosi is still holding the SOTU speech at bay, saying the date is still to be negotiated - effectively dangling it in front of Trump to keep him focused on what he agreed to today.

With the federal debt ceiling extension date coming in March, I'm thinking she might not agree to a SOTU date (or shouldn't) without a more permanent agreement to keep government open. Maybe legislation is needed to prevent federal workers' paychecks from being held hostage to someone's politics again.

"Is she seen as African-American -- is she seen as African-American?" Matthews asked.

Karen Finney @finneyk 1h1 hour ago
Dear ⁦@HardballChris⁩ - as someone who get asked this Question I can tell you this is what racism looks like - cut it out now! “Matthews: Is Kamala Harris 'Seen as African-American?'” https://t.co/xIJa6JFU7Z

from Mediaite:

MSNBC host Chris Matthews asked if 2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris is “seen as African-American,” presumably due to her mixed racial background.

Matthews asked the race question after mentioning her campaign’s aesthetic is inspired by Shirley Chisholm, the first major-party black candidate to run for president, with Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons Monday night.

“Is she seen as African-American — is she seen as African-American?” Matthews asked his guest twice-in-a-row.

“Yes,” Simmons replied. “She’s seen as African-American.”

read: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/chris-matthews-on-kamala-harriss-appeal-to-black-voters-is-she-seen-as-african-american-2/


...this brings me to something I wanted to share about questions of Kamala Harris' race or racial identification.

Kamala is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha, or AKA, a sorority established by and for African-American college women.

This fact very much reminded me that my mother was also AKA. She was very light-skinned, inherited from her African-American mother born of a slave who had married her master and bore him numerous children of varying complexions. She was also born 'albino' and had skin indistinguishable from most white individuals, with hazel eyes and blond hair.

She endured questions of her racial identity all of her life, and she adhered to the reality of her family history, enmeshing herself in the black communities where she lived and embracing all of the culture associated with her heritage.

In my mother's case, there were factors in her upbringing, consequences of the time she was raised in, which really didn't give her a choice of racial identity. In her West Virginia community, and in Molena, Georgia where she was born, any black blood in your past automatically made you a Negro, period.

Her mother, Rochelle Searcy was an African American woman with very light skin. She was the tenth of 26 children born to Jacob Knight in Molena, Ga., in 1902. Knight was said to have, literally, populated an entire town that he had built up on the 200, or so, acres of land he owned. In 1917, Mrs. Searcy graduated from the Seminar English Preparatory School of the Morris Brown University of Atlanta, Ga..


Rochelle and Henry Searcy
from the Fullwood Family Collection

Charleston, in a state which was founded on its resistance to slavery and its allegiance to the Union in 1863, was adapting to the changing demographics of its refuge and opportunity for migrating blacks.

"Between 1919 and 1921 T. G. Nutter, Harry Capehart, and T. J. Coleman, three African-American legislators, were responsible for the creation of several state-funded institutions for blacks. The West Virginia Industrial Home for Colored Girls in Huntington and the West Virginia Industrial Home for Colored Boys in Lakin, the West Virginia Colored Deaf and Blind School at Institute, and the West Virginia Hospital for Colored Insane at Lakin were all given state funding. The institutions were to be run by African Americans. Other publicly funded institutions for African Americans included the West Virginia Home for the Aged and (Infirmed) Colored Men and Women in Huntington, the West Virginia Colored Orphans Home in Huntington, and the West Virginia Colored Tuberculosis Sanitarium at Denmar." Source: Posey, The Negro Citizen of West Virginia, 58-62; Acts of the West Virginia Legislature.

Charleston wasn't exactly a progressive town, but it was one of those regions which contained a sufficiently large black population to facilitate and require a proportionally adequate number of institutions, facilities, and amenities to satisfy the African Americans community's needs, wants, and concerns. Those would require a workforce able and adequate to the tasks, as well.

It bears emphasizing that, although my mother was born with skin that was indistinguishable from most white Americans (and with beautiful blond hair and hazel eyes as a compliment), she was still considered and designated on her birth record as 'Negro' and was not allowed to advantage herself of any of the non-black medical facilities, for instance.



A graduate from the the all-black Garnet High School, which closed in 1955 due to integration, Mom went on to become a teacher, attending and obtaining degrees from West Virginia State College; Atlanta University; UDC; Catholic University; and Trinity College. At West Virginia State, she was secretary to the Dean of Women. After graduating Garnet High School, she became a supervisor at the West Virginia Industrial Home for Colored Girls in Huntington, W.Va..

Mom achieved a position on the membership committee of the Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (her joy). Mrs. Fullwood was also a member of the NAACP and a lifetime member of the National Council of Negro Women.

In fact, after marrying and moving to Metuchen, New Jersey, Mom joined the local Auxiliary Memorial VFRW Post and took a secretarial position at the local Raritan Arsenal.



I'm intrigued by the notion that we can be driven away from our ancestry by those not willing to accept that history - or denied our own view of ourselves based on our racial heritage.

Kamala Harris rightly identifies with all aspects of her culture, but deserves to be recognized for that part of her heritage which she embraces with her heart and soul. If that's not clear to folks like Matthews, they just haven't bothered to notice or care.



Mom
from the Fullwood Family Collection
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