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Hillary in Montgomery AL - Dec. 1, 2015 60th Anniversary of Montgomery Bus Boycott

National Bar Association

The public meeting on December 1st will feature Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Esq. and will include great Civil Rights leaders of the era and the present, Fred Gray and Benjamin L. Crump, along with the first African American woman to lead the American Bar Association, Paulette Brown.

11:00-1:00pm Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church – Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton: The Role of Lawyers in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights Movement

Montgomery Improvement Association

The MIA was organized by Montgomery, Alabama ministers and leaders on December 5, 1955 after the overwhelming success of a one-day boycott by the city’s black citizens who refused to ride the segregated city buses. The boycott was held in protest of the Dec. 1 arrest of Rosa Parks, a local seamstress, who refused to surrender her seat on the bus white passenger. With its president, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a young and largely unknown Southern Baptist pastor at that time, the MIA would lead Montgomery’s Black citizens in a 382-day standoff with the City of Montgomery in opposition to its segregationist policies.


Is a Medicaid Turnabout Coming to the Deep South?

An election in Louisiana and a surprising recommendation from an Alabama task force are the latest cracks in red-state resistance to insuring the poor.

Source: The Nation, by Zoë Carpenter

Gerald Dial, a Republican state senator from Alabama, expressed something of an unlikely opinion last week. “Somebody is going to have to pay some more taxes,” Dial said, so that Alabama can boost health insurance coverage for the poor.

Alabama is one of 20 states that have refused to accept federal money to expand their Medicaid programs through the Affordable Care Act. That’s left more than 3 million people across the country, including at least 185,000 Alabamans, stranded in a coverage gap—not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, but too poor to afford insurance on their own. A disproportionate number of those are people of color, and they’re concentrated in Southern states.

But in a few parts of the Deep South, ideological pettiness is starting to give way to practical considerations. Dial’s comments came at the final meeting of a task force appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to study the state’s health challenges, which, to put it mildly, are daunting. Alabama ranks near the bottom of the country in rates of diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, infant mortality, and premature death. More than 13 percent of the population is uninsured, in part because the state has a stringent limit for Medicaid eligibility: parents making over 18 percent of the poverty level, or $3,616 for a family of three, don’t qualify.


The other bright spot is Louisiana, where Democratic State Representative John Bel Edwards trounced Republican David Vitter in the governor’s race Saturday. Edwards immediately promised that expanding Medicaid will be “among the highest priorities” of his administration. The state legislature passed a financing plan earlier this year that should allow him to do so. That would take more than 220,000 Louisianans off the list of the needlessly uninsured.

More at: http://www.thenation.com/article/is-a-medicaid-turnabout-coming-to-the-deep-south/

Hillary Clinton coming to Alabama to mark Montgomery Bus Boycott 60th anniversary


Hillary Clinton is set to headline a two-day event marking the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott next week, when she's scheduled to give the keynote speech during a stop at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. The speech is part of a tour organized by the National Bar Association to commemorate the civil rights movement.

Clinton's appearance in Alabama will be her second since declaring her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president. She was in Hoover last month to give a speech before the Alabama Democratic Conference convention.

The former secretary of state is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. Dec. 1. Other speakers include Alabama attorney Fred Gray, Sr., who represented civil rights heroine Rosa Parks and Montgomery Bus Boycott protesters; Paulette Brown, an attorney and the first black woman to head the American Bar Association; Benjamin Crump, the current NBA president and the attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown; Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, president of Tennessee State University and international first vice president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority; U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham; and the Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A father wrote a letter to his daughters about electing the first woman president. It's beautiful.

Dear Bethany and Jordan Grace,

I know, I know. You’re used to hearing your dad say that as long as you work hard and have faith, nothing is impossible. But sometimes it can be hard to even dream of doing something nobody like you has ever done. Trust me, I know.

Growing up, I never expected to see a politician who looked like me become president. But in 2008, I watched in awe as Barack Obama ascended to the highest political office in the country.

If you study hard, love your family, serve your community, are never afraid to lead, and continue to follow the model of your mother, your grandmothers, and women like Secretary Clinton, nothing should ever stop you from achieving your dreams.

I am doing everything I can to put a woman in the White House because I believe both of you can grow up to be president—and I want you to believe it, too.



The entire letter at: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/feed/mayor-benjamin-letter/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=tw&utm_campaign=20151123feed-mayorben

Would you like a real Black Friday?

You can binge-watch a new horror show "South of Hell" on WE TV. The first 7 episodes are televised Friday.

Southern Gothic horror genre.

Starring Mena Suvari (Kevin Spacey's "American Beauty" all grown up).

Charleston, South Carolina is the most possessed city in the world. Evil thrives here. Something the stunning exorcist-for-hire Maria Abascal knows all about. She and her brother David wrestle demons for a living. Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her. The one who feeds on other demons, and who’s violated the laws of Hell to live on earth—and live on, inside Maria. Now, as they work together as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become and how far Abigail will go to remain a part of her. It’s a journey where the unspeakable is just a heartbeat away.

And for those who appreciate the darker, non-traditional side of the holiday season - also hidden deep in your cable package:



Who Turned My Blue State Red?

We have got to vote!!!

Why poor areas vote for politicians who want to slash the safety net.
Source: ProPublica, by Alec MacGillis

It is one of the central political puzzles of our time: Parts of the country that depend on the safety-net programs supported by Democrats are increasingly voting for Republicans who favor shredding that net.


It’s enough to give Democrats the willies as they contemplate a map where the red keeps seeping outward, confining them to ever narrower redoubts of blue. The temptation for coastal liberals is to shake their heads over those godforsaken white-working-class provincials who are voting against their own interests.

But this reaction misses the complexity of the political dynamic that’s taken hold in these parts of the country. It misdiagnoses the Democratic Party’s growing conundrum with working-class white voters. And it also keeps us from fully grasping what’s going on in communities where conditions have deteriorated to the point where researchers have detected alarming trends in their mortality rates.

In eastern Kentucky and other former Democratic bastions that have swung Republican in the past several decades, the people who most rely on the safety-net programs secured by Democrats are, by and large, not voting against their own interests by electing Republicans. Rather, they are not voting, period. They have, as voting data, surveys and my own reporting suggest, become profoundly disconnected from the political process.

The people in these communities who are voting Republican in larger proportions are those who are a notch or two up the economic ladder — the sheriff’s deputy, the teacher, the highway worker, the motel clerk, the gas station owner and the coal miner. And their growing allegiance to the Republicans is, in part, a reaction against what they perceive, among those below them on the economic ladder, as a growing dependency on the safety net, the most visible manifestation of downward mobility in their declining towns.

The complete story, and much more at: http://www.propublica.org/article/who-turned-my-blue-state-red

Did No. 2 Alabama have the week off?

Don't ask the highest paid government employee in the country!

Alabama's opponent's offense led by former UAB quarterback

Austin Brown was once the promising young quarterback at a different Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school in Alabama, a Conference USA All-Freshman team selection at UAB in 2012 after throwing for an average of 283 yards per game in eight starts.

Two years after leaving UAB for Charleston Southern, Brown will be back in Alabama Saturday when the 9-1 Buccaneers of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) face No. 2 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

After splitting time with another quarterback early in the season, Brown has been Charleston Southern's full-time quarterback since the team's fourth game.

A question about Brown during Tide coach Nick Saban's Wednesday news conference gave Saban an opportunity to go on a rant about not overlooking teams like Charleston Southern.

Anymore questions? Just ask Coach!

Dec. 1, Hillary in Montgomery!

The Montgomery Bus Boycott began days after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus on Dec. 1, 1955.

Outstanding women changing the world!

50 state strategy!

Hillary Clinton announces Alabama leadership team
Source: al.com, by Howard Koplowitz

More than 60 Alabama officials, including U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham and a couple dozen state lawmakers, were tapped to build Hillary Clinton's campaign organization in the state, the Clinton campaign announced Friday.

The launch of Clinton's "Alabama Leadership Council" comes a month after the former secretary of state and Democratic front-runner visited Hoover to give a speech to the Alabama Democratic Conference convention at the Wynfrey Hotel. In her speech, Clinton called the state's decision to close 31 driver's license offices "a blast from the Jim Crow past," and slammed Alabama's voter ID laws. Clinton is also set to visit the state Dec. 1, when she's scheduled to be in Montgomery to help mark the 60th anniversary of the bus boycott.

The council "will serve as the in-state leadership for the campaign, amplifying the campaign's national voice to Alabama families aiding the campaign with rapid response, organization building, grassroots organizing events, recruiting volunteer leaders, and identifying leaders for get out the vote activities," the Clinton campaign said. The leadership council members "share Clinton's commitment to fighting for Alabama families, including raising wages for the middle class, her plan to reform health care to reduce prescription drug costs, her passion for reforming the criminal justice system and her belief that debt should never be a barrier for students going to college and much more."

Sewell, the top elected official on the council and an early endorser of Clinton, said the former secretary of state is "the most qualified candidate to run for president."

More at http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/11/hillary_clinton_announces_alab.html#incart_river_index

Hillary announcement: http://www.wsfa.com/story/30421883/hillary-clinton-to-headline-montgomery-bus-boycotts-60th-anniversary

60th Anniversary Event's Schedule: http://www.montgomeryimprovementassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/60th-Anniversary-Events-Calendar-110215.pdf

Just War

Thanksgiving recipe: Cajun boiled turkey?

I have had shrimp boil, crab boil, crawfish boil, every kind of low country boil...and never heard of this!

Of course, I've had deep fried Cajun turkey - unforgettable, delicious, succulent meat - but the cooking oil - we always used peanut - adds to an already expensive meal, and it gets rather old year after year as the 'novelty' wears off - and this:

Makes cooking sober a requirement!

So, I give you, courtesy of al.com's Joe Songer:

Here is a recipe you probably haven't heard of that will spice up your Thanksgiving feast. A friend of mine sent me an email with a link to a recipe for spicy boiled turkey. What?

The night before I saw the recipe, my daughter was making chicken and dumplings. I was watching the chicken boil in the pot and thought how I might boil a turkey with spices.

It was so intriguing, I had to try it. I'm glad I did. So, here is the Thanksgiving recipe for Cajun boiled turkey:


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