HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Amaryllis » Journal
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 70 Next »

Amaryllis

Profile Information

Member since: Mon Nov 29, 2004, 10:18 PM
Number of posts: 9,014

Journal Archives

Verified Voting Special Report: Managing the Surge of Mail-in Ballots in 2020 election

Just got this email from Verified Voting. If you don't know about them, you need to. Highly recommend signing up for their email list.

Check out our latest report:
https://www.verifiedvoting.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/VV-Scanning-Report-Fin-073120.pdf
“COVID-19 and the Surge of Mail Ballots: Managing an Unprecedented Volume in the November 2020 Election.”

"As we look ahead to the general election, jurisdictions across the country are predicted to see an unprecedented increase in requests for mail ballots. Our latest report helps to answer the question - will election officials be ready to handle this surge of mail ballots in November?

At Verified Voting, we believe in evidence-based recommendations and policy. Our team took the election technology data contained in our Verifier, and did an analysis of the equipment used to count mail ballots. Our findings confirm that there are creative solutions for processing a high volume of mail ballots in any state, but election officials need additional staff, resources and extended canvasing time to be ready. We’ve been pushing for Congress to appropriate additional federal funding, getting our recommendations in the hands of officials and policymakers, and spreading the message that voters need clear communication and transparency around when and how votes are counted.

But we need your help. The clock is ticking for election officials to get the resources they need, so please help us spread the word about our report by making a contribution to support our work and sharing our report on social media via Facebook and Twitter. Together, let’s ensure that every voter can have their vote counted as cast in November - not just in theory, but in reality.

With thanks,
The Verified Voting Team




Morgan Freeman reads Rep. John Lewis' last words: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

&feature=youtu.be

John Lewis, until this last breath set the bar for how to show up and support
the democracy of these United States to include all people equally.

Below is his letter published in Friday's NY Times, on the day of his funeral.

May we all be inspired by his relentless vision for unification and peace.


HIS LETTER


Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.
By John Lewis
Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral.
July 30, 2020
While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.

John Lewis, the civil rights leader and congressman who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death.
<JoAnna Pepe_Embracing Wellness_Email Banner_Background.png>

Version 2 of The Liar Tweets Tonight (Lion Sleeps Tonight) parody is even better than the first!


Also participating are Peggy Seeger (Pete's sister), Jay Siegel (of the Tokens, who sang the original "Lion Sleeps Tonight" pop hit in 1961).

Here's a little history on version 2:
http://www.royzimmerman.com/blog/archives/05-2020

"A nostra culpa: We do recognize that the lack of diversity in the first iteration of “Vote Him Away” looks intentional and exclusionary, and just .... not good. We were so blown away by everyone's heartfelt individual contributions that we didn't consider the overall look. That was a failing on our part.

The good news is that we've decided to make a new video of “Vote Him Away” with new lyrics and a new group of chorus members every month until the election -- getting more and more people singing together -- and these next videos will certainly reflect the beautiful diversity of our world. Would you like to sing along? If so, please sign up for the mailing list as we’ll be organizing these Virtual Sing-Ins through our newsletters."

(Lots more at link)

Did you all know that the original Lion Sleeps Tonight was written and recorded by Solomon Linda, the Zulu tribesman who wrote “Mbube” (Zulu for lion) in the 1920s. Here he is performing his song in 1939 with his band The Evening Birds ...English lyrics not added till The Tokens recorded it.

see link: http://www.royzimmerman.com/blog/archives/05-2020




Listening to Obama, I was struck by the timeliness of Lewis's leave-taking, as though even

in the timing of his death, he was carrying on his life's work. All he did and all he stood for could not be more relevant to all that is going on right now, and Obama so eloquently and powerfully tied it all together in a way to inspire and galvanize. I find it awe-inspiring. So that even in his death, with Obama's help, his life's work continues from the other side.

Extraordinary.

Mary Trump is coming across as highly credible, thoughtful, and articulate.

Genuinely extremely concerned. Not the least vindictive. This has clearly not been an easy thing for her to do. She has clearly done a great deal of soul-searching.

New Zealand govmt deploys nude 'porn actors' in humorous & effective web safety ad

&feature=emb_logo

Government TV ad is latest in a series of striking public service announcements using humour to tackle tricky subjects

It’s a scene out of every parent’s – and teenager’s – worst nightmare: two adult-film actors turn up naked at the front door, to tell a stunned mother: “Hiya … your son’s been watching us online.”

The sudden appearance of a smiling but nude Sue and Derek has become something of a sensation as part on an unusual series of TV ads by the New Zealand government about internet safety for young people.

In the latest video for the Keep It Real Online series, actors pretending to be porn stars tell a woman played by comedian Justine Smith that her son has been watching their clips “on his laptop, iPad, Playstation, his phone, your phone, Smart TV projector”, adding that they don’t talk about consent and “just get straight to it”.

“Yeah, and I’d never act like that in real life,” the man, Derek, says, as the woman’s horrified son enters the room holding his laptop.

Sue explains: “We usually perform for adults but your son’s just a kid. He might not know how relationships actually work.”

More at link:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/15/new-zealand-government-deploys-nude-porn-actors-in-web-safety-ad?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0yMDA2MTU%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=GTUS_email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS

Police Chief to Trump: Keep your mouth shut if you can't be constructive + Heartfelt plea to us all


THis is heartening. Well worth a listen. Made me feel better. We do have some extraordinary leaders in this country.

Want something very cute and sweet for a diversion? Cat opens door for baby.

Portland Police officers kneel with protesters this evening (Sunday). Hugs, high fives.

Raw video: Portland police officers kneel with protesters
Some of the protesters got up to shake hands, high-five and hug officers.



https://twitter.com/Oregonian/status/1267282082532741121



PORTLAND, Ore. — On Sunday, a passerby captured an inspiring moment on camera, as Portland police officers took a knee with protesters in downtown Portland.

Some of the protesters got up to shake hands and high-five officers.

Ryan Ao said he was trying to get to his car which was parked in the area where a large, peaceful protest was happening on Sunday afternoon. He heard a lot of noise and went to see what was happening.

"I'm hearing a lot of cheering and all of a sudden I see some people hugging a police officer, and I'm like, 'What?'" Ao said. "So I come running down here to document this and I was just blown away.

"I think we saw a historic moment happen just now, where all kinds of protesters were hugging and high-fiving police officers, who took a knee with the protesters," Ao said.

"Go Portland. Right on."

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/raw-video-portland-police-officers-kneel-with-protesters/283-3fcf5066-9c32-4d40-a470-f3df5f019f8c

There is an 8PM curfew tonight. Hoping to prevent the violence of last night.

First they came for the journalists...

Go to Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 70 Next »