At Detroit NAACP, Whitmer signs voting rights bills
"...The signing builds on months of Democratic lawmakers taking action to implement Proposal 2 of 2022, which enshrined voting rights in the state constitution, and deliver on democracy protection policies. ..."
"... One of the bills, House Bill 4983, was sponsored by Tsernoglou. It will automatically register people to vote upon exiting prison. ..."
#Michigan #votingrights #vote
Via Rep Bill Pascrell:
Just now a top House republican said again from the House floor that republicans can't name a single meaningful thing they've done in power. No one can!
Rep Chip Roy: That's my message to my Republican colleagues who frankly are getting a little too wound up at that question I asked, what have we done? The simplest solution about your frustration to that question being asked is to have an answer.
Friendly reminder of two important things happening today:
Today is the last day to fill out the #BudgetTO survey and make your voice heard for how the city of #Toronto should spend it's money. More info at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/budget-finances/city-budget/how-to-get-involved-in-the-budget/getting-what-matters-to-you/
I'm seeing a lot of people celebrating Kissinger's passing, and, y'know, good on y'all.
But as bad as Kissinger was (and he absolutely was; if there is such a place as Hell, Kissinger's soul deserves to rot there until the last star grows dim), he's a choir boy compared to the ghouls driving the modern republican party.
Kissinger was a bastard, but there are thousands more like him and worse waiting in the wings. Luckily, there's something YOU can do to prevent another Henry Kissinger:
Forget about our health care system if Mr. #Trump is re-elected!
“Trump shook up Republicans on Capitol Hill over the weekend by declaring that if elected president he would make another run at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.”
""I don't want to terminate Obamacare, I want to REPLACE IT with MUCH BETTER HEALTHCARE. Obamacare Sucks!!!!"
Mr. Trump did not provide details on replacement legislation!
I'm nominated for the "Best Indie Games Streams" in the #FriendoYearEndo Awards 🥺💖
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I didn’t realize there is no legal authority for the courts to stop President #Trump 2.0 from using the Insurrection Act to halt all protests against him. He can do so unilaterally with no check on his power. Leaks from those closest to him said he plans to do so to stop protests.
Half of this country has gone insane. We’re in a true to life version of a zombie apocalypse.
It’s going to take every fucking vote from the sane half to keep him from seizing total control.
Not sure how far this will reach on Mastodon, but just thought I would put it out there...
There's an important Los Angeles City Council election happening in March, and an actual Socialist is finally on the Ballot!
Not only that, but Lalo Vargas is running against Kevin de León, who has refused to resign following his involvement in the racist city council scandal of 2022.
"Born in Los Angeles and raised in an immigrant, working-class family, I’m excited to run for L.A. City Council as a proud Mexican-American.
My mother had me as a teenager, and my father worked long hours of manual labor to support our family. I owe everything to the sacrifices my parents have made for myself and my siblings as they worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for us.
Growing up in LA, I saw how immense wealth and extreme poverty existed side by side, just blocks away from each other. It is clear that impoverished communities suffer from deliberate choices made by a government that does not exist to serve them. "
#losangeles #socialism #lalovargas #citycouncil #election #politics #socialist #PSL #vote #democracy #district14 #d14 #kevindeleon #KevindeLeón #endcorruption #racism #endracism #lacitycouncil #la #lacouncil #elections #voting #voting2024 #dsa
"In red states, the situation has grown dire. #Republican #lawmakers last year crafted a record number of laws designed to strip away the #vote from millions of Americans ahead of the 2024 general #election"
With any luck, every single one of those blood-thirsty mines will be filled in and rewilded!
Matthew Dowd: I have said this many times over the last few years: the goal of any news organization should not be “balance”. The goal should be truth. Balance should not be the pursuit. Truth must be the North Star.
Sickeningly, everything the right and its dis/misinformation machine did for decades to destabilize #US #education #media #judiciary #elections #politics (too long unchallenged as the threat seemed so unbelievably stupid), has worked—as evidenced by our now fatally anemic #voterturnout.
Doesn't someone have an ornery mule that can kick this #goober in the head? If I were a citizen of #Alabama, I would be dying for an opportunity to #vote this disgraceful #schmuck out of office. The people of Alabama should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this discount Foghorn Leghorn to be #elected in the first place. Get your shit together, Alabama.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, is wrong with people? I swear my head is going to explode. Yes, we've had some economic stress these past several years. Probably the entire adult life for a lot of young folks, but HOLY CATS, WAKE UP! #Biden is the best thing that happened to the USA in the aftermath of #Trump.
Don't, just DON'T be so stupid that you vote or don't #Vote in the 2024 election that that felonious traitor Trump gets elected. Just wow.
Some Christians are getting a pass for being monumentally stupid and I'm sick of it.
Some Christians are enthusiastically behind a person who embodies cruelty, says author
@hs0ucy Mon ado qui travaille, a bientôt son permis de conduire et qui n'est pas en reste quand il s'agit d'émettre son opinion a eu exactement le même raisonnement et quasi les mêmes mots 😜 ! Par contre le #vote est vraiment impossible alors que boire de l'alcool (ET FUMER!) lui reste accessible malgré tout! Nous n'interdisons pas à la maison mais c'est sa propension naturelle à être raisonnable et à respecter les lois qui le limite vraiment (alcool à peine une gorgée/mois, cigarette 0 absolu)
@redbassett @marcelias LOL pointing out the realities of voting math, isn’t “strong arming” Its just facts. Facts don’t have a bias. They aren’t trying to convince you, they just are. Ice is cold, water is wet, Republicans are fascists, 3rd party & non votes mathematically support the other party. Just facts. #farL #USPol #Vote #VoteBlue
THE TROUBLE WITH HALEY
Of Trump’s remaining rivals, Haley has done the most to use electability as a point of contrast. She cites polls that show her running stronger than Trump in swing states, and she distances herself from any Trump stance that sounds divisive. Asked at a Marshalltown stop about Trump referring to political enemies as “vermin,” a comment that flared into days of mainstream media coverage, Haley characterized it as the sort of gaffe he makes and she doesn’t.
“I think he means well,” she said, “but the chaos has got to stop.”
Is she kidding? The use of the word "vermin" was NOT a gaffe. Donald Trump does NOT mean well. Is Haley a Susan Collins wannabe? What planet is she on?
#newsjunkie: Freedom Caucus member U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said this on the House floor:
"One thing: I want my Republican colleagues to give me one thing—one—that I can go campaign on and say we did. One!” Then he dared any Republicans in the room to come to the floor and “explain to me one material, meaningful, significant thing the Republican majority has done.”
"The wife of Jeremy Taylor (R), who ran for a U.S. House seat in Iowa in 2020, was found guilty of 52 counts of voter fraud Tuesday, Iowa Public Radio reports.
Kim Phuong Taylor faces up to five years in prison on each count."
“Playing the chess board in front of us.”
“As I wrote several weeks ago, “Voting is a chess move, not a Valentine’s Day card.” Looking at the chess board in front of us, there is only one winning strategy: ensure the re-election of Joe Biden by increasing turn-out!”
#BlaineHiggs is just so horrible.
He may as well just get a little gun and pick off every small business owner and their families and be done with it.
Pathetic & Reprehensible
A Very Trump Thanksgiving 👎🤬
Now is not the moment to ignore #Trump’s rants and threats. He has a history of saying the quiet part out loud, of letting us know just how bad his intentions are. It’s incumbent upon us to listen. I understand the folks who think we shouldn’t share his hate-filled diatribes, but if we do not, it’s easy for people to push him aside as a crazy uncle, not as the serious threat he is to the future of our country
The current predicted vote share for Cheadle constituency show that every vote counts and Labour can win here.
https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/fcgi-bin/calcwork23.py?seat=Cheadle #UKPolitics #Labour #Vote #Stockport #Cheadle #GeneralElection #England #GreaterManchester #Manchester #VoteRed #NorburyAndWoodsmoor #conservatives #LabourParty #LiberalDemocrats #Green #Vote2024
And if you think that this Oracle social media analysis is only looking for supporters, you are not seeing what these monsters have in mind. They're going to ruin their detractor's lives and are building those plans too. Everyone who may be on the detractors list better move heaven and earth to stop them in this election. #fascism #Trump #democracy #election #vote
This very important information. Everyone who values freedom and democracy needs to understand what is going on. Trump is attempting to become the next Hitler and he's dangerously close to pulling it off.
"Why it matters: Hundreds of people are spending tens of millions of dollars to install a pre-vetted, pro-Trump army of up to 54,000 loyalists across government to rip off the restraints imposed on the previous 46 presidents.
The screening for ready-to-serve loyalists has already begun, driven in part by artificial intelligence from tech giant Oracle, contracted for the project.
Social media histories are already being plumbed."
BREAKING: Dem wins the Louisiana sheriff’s race by one vote.
When people say that every vote counts, this is what they mean.
I wasn't expecting good news today but here it is none the less!
#canada has a long history of exploiting remote countries for their natural resources, even murdering entire villages that stood in their way - in the 2000's!
Many of our "leaders" have profited significantly.
These laws won't bring back the slaughtered people of #Tanzania, but it might find some future justice.
#BlaineHiggs thinks #NewBrunswick is a game he plays where the object is to do as many favours for his former employer & #oligarch pals while making life as impossible and dangerous for everyone else.
This man thinks he is legitimately doing great things because of some numbers on some pages he looks at instead of opening a window or stepping into the real New Brunswick that he has decimated.
Retire this absolute scum.
It worked. We added ~44,000 new people since 2021.
Oops! He forgot that there was nowhere for them to live, no vehicles to buy, no doctors to see, "we'd better raise foreign tuitions", and rent has more than doubled.
We also more than doubled our homeless population, which Higgs says is a good thing.
Not many in the media will say it, so let me: Polls don’t #vote. People do. Like 2020, 2022, & 2023, #GenZ will turn out, prove the #polls wrong, & re-elect Joe Biden, who has done so much good for all of us.
We are in a world where news consumers need to stop thinking of political polling as the science of survey sampling, as random draws of marbles from a bag, and more as complex models of statistical inference that rely on lots of assumptions and are prone to many types of error.
Pollsters are defending their current numbers by arguing (a) their sampling designs & weighting make data “representative” of the pop today; and (b) that polls aren’t “predictive” of 2024. fair! But most don’t even try to adjust for partisan nonresponse within demographic groups.
Every reporter on a poll-heavy beat should have to spend six months embedded inside a polling organization.
#BlaineHiggs the right-wing murderer refuses doing more than the barest minimum saying we don't have the money.
There is always money - higgs just keeps it in the bank so he can see those #irving-sized numbers in the bank accounts.
#VOTE for Biden. Why? Watch:
'This is what they do': U.S. sees familiar pattern of authoritarian attack on the media #fascism #Maddow https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/-this-is-what-they-do-u-s-sees-familiar-pattern-of-authoritarian-attack-on-the-media-198356037786
millions and millions of students and professionals of India have been forced to observe ( and just observe) , interpret the policies of system, trends of market/law/culture ( driven/polarized by those policies), irrespective of their relevance the challenges to have with their intellectual/workplace/real life challenges or whether the former even considers the latter ( it doesn't) , while the latter reduces to becoming insufficient to become a livelihood
No wonder, India is a service #economy no kind of #vote can change it
there s a very simple way to verify this nonsense -
what are my challenges today?
what am i learning today?
Does the latter addresses the former?
notable issue- the huge difference between the perceived challange and real challange
oh and only unauthorized way to acess any power ( legit or not) is by being open to blackmail and exploitation ( both ways) and finally submit to the people with authorized power to let them have the last laugh and thats why people like #bhagatsingh matter
I'm high, I'm in drag, enjoying time away from work, playing a video game, my mental health is improving with medication, and I'm using a non-censored social media site.
I've everything the right hates and I love it.
Here's something that #citizens have the power to change:
No matter where you work, you can #organize with your fellow employees and reach out to a union to represent you.
It will not be easy. It will not be welcomed by management. It is what you as a worker deserve.
Let's close the 1000% gap between CEO and worker pay.
This is why societies are collapsing.
“If Citizens, Not Politicians, draws enough voter signatures, and then wins voter approval statewide next November, the measure would, at long last, let Ohioans pick their legislators rather than, as now, let legislators pick their Ohioans."
The Economist argues that Trump's #ForeignPolicy & #macroeconomic policies would have a significant negative impact on the #world as a whole. #Trump would almost certainly make moves to gut #NATO. And he may very well pursue another package of tax cuts for the wealthy as he did in 2017, which would spike #inflation & drag down #global #economic #markets.
However, the Economist warns that the greatest danger Trump presents is in "his own country."
In the new book Voting in Indian Country, Jean Reith Schroedel weaves together historical and contemporary voting rights conflicts as the election nears
by Nina Lakhani in New York
Fri 16 Oct 2020
"#VoterSuppression has taken centre stage in the race to elect potentially the 46th president of the United States. But we’ve heard little about the 5.2 million #Native Americans whose ancestors have called this land home before there was a US president.
"The rights of indigenous communities – including the right to vote – have been systematically violated for generations with devastating consequences for access to #CleaAir and #water, #health, #education, economic opportunities, #housing and #sovereignty. Voter turnout for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives is the lowest in the country, and about one in three eligible voters (1.2 million people) are not registered to vote, according to the National Congress of American Indians.
"In a new book, Voting in Indian County: The View from the Trenches, Jean Reith Schroedel, professor emerita of political science at Claremont Graduate University, weaves together historical and contemporary voting rights conflicts.
"Is the right to vote struggle for Native Americans distinct from the wider struggle faced by marginalized groups in the US?
"One thing few Americans understand is that American Indians and #NativeAlaskans were the last group in the #UnitedStates to get #citizenship and to get the #vote. Even after the civil war and the Reconstruction (13th, 14th and 15th) amendments there was a supreme court decision that said #IndigenousPeople could never become US citizens, and some laws used to disenfranchise them were still in place in 1975. In fact first-generation violations used to deny – not just dilute voting rights – were in place for much longer for Native Americans than any other group. It’s impossible to understand contemporary voter suppression in Indian Country without understanding this historical context.
"The motivation for the VRA was the egregious treatment of #black people in the south, and for the first 10 years there was a question over whether it even applied to #AmericanIndian and Native Alaskan populations. It wasn’t really discussed until a #CivilRights commission report in 1975 which included cases from #SouthDakota and #Arizona that showed equally egregious #discrimination and absolute denial of right to vote towards Native Americans – and also #Latinos.
"When voter suppression is discussed by politicians, advocates and journalists, it’s mostly about African American voters, and to a lesser degree Latinos. Why are Native Americans still excluded from the conversation?
"Firstly they are a small population and secondly most of the most egregious abuses routinely occur in rural isolated parts of #IndianCountry where there is little media focus. But it’s happening – take Jackson county in South Dakota, a state where the governor has done little to protect people from #Covid. The county council has just decided to close the legally mandated early voting centre on the #PineRidgeReservation, citing concerns about Covid, but not in the voting site in #Kadoka, where the white people go. Regardless of the intent, this will absolutely have a detrimental effect on Native people’s ability to vote. And South Dakota, like many other states, is also a very hard place for Native people to vote by mail. In the primary, the number of people who registered to #VoteByMail increased by 1,000% overall but there was no increase among reservation communities. In #Oglala county, which includes the eastern part of Pine Ridge, turnout was about 10%.
"The right to vote by mail is a hot political and civil rights issue in the 2020 election – could it help increase turnout in Indian Country?
"No, voting by mail is very challenging for Native Americans for multiple reasons. First and foremost, most reservations do not have home mail delivery. Instead, people need to travel to post offices or postal provide sites – little places that offer minimal mail services and are located in places like gas stations and mini-marts. Take the Navajo Nation that encompasses 27,425 square miles – it’s larger than West Virginia, yet there are only 40 places where people can send and receive mail. In West Virginia, there are 725. Not a single PO box on the Navajo Nation has 24-hour access."
On the wrong side of history, you can:
--Look the other way
--Join in on the scapegoating
--Condone the violence
--Justify your inactivity
--Profit from sales
--Give comfort to the enemy --Operate the gas chambers
--Not vote/block other voters
--#vote for the enemy
On the right side of history, you can:
--Inform your community
--Teach your children history
--Help disadvantaged neighbors, scapegoats
--Call out propaganda
--Boycott industries who supply and fund
--#Vote like it's your life
@marcelias Right! Democracy's about everyone's voice, vote & life.
It's everyone's business & responsibility to preserve it.
"For in a democracy, every citizen, regardless of his interest in politics, 'hold office'; everyone of us is in a position of responsibility; and, in the final analysis, the kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfill those responsibilities. We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve."
— JFK —
Last night Ohio became the 7th state to put abortion rights into their constitution. They flipped a permanent bird to republicans and religious extremists.
The battle for body autonomy isn’t over by a long shot, but celebrating the wins is important.
Have your had THE TALK with your teens? (PSA)
"Home civics lessons with teens.
Me: OK, 4 out of every 10 eligible American voters don't vote - period. They don't even show up every 4 yrs for President. 6 out of 10 don't show up for midterms (House, 1/3 senate) or for Presidential primaries. 8 of 10 don't #vote in off-year #elections. 9 to 9½ of 10 don't vote for #school board, or school budgets, or special elections.
Me: But you know who does vote in all those elections? Older people. If you are too busy, they aren't. They will make choices for you. Maybe good ones or maybe not, but they'll be making choices for you. Their impact is disproportionate, because they vote EVERY TIME.
Son: "I don't think I ever thought about how important the school board elections are before."
Me: "I think a lot of people haven't. I don't think I knew it, really either, until your Grandfather spelled it out for me."
(Edited for character limits.)
I took my daughter, Alice, to #vote today. She has #DownSyndrome and as such doesn't really understand what's going on. How do we do this? We print out a sample ballot and put it in front of her. Then we find video statements from all the candidates. Today I sat down with her and showed her each video and then summed them up in simpler words applying absolutely no judgement. After that, I helped her understand the ballot instructions and let her make her choices and fill in the circles. Then we went to the polls and she checked in and copied all her choices over. Does she fully understand everything? No. But I can guarantee that she did more background research than most people and she showed up.
What's your excuse?
Today is #election day in the US. Ballot measures, local and state representatives, judges and more all being decided.
It took me a half dozen different forms, hundreds of pages of documents, multiple out of city trips, 3 interviews, thousands of dollars, all over 7 years to gain the right to #vote in the US.
If all you have to do is show up, then do it. We're all counting on you.
The only thing I don't like about vote-by-mail in Colorado is that I don't get to see everyone wearing their I Voted stickers on the same day.
A small price I gladly pay for a state-of-the-art voting system.
My favorite sticker this year featured Bigfoot.
And my favorite of all time is the one honoring Tiny the Torosaurus whose fossil was discovered a few miles from where I live.