Stand Up- Speak Out- Run

Women’s Energy Changes the World’s Energy

Many of us prayed for civility and calm during the transfer of Presidential Power. Symbolically with the exception of a disruption by protest of a small group of anarchists, January 20, 2017 inauguration went on as planned.

As we know, on January 21, 2017,  the ‘Women of the United States” spoke out in multiple locations with voices joined to address the importance of “Human Issues.” Women around the world joined in protest with the U.S. Women.  History reveals when women gather in mass -they are birthing change. Committed women  demonstrate when the world  is skewed. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, husbands, sons, walk in unity, and shout ‘no more.’ It is wise for all to listen to those who represent the life of force of the earth. Women’s energy changes the  world’s energy.

Utah, one of the most Conservative States in the Union, conducted seven Women’s Marches. They were joined by the men who love women.  Some of the Utah marches endured blizzard conditiona, icy roads, and cold temperatures to join in solidarity with the women of the world.

In fact, we have a state legislature that meets for 45 days. Utah Women, on January 23, 2017, broke the record for the largest demonstration in the history of the state.  More than 6,000 women and those who care about ‘human rights’  marched to the capital on its first day session.

What is driving these women? You tell me. I can’t speak for the millions of my ‘sisters’ who recognize “Human Rights and Needs” are not being addressed. It is time for us to look around and see if you are pleased by your local and Congressional representation.

Elected officials pay attention. Committed women continue communicating to your Congressional Delegation using http://countable.us  

Voice your concerns and suggestions to your local legislator by using https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

BE BOLD. RUN FOR OFFICE. You don’t have to have to jump into a big political office. Try running for school board or county board, etc.

Americans, we can make a difference. Start by communicating with the individuals placed in office to represent you.

Washington, D.C. Update

Check out what our Republican Government has done.

I cut  and paste the following list from my friend’s Facebook post today. Take two minutes and read what the individuals who represent “We the People” have accomplish in the first week of the 2017 Congress.

A Washington DC  Week in Review:

1. Trump fired all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day.

2. House brought back the Holman rule, allowing them to reduce an individual civil service, SES position, or political appointee’s salary to $1, effectively firing them by amendment to any piece of legislation. 

3. Senate schedules 6 simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Trump’s first press conference in months and an ACA budget vote, effectively preventing / limiting any concentrated coverage or protest.

4. House GOP expressly forbids the Congressional Budget Office from reporting or tracking ANY costs related to the repeal of the ACA. It could cost trillions – they refuse to be accountable.

5. Trump continues to throw the intelligence community under the bus to protect Putin, despite the growing mountain of evidence that the Russians deliberately interfered in our election.

6. Trump breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words, us, the taxpayers) to pay for it.

7. Trump threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming to the U.S. nor will take jobs out of the U.S.

8. House passes the REINS act, giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department–for example, FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule based on lobbyists not science. Don’t like that endangered species designation, Congress kills it.

          We need to wake up and take careful notice about what is actually happening in our  country. If we don’t agree phone, text, or email your senators and representatives. You also can tweet our President-elect. “We the People” are the government. The people who are in Washington are elected to represent us not to carry out a political agenda. “We the People” need to be vigilant and voice our opinions.  The members of both Houses of Congress are placed in Washington, D.C. to serve all the “People.” Your vigilance plus every citizens voice of approval or disapproval is critical to have true representation in Federal Government.

Fill 2017 with Accountability & Action

Download an app and active your political voice

As this country transitions to its newly elected government, “we the people” need to focus on our representatives in government. Active citizens make a country stronger and show our congressional delegation the direction we desire the country to go. We need to focus on the needs and voice of the people not the political parties’ agenda.

The U.S. ideals, principles, and dignity continues as long as  “we the people” demonstrate how we want  our elected officials to act. We need to raise the bar higher for all politicians. Unbridled, unfounded information both by citizens and congress needs to eliminate. As citizens we need to know what is happening.

The application http://countable.us helps citizens track what your representative is doing in congress. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play. It allows you to respond to your representative from the application. Download it and become active in your government without leaving your chair.

Americans, it is time for us, “the people” to unite and follow the instructions of the Constitution to:

“establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, “

To need to be vigilant and vocal. We need to let our Congressional delegates know our voice.

As our country accepts a new president in 2017, we, “the people” need to focus on action and accountability.

Use this  link Find your Senators.

Use this link Representative in the House

Christmas Cards & Civility

“The essence of Christmas Cards is the gift of time.”

img_0250Turn off the radio, pull the plug on the television, silence your phones, and take a few minutes and contemplate one of the oldest holiday traditions -“Sending a Christmas Card.” John Callcott Horsley illustrated the first Christmas Card for Sir Henry Cole in 1843 in the United Kingdom. This single act created a worldwide multi-million industry.

“Who still sends Christmas Cards?” Many individuals and businesses continue this custom of sending an individual greeting to family members and clients. Some enterprising card companies have branched off with e-cards for technology fans.

But, lets get  back to the art and meaning of sending a Christmas Card. The  individual who sent you the card selected it. Hand wrote or made labels for the envelope, signed their name, and possibly added a note.  This is the essence of a card – time. The time it took to “write out” the cards. You see the gift of time is cherished. The receiver of a Christmas Card appreciates the time and effort the sender put into delivering their greeting, not to mention the expense.

It is a very civil act of kindness. A genuine expression of consideration and time sent from one person to another. America needs the Christmas Card and more civil acts of kindness. Connect  to your technology and find out where to buy a box of cards for your close family members and friends.

 

 

Thanks “Cubbies”

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This is the first year I watched the baseball playoffs and the world series. My interest in this tournament is genetic. I was born and lived in Chicago for more than 30 years. I’ve heard the story of the “billy goat” from the neighbors talking over the fence to my mother as she hung her laundry on the line. Yes, once a Chicagoan, always a Chicago sports fan.

 

The final game of the 2016 World Series garnered more than 40 million viewers. Those viewers needed the diversion. This presidential election presented the worst of us. Watching the fans at the final game proved to me American fans live another day after their team loses.

Both baseball teams played hard. My husband said, “These two teams are evenly matched. God made it rain because He couldn’t decide which team should win”

When Chicago won, the fans in Chicago made noise as my son reported to me from his townhouse in the downtown area. There were no reports of property damage or looting. What about the five million fans  lined the parade route to greet their “Cubbies?” The live footage and photos showed a diverse Cub fan base celebrating.

Five million people, together in a seven mile area, no fights, just joy, this is America at it’s best. This is who we are as a people. Thank you baseball, thank you Cubbies, thanks Chicago for modeling to our children how real Americans behave.

 

 

Millennials Wanted

Miillenials don’t throw your vote away.

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Millennials your vote counts in this  2016 American Presidential Election. You showed us your political passion with your support of Bernie Sanders. You knocked doors. Handed out information reminding us to register to vote. You reminded us that we could register and vote online. You diverted your energy to helping local candidates by door to door canvassing.

Yet, you hesitate to declared your Presidential pick. It’s your right to remain mute about  your selection.  You are an American. You have the right to your silence, but you also have the privilege of voting.

Voting is the price we pay for being able to speak out, choosing how we want to live our life.  Voting supports our ability to be part of a religious group or to declare our agnostic position.

Elections determine educational funding, taxes (city, state, federal), who is on the Board of Education. Health plans: who, how, and why you and I are covered is decided by the voters.  Are you going to be one of those people who vote for a person because you know where they stand issues not only facing you today but in the future?

Millennials, this isn’t a scolding. This is the conversation my family is having around the dinner table. Our millennials speak their minds with their friends and at the polls.

Your vote counts. If you vote for a third-party candidate, you give up you voice. A third party candidate will not be president. One of the major party candidates will be president.  Which can you live with?  Which candidate has your future in mind? Which candidate represents you?

Why not look into the platforms of the two  major party candidates. Decide if you really want to throw a vote away. Check out what PoliticalFacts.com has to say about Clinton and Trump using the links below.

This is link gives you PolitiFacts.com article about Hillary’s Plans  http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/jul/22/hillary-clintons-top-10-campaign-promises/

This link gets you to PolitiFacts.com article on Donald Trump’s  Campaign  Promises.http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/jul/15/donald-trumps-top-10-campaign-promises/

Story 108 Years Supressed

bldgfireA news story of business burned to the grown and the owners massacred not revealed for 108 years sounds unbelievable to us.  We live in  world of multiple social platforms with 24 hour news.

Yet  only a generation or two Wilmington, South Carolina families shared a story no one spoke aloud. It as a tale of the injustice,  murder, and discrimination.

An organized white mob massacred the black majority of the town of Wilmington, South Carolina on November 10,1898.  Yet it wasn’t until  2006  when the South Carolina  it General Assembly first published a report about this horror. Prior to this publication, the Wilmington citizens of both races spoke in hushed voices about the dark day.  The white men claimed they captured the city back. The Negro families spoke about  killing of the black business owners and the burning of their property.This is one of many repress incidents in Black History. It is one of many stories told from generation to generation.  Each story retold with emotion and pain.

The  September 19,2016  edition of the New Yorker  published Lauren Collins article “A Buried Coup D’Etat in the United States.”    Collins interviews Christopher Everett, the director of the documentary -“Wilmington on Fire,”  depicting the events of the massacre and upheaval of Wilmington.

Everett  took Collins on a tour of the Wilmington City  and pointed out where the events occurred on November 10, 1898. This story seething from generation to generation of cannot be discarded. Everyone who has concerned for this nation needs to have an understanding for our propensity to be cruel to each other.

There are those who say “don’t open old wounds.” There are those who argue that what’s done is done. Live in the present.” Yet, we know when individuals feel they have been wrong for centuries, forgiveness is not easy.

Lincoln said it best: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it we must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Americans awaken the better angels within you. We must. We need to be open to differences. Our nation was built on differences. We take pride in being the world’s “melting pot.”