#MASA Day 5: #DACA, Obama Signed It, Your Vote Keeps It

DACA has been held hostage to the budget by Trump throughout the year. Now, POTUS is using DACA to justify getting rid of birthright citizenship with an executive order.  These Dreamers were brought into the U.S. by their parents at a young age; and they are contributing to society in ways that should make us…

#MASA Day 6: Times Knew about Hacking on Halloween 2016

Boo! 👻🎃 I sat slack-jawed, when Rachel Maddow bestowed the fun fact that the Times knew about #Russian hacking on 10/31/16 and sat on the story.  NYT reporter, Eric Lichtblau, had the story, but the F.B.I. asked him to hold off on it. And  Maddow mentioned how much she loves the New York Times—sentiment echoed. But…

#MASA Day 8: #Nationalist, Take a Bow and Check Reality

*German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced today that she would not seek re-election after leading the EU, Germany, and most lately the world in key foreign affair matters. Merkel has been at the helm for 13 years. *Trade War:  China’s PM, Xi Jinping, is leading the world in trade negotiations with a Pacific Rim trade deal…

#MASA Day 9: Free Speech, Heads or Tails?

The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights gives all citizens and the press the right to speak freely, without fear of retaliation; this rare international right continues bleeding hatered garbbed in the protective cloth of the First Amendment in the Age of Trumpism. First Amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting…

#MASA Day 10: Shotgun #TravelBan Week One of Trump Presidency

Another Saturday:  Today 11 people died inside a Pittsburgh synagogue; sadly few of us are probably shocked. It’s being called the deadliest shooting against a Jewish house of worship in U.S. history.  But increasing racial tension with a void of leadership to denounce it has become our new norm. This is how Trump responded before…

#MASA Day 11: #IndivisibleMovement Sprouts from U.S. to Germany

The Trump Effect:  People re-engaging in politics. “It woke me up, and I learned so much more about politics and how it really runs.”  –Peggy Ancinec, Indivisible 49th (District), March 13, 2018, San Diego Interview with Ms. Ancinec who was out protesting while Trump was in San Diego checking out the Wall prototypes. Ms. Ancinec has been…

The 12 Days of Make America Sane Again: Day 12

It’s the 25th–not quite Christmas Day–but close enough to Halloween and the 12 day countdown to #Nov6, Election Day.  I think it’s fair to say we’ve all gotten our share of scare.  So, I’m dubbing this series the 12-Days of Make America Sane Again, #MASA. Let’s start with the first Women’s March on January 21,…

Still I Rise: #SexualAssault Inspo and Facts

Besides putting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court into question, Dr. Ford’s testimony last Thursday empowered women to seek help in droves. Last Friday, the National Sexual Assault Hotline received 3,000 calls—making a one-day historic record. The F.B.I Investigation sparked by Sen. Flake of Arizona may wrap up tonight, but the scars of sexual…

Palpable Descent: #FamiliesBelongTogether

On Saturday, a swath of accounts from immigrant children separated from their parents, refugees, teachers, activists, and members of the U.S. House of Representatives stole the attention of more than 5,000 San Diegans who showed up to protest the Trump Administration’s policies on a cool and cloudy morning. This was a different sort of rally than…