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  1. — Katie Adams Director of Outreach and Missions Kenilworth Church PC(USA) 828-252-8872

    April 19, 2018 by admin

    Friends, the church will be open Thursday 4/19 from 10a to noon for anyone to drop off items for distribution to the communities effected by the recent ICE arrests. If you want to donate but can’t make those times, you  can also leave items (tonight or in the morning) on the front porch. We need diapers, wipes, baby food and shelf stable food.
     Families are afraid to leave their homes and this means they are not accessing the food and care that they need. Our friends at BeLoved Asheville will be distributing the food and hygiene items to our neighbors in need.
    I have a very tight schedule tomorrow and could use a volunteer to help catalog and count what is distributed. Please call my cell if you can help. My number is 828-273-3747
    Thanks so much!

    Katie Adams
    Director of Outreach and Missions
    Kenilworth Church PC(USA)
    828-252-8872

  2. I’m proud to announce two new supporters in my campaign for Sheriff.

    April 19, 2018 by admin

    I’m proud to announce two new supporters in my campaign for Sheriff.

    Drew Reisinger, the Buncombe County Register of Deeds and Jacquelyn Hallum, past Board Chair of the Asheville City Schools Board of Education for 8 years, have endorsed me.

    Drew says, “Quentin is a natural leader in our community and has been building bridges as part of his work for many years. His work with at-risk youth stands out to me because it demonstrates how he consistently puts other people first. He’s qualified, compassionate and understands what is needed to move our community forward. I’m proud to call Quentin a friend and hope to call him our next Sheriff.

    I’ve known Jackie for many years and I’m humbled to have her support. If we truly are going to transform the Sheriff’s office, educators must be part of the equation.

    Early voting starts tomorrow at the Grant Center (285 Livingston Street in Asheville) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This graphic below was produced by the Buncombe County Board of Election and shows the full schedule of early voting.

    I know many people may still be undecided. If you have any questions about my vision for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s office or my policy platform, please feel free to respond directly to this email.

    I will be accessible to the public if elected as Sheriff, but that accountability must begin during campaign season!

    Thank you,
    Quentin


  3. If confirmed, Donald Trump’s new nominees for Secretary of State and CIA Director could put us on paths to war in Iran, North Korea, and Syria

    April 18, 2018 by admin

     

    To make matters worse, they’ve overseen and supported torture by the CIA and other American entities. And they’ve indicated that they will continue American support for the Saudi war in Yemen — without asking for Congressional approval.

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote for Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo is currently too close to call — with opposition from all Democrats thus far and even one Republican. This could mark the first time since 1925 that a Secretary of State candidate fails to win committee support.

    The full Senate could vote as soon as next week. Will you send a quick message to your Senators and tell them to oppose Trump’s warmongering nominees now?

    Join Democracy for America and urge your Senators to vote against Trump’s dangerous nominees for Secretary of State and CIA Director.

    Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo has historically supported torture and has said that all Muslims are “potentially complicit” in terrorism.

    The State Department is supposed to play a key role in international climate negotiations, human rights, and preserving peace around the world. Pompeo is a climate-change denier who has advocated for war over diplomacy with Iran.

    CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel oversaw torture programs in secret prisons abroad — and then engaged in a cover-up by pushing for the destruction of tapes of the interrogations during which torture took place.

    The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has called for Haspel’s arrest for her role in the torture of detainees. With Trump publicly calling for the U.S. to “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding”, Haspel is the last person we want in charge of the CIA.

    If these nominees are confirmed, they will push the U.S. towards more wars and more torture. We need to stop them.

    Email your Senators now and tell them to block Trump’s War Cabinet by opposing the nominations of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel.

    Thank you for your work to stop two dangerous Trump nominees.

    – Jay

    Jay Henderson, Senior Digital Strategy Manager
    Democracy for America


  4. Progressives for change

    April 18, 2018 by admin

    “Any blue just won’t do” became the battle cry for the 450 progressive candidates this weekend at our first-ever National Candidate Training in partnership with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

    After a weekend with campaign organizers across the country, these 450 candidates have the skills to fight back against Wall Street and the billionaire class.

    The success of the political revolution depends on people like you. Will you become a sustaining donor of Our Revolution to ensure we have the resources to elect a new generation of leaders?

    Candidates who once felt isolated in their communities are heading home from our training with a progressive network of organizers, campaigners, and activists that will keep them fighting, keep them true to their values, and keep them inspired to transform their communities.

    Support the progressive candidates across the country bringing the revolution to their communities and become a sustaining donor of Our Revolution.

    Your belief in the revolution brought the progressive candidates of the future to our national candidate training where they worked with experts to develop their logos, build their websites, and perfect their stump speeches.

    And your continued support will carry on with these candidates long after this weekend. When they knock on doors of undecided voters and make a personal connection by talking about issues to win someone’s vote, they will have your support and the support of Our Revolution. Thanks to your support for this training, these candidates are ready to talk about the challenges being faced by the communities they want to serve in genuine, authentic terms. You will be at the center of the narrative that connects to true progressive values, serves the needs of the people, confronts corporate interests, and builds a brighter future.

    Will you be a part of the growing progressive wave of candidates rocking Bernie blue? Become a recurring donor today to support candidates across the country who are fighting for our progressive values.

    Our local groups will be texting undecided voters who we need to win, calling volunteers in the community and urging their support, and strategizing to build power in every district.

    Join us in changing the future of electoral politics and this country by becoming a sustaining member of Our Revolution.

    In solidarity,

    The Team at Our Revolution


  5. Rosa DeLauro For CONGRESS

    April 18, 2018 by admin

    Last week, we came together to mark Equal Pay Day — the day symbolizing how far into 2018 women have to work to make as much as men did in 2017.

    It is absurd that women are still struggling to make as much as their male counterparts. For women of color, this disparity is even more extreme.

    This is unacceptable.

    That is why I am proud to go to work every single day to fight for working, middle-class families. We need 350 grassroots donors to chip in before Friday at midnight. Will you chip in now and join me in this fight?

    I’m proud to be leading the effort to get Congress to support legislation that recognizes the value and dignity of all working people.

    From paid family and medical leave to equal pay for equal work to a higher minimum wage to paid sick days for all, our country has so far to go to enact an economic agenda that works for the middle-class.

    We’ve got to change the status quo.

    Your support is vital to ensure that we can keep on raising our voice. Join us in this fight for all working people. Rush a contribution before Friday at midnight now.

    The fight for worker dignity is too important. We cannot stop until we’ve reached full equality.

    Thank you,

    Rosa

    Last week, we came together to mark Equal Pay Day — the day symbolizing how far into 2018 women have to work to make as much as men did in 2017.

    It is absurd that women are still struggling to make as much as their male counterparts. For women of color, this disparity is even more extreme.

    This is unacceptable.

    That is why I am proud to go to work every single day to fight for working, middle-class families. We need 350 grassroots donors to chip in before Friday at midnight. Will you chip in now and join me in this fight?

    I’m proud to be leading the effort to get Congress to support legislation that recognizes the value and dignity of all working people.

    From paid family and medical leave to equal pay for equal work to a higher minimum wage to paid sick days for all, our country has so far to go to enact an economic agenda that works for the middle-class.

    We’ve got to change the status quo.

    Your support is vital to ensure that we can keep on raising our voice. Join us in this fight for all working people. Rush a contribution before Friday at midnight now.

    The fight for worker dignity is too important. We cannot stop until we’ve reached full equality.

    Thank you,

    Rosa


  6. MORE FROM FRED PENNELL

    April 18, 2018 by admin

    U. I.   An internal reference of the Red propaganda and intel organizations in the
    Russian Rev., and adopted by Nazis. A single person (H. Ford or Lindbergh).  Or
    a specific target group, viewed as gullible, and easily manipulated with lies and
    promises.  The group most chosen is the working class of any country.  Term was
    last heard in “Homeland”  on 4/8 . ( Showtime’s best ).  Said of a red state senator
    by a Russian spy.
        One of the huge ironies of the 20th C. was that Hitler and Stalin were on polar
    opposite sides of the political spectrum, bitter enemies, each attempting to destroy
    the other’s country/regime.  Both almost identical in Abenormal personality, and
    disciples of Machiavelli’s methods in rise to power. Lie, cheat, steal, bribe,threaten,
    destroy, and……kill.  The end(win) justifies the means…whatever it takes.  Both
    narcissistic, psychopathic personality profile…becoming sociopaths as adults.
    Though related, each of the three are different.  Do Google each one.
         Hitler’s basic pathology, typical of his kind, was formed as a child.  A large part
    due to absence of father’s attention, love etc.  Each case is different, but results the
    same.  Envy and hate of ” the others” began in childhood.  Jews had fathers that
    loved their children, professional careers, and money.  His family lived in Austria.
    HE WAS NOT GERMAN !  And reminded of it from moment he entered the German
    army, and after WW1.  Remember that for Part 3.
        What he was in adulthood as he rose to power :  pathological liar; alternately
    cruel and vindictive / sentimental and loving with friends, women, and his dogs.  He
    did NOT have to convince a small segment of the population of the illusion that things
    were bad.  They were.  He only had to convince them that he, and only he, could
    make Germany great again.  To make Germany # 1 in the world order.  A soldier in
    WW 1.  Uneducated, ILLiterate, no political or experience in government.  But a
    master manipulator of the U. I. at rallies.  Had an unorthodox and hypnotic speaking
    ability that appealed to his target audience.  Most Germans just found him a funny
    little man with silly ideas.  They made jokes.  Actors impersonated him on stage and
    in the cabarets.  Later, they were executed along with the intellectual class, or sent to
    the con. camps to die.
         Using lies, fear, a scapegoat population for their problems, appeal to patriotism,
    natural divisions in the German people as a whole…he convinced enough to gain
    power.  Then President Hindenburg made him P.M., and died.  Democracy was
    dead, replaced by Fascism, the Holocaust, 60,000,000 dead, and the destruction and
    partition of Germany.
                                                                                                Your Hitler Historian,
                                                                                                 Fred

  7. From John and Barbara in Brownsville Texas

    April 17, 2018 by admin

    Spread the word.
     
    Attend if you are able.
     
    There will be a winner-take-all election for TWO Port Commissioners this May 5th.
     
    See KVEO Channel 23 TV news reporter Marlene Rodriguez’ 04-16-2018 news report on the Forum: “Port of Brownsville Candidate Forum,” Marlane Rodriguez, 04-16-2018, KVEO Channel 23 News, http://www.kveo.com/news/local-news/port-of-brownsville-candidate-forum/1126215926/. 
     
    Remember, she’s the one who broke the story about the Port’s candidate filing deadline back on 02-09-2018. See “Voters Concerned with Lack of Notice of Upcoming Port Election,” Marlane Rodriguez, 02-09-2018, KVEO Channel 23 RGV Proud, http://www.rgvproud.com/news/local-news/voters-concerned-with-lack-of-notice-of-upcoming-port-election/963688238/.
     
    See the Facebook event page about the Forum at https://www.facebook.com/events/333218817082800/.  It’s tonight, April 17th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Southmost Branch of the Brownsville Public Library, 4320 Southmost Road, Brownsville, 548-1055.  See the map at https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=Brownsville+Public+Library%2C+Brownsville%2C+TX&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=&q=Brownsville%20Public%20Library%2C%20Brownsville%2C%20TX&npsic=0&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=25918045,-97480114,3811&tbm=lcl&rldimm=15273385698107728456&ved=0ahUKEwjl_Iver8HaAhVSEawKHWLBAFAQvS4IRjAB&rldoc=1&tbs=lrf:!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:4#rlfi=hd:;si:15273385698107728456;mv:!1m3!1d24820.616957720096!2d-97.48011415!3d25.918045549999995!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i372!2i332!4f13.1;tbs:lrf:!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:4
     
    The Forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters – Rio Grande Valley and by Citizens Against Voter Abuse (CAVA).
     
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    Here’s the transcript from Marlane’s 04-16-2018 news story:
     
    “Port of Brownsville Candidate Forum,” Marlane Rodriguez, 04-16-2018, KVEO Channel 23 News, http://www.kveo.com/news/local-news/port-of-brownsville-candidate-forum/1126215926

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Citizens Against Voter Abuse, an organization that seeks to keep taxpayers informed will hold a Brownsville Navigation District Candidate Forum April 17.

    “We’re doing so to give the public a chance to hear what each candidate has for a platform, what they intend to bring to the table for the Port of Brownsville and for the taxpayers of Brownsville,” said Mary Helen Flores, CAVA Administrator.

    Including their stance on the future of a company that has caused much debate in the Rio Grande Valley.

    “It’s very important for our voters to know the stance of every candidate, on every issue especially the (Liquefied Natural Gas) issue because that will determine the direction of our economy and environmental for years to come,” Flores said.

    Referring to the three LNG facilities seeking to come to the Port of Brownsville.

    At the State of the Port last month, future projects were discussed, including channel deepening.

    “Deepening the channel will be like if you have an airport. And if you expand the runway, that means bigger planes can land. If you have more planes, it means you have more cargo or more people, the same thing will occur if you deepen the channel,” said Port Director Eduardo Campirano.

    Also discussed at the meeting was the $1.5 billion Valley Crossing Pipeline project, another issue causing controversy in the Rio Grande Valley.

    “The Port of Brownsville has a huge economic and environmental impact on our region,” Flores said.

    The Brownsville Navigation District Candidate Forum will take place tomorrow at 6:30 PM at the Southmost Public Library.

    The candidates on the ballot for Commissioner, Place 2 are:
    – John Wood, Incumbent
    – Cesar Lopez, Brownsville Independent School District Board President

    Commissioner, Place 4 Candidates:
    – Javier Vera, CPA/ US Customs Broker
    – Steve Guerra, local entrepreneur
    – Patrick Anderson, Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club Executive Committee Chair, Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Member, Teacher

    (Candidates listed according to sample ballot)


  8. chaz@chazbeasley.com Helpif you can!

    April 17, 2018 by admin

     

     

    In 1966, a small group of people in the foothills of North Carolina decided to found a church. These brave pioneers of various races, believing that the end of segregation should start on Sundays, founded what would become the first deliberately integrated church in the county.  Despite the threats and the challenges, this church continues to thrive today.

    It was this church that raised me – that taught me the lessons of faith that sustain me. It’s this church that I continue to call home.

    So, when the current Lieutenant Governor said that progressive-minded people “don’t have a hope in God,” I had to speak out.

    For many, their faith and their values come from a deeply-rooted place that transcends politics. What people believe and how (or whether) they practice is, and should be, a personal journey – not a political wedge. As for me, my church taught me that we should walk humbly as believers and never force our big God into a small political box.

    Quite simply, the current Lieutenant Governor is flat-out wrong.

    Despite those who seek to cast judgment, I will continue to fight for the values I learned as a child – that everyone, regardless of background, should have the opportunity to become their best selves and that we are truly our brother’s and sister’s keeper.

    I hope you’ll join me in this fight. Together, we can bring a better future to our state.

    Yours,

    Chaz


  9. Keith Ellison Member of Congress (D-Minn.)

    April 17, 2018 by admin

    Today is Tax Day —  a day where you and I pay our fair share in taxes to invest in our country’s future. But do you know who’s not paying their fair share? The richest 1%, Wall Street CEOs, and big corporations.

    The Trump-GOP tax scam that passed last December doled out $1.5 trillion in tax breaks — mostly to the richest 1% and wealthy corporations, and working families have been left to pick up the tab. Now that this terrible bill has blown a huge hole in the deficit, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are already looking to force deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and education to pay for their giveaway to the rich.

    In order to invest in critical services that protect working families and older Americans, we must repeal the Trump-Republican tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations.

    Stand with me, Democracy for America and our partners to demand that Congress repeal the Trump-GOP tax scam for the rich and corporations and make them pay their fair share in taxes. When they do, we’ll be able to protect critical services and invest in our families, communities and our country’s future.

    The Koch brothers — the second wealthiest family in the country worth approximately $96 billion — are estimated to receive $1 billion a year in tax breaks from the Trump-Republican tax scam. [1]

    Earlier this year, the Kochs and their political donor network committed to spending up to $400 million on the 2018 election as a thank you for the Republican Party’s tax cuts for the rich. [2] In fact, just 13 days after the House passed the tax law, the Kochs donated nearly $500,000 to “Team Ryan” — a joint fundraising committee of the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, which benefits the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and Ryan’s Leadership PAC. [3]

    It’s time to end tax breaks for the Koch brothers, wealthy CEOs, and big corporations that shift profits offshore and outsource jobs. It’s time to end tax breaks for Big Pharma and greedy health insurance corporations. It’s time to close loopholes that benefit the richest 1% and Wall Street.

    Join me and demand that Congress repeal the Trump-GOP tax scam for the rich and corporations — and make them pay their fair share in taxes.

    When we do, we’ll be able to rebuild and renew our nation’s critical infrastructure — roads, bridges, and water systems. We’ll be able to invest in our future by fully funding our schools — pre-K through college. We’ll be able to protect our environment and move towards a renewable energy future, and much more!

    Together, let’s demand that our elected leaders put working families, children, and older Americans before wealthy campaign contributors and Wall Street. Thank you for everything you do for our movement.

    In solidarity,

    Keith Ellison
    Member of Congress (D-Minn.)


  10. rosa@rosadelauro.com Help if you can!

    April 17, 2018 by admin

    Richard,

    It has been over a year since Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was confirmed. During that time she has pushed a radical agenda instead of standing up for our students.

    Under her budget, Betsy DeVos cut a stunning $9.2 billion from education, drastically underserving poor neighborhoods and cutting programs that help our children learn and succeed!

    This is unacceptable. We’ve got to stand up to Betsy DeVos. Sign the petition now.

    Not to be outdone, she exchanged those budget cuts for public schools and after-school programs to push for $1 billion in spending to promote school choice and voucher programs. Her budget also called to freeze Pell Grant awards for low-income students.

    Secretary DeVos also wanted to eliminate a grant program for low-income students to go to college and slash $1.7 million from the Office of Civil Rights, a bureau within the Education Department that ensures equal access to education and enforces civil rights in school, which she said had grown “inefficient.”

    We’ve got to stop Betsy DeVos. Sign the petition now.

    In just one year she has rolled back policies on how schools handle sexual assault survivors, civil rights and students with disabilities. She has made our schools less safe, especially for LGBTQ students.

    That is why I was proud to fight against Secretary DeVos’ cruel cuts — and worked with my colleagues to pass a spending bill for 2018 that was a clear rejection of her education agenda.

    I will continue to fight to restore funding for public education, and to ensure working families and the most vulnerable are not left on the sidelines. I hope you’ll join me — sign the petition now.

    Our work is not over, and we must continue to advocate for an excellent public education system. We cannot accept anything less.

    Rosa