Monday, September 25, 2017

"One America" Expanded to Include P.R. and U.S.V.I.

FORMER U.S. PRESIDENTS’ "ONE AMERICA APPEAL” EXPANDS TO INCLUDE HURRICANE RECOVERY IN PUERTO RICO AND U.S.V.I.
Already expanded once to encompass Hurricane Irma recovery in Florida, monies donated through OneAmericaAppeal.org will now also benefit two official recovery funds in the Caribbean
Responding to urgent, widespread need in the midst of a catastrophic hurricane season, the “One America Appeal” today announced their efforts will also aid the recovery from Hurricane Maria after it devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Official funds in each location have been identified to channel donations for Hurricane Maria relief: Unidos Por Puerto Rico, and the Fund for the Virgin Islands.

Now individuals, foundations and institutions making tax deductible donations at OneAmericaAppeal.org may choose to assist all three recovery efforts from Hurricanes Harvey in Texas, Irma in Florida and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – or to direct their donation to a specific recovery effort – using the drop-down menu in the website’s donation section. Checks may also be mailed to the address on the website.

Launched by the office of First Lady Beatriz Rosselló together with private sector coalition, Unidos Por Puerto Rico, or United for Puerto Rico, is a 50l(c)(3) organization staffed completely by volunteers. Donated funds will be processed by 1FirstBank of Puerto Rico and utilized under the direct guidance of the Office of the First Lady to help meet the immediate emergency aid needs of citizens. Eventually, funds will also be provided to help rebuild homes and local community facilities. The organization will provide the necessary material to rebuild these structures, as well as all-volunteer labor.

The Fund for the Virgin Islands was established by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been operating for more than 25 years supporting past relief efforts in the region. CFVI is working closely with government and community providers to identify priorities and direct resources for immediate needs as well as long-term recovery efforts.

Funds donated to the One America Appeal are received in a special restricted account established by the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar given go to assist the recovery from these highly destructive hurricanes. The other funds designated to receive support through the One America Appeal are: the Florida Disaster Recovery Fund; the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region; and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kill the Bill Events Monday 09/25

Indivisible is one of the grassroots organizations Hillary Clinton's Onward Together has endorsed. They are promoting 94 events on Monday, September 25 to protest Graham Cassidy.
For months, Indivisible groups have been showing up at congressional offices across the country to say no to TrumpCare. On July 18th, Indivisibles showed up in 40 states for our first national day of action. With TrumpCare a ticking time bomb, it’s time for the whole Indivisible network to show up once again and use our constituent pressure together.
On Monday, September 25th, instead of standing together, we’re asking Indivisible groups across the country to sit together -- either holding sit-ins or die-ins at district offices.
Trump and the Senate Republicans have been put on a tight deadline if they have any hope of passing TrumpCare, and we're going to do everything we can to stop them. RSVP to an event, show your constituent power, and spread the word.
In partnership with UltraViolet.
There are 94 events open for signup
FIND AN EVENT NEAR YOU >>>>

Hillary Clinton Says "Send the Navy!"

In the aftermath of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, Hillary Clinton was the first official from a foreign country to travel to Haiti and offer assistance. Four days after her trip, she announced the arrival of the USNS Comfort.
... we saw the arrival of the USNS Comfort, a hospital ship with more than 600 medical personnel, that adds important capacity to our relief efforts. Already, patients are being taken on board via helicopter, and treated. The Comfort adds to what is one of the largest international rescue and relief efforts in history. Food, water, medical supplies, and other essential aid continue to flow into the country.
Today, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Hillary tweeted that the Navy and specifically USNS Comfort should be sent in to assist residents of Puerto Rico.


This is a no-brainer and should have been done days ago. It is deplorable that the president is busy leading "lock her up" chants, disinviting Stephen Curry to the White House, and ranting about sports figures genuflecting instead of standing for the national anthem but has no time to address the misery of American citizens on a devastated island.

Hillary Clinton's Hometown Book Signing

Hillary held a book signing in Chappaqua on Saturday.  It was sold out almost as soon as it was announced, but Linda Lee and Jill Melody got tickets. They had a wonderful day and had a chance to chat with Hillary. Here are a few photos they shared.


These are some of the dancers in the video Hillary tweeted.

Good Advice on Snake-Keeping from Hillary Clinton

"It’s like that old story; you can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbors. Eventually, those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard." - HRC


This is an excellent allegorical warning that Hillary Clinton issued in October 2011 during bilateral remarks with then Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. The reference, at the time, was to Pakistan harboring the Haqqani Network and the Taliban.

Here are those remarks and that statement in context >>>>

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks With Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar

October 21, 2011
"... we both agreed that terrorism coming from any source is a threat to all of us. We expressed very clearly our concerns about safe havens on both sides of the border. We reasserted our commitment to doing more on the Afghan side of the border to try to eliminate safe havens that fuel insurgency and attacks inside Pakistan. And we asked very specifically for greater cooperation from the Pakistani side to squeeze the Haqqani Network and other terrorists, because we know that trying to eliminate terrorists and safe havens on one side of the border is not going to work. It’s like that old story; you can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbors. Eventually, those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard. We know that – on both sides of the border. "
Read more >>>>
It was only six years ago. We could not have conceived, such a short time ago, that those words could possibly apply to ourselves or to any loyal Americans. Yet here we are.

I watched the marathon of Homeland, Season 4 tonight. The opening credits for that season include a short clip of Hillary delivering those words. Funny how words that only a few years past can have meant one thing then and something new now.

Snakes in the backyard. Yes, Pakistan did and does harbor snakes in their backyard. But now we know that there are snakes in our own backyard: Foreign entities influencing the American electorate. Some of these arrived wearing American skin.

In her memoir, What Happened, Hillary identified the social media landscape as the new battlefield of 21st century warfare.

We have been attacked. Special Counsel Mueller's investigation is ferreting out snakes. But we, too, must be on the lookout for snakes on our social media pages.

Even the snakes you nurture and consider pets are still snakes. Hillary's words should resound deafeningly!




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hillary Clinton with Joy Reid



ICYMI Hillary joined Joy for an interview that aired on Saturday morning. Here are some excerpts.

Here are a few stills Joy shared on Facebook.
 

Friday, September 22, 2017

The 2016 Election Blues by M.K. Sandford - A Tribute to Hillary Clinton

Our friend and veteran Hillary Clinton supporter par excellence, Dr. Mary K. Sandford, is, among her many accomplishments, a singer, musician and composer. Here's a tribute video she made using a song she wrote about the 2016 election and its results. She has included archival photos from Hillary's career, the past election, and from Mary's own family album.

Enjoy!




Published on Sep 22, 2017
Dedicated with profound gratitude to Hillary Rodham Clinton who will never stop fighting, and my mom, Juanita Dadisman Sandford (1926-2016), who worked with Hillary in Arkansas and recognized her genius a long time ago. Thanks to Barbara Kinney for her beautiful photography, And thanks to all from the campaign who worked so hard and who are working to move Forward Together. MK Sandford, Sep 22, 2017
The 2016 Election Blues (in A)
Dedicated to Hillary Rodham Clinton
MK Sandford
July 30, 2017

Verse 1

Saw you yesterday
My heart broke again
Said you were outta the woods
With us through thick and thin.
The crowd was mesmerized.
Hanging on every word.
Said, Here's how we gonna change the world.
This is what I heard.  
We gotta Resist, Insist, Persist, and Enlist.
                That's what we gotta do
                Resist, Insist, Persist, and Enlist 
                 That's what we gotta do
Verse 2
Never saw it coming
That hard punch from the Right,
Putin had the fix in,
Found out that awful night.
But you’ll never give up.
You’re back in the fight
Said, Let’s turn this darkness
Back into the light
We gotta Resist, Insist, Persist, and Enlist.
                That's what we gotta do.
                Resist, Insist, Persist, and Enlist 
                 That's what we gotta do.
Verse 3
First heard your name
Back in 1974.
Mama said, You got to meet this gal
Someday she’s gonna soar.
Mama’s words proved true
You live by a creed.
When they brought their lies and hate
You said love and kindness are what we need
We gotta Resist, Insist, Persist, and Enlist.
                That's what we gotta do.
                Resist, Insist, Persist, and Enlist 
                 That's what we gotta do.

Verse 4
The election was a travesty
Didn’t go the way we planned
It’d be so easy to give up,
Turn our backs on our land.
And who ever decided
Not to help those in need?
A familiar voice rings out
Calls for justice and equality
Says We gotta Resist, Insist, Persist, and Enlist.
                That's what we gotta do.
                Resist, Insist, Persist, and Enlist 
                 That's what we gotta do.


© Mary K. Sandford 2017 All Rights Reserved

Hillary Clinton with MicMedia

Hillary was interviewed at a round table at MicMedia.




Hillary recounted an incident when, as a young woman organizing for the Carter campaign, she was physically assaulted.

Location, Location, Location

This from Daily Beast is interesting.




It was just last week when congressional investigators said they favored more transparency to the general public about exactly which Facebook posts a Kremlin-backed troll farm used to target Americans with anti-immigrant rhetoric—and even rallies on U.S. soil.
The lawmakers who lead the Capitol Hill committees charged with investigating Russia’s election meddling spoke out after Facebook declined to commit to sharing with Congress information about Russian government-backed posts, groups, and paid advertisements—including ones first reported by The Daily Beast.
On Thursday, Facebook announced that it plans to turn over more than 3,000 Russian-linked ads that appeared on the site to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and Congress is keeping information about the process close to the vest—at least for now.
Read more >>>>
Is location a privacy issue? Should it be? We know now that location on social platforms is an issue. Individual users can hide their locations on Facebook.

We can argue two sides to the privacy question as a function of public safety:

I, personally, am safer hiding my location. V. The population is safer when we can identify a user's location.

We can also argue that what goes for terrorists should not necessarily apply to trolls and bots. Is one more of a threat to public safety than the other?

At the far end of that argument is interference is elections, not only in the United States, and not only presidential elections. Potentially any election anywhere. Is the danger of that less than the dangers posed by terrorists?

Terrorist groups like ISIS operate recruiting efforts via a network of users dispersed over a variety of locations.

Although current evidence indicates that Russian trolls on Facebook operate out of brick-and-mortar "troll farms" like the one we saw on Homeland last season, we also know that the Macedonian trolls operated via a virtual troll farm in our last election. So we know that trolling need not operate from a hard-wired consolidated location in order to succeed.

https://nyoobserver.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/homeland-10.png

So is location a privacy issue? Should Fake Americans have a right to hide their locations from Facebook followers on the basis of the argument that doing so ensures their safety? Should trolls have different rules from those that govern terrorists? Just asking.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fun Tweet from Hillary Clinton

 Reason to celebrate: Hillary's memoir, What Happened, sold more than 300,000 copies in the first week.  It's #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List!




https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton

Follow Hillary Clinton on Twitter >>>>

Email from Hillary Clinton


Friend --
It has been a joy to see so many of you during the first days of touring for "What Happened" and my new children's book, "It Takes a Village." Your smiles and stories warm my heart, and your promises to keep fighting inspire me. I'm looking forward to seeing many more of you over the next few weeks, across the country and even at home in our favorite independent bookstore in Chappaqua.
One thing I'm hearing over and over again is a question I've gotten a lot since the election: "How are you doing?"
The answer is that, as an American, I'm pretty concerned. But as a person, I'm okay. It's nice to be able to spend so much time at home with Bill and our dogs, and to catch up with friends I haven't seen in a while. I've even been doing a little gardening with our granddaughter -- Charlotte is particularly proud of our peas and peppers.
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at a memorial service for Edie Windsor, whose Supreme Court case helped pave the way for marriage equality. Her service, much like her life, was a reminder that in the fight for a more perfect union, love will always be stronger than hate. I'll be thinking of Edie this week as we forge ahead in our own fight, and I hope you will, too.
Onward!
Hillary
P.S. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to Onward Together, posted about it on Facebook, or talked to your friends about this team. I'm thrilled to share a little bit in the profile below about one of the groups that Onward Together has endorsed, Color of Change, and the work they're doing.

Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you're an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.
The organization: Color Of Change
The organizer: Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change
The mission: To mobilize participation in winning campaigns that accelerate progress toward racial justice -- in criminal justice reform, voting rights, fairness in news reporting and entertainment media, economic justice, environmental justice and other critical issues that affect Black people, people of color, and all people.
The story: With more than one million members, Color Of Change is the nation's largest online racial justice organization. Founded in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, its purpose was to create an effective, powerful organizing platform for Black people and their allies to unite their voices, leverage technology, engage the media, and ultimately hold corporate and government decision makers accountable. Color Of Change works to change the rules of policy, politics, media and corporate practices at the local, state and national levels--to create a more human and less hostile world for all people.
The latest: Over the last year, Color Of Change has been at the forefront of holding accountable those who enable Trump and the extremist, right wing agenda he stands for, from corporate executives to local prosecutors. Color Of Change has led successful campaigns to get Glenn Beck (2011) and Bill O'Reilly (2017) ousted from Fox News; force business leaders to abandon Trump's various business councils; force Paypal, American Express, and a number of finance and tech companies to cut off payment processing -- and therefore the fuel -- to white supremacist groups that are trying to create more attacks on our values like Charlottesville; and to make sure politicians stand up for freedoms instead of caving to corporate interests.
The next step: Color Of Change will continue leading the fight to end mass incarceration, police violence, and unfair bail practices, while holding prosecutors accountable to making decisions that favor community safety and growth rather than corporate profits. Most critically, Color Of Change will use public pressure to hold Trump's enablers accountable and cut off his power base, end some of the most harmful and far-reaching policies and practices of his administration, and mobilize Black voters at higher and higher levels. Visit www.colorofchange.org to learn more.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Did Donald Trump Ever Win the GOP Nomination?

In her book, What Happened, Hillary Clinton discusses Russian interference in our election. She speaks of the the Wikileaks release of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails and her campaign chair, John Podesta's, emails. Some of these emails were altered in the Wikileaks version of the document dump. The objective was to make it appear that the DNC conspired with Hillary's campaign to defeat Bernie Sanders.

Portions of these emails were then posted on social media platforms targeted to reach Bernie Sanders supporters after Hillary Clinton's nomination was secured. The objective here, now that we were out of the primary season and into the general, was to sway Bernie voters and Indies away from "unscrupulous" Hillary and the Dems and toward Trump.

Congressional committees are pursuing investigations into the Russia question bilaterally. Several top Republicans have said that this is necessary since the next time it could be their party that is targeted. Hillary quotes James Comey as testifying that this is not a Democrat or Republican thing. That it is an American thing. That they are "coming after America," and they will do it again.

I wonder if the Republicans are thinking deeply enough. I wonder if they are asking themselves how they ended up with Trump in the first place.

It can't possibly be that Hillary Clinton and we, her team, were the only people who suffered a late night shock. There were 16 Republican candidates. Some of them, surely, had a primary night they thought they would win handily and did not. How did that happen?




Is it possible that the same forces that manipulated voters in the general election also manipulated Republican primary voters? What do Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich think of this possibility? Does Cary Fiorina really believe she was shoved aside only because she was a woman? Do the Bushes believe Jeb lost because, as Barb said, "Enough Bushes?"

If the Russians managed to manipulate the general election, should we not, down the line, also discover what role they might have played in Trump's nomination?

It's an important question. I believe Hillary Clinton had an excellent chance to win against all of those candidates. Each of them thought he/she was the most formidable to face the Democratic nominee. They would not have run to begin with if they did not.

With Mueller's inquiry evidently reaching into the past well beyond the 2015-2016 election season, you have to wonder. Have the Russians been grooming Trump for many years? If so, was their only target over a two-year period Hillary Clinton? Or were Trump's Republican opponents also targets of Russian interference?

The inquiries and investigations are only beginning with the Russian effect on the general election. The other question is whether they picked the Republican nominee. If the Republicans are not thinking about this, they should. How else is it possible that Donald Trump, known wheeler-dealer, dead-beat boss, shell game realtor, and political flip-flopper managed to beat out that field of 16?

I hope the Republicans are not focusing only on the forest and missing the foreign entities disguised as trees. (Same goes for the Dems, but I hope they are two or three steps ahead of me here).

Hillary Clinton with Stephen Colbert

Hillary joined Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Tuesday night.  Emma Stone was there too and was so excited! She brought her book along for Hillary to sign and also got a shot with Hillary to promote her new movie about Billie Jean King. No. It is not a selfie because neither of them took it herself.










Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hillary Clinton in The New Yorker

Sharing this without having read the whole thing, but, since it is extensive, clearly it is a must read.
newyorker.com

Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger

By David Remnick



She talks about Trump, Comey, collusion, “deplorables,” and the power of sexism.


The cover of the magazine’s post-election issue, had Clinton won. “I felt that I had let everyone down,” she recalls. “Because I had.”
Illustration by Malika Favre
Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, as she puts it, won “more votes for President than any white man” in American history, is not the first candidate to capture the popular vote but lose the election. She is the fifth. The Founders, for varying reasons, distrusted popular democracy. Southerners were wary of a challenge to slavery; others feared the emergence of a national demagogue. The Electoral College, Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist Paper No. 68, would block the rise of a leader with “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity.” An extra layer of electoral deliberation, he thought, would also insulate the American system from a hostile hack from abroad—“the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.”


Andrew Jackson was the first to suffer this constitutionally enabled result of losing-while-winning, when he conceded the 1824 race to John Quincy Adams. Jackson, whose portrait now hangs in the Oval Office, charged that he had been undone by a rigged ballot. In 1888, Grover Cleveland lost in much the same manner to Benjamin Harrison, but then avenged his humbling four years later. Samuel Tilden fell to Rutherford B. Hayes, in 1876; and yet, after the baroque, months-long struggle inside the Electoral College, Tilden seemed almost relieved. Now, he said, “I can retire to private life with the consciousness that I shall receive from posterity the credit of having been elected to the highest position in the gift of the people, without any of the cares and responsibilities of the office.”


In the ballot of 2000, Albert Gore, Jr., Bill Clinton’s Vice-President for eight years, won half a million more votes than the governor of Texas, George W. Bush. After losing the final battle before the Supreme Court, Gore soon departed Washington to brood in Nashville. He grew a beard. He grew fat. He seemed, at first, quite lost. When I visited him there, a few years later, he said he would eventually get around to confronting that bitter experience, just not yet. He never fully did so, certainly not at book length. Instead, with time, he shaved his beard, travelled the world giving lectures and making a documentary about climate change, and, in 2007, shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He made a fortune as an Apple director, a Google adviser, and a venture-capital partner. He found his way. And whenever someone brought up the election of 2000 he always remembered to lighten matters, saying, “You win some, you lose some, and then there’s that little-known third category.”

Transcript: Hillary Clinton on NPR with Terry Gross

It's always good to have a print record of Hillary's words. Let's not twist and spin her words out of context. Save that muscle power for the laundry.

Hillary Clinton outside the Fresh Air studio in Philadelphia on Sept. 14. Courtesy of Jessica Kourkounis
Hillary Clinton says she would not rule out questioning the legitimacy of the 2016 election if new information surfaces that the Russians interfered even more deeply than currently known. In an interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her new memoir, What Happened, Clinton acknowledges that such a challenge would be unprecedented and that "I just don't think we have a mechanism" for it.
Read more >>>>


I want to add this, on the subject of Fake Americans for Hillary (AKA Hillary Supporter Trolls) that I have been pursuing here.

On the night of July 4, 2017, HBO aired a documentary entitled The Words That Built America. Both Hillary and Bill Clinton appeared in it. It was a bipartisan effort. Many Democrats and Republicans participated. It focused on the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution.

The previous July, at the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan had offered his pocket Constitution to Donald Trump. Pocket Constitutions went like hotcakes after that. All of which is to say that Americans, particularly Hillary supporters, had both the means and the reasons to review the U.S. Constitution over the course of that year.

Since the election last November, and increasingly after the inauguration as the ill-begotten Trump presidency rolled on, many voices called for the nullification of what evermore apparently was a flawed election. Early on, I joined that chorus - one time. A lawyer friend quickly pointed out that there was no Constitutional mechanism. I went back to the Constitution. Indeed, there is none.

Thereafter, for awhile, whenever I saw these cries to invalidate the election, I reminded my friends of this glaring absence. Some simply responded with, "True." Others suggested that we can change the Constitution, which is also true, but we cannot make such a change retroactive.

When one Facebook "friend" mounted this proposal, and I posted my stock response, "We don't have a constitutional mechanism to do this," I was met with a hostile barrage of argumentation. It ran a course like this. (Not verbatim. I no longer have access to that. This was the gist.)
Troll: We can change the Constitution.
Me: Yes, but we can't make that change retroactive.
Troll: Yes, we can write it in.
Me: It would never be ratified in that form. The electoral states she lost will never ratify an amendment like that.
Troll: She can sue.
Me: Hillary had a whole contingent of lawyers, both paid and volunteer. If a lawsuit had a basis, don't you think they would have done this already?
Troll: You just don't want Hillary to be president. Why do you say you support her? You are a Bernie or Trump supporter.
Me. I give up.
This troll is one of the ones I later tracked to an Eastern European location and is not a U.S. citizen. As such, is not in a position to "change the Constitution." Unless there is a plan for these folks to somehow influence our government, why use "we?"

As I have mentioned, I have not figured out what their agenda is other than to ramp up emotions among Hillary supporters. When a cool head intervenes, that individual is accused of disloyalty to Hillary. I do think that the mission is driven by emotion- particularly anger. They want Hillary voters riled up.

So! I am glad to see a very cool head, the candidate herself, who also is a lawyer, making my point. I am not gloating.  I just dislike seeing my fellow Americans baited and barking up the wrong tree.

(FTR: I am not going to stop talking about them. We used to call it "consciousness raising" in the old days.)


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