Friday, September 29, 2017

Hillary Clinton in Toronto

Hillary Clinton thrills Toronto crowd with part feminist, part activist talk Hillary Clinton speaks to an audience in Toronto promoting her new book "What Happened" on Thursday, September 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov CKL

TORONTO - Former American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told an appreciative crowd on Thursday that more women in politics is the way to overcome the sexism that pervades the political world, and that democracy is under assault.
The Democrat was in Toronto to promote her new best-selling memoir, "What Happened," in which she describes her stunning loss in last year's election to political newcomer, Republican Donald Trump, a man often criticized as a misogynist.
"The only way to get sexism out of politics is to get more women into politics," Clinton, 69, said. "I want more women in politics so our politics is more representative."
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Hillary Clinton spoke to an audience in Toronto Thursday promoting her new book, What Happened. She said democracy is under assault around the world.

 Hillary Clinton spoke to an audience in Toronto Thursday promoting her new book, What Happened. She said democracy is under assault around the world. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)

Hillary Clinton warned Canadians that "democracy is under attack" not just in the United States, but in Canada and around the world, and she told a Toronto audience Thursday night that she will do everything she can to fight against the forces trying to undermine it.
"Democracy is under attack everywhere. It's not only my country," Clinton told a packed hall of an estimated 5,500 at the Enercare Centre. She pledged to use her voice and platform to encourage people to get involved and help tackle the things that are challenging democracy in the U.S. and globally.
"I'm not going anywhere except right into the middle of the debates about our future," she told the sellout crowd.
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Hillary Clinton revved up an enthusiastic crowd of about 5,000 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto on Thursday, as she promoted her new memoir, What Happened. Hillary Clinton revved up an enthusiastic crowd of about 5,000 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto on Thursday, as she promoted her new memoir, What Happened. (Steve Russell / Toronto Star)

The event itself was tightly locked down. Men and women in black suits, many with telltale earpieces snaking up their necks, led media to a cordoned-off area and audience members to their places.
RCMP officers were embedded for Clinton’s protection, and maintained a low profile. Instead of their usual scarlet uniforms, they wore suits that blended easily with the crowd of about 5,000 — most of them women, who howled and applauded above Clinton’s comments, which ranged in topic from Donald Trump to HGTV.
After a musical opener warmed up the crowd, playing songs such as “Sway” and “Hold On,” Clinton’s appearance began with a set of opening remarks, which brought the crowd to their feet.
From the back of the room, one woman called out: “We love you!”
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hillary Clinton to be Honored in Wales

Congratulations, Mme. Secretary! Very well-deserved.

Hillary Clinton will visit Swansea University on the 14 October and receive an honorary doctorate. Photograph: James Devaney/GC Images

Former US secretary of state and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is to be presented with an honorary doctorate by Swansea University.
Clinton will be in the city on 14 October to receive the award, which the university says recognises her commitment to promoting the rights of families and children around the world, a cause shared by its Wales Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People.

Hillary Clinton Will Fund raise for Northam




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The event will be Hillary Clinton’s first for a candidate in 2017.
Hillary Clinton is set to return to the electoral fray next week.

The Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee will break from her book tour to raise campaign money for Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the party’s gubernatorial nominee, next Wednesday, multiple Democrats familiar with the plan confirmed to POLITICO.

News of the New York event was first reported by The Associated Press.

The event will be Clinton’s first for a candidate in 2017, though she has stepped back into politics with the launch of her new group, Onward Together, that backs Democratic organizations.

The former secretary of state has also re-emerged in the national political conversation recently with the publication of her latest book, “What Happened,” which recounts her loss to Donald Trump.

Northam is locked in a tight battle with Republican Ed Gillespie, though polls show Northam slightly ahead. The current governor, Terry McAuliffe, is a close friend of Clinton’s. McAuliffe isn’t eligible to run for re-election because of Virginia’s law prohibiting consecutive terms.

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Election Memories: Bad and Worse

About a week-and-a-half after finishing Hillary Clinton's What Happened  I was
1) not ready to re-read it quite yet and
2) not ready to start reading anything else. I wanted it to sit with me awhile like a nice Thanksgiving dinner.

I looked for a good movie on TV and nothing appealed to me, so I checked out *On Demand and found Recount available.

I hadn't watched it in years - double digit years. There was much that I had either forgotten, or never noticed, or had not realized the significance of the first time around.

Ron Klain is the central character in the film. Hillary gives him a shout out in her book as a member of her debate prep team. We see him often as a commentator on MSNBC as we do Jeremy Bash who is a major supporting character in the film. The first time I saw this movie, I really had no idea who they were besides dedicated campaign staffers.

I had forgotten that each campaign had called in a former secretary of state to manage the chaos that originated around the infamous 'butterfly ballot' in Palm Beach County, FL.  The Democrats brought Warren Christopher aboard, and the Republicans called on James Baker.

If you are unfamiliar with that ballot, here it is.

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The butterfly ballot necessitated the correct insertion of the ballot (the yellow part underneath) into the machine and the use of that blue-handled stick-pin to punch a hole in the appropriate place on the ballot beside the ticket you chose. The complaint among many seniors in Palm Beach County was that they thought they might have punched hole #4 for Buchanan when they meant to vote for Gore (#5).

The confusion that ensued comprised the possibilities that people may well have simply punched the wrong circle, those circles are pretty small and many older people are vision-impaired, or that they may have inserted their ballots incorrectly, or that they had not punched the ballot firmly enough resulting in CHAD (Card Hole Aggregate Debris ) not completely detached from the ballot or even a "dimpled" ballot, i.e. no hole at all - only a dimple or indentation. A machine recount, as we learned, could push the partially detached "debris" back into the ballot nullifying the vote. A manual recount would raise the issue of voter intent in the cases of dimpled ballots. Florida does have a law regarding voter intent.

This is pretty nitty-gritty stuff for former global diplomats to be dealing with ... unless it is your vote. Bringing in Christopher and Baker was also necessitated by the fact that the entire election would pivot around Florida, and once Palm Beach County was in question, folks in other counties began to question whether their votes were counted. In other words, the election in Florida, where one candidate's brother was governor, was in question and was a mess ... a world-class mess.

Here are a few things I had forgotten.
Al Gore had the popular vote even before Florida was counted.
Al Gore did concede on election night. He called George W. Bush. Then he called back and retracted when he was told the Florida numbers were going haywire. He was stopped just short of delivering his concession speech on election night.
Here is one thing I had never paid attention to. One line might well have gone forgotten or fallen to the cutting room floor since the actual character never made an appearance in the film. In an organizational meeting, James Baker is told that Jesse Jackson has Black and Jewish senior citizens marching in the streets demanding that their votes be counted and, as he said, "Who can argue with that?"

He then told Ben Ginsberg, a campaign attorney, to call in Roger Stone and bring crowds to Tallahassee, Palm Beach, and Miami.

Yes. That Roger Stone. Yes, this James Baker, and that James Baker! He called in that Roger Stone!

We all know how this ended when it finally did on December 12, 2000. SCOTUS halted the recount, Gore decided not to pursue any other pathways still open (to Ron Klain's agony) and delivered a televised concession speech in the most upbeat of his usual upbeat manners. Many of us cried.

Looking back on this after reading Hillary's excruciating chapter on election night and the day after, I see a difference in myself. I was a Gore supporter. No question about that. I would even say an enthusiastic one. But I was not impassioned. I kicked in my contributions. I had a demanding job that did not permit me much free time, and I was certain that this country would not elect George W. Bush. He was a joke to me and ended up a joke on me.

For Hillary, I was impassioned. Hillary was a cause for me. Despite my job, I worked hard for her in 2008 and much, much harder in 2015-16. One reason was the lesson I had learned about how U.S. voters will elect a joke. Much more of it was a long history of Hillary appreciation. She had the best experience, was the hardest worker, had the best mind and the best plans, as usual.  I knew all about them and promoted them. I gave every way I could.

Yet, on election night, I was not among the sobbers. I was not one of those crying. First, I was in severe shock. I could not comprehend what happened. It was as if I had been kicked in the head or struck by lightning.  I heard that she had called Trump. Then, I was deflated. Completely. I could not move, think, type, or speak. I was a zombie. Walking Dead. (Mind you. I have lived in Haiti and seen and met true zombies. That is how I was. Exactly.)

Neither was I tearful the following morning. This was a formality. A speech she felt she had to give. I appreciated the thought and feeling she had put into her words and the courage of her delivery. But it all was unreal to me. I was still in warrior mode - zombie warrior. Much as she did in June 2008, she graciously conceded. I was angry in 2008, and I was confused in 2016 because I did not see how this had happened. Something was very wrong here, but crying was too simple, and it was not going to satisfy my soul.

Having read Hillary's reaction I think hers was pretty close to mine (hers, obviously, must have been mine times 66 million). Just drained, traumatized. Something had gone terribly wrong. But what?
What went into her decisions, to call Trump, to delay the speech since she had not written one, to give the speech the next day, what she did in those crucial hours, she explains all of that in that chapter. We didn't have a lot of solid answers then.

Since then, we have gradually learned a lot, but we don't know everything. For that we need to hear from Robert Mueller's team.

We know that Obama encouraged Hillary to concede quickly and that she agreed with that. When I said on social media that she did not want to put the nation through another 2000, I was reminded that this is not 2000.  That is true, but the effect would have been similar, and even now we do not have the answers and there was no provision or mechanism to hold things off until we did have the information.

It was not Hillary but Terry Gross who brought up the issue of questioning the legitimacy of the election  earlier this month. Hillary responded that she did not think we had a mechanism for that.

That is another issue that looms large in Recount. Mechanisms. Apparently, the way election law was written in Florida at the time (and I have zero reason to think this has changed), if you want a total recount in that state, you must ask for that recount first before you request recounts in specific counties. That may be bass-ackwards, but that is their law. Having first requested recounts by county, Gore's team was, by law, unable to request a full recount of the state. This was temporarily overturned by the Florida Supremes who called for a full state recount which proceeded until SCOTUS reversed that decision and stopped it. Likely they halted it because there are always those annoying dates! You must have a state winner by the time the Electoral College meets. You must have a president by January 20 even if Congress has to choose.

Another point brought up in the course of the machinations was that SCOTUS really should have no voice at all in an election and only Congress should, but both sides had already filed suits that had reached the Florida Supreme Court. By default, appeals went to SCOTUS.

In an election, much of what happens in 50 states with 3,142 counties is a function of local laws. If you did not like what happened in 2000, specifically that came down to Florida and its 67 counties. At best it would mean changing state election laws, which I do not think they have. At worst that would involve making micro-changes at the county level.

As for 2016, it would likely require some Constitutional change - an amendment. The least complicated path would be to abolish the Electoral College which twice in this young century has handed us the unpopular president. The College misrepresents the population. Who knows how likely such an amendment would be given gerrymandering and dark money in elections? It would not be easy. But worth a try.

At the end of Recount a codicil is read providing that the SCOTUS decision applied exclusively to Bush v. Gore. In other words, it can never be seen or used as a precedent for any future case.

There is much to be learned from the past, but there are not necessarily permanent fixes to past obstacles.




Hillary Clinton to Appear on Irish TV

Ryan Tubridy, host of Ireland's Late Late Show, traveled to Chappaqua to meet Hillary Clinton for an interview set to air Friday night.


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Ryan meets Hillary Clinton on Friday's Late Late Show

Ryan met Hillary Clinton near her home in Chappaqua, upstate New York Ryan met Hillary Clinton near her home in Chappaqua, upstate New York




In an interview with Ryan Tubridy on Friday night's Late Late Show, Hillary Clinton admits that she feels she "let the world down" after losing last year's US Presidential race to Donald Trump.In an Irish television exclusive, the former US Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate was interviewed near her home in Chappaqua, upstate New York.Clinton talks about the extraordinary sequence of events that led to her losing the US presidential race to businessman and reality TV star Trump. 



Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed concern over the political stalemate in Northern Ireland.
Ms Clinton said she did not want to see the gains of the peace process and powersharing at Stormont lost.
In an interview with RTÉ at her home in Chappaqua, upstate New York, the former US First Lady said: "I am a little worried right now, to be very candid with you.
"I am listening to and hearing reports about the loggerheads people find themselves at.
"There has just been so much progress, I don't want to see it lost."
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For more on Hillary's dedication to the peace process in the north, see these posts.

Address of Secretary Clinton to Full Session of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Secretary Clinton Applauds Stormont Assembly’s Affirmation of the Hillsborough Agreement & Endorsement of Devolution

Hillary Clinton and her Brooklyn MiniMe

Hillary was in Brooklyn again, this time for a book signing. She retweeted this pic of a little girl who wore a pantsuit ...  and a hairband!

Hillary Clinton with Bakari Sellers on 'Viewpoint'

Bakari Sellers has launched a podcast called Viewpoint, and Hillary Clinton was his first guest.  Click here or on the graphic to listen.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hillary Clinton with Charlie Rose

In case you missed Hillary Clinton with Charlie Rose, as I did, here is the link to the interview. There is a link to part two in the lower right on that page.

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Hillary Clinton in Montclair, NJ

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Hillary Clinton draws 1,000 to N.J. appearance


Updated on September 26, 2017 at 8:59 PM

MONTCLAIR -- The line waiting for Hillary Clinton nearly shut down Watchung Plaza in Montclair Tuesday. It went from the entrance of Watchung Booksellers, snaking around the corner and continuing down several blocks of North Fullerton Avenue.
Clinton greeted about 1,000 people who paid $30 for a signed copy of her new book, "What Happened," and a brief individual encounter with the first woman to win a major party nomination for president of the United States.
The first fan to meet Clinton was an 89-year-old retired journalist, Betty Hall. From her wheelchair Tuesday, Hall, who traveled from Titusville with her daughter, Jane Lee, told reporters she wanted to meet Clinton because, "she should have won."
Hall staked out her prime spot in line at about noon Tuesday for the event, which began shortly before 6 p.m. With the little time she had, Hall asked Clinton whether she would run again in 2020.
"She said, 'No, but I'm going to be around,'" Hall said afterward.
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A crowd lines up around the block of Watchung Booksellers to meet Hillary Clinton at her book signing.                                                                                                                                Anthony Gabbianelli | The Montclarion
A long line wrapped around Watchung Booksellers for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ongoing “What Happened” book tour in Montclair this Tuesday. A thousand people gathered at Watchung Plaza for a chance to meet Clinton and received an autographed copy of her newest autobiographical book that provides the former presidential candidate’s reflections on the turbulent 2016 election defeat.
“This is a great way to finally meet her,” said Vineet Shah, a Clinton supporter who came from his tech job in Manhattan to see her. “She ran a campaign with values that I also hold and that’s what matters to me.”
A sizable portion of eager onlookers, some of whom brought pro-Clinton picket signs, gathered behind barricades across the street of the bookstore. A sense of grief still pervaded over many Clinton supporters since her defeat to current President Donald Trump in their hostile race for the presidency.
“I was almost in tears,” said Montclair native Courtney Novak reflecting on election night. “Most people I knew didn’t think she was going to lose.”
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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. "
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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.
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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.

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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!




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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.