Grass Roots Activism- Our salvation
In an interview with Christiane Amanpour at a Women for Women International event in New York, the former presidential candidate said that she is now “part of the resistance,” and despite no longer holding office, she considers herself to be an “activist citizen.”
“I spent decades learning about what it would take to move our country forward—including people who clearly didn’t vote for me—to try to make sure we dealt with a lot of these hard issues that are right around the corner like robotics and artificial intelligence and things that are really going to be upending the economy for the vast majority of Americans, to say nothing of the rest of the world,” she said.
“I am going to publicly request that this administration not end our efforts making women’s rights and opportunities central to American foreign policy and national security.”
Clinton gave the keynote address at the commencement ceremony for Medgar Evers, a college in Brooklyn, New York. While the nation’s attention was turned to former FBI director James Comey’s testimony at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Clinton stayed silent on the revelations about his conversations with President Donald Trump, instead urging the graduating class to remember that “the work of justice is never finished.”
“The first months of this year saw a surge in hate crimes across our country,” Clinton said. “White supremacists are emboldened, and their numbers on the rise.”
She reminded the audience of the May 26 stabbing on a Portland commuter train, when Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, allegedly stabbed three men who defended two teenage girls from Christian’s “racist, xenophobic tirade,” as Clinton put it. One of the girls was wearing a hijab, and Christian reportedly made comments such as telling the girls to go back to Saudi Arabia.
Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, died in the attack. Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was seriously injured but survived.
“They stepped in front of those girls to block the abuse,” Clinton said. “Other passengers rushed forward to comfort and pray with the victims, and one victim’s last words as he was carried away by paramedics echoes what [Medgar Evers College President Rudolph Crew] said at the very beginning of this ceremony: ‘Tell everyone on this train that I love them.’”
Musings On The Vagina Grabber In Chief:
Republicans are well on their way to repealing the Affordable Care Act, putting millions of people at risk of losing their health insurance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday took steps to fast-track their efforts, sidestepping the typical committee hearings in favor of closed-door meetings. And many Republicans are avoiding their own town hall meetings, where the subject is likely to come up.
As progressive New York Times writer David Leonhardt notes, the Comey hearing has relieved some of the pressure Republicans faced in previous months against their health care plans. But it shouldn’t, he says.
“Even amid the Comey testimony, and all of the attention it deserves, don’t let health care be forgotten,” Leonhardt wrote this week. “It’s too important.”
On Thursday, while every major news channel was trained on former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was busy defending the Trump administration’s budget before the House Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee.
Under the proposed budget, the Department of the Interior — which manages about 500 million acres across the country — would see its funding cut by 13 percent. Climate programs, in particular, would take a substantial cut, seeing reductions of around 80 percent
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