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Congrats on Freedom Writers’ 10th Anniversary
Education

Congrats on Freedom Writers’ 10th Anniversary

You may remember the Hillary Swank film, “The Freedom Writers” (which was adapted from Erin Gruwell’s book “The Freedom Writers’ Diary) recounting how an idealistic young teacher connected with a racially polarized Long Beach class by teaching tolerance and getting them to communicate about the conflicts around them.  Soon they were reaching out to students … Continue reading

Memo to Independent Counsel Starr: President Can Be Indicted
donald trump / Impeachment / Trump Administration

Memo to Independent Counsel Starr: President Can Be Indicted

A memorandum prepared for Whitewater Independent Counsel Ken Starr by then-University of Illinois Law Professor Ronald D. Rotunda asserting that a sitting President may be impeached has surfaced.  Rotunda, now the Doy and Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at Chapman University, had also served as assistant majority counsel for the Watergate Committee Rotunda’s … Continue reading

Dems File Impeachment Resolution on Trump
donald trump / Impeachment / Trump Administration

Dems File Impeachment Resolution on Trump

California Congressman Brad Sherman has filed an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump.  H. Res 438 asserts one article of impeachment only – for obstruction of justice.  The resolution is co-sponsored by Al Green (D-TX). Sherman explained: As the investigations move forward, additional evidence supporting additional Articles of Impeachment may emerge.  However, as to Obstruction … Continue reading

It’s Time to Speak Up  to Save Your Internet
Internet Neutrality / Net Neutrality

It’s Time to Speak Up to Save Your Internet

  It’s Time to Speak Up to Save Your Internet Today is the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, in which more than 50,000 people, sites, and organizations, including Amazon, Etsy Facebook, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Netflix, OK Cupid, Reddit, Twitter and Vimeo, will demonstrate to oppose the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to … Continue reading

Trump’s Wilsonian Presidency
Climate Change / Cuba / Muslim Travel Ban / Trade / Trump Administration

Trump’s Wilsonian Presidency

From Code 45 Trump’s Wilsonian Presidency It is hard to find comparison’s in American history for the first 147-days of the Trump Presidency.  It is, however, decidedly Wilsonian.  Woodrow Wilson, the former Princeton University President and great internationalist, you ask?  No – George Wilson, the grumpy neighbor from Dennis the Menace. Trump’s signature policies to … Continue reading

Understanding Trump’s Calamitous Climate Change Decision in 20 Tweets
Climate Change / donald trump / Trump Administration / Uncategorized

Understanding Trump’s Calamitous Climate Change Decision in 20 Tweets

Reposted from Code45 Understanding Trump’s Calamitous Climate Change Decision in 20 Tweets   #1 – CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL The Weather Channel's response to Trump's Paris pullout was potent and perfect. https://t.co/nm3chKi5Yc pic.twitter.com/5u7P1orxMH — Slate (@Slate) June 1, 2017 #2 – IT IS NOT JUST AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE, IT IS A HEALTH CRISIS Lancet Countdown's … Continue reading

Study in Contrast:  Trudeau v Trump on Ramadan
Canada / donald trump / Islamaphobia / Trump Administration

Study in Contrast: Trudeau v Trump on Ramadan

In comparing Canada and the United States in their statements on Ramadan, you will see that one country is led by a bright, articulate leader and the other nation is led by Donald Trump.  Trudeau’s statement is sincere, respectful and inclusive, while Trump spends approximately half the message on terrorism. Trump equates Islam with terrorism.   … Continue reading

JFK at 100
Kennedy's

JFK at 100

President Kennedy was killed when I was only six-months old.  I have no memory of a living Jack Kennedy, but that does not mean he was not a major force in my life. Growing up in an Irish-Catholic family in New England in this era, his presence was felt in the photographs, busts and even … Continue reading

Choosing the Republic Over the Republican Party: A Challenge to Rep. Katko and Sen. Toomey
Congressional Republicans / Ethics / Friends Running for Congress / Republican Congress / Russia / Trump Administration / Voting Rights Act

Choosing the Republic Over the Republican Party: A Challenge to Rep. Katko and Sen. Toomey

Choosing the Republic Over the Republican Party: A Challenge to Rep. Katko and Sen. Toomey While I am a lifelong Democrat, I consider myself fortunate to know two Republican members of Congress. I was a high school classmate of Senator Pat Toomey and shared a secretary with Congressman John Katko when we were young lawyers … Continue reading

Twenty-five Senators Urge AG Sessions to Address Hate Crimes
Hate Speech

Twenty-five Senators Urge AG Sessions to Address Hate Crimes

From Code45 Citing the “alarming increase in bias-motivated violence” since the election of President Trump that has left  “[m]any members of racial, ethnic and religious minority communities, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, live in very real fear for their safety,” Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) … Continue reading

Coretta Scott King, Jeff Sessions and the GOP
Racism / Trump Administration / Voter Suppression

Coretta Scott King, Jeff Sessions and the GOP

Coretta Scott King, Jeff Sessions and the GOP Originally Published on Code45.us. This evening the United States Senate found Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren out of order for reading a letter from Coretta Scott King submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee with regard to Jeff Session’s 1986 nomination to serve as a federal judge in Alabama. … Continue reading