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President Donald Trump’s “shit-hole countries” remark – more of the same
By Edith Morgan
So now President Donald Trump has let loose of some more gutter language, this time describing again something he clearly knows nothing about and, worse yet, CARES nothing about. We have been treated to his “locker room language,” we have heard peoples of color labeled rapists, murderers; portrayed as lazy, criminal, unintelligent and still “the white man’s burden.”
We have seen emanating from Trump’s campaign and later from his White House, the same vicious rhetoric, ultimately emanating from the same source: Donald J. Trump. So I have trouble being shocked or surprised that more of this gutter language – his describing Africa, Haiti as “shit-hole countries” during a meeting about immigration – is issuing forth from what ought to be the highest places in our government.
We all know the words – we would not be shocked or upset at hearing them if we did not understand their meaning and their use: to excoriate people of color. What IS shocking and upsetting is that the racist comments are coming out of what is supposed to be the highest office in the land – the position from which is supposed to emanate at least a little wisdom and decorum, and to which so many other nations’ people look for leadership.
During the last presidential campaign, I DID hope the American people would see through candidate Trump’s bluster, his swearing, his crude insensitivity and his total disregard for law, morality … and any trace of human decency.
Actually, much of the voting public DID reject this choice but were denied their real choice (Bernie Sanders) by a rigged system that allowed the election to be thrown to the less-favored candidate, Hillary Clinton. It has happened before and we did not fix it then. And we are still not fixing the problem!
Most Americans have had the uneasy feeling that we were going in the wrong direction, that change was needed, and that it should start at the top. And so many were lulled into believing that Donald Trump would “drain the swamp.” What many did not see is that Trump and his entourage are the “swamp-creatures par excellence”! And that rather than draining the swamp, they are there to overfill the swamp and line their own pockets …
Did anyone who took the time to study the various biographies of this group have any doubt at all that there would be brought into the White House the same person who had all his life demonstrated a total lack of morality in any area, personal or business?
This spoiled child who inherited so much, bragged that he would get rich off the presidency, that rules did not apply to him, and that as a (reality TV!) “star” he could get away with anything – including murder?
Why did people not take Trump at his word – the only times when he actually told the truth?
And so we have added to the Presidential vocabulary the terms “pussy,” “shit-hole” and others, thanks to Trump. And we are daily treated to further outpourings from our duly elected fount of gutter talk. I will not be surprised when, as the pressure builds from decent Americans of all kinds, that the vocabulary will get cruder and more abusive!
And meanwhile, as our attention is focused on the increasing crudity, our environment is being decimated, the 1% pay less of their fair share, health insurance for the working poor and middle class becomes more precarious, protections are dismantled, our respect – and influence – around the world eroded. Globally, we are a laughing stock, as we follow a racist, sexual predator … a foul-mouthed ignoramus down into … what?
When will the Trump debacle be enough – even for the cowards who inhabit the Congress?
Today is a national holiday, in honor of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest Americans.
Let’s honor his greatness – let’s make today truly “holy”! We are pleading with every American to reject the racist, toxic, EVIL Trumpism and President Donald Trump – a “sick white brother,” as MLK would no doubt say – and turn to Dr. King for answers! Read his work! Check out his sermons, speeches and activism on You Tube! See and hear how a REAL American leader lights the way for an entire nation! The world!! Follow Martin’s light TODAY! IT IS STILL SHINING!
– Rose T.
I have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr; August 28, 1963
Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963
That amazing, AMERICAN day!
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.
But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.
In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Clark U to host “Radical Dreaming, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Intersectional Activism,” Jan. 19 and 20
Clark University will host a lecture and a day-long conference on January 19 and 20 to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The events are free and open to the public.
Associate professor of history Ousmane Power-Greene will present a lecture, “Radical Dreaming: re-evaluating MLK’s Radical Vision for Change” on Friday, Jan. 19, from Noon to 2 p.m. in Tilton Hall, 2nd floor, Higgins University Center, 950 Main St.
Professor Power-Greene will examine Dr. King’s work in its historical context and asks questions such as “How radical was MLK?” “How has the narrative of his legacy been white washed?” “How do we remember and honor him today?”
A conversation café will follow.
Topics include spirituality and theology, anti-war and anti-imperialism, community education, jobs and labor organizing, student activism, White supremacy and liberalism, and gender and sexuality politics.
Floetic Fridays will present “Radical Dreaming & the Art of Resistance” at 7 pm in Dana Commons, 36 Maywood St.
The event will involve poetry, music, dance and visual art.
A day-long conference, “Daring to Dream Today: Education and Hope in Difficult Times,” will be held on Saturday, January 20, beginning at 9 a.m. in Dana Commons, 36 Maywood St.
The conference will examine the role critical pedagogy and radical education play in the movement for justice. The conference begins with breakfast and a plenary at 10 a.m. on “where we are today and how we got here.”
Two workshops will examine the role of art and healing in the movement; a third workshop will look at the relationship between Clark and the Worcester community. Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Professor Colette Cann, and Italo Fini will convene the plenary dialogues; Lulama Moyo, Cheyenne Jones, and Florcy Coyolxauhqui will lead workshops.
Lunch is included.
The events are sponsored by Clark University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Peace Studies concentration, Hiatt Center for Urban Education, Africana Studies of the Center for Gender Race and Area Studies, Multicultural and First Generation Student Support, Community Youth and Education Studies, and International Development Community and Environment Department.
Jim, right, at an event to raise awareness about hunger in our communities.
Congressman McGovern Condemns Trump Move to End Protected Status for Immigrants from El Salvador
Congressman Jim McGovern, a senior House Democrat and leading voice on U.S. foreign policy on Central America, released today the following statement condemning the move by President Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador who came to the United States seeking safety:
“Today’s move by President Trump to end the protections for these immigrants is sadly just his latest attack on these American communities.
“The Temporary Protected Status program has helped to provide refuge to thousands of immigrant families from El Salvador and throughout the region desperately fleeing warfare and disaster.
“El Salvador is the second most dangerous country in the world, and there are few immigrants more deserving of this essential protection.
“America has a proud legacy as a beacon of hope to the world, welcoming those who seek a better life.
“This decision by President Trump and Secretary Nielsen is a shameful and cynical move to punish these innocent families just to score political points with the extreme right wing Republican base.
“I am angry and dismayed at this cruel decision. It a deliberate and narrow interpretation of the law, which provides flexibility to weigh current realities and not just the effects of the 2001 earthquake in El Salvador.
“I helped draft the TPS law, and I know that it is more concerned with protection than with duration. We must never play politics with people’s lives.
“America is better than this and I will do all I can in the next 18 months to fight this terrible decision and work with my colleagues to pass bipartisan legislation to help regularize the residency status of long-term TPS holders.”
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This holiday season, pass the vegan foods to stay heart-healthy!
By Heather Moore
Dr. John Warner, the president of the American Heart Association (AHA), recently had a heart attack during the organization’s scientific conference and had to have a stent inserted to open a clogged artery.
This should be a wake-up call to Dr. Warner to consider going vegan, as the former president of the American College of Cardiology has done.
While Warner can’t do anything about his family history of heart disease, he can set an example for his loved ones — and everyone who looks to the AHA for advice — by eating healthy vegan foods rather than animal-based ones.
Considering that the AHA recently released preliminary findings from a study suggesting that eating vegan foods is the best way to reduce your risk of heart failure, this would be a very sensible step in the right direction.
Scientists with the AHA looked at data from five different dietary plans, including one that featured mostly plant-based foods. According to the organization’s news release, people who consumed mostly fruits, vegetables and other vegan foods reduced their risk of heart failure by 42 percent, compared to people who ate fewer of these foods.
Healthy vegan foods are also known to help reduce one’s risk for heart disease, which can occur when high cholesterol levels—anything above 150—promote the buildup of cholesterol and fat in the arteries around the heart.
Every time you consume 100 milligrams of cholesterol — think 4 ounces of beef or chicken, half an egg or 3 cups of cow’s milk — you raise your cholesterol level by roughly five points.
But vegan foods are naturally cholesterol-free and generally low in saturated fat, so simply consuming them can help you ward off heart disease. For every 1 percent that you decrease your blood cholesterol level, your risk of heart disease drops by 2 percent.
That’s one reason why Dr. Kim A. Williams, the former head of the American College of Cardiology, went vegan in 2003. A blood test showed that his low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the “bad” kind that’s associated with heart disease — had risen to 170, even though he thought he had been eating healthfully.
He wasn’t eating fried foods or a lot of dairy products, and he always stayed away from red meat, opting instead for chicken or fish.
But then he did some research and found that eating chicken or fish isn’t healthful, either: A serving of skinless chicken is even higher in cholesterol than a serving of pork.
Williams began eating vegan foods instead of animal-based ones, and within six weeks, his LDL cholesterol level had fallen to 90. Now, he urges all his patients, and especially those with high blood pressure, to go vegan. Many other health experts also prescribe vegan foods to prevent heart disease, including Dr. William Castelli, the former director of the Framingham Heart Study; Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, star of the popular documentary Forks Over Knives and author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease; and John McDougall, M.D., founder of the popular McDougall Program in California, just to name a few.
Since so many leading medical experts are vegan, it makes sense for the rest of us to go vegan, too. And right now is a great time to start: A study published in an AHA journal indicates that heart attacks are more common around holidays, in part because people are consuming a larger quantity of unhealthy foods.
So if you want to stay heart attack–free for the holidays — and the rest of the year — enjoy tasty vegan versions of your favorite foods. It will do your heart good.
… try these cool recipes! (If you scroll to bottom of post, and click on the link, the recipes are in Spanish!) – R.T.
Did you know that in 1988, the United States dedicated an entire month to honoring Hispanic heritage? It’s true: Hispanic Heritage Month goes from September 15 to October 15. Celebrate by making these traditional recipes with a vegan twist and sharing them with your friends and family!