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Feel the Bern! Bernie Sanders wins big in New Hampshire!

By Chris Horton

Bernie 60% Hillary 38% in New Hampshire: how did THAT happen?

Bernie scored a huge win in NH, beating all expectations. It was the result of hard work, but it was something more.  Something is shifting in American politics, and everyone who’s paid attention can feel it. 

The NY Times reports that under 30 voters, the “social media generation”, went for Bernie by more than 80% – many voting for the first time!  We saw them at Worcester’s North High School, 4000 wildly enthusiastic young adults turning out on 2 days notice, but Tony from Marlborough says that at the rally at Concord (NH) high school Tuesday night the enthusiasm and energy that filled the room went far beyond that! Dating himself, he said it was “more exciting than a Rod Stewart concert.  Bernie has attained Rock Star status!”

The NY Times observed that Sanders had “only” won half the Democratic voters in NH, and his victory margin was almost entirely from independents.  Seriously?  “Only?”  With practically the entire Democratic establishment coast to coast endorsing Hillary, with thousands of Democratic officeholders and operatives – hundreds from Massachusetts including Jim McGovern – commuting to New Hampshire to campaign for her every weekend, pulling even was huge! 

Half the Democratic base walked away from their leaders!

Bernie won the bigger cities, but won by huge margins in a lot of small cities and towns, especially the old mill towns along the rivers. Some produced lopsided margins, up to 80% for Bernie (and twice the number of Trump votes.)   Stone from Dudley described his old hippie friends living in one of those towns whose politics “had gone underground because “they believed they were surrounded by ignorant fascists,” who “woke up to discover that most of their neighbors feel the same way they do!”

Jack told of a meeting of his gun club this week outside Worcester. About 100 members showed up and everyone was taking about New Hampshire.  He estimated the house was evenly split between Sanders and Trump supporters, with the “gun nuts” and “survivalists” lining up with Trump and the “sportsmen” nearly unanimous for Sanders.  The two camps had in common being totally fed up and done with politics as usual and the “political establishment”, as personified by Hillary.  

To his surprise, he thinks that if Trump dropped out, many of his supporters would come over to Bernie!

Putting this all together, I think what we’re seeing is bigger than the sum of a lot of individual choices.  Whole communities seem to have decided “Bernie’s our guy, and we’re all going out to vote for him!” 

This might seem like a miracle, but it was already there. Bernie’s not telling us anything we didn’t know – he’s showing us each other!  Like Stone’s old hippies, most of us felt alone with what we knew and believed. We believed that what we wanted was impossible and hopeless, could never happen in America. It’s an Emperor’s New Clothes moment.  

Everyone already knew the emperor was naked, but they dared not say so because everyone else said they could see his clothes.

There’s a broad consensus starting to form that it’s time for Bernie – and for us.  In a way, Bernie IS us!  The pundits and odds-makers betting on Hillary will be confounded because they have nothing to compare this to!
But before we get all Kum-by-ya about Bernie’s campaign, I’ll let Bill, who spend many weekends campaigning in New Hampshire, have the last word.  

Bernie won not just because the moment, the message and the messenger were right but “because a whole boatload of people put their butts out on the streets, day after day, week after week, talking to the people who thought they might vote for Bernie and getting their commitment to actually do it.”  He figured that knocking on 20 doors in an hour was getting Bernie 1 vote.  

Many thousands of volunteers putting in dozens or hundreds of hours each added up to hundreds of thousands of votes!

I asked Bill: can we repeat that here in Massachusetts on March 1?  “That depends on how fast we hit the road and how many people we can put on it!  The work is not hard and you can learn how in 20 minutes. I could tell you what to say but it’s your own authentic conversation that really wins people’s votes.”

Go, Edith, go!!

Don’t be an “I” – stay registered and VOTE!

By Edith Morgan
 
So, you are registered, you voted recently, and have not moved. But how do we know you are still there, and still alive?

A few days ago we all received a plain “billet doux” from the City of Worcester Election Commission, asking us to verify that we still live where we are registered, and to correct any errors or omissions on this paper.

I hope you did not toss it out, or misplace it or expect that your spouse or other family member filled it out. 

From my many years of experience as Warden on election day, I know there is so little fraud at voting time that it is not worth the paranoia and suspicion that has been fomented in recent years – mostly to make voting more onerous, but not dealing with any REAL problems.

Btu every year, we find many voters who come to their polling places and find that they have an “I” by their name. They still get to vote, but  have to complete a “voter certificate” – not a very difficult process, but a delay, and many voters are in a hurry (on their lunch hour, or with family at home,etc).

So , fill in the  “Voter Registration  Information System Validation” form and send it back in the self-addressed envelope. Surely keeping our election lists up-to-date is worth the 49 cent stamp needed – or take the envelope and deliver it in person to the Election Commission in person, at City Hall.
 
Then, save Tuesday, March 1 – and VOTE. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Since March 1st is a primary, there will be four ballots available: you can only take the ballot of the paqrty you belong to. There are Democratic (D), Republican(R), Grenn/Rainbow (J), and United Independent Party (CC) ballots.  If you and Unenrolled (U), that is, have not designated any party, you can choose which ballot you want. Whatever ballot you choose, your party designation will not be changed.
 
I was surprised to learn that there are 24 additional parties listed, but they are not running candidates. However, if you are a member of any of these other parties, you can still vote, but only using one of the above mentioned four parties. (There will be a complete listing of these
at your poll, or at the election commission.)
 
It is always a good idea to have a picture “ID” with you, just in case there is problem. Also, if you have moved in the last few months, have “proof of residency” with you (that includes any of the following: current utility bill, bank statement, payroll statement, government check, or any other document that sows your name or address. Of course, your driver’s license or ID is acceptable) YOUR PASSPORT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, as it does not have an address.
 
All of us at each poll will do all we can to make your voting experience pleasant and quick. The new voting machines are a pleasure to use. And we in Massachusetts are fortunate to have a paper ballot, so we have a “paper trail” if there ever is any question about an election result.

We have done everything in our power to make our elections foolproof and honest – the rest is up to you, the voters. 

The precious privilege of voting is well worth a little effort, is it not?

Iowa!

By Chris Horton  

We all knew better, but still we couldn’t help worrying: Was the media right?  Would Hillary Clinton sweep the Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucuses as they said she would?  Would she show us our campaign was just a hopeless daydream?

We needn’t have feared. In Iowa, just as here, folks who “Feel the Bern” show up, and there are a lot of us, more every day! 

Bernie, who started the campaign in Iowa with just 4% support in public opinion polls, came out of the Iowa Caucuses essentially tied with Hillary.  So close was the outcome that Hillary came out ahead only because she won six out of six tie-breaking coin tosses!  (Odds against: 63 to 1!)  That’s a win!

So what does this mean for us?

First, we can take heart!  We are on a roll! We have a winning candidate, we have a winning message, and we have the momentum!  Folks are starting to pay attention! I was overhearing people talking about him everywhere I went today – busses, waiting rooms, a cafeteria, a shoe shop!  

Second, getting out the vote is critical.  The “usual suspects” voted for Hillary.  Many first-time voters and “Obama voters”, young, working class and minority, the ones who more often stay home in disgust, came out and voted for Bernie!  

Looking at Iowa county outcomes, there were huge differences between similar neighboring counties. The difference had to be the organizing work of local volunteers.  Folks like me – and like you!  But we need to make that happen!  And we have just 28 days left to do it!

But there is something else here. The Republican campaigns are all about fear.  Fear of the dangerous aliens abroad and in our midst who hate us and would destroy us.  Democratic campaigns – Hillary’s campaign – often count on fear too: fear of the Republicans, fear of what will happen if we don’t all get together and stop them by electing her – and fear of what could happen to us if we dared to actually fight back against the Powers that Be!  We’ve been living the politics of fear for a generation or more!  

But now people are rejecting the politics of fear.  More and more are speaking out boldly, speaking our truth and demanding what we need and what we know is our birthright – an America where everyone can live decently, in peace and unafraid, an America where we can dare to dream of creating a better life with our own hard work and creativity.

For a generation now, the Democratic Party has been fighting defense. The right wing has been advancing their corporate agenda: dismantling our unions and our standard of living, dismantling the New Deal, privatizing our public property and our schools, shipping our jobs overseas, waging endless wars of plunder and stripping us of our freedom and our democratic rights.  Democrats have been putting up a show of resisting, but too often in the end make “compromises” that always give away part of what the Republicans were demanding. 

Fact is, when you only fight defense, you can lose fast or lose slow, but you’re losing all the same, and we’ve been losing for a generation. It is very depressing and discouraging.  It’s given politics a bad name!

The Sanders Campaign is fighting to win, to win back what we’ve lost and go beyond it, to win the kind of world that we know is possible.  We’re playing offense now!  We want it all back, and more!  And suddenly our people are coming alive!  

There’s just four weeks left until the Massachusetts Primary.  We’re getting our “ground game” on: people talking to their own neighbors, getting organized, getting ready to  all show up together at the polls on March 1 and elect our champion Bernie Sanders to the White House!   

If you’re feeling the Bern, you want to be a part of it, sign up at call our Central Mass Field Organizer, Nate Flynn, at 774-239-6308 to enlist, or drop in on our Field Office at 256 Park Ave!

Voting – always in style! Register to VOTE! … Plus: New book by Clark U prof

Reminder: Last day to register for the Mass. Presidential Primary Election on March 1, 2016, is Wed. Feb. 10.  

To vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary, you must be registered as a Democrat, or as “No Party (unenrolled).”

If you’re not sure how or whether you’re registered, there’s no harm re-registering. 

Register online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ or …

call 617-727-2828 for a registration form …

or register in person at your town or city hall. 

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Clark University
950 Main St., Worcester
 
Clark U. professor pens new guide for parents: ‘When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries’

More than 70,000 same-sex couples have married in the United States since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004. These marriages can pose unique challenges for both couples and their parents.

In “When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries:  A Guide for Parents” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Clark University Professor Deborah Merrill examines how same-sex marriage changes relationships between parents and their gay or lesbian adult children.

“When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries” is the first book to look at the implications for parent and adult child relationships, which are a central part of family life and affect care giving in later life. It is particularly important as the passage of same-sex marriage gains momentum across the United States; all fifty states must now allow same-sex marriage as a result of national legislation in 2015.
 
This book is a guide for parents to help them understand the ways in which relationships with their gay/lesbian children might change—from a child’s “coming out of the closet” to a gay son or lesbian daughter raising his/her their own children. It aims to help parents better comprehend the nuances of same-sex marriage and the struggles their children face as they navigate their sexual orientation over time. 
 
Merrill’s book is based on intensive interviews with gay men and lesbians who were married at some point when their parents were alive, as well as with the parents of both a gay/lesbian married child and a heterosexual child, for purposes of comparison.
 
“Parents who are able to accept their child’s sexual orientation and incorporate their spouse into the family will find that they gain a second daughter or son and bypass much of the tension involved in a child’s heterosexual marriage,” said Merrill.
 
Merrill advises parents to separate their feelings about their child from their feelings about homosexuality, and to remember how much they love their child.

She writes, “Keep in mind that your child has turned to you for love and support, not censure. You alone have the power to retain the relationship that you have always treasured.”
 
According to Fran Goldscheider, professor emerita at Brown University, “Merrill’s new analysis of changes in parent-adult relationships when a homosexual child marries builds on her valuable and insightful parallel study of what happens to parent-child relationships when a heterosexual child marries. Its implications go far beyond the focal question about how to survive the marriage of a homosexual child, by raising questions about the ways gender structures so many family relationships.”
 
Merrill is a Professor of sociology at Clark University. Her research focuses on relationships between parents and adult children in later life as well as marriage.  Merrill is author of four books, including “When Your Children Marry: How Marriage Changes Relationships with Adult Children” (2011) and “Mothers-in-Law and Daughters-in-Law: Understanding the Relationship and What Makes Them Friends or Foe” (2007). She teaches courses in family, medicine, aging, and research methods, and is also affiliated with Clark’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. 

Worcester voters have spoken (a few of us at least!)  

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More Americans must vote! This means YOU, Worcester!

By Edith Morgan
 
The figures are in, except for a few provisional ballots – and depending on your point of view, the news is good, at least for most incumbents. All except one on the School Committee were returned, and the May or retained his position.

I have tried to figure out what all this means: are the voters well satisfied with their representatives, are they leery of change, or do they merely vote for familiar names and faces? Do the incumbents have so much greater an advantage over new candidates or are their supporters so much more loyal and active?

There was in this election a definite uptick in the number who voted: In 2013, only 14.4 % voted, whereas this year on November 3rd, 21.34% went to the polls. Though that is a good-sized increase, that is still a pretty dismal showing – it means that just over 1 in 5 registered voters select the people who will govern us locally for the next two years.

The small turnout could not have been caused by a lack of choices, because we had enough choices to need a primary run-off. And running in District requires less money, fewer signatures, and less “shoe leather” going door to door. Yet only three of the 5 District races were contested. 

And only District 2 has a new councilor, due to the vacating of that seat by Phil Palmieri, who first decided to go for an at-large council seat, and then withdrew altogether. The other new face in the council is Khrystian King, who gained the seat let by Rick Rushton, who chose not to run again.

What conclusions do I draw from these facts: It would seem that despite the constant complaints we hear about our local government, those who bother to vote are sufficiently satisfied with things as they are, to continue to entrust the steering of our ship of local state to the same group. I have to assume that those who voted knew enough about the candidates, followed their activities, and felt they could trust them to do the job.

Of course, we are also all aware that there are a lot of people who merely complain, but do not do anything to improve things. Whether they intended it or not, the present council will have a bit more variety than the previous one: with Mr. King replacing Phil Palmieri  there, we  now have at last ONE non-white male on the council, one who works with youth, minority families, and who is not a lawyer. Mr. King also slightly lowers the average age of the council so perhaps he will introduce a newer, younger outlook to the proceedings.

The balance of male-to-female councilors is still skewed in favor of males:  of the eleven councilors, four are female: two district councilors (Candy Carlson and Sarai Rivera) are female, and of the five district councilors, two (Lukes and Toomey) are women. So, four of eleven is not too bad – depending on your point of view.

We do have a number of careers represented: as is so often in government in the U.S., there are lawyers, of course. But we also have realtors, teachers, social workers, and activists represented. So I am hopeful that their varied backgrounds will give balance and breadth to their decisions on the next council.

There are occasional murmurs about changing the Charter, as some people still feel that a strong mayor form of government would put more power in the hands of one elected official who could then more easily be held responsible. The evidence for that assumption seems rather inconclusive, as there are cities of our size with either of these forms, and they seem to succeed regardless of the form. So it has seemed to me that it is not so much the form as it is some other factors. In our case we have been very fortunate to have great cooperation between our Mayor, our city manager, and also our School committee members and our superintendents. It would appear that the very important ingredient is a spirit of cooperation, and a sense of mission where all are going in the same direction.

There were more changes on the School Committee than on the council: two of the six incumbents were not returned (Hilda Ramirez and Tracy Novick) – replaced by Donna Colorio, who had been on the Committee before, and a newcomer, Molly McCullough. I was very surprised by the loss of Tracy Novick, as I had been very impressed by her thoroughness, her energy, and her dedication to excellence in public education. What these changes portend for the very important decision that will face this school committee – the choosing of a new superintendent to succeed Dr. Boone, we will have to watch closely.

I would hope that all the members – new and old – would be strong advocates for excellence in our schools, for equity in distribution of funds so that allegedly “underperforming” schools would immediately get the financial and academic support they deserve, and for protecting our children from the evils that beset our public schools: more important than who is superintendent is the ongoing question of how best to bring out the best in each student, agree on a comprehensive curriculum that all can master, in their own time, and to return to teachers the power to decide how things must be taught, and to enable them to maintain control of their now overfilled classrooms.

We must enforce the regulations already on the books that hold parents responsible for sending their children to school ready and willing to learn, having learned to respect others’ rights. We have many support systems for those unable to do this, and should not hesitate to use them.
 
Worcester has so many great and innovative schools, and so many cooperative ventures, that there must be a place for every child’s individual needs, talents and interests. The school Committee spends over half of the entire city budget- and serves around 25,000 students.

As the world changes and moves, our schools have to remain flexible and innovative, always planning to meet the future. As we live longer, and many of the mind-bending, boring jobs are done by machines, we will have to deal with more time beyond work, when we can be productive.
So look to our school committee members to be imaginative and creative, to understand what our children will need to survive and thrive in the future, and to see to it that the funds are available to teachers and administrators to implement new ideas, but always to provide the foundation learnings and skills a child will need to succeed in America, not just in Worcester.
 
The people we have elected represent a shamefully small fraction of the total voting population. Even the 21% of voters who voted in the present group are not enough to be truly representative.

But I do hope that at least they kept in mind the good of those who did not show up, and selected representatives who will work for everyone’s good, and will truly love this city and see it move forward. And I hope that they will always remember two of my guiding ideas:

1.      “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” and
2.      “ Always keep your word soft and gentle, for someday you may have to eat them.“                                           
Above all, let’s keep our eyes on our representatives, and let them know how they are doing. Remember, no one can do you any harm until you give them the power to do so. Voting is only the beginning, not the end.

A message from Ron O’Clair – Worcester City Councilor at Large candidate

DSCF1099Ron O’Clair. On the ballot it’ll be: Ronald L. O’Clair.

Hello, Worcester Voters!

I would like to thank all those who graciously accepted my request to sign my nomination papers, from the very first person: Tamami Okano to the 300th and qualifying signature of Seiwaah Osei Kyei and all those in between who made it possible for me to get my name on the ballot for the upcoming Municipal Election as a Worcester City Councilor At-Large Candidate.

I enjoyed interacting with each and every one of you and pledge that if I am elected as your City Councilor I will faithfully execute the duties of that office with the best interests of the people in this city foremost in my mind at all times.

Here are some of the areas in which I believe I can make a difference:

Better relations between the citizens and the Worcester Police.

Increased safety in the individual neighborhoods through community involvement in the judicial process.

Help to ensure that all citizens are treated equally under the law.

Help to ensure that our elderly receive all the help they can get to survive the harsh New England winters.

Reduce fraud, waste and abuse of programs designed to help the needy in Worcester.

Advocate for those who need help combating drug and alcohol addictions, focusing on rehabilitation.

Be available to discuss the issues affecting the average citizen and work to address those concerns.

I would like to help lead Worcester into the future and make it a shining example for other communities in the Commonwealth of of Massachusetts. I have worked with all of my previous Worcester District 4 City Councilors: Janice Nadeau, Barbara Haller and now Sarai Rivera to make a difference in the neighborhood where I have resided since 03 July 1996 – the 700 block of Main Street.

I believe that if elected as a Worcester City Councilor, I can help make the improvements made in my Main South neighborhood happen in the other neighborhoods of Worcester. I believe we need accountability at City Hall and that citizens deserve to be treated fairly and with respect.

If elected, I will strive to make that happen.

Please consider my name when you vote on the 8th of September and the 3rd of November, 2015.

Thank you,

Ronald L. O’Clair

Vote! Today! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Get jazzed up today!!! Do the American thing and VOTE! The good ol’ USA is still the greatest country on earth! And Massachusetts is STILL a great state, on the cutting-edge of education, research, social justice,  equality for all …

InCity Times is for: higher education for all, eradicating hunger, a living wage, healthy kids, job training for all, strong families, great cities and awesome inner-city neighborhoods where no one is left behind!      – R. Tirella

So, with all of the above in mind, we’re asking you to vote for the following folks TODAY.

PLEASE VOTE FOR:

Martha Coakley – Governor

 Steve Kerrigan – Lieutenant Governor

 Maura Healey – Attorney General

MK Merelice – State Auditor

Danny Factor – Secretary of State

 Ian Jackson-  State Treasurer

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BALLOT QUESTIONS 

PLEASE! When you get to the ballot questions, remember our precious environment and vote to expand the bottle bill! Vote YES on Question 2! Remember our workers who are working so hard but making the least $$, are under the most stress, head the most fragile families (like my late mom  – she never got sick days! ) and vote YES for earned sick time! And remember our unskilled or semi-skilled workers who may not be able to go back to school for retraining when you decide on casinos. Please vote no on the casino question – we need the jobs for are semi-skilled workers! Remember that the gas tax is regressive in that poor people who own cars take a huge hit every time the price of gas goes up, up, up! So vote yes on Question 1.

BALLOT QUESTIONS:.

Question 1 – YES

Repeals 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation.

Question 2 – YES

Expands the state’s  beverage container recycling law to include all water and juice bottles

Question 3 – NO

Repeals a 2011 law allowing resort casinos

Question 4 – YES

Enables employees to earn and utilize four sick days per year. For companies with 10 or so employees, the company’s owner DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY THE DAY’S WAGES. They just have to give the person the day to tend to his or her health or help with the caring of a sick or dying family member.

InCity yum yums!

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The always handsome Chef Joey! (and talented, too!)

Party Apps!

By Chef Joey

Well, Labor Day has come and gone. Worcester was kissed by a Tornado – and not the sports team! Now we have another “Whirlwind”:  Election Time!

Back in the day we got postcards and they always brought a smile to your face with quick quips about how the trip is going, or to remind us about an appointment. This time of year they are flying around like letters from Hogwart’s academy. They are all very impressive and full of information about the candidate’s hopes and dreams – let’s hope whoever wins is not a candiDONT! … They also invite us to political gatherings, which involve food – albeit an evening pasta party, afternoon cookout or a pot luck dinner.
Then, after all is said and done,  post election –  there is another party after the polls close, mainly snack food and appetizers.

Originating from the French word,  “Hors d’oeuvre,” literally means “After work.”  They are food,  usually served before the main course(s) of a meal, and typically smaller than main dishes, and often meant to be eaten by hand (with minimal use of silverware).

There is a plethora of things you can make! Recently, when I was cooking at my Shelter Island location, we were having a Labor Day Party and closing the restaurant for the season and, being a Thai restaurant, I wanted to make things seem more Asian and use up all the food items we had.

So I created “Asian Hummus-like dip.”  Made from fava beans, 5 spice powder garlic, Thai basil and Oil.

It was incredible and so easy! I’ll give you the break down to make it with a few other items that are quick simple and delicious! I fried Wonton wrappers for the “Scoop” (have to avoid the silverware!), but pita crisps or even fresh pita will work, too.

Other fast, tasty items are Bruschetta – traditionally diced tomato garlic basil with dressing on a toasted baguette slice – Cold Cuts gingerly arranged with small slices of the mini pumpernickel bread – Deviled Eggs (add Dijon mustard for a zing) – Smoked salmon, with a dollop of sour cream on a cracker garnish with a sprig of dill – Pigs in a blanket are a hit with kids, tiny cocktail hotdogs rolled with a strip of puff pastry (freezer section of your market) – and my favorite Spanakopita – Spinach triangles wrapped in filo (recipe to follow).

Pita bread’s origins, by the way, are Greek. Traditionally a soft, slightly leavened flat bread made from wheat flour and baked. It is used in many Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle Eastern cuisines and resembles other slightly leavened flatbreads such as Iranian nan-e barbari, South Asian flatbreads and Central Asian naan, and the ever popular pizza crust. Over the years the making of the filo dough make for a fancier presentation versus travelling food back in the day.
Now for the recipes: Joey’s Spanakopita

You’ll need:

1 large bag baby spinach, ¼ cup Feta cheese, 3 Eggs, 2 sticks Butter 2 tbsp Oil, olive is best and one package of fresh filo for best results. I’m not going to tell you where to buy it but there are 2 places on Pleasant St in Worcester that can accommodate – Just sayin’. So In a food processor add the baby spinach leaves, feta and the 3 eggs blend – I do this for the apps because it makes them smooth and easy to eat.

Melt one stick of butter and add the oil and stir – you will need a pastry brush to spread this on the filo. Open up the filo and cover with a clean cloth take one sheet out, place it horizontally and paint it with butter. Then cut it into 6 or 7 strips (3 if you want lunch size ones).

Take a teaspoon and place 1 teaspoon (or more if making bigger slices) approximately 1 inch from the bottom. Take one corner from the bottom left and fold a triangle to the right side. Then take the right side and fold it over – like folding a flag. Place on parchment paper because it keeps your cookie sheet clean …

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees F for about 10 to 15 minutes until golden and puffy and egg is cooked. It seems lengthy but it’s not and goes fast once you get the knack!
For the Lima bean Hummus spread – One large can of lima beans ¾ drained – 2 cloves garlic – 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder and 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing (no Kidding!) put everything except the dressing in the blender – as it is blending add the dressing and watch out for splashes – when the consistency gets smooth enough – you are done!

A pinch of salt may be needed, depending on the dressing you used. Have fun and REMEMBER TO VOTE in November!!!

From the NAACP

The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 was introduced to the Members of the U.S. Senate this past January in order to create a new formula for determining which states must obtain pre-approval before making any changes to their election laws.

This legislation in its current form sets the bar too high, includes too few jurisdictions and with the decreased pre-approval coverage, relies too much on costly litigation to enforce what we cannot sacrifice: unfettered participation in our democracy.

Here’s an Action Alert from the Washington Bureau of the NAACP.  This Action Alert includes: a summary of THE ISSUETHE ACTION WE NEED YOU TO TAKE, talking points, a sample letter for your representative, and a section by section description of the Voting Rights Amendments Act of 2014 H.R.3899 / S.1945.

Please take the time to review the following attachment:
Stay informed, alert and ready to take action at a moments notice.  Discrimination in our democratic process is all too real. We have fought hard and long, sacrificed, suffered and too often died fighting for equal access and justice.  Let’s not give anything back through apathy and silence.
Your voice is your power – use it!