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Why is NO ONE IN THE CANAL DISTRICT? Why is Allen Fletcher’s big public market not open? Another delay …

Text and pics by Rosalie Tirella

Again: Why is the area around Allen’s Green Street building …
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Fletcher’s Folly???

… so dead??? Why are his $1,400 – $3,000/month studio apts/apartments unfilled??? Where are all the walkers for whom Fletcher is pining????!
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Green Street: zero walkers

Allen Fletcher, an old money Worcester scion whose family once owned a chunk of the old T and G, worth millions$$$, is sort of slumming it at his Ash Street School home. Still, he dreams the right dreams – of filling his Green Street and Water and Harding street neighborhood with walkers! With real city folks!!!!

I don’t see them. Never see them. Often, it is just Allen and I actually WALKING down Green Street, going about our lives/businesses. Separately. We ignore each other – I used to work for him👿 … But deep down we both know – we, arch enemies two, that we two, on some afternoons, are the only two city peeps feeling comfortable walking – really walking – through the neighborhood. Experiencing the scene!! Which IS a cool scene!
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I feel bad for Allen: He is trying to recreate the Kelley Square area of MY childhood/youth!

It was GRAND AND … GRITTY!!! A kind of Eastern European enclave/slum: Green/Water Street area and Green Island (Millbury Street) over the Square filled with walkers – all characters! – visiting the scores and scores of our small local businesses that lined the streets, one after another: restaurants, diners, dry cleaners, drug store, bank, fabric store, children’s clothing store, fruit store, hair dressers, five and ten store, bakeries, grocery stores, tailor, Polish sausage market and grocery store, fish store, shoe store …THE LIST GOES ON!! AND ON! My childhood writ LARGE! A blast! A nightmare! An urban tale still unfolding in my mind! Real community – the locals (many of us poor) mixing with middle class visitors and diners from the city’s middle class West Side!!

A Worcester- an America! – that I (along with Allen) miss! Earthier, more real, more unafraid of the new kid on the block, unafraid to walk a half mile or mile to shop. Friendlier, less stratified …

I see what Allen Fletcher is trying to do – TO FORCE – TO RECREATE – BY SHEER STUBBORNESS AND MILLIONS OF $$$ HIS OWN DOUGH$$ AND TAX-FREE LOANS from city/state/fed sources (TIFS). But I wish the development of my old neighborhood had been more organic, driven by, stemming from the people in my ol’ neighborhood – bubbling up from us – not forced down upon us by rich Allen and his rich enablers.

When I was away in college my neighborhood was evolving into something new … a Vietnamese enclave – tbe newbies were opening stores and restaurants. They were buying 3 deckers on Lafayette Street. They were attending St. John’s Church on Temple Street, too. They were nice and hard working. I dreamed of our city’s vetsion of Boston’s Chinatown – Worcester’s VIETNAM TOWN!! Slurping their great big bowls of soup. Buying their pretty blouses …

Then came the millionaires: Allen Fletcher and his two main pals Bob Largesse and Johnny 3 G’s … to alter the fate of hundreds of Green Islanders and shoppers! Change the scene for ever. Gentrify and exclude. Sad …
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Politics Sunday: CONGRESS SHOULD NARROW FOCUS OF TRUMP IMPEACHMENT … and … Woo City Council endorsements

By Steven R. Maher

I think the Democratically controlled House made the right decision to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump over the Ukrainian arms sale.

Trump crossed the opaque line and acted illegally when he slowed down the arms sales to the Ukrainians making arms sales to the Ukraine contingent upon that country publicly investigating presidential candidate Joe Biden – the political opponent Trump fears most. But I think that Congress’s charges against Trump should begin and end with one single count: that Trump committed an impeachable offense when he delayed shipment of needed anti-tank weapons to the Ukrainian army. This is especially true when we consider that the funding was approved by a veto-proof, bi-partisan majority.

Do I think that Trump committed other impeachable offenses that further investigation will reveal?

Yes. But do I think it’s necessary to prosecute Trump at this time for these other offenses? No. Trump can be impeached and removed from office only once. Why distract from what is the Democrat’s strongest hand?

Impeaching Trump on one offense will remove him from the Oval Office totally. There is one uncontested set of facts here, with the evidence to back it up provided by both the White House and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. If you listen carefully when Republican Congressmen come on television regarding the Ukrainian episode, they say Trump’s actions do not “rise to the level foe an impeachable offense.” This type of language is often used in courts to justify turning a case over to a judge. Questions of law in civilian courts are decided by judges, not a jury.

Narrowing the case against Trump down to one episode will prevent a Republican filibuster by allowing GOP Congressmen to drag in all sorts of outside characters and issues. (Under the law, only the Senate allows a filibuster by that body. But effectively, the Republicans would be filibustering by using a search for competing facts to form a factual basis to deny an impeachment charge.)

The Republicans would like nothing better than to spend the next year on 50 impeachment charges. That would delay it until after the 2020 election.

The Democrats made this mistake with the Mueller probe, which Trump effectively bogged down in a host of tweets and counterclaims, causing Mueller to waste time and money fishing Trump’ ocean of red herrings. Which, of course, Trump and the Republicans denounced Mueller for!

Right now, the Democrats should focus on one crime and one charge of impeachment. If the Republicans resort to chicanery to defeat this one count impeachment charge, the outrage of the American people will likely be reflected at the polls in November 2020.

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WORCESTER CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR ENDORSEMENTS😊

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Worcester, RE-ELECT JOSEPH PETTY: mayor and city councilor at large! CECELIA file photo:Ron O.

REMEMBER, Worcester – VOTE☑️🗳️ TUESDAY, NOV. 5😊🇺🇸🇺🇸!

By Rosalie Tirella

If you live in my neighborhood, that means you cast your ballot at THE NEW BLACKSTONE CANAL VISITOR’S CENTER – located at the bottom of McKeon Road! Plenty of free parking! Great lil’ museum that chronicles the history of Blackstone River Road (the old Millbury Street) and Greenwood Street (Quinsig Village) – a Swedish mill neighborhood that is now African, Latino and the white kids and grandkids of those factory workers! Very diverse – OLD AND NEW WOO!♥️

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One of the African small businesses in Rose’s neighborhood.

We are asking you to vote for the folks we endorsed in this issue of CECELIA: Candy Carlson, Sarai Rivera, Morris Bergman, Etel Haxjiaj – and especially Mayor Joseph Petty and Matt Wally.These two guys want to keep the apartments of the old 3-deckers in Worcester UP TO CODE and AFFORDABLE. That’s HALF the housing stock in Worcester! Where our working class and working poor live! MATT WALLY wants each apt inventoried by the City to see that the stoves work, heaters work, porches are legal, etc. Mayor Joe Petty wants to give landlords $$grant money so they can fix their apts – if they KEEP them affordable. Hooray for safe 3 deckers! habitable homes! ♥️♥️♥️

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Pics: Rose T.

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To us from Beto😢♥️😢

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Beto – all heart! RUN FOR SENATE IN TEXAS, Beto! The people ♥️ you! … I will now probably support Warren for prez – or whoever ends up fighting THE EVIL ONE👿👿!!!!

Rosalie,

Our campaign has been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly and acting decisively in the best interests of America.

Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully. My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country.

I decided to run for President because I believed that I could help bring a divided country together in common cause to confront the greatest set of challenges we’ve ever faced. I also knew that the most fundamental of them is fear — the fear that Donald Trump wants us to feel about one another; the very real fear that too many in this country live under; and the fear we sometimes feel when it comes to doing the right thing, especially when it runs counter to what is politically convenient or popular.

I knew, and I still know, that we can reject and overcome these fears and choose to instead be defined by our ambitions and our ability to achieve them.

I knew that we would have to be unafraid in how we ran the campaign. We’d have to run with nothing to lose. And I knew that our success would depend not on PACs or corporations but upon the grassroots volunteers and supporters from everywhere, especially from those places that had been overlooked or taken for granted.

We should be proud of what we fought for and what we were able to achieve.

Together we were able to help change what is possible when it comes to the policies that we care about and the country we want to serve. We released the first comprehensive plan to confront climate change of any of the presidential candidates; we took the boldest approach to gun safety in American history; we confronted institutional, systemic racism and called out Donald Trump for his white supremacy and the violence that he’s encouraged against communities that don’t look like, pray like or love like the majority in this country; and we were one of the first to reject all PAC money, corporate contributions, special interest donations and lobbyist help.

We proposed an economic program that focused on both equality and equity and would give every American the certainty that one job would be enough; and a healthcare plan that would guarantee that every one of us is well enough to live to our full potential.

We knew the only way our country would live up to its promise is if everyone could stand up to be counted. We released the most ambitious voter registration and voting rights plan, one that would bring 55 million new voters into our democracy, and remove barriers for those who’ve been silenced because of their race, ethnicity or the fact that they live with a disability.

We spoke with pride about El Paso and communities of immigrants. We elevated the plight and the promise of refugees and asylum seekers. And we proposed nothing short of rewriting this country’s immigration laws in our own image, to forever free from fear more than 11 million of our fellow Americans who should be able to contribute even more to our shared success.

And at this moment of truth for our country, we laid bare the cost and consequence of Donald Trump: the rise in hate crimes, the terror attack in El Paso, the perversion of the Constitution, the diminished standing of the United States around the world. But we also made clear the common responsibility to confront him, to hold him accountable and ensure that he does not serve another term in office. Committing ourselves to this task not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans first before we are anything else.

I am grateful to each one of you, and to all the people who made up the heart and soul of this campaign. You were among the hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans who made a donation, signed up to volunteer or spread the word about this campaign and our opportunity to help decide the election of our lifetime.

You have been with me from the beginning, through it all. I know that you did it not for me personally, not for the Democratic Party, but for our country at this defining moment. Though today we are suspending this campaign, let us each continue our commitment to the country in whatever capacity we can.

Let us continue to fearlessly champion the issues and causes that brought us together. Whether it is ending the epidemic of gun violence or dismantling structural racism or successfully confronting climate change before it is too late, we will continue to organize and mobilize and act in the best interests of America.

We will work to ensure that the Democratic nominee is successful in defeating Donald Trump in 2020. I can tell you firsthand from having the chance to know the candidates, we will be well served by any one of them, and I’m going to be proud to support whoever that nominee is.

And proud to call them President in January 2021, because they will win.

We must support them in the race against Donald Trump and support them in their administration afterwards, do all that we can to help them heal a wounded country and bring us together in meeting the greatest set of challenges we have ever known.

I’m confident I will see you down the road, and I look forward to that day.

Thank you for making this campaign possible, and for continuing to believe that we can turn this moment of great peril into a moment of great promise for America and the world.

With you always, and forever grateful.

Beto

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United States will join 31 nations and 49 out of 50 states in recognizing the first genocide of the 20th Century

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Congressman Jim McGovern LEADS THE WAY!! Again!

Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern this week managed rule debate on the House Floor for H.Res. 296, a resolution recognizing and memorializing the Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th Century. Lasting from 1915 to 1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians were killed, as well as members of many other religious and ethnic minority groups. Though several proclamations have been issued by the Executive Branch and measures passed by Congress over the years, none in modern times have stated the facts while clearly calling this conflict what it was – a genocide. With passage of this resolution, the United States will finally join 31 other nations and 49 out of 50 states in fully acknowledging the facts about the Armenian Genocide.

Excerpts from McGovern’s speech:

“M. Speaker, this rule is about U.S. leadership. Standing for human rights. And whether we are going turn to a blind eye to atrocities – even if they took place 100 years ago. H.Res. 296 is a resolution formally recognizing and memorializing the Armenian Genocide. And let me say it is about time.

“1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and the emerging nation of Turkey over a century ago. Tens of thousands of Armenians were violently expelled from their ancestral homelands!

“These truths are important. Acknowledging them is important. Yet, the United States has only tinkered around the edges of recognizing this reality. Some of our nation’s closest allies already have – 31 nations in fact. Countries like Canada, Italy, France, Poland, Sweden and Germany. Even Russia has recognized this genocide! …

“White House statements and Congressional resolutions over the years have referred to “mass atrocities” and other euphemisms. But nothing in recent times has fully recognized it by calling it what it actually was – a genocide.

“We need to speak the truth, M. Speaker. 49 of our own 50 states have formally recognized the Armenian Genocide. But the federal government has not. This is a dark stain on our human rights record. The United States should stand foursquare for human rights. Anything short of that sends exactly the wrong message to abusers around the globe.

“M. Speaker, I represent a congressional district in central Massachusetts. It is the home to the oldest Armenian community in America. The first Armenian Orthodox church in America was built in Worcester, Massachusetts, my home town. People still worship in it today.

“When I was first elected in 1996, we had rows and rows of pews filled with survivors of the Armenian Genocide sitting at the front of the church during our annual April remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. Sadly, almost two years ago, the last of our survivors, Rose, passed away.

“I have learned so much from this community. And to those who insist that now is not the time for us to recognize the Armenian Genocide, I have to ask in return – when will it be the right time? When the very last survivor of the genocide has passed away?

“Those who want the world to forget; those who want to deny genocide – they believe that history will be erased with the last eye-witness to genocide.

“I must be honest, M. Speaker. As many political leaders have proclaimed “never again” over the years, the Armenian-American community has been left to wonder when “never again” would finally become “enough is enough.”

“With this resolution, the United States will join the ranks of the many nations, parliaments and institutions that have fully recognized and commemorated the Armenian Genocide. We will speak out clearly in favor of human rights. Finally, we will say loud and clear that “enough is enough….”

“Standing up for human rights is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s an American issue. Even in an age of heightened partisanship, this Congress must still be capable of speaking with one voice against genocide and crimes against humanity – no matter when they took place.”

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Fashion turns animal-friendly … + more🐇

By Paula Moore

Californians know that animals are not ours to wear. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and West Hollywood all banned the sale of new fur items, then California went on to make history by recently banning fur sales statewide, becoming the first U.S. state to do so.

This year, it also banned fur trapping as well as the importation and sale of skins and other body parts from certain lizards, caimans and hippopotamuses.

And while the state technically banned alligator- and crocodile-skin sales back in 1970, the exotic-skins industry has been fighting it ever since. But the animals won yet again, and the long-awaited ban goes into effect in January.

It’s not just the Golden State that is applying the Golden Rule to animals raised and killed for their skins. Everywhere you look, fashion is becoming more ethical, and it’s happening quickly. More and more consumers realize that whenever animals are seen as nothing more than commodities to be turned into wool coats or leather boots, cruelty will always be part of the production process. And companies now understand that once cruel practices have been exposed in their industry, they have to change course or lose customers.

Here’s an example: No one was even talking about angora until a PETA Asia investigation showed rabbits on farms in China tied down and screaming as their fur was ripped out by the fistful. They were the screams heard ’round the world.

As PETA Asia’s video went viral, sending shockwaves through the clothing industry, stunned retailers rapidly dropped angora wool from their clothing lines. Calvin Klein, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop, Inditex (which owns Zara) and hundreds of other major retailers have banned it.

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A PETA Asia investigation into goat farms in South Africa, where most of the world’s mohair is produced, found that fast shearing leaves goats cut up and bleeding, and the worst wounds are crudely stitched up right on the filthy shearing floor without any pain relief whatsoever. Following PETA Asia’s exposé, more than 300 retailers worldwide dropped mohair.

PETA and its international affiliates have also exposed the global wool industry’s systemic cruelty to sheep at 100 different facilities on four continents. In shearing sheds, workers race against the clock and lose their temper over the smallest impediment—often taking out their frustrations on the terrified, struggling sheep. PETA’s exposés have shown that sheep are punched, kicked and slammed to the floor as well as sustaining gaping, bloody wounds from careless shearing.

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I could keep going — from feathers to leather to crocodile skin, animal abuse is rampant in the fashion trade, and retailers and consumers alike are saying, “Enough!”

Animal-derived materials also pollute the planet, squander precious resources and endanger workers’ health with poisonous chemicals, which is another reason why they are a fashion faux pas for millennials and other eco-conscious consumers. The groundbreaking Pulse of the Fashion Industry report released in 2017 found that three of the four most environmentally damaging materials were derived from animals. Leather tops the list, followed closely by silk and wool.

Now for the good news: As the momentum against animal skins grows, so do consumers’ choices. Innovative and sustainable vegan options — like leather made from pineapple leaves, apples and cork; wool made from seaweed and hemp; cashmere made from a waste byproduct of the soy foods industry; down made from eucalyptus; and fur made from frayed denim and recycled plastic bottles — are on the rise, and more are in the works. Even polyurethane, while not as sustainable as the aforementioned materials, doesn’t do half the damage caused by the leather industry.

As Californians and kind consumers the world over would attest, the future of fashion is here — and it doesn’t hurt animals.

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Pigs🐖🐷🐖🐷 are smart♥️, social👏and sensitive🎶 — we should treat them better!

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Go, Colin, go!!!!

By Colin Henstock

For the first time, pigs have been documented using tools, according to a recent study published in the journal Mammalian Biology. Ecologist Meredith Root-Bernstein and her team recorded a family of rare pigs at a zoo in Paris picking up pieces of bark and digging with them while building their nests.

Pigs are friendly, inquisitive, smart animals who are at least as sensitive and intelligent as the dogs who share our hearts and homes. They lead complex social lives, bond and communicate with one another, are known to dream and learn through trial and error. They have unique personalities and experience a wide range of emotions. They can recognize themselves in the mirror and even use mirrors to find food that has been hidden from them. They recognize their own names and will come when called — if they like you.

They are also some of the most abused animals on the planet, as PETA’s new video exposé of a decrepit pig farm in Indiana reveals.
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Pigs on factory farms live horrific lives!!

An eyewitness found that mother pigs were crammed into metal crates barely any larger than their own bodies. Up to 1,200 pigs at this farm spend most of their miserable lives like this. The video shows others so crowded in pens that they couldn’t move.

They were impregnated repeatedly. And when it was time to give birth, they were confined to crates that were even more restrictive and that prevented them from tending to their babies. They spent day and night lying immobile on the slatted floor.

Without their mothers’ help, some piglets died, enduring intense unrelieved and prolonged suffering. Dead piglets were found decomposing just a few feet away from their own mothers and siblings.

One worker cut the tails off the surviving piglets — without any pain relief, as is common in pig factories — then threw the crying youngsters several feet into the air to another worker. Their tails were left strewn on the filthy floor.

All this happened in the presence of their distressed mothers.

Young pigs were moved to bleak pens, where up to 4,000 were being fattened on any given day for eventual slaughter (if they survived that long).

Pigs with ailments such as bloody sores, abscesses, and injured legs, shoulders, or hooves were left to suffer and languish on the filthy floors.

A sow who appeared incapable of standing or moving was unable to reach a source of drinking water. When the eyewitness offered her some, she drank frantically for nearly two minutes.

Pigs are naturally very clean and, given sufficient space, don’t soil the areas where they eat or sleep, but at this farm, they were forced to live amid feces and just above the reeking pit that held their manure, which continuously backed up beneath the slatted floor. Several piglets were seen struggling to stay afloat in the manure pit. The feces on the flooring teemed with maggots, and other surfaces were crawling with roaches.

PETA’s video exposé spotlights just one farm, but cruelty in the pork industry is rampant and routine.

Pigs used for breeding are commonly confined to crates so small that they can’t walk or even turn around. Their muscles atrophy, and they’re chronically sore and stiff. They never get to engage in any natural behavior. After several years of this round-the-clock imprisonment and continuous insemination, pregnancy and birthing, their bodies wear out and they’re sent to slaughter.

Most of us couldn’t stomach the idea of treating dogs like this. It should be equally unacceptable to treat pigs in this manner. The best way to spare pigs (and other farmed animals) enormous pain and suffering is to stop eating them and instead choose vegan foods. With so many delicious, healthy options, it’s never been easier.

House passes Congressman McGovern’s bill to prevent export of U.S. crowd control equipment to Hong Kong

From Congressman McGovern’s office:

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Bill Would Hold Hong Kong Government Accountable for Violence Against Peaceful Protesters

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed two major bills to stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and to demand accountability from the government of Hong Kong following violent crackdowns against peaceful protesters.

H.R. 4270, the PROTECT Hong Kong Act, was introduced by Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) alongside Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Ro Khanna (D-CA). It bans the U.S. export of tear gas, pepper spray, grenades, rubber bullets, guns, semi-automatic rifles and other crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong police.

H.R. 3289, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, was introduced by Representatives Smith and McGovern and requires the Secretary of State to certify on an annual basis whether Hong Kong continues to warrant special treatment different from mainland China under U.S. law.

McGovern’s remarks prior to the passage of the PROTECT Hong Kong Act are below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 4270, the Placing Restrictions On Teargas Exports and Crowd Control Technology to Hong Kong Act – the PROTECT Hong Kong Act.

I am proud to have introduced this bipartisan legislation, along with my colleagues Chris Smith and Ro Khanna, that responds to the excessive and unnecessary use of force by the Hong Kong police targeting those engaged in peaceful protests.

I want to thank the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee for bringing this bill so quickly before the House for consideration.

The PROTECT Hong Kong Act prohibits U.S. exports of defense articles, munitions, and police equipment to Hong Kong.

Specifically, it stops U.S. exports of tear gas, pepper spray, grenades, rubber bullets, guns, semi-automatic rifles and such defense articles and munitions to the police.

Let us be clear about what is happening in Hong Kong right now – millions of people from all walks of life, including young people, students, women, seniors, entrepreneurs, teachers, civil servants, and workers – are standing up to the most powerful authoritarian government in the world.

The protesters have inspired the world as they risk their lives, their health, their jobs, and their education, to fight for the future of Hong Kong.

They are savvy and strategic.

They are using technology to mobilize, stay anonymous, and organize.

They are capturing and extinguishing tear gas containers.

They have taken down, taken apart, and shown the world the surveillance cameras that monitor everyday Hong Kongers.

They are using art, music, laser pointers, and the projection of messages on buildings to highlight their struggle.

They organized a human chain of over 200,000 people spanning 37 miles.

Tenants in Hong Kong’s residential buildings organize the shouting of slogans from their windows every night with calls and responses echoing throughout the city.

The people of Hong Kong have made their voice loud and clear.

But instead of listening to them, the Chinese and Hong Kong governments have mishandled this situation at every turn.

The world has now seen eyewitness evidence compiled by journalists and the media showing that police have used excessive force and used equipment in violation of manufacturer guidelines and international standards.

We’ve seen the police firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds at peaceful protesters at close range;

We’ve seen them launching tear gas canisters from high buildings and directly at individuals and into crowded and enclosed areas;

We’ve seen them failing to give demonstrators visible and audible warning before firing; and

We’ve seen them using batons to beat subdued demonstrators and disperse journalists.

In fact, the situation has been so bad that, in June, the British Government suspended export licenses for the sale of tear gas and crowd control equipment until concerns about human rights abuses are addressed.

On August 13, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an investigation of the use of crowd control tactics in Hong Kong.

Enough is enough. It is time for American companies to stop selling weapons that are being used to suppress peaceful protest.

Instead of heeding international calls to stop the crackdown, the Hong Kong government continues to make matters worse.

On October 1st alone, 269 arrests of protesters spanning the ages of 12 to 71 were made.

Two teenage protesters have been shot with live ammunition and the uptick of violence against journalists has further served to inflame public anger against the government and the police.

Instead of establishing an independent commission of inquiry on police conduct to deescalate the situation, the Hong Kong government has formally invoked the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban the use of masks during public assemblies.

This is an impractical and draconian step that moves the city closer toward martial law.

The Hong Kong government should repeal this regulation and refrain from bypassing oversight and scrutiny by the Legislative Council in making ad-hoc regulations.

An intensified crackdown will only escalate and provoke violence and further tarnish the reputation of Hong Kong and its police force.

At a minimum, it is beyond time for Congress to send a clear message that the U.S. supports the people of Hong Kong and that we will no longer provide assistance to crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

I urge all of my colleagues to support H.R. 4270, the PROTECT Hong Kong Act.

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Another lil’ gem from Steve (Check out his Halloween book review📚 in the next issue of CECELIA!)

PRAY FOR AMERICA

By Steven R. Maher

I attended Mass this afternoon to pray for my country. It’s one of the few things – other than voting and publishing articles in CECELIA and InCity Times website – that I can do right now about the terrible things going on in Washington DC.

At this Mass, one of the readings was from Ezra 9:5-9: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you, O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped above our head and out guilt reaches up to heaven. From the time of our fathers even to this day great has been our guilt, and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up, we and our kings, and our priests, to the will of the kings of foreign lands, to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and disgrace, as is the case today.”

This Biblical passage made me think of America in 2019. Trump’s efforts to ensnare Ukraine and Red China into our political system are the “kings o foreign lands” bringing to our country disgrace.

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Today is also the same day that the White House released a statement drawn up by American officials who participated in the conversations between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the CBS website, a verbatim transcript was not released, but notes were taken by National Security staffers in order to have a written record of the conversation.

“According to the document, the president said on the call that he would like to find out what happened with ‘this whole situation with Ukraine’ and he said his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani would be traveling to Ukraine.

“Zelensky said he would meet with Giuliani when he visited,” CBS stated on their website. “Zlensky pledged that his new prosecutor would look into the case, and he asked for additional information.

Trump told Zelensky in the July 25 call that he would have Giuliani give him a call and also have Attorney General William Barr call to get ‘to the bottom of it.’… ‘I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. I’m sure you will figure it out,’ CBS quoted Trump said as saying.

This document is the proverbial “smoking gun” in proving that Trump engaged a foreign power for his own benefit. “Until earlier this month, Mr. Trump had temporarily frozen $391 million in aid to Ukraine,” said CBS. This is a clearly an impeachable offense.

I think impeachment will not work due to the Republican control of the Senate. Additionally, Trump can pardon himself. Trump is like a Mafia don who has brought or terrorized a jury and is not afraid of a verdict. The fix is in. Impeaching Trump won’t do any good – unless it is intended to deter Trump from future nefarious political activity. That Trump was not deterred by the hell he was put through by the Mueller investigation means he is unlikely to be deterred by an impeachment vote he knows he will win in the Senate.

In the meantime, those of you who believe in God might want to pray for our country.

And take faith that Donald Trump will face a just God. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson’s saying about slavery: Trump will fear for his Presidency when he realizes God is just.

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New Steve book review!📘, Jim fights for hungry kids!🇺🇸 … and more!🍁☕🍂🎶

Breakfast with Cece:
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We’ve gotten a few voicemails: Can you review our books, CECELIA/ICT website? Well, not really😢. Steve Maher has his interests, so we let him follow his heart/choose his books to review – always historical🇺🇸/political!🇺🇸😉 Here’s his take on Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate📺:

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FIREWORKS🎇 EXPLODE AT DEMOCRATIC🇺🇸 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE!📺

By Steven R. Maher

There were some clear winners and some clear losers at the September 12, 2019, Democratic debate in Houston. In a display of fratricidal fireworks the Democrats are famous for, some of the candidates unleashed denunciations on their fellow party members with verge and gusto.

Some of the winners:

🍁 Senator Amy Klobuchar was the biggest winner in the debate, in my opinion. She positioned herself as a fiscal conservative, particularly on health insurance, in a race where some Democrats are coming across, to use Ronald Reagan’s famous expression, as wanting to spend like drunken sailors. If Biden falters, she might be the main beneficiary.

🍁 Senator Elizabeth Warren won by not losing. No Biden style gaffes or misstatements here. The momentum is clearly on her side. This may be her race to lose.

🍁 Joe Biden. While Biden didn’t put on a flawless performance, he may have won sympathy due to the viciousness of fellow candidate Julian Castro’s attacks (see loser’s list below). It didn’t help Castro that PolitiFact has reported since the debate that some of Castro’s facts were not true. Klobuchar summed it up best, after Castro accused Biden of forgetting what he said 10 minutes earlier: That sounds like something Trump would Tweet. It should be noted that Republican superhero Ronald Reagan made many Biden-like gaffes – and went on to win two electoral landslides.

🍁 Beto O’Rourke gave an eloquent and emotional attack on racism in American society. It probably helped that he was praised by several other candidates. It seems that O’Rourke found his voice late in this campaign, but better late than never. Remember, we are still many months away from the first ballot being cast!

🍁 South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave a solid performance. His sense of humor came through at several points, particularly when Buttigieg joked he’d like to see Trump make a trade deal with China.

🍁 California Senator Kamala Harris made another bravura performance with a witty speech searing Donald Trump. It remains to be seen if she can follow up on this performance or, like the first debate, is unable to turn her good showing into momentum.

Now, for the losers:

👎 Congressman Julian Castro’s attack on Biden’s memory evoked loud groans of disgust from the audience in Houston. We wonder what the viewers at home thought. We doubt people were running to get out their check books to donate large sums of money to Julian. This type of attack plays right into Trump’s hands!

👎 Bernie Sanders acted in striking contrast to his 2016 performance. On Thursday, he came across as frail, less than his usual eloquent self, and as a little bit doddering. Before the next debate, his advisers should give Bernie a hair cut and a nap before the debate!

👎 Finally, there was fringe candidate, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, another bored billionaire. He went over his political platform by announcing he was giving 10 deserving American families $10,000 so voters would see how his plan to get more corporations to contribute to this country is. I’ll give Bernie Sanders his due, at least he wore a tie to the debate.

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From Congressman Jim McGovern’s office:

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Jim is one of America’s leading voices against childhood hunger …

House Reps McGovern and Davis introduce bipartisan bill strengthening student access to healthy school breakfasts – the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act is endorsed by the School Nutrition Association!

It Would Provide Schools with Additional Federal Support for Every Breakfast Served through the Federal School Breakfast Program!

Full text of the bill:

U.S. Representatives James P. McGovern and Rodney Davis (R-IL) announced this week the introduction of a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives to expand access to healthy school breakfasts for students across America.

The Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act is endorsed by the non-profit School Nutrition Association and would strengthen and enhance the School Breakfast Program so that additional federal support is available to participating schools that provide healthy, American-grown breakfast foods to students in grades pre-k through 12. Each year, nearly 13 million children navigate food insecurity in America. Research shows that students who eat school breakfasts perform better on standardized tests and have improved classroom behavior and attendance.

“I have two sisters who are public school teachers. I hear from them all the time that when it comes to helping kids learn, healthy food is just as important as a textbook,” said Representative McGovern.

He continued: “Teachers can lose an entire morning when kids who haven’t eaten breakfast can’t focus. We have millions of kids in this country who can’t concentrate because they’re showing up to class hungry. I think that’s a moral issue – no child in America should go hungry. Period. But I also think it’s an economic issue – kids can’t prepare for a career if they can’t learn because they haven’t eaten. I urge our colleagues to join us in support of this important bipartisan bill.”

“The School Breakfast Program is critical to ensuring kids are not starting their day off hungry so they can focus on learning,” said Representative Davis. “As kids across the country begin a new school year, I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan bill with Rep. McGovern that will provide more healthy meals to students in need and make this program stronger. I hope to see this language included in a final Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization bill.”

“Research shows eating a school breakfast can boost student achievement, attention and behavior in class, but too many students still start their day on an empty stomach,” said School Nutrition Association President Gay Anderson, SNS. “The Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act will support efforts to increase student access to nutritious school breakfasts, supporting student success and allowing children to enjoy a wider variety of American-grown foods with school meals.”

The United States Department of Agriculture provides both cash reimbursement and healthy, American-grown foods directly to over 30 million schoolchildren each day through the national School Lunch Program. The amount of food that schools receive for breakfast is currently based only on the number of lunches served – the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act would provide schools with an additional 6 cents in commodity support for every school breakfast served.

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When we were GREAT:

FILE - In this April 13, 1934 file photo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiles as he speaks to a Congressional welcoming committee which met him at Union Station on his return to Washington. (AP Photo)
FILE – In this April 13, 1934 file photo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiles as he speaks to a Congressional welcoming committee which met him at Union Station on his return to Washington. (AP Photo)

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Hey, Joe, I got my record player out today!

We know what you meant!❤️❤️❤️ We love you!

I’ve owned this record since I was 19:
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Joni, an American Master!