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Some things never change in Worcester – like all the illegal dumping. Despite the City’s revamped recycling/trash plan!

Here’s Blackstone River Road, where I live, yesterday afternoon. Right outside my house – huge trash bag thrown onto the middle of the sidewalk! Our neighborhood’s trash-pick up day is Friday! If no one removes it, it will be on the sidewalk all week!!!:
😢😢 pic: Rose T.

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Jett and Lilac, yesterday afternoon, during our Greenwood Street walk!

🍅More new, tasty, HEALTHY Chef Joey recipes!🍁


🌄Text and pics by Chef Joey🍁


This recipe is so easy, you won’t believe it! You add what you like and use Quinoa grains as your base. You can also sub couscous, orzo pasta or rice.

Brown rice is best!

Generally: 1 cup COOKED per serving, serve chilled.

If you want to make tabbouleh, add chopped parsley, mint, scallions or red onions.♥️♥️

I add diced cucumbers, lemon juice and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste


Feta tomato and tuna – add diced tomato, one can of tuna, and a handful of crumbled feta (more if you want!). Use the Dijon vinaigrette dressing below.


Tomato, cucumber and tofu – Mix with the Dijon dressing and no grains or rice makes a great salad, too!

1 clove garlic, diced fine, one tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp red vine or cider vinegar, ¼ cup oil. Mix the garlic mustard and vinegar in a bowl, slowly whisk in oil.

It should form a thicker dressing like mayonnaise, double as needed – salt and pepper to taste!



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


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.

Not Verbatim Script

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.



In case you missed it: Steve’s most recent political🇺🇸 column🇺🇸


By Steven R. Maher

In April 2019 this author wrote a column for CECELIA newspaper saying, “Donald Trump isn’t worth a civil war.” I argued that Trump’s supporters would be unwilling to see The Donald ejected from office unless it was done at the ballot box.

Then Trump recently published a Tweet saying there would be a civil war if he was impeached and removed from office for trying to get Ukraine and then Red China to investigate Democratic presidential candidate front runner Joe Biden.

I wrote in my April 2019 column: “Trump supporters are unlikely to stand by while their hero is stripped of his office without the electoral process being involved. At a minimum, millions of Americans would be so turned off by politics they would likely abstain from further political activity. It’s sort of how Democrats feel when the electoral college awards the Presidency to candidates (George Bush and Donald Trump) who failed to win a majority of the popular vote.

“Americans must learn to trust the democratic process again. We will be a healthier democracy if Trump is repudiated in the 2020 elections, especially in the electoral college.

“Trump isn’t worth shorting the Democratic process and risking a civil war. The Democrats and the country will be far better off if Trump is administered a stinging defeat at the ballot box. Or, as Abraham Lincoln reputedly put it: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

This is Different

But this time Trump has directly used the power of his office and the U.S. government to smear his main political opponent. Trump has painted the Democrats into a corner where they have no choice but to impeach. Trump seems bent on personal self-destruction.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) reportedly plans to have an immediate Senate vote on any impeachment bill presented by the House. That’s the smart thing for the Republicans to do. Vote as quickly as possible and get it behind them before the New Year.

Then the American people will have the chance to remove Trump from office through the ballot box. And, along with them, many of the spineless acolytes in the Senate who seem willing to follow Trump off the cliff.



Chef Joey in Rose’s space – New Recipe!

🥞Swedish Apple Pancakes!🥞

Text and pics by Chef Joey

Here’s a quick recipe for this time of year: Let’s make a Swedish Apple Pancake!

Take an apple, peel it and shred it with a large cheese grater. Shred into a frying pan!

Add a tablespoon of butter and sauté.

Add a bit of water to the apple so it doesn’t burn. When they feel nice and soft, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

In the meantime take 4 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, two eggs and a tablespoon of oil and a half teaspoon of vanilla mix.

Pour over the sautéed apples.


Mix well and cook like a pancake – adding a few dabs of butter here and there!

Now you have a Swedish Apple pancake!🥞🥞

Autumn is here … 🍂🍂🍂🍂

Walking Jett and Lilac in my long socks and heavy skirts these days …


Jett & Lilac♥️♥️:

A big Thank You! to Dorrie for gifting me this cutie vintage autumn-rain coat! Lined and cozy😊! Perfect for walking Jett and Lilac in October!:
pics/text: Rose T.

Yesterday was Jackson Browne’s birthday. I’ve been listening to him since senior year Burncoat High School.

I have this lp, bought YEARS AGO, somewhere. Real and beautiful picture of life on the road, according to a lighting technician I loved at UMass/Amherst who toured with Billy Joel, Madonna and was planning on accompanying Marvin Gaye (but Gaye was murdered by his father!):

Worcester City Councilor Konnie Lukes’ swan song??? … and Monday wrap-up !🐈📺🌻🇺🇸

Cece❤️❤️ this a.m! (and Lilac ❤️) pic: R.T.

In Disasters, Animals Need to Get Out – Not Tough it Out!

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

“Don’t tough it out. Get out.” That was a FEMA official’s no-nonsense warning to residents in the path of powerful Hurricane Dorian. To that, we would add, “And take your animals with you.”

Even after the painful lessons of past hurricanes, including Katrina, Harvey and Irma, vulnerable cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and other animals are still routinely left behind in evacuations. It’s a terrifying—and often deadly—situation for animals, who are even less equipped to survive a disaster than we are. That’s why it’s vital for every animal guardian to have a plan in place — long before an emergency strikes — to ensure that all members of the family make it out safely.

PETA’s Animal Rescue Team has seen firsthand the trauma that animals endure when left behind to “tough it out” amid hurricane floodwaters and flying debris. During Katrina and Harvey, they scooped stranded animals from rooftops, balconies, floating mattresses, shelves and vehicle roofs. They even found one kitten mewing desperately from a precarious perch on top of an umbrella in a flooded yard. Those were the “lucky” ones: Countless other animals drowned, trapped in crates or left chained up or penned in backyards with no escape from the rising waters.

Why were these animals — and so many others — left behind? For many, it was likely because of a lack of planning: According to a recent survey, 91% of animal guardians are not prepared for a natural disaster.

While Hurricane Dorian was relatively slow-moving, many other hurricanes and disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes and tornadoes don’t come with much, if any, warning. In the frantic scramble to gather supplies, load up the car and get on the road, animals whose guardians haven’t planned ahead are in danger of being overlooked.

Please, don’t let this happen. Start by mapping out possible evacuation routes so you have multiple options for leaving quickly with your animals. Since many emergency shelters do not allow animals, it’s vital to find out in advance where you and your animals can stay if you must leave your home. Hotel chains are a good option (many will waive their “no animals” policy during emergencies) as are campgrounds and the homes of friends and family members. Offer to return the favor if the need arises.

In an emergency, you may not have time to run around gathering up all of your animals’ necessities, so assemble an emergency kit ahead of time. Include a carrier (for small animals) and/or a leash and harness to keep animals secure and prevent them from bolting in a frightening, unfamiliar situation. Also pack bowls, towels, a favorite toy, a blanket and a week’s worth of food, bottled water and medications. Have your animals microchipped and ensure that they wear identification tags (whenever they leave home, not just in hurricanes).

If you truly have no choice but to evacuate without your animals, do not leave them tied up or confined to crates, pens or hutches. Any of these scenarios is a virtual deathtrap, as animals will have no way of escaping rising waters. Instead, give them a chance by leaving them indoors with access to upper floors. Provide at least a 10-day supply of dry food, and fill sinks, bathtubs and large containers with water for them to drink. Put signs on windows and doors indicating the number and species of animals inside, as rescue workers may be able to save them.

Our animal companions depend on us for everything — especially in the face of chaos and danger. Don’t wait for an emergency to strike. Make a plan now so if the worst does happen, you and your animal companions won’t have to tough it out. You can get out — together❤️.


From Team Beto:

🇺🇸Vote 🇺🇸Beto O’Rourke for President!🇺🇸

Beto shook up the debate by calling for the ban and buyback of assault weapons. Now the pundits and politicians say it can’t be done. They say we shouldn’t even try.

This is exactly what’s wrong in our democracy. Some politicians pay attention to polls instead of people. Candidates make political calculations based off of fear instead of facts.

Now we face a big test. The refrain we hear from the pundits is that, by taking a courageous stand, Beto may have shot his own campaign in the foot. They think that our big ideas will sink us. We can prove them wrong right now by showing a big surge in our fundraising before our official FEC deadline. Can you make a contribution to Beto right now to say you’re proud to support a candidate who says what he believes and fights for it?

We can always count on Beto embrace the courage of his convictions. He did it in the race for Texas, and he does it now running for president.

We are doing what is right, not limiting ourselves by what people tell us is possible.

We’re not going to run scared from the NRA or anyone else.

In a time of endless triangulation, 30-second TV ads and tired one-liners, the American people are ready for courageous leadership. If you agree, we need your help today before our big FEC deadline:

Thank you for helping us prove our case today.

To contribute via check, please address to Beto for America campaign, P.O. Box 3628 El Paso, TX 79923.




Worcester City Councilor Konnie Lukes’s Swan Song?

Text and photos by Rose T.

Konnie Lukes posing for an early InCity Times summer swimsuit issue. A good sport! file pics.

Root out racism at City Hall 5-17-16
City Hall – council chambers … No Konnie in 2020 – she’s not running for re-election. file photo, courtesy of Gordon Davis.

From City Hall … the Worcester City Council agenda for tomorrow night:

❤️Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion regarding the process of instituting a residential rent control program and the resulting impact of implementing such a program. (Lukes)

❤️Request City Manager provide City Council with an update of all PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) programs instituted in the last ten years and are currently still in effect.

❤️Request City Manager report to City Council concerning the status of the public shade tree trust and what type of alternative program can be initiated requiring payment for the loss and replacement of public shade trees which have been lost or are dying as a result of leaking gas pipes. (Lukes)

WOW. BEAUTIFUL REQUESTS (the ❤️s are ours) PUT ON THE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA by departing City Councilor at Large Konnie Lukes!

Could Konstantina’s imminent departure from the Worcester City Council mean she is being PROACTIVE – dumped her naysayer doll pose for her final four months on the council?!


If only Konnie had displayed this kind of vision and Woo-love last year! Or the year before! This is the real Konnie Lukes Worcester voters fell in love with decades ago!

Instead, as the years rolled on Konnie got bitter … whined on the council floor about POW WOW WORCESTER murals being too depressing. She ran for mayor last election cycle just to give incumbent Joe Petty a pain in his butt. She allowed her hubby’s rental property in Green Island to make the papers – and created a new low for Worcester’s slumlords to “aspire” to! Horrific digs, Konnie!

So, of course, the city frowned …

But look! Tomorrow night! These wonderful requests by Konnie Lukes – as if she’s reading the minds of us Worcesterites and getting IN FRONT OF, AHEAD OF, these important urban issues, these BIG Worcester challenges! As if she cares passionately again!

Maybe Konnie’ll miss Woo’s voters and nonvoters. Maybe this is her swan song:

❤️Rent Control, affordable housing for the regular folks in Worcester

The colleges DON’T DO ENOUGH FOR THE CITY! Holy Cross, Assumption, WPI and Becker must ❤️step up – as Clark has – and DO MORE FOR THE PEEPS OF WORCESTER!

❤️Trees! We love them – and need them! Especially in our inner-city neighborhoods!

C’mon, Konnie! Hit a home run at City Hall – bases loaded! BRING US ALL HOME!

We remember the Konnie we all loved!

Bill Coleman runs, Bill Coleman sends wrong photos … and more🌻🇺🇸🎶!

Perennial Worcester City Council candidate Bill Coleman was supposed to send me some photos of the Democratic Convention in Springfield where he’s manning an information table this weekend (even though half of Worcester’s political class thinks he’s a Republican). I asked Billy to take and send me a few pics of the big political gathering yesterday. In classic Bill Coleman fashion, Billy did the opposite – sent me about a billion old and newer photos of HIMSELF. Zero of the convention. Grrrrrrrr ….

This is why Bill Coleman has trouble getting Worcester voters to take him seriously. We love him, but …

– Rose T.

Bill Coleman photos, from, by, about, re: Bill Coleman😡!!!:

Bill, left, and Congressman Jim McGovern

Billy has been running for various and sundry political slots with these signs for 20+ years!

Bill at the podium

Bill with a Bill banner🇺🇸

From Billy – a Woo history buff

Billy made this huge Woo mosaic – a very cool community art project!

Here is Bill, right, unveiling his Worcester mosaic project outside Worcester City Hall.

Billy, today, a senior hanging with the Woo seniors for whom he’s always advocated💚!:

Billy began his political adventure in Worcester eons ago!!:
Billy🙂, when we were all younger😉 …

He wrote for us, when InCity Times was a baby. One of my fave ICT cover stories, by Billy:
Cool cover, if I may say so myself!

– cutlines by Rose T.



Go, 🇺🇸🇺🇸unions🇺🇸🇺🇸!:

Did you know the City of Worcester STILL has not signed off on the Paw Sox stadium project CBA?!

Why is this? Because the developer across Kelley Square – Madison properties of Boston, the guy building the hotels, offices and more on my side of Kelley Square REFUSES TO SIGN off on the Neutrality Clause – which gives our local and state/national union reps the right to go onto his work site to talk with/connect with workers. Giving unions the right to organize.

Yep! Get the job done as cheaply as possible, Canal District gentrifiers! Exploit Green Island and other Worcester laborers! Pay them crap – not the baseline $15/hour unions are demanding!

Rose’s old ‘hood, off Kelley Square. It’s now a non-union mess, thanks to the developers of the massive Paw/Woo Sox stadium project who won’t sign the neutrality clause. pic/text: Rose T.

Work continues at Kelley Square cuz city leaders DID SIGN OFF on the main agreement.

The Canal District becomes more gentrified – on the backs of the working poor of my old stamping grounds and the city’s inner-city poor/working class!

– Rose T.



Don Draper. Rewatching Mad Men. Wow. All over again:

Such a brilliant song about the perils of advertising!

Rose first heard this Stones greatest hits lp at the Winthrop House Girls Club when she was 10 and playing Jacks with her cousin! She’s had the album since she was 15😉!

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

Breakfast with Cece:

🍂🐈🐈🍁🍁☕🐈 pics+text: Rose T.

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📺:



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.


From Congressman Jim McGovern’s office:

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.


🙂Easy-to-make vegan treats🙂:




Fucking moron:



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)



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:

Joni, an American Master!

Beto’s great idea! … Cory and Julian care about animals – watch them📺 tonite: 3rd Dem🇺🇸 Presidential🇺🇸 Debate – 8 p.m … + more🎶

From Respect.Ability.org:

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)!

Announcing RespectAbility’s New NDEAM Webinar Series!

The Right Talent, Right Now!

Fighting Stigmas and Advancing Opportunities for People with Disabilities

If you have been working in disability employment, inclusion or workforce development for any length of time, then you should know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This month marks a key opportunity to celebrate the incredible contributions of employees with disabilities.

It also is a good time to educate employers about strategies for recruiting, training and promoting people with disabilities. The theme for 2019’s celebration of employees with disabilities is “The Right Talent, Right Now.”

As such, RespectAbility is delighted to invite you to join us this October for an exciting webinar series promoting best practices in disability employment, employer engagement and workplace culture. Each webinar is FREE, includes open captioning and features a subject matter expert sharing their insights, perspectives and strategies-you-can-use in your own work.

🌞First up, on Wednesday, Oct. 9:

We invite you to join us for a conversation with James Emmett
about “Structuring the Workplace for Long-Term Success.” Emmett has been closely involved with some of the nation’s most successful workplace inclusion projects and will be there to share his insights with all of you.

🍂After that, on Wednesday, Oct. 16:

We are delighted to be hosting two private-sector titans of diversity and inclusion to talk about “
Disability Inclusion, Assimilation and Success.” Learn from
Jim Sinocchi, Managing Director of the Office of Disability Inclusion at JP Morgan Chase about launching “new era of disability inclusion” and “hiring professionals with disabilities into the robust culture of the firm.” Likewise, Vincenzo Piscopo, Community and Stakeholder Relations Director for Coca-Cola will talk about the key work that Coca-Cola has done to bring greater diversity to their team, their culture and their brand.

🇺🇸Lastly, on Tuesday, Oct. 22:

We will shift gears to how the workforce development system can
successfully engage employers
and get more jobs for people with disabilities. To do that, we are hosting leaders from Iowa’s Vocational Rehabilitation System
who have built up a robust network of business partnerships and have had great success serving rural communities. We hope you will join us for this great learning opportunity.

All our webinars are FREE to enjoy and will feature accessible slides, captioning and downloadable materials.

If you have any questions or need more info, go to RespectAbility.org


🍁Structuring the Workplace for Long-Term Success with James Emmett
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Time: 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 10:30 a.m. PT

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

For years, James Emmett has been at the forefront of promising practices and proven strategies for getting more and more people with disabilities jobs. Join us on Wednesday, October 9th for a special conversation where James will share key insights from his trailblazing work in the private sector. Learn from him about taking an integrated approach to recruitment, accommodations, and promotion to structure the workplace for the long term success of employees with disabilities.


🍁Disability Inclusion, Assimilation and Success – Lessons from JP Morgan Chase and Coca-Cola
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Time: 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 10:30 a.m. PT

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

🍂Join us for a special conversation with some of the nation’s leading experts on disability, inclusion and success. Jim Sinocchi and Kevin Sylvester will speak about their efforts to launch a “new era of disability inclusion” at JP Morgan Chase, by “hiring professionals with disabilities into the robust culture of the firm.” They will share key lessons they have learned about how to identify, training and promote professional with disabilities.


🌻Likewise, Vincenzo Piscopo will talk about the key work that Coca-Cola has done to bring greater diversity to their team, their culture and their brand. From the new Unlabeled ad campaign to his personal experiences as a leader in the firm, Vincenzo will offer insights from a globe-trotting careers as a successful inclusion leader.

🌄Iowa Voc Rehab’s Stories of Successful Business Engagement and Disability Hiring

An intensive workshop where Fellows will gain the tools needed to revise and refine their pilots and navigate a changing industry landscape

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Time: 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 10:30 a.m. PT

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

The great state of Iowa has been at the forefront of outreach work to educate business partners on the bottom-line benefits of hiring more and more people with disabilities.

We invite you to join us for this webinar to learn how Iowa’s Vocational Rehabilitation system has built up a robust network of business partnerships with Kwik-Trip and other diverse firms. We are also excited for our guests to speak about the unique challenges of meeting the workforce training needs of youth with disabilities in rural Iowa.


Brilliant! GREAT IDEA, Team Beto!

Go, Beto, go!!!

From Beto for America:

Credit cards have enabled many of America’s mass shootings in the last decade:

For example, the man who shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, got away with buying $11,000 in assault rifles, gas masks, grenades, and ammo. He just charged it to his credit card.

However inadvertent or deliberate, credit card companies and banks profit off of those who terrorize our communities. And we know that in this moment, no one can sit on the sidelines. Everyone has a responsibility to do their part.

These companies are no exception.

That’s why today we’re calling on the financial industry to do their part to cut off the sales of these weapons of war. …

We’re calling on banks and credit card companies to:

Refuse to provide services for the sales of assault weapons.

Stop processing transactions for gun sales online or at gun shows without background checks.

Stop doing business with gun or ammo manufacturers who produce or sell assault weapons.

If this Congress and this president won’t act, the least the financial industry can do is stop profiting off of sales of these weapons.

If enough of us speak out, they’ll consider it!

The financial industry has played a part in government efforts to stop the illegal drug trade, trafficking, and other violent crimes. It’s time for them to step up now and stop the easy flow of assault weapons to terrorists.

If enough of us make our voices heard now, we stand a chance to make that happen.

– Beto


To contribute to Beto’s presidential campaign via check, please address it to Beto for America campaign, P.O. Box 3628, El Paso, TX 79923.



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