This Film Fest is the Best! … Congressman Jim McGovern: GOP Farm Bill is Shameful Attack on Poor Families … Comey and Colbert … Poor baboons!!

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Rose, yesterday. She’ll be wearing her celebratory Bolero Cardigan she bought for $6 at Good Will!

💙The 22’nd Latino Film Festival!💙

and Cinema 320 @ Clark University, 950 Main St., Worcester! …

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Venezuelan’s in The World!

An Array of Talent and Art, Challenged and Tested!

💜 Culture!

💜 Family!

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Guest Speaker: Featuring
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🌸 Friday, April 27:

💮 7 PM – 9 PM HERMANO by Marcel Rasquin

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🌸 Saturday, April 28:

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Go, Jim, go!!! pic: R.O.

GOP Farm Bill Cuts Anti-Hunger Program by more than $20 Billion!

This Hurts 2 Million Kids, Veterans and Working Families!

U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, a member of House Democratic Leadership and the Ranking Member on the House Agriculture Committee’s Nutrition Subcommittee, delivered the following statement at the House Agriculture Committee’s markup of the 2018 Farm Bill …

Highlights from Congressman McGovern’s Opening Statement:

“I’m the Ranking Member of the Nutrition Subcommittee, and last Thursday – just 6 days ago – was the first time I saw even one word of the nutrition title. To the best of my knowledge, it was the first time any Democrat on the Nutrition Subcommittee saw any of the language. Is that how this process is supposed to work, Mr. Chairman? How could any of you with a straight face, defend this process?

“Our Committee held 23 hearings on SNAP over the past two and a half years, and I attended each and every single one of them.

“I believed you when you said this was part of a commitment to ‘good policy,’ and I believed that our work would be in the tradition of this committee, which is bipartisan and sensible. How wrong I was to believe any of that.

“In the past, even when I haven’t been able to support some of the legislation that has advanced out of this Committee, I have always had confidence in the process. I have had confidence that minority views were heard and considered – confidence that my views mattered. Mr. Chairman, you have completely turned that longstanding practice and tradition upside down.

“If it was the plan all along to use this Committee, and this Farm Bill, as one last-ditch effort at advancing Speaker Ryan’s flawed ‘welfare reform’ plan, then why did you — for two and a half years — parade all of these experts before this Committee?

“Not a single one of our 90 witnesses suggested any of the controversial provisions have been included in this partisan Farm Bill. How could anybody in good conscience vote for this?

This bill cuts SNAP benefits by over $20 billion and it reduces or eliminates benefits for nearly two million kids, veterans, working families and other vulnerable adults. It is shameful.

“This should stop now. Stop this markup and let’s get back to a bipartisan process that has been the tradition of this committee.

“This is more than just numbers and statistics. We’re talking about real people. People who are struggling in this country. They deserve a hell of a lot better from the people on this Committee and this Congress.”

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Full Text of Congressman McGovern’s Opening Statement:

“Let me say clearly how deeply frustrated I am by this process. It is shameful.

“I wanted to serve on the House Agriculture Committee to be part of a process that helps our farmers and addresses the challenges of hunger and food insecurity that are all too common in our country. I got on this Committee to legislate, not to have my views ignored and not to merely sit here like a potted plant.

“I’m the Ranking Member of the Nutrition Subcommittee, and last Thursday – just 6 days ago – was the first time I saw even one word of the nutrition title. To the best of my knowledge, it was the first time any Democrat on the Nutrition Subcommittee saw any of the language.

“Is that how this process is supposed to work, Mr. Chairman?

“How could any of you with a straight face, defend this process?

“Our Committee held 23 hearings on SNAP over the past two and a half years, and I attended each and every single one of them. I believed you when you said this was part of a commitment to ‘good policy,’ and I believed that our work would be in the tradition of this committee, which is bipartisan and sensible. How wrong I was to believe any of that.

“In the past, even when I haven’t been able to support some of the legislation that has advanced out of this Committee, I have always had confidence in the process. I have had confidence that minority views were heard and considered – confidence that my views mattered. Mr. Chairman, you have completely turned that longstanding practice and tradition upside down.

“If it was never the intention for us to participate in the process, if it was the plan all along to use this Committee, and this Farm Bill, as one last-ditch effort at advancing Speaker Ryan’s flawed ‘welfare reform’ plan, then why did you—for two and a half years—parade all of these experts before this Committee?

“Not a single one of our 90 witnesses suggested any of the controversial provisions that have been included in this partisan Farm Bill.

“Not a single one asked us to eliminate flexibility for states or to increase administrative burden. Not a single one asked us to make the “cliff” any steeper.

“Not a single one of those who testified – liberal or conservative – asked us to kick hundreds of thousands of working families out of the program and hundreds of thousands of kids off of free school meals.

“Not a single one told us to add hurdles for families with heating or cooling costs.

“Not a single one of them asked us to create an untested and underfunded massive new bureaucracy that states will not be able to implement.

“Not a single one of them suggested we kick vulnerable adults off of benefits when they can’t find work. In fact, I recall several witnesses telling us that vulnerable adults needed more time on the program, not less, to help them get by when times are tough.

“My Republican colleagues on this Committee are contorting themselves every which way to try to support this process and this product – to rationalize and defend the indefensible. Why? How could anybody in good conscience vote for this?

“If we actually held a hearing on what you are proposing; if you actually called local and state officials to react to what is in this nutrition title; if you actually asked the beneficiaries and anti-hunger advocates to react to this – I guarantee you, this Committee would get an earful.

“This language is so unworkable and so out of touch and, quite frankly, so insulting to the most vulnerable in our country.

“This bill cuts SNAP benefits by over $20 billion and it reduces or eliminates benefits for nearly two million kids, veterans, working families, and other vulnerable adults. It is shameful.

“This should stop now. Stop this markup and let’s get back to a bipartisan process that has been the tradition of this committee. And let’s get back to a bipartisan process that will produce a bill that we all can be proud of.

“I don’t know why SNAP has become such a political football for my friends on the other side of the aisle. This is more than just numbers and statistics. We’re talking about real people. People who are struggling in this country. They deserve a hell of a lot better from the people on this Committee and this Congress.”

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Solid interview:

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CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE AT THIS RESEARCH CENTER! from PETA.ORG:

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Baboons: intelligent and powerful

By Zachary Toliver

Last weekend, four baboons escaped from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, proving yet again that this Hell-on-Earth facility is a danger to the public and torment for the animals used in horrific experiments.

Experimenters claim that the baboons rolled a 55-gallon drum, placed it in an upright position, and used it to climb out of an open-air enclosure.

Frazzled Texas Biomed employees — wearing medical masks and gloves — were seen chasing the animals through traffic in west San Antonio.

After roughly 30 minutes, the baboons were captured and returned to the facility. Thankfully, no baboon or human was hurt — that we know of.

Texas Biomed puts everyone at risk — its staff, the public, and the 2,900 nonhuman primates it holds captive — by imprisoning animals whose one desire is to get away from the nightmare of the laboratory.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fined the facility $25,714 in 2011, following a complaint by PETA, for repeatedly allowing primates to escape from their cages and injure themselves and others, including humans. The fine covered the 2010 escape of two baboons who then harmed a caretaker and a 2009 incident in which a young monkey escaped in frigid weather, suffered from severe hypothermia, and had to be euthanized.

USDA reports reveal that in 2017, the facility was cited after a male baboon sustained second-degree burns to his hands and feet after coming into contact with a heating pipe.

In 2016, the facility was also cited for injury and death to baboons.

In one incident, a male baboon lifted a chute door, attacked a female, and killed her infant.

In 2013 and 2014, a young baboon died after becoming emaciated and sustaining extensive bite wounds to his body, multiple monkeys died by strangulation when they became entangled in door cables — and no one noticed — and a baboon was killed when a guillotine door fell on him.

The tragedies will go on and on until this facility is shut down.

PETA urges Texas Biomed to close its laboratory and release the primates into a reputable sanctuary immediately. All animals have a right to be treated with respect and not be experimented on — we’ll never stop opposing anyone who torments, mutilates, or kills them for senseless tests.