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Melinda Gates: “My Mom’s Great-Uncle was a Jesuit Priest.” From TEDxChange April 7, 2012: The Big Picture,’ Let’s Put Birth Control Back on the Agenda,’
“When I grew up, I grew up in a Catholic home. I still consider myself a practicing Catholic.” 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
From Melinda Gates Book: The moment of gift: “I grew up in Dallas, Texas, in a Catholic family with four kids, a stay-at-home Mom, and an Aerospace Engineer Dad who worked on the Apollo program. … my Dad attended a Catholic school run by the Christian Brothers (jesuit University
“Social Justice” originates in the 19th Century writings of Italian Jesuit Luigi Taparelli who articulated the idea that free will is not the sole condition of the dignity of man.
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My soul is sick over the vile act of racism and hatred done to Mr. Ahmaud. Jogging while black is now something we must add to the list of things black men in America must fear. Yet, the President of these united states will not speak out. #JusticeForAhmaud 1/ (A Thread)
We have to ask ourselves, as a nation, some hard questions.

How did we get "back" here?
Why the rise in hatred?
Open Racism?
White Nationalism?

What did the rest of us not see? How did we get lulled into this awful sense of "post racial" America? 2/
And then we must look to our leaders. Where is this generation's #MLK or #RFK ?

Where are those willing to sit down like #RosaParks so that others may stand up?

Where are the #freedomriders

Where are the #radicalrepublicans of the 1860s

Where are the patriots among us? 3/
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52 years ago today.

I’m sharing this thread of photos, not to cause sadness, but to remind us of a cause as critical today as then.

The racism, poverty & militarism that my father was working to eradicate still persist.

As a result, families are mourning at this very moment...
Yet, we can overcome these persistent evils with persistent, consistent good, as demonstrated by honesty & strategic, love-centered, courageous action.

My parents believed.
I believe.

📸 My sister, Yoki (Yolanda), carrying me at the public service for my father @Morehouse. #MLK
Grieving parents.

My paternal grandparents, Reverend MLK, Sr. and Alberta King, at the funeral service for my father at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

This service was followed by a procession to @Morehouse for a public service. #MLK
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Today, I announce one man campaign to repeal FISA against American Citizens. 🇺🇸#RepealFISA
What some of my fellow Americans should know is when a #FISA is applied to an AMERICAN citizen, he or she becomes an #institutionalized #slave and #property with all constitutional rights and all protections removed as well as totally deprived of all civil liberties and privacy.
Intel officials abused their positions to discredit opposition to the Dem. Party, of which they were a part of with leaks to the media they control, they abused the public’s faith in their superior knowledge to vilify their domestic polit. enemies from behind secrecy’s shield.
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As our state-sponsored celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. commences, let’s not forget some important facts about this great man:

1) He was against the Vietnam War during a time when many Americans were not. Decades later, this view against the war has developed into...
mainstream narrative, but in the 1960s, those who spoke out & marched against it (students, activists) & refused to serve (Muhammad Ali) were beaten, hosed down, killed & jailed. He would undoubtedly be railing against the US imperialist state and its perpetual war machine today.
2) He condemned issues like poverty, inequality, and racism as *systemic* ills, not merely individual shortcomings. To this day, such broad analyses (those touching on capitalism and white supremacy) are rejected and disregarded by most as “fringe” or “too radical.” In this way..
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A few things I want you to remember today:

1) Seventy-five percent of Americans held NEGATIVE views of #MLK at the time of his murder.
2) His approval started to fall dramatically when he began to challenge segregation in the North, and to speak out against the Vietnam War
3) He was murdered while supporting a picket line for striking sanitation workers. He was one of the strongest and loudest proponents of unions in our history
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On this #MLKDay, it’s worth remembering what #MLK had to say about guns: #VirginiaRally…
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After the bombings, many of the officers of my church and other trusted friends urged me to hire a bodyguard and armed watchmen for my house. When my father came to town, he concurred with both of these suggestions.
I tried to tell them that I had no fears now and consequently needed no weapons for protection. This they would not hear. They insisted that I protect the house and family, even if I didn't want to protect myself.
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Thread on #poverty, #racism, & #MLK:
#MLKDay #MLKDay2020

Reflecting back upon the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1 point always stands out, a searing reminder of what was – and still is – America’s grossest injustice: /1
that in the one of the richest nations in the world, so many millions of people remain trapped in cyclical, soul-crushing poverty. /2
Dr. King, of course, regularly received death threats as he fought for political rights for African Americans. Police and law enforcement agents beat and jailed him repeatedly for his stances on social equity. /3
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The black community is lacking a strong black leader right now, and it's showing on every level. We have no order. We have no solid agenda. And muthafuckas are out here still winging this shit like everything isn't going in reverse. Being woke, meant staying woke. #MLK
Too many black people think just because BLM exists, that's a pass for them to sit on their ass and do nothing. First, stop killing each other.

Understand we must continue to take to the streets, become public officials, educate, empower, and be a voice for the voiceless. #MLK
MLK didn't die for this shit currently going on! We still don't have realiable unity, and racism is winning. Without reliable unity, we can't expect realiable leadership. That's why we've been stuck on a hamster wheel since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. #MLK
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Photo by Michael Ochs. #MLK #MLKDay
Martin Luther King Jr. at an anti-segregation rally in Atlanta, Georgia on December 16 in 1963. Photo: AP. #OTD #MLK
Martin Luther King Jr in Selma, Alabama on January 2 in 1965. Photo by Horace Cort. #OTD #MLK
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Newfoundlanders are well known for lending a hand in a storm.

When USS Truxtun was sinking off the coast of Newfoundland in 1942, Lanier Phillips’ was told he’d be lynched if he made it ashore through the frigid and oil-covered Atlantic waters.

A thread for #MLKDay. #nlwx
Lanier thought his best chance to survive was ashore. On a small raft, he made it through the howling winds, icy waves, and driving sleet to the foot of a towering cliff.

When the Newfoundlanders found him, he was fading in and out of consciousness.

What would they do to him?
He woke and saw women nursing survivors, scrubbing the oil from their skin.

Violet Pike was exasperated.
She couldn’t remove the black from Lanier’s skin. She kept scrubbing and scrubbing to no avail.

"The oil has gotten into his pores. It just won't come off."
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For journalists planning to report on the #VirginiaRally in #Richmond on #MLK Day this Monday:

- Bookmark and share #CPJEmergencies' safety advice on reporting on civil unrest

- Check out and RT the thread of safety advice below ⤵️…
Safety update from #CPJEmergencies for journalists planning to report on the #VirginiaRally:

A temporary state of emergency has been declared in #Richmond, VA, as officials fear out of state militias are planning on disrupting an anti-gun rally.
Journalists planning to report on the #VirginiaRally be aware:

-There is a temporary ban on weapons, including firearms, from the grounds of the State Capitol

-Some journalists have been advised to take Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as bullet proof vests and helmets
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W/regard to the @AmtrakOIG’s claim that they tried to reach me, I explained to the officials the embarrassing absurdity. Obviously they could have replied to my tweets. They also emailed the ticket for train 80 to me yesterday. I receive emailed tix from Amtrak every week.
I am a Select Executive Plus customer. They have my info. Lastly I am a survivor of the train 188 derailment. None of my contact info has changed since then. So that is either a system failure or lack of effort.
I am colossally disappointed in @Amtrak for both this incident & the way it was handled. But this is emblematic of how companies so often fail in this space.I will submit a more formal complaint & closely monitor the review of this incident & of the conduct of the employees.
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1. #News ~ Fashion Notes: Gorgeous Melania Trump Ends G7 Trip in Nautical Alaïa, Michael Kors… #Trump @POTUS @FLOTUS #G7Summit #G7Biarritz #G7 #France
@POTUS @FLOTUS 2. #News ~ President Trump Teases "Very Big Trade Deal" with the UK Following Successful Brexit… #Trump @realDonaldTrump @POTUS @FLOTUS #G7Summit #G7Biarritz #G7 #France
@POTUS @FLOTUS @realDonaldTrump 3. #News ~ Huawei engaged in talks w/ Russian government to install Russian operating system on 360,000 tablets to be used in next year's census in Russia, according to Reuters.…
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For those of you who are offended by the #1619Project and may erroneously use my father’s quotes to defend your offense, read the ‘Racism and the White Backlash’ chapter in his book, ‘Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?’ first. Quotes from ‘WDWGFH’ follow. @nhannahjones
“Ever since the birth of our nation, white America has had a schizophrenic personality on the question of race.” #MLK
“She has been torn between selves—a self in which she proudly professed the great principles of democracy and a self in which she sadly practiced the antithesis of democracy.” #MLK
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Being the niece of MLK gives you no definitive authority to declare what is or is not racist.

James and John were Jesus’ cousins. They couldn’t drink from the cup of suffering that he drank from.

#MLK would’ve called Trump a racist and you a disgrace.

White racists, with support from Black sycophants and racism apologists, like Alveda King, have basically turned #MLK’s legacy against Black people.

MLK is contemptibly used as a cudgel to silence and shame anyone speaking against white supremacy, racism, and anti-Black bigotry.
Who would’ve thought the legacy of the Drum Major for Justice, who passionately fought for Blacks and sacrificed his life, would be used as a tool to defend a bigot like 46-1 and bludgeon Blacks into passively accepting white supremacy?

He’s rolling over in his grave.

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Wise, passionate, transparent words from @esglaude. We don’t have to be HERE again. “What is needed today on the part of white America is a committed altruism...True altruism is more than the capacity to pity; it is the capacity to empathize.” #MLK
“Pity is feeling sorry for someone; empathy is feeling sorry with someone. Empathy is fellow feeling for the person in need—his pain, agony and burdens.”
”I doubt if the problems of our teeming ghettos will have a great chance to be solved until the white majority, through genuine empathy, comes to feel the ache and anguish of the Negroes’ daily life.”
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"First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler...”
“...or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice...”
“...who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom...”
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words matter, especially when you're describing something that has already happened in history

Yang wants to dismantle the "welfare state" and turn govt into an arm of industry

this is literally what was Mussolini's goal...

Hitler & Mussolini had basically different views on who should be at the top of the hierachy

for Mussolini it was a triumvirate of industry, banking & military

for Hitler it was the party

a concept embraced by the Soviets in Russia and Republicans in USA

and here we are



and it is spitting on the legacy Martin Luther King Jr #MLK to say so

for it to be #UBI everybody gets it, regardless of age & labored income


so miss me with the ageist bullshit


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Dear @WSJ,

Sorry, Mr. Rove, but #StaceyAbrams’ claim that the 2018 gubernatorial election was corrupted is hardly "unsupported." Our team found a half million-plus Georgians were purged from voter rolls by #BrianKemp in the year before the election.…
They lost their vote on the ostensible grounds they’d left the state or voting county. We found 340,136 of those voters had never moved from where they originally registered. But Kemp took away their right to vote — while he was running for Governor.…
Mr. Rove is correct in stating these citizens were purged in accordance with #Georgia’s "Use It or Lose It" law. But that law only acts as an "alternative means" recognized by the National Voter Registration Act for determining if a voter has moved.…
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A thread:

As I reflect on the assassination of my father 51 years ago today, this photo means a great deal to me. Even as a child, he captivated me. And
now, as his 56 year-old adult daughter, he continues to captivate me. 

I was leaning in then; I am leaning in now. I did not fully grasp who he was then, but now I fully understand. He was a prophet to the world. His words and teachings provide the just, equitable, humane, and peaceful way to create a just, equitable, humane and peaceful world.
What he taught us through his example and through the movement emanated Christ. He was the embodiment of the Christ Spirit. We ignore his words and teachings at our own peril.
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A thread on #nonviolence:

This man is not being passive. He is demonstrating attention to an ultimate goal by making it clear who’s the oppressed and who’s the oppressor. He is harnessing his energy to win a critical policy change in the freedom struggle.
#Nonviolence is not passive; nor does it cower in the face of evil and injustice. However, it is strategic, active and tactical, with an ultimate goal in mind. Now the question is: What’s the ultimate goal?
A critical mass of people with a shared ultimate goal will help us develop a global, comprehensive strategy. We determine the parts that make up the whole. Example: reuniting children with families is a part of the ultimate goal of creating a more peaceful, just, humane world.
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Do you want a Government that actively tries to eradicate #poverty , #homelessness & #hunger Do you want access to free health care?
@UKLabour @AndrewYang @DrJillStein @jimmy_dore @evolvepolitics @skwawkbox @TheCanaryUK
Do you care so much about the environment that you would welcome an international institute that supports #scientists in an #endeavour to halt or reverse #GlobalWarming
As technology advances are you concerned about your job and your children's future? The 4th economic revolution has not just started it is here!
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