I just voted & was told, along with everyone else at the polling site that we're reg. to vote by mail but none of us are! Even our voter cards say we're not. We had to fill out paperwork & were told our votes won't be counted for 2 weeks. #VoterSuppression@KUSINews@carldemaio
There was also a number of polling site violations taking place. Such as taking pictures & the line standing behind booths so our ballots can be seen by everyone. People were sitting all over the floors voting too. 🤦🏼♀️ #BeAVoter#ElectionDay2018
On a side note, I'm on crutches and unable to put any weight on my foot. The only ♿ booth was being used by non ♿ while I stood for 15 min on one leg waiting for a woman to finish voting. #ElectionDay#vote
As the midterms approach, I’ve been thinking a lot about Robert Mallard, who was lynched in Georgia 70 years ago this year for having the audacity to vote. #Midterms2018#BeAVoter 1/
African Americans who were 10 that year - and would have been fully able to comprehend the event - will have the chance to vote for an African-American woman to be governor of Georgia. That is amazing #Midterms2018#BeAVoter 2/
But it also highlights how so much of what we take for granted wasn’t the case within the memory of people still very much with us. Heck, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was 15 when Robert Mallard was lynched. #Midterms2018#BeAVoter 3/
WHY WOMEN SHOULD VOTE
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This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.
Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.
The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
40 prison guards wielding clubs & their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of obstructing sidewalk traffic
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head & left her hanging for the night, bleeding & gasping for air
Listen to Scott's wording here: "I support forcing insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions." What he's leaving out is that he'll support forcing companies to cover pre-existing conditions IF & ONLY IF they can jack up your insurance premium.
💥Rick Scott supports letting the insurance company jack up the premium to the point where you can't afford it anymore. Either that or you suck it up and pay for it anyway. Either way, the insurance companies win.
OK, this goes out to all the young people still wondering if voting is worth it, despite the horrors of this past week and this past 2 years. Yes, your 1 vote, out of thousands or even millions, matters. Here's an example why. Imagine a Dem and a Rep running in your district /1
of 100 residents/voters, and the Rep always wins, about 60-40. So does your Dem vote even matter if your candidate is going to lose? YES. The winner has to represent all 100, not just the 60 who voted for him/her. So how does the winner know what the 40 want? Who they are? /2
By their vote. Compare, if the vote were 60 to 0, the winner has no idea who the 40 are that didn't vote or what they expect from their representative. But if those 40 do vote, their voices are heard. And that winner has the info needed to represent. And if he/she fails, then/3
Ignore the polls and get out there and #Vote on November 6th. Relying on polling is a relic of a time gone by.
I’m not saying looking at @FiveThirtyEight’s model and charts and stuff isn’t cool, because it is and provides some insight. But no matter what the numbers say, it’s most certainly NEVER an excuse to not #Vote because you feel your peeps are a “lock”
Need nothing further than to point to 2016. Which by the way, @FiveThirtyEight didn’t really have wrong, but the “selected not elected” mindset existed before 2016. Why else would over 100 million people choose NOT to participate in their civic duty to choose their leaders.
🍑Lucy McBath @LucyWins2018: Mother, Wife, Businesswoman, Activist for Social Justice.
🗣️You might recognize her from the 2016 #Democratic Convention: she represented Mothers of the Movement, a group of women whose African American children have been killed by gun violence.
🍑She intended to run for the #Georgia Legislature, but after the Parkland #Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, she decided her aspirations weren’t high enough. #NeverAgainMSD#BeAVoter
🍑She’s running for Congress in George’s 6th District and could use your help because she’s in a tight race. She’s running against the SAME NRA-backed, A-rated Republican that Jon Ossoff ran against in a runoff election in June 2017. Ossoff should have won back then.
This week, Trump declared to the world that he is a nationalist. He likely doesn’t understand what that means, but many Americans reacted in horror, with good reason.
The right articulates nationalist views in the context of anti-globalism. What do these terms mean?
A thread. /1
Nationalism is not the same as patriotism. Patriotism is a sense of pride in one’s country, and a fellowship with one’s countryman, and acting in their benefit.
Nationalism is a perpetuation of fear and hatred of those outside of your perceived racial and cultural identity.
Nationalists do not recognize all who reside within the borders of their nation as fellow nationals. Nationalism includes the idea of “blood and soil,” the idea that a nation belongs to one particular racial and cultural identity, and others don’t belong. It is racism.
In the 1980 case of City of Mobile v. Bolden, the SCOTUS held that discriminatory intent must be shown regarding changes to voting practices that disenfranchise minorities in order to demonstrate a violation of the U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965.
A few years ago, I was hospitalized & diagnosed with a serious chronic ailment at 34 years old.
I was insured with a low cost, less comprehensive plan, the type the GOP champion as an ACA alternative.
I was billed $70,000, ruined financially. It can happen to you. (Thread) /1
At the time, the ACA had been passed, but was still months away from being implemented. I knew there was something wrong, but I feared being diagnosed and losing the ability to get the better, more comprehensive HC plan I feared I needed. So, I tried to hold off for the ACA. /2
This is a fear many Americans faced before the ACA, being diagnosed with a preexisting condition that would destroy their chances of getting affordable, comprehensive health insurance. /3
But seriously, this #Khashoggi story is scary. Jared Kushner is biffles with the crown prince and his father in law calls the press the “enemy of the people.” We need answers to this.
Like, people are over here listening to Kanye West give a soliloquy in the Oval Office while Kush sits there smiling to the camera. This is the news story today. Swift vs West II.
A hurricane hit Florida that Florida has never seen before. In OCTOBER. And the lower third is a Kanye quote that says Drumpf “saved the planet” days after the UN said we’re all dead in 20 years. Not 2,000, not 200, 20.