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In honor of the #LaborDay2019 , here are some immigrants and/or POC* laboring mightily in #immigrationlaw, policy, & media you should know about.

Be sure to give them a follow if you don't already!

*I'll try not to make this too New England-centric, but probably will anyway
Let's start with a hometown hero:

Antonio Massa Viana (@MassaVianaLaw) was the 1st undocumented immigrant admitted to practice as a lawyer in #Massachusetts. He demonstrates total dedication to his local Brazilian community and beyond every day.

#mapoli

bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/…
Hassan Ahmad (@HMAesq) is an incredible advocate in his own right. But he's also doing vital work exposing John Tanton, the man whose white supremacist beliefs became the foundation for modern American nativism. (Also associate Humza Kazmi @Allandaros)

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🔥🔥Ghislaine Maxwell, has been hiding out at a secluded $3M oceanfront property in Manchester-by-the-Sea, #Massachusetts with her boyfriend CEO, Scott Borgerson, 43.

#EpsteinScandal

#EpsteinBarr

dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7…
🗞️Via @DailyMail source, familiar with Maxwell's new life:

🗣️"She's become a real homebody, rarely ventures out. She's the antithesis of the woman who traveled extensively and partied constantly with Epstein."

#EpsteinScandal

#EpsteinBarr
@DailyMail 🔥Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday:

🗣️"Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice and they will get it."

#EpsteinScandal

#EpsteinBarrTrumpDisease
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The Trump Administration's new #PublicCharge rule is cruel, immoral, and mean-spirited. It prevents hardworking, low-income taxpayers who are here legally from using or even applying for programs that they qualify for.
This will have a devastating impact on thousands of families in #Massachusetts. Let's be clear here: there is already a public charge rule on the books. The only goal of this dramatic expansion is to tell families they're not welcome unless they are wealthy and white.
Think about this: Trump's own @DHSgov said this change could result in “worse outcomes, including increased prevalence of obesity and malnutrition, especially for pregnant or breastfeeding women”, and “increased rates of poverty and housing instability.”
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🚜TOMORROW: I'm kicking off a two-day, district-wide farm tour to hear directly from farmers in central and western Massachusetts.

Here's why. (hint: it's #ClimateChange)
🌡️Raising temperatures.
🦗Invasive species.
🌪️Drought and unstable weather.

Small family farms in Massachusetts are on the front lines of #ClimateChange. We need policies that help — yet too often, the rich and powerful write laws that favor big corporate farms instead.
⌛️This isn't some far-off threat.

Family farms are already losing money and producing less because of climate change. Yet in the halls of Congress, there's not nearly enough people listening to the farmers that are bearing the brunt of this crisis.
masslive.com/opinion/2018/1…
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Lights for Liberty #50States #CloseTheCamps
#LightsforLiberty #Lights4Liberty
#NeverAgainIsNow

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In the "very red, very small" town of Anniston #Alabama

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1/ Frustrated and stuck on the @MBTA? Here’s a thread for your morning commute, and a reminder of why the transit system’s main funding source has fallen far short of expectations:
2/ The @MBTA has relied on the “penny on the sales tax” since 2001. At the time, the state thought sales tax revenue would continue to grow by 3 to 8% per year as it had. In 2007, 3% was still “worst case scenario”.
3/ Actual growth of sales tax has, in fact, averaged 1.5% — half what leaders expected. This is partly because of changes in what people buy. Further, the “penny on the sales tax” portion that the @MBTA gets doesn’t include meals.
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1/ Today I'm in the #Boston USCIS office trying to--well, more on that in a minute, but I'm trying to do a thing that can only be done in person, and which would have been as easy as walking in and asking for a cashier just a few months ago. Here's how it's gone so far.
2/ USCIS used to offer "Infopass" appointments, a sort of 15-minute slot where you can sit down with an actual USCIS employee to check in on your case, clear up issues, get a stamp in your passport or emergency travel privileges, etc. You could schedule them online

I miss them
3/ Instead of scheduling these #immigration appointments online (or even walking in for emergencies and/or paying fees as I am today) you now have to schedule everything on the phone. This means at least 20 minutes of interminable flute loops before reaching a human.
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I'll make this simple. If there's a single brave person with means willing to give @BINJreports
$2 million, we can immediately remediate much of this damage and restore integrity to news coverage in many of these communities: givetobinj.org amp.businessinsider.com/gatehouse-medi…
If you think I am wrong, or exaggerating, look at what we've done with a grand here and a grand there. Ask the editors - #Gatehouse ones included - for whom we have provided the only deep #longform reporting they have done in years. Again: givetobinj.org
I am so tired of this happening. These sickening conglomerates stepping on democracy in Mass. They don't care. We do. We have solutions. We have talent. We work with the people who have been screwed by #Gatehouse. Like I said, givetobinj.org
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1/ My first client as a solo practitioner shared his name with the protagonist of "1984."

His crime?

Talking to a white woman.

In #Massachusetts.

In 2008.

He was convicted under a weirdass 17-century MA statute, and he was doing 6 months for it when we met.

#mapoli
2/ I was impressed when I first came here to learn that there are still colonial-era laws in effect in the Commonwealth.

Like this one, charged in pertinent part as Accosting & Annoying a Person of the Opposite Sex. Sounds like something you'd be put in stocks for, right?
3/ (Quick footnote:

The law was recently amended to remove reference to "the opposite sex" so that the charge is merely "accosting and annoying a person." This is because making the victim's gender an element of a crime is both highly problematic & blatantly unconstitutional.)
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🔥🌊#DEMOCRATS Serving in State Legislatures🌊🔥

Please read this thread to see why you MUST not vote for any constitutional convention resolutions!

🐺No subject is safe, including left wing causes that all #Democrats favor. You are being duped w/ these resolutions (links 👇).
🐺Language used by Wolf PAC is meant to tempt Democrats, but Constitutional Conventions are extremely dangerous to anyone whose last name isn’t KOCH.

Please don't open Pandora's Box.

#UnKochAmerica
#NoConCon4Anything
ℹ Language now used in Resolutions used to lure #Democrats include:

🐺Free & Fair Elections
🐺Repeal Citizens United
🐺Election Integrity
🐺Limits on Political Contributions & Expenditures
🐺“Limited” Convention

Why are all calls for Constitutional Conventions dangerous?
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#NFLCombine key measurements thread…

102. #Duke TE Daniel Helm
Height: 6-4 1/8
Weight: 249
Hand: 9 4/8
Arm: 33 3/8
Wingspan: 79 5/8
#NFLCombine key measurements thread…

103. #Iowa TE TJ Hockenson
Height: 6-4 6/8
Weight: 251
Hand: 9 4/8
Arm: 32 2/8
Wingspan: 77 7/8
#NFLCombine key measurements thread…

104. #Mississippi TE Dawson Knox
Height: 6-4 3/8
Weight: 254
Hand: 9 6/8
Arm: 33 4/8
Wingspan: 80 4/8
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🏆In the astonishingly corrupt world of politics in Washington today, it is important to acknowledge people that do the right thing no matter the consequences. I think we should acknowledge the 58 members of the 115th Congress who did the right thing.

#ImpeachTrump
🥇These members of the 115th Congress didn’t think about the political ramifications, their reputations or the timing; they just voted honorably not to table the measure to impeach a prez who is clearly not abiding by the law or representing our country the way it deserves to be.
🏆Most of these members of the 115th Congress are still in Congress, but some are Governors or in new positions. One member, Louise Slaughter D-NY, sadly died in 2018. More on her later.
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So exciting!!!! Four years ago #AugustMoon commenced their #WiseOrNaked World Tour!
Gig 1 • 12 February 2015 • #Bogota #Colombia 😄 Follow the journey ▶️ pinterest.co.uk/tioyclub/augus…
#TheIdeaOfYou by @robinnelee 🖤 #TIOYclubWiseOrNaked
#AugustMoon #WiseOrNaked World Tour • Gig 2 • 13 February 2015 • #Bogota #Colombia 😄 Follow the journey ▶️ pinterest.co.uk/tioyclub/augus… #TheIdeaOfYou by @robinnelee 🖤 #TIOYclubWiseOrNaked
#AugustMoon #WiseOrNaked World Tour • Gig 3 • 15 February 2015 • #Lima #Peru 🖤 “I’ll call you when we get to Lima.” - @HayesCampbell_ #TheIdeaOfYou by @robinnelee 😃 Follow the journey on our Pinterest... pinterest.co.uk/tioyclub/augus… #TIOYclubWiseOrNaked
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80% of people accused of a crime in the US are too poor to afford a lawyer

(obviously this doesn’t map to actual crime being committed - rich people unlikely to be policed)...
So poor people are overwhelmingly who ends up in prison/jail in the U.S.

Prison populations have much higher incidences of 1) mental illness 2) substance use disorder 3) survival of serious trauma, than does the “general population”...
Mental illness, substance use disorder & healing survivors of violence (& other trauma) are all #PublicHealth issues. If a person is fortunate they most likely get medical help in the free world. If a person is poor, that is much less likely...
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🌎Donald Trump—🌪️Roger Stone—🔥Paul Manafort—🌬️Roy Cohn
There are so many connections between these four gentlemen, but the common thread between them all appears to be Roger Stone.

washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/…
🔪But Stone’s rules: “Attack, attack, attack—never defend” and “Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack.” This “advice” came via renowned attorney Roy Cohn, who represented Donald Trump late in Cohn’s life.

vanityfair.com/news/2017/06/d…
🌬️Cohn’s "original" 3-dimensional strategy via @vanityfair article: 1. Never settle, never surrender. 2. Counter-attack, counter-sue immediately. 3. No matter what happens, no matter how deeply into the muck you get, claim victory and never admit defeat.”

🍊Sound familiar?
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To my fellow white women in #Massachusetts - I'm imploring you to not vote for Baker tomorrow. He is not a centrist nor "a good bi-partisian guy" He is voting straight GOP ticket and if you consider yourself a liberal or a progressive or a Democrat you should vote straight ticket
If this made you #notallwhitewomen - put your money where you mouth is tomorrow and vote for @jay4ma - Tell the GOP that we are not interested in their hate in Massachussetts. We elect Baker and we are helping fund the GOP for the next two years INCLUDING ANOTHER 4 YRS of TRUMP
cnn.com/videos/politic…

If you are cheering for an Abrams win, don't give Baker a vote tomorrow bc he is helping fund thru the GOP - Kemp's campaign and voter suppression regime.
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Hey #Massachusetts #MA
You need to register by October 17th to be able to vote in #Midterms2018 on NOVEMBER 6.
THREAD of all your Democratic Candidates with twitter & websites.
And VOTER INFO with all the Links you need!
#MA01 #MA02 #MA03 #MA04 #MA05 #MA06 #MA07 #MA08 #MA09
VOTER REGISTRATION in #MASSACHUSETTS #MA
Register Online here: sec.state.ma.us/OVR/Pages/Chec…
Check Registration here: sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrat…
Find Polling Place
sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema…
Application: sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/how…
Send to Local Election Officials: sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clk…
Democratic Candidate for SENATOR for #Massachusetts
#MA01 #MA02 #MA03 #MA04 #MA05 #MA06 #MA07 #MA08 #MA09

DEM Incumbent
Elizabeth Warren
elizabethwarren.com
@elizabethforma

vs Geoff Diehl
#VoteBlueMA
VOTE November 6, 2018
Early Voting: Oct 22 - Nov 2
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I know it's late, and there are immediate needs families are dealing with, but coverage of the #AndoverMAFires #LawrenceFires is already atrocious, so I wanted to share a few general thoughts and observations, some of which may explain what you're about to see unfold. #mapoli
We're hearing about @ColumbiaGasMA over and over. And yes, they're the contractor. But let's remember that Columbia is a subsidiary of the much larger @NiSourceInc: nisource.com/customers/wher… #mapoli #LawrenceFires #AndoverMAFires #Lawrence #Andover
In fact, here's a press release from 9.13.2018 about the work they're doing via Columbia in #Lawrence and #Andover (among other places). Link (and screenshot just in case). columbiagasma.com/en/about-us/ne… "Enhanced safety features, Reliability of service for years to come..." #mapoli
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😢Today, I'm remembering Ace Bailey. Well, Garnet "Ace" Bailey, professional hockey player from 1967-1981.

🏆🏆He was a member of the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup winning teams in 1969-70 and 1971-72.

🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆In 1981, he became a Scout, working for the Edmonton Oilers. 5 cups.
🏒Todd Bailey, Ace's son, put 6 Stanley Cup rings on the Memorial in 2016.

💍The 7th ring was on Ace's finger when his plane, United Airlines Flight 175, was hijacked and deliberately crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.
🍀I was lucky enough to meet him, sit with him and ask questions about the 1969-70 Boston Bruins for a project I was working on, before, during and after a 1999 Los Angeles Kings game while he was working for the team as a scout.

On September 15, 2001, the @latimes printed this.
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