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1. @RonDeSantisFL’s bigotry will destroy Florida’s economy. FL’s 47,500 farms bring an annual income of approx 7 billion; construction contributes over $58 billion annually. Most of this work is done by the skilled labor of undocumented workers. #SB1718
2. Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed SB1718 which goes into effective on July 1st. It’ll requires businesses with 25 workers or more to register employees under E-verify, and have hospitals ask for citizenship status. Many have stopped working worried about deportation.

13 billion in taxes.‼️🤯

"Immigrant communities are 20% of our state workforce, they contribute with over 13 billion to the state in taxes every single year," said David Metellus, Director of Policy and Politics at the Florida Immigration Solution.”…
4. This is a typical work day for a farm worker. 12 hours a day. And for many, that’s job #1 of the day. Others will have another job at a restaurant in the evening. I know this because in FL I worked with many people who picked oranges before working with me at a restaurant.
5. I just want to show you a side-by-side comparison of undocumented workers farming for sweet potatoes versus those who tried to replace similar workers in Alabama after their governor signed a bigoted Anti-Immigration Law that killed Alabama’s agricultural economy.…
6. This is skilled labor, it’s essential labor, and our economy depends on it. They deserve a pathway to citizenship, and they definitely deserve protection and our respect.

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Oct 25, 2022
1. This isn't how I wanted to start my thread on fascism, but here we go. Below is an example of how legacy media aids, abets, and normalizes fascism. The Proud Boys were there to promulgate antisemitism and other bigotry. Not a comedy show (I'll come back to this).🧵
2. As I say in my newest article, one reason why Republicans have been so successful in utilizing fascist tactics is that much of the public and press do not recognize these tactics even when witnessing them.…
3. Even if members of the press and public recognize fascist tactics, they may not fully comprehend the catastrophic danger of totalitarianism. My article below is a guide to the fascism much of The GOP has embraced. Next are a few "lowlights."…
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Oct 25, 2022
🚨New From Me. Republicans have been successful in utilizing fascist tactics because much of the public & press don't recognize these tactics even when witnessing them. If they do, they may not fully comprehend the catastrophic danger of totalitarianism.…
The actions of Trump & MAGA Republicans have laid the groundwork for a totalitarian regime. As Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels said, “This will always remain one of the best jokes of democracy, that it gave its deadly enemies the means by which it was destroyed.” the orgins of totalitarianism
I hope my article will be a guide to the fascism that much of the GOP has embraced, and why it should never be acceptable or normalized by the press or the public. Understanding fascism & the danger it possesses is the only way we can potentially stop it.…
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Sep 23, 2022
1. As a reference, Sen. Chuck Grassley was born 2 yrs before Cudjo Kazoola Lewis died. Then there is William Casby, one of the last living Americans born into slavery (Photo by Avadon, 1963). Yet we have Representatives who ignore or deny intergenerational inequality and poverty.
2. We have representatives who’ve long ignored or denied the emotional and socioeconomic impact of the intergenerational transmission of inequality and poverty — and a media that has largely ignored the racist intent behind that denialism (mostly from Republican reps).
3. While some media outlets report how damaging cuts to the social safety net have been, many don’t make the historical connections of continuous discrimination, wage gaps, and other policies keeping people in cycles of poverty, low income, and lacking access to opportunities.
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Aug 29, 2022
1. It's the 17th Anniversary of #HurricaneKatrina. Aug. 29, 2005. Below is a report from 2002. It warned that the Levees had only been built "to withstand a Category 3." Katrina was a Category 5. 1,833 died, and millions were displaced. Bush, cut the levee budget to pay for Iraq.
2. June 8, 2004: Walter Maestri, emergency management for Jefferson Parish, warned the Times-Picayune a year before Katrina: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq. I suppose that’s the price we pay..."
3. Walter Maestri, from the June 8, 2004 interview continued, "Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."…
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Aug 28, 2022
1. Presidential Diaries, or Daily Schedules, on remarkable days of their presidency. Interesting, to say the least. Last days of President John F. Kennedy's Diary. "11:05 A.M. Departed Andrew Air Force Base for San Antonio, Texas."
2. From President Lyndon Baines Johnson's daily dairy:

11:49 AM President SIGNS Voting Rights Bill S.1564
3:29 PM LUNCH - alone.
(sitting at the table with him, though, were Bill Moyers, Horace Busby, Max Harry McPherson, Marvin Watson, Liz Carpenter, and Douglas Cater.)
3. President Richard M. Nixon, the day of the Watergate Break in.

9:10 AM The President had breakfast.
10:58 AM The President talked long distance with his Assistant, H. R. Haldeman.
8:00 PM The Presidential party saw the movie, "The Notorious Landlady." The President had breakfast. The President talked long dista
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Aug 1, 2022
@davidhogg111 1. I’m starting to see David Hogg’s Twitter posts as an opportunity to educate. From the 1950s onward the Right Wing would solidify their political narratives and goals through the weaponization of white grievance and white supremacy. Democrats should obviously not emulate this.
@davidhogg111 2. While the modern Democratic party did not exist until after the signing of The Civil Rights Act (1964) and The Voting Rights Act (1965). The Republican Party, in its current Nationalistic iteration, has always existed in one form or another since the founding of this country.
@davidhogg111 3. The Modern Republican Party, in part, could trace its roots back to the anti-immigrant anti-emancipation, "Know Nothing Party" of the 1850s. In a letter dated August 24, 1855, to Joshua Fry Speed, President Abraham Lincoln wrote:  I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? H
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