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Aug 1 16 tweets 7 min read
@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.
Aug 1 15 tweets 4 min read
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. 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. Know-Nothing party and Brother Jonathon A Know-Nothing party
Jul 31 4 tweets 2 min read
1. Good to know the Forward Party doesn't have any policies or good analogies.

Clearly a cash grab. We have a plurality voting system at the Federal level, period. The Forward Party, like the Green Party, won't have enough infrastructure to win, but they can spoil elections. 2. It's also clear that @AndrewYang owes money for his presidential run. Can he raise money through Forward to eradicate that debt? I don't know, but maybe. Either way, shady AF. news.yahoo.com/federal-offici…
Jul 3 22 tweets 6 min read
1. I mean no disrespect to Rep. Bush, but every issue she listed in her "Repro Justice Action Plan" thread below, as she knows, is legislation a Democratic member of Congress already introduced. I say this to illustrate that the Justice Dems' plan, is already the Democrats' plan. 2.
Green check is Rep. Bush's point.
Blue Check is the Democrats' plan/legislation.
✅ End the filibuster & codify Roe
☑️We need at least two additional Democratic Senators.
Women's Health Protection Act (“Codify Roe”) already passed the House.
Jul 3 4 tweets 2 min read
Putin is conducting 2022 US midterm influence campaigns:

✔️Spread misinformation on social media to sow division to foment outrage, fear, and hostil­ity.

✔️Voter suppres­sion strategy designed to break the coali­tion among Democrats.

Don't fall for it. newsweek.com/vladimir-putin… "Russia will likely attempt to insert itself in close, high-stakes races. One of the best ways to do that is by hacking a candidate and leaking compromising information, and it's entirely possible they'll attempt to do that this year." - Joseph Bodnar, a cybersecurity expert.
Jun 30 9 tweets 5 min read
@SarahKSilverman 1. The filibuster is not a law, it’s a rule. Biden cannot end it through executive order because it is not *his rule* its the Senate’s rule to keep or end. Separation of powers. We need two more Senators willing to end it. No legislation becomes law without the Senate. @SarahKSilverman 2. Since the 89th Congress in 1965 after the Voting Rights Act was codified (and Southern Dems became Republicans forming the modern GOP) Democrats have only had a unified government (both Chambers and POTUS) 7x. Supermajority 2x. Carter’s than Obama’s for 72 working days.
Jun 27 6 tweets 2 min read
1. This didn't get a lot of attention when it came out last week, "the Kremlin is seeking to interfere in the midterm elections this year" thru interference/influence campaigns, sowing division among the American public. Putin wants The GOP back in power.
thedailybeast.com/how-vladimir-p… 2."Putin's efforts capitalizing on American divisions. Russia could significantly exploit US divisions over the November midterms."

Democratic infighting? Some GOP members saying the last election was stolen? Folks saying they won't vote?

Putin's kink.
cnn.com/2022/06/19/pol…
Jun 25 11 tweets 4 min read
1. Reality is when people chose to vote 3rd party or stayed home* instead of voting for Hilary Clinton, which is their right, there were consequences. (*disinformation & bad press coverage influenced this)

Trump won and appointed 3 Supreme Court Justices who just overturned Roe. 2. Voting in 2022 & 2024 will be consequential again. Wanna expand SCOTUS (#TheJudiciaryAct), get money out of politics/protect our right to vote (#ForThePeopleAct), codify Roe (#WomensHealthProtectionAct) and end the filibuster? Then we must keep the House & expand the Senate.
May 28 20 tweets 9 min read
They should still be here. #Buffalo 🕊 Each of the victims of buffalo They should still be here. #Uvalde 🕊
May 25 4 tweets 2 min read
1) I put my answer to John Cleese below his tweet but I’m going to write out what my husband @BobbyCrace said, “Carlin was intentional in his bleakness. It wasn’t just a byproduct of despondency. His work didn’t deteriorate into despondent bleakness.” 2) “George Carlin modified his performance to reflect and express the insanity of a country whose despondency regularly leads to blatant harm. And Stephen Colbert was saying that the bleakness was too much for him which is what surprised you, Maya.”
May 7 7 tweets 3 min read
1. Legislation does not become law without the Senate. Obama had a supermajority in the Senate for an entire 74 days. He use that supermajority to get us ACA meaning health insurance companies could no longer refuse to cover you just because you had a pre-existing condition. Image 2) Obama also signed the massive economic stimulus bill.

“Approved by Congress on a largely party-line vote last week, the bill is designed to inject nearly $800 billion into the economy.”

Republicans didn’t want help us get out of *The Recession*. 😒

npr.org/templates/stor…
Dec 18, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
1) One of the reasons I decided to run for office was because of @VP Kamala Harris. I witnessed daily attacks on her by the media and people who preferred to stand on the sidelines casting aspersions, while contributing nothing but comments & click bait. 2) Not everyone has to run for office to be in service of their community; I know this because I’ve been in-service to my community since I was 16. Deciding to run for office and putting myself out there for all to judge and eviscerate is not an easy choice. Hope offered to the homeless Maya Contreras as a 16-year-old
Dec 17, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
1) Please follow and support @UJCSexWorkers @RedCanarySong @DecrimNY
As I run for Congress please know my stance on sex work, it should be decriminalized as it will help protect sex workers against violence. Sex workers are constituents and should be treated as such. #IDEVASW21 2)As a Congressional rep, Sex Workers would have my ear and my support. I’m running against a woman who is for the Nordic model which is harmful to SW and clients. I am against human/labor trafficking. Sex workers are also against human/labor trafficking. opendemocracy.net/en/beyond-traf…
Dec 16, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Solitary confinement is not just inhumane— it is torture. @ericadamsfornyc I beg you and your administration to reverse this appalling decision. Think of Kalief, and think of all those who have been irreparably harmed by solitary confinement. The memory of Kalief Browder haunts me. What he went through in solitary confinement and what he couldn’t live with after it will always haunt me. @ericadamsfornyc please don’t be callous, reverse your decision.
Nov 26, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
1) (If you stop sharing the cookware story, they will stop writing about it). 2) Do you know how many toxic pots and pans have long been on the market? That should be the real story. Reporters feel free to talk about that. Do you how many people in poverty are constantly exposed to toxins in their cookware? pca.state.mn.us/featured/are-y…
Oct 8, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
As #IndigenousPeoplesDay approaches I highly recommend reading, "Decolonization is not a metaphor" by Eve Tuck of State University of New York at New Paltz and K. Wayne Yang of University of California, San Diego. Linked here: google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j… Decolonization is not a metaphor Eve Tuck State University o 1) A small excerpt: "When metaphor invades decolonization, it kills the very possibility of decolonization; it recenters whiteness, it resettles theory, it extends innocence to the settler, it entertains a settler future." #IndigenousPeoplesDay
Oct 8, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
1) These are the demographics I look for when #Unemployment recovering is being discussed. You can see that Black women are still doing poorly in this economic recovery.

This is why I talk about targeted investments when it comes to recovery. 2) As you can see US unemployment rate for Black workers is still very high compared to other demographics.
Oct 7, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
1) Policy that truly supports Artists and Creators is a priority for my campaign, it's also critical to our economy, and for our well-being and theirs.

Meet @DeafShowRunner of #BlackDeafTalent:

“What I don’t see on television are [characters] based on our lived experience.” 2) “The people I’m working with have no idea about Black Deaf culture… I find myself educating them, it can be challenging because they are resistant… I am a Black woman and sometimes they don’t wanna listen to what I have to say.” - Jade Bryan #BlackDeafTalent
Jul 11, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
1)An excellent piece by @BrentNYT. He discusses the "apology movement" in which some news organizations admit that what they once "presented as “fair “objective” journalism was in fact freighted with the racist stereotypes that had been deployed to justify slavery." 2)In this article Brent Staples lays out how from Reconstruction to this current moment - legacy media has dehumanized Black Americans on multiple levels from not using our honorifics (Mr., Mrs., etc) to justifying brutality against Black Communities.
nytimes.com/2021/07/10/opi…
Jun 20, 2021 7 tweets 5 min read
1)Let’s talk about movements and counter-movements. The tweet below is an example of “bothsiderism” indicating both sides of an issue are equal in validity and intent; they're not. Movements tend to start with grassroots support, counter-movements astroturfed with corporate cash. 2)Grassroots movements start in the community looking to create change, equity, liberation. Usually, that community is being harmed by decision-makers, policy, dominant narratives. They elicit the support of the community, looking to bring attention to the issue, & change laws.
Jun 9, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
1)Today I met up w/my friend Jorge. He ran my Neighborhood Advisory Board w/me as Chair. He immigrated here from Guatemala in the 1970s. I wanted to know his opinion on the @VP saying, "Don't come here" and how that went over w/his family still in Guatemala. He said, "very well." 2) He said first, "Listen my opinion is mine, but what VP Harris did was focus on the indigenous people of Guatemala who are usually overlooked. She was very blunt about the corruption in our country that is pulling resources away from the very poor and I was happy to hear that."