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Leadership, as Demonstrated by Bernie Sanders -#ImWithHer @HillaryClinton

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Today, Senator Bernie Sanders further doubled down on his support of Hillary Clinton for the Presidency of the United States.  He eloquently and explicitly stated why, in an opinion piece entitled “I Support Hillary Clinton. So Should Everyone Who Voted for Me” for the LA Times.

Most of Sen. Sanders’ supporters transitioned to Sec. Clinton during, and immediately following the Democratic Party’s Convention.  However, there were a small group of holdouts, who were being called the “tea party of the left.”  This vocal minority, many of whom have aligned themselves with the Green Party, were threatening to vote for Donald Trump, in protest.

Sen. Sanders did not mince any words when he said, “During the primaries, my supporters and I began a political revolution to transform America. That revolution continues as Hillary Clinton seeks the White House. It will continue after the election. It will continue until we create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent – a government based on the principle of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

“I understand that many of my supporters are disappointed by the final results of the nominating process, but being despondent and inactive is not going to improve anything. Going forward and continuing the struggle is what matters. And, in that struggle, the most immediate task we face is to defeat Donald Trump,” He further stated. Sen. Sanders understands that in order to enact progressive legislation, Democrats and other left-leaning and centrist groups, must unite against the propsed tyranny of trump, and his ilk. Bernie or Bust bros please take note, as Sen. Sanders is demonstrating how consensus and coalition building works.

As for me, I got my “Woman Card,” so deal me in, because I’m with Hillary Clinton!

Courage, Grace and Strength Under the Most Insurmountable Odds

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Trigger Warning: This post, and the article shared, feature a rape victim’s frank and explicit statement to the man who raped her.  Please share with women and men, responsibly.

I have written about serving as an adviser to a college sorority for many years.  The experience forever changed me as a woman.

One of the most difficult subjects I encountered was how to frame the conversations around sex and consent.  This was before colleges and universities recognized rape, sexual assaults, sexual batteries and every point on that continuum as a violation of a student’s rights, according to the school’s own policies.

How I wish websites like Consent Is Everything had existed to give me tools on how to broach this delicate subject.  How I wish I had known what constituted consent when I was a college student. I would have recognized that I too was a victim of acquaintance rape.   And I would have known that it is far more common than we can imagine.

But, what happens when a brave young woman comes forward to share how she was unimaginably violated by a “star athlete?”  Why does she have to justify her actions, when he was the one who committed rape upon her?  Why is she the one whose morals and character are called into question?   And, how does she react when faced with the reality that his “status” may have ensured preferential treatment by the justice system?

What happens is this brilliantly heartbreaking victim’s statement, as shared by Buzzfeed’s news reporter, Katie Baker Here’s The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read To Her Attacker.

To the woman who stood strong, surrounded by people who loved and supported her, I say – your mission in life is ahead of you.  Each time you speak truth to power, you are helping another person.

To Brock Allen Turner, I say – may Karma find you. Repeatedly. For the rest of your miserable life, you rapist.

1,600 Soldiers vs. One Guarimba in Puerto Ordaz

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#SOSVenezuela

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A8Cicpc2 The month-long shut-down of the La Churuata neighborhood in Puerto Ordaz seems to be over, after a simply huge military action to lift it. Correo del Caroni’s Maisdulin Younis has an eye-opening write-up: 

Ayer, mientras las cooperativas de limpieza de la Alcaldía de Caroní y de Gobernación del estado Bolívar, recogían las ramas y escombros que tenían los accesos cerrados, los vecinos observaban la situación con repudio.

Entre gritos e insultos, rechazaban la acción. “Queremos una Venezuela libre y no nos vamos a cansar. Van a tener que mudarse a La Churuata, comiencen a traer sus carpas si piensan que esto no se volverá a cerrar. Yo quiero un país libre para mi hija y ese país es Venezuela, no me da la gana de irme de aquí, yo sí amo a Venezuela”, gritaba Marielis Núñez a los miliares que estaban parados frente a ella.

Ms. Younis shows that still and…

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“Latin America: Deaf, Dumb, and Blind to Crisis in Venezuela” by Carlos Sabino

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“Latin America: Deaf, Dumb, and Blind to Crisis in Venezuela” by Carlos Sabino

Editorial by Carlos Sabino on the lack of response by Latin American countries to the critical situation in Venezuela.   Panamá remains the only country to demand the OAS  (Organization of American States) intervene.   As a result, Venezuelan President Maduro severed economic and diplomatic ties with Panamá on Wednesday.   This was the statement released to the press by President Martinelli of Panamá, in response.  It is important to acknowledge, that Venezuela was one of the most vocal countries in calling for investigations of violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations in Panamá, in the mid to late 1980s.