Monthly Archives: May 2017

These Cities Aren’t Waiting for Trump to Self-Destruct. They’re Fighting Back Now.

“Thankfully, millions of Americans aren’t giving in to Russiagate-induced complacency—and they aren’t leaving anything to chance. As Trump tweets and rages, as his administration teeters but doesn’t fall, they are building movements and getting creative, finding new ways to challenge injustice and inequality. They are winning elections, fighting plutocracy, and pushing back against the dictates of right-wing governors. They are, in short, working hard to make this country a kinder, better place—Donald Trump be damned.”

Amazing work Local Progress!
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From August 1, 2013


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Town Hall Project

Unlike so many other Senators and Represenatives, Iowa electeds are actually going out to face their constituents this week. Word on the street is that if Reps and Senators get push back during this recess, they’re going to tell McConnell it’s over. Of course, if they don’t get pushback, they’ll go ahead and pass a bill that’s only 80% as horrifying as the house bill … so you know, only 18.5 million uninsured.

Check out the link below to find out if your Senator or representative is actually going to face their constituents, and then tell them not to let you and your family die by passing an inhumane and disgusting bill!

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A Throwback Tuesday to commemorate my 2000th post. Will spend the next few days posting some (10? 20?) of my old favorites.


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The ironwork on this door is amazing.


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The ironwork on this door is amazing.


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Opinion | Forgetting Why We Remember

“But for the earliest and most remarkable Memorial Day, we must return to where the war began. By the spring of 1865, after a long siege and prolonged bombardment, the beautiful port city of Charleston, S.C., lay in ruin and occupied by Union troops. Among the first soldiers to enter and march up Meeting Street singing liberation songs was the 21st United States Colored Infantry; their commander accepted the city’s official surrender.

“During the final year of the war, the Confederates had converted the city’s Washington Race Course and Jockey Club into an outdoor prison. Union captives were kept in horrible conditions in the interior of the track; at least 257 died of disease and were hastily buried in a mass grave behind the grandstand.

“After the Confederate evacuation of Charleston black workmen went to the site, reburied the Union dead properly, and built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

“The procession was led by 3,000 black schoolchildren carrying armloads of roses and singing the Union marching song “John Brown’s Body.” Several hundred black women followed with baskets of flowers, wreaths and crosses. Then came black men marching in cadence, followed by contingents of Union infantrymen. Within the cemetery enclosure a black children’s choir sang “We’ll Rally Around the Flag,” the “Star-Spangled Banner” and spirituals before a series of black ministers read from the Bible.

“After the dedication the crowd dispersed into the infield and did what many of us do on Memorial Day: enjoyed picnics, listened to speeches and watched soldiers drill.

“The war was over, and Memorial Day had been founded by African-Americans in a ritual of remembrance and consecration. The war, they had boldly announced, had been about the triumph of their emancipation over a slaveholders’ republic. They were themselves the true patriots.”

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