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Elder Rasband Explains 3 Keys to Religious Freedom and What Agency Has to Do with It    


Elder Rasband’s audience included the many students and others who have served missions for the Church and borne witness of what they believe to others. “You understand what it feels like to help others recognize the Spirit that they, too, might come unto Christ.”“We committed to live the commandments that we might be worthy of eternal life, the greatest of all God’s blessings. Central to our Father’s plan was the mission of Jesus Christ and His Atonement that makes it possible for us to repent and be forgiven and recommit to the covenant path.”Elder Rasband then asked the students what they believe. “How are you exercising your agency to further the work of the Lord?”“The Freedom to Live Our Religion, Worshipping as We Desire”Elder Rasband asked his listeners to think for a moment about who they are influencing and helping to gather to Israel and the gospel. “How can you reach out and do more?”Every person can make a difference and show God’s love to His children no matter their circumstance, Elder Rasband said. He announced that at the end of the devotional, a post would be shared on his Facebook and Instagram accounts with the invitation for users to “share what you are doing to minister to those who need you. I check my posts regularly and would love to hear of your efforts.” Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during a Brigham Young University devotional at the Marriott Center in Provo on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“We have the ability to choose to share the message of Christ, and … we need to use that more,” Smith said. “Our place in this work and the gathering [of Israel] is very crucial and important.”“At that crucial moment, He submitted His will, His precious agency, to the Father that the Plan of Happiness might go forward,” Elder Rasband said. Post from Elder Ronald A. Rasband's Instagram post. BYU has an honor code that reflects each person’s freedoms and accountability, and freedom of religion allows the students to attend this school, “unique in all the world for its balance of secular and spiritual knowledge,” Elder Rasband said. Freedom of religion also means that each Latter-day Saint is free to attend the temple, be sealed as a family, teach gospel principles in his or her home, and pray to God.The plan of happiness was hinged upon agency—the ability to choose between good and evil—before anyone came to the earth, he said. Everyone who has come to the earth chose Heavenly Father’s plan and to come to earth and receive a body. Elder Rasband shared the story of Dimitri Tray, whom he called an “example of the believers.” Elder Rasband’s son met Tray, a young Muslim man who chose to be baptized, while serving a mission in Kazakhstan. While on assignment for the Church in Russia 15 years later, Elder Rasband met Tray in Moscow, and they were able to Facetime with his son—“and what a reunion it was for those two,” he said.Bonner was struck by how important religious freedom is to freedom itself. “It’s not only important that we have the ability to choose, but we have the ability to know which choice is correct and the ability to receive revelation to know, to have that path to guide us.”“I have seen societies where individuals have little choice and little personal growth and opportunities to worship are few,” said the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “There are countries where religion is limited by government edict and where personal choices in worship are nonexistent.”Elder Rasband then addressed three keys to freedom of religion.More than 20 of Tray’s friends and family in Kazakhstan and Russia have chosen to join the Church because of his example, Elder Rasband said. “Dmitri and those he has brought to the gospel are gratefully engaged in following the Savior.”“The Freedom to Believe”Izzy Smith and Allie Bonner, recently returned missionaries from the Washington D.C. South Mission, found a special significance in Elder Rasband’s message about agency and freedom of religion.“We, as members of the Church, must recognize that the erosion of religious freedom will significantly impact our opportunities to grow in strength and gospel knowledge, to be blessed by sacred ordinances, and to rely on the Lord to direct His Church.” Each person has the agency to look beyond the immediate struggles of mortality and to the joy and redemption that comes because of the Atonement of Christ.“I believe in Jesus Christ, and I have complete faith in Him. Because of the Savior’s Atonement, it is possible for you and me to repent and move forward on the covenant path, clean and pure, with our hearts fixed on eternal life.”Religious freedom is central to worship and the work needed in the Kingdom of God, he said.He joined Her Excellency Hunaina Al Mughairy, ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman, at the Washington DC Temple lighting ceremony in December 2019. “We are of different religions, the Ambassador and I, but we are friends sharing common purpose to lift those around us,” he said.Members of the Church have chosen to make covenants when they enter the waters of baptism and take the sacrament each week and have chosen to “take the Lord’s name upon us,” Elder Rasband said. “When we choose to take His name upon us, we commit to join His legion of valiant, righteous servants focused on God’s plan.”No one should be forced to compromise what they believe because others think another way or be required to live according to another’s beliefs, Elder Rasband said. “Because of freedom of religion, I can stand here today and tell you what I believe.As an example, Elder Rasband spoke about a couple of the assignments he has had as an Apostle and a director of the Church Communication Department and the Government Relations Committee of the Church.Addressing the fundamental doctrine of agency in a January 21 devotional at Brigham Young University, Elder Rasband invited thousands of students gathered in the Marriott Center to make a difference and be an “example of the believers.”“You can be an example of one who follows the prophet, who loves him and prays for him. He is, I testify, a man of God, and like Jesus Christ, he goes about doing good.”President Russell M. Nelson has called for every Latter-day Saint to enlist in the great cause of gathering Israel. Elder Rasband quoted the prophet’s 2018 worldwide youth devotional, saying, “There is nothing happening on this earth right now that is more important than that.”Josh Wide, also a sophomore at BYU, also sees the importance of Church leaders defending religious freedom, but also his own opportunities. “I usually feel like that’s the general consensus that I get whenever I’m open about my religion and not in a pushy way or anything, I get to know people and their beliefs. It’s really a great experience to get to know other people’s cultures and their beliefs.” Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, show their love to attendees prior to speaking during a Brigham Young University devotional at the Marriott Center in Provo on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Attendees listen to Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as he speaks during a Brigham Young University devotional at the Marriott Center in Provo on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.The topic of freedom of religion is an important and interesting one, he said. “I like hearing about when [Church leaders] can work with members of other faiths, to work together on our common issues so we can secure freedom of religion for everybody.”In October 2019, he met with government leaders and participated in humanitarian visits in Phoenix, Arizona. As thousands of asylum seekers have arrived in the Phoenix area with next to nothing, 40 different faith and community organizations have come together to help rescue them. “What a privilege to work side-by-side with others who are following the Lord’s admonition to care for the poor and needy.”“The Freedom to Share Our Faith in Jesus Christ and Our Knowledge of His Gospel with Others”College students can be gathering people to the gospel in many ways, Elder Rasband said. He suggested that they begin by being an example of the believers and choosing to exemplify what they believe. During his life, Elder Ronald A. Rasband has visited 138 countries in his business career and Church assignments and has noted that not everyone in the world has the same freedom of choices that people in America enjoy.Even the Atonement was a choice made by Jesus Christ, who pled, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).“The question then is, how are you exercising your freedom to worship the Lord in these latter days?”Agency depends on robust religious freedom—something that Satan tried to destroy in the preexistence and is still trying to destroy today.


IT / Software / Systems: Technical Solutions Architect - Albany, New York   

Welcome page Returning Candidate* Log back in! * TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS ARCHITECT Job Locations US-MA-Home Office - DC - US-NY-Home Office Req No. 2020-5537 Category Sales Posting location Boston, MA COMPANY OVERVIEW Riverbed The Digital Performance Company is committed to our purpose of Advancing the Human Experience in the Digital World. Our Digital Networking solution simplifies the design, implementation, and administration of enterprise networks enabling our customers to deliver their applications with greater speed and agility, while delivering the digital performance today s employees and customers demand. Riverbed is a pre-IPO opportunity with over $1 billion in revenue and 30,000+ customers including 98% of the Fortune 100 and 100% of the Forbes Global 100. ABOUT THIS POSITION Title: Technical Solutions Architect Location: Remote/Home Office - Boston, NY Metro or Washington DC We are seeking a Technical Solutions Architect for immediate hire. In this role you will function in a highly technical Pre-sales environment, creating technical solutions to solve business problems for global enterprises. Responsibilities: * Serve as the technical subject matter expert throughout the Sales process. Owning and managing various pre-sales activities including technical presentations, demonstrations, and proof of concept projects. * Collaborate with the Sales team, jointly owning the sales cycle and account plan. * Help to drive deeper & wider into the account identifying requirements for additional resources from other departments within the customer, customer alternatives (i.e. other means of handling their current requirements), and potential internal sponsors. * Understand and document customer business & technical requirements and use them to create value based proposals, addressing business drivers & pain points guiding the technical sales cycle towards a technical close & a business win. * Build and increase Riverbed s relevance with customers by qualifying customer s needs, desired outcomes & benefits and positioning the breadth of the Riverbed Solution portfolio in context to it. * Cross-sell / Up-sell: Identify and execute relevant sales plays, pipeline development initiatives and PS offerings. * Interface with Product Management to relay market demands from prospects/customers. * Build strong relationships with key contacts in the partner ecosystem. Work with Channel Sales team to build and strengthen relationships with partners; Oversee product and solutions training and enablement of the partner ecosystem so that they can be leveraged to help drive opportunities to technical close. Qualifications: * Experience in a pre-sales role, with a deep understanding of enterprise sales cycles and various selling strategies. * Extensive IT experience; Strong knowledge in one (or more) of the following: o Application and Network Architectures & Performance Management; o IT Infrastructure Management and Network Monitoring with SNMP, NetFlow, and Packet Analysis o Deep Packet Capture Analysis and/or Network Flow Analysis o Depth of operating knowledge across these areas may vary, but successful candidates will be able to describe and differentiate Riverbed solutions across the portfolio with a focus on Riverbed s NPM and ITIM solutions. * Riverbed product experience plus relevant experience and/or in key competitor offerings in technological area of emphasis. * Proven technical knowledge and consultative skills. * Ability to understand complex technical and selling situations and the ability to solve the problem or solicit the required resources. * Demonstrated ability to implement, drive and track IT projects to successful closure. * Relevant competitive knowledge, including: industry, technologies and product offerings, evolving technologies, and threats. * Understanding of Microsoft/Amazon cloud based platforms. * Knowledge of hypervisor platforms (Hyper-V, VMWare, KVM) a plus. * Advanced industry certifications (e.g. CCIE/CCDP, ITIL, VTSP, AWS) a plus. * Resides in the targeted geography w/local relationships in both customers and partners support business. * Excellent written and verbal communication, listening, negotiation and presentation skills. * Able to travel 35% - 50% throughout targeted geography. * Bachelor s degree in CS, EE or related area is preferred. Experience with NPM is required ABOUT RIVERBED Riverbed offers a rewarding experience of working with the best minds in the industry that are changing the world through cutting edge technology and applications. We are proud of our great culture that continuously fosters innovation, collaboration, and diverse work environments. We remain committed to attracting, developing, and retaining the most diverse group of talent to better serve our customers. Riverbed is an equal employment opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer and provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy or child birth (including breast feeding), sexual orientation, genetics, genetic information, marital status, veteran status or any other basis protected by and in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Check us out on: @LifeAtRiverbed *LI-ER1 TAGS: Network Performance Management, Network Performance Monitoring, NPM, SD-WAN, Software Defined Networking, SDN, Networks, NFV, Network Function Virtualization, Application Acceleration, WAN Optimization, WAN Optimisation, Visibility, WANOP OPTIONS We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer. M/F/D/V/LGBT. ()

Lindsey Graham Loves Playing Connect The Dots During Impeachment   

Washington DC. – The Senate of the United States of America convened and laid the groundwork for the impeachment trial for President Donald J. Trump. What many Americans may not know are the strict rules the senators themselves have to follow during the proceedings. The Wall Street Journal reports the regimen these lawmakers have to abide […]

Trump Tweets ’Jesus Gave Us The Election College’   

President Trump defends the Electoral College by quoting scripture found in the US Constitution. Washington DC –  President Trump is facing a barrage of attacks for tweeting the “Election College” was handwritten into the US Constitution by none other than Jesus Christ. The Election College is all American. I won it in 2016. Jesus is […]

Betsy DeVos Places A Street Preacher In Every School   

In an effort to galvanize evangelicals, President Trump orders Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to place a street preacher in every school. Washington DC – The 2020 election is approaching. Iowa is set to vote for its choice on a Democratic candidate in a few weeks. Many on the Left hope impeaching the President will convince […]

Account Executive - Healthcare SaaS   

DC-Washington, If you are an Account Executive with healthcare experience, please read on! Based in Washington DC, we are a rapidly growing healthcare SaaS company. We have an urgent need for an Account Executive with a healthcare background, so if this sounds like you, please apply today! What You Will Be Doing - Prospect and develop business within assigned territory - Manage and renew existing clients - Build

AIS Friday Workshop - CIO Q&A   

Two CIOs walk into a Huntsman Classroom…. Open Q&A!
Come grill a CIO (or two). What have you always wanted to know but never dared ask?

Kick off the semester with us at the first AIS Friday Workshop! Eric Hawley and Stephen Fletcher will be joining us for an open Q&A session. Eric is the Chief Information Officer at Utah State University and Faculty in the Huntsman School of Business. Stephen was the CIO for the State of Utah from 2005-2012 and has since been working in consulting and in Washington DC leading the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

Come eat a donut, ask a question, and learn from these two seasoned veterans within the field of information systems!

Donuts will be provided.

IPO Roundup: Blank check cybersecurity company SCVX the lone IPO this week   

The Washington DC-based company plans to offer 20 million units —  each containing one share and one half of a share purchase warrant — at $10 per share

New $545 Million Fund Targeting Fintechs   

Chip Mahan, helped build Live Oak Bank as well as nCino; now Mahan along with Gene Ludwig are creating a $545 million investment fund with Canapi Ventures; banks, financial institutions, the American Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers Association are among the investors; Canapi has offices in Wilmington, Washington DC and New York City. […]

Inexpensive Disney Household Trip   


Though I have experienced many wonderful holidays through the years, it was a current journey to California that was the perfect household vacation for me. Family holidays are fun and cherished by all. From Hawaii to Mexico, there are a lot of winter vacation locations awaiting you. Household holidays in the Bahamas are thrilling, fun stuffed adventures for all ages. Most individuals who plan a finances for their vacations neglect to take one small however usually costly factor under consideration: everybody is going to want souvenirs to recollect their journey to vacation

Improbable Accommodations – The best family vacation destinations can be thwarted by terrible accommodations. When planning a trip you will need to take into account what your loved ones likes to do to have fun. Organized by age group, our information to family vacation spots exhibits the very best locations and activities for youths of all vacation

Island-hopping is a must: Green Turtle Cay offers plenty of shelling and a bit of historical past at the colonial settlement of New Plymouth, while the Sunday-afternoon pig roast at Nipper’s Seashore Bar & Grill in Guana Cay is a convention — kids can build sandcastles and splash in the calm blue water whilst you vacation

The family had loved a number of days of a seashore resort holiday in Thailand when the husband instructed that they go off on a jungle expertise, organized by one of many trekking and adventure tour operators. Sparrow Hills is situated on the banks of Moskva river and presents a splendid view of nature’s paradise distinction to the city life throbbing with urbanity. The Lake Shasta Caverns and Waterworks Park might be big hits with the youngsters. One of the best factor to do before visiting is take a look at Washington DC online with your loved ones and carefully plan your vacation

The household-friendly Williamsburg area can also be residence to Busch Gardens (an motion-packed adventure park), Water Country USA (Virginia’s largest water park), and the York and James Rivers, the place you can take pleasure in lovely scenery and outdoor actions comparable to fishing, boating and vacation

Some of the top destinations for families are the Caribbean, Florida , California and Hawaii , attracting vacationers with their sandy seashores and colourful sunsets, especially throughout the colder months and in the summertime when there isn’t any faculty and children can get away for a longer vacation

When you’re planning a family vacation, you want to plan it right down to the last element to insure that it will likely be one of the best vacation ever. Maui offers many family-friendly beaches, equivalent to the highest rated Kapalua, Napili and Makena Seashores. Hawaii is known for in style and delightful seashores; one instance is the Waikiki Seashore, the largest resort in the place. Finest getaways present mother and father and youngsters with lots to do so that they’ll re-join whereas studying new activities and exploring new locations.

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Product Marketing Manager - B2B, Retail Technology   

DC-Washington, Job Title: Product Marketing Manager Based In: Washington, DC, US Qualifications: At least 3 years B2B Product Marketing, Retail Technology or Supply Chain experience Salary: $130-140k (DOE), Full Benefits, 401k, etc. Named one of Washington DC's "Top Workplaces" by the Washington Post, we use our software platform to help retailers cut down on the financial waste that occurs from inventory being

Semi-finalist CONDUCTORS (chorus), 2019-20   


The American Prize, David Volosin Katz founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2019-20 NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST conductors in choral divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—schools division, 2019-20

Philip Brown                
Angelica Cantanti Treble Singers    
Bloomington   MN 

Brian J. Winnie               
Western IL University Singers             
Macomb    IL      

Hannah Sterman-Wilson       
Hilliard Darby Symphonic Choir       
Hilliard  OH       
Dr. Michael G. Martin, conductor

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community division, 2019-20

Carol M. Cei
Paoli Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir 
Paoli   PA  

Orlando Cela
Arlington-Belmont Chorale           
Arlington MA  

Minji Kim
University of Maryland Summer Chorus
College Park MD  

Julia D. Malecki             
Baltimore Choral Arts Society       
Baltimore MD        
Anthony Blake Clark, conductor 

Timothy  McDonnell           
Catholic University of America Chamber Choir 
Washington DC  


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My Post CC20 Musings   

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I'm back on my end of I-45 after an amazing few days in Dallas for Creating Change 2020.

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In addition to bringing something back to Houston with me to put on my trophy shelf called the Susan J Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement,  I brought something else back with me.

The knowledge that we're gonna be alright as a movement because of all our wonderful younglings.

The younglings are not only pushing us elders and yelders to be better, they are also doing the same with their youthful energy to society and our movement as a whole. 

They also get the benefit of being part of the intergenerational conversations that happen in the CC20 space

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As with any Creating Change, while I always enjoy getting to spend quality time with my cohort of trans activists marveling how far we've come since our days when we were the new kids on the activist block, I get my life and enjoyment from talking to and actively listening to the younger generation.

And yeah, proud of my Houston activist fam.   We are always busy at these events, whether we are presenting at panels or strategizing about what we're going to do in the coming year to make Houston, Texas and our TBLGQ community better

There are also those wonderful moments when I get to step away from the convention hustle and bustle and jet for a few hours connect with friends who live in the host city.   I was glad that Kyiana Wheeler and I got a chance to make that happen on Wednesday.

One thing I need to do a better job of is checking in with my blood relatives who live in Dallas.  Some of them only knew I was in town when they saw me on the local news doing an interview.

In my defense to my Dallas relatives who are reading this post and sucking their teeth, this is a business trip for me.  A fun one, but at its most basic level it is a business trip.

I tend to get busy with panel discussions, interviews, and all the other stuff that happens at conference events like CC20, and before I know it, the event is over and I'm headed back home.

I enjoyed just getting to at times sit back in the hospitality suites and listen to them talk about what was happening in their lives.  There were times when I was asked to drop some knowledge about what I'd experienced as a 22 year advocate, and time when I just sat back and absorbed it.

TBLGQ intergenerational conversations matter.

There was a moment when Antonia d'Orsay and I were giving a Trans 101 history class to three gender non conforming peeps as they were out in the smoking area. .

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There are the meetings happening on and off the #CC20 campus between ED's of the various organizations in attendance in Dallas plotting the next phases of our human rights movement

There were also moments during CC20 when I was the person having those meetings with leaders of various TBLGQ community orgs

There was me walking around at my sixth Creating Change having the younglings stop me in the hall, take photos, and tell me how much they appreciated my work and the blog.

And I needed to hear that.   One attendee told me about her professor actually assigning TransGriot blog posts as reading material for her Women and Gender Studies class.

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That increased in intensity after I gave the acceptance speech for the Hyde Award, and I'm not mad about that.   Once upon a time (CC99 in Oakland)  I was the wide eyed newbie nervously rubbing elbows with the leadership icons of that period.

Now I have become that icon.   I want peeps to be aware of the fact that if I'm not busy at a conference, I will always have time (or make time) to talk and listen to you. 

It was also nice to get to know the other Black and Latinx trans folks that were able to attend and get to know them better in addition to taking part in that rally Thursday afternoon.

Creating Change 2020 has passed into the TBLGQ community history books.  I salute the Dallas organizing team for putting on a great event while pointing out the Houston #CC14 attendance record is STILL intact.

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Looking forward to the next time I can be at one, either in Washington DC next year or NOLA in 2022.


CC 2020 Susan J Hyde Award Speech    

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TransGriot Note:  This is the text of the speech I'm currently delivering at the opening Creating Change 2020 plenary session

To Rea Carey, the Creating Change leadership team, the Dallas CC20 Organizing Committee, Barbara Satin, Creating Change 2020 attendees, my Houston activist family and my trans siblings.

I am beyond thrilled and excited to be honored with this year’s Susan J Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement.   Even better is the knowledge that I’m receiving it in my home state. The only thing that would have made it more amazing would have been to be receiving it on my end of Interstate 45.

I humbly accept it not only for myself, but for every Black trans person who will never have the opportunity to contribute their talents to our community because they were taken from us far too soon..  

Can we please have a moment of silence for all the trans people we’ve lost to anti-trans violence in 2019?   

Thank you.

I’m not the first Black trans person to receive this award, and you can trust and believe I won’t be the last Black trans person standing up on a future Creating Change stage to pick up one of their own.

Kylar Broadus received this Hyde award during Creating Change 2011 held in Minneapolis.  He’s a trailblazer, community leader and a man I have the utmost respect for. I’m proud to be on this date following in his footsteps and receiving this prestigious award.   

As much as native Houstonians like myself revel in poking fun at the third largest city in the state because it is ingrained in people growing up either here or in Dallas to throw shade at each other and their respective NFL franchises, there is no denying the fact that Dallas has been a major part of my life.  My mom grew up here until her junior year of high school and my grandfather was transferred by his Continental Airlines job to Houston.

Every summer, my family and I made the four hour trip up I-45 to Dallas to visit many of my relatives that still live here in the area and span the Metroplex from Garland to DeSoto, and South Dallas to Oak Cliff.   I’ve been coming here since 2013 for the Black Trans Advocacy Conference, and proudly sit on the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition board as a member of Black Transwomen Inc. I’ll be back here to spend my birthday week at BTAC’s 9th annual conference also being held here in Dallas May 5-10. 

And I can’t forget last year, when I made multiple trips to Dallas for everything from a BTAC leadership institute to Muhlaysia Booker’s wake and funeral.

I’ve been a trans activist for over two decades, and 2019 was a milestone year on two levels. It marked 25 years since that April 4,1994 day I walked into Houston’s Intercontinental Airport to begin the work shift at my airline job that would change the course of my life for the better. 

2019 also was the year that I passed the 20th anniversary of my first Texas trans lobby day organized by my late mentor Sarah DePalma, the ED of the Texas Gender Advocacy Information Network or TGAIN.    TGAIN is still around, but is now called the Transgender Education Network of Texas.

It also marked the 20th anniversary of me attending my first Creating Change conference in Oakland.

But to be honest, when I started the transition in 1994, being an activist was the furthest thing from my mind.  My goals then were a little more modest. I wanted to do my 35 years at the airline job I absolutely loved and retire   I wanted to just get comfortable being me and enjoy my life evolving into the fabulous Black trans woman you see on this stage today.

There’s an old saying that if you want to make God laugh, try to plan out your life.

There used to be an organization back in the day called the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) that was around until 2015.   Back in the 90’s they published a quarterly magazine called Transgender Tapestry that I started a subscription to in 1995. 

In 1997 they decided to publish a series of articles highlighting 100 out and proud trans leaders.   The first magazine I received highlighted 25 people, many of them iconic elders in our community like Jamison Green and Phyllis Frye just to name a few. 

But as I read that article, I was left asking the question, “Where are the trans leaders who look like me?”   I know we exist.

I get my next quarterly Tapestry issue, and it finally had two Black people in it.   RuPaul and Dennis Rodman.

Needless to say I was pissed.  RuPaul and Dennis Rodman had made it quite clear they weren’t trans, and worst of all their inclusion was perpetuating a racist stereotype that the only thing Black folks could do was be an entertainer or an athlete.

Never mind the fact that Marisa Richmond in Nashville and Dawn Wilson in Louisville were at that time running trans support groups called the Tennessee Vals and the Bluegrass Belles on opposite ends of I-65.  Marisa and Dawn were also emerging Black trans community leaders that I would later meet at the 1999 Southern Comfort in Marisa’s case and Dawn at the 2000 IFGE Convention in DC.. I’m also proud to call them my friends,

So after seeing that I resolved to not only be at the 1998 GenderPac Lobby Days in Washington DC, I made it my mission to start getting involved in local and national trans activism.

So yeah, a jacked up article in a trans magazine was the impetus for me getting into trans activism, and I never looked back.

When I  came into trans activism in 1998, there was unfortunately a prevailing attitude that adding trans folks to pending legislation for the TBLGQ community would kill it for everybody, so all TBLGQ activism at the local, state and federal level operated on the euphemistically named ‘incremental progress’ model.  

Translation: We trans folks were told by some Big Gay Org this bill won’t pass with you trans folks in it.   Or we were told that ‘trans rights was ‘too new’, so let’s just take what we can get and we’ll come back for you trans folks later.  

A later that never came.   Ask the trans folks in Wisconsin, who have been waiting since 1982 for people to come back for them and add them to their state’s nondiscrimination law.

Sometimes the anti-trans legislative hostility came from our own community    The anti- trans bathroom argument was created not by Republican politicians, but by one of our own in former US Rep Barney Frank in 1999 because he didn’t want trans folks included in ENDA..  

The 1998 landscape also included the trans community being relentlessly attacked by TERFs, evilgelicals  and being laughed at and considered a joke by politicians on both sides of the political aisle

But still we rose.  During my 22 years in this movement, I have been blessed to see changes in how the trans community was perceived, and I'm happy to say that the Task Force played a major role in making that happen.  As the Political Director of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, (NTAC) from 1999-2002, one of the first events I attended in that role was a National Transgender Policy meeting facilitated by the Task Force in 2000. 

I got to witness the rise of our trans kids like Jazz Jennings and the Mama and Papa Bears as a political and cultural force for our community    I got to witness politicians stop laughing at the trans community and take our demands for human rights equity seriously

I started a blog in 2006  ‘nobody reads’ called TransGriot that not only just celebrated its 14th birthday on New Year’s Day, but was just honored with its fifth GLAAD Media Award nomination.

I get to watch an amazing TV show called POSE in which the issues that affect the trans community get told as you watch it from coast to coast.   The trans characters are also played by trans women, with trans women being writers and producers of the show. 

I’m also happy to witness trans men not only become better known in Hollywood, but stepping up across the country and the world to take on their leadership roles in the movement.  I’m also proud to see my Dallas based sibs in BTMI under Carter Brown’s leadership role model not only what that leadership looks like from a Black trans masculine perspective, but also be sterling examples of Black men while doing so.

I have gotten to witness people like Virginia Delegate Danica Roem get elected and reelected to their state legislature.   I got to see Black trans people like me in Councilmembers Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham be elected to the Minneapolis city council and serve together on that body.

And naw siblings, I didn’t forget about the work that nonbinary and gender non conforming people are doing to drive home the point that gender is on a spectrum, not a rigid binary.

I have also been blessed to witness the beautiful sight of our Texas trans kids living up to our history of being tenacious fighters for trans rights in the Lone Star State and helping lead the charge in 2017 to kill twice the odious SB 6 ‘Bathroom Bill’ in a regular and a special oppression session. 

It’s interesting that Creating Change is back here in Texas at a potential tipping point moment in our politics.   We are now only nine seats away from flipping the Texas House to Democratic control for the first time since 2002   There is the possibility that we may flip this state blue on November 3 and flush John Cornyn out of his US Senate seat he has occupied for way too long at the same time.

We have lesbian and gay office holders across the Lone Star State from judges to city councilmembers to state legislators.  I hope to see in my lifetime a Texas trans person get elected to public office before the decade of the 2020s has passed into the history books.

But much needs to be done here in Texas before we can see that glorious day.  We mush flip our legislature and ensure that fair maps instead of gerrymandered ones are drawn.  We must make sure that every TBLGQ person is counted in the upcoming 2020 Census and registered to vote.   On November 3 we must do everything within our power to ensure that every person who is registered to vote has the opportunity to cast a ballot in a critical to our democracy election.

We must push to ensure that trans Texans are covered not only in our state’s James Byrd Hate Crimes Act, but a statewide nondiscrimination law.

In my Houston hometown, we must convince our female majority city council to pass HERO 2.0, and defend it from attack from the evilgelicals and the Republican Party.

We must kill any proposed bills in Texas and anywhere else in the US that seek to ban the ability of trans kids to get trans medical care before their 18th birthday or criminalize doctors for providing that treatment.

And yes, I have a message for Gov Greg Abbott, Lt Governor Dan Patrick and the Texas Republican Party:  Don’t mess with Texas trans kids.

Don’t mess with our trans kids in the other 49 states and\ US territories either.  
How do we accomplish all that?  That’s why you’re here in the 214 area code for the next few days at CC20.  You are here to not only network with the peeps that can help you accomplish those goals, but learn new skills, and brush up on ones you learned decades ago like I did at my five previous Creating Change events.

You are also here to hopefully make lifelong friends during the time you’re here in Dallas for CC20.

In conclusion, when I transitioned a quarter century ago, I never imagined standing up on stages as my fab self getting honored for the work I do to make my community, the Lone Star State, and our nation better.   I never imagined back in 1994 that I would be appearing on Nightline or MSNBC, or doing print media interviews or podcasts to talk about trans issues.

I didn’t consider the possibility that people would be asking my unapologetically Black trans self to run for public office.  I never thought about the fact that while I don’t have children of my own, I would gain a whole lot of nieces and nephews who chose me to be their Aunt Monica.  

But it’s happening.  I’m seen as a possibility model and an icon to a community that I’m unabashedly proud of.  I’m proud of the next generation Black trans women I see who will make me look like a slacker by the time that I’m done in terms of what they collectively accomplish for our movement .

And to quote our  trans elder Miss Major, “I’m still effing here.”

We’ve got work to do CC20.  Time to go handle our movement business, get our learn on, and get it done for the TBLGQ + kids who look up to all of us.  

And I’m not going to disappoint them.  


Broadband and Presidential Politics   


CircleID CircleID: For the first time in my memory, broadband has entered into U.S. presidential politics. This is an important milestone for rural broadband — not because of the proposals being made by candidates, but because it indicates that the voices of those without rural broadband have reached upward to the top of the political system.

I'm sure that when the presidential candidates go to rural areas, they are asked if they can help find a solution for the lack of broadband in many rural counties. For years I've heard from county Boards and Councils that broadband has bubbled up to the top of the list of issues in many rural counties. Rural residents are tired of having to make an extraordinary effort for their kids to do homework, tired of not being able to work from home, and tired of not being able to engage in things the rest of us take for granted.

Candidate proposals are big on rhetoric, but short on details. Some of the stated broadband policies are as follows:

The current administration is spending $16.4 billion this year for the largest federal broadband grant program ever. They are also spending $9 billion to expand rural cellular coverage.
Senator Bernie Sanders would provide $150 billion in grants and technical assistance for cities and municipalities to build publicly-owned fiber networks as part of a larger Green New Deal infrastructure initiative. That plan obviously extends far beyond a solution for rural broadband, and when cities are thrown into the mix, $150 billion is not going to bring fiber broadband everywhere. He further would regulate broadband as a utility and require that all ISPs offer a low-price 'basic internet plan' to make sure that the Internet is available to everybody.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed $85 billion for public broadband as part of a larger infrastructure plan.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg has proposed an $80 billion Internet-for-All plan that would bring broadband to unserved communities.
Former Vice-president Joe Biden supports a $20 billion grant program for rural broadband.
Senator Amy Klobuchar proposes perhaps the most workable plan that would provide grants to service providers willing to serve rural America. She has likely based this plan on the successful Border-to-Border grant program in Minnesota.

All of these plans must be taken with a grain of salt because we know that many proposals made on the campaign trail are often forgotten by January after an election. We further have to be skeptical of presidential candidate promises for spending, because Presidents don't get to spend the big dollar amounts being thrown around — Congress holds those purse strings. It's possible that none of these candidates gets elected. It's also possible that one of them gets elected and still would be unable to make headway on the rural broadband issue. For example, there might still be a split House and Senate, making it a challenge to agree on spending priorities. The federal government might get pulled in other directions for a wide variety of reasons and never get around to the rural broadband issue.

As somebody who understands what it takes to run an ISP, some of these ideas scare me. For example, the idea of handing broadband networks to municipalities scares me because I know that the majority of local governments have zero interest in taking on that role. If this responsibility was thrust upon them, many of them would do a lousy job. Even should networks be handed to governments for free, many are ill-equipped or unwilling to administer and maintain a network. The idea that we could legislate the creation of well-run government-owned ISPs everywhere is not in touch with the realities of the expertise required to own and operate a network. On the flip side, I hate the idea of giving any money to big ISPs to provide better broadband. We've seen how poorly that can go in the CAF II program.

I also always cringe whenever I hear the idea of regulating broadband as a utility. I am not against the idea of regulation, but the chances are that the federal government and politicians would goof it up and would create an absolute disaster. Regulating something as complex as broadband is a complicated endeavor and would be hard to get right if done at the federal level — if done poorly, we could end up undoing the good than many ISPs have already done.

As an example of the challenge of regulating the industry, I can't think of any easy mechanism to somehow drag all of the existing communities, telcos, cable companies, and fiber overbuilders that provide broadband into a regulated regime. Most of the entities that have built fiber have already taken on significant debt to build fiber networks. Short of the government paying off their existing loans, it's hard to think how these companies could begin offering low regulated prices and still meet their existing debt obligations. I can easily list a hundred other issues that could go awry when regulating the industry. I am highly skeptical that Washington DC can figure out all of the nuances of how to do this the right way. I'm a lot more comfortable with the way we originally regulated telephone service — the federal government established broad policies and state regulatory bodies filled in the details.

I am just happy to see broadband being discussed during the election cycle. The same thing is happening at the state and local level, which is one of the main reasons that we've seen so many state broadband grant programs being formed. All of the lobbying being done by folks without broadband is finally seeing results — at least in promises being made by politicians. We just need to keep up the pressure until the political talk turns into broadband networks.
Written by Doug Dawson, President at CCG ConsultingFollow CircleID on TwitterMore under: Access Providers, Broadband, Policy & Regulation, Telecom

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International Motorcycle Show DC   

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Watch Martin Luther King's iconic 'I Have A Dream' speech   

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Ashley Judd Teams Up With PCCC To Help Get Out The Vote For Elizabeth Warren   


Received this e-mail today from actress and activist, Ashley Judd, on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, in support of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D. MA) presidential campaign:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D. MA)

This weekend, women marched.

One year from now, I want to see a bold progressive woman named Elizabeth Warren march to the White House.

I decided to support Elizabeth Warren for president because her plan to end rancid corruption in Washington DC -- and make government work for the vast majority of Americans instead of the entitled few -- resonates with Democrats, Independents, and Republicans I know back home in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Elizabeth Warren is the best candidate to inspire Americans and defeat Trump. Will you join me in endorsing her? Click here.

Please also donate to her campaign. And consider making calls to Iowa voters or joining Road Warriors travelling to Iowa in the final two weeks.

I've seen what corruption looks like in Hollywood. Too up close. Too personal. Elizabeth Warren has seen things too.

Elizabeth Warren is the leading fighter against the corruption she's seen in Washington. The revolving door between Wall Street and government. Bailouts for banks while students can't even refinance their loans. Corrupt men like Senator Mitch McConnell having too much power and hurting too many people.

She's the only candidate who has done the math, and figured out how to pay for her plans -- from universal childcare to cancelling student debt -- with a two cent wealth tax on the Ultra Rich.

And she made a strong, inspirational case for being Commander in Chief in the last debate.

Elizabeth Warren's plans resonate with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents: lowering prescription drug prices, reducing family debt, reducing health bills by thousands per family, liberating people to start small businesses, challenging Wall Street banks and big polluters, and passing the strongest anti-corruption laws since Watergate.

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Impeachment trial of Donald Trump starting in the US Senate   

The impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump is about to start in the US Senate. Trump is charged with abusing his office by pressing Ukraine to investigate a political rival, and obstructing Congress. It's only the third time in history that a US president has faced charges of high crimes and misdemeanors. The White House has urged the Senate to swiftly reject the charges and acquit Trump. RNZ's correspondent in Washington DC is Simon Marks.

Administration, Clerical: Billing/Receptionist - Stafford, Texas   

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James Crabtree | The Billionaire Raj, Feb 25   

Join us for a talk by James Crabtree on his book, The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age, a colorful and revealing portrait of the rise of India’s new billionaire class in a radically unequal society.

India is the world’s largest democracy, with more than one billion people and an economy expanding faster than China’s. But the rewards of this growth have been far from evenly shared, and the country’s top 1% now own nearly 60% of its wealth. In megacities like Mumbai, where half the population live in slums, the extraordinary riches of India’s new dynasties echo the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers of America's Gilded Age, funneling profits from huge conglomerates into lifestyles of conspicuous consumption.

James Crabtree’s The Billionaire Raj takes readers on a personal journey to meet these reclusive billionaires, fugitive tycoons, and shadowy political power brokers. From the sky terrace of the world’s most expensive home to impoverished villages and mass political rallies, Crabtree dramatizes the battle between crony capitalists and economic reformers, revealing a tense struggle between equality and privilege playing out against a combustible backdrop of aspiration, class, and caste.

The Billionaire Raj is a vivid account of a divided society on the cusp of transformation—and a struggle that will shape not just India’s future, but the world’s.

James Crabtree is a Singapore-based author and journalist, and an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His best-selling book, “The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age”, was released in mid-2018. It was short-listed for the FT / McKinsey book of the year.

Prior to academia, James worked for the Financial Times, most recently leading coverage of Indian business as Mumbai bureau chief, between 2011 and 2016. He is now a columnist for Nikkei Asian Review, and also a non-resident fellow at the Asia-Pacific programme at Chatham House.

Prior to journalism, James was a senior policy advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He has worked for various think tanks in London and Washington DC, and spent a number of years living in America, initially as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Before joining the FT, James was a senior editor at Prospect, Britain’s leading monthly magazine of politics and ideas. He has written for a range of global publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, Wired, and Foreign Policy.

At the Lee Kuan Yew School, James teaches graduate courses on leadership and communication, as well as the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, and innovation in public policy. He is also a fellow at the school’s Centre on Asia and Globalisation.

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Supremo federal rechaza ver caso de bonistas de Assured y Ambac   

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Comment on Westport History Museum: A Remarkable Story by Amy Gallen    

While I am also opposed to the removal of the Sheffer family name and The Remarkable Bookshop Dude sign, I can explain the Peggy Jorgensen mystery. While Peggy did not grow up in Westport, she was a beloved teacher in Weston for 26 years and always recommended to her students and parents that they visit the WHS archives for primary sources for their 'History Day' projects and other research. A few of her students were even state champs that represented CT in Washington DC! This Fall, while in attendance at a charity event for WHS called A Night at the Museum: A Benefit for the Westport Historical Society, she bid on an auction item to have 'your name placed on the gift shop' temporarily. There were a few silent auction items not taken so she generously purchased this one. She promoted the Gift Shop during the tree lighting ceremony, the holidays and to her many families. Her name is NOT a replacement for the gift shop, it was just a temporary use. I've known her for 28 years, and all of her students would agree that she would NEVER want to erase history!!!

El MIT pone en duda que el dinero digital pueda sustituir algún día al efectivo   


Las experiencias puestas en marcha para para que el dinero digital sustituya por completo al efectivo no han logrado hasta el momento ofrecer la misma combinación de libertad y facilidad de uso que caracteriza al pago directo con billetes o monedas, por lo que hasta la fecha no parece probable que se vaya a dar ese tránsito, al menos a corto plazo, según concluye un artículo que publica 'MIT Technology Review', la revista del Instituto de Tecnología de Massachusetts.

Explica que una característica del efectivo físico que las tarjetas de pago y las aplicaciones no tienen es la libertad para hacer la transacción sin intermediarios. "Llamados 'instrumentos al portador', se supone que los billetes y monedas son propiedad de quien los posee. Podemos usarlos para realizar transacciones con otra persona sin que un tercero se interponga en el camino. Las empresas no pueden crear perfiles publicitarios o calificaciones crediticias a partir de nuestros datos, y los gobiernos no pueden rastrear nuestros gastos o nuestros movimientos", relata.

El análisis de la revista 'MIT' señala que, sin embargo, la tecnología digital no ha logrado todavía ese nivel de 'libertad'. De hecho, gran parte de la actividad comercial de los ciudadanos ahora ocurre en línea y depende de bancos y compañías de tecnología financiera para que actúen como intermediarios.

El autor añade que las transacciones también se están volviendo digitales en el mundo físico, ya que las herramientas de pago electrónico, desde tarjetas de débito hasta Apple Pay y Alipay, reemplazan cada vez más el efectivo.

Ante esta situación se pregunta quién desarrollará y controlará los sistemas de pago electrónico del futuro. "La mayoría de los existentes, como Alipay, Zelle, PayPal, Venmo y M-Pesa de Kenia, están a cargo de empresas privadas. Temerosos de dejar los pagos únicamente en sus manos, muchos gobiernos están buscando desarrollar algún tipo de sustituto electrónico para billetes y monedas. Mientras tanto, los defensores de las criptomonedas apátridas y sin dueño, como bitcoin, dicen que son la única solución a prueba de vigilancia como el efectivo".

Advierte el artículo de que esta tendencia preocupa a los grupos de libertades civiles, y cita a Jerry Brito, director ejecutivo de Coin Center, un grupo de defensa de políticas con sede en Washington DC, para indicar que sin dinero en efectivo "no hay oportunidad para el tipo de privacidad que preserva la dignidad que sustenta una sociedad abierta".

Explica que países como Suecia o China tienen en marcha iniciativas que llevarían a la progresiva desaparición del dinero en efectivo. En el país asiático se trataría de implantar un sistema similar a la moneda electrónica propuesta por Facebook, la libra, que funcionaría de manera distinta al bitcoin, ya que mientras éste usa software de código abierto para verificar y registrar automáticamente cada transacción pero manteniendo, en teoría, el anonimato del usuario, los 'nodos' que conforman la red de libra serán compañías que han sido examinadas y que han sido miembros de una asociación sin fines de lucro.

Además, a diferencia de bitcoin, que es notoriamente volátil, libra estará diseñado para mantener un valor estable. Para lograr esto, la llamada Asociación Libra será responsable de mantener una reserva de monedas emitidas por uno o varios gobiernos para que esta reserva sirva como respaldo para las unidades digitales de valor.

Sin embargo, el análisis que publica 'MIT' indica que tanto libra como la moneda china digital presentan serias dudas sobre la privacidad. Al igual que bitcoin, puesto que expone que en los últimos años, "los funcionarios encargados de hacer cumplir la ley se han vuelto expertos en combinar datos públicos" de la 'cadena de bloques' que utiliza esa criptomoneda con otras pistas "para desenmascarar a las personas que usan criptomonedas con fines ilícitos".

Además, añade que algunas critptomonedas se crearon explícitamente para transacciones sobre actividades ilegales, por lo que "su lentitud es inherente, no un defecto de diseño; abandonan la escala, la velocidad y el costo a favor de una característica clave: la resistencia a la censura".

Por todo ello, el autor concluye señalando que, en resumen, hay "tres caminos para el futuro del dinero digital, ninguno de los cuales ofrece la misma combinación de libertad y facilidad de uso que caracteriza al efectivo".

"Las empresas privadas", dice, "tienen un incentivo obvio para monetizar nuestros datos y buscar ganancias por encima del interés público. El dinero del gobierno digital aún puede usarse para rastrearnos, incluso por gobiernos bien intencionados, y para los menos benignos es una herramienta fantástica para la vigilancia. Y la criptomoneda puede resultar útil cuando las libertades están en riesgo, pero es probable que no funcione a escala en el corto plazo, si es que alguna vez lo hace".


02/12/2020 - Military Affairs Forum    


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Bruce Dammeier
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A Pierce County native, Executive Dammeier attended Curtis High School before going on to graduate with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and serve eight years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer. While on active duty, he was deployed on humanitarian relief missions in the United States and across the world. At the conclusion of his military service, he returned to Washington State and became a dedicated community volunteer. Bruce and Lauren, his wife of more than 35 years, live in Puyallup. They have three grown sons.

Colonel Skye Duncan
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Colonel Skye Duncan was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps from the Reserve Officer Training program at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Medicine Biology.  He has served in various assignments including Korea, Fort Gordon GA, Joint Base Lewis-McChord WA, Fort Campbell KY, multiple assignments in Washington DC including Fort Belvoir VA, Fort Bragg NC and attendance of the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks PA.  Colonel Duncan has deployed to Iraq twice as well as one tour of duty in Afghanistan and one in the Philippines.



China deal gives US beef an edge over NZ producers   

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Experts Say Gardner Likely to Vote With Republicans on Impeachment   


WASHINGTON DC — As the impeachment trial begins in the Senate today, the scrutiny on Colorado’s Cory Gardner grows.

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ArchivoSats CNN entrevista a Antonio Rodiles 2016   

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Planned Parenthood chief: we have to 'undo the damage' of abortion bans in the Trump era   


Alexis McGill Johnson is focusing on systemic issues in her fight against the wave of abortion bans sweeping across the US

The Planned Parenthood president, Alexis McGill Johnson, was stuck on the tarmac in Washington DC, and not happy about it. She’d raced to catch a flight and now she was sitting in the stale air of a plane grounded by stormy weather. Then, the woman next to her asked a question common among strangers: “What do you do?”

“I work for Planned Parenthood,” Johnson said, and the woman asked, “Did they ever find a president?” Well, actually, they did, Johnson replied.

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