Listen To Their Voices: Jacob Blake

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Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by a Kenosha police officer. In front of his children. All captured on video. He is alive, but will probably never walk again. I could say a lot, but I will not say anything today. Instead, I urge you, my friends and family: Listen to the voices of Jacob Blake’s family and of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers. Continue reading

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Deep disparities in Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers

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Black Minnesotans are more than five times more likely than White Minnesotans to be infected with COVID-19, more than three times more likely to be hospitalized, and three or four times more likely to die. Similar disparities affect other communities of color. COVID-19 hits Latino, Asian, and Native American Minnesotans harder than White Minnesotans.

These numbers should surprise no one. They are just the latest in a long parade of disparities. Continue reading

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Gaslighting, or Just Plain Lying About Democrats and the Pledge of Allegiance

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Trump flat-out lies so often that it is hard to keep up with rebuttals. He lies even when you can see and hear the truth. Today’s egregious example is his tweet claiming that Democrats “took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention.” That’s a lie. 100 percent false.

Here are links to video from the Pledge at the Democratic National Convention each night. Click and you can see for yourself. Continue reading

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Dismantling the Postal Service

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A month ago, I wrote about the Trump administration’s moves against the U.S. Postal Service. Now it is much worse. Here are the latest developments:

Yesterday (August 13), Trump said he is not going to fund the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) because he does not want them to have enough money to handle absentee/mail-in ballots for the November election. Yes—he actually said that out loud. Just as, back in March, he said that allowing more people to vote would mean that Republicans could not win the election.

While Trump continues to bloviate about fraud in mail-in voting, that is a pack of lies. He has cited zero evidence. Five states have had all-mail-in voting for years, with no problems. Continue reading

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Progressives Win in Primary Election

primary-scaledMarking her landslide victory, Congressmember Ilhan Omar tweeted Tuesday night: “In Minnesota, we know that organized people will always beat organized money.

“Tonight, our movement didn’t just win. We earned a mandate for change. Despite outside efforts to defeat us, we once again broke turnout records. Despite the attacks, our support has only grown.” Continue reading

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Attacking This Election, and Future Elections, Too

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Trump’s antipathy toward the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is longstanding. Not as longstanding as the Post Office itself, which was established by Congress in 1792, under power specifically granted by the Constitution. No matter: Trump and many other Republicans want to privatize the post office and they will stop at nothing in their effort to get rid of it. Their efforts have accelerated in the past few months, as an attack on the post office is now also an attack on the election. Continue reading

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Four Things to Do If Trump Won’t Leave

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Today’s Trumpian tweet terrified many people: What if he follows through on his tweet and actually postpones the election? What if he cancels the election altogether? What if he loses the election and won’t leave anyway?

We clearly need to prepare. In the service of sanity, I suggest some survival strategies:

Screen Shot 2020-07-30 at 10.48.17 PMBuild that wall—around the White House. Not hard to do, since the recently-fortified wall around the White House is probably more gesund than most miles on the Mexican border. All we would need to add is a virtual wall blocking access to Twitter, and we could all try to forget the last four years. Continue reading

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John Lewis: Making a Way Out of No Way

From the time he was a little boy preaching to chickens through his life-long fight for justice for all to these last years as a strong voice in opposition to the travesty of the Trump administration, John Lewis held fast to his ideals of truth and justice for all. The best way I can think of to mourn and mark his death and to honor his life is to lift up his words. Continue reading

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Reopening the schools: whether and how

mgn_1280x960_80807p00-vuvckAlmost two-thirds of White parents who responded to a Minnesota Department of Education survey said they are comfortable sending their children back to school in September. A slim majority of Black parents said they were uncomfortable or not sure about sending their children back to school. Most Asian and Latinx parents responding to the survey also were uncomfortable or unsure.

Originally published in Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Continue reading

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Just Saying No: To Mail Delivery, DACA, COVID-19 Tracking

every disaster movie startsLatest orders from the Trump administration: Slow down mail delivery. Reject DACA applications. Stop reporting COVID-19 numbers publicly. Here are the details:  Continue reading

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