Senator Nikema Williams was arrested November 12th as demonstrators protested the state’s gubernatorial election.
From inside the Capitol building, Williams was restrained by officers, her hands tied behind her back as protests ensued. Alleging she was singled out for her race, the Georgia Senator spoke with reporters to provide her account of the day’s events.
“I was not yelling. I was not chanting. I stood peacefully next to my constituents because they wanted their voices heard, and now I’m being arrested”
Concerned about voter suppression, the group gathered at the Capitol building to ensure they would be heard. Senator Williams was attending a special session on Tuesday morning when she saw the protestors and decided to join them.
— Maya T. Prabhu (@MayaTPrabhu) November 13, 2018
“Justice was not upheld yesterday”
Protestors chanted “Count Every Vote” when they were joined by Senator Williams, but she was not alone. Representative David Dreyer also joined the protests. Agreeing that Williams that treated unfairly he states:
“For some reason, Senator Williams was treated differently than I was treated.”
Dreyer says he went at the same time and for the same reasons as Williams, but he was not arrested. Georgia House Democrats have also chimed in. Stating they believed the arrest was beyond troubling, they went on to say it was “even more troubling that it is in conjunction with a citizen speech about counting every vote”.
Insisting she was arrested on the same grounds as others, the Georgia Department of Public Safety maintains they were just. The department highlights that state law does not allow the disruption of legislative sessions or meetings of other lawmakers. Continuing that they asked protestors to disburse three times, they believe they were fair in their arrests of those who refused.
Senator Williams has been charged with “violating Georgia law”. Jail records show that she was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and preventing or disrupting general assembly sessions of meetings of other members. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Count Every Vote
The voter suppression protest was ignited over claims that Brian Kemp exploited disenfranchised voters’ rights on Election Day. Having remained in his position as Secretary of State, he also drew fire for not resigning from his role before beginning his campaign. Abrams, who fought to have voting times extended across the state on Election Day, is hopeful that a runoff election can still be forced.
Federal Watchdog Agency Claims Kellyanne Conway Violated Hatch Act
It has been recommended that Kellyanne Conway be removed from federal office for a violation of the Hatch Act. Defined as engaging in political activity in the course of one’s work, Conway’s continuous tv appearances and social media presence have gotten her called out by a federal watchdog organization.
The Office of Special Counsel made the recommendation that Kellyanne Conway be immediately removed from her position as the senior-most advisor to Donald Trump Thursday. In a lengthy report provided to Trump, the investigation described Conway as a repeat offender, violating the Hatch Act on numerous occasions. Through disparaging remarks to Democratic presidential candidates, to speaking in her official capacity in television appearance and on social media, Conway has crossed several boundaries. The implications that her actions violate the Hatch Act have been deemed “unprecedented.”
Special Counsel Henry Kerner noted that his suggestion to fire Conway was unheard of. However, the basis for his decision rests on the example set by Conway’s behavior. Discussing the recommendation in an interview, Kerner said, “In interview after interview, she uses her official capacity to disparage announced candidates, which is not allowed. What kind of example does that send to the federal workforce? If you’re high enough up in the White House, you break the law, but if you’re a postal carrier or a regular federal worker, you lose your job?” While many have called for Conway’s termination of employment since she assumed the role as his advisor in 2017, the decision rests solely upon Donald Trump.
In predictable fashion, the White House is refusing to accept the Special Counsel’s recommendation. Instead, they have issued a letter calling for the federal watchdog agency to withdraw the suggestion of Conway’s removal. However, the Office of Special Counsel immediately declined. They are choosing not to overlook Conway’s unethical behavior but cannot force the President to take action in their favor.
Taraji Saving Black Lives
Taraji P. Henson has been a leader in our community by shedding light on the reality of mental health for black youth. On June 7th, 2019, Henson testified on Capitol Hill during the Congressional Black Caucus Taskforce forum on suicide among black youth. Specifically, Henson brought the room into deep thought when she reflected on her own experiences.
Henson’s father Boris Lawrence Henson passed away in 2006. Prior to that, Henson’s son’s father was murdered in Washington D.C. Now, these two traumatic events have affected her but it has also fostered a wealth of issues for her son. As a result, things get worse when young people are not able to vocalize their hurt and pain.
In her statement, Henson stated, “We’ve been taught to pray our problems away.” Henson is making it known that in the African-American community we do not discuss mental health. Instead, we let our emotions build up. If the problem is not addressed it will always be there. There will be strings attached if one doesn’t confront what is holding them back from prospering in life.
Lastly, a few years ago, Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson foundation with a goal to eliminate any stigmas associated with mental health. Mental health should be normalized and it should be taught in schools just like Henson stated in her statement.
I recommend everyone to watch her statement.
Is Dr. Ben Carson Gifted in Politics?
The Hero That Many Look Up To
Dr. Ben Carson is recognized as the most accomplished neurosurgeon in history. In 1987, he was the lead surgeon among a plethora of surgical members to separate conjoined twins. Many people can assume that this is a grueling procedure for not only the patients but the team doing the surgery. Furthermore, many black parents use Dr. Carson as a success story for their children. Specifically, Gifted Hands was the movie every black family watched and made sure their children knew.
Moreover, Based on the movie, many of us know that Dr. Carson is aware of what it’s like to be the on the receiving end of a government that takes advantage of low-income neighborhoods. For this reason, it makes sense that Dr. Carson could serve as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Donald Trump. In this role, he is called to increase homeownership and increase access to minorities who are often discriminated against when trying to search for housing opportunities.
The Problem With Dr. Carson In This Role
Recently, Dr. Carson testified at the House Financial Services Committee and he had two exchanges that the media and public are not taking to lightly. The first exchange was with Representative Katie Porter of California. Rep. Porter asked Dr. Carson what an REO is and he thought that she was referring to an Oreo. Now, I am not a politician, but even I know that was not what she was referring to. He is undermining the problem and he perceives it as a joke. It is, in fact, a very serious issue. He is one of the reasons many homes are going for closure which result in people losing their homes and it enables calumny.
In addition, the second exchange was with Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Rep. Pressley asked him a simple question. Her question was “Yes or no — is stable and safe housing a social determinant of health?” Dr. Carson refused to answer her question and kept dancing around the subject by laughing and quoting our Dear Auntie Maxine Waters quote “reclaiming my time”.
To sum up, this was unacceptable. Dr. Carson could not articulate competent answers to the questions. It is clear to the American people that Dr. Ben Carson is not fit or qualified for this role. It is upsetting because he has the power to help marginalized communities obtain better housing. Instead, he is spending $31,00 on furniture from government funds that are supposed to help communities.
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