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Looking back at Black Lives Matter and Parkland

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While I am happy the students of the Parkland Massacre have been so well received, I must admit I feel cheated.

The many calls to action for gun control and reform by the Black community seemed to fall on deaf ears. We organized, marched in the streets, protested on social media, but support was limited to thoughts and prayers. The ability to donate to Black Lives Matter passively through our Amazon purchases is nice, but nothing compared to the large donations of $500,000 each by Oprah, The Clooneys, and countless others. The outpouring of public support, rallying of officials to openly commit to making changes, and then implementing them is unprecedented. BLM never received more than the utterance of three words during opportune moments in the political spotlight where it would only serve to benefit politicians who paid our community dust. Through all of this, the media continues to paint these young activists as the new bastion of civil rights leaders and that leaves an ugly stain on my heart. I am not angry with their success, just curious — Where was the support for Black Americans struggling to make sense of our nation in the aftermath of countless deaths? 

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Uphill Battle

In 2013, African-Americans stood by in horror, grief, and rage as George Zimmerman was acquitted of the heinous shooting death of Trayvon Martin. This event prompted the use of #BlackLivesMatter across all social media platforms but the group would not take center stage until the demonstrations surrounding the events of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. After countless hashtags to raise awareness about the massacre of unarmed Black citizens that followed, Black Lives Matter has struggled to gain ground in their good fight to unite our community to crush the systems of oppression that guard privileged White Americans. To their detriment and our own, we have been out-organized and the truth of this is laid bare when evaluating the progress high school students with proper support are making. BLM lacks the political representation, wealth, and notable endorsements of other movements which continues to cripple our progress, but there’s room for growth.

This is in no way a means to discredit or detract from past, current, or future actions taken by BLM. This is also not meant to direct any negativity toward the hundreds of students and families affected by the Parkland tragedy. I am simply using them as examples of community efforts seeking change for the sake of comparison. Having visited BLM’s website as recently as Feb. 27th, 2018, it remains out of date with no posts since January 30th. Their ‘Channel Black’ programming initiative hasn’t had new content since 2017. Even the official BLM shop has yet to launch. The three queer black women who formed BLM are not enough and should not be expected to be enough to support the weight of an entire revolution. This is where community involvement comes in. This is where local politicians and leaders are expected to stand in the gap as representatives for their respective communities to rally for political change. While this process is arduous, it’s where we lacked the representation. However, the opportunity to break the wheel has come in the form of mid-term elections.

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Time for Change

Politics are an avenue where Black Americans across the country need support. Motivated by the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election, more people of color are running for office in 2018 than in previous years. Although not all represent our values or have our best interests at heart (looking at you Stacey Dash), we owe it to them to do our due diligence and take into consideration that as a culture we are attempting to navigate a system that is not invested in our success. While I anticipate positive results from these mid-term elections, I say this with the utmost affection and respect for my people—We need to do a better job of holding each other accountable. We must be as fervently involved in our communities as our Caucasian counterparts. We have to respect and participate in the political process regardless of whether we believe it is manipulated or that results are pre-determined. 503 Black women are running for federal, state, and local seats in the US government. 285 of them are running in red states. We owe it to ourselves not to fail these or any other person of color candidate that means to truly serve the people.

What do you think we can do as a community to continue marching toward success? Will you be voting this year?

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Locked up! Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

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Trump’s Ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison! After pleading guilty to nine federal charges, the fixer has found himself a one way ticket to Club Fed.

You are going to jail! Periodt!

Michael Cohen stood before Judge William Pauley and tearfully apologized to his family and the people of the United States. Cohen cried:

“Recently, the President tweeted a statement calling me weak and it was correct, but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.”

While Cohen’s lawyers had argued against a prison sentence on the grounds of his cooperation with Mueller, he will still face 36 months for 8 charges. For the Mueller charge, he faces an additional 2 months as well as a $50,000 fine. As of now, he has to turn himself in March 6th, 2019.

Cohen pleaded guilty just 13 days ago.

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Trump Exposed for Employing Undocumented Maid

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Donald Trump has been exposed for employing undocumented workers. In a story broken by the New York Times, Victorina Morales says she isn’t the only one.

With more than five years of employment behind her, Ms. Morales has recently received a certificate from the White House Communications Agency. Inscribed with her name, the award commends her “outstanding” support. There’s just one problem — Morales is an undocumented immigrant.

Victorina Morales came to the United States from Guatemala, crossing in 1999. Leaving her life as a corn farmer, Morales applied to and was hired at the Trump property in 2013 with phony documents. In her interview with The Times, Morales admits she knows she was not the only worker who was in the country illegally. But salacious comments have inspired her and others to reveal Trump’s hypocrisy.

“We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money. We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation”

“There are many people without papers”

Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign, the issue of border security and the fight to protect the American workforce has been a priority. However, Trump has a history of staffing his properties with migrant and undocumented workers. Despite signing a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order in 2017, Trump’s companies have hired hundreds of foreigners.

Though Trump and his Organization allege there is no evidence executives knew of their immigration status, lower level management was aware. Staff at the Bedminster location claim supervisors went so far as to help workers evade detection. The Trump Organization, which owns the property, had this to say:

“We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices.”

The White House has yet to release a statement.

 

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Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty, Admits Lying to Congress

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This afternoon, Michael Cohen plead guilty in a New York federal court. With new charges mounted against him regarding the Russia-Trump deal, Cohen cracked.

The latest breakthrough in the Mueller probe has Trump upset! Cohen has admitted to lying about the details of the Russia-Trump deal to “be consistent with the president’s political messaging. Having previously pleaded guilty to charges filed in Manhattan, Cohen has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

The Truth

Court documents show that Cohen lied about the “Moscow Project”– Trump Organization’s attempt to pursue a branded property in Russia. Displeased with this shocking revelation, Trump alleged that Cohen is lying to receive a reduced sentence.

Rudy Giuliani was quick to come to Trump’s defense.

“Michael Cohen is a liar. It’s no surprise that Cohen lied to Congress. He’s a proven liar who is doing everything he can to get out of a long-term prison sentence for serious crimes of bank and tax fraud that had nothing to do with the Trump Organization…With regard to the hotel proposal in Moscow, the President has been completely open and transparent.”

Coming Clean

Cohen previously served as Trump’s personal attorney and professional fixer. He was notably involved in the Stormy Daniels coverup as well as bank fraud.

Cohen, who once claimed he would take a bullet for Trump, is now facing 5 years in prison and a potential $200,000 fine. This plea is separate from the charges he faced in relation to campaign finance charges.

According to ABC, outside the courtroom, Cohen’s lawyer said his client will “continue to cooperate with the investigation.” Having pledged to “put family and country first”, Cohen is making his power play by turning on his former employer.

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