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Black Women Send Letter to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in Support of Maxine Waters

 
 
glitterbag
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 08:13 pm
@oralloy,
absolutely nothing you presented is true.
Real Music
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 08:21 pm
Biography

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About Maxine

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor.

Elected in November 2016 to her fourteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives with more than 76 percent of the vote in the 43rd Congressional District of California, Congresswoman Waters represents a large part of South Central Los Angeles including the communities of Westchester, Playa Del Rey, and Watts and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County comprised of Lennox, West Athens, West Carson, Harbor Gateway and El Camino Village. The 43rd District also includes the diverse cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita and Torrance.

Congresswoman Waters serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services. An integral member of Congressional Democratic Leadership, Congresswoman Waters serves as a member of the Steering & Policy Committee. She is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and member and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Legislative Leadership

Throughout her 37 years of public service, Maxine Waters has been on the cutting edge, tackling difficult and often controversial issues. She has combined her strong legislative and public policy acumen and high visibility in Democratic Party activities with an unusual ability to do grassroots organizing.

Prior to her election to the House of Representatives in 1990, Congresswoman Waters had already attracted national attention for her no-nonsense, no-holds-barred style of politics. During 14 years in the California State Assembly, she rose to the powerful position of Democratic Caucus Chair. She was responsible for some of the boldest legislation California has ever seen: the largest divestment of state pension funds from South Africa; landmark affirmative action legislation; the nation’s first statewide Child Abuse Prevention Training Program; the prohibition of police strip searches for nonviolent misdemeanors; and the introduction of the nation’s first plant closure law.

As a national Democratic Party leader, Congresswoman Waters has long been highly visible in Democratic Party politics and has served on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) since 1980. She was a key leader in five presidential campaigns: Sen. Edward Kennedy (1980), Rev. Jesse Jackson (1984 & 1988), and President Bill Clinton (1992 & 1996). In 2001, she was instrumental in the DNC’s creation of the National Development and Voting Rights Institute and the appointment of Mayor Maynard Jackson as its chair.

Following the Los Angeles civil unrest in 1992, Congresswoman Waters faced the nation’s media and public to interpret the hopelessness and despair in cities across America. Over the years, she has brought many government officials and policy makers to her South Central L.A. district to appeal for more resources. They included President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Secretaries of Housing & Urban Development Henry Cisneros and Andrew Cuomo, and Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve System. Following the unrest, she founded Community Build, the city’s grassroots rebuilding project.

She has used her skill to shape public policy and deliver the goods: $10 billion in Section 108 loan guarantees to cities for economic and infrastructure development, housing and small business expansion; $50 million appropriation for “Youth Fair Chance” program which established an intensive job and life skills training program for unskilled, unemployed youth; expanded U.S. debt relief for Africa and other developing nations; creating a “Center for Women Veterans,” among others.

Rep. Waters continues to be an active leader in a broad coalition of residential communities, environmental activists and elected officials that aggressively advocate for the mitigation of harmful impacts of the expansion plan for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Furthermore, she continues initiatives to preserve the unique environmental qualities of the Ballona wetlands and bluffs, treasures of her district.

She is a co-founder of Black Women’s Forum, a nonprofit organization of over 1,200 African American women in the Los Angeles area. In the mid-80s, she also founded Project Build, working with young people in Los Angeles housing developments on job training and placement.

As she confronts the issues such as poverty, economic development, equal justice under the law and other issues of concern to people of color, women, children, and poor people, Rep. Waters enjoys a broad cross section of support from diverse communities across the nation.

Throughout her career, Congresswoman Waters has been an advocate for international peace, justice, and human rights. Before her election to Congress, she was a leader in the movement to end Apartheid and establish democracy in South Africa. She opposed the 2004 Haitian coup d’etat, which overthrew the democratically-elected government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti, and defends the rights of political prisoners in Haiti’s prisons. She leads congressional efforts to cancel the debts that poor countries in Africa and Latin America owe to wealthy institutions like the World Bank and free poor countries from the burden of international debts.

Congresswoman Waters is the founding member and former Chair of the ‘Out of Iraq’ Congressional Caucus. Formed in June 2005, the ‘Out of Iraq’ Congressional Caucus was established to bring to the Congress an on-going debate about the war in Iraq and the Administration’s justifications for the decision to go to war, to urge the return of US service members to their families as soon as possible.

Expanding access to health care services is another of Congresswoman Waters’ priorities. She spearheaded the development of the Minority AIDS Initiative in 1998 to address the alarming spread of HIV/AIDS among African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities. Under her continuing leadership, funding for the Minority AIDS Initiative has increased from the initial appropriation of $156 million in fiscal year 1999 to approximately $400 million per year today. She is also the author of legislation to expand health services for patients with diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Congresswoman Waters has led congressional efforts to mitigate foreclosures and keep American families in their homes during the housing and economic crises, notably through her role as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity in the previous two Congresses. She authored the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which provides grants to states, local governments and nonprofits to fight foreclosures, home abandonment and blight and to restore neighborhoods. Through two infusions of funds, the Congresswoman was able to secure $6 billion for the program.

She is lauded by African American entrepreneurs for her work to expand contracting and procurement opportunities and to strengthen businesses. Long active in the women’s movement, Rep. Waters has given encouragement and financial support to women seeking public office. Many young people, including those in the hip-hop music community, praise her for her support and understanding of young people and their efforts at self-expression. One testament to her work is the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, a multimillion dollar campus providing education and employment opportunities to residents of the Watts area.

Personal Background

Maxine Waters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of 13 children reared by a single mother. She began working at age 13 in factories and segregated restaurants. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked in garment factories and at the telephone company. She attended California State University at Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She began her career in public service as a teacher and a volunteer coordinator in the Head Start program.

She is married to Sidney Williams, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. She is the mother of two adult children, Edward and Karen, and has two grandchildren.

https://waters.house.gov/about-maxine/biography
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 08:21 pm
@oralloy,
oralloy wrote:

Blickers wrote:
It would have been within the Red Hen's owner's right to do this, but as far as I can see she did not actually do it.

While it appears that she didn't do it, this is exactly the sort of behavior that Maxine Waters has called on people to do. (((and yet even you know it didn't '6t happen)))

I question whether people have the right to behave this way. Filling up a store with chanting protests sounds a lot like disturbing the peace, and following someone around harassing them sounds a lot like stalking. (((Hello, women's health clinics, even women trying to get a routine pelvic examine are harassed by zealots worried they might get birth control or a non-funded abortion..

But if it becomes established that people do have the right to do this, woe to any prominent pro-choice leaders, because pro-life zealots are going to descend on them like locusts.

((((Yeah, Woe, the pro-life zealots have been bombing clinics, assassinating doctors during church services, and hunting down anyone they suspect might be availing themselves of their legal rights. Going on and on and on and on ever since Roe V Wade. )))))))




Real Music
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 08:26 pm
Maxine Waters makes Ben Carson Squirm
when asked about Trump's Tweets.

Published on Oct 12, 2017

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Blickers
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 08:49 pm
@oralloy,
Quote oralloy:
Quote:
I question whether people have the right to behave this way. Filling up a store with chanting protests sounds a lot like disturbing the peace, and following someone around harassing them sounds a lot like stalking.
Sara Huckabee-Sanders was not surrounded by chanting protestors, either in the Red Hen or the Southern Inn, the restaurant her party went to after the Red Hen. That was a rumor that you admirably admitted was false. And the whole "picket" thing was a single person, not the Red Hen owner, holding up a quickly made makeshift sign.

The behavior I was referring to was if a picket line formed outside the Southern Inn, on the sidewalk, protesting Sara Huckabee-Sanders' policies. That would be within their rights, I believe. However, that didn't happen, save that one forlorn picketer.
oralloy
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 09:24 pm
@neptuneblue,
neptuneblue wrote:
The most outrageous behavior wins and Trump started it. Now, poor behavior on both sides emerge as one tries to out do the other, Calling attention to only one side but ignoring the catalyst serves no purpose either.
Trump is not responsible for extremists deciding to become criminal nutbags.

People are responsible for their own actions.
oralloy
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 09:25 pm
@glitterbag,
glitterbag wrote:
absolutely nothing you presented is true.
That is incorrect. Leftist extremists are stalking and harassing members of the Trump Administration when they go out in public. And this Waters nutbag has openly encouraged this.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 09:26 pm
@glitterbag,
glitterbag wrote:
Hello, women's health clinics, even women trying to get a routine pelvic examine are harassed by zealots worried they might get birth control or a non-funded abortion..
A mere warmup act compared to what it would be like if pro-lifers started relentlessly stalking pro-choice advocates not even letting them go grocery shopping without constantly yelling in their face.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 09:27 pm
@Blickers,
Blickers wrote:
Sara Huckabee-Sanders was not surrounded by chanting protestors, either in the Red Hen or the Southern Inn, the restaurant her party went to after the Red Hen.
However, other members of the Trump Administration have been stalked and harassed. And Maxine Waters has openly encouraged this stalking and harassment.
oralloy
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 09:30 pm
@Blickers,
Blickers wrote:
The behavior I was referring to was if a picket line formed outside the Southern Inn, on the sidewalk, protesting Sara Huckabee-Sanders' policies.
An orderly picket line outside would probably be OK. But that isn't really what Maxine Waters was calling for.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2018 10:38 pm
Judicial Watch Files House Ethics Complaint Against Maxine Waters For Inciting Violence and Assaults on Trump Cabinet

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-files-house-ethics-complaint-against-maxine-waters-for-inciting-violence-and-assaults-on-trump-cabinet/
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Blickers
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jul, 2018 12:26 am
@oralloy,
Quote oralloy:
Quote:
However, other members of the Trump Administration have been stalked and harassed. And Maxine Waters has openly encouraged this stalking and harassment.
Sara Huckabee-Sanders was not stalked. She's the one who walked into the Red Hen, the Red Hen's owner didn't walk into Huckabee-Sanders' office. And telling someone that you are not going to do business with them might not be very nice, but when you own the business, you can make these decisions.

Absolutely none of this compares to what the anti-choice movement has been getting away with for years, what with bombings, shootings and death threats against people who work at Planned Parenthood. Reading conservatives who are upset at the very thought of what happened to Sara Huckabee-Sanders when people who provide a Constitutionally protected procedure are at risk for their lives everyday is hilarious, in a gallows humor sort of way.
Real Music
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jul, 2018 12:26 am
The Hughley Truth
Episode 6 featuring: Auntie Maxine Waters

Published on Aug 10, 2017

Blickers
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jul, 2018 12:48 am
How Abortion Providers Are ‘Living in the Crosshairs’
David Cohen and Krysten Connon discuss their new book on the persistent harassment faced by abortion clinic workers
By Tara Murtha


https://i.imgur.com/xhsQ80N.jpg?1
David S. Cohen and Krysten Connon's new book, "Living in the Crosshairs," is the first in-depth national analysis of the anti-choice harassment of abortion providers.
Kelly Glasscock/Getty


Eight abortion doctors have been murdered by “pro-life” terrorists since 1993. These assassinations, and the somewhat more frequent bombings and arson attacks on abortion clinics, usually make national news. What doesn’t often make headlines, and in fact has remained mostly undocumented until now, is the daily stalking and harassment of abortion providers and their families.

Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, a new book by Drexel University law professor David S. Cohen and attorney Krysten Connon, is the first in-depth national analysis of what life is like for abortion providers who routinely endure harassment, stalking and paranoia-inducing surveillance.

Cohen and Connon interviewed 87 providers, who shared their experiences of being followed to their homes, of protesters turning up at their children’s school, and of finding posters of their face inside a bull’s eye. (The authors use the term “abortion provider” to mean not just doctors, but nurses, administrators and accountants – pretty much anyone associated with an abortion clinic.)

Frightening doctors and staff out of working at clinics is just one piston in a well-oiled machine that, for all its sinister sophistication, is built on a false premise: that forcing abortion clinics to close and scaring people away from working in the field will “end abortion.” But of course, even if every abortion clinic in the United States closed tomorrow, that wouldn’t stop women from getting abortions — it would only stop poor women from having access to safe, affordable care.

Nonetheless, here we are, living in a country where medical professionals are forced to don bulletproof vests, carry guns, alternate their routes to work, hire body decoys and pay experts to scrub their addresses from the Internet out of fear of being killed.

And the situation is getting worse. According to recent research, the kind of targeted harassment of abortion providers documented in Living in the Crosshairs has increased since 2010 — which is, not coincidentally, right around the time the number of abortion restrictions around the country spiked to unprecedented levels.

Nearly all of the abortion providers Cohen and Connon interviewed said they’ve experienced harassment. Almost half said they’ve had protesters picket their homes. More than one mentioned that even though they wear a bulletproof vest, they assume doing so is pointless — if they’re shot, they figure, it’ll probably be in the head, like Dr. George Tiller was in 2009. One provider talked of catching herself gazing out her kitchen window, idly wondering if there could be a sniper out there, waiting in the dark.

But they also spoke of resilience. One doctor whose barn was burned down by an apparent anti-choice terrorist, killing more than a dozen horses and other family pets, said that after the attack he decided to start providing abortions full-time. “I went to the hospital and told them I was going to resign my privileges on the staff there and I was going to travel and do abortions,” he told the authors.

Rolling Stone recently spoke with Cohen and Connon about their new book and its findings.

One way to prevent policy change is to pretend incidents are random rather than part of a systemic problem. What was the most striking pattern of harassment to emerge in your interviews?
Connon: Home picketing was the most consistent story. We heard a lot of stories about providers whose families woke up on Saturday morning to anywhere between five and 50 people standing outside their house.
Cohen: We also heard a lot of stories about anti-abortion protesters using providers’ personal information to send the message, “I know about you. I know where you live. I know who your kids are. I know what activities they participate in.” Extremists will find their information any way they can – public databases, Internet searches, lawsuits, following people home – and then they state it or yell it to the provider, which says to them, “If I wanted to, I could get to you. I can invade your space or harm you.” Given the murders and violent assaults and arsons in the past in this field, it’s a lot more sinister than if someone just comes up to me and says, “Oh David, I know your name.”

I was surprised by the targeting of providers’ families.
Cohen: It all goes back to: “We know things about you, and we can use that against you.” One provider received phone calls in her hotel when she traveled to another city, on both her cell phone and the landline of the hotel. That was scary enough, but then her mother, who lived across the country from where she was working, also started receiving phone calls, and the people on the phone were using information from her mother’s past. The providers are at risk, but so are the provider’s family and neighbors and communities members.
Source

I think we can all agree, what Maxine Waters is asking for is quite mild compared to what anti-choice people have been doing as a matter of course for decades.
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jul, 2018 01:03 am
@Real Music,
Hughley is correct, I don't know anyone who wouldn't be pissed if someone mocked their beloved aunts, mothers and grandmothers, the women who raised and nurtured them.
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neptuneblue
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jul, 2018 04:31 am
@oralloy,
oralloy wrote:
Trump is not responsible for extremists deciding to become criminal nutbags. People are responsible for their own actions.


True. But you cannot deny that Trump has encouraged violence and intolerance. Here's just two examples of how the right acts...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/10/go-back-mexico-grandfather-beaten-brick-woman-july-4/771596002/

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/us/puerto-rico-woman-harassed.html
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oralloy
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jul, 2018 06:56 am
@Blickers,
Blickers wrote:
Sara Huckabee-Sanders was not stalked. She's the one who walked into the Red Hen, the Red Hen's owner didn't walk into Huckabee-Sanders' office. And telling someone that you are not going to do business with them might not be very nice, but when you own the business, you can make these decisions.
Other members of the Trump Administration have been stalked and harassed however. And Maxine Waters has openly encouraged this stalking and harassment.

Blickers wrote:
Absolutely none of this compares to what the anti-choice movement has been getting away with for years, what with bombings, shootings and death threats against people who work at Planned Parenthood.
Except they haven't been getting away with it. They are given long prison sentences for these murders and bombings.

If it becomes established that it is acceptable behavior to follow someone around everywhere in public relentlessly screaming in their face, they'll get away with that however.
Blickers
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:32 am
@oralloy,
Quote oralloy:
Quote:
Except they haven't been getting away with it. They are given long prison sentences for these murders and bombings.
What about the constant phone threats to the individuals who work at Planned Parenthood? They never stop. Constant harassment-hell, constant direct threats-have been par for the course in the anti-choice movement for decades.

Nor is the harassment limited to abortion. I haven't seen too many conservatives making an issue of this confrontation in Cook County, IL. The woman is wearing a T shirt which says Puerto Rico on it, much like people who wear T shirts which say "Texas" or "New York". Yet, for some reason Texans or New Yorkers don't seem to have to go through scenes like this. Neptune also just alluded to this before:


oralloy
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:55 am
@Blickers,
Blickers wrote:
What about the constant phone threats to the individuals who work at Planned Parenthood? They never stop. Constant harassment-hell, constant direct threats-have been par for the course in the anti-choice movement for decades.
Such harassment will greatly expand if the pro-lifers are allowed to follow their targets around and constantly scream at them whenever they go shopping.

Blickers wrote:
The woman is wearing a T shirt which says Puerto Rico on it, much like people who wear T shirts which say "Texas" or "New York". Yet, for some reason Texans or New Yorkers don't seem to have to go through scenes like this. Neptune also just alluded to this before:
Just imagine if it was a large group of screaming protesters and it happened nonstop every time that person went out in public.
neptuneblue
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jul, 2018 11:51 am
@oralloy,
So, instead of saying this behavior is wrong and stop, you want to see more of it?
 

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