Category Archives: Poltics

A divided America will keep Trump strong

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Trump’s continued success depends on keeping Americans divided. Are we reaching out to those who supported him or may have abstained from the process entirely?

Since Trump was sworn in as President of the United States last month virtually every week there has been an outpouring of demonstrations around the country showing how divided we are as a nation. I take great comfort in seeing these demonstrations, but it is not enough.

Are we building bridges by reaching out to those individuals who voted for Trump or maybe abstained from the process entirely?

According to a recent Quinnipiac University Poll conducted just before Trump was sworn into office 48% of Americans said they support “suspending immigration from terror prone regions, even if it means turning away refugees.”  Only 42% of Americans said they opposed such a measure.  So while we may be quite vocal and hopefully the protests and rallies may be making some people rethink their views – if we only take to the streets, only talk to people with our same views and unfriend / unfollow people whom we disagree with on Social Media then are we really making any progress?

2016 Presidential election Electoral College results (apologies for cutting off AK)

2016 Presidential election Electoral College results (apologies for cutting off AK)

Make it a point to seek out those who are not part of your social circle, who share different political views and listen to them.  After you’ve done that ask them to listen to you. Have a dialog. That means you’re not conversing with them to change their mind but to open it to other points of view. You can agree to disagree; politically speaking that is nearly every conversation I have with my parents and several family members.

We should still take to the streets and call our representatives in Washington D.C., but if we never reach out beyond our circle of friends and those who think like us then our chances of changing the hearts of those who supported Trump become increasingly slim.

After you’ve talked to your neighbors and family members pick up the phone and give your elected representatives in Washington D.C. a call. Never underestimate the impact your voice will have.
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The rise of the alt-majority

never trump, dump trump, alt-majority, women's marchA new political movement has unexpectedly been born in response to the divisive political rhetoric coming from the White House and the emboldened “alt-right”, which Donald Trump has courted and praised repeatedly. To everyone’s surprise this unnamed movement has been doing what no political adversary was able to do in the Republican Primary and general election, stealing the spotlight from Donald Trump and drawing massive crowds that dwarf his.

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this new, emerging “alt-majority” as the New York Times called them is that demonstrations are happening virtually everywhere guaranteeing local news coverage throughout the country.

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3.3 to 4.2 million people across the U.S. participated in the Women’s March

While these protests have provided populists like US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and others with a platform to speak at massive rallies, the Democratic Party has largely been left behind. To date these rallies have been organized and supported by grass roots organizations and they are using word of mouth and social media to help spread the word. The real question is can this unnamed mass, which is repeatedly stealing the limelight from Donald Trump continue?

The bellicose bully in the White House has been repeatedly shouted down and over shadowed but can it continue or diminish with time?

Since election night, Trump has done more to rally the “alt-left” than Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders combined, but it is a long haul and to facilitate change, communities large and small from coast to coast will need to be energized as they go to the election booth each fall. It is unclear to me if the momentum can be sustained, but just in case, I’m wearing comfortable shoes and ready to march. I hope I’ll see you online, out in the streets and most importantly, talking to your friends, neighbors and elected officials.

Resources
aclu.org
glad.org
thesixtyfive.org
womensmarch.com

National Pride March is Sunday, June 11 in DC

LGBTQ rights, Washington DCI was inspired by the show of unity and the incredible numbers The Women’s March in D.C. and around the nation commanded earlier this month. I believe very strongly in the right to freedom of speech and assembly so when I heard about the National Pride March in Washington, D.C. in June Sergio and I decided we would skip Boston Pride, which happens the same weekend to travel to D.C. and add our voices to the chorus of protests.

I hope to see you in DC or marching in your home city this June

For those from Boston contemplating a similar trip, we were able to purchase American Airlines nonstop tickets for $153.00. Numerous affordable AirBnB options are also available if hotel room prices are too steep.

I hope this march inspires Pride celebrations across the United States to reach out beyond the LGBTQ community and draw in others to help make our voices heard through out the month of June. For those who in the past have reflected on the relevance of Pride and asked if it is still needed, I hope the disturbing rhetoric coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave makes it perfectly clear that Pride events remain relevant and important for our community.

lgbtq-rightsIf you have not already, contact your representatives in D.C.
Click here to contact your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives
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Regardless of the position of your elected representative (supportive of LGBTQ issues / community or not) never underestimate the impact your call will have.

Women’s March: 10 actions for the first 100 days

womens-marchDid you participate in last Saturday’s Women’s march? An estimated 3.3 million to 4.2 million people marched and protested from coast to coast. I was unable to participate but I was inspired by the collective message. However, for that historic march to make an impact continued action is required.

Organizers have published 10 Actions for the First 100 Days on their website, pledging that every 10 days organizers and their supporters will take action on an issue we all care about. I hope this post helps nudge some of you to channel the excitement from this past weekend into ongoing political engagement.

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Women’s March Boston on the Boston Common || Photo Credit: Stephen Naso

OUR FIRST ACTION

Write a postcard to your U.S. Senators about what matters most to you – and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead. We’re offering printable postcards for you to download. Consider inviting some friends, neighbors over for a drink or dinner sometime in the next ten days to talk about your experience and fill out your postcards.womens-march-hear-our-voice

Link to the Women’s March website to print official Women’s March postcards and to find out the mailing address of your elected officials.

Women’s March

womens-march-on-washington-dcIt is unprecedented to think that just 24-hours after Trump was sworn into office in Washington D.C. The Women’s March in D.C. appears to have drawn crowds that rival in size those of the inauguration to the incoming President.

“We can whimper, we can wine or we can fight back. Me I’m here to fight back!”  U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren told more than 175,000 protesters at the Women’s March Boston

It has been many years since I’ve seen so many people exercising their right to protest (an estimated 80,000 175,000 in Boston with an estimated 3.3 to 4.2 million people across the U.S.), and I can not think of another instance where the incoming President has received such an overwhelming rebuke – not just in DC and Boston but worldwide.

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Women’s March Boston on the Boston Common || Photo Credit: Stephen Naso

I know much will happen over the next four years that I will disagree with, but I am energized and encouraged by what I am seeing not only in the streets of Boston but throughout our country. As a socially progressive liberal, it is rare to see so many speaking out and my only hope is the intensity remains. Much thanks to my friends for sharing some of their photos from today’s march in Boston since I could not be there personally.

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Women’s March Boston on the Boston Common

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Women’s March Boston on the Boston Common

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Women’s March Boston on the Boston Common || Photo Credit: Stephen Naso

President Obama farewell speech

President Obama addressed thousands of supporters and the nation in his final public address on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  Barack and Michelle Obama are likely to be remembered by me as my favorite President and First Lady.

While Obama’s list of accomplishments are impressive, what I’ll always remember and thank Obama for is the acknowledgement and inclusion of the LGBTQ community in their vision of America.

Thank You President and Mrs. Obama.

Shepard Fairey, We The People Kickstarter campaign

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Shepard Fairey is once again using his art to make a political statement, and I couldn’t be happier to say that I’ve donated to the We The People Kickstarter campaign, which closes this Tuesday, to show my support.

The campaign which includes works from Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, and Ernesto Yerena has raised nearly $830,000 from more than 13,000 individual donors. The money will be used to take out full page advertisement the day of Trump’s Coronation Inauguration in The Washington Post and include posters for people to hold along the parade route in Washington, D.C.

If you would like to learn more about the campaign and possibly make a donation as well you can visit We The PeopleWe the People