Category Archives: Poltics

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

Boston Tea Party happened 243 years ago today

kennedy-tea-partyDid you know that on December 16, 1773 (some 243 years ago) a bunch of fed up colonists from Massachusetts dressed like Native Americans and snuck aboard a ship to dump tea into Boston harbor as a way to protest their frustrations with the British Monarchy?

Although it has nothing to do with the protest, I prefer this image of one of my favorite Presidents, having a tea party of another sort with his daughter.  I find both the history of the Tea Party as well as the image of President John Kennedy very inspiring, and these days I’m looking for inspiration wherever I can find it.

My pitch for PBS News Hour

FOX, CNN, MSNBCToo many of us have become addicted to 24-hour news network channels: MSNBC, CNN, FOX, etc… All of these channels have inherent biases.

My pitch for The PBS News Hour – hosted at 6PM daily

I wanted to make a pitch for my favorite news program, PBS News Hour, which covers both national and international news equally (a novelty for any American news program). They open with a 5-minute overview of the leading news stories of the day followed by 4-5 more in depth stories that run approximately 6-8 minutes and include multiple stakeholders (not just those who share a similar bias or who are brought on to provoke outrage). If you find a certain story is not of interest you can quickly fast forward if you watch this on DVR as I do.

pbs-news-hour-shields-and-brooksPBS News Hour also provides an intelligent political analysis every Friday in a reoccurring discussion called Shields & Brooks, which includes syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks. These two men along with the moderator, Judy Woodruff provide an interesting discussion on 3-4 political issues of the week without shouting over each other or calling each other names. One actually walks away with not only a keener understanding of the issues but a better understanding of the opposing view.

If you find that you are getting outraged every time you watch your favorite 24-hour news network then maybe you need to evaluate why you are watching it in the first place. News shouldn’t be sensationalized or dramatic with wild music and graphics designed to elicit an emotional response and get your blood pumping. We are after all talking about news not your favorite reality TV program. Or is that what the news has become for you?

News Hour can be viewed on your local PBS affiliate at 6PM Monday – Friday.

Sanctuary cities like Boston face real threat from Trump

Boston, sanctuary city, immigrationRecently San Francisco made news by passing a resolution, indicating they intend to remain a sanctuary city. I’m proud that Boston’s Mayor as well as mayors from several surrounding cities including Cambridge and Somerville have also repeated that they will remain a sanctuary city even if it means losing federal funding which could happen, considering President-elect Trump has pledged to move against sanctuary cities financially, saying,“We will cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities.”

It is hard to tell what will happen, but I support Mayor Walsh on this issue. Donald Trump may have won the presidential election but he lost in a landslide here and his values are not my state’s values. I’d rather Boston work with mayors from other cities like San Francisco and New York City than compromise on this.

Republican Immigration platformRelated Stories in the news:
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Statement on remaining a Sanctuary City

NYC Mayor de Blasio pledge to protect undocumented workers

Washington Post Article: Despite Trump’s threat to cut federal funding, mayors pledge to protect undocumented immigrants

This is how you go high, when they go low

when they go low, we go highDoes the name Natalie Elle Woods sound familiar to you? Perhaps not. She is not a politician nor is she famous, but a spur of the moment action by Natalie earlier this month has been the topic of discussion on a number of social media sites and I really want to share her story with you.

Natalie was out having dinner with a friend on November 11th when an older gentleman seated directly behind her started talking about how disgusted he was to learn his nephew was gay. According to Natalie his friends said they would pray that his nephew would be cured. Instead of getting angry or possibly intervening, Natalie said that she thought about what Michelle Obama had said at the DNC. She said she felt inspired by her words, “When they go low, we go high.” and she decided to take the high road. She called the manager over and asked if she could pay for the dinner and leave a quick note on the bill.

Did Natalie’s actions change the mind or hearts of the people who’s dinner she paid for? Probably not, but her actions have gone on to inspire others and to show how one can make a statement outside of shouting over each other and for that I think she should be commended.

I’ve abbreviated the full story to make this easier for all to read, but if you’d like to read more about this, Huffington Post has a lovely interview with Natalie Elle Woods that you can read here: Here’s What Happened When They Went Low And She Went High.