Marking 44 years since the passing of Jackie Robinson, one of the first African American to play in major league baseball. He would become a legendary player in the league despite a racist backlash from fans and other players.
Jackie Robinson is a Great Man who did incredible things in his short life, for the Human Race. A stong and courageous man to stand up and be strong despite those who hated the color of his skin. He was just the first to ever play on a white team, and this was some kind of revolutionarily…
How can someone hate a color? Heart could be bright as gold, but they look only at the skin color… Always…
More than 35 million eligible voters in the U.S. — about one in six — have a disability. And in the last presidential election, almost a third of voters with disabilities reported having trouble casting their ballots — whether it was getting into the polling place, reading the ballot, or struggling with a machine.
Despite some improvements, many of these voters are expected to face similar problems again this year.
Ian Watlington, of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), demonstrates why. He has cerebral palsy and needs to use a wheelchair to get up a long concrete ramp outside a church in Washington, D.C.
“It is one of those ramps that everybody thinks is absolutely perfect,” he says.
But as he struggles to get up it, it’s clear that it’s not perfect. Watlington says the slope is fairly steep, which means some people in wheelchairs could tip backward. At the top, he finds another problem.
“Right when you turn to get into the main door, you have a pretty substantial crack in the concrete. One that most people would have to bump over,” Watlington says as he bounces his chair over the crack. He then has to make a sharp pivot to get to the door.
This church was used as a polling site in this year’s primary, and the ramp was one of many potential obstacles cited in a report by a group called Disability Rights DC. Elsewhere, the group found locked doors, broken elevators and obstructed pathways — barriers not uncommon at polling sites across the country.
“Emotion: Agitation or disturbance of mind; vehement or excited mental state.” It is also a powerful and irrational master. And from what Magenta and Columbia eagerly viewed on their television monitor, there seemed little doubt that Janet was indeed its slave.
You asked what we wanted to share about voting rights: It took me a couple elections before I learned that voting was not like a test in school. You can plan ahead, look up a sample ballot, and bring selections on paper. You don’t have to memorize your choices. But some places in the USA don’t allow electronic devices in the polling place, so use paper for the notes. —
I think she’d probably be dreadful at it, and wouldn’t exactly want to pursue this in the first place, but I have an oddly strong desire for Lin to run against Raiko in the next election, just so we can see her rock more of her power suits:
When we met I knew you would leave me in pieces and I wouldn’t be able to put myself together again. It was your voice, the sparkle in your eye and your cheeky smile that left me weak. When we were good it was such a high, but I knew it wouldn’t last forever. I saw the end coming a mile away, and I dove in anyway.