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Justice Democrats - Democrats That Represent People, Not Corporations

Operation Democratic Backbone.

It’s time to face the facts: the Democratic Party is broken and the corporate, establishment wing of the party is responsible. Republicans now hold most state legislatures, most governorships, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the presidency. So in 2018, hundreds of Justice Democrats will run a unified campaign to replace every corporate-backed member of Congress and rebuild the party from scratch. This is our plan:

Pass a constitutional amendment to put an end to Washington corruption and bring about election reform. Super PACs should be banned, private donations to politicians and campaigns should be banned, and a clean public financing system should be implemented to end the takeover of our government by corporations and billionaires. Americans deserve free and fair elections – free from the corruption of big money donors. The Supreme Court has effectively legalized bribery. It’s time for an Article 5 convention to take our democracy back from the brink of oligarchy. Prior to passing this amendment, all members of the Justice Party should reject billionaire and corporate donations when running for office to show the American people we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk. Ranked choice voting should also be implemented to make smaller parties a viable option. All provisions of the voting rights act should be reinstated, and gerrymandering for partisan gain should be banned.

Re-regulate Wall Street and hold white-collar criminals accountable. Despite engaging in systemic fraud and causing a subprime mortgage meltdown and the great recession, you can count the people from Wall Street who are in prison for their crimes on one hand. It’s time to prosecute the criminals, bring back Glass-Steagall, and re-regulate Wall Street to prevent another crash. Prison is not just for the poor and the middle class anymore. We will have cops on Wall Street, not just Main Street.

End billionaire and corporate tax dodging, fix the system to benefit middle-class and poor people. Corporations dodge $450 billion a year in taxes by using offshore tax havens. We should end this injustice, as well as chain the capital gains tax to the income tax, increase the estate tax, and implement the Buffet rule so that no millionaire CEO pays less in taxes than his or her secretary. It’s time for a tax system that benefits the middle-class and the poor, and makes the top 1% and multinational corporations pay their fair share.

Defend free speech and expression. We support the right to express unpopular opinions without fear of censorship. We support free speech on college campuses. The marketplace of ideas should be embraced. A vibrant debate is healthy for democracy, and we should cherish our first amendment. We also support net neutrality for a free and open internet.

Oppose bigotry. We must speak out against racism, sexism, xenophobia, and all forms of bigotry. Non-discrimination protections that currently apply to race, religion, and gender should be expanded to include the LGBTQ community and the atheist community. Making all Americans equal is not asking for special privileges, it’s asking for the rule of law – justice and equality for all as outlined in the United States Constitution.

Make the minimum wage a living wage and tie it to inflation. This is about justice and basic human decency. If you work hard and you work full time you shouldn’t live in poverty.

Ensure universal healthcare as a right. The United States should catch up to every other modern nation and implement a single-payer, medicare-for-all system. There’s no reason we can’t be #1 in the world instead of #37. It’s time to end the destruction of American healthcare by rapacious, price gouging, for-profit, private health insurance middlemen.

Ensure universal education as a right. Educating the citizenry of a nation pays dividends in the long run, with the economy getting back much more than is initially put in. Crushing student debt for higher education would no longer burden young men and women trying to improve their lives through hard work. We should strive to have the best education system in the world.

End unnecessary wars and nation building. The United States maintains 800 military bases worldwide at a cost of $100 billion a year, this is money that can be spent at home creating jobs, rebuilding infrastructure, and investing in the future of the people. The disastrous war in Iraq cost trillions, the war in Afghanistan is 15 years in with no end in sight, and we’re currently bombing 7 different countries. We spend more on our military than the next 8 countries combined. Despite countless lives lost and destroyed, terrorism has only gotten worse. It’s time to end the wars and the perverse monetary-incentive structure that makes politicians flippant about sending young men and women to die. Unilateral U.S. military force should only be used as a last resort to defend the nation. The current budget could be cut drastically if we used our department of defense for what it was intended – defending us, instead of waging interventionist wars.

End the failed war on drugs. The goal is legalization, taxation, and regulation. Prohibition only makes drug cartels more powerful, increases crime, and makes drugs more dangerous due to lack of enforced safety standards. What you put in your body is your own business, and your right. A free society should allow individuals to make their own choices about their bodies. While most users are recreational and moderate, rehabilitation and treatment should be available for people struggling with addiction. Additionally, those serving time for non-violent drug offenses should be pardoned.

Create the new new deal. Our infrastructure gets a grade of D from the Society of Civil Engineers. The government should invest billions in rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, schools, levees, airports etc. There’s no reason why we can’t have the world’s #1 infrastructure.

Create the renewable energy revolution. Scientists are sounding the alarm on climate change. In order to avoid the worst case scenario and a dystopian future we need a massive green revolution. It’s time to drastically and immediately move away from fossil fuels and develop the technologies of the future. This will be a giant boon to both the private and public sector, as well as a necessary response to a global crisis. We can and we must be #1 in sustainable energy production in the world.

Block the TPP and all outsourcing deals that will further damage the middle-class. As a result of NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China and the WTO, Americans have lost millions of decent paying jobs. It’s time to end the race to the bottom and renegotiate these rigged deals that only benefit elites. We should not sacrifice our sovereignty, the only people who are allowed to make laws for the United States should be the American people, not multinational corporations.

End Constitutional overreaches. Ban the NSA from bulk data-collection and warrantless spying. Shut down Guantanamo Bay and all extrajudicial prisons. Prosecute torturers and those who violated the Geneva Conventions, Nuremberg Tribunal, International law and US law. Return habeas corpus and due process. Pardon whistleblowers like Edward Snowden. We shouldn’t be leading from behind on human rights, we must be the home of liberty. We should practice the values we preach.

Ban arming human rights violators. We recently gave Saudi Arabia billions in weapons and watched the civilian death toll in their vicious bombing campaign in Yemen tick up. We continue sending Egypt arms as they violently crack down on peaceful protesters. Israel received $38 billion in aid and promptly announced new settlements. The first step to peace is not enabling nations who regularly violate international law. We must be bold enough to stand up to human rights violators who aren’t just our enemies, but our allies. We don’t weaken our allies by holding them accountable, we strengthen them.

Enact common-sense gun regulation. 92% of Americans want expanded background checks, 54% want a ban on assault weapons, and 54% want a ban on high capacity magazines. This should be implemented along with a federal gun buyback program to cut down on the 300+ million firearms in circulation. Over 30,000 Americans die every year from gun violence, including over 10,000 homicides. The time to act is now to address this public health crisis.

Ensure paid vacation time, sick time, maternity leave, childcare. The United States is one of just three countries in the world that doesn’t offer paid maternity leave, the others being Oman and Papua New Guinea. We are the only industrialized nation that doesn’t offer paid vacation time. This should be changed immediately.

Abolish the death penalty. Humans are fallible, we’ll never get the right answer 100% of the time. 4% of the people on death row are not guilty of a crime and have been wrongly convicted. A system that puts innocent people to death is indefensible and should be reformed. We want justice for the American people but killing innocent people on death row is the exact opposite.

Defend and protect women’s rights. We support the Paycheck Fairness Act. We oppose Republican cuts to Planned Parenthood and women’s health clinics all across the country. In 2016 alone, 60 TRAP laws targeting abortion were passed in 19 states. We will vigorously oppose all efforts to dismantle reproductive rights.

Cute couple aesthetics for the signs
  • Aries + Scorpio: fireworks, dancing and kissing in the rain, intense gazes, surprisingly soft touches, tangled hair and tangled hearts
  • Libra + Leo: loud giggles, fleeting glances, braiding each other's hair, reading the same books and watching the same movies, damp eyelashes
  • Aquarius + Sagittarius: road trips, texting till 3am, listening to music together, wide smiles, glittering smiles, dancing in the middle of the road late at night
  • Cancer + Virgo: secrets only you two know, holding hands in the rain, butterfly kisses, love letters, tight embraces
  • Gemini + Taurus: lively debates, flowers, walking barefoot, exploring together, accidental spontaneous kisses, soft background music
  • Pisces + Capricorn: questioning the universe together, stargazing, playing dress up, shy glances, fierce kisses, ink stained hands
8 Realistic things I wish I knew before starting my MSW program.

Graduation is a little more than a week away…and as I reflect on the past two years, there are things I wish I had kept in mind while treading through my MSW program:

1) Nutrition is everything! Yes I know this is so difficult especially for those who rely on student loans for living/grocery costs—but make sure to always pack healthy snacks for long days on campus and eat normal (semi-balanced) meals. There were TOO many days that I would catch the 2 o’ clock crash and be screwed for the rest of the day because I didn’t take the time to pack snacks. Most schools will have a student room with a fridge and vending machines too!

2) Budget—Yes another difficult one for those of us using loans for living cost. I kept a master budget on an excel sheet and then a running weekly budget on my phone. I broke the master budget down according to rent/utilities, food, gas, emergencies (car, medical, etc.). Then I broke my running/weekly budget down according to what I was spending on a daily to make sure it was within my master budget. This was a great way to see where my money was going and what I could do with the money coming from my part-time job.

3) Self-care— So I personally sucked at this but I wish I hadn’t and saw others who were able to do it all. Let’s face it, whether your a SW student or social worker, our work is mentally and emotionally taxing. Whether it’s Netflix binges (my pick), exercise, pleasure reading, going for a walk, getting a beer/coffee with friends…you have to do something outside of school to stay sane…even if it’s just once per week.

4) Make friends within your program! At least in my program, many people went to undergrad in the area and already had an established friend group–which is fine. But make sure to become friendly with at least one person from your cohort. The vent sessions really help–and it’s nice to have someone to go to for questions and to bounce ideas off of.

5) Stay Organized– My MSW program was made up of heavy reading and writing…and not as many exams (yours may be different). But do whatever you need to to keep up. I kept my planner up to date and used a ton of post-it notes for reminders. Every Sunday I would review my planner for the following week to make sure I was prepared.

6) Not everything is mandatory. While we’re on the topic of readings…you don’t have to read EVERY last assigned article. Most of my professors assigned 5-6 articles per week. So that’s 24 articles per week…on top of assignments and field (and my part-time job). I would be lying if I said I read even close to all of them. Instead, I found out what was mandatory for exams, prioritized those, and then kept copies of the other ones saved on my laptop so that I could skim them during breaks and down-time. While this worked perfectly for me and the structure of my courses, it may not work for you. But either way, don’t stress if you can’t read every last line of those 40 page research articles for your literature review—that’s what the Abstract is for!

7) Read the daily bulletin–I don’t know why I didn’t start doing this until the end of graduate school…everyday a bulletin would be sent out to everyone in the SSW. I missed so much about interesting SSW and campus-wide events, freebies, and scholarships. So even if you read it once a week…take the time to look, there could be useful information.

8) Enjoy the ride! Your full-time course-load and unpaid field placement is about to become your LIFE for the next two years. So you might as well enjoy it. Some days I was so focused on the finish line, that I didn’t stop to embrace what I was apart of. Embrace the intense debates, eye opening conversations, and frustrating clients. It’s all apart of the experience. If you’re in a new city, take time to enjoy the sites and your surroundings. Why not? And I’m not typically a “get-involved” type of person, but there is literally something for everyone, if not in your school, then maybe in the city. So you might as well enjoy every aspect of the experience.

Have fun and good luck! ☺️🌎✊

aquarius finds intimacy with the divine in rapturous bursts of intellectual intuition; the pleasurable sensual roam through their own boundless imagination, where they can luxuriate in their ultra matrix of innovative ideals. this is a synergy with god for aquarius, the travel through the crystallized road maps and valleys of the mind to extract futuristic galactic particles, relish in the crayon box of art, science and sacred, water bearer knowledge. god is staring back at him when he is saturated amongst the collective, watching people dance in elation together at music festivals or come together out of love for a surprise birthday party, observing the invisible threads that tie humanity together and delighting amongst the acknowledgment of a shared communion. the celestial rapture ripples through their high voltage arteries when they participate in dismantling structure and experience the exhilarating streaks of social revolution. the godhead is working like an electrical impulse through aquarius in their buzzing frequency that sets shock waves through holy water and shatters crystallized structure through voice, ideas, debate and embracing individuality. the aquarian experiences meditative ascension when they are simply being and wholly absorbed in their own, unique cosmic energy cluster that delights in having a free, unbound universe of free spirited expression where the soul can dance under its own symphonic masterpiece. the experience of god comes through the highest octave of love and creativity for aquarius, when relishing amongst their love of many things in the mindful indulgence of the majesty of creativity.
-C.

We Make A Great Pair (Part 2)

Hello Tumblr enthusiast, on the menu we got today’s special part 2. Hopefully, it’s okay, I had to rewrite it because at first it was just not good and I wasn’t happy. This version might be better but I’m not sure, I guess you’ll be the judge.

Part 1

Word Count:2,122

You woke up out of breath and tears stinging your eyes. The dream was to vivid to not be real but did you really want it to be true, you weren’t entirely sure yet. You had a family, a family that Hydra had taken you from. Hydra had also wiped your memories a few times, how many you were unsure of but every so often you got glimpses of you past before they wiped you clean to start fresh.


Sitting up your hand was sore and tightly bandaged, and your head was numb. Whatever happen you probably deserved it. Getting you thoughts together you decided that you needed to see Clint but how? Looking at the wide mirror on the opposite wall, hoping to get a hint as to whether someone was watching you. Guess it was worth a shot.


“Hello? If anyone’s behind that mirror I need you to listen to me. I know you don’t trust me but I need to see Clint, Clint Barton. Please if someone’s behind there I need Clint.” Hopefully someone was there to receive your message. Waiting for Clint you nervously pick at the blood and dirt that was under you finger nails.


After what seemed like forever, you had to admit that hoping someone was actually behind the window was stupid. Even if some heard your request they didn’t trust you not enough to let you see your brother that you still weren’t sure if it was true. Oh well, they will have to feed you some time, and when that come you can ask for Clint. You just need to see him.


The door opens and your brother steps through awkwardly standing as far from you as possible. Right you were ‘dangerous.’ “I’m just going to get to the point are you my brother? Because I had this dream where I was supposed to meet a Clint Barton for lunch but on the way there Hydra had drug and kidnapped me. But I’m not sure I can trust my dreams.”


Giving you a smile he strides forward pulling you into a tight embrace. “God I thought I’d never see you again, I looked for so long but you were gone.” Standing in the embrace, you debated if you should push your boundaries.


"Can you help me?” One thing you knew for sure was that now that you were away from Hydra you wanted to keep it that way.


“What do you need?” He asks concerned painting his tone.


“I want out, I want out of Hydra.”


***


It’s been a week since you woke up in your plastic prison and you were itching for fresh air, anything but your plastic walls. During the week you had another dream, one involving Wanda the one you attacked before and her brother Pietro. They had arrived at Hydra a couple years after you rebirth as Spector. You helped them learn to control their power and in return they gave you something to care about, a way to actually feel emotions that were lost to you. You don’t remember much except for the twins leaving and Novac wiped you clean once again.


You understood why you were being kept in this  cell, they didn’t trust you and you didn’t blame them. Still you felt like a caged animal, it reminded you of your time in HYDRA, the cold dark cell, meals to keep you strong but not to fully satisfied, only seeing the outside world when you needed to follow an order which almost always lead to the death of innocence.


At least in this cell you had visitors. Clint and the twins would stop by almost every day for meals or just to talk for a bit.  It was still awkward, more with Clint then the twins. He still wanted you to be the little sister that was taken from him, but that was gone broken and replaced with a cold calculated machine. Maybe some day you could be what you once were but today was not the day.


Clint had said that Steve was going to be coming by to talk to you about the favor you asked for.  So for the mean time, you entertained yourself with a book Wanda had given you. Hearing the door open, Steve stepped in. “Hello.” You greeted marking your book and sitting up.


“So you want to leave?” Steve conceded sitting in the chair across from the bed.


“Yes. I thought Hydra had saved me and giving me a better life. But that wasn’t the case, they tortured, brainwashed, and used me to do their bidding. I’m not asking for forgiveness, I don’t deserve that. All I’m asking is for a chance to do something better, something good.” You explained hoping your words you making their point.


“I’m not promising anything but we could give you a chance to do good. Clint and the twins think you could be a very good asset for the team and I agree. So we are giving you an opportunity to become part of the Avengers. We’re also going to you move out of this cell and to a monitored floor to keep an eye out just in case.”


“Yeah of course I understand, thank you, Steve.”


***


Bucky had walked down with Steve in case he needed any help with Specter. Stepping into the observation room he watch as Steve and Y/N discussed his offer to take a place on the Avengers. He want to help her, she maybe be dangerous but so was he when he need help the most and he knew what horrendous acts Hydra was capable of.


He didn’t remember much of his time with Hydra, but what he did remember was pain. Pain from enemies, cryo, and memory wipes. He could only imagine what she’s been through. With what Pietro and Wanda have share about receiving their gifts, it wasn’t pleasant. But they had Y/N to help them with their powers, something she never had that must have been terrifying. Being probed and prodded like a test rat, with no memories of anything other than her time with her abductors.


Steve exited the room and enter the observation room. Y/N just sat for a bit rotating through various emotions before returning to her book. “What do you think?” Bucky asked Steve who stood next to him looking into the room.


“We have to give her a chance, I think she really wants to do good. She kinda reminds me of you.”


“Let’s hope she’s not like me.”


***


The thought of actually being given a chance to do good is something you didn’t want to miss. Seven years you were imprisoned in Hydra. Brainwashed. Tortured. Broken. The effects of Hydra could never be fully erased it stepped.


Waiting for Wanda to escort you to the new room where you will still be monitored but at least, you could walk around without hitting a wall. Grabbing your book Wanda opens the door and gives you a hug. “Hey ready to take the tour?”


“I’m ready to get some fresh air.” You sigh finally taking the step out of the plastic room, into your second chance. It was larger than you would have imagined. The windows you pasted lead out to a lively city cluttered with civilians going about their day.


Following Wanda, she showed you around, mainly to the training room where you will spend most of your time.You spot a blue blur circling around the large room to what you could only be Pietro’s training session. Stopping in front of you, he flashes you a grin. “Nice to finally see you out of that room.”


“It’s nice to be out.” You joked, but you attention was only half there. Scratch that all of your attention was on the man lifting weights in the corner. He was extremely attractive, but you couldn’t help but feel like you knew him. When he met you wandering eyes, his eye focused and he dropped the weight on the floor, turning so you could see his full frame. That’s when you saw his arm, his metal arm. The one you ripped apart. Avoid eye contact it the best thing to do. Don’t make this more awkward.


“Y/N?” Pietro asked snapping his fingers in front of you, drawing you from your trance.


“Y…Yes?”


“Do you want to see you room?” Wanda looked over to the man who was now throwing punches at a punching bag and smirked.


“Yeah let’s do that.”


Arriving at the room your mind was still buzzing with a thought on whether he still held a grudge for what you had done. What are you saying, of course, he did you kinda destroyed his arm. Who won’t have a grudge?


Wanda swipes the card and lets you in. You were quite surprised by how nice it was and how big it was, everything seemed to be huge in this damn building. The room was basically an apartment except there being no kitchen. It had a bathroom, a bedroom, and a place to lounge. You honestly didn’t expect this, but you were thankful.


Walking over to the coffee table there seemed to be a box of candies and a note from Clint. Here’s a housewarming gift, the note read:  we use to love these as children. You couldn’t remember any of what he spoke of but it was a sweet gesture. Picking one up you unwrap the small candy and place the sweet in your mouth letting it melt into you taste buds.


“So this will be you room for now on hopefully you like it. Just to clarify there’re no cameras, ‘cause that just invasion of privacy. But when the door is opened it’s recorded.” Wanda explained placing a sweet in her mouth as well.


“They don’t trust me, it makes sense but I just don’t know how to prove that I’m no longer Hydra. I want to be good.”


“Just give it time, they come around. It took awhile for them to completely trust Pietro and I.” Putting a finger up she looks into her bag and pulls out a clear box. “Right, here I thought you might like this. Kinda like a uhh… Celebration gift,” Handing you the plastic box you inspect the contents. It was a  of some kind of metal. Opening it you levitate the metal, it was soft but firm, cold and malleable. Everything you loved about metal. Molding the solid into various thing you get lost in the silver compound.


“Thank you, this is great.” Hesitantly stepping forward and give her an awkward hug. Hearing a ring her phone displays a message from Pietro.


“Sorry I have to go but I’ll see you later okay.” Nodding she shuts the door behind her leaving you to look around you new home, but the first order of business a bath. After you bath you mess around with Wanda’s gift until you eventually doze off. That was a bad idea, as soon as you eyelids closed you were tormented with the scene of you missions. All the people you kill and tortured, all the innocent lives gone because of you hands. It was horrendous the acts of violence you followed by the influence of Hydra.


***


After his afternoon training Bucky retired to his room in hopes to catch up with some of his shows that Steve had gotten him addicted to, and for the most part he did. Except halfway through his fourth show when he heard a scream coming from across the hall. Then his arm locked up, he assumed Specter was having a night terror or something to the extend because no one could manipulate his arm apart from her.


His arm was becoming worse the more he contemplated helping her. There was really only one option considering the only other person on this floor was Steve who was at the moment out on a date Natasha made him attend. Getting up he trudged over to Y/N’s door. Knocking he waited for an answer which never came, so he knocked a little louder. When his arm tensed up more he ignored politeness by entering and stepping towards  her bedroom.


She was tossing and turning in her bed. Sweat was beading on her forehead. Wake her gently. Bucky thought of all the times he almost attacked someone for violently waking him during a nightmare. Brushing the hair out of her face, she was so beautiful. Stop! Focus! Rubbing her arm as if he’s done this so many times before. Whispering her name he continues to try to coax her out of her sleep.After a bit, her eyes flutter open meeting his “Hey" He whispers.


Is this considered a cliffhanger? I don’t know, but I hope you enjoyed. Feedback is always nice and I will see you next time on (Insert funny TV show) I’m not sure when the next one will be posted since I’m going on a short trip with my friend and her family.

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Emily VanCamp:  “She doesn’t have Victoria’s heart — that’s a strange and iffy thing. But the idea psychologically that Grayson will haunt her for the rest of her life is absolutely true. The dream is symbolic; the idea that Emily will never truly be happy. She was driven to be this person by this woman, which in turn created so much hate in this young girl. To have her gone is bittersweet in a weird way.” (x)

Madeleine Stowe:   It was absolutely real. We wanted Amanda to be haunted by something. She can never be totally rid of [Victoria]. So they created this recurring dream — and Amanda’s a very credible witness. We believe everything that happened. You have to believe in the credibility of this young girl. So the answer is, in the first draft, we actually started shooting and it was Victoria’s heart. We wanted to leave the audience with a greater sense of a haunting. Because Amanda wouldn’t know.(x)

Me:

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Sunil Nayar: I love that people are asking the question. It’s quite clear that Emily is having nightmares about it. One of the things the show has always done is shown so many nightmares and memories grounded in reality. I’m embracing the debates, and I’ll never say. (x)

Me:

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Well…There it is…Romney vs. Obama

I would use a boxing analogy about how the more powerful, accurate and thereby more efficient fighter (Obama) is more effective at the sweet science, yet routinely when you leave that decisions up to the human eye guided by the emotion of the moment the fighter (Romney) on the other end taking punishment, but still pressing forward and throwing errant punches will be seen as the aggressor and better competitor.