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#BlackWomenAtWork uncovers the everyday struggles black women face at work

Black women are fed up with the way they are treated in the workplace so they are sharing their experiences on Twitter.

Activist Brittany Packnett kicked off the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork in response to the disrespectful ways in which two prominent black women were treated by public figures throughout the day. 

As a way to help address these issues, Packnett encouraged black women online to share some of their real-life experiences at work.  

“I wanted the hashtag to make the invisible visible, to challenge non-black people to stand with black women not just when this happens on television, but in the cube right next to them,” she said. “I’m also glad stories of triumph and achievement got shared through the hashtag as well ― black women are more than just our woes, we are triumphant.”

school mindset

essays: make each essay you write better than the last

small assignments: aim for 100s, expect 100s, get 100s

homework: pretend they’re assignments

homework that’s not graded: pretend! they’re! assignments!

tests: study for 100s, expect less

long term projects: act like it’s due in four days -even when it’s not- until you’re done with it

group projects: do not get angry

presentations: pretend you’re obama

disclaimer: this works for me, it may not work for everybody, do not push yourself too hard!!

My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President - the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.

I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change - but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:

Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can.

—  Barack Obama in his Farewell Address
Trump’s Policy Catastrophe

It’s easy to get caught up in the deeply flawed character of Donald Trump. We also need to recognize the policy catastrophe of his presidency.

Compare the things he’s been focusing on with the real problems facing this country. 

This past week, for example, Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shielded around 800,000 young undocumented immigrants – often called Dreamers – from deportation under what’s been known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

For what reason? There’s zero evidence Dreamers are taking jobs away from native-born Americans. In fact, evidence points in the opposite direction: They’ve been generating economic activity that’s created more jobs.

Look at Trump’s other policy decisions this past week and you see the same arbitrary and unnecessary cruelty. 

He’s banning transgender people from military service. Why, exactly? These people have bravely served this country. 

His administration is siding in the Supreme Court with a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because he said his religious beliefs did not allow it. To what purpose is the administration doing this? What if a baker didn’t want to serve an Afrlican-American or Jewish couple because he said his religious beliefs prohibit it? 

The Trump administration is weakening the standard for responding to sexual violence in universities. Why? It says too many young men have been denied due process. But there’s no evidence of that. In fact, the standard established by the Obama administration has been working quite well. 

Why is Trump doing these things? To shore up his base.

Meanwhile, Trump is neglecting or worsening five genuinely big problems facing America:

1. Climate change, as exemplified by ever larger and more destructive hurricanes and coastal flooding.

Trump’s response? Taking the United States out of the Paris Accord, reversing every major initiative at the Environmental Protection Agency, and filling his administration with climate-change deniers.

2. The undermining of our democracy through voter suppression, gerrymandering, and interference in our elections by foreign governments.

What’s Trump’s response to this? Alleging, with zero evidence, that three to five million fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 election. Then setting up a trumped-up commission to find such evidence, in order to justify more voter suppression by states seeking to minimize minority votes.

Meanwhile, Trump is doing everything possible to prevent Americans from knowing more about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, let alone stop Russia from interfering again.

3. The proliferation of nuclear warheads and missiles around the world, most recently the danger posed by North Korea.

What is Trump doing about this? Trying to get America out of its nuclear deal with Iran, thereby giving Iran and excuse to revive its nuclear program. And rather than engage North Korea or pressure China to do something about Kim Jung-Un – whose nuclear program accelerated after Trump said during his campaign that he might support allowing Japan and South Korea to develop nuclear weapons – Trump and his administration are doing nothing but issuing provocative statements.

4. Widening inequality and a growing population of poor in America.

Trump’s response? Proposing a tax plan that will make the rich even richer. And a budget that cuts low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural communities, nutrition for new mothers and their infants, funds to keep poor families warm, even “meals on wheels.”

5. Racism, hatefulness, and divisiveness.

What is Trump doing about this? Fueling even more of it – equating white supremacists with those who oppose racism, militarizing the police, and legitimizing discrimination against Muslims, Latinos, and African-Americans.

Wherever you look, Trump’s policies are backwards. He finds problems where they don’t exist – young people brought to America as small children, transgender people serving in the military, and university men ostensibly denied due process. 

At the same time, he neglects or worsens every one of the really big problems facing America. 

Trump and his administration have been at it for less than eight months. We will be paying the price for years to come.   

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January 4, 2017

Ruh-roh! Despite assertions that the Trump team had no idea Flynn was more foreign than a guy in a Speedo on the beach, word is that they had been given plenty of advanced warning. It was Flynn himself who told White House lawyer Donald McGahn that he was being investigated for being a shady foreign agent and taking boatloads of sweet, sweet Turkish money.

January 10, 2017

Despite basically saying “Don’t hire me, I’m going to fuck this up,” Flynn is hired and promptly sets about fucking this up. On January 10th, Flynn decides that the Obama administration’s plans to work with Syrian Kurdish forces to fight ISIS by taking the city of Raqqa is crap. Trump is still 10 days from being president, but the Obama officials need his team to sign off on it. Flynn says no, delaying the operation and also supporting the position of Turkey, which is opposed to U.S. forces teaming with Syrian Kurds. Oh, also Turkey had paid Flynn $500,000 previously for his secret lobbyist job.

January 20, 2017

Intelligence officials warn Israel not to share sensitive info with Trump because it might get back to the Russians. Ha ha ha! Isn’t that silly? How would info get from the president to the Russians? If this was a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, we’d ask you to move to May 10th, but it’s not, so don’t skip ahead yet!

A Simple Explanation Of Trump’s Russia Scandal

anonymous asked:

If you actually cared about climate change you'd understand that the states have been doing just fine before the Accord, if you want the world to get better mind my trumpisms but you need to crack down on China and India who only stepped up because America stepped down. If Trump had gone forward they would just go on business as usual.

Um no. This is objectively false:

The USA is the #2 climate change emitter in the world. Obama had done some work to reduce emissions, and emissions did go down, but Trump is working to erase all the progress he made

China & India have signed onto the Paris Climate Change accord and have pledged to reduce emissions, unlike the USA. China itself has an ambitious plan to massively invest in renewable energy and reduce emissions.

If Climate Emissions go down in the USA it’ll be down to ordinary people, industry and cities, not the U.S. Government at this point.

I’m not buying any conspiracy theories, sorry. Want to convince me, provide facts, not trump rhetoric.

Trump can’t work hard. ‘Half-assed’ is his max. Obama worked hard and tried to involve Republicans.

The difference between parties is blindingly obvious.