Cast members from “Hamilton: An American Musical” will set up voter registration tables this week outside Manhattan’s the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where Founding Father Alexander Hamilton has been saluted for more than a year in rousing song and dance.
“I’m just like my country,” Hamilton says on stage. “I’m young, scrappy and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot.”
Cast members will deliver the same message outside the W. 46th St. theater Wednesday and Saturday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The volunteers were trained by the Hispanic Federation, a community service organization.
They will provide national registration forms, which will allow people from all 50 states to register in time for Election Day in November.
That’s how long an Indigenous woman says she is committed to going without food while living out of a makeshift camp in protest of poor housing conditions on First Nations in Canada.
Alma Kakikepinace’s health isn’t in great shape. The 53-year-old lives with physical pain, muscle cramps and vision problems associated with diabetes, and yet she is determined to go hungry and live in chilly outdoor conditions on Sagkeeng First Nation to prove a point.
“She’s taking a stand. This isn’t tolerable,” her close friend Robert Peters said. “She’s not alone.”
Four years ago, Kakikepinace, who works as an addictions counsellor, moved to her ancestral First Nation of Sagkeeng, located about 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
In that time, she has lived “without water, without a toilet” in part of a trailer that was blown from its foundation by a tornado a few years ago and was never repaired, Peters said.
“It’s filled with black mold and she’s been getting sick and she can’t live in there anymore,” Peters said, adding Kakikepinace resorted to going to the bathroom in the woods these past four years.
“She’s been waiting for housing from the band, promised over and over that they would give her an adequate place to live.”
Kakikepinace’s demands seem simple enough: she just wants a dry, habitable place to live, Peters said.
“That’s all she’s asking for,” Peters said. She’s been promised for years the next available house will be hers, but it’s over and over and she’s at the end of her rope.“
“Announcing the programme at the Labour Party Conference, the party’s general secretary Iain McNicol said it was its largest ever development programme.
Mr McNicol told the conference: “Today, following discussions and conversations with Jeremy, I’m pleased to announce the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme - a brand new mentoring scheme delivered in partnership with the fantastic Labour Women’s Network.
"Over the next five years we will train over 600 future women leaders, our biggest ever mentoring and development programme.
"Jo was a true champion of women in leadership roles and international feminism and this programme will create a generation of women who can continue Jo’s fight in local government, in parliament and crucially in their communities, a fitting tribute to Jo’s life and work.”
With a little more than a month left before America heads to the polls, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver took a long look at both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s scandals throughout the presidential campaign. And although much of the media attention has gone to Clinton’s scandals, Oliver suggested that, in fact, Trump’s scandals are much worse — and he proved it with disgusting raisins.
“This campaign has been dominated by scandals, but it is dangerous to think that there is an equal number on both sides,” Oliver said. “And you can be irritated by some of Hillary’s ― that is understandable ― but you should then be fucking outraged by Trump’s.”
“Ethical failings in a politician are like raisins in a cookie,” Oliver added. “They shouldn’t be there. They disgust people. But most politicians have at least a few raisins.
"Hillary is a cookie like this one,” Oliver said, pulling out one raisin cookie. “She arguably has more raisins than average. There’s probably 10 of those little fuckers in there.”
“But we all need to remember that when it comes to Donald Trump, this is the amount of raisins that he represents,” Oliver explained, as hundreds of raisins rained on top of him. “The man is a fucking raisin monsoon. He is ethically compromised to an almost unprecedented degree.”
Clinton has been mired by some scandals over the course of the campaign. But so far, the two biggest scandals uncovered during the campaign — the emails and the Clinton Foundation — have led to little-to-no evidence of substantial wrongdoing. As Oliver summarized, “We’ve spent several frustrating weeks trolling through all the innuendo and exaggeration surrounding her email and foundation scandals. And the worst thing you can say is they both look bad, but the harder you actually look, the less you actually find.”
Above is how MSNBC previewed tonight’s debate for viewers.
To the extent that you are inclined to cover a presidential election like a basketball game, in which emotions are running high and fans of both sides have a lot of strong feelings but the objective stakes for the country are minimal, this seems about right to me. Trump really does need to try to reduce basic doubts about his fundamental fitness for office, and Clinton really does need to do more to be someone whom people who don’t like Trump can feel excited and positive about.
But it’s worth covering the presidential election not just as a reality show but as a process through which an individual will be selected to do an important job.
Is it actually important whether the president of the United States makes funny jokes? Are the downside risks of an unfunny president large or small? I think if you consider it for a minute, the answer is that this pretty clearly does not matter.
Even if Trump does manage to “show humility” during a 90-minute live television broadcast, would a reasonable person familiar with his past 40 years in the public eye reach the conclusion that he is a humble person with a sense of his own limits and shortcomings? I’m going with no on this. The fact that we’re in late September and we’re still talking about how he should “stop lying” and have policy proposals is a big tell here.
Politics as horse race and politics as substance are both interesting stories, but at the end of the day the horse race is interesting primarily because the substance is important.
Viewed as merely a competition, political competition is (or at least traditionally has been) on the dull side, and you’d be better off watching a replacement-level TV show than a news broadcast. But years of front-loading the idea that campaigns are basically a form of not-so-entertaining reality television has brought forward a major party nominee who, whatever else you want to say about him, was a very successful reality TV host.
But the “winner” of this show will sit in the Oval Office and make decisions with enormous impacts on the lives of hundreds of millions of people. We’re wondering if one contestant can communicate her policy ideas more clearly and with more jokes, and we’re wondering if the other contestant can chill out on the constant lying and bother to formulate any ideas at all.
revolutions are not made intentionally and arbitrarily, but, everywhere and always, they have been the necessary consequence of conditions which were wholly independent of the will and direction of individual parties and entire classes.