A bunch of corpse flowers in
botanical gardens across the US all
started blooming around the same
time in 2016, and nobody knows why.
The flowers take at least 10 years to
bloom from the time they’re planted,
and though there’s a theory that these
particular plants might be related, it
hasn’t been proven and the cause
remains a mystery. SourceSource 2
“If it was up to me, every Voodoo shop in the world would be closed down,” said Gregg, a devout Catholic, “for the simple fact that no one
should think they should have that much power over anybody’s life.”
Shirley Chisholm was an educator, author and politician. She was the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress, the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States, and the first woman ever to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Chisholm was born Shirley St. Hill in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York to Charles Christopher St. Hill, who was born in British Guiana and Ruby Seale, born in Christ Church, Barbados. At the age of three, Chisholm went to live with her Grandmother in Barbados, returning to the U.S. as a teenager. She attended the Girls’ High School in Brooklyn, after which she began training as a teacher at Brooklyn College. While at the College, she became a part of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which provided her with opportunity to learn organising and fundraising skills. She also won prizes for her debating ability. In 1946, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and began teaching in a nursery school while studying for an MA in elementary education from Teachers College at Columbia University, which she was awarded with in 1952. In 1949, she became Shirley Chisholm after marrying Conrad Chisholm.
From 1953 - 1959, Chisholm served as director of the Hamilton-Madison Child Care Center and the Friends Day Nursery in Brownsville Brooklyn. After this, she worked as an educational consultant for the Division of Day Care for New York City’s Bureau of Child Welfare where she became known as an authority on issues involving early education and child welfare. While running a day care, she became interested in politics and in 1960 she helped to form a Unity Democratic Club in New York. She also worked as a volunteer for the League of Women Voters, the Bedford-Stuyvesant Political League and white-dominated political clubs in Brooklyn.
In 1964, Chisholm was elected to the New York State Assembly, she sat in the 175th, 176th and 177th New York State Legislatures from 1965 - 1968. She successfully fought for causes important to her, including getting unemployment benefits extended to domestic workers and sponsored the introduction of a program called SEEK which provided disadvantaged students the chance to enter college while receiving intensive remedial education.
In August 1968, after a campaign using the slogan “Unbought and unbossed”, Chisholm was elected to Congress from the new 12th District, becoming the first African American woman elected to Congress. Chisholm was initially assigned to the House Agricultural Committee, but demanded to be reassigned as it seemed irrelevant to her urban constituency. She was reassigned first to the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and then the Education and Labor Committee. In 1969, Chisholm became one of the founding members the Congressional Black Caucus, a year later she became a founding member of the National Women’s Political Caucus and a co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She also published her first book, Unbossed and Unbought. Chisholm only hired women for her office, stating that she faced more discrimination during her legislative career because of her gender than her race.
During her time as a New York City educator and child care manager, Chisholm had seen the problems of the poor every day and used her time in congress to try and improve inner city life and opportunity. She worked to expand the food stamp program, and played a critical role in the creation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. She campaigned for the end of the military draft and a reduced defense budget, arguing that social programs were far more important and should not be allowed to suffer. She also supported improved employed and educational programs, especially for minorities as well as the expansion of day care, pro-choice legislation and argued that women, particularly black women be admitted into traditionally male dominated professions.
In 1972, Chisholm made history once again, becoming the first major-party black candidate to run for President of the United States and the first woman ever to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. She survived three assassination attempts during her campaign, and spoke out about civil rights for black people, women and the poor, police brutality, prison reform, gun control, political dissent, and drug abuse and the U.S judicial system. Chisholm won 151 of the delegates’ votes, with George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination. Chisholm’s candidacy lead to her being voted one of the ten most admired women in the world. Her campaign paved the way for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in their bids for the presidency in 2008.
After her campaign, Chisholm continued to serve in the U.S House of Representatives and in 1977 she joined the House Rules Committee. The same year, she was elected as Secretary of the House Democratic Caucus, a position she held until 1981. Chisholm continued to work to make life better for inner city residents, working on a bill to give domestic workers the right to a minimum wage. In addition to this, she worked for the revocation of Internal Security Act of 1950, opposed the American involvement in the Vietnam War and called for
better treatment of Haitian refugees during the Jimmy Carter administration. As a member of the Black Caucus, Chisholm saw black representation in the Congress grow and was able to welcome other black women as US representatives. In 1984, she co-founded the National Political Congress of Black Women.
Chisholm ended her term as congresswoman in 1983 and was named to the Purington Chair at the all-women Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts where she taught politics and women’s studies. In 1985, she was a visiting scholar at Spelman College and two years later, she retired from teaching. During this time, she worked for the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson in 1984 and 1988, and continued to speak at colleges. In 1990, Chisholm and 15 other African-American women and men, formed the African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom.
Chisholm retired to Florida in 1991, two years later President Bill Clinton nominated her to be United States Ambassador to Jamaica but she was unable to serve to to ill health. She was also inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame that year. In 2005, Chisholm died after suffering several strokes. Her activism lives on in the The Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women at Brooklyn College and is celebrated in the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism. In 2015, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama at a ceremony in the White House. Due to her success as a political trailblazer, she will be remembered as a catalyst for change in America.
Law Scholars agree, in order to enact plans Trump would have to violate First Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Bill of Rights, 14th Amendment, due process, equal protection, and the doctrine of enumerated and limited executive powers.
Trump argues for the repeal of the 14th Amendment (Which would allow for the creation of a government similar to the totalitarian police state from the novel Starship Troopers in which Americans could only earn their rights through loyalty to the government.)
Trump security refuses to allow black Muslim woman into event despite her having bought a ticket and being a Trump supporter. Yet let white anti-trump protesters into event. When confronted over the racism security guard says, “If I’m told by Trump’s campaign that some people can’t come in they can’t come in.”
Trump responds to questions about violence committed by his supporters with:
“People come with tremendous passion and love for their country. When they see what’s going on in this country, they have anger that’s unbelievable. They don’t like seeing bad trade deals. They don’t like seeing higher taxes. There’s some anger. There’s also great love for the country. It’s a beautiful thing in many respects.”
Trump doubles down after veterans speak out claiming U.S soldiers would not commit war crimes or torture children even if ordered to. Trump responds with, “They’re not going to refuse me. If I say do it, they’re going to do it.“
(The Central Park Five were a group of minority boys aged 13 to 16 accused of attacking and raping a white woman back in 1989.)
After buying ad space in
four New York Newspapers calling for the death penalty to be brought back for these black children. Trump was quoted saying about the boys:
“They should be forced to suffer! Criminals must be told that their CIVIL LIBERTIES END WHEN AN ATTACK ON OUR SAFETY BEGINS!“ ― Donald Trump
Years later after DNA evidence proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the boys were innocent and falsely convicted Trump refused to apology for his statements claiming they were still “somehow probably guilty”
Trump says the Chinese government “showed strength” in response to the Tienanmen Square protests in which they massacred 3,000 peaceful protesters.
“The Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak.”
1991 book written by Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino President quotes Trump as saying:
“I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day… . I think the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”
Trump builds casino in black majority city and breaks promise to mayor about hiring locals, refrains to hire the minorities and opting to staff the casino with almost exclusively all Caucasian employees.
After being called out for racism, Trump retweets an image of a black family claiming that the family supports him. (The image is taken from from the first result on google images when you search “black family”)
Donald Trump is accused of rape or sexual assault by numerous women over several decades. (This includes 2 separate cases where a 13 year old accuses Trump of raping her while he was at a party hosted by now convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein)
“Women you have to treat them like shit.” Trump said this before pouring wine down the back of female investigative journalist Marie Brenners dress in 1992 as payback for her writing a negative story about him. He later bragged about the event.)
Donald Trump is accused of rape or sexual assault by numerous women over several decades. (This includes a case where a 13 year old accuses Trump of raping her while he was at a party hosted by now convicted pedophile
Trump lies about donating to charity again claiming he has donated over $100 million dollars without providing any records or evidence or naming who he donated too. Meanwhile a TSG review of his foundation’s Internal Revenue Service returns ranks Trump as the least charitable billionaire in the United States.
Trump makes up civil war battle to make his golf club seem more important, questions historians who tell him he’s wrong, makes up fictitious anonymous historians who said he was right, backpedals even further by saying the made-up historians didn’t talk to him but his people when he is asked their names.
Trump tells New York Times he wants to impose unprecedented 45% tariff on Chinese goods. At debates he accused New York Times of misquoting him admitting how crazy it would and how he would never want it then goes on to argue for the 45% tariff two minutes later.
Trump hires a
financial analyst to gauge his Taj Mahal Casino project, the analyst says that the project would fail by the end of that year. Trump sues the analyst demanding he says it will succeed. By the end of the year the Casino declares bankruptcy.
Author Timothy O’Brien
calls Trump a millionaire instead of a billionaire. Trump responds by suing him for $5 billion dollars. O’Brien gets to court and is able to prove Trump had been lying about his net worth and was in reality worth between
$150 and $250 million.
Maher responds to Trumps demands for Obama to release his birth certificate to prove he was born in America saying Trump should release his to prove his
mother had not mated with an orangutan. Trump responds by suing Bill
Maher for 5 million dollars.
Later when asked if Trump knew Maher was joking and didn’t actually think Trump was the product of bestiality Trumps responds with “I don’t think he was joking. He said it with venom.”
(I just want everyone reading this to take a moment and wonder how people would react if Hillary tried to take away a comedians free speech and make them pay her millions over making a joke about her)
Trump claims Obama Never Attended Columbia, while also claiming he did but was a terrible student, while also encouraging his twitter followers to commit felony cyber crimes by “hacking Obama’s college records to check his place of birth.“
Pence thinks America has a duty not only to stop gays from marrying but gay relationships in general citing how we must enforce gods laws over human laws.
(I want everyone to just stop and imagine what would happen if Hillary picked a VP who was a fundamentalist Muslim and who said we can’t let the gays exist because the law of Allah is more important than the laws of America.)
Pence created mandatory minimum prison terms for drug crimes making it so someone who has been arrested as a repeat drug dealer must spend no less then 10 years in prison if convicted. Pence also changed the definition of drug dealer from someone who deals drugs to anyone who is caught with 28 grams of a controlled substance even if they didn’t intend to sell the drugs. Pence also passed a law making it so pharmacists can refuse to sell people medicine if they believe they are drug addicts even if the medicine isn’t a hallucinogen. Pharmacists can refuse to refill my asthma inhaler if they think I do drugs thanks to Pence. When he was sighing the bill making all of these crazy things into law he bragged about how the criminals are going to finally see that they won’t be tolerated in his state now.