Peace Signs Ideas

There are/will be many rallys schedule to react to  the White Supremacy activity in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rallies I have heard about request the signs to be positive and not aimed at particular politicians or parties. Here are some ideas for Peace Signs that could be used at local rallys.

The Huffington Post has an article, “10 best sign/slogans post Charlottesville” that you might want to check out.

Feel free to add other slogan you like in the comments.

Demonstrators hold signs outside of the White House on August 13, 2017 in Washington, DC, during a vigil in response to the death of a counter-protestor in the August 12th “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A woman died and 19 people were injured in the city of Charlottesville when a car plowed into a crowd of people after a rally by Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists turned violent. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 13: People gather downtown protest the alt-right movement and to mourn the victims of yesterdays rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. One person was killed and 19 others were injured in Charlottesville when a car plowed into a group of activists who were preparing to march in opposition to a nearby white nationalists rally. Two police officers were also killed when a helicopter they were using to monitor the rally crashed. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Activists hold signs during a protest against President Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reed, Trump, Racism, White Supremacy

 

Rep. Tom Reed’s statement on the Charlottesville White Supremacy rally was posted on his Facebook page on Monday morning. It was after President Trump’s first Charlottesville statement on Saturday afternoon, and before Trump’s secind statement later on Monday.

“I’m outraged by the violence and senseless deaths that occurred today in Charlottesville and condemn those who would abuse our freedoms and divide us with bigotry.  Hatred will never have a place in the true American spirit. Our condolences are with the families of all three of today’s victims.” (Rep. Tom Reed’s Website)

It looks as if he followed the President’s lead of condeming the violence and not mentioning the White Supremacy movement.

On Tuesday, The Hill included our congressman in an article entitle, “GOP stands by Trump after Charlottesville”. It read:

“I think the left is trying to make this political and it shouldn’t be,” said one vulnerable House Republican. “I’m disgusted by the heat from both sides.”

“I believe his message has been clear that racism, bigotry and hatred is not American and must be rejected in its entirety,” added Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) a Trump ally who said he still backs the president.

Asked if he had any concerns about Trump’s initial response, a top aide to a conservative congressman replied: “None.”

“Despite whatever faults Trump has, he is not racist or anti-Semitic. … Trump did not earn this.” (The Hill, 8/15/17)

This was before Trump’s controversial Tuesday’s news conference.

The President has again placed the Congressional Republicans in a situation where they have to decide to either follow the President lead, or to act ethically. Rep. Reed is presently following the President. Some Republicans are begining to speak out against the stance that President has taken.

For example, our eastern neighbor Rep. John Katko of the NY-24, also a republican, objected to Trump’s “I think there is blame on both sides” statement. On Wednesday Katko said,

” As I stated this weekend, and again yesterday, there is absolutely no place in public discourse ofr racism, bigotry, or white supremacy. President Trump should outright condemn these words and actions under all circumstances.” (Finger Lakes Times, 8/17/17)

For more artices featuring GOP responses to Trump’s statement see the Los Angeles Times article, “Republicans distance themselves all over again from Trump’s recent remarks” and “Trump, Graham feud over President’s Charlottesville response.”  

It is time again to let Rep. Reed know our feelings on the legitimizing the White Supremacy culture.

Reed’s Offices Phone Numbers

  • Reed’s Washington Office: Phone: (202) 225-3161
  • Olean Office: Phone: (716)-379-8434
  • Corning Office: Phone: (607) 654-7566
  • Jamestown Office: Phone: (716) 708-6369
  • Geneva Office: Phone: (315) 759-5229
  • Ithaca Office: Phone: (607) 222-2027
  • Rally Information:

Hornell Stands With Charlottesville (NewNY23rd article)

Link to Sprectrum News report on the Hornell event,

 

 

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Can we see fascism among us?

muslim-girlsIt is easy to see fascism in violent demonstrations, but what about more mundane examples?

  • Attacks on Muslims and other minority groups.
  • Organized attacks on public education.
  • Proposals for a mercenary army.
  • Private prisons.
  • Border walls.
  • Militant militias.
  • Personal arsenals.
  • KKK
  • Attacks on reporters and publishers.
  • Racism.
  • Nativism.
  • Anti-semitism.
  • Militarism.
  • America first.
  • Legislation intended to restrict voting rights.
  • Right to work legislation.
  • Excuses for police brutality.
  • Tax loopholes for corporations particularly in light of unlimited money in politics.

Fascism unites big business and government against the people. Even in its less virulent forms, it is dangerous and endemic among us–as American as apple pie.

https://www.arcamax.com/politics/fromtheleft/leonardpittsjr/s-1988027

 

 

 

 

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Hornell stands with Charlottesville

 

This article was written by Lee Marcus of Arkport, NY

 


In the aftermath of national tragedy, you sometimes feel you have to do something, even if it’s only something symbolic. Many people around the Hornell area felt that way after the tragedy in Charlottesville last weekend, and some forty of us showed up in downtown Hornell on Monday to express our dismay. We held signs we had quickly penned on the way, or even on the hood of a car right there in the parking lot. We made speeches out of our life stories and from the thoughts we had while driving over about the frightening and terrible images we had seen on TV, images of people in Charlottesville with whom we so easily identify. The victims there had been protesting against a hate group who wanted tio “take back their country.” What country was that? The white one.

 

The country that murdered millions of native people, whole tribes of them, to take their land, and has never atoned for those crimes against humanity. The country that hunted down native people in Africa, tore them from their families and their homeland, sold them as commodities, built an economy dependent on their forced, unpaid labor, and tried in every possible way to dehumanize them. Failed in that, but never atoned. That’s the “country” the Neo-Nazis and Alt-Right want back. They have come out of hiding with torches and weapons and parades because they have permission. They finally have a president who’s on their side, or so it seems. They see themselves on the rise.

 

They’re cowards. Like schoolyard bullies, they have only violence on their side. They can’t compete in the marketplace of ideas, because their only idea is that white might is right, and they know that’s stupid.

 

Why did they choose Charlottesville for their display of ignorance and cowardice? Because the people of Charlottesville were doing something smart. They were beginning to atone, in a tiny, symbolic way. Charlottesville decided, through democratic process, to remove from public places the statuary that celebrates white supremacy and depicts Civil War leaders as heroes. Mayor Michael Signer said his city has opted for a truer version of their history. Confederate leaders were men who committed treason against the United States of America, and they lost the war. Since when do patriots celebrate their enemies’ leaders?

 

There will be more Neo-Nazi and white supremacist actions in our country, their leaders full of praise for Donald Trump. We live in difficult times. I want to suggest two things that might help, and I’m speaking now to white people. 1) Let’s go after the roots of white supremacy by learning about its more elusive cousin, white privilege. It’s time. And 2) Let’s turn with open hearts to the leadership of Native American and African American people. They have, by necessity, paid attention all their lives to the currents and undercurrents of hatred in our culture. I think they’re waiting for us to catch up.

 

 

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Net neutrality

internet

Rep. Capuano (D-MA) writes:

Net Neutrality

Under current rules, internet service providers (e.g. AT&T, Comcast, Verizon FIOS, etc.) must treat all internet content the same. All content must be delivered at the same speed. There are no so-called “fast lanes” that providers can establish so they can charge more money. In simple terms, internet speeds are “neutral”.

For the purposes of providing an example I will use some familiar company names – this is NOT intended to single them out, but merely to make the issue more understandable to less technologically oriented readers like myself.

Currently, Comcast must provide the same speed to both Amazon and Mike’s Blueberry Jam Company because the internet is “neutral”.

The current debate over net neutrality is about whether companies like Comcast will be allowed to negotiate the speed and price of their service amongst their users.

If “net neutrality” is repealed then Amazon and Mike’s Blueberry Jam Company would negotiate with Comcast over how fast their content would be delivered including how much it would cost to deliver it. Since Amazon is so much larger than Mike’s Blueberry Jam Company, Amazon will likely be able to negotiate a much better deal – faster speed and lower price. Mike’s Blueberry Jam Company would then be at an even bigger competitive disadvantage than they are to begin with. The internet will no longer be “neutral”. So what’s the problem with this?

Small companies will be at a significant disadvantage. New products will never reach the market, and innovation and new websites will by stymied by huge entry costs. Over time, the internet will consist of only larger corporate entities.

Already, companies can pay for better placement in your internet searches – so when shopping for shoes most of the sites on the first page of the results have paid the search website for their placement. How many of you ever make it to page 25 to find a small retailer? Cost matters – placement matters – speed matters.

The internet service providers (ISPs) are already some of the more profitable companies in the world and they already know quite a bit about you. Remember, just a few months ago the same people arguing in favor of ending net neutrality also voted in favor of allowing ISPs to search and record all your internet information – from your age and credit card numbers to underwear and shoe size.

The internet was created from YOUR tax dollars. Internet innovation is the future. Faceless bureaucrats and greedy corporations shouldn’t be given so much control over it. 

 

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censored.pngWhat Tom Reed doesn’t want to see:

Tom Reed voted to waste 1.6 billion on a wall.
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll434.xml
deleted July 28, 2017

https://newny23rd.com/2017/07/27/another-bill-going-nowhere/
deleted July 28, 2017

The penultimate paragraph …

(So herein lies the opportunity: The best way to ensure that Congress extricates itself from ideologically polarized gridlock is to return to Congress those elected officials who have demonstrated the capacity to work across the aisle to address the nation’s problems.–Buf News guest opinion cited by TR)

… is the whole reason for this essay (the Buf News article cited), and Reed’s involvement in this (Problem Solvers) caucus. There’s just not enough meat on the bones of this fix (Problem Solvers healthcare proposal). The House has become a joke and stands little chance of meaningful legislation on healthcare. Is Louie Gohmert involved? He’s my favorite clown that stumbles out of this packed Volkwagon.
deleted 8/9/17 (posted by another, presumably deleted by TR.)

On Aug. 12, a racist comment disappeared, presumably deleted by TR.

On Aug. 13 the message is that lower corporate taxes will encourage investment, create jobs, and increase wages. It doesn’t mention that the current tax code provides credits for investment. If business profits are untaxed, Tom would like us to believe that we all will benefit. It is a hard sell, but the GOP is working hard at it.
deleted 8/13/17 (included a link to a W&M post for this date)

I see no pattern to Tom’s deletions except that any link to this blog normally disappears quickly.  If readers have had posts deleted, please leave a comment.

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Opioid Crisis: Trump, Gallant & Reed

The following is a Press Release from congressional candidate Rick Gallant:

CORNING, N.Y. – While addressing the media at the clubhouse of his private golf resort, President Trump laid out his solutions for addressing the nationwide opioid epidemic: “We can keep them from going on [drugs] and maybe by talking to youth and telling them, ‘no good, really bad for you in every way,’ but if they don’t start, it will never be a problem.”

Democratic congressional candidate Rick Gallant issued the following response:

 “With the opioid epidemic intensifying and more than 140 Americans dying each day, we must do better than this. If ‘just say no’ were an effective strategy, we wouldn’t have the crisis we see today.

 Addiction requires long-term and affordable treatment; it won’t be solved with a 28-day stay in a rehabilitation center. We need stronger oversight on the distribution of prescription pharmaceuticals. Our law enforcement community is strained by the resources exhausted trying to address the crisis. Proposed Republican cuts to Medicaid would only make a bad situation worse by further reducing the resources available to deal with this crisis.”

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Although Gallant pointed out President Trump’s short-sightedness on the epidemic, we need to review how Rep. Reed stands on the Opioid issue. In 2016 Reed had two Opioid press releases. In September Reed announced that “Reed Stands with Victims” by acknowledging the increase opioid deaths from 2013 to 2014 and that he is proposing the Help Ensure Lives are Protected (HELP) Act. Less than three weeks later, in another press release, Reed: Jutice for Victims, echoes the first press release.

The Summary of his Help Ensure Lives are Protected (Help) Act states, in full:

This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to impose a criminal penalty of life imprisonment or death on a person who commits a violent drug offense involving a specified quantity of: (1) heroin that contains a detectable amount of fentanyl, or (2) fentanyl that is represented to be or sold as heroin.

The HELP Act, was introduce and was sent to committees and like 99.96%* of his proposed bill, died there. Although he has shown some concern about the crisis at Town Hall Meetings, still he is all talk, no action.

 

*According to Congress.gov, Reed has proposed 127 bills, and 5 have made it out of committees.

 

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