HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2019

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

March 8th was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations as International Women’s Day. Not all countries recognize or commemorate it, but in some countries it’s a public holiday. It’s a day to celebrate women and at times in certain countries, it’s an occasion for protest and demonstration for everything from women’s rights to ending hunger and poverty. In 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed March as Women’s History Month, calling on everyone to reflect on “the extraordinary accomplishments of women” in shaping our country’s history. Barack Obama, a supporter of women as equals for sure. Boy, do I miss that man.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is: ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.’ It focuses on innovative ways to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women. Another theme is #balanceforbettter, not only celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women; it is a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Right now, more women are running for political office than ever, breaking records in what’s become known as the “pink wave” of US politics. More women won in the 2018 midterms and it’s already showing in the policies that are being brought forth by the Democratic Party. Still, women only represent 19.1% of the House and 22% of the Senate.  We need to change that.

Let’s join the pink wave in any way we can and ride it all the way to a blue tsunami in 2020. Women united; push forward. Save the future. @blueravenartist @blueraventees

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

black history month

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 Winston Churchill said that “History is written by the victors.” For the most of America’s history, it was the white, rich, male directing what went into what was taught about the subject. Although black people have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it wasn’t until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in history books. Until then, black people were largely absent from the subject.

 Dr. Carter G. Woodson, born to parents who’d been former slaves, when earning his Ph.D. from Harvard, was disturbed to find that history books largely ignored the black American population. When they were mentioned, it was usually in ways that reflected the inferior social positon they were assigned at the time.

 Woodson took on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history. He established an association for the study of Afro-American life and history and founded the ‘Journal of Negro History,’ and in 1926 he launched Negro History Week to bring the contributions of African Americans to the nation’s attention. It took a while to catch on, but since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month as February as Black History month.

 It’s a time to remember the countless contributions of African Americans, who survived slavery and segregation, racial prejudge and discrimination and forged through to break the bonds that were held in place by ignorance and hate. It’s a call to each and every one of us to reflect on the cultural, political, scientific, and economic contributions that are woven throughout American society. Our diversity makes us stronger and we need to move past the hate spewed by those stuck in an archaic and shameful past and work together to build a better tomorrow. @blueravenartist @blueraventees

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BOXED IN

BOXED IN

BOXED IN

“In the beautiful Midwest, wind-chill temperatures are reaching  -60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. … People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you!” DJT Tweet 1/28/19

With a commander-in-chief so ignorant/incurious/uninformed he can’t tell the difference between climate and weather, it’s enough to make one feel boxed in when it comes to tackling the most serious threat to humanity.  Last month we learned that oceans are warming faster and ice sheets are melting faster than we thought and that the climate crisis is likely even worse than scientists were previously willing to say.  The last 4 years have been the 4 warmest years on record for the planet.  The new UN report warns we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe.

For decades, Democrats have been blocked from passing any real climate change legislation. Even when they had some power, they didn’t pursue it with any real fortitude or zeal. But that’s about to change. Democrats are positioning climate change as the central issue in 2020.

“We do not have a choice. We have to get to 100% renewable energy in 10 years. There’s no other option.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (AOC)

The “Green New Deal”  aims to dramatically alter the country’s energy and transportation infrastructure with the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade.

“Five decades ago, President Kennedy announced the ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the moon. He didn’t say how it would be done but that we would do it. We could need a giant rocket made of new metal alloys that had not been invented yet, and it would have to be returned safely to Earth within 10 years. He urged us to be bold. I say today that it is time for us to be bold once again.” Sen.  Ed Markey (D-MA)

I’m tired of feeling boxed in when it comes to the most important/dangerous threat to humankind. The planet is worth protecting. As AOC says, “We do not have a choice.” We need to rise up and demand that this country take the steps to combat climate change. Let’s be bold. Progressives unite; save the future. on Instagram @blueravenartist @blueraventees On Facebook @blueravenartist @blueraventees

KIDS IN CAGES EXPOSED

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SECRET PLOT TO PURPOSELY TRAUMATIZE CHILDREN

A U.S. Government memo released by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) reveals the Trump administration’s plan to INTENTIONALLY traumatize children and create a humanitarian crisis at the border. Merkley released this memo to ‘NBC NEWS’ after receiving it from a government whistle-blower, saying that Trump’s “child immigration strategy is immoral and comes from a dark place in the heart of this administration.” And “Children are NOT expendable commodities in political battles.”

“Tonight’s newly-exposed document explicitly reveals that high-level administration officials lied at key points about how and why the Trump administration created this crisis.”  Senator Jeff Merkley

The 12/2017 memo reveals how the DOJ and DHS thoroughly gamed out ways they could tear children from their parents and use the scare tactic  as a terrorizing ploy to deter migrants from seeking asylum. As for the impact on the innocent kids and their families? No big. After all, they’re just brown people, completely expendable in Trump’s eyes. He’s perfectly happy to trade the well-being, safety, mental health, and sometimes lives of children for more applause from his followers.  After all, that’s what he lives for. The whole debacle was a well-thought-out ploy to use cruelty to children to create a crisis he could use to gin up his base. I find that absolutely inexcusable. You?

It’s hard to fathom how anyone could sink so low and get away with it. We’ve always had con-men and sociopaths, but we usually draw the line at letting them run the country.  Intentionally traumatizing children? Kids in cages? We need to find our humanity again. @blueravenartist

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CRACKED UNTIL COFFEE

cracked until coffee

CRACKED UNTIL COFFEE

Americans consume the most coffee in the world over all and the number of Americans who drink coffee daily has hit a 6-year high.  According to REUTERS, 64% of American adults said they drank coffee daily in 2018, up from 62% in 2017.  2% might not seem like a huge hike in a year, but since the U.S. population is currently 328,392,160, that means an uptick of 6,567,842 more people drinking coffee daily. I wonder why? Could it be that with all that’s going on, it’s getting harder and harder to get up in the morning? Could it be that more and more of us need that little kick to face whatever new news is going to kick us in the face? I know I do.

Times are crazy right now. Power mongers are creating chaos and pitting us against each other because doing so helps cement their power. We can’t let them win. We’re all in this together. Let’s take the steps that will allow us to reverse course and come together as Americans, as the Human race.

"When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out." - John Green, 'Paper Towns

People are waking up, and not just to smell the coffee. People are waking up to the realization that we are all one people and if we don’t clean up our act, humanity is in for some harsh realities. Some days it’s really hard to get out of bed and the thought of that warm mug in my hands and the kick of energy I know I’ll feel, sure helps get things going. I still hope we can turn things around. I still hope we can learn to “see each other face-to-face” and find that we’re all part of the human race. Until then, I need that little kick in the morning to get going. As it is, I’m still a little cracked until coffee. I’m hoping to let in some light. How about you?

TIME BOMB

Trump claims he’s an expert on defense.  “There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.” “There is nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me,” and “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.” What he is is a time bomb.

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A WIN FOR VOTING RIGHTS

PRISON STRIKE

ONE STEP FORWARD AGAINST VOTER SUPPRESSION

Floridians with felony convictions are now starting to register to vote after the state restored voting rights to 1.5 million felons.  Florida, under Republican control, had one of the strictest voter laws in the country. 10% of voting-age adults and almost 25% of African American adults were barred from voting because of a previous conviction.  (The measure doesn’t apply to anyone convicted of a felony sexual offence or murder.) Sentences must be completed.  But once that’s done, beginning this month, felons can register to vote.

The bulk of these felonies are for drug charges and petty crimes. (You know…heinous crimes like processing a bag of pot, not “harmless,” allowable, white-collar crimes like swindling millions out of their life savings or colluding with a foreign power. Just sayin.) There are way too many people behind bars, many of them because they just can’t afford bail or representation, some because of biased judges, laws, and juries. It’s an incredible waste of money and human resources, especially when it comes to victim-less crimes.

Once the prisoner has put in their time, the best thing for them and for our collective well being is to integrate these returning citizens back into society. One way to do that is to engage them in the democratic process, which means voting.  Since African Americans are dis-proportionally incarcerated, Republicans are scared that this will hurt them in the next election as blacks tend to vote Democratic. The bipartisan Florida Rights Restoration Coalition has encouraged potential voters to call the toll-free number 877-MY-VOTE-0 with any questions.  

Voter suppression is an incredibly powerful force and harmful to the democratic process. We need to fight it for all it’s worth. So it’s nice to have a little win once in a while.  I keep looking for them these days when things often seem so dire. Good for you, Floridians! You proved what people showing up at the polls can do.  @blueravenartist

THE HOUSE TURNS BLUE

THE HOUSE turns blue

THE HOUSE TURNS BLUE

After two long years of dirty dealings from the people with all the power, we’re gaining a bit of clout We won’t be able to make big changes yet with just one branch of government, but now that we have the House…we can INVESTIGATE.  @nowthispolitics shared a video with a list of what the Dems plan to look into. The list put a smile on my face and I hope it does on yours.

Trump’s tax returns, firing of FBI chief, Jim Comey, mass firing of U.S. attorneys & the ‘cleaning out’ of career federal employees.

Trump’s family businesses potentially profiting from foreign governments,   receiving trademarks from China and use of his nonprofit for self-dealing.

W. H. staff’s use of personal email & servers. Cabinet officials’ travel, office expenses, uses of charter flights & other misused perks & incomplete security clearance forms.

Trump’s ban on transgender military service members.

DHS’s family separation policy at the border.

“Dirty ops” on Obama staff by Israeli intel firm Black Cube.

Payments to silence Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

Dismissals from EPA’s board of scientific counselors and EPA’s failure to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests.

The citizenship question added to the 2020 census.

The Justice Dept’s refusal to defend the ACA.

HHS, DOJ and Homeland Security’s alleged gag order on whistle blowers.

HHS collaboration with right-wing group on Medicaid family planning policy. 

Jared Kushner’s ethics law compliance and dirty dealings.

Cambridge Analytica’s undisclosed hiring of foreign nationals and contacts with foreign governments.

Foreign efforts to breach state election systems during the 2016 election.

Discussions of classified info at Mar-a-Lago &what Trump told  Putin in their hours-long summit.

There’s more, but this is a taste of what we might see in 2019. Yes, it’s been a long two years, and we’re going to need every blue and purple hand out there to change things. But tomorrow, the House turns blue. Let’s make the most of it @blueravenartist

HAPPY NEW YEAR

PEACE ON EARTH

I wish for peace on earth. I wish you much happiness too. I hope that this year is better than last one and that we can come together and begin to push things in a better direction. Happy New Year and peace on earth.

PEACE ON EARTH

FOR YOU

If I could take peace and joy and wrap them up in a box and give them out like candy, I would. We've had a chaotic year. I'm hoping that next year plays out better. So here's wishing you and yours a peaceful holiday season and a happy new year. Peace on earth, my friends. Peace on earth.

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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

while you were sleeping

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

NPR announced that a specially appointed panel of judges has dismissed all 83 ethic complaints against Brett Kavanaugh regarding his confirmation hearing conduct. Seems it doesn’t matter that the judges admitted the complaints “are serious,” including, outright provable lying, to say nothing of spouting right-wing conspiracy theories in a tone so disdainful that people around him were visibly cringing. The conservative John Robert’s appointed judges decided that they had no authority to investigate or discipline Supreme Court justices. That seems like a cop-out. Does that mean that if you’re a Supreme Court justice, you can get away with anything?  Kinda like our President so far, I guess.  I hope that’s about to change in the near future. (With what’s going on, that seems highly likely. Go Mueller!)

As for the Christine Blasey Ford  case;  we now know there was only a sham investigation. Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior is okay anyway in the circles putting him in office. They’re fine with wife-beaters, sexual harassers, and even pedophiles. Like Trump said, “When you’re a star, they let you do it.” Apparently that works for a Supreme Court judge too since the GOP is in control.  Once again, we’re seeing the impact of McConnell’s success in packing the courts with right-wing judges. Once again we’re getting a “canary in a coal mine” warning about the importance of judicial appointments.

There’s not much hope that we can do anything about Kavanaugh at this point. But I hope that when we take over the Presidency in 2020 we make it a priority to fill as many judgeships as we can, so that we can bring a little sanity and science back into the powers of justice.  Progressives unite; push forward. Save the future. @blueravenartist

NO BIG

NO BIG

NO BIG

5 Democratic members of Congress toured a remote tent city in Texas that’s holding about 2,700 immigrant teens between 13 and 17 costing roughly a million bucks a day.  “It’s in a remote location on purpose so that the American people do not know what’s happening here,” said Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas.  Rep. Judy Chu of California said, “We need to shut it down. It’s inhumane. It is a child prison. It has no right to exist.”

BCFS Health and Human Services, the contractor running the facility, told them that this one tent city costs taxpayers about $144 million bucks since opening. Set aside the inhumanity of the Trump administration’s immigration policies for a moment and look at it from a fiscal point of view. The U.S. has approximately 200 facilities holding some 30,000 immigrants on any given day. The combined budget of enforcement agencies was $19 billion in 2016 and it has only skyrocketed since. Think of the good that could be done with all that cash. Think of how much better off we’d all be if we got our priorities straight.

The inhumanity can only be set aside briefly. Immigrants tell of cruelty, illness and filth, and the night and day wailing of hungry children.  They arrive after harrowing journeys seeking asylum and are held in overcrowded and filthy conditions. Some are in huge tent cities lacking adequate sanitary facilities. Some are still caged, sleeping on the hard floor with nothing but a metallic sheet where the lights blare 24/7  and they’re often dehydrated and don’t get enough to eat.

Even the death of little 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, who died in custody while waiting an hour and a half before receiving emergency care, doesn’t sway this President or the GOP-ruled Congress.

Yeah, if it were their guns we were detaining and locking up, the GOP would riot. But since it’s just a bunch of brown people…no big. This needs to change. Progressives unite; push forward. Find me on Instagram/Facebook @blueravenartist

AFTER THE GIG

AFTER THE GIG

When you’re big in the music business, you have a whole entourage to handle your every need. There are light people and sound people and a manager and roadies to take care of your instruments and then the catering crew and someone for props; and the whole scene’s highly chaotic.

But if you‘re smaller scale and play the local scene, sometimes it’s just you and your instrument and whatever way you have to get the two of you home. I imagine my guy in the image, late, late at night, walking a few quiet streets to where he needs to catch a taxi or the subway or perhaps parked his car. He’d have his guitar in a case, I know, but cases can get so dinged up and ugly, especially if they’re covered in old back stage passes…I know, sentimental value, I get it. But for creative license and because I love the sheer beauty of musical instruments, my guy’s carrying his baby, bare, over his shoulder.  Regardless…

There’s this special time after a gig, particularly a good one, where everything came together and the music really flowed. The crowd disperses and the band members are starting to go their own ways after having a friendly beer. The on-stage buzz has died down and you’re fried, but still slightly, subtly euphoric as you make your way home to get some much-needed shut-eye.

While you’re walking, your mind drifts from the high of the gig to a softer feeling, knowing there’s someone at home, sound asleep, but still waiting for you. And the two feelings merge and you have this quiet, private, perfect moment on that silent street, to take it in and savor. It’s a special time, after a gig, one worth saving…at least for the guy in the image.

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NO MORE HATE

NO MORE HATE

NO MORE HATE

We’ve always had haters. But in the last few decades we were beginning to evolve towards a more educated and tolerant nation. There were those in the media who helped that considerably. One of my heroes, Gene Roddenberry, showed people of color in places of power, something completely new that opened people’s mind to the reality that race is just a social construct. Archie Bunker showed us the ugliness and ignorance of bigotry. ‘WILL AND GRACE’ (the old one) showed us that gay people were just people. The LGBTQ community lost at least some of the fear of living their lives as their true selves and more and more of them were able to come out of the closet. As for the border and our friends down in Mexico, we didn’t give it much thought. It was a cool place to visit. The people were friendly. We were beginning to learn something that any evolved species eventually understands, that the color of one’s skin or their ethnicity or sexual orientation or gender are just attributes that make each person unique. People are just people under the skin.

Then came Trump.

Crimes incited by hate are rising steeply, according to a Justice Department survey of major cities.  According to new data “hate crime totals for the 20 largest cities rose for four straight years to the highest level in a decade, rising 12% just last year.” One report found an 86% increase in hate crimes against LGBTQ people in 2017.  Anti-Semitic incidents have increased dramatically, up 57% in just the last year according to the Anti-Defamation League. Ironically, other crimes like regular violent crimes and property crimes decreased.

Something changed and that something is the ‘leader of the free world’ who spouts hate and vitriol and bigotry at every turn. He’s made it okay for haters to come out into the open and flaunt their hate and even act on it. We need him out of office.

We’ve always had haters. But Trump is giving license to their hate and emboldening them to act as though their hate is justified and normal. We can’t let that happen.

Somehow, love must trump hate, no matter what we’re up against. Progressives unite; push forward. Save the future.

TRUMP'S GUT

TRUMP'S GUT

TRUMP’S GUT

“They’re making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.”  These are Trump’s words about the Fed in a recent ‘WASHINGTON POST’ interview.  

Chris Cillizza, Editor-at-Large gives an excellent analysis of the interview between Trump and the Post:  ’21 very revealing lines from Donald Trump’ s ‘gut’ Washington Post interview.’ It’s one thing to hear Trump babble on and spew his usual nonsense, but seeing his words in print just screams how ignorant the man actually is. Although, we mustn’t forget “I know words. I have the best words.” In reality, the man has the vocabulary of a 5th grader. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so, well…not funny.

Trump’s gut being the deciding factor in what happens in the world is a grave concern.  And as for his “gut,” the image I get is that of the old sci-fi movie ‘ALIENS’ where that gross monster thing bursts out of the screaming guy’s stomach, only in my mind’s eye, the alien has the face of Sean Hannity. Yuck!

So while we watch the world turn on the whim of Trump’s gut, other body parts are contributing to the chaos. We have hate, lies, and bigotry from his mind and mouth. And cruelty, revenge, and complete lack of empathy from his black, shriveled little heart.

It’s less than a month before the Blues take over the House and at least gain a bit of power. We won’t be able to control him, but we’ll have a little bargaining power and we will be able to launch investigations. It’s just a little over a month until January 3rd. Until then, I’m holding my breath hoping that Trumps “gut” takes a break for the holidays. @blueravenartist

gassing children

GASSING CHILDREN

“These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on Tear gas.” THE WASHINGTON POST

“A little girl from Honduras stares into the camera, her young features contorted in anguish. She’s barefoot, dusty, and clad only in a diaper and T-shirt. And she’s just had to run from clouds of choking tear gas fired across the border by U.S. agents.

“A second photograph, which also circulated widely and rapidly on social media, shows an equally anguished woman frantically trying to drag the same child and a second toddler away from the gas as it spreads.” Tim Elfrink and Fred Barbash from the POST, describing a photo by Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters)

Gassing children…seriously? Children were left gagging with tears running down their little faces. Think of the damage that’s being done to these innocent children, both physically and psychologically. Tom Perez, DNC chair tweeted, “Shooting tear gas at children is not who we are as Americans. Seeking asylum is not a crime.” I sure as hell hope not.

Public outcry is having a little impact, but the GOP has shown time and time again that they will be complicit in anything, no matter how vile because they sure don’t want to upset Trump’s base. As for me, I’m with the Dems, holding on till January when we can control the HOUSE…and then working to make big changes in 2020. @blueravenartist

THINK THANK

 Three faces, representing different facits of self, think, ponder, and meditate in the think tank.

THINK TANK

As I watch what’s happening in the world today, it blows my mind how we’re blowing it as a species. A new UN report warns that we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, while the “leader of the free world” calls climate change a hoax. Instead of moving us forward, he’s making moves that lead to exactly what the UN report warns us against. One of the last important messages left to us by the late, great Stephen Hawking, was that the solutions to our environmental challenges and potential AI threats will come from science and technology. Yet, we are living in a time that increasingly pays little heed to truth, facts, and science. This is truly insanity, given the immensity of our situation and downright stupid given what we know to be true.

In a speech last year, Hawking said, “We are witnessing a global revolt against experts.” That’s a scary thing. I’m always amazed that so many people put so little emphasis on intellect when choosing our leaders. Me, I want the smartest man or woman in the room to be making the big decisions. I couldn’t care less if they’re someone I might want to have coffee with. I want them smart, super smart, capable of formulating brilliant solutions to the challenges we face.  And I want them to have a team of the best experts available to help them think the big things through.

So I dream of a time when science and thinking become valued again, when decisions are made logically for the good of the species.  Hawking also said, “Humanity is on a path to either disaster or the stars.” The path we’re on right now is the former. We need more open minds. We need to bring facts and science back into the collective decision-making. We need a few more think tanks and a populace that pays heed to experts. Hawking said that the fate of humanity is totally up to us. Wouldn’t it be cool to be moving in the direction of going to the stars? Now that’s a think tank I’d like to see happen. @blueravenartist

THE IRONY OF RACISM

 black and white silouettes with words on top talking about the irony of racism.

THE IRONY OF RACISM

The irony of racism is that we all descended out of Africa from a single female who walked the earth 150,000 to 234,000 years ago. Scientists call her Mitochondrial Eve and she was the many-many-greats grandmother of every person currently living on the planet. Which means that, however distant, every human being on the planet is actually related.  Skin color is purely the result of adaptation to the environment through time, carried on via DNA, continuously being homogenized when one set of DNA met another.  After all, it’s just color, easily blended. In humans, the variation between races isn’t indicative of major differences in DNA. If you take any random two humans, their DNA generally varies by less than 0.1%. We are largely the same throughout because we are all of the human race.

Skin color has no bearing on who a person is, other than that imposed upon him or her by society. So when someone claims they are superior or more valuable simply because of the color of their skin, doing so shows an ignorance that shouldn’t exist in the 21st century.  As the human race becomes even more homogenized, we’ll move past something as foolish as judging people by skin color.  But at the moment, the powers that be are trying, quite effectively I might add, to divide us, because dividing us allows them to hold on to power and resources.

A new 2017 FBI report shows a spike in U.S. hate crimes of about 17%, meaning 7175 hate crimes and those were only the ones that got reported. This is the third year in a row the FBI has reported a steep increase.  Although hate crimes encompass religion, sexual orientation, gender bias or disability bias, fully 59.6% were motivated by hatred over race or ethnicity. Is this really the America we want to be? We are all human beings. We need to stand up against such vile tactics. Let’s not let them use race to divide us.  @blueravenartist

THE HOUSE TURNS BLUE

THE HOUSE turns blue

THE HOUSE TURNS BLUE

We made calls, canvased, protested, we made art and wrote political commentary. We voted in record numbers to try to recover some power from the corrupt forces in Washington. We didn’t get everything we wanted, but we DID make progress. Primarily, we turned the House blue, which gives us at least a fighting chance. Now that we can set the agenda in the House, we can once again fight for affordable healthcare, reasonable prices for drugs and to protect the 130 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions. We’ll do what we can to protect Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. We’ll channel resources towards shoring up our infrastructure. We’ll fight for a living wage for all Americans. A blue Congress means a Congress that works for the people.

“We will drain the swamp of dark interest money. The Democratic Congress will be led with transparency and openness so the public can see what’s happening and how it affects them.” Nancy Pelosi

According to Leader Pelosi, a vote on campaign finance reform legislation tops the agenda, which rocks, but we don’t have much power to make these things a reality when we only control once branch of government. We’ll have to wait until 2020 when we take back the Presidency to really have impact. Our fight is not over.

But here’s what we CAN do. Since the Blues will now have control of Congress, they can set the agenda. They also will chair all of the committees, which means that committee chairs will have the power to call top Trump administrations officials to appear at hearings to answer questions about their actions. We’ll be able to look into all the nefarious activities the Reds have been committing and covering up. And we will, to some small extent, be able to hold the President in check.

Demographics continue to change in our favor. Millennials and the younger crowd are voting in larger numbers. More women are in positions of power. It’s not some huge, rip-roaring win. But it’s a step forward in our fight to bring some sanity back into Washington.  We’re moving in a better direction and I know I’ll sleep a little better tonight.  I’m loving a blue House. How about you? @blueravenartist

SCALES OF INJUSTICE

SCALES OF INJUSTICE

SCALES OF INJUSTICE

When the far right Supreme Court made Citizen’s United the law of the land, they basically gave Corporations the ability to buy legislation and in doing so, design the playing field in their favor. That’s how resources have been transferred from the masses to the very rich. Slowly, law by law, they rig the game. The only way we stand a chance against this is to tsunami the ballot boxes tomorrow. We need everyone. We’ve got to do it. There’s so much at stake.

Health care: If the Reds hold the House, Obamacare will be history. Republican proposals could permanently cripple Medicaid. Millions will lose coverage. Pre-existing condition? You’re out of luck. Medicare and social security will be next. The Reds want that money for more billionaire bonuses.

Women’s rights to control their reproductive lives: In fact, women’s rights to retain control of their very bodies. That a bunch of old, rich men could take body autonomy away from us is outrageous—completely unacceptable.

Our image in the world has collapsed into a chaotic mess that’s spread uncertainty and fear across the globe. No one has a clue what Trump might do at any moment. He’s alienated our staunchest allies and befriended despotic dictators. His off-the-cuff tariffs could pull us into a recession. Our human rights activities are atrocious. We need a Blue Congress, who can at the very least, slow him down until we can dump him in 2020. (Unless Mueller comes through before then. Go Mueller!)

Climate change: A new UN report warns that we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe. It’s imperative that global warming is kept to a maximum of 1.5 C; anything beyond even a half degree will significantly worsen the risks of floods, drought, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.  A report like this should have the whole country talking; but no, the populace has been caught up with the Trump reality-TV side show.  And the ultra-rich 1% continues to suck up all the resources on the backs of the 99% masses. Not okay. Not okay at all.

Don’t let the ultra-rich continue to take it all. Everyone deserves a descent life, not just the blue-bloods. The only way to regain any power for the rest of us is by voting. So vote! Let’s bring a little justice back into the picture. @blueravenartist