Sunday posts, pics and tweets.

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New York City welcomes Spring. Thousands march on Trump Tower.

26th State Democratic Party State Representative Christian Mitchell was endorsed by the Illinois Education Association and handed a $35,000 campaign donation. Previously I pointed out that the corporate school reformer and pension thief Mitchell was the number one recipient of Stand for Children money in Illinois. But the IEA also found itself in alliance with Bruce Rauner’s IllinoisGO political action committee, which spent $66,000 to defeat Mitchell’s pro-public education opponent, Jay Travis.

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40th State Rep. Jaime Andrade promises to donate $200 to the International Dreamers Scholarship Fund in exchange for a signed copy of my drawing of him and his Machine Boss Dick Mell. IDSF provides scholarship money to undocumented students.

I’ll deliver the signed drawing as soon as I see a copy of the donation receipt.

Trust, but verify.

In exchange, Andrade asked support for a bill in the legislature that provides for a tax check off for the Illinois Dreamers Fund.

Will do. That’s Chicago politics. I scratch your back. You scratch mine.

In this case it is for a good and righteous cause.

But Andrade and the Machine will never get my vote.
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Meet Christian Diaz, executive director of Chicago Votes, whose goal is to encourage young voters to feel empowered to make their voice heard. NBC

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Many American Jews are angered at the prospect of Donald Trump addressing the AIPAC policy conference in Washington this coming week and are promising to abstain from attending, walk out of the hall or protest his presence in other ways.
“Throughout his campaign Trump has made statements that have been bigoted, racist, misogynistic, and Islamophobic – some could argue even statements that were anti-Semitic,” wrote Rabbi Jesse Olitzky, representing a group of professionals and clergy which calls itself Come Together Against Hate.

“If we sit around and do nothing, even if we sit in silence, that shows complacency and that, by default, we agree with what he says,” Olitzky wrote. “It is imperative to me as a communal leader, and to all Jews there who are going, that we stand up to his demagoguery.”

Which would make perfect sense, were it not for the fact that the American community, both as individuals and as communal leaders, has been sitting in silence and showing complacency in the face of demagoguery and racism for years already, without feeling the need to stand up and do something about it.
AIPAC, that bastion of Jewish values, has gone even further. Rather than sitting in complacent silence, it has given repeated and resounding standing ovations, year after year, to Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli demagogues and racists, who not only talk the talk – as Trump has done so far – but walk the walk, as well. Haaretz

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