Sunday. Leaving Las Vegas.

 

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Bernie Sanders jumped into the Massachusetts Question 2 fight yesterday, calling on voters to defeat the campaign to lift the cap on charter schools per year, claiming it’s a Wall Street-funded effort that would drain tax dollars from public schools.

“Wall Street must not be allowed to hijack public education in Massachusetts. We must defeat Massachusetts Ballot Question 2. This is Wall Street’s attempt to line their own pockets while draining resources away from public education at the expense of low-income, special-education students and English language learners,” the Vermont U.S. senator said in a statement. Boston Herald

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She begins her day in black, the natural black before dawn and the requisite black of her uniform: the T-shirt, the pants, the socks, the shoes with slip-resistant treads, all black. The outfit announces deference.

She crams fresh vegetables into a blender and holds a plate over its mouth as the machine whips up her green liquid breakfast. Its whine sounds the alarm for her four school-age grandchildren who, one by one, emerge sleepwalking from corners of their crammed rented house.

Time to go. Before shepherding the children into her silver Jeep Patriot, the woman straps on a fabric back brace and covers it with the last piece of her uniform, a gray and black tunic. Then, above her left breast, she pins two small union buttons beside her silver name tag. The combined effect says:

This is Celia. Underestimate her at your risk. NY Times

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The deadly heat wave that hit Arizona last summer didn’t stop the voter-registration drive.

In 118º temperatures—the kind that makes it feel like your sneakers are melting to the sidewalk— canvassers stood in front of supermarkets, theaters, carwashes, and everywhere else they could flag people down with registration cards.

For the Latinx canvassers in Arizona, the commitment to registering voters is deeply personal. They grew up in the state where legislators passed the country’s most anti-immigrant legislation in the past decade, and they’ve endured the unabashed racism of Sheriff Joe Arpaio—a man who gets his kicks by parading chained immigrantsthrough town.

 “My mom is my motivation every day,” canvasser Irma Maldonado, 18, told me last weekend, moments before she went door-knocking to remind voters about the importance of voting this election. She was joined by two dozens canvassers, all but one of them is Latinx. Fusion

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One thought on “Sunday. Leaving Las Vegas.

  1. I remember when I was an undergrad, that I attended a play on campus that was based on the book, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. There was one act that dealt with a treaty promise that was made to a tribe that had been placed in a desert area in the SW. The agreement was to give the tribe a steamship for travel in water in exchange for the Natives giving up their prime land (forcefully) out East, and have the tribe relocated to a reservation in the SW. The Natives were impressed and gladly signed the treaty. The only catch was that the steamship was docked on the Pacific Coast, and it would be the Indians responsibility to get the boat to the desert region. To top it off, what good would a steamship be to the Native Americans who were now living in a desert region? At that point in the play, the actors who represented cavalry officers and politicians were smirking at the stupidity of the illiterate savages. Attending that play in my late teens, opened my eyes up to the truth about what often goes on in our so-called “Democracy”. Judging from the last picture that you’ve posted, it looks like the same game is still being played.

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