Thursday, May 25, 2017

Protect Journalists: Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte charged with assault of journalist

Beyond Trump's violent and divisive language targeted at the media, a new normal is being created that makes it ok to violate the rights of individuals who are not loyal to the Trump view of the world - including journalists.  Now, more than ever, the concept of protecting journalists has become even more important.  Now, more than ever, protecting journalists has become even more important. 

Reporters are placing themselves in harms way to report on the truth, and on the attrocities being perpetrated by Trump loyalists.  It sounds like I am talking about foreign correspondents reporting from war zones abroad - while they are reporting from war zones, they are doing so domestically.    They are being verbally abused, and now physically attacked.


Let's work to keep the truth front and center.  Real news by real journalists can help keep the truth visible, keeping the rest of us safe.  If we are not vigilant, we will be contributing to creating a voiceless society.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lauren Underwood, local nurse & Obama alum, may run against Rep. Hultgren (R-IL)


Families across the Illinois Fourteenth Congressional district deserve a representative who shares important values of family, community, duty, and citizenship.  A representative who is willing to respect all opinions, especially those counter to her own, and seek common ground to develop our shared path forward.  Our current Representative has ignored outreach from constituents across the district, abandoned his promises to preserve access to care and has instead voted in lockstep with the Trump agenda at each turn.  It’s time for new leadership in IL-14, it’s time for our community to be led by independent voices and engaged citizens.

I grew up in the 14th District – this is my home.  This is the community where I first learned the importance of service and earned my first Girl Scout badge.  Its where I played in my first t-ball and basketball leagues, earned my first paycheck, and graduated from a world-class public high school.  As a teenager, I was appointed to serve on a local housing commission, where I had my first introduction to public policy, and worked to preserve residents’ equal access to housing without discrimination based on age, gender, and many other protected classes.  This community gave me the tools and confidence to step out into the world and make a difference, and I’m proud to be back home. 

I began my career as a registered nurse and worked in clinical research at the National Institutes of Health, our country’s leading institution of scientific discovery, to improve health and save lives.  I continued in public service, later working to implement health care reform and improve healthcare quality for millions of Americans in the private insurance market and the Medicare program.  Expanding access to health care, including preventive services, has long been a critical priority for me and I’m ready for this fight to protect our health care.  More recently, I worked to help communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies.  I’ve seen firsthand how resilient our communities are, but I also recognize that they need strong, reliable federal, state and local partners to be able to reach their full potential.  

Monday, May 15, 2017

200,000 Votes Suppressed

A shocking new report last week revealed that Wisconsin's oppressive voter ID law -- passed by Republicans and signed into law by Scott Walker -- prevented 200,000 people from voting. Donald Trump only won Wisconsin by 22,000 votes.

Our right to vote is under assault all across the country, and the consequences are catastrophic.

We have to fight back. Add your name and say you'll stand with Democrats to defend access to the ballot box.

The GOP's nationwide voter suppression campaign is being spearheaded by Republican governors and state legislatures, but you can bet that Donald Trump is doing his part.

Last week, Trump created a new commission that is specifically charged with investigating voter fraud, which study after study has proven is virtually non-existent -- more people get struck by lightning each year than commit in-person voter fraud.

And this commission will be led by Kris Kobach, the man responsible for some of the most heinous voting restrictions in the country, who has spent years lying about voter fraud in order to keep African Americans and Latinos from the polls. It's terrifying to think of the new voter suppression tactics he'll come up with the backing of the federal government behind him.

So we have to be prepared to fight back. Add your name and say you'll resist the GOP's attacks on our access to the ballot box. It's going to take all of us:


Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee

Saturday, May 6, 2017

New Report Praises UC for Enrolling Low-Income Students; Criticizes Those Who Don't

A new report released by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, praised University of California campuses and the University of Southern California for being proactive in enrolling large numbers of low-income Pell grants recipients.  At the same time the study criticized the large number of elite schools for falling far short.  The nine UC campuses, USC and several other California colleges exceeded the minimum standard of admitting least 20 percent of their undergraduates who receives Pell grants.

Source:  The 20% Solution: Selective Colleges Can Afford to Admit More Pell Grant Recipients

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Just Talk - Leading With Social Justice and Humanity: Jose Luis Navarro

In this week’s Just Talk, John Rogers sits down with Jose Luis Navarro, the principal of Social Justice Humanitas Academy (SJHA). SJHA is a pilot high school located at the far northern edge of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr. Navarro and a group of teachers founded SJHA in 2011 with the aim of “achieving social justice through the development of the complete individual.”

Here's an exerpt from the conversation.

John Rogers: Jose, how would you describe your school to someone who has never been here before?
Jose Luis Navarro: I would like to use a lot of flowery poetic language, but let me instead use data. Yesterday, we were told at our principal’s meeting that our graduation rate was 94.3 percent. In our local district, one other school just outpaced us at 95.1 percent. As principals were being congratulated for their improvements, I kept thinking that there are actually other significant numbers, and the one I always look at is A-G completion. I know my A-G completion rate is 90 percent. That’s what I want–congruence. Some schools that have graduation rates in the 90s have A-G completion rates in the 30s. I wrote my superintendent yesterday about this and said we need to stop talking about just the graduation rate. If the graduation rate blinds us to social justice issues, we are going to trip over this low bar. The difference between A-G completion and graduation is the achievement gap...  Catch the entire interview, here.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Crowdpac: Your Platform for Political Action


Crowdpac is a new website for political action.  Its mission is to give politics back to people - to make it easier for citizens to learn about politicians, run for office, and to find and support political candidates that match their priorities and beliefs. Crowdpac is about helping to end the stranglehold of big money donors and special interests on the political system. Crowdpac is independent and non-partisan.
With the right tools, individuals can work together to create an American democracy that is more representative.  The campaign contributions reflect an attempt at launching campaigns via small donations, because barriers of entry should be lowered for first time politicians.  Crowdfunding campaigns should represent the norm, replacing the corrupt funding we have today.  
 Please join this effort.  Go to Crowdpac get involved by learning about existing campaigns, donate to those campaigns, or, better yet, to start your own campaign.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

CLEAR Leadership Mentoring Program

CLEAR Leadership Mentoring Program

Accepting Applications for Cohort #6

The CLEAR Leadersip Mentoring Program is accepting 
applications for its sixth cohort!  

The Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR) Leadership Mentoring Program provides participants with an opportunity to participate in a formal and structured mentoring program. Mentors and protégés work together to develop goals and objectives that guide each towards a more meaningful leadership experience whereby participants combine professional learning and mentoring to grow and succeed as a leader. The CLEAR Leadership Mentoring Program develops a "mentoring culture" whereby mentors and protégés, together with other like-minded leaders, seize upon the opportunity to participate in continuous leadership relationship building and professional development in order to implement and participate in "Praxis" or "Intentional Activism," meant to change the manner in which "things have always been done."

Who can apply?
We are looking for mentors with leadership experience. Someone that:
* Inspires trust
* Maintains their commitment to the protégé and to the program
* Provides guidance without dictating actions
* Offers both constructive criticism and praise
* Is a good role model in both actions and manner of communitcation

Someone that has leadership experience and:
* Inspires to gain additional leadership experience
* Is committed to both the mentoring relationship and to the program
* Has the courage to try new things
* Accepts responsibility
* Learns from their mistakes
When does the Mentoring Program start?
The next cohort begins August 2017. 
How much is the program?
There is a $100.00 yearly membership contribution to CLEAR in order to cover incidental program costs.

Questions, please contact Dr. Ken Magdaleno at kmagdaleno@clearvoz.com 
or Felicia Olais at folais@clearvoz.com