The 13th

The 13th… as in the 13th Amendment. Have you ever read the exact text? I admit that I have not. Sure, I link to think that I generally know what it is about – it’s what freed slaves. Ava DuBernay, director of Selma, is bringing a history lesson to us all in the form of a Netflix documentary:

via Netlix: The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

Netflix further writes: The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. On Netflix October 7.

Pay very close attention to the text in bold. Slavery is indeed LEGAL, IF it is being used as punishment for a crime. Did you know that? I certainly did not. One thing is for sure – on Friday, October 7th I will be glued to my iPad watching this documentary! You can check out the trailer below.

Stay woke people!


Google now shows campaign financing in search results

Google is making it easier to access the 2016 presidential candidates financial information. Announced today, you can now find results for the following directly in the search results: how their campaigns are funded (aka who owns them).

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If you’re wondering where this financial data comes from (you always should), Google shared it’s partner in the announcement itself, the Center for Responsive Politics. The upfront information provided is great!

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But what if you want more details? If you click on More Information (directly below the charts), you can get a breakdown of every dollar by industry, like the graphic below for Hillary Clinton.

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Super Tuesday

This will be a short post. The New York Times has the best simple summary of Super Tuesday’s election results I’ve seen (see charts below), including these two (2) headlines:

Meanwhile, searches for “how to move to Canada” peaked yesterday and Chris Christie introduced Donald Trump as the next President of the United States, only to spend the next 30 minutes looking like a deer in headlights, stealing the show, watch. #sigh

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2 Senate Race for Black Women

Here’s a case where Facebook is not so bad… This morning one of my friends posted about two (2) black women running for the United States Senate. Maybe  I’ve been in a vacuum (I don’t watch traditional news outlets); but, I hadn’t heard about their campaigns – I do know who they are. No, they are not in my state (Georgia) but why does that matter? EVERYONE in the Senate votes on issues that matter and impact people EVERYWHERE, regardless of your location or political affiliation. Do you support Bernie Sanders for president? Hillary Clinton? They both will need people in the SENATE to push their national agendas.

There’s not much more to say than that! Make a donation to both of them today. I did.

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Donna Edwards for Senate, Maryland

Kamala Harris for Senate, California