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Of course: A community organizer and BLM supporter is going to run against the progressive Seattle mayor, Ed Murray

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Just what Seattle needs…another radical proggie

I wouldn’t bet $100 that she has no chance. Because if you know anything about Seattle, you know there’s a good possibility that the proggies will elect her.

From Seattle Times: Nikkita Oliver, an attorney, community organizer and spoken-word artist who’s been active in Seattle’s Black Lives Matter movement and in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, will run for mayor against Ed Murray.

Oliver is seeking office under the banner of the Peoples Party of Seattle, “a community-centered grass roots political party led by and accountable to the people most requiring access and equity,” says a website for Oliver and the party.

South Seattle Emerald and Crosscut first reported her candidacy. She is Murray’s highest-profile challenger so far. In an interview Wednesday, the 31-year-old said Donald Trump’s inauguration as president and conversations with community members inspired her to run.

Oliver said she was “feeling stuck, not having a voice in the process and not knowing how we change things at the federal level” before she decided to become a candidate. “We have to get involved locally, because that will begin to shift the narrative and the policy,” she said.

The Indianapolis native, who moved to Seattle for college, said her campaign will focus on housing, education and ending the school-to-prison pipeline.

She said officials should reassess the “area median income” benchmark they use to define affordable housing. The Seattle area’s median income is much higher than what the average working person actually makes.

Many of us in the Peoples Party have been forced from our homes by unmanageable rent increases. But we are not alone. In fact, displacement has become the story of so many Seattleites. Construction cranes, blocked roads, and rerouted buses are the status quo. Developer-driven rezones and growth are swallowing our city whole!” Oliver’s campaign website says.

“The residents who made the Emerald City the innovative and cultural gem it is today are being pushed out and replaced with murals, cultural relics, and colorful crosswalks. Seattle is quickly becoming a museum of our contributions, a place we can visit but we cannot live.”

The party is running Oliver “to break down barriers and open doors for collective leadership that is willing, able, and experienced in divesting from practices, corporations, and institutions that don’t reflect the values and interests of our city,” the website says.

“Whether on stages and in classrooms as a teaching artist, or in the courts and streets as a lawyer and legal observer, her track record, experience, and selfless dedication as a truly progressive servant of the people speaks for itself.”

Oliver works as a teaching artist and mentor in Seattle Public Schools and through Creative Justice, a nonprofit that uses art to work with court-involved youth. She holds law and education degrees from the University of Washington, was the 2015 grand champion of the Seattle Poetry Slam, and received the 2015 artist human-rights leader award from the Seattle Office of Civil Rights. She’s been a leader in efforts to stop the city from building a $160 million North Precinct police station and King County from building a new youth jail.

Oliver said her work in schools and with court-involved youth would help her craft better policy as mayor. She said Murray talks about aiding young black men in Seattle but hasn’t been engaging enough with community activists.

Murray has raised $272,376 and has been endorsed by a number of labor unions. Another candidate, safe-streets activist Andres Salomon, has raised $2,886.

Oliver told the Emerald, “We’re going to lack financially. But what we lack in funding we’ll make up in actual, real community relationships. If you see pictures of me with young people, it wasn’t a photo op. It’s not because I went down to Rainier Beach High School to have a fake conversation with young people and take a picture and say it happened. It’s because I actually spend time at Rainier Beach.”

She added, “If you ask those young people about who I am they’ll say I’ve seen Nikkita in the community. You’ll see pictures of me with young people, but they were taken in community, not just some transactional stuff that politicians do.”

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NYC Public advocate wants to blacklist firms that help build Trump’s wall

Public Advocate Letitia James Hears From Parents

Letitia James: You have a choice – her way or the highway

From NY Post: Companies that help build President Trump’s wall along the Mexican border would be banned from doing business with the city under a proposal announced Tuesday by Public Advocate Letitia James (an elected official).

James, a trustee of the city’s largest pension fund, said she would introduce a bill prohibiting the city from signing contracts with firms involved in the wall project. She’s also planning to examine divesting pension funds from the companies.

“Companies have a choice — help build the wall, a monument to racism and xenophobia, or do business in New York City. We won’t allow you to do both,” James said at a press conference in Foley Square. “The same cranes President Trump uses for his wall, cannot simply be turned around to build our schools.”

James’ bill wouldn’t just include companies directly involved with construction, but also those handling its “maintenance and management.”

Any company partaking in construction “will be subject to massive protests, negative publicity, and possible litigation,” James’ office said in a written statement.

Hundreds of companies have expressed an interest in being a part of the Trump wall project.

Eighteen companies, with more than $800 million in past and current contracts with the city, responded to a pre-solicitation notice from the Trump Administration for the “design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico,” according to the public advocate.

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Seattle to offer employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave

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Progressive Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Guess who is vying for re-election?

Update: This was unanimously approved by the council, of course.

From Seattle Times: The Seattle City Council is set to vote Monday on whether to offer city employees up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave, rather than the four weeks they are offered now.

Mayor Ed Murray is asking for the change. It was less than two years ago that the council approved the existing benefit for new parents, making Seattle the first city in the Pacific Northwest and one of the first cities in the country to offer paid parental leave.

Employees would become eligible for 12 weeks after working for the city for six months. The benefit would apply not only to births but also to placements of children into homes through adoption, foster care and legal guardianship.

When Councilmember Kshama Sawant proposed 12 weeks of paid parental leave last year, her proposal was voted down.

Monday’s legislation would also give city employees a new benefit — up to four weeks of paid leave to care for family members with serious health conditions. The four weeks would be available every 12 months and employees would need to first use some sick leave and vacation leave.

Extending the parental-leave benefit to 12 weeks would cost the city an additional $2.6 million per year, according to the legislation’s fiscal note. Offering the new family-care benefit would cost an additional $436,000 per year, for a total of about $3 million.

Rather than refer Murray’s legislation to a committee for review and discussion, the council has chosen to take action on it immediately. Seattle has more than 11,000 employees.

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School teacher compares student’s ‘Build the Wall’ shirt to a swastika

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The “offensive” t-shirt Jack wore to school

From Tri-City Herald: A Kennewick middle school teacher landed in hot water when she pulled aside a student wearing a “Build the Wall” shirt. The language arts teacher at Chinook Middle School compared the shirt’s message with wearing a swastika.

Now, the young teen’s mother is hoping her son’s experience shines a light on political bullying. “It does happen,” said Michelle Fischer. “I think (politics) should be taught in our schools, but only in a two-sided positive way.”

Fischer posted her outrage over the teacher’s handling of the issue on Facebook and the story went viral. Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity shared her story to his 2.8 million followers, contributing to more than 100 comments on Fischer’s original post.

Fischer said she hoped her seventh-grade son’s experience makes it easier for other children to talk about feeling bullied for their political views.

Her son Jack told her that the teacher had appeared opposed to Donald Trump since the beginning of the school year, including the way she’d handled discussions of the presidential election and candidates in class.

Jack had worn other pro-Trump shirts to school but it wasn’t until he wore the “Build the Wall” shirt on Inauguration Day that the teacher pulled him aside. “She asked, ‘How would you feel if someone wore a T-shirt with a swastika on it?’ ” Fischer told the Tri-City Herald. “He said, ‘You can’t compare my shirt to wearing a swastika. They aren’t the same thing.’ ”

Fischer said the teacher asked Jack to stay in her class during lunch to talk about the shirt. Kennewick School District officials said the boy wasn’t forced to stay in the classroom during lunch as some social media reports said.

During the lunchtime conversation, the teacher reportedly told Jack it wasn’t appropriate to wear clothing with a political message. Jack noted that he’d seen a math teacher wearing a shirt with Barack Obama on it.

After school, when Jack shared what happened with his mother, she was upset and posted her concerns on Facebook with a picture of her him wearing the shirt along with a message that his teacher “compared my shirt to wearing a swastika.”

Later, Fischer spoke with Chinook’s Principal Kevin Pierce, and was told there wasn’t anything wrong with the shirt.

“My goal is not to get this teacher into trouble,” Fischer said. “I made it clear to him. She’s a nice person. I just haven’t agreed with the way she’s taught the class.”

On Friday, school district officials said in a statement that Pierce investigated the incident and took appropriate action. Details were not released because it’s a personnel issue.

The district said students expressing themselves is an important part of education in a democratic society. District policy allows them to express their opinions as long as it doesn’t disrupt the education of others.

“I think most parents would agree with me,” Fischer said. “If this was the other way around, I guarantee there would be some parents that were pretty upset.”

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President Trump fulfills more promises: build wall, defund sanctuary cities, rebuild infrastructure & manufacturing, work toward energy independence

On his first full day of work as President of the United States of America, Donald Trump fulfilled three of the promises he had made to us:

  • End government funding of International Planned Parenthood and other overseas pro-abortion groups.
  • Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which immediately won Trump unanimous approval and support from labor unions.
  • Freeze all hiring in the federal work force.

Today, January 25, on his third full day on the job in the White House, President Trump fulfilled more campaign promises — those concerning the wall and illegal immigration.

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Reuters reports that during an appearance at the Department of Homeland Security, now under new management of retired General John Kelly (gone is Obama’s Jeh Johnson, hooray!), President Trump signed two executive orders:

  1. An executive order on building a wall along the roughly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, President Trump said planning for the construction will begin immediately; construction would start within months; and that Mexico would pay back to the United States “100 percent” of the costs.
  2. An executive order to strip federal grant money from “sanctuary” states and cities, e.g., San Francisco, often governed by Democrats, which violate federal immigration laws by shielding illegal migrants, including those with a violent criminal history. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, “The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws.”

For a more detailed account of the above two executive orders, see “U.S. bishops oppose President Trump on border wall and illegal immigrants“.

Yesterday, his second full day on the job, President Trump fulfilled his promises on rebuilding America’s infrastructure, restoring manufacturing jobs, and achieving greater energy autonomy by signing:

  1. An executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects, such as improving the U.S. electric grid and telecommunications systems and repairing and upgrading critical port facilities, airports, pipelines, bridges, and highways.
  2. A presidential memorandum streamlining permitting and reducing regulatory burdens for domestic manufacturing so as “to support the expansion of manufacturing in the United States”.
  3. A presidential memorandum regarding construction of American pipelines, “under which all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the United States, including portions of pipelines, use materials and equipment produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law.”
  4. A presidential memorandum regarding construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline: “In accordance with Executive Order 11423 of August 16, 1968, as amended, and Executive Order 13337 of April 30, 2004, the Secretary of State has delegated authority to . . . issue a Presidential permit for any cross-border pipeline project that ‘would serve the national interest.'” Accordingly, pursuant to the authority vested in him as President “by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America,” President Trump hereby invites “TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (TransCanada), to promptly re-submit its application to the Department of State for a Presidential permit for the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a major pipeline for the importation of petroleum from Canada to the United States.”
  5. A presidential memorandum regarding construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline: Believing that “construction and operation of lawfully permitted pipeline infrastructure serve the national interest,” President Trump hereby directs the Secretary of the Army to “instruct the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers . . . to review and approve in an expedited manner, to the extent permitted by law . . . requests for approvals to construct and operate” the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, more than 90% of it is completed, which would “carry approximately 500,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to oil markets in the United States.”

In the coming days, President Trump is also expected to take action to secure U.S. national security by blocking the issuing of visas to “refugees” from Muslim-majority Middle Eastern and North African countries including Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.

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God bless President Donald John Trump.

Please pray for his safety.

Please pray for America.

~Eowyn

Toyota Pledges U.S. Jobs as Trump Meets With Detroit’s Auto CEOs

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From Yahoo: President Donald Trump hosted a meeting with the leaders of Detroit’s Big Three automakers Tuesday, keeping the focus on the car industry amid a push to create American jobs.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) CEO Mary Barra, Ford (NYSE:F) CEO Mark Fields and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne joined Trump at the White House, where regulatory reform, corporate taxes and trade were topics of discussion.

Also on Tuesday, Toyota made a separate announcement that its factory in Princeton, Ind., will add 400 jobs under a $600 million investment. The money will be used to modernize the facility and meet growing demand for the Highlander SUV, according to Toyota. The project will begin in the fall of 2019.

“We have a very big push going to have auto plants and many other plants…built in the United States,” Trump said, adding that reducing taxes and unnecessary regulations are priorities.

Trump, who also met with CEOs of manufacturing heavyweights on Monday, has pressured automakers to invest in U.S. factories. General Motors, Ford and Toyota (NYSE:TM) have faced Trump’s ire for expanding production in Mexico. Automakers have sought to smooth relations with the new president, headlined by Ford’s decision to cancel the construction of a Mexican factory.

Mark Fields, the CEO of Ford, said the industry is encouraged by Trump’s economic proposals. “We just had a great conversation with the president, and he is very focused on policies that will grow investment and jobs here in America and American industry and, of course, the automotive industry,” Fields said as he left the White House. “I think as an industry, we’re excited about working together with the president and his administration on tax policies, on regulation and on trade to really create a renaissance in American manufacturing.”

Barra echoed those sentiments. “There’s a huge opportunity working together as an industry with government…to improve the environment, improve safety and improve jobs creation and the competitiveness of manufacturing,” Barra added.

In a statement released after Tuesday’s meeting, Marchionne said Fiat Chrysler shares President Trump’s desire to build a strong manufacturing base in the U.S. “I appreciate the President’s focus on making the U.S. a great place to do business,” he said.

Fields also applauded Trump’s move on Monday to officially withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that Trump often criticized on the campaign trail. The deal didn’t meaningfully deal with currency manipulation, which Fields called “the mother of all trade barriers.”

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Trump fulfills 3 promises in first day of work as POTUS, including defund International Planned Parenthood

A year ago, his ex-wife Ivana told us Donald Trump keeps his promises.

In both his GOP nomination acceptance speech and in his presidential inauguration speech, Trump said to the millions of Americans who had voted for him, “I will never let you down”.

And he isn’t.

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Today, in his first full day of work as President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump has already fulfilled three of the promises he had made.

(1) End taxpayer funding of overseas pro-abortion groups

A day after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Trump signed an executive order today reinstating the “Mexico City Policy” banning government funding of organizations that perform abortions overseas or lobby for legalizing them in foreign nations, such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

First enacted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and maintained by President George H.W. Bush, the Mexico City Policy was rescinded by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The policy was reinstated by President George W. Bush, only to be reversed by Barack Obama upon entering office in 2009.

At the first official White House press conference this afternoon, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said that reinstating the Mexico City Policy illustrates to the people of the United States “and to people of the world…what a value we place on life.” He said it is consistent with Trump, who campaigned as a “pro-life president” and who “wants to stand up for all Americans including the unborn,” and ensure taxpayer funding is ”reflecting American values,” including the respect for life.

(2) Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Trump calls the TPP, Obama’s signature trade deal, a bad deal for American workers. Obama had never submitted the TPP for Congress’ approval, fearing that a defeat in Congress would be worse than leaving the deal in hibernation. Under the TPP, the U.S. and 11 other nations along the Pacific Rim, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia, would create a free-trade zone with lower tariffs for about 40% of the world’s economy. Critics say the pact would benefit wealthy corporations at the expense of American workers and the environment.

(3) A hiring freeze in the federal work force

The hiring freeze drew immediate fire from J. David Cox Sr, the president of American Federation of Government Employees union. It is curious why Cox is on the war path since almost a third of federal works — 28% — had said they “will definitely or possibly consider leaving after Jan. 20 when Trump is sworn into office and becomes leader of the executive branch,” according to new survey conducted by Government Executive. The same survey also found that almost two-thirds of federal employees had voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. 

Aides also signaled that President Trump may move quickly on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which critics blame for lost jobs and lower wages. Trump has scheduled meetings with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the two main partners in NAFTA, which was first negotiated by George H.W. Bush and pushed through Congress by Bill Clinton.

~Eowyn