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How to be a good ally

Columbia University professor and Roosevelt Institute’s Dorian Warren, Rinku Sen from ColorLines.com, co-President of GlobalGrind.com Michael Skolnik, and Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, join Melissa Harris-Perry for a discussion on how to be a good ally.

“The rights that you take for granted are not valid unless you fight for the same rights for others.” -Michael Skolnik

  • Don’t demand that those you are supporting produce proof of the inequality they are working to resist.
  • Do recognize that the shield of your privilege may blind you to the experience of others of injustice.
  • Don’t offer up your relationship with a member of the marginalized group as evidence of your understanding.
  • Do be open to learning and expanding your consciousness by listening more and talking less.
  • Don’t see yourself as the Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves. Or Tom Cruise in The Last Samari. You are not the savior riding to the rescue on a white horse. Do notice that you are joining a group of people who are already working to save themselves.
  • Do realize the only requirement you need to enter ally-ship is a commitment to justice and human equality.

Democratic Party of Virginia Launches “So You Googled Jim Gilmore” Website

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2015

CONTACT: Morgan Finkelstein, morgan@vademocrats.org

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With Jim Gilmore filing to run for president today, many Americans found themselves furiously googling the nation’s 17th GOP candidate. The Democratic Party of Virginia, sensing an unmet need, has graciously launched So You Googled Jim Gilmore, a microsite aimed at educating voters on a man who will probably never be president.

The microsite features classic Gilmore hits, like:

  • No Car Tax failure
  • Resigning in disgrace from the RNC
  • Ending his term with a $1.3 billion funding shortfall
  • Losing handily to Mark Warner in 2008

“So many Americans have never heard of Jim Gilmore, so we knew had to do something for them,” said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. “Just because he doesn’t have a chance at winning doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a terrible record to run on.”

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Richmond, VA 23223

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Washington (CNN) —  Donald Trump wouldn’t apologize Sunday after igniting a political firestorm a day earlier by questioning whether Sen. John McCain — who spent five years as a prisoner during the Vietnam War — is a war hero.

Asked by ABC News whether he owes McCain an apology, Trump said: “No, not at all.”

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New Report: Virginia Ranks 50 out of 51 in “Health of State Democracies”

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This is the least understood and least reported big issue in Virginia. Our state government is an all-powerful disaster zone. The normal checks and balances on a state legislature are:

1. Federal government.
2. State judiciary.
3. Local government.
4. The state constitution.
4. The voters themselves.
5. The executive branch – the governor.

The Virginia General Assembly has steadfastly marginalized the checks and balances of each of these outside entities with the partial exception of the federal government which the GA cannot control (although it tries – from Massive Resistance to Medicaid Expansion).

State judiciary – Virginia is the only state where state judges are directly elected by the legislature with no independent nominating or selection committees. What’s worse, practicing attorneys in the General Assembly elect and re-elect the very judges who decide their cases. Appalling.

Local government – strict Dillon’s Rule construct. Localities in Virginia are not allowed to determine the height of grass and weeds in their counties without General Assembly approval. No, I am not kidding

State constitution – The state constitution is routinely flaunted by the General Assembly. Virginia’s constitution requires that Congressional and state legislative districts be compact and contiguous. Take a look at the district outlines determined by the General Assembly. Do they look compact and contiguous? I guess somebody could appeal the districts to the state judiciary … oh wait, they are in the pockets of the General Assembly.

The voters themselves. Gerrymandering, off year elections, hardest state to get on the ballot as an independent, no term limits for legislators, America’s least competitive state elections, no recall elections, no voter initiated referenda … the voters have been marginalized.

The executive branch. Virginia is the only state in America where the sitting governor cannot run for a second consecutive term. Our governor is a lame duck on the day he or she is inaugurated.

Virginia’s problems stem from an over-powered, corrupt and unaccountable General Assembly.

 

Virginia #Republicans vow to make Indiana-style discrimination laws the ‘primary focus’ of the next legislative session