Once again, I will join many other Philadelphia progressive activists at the meeting of Philly For Change, at Tattooed Mom, 5th and South streets, in Philadelphia. Candidates for local offices will show up there, including:
Sherrie Cohen, Helen Gym, Eryn Santamoor. and Deja Lynn Alvarez, for City Council at Large;
Alan Butkovitz, for Mayor;
and Kay Yu, for Judge. Please come and ask them how they would work for the people of Philadelphia.
every first Monday of the Month, the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (http://freelibrary.org) holds its Monday Poets Reading Series; last night I took part in an open reading, along with other fine regional poets. The next reading, on May 6, will be on the theme “Whitman@200: Art and Democracy,” featuring Leonard Gontarek and poets from the Poetry in Common Workshop. Please look into this, and please support your local libraries and other educational venues.
www.huffpost.com/entry/fox-news-divides-mexico-into-3-countries_n_5ca0cee7e4b00ba6327e884c Here is another fine example of Fox News misinforming it’s viewers.
Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has submitted his report into the meddling of Russian intelligence systems into the 2016 presidential election favoring trump-I’ll never show him respect!-to his superior, Attorney General William Barr, a longtime Republican asset. Barr released a four-page digest with his own idea of summarizing the report (of at least 300-plus pages)-I, and so many others, would prefer to see the actual report, just as, during the Watergate scandal of the ‘70s, we read the White House tapes. But, even Barr’s summary said that Mueler’s report “does not exonerate him (trump).”
I don’t want to dismiss Mueller, or hype him up; he has been a dedicated and honorable public servant, and I respect his work. It is fortunate that he had to work with a thoroughly corrupt regime. But fear not-there are the investigations of the Justice Department’s Southern New York, and the congressional committees at work, showing the trump doesn’t have the entire federal government under his control-yet; he still has his dictatorial dreams, wanting to be like Putin, Kim Jong Un, Bolsonaro in Brazil, and Viktor Orban in Hungary.
I am galled by the Republicans claiming, with Barr’s four-page summary of two years of investigation, that trump is fully exonerated, while he is not; the Republican base, and its media like Fox News, is talking to itself and listening to itself. I believe even they have a good understanding of how corrupt trump and his crew are, including Ivanka, Don Jr, Eric, and Kushner; but do they care about the future of this country and of the planet? The lessening of health care, education, and job opportunities in this country? Are they also bullies who worship someone who pretends to be powerful, and so live vicariously through him?
Feeling their sense of entitlement to rule the government without thinking of anyone else’s opinion, the Republicans have demanded that Adam Schiff (D-CA) resign as Chair of the Judiciary Committee-but he’s stood fast against them. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke against the “condescending” and “arrogant” tone of Barr’s letter, and she demanded the full report-as do we all. (https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/29/politics/mueller-report-secrecy/index.html?utm_source=fbCNNp&utm_content=2019-03-29T12%3A32%3A07&utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR15IldRQdmU6-w_2IvfS1lKZCf7U85ZQ7__FL0rpZ1hCqTe8QdqS_zyZbA) (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dems-demand-muellers-full-300-pages-mock-scaredy-cat-gop_n_5c9d447de4b0474c08cb2671)
Recently, I joined other Jews, like in my synagogue, Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir (http://www.leyvhair.org/) in celebrating Purim, the rocking, rolling, riotous holiday where we celebrate the downfall of the wicked Haman (Boo!), through the work of the beautiful Esther (Woo hoo!), honoring the downfall of puffed-up despots who want to be worshiped as the gods they’re not. (Like someone we heard of). In a few weeks we will celebrate Pesach, AKA Passover, where we celebrate the liberation of the Jews from slavery-an ongoing theme in history that constantly has to be celebrated in every nation, in every faith, in every era. Let us maintain the spirit of those two wonderful holidays as we fight to win back our country for the people.
Today I took part in the taping of Conversations Across Time (https://www.conversationsacrosstime.net/) at PhillyCAM, the public access channel of Philadelphia. (https://www.conversationsacrosstime.net/) . We discussed immigration and the private prison industry how that industry profits from warehousing Central American immigrants fleeing poverty, gang violence, and repression in their homelands; I played Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
Later on, I went to South Philadelphia High School, to attend a class for election board workers, people who supervise the process of recording people coming to exercise their right to vote, and have their votes counted. We learned of setting up the polling station on Primary Election Day (May 21 in Pennsylvania), setting up the machine for accurate voting, taking down the machine, and passing the results on to be recorded.
In both locations, we emphasized the importance of people going out to vote. If you reside in the City/County of Philadelphia, please look up the website of the City Commissioners, https://www.philadelphiavotes.com/ .
In this video I discuss Purim, the wild and crazy, tyrant-bashing Jewish holiday, and the Mueller Report-what little we know about it.