Key point hidden in Cuomo’s daily update — Board of Elections will have drop-off boxes

https://smartnews.link/w/ZQFh Extract from article: Meanwhile, the governor also announced COVID-19 safety plans for voting, saying absentee ballots can be returned to drop boxes at 300+ Board of Election sites statewide. Many New Yorkers are on board. “You need to be able to allow absentee voting,” one person said. “Older people or people with conditions, why would they … Continue reading Key point hidden in Cuomo’s daily update — Board of Elections will have drop-off boxes

Let’s be clear — asking others to vote twice is illegal but that’s not all

Trump's exhortations to his crowds to test the voting system by illegal voting twice is just the tip of the iceberg on the ways he's trying to subvert a voting system that works pretty darn well. Click thru to read the full story from CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/03/politics/election-threat-trump-mail-in-voting-claims-invs/index.html

United States has a federal system, not a free-for-all, but Trump has provided NO guidance

Trump has no interest in performing the job of being President. This was a classic case that needed federal guidance and intervention. Telling the states to compete against each other for supplies was expensive and resulted in imbalances across the country. The Trump administration didn't care then and still doesn't care. If not for a … Continue reading United States has a federal system, not a free-for-all, but Trump has provided NO guidance

Why Biden would need a landslide to win

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/22/opinion/sunday/trump-cheat-biden-2020.html When many of us question Hillary Clinton’s performance and strategy in 2016 and say that she should have won, we’re speaking sloppily. We mean that she should have won by more. We mean that she should have won by so much that James Comey’s vain and imprudent fit of conscience didn’t matter, that Russian … Continue reading Why Biden would need a landslide to win

Do you think Instagram is just celebrities and influencers? Nope

Ten Instagram Advocacy Accounts You Should Be Following OutvoteAug 6 · 2 min read This election year has proven unlike any other. Campaigns and voters across the country have had to mobilize on social media in lieu of traditional organizing and canvassing, making Instagram activism more common than ever: we’re inundated with Stories every day … Continue reading Do you think Instagram is just celebrities and influencers? Nope

78% of American voters can cast ballots by mail this fall

This article contains a wonderful map showing which states allow voting by mail aka absentee voting. Do click thru. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/vote-by-mail-states/? At least 78% of American voters can cast ballots by mail in the fall The coronavirus pandemic is set to change the way millions of Americans can vote in November, as states expand access to … Continue reading 78% of American voters can cast ballots by mail this fall

AOC refuses to let a man get away with calling her an abusively sexist names

I don't agree with all of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's beliefs and goals, but I totally admire both her skill with words (when questioning or in speeches) and her refusal to let others get away with lazy labels and false apologies. Unfortunately, it still requires a high sense of personal responsibility to speak publicly against language … Continue reading AOC refuses to let a man get away with calling her an abusively sexist names

Broad-based genetic study documents the violent history of slavery in the United States

Blacks and other people of color (BOPOC) protesting their treatment by police and other authority have to fight constantly to get recognition of the very real discrimination they undergo. This study documents that mistreatment in the Americas extends back hundreds of years. Yes, in certain areas, small slivers of the protests have been hijacked by … Continue reading Broad-based genetic study documents the violent history of slavery in the United States

Is the constancy of national borders trivial or a sign of modern power?

Axios produces articles that feed my desire for new perspectives -- like this. Turns out it's been decades since a major redrawing of the world's map. Part of this is a reflection of the increasing tendency of nations to protect their own societies rather than to expand, but couldn't it also be that modern warfare … Continue reading Is the constancy of national borders trivial or a sign of modern power?

Men concerned about exclusion

Have been listening to a fantastic webinar from The Nature Conservancy featuring women who have been deeply involved in conservation as landowners and activists. One of the first questions that came in to the speakers: "If women become more active, will they be excluding men from their groups?" (Their wording was a bit more snarky.) … Continue reading Men concerned about exclusion