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Michelle Obama & LeBron James Team Up To Encourage Early Voting

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Former first lady Michelle Obama’s initiative, When We All Vote, is  collaborating  with More Than A Vote, which is led by NBA superstar LeBron James, to encourage early voting across the United States. The organizations will hold events in major U.S. cities starting next week to “build momentum and excitement around voting early,” When We All Vote announced Tuesday.

The nonprofits will provide, information, food, music and personal protective equipment in early voting sites around the country from October 18-31. Obama, the co-chair of When We All Vote, said that making a plan to vote early is “critical.”

“It’s now up to us to do everything in our power to get our friends and family ready to vote early and safely together,” Obama said in a statement. “We can’t leave anyone behind. I’m proud of the work When We All Vote will do with More Than a Vote and our partners to help provide on-the-ground support for Americans who will cast their ballots early.”

 

The events will take place within walking distance from the early voting sites and include celebrity and athlete appearances as well as legal help for voters. Lyft will also provide discounted rides to help people get to early voting sites. Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Orlando and Philadelphia are among the cities where events will be held.

The announcement cited studies that found early voting activations and celebrations can increase turnout by nearly 4%.

During the pandemic, When We All Vote has helped to expand access to vote-by-mail, early in-person voting and online voter registration. More than 400,000 people have registered to vote with the organization.

Led by James and other Black athletes and entertainers, More Than a Vote has worked to fight systemic, racist voter suppression after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

Both organizations have been committed to recruiting more poll workers in order to keep the polls open. The groups say they have recruited at least 30,000 people who have signed up to serve as poll workers.

 

 

 

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Demi Lovato Releases Political New Song ‘Commander in Chief’

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Demi Lovato   released her new political ballad “Commander in Chief” in an effort to vocalize emotions felt by Americans during the election, while also encouraging fans to get out and vote.

 

“We were taught when we were young, If we fight for what’s right there won’t be justice for just some. We won’t give up, stand our ground. We’ll be in the streets while you’re bunkering down,” Demi sings. “Loud and proud, best believe We’ll still take knee, while you’re Commander in Chief.”

Demi is set to perform the new song live for the first time during the 2020 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night (October 14).

You can download Demi Lovato‘s new song off of iTunes here – listen to “Commander in Chief” now!

 

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Mariah Carey Rounds Up Her ‘Voting Squad’ for Michelle Obama’s New Challenge

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  Mariah Carey and her entourage are masked up and ready to submit their ballots. The chanteuse took part in Michelle Obama’s  new #VotingSquad challenge, which encourages participants to get their friends together and vote early, as a number of states are already accepting votes ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

 

Carey’s squad consisted of actor Billy Eichner, boyfriend Bryan Tanaka, makeup artist Kristofer Buckle and hair stylists Dior Sovoa and Serge Normant. “I am here with my #VotingSquad and we’ve all made our plans to vote! Please be sure to make your plan too. Your voice is important!” she captioned the glammed-out selfie, and tagged Tiffany Haddish, Jessica Chastain and Kelly Rowland to take part in the challenge next.

 

 

 

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Taylor Swift Says She Will Be Voting For Joe Biden For President

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Taylor Swift  says she  is voting for the Democratic Party in next month’s U.S. presidential election.

“I will proudly vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in this year’s presidential election,” the singer said, to V magazine. “Under their leadership, I believe America has a chance to start the healing process it so desperately needs.”

Swift explained: “The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of colour deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included.

“Everyone deserves a government that takes global health risks seriously and puts the lives of its people first. The only way we can begin to make things better is to choose leaders who are willing to face these issues and find ways to work through them.”

 

 

 

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Michelle Obama Urges Americans To Vote For Joe Biden In New Campaign Video

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Michelle Obama Urges Americans To Vote For Joe Biden In New Campaign Video

“It’s painful to think that months into this crisis, this is still where we are with no clear plan, no peace of mind. And the worst part is, it didn’t have to be like this,” she said. “Look around the world, so many other countries aren’t experiencing this level of extended suffering and uncertainty. These countries were hit by the same virus as we were, they had the same kind of resources to contain it as we did. But what they didn’t have to contend with was this president — a man who had every resource at his disposal, the finest medical experts, our best intelligence, and yet ignored all the advice and failed to produce a plan to provide enough tests for worried families or protective equipment for our healthcare workers.”

In brief, “We simply cannot trust this president to tell us the truth about anything.”

 

Differences aside, she urged Americans to “put ourselves in one another’s shoes,” explaining that she understands the frustrations of working-class Americans who are disillusioned by the system. “You’ve worked hard all your life, and for too long, you’ve watched the rich get richer … you’ve seen your beloved towns shattered by joblessness … and it’s frustrating to hear some folks say that you’ve been the beneficiary of privilege, that the color of your skin gives you a head start.”

“But right now, the president and his allies are trying to tap into that frustration and distract from his breathtaking failures by giving folks someone to blame other than them,” she continued. “They’re stoking fears about Black and brown Americans, lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs, whipping up violence and intimidation.”

“And they’re pinning it all on what’s been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity,” Obama went on, referencing the Black Lives Matter protests that began following George Floyd’s murder in late May. “Only a tiny fraction of demonstrations have had any violence at all. So what the president is doing is once again patently false. It’s morally wrong. And yes, it is racist. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work.”

Once again, Obama sympathized with those who have given credence to Trump’s lies, explaining, “This is a difficult time, a confusing time, and when people hear these lies and crazy conspiracies repeated over and over and over again, they don’t know what to think. With everything going on in their lives, they don’t have time to fact-check falsehoods being spread throughout the internet. And even reasonable people might get scared. And the one thing this president is really, really good at is using fear and confusion and spreading lies to win.”

Obama admitted that our country’s division is personal for her as well, and called for empathy. “As a Black woman who has, like the overwhelming majority of people of color in this nation, done everything in my power to live a life of dignity and service and honesty, the knowledge that any of my fellow Americans is more afraid of me than the chaos we are living through right now, well that hurts,” she said. “It hurts us all. It is a heaviness that sits on our hearts. So I wanna appeal for some empathy here too.”

 

“I want everyone who is still undecided to think about all those folks like me and my ancestors — the moms and dads who worked their fingers to the bone to raise their kids right. The teenagers who wear hoodies while working hard to get their diplomas. The millions of folks who look like me and fought and died and toiled as slaves and soldiers and laborers to help build this country. Put yourselves in our shoes for just a moment,” she said.

“Imagine how it feels to wake up every day and do your very best to uphold the values that this country claims to hold dear — truth, honor, decency — only to have those efforts met by scorn. Not just by your fellow citizens, but by a sitting president. Imagine how it feels to have suspicion cast on you from the day you were born, simply because of the hue of your skin. To walk around your own country scared that someone’s unjustified fear of you could put you in harm’s way,” she continued. “Who will project on us their own fears of retribution for centuries of injustice and thus only see us as a threat to be restrained? And we know what happens next — a racial slur from a passing car, a job promotion that never comes, a routine traffic stop gone wrong, maybe a knee to the neck.”

In a closing plea, Obama asked viewers to take some time for introspection ahead of the election.

“Think about what would possibly compel you to accept this level of chaos, violence, and confusion under this president, and be willing to watch our country continue to spiral out of control,” she advised. “We can no longer pretend that we don’t know exactly who and what this president stands for. Search your hearts and your conscience, and then vote for Joe Biden like your lives depend on it. We cannot afford to withhold our votes, or waste them on a protest candidate,” she continued. “One of these two men will be president. And only if we vote for Joe Biden with power and with passion will our voices even have a chance at being heard.”

Visit vote.org to register to vote, check your registration status, or find your polling place.

 

 

Source : Yahoo

 

 

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The NBA and NBPA Announced That Playoff Games Will Resume Saturday

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NBA and NBPA have officially agreed to resume playoff games Saturday.

Agreed-upon commitments:

Immediately establish a social justice coalition featuring reps from players, coaches and governors
Convert team arenas into voting locations for 2020 general election
reate ad spots in playoff games that promote civic engagement
NBA announces: “In every city where the league franchise owns and controls the arena property, team governors will continue to work with local elections officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 to allow for a safe in-person voting.”
Three NBA franchises (Pistons, Hornets & Hawks) announced earlier this summer they will provide their facilities as a satellite center for the Nov. 3 election. And the L.A. Dodgers teamed up with LeBron James to convert Dodger Stadium into a polling site for the 2020 election.

 

 

 

 

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Players Boycott Playoffs After Police Shooting Of Jacob Blake as NFL, MLB & NHL Join In Solidarity

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NHL will not play any playoff games Thursday in solidarity with other leagues protesting the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The boycotts began with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday in their game with Orlando Magic.

 

Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we’re fed up,” Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry, who is the son of Bucks owner Marc Lasry, tweeted after news of the boycott began to spread. “Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.”

The Bucks players stayed in their locker room trying to reach Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, reported The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania. Magic responded saying it stands with the Bucks and with all NBA players and the league “in condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police against people of color.”

 

 

The Bucks boycott was followed by tweets from several high-profile NBA stars, with the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron JamesDenver Nuggets’ Jamaal Murray and Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell demanding change and justice.

All three games for Wednesday — Bucks-Magic, Thunder-Rockets and Lakers-Blazers — were canceled. The boycott continues on Thursday. In a tweet, Dallas Mavericks said their Game 6 is being postponed “in solidarity with our NBA family.”

NBA playoff games for today will not be played as scheduled,” said Mike Bass, NBA executive vice president. “We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday.” There will be another video call among NBA players, team governors, representatives of the National Basketball Players Association and NBA Labor Relations Committee chair Michael Jorden on Thursday afternoon.

 

Black Lives Matter protests have continued across the US since June as people demonstrate against the deaths of George FloydBreonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of the police and against systemic racism. Two people were shot to death and another was wounded Tuesday night during the third night of protests in Kenosha. A 17-year-old from Illinois has been arrested as a suspect in the shooting.

Since the NBA season resumed following coronavirus delays, most players have been taking a knee during the national anthem prior to the games. “Black Lives Matter” is painted on each of the three courts in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World in Florida, and players are also able to wear social justice and civil rights messages on their jerseys.

NHL, MLB and NFL join the boycotts

All WNBA games were postponed on Wednesday, with the league confirming Thursday’s games — Chicago Sky vs. Indiana Fever, Dallas Wings vs. New York Liberty and Las Vegas Aces vs. Seattle Storm — have likewise been postponed “as the WNBA players continue discussions and reflection on recent events.”

In MLB, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds postponed their game Wednesday, while the Seattle Mariners also voted to postpone their MLB game. The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers to take the field Thursday night. Other teams including the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue JaysBoston OriolesMinnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies have all made statements of their own. The New York Mets and the Miami Marlins walked onto the field for a moment of silence on Thursday night, then walked off, leaving a Black Lives Matter shirt on the home plate.

NHL is boycotting all upcoming games after Sharks player Evander Kane said the players are taking a stand. Later in the day, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association confirmed it would reschedule the four games beginning Saturday and “adjust the remainder of the Second Round schedule.”

In NFL, the LA Chargers officially canceled their scrimmage Thursday. Baltimore Ravens then canceled their practice, demanded the police officers responsible for the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake be arrested and charged. Players also called for Sen. Mitch McConnell to bring the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to the Senate for a vote to end qualified immunity, ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, hold police accountable, prohibit racial profiling and require body cameras.

Statements were also put out by the San Francisco 49ersKansas City ChiefsArizona CardinalsWashington Football TeamBuffalo BillsJacksonville JaguarsNew York JetsGreen Bay PackersChicago BearsPhiladelphia EaglesTennessee TitansAtlanta FalconsNew Orleans SaintsDenver BroncosDetroit LionsNew England PatriotsDallas CowboysCleveland BrownsIndianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks.

 

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Naomi Osaka Pulls Out Of Tennis Tournament Over ‘Continued Genocide Of Black People’

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The  world’s highest-paid female athleteNaomi Osaka withdrew from   the Western & Southern Open in New York because there are “much more important matters at hand” than watching her play tennis.

Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman. And as a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”

The US Open warmup  then announced  there would be no play Thursday before resuming Friday.
It followed the Wednesday postponement of NBA, Major League Baseball, MLS and WNBA games in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin and subsequent protests.

“Hello, as many of you are aware I was scheduled to play my semifinals match tomorrow,” the two-time grand slam winner began. “However, before I am an athlete, I am a black woman. And as a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.

“I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction.

“Watching the continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach.

“I’m exhausted of having a new hashtag pop up every few days and I’m extremely tired of having this same conversation over and over again. When will it ever be enough?”

The 22-year-old ended her post with the hashtags, Jacob Blake, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and George Floyd.

 

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Osaka  joined protests in Minneapolis in the days after Floyd’s death.

Visited memorial for Floyd

“We visited the George Floyd Memorial and connected with those who came together to mourn yet another senseless act and life lost without reason,” she wrote in Esquire in July. “Being on the ground in Minneapolis was what felt right at that moment.
“When I came back to Los Angeles, I signed petitions, I protested, and I donated, like many of us. But I kept asking myself what can I do to make this world a better place for my children? I decided it was time to speak up about systemic racism and police brutality.”

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LeBron James’ Group Plans To Recruit Poll Workers For November 2020 Elections

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A  variety  of athletes influenced by LeBron James will  debut a multimillion-dollar program  in the future  to recruit poll workers in heavily Black electoral districts for November’s election, a person familiar with the plans says.

 

More Than a Vote, a group of prominent athletes fighting voter suppression, will collaborate with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on the program in a dozen states, including battlegrounds such as Georgia, Michigan, Florida and Wisconsin, where disenfranchisement affects Black voters, the source said.

The New York Times first reported the effort, which will recruit young people as poll workers and include a paid advertising program and corporate partnership to encourage employees to volunteer as poll workers.

A shortage of poll workers to staff in-person voting sites amid worries about the coronavirus pandemic has led to dramatically fewer polling locations in some states that held primaries earlier this year, including Georgia and Wisconsin. That led to long lines, hours-long waits and widespread confusion, particularly in hard-hit African-American communities that felt the brunt of the cutbacks.

The problems, and worries about what they could mean for the Nov. 3 election between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, led to the formation of More Than a Vote by James, star of the Los Angeles Lakers, and other athletes.

 

 

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Meghan Markle Urges People To Vote In The US Presidential Election

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Meghan Markle  spoke about the upcoming US election during the at When We All Vote #CouchParty  – “We all know what’s at stake this year. I know it…and if you’re here on this event with us then you are just as mobilized and energized to see the change that we all need and deserve.”

 

 

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Patrick Mahomes, & Others Join LeBron James In Fight Against Voter Suppression

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Chiefs quarterback  Patrick Mahomes, has a voice off the field, too. He’s a founding member of “More Than a Vote,” the newly formed nonprofit led by NBA star  LeBron James .Its focus is to get more Black Americans to vote, regardless of their politics.

Mahomes co-signed a letter released Monday that urges Black people to vote and criticizes voter suppression, citing alleged examples in Georgia and Florida.

 

“We saw you in the streets,” the letter, shared with ESPN’s The Undefeated, reads. “We saw your social media posts. Your voices are breaking through, but it’s now time to do more. We know you have the ability to organize. So join us and take your protest to the election and fight to keep our community from being silenced.

“The most important thing you all need to know is Black voters matter more than ever.”

Nearly 50 athletes and entertainers, including track star Allyson Felix, pitcher CC Sabathia and comedian Kevin Hart, also signed the letter.

The coalition has already partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers to use Dodger Stadium as a vote center for the presidential election in November and is aiming get more arenas and sports facilities in use.

“We want change. We’ve asked for change in our communities and we want people in our communities to know if we want change we have to make it ourselves,” James told The Associated Press.

“Just trying to give all the resources that we can because we know how important November is, but more importantly even past November because it doesn’t stop and we don’t want it to stop,” he continued, wearing a hat reading “I am more than an athlete.”

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Clinton Does Not Want To Hear “Woulda Coulda Shoulda” For Not Voting

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“Don’t forget, Joe and Kamala can win by 3 million votes and still lose. Take it from me. So we need numbers overwhelming, so Trump can’t sneak or steal his way to victory,” Hillary Clinton said during the

 

Hillary Clinton, the only other Democrat to run against Donald Trump, urged voters not to take the President’s political standing for granted this year, warning that November cannot be a “woulda coulda shoulda” election.

Clinton’s speech was both a reflection on her bid four years ago, where she unexpectedly lost, in part, because some Democrats sat out the race, and an indictment on Trump, a man she described as ill-equipped to be President.

“Don’t forget: Joe and Kamala can win 3 million more votes and still lose. Take it from me,” Clinton said. “We need numbers so overwhelming Trump can’t sneak or steal his way to victory.”

Clinton added:

“For four years, people have said to me, “I didn’t realize how dangerous he was.” “I wish I could go back and do it over.” Or worst, “I should have voted.” Look, this can’t be another woulda coulda shoulda election.”

When Clinton conceded the 2016 election, she said Democrats owed Trump the chance to prove he could grow into the presidency.

On Wednesday, however, Clinton reiterated what she has said repeatedly over the last four years: That hasn’t happened.

“I wish Donald Trump had been a better president,” Clinton said. “Because America needs a better president than this.”

Clinton also said that Kamala Harris would face he same “slings and arrows” she did as a woman running, but that Harris “can handle them all.”

“This is the team to pull our nation back from the brink,” she said.

Clinton also devoted much of her speech to heralding the humanity behind both Biden and Harris, including telling a story about Tyrone Gayle, a Democratic operative who worked or both Clinton and Harris before he died in 2018.“

When her press secretary Tyrone Gayle was dying of cancer, she dropped everything to be with him,” Clinton said. “Because that’s who she is.”

Of Biden, Clinton remembered the vice president calling when her mother died and how Biden handled Beau Biden’s death in 2015.

 

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Kamala Harris’ Accepts Vice President Democratic Nomination

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The first Black woman and Asian-American on a major U.S. presidential ticket, Kamala Harris summarized her life story as emblematic of the American dream

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ speech from the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery:

Greetings America.
It is truly an honor to be speaking with you.
That I am here tonight is a testament to the dedication of generations before me. Women and men who believed so fiercely in the promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all.

 

 

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. And we celebrate the women who fought for that right.
Yet so many of the Black women who helped secure that victory were still prohibited from voting, long after its ratification.
But they were undeterred.
Without fanfare or recognition, they organized, testified, rallied, marched, and fought—not just for their vote, but for a seat at the table. These women and the generations that followed worked to make democracy and opportunity real in the lives of all of us who followed.
They paved the way for the trailblazing leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
And these women inspired us to pick up the torch, and fight on.
Women like Mary Church Terrell and Mary McCleod Bethune. Fannie Lou Hamer and Diane Nash. Constance Baker Motley and Shirley Chisholm.
We’re not often taught their stories. But as Americans, we all stand on their shoulders.
There’s another woman, whose name isn’t known, whose story isn’t shared. Another woman whose shoulders I stand on. And that’s my mother—Shyamala Gopalan Harris.
She came here from India at age 19 to pursue her dream of curing cancer. At the University of California Berkeley, she met my father, Donald Harris—who had come from Jamaica to study economics.
They fell in love in that most American way—while marching together for justice in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
In the streets of Oakland and Berkeley, I got a stroller’s-eye view of people getting into what the great John Lewis called “good trouble.”
When I was 5, my parents split and my mother raised us mostly on her own. Like so many mothers, she worked around the clock to make it work—packing lunches before we woke up— and paying bills after we went to bed. Helping us with homework at the kitchen table—and shuttling us to church for choir practice.
She made it look easy, though I know it never was.
My mother instilled in my sister, Maya, and me the values that would chart the course of our lives.
She raised us to be proud, strong Black women. And she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage.
She taught us to put family first—the family you’re born into and the family you choose.
Family, is my husband Doug, who I met on a blind date set up by my best friend. Family is our beautiful children, Cole and Ella, who as you just heard, call me Momala. Family is my sister. Family is my best friend, my nieces and my godchildren. Family is my uncles, my aunts—my chitthis. Family is Mrs. Shelton—my second mother who lived two doors down and helped raise me. Family is my beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha…our Divine 9…and my HBCU brothers and sisters. Family is the friends I turned to when my mother—the most important person in my life—passed away from cancer.
And even as she taught us to keep our family at the center of our world, she also pushed us to see a world beyond ourselves.
She taught us to be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people. To believe public service is a noble cause and the fight for justice is a shared responsibility.
That led me to become a lawyer, a District Attorney, Attorney General, and a United States Senator.
And at every step of the way, I’ve been guided by the words I spoke from the first time I stood in a courtroom: Kamala Harris, For the People.
I’ve fought for children, and survivors of sexual assault. I’ve fought against transnational gangs. I took on the biggest banks, and helped take down one of the biggest for-profit colleges.
I know a predator when I see one.
My mother taught me that service to others gives life purpose and meaning. And oh, how I wish she were here tonight but I know she’s looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman—all of five feet tall—who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California.
On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now speaking these words: I accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States of America.
I do so, committed to the values she taught me. To the Word that teaches me to walk by faith, and not by sight. And to a vision passed on through generations of Americans—one that Joe Biden shares. A vision of our nation as a Beloved Community—where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love.
A country where we may not agree on every detail, but we are united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect.
A country where we look out for one another, where we rise and fall as one, where we face our challenges, and celebrate our triumphs—together.
Today… that country feels distant.
Donald Trump’s failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods.
If you’re a parent struggling with your child’s remote learning, or you’re a teacher struggling on the other side of that screen, you know that what we’re doing right now isn’t working.
And we are a nation that’s grieving. Grieving the loss of life, the loss of jobs, the loss of opportunities, the loss of normalcy. And yes, the loss of certainty.
And while this virus touches us all, let’s be honest, it is not an equal opportunity offender. Black, Latino and Indigenous people are suffering and dying disproportionately.
This is not a coincidence. It is the effect of structural racism.
Of inequities in education and technology, health care and housing, job security and transportation.
The injustice in reproductive and maternal health care. In the excessive use of force by police. And in our broader criminal justice system.
This virus has no eyes, and yet it knows exactly how we see each other—and how we treat each other.
And let’s be clear—there is no vaccine for racism. We’ve gotta do the work.
For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. For our children. For all of us.
We’ve gotta do the work to fulfill that promise of equal justice under law. Because, none of us are free…until all of us are free…
We’re at an inflection point.
The constant chaos leaves us adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone.
It’s a lot.
And here’s the thing: We can do better and deserve so much more.
We must elect a president who will bring something different, something better, and do the important work. A president who will bring all of us together—Black, White, Latino, Asian, Indigenous—to achieve the future we collectively want.
We must elect Joe Biden.
I knew Joe as Vice President. I knew Joe on the campaign trail. But I first got to know Joe as the father of my friend.
Joe’s son, Beau, and I served as Attorneys General of our states, Delaware and California. During the Great Recession, we spoke on the phone nearly every day, working together to win back billions of dollars for homeowners from the big banks that foreclosed on people’s homes.
And Beau and I would talk about his family.
How, as a single father, Joe would spend 4 hours every day riding the train back and forth from Wilmington to Washington. Beau and Hunter got to have breakfast every morning with their dad. They went to sleep every night with the sound of his voice reading bedtime stories. And while they endured an unspeakable loss, these two little boys Always knew that they were deeply, unconditionally loved.
And what also moved me about Joe is the work he did, as he went back and forth. This is the leader who wrote the Violence Against Women Act—and enacted the Assault Weapons Ban. Who, as Vice President, implemented The Recovery Act, which brought our country back from The Great Recession. He championed The Affordable Care Act, protecting millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. Who spent decades promoting American values and interests around the world, standing up with our allies and standing up to our adversaries.
Right now, we have a president who turns our tragedies into political weapons.
Joe will be a president who turns our challenges into purpose.
Joe will bring us together to build an economy that doesn’t leave anyone behind. Where a good-paying job is the floor, not the ceiling.
Joe will bring us together to end this pandemic and make sure that we are prepared for the next one.
Joe will bring us together to squarely face and dismantle racial injustice, furthering the work of
generations.
Joe and I believe that we can build that Beloved Community, one that is strong and decent, just and kind. One in which we all can see ourselves.
That’s the vision that our parents and grandparents fought for. The vision that made my own life possible. The vision that makes the American promise—for all its complexities and imperfections—a promise worth fighting for.
Make no mistake, the road ahead will not be not easy. We will stumble. We may fall short. But I pledge to you that we will act boldly and deal with our challenges honestly. We will speak truths. And we will act with the same faith in you that we ask you to place in us.
We believe that our country—all of us, will stand together for a better future. We already are.
We see it in the doctors, the nurses, the home health care workers and the frontline workers who are risking their lives to save people they’ve never met.
We see it in the teachers and truck drivers, the factory workers and farmers, the postal workers and the Poll workers, all putting their own safety on the line to help us get through this pandemic.
And we see it in so many of you who are working, not just to get us through our current crises, but to somewhere better.
There’s something happening, all across the country.
It’s not about Joe or me.
It’s about you.
It’s about us. People of all ages and colors and creeds who are, yes, taking to the streets, and also persuading our family members, rallying our friends, organizing our neighbors, and getting out the vote.
And we’ve shown that, when we vote, we expand access to health care, expand access to the ballot box, and ensure that more working families can make a decent living.
I’m inspired by a new generation of leadership. You are pushing us to realize the ideals of our nation, pushing us to live the values we share: decency and fairness, justice and love.
You are the patriots who remind us that to love our country is to fight for the ideals of our country.
In this election, we have a chance to change the course of history. We’re all in this fight.
You, me, and Joe—together.
What an awesome responsibility. What an awesome privilege.
So, let’s fight with conviction. Let’s fight with hope. Let’s fight with confidence in ourselves, and a commitment to each other. To the America we know is possible. The America, we love.
Years from now, this moment will have passed. And our children and our grandchildren will look in our eyes and ask us: Where were you when the stakes were so high?
They will ask us, what was it like?
And we will tell them. We will tell them, not just how we felt.
We will tell them what we did.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.
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Kamala Harris Urges Democrats @ DNC To Create A Plan For Voting

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California Sen. Kamala Harris opened the third night of the convention, urging people to create a plan for voting

“I want to talk about the importance of voting,” Harris said, standing in what looked like the backstage of the convention set up in Delaware.

Harris will accept the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nomination and delivers her acceptance speech later in the program.

The California senator lamented the fact that voters are hearing a lot about “obstacles” to voting, adding that she thinks it is important for people to “to ask ourselves why (Republicans) don’t want us to vote” and “why are there so many effort to silence our voices.”

“The answer,” Harris said, “is because when we vote, things change.”

Harris urged viewers to create a voting plan and closed the short message by saying, “I’ll see you a little later tonight.”

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Billie Eilish Urges Americans To “Vote Like Our Lives & The World Depend On It”

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On the 3rd night  of the virtual Democratic Convention singer Billie Eilish encouraged  Americans to “vote like our lives and the world depend on it, because they do” before performing her new song “My future.”

Eilish  opened her remarks by criticizing President Trump, saying he is “destroying our country and everything we care about.”

“We need leaders who will solve problems like climate change and Covid, not deny them. Leaders who will fight against systemic racism and inequality. That starts by voting for someone who understands how much is at stake,” she said.

The Los Angeles native continued: “Someone who’s building a team that shares our values. It starts with voting against Donald Trump and for Joe Biden.”

“Silence is not an option, and we cannot sit this one out. We all have to vote like our lives and the world depend on it, because they do. The only way to be certain of the future is to make it ourselves. Please register, please vote.”

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Kerry Washington Hosts Night 3 Of The Virtual Democratic National Convention

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“We fight for a more perfect union because we are fighting for the soul of this country and for our lives. And right now, that fight is real.” — Kerry Washington

 

 On Wednesday Actress Kerry Washington  hosted  the Democratic National Convention which is themed “A More Perfect Union.” Washington, who played White House communications director Olivia Pope in the hit ABC series “Scandal,” will be featured alongside speakers including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and former President Barack Obama.

Washington said, “We are fighting for the soul of this country and for our lives. And right now that fight is real. A more equal, more just future.”

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Jennifer Hudson Performs ” A Change Gonna To Come ” @ Democratic National Convention

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Jennifer Hudson closed out the third night of the #DNC with a song that has a long history in politics. On the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Jennifer Hudson  performed Sam Cooke’s legendary song ” A Change Gonna To Come ” She wore a halter Elie Saab  Spring 2020 gown .

 

 

Cooke wrote “A Change” months before his death, and the year before the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965. A 2015 New Yorker essay marking the song’s 50th anniversary noted the correspondence to Selma’s “Bloody Sunday”: “Then I go to my brother, and I say, ‘Brother, help me please,’” Cooke sang. “But he winds up knockin’ me back down on my knees.”

 

 

 

 

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LeBron James Wore A Customized Hat To A Game To Make A Social Justice Statement

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“There has been no justice not only for her, but for her family.” LeBron wants justice for Breonna Taylor.

NBA superstar LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates wore customized “Make America Great Again” hats to Tuesday night’s playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers, making a statement about the death of Breonna Taylor, Business Insider reported.

The hats had “great again” crossed out, with text added underneath, so the hats said, “Make America Arrest the Cops who Killed Breonna Taylor.” The message is a reference to the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department shooting of Taylor while serving a no-knock drug warrant in March.

“You know the situation that’s going on in Louisville, Kentucky,” James told reporters after the game, which the Lakers lost. “An innocent woman being killed, by the name of Breonna Taylor. A woman who had a bright future. Her life was taken away from her. There’s been no arrests, there’s been no justice, not only for her, but for her family. We want to continue to shed light on that situation because it’s just unjust. That’s what it’s about.”

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Michelle Obama: Donald Trump Is ‘In Over His Head’ & ‘Wrong President For This Country’

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Former first lady Michelle Obama delivered an inspiring  speech to end  the first night of the 2020  Democratic National Convention on Monday.

In her nearly 19-minute remarks, Obama condemned Trump’s  divisiveness, ineptitude and “utter lack of empathy.” She urged Americans to show up to the polls in November to vote for Joe Biden.

“Let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can. “Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” Obama said in a video address recorded ahead of the convention. “He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”

 

She added: “So if you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”

 

“If we want to keep the possibility of progress alive in our time, if we want to be able to look our children in the eye after this election … We have got to do everything we can to elect my friend, Joe Biden, as the next president of the United States.”

 

“It is up to us to add our voices and our votes to the course of history, echoing heroes like John Lewis who said, ‘When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something.’ That is the truest form of empathy.”

 

“We have got to grab our comfortable shoes, put on our masks, pack a brown bag dinner and maybe breakfast too, because we’ve got to be willing to stand in line all night if we have to.”

 

“We have to vote for Joe Biden in numbers that cannot be ignored. Because right now, folks who know they cannot win fair and square at the ballot box are doing everything they can to stop us from voting … This is not the time to withhold our votes in protest.”

 

“We’ve got to vote early, in person if we can. We’ve got to request our mail-in ballots right now, tonight, and send them back immediately and follow-up to make sure they’re received. And then, make sure our friends and families do the same.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eva Longoria, Actor And Activist, Hosted DNC’s Virtual First Night

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Eva Longoria Bastón, best  known f as an actress or her role on “Desperate Housewives” along with her activism on Latino political issues, is hosting night one of the Democratic National  Convention.

“The past four years have left us as a nation diminished and divided,” said Eva Longoria, one of four actresses who will emcee the mostly-virtual event, each on their own night.

“America is better than this,” she declared.

Longoria deemed the 2020 election the most important of her lifetime.

“Every four years we go together to reaffirm our Democracy, this year, we’ve come to save it,” she said in the opening remarks.

“We always hear that line about this being the most important election of our lifetimes, but this year, it really is,” she insisted.

Up next, was a video montage of a group of activists, celebrities

.Eva Longoria, known for her role on Desperate Housewives and her activism on Latino political issues, takes center stage on Monday as host of the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

Longoria, a top fundraiser for former President Barack Obama and national co-chair of his 2012 campaign, spoke briefly at the DNC in Charlotte, N.C., that year. She also took a turn onstage in the Philadelphia convention in 2016, campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

This year, the co-founder of the Latino Victory Fund, which champions Latinx candidates for public office, is the first of four celebrity hosts for the four nights of pre-taped and live virtual speeches that will make up this coronavirus-altered convention week.

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