Today’s final midterm Portrait is of my Friend and Grassroots Organizer extraordinarie @shivasarram who created #203Action and runs the Blossom Hill Foundation.
I painted Shiva in part to recognize all the grassroots volunteers who worked so tirelessly on this election but also because she literally has been amazing.
She founded a ‘Tri-Partisan’ Action group after 2016. Members of the group joined their DTC’s and went to the Democratic convention. She brought almost every single Democratic Candidate to speak to us and even some non-democrats. Members of 203 Action ran for office (and won), did fundraisers for local democrats, and helped find Office Space for HQ. She kept us organized and moving forward with GOTV efforts like phonebanking, canvassing, driving candidates, postcard writing and more. This was probably the equivalent of herding cats.
Shiva did this because she knows how important politics is. She says ‘You might not do politics, but politics sure does you.’ She did this while running Blossom Hill Foundation and being the Mom of two active younger kids. I’m honestly not sure she slept at all the past 6 months.
So I encourage you...strongly...find a grassroots group in your local community and get involved. I hope you find one that’s run by someone as amazing as Shiva.
Why and how anyone can still support the @gop and its #corruption#ignorance and #cruelty anymore is beyond my comprehension. But in case we needed another measurable piece of data to show us out of touch privileged white men have no business running this country, let’s add this little nugget: they are NOT representative or reflective of America. We are a diverse nation, and representation is everything. #midterms2018#diversitymatters
Living with awareness means being aware of what we put in our bodies, how we speak to ourselves, how we speak to others, our impact on the environment - and yes, our inescapable influence as citizens.
I say “inescapable” as each of us has a vote which means each of us has the potential to have our voice heard. And not voting is also expressing your influence as you either support the status quo or are apathetic about outcomes and policies which affect more than yourself.
In other words, inaction is action. We know that voting matters.
People have fought for the right to vote, how privileged are we that we can choose not to.
Voting is not just about yourself. It’s a vote for what kind of society you want to live in. It’s a vote for how you value others.
Think about that. If you find yourself getting defensive, take inventory of your values and own your expression of them. #makeamericakindagain#midterms2018
Democrats picked up two more House seats on Thursday, bringing the grand total number of seats Democrats won in the midterms up to 36 — with a few more races still yet to be settled.
Pictured above is California Democrat Katie Porter, who defeated Republican Rep. Mimi Walters once mail-in and provisional ballots were counted. Full story in bio.
According to AP, Stacey Abrams’ campaign is preparing to take the Governor’s race to court that could result in pushing for an entire new election. Throughout the course of the election, thousands of voter registrations were put on hold, there were voting machine difficulties in predominately black communities, and voters were not offered provisional ballots when they should have been. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
This is Marian Bodnar, a piano and voice teacher who had previously never been involved in politics. She is from my home district where Democrat Gil Cisneros just eeked past Young Kim in the vote count more than a week after the election. As the founder of #Indivisible#CA39, Bodnar is one of the citizens who made this possible. I sat down with her last year. A quiet woman, she never thought she’d become an activist. But after the election of Donald Trump, she said she saw what was happening in the country and “it just isn’t right.” And with that simple tenet — look what she has helped make happen! The count continues...
Han sido muchos los ejes de esta tensa campaña que hablan de lo que afecta también a América Latina. Por esto, aquí están algunos factores clave que influyeron en los resultados: 1) las fake news, 2) el discurso sobre la migración, y 3) la participación femenina. Lee nuestro análisis en opendemocracy.net/democraciaabierta #midterms2018#midterms#elecciones2018#democracia
«Hai sentito? È il rumore del soffitto di cristallo che s’infrange». Un’onda rosa arrivata anche in politica dopo che il movimento #metoo ha cambiato per sempre le relazioni tra i sessi, portando alla luce l’enorme quantità di molestie e violenza su donne che ogni giorno rimanevano in silenzio per paura di perdere il lavoro, dando così nuova credibilità alla parola di un mondo fin troppo discriminato e screditato: quello femminile. Oggi la maggior parte delle elette al midterm sono alla Camera, dove i dem hanno strappato la maggioranza ai repubblicani di Trump, e anche se per Donna Shalala, ex segretaria alla Salute, «il fatto che le donne abbiano deciso di mettersi in prima linea è importante sia che siano repubblicane o democratiche», è ormai chiaro da che parte stiano le donne: la stragrande maggioranza di loro (6 su 10) ha infatti votato dem e ha partecipato attivamente alla campagna elettorale di quel partito, anche finanziandola. Una scelta di cui Trump ha tracciato il sentiero, grazie alla sua politica machista, catalizzando forze femminili e femministe già durante la sua campagna elettorale, e spingendo in prima linea le stesse donne che un tempo sarebbero rimaste nelle retrovie. Nelle sfide in cui erano in corsa un uomo e una donna, in campo democratico hanno prevalso le donne al 69%, mentre in campo repubblicano nel 34% dei casi (Cook Political Report), con una presenza imponente di candidate che già dalle primarie sono riuscite a battere avversari maschi, bianchi e di lunga data. Una Pink Wave da cui potrebbero uscire candidate per la sfida presidenziale del 2020 contro l’odiato Trump: «Donne – dice la senatrice Elizabeth Warren – che non avevano mai corso, e che hanno deciso di candidarsi rifiutandosi di lasciare che qualcuno le zittisse mettendosi di traverso»
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Senator Hyde-Smith a Republican, from Mississippi made a comment praising a supporter, “If he invited me to a public hanging, Id be on the front row.” A beyond racist comment, making a mockery and minimizing the brutal murders of public lynchings, from a sitting senator. Senator Hyde-Smiths flippant comment is hard to fathom. #racism#inequality#southernracism Mike Espy, her African American opponent in a run off election, is beyond generous by stating her remark is merely “tone deaf.” #everyvotecounts#savedemocracy#stoptrumpism#endtrumpism#midterms2018#bluewave
We must end the environment for student abortions on our campuses!
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The voter suppression that occurred in Georgia during the #Midterms2018 cannot be denied, but it will be fixed if @staceyabrams can help it! From waiting hours in polling lines to dealing with broken machines, voter suppression is one threat to democracy that Abrams is determined to put to an end so that everyone's voice can be heard. Drop a 💪🏿 below if you'll continue to fight with Abrams until #EveryVoteIsCounted. #Georgia#MidtermElections (🎨: @lwbean)