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Make Poverty Simulation a Rite of Passage to hold Public Office
LINK TO PETITION —  http://chng.it/GdqBWGTcfz Many of us experience a considerable disconnect between people who are living paycheck to paycheck and the public officials who are there to represent us. Our public officials commonly lack the background and the experience of living in poverty, while it is very difficult for someone who lives paycheck to paycheck to become a politician. Politicians are eager to "grow the local economy". They produce Napoleonic plans to build hotels, to develop fields, to build new roads and to make real estate more profitable. All of this often comes at a great human cost that is often not accounted for, under the present social order. People who were hurt by th
Juneteenth
#juneteenth #juneteenth2020 #freedomday #thestrugglecontinues #racialjustice #racism #slavery #blacklivesmatter #blm #wethepeople #civicdirect
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Help Me Serve My Community by Representing the Voice of Lived Experience.
Dear Friends and Associates, I am looking for ways to offer my lived experience to improve Frederick County social/welfare and health services. In the past, I was extremely underserved, while suffering a severe health condition. During my hardships, I sent letters to local officials and received very formal replies, or no replies at all, while suffering the adverse effects of extreme poverty, combined with a very limiting health condition. I realized that many people would continue to be received with indifference and neglect, to suffer and die, if lived experience would remain so poorly represented in our county and state governments. Presently, I am experiencing many glass walls and ce
How I became involved When the SNAP food market first appeared in Frederick, three years ago, I was grateful. All of the sudden I could afford the produce! Before that, I would eat mostly oatmeal as I couldn’t afford anything else that would fit the restrictions of my diet and would not make me sick. I have a digestive health-related illness and I spend a lot of time in pain. Poor diet makes my pain worse. I became involved as a volunteer and I enjoyed the community around me: I was surrounded by residents of the public housing who were concerned about their health and wanted to eat healthy — very interesting people. Some mothers with little children would go there. I was always passionat
Make Poverty Simulation a Rite of Passage to hold Public Office
LINK TO PETITION —  http://chng.it/GdqBWGTcfz Many of us experience a considerable disconnect between people who are living paycheck to paycheck and the public officials who are there to represent us. Our public officials commonly lack the background and the experience of living in poverty, while it is very difficult for someone who lives paycheck to paycheck to become a politician. Politicians are eager to "grow the local economy". They produce Napoleonic plans to build hotels, to develop fields, to build new roads and to make real estate more profitable. All of this often comes at a great human cost that is often not accounted for, under the present social order. People who were hurt by th
Juneteenth
#juneteenth #juneteenth2020 #freedomday #thestrugglecontinues #racialjustice #racism #slavery #blacklivesmatter #blm #wethepeople #civicdirect
My Petition: Let The Voice of Lived Experience Into Local Social Services
LINK TO THE PETITION — http://chng.it/VmtDmV9XPb — Thank you for your support !! Our Frederick, Maryland social services are governed almost entirely by people who have no lived experience of being clients of such services, themselves. Neither are there any major attempts to bring people with lived experience on board or to ask what clients want: most of the decisions are based on an assumption about the needs of the vulnerable population, made by middle class staff and volunteers, (who can afford to volunteer.) Such lack of representation leads to additional suicides, overdoses, patients that keep going back in a circle because organizations that provide services are reimbursed for head co
Trump Supporters Make a Choice
You pro-Trump pro-military folks have a choice to make:  Continue support for Trump or Back up your pro-military talk and denounce Cadet Bone Spurs and his division and support leaders who actually fought for this nation.   General James Mattis said “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of the Constitution.” #trump #resigntrump #promilitary #cadetbonespurs #bunkerboy #maddofmattis #makeachoice 
My Symptoms I had several adverse childhood experiences and I grew up to have PTSD. Since the age 19, I suffered from a psychosomatic condition that made it very difficult and painful for me to work and go to college, as a typical American working poor student is expected to. I felt guilty for not being able to earn a living, and continued to work until my health could no longer tolerate it. Yet for many years, I was ashamed of talking about my symptoms to anyone, including my mother who did not believe me for several years. Doctors gave formal replies and uninvolved explanations. For years, I felt that my calls for help had fallen on deaf ears. My condition includes colon spasms, constipati
National Petition to Cancel all Rents and Mortgages
https://www.canceltherents.org/petiton-to-cancel-the-rents  President Donald Trump: People all across the United States are experiencing the most unimaginable and devastating crisis of COVID-19. More than 26 million people have lost their jobs, millions more stand to lose their incomes in weeks and months to come. One of the most critical issues is housing. The CARES Act and other Congressional bills are not nearly enough to address this massive crisis. Hospitals don’t have enough resources. A one time $1200 payment for individuals does not go far enough and too many people are excluded from the benefits altogether.  At least 30 percent of renters were unable to pay their rent on April 1st.
Call for General Strike
‪After Trump’s speech and the continued police violence against protesters, we call for a #GeneralStrike on Friday, June 5.  This time has to be different.  Buy Nothing.   Do no work. ‬ ‪#BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #justicenow #strike #resist#resistance ‬#nojusticenopeace #boycott #resigntrump Comment below to commit to the General Strike.
Making Sense of the Destruction of Property
A number of well-meaning people are trying to square their rage with racist violence that continues unabated week after week in this country. Folks find themselves  conflicted by the property damage, and in some areas looting, occurring as a protest to the deaths of George Floyd and so many African Americans at the hand of police.  I'm one of them.  I have a tough time squaring peaceful protest and property damage.  And while I don't think its a tactic I would likely pursue, I seek to understand what's happening in the context of the well-justified anger and rage.   First, there are opportunists that have been well-documented at a number of protests around the country.  This article document
Remedies Urgently Needed for Cholera in Haiti in the Face of COVID-19
This is a petition that addresses the lack of compensation to Haiti for the cholera outbreak introduced by the United Nations years ago. The appeal is especially timely now that the number of Haitians infected by COVID-19 is rising. Please sign and share with your networks. The petition will have true impact only with your support.  On April 30, 2020, 14 United Nations-appointed human rights experts sharply admonished the UN for denying compensation to Haiti after UN peacekeepers introduced cholera into the country in 2010.  Cholera broke out in Haiti for the first time in the country's history because the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) deployed peacekeepers from Nepal - a coun
Virus
While your sanitizing and wiping everything down, be sure to wipe #hatred and #jealousy out of your heart.  That’s a #virus, too.  #racism #blacklivesmatter #racialjustice #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaudarbery #justiceforbreonnataylor

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