DeSantis ‘anti-riot’ law launches civil rights fight in FL | Miami Herald

Already, Florida lawmakers have assaulted and trampled the U.S. Constitution during this legislative session like the state hasn’t seen since Jim Crow days. Every bill, every strategy was already cooked, party-ready, at the behest of the state’s maximum leader, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

When he quacks like a fascist, the GOP choir, from Miami to Tallahassee, applauds him with fervor.

DeSantis’ ‘anti-riot’ law launches civil rights fight in FL | Miami Herald

Direct, Not Indirect, Collusion of Trump Campaign and the Russians

By itself, the statement that the Trump campaign worked with Russian intelligence is earthshaking. But aside from the information about the exchange of this particular kind of intelligence in 2016, this statement also indicates that the Trump campaign itself was not simply operating in happy if unintentional tandem with Russian intelligence– which was as far as the Muller Report was willing to go– but in fact had an open channel with Russian operatives. That’s a game-changer in terms of how we understand 2016 and, perhaps, the years that have followed it.

Source: Newsletter–Heather Cox Richardson from Letters from an American

heathercoxrichardson@substack.com

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Social Justice, Inclusion and Diversity Statement

Many of us find that this is an excellent statement and guidepost for education that recognizes the need to resolve deep-seated problems of profound racism and white supremacy practices in the US.

Social Justice, Inclusion and Diversity Statement Carrollton’s commitment to diversity and inclusion emanates from our aspirations as a Sacred Heart School fully committed to the Goals and Criteria.

Recognizing the innate dignity of each person, as created in the image and likeness of God, we:  

Commit ourselves to building a community in which each individual in our community feels welcome and safe. Expect everyone to treat all community members with dignity and respect, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.  

Commit to educating the entire community to a critical consciousness about systemic injustice and inequality.  

Intend to form ourselves to personal responsibility to promote tolerance and denounce discrimination of any kind.   

Continue to equip our students, faculty and staff with the necessary tools for effective dialogue and decision making that upholds the value of solidarity with the entire human family.

Adopted August 2, 2020, by the Carrollton Board of Trustees The Goals and Criteria outlines the essential principles and values of Sacred Heart education.

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, Independent school for girls grades PreK-12 Social Justice, Inclusion and Diversity Statement

DeSantis/GOP Florida: Prefer Unhealthy Workers and Residents

COMMENTS on Interviews with Coral Gables Candidates for Mayor (Miami-Herald)

Thanks to the Miami Herald for in-depth interviews with the three candidates for Mayor of the City of Coral Gables: Jackson Rip Holmes, Partiricia Ann Keon and Vince Lago, published on March 27, 2021.

Comments on the interview:

THE MAYOR’S JOB. Recall that the City of Coral Gables is not directed by its mayor, but headed by a CEO city manager who handles all of the operating and administration measures, including public security, economic development, public works, among others. Therefore, the mayor is just the titular head of the local legislature, the Commission, a board of directors, which passes all laws and associated regulations essentially proposed by the city manager. In this sense, the mayor has limited authorities over the city and acts as a ceremonial representative of the city.

JACKSON RIP HOLMES has no paraticular community-wide interest in the job of mayor, except to defend his personal property holdings, as he admitted in the interview. Therefore, he cannot be considered a serious candidate.

PATRICIA ANN KEON has identified her priorities to improve the operating efficiency and effectiveness of the administration of the city. That, I believe, is the job of the city manager. She also responded to questions about the unfunded pension fund liability. She also seems to accept large-scale development, just as the rest of the Commission has acquiesced in overdevelopment during the last many years. Therefore, it is my conclusion that she does not represent much of a break from the past, much of an opportunity to mitigate large-scale development and different shape of the city budget and operating culture of the city. Her claim to have helped the city get a triple-A bond rating is not especially convincing.

VINCE LAGO has been running for mayor for years. His main trump card is that he is very interested in implementing transparency, increased access and comments by the residents and businesses and more open meetings of all kinds. These concepts of transparency and participation are new ideas in the City of Coral Gables, where many important decisions are made with nominal public participation. He has had a varied agenda with some emphasis on the environment and climate change. Whether his election mayor will make big changes in both emphasis, style and substance is a test of a mayoral leadership and influence, rather than actual power of the office. Except for his fight over Miracle Mile development scale, he appears to go along with large-scale development outside of that area.

SOURCE OF INTERVIEWS: https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/article250153670.html

Media (NBC, CBS, ABC) Reports Misrepresented Border Migration

Major news outlets have frequently adopted the GOP narrative that a “surge” of migrants across the U.S. border with Mexico is causing a “crisis.” ABC, CBS, and NBC used such language to describe the situation along the border at least 138 times on their morning and evening news shows since January 1, according to a Media Matters review. 

But a new analysis published by The Washington Post on Tuesday finds that the recent increase in migrant apprehensions along the southern border is not a “surge” or a “crisis,” but the seasonal bump typically seen this time of year, likely heightened by people who waited to cross last year due to the pandemic. 

A new analysis shows no migrant “surge” or border “crisis.” Here’s how often broadcast news has said there is one. | Media Matters for America

Coral Gables Election: NOT ONE CANDIDATE (6)…

…is prepared to fight hard against and diminish the rate of excessive, large-scale building and traffic in Coral Gables as epitomized by the massive structures along Ponce de Leon Blvd, Dixie Highway, the University of Miami, the scaled up Miracle Mile and restructured Crafts Section. Is this “smart development”? Is this quality of life?

No single candidate has stepped forward to fight against the Coral Gables-style overdevelopment. The ugly giant electric power lines along Ponce de Leon Blvd parallel to Dixie Highway, as evidence of unspoken long-term development priorities of city politics.