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Sat. Jan 9. 2021

Fundraising powerhouse Stacey Abrams rakes in more than $95M for Georgia Democrats

Formal gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abram, a democrat of Georgia, has been actively building grassroot movement for a decade. She spearheaded the grassroot movement to fight to vote against voter suppression by organizing activists, door knockers, and phone-callers. She ran for governor of Georgia against Brian Kemp in 2016. It was believed that Trump’s stamp of approval is what gave Kemp the win.

After her lost to Mr. Kemp, Abram established a voting rights organization; Fair Fight in 2018. 2016 In November and December, her Fair Fight PAC organization raised more than $62 million to support Democratic senate runoffs Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. And between Oct. 26 and Dec., the organization said it had 550, 000 donors which has raised $95 million since it was created after Abrams lost to Trump-backed kemp according to reports filed on Friday. The massive numbers make Abrams’ Fair Fight the strongest Democrat-supporting fundraising PAC in the State of Georgia.

According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fair Fight senior adviser Lauren Groh-Wargo said the PAC “is proud to have played a key role in sending two champions of democracy to the United States Senate.” She added, “ In particular, we are proud to have funded Georgia-based organizations that played an indispensable role in mobilizing a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational electorate.”

With the two senators Ossoff and Warnock in the house positions the Democrats as the majority despite of being a slim majority, it will allow Biden to advance his legislative agenda. Had the Republicans they would have remained the majority; keeping the Senate red, thus more likely to create opposition to every nominee and piece of legislation Biden wanted. On Thursday, Loeffler conceded while Perdue had contacted with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, was quarantining at home. He conceded on Friday afternoon.

The Fair Fight PAC, via raise more than $12 million each as a direct contributions to Ossoff and Warnock, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The massive amount of money raised is making some in the Republican Party nervous about a “Round Two” matchup between Abrams and Kemp in 2022. Perceived as a powerhouse, “she has shown she can raise the money it would take to mount another gubernatorial bid, “ one Athens, Georgia Republican strategist told the Washington Examiner.

The Three Beauty Queens –Miss Teen USA, Miss America and Miss USA grace the cover of Essence Magazine.

A trailblazer of News anchor and political commentator dies at 75. Born as Mary Martha Corinne Madison Claiborne of New Orleans was the daughter of Hale Boggs, Former House Majority leader in Louisiana. Roberts experience started in local news. She worked as a Capitol Hill correspondent for CBS Radio and National Public Radio. She joined ABC as a contributor for “This Week” with David Brinkley. She become network chief congressional analyst while con-anchoring “This Week with Sam Donelson” from 1996- 2002. Roberts was NPR’s congressional correspondent for more than 10 years and was a roundtable analyst for “This Week With George Stephanopoulos. Political figures express the condolences to Cokie, her husband Steven and her two children
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, ” Cokie Roberts was a trailblazer who forever transformed the role of women in the newsroom and in our history books. “Over five decades of celebrated journalism, Cokie shone a powerful light on the unsung women who built our nation, but whose stories had long gone untold.”

Former President Barack Obama said Roberts was a role model for women at a time the journalism profession was still dominated by men and was a constant over 40 years of a shifting media landscape and changing world.
“She will be missed, and we send our condolences to her family,” Obama said.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, called Roberts a talented, tough and fair reporter.
“We respected her drive and appreciated her humor,” the former president said. “She became a friend.”

Roberts wrote books, focusing on the role of women in history. She wrote two with her husband, one about interfaith families and “From This Day Forward,” “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington,” was published in 2015 is recognized on the best sellers list.

A Long Road from Women Suffrage to becoming Movers and Shakers of America’s Democracy

A Portrait of Women Suffrage

Senator Elizabeth Warren couldn’t have said it better about Mr. Trump’s temperament and divisiveness on issues such as race and immigration. Friday night, Senator Warren in a tweet says, “Donald Trump has no strategy or plan. His reckless action drove his own companies into bankruptcy—now they threaten the global economy and increase the risk of a recession that will hit working families the hardest.” Indeed, such impact has created an uncertain future for American community and as well as the global community.

Still, Mr. Trump continues to assure his Republican base that the U.S. economy is in great shape. In the 2016 presidential election, Mr. Trump proposed to urban America and rural America that he will make “America great again” and to build a border war which he assured would be paid by Mexico. As a result of such proposal, he won electoral votes in many urban cities and rural communities. One population which voted for him was key swing voters like suburban white women. Reflecting on history on “Women Suffrage” who couldn’t vote dated back far as the mid-19th century. History records on Women Suffrage” occurred in medieval times in other countries.

However, In America, the 19th amendment record in the mid-19th century several generations of Women Suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied and practiced civil disobedience to achieve as some would call a radical change in the Constitution—guaranteeing women a right to vote. Some suffrage supporters took a more drastic measures via picketing , silent vigils and hungry strikes. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cody Stanton and others opposed the 15th amendment which created a rip among the two feminist groups giving the vote to black men, but did not give women the ballot. However, some suffragists joined in the cause—Lucy Stone and Julia Ward Howe argued that once black men were enfranchised, women will achieve their goal. As a result of conflict, the two associations merged and Stanton and Anthony formed the National Women Suffrage Association to work for suffrage on federal level and to push for more extensive institutional changes according to Scholastic document on the History of Women Suffrage.

The National Women Suffrage Association of 1869 was pioneered by Anthony, Stanton, Stone and Howe advanced to form the Women’s Liberation Movement of 1960’s via legislative changes on the federal level demanding “equal rights for equal pay” Act and the Civil Rights Movement become way of opportunity for women to move into “Corporate America” to advance into managerial and CEO positions, telecommunication and communication technology as top leaders in those industries. Later, women entered the political arena such as Hillary Rodham Clinton who started as New York senator and advanced to U.S. Secretary of State, Nancy Polosi started as Rep. of California now twice US Speaker of the House of Rep followed by 123 new Democratic lawmakers all women who went to the US Capital under President Donald J. Trump after the 2018 primary election.

Since women dominated U.S. House of Representative gaining 123 seats, these women are voicing ideas and taking active role in the congressional legislative process. President Trump is being challenged by some of the most knowledgeable and powerful women who are representatives of States in which they serve. Consequently, Mr. Trump has to contend with these newly elected congresswomen and lawmakers whom he has had several confrontations—the four progressive congresswomen [the Squad] Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota telling them to back to their country; describing strong forceful women as “Nasty.” Among such women are Ms Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Princess Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex, Senator Kamala Harris of California, San Juan Mayor Carmin Yulin Cruz Soto, and the Danish Prime minister Mette Frederiksen.

Reflecting on the history of Women Suffrage, women have finally arrive to a [more] progressive and modernistic society, Today, each women should ask? Should we go back to times of Women Suffrage when women were scrutized and undermined by their counterpart?

Are these women victims of age and gender discrimination?

The NY1 anchors who are suing the network: seated, Amanda Farinacci, left, and Vivian Lee; and standing, from left, Roma Torre, Jeanine Ramirez and Kristen Shaughnessy/The New York Time

According to New York Times, five anchorwomen alleged that New York City news station [NY1]. The women are suing the cable company over alleged and age and gender discrimination. Since the Age discrimination and employment Act of 1967 became a U.S. law that forbids employment discrimination against anyone at least 40 years of age in the United States. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the bill (ADEA) prevent age discrimination providing economic employment under conditions that were not explicitly covered in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In a lawsuit retrieved by the Associated Press, five New York City anchorwomen are accusing NY1 for singling them out and casting them aside in favor of younger women or men.

Roma Torre, an Emmy-winning anchor and her co-plaintiff claimed Charter Communication, acquired by NY1 2016 altered her career trajectories. They requested that they wanted to return to the positions that they held before Charter Communication took control of NY1 and suing for punitive damages in the lawsuit also included anchors Amanda Farinacci, Vivian Lee, Jeanine Ramirez and Kristen Shaughnessy. Their ages range from 40-61 according to New York Times. “Torre said, “We feel we are being railroaded out of the place…Men age on TV with a sense of gravitas and we as women have an expiration date.” Spectrum News NYI is 24-hour broadcast with affiliates across the U.S.

This kind of discrimination and inequality is a grave concerned to the 123 new lawmakers [ women Dems] who occupy a seat in the House of Representative are fighting against inequality among women in terms of age, gender, and color.

NASA Astronaut Mae Jamison

The NY1 anchors who are suing the network: seated, Amanda Farinacci, left, and Vivian Lee; and standing, from left, Roma Torre, Jeanine Ramirez and Kristen Shaughnessy/The New York Time

Mae Jamison certainly has a profound place in history. She is one of the first women [African American] that have travelled into space. Born and raised in Chicago in 1960s, she always has a keen interest in science. Ms. Jamison enrolled at Stanford University in California graduated in chemical engineering. After graduation, she was torn between whether to become a doctor or a dancer. Thanks to her mother who advise her wisely saying, “You can always dance but if you’re a doctor you can’t necessary doctor if you’re a dancer.” After thinking about what direction she should go, she gain a medical degree, joined the peace Corp as a medical officer in Sierra Leon, Africa. In 1987 at the age of 31, she applied for the NASA program and was one of the 15 candidates selected out of 2000 applicants.
In September of 1992, Ms. Jamison served as a science mission specialist, SPS-47Spacelab-j becoming the first woman of color in space. The SPS-47 was a joint-venture between the U.S. and Japan. During her eight-day mission, she circled around the Earth 127 times. And, at the end of her space flight. Jamison logged out at 190 hours, 30 minutes and 23 seconds in space. A remarkable tribute to Women History Month.

NASA is preparing for first all-female Spacewalk

After almost two decades, three other women will take a giant leaps forward in space March 29 at the end of Women History Month. NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Christina Koch, a native of Michigan will carry out the spacewalk with Kristen Facciol, a Canadian Space Agency flight controller. Ms. Facciol will be stationed at the console at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Ms. Koch and Ms. McClain are part of the Expedition 59 crew at International Space Station. Two other women will lead the spacewalk: Mary Lawrence flight director, and Jackey Kagey lead spacewalk flight controller as reported by NASA.

Ms. McClain joined NASA in 2013 when NASA class was only 50% female. Astronaut McClain is a colonel in the U.S. Army and Senior Army Aviator with more than 2,000 hours reported by NASA.

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