very least it MUST begin with authentic apology from a WHITE government

…At the very least it MUST begin with authentic apology from a WHITE government  – – of the people, by the people and for the people – – which for far too long chose to look the other way refusing to acknowledge our dehumanizing treatment of anyone of “color” …  How does or can a nation make up for centuries of brutalization of another human being…???

What Should Reparations for Slavery Entail?

 

Ama Biney, Black Agenda Report: In addressing the issue of reparations, we must also aim to transform the system of capitalism, to which slavery gave birth. Disrupting this unequal and exploitative system is essential to eliminating oppression that remains with us in the 21st century. …….Read the Article

The intelligence of Texans was clearly demonstrated by moron “W” Bush’s stupidity…

…The intelligence of Texans was clearly demonstrated by moron “W” Bush’s stupidity…

Texas to Follow in North Carolina’s Footsteps With New ‘Bathroom Law’

A bathroom bill similar to North Carolina’s HB2 legislation is one of Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s top priorities for 2017

Sad commentary … Doubtful most Americans comprehend “why””…???

clip_image002…Sad commentary … Doubtful most Americans comprehend “why””…???

 

Let’s Celebrate Colin Kaepernick for Kneeling Down and Standing Up for

Racial Justice

 

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

I don’t know about you but I am not going to hold my breath believing that Trump will tell us anything substantive

…I don’t know about you but I am not going to hold my breath believing that Trump will tell us anything substantive…

Jan. 31: Year-end federal campaign finance reports are due to the FEC. We’ll get more specifics of how much Trump paid himself and his companies.

April 20: The 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee must report all donations of $200 or more to the FEC. We’ll discover how many contributors anted up $1 million or more for a slew of perks during the inaugural festivities. (Matea Gold has more.)

while not the “gold” standard for health care

…Obamacare while not the “gold” standard for health care is nonetheless the only measuring stick America has … When Trump and GOP start carving it up all HELL will follow…

Whatever happens to Obamacare, it may have a lasting legacy: It changed how U.S. health care is delivered, paid for and measured

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 9:02 AM EST

 

The Affordable Care Act is in extreme peril, and President Obama will meet with congressional Democrats at the Capitol on Wednesday to try to devise a strategy that can stave off the quick-strike repeal of the health law that Republicans plan for the opening months of the Trump administration.

But the transformation of American health care that has occurred over the last eight years — touching every aspect of the system — has a momentum that could prove impossible to stop.

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they are simply following their leader

clip_image002…Perfect, classic top down leadership … they are simply following their leader … “The Donald” … and what you think he is telling us the truth…???

 

The first thing Congress does tells where it’s going … and this one is going to hell

 

By Mark Sumner    When Congress sets down for a new sessions, the first thing it does says a lot about what it thinks is important.

After the pomp and circumstance of taking the official oath and the swearing-in of new members is complete, the top Congressional priority is usually given the honor of being introduced as House Resolution 1, or "H.R. 1" for short.

When Republicans took control in 2011, the first thing they demonstrate their opposition to President Obama by passing a spending bill at odds with his budget proposal. In 2009, Nancy Pelosi introduced the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in that first-up slot. Going all the way back to 1995, the Newt Gingrich-directed House introduced the Congressional Accountability Act, which was item number one on Gingrich’s “Contract with America.”

But this time, Congress hasn’t waited for HR 1 to show its cards. It hasn’t even waited for the new class to be officially seated.

House Republicans voted behind closed doors Monday night to rein in the independent ethics office created eight years ago in the wake of a series of embarrassing congressional scandals. …

Under the proposed new rules, the office could not employ a spokesperson, investigate anonymous tips or refer criminal wrongdoing to prosecutors without the express consent of the Ethics Committee, which would gain the power to summarily end any OCE probe.

The number one priority of this Republican Congress? Enabling corruption.

Before this Congress gets around to writing legislation, item number one is destroying any oversight. It’s a move that should remind everyone that the actions of the Republicans in the State Legislature of North Carolina weren’t an aberration. When Republicans say that they have a “mandate,” this is what they mean — a mandate to reshape the course of government, and governing.

While Democrats are debating if adopting a position of opposition is really a good strategy, Republicans are working to remove any means of opposition.

Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader, joined others who had worked to create the office in expressing outrage at the move and the secretive way it was orchestrated.

“Republicans claim they want to ‘drain the swamp,’ but the night before the new Congress gets sworn in, the House G.O.P. has eliminated the only independent ethics oversight of their actions,” Ms. Pelosi said in a statement on Monday night. “Evidently, ethics are the first casualty of the new Republican Congress.”

First … but not last.

“WE’ will only be the CHANGE if and only it “WE” get off our butts and speak with a unified voice and never, never, never accept an politicians 30second sound bit answer…

… “WE’ will only be the CHANGE if and only it “WE” get off our butts and speak with a unified voice and never, never, never accept an politicians 30second sound bit answer…

Let 2017 be the year we are the change

By all accounts 2016 was a difficult year for many of us. Wars persisted, politics divided, and economics marginalized societies around the world.
 
At the same time, it is our responsibility to salvage hope and optimism from this depressing atmosphere. For all the big forces—economic, political, social— seemingly beyond our influence, there is always scope for improving things in our vicinity. 
 
With every bit of our urban environments built up to the last square metre, the descriptor ‘urban jungle’ fits a large number of the fastest growing cities around the world. Cracked pavements, tatty walls, mangled supply wires, and garbage heaps… make these jungles less and less habitable. 
 
And now for the hope-spots: an individual in the bustling city of Amsterdam who has developed his front yard into a lovely garden with its own micro-climate; the ‘Gulshan Park’ in the heart of Dhaka- a beautiful oasis of tranquility in a harsh urban environment maintained by the neighbourhood that surrounds it. Built and nurtured by individuals and communities, they have made lives a tad bit nicer for each and everyone who has walked through/past them.

You can read these stories in the latest post on TheWaterBlog ‘Let this be a year of harmony’: http://thewaterchannel.tv/thewaterblog
Do you have such stories of your own, from your neighbourhood, your city? Please share them with TheWaterChannel audience. Email us at
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Let the new year be one of hope; let 2017 be the year we appreciate and act upon our ability to change our environments.
 
Our best wishes,
TheWaterChannel Team