“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”- Voltaire.

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2020, a year of turmoil and uprising. A year without routine and financial growth. A year without parties and social gatherings — well for some. Ending without the magic of the holidays to remind us of what truly matters.

Like any other year, it slowly slipped in after midnight, casting a pre-emptive shadow over a world too self-absorbed to notice. Before the sun rose, the world was enveloped in its own darkness, pointing fingers and casting blame while denying our own actions.

Basic human kindness pilfered by the categorization of perceived political correctness. Civil liberties tossed into a blender and ground into the ash of self-proclaimed freedoms. Americans getting their panties in a wad took on a whole new look. …


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I grew up in a world where most people looked like me. I watched the world change while women evolved and did extraordinary things. These women also looked like me.

I admired Barbara Walters sitting next to Hugh Downs co-anchoring the news and looked forward to her numerous one on one interviews for the infamous Barbara Walters Specials. Geraldine Ferraro was the selected VP choice of Walter Mondale while I was in high school. The excitement around the historic moment left me disappointed that I wasn’t old enough to vote, and equally frustrated when they lost.

Seeing women doing the same jobs as men, I felt empowered and believed through them, that I too could do anything. …


While the Senate scrambles to confirm Amy Cone y Barrett, women across the country are up in arms, certain their right to retain control over their own bodies will be decimated in the courts in the very near future. A woman’s right to choose whether to have children has a very dark and ominous history in America, and it began long before the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade.

In 1978, the ACLU took a case on behalf of 5 women against American Cyanamide for pressuring them to undergo sterilization in order to keep their jobs. The company claimed it had introduced new policy that would shift female workers from certain areas of the lead pigment factory, to protect the unborn.[1]


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As America faces a Presidential Election in one of the most divisive times in our country it’s not uncommon to recall elections past. The legal right to Vote has been at the forefront of what our country stands for since its inception. A democracy proudly and patriotically created by the people for the people now finds itself in a tug o war with those elected to power and their reluctancy to give that power up . Democracy isn’t easy and the fight to keep it never ending. The seed of democracy is voting, it’s the foundation of a free and fair election and the only tool the people have to ensure their freedoms. …


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As America faces a Presidential Election in one of the most divisive times in our country it’s not uncommon to recall elections past. The legal right to Vote has been at the forefront of what our country stands for since its inception. A democracy proudly and patriotically created by the people for the people now finds itself in a tug o war with those elected to power and their reluctancy to give that power up . Democracy isn’t easy and the fight to keep it never ending. The seed of democracy is voting, it’s the foundation of a free and fair election and the only tool the people have to ensure their freedoms. …


IF All Lives Matter, where is your outrage when unarmed black men are being murdered by the very people sworn to protect All Lives? Where is your outrage when a Mosque is burned to the ground? Children are being separated from their parents and locked in cages like animals? People brutally assaulted and murdered simply for who they love? African American churches are shot up, bombed, and burnt to the ground?

Yesterday morning amidst the incoming reports of protests turned violent, I asked how calling the police on looters was the same as calling the police on protesters. My white privilege was quickly checked at the door and a fellow tweeter proceeded to point me in the direction of a self-education, stating clearly it wasn’t her job to hold my hand through understanding it. …


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In these isolating times, we’re reminded of the importance of togetherness. The incredible way humans create support for one another is quite the phenomenon. The impact of someone’s voice encouraging us, can fill a void we are certain we will drown in. The way a smile can touch a stranger, bringing light to a deeply dense darkness. Sharing our laughter can crack through the silence of depression. We have this innate ability to lift one another up.

As we find ways to be together while apart, we have risen to the challenge and we have faltered.

The way our unique gifts have been shared through social media has been astounding. From healthcare workers on the frontlines sharing their grief & their hope, to the parents of disabled children virtually holding the hand of parents just like them that live in constant fear. …


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While it is true in many ways the current administration has faltered during this crucial time, we can’t turn back the clock on a major misstep. We can’t change what happened last month, last week or last night or even last press conference.

This virus is not partisan, it doesn’t care who you voted for or will vote for. It won’t matter if you’re a veteran, a first responder, a student, a teacher, or whether you are currently employed when it decides to come calling.

Not all Republicans have jobs and not all Democrats are unemployed, get over yourselves! There is no single entity or group solely responsible for the situation the world now finds itself in. …


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As the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum celebrates its 75th Anniversary of Liberation,[1] which took place on January 27th 1945, the push for awareness of the events that rocked an entire country and impacted the world as a whole, are saturating the globe as a new generation is taught the horrors of the world’s largest genocide.

What many won’t recall however, are the incidents that led up to the attempted annihilation of an entire people. History tends to skip over the events that built the foundation for such an abhorrent act to ever take place. July of 1933, Germany invoked the ‘Law for the Prevention of Progeny with Hereditary Diseases’, calling for the forced sterilization of all persons who presented with a hereditary disease, mental illness, deformity, epilepsy, blindness, deafness as well as learning disabilities. Sorting the disabled into categories of ‘life unworthy of life’ and ‘useless eaters’ the propaganda highlighted the societal burden of allowing these people to continue to exist.


Long before George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, America had a dark history of its treatment of the disabled. From the creation of institutions to hide them away, to laws based on eugenic ideals that led to the segregation and sterilization of those deemed to have an unwanted or objectionable attribute, making it clear the United States constitution didn’t lend its protection nor its declaration of rights to those considered undesirable.

In 1970 many states had long held laws that excluded children who were blind, deaf, or as it was labeled at the time ‘mentally retarded’ from receiving an education. In 1975 the 94th congress enacted the Education of All Handicapped Children act (Public law 94–142)requiring all schools that received federal funding to provide equal access to an education for all children, regardless of physical or mental disability.[1]

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