Hillary Clinton’s Challenging Run for the White House

Hillary Clinton needs to win progressives and Ronald Reagan Republucans. These constituencies may prove challenging. What do they want that Hillary has not already proposed a solution for? Does anybody know?

Hillary Clinton, a politician the world has known for decades, gave what might have been the speech of her career this past Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the DNC in Philadelphia. 

What was different, was the degree to which she allowed the audience insight into her motivation for running for the highest office. She talked about her Mom who encouraged her to stick up for herself. Her Dad, a self-made businessman. Basically, we learned that Hillary is a human being with a family life and a faith-based worldview.

Hillary Clinton’s poised, eloquent delivery, not unlike that of her daughter, Chelsea who introduced her, seemed to charm — and at the same time rattle — the audience. Mostly there were cheers,  progressives also jeered at some of her centrist positions.

If progressives, and Ronald Reagan-conservatives, remain cool to Hillary Clinton, it may be fair for Clinton’s team and political organizers to ask:

  1. “What more must Hillary Clinton do to win trust?
  2. “What can the progressive, or the conservative, do to earn Hillary Clinton’s trust?”
  3. “Need Hillary Clinton mention Donald Trump at all in her next stump speech?”

After Philadelphia, and after the Cleveland convention featuring Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, it’s too late to insist that Hillary Clinton is not Presidential. Now it is appropriate to consider how the world may be transformed should the U.S. elect the first woman President.

Clinton’s opponent, Trump, must work hard to beat the re-introduced earnest Hillary Clinton.


#IAmAnImmigrant: A look at Immigrant Heritage Month in Los Angeles 

A celebration of inclusion brought together co-founders, lawyers, academicians, advocates, actors, mayors, #Dreamers and those protected under President Obama’s Executive Action orders on immigration. 

It’s been wonderful working with this dedicated group. Together, we learned about the impact of decades of immigration reform policy, and other forms of public policy. We got support from VCs and produced events all over LA featuring art, music, dance, and technology.

The theme #IAmAnImmigrant fit with the emphasis on inclusion for the Third Annual Immigrant Heritage Month! 

#DACA #DAPA #Justice #CuluralStudies #Events #ImmigrantHeritageMonth
#IAmAnImmigrant #DACA #DAPA #Justice #CuluralStudies #Event


#Brexit: A No-Brainer Casting a Shadow Over Cultural Politics 

Why should political pundits be surprised that a majority of the UK electorate voted to secede from the EU, last week? Here’s my take: People of voting age in the UK, and around the world, who do not have access to educational courses on politics and economics, who do not desire to read about the history of the UK-EU-relationship, and who cannot form face-to-face relations with like-minded souls, curious about international politics, may lack the will to swim against the tide.


Caregivers Get a RAISE Pending House Action

Have you ever been called upon to support someone facing a health crisis? Today’s changing economy, combined with technology, means potentially more free time to spend caring for those who need help in the wake of a health crisis.  Yet, caregiving takes a toll on the caregiver. I took one year off from pursuing school and work to care for a relative in a relatively remote area of the United States.

This experience raised my awareness about the importance of self-care when caring for others and also caused me to think differently regarding the importance of establishing a protocol for managing one’s own growth. In short, I learned how to provide care for someone while also taking note of my own needs. One of the greatest needs a caregiver has is staying physically, financially, and emotionally fit while maintaining a caretaker, or advocacy role. 

Soon, caregivers may receive support from the US Government. The Senate recently passed the RAISE Act: (Recognize, Include, Support, and Engage). Now, the bill must pass The House. Caregiving is a multi-billion-dollar service. Thanks to this legislation, caregivers may receive support to compensate for the personal risks taken to care for a family (or community) member. Caregiving is the future for many in the United States due to an aging population, but being a helper does not preclude sacrificing one’s physical, emotional, and financial welfare. 

Caregivers and healthcare advocates play an increasingly crucial role when it comes to helping someone survive a crisis.

What can you do to help? Call your congressional representatives today and ask them to support RAISE.