Hillary Clinton’s Challnging 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 Cointon 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.


Let the Politicians Meet the Academics in Order to Lead this Nation —  or Let Them All Go Home

Learning never stops. Technological advances make it possible for anyone with Internet access and a computer to gain new skills through taking online courses. What else never stops? Selling. 

Business owners bring products to a global audience of consumers via a well-designed website. However, not all who live in the United States of America have access, or easy access, to the technological advances radically transforming our society, making it more connected and open. In parts of the United States, geographic isolation can make it difficult to gain access to the latest learning technology. When geographic isolation combines with a rapid de-industrialization, communities can suffer for generations as many workers quickly find their skills obsolete. Perhaps this rapid shift from industry to technology illuminates the anxiety at the root of the 2016 Presidential race. 

Parts of the country that have yet to realize the gains technology has brought, risk obsolescence. Be they on the left, or the right, politicians must not gingerly walk a delicate balance to win voters who have yet to realize change. Instead, the next President must extend the hand of gratitude to those who helped create the prosperity that allowed politicians to build this nation. Then, when that extended hand is received, the next President must pull that worker into the new economy. Ready or not. 

The alternative? Stagnation. Plenty of universities, colleges, community colleges, have the committed and capable staff and faculty to bring those regions of the country left out of the technological revolution into the 21st Century.

No Traditional Students

Why should a middle-aged woman face obstacles when attempting to keep her academic and professional skills sharp during the Summer? Unfortunately, many middle-aged women (40-65) in the United States of America face barriers when it comes to enhancing their academic and professional skills and securing networking opportunities. A template exists for what can be a great way to reach out to women, especially women in regions of the country typically isolated from Northern California’s Silicon Valley, and that is Canada’s Ladies Who Code. Domestically, there is Black Girls Code, an organization aimed, not at women, but girls aged 7-17. 

No Excluding Those Who Do Not Fit the Mold

No matter one’s gender, age, zip code, or living situation, toward education attainment must be eliminated in order to perpetuate thriving communities. Unfortunately, gaining access to educational opportunities is not easy for those who do not fit the traditional perception of a college student, someone who is a teenager, or in their early 20s, for example. Why does the myth of the youthful, easily moldable college student persist, especially when research points to the contrary? Is there something inherently better about excluding individuals who do not fit the idealized notion of a college student from participating in college learning?

A septuagenarian friend told me of the challenge he faces trying to gain a library card from a public university library in his neighborhood. The annual cost of the card would significantly detract from his fixed-living expenses. Not all people want to gain knowledge via the Internet. Some like reading books.

Now that technological innovation is the expectation, it is more important than ever to not shut out those who may not quickly make this transition. Presidential candidates (presumptive, or not) must send their emissaries to the small communities in order to network with real people struggling with the intensity of technological and economic change. Let there be more innovation and media centers, more wellness centers, more libraries, more rehabilitation centers, and yes, organic juice bars.

Let the Politicians Meet the Academics in order to Lead this Nation– or Let Them All Go Home

In spite of the dynamic times in which we live, there appears to be a dearth of opportunities for non-traditional academics, professionals, and students. In addition, there appears to be a paucity of Summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities for youth and non-youth in underserved regions of this great country.

Let’s not wait until November to change this situation. We need presidential candidates to use their charisma, influence, and power to make real change before the Fall election.
On a recent Saturday, an homage to the glory of the past and a nod to the future.