Hillary, Take a Stand: After Getting Well, Hillary Clinton Must Go to Indian Country and Speak Her Truth on #DAPL

How can Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton discuss economic growth without taking a personal stand on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)? The Democratic Party Platform addresses America Indian concerns, however, according to Bill McKibben’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Sec. Clinton has yet to speak out on the DAPL.

The Nation owes a debt to American indigenous people. Knowledge of American Indian land protection initiatives, including protection of seeds, grows through the efforts of many, including Winona LaDuke. Has Hillary Clinton met this American activist,  economist, and former vice-presidential candidate? LaDuke is not the leader of the Standing Rock #NoDAPL protest/protection effort, but she is a keen politician whose voice must be elevated. 

A meeting between these two women would send a powerful message, but beyond the symbolism, LaDuke’s groundbreaking analysis of indigenous land rights and land usage should be studied by all.

Will LaDuke be invited to join a Hillary Clinton administration?

#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

 

Jubilee! American Hero Harriet Tubman to Grace the $20

Harriet Tubman’s presence on the $20 elevates U.S. society and feminizes bravery. Now a trending topic on Twitter, Harriet Tubman, an American hero, replaces Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, as announced today by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

Tubman, a former slave who became free in order to free others, symbolically becomes part of our collective daily commerce. Think of all of the boys and girls who will grow up with the name Tubman as part of their cultural lives. This is a giant step toward addressing and repairing the trauma of America’s slave-holding past. Kudos to the U.S. Treasury Department’s bold move.

When can I get my hands on this currency?