We knew that the 116th Congress was going to be the most diverse in history, with 102 women, many more openly gay members, more blacks, more Latinos, the first two female Native Americans, a Somali immigrant and the first ever Palestinian American woman elected to the House. But it was an altogether different thing to actually see that blazingly colorful diversity assembled under the portraits of the older white men who have lorded over the House of Representatives for so long.
As Nancy Pelosi made her way through the chamber to reclaim the speaker’s gavel, stopping after almost every step to receive a hug, it was a very emotional scene and the first time since Donald Trump’s election that I felt lightness and happiness radiating from the Capitol.
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And color. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, wearing a traditional Pueblo dress, was on the verge of tears as she embraced Sharice Davids of Kansas, a member of Ho-Chunk Nation. They are the first Native American women to serve in the House. Openly gay, Davids is also one of the record number of LGBTQ members of the chamber. Nearby, Ilhan Omar, a Somali immigrant from Minnesota, was resplendent in her white and gold hijab. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, chose a copy of the Qu’ran to swear herself in as the first Palestinian American woman to serve in Congress. (The Qu’ran once belonged to Thomas Jefferson). Continue reading NANCY PELOSI, 102 women in Congress. It’s not Trump’s Washington any more; Jill Abramson
On Tuesday, a new report from Amnesty International put some numbers behind those kinds of incidents, and the numbers are not good.
According to the study, which analyzed hundreds of thousands of tweets sent in 2017, female journalists and politicians were subjected to some kind of harassment or abuse on the social network roughly every 30 seconds, and women of color experienced significantly higher levels of abuse: they were 84 percent more likely to be mentioned in abusive or harassing tweets. (The full results, part of Amnesty’s Troll Patrol project, are available here.)
Continue reading Every 30 seconds, a female journalist or politician is harassed on Twitter
|AIWA! NO! |ASSOCIATED PRESS|Tanzanian authorities are carrying out physical examinations on 10 men suspected of homosexual activity in Zanzibar, according to police.
A wave of arrests of gays in Tanzania is feared after a senior official urged the public to report suspected homosexuals to authorities. Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania and can bring a sentence of up 30 years. Continue reading Tanzanian officials order physical exams of 10 alleged gays
|AIWA! NO!|My daughter Xiomara spent the first five months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit. She was born with a number of medical conditions affecting her airway, lungs, heart, and kidneys — luckily, due to her medical care, she is thriving today.
When I look back on those 169 days I spent at her hospital bedside, I am overwhelmed with gratitude all over again. Because of the Affordable Care Act, I was able to focus on her care instead of worrying about how to afford our bills or filing for bankruptcy. Continue reading US MIDTERM ELECTIONS – I took my 3-year-old to Congress to fight for health care. I feel like we won the midterms.