Archive for the ‘Elections’ Category

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Reforming Our Election Process

November 5, 2012


Earlier today, I had a great conversation with my girlfriend after she had a conversation with someone about the Presidential election. One thing the person asked her is how she would fix the process. In my conversation with her, I came up with a few ideas on the spot.

-Have early voting for all states for a month long. This would shorten the campaign cycle. Or we could have Election Day and even Primary Day be declared holidays where people get paid time off.
-Allow people to vote online using their Social Security number and address. A lot of government services like unemployment are already online. You can even register online in some states.
-Have ALL who are running take part in debates with questions from people via internet. They already do this with the primary.
-Popular vote should be the way to go. That would make ALL states matter, not just the few that get pandered to today.
-Allow people who have done their time in jail to vote in all states.
-No ID needed to vote. Use Social Security number. Even signatures can be faked.
-No party specific poll watchers.
-Have a combination of electronic and paper ballot like they have here in New York.
-Get rid of Super PACs. Only individuals can donate. Limit max donations to $500 given by an individual. That would go to the candidates and DNC/RNC.
-Make the number of signatures (around 20,000) to get on the ballot the same everywhere.
-Limit the number of ads allowed to air on TV and radio.
-Make appearance time equal on cable for everyone running.
-Allow write ins in every state.

I could go on and on if I wanted to. I’m a problem solver. I hate people who complain and have nothing to offer. I hate only being an ear. I’m the type to say, “we’re going to solve this together.” This is why I don’t have that many close friends, lol.

“If you are ready to criticize a system, be equally ready to offer assistance to improve it.” -Armando Sanchez

“If you’re outraged at conditions, then you can’t possibly be free or happy until you devote all your time to changing them and do nothing but that. But you can’t change anything if you want to hold onto a good job, a good way of life and avoid sacrifice.” -César Chávez

If you are really for what I have presented before you, I encourage you to link up with me!

All campaign season we heard a lot of back and forth such as how Republicans want to keep the poor and middle class down. I believe it is true, but I would even say that Democrats want to crush people’s freedom/voice too. What about third party candidates? Well, I honestly believe most of them run just to get on the speaking circuit, not to change the country. If they did want to change the country, they would be all over the internet since it is their only option. I think the internet would be key to their success. It was for the President in 2008.

I would go one step further with my proposals with saying that we should get rid of parties all together. Let people run on their own ideas!

While we can’t change this now, I encourage you all to vote tomorrow!

I want back and forth on who to vote for. I was going to go with Jill Stein, but since New York City got hit by the hurricane, I worry that not enough people will go out to vote tomorrow.

I intend on voting for President Barack Obama tomorrow on the Working Families Party line tomorrow to send a message to the President. I also intend on voting for Kirsten Gillibrand on the Working Families Party line. I hope my fellow New Yorkers will do the same.

People who know me have seen my support for the President on my Facebook and Twitter. Some might have seen my article on here criticizing him. I’m with the President on everything but his record on Free Speech. I feel that the President can moved on his current position on Free Speech. To me, Mitt Romney isn’t even an option since he has no specific plan and intends on hurting those in need. He has a record of hurting those less fortunate as CEO of Bain Capital and Governor of Massachusetts.

And when I consider my faith, I want a President who is guided by the morals of their faith.

So again, I encourage you to go out and vote for the President tomorrow. Find out your polling place and who’s on the ballot for other races. If you’re in New York City, your polling place might have change because of the hurricane. Do remember to vote in the other elections as well. They are as important as the Presidential election, if not more. Do research on the candidates of those races.

Side bar: I also endorse Governor Tim Kaine for the Senate seat in Virginia. I wish he was running in New York, lol.

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If One of Us Falls, We All Fall!

May 8, 2011

The Key to Our Future


In my email to my mentee last week, we had to write a speech about the problems in our community and what could be done about it if we were Mayor. I wrote about where I live now. If you read it, I went a different route with my speech. I’m not sure if I mentioned that I live in the community where I work. I work for a nonprofit helping the less fortunate get health insurance. So I’ve seen and learned a lot in my year of living and working in Bushwick, Brooklyn/Ridgewood, Queens. In writing this, I was inspired by Saul Alinsky’s Reveille For Radicals and Rules for Radicals.

Here is my speech:

The biggest problem in this community of Bushwick, Brooklyn/Ridgewood, Queens is the lack of jobs. This is a serious problem because people are having to choose between paying their rent and bills or feeding their children with the little money they get from unemployment, their low-paying job or public assistance. More and more people are signing up for public benefits. Public benefits are a great safety net, but it isn’t enough to get by. With the rising cost of food and rent, public benefits are just a drop in the bucket.

We must hold our elected officials responsible. They hold the key to enhancing our daily lives here. You have to protest as an united front in front of their office in this neighborhood. What I mean by united front is all of the small businesses, unions, interest groups, nonprofits, churches, etc. We are all suffering. If we don’t have jobs, how can we buy the clothes in your store or tithe to the church? If we can’t buy things, how are people suppose to get more hours and a liveable wage at their job?

You have to engage in conversations with the officials. If they won’t help you, you must vote them out and vote in one of us. What do you demand from them? We must demand for tax breaks for small businesses in the community for hiring our own people. We must demand the officials to bring companies to do business in our community and to hire us. We can ask companies as well such as Starbucks. Now, some of you might be worried about having these big businesses here, but we have a lot of empty spaces that aren’t being used. Why not use them up for our benefit? Why not have variety? What not have affordability as the businesses in this neighborhood compete with one another?

We must get our GEDs, High School Diplomas and College Degrees. Doing this will make us more knowledgeable of the system. Education is key to our survival. It will make our living situations better. We must find resources such as outside scholarships to pay for college. We must talk to our officials about making higher education affordable, holding public school teachers accountable, having better supplies in the classroom, hiring passionate teachers and school officials who are just like us and having more social/academic programs to keep kids off the streets.

We can do this. I have so much faith that we can do this that I am putting as much money as I can into our campaign for things like metrocards, supplies, snacks and water. I ask the churches, unions, nonprofits, interest groups and small businesses to provide what they can wither it be funds and/or space for our meetings.

Brothers and sisters, when one of use bleeds, we all bleed. When one of us dies from hungrier or cold from a lack of shelter, we all die. Let’s lift each other up. Let’s stand side by side and hold hands as a united front. Because if one of us falls, we all fall!

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The Need For A Progressive Movement

November 6, 2010

Never let them see you sweat, sir.


My thoughts on what Obama has done so far has been more positive as of late. I recently found this website which educated me more on that. But, I do think he should have done more while he had the votes in congress. Now, his only option is the Executive Order which I think he should have used anyway for things such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The rest of these two years are gonna be hard for him and common folk if he doesn’t get on the offensive.

When it comes to the Republican takeover, I blame it on the media such as Fox News whom put fear into people about things that benefit them like the health care bill. I also blame the Democrats for not being harder on themselves in getting things done. They were too worried about getting reelected than worrying about the people. You also have members from both parties who are hell bent on getting rid of the President. With this recent election, this just might be a huge issue for the President because the House has the power to impeach. So, the President might have to deal with combating that versus focusing on things which are much more serious such as immigration and unemployment. It is funny to think that this started with a grassroots movement, the Tea Party.

The Tea Party movement is a group that is going in the wrong direction. The idea is a great one which is to take back the government, but at what cost? The Tea Partiers are dangerous and can bring America down and the people with it. The party is about and backed by Wall Street and not the common folk. It is also a movement that is all over the place in terms of there being no central ideas, so therefore, you have people being promoted and elected who are a threat to people’s civil liberties and livelihood.

To be quite frank, I think the President and the Democrats need to grow some balls. They need to work together, get on the same page. I also think there needs to be an anti-Tea Party movement. There needs to be a modern Progressive movement, a real party for the people that’s not backed by the elite. The common and busy folks need to band together now for a better tomorrow.

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In DC, I Would Do as You Would

October 6, 2010


Here’s an interesting video you should check out. Below is another video from Jay Smooth talking about politicians who use fear as a gateway to not do anything.

Also, I watch the Daily Show a lot. I’m a huge fan. He’s having a rally in DC soon. If you feel that the tone of the media has went too far, you should attend Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. If you live in NYC, you can get a free round-trip bus ride to the rally and back. This offer is ending soon. So get on it here.

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Out with the Old and in with the New

September 13, 2010

Oh so important!


Voting in the primary election is as important as the general election, if not more. When I was growing up, my parents told me the opposite. They never went out to a primary election before 2008. I don’t blame them because that’s what the incumbents would have you believe. It’s not even a day off for people. As I became of voting age, I was more aware of the importance of primary elections. In most places, the primary election is the ONLY election for candidates because the general election goes unopposed. One of those places is the 10th Congressional district in Brooklyn, NY.

Since I’ve been out of school, I got to see politics first hand. I worked on the Bloomberg campaign. And with this recent job, I got to see how various politicians act and conduct their operations. I really disliked what I seen. Many of these people are just in it for themselves. They don’t do anything for the people. To me, being a politician is about being for the people, not throwing block parties and showing your face when you’re up for reelection. When people question what these people did for them, no one can give solid answers. They barely bring money to the poor neighborhoods they represent. They are never to be found when the people need them.

The 10th Congressional district in Brooklyn, NY consists of East New York, Canarsie, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Cypress Hills, Clinton Hill, Ocean Hill, Bergen Beach, Midwood, Flatlands, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Starrett City and Fort Greene, as well as parts of East Flatbush, Williamsburg and Brownsville. I was raised in East New York. In the 17 years I spend there, I never seen Congressman Ed Towns. I never even heard of events he put on, let alone helpful events. Nor he or his people approached me or the other young people I know and said, “how can we help you?” I did hear of him until 2008. The young kids really someone who cares. Very few make it out of these poor neighborhoods. I was one of the lucky ones. But how many young people must die before Mr. Towns steps in?

I’m sure you’re asking, “how come people no one reached out to him?” Most people doesn’t even know who he is, let alone know how to reach him. He probably wouldn’t care anyway considering his history. So what is to be done about? A brave and honorable person steps up to be about the people and not himself. Kevin Powell is that person. I met Mr. Powell two years ago when he gave an empowering lecture about called Sexism from a Male Perspective. His lecture and book Who’s Gonna Take the Weight: Manhood, Race, and Power in America made me think a lot about myself. At that time, he was going to run for congress against Mr. Towns. It didn’t end well for him.

Now, he’s back with a clearer and stronger message. He wants to be the voice of the people, not himself. When I hear him talk, I know he really is looking out for my fellow brothers and sisters. He doesn’t even intend on being in office for ages. When was the last time something like that was heard of? President Washington would be the most popular answer. I believe in Mr. Powell. I believe in him so much that I gave up some time to help him get the word out. I even forwarded him the services of my organization so he can get it out to the people who really could use the services. I see a lot of myself in him. He’s one of the very few people to make me feel proud to be a progressive.

Since I don’t live in East New York anymore to be able to vote for Mr. Powell, I wasn’t going to vote until today, to be honest. I was inspired to vote where I currently live by a group of young adults, New Kings Democrats, trying to make a difference. I urge all of you go out and vote in the primary election especially if you live in poor neighborhoods. We can’t elect the same people who don’t do anything for us and refuse to. If you live in the 10th Congressional district in Brooklyn, NY, please help elect someone who will care for the people; vote for Kevin Powell. Powell for the people!