Today in “I will miss President and First Lady Obama” and also “Why representation matters”: 106-year old Black woman Virginia McLaurin was able to fulfill a dream this weekend by visiting the White House and meeting the Obamas during a Black History Month celebration. So wonderful to see the joy on all their faces. So important to think about what has happened and improved during Ms. McLaurin’s lifetime.
“I was coming home from school […] and I got home and their cars were there and dinner was started and the lights were on but I couldn’t find them.Then the neighbors came in. They were just like ‘I’m sorry but your parents were taken away.’ […] I just broke down. I was just like, what do you do? And then I’m so scared for them, what they’re going through. My parents are going to jail— and for what? […] People don’t realize it is so difficult to get documented, and my parents tried forever. The system didn’t offer relief for them." —Diane Guerrero
This is terrible. This is what the new Obama executive action wants to solve. Honestly, I believe that no politician claiming to be a firm believer of family values should support policies that allow families to be torn apart like this – especially if a child/other family member is a citizen. I think there is another constitutional issue: Isn’t ripping people away from their children like this undue cruel punishment?
The White House released a pretty good PSA against sexual assault featuring some preyy big names besides the two top men at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.: Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers, and Steve Carell.
I want to note, however, that the video uses the common but problematic rhetorical device of framing the terribleness of abuse by stressing that the affected are “our” mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc. Which is sadly accurate; statistically we all know and probably love someone who has experienced sexual abuse. I know why they use it, but still – women* deserve to be free from abuse regardless of their relationship to men, they deserve it as people. This (culture of) abuse needs to be fought regardless of who is hurt.
At one hearing, a blind woman tearfully explained how she lost a prestigious scholarship opportunity after her GPA fell because her reader was laid off. That classroom assistance was essential because math figures needed verbal translation.
Another mobility-impaired student testified that losing transportation services made moving between campus buildings extremely painful. It also affected her grades when attending some classes became impossible.