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We Cannot Not Vote!

“Since the first Africans set foot on American soil in 1619, Blacks have faced an insurmountable level of oppression despite the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, reconstruction after the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. African-Americans have “not been able to breathe.”

Absolutely pertinent today spoken by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, (D-New York).

Minnie E. Miller


OCTOBER 31, 2016


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An October Surprise

The FBI dropped a political bomb Friday regarding emails “…. that appear to be pertinent to our investigation” of Hillary Clinton.

What is clear, however, from this surprise find of emails and the voter suppression in North Carolina, early voting is important. I have already voted.

The following are excerpts from Jason Johnson, political editor at The Root, and professor of Political Science at Morgan State’s School of Global Journalism and Communication.

I neither accept nor reject Professor Johnson’s position. I simply want to report an African American’s point of view.

His excerpts follow below:

“What are the facts and why is this news coming out now? Here’s a quick primer:

“On July 5 this past summer, Comey, a Republican who had been appointed by President Barack Obama as an appeasement measure, held a press conference about the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails. The investigation had concluded that Clinton had engaged in no wrongdoing in the treatment, sending of or deletion of her emails. Comey noted that Clinton was careless and should have been more responsible, but said that nothing she did rose to the level of a criminal investigation. This bit of editorializing, not to mention holding a press conference to end an FBI investigation, was extremely inappropriate and, according to Matthew Miller, former director of the Justice Department’s Public Affairs Office, a “gross abuse of his power.”

“Why were we even hearing about Clinton’s emails? Republicans in Congress, desperate to find some smoking gun for the Benghazi, Libya, conspiracy, expanded their investigation into Clinton’s emails. They found nothing. No smoking gun. Not even a half-lit cigarette. Democrats cheered, and Republicans, led by Donald Trump, screamed that the FBI director was in Obama’s pocket.

“On Friday, Comey sent a letter to eight Republican chairs of congressional committees informing them that in the last 24 hours, the FBI had found new emails that “may” be pertinent to the previous Clinton investigation, and that, therefore, he would be looking into them. No timeline for the investigation was given, no explanation of where the emails were from, no context regarding why they were just found. Most importantly, the FBI director told eight members of Congress but did not send a letter, smoke signal, Snapchat or any sort of heads-up to the White House or Obama’s staff.”

“Releasing the specter of a renewed investigation, without any new evidence, and no background context, less than 11 days before a presidential election is clearly a political act and one designed to harm the Democratic nominee. The political, as opposed to justice-driven, nature of this announcement became all the more clear as real journalists investigated this story throughout the day.

“One clear example is that the emails in question are not from any device in the possession of Hillary Clinton. They are emails from a separate investigation into Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman from New York and the former husband of Clinton adviser Huma Abedin.”

There is much more to the article. You can read the balance by going to

Minnie E. Miller


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Monday Morning Thoughts

After watching the depressing second presidential debate Sunday night my thoughts are about the little children. It so unfair that they were subjected to the vulgarity heard, if parents didn’t shut down the television in time.

Donald Trump’s *show* did not surprise me. I knew what was coming; yet he went far beyond his usual attics. Acting like a buffoon, he paced huffing, puffing and intruding into Hillary Clinton’s space. At one point he appeared on the screen to be very close behind her–close enough to feel his breath on her neck. But Hillary held her cool refusing to acknowledge his close presence.

His confession of sexually assaulting women on the Access Hollywood audio recording from 2005 released Friday bordered on felony. Is there a statute of limitations on this type of crime? Perhaps the Clinton campaign should have the recording investigated.

God help the little children!

Minnie E. Miller,  writer.


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Rules of the 2nd Presidential Debate

Source: Quartz, by Annalisa Merelli, October 8, 2016

Rules of the Presidential Town Hall Debate

With less than a month to go in the election, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are set to debate each other again on Oct. 9, but this time in a town hall format. The debate will start at 8pm CT (9 pm EST) and last 90 minutes with no commercial breaks. Following the publication the Donald Trump video in which he makes predatory comments about women, the debate is likely to be particularly heated.
Unlike the other debates, the topics for this one aren’t disclosed in advance. Trump has already hinted at his intention of bringing up Bill Clinton’s history of infidelity, and Clinton is likely to further press Trump on the video’s revelations.
How can I watch it?

There are many options, on TV and online. Nine channels will broadcast the debate. It will also be available via livestream on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Here is a comprehensive list of all the options to watch.
Who attends the debate?

Unlike the other debates, the audience isn’t picked at random in the town hall. It’s made up of 40 citizens selected by Gallup, a firm specialized in opinion polls, amongst a group of undecided voters. It’s hard to tell exactly how many voters have yet to choose their candidate, but it’s likely somewhere around 4%.
Who gets to ask questions?

Unlike the previous debate, where the two candidates were asked questions by the moderator and the audience was (supposedly) silent, this format involves the audience. The moderators—in this case Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz—will ask questions for the first half of the debate, then the audience will have time for about eight questions.
Who choses the questions from the audience?

The moderators have control over who asks the questions and what questions are asked. It’s not clear how the selection process works, though it’s likely that questions are screened before the start of the debate. A leaked 2004 memorandum (pdf) of understanding from the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), the organization that sets the rules and sponsors the debate, shows that very little direction is given about the selection process.
How long does each candidate speak for?

Each candidate will have two minutes to answer the questions. The host can use any remaining time to ask further questions about the topic.
Will the candidates ask each other direct questions?

They are not supposed to, although in the previous debate Trump interrupted Clinton so many times (51, to be specific) so it’s likely that there will be some back and forth between the candidates.

It’s my hope that the debate members, particularly the females, bring up the issue of Donald Trump’s disgusting, reprehensible video showing his disrespect for women during the debate. Becausd this issue needs to be aired openly with no holds barred. If Trump’s words go to the American White House every female will have to fight off aggressive men in the work place. Trump gives them license to do “as the President does”.  This gigantic elephant in the room must be killed before the November 8 election.


Minnie E. Miller


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Proliferation of Voter Suppression

“As the 2016 presidential Election Day looms, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) delivered a special message focusing on protecting Black progress at the ballot box.

“During this week’s CBC Message to America, Rep. Cummings said there are “blatant attempts” being made to deny African Americans the right to vote.

“Reminding viewers of the sacrifices made to secure voting rights for all in America, Cummings said, “The right to vote is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. It ensures that we each have a voice in this democracy.”

“In 2013, the Supreme Court rolled back key protections of the Voting Rights Act in the Shelby County v. Holder case. This landmark ruling removed one of the most effective tools the federal government has used to prevent states from passing laws that could disenfranchise African-Americans.

““It should come as no surprise that Republican-controlled state governments nationwide saw this as their opportunity to pass some of the most egregious voter suppression legislation since Jim Crow,” said Cummings.”

NewsOne Staff, brought to you by Congressional Black Caucus,


National Civil Rights Organizations Ramp Up Election Protection 2016 To Protect Voting Rights

The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has a hotline to help voters nationwide to overcome the barriers between them and the ballot box.

Go to 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

A bilingual hotline: 888-839-8682

An Asian-language hotline: 888-274-8683, leave a message and a volunteer will return your call.  Source: Black Politics on The Web.

Peace and Love.

Minnie E. Miller, writer





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A Historic Vote

Bernie Sanders said on Face The Nation Sunday, September 25, 2016, ‘2016 is “not the time for a protest vote.”‘

Far too much is at stake come the November 2016 presidential election. The elected individual will be charged with navigating the United States’ troubled waters on national and on international fronts. An entertainer play-acting for TV coverage will not suffice. The Commander-in-Chief must be familiar with global networks, display strength, be ready to make decisive moves when necessary, keep our nation safe by guiding the military, and offer support to states without dictating.

It is said that all politics is local. My sentiments are that not all cases are subject to local rule–referencing the civil unrest facing America today. Civil unrest has required that President Obama step in and try to quail volatile situations. He has walked the edge this year. Can either candidate do this? It’s a gamble; nevertheless, we have seen both in action. Let that be your guide.

Minnie E. Miller



Our Insane Politics

Where we are today is best explained by Jonathan Rauch of The Atlantic Magazine.

It’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at the establishment. Congress and the White House seem incapable of working together on anything, even when their interests align. With lawmaking at a standstill, the president’s use of executive orders and regulatory discretion has reached a level that Congress views as dictatorial—not that Congress can do anything about it, except file lawsuits that the divided Supreme Court, its three vacancies unfilled, has been unable to resolve.

Not to minimize the theatrics playing out in our United States by candidates for the presidency. Punishment awaits either one when that person arrives in the White House, January, 2017: Congress has not changed in years.

I watched this calm, knowledgeable writer explaining to Judy Woodruff of PBS News hour and realize I wasn’t off my mind.

Selfishness seems to be the primary reason Congress and the White House cannot do the nation’s business. There’s a hole in the boat that is in the middle of the ocean, politicians!

We the people demand that you do your job.

P.S.:  The editorial board (of the NYT) added it will publish another editorial to explain why Trump is the “worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.” They have endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Minnie E Miller, Writer