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Meet the hosts of the bi-partisan, national podcast, Shadow Politics: D.C. Senator Michael D. Brown and Maria Sanchez. Bringing Americans together to talk about issues important to them.
Shadow Politics is a grass roots talk show giving a voice to the voiceless. For more than 200 years the people of the Nation's Capital have ironically been excluded from the national political conversation. With no voting member of either house of Congress, Washingtonians have lacked the representation they need to be equal and to have their voices heard. Shadow Politics will provide a platform for them, as well as the millions of others nationwide who feel politically disenfranchised and disconnected, to be included in a national dialog. We need to start a new conversation in America, one that is more inclusive and diverse and one that will lead our great nation forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century. At Shadow Politics, we hope to get this conversation started by bringing Americans together to talk about issues important to them. We look forward to having you be part of the discussion so call in and join the conversation. America is calling and we're listening… Shadow Politics is about America hearing what you have to say.
It's your chance to talk to an elected official who has spent more than 30 years in Washington politics. We believe that if we start a dialog and others add their voices, we will create a chorus. Even if those other politicians in Washington don't hear you — Senator Brown will. He's on a mission to listen to what America has to say and use it to start a productive dialog to make our democracy stronger and more inclusive. If we are all part of the solution, we can solve any problem.
In case you missed it, watch it now with special guests Dr, Selden Spencer, Chair of Iowans For DC Statehood; Betty Andrews, President of the IA-NE NAACP; Bo Shuff, Executive Director of DC Vote and DC Senator Paul Strauss.
Former President Barack Obama gives the eulogy at the funeral service for Rep. John Lewis at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Lewis, a civil rights icon and fierce advocate of voting rights for African Americans, died on July 17 at the age of 80.
Among the many voting rights that Rep. Lewis fought for, and that President Obama laid out as priorities for our democracy, was representation for the people of Washington D.C.
That's what the sign says in this poignant picture taken near the office of D.C. Senator Paul Strauss at 16th & L in Washington D.C. as protesters were met by uninvited, active military in our nation’s capital. 1968, during the uprising after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., was the last time the federal government sent troops into D.C. Not exactly enough to deduce a pattern, but it does make one think...
Also, if they were a state, the Governor would have to approve deploying federal troops in D.C., but it's not a state, and though Mayor Bowser has repeatedly said they are not needed or wanted, they didn't need her approval and entered the city.
What else is wrong with this picture? There are no clearly identifying emblems or a name on the uniforms of the troops. Not even an American flag on the arm! There are also reports that some being brought in were federal prison officers from all over the country because they were under the control of the federal government. Did this put an unnecessary strain on staffing at the federal prisons? I'd like to know.
If I have not outraged you yet, this should... A sitting President ordering peaceful protesters tear gassed prior to curfew, without warning according to the NBC news analyst covering live as it happened, so the President could get a photo op in front of a church holding a bible is a gross misuse/abuse of the power of the Presidency! This is not about who the President is, or what party they belong to. This is about the future of the role of the Presidency. NO President, as a leader of ALL the people should use his office in such a self-serving manner at the expense of other Americans' right to free speech and peaceful protest. It is a slippery slope down a very dark road we travel when we allow this to happen and don't speak up!
This young woman's sign was the best one I have seen and is a great question. With the pandemic scare we are all living with, it is not easy, or safe, for everyone to get out and march in a protest, but there are other things you can do.
The worst thing you can do is nothing.
Stand up! Speak up! Be Strong!
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