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Hillary’s Spring resumption of her book tour brings her to NZ and Australia.


Kersti Ward was the only person working at Parnell Baby Boutique on Sunday morning when former first lady and one-time ...

Kersti Ward was the only person working at Parnell Baby Boutique on Sunday morning when former first lady and one-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walked into the store.

Parnell Baby Boutique employee Kersti Ward was the only person on shift when she saw security staff outside the store on Sunday morning.

Ward assumed pregnant Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may have been paying them a visit, but was “shocked” when none other than Clinton walked through the door.

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Hillary Clinton tucked into some of the country’s finest cuisine before taking a stroll back to her hotel at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on Sunday evening.

The former United States first lady looked relaxed and was flanked by a group of minders after her evening meal as she made her way home.

A staffer at Soul Bar confirmed that the former secretary of state had eaten at the waterfront restaurant.

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Hillary Clinton is in NZ on a speaking tour, part of a series called the “Women World Changers”.

Hillary Clinton has met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland.

The pair met at the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel, where Clinton is staying, for breakfast on Monday morning. Their meeting was closed to media.

Ardern’s press secretary has shared a selfie of the pair, and confirmed they exchanged gifts, though no specifics of the breakfast, gifts or discussion were released.

A few weeks ago, I spent a little time at my favorite off-off-Broadway performance: my granddaughter Charlotte’s annual spring dance recital.

Watching her wave and spin among her friends, I felt so grateful to be a part of her big day. I can’t say that I’m completely free from the frustration and sadness I felt after the 2016 election, but spending time with family never fails to give me hope.

The same can be said for the time I’ve spent lately with some incredible leaders, from the group of women journalists I met in DC last month who have risked their lives to report on human rights violations in Georgia, corruption in China, and more, to the the artists, authors, and thinkers at the PEN World Voices festival who are fighting to defend free expression and freedom of the press — around the world and right here at home.

And of course, I’m always inspired by the incredible organizations that Onward Together partners with. On Monday, we held our first-ever Onward Together convening, where the organizers and activists behind these groups and I had the chance to make plans for the next few months and beyond. I was so glad to see all of them, including the team at Voto Latino, who are behind some of the most thoughtful organizing of the last few years. Take a moment to learn a little more about them, and then head back out into the fight re-energized and ready to win.

Onward!

Hillary


Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you’re an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.
The organization: Voto Latino

The organizers: María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO

The mission: To build a stronger and more inclusive democracy by providing culturally relevant programs that engage, educate, and empower Latinos to shake up politics.

The story: Voto Latino began as a PSA-based project in 2004 and evolved into a pioneering civic media organization that shakes up the political process by engaging the fastest growing, second largest group of citizens — American Latinos. In the last 14 years, they’ve built a dedicated social media following that reaches over 10 million people weekly and cultivated a strong base of support from cross-industry arts, media, and pop culture influencers. Through three core competencies — issue advocacy, leadership development, and civic engagement — they have registered more than half a million voters, co-founded National Voter Registration Day, and can run and scale digital programs aimed at Latinos in all 50 states through tested social platforms, partnerships, and strategic digital targeting.

The latest: Voto Latino is launching a massive nationwide voter registration and civic engagement campaign leading up to the 2018 elections and 2020 census, including a strong digital campaign and a new version of VoterPal, the first-of-a-kind peer-to-peer voter registration app that promises to disrupt how we engage new voters. Voto Latino deeply believes that it’s time to go back to basics. By May, they will have trained over 300 new organizers in California’s Central Valley alone. Look out for them in eight states this summer, in addition to Los Dells, the nation’s premier Latin American music festival over Labor Day, where Voto Latino will be the official voter registration partner.

The next step: Head to votolatino.org to learn more about where and how Latino voters can shape the 2018 elections.

On Monday, leaders from every group that Onward Together partners with met for our first-ever Onward Together convening. I was thrilled to bring them together with some of my dearest friends and most trusted advisors to share and learn from each other, and to announce the newest round of grants funded by this team. You made that possible — thank you.


I’ve always been proud to work with these groups, but I was moved to see what they accomplished together — in thoughtful conversations about the obstacles they’re facing and in the plans they made to take on the next few months. The Alliance for Youth Action, the Arena, the Collective PAC, Color of Change, Emerge America, Indivisible, iVote, Latino Victory, Run for Something, Swing Left, and Voto Latino all have amazing plans for 2018. They’re taking on everything from the midterm elections to restrictive voting laws to the lack of diversity in our elected officials, and they’re doing so in smart, inventive ways. I’m so excited to be a part of their work.

As we head into our second year, I’m asking you to renew your commitment to partnering with these groups and finding new groups to support by making a contribution of $35 today:

Donate now
I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have you with me, fighting for the values we share.

Thank you, and onward!

Hillary

Hillary delivered the keynote speech at the Regional Plan Association in New York this afternoon. She covered a range of topics from infrastructure through climate change. She spoke of her visit to Ground Zero on September 12, 2001 and how she and Chuck Schumer got GOP cooperation for recovery after the terror attack. She admitted that she likes policy while stressing that policy is only a first step that should lead to action.

The event was livestreamed on Facebook. If you missed it, you can catch it here. >>>>

Hillary Clinton Speaks At The Regional Plan Association AssemblyHillary Clinton Speaks At The Regional Plan Association AssemblyHillary Clinton Speaks At The Regional Plan Association Assembly

On a shallow note, that looks like the designer scarf from the campaign. I have one.

 

The worst thing people do is to tell others what they “should” do.

Case in point.

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Why is Nigerian author Chimamanda upset with Hillary Clinton?

Munachim Amah and Bukola Adebayo, CNN

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has ignited a debate about feminism and marriage following her conversation with Hillary Clinton at a literary event in New York.

The former US presidential candidate sat down to an interview with the novelist on Sunday after a lecture when Adichie asked about Clinton’s twitter bio.

“In your Twitter account, the first word that describes you is wife. And then I think it’s mom, and then it’s grandmother,” Adichie said at the PEN World Voices festival.

“And when I saw that, I have to confess that I felt just a little bit upset. And then I went and I looked at your husband’s Twitter account, and the first word was not husband.”

The novelist was referring to Bill Clinton’s twitter bio which reads,

“Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States.”

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You know what, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? It is not your Twitter account. It is Hillary’s. She gets to identify in any way she wishes, and you don’t get to order her around.

Hillary Clinton is not a puppet. She is not a Democratic Party puppet, and she is not a feminist puppet. She is her own person, experienced, sober, and wise.  She has the right to self-identify – as we all do.

Nothing irritates me more than people telling Hillary Clinton, who is brighter than most and has served longer and better than most, what she has to to.

No! She does not have to do what you want. She is not your slave.

She does not have to portray herself as you wish.

She is not your creation. This is not Westworld. You don’t get to program her.

Hillary is proud to be a mom and grandma. Primary to those is being a wife.

Let Hillary be Hillary, and please stop pestering her about what you want her to be.

You don’t own her.

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Sunday, Hillary attended the BeautyCon Festival at the Javits Center. For those who may have forgotten, that’s the place with the glass ceiling where she was supposed to have announced that she had smashed it. The place where everyone was in tears on November 8, 2016. She is very strong to be able to go there.

Beautycon Festival NYC 2018 - Day 2

Lucy Hale and Hillary Clinton attend Beautycon Festival NYC 2018

Beautycon Festival NYC 2018 - Day 2

Beautycon Founder Moj Mahdara, Lucy Hale and Hillary Clinton

Beautycon Festival NYC 2018 - Day 2

Hillary Clinton and Tyler Oakley

Beautycon Festival NYC 2018 - Day 2

Tyler Oakley and Hillary Clinton

Beautycon Festival NYC 2018 - Day 2

Tyler Oakley, Hillary Clinton and Beautycon Founder Moj Mahdara

Beautycon Festival NYC 2018 - Day 2

Kandee Johnson and Hillary Clinton

Beautycon Festival NYC 2018 - Day 2

Beautycon Founder Moj Mahdara and Hillary Clinton

Beautycon Festival NYC 2018 - Day 2

Creative Director & Co-Founder Beautycon Media Jonathon Burford (L) and Hillary Clinton

BeautyCon was not her only stop on Sunday. She delivered the 2018 Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture  at PEN America’s World Voices Festival in the evening.

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Mourners, Including Former Presidents, Attend Funeral For Barbara Bush

Four former POTUSes in one tight shot.

Mourners, Including Former Presidents, Attend Funeral For Barbara Bush

It was solemn and joyful. There were tears, and there was laughter. The grandsons were pallbearers. The granddaughters read scripture with remarkable poise and composure though their grief was evident. There were three former first ladies along with Melania Trump. There were four former presidents, the eldest being her bereaved spouse who sported a special pair of socks in honor of her commitment to literacy promotion.

Jon Meacham, Jeb Bush, and Susan Garrett Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James Baker and Barbara’s good friend, all read eulogies.

Representatives of the Johnson and Nixon families were present. Media did not supply names but  Lynda Johnson Robb and Tricia Nixon Cox are my guesses as they are the usual representatives at formal occasions. Chelsea Clinton also attended.

It was a moment in history, non-partisan, unified, and respectful in honor of a former first lady with a quick wit, sharp tongue, and many friends and fans of every stripe.

It was a traditional Episcopal service with beautiful music chosen by Barbara Bush herself.

And thus Barbara Pierce Bush, originally of Rye, NY and a Texas transplant as were so many Navy wives after World War II, was sent to her eternal rest by those who loved her.

The Secret Service posted this. Her detail remained with her until her casket was in the ground.

Rest in peace, Barbara Bush.

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Our hearts go out to the Bush family, and particularly the former president, her spouse of 73 years, George H.W. Bush.

Here is a nice picture taken at the repast.

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