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Hillary was honored for her gun safety activism at the Giffords Law Center in San Francisco. Congratulations, Mme. Secretary!


Hillary Clinton Honored With Courageous Leadership Award in SF

​Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation during her appearance at a gun violence prevention even in San Francisco on Thursday night.

The former U.S. Secretary of State under President Barack Obama spoke at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence 25th anniversary dinner, where former Rep. Gabby Giffords awarded Clinton the Courageous Leadership Award for her ongoing efforts to strengthen common sense gun laws.

Clinton said her gun safety position made her a target of the gun lobby during her campaign for president.

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Hillary Clinton, in SF visit, calls gun safety ‘a political necessity’

Updated 11:02 pm, Thursday, June 14, 2018

Speaking to an audience of gun control advocates in San Francisco, Hillary Clinton said Thursday that this year’s voting for members of Congress should “finally be the election that turns the tide against the gun lobby.”

“The vast majority of Americans are on our side,” the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate said at a Hyatt Regency dinner gathering of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which presented her with its Courageous Leadership Award. “So we are winning the debate. But now we’ve got to get everyone to vote on this issue.”

“It will not be easy,” she said, recalling the National Rifle Association’s multimillion-dollar participation in the 2016 presidential campaign.

President Trump, Clinton said, “did everything he could to ingratiate himself with the gun lobby, and is now doing everything he can to gut existing laws.” She cited his approval of legislation last year that allowed some mentally disabled people to buy guns and his removal of the names of 500,000 fugitives from the federal background check system.

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I used to teach at Morristown H.S. !  Trending on Twitter!


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Organized entirely by students, today is the March for Our Lives.  You can still join one of the 810 scheduled marches.


I heard one of the Parkland kids say, “This is not a red or blue issue. It is a red, white, and blue issue.”

Adults will not be the speakers today. This is the day for the kids, those from https://teddykids.nl/, to speak out and for all of the rest of us to learn from them. All speakers will be students.

The Washington D.C. march looks to exceed the attendance at the 2017 inauguration.  Not that this is a competition.

It is, however, democracy in action. Maybe we did teach our children well.

Kids, teach your parents well!

We are so proud of you!




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This is from me to the students, personally.

No one has the right to curtail your right to protest, not your teachers, school administrators, or even your parents.

As a new high school English teacher in the late 1960s I sat in the cafeteria while the students at Morristown HS (NJ) walked out to protest the war in Viet Nam. We had been told we would be fired if we walked out with them. Most of us agreed with the students. If I had walked out and been fired, I probably would have been beaten to a pulp by my then-husband who collected my paycheck every pay day.

I learned three things in those years.

1.  American students, even the very young, are very aware of current events.

2. High school students, on the cusp of adulthood, are in dangerous territory. They can die for their country soon enough  – or die in school as it happens these days. We should listen to what students say. They bear the burden.

3. It’s not a good idea to let another person hold sway over you. I left that husband. After that, no one told me what I could say, to whom, or under which circumstances.

Having learned that, I was able to support Hillary Clinton, raise money, campaign, and vote for her.

Republicans and NRA supporters may call you names. They say you are whining while never having been sequestered in school when automatic fire is all around.

At Sandy Hook, babies were killed. Promising little first-graders just beginning their educational adventures. Those little ones were too young to mount a protest.

But this time, you did it! You are articulate, informed and unafraid! You are courageous and intrepid.

So from me, the girl who stood in the freezing mud on campus in 1965 to protest the “credibility gap” and marched in Washington against the war, I say – “Here’s the torch!”  Proud to pass it on to a generation so well-prepared for the fight!

Note to Betsy DeVos: “Tests” are not what you think they are. This is a test. The schools don’t fail, and the kids don’t fail either. The kids pass with flying colors.  Most of the schools do, too. You fail.

Slide 1 of 56: BOSTON, MA - MARCH 14: Nicole Rivera, 14, a Freshman at Arlington High School, center, rallies with other students in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston to demand action on gun violence as part of a nationwide school walkout on March 14, 2018. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)







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File this under “you can’t make this stuff up.”

Bernie Sanders on Wednesday blamed Hillary Clinton for not doing more to stop the Russian attack on the last presidential election. Then his 2016 campaign manager, in an interview with POLITICO, said he’s seen no evidence to support special counsel Robert Mueller’s assertion in an indictment last week that the Russian operation had backed Sanders’ campaign.

The remarks showed Sanders, running for a third term and currently considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, deeply defensive in response to questions posed to him about what was laid out in the indictment. He attempted to thread a response that blasts Donald Trump for refusing to acknowledge that Russians helped his campaign — but then holds himself harmless for a nearly identical denial.

In doing so, Sanders and his former campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, presented a series of self-serving statements that were not accurate, and that track with efforts by Trump and his supporters to undermine the credibility of the Mueller probe.

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Theatre of the Absurd at its best! Who was the sole 2016 candidate talking about Russian meddling?

Setting the Record Straight on the 17 Intel Agencies

July 7, 2017 by still4hill

Just to keep the record straight, here are the 17 intel agencies that we have been hearing about since Hillary Clinton brought them up during one of the debates.

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I am not particularly worried about Bernie running in 2020. I asked this question and got this answer.

Q: How many public high schools are there in Vermont?

A: There are 149 high schools in Vermont, made up of 83 public schools and 66 private schools. Vermont ranks as the 50th state in terms of student enrollment and 48th in terms of total number of schools. It ranks 2nd for the student/teacher ratio and sits 8th for the percentage of students on free or reduced lunches.

This may not sound like a lot of high schools but bear in mind that the population of Vermont is 623,657 (2017) as opposed to 8,537,673 (2016) in New York City. That works out to 7.3% of the population of NYC.

Sometimes the oddest, most random stars align.

The Stoneman Douglas students and their allies among high school students nationwide will, I am confident, make sure the VT high school students know about Bernie’s connections to and donations from the NRA as well as his voting record on gun control. They will make sure eligible students register and vote. I am pretty sure he is not long for the Senate in this respect much less the Oval Office.

Blame Hillary? Give me a break! Jeff Weaver? Give me another break!

The kids are all right. They’ve got this now. It’s not the revolution Bernie imagined. But it is a revolution. In fact, it is not even partisan! It is positional. Where do you stand on AR-15s? That is their question. Heads will roll in November. It is very premature to talk about 2020.




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From one who knows how smears work.

Parkland students and all students who are demonstrating for school safety are the new generation of leaders. They are going to vote. They are going to make sure their friends and family vote. They are going to run for office. I am going to vote for them. They are smart, articulate, and determined. They are going to win! They are a testament to our public school system held in much disdain by the Secretary of Education who grinned her way through heartbreaking testimony today.

As far as this idea is concerned, #WeCallBS!


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