Persist to Resist – 13May24

Solar Stormy Daniels delights the nation. The trial delay game is winning in Georgia and Florida. The Orange man’s threatened with jail time for violating the gag order again and again.  But it’s Bannon who runs out of appeals and gets fitted for stripes.. Up this week is the showdown between Michael Cohen and the orange man in court. Will Trump’s money guy Weisselberg testify?

Veepstakes are on with several wanna-bes crawling up the orange man’s butt at Mar-a-Lago..   Dems save Mike Johnson from Moscow Marjorie, but is it the right move to save an election denier?  Meanwhile, RFK Jr. has a brain worm… While Biden finally draws a red line around Rafah.

Asian American women have long dealt with charges of betrayal within and beyond their communities. Images of their “disloyalty” pervade American culture, from the daughter who is branded a traitor to family for adopting American ways, to the war bride who immigrates in defiance of her countrymen, to a figure such as Yoko Ono, accused of breaking up the Beatles with her “seduction” of John Lennon.

Leslie Bow here explores how representations of females transgressing the social order play out in literature by Asian American women. Questions of ethnic belonging, sexuality, identification, and political allegiance are among the issues raised by such writers as Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Bharati Mukherjee, Jade Snow Wong, Amy Tan, Sky Lee, Le Ly Hayslip, Wendy Law-Yone, Fiona Cheong, and Nellie Wong. Beginning with the notion that feminist and Asian American identity are mutually exclusive, Bow analyzes how women serve as boundary markers between ethnic or national collectives in order to reveal the male-based nature of social cohesion.

In exploring the relationship between femininity and citizenship, liberal feminism and American racial discourse, and women’s domestic abuse and human rights, the author suggests that Asian American women not only mediate sexuality’s construction as a determiner of loyalty but also manipulate that construction as a tool of political persuasion in their writing. The language of betrayal, she argues, offers a potent rhetorical means of signaling how belonging is policed by individuals and by the state. Bow’s bold analysis exposes the stakes behind maintaining ethnic, feminist, and national alliances, particularly for women who claim multiple loyalties.

Kamala Harris has shattered one of the highest glass ceilings with her election to Vice President of the United States. She is the first woman, first Black American, and first South Asian American to hold the office. Her historic rise makes her an inspiration to women and girls across America and around the world.

Throughout her career, Harris has been a trailblazer and champion for women’s rights and empowerment. As Senator, she was an advocate for policies like pay equity, affordable childcare, and legal protections for women.

Harris’ success proves that women are highly capable leaders who can operate at the highest levels of government. Her presence in such a prestigious position shows young girls that there should be no limits to their ambitions.

Harris also empowers women through her actions as a mentor and role model. She lifts up other women in a variety of ways. Whether it’s appointing them to key positions in her office, highlighting their achievements, or offering advice and encouragement.

At the same time, Harris represents the diversity of womanhood in America. As a woman of color and a former prosecutor, Harris embodies the diversity of women. Her success and example helps open doors and shift perceptions for women of all backgrounds.

With Harris as the first female vice president, women across the country finally see themselves being represented at the very highest levels of leadership. Her presence inspires confidence that no dream is too big. Through her actions and achievements, Kamala Harris demonstrates the incredible power of women to lead and create meaningful change.

AAPI Victory Fund is a national Political Action Committee (PAC). They promote and support Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) candidates at all levels of government.

The organization’s mission is to increase AANHPI representation in government and to enact policies that benefit the AANHPI community.

AAPI Victory Fund works to engage and mobilize the AANHPI electorate in a variety of ways. They analyze voter data, provide resources and training for candidates and campaign staff, and increase public awareness of AANHPI issues. AAPI Victory Fund is making significant strides in ensuring that the voices of AANHPI Americans are heard in our democracy.

​​For 2024, their top goal is getting President Biden and Vice President Harris re-elected. They plan a particular emphasis on hard-hitting, negative-track messaging on MAGA Republicans’ harmful policies and rhetoric.

They also support AAPI candidates running for Congress and statewide offices around the country. Their investments will include hyper-focused TV campaigns, digital media ads targeted at young voters, and relational organizing and ethnic media.

AAPI voters make up substantial portions of the electorate in the states that will decide the 2024 presidential election. The Organization plans to communicate with voters in several states with a significant AAPI population. These include some swing states such as Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.

Congressman Ro Khanna is a Representative of California’s 17th District in the 117th Congress.

Congressman Khanna was elected in 2016 and is now serving his third term representing California’s 17th District in Silicon Valley. He is Chair of the Oversight Subcommittee on the Environment and a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform, Agriculture, and Armed Services Committees.

Khanna is also the Democratic Vice Chair of the House Caucus on Indian Americans.

In Congress, Khanna works to create good jobs and opportunities for people in the 17th district and across the country. He authored the Endless Frontier Act to ensure that the US remains a leader in science and technology. He has also championed a new economic patriotism to drive innovation and bring people together.

As Chair of the House Oversight Subcommittee on the Environment, Khanna has been a leader on climate policy. For example, he brought the CEOs of six major fossil fuel companies before Congress to testify under oath about climate disinformation. Khanna also was key in negotiations around the Inflation Reduction Act. In addition, Khanna has introduced legislation to establish Medicare for All, set term limits for Supreme Court Justices, and get big money out of politics.

Prior to holding elected office, Khanna taught Economics and law at California Universities. Khanna was also on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood.

Wyoming’s most recent Abortion law from March 2023 has become a subject of litigation.

District Judge Melissa Owens put the laws on hold pending lawsuits filed by the only abortion clinic in the state. In March, Owens asked the Wyoming Supreme Court to rule on the laws’ legal precedence and constitutionality.

The rub is that the state constitution was amended in 2012 to say “all persons have the right to choose his or her health care”.

The state Supreme Court judges declined to make a decision and sent it back to Owens.

Thus, we are waiting on Owen’s decision for a summary judgment or whether there will be a date for a full hearing. The case is still in litigation, thus abortion remains legal in Wyoming.

Questions on religious freedoms run both ways, with Christians saying abortion is murder while the Jewish faith believes life doesn’t start until birth.

Then, there is the question of privacy, which is the foundation of Roe vs. Wade.

The Wyoming case will likely return to the Supreme Court in appeals after the judgment. There is also speculation that contraception will be next on the banning list.

“The most important thing we can do as a state is to vote. If reproductive health care rights are important to you and/or your family, then vote that way,” said Hinkle.

The guy in charge is no help.. Republican Gov. Mark Gordon signed a measure that makes Wyoming the latest state to ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors.

In 1990, AAPI leaders founded APCF to provide alternative funding for nonprofit organizations serving AAPI communities. To raise funds, APCF initiated employee giving campaigns at various workplaces.

In the past decade, APCF has diversified its fundraising efforts by developing other avenues for giving. APCF has been able to cultivate philanthropy among AAPIs while providing multiple vehicles for donors to support the community. For example, donor-advised funds, giving circles, grant making, scholarship funds, and capacity building initiatives have been deployed.

Their mission is to cultivate philanthropists to invest in organizations that empower underserved Asian and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to prosper. The organization’s vision is for a thriving AAPI community fostered by a culture of philanthropy.

They believe strong and successful AAPI communities begin with people supporting one another. Thus, they foster collaborative relationships with a range of community-focused individuals and corporate leaders. They demonstrate responsibility in resource management and advocate for equitable giving to all communities. Finally, they appreciate the intricacies of our evolving communities in achieving a stronger society.

APCF believes that Asian & Pacific Islander (API) communities are best served by nonprofits with culturally relevant programs. In recent years, APCF has evolved beyond traditional grant making to provide support to numerous API nonprofits. Many organizations are under resourced, underfunded, and often understaffed, lacking reserves and other resources that can affect long-term viability.

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