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Americans Together #TheResistance

Once again we find ourselves standing at the precipice looking over the field of battle. Facing not a foreign foe, but the sinister evil of seditious tyranny enveloping the halls of government. This foe is no less destructive to democracy here and the world as a whole than any threat ever faced. We’ve lost many of the battles so far brandished by the shadow forces that lurk behind the scene, wielding powerful weapons of corruption and deceit. As we stand on the brink, all is not lost.

We have stood here before, again and again, but have rallied to the cause, our cause, against dark forces attempting to enslave the masses breaking the chains of servitude to restore the natural balance of our government, of the people, for the people, and by the people. We gather our great strength, standing on the backs of our ancestral giants who stood as we do today on the brink.

Washington, stood there, burning, to forge this noble government on the frigid shores that Christmas day, he didn’t rally the troops with the cry, “for the aristocrats” as he boarded the boats, flag waving, to face the enemy but cried “liberty for all”. When Francis Scott key wrote his famous poem as we stood on the brink in 1812 for the defense of Fort Mchenry he wrote “and the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave /// o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!” he wasn’t writing about a land oppressed by the rich.

When Lincoln stood on the brink of disaster at Gettysburg, he immortalized the cause, on the field covered in blood with the creed from our Constitution, of a government, “of the people, for the people, by the people, should not perish from this earth!” he was not calling on the thousands who perished in defense of this nation so the elite few, would prosper or control the government.

When your fathers and mothers across this nation, when standing on the brink, answered the call, storming and dying on the beaches of Normandy, did so that our democracy would still bloom, giving all her citizens an equal chance, equal justice and equal voice in our government. They did not rally on those bloody sands crying, for the Koch’s, the Walton’s, or the Rothschild’s, but cried en masse, for our country, for our people, for our friends and neighbors, for our families, this, and only this, is what our forefathers sacrificed so much for!

When the towers fell and we stood again on the brink, our sons and daughters took up the flag fighting to save democracy, not for the mega rich to hoard more and more of Americas prosperity, earned by all who worked so hard, but for all Americans. Will we forsake them now, as we stand again on the brink, of losing our democracy of the people? Or, will we rally to the defense of our nation, and restore our sacred creed by removing the stain of sedition represented in the abomination of citizens united, that subverts, all that Americans stand for?

Now is the time to pick the side of history you want to be remembered for. Do you hear the cries of the oppressed?

I, as a proud American, stand with the people, all the people, and will come to answer the call,
voting your conscience as real Americans, for those that truly represent you, restoring common sense, decency, fairness and equal justice for all and not the selfish few.
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as we did in Lexington 1776
we’re standing strong together,
against right-wing tyranny again!
Vote 2018.
Stop all right-wing fascists.
Never stop fighting for justice.

by: David Quinlan

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Make America Great Again

Depending on the metric you use the United States of America is anywhere from the 5th-30th best country on Earth.  One could argue with advancements in technology, science, way of life, and civil liberties we’re living in the best time of American history.  That’s why it was so ridiculous that Trump’s campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again.”  What’s more ironic is that from the day Trump started to run, and after he got the nomination, he slowly made America suck.  Every day that Trump is in the White House, America sucks even more.  We suck so much that most people are sick of sucking already.

IRONY: Whoever runs for President in the next election can use the motto “Make America Great Again” and for the first time, it’ll be a true statement.

 

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - January 23, 2017 at 9:23 pm

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Lawsuit filed that Trump is violating Constitution

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is bringing a federal lawsuit to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments. The lawsuit will be filed in the Southern District of New York when the court opens at 9 AM on Monday.

DONATE TO SUPPORT THIS LAWSUIT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP.

The foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution prohibits Trump from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, including foreign government-owned businesses, without the approval of Congress.

“We did not want to get to this point. It was our hope that President Trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the Constitution before he took office,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said. “He did not. His constitutional violations are immediate and serious, so we were forced to take legal action.”

Since Trump refused to divest from his businesses, he is now getting cash and favors from foreign governments, through guests and events at his hotels, leases in his buildings, and valuable real estate deals abroad. Trump does business with countries like China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, and now that he is President, his company’s acceptance of any benefits from the governments of those countries violates the Constitution. When Trump the president sits down to negotiate trade deals with these countries, the American people will have no way of knowing whether he will also be thinking about the profits of Trump the businessman.

“President Trump has made his slogan ‘America First,’” said Bookbinder. “So you would think he would want to strictly follow the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause, since it was written to ensure our government officials are thinking of Americans first, and not foreign governments.”

CREW is represented in the case by an all-star team of top constitutional scholars, ethics experts and litigators who have combined to argue 45 cases before the Supreme Court. The lawyers on the case include CREW’s board chair and vice-chair Norman Eisen and Richard Painter, the top ethics lawyers for the last two presidents, Constitutional law scholars Erwin Chemerinsky, Laurence H. Tribe and Zephyr Teachout, and Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler PLLC.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Jordan Libowitz at 202-408-5565 or jlibowitz@citizensforethics.org.

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Sean Spicer lied about Inauguration for Drumpf

I’d say Trump has a very small penis, but his dysfunction is much more focused around his mental illnesses.  Sean Spicer is his paid liar and read a long tweet today out loud on behalf of Trump.  Today for example he said “We know that 420,000 people used the DC metro transit (during Inauguration) which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for Obama’s last Inaugural.”  He is not making a fair comparison likely comparing full day to a half day.  Here are the real numbers:

DC Metro Ridership by 11 am on past four inauguration days:

2017: 193,000
2013: 317,000
2009: 513,000
2005: 197,000

Bus parking permits sought in DC

Trump Inauguration: 393
Womens March: 1,200
Obama Inauguration: 3,000

H/T Cal Perry on MSNBC

Here’s how I see it going recently:

Sean Spicer: Now that your President, I don’t think you should tweet as much often.

Trump: I’m gonna tweet, I have to tell people about the lying media.

Sean Spicer: I’ll do that.  You just tell me what you want me to say.

Trump: Ok well just tell everyone I’m more important than everyone thinks I am, and make sure to yell at anyone that doesn’t agree.  I’ll write a tweet and you tell it to people.

Sean Spicer: Ok, it’ll need to be longer than a tweet if I make a statement on it from the briefing room.

Trump: I know all the words, all the best words, but you add bigly words and yell it at the media.

Sean Spicer: Deal.

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Top ranked charities that impede the Republican attack on America

Charities that

help thwart the

Republican attack

This is a list of charities that American citizens must give to in order to impede the impending destruction of our planet by the incoming Republican led government.  It’s up to us now. Our incoming government will attack the lower and middle class financially, minimize our humanitarian ideals, reduce education and healthcare, and accept millions of dollars from dirty energy (and vote with their pocket).  It’s your turn!  Figure out where you can save, and do so.  This isn’t a time to spend.  Save your nuts for the Republican winter. Republicans may cut taxes and cut social services.  They may try to privatize medicare, crippling our seniors. When they cut your taxes, hopefully you can afford to give it all to charity!

All decent Americans that can cut costs and give more to charity should do so while we’re in The Republican Winter.  The damage that is about to be caused to America and humanity will cut so deep that it may take a generation to undo.  Please change your lifestyle, be the best person you can be, feel good about the important role you played in using private charity to minimize the damage of the Republican controlled government 2017-2019 (and hopefully no longer).  Subscribe to the twitter list for all of these charities and retweet their stories.  Oh… and if you can volunteer time to any of these charities, that’s excellent too!

4 star charities with Privacy for donors

The below charities are listed in 3 categories Wildlife and Environment, Help Humans, and Education.  Within each category the charities are listed in order of their ratings and effectiveness.  Each charity name links to its analysis on Charity Navigator.  I’ve listed their rating from the leading charity watchdog site.  The term “spent” refers to “percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs and services it delivers.”  It’s my belief that because these charities do not sell or share your information, that these are the best of the best.

Wildlife and Environment

The Republicans have been paid millions to deny Climate Change. Their pay depends on ignoring the facts.  They will actively work to lower restrictions on pollutants.  First and foremost, you must change your energy company to a provider of 100% green energy and install solar power at your home if possible. The charities below are vital to ensuring our grandchildren don’t live in a hellscape unable to grow food or handle the extreme weather events expected in the next 50-100 years.

Carbon Fund Foundation 100 rating, 94.6% spent, privacy

Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce & offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through: Climate change education Carbon offsets and reductions Public outreach We encourage everyone to continually strive to reduce their carbon footprint through sensible energy reductions combined with cost-effective carbon offsets to eliminate their overall carbon footprint. Carbonfund.org supports third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change. https://carbonfund.org/

 

Wild Earth Allies 100 rating, 94% spent, privacy

Wild Earth allies joins forces with local organizations and individuals to protect the wildlife and habitats that are so critical to our global biodiversity and sustainability. Our mission is to protect vital areas of our natural world for the benefit of wildlife, habitats, and people by inspiring collaborative action. Our organization is built on important values-optimism, cultural respect, shared learning, and integrity-and we run lean, which has earned us top nonprofit rankings from Charity Navigator for many years. Among many projects, they do Marine Turtle Conservation. – https://wildearthallies.org/

 

Amazon Conservation Association: 100 rating, 93.9% spent, privacy

Founded in 1999, the Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) works to conserve the biological diversity of the Amazon. We work to protect biodiversity by studying ecosystems and developing innovative conservation tools to protect land in the region while supporting the livelihoods of local communities. We work by forging ties with governments, nonprofits and people who depend on the rainforests for their livelihood, with the goal of saving rare species and habitats and learning from the land. Scientific research guides our approach, which strives for concrete, measurable achievements. ACA has offices in Washington, DC. http://www.amazonconservation.org/

 

Wildlife Conservation Network 100 rating, 91.6% spent, privacy

Founded in 2002, Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats. We support innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. We partner with independent, community-based conservationists around the world and provide them with the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence. WCN’s conservationists actively engage local people as effective stewards of their environment and work in a culturally-respectful manner to ensure that conservation skills and values will be passed on to future generations. http://www.wildnet.org/

 

Southern Environmental Law Center 100 rating, 85.6% spent, privacy

The Southern Environmental Law Center uses the power of law and policy to protect the environment in six states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. SELC’s attorneys work in all branches and at all levels of government to defend healthy air and clean water; to protect the region’s forests, coasts, wetlands, and other native landscapes; and to promote vibrant and livable communities across the Southeast. http://www.southernenvironment.org/

 

Safari Club International Foundation: 94.71 rating, 77.3% spent, privacy

Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) is “First for Wildlife.” The mission is to fund and direct worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. SCI Foundation works closely with Safari Club International, its chapters, and members to advance local, regional and global wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian projects each year.  The group also supports scientific studies in the field of predator-prey relationships and wildlife habitat restoration and management. SCI Foundation demonstrates the constructive role that sustainable-use hunting and hunters play in the conservation of wildlife; carries out and supports outdoor educational programs; supports humanitarian programs to assist the disabled and those in need to enjoy hunting; and provides donations to other organizations pursuing similar goals. http://safariclubfoundation.org/

 

International Primate Protection League 92.92 rating, 87.6% spent, privacy

The International Primate Protection League (IPPL) was founded in 1973, and, since this time, has been working continuously for the well-being of primates. IPPL has Field Representatives in 31 countries. In countries where primates live, IPPL’s Field Representatives work to create and preserve national parks and sanctuaries, and for bans on primate hunting, trapping, and local and international trade. IPPL’s educational efforts have contributed to decisions by many countries to ban or restrict primate trade and to establish programs to protect primate habitat. IPPL has raised funds to help other sanctuaries working to provide a safe and enriching environment for primate victims of deforestation and poaching.

 

EcoHealth Alliance 91.56 rating, 84.8% spent, privacy

Building on over 40 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and safeguarding human health from the emergence of disease. The organization develops ways to combat the effects of damaged ecosystems on human and wildlife health. Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever, global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions, to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance’s rigorous, science-based approach, focused at the intersection of the environment, health, and capacity building. Working in the U.S. and more than 30 countries worldwide, EcoHealth Alliance’s strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, and policy initiatives. http://www.ecohealthalliance.org/

 

350.org (rating page) 91.36 rating, 88.6% spent, privacy

With a yearly budget under 10 million 350 is working to thwart the entire fossil fuel industry.  Recent subpoenas from Exxon don’t deter the effort and preparations for the court battles with the Trump administration are underway.

350.org is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries http://350.org/

 

Helping Humans

The Republicans will give to the rich and take from everyone else. A livable wage will be impossible for millions of Americans.  The social services that the poor rely on will disappear, and the attack on our weakest citizens will benefit the 1%.  Americans in poverty need our help now, more than ever.

 

Direct Relief 100 rating, 99.2% spent, privacy

Founded in 1948, Direct Relief is California’s largest international humanitarian nonprofit organization. Direct Relief provides medical assistance to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and disaster – at home and throughout the world. Since 2000, Direct Relief has responded to a wide range of urgent and ongoing health emergencies, by providing more than $3.4 billion in essential material resources – medicines, supplies and equipment, including more than $500 million in assistance in the United States. http://www.directrelief.org/

 

National Institutes of Health 100 rating, 94.5% spent, privacy

Founded in 1996, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fosters public health through scientific discovery, translational research, and the dissemination of research results through specially-configured, high-impact public-private partnerships consistent with the priorities of the NIH. The foundation is not only involved in large, ambitious initiatives with potentially high impact on the lives of millions of the world’s citizens, but it also supports smaller focused programs in clinical training and ancillary support programs. With the goals of NIH as its guide, the foundation serves both the public and private sectors, helping them achieve significant breakthroughs in human health in areas of interest that overlap with those of NIH. http://www.fnih.org/

 

Equal Justice Initiative 100 rating, 91.2% spent, privacy

The Equal Justice Initiative is a private, nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. We litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. http://eji.org/

 

National Pediatric Cancer Foundation 100 rating, 88.1% spent, privacy

Founded in 1991, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation exists to raise money to fund pediatric cancer research. Our focus is to fund research which will lead to the elimination of pediatric cancer worldwide. In addition to funding valuable seed grants throughout the state of Florida, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation has developed The Sunshine Project. This is an innovative collaboration of the nation’s top doctors and researchers with one goal: to fast-track new treatments and increase the survival rate of children battling cancer. Since 2005, we have implemented the groundwork necessary to introduce less toxic, more targeted drugs into clinical trials. New compounds are currently being tested in these trials and hold great promise for children who have not experienced positive results under the standard treatment protocol. http://www.nationalpcf.org/

 

Physicians for Reproductive Health 100 rating, 86.8% spent, privacy

Physicians for Reproductive Health (formerly Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health) was founded in 1992 by a small committee of concerned physicians in New York City, where we opened our first national office in 1995. Physicians for Reproductive Health unites the medical community and concerned supporters. Together, we work to improve access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion, especially to meet the health care needs of economically disadvantaged patients. http://prh.org/

 

Americares 97.59 rating, 97.9% spent, privacy

Americares saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential. Since it was established nearly 40 years ago, Americares has provided more than $13 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States. http://www.americares.org/

 

Meals on Wheels 94.82 rating, 83.86% spent, privacy

Meals on Wheels People was founded in 1969 with the mission to enrich the lives of seniors, and assist them in maintaining independence, by providing nutritious food, human connections and social support. We also use our expertise and capacity to serve other nutritionally at-risk populations. Today Meals on Wheels People produces 5,700 hot, nutritious meals five days each week in a 14,000-square-foot commercial kitchen located in the heart of Multnomah Village. Meals are then delivered to 30 senior centers throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties where they are served at noon to seniors in center dining rooms or sent out as Meals on Wheels to frail, homebound elderly. http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/

 

Center on Halsted 92.24 rating, 79.9% spent, privacy

Chicago has long been the center of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the greater Midwest, and in 2001 a dedicated group of community leaders came together and shared a vision to create a united front and a focal point for this burgeoning community. Through their vision and dedication, Center on Halsted became a reality in 2007, bringing a wide array of LGBT organizations and resources in the city together to collaborate, share resources and extend their reach. As the most comprehensive LGBT community center in the Midwest, our mission is simple: In a safe and nurturing environment, the Center on Halsted serves as a catalyst for the LGBT community that links and provides community resources and enriches life experiences. http://www.centeronhalsted.org/

 

Violence Policy Center 90.95 rating, 88.1%, privacy

The Violence Policy Center (VPC) is a national educational foundation that conducts research on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals. The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related death and injury. The VPC approaches gun violence as a public health issue, advocating that firearms be subject to health and safety standards like those that apply to all other consumer products. As the most aggressive group in the gun control movement, the VPC has a record of policy successes on the federal, state, and local levels. Each year, the VPC releases hard-hitting, fact-based studies on a full range of gun violence issues. http://www.vpc.org/

 

EDUCATION

The Republicans gained power by lying to the electorate and having the help of brainwashing media vehicles.  Polls show that Trump voters are less likely to know facts than any other voter by about a margin of 2:1.  Republicans intend to reduce education spending, this will only breed more people susceptible to believing their lies.  We must improve critical thinking in America.  People must have a better grasp on how to discern fact from fiction.  Further, it’s imperative that our students are more equipped in a STEM world, these charities can help in all of those areas.

 

The NEA Foundation 100 rating, 86.6% spent, privacy

The NEA Foundation, through the unique strength of its partnership with educators, advances student achievement by investing in public education that will prepare each of America’s children to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Since 1998, the NEA Foundation has provided nearly 4,000 grants totaling $8.5 million to help public school educators improve their students’ academic achievement. These grants support a wide array of projects that help improve student achievement, develop creative learning opportunities, and enhance teacher professional development. In addition, the Foundation has invested $10 million to support district-level initiatives to close the achievement gaps. http://www.neafoundation.org/

 

Center for Responsive Politics 99.96 rating, 85.1% spent, privacy

Founded in 1983, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. CRP’s mission is to: inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, and advocate for a transparent and responsive government. The first Open Secrets book, published in 1990, was a massive 1,300 pages and analyzed contributions by political action committees (PACs) in the 1988 congressional elections. Featuring contributor profiles for every member of Congress, it was an unprecedented resource that illuminated money’s role in congressional elections and policymaking. CRP launched the website following the 1996 elections. http://www.opensecrets.org/

 

Point Foundation 94.42 rating, 74.9% spent, privacy

Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Since its inception in 2001, Point Foundation has invested more than $15 million in the education and support of over 220 outstanding Point Scholars. Point achieves its mission through scholarship grants, leadership training and individual mentoring programs. Point’s work is vital because nearly one-third of LGBTQ students drop out of high school to escape the violence, harassment, and isolation they face there – a dropout rate nearly three times the national average – and, as a result, are twice as likely to report they are not planning to pursue a higher education. http://www.pointfoundation.org/

 

PowerMyLearning 92.61 rating, 91% spent, privacy

PowerMyLearning is a national non-profit organization committed to ensuring that all children are able to power their learning through a combination of technology and the people who matter most to their success – parents and teachers. For decades’ technology has not delivered on its promise of transforming education. Why? Because technology is often being used to replace the people who matter most to a student’s learning – their teachers or their parents/guardians. At PowerMyLearning, we take a different approach. We focus on using technology not to replace anyone, but rather to enhance the key interactions among teachers, parents, and students. When the key interactions are properly supported, they propel the two cycles that are most critical for student learning: the Personalized Instruction cycle and the Student-Driven Learning cycle.  Our work has demonstrated impact on student achievement and love of learning; teacher instructional practices; and parental confidence.  http://www.powermylearning.org/

 

Young Women’s Leadership Network 92.35 rating, 82.1% spent, privacy

Young Women’s Leadership Network helps low-income minority youth break the cycle of poverty through education. Our two critical programs provide college readiness and access to at-risk students from the 6th – 12th grades: CollegeBound Initiative, a school-based college guidance program for coed and single-sex public schools, and The Young Women’s Leadership Schools, a high-performing network of all-girls public schools. We are in the business of raising expectations, improving student performance, and inspiring leadership. Our first school, which made history and headlines, is the highly renowned and successful Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem in New York City. http://www.ywln.org/

 

NAF 90.90 rating, 77.3% spent, privacy

NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. NAF’s educational design ignites students’ passion for learning and gives businesses the opportunity to shape America’s future workforce by transforming the learning environment to include STEM infused industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships. Since 1982, NAF has been partnering with existing high schools in high-need communities to enhance school systems at a low cost by implementing NAF academies – small learning communities within traditional high schools. NAF has grown from one NAF Academy of Finance in New York City to hundreds of academies across the country focusing on growing industries including: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. http://naf.org/

4 star charities (opt-out privacy rules):

These charities require you to opt-out in order to maintain your privacy.  Some of them will sell your information, some of them just use your info to e-mail or mail you often.  See the privacy policy/opt-out method I linked for specific details.

 

Wildlife and Environment

The Republicans have been paid millions to deny Climate Change. Their pay depends on ignoring the facts.

 

Natural Resource Defense Council 96.35 rating, 83.6% spent, opt-out privacy

The Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life – air, land and water – and to defend endangered natural places. We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. http://www.nrdc.org/

 

Environmental Defense Fund 94.48 rating, 79.1% spent, opt-out privacy

Environmental Defense Fund’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.  What distinguishes EDF from others is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it. We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet, focusing on mitigating climate change, restoring the ocean’s bounty, protecting wildlife and their habitats, and safeguarding our health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations-as well as with business, government and communities-and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.

 

Sierra Club 94.08 rating, 88.5% spent, opt-out privacy
The Sierra Club Foundation promotes efforts to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment.  We partner with individual and institutional donors to align financial resources with strategic outcomes, provide flexible funding for innovation, build capacity in the environmental movement, and create partnerships with a broad spectrum of allied organizations around shared values and goals. As the fiscal sponsor of the charitable programs of the Sierra Club, we provide resources to it and other nonprofit organizations to support scientific, educational, literary, organizing, advocacy, and legal programs that further our goals. http://www.sierraclubfoundation.org/

 

American Bird Conservancy 93.98 rating, 87.3% spent, opt-out privacy

American Bird Conservancy’s (ABC) mission is to conserve wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. Founded in 1994, it is the only U.S.-based group exclusively devoted to bird conservation throughout the Americas. ABC acts across the full spectrum of threats to birds to safeguard the rarest bird species, restore habitats, and reduce threats, while unifying and strengthening the bird conservation movement. ABC advances bird conservation through direct action and by finding and engaging the people and groups needed to succeed, regardless of their political, economic, or social point of view. ABC seeks innovative, fair solutions to difficult issues. http://www.abcbirds.org/

 

The Ocean Conservancy 90.87 rating, 73% spent, opt-out privacy

Founded in 1972, Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world’s foremost advocate for the oceans. Ocean Conservancy’s four strategic priorities reflect the critical ocean conservation issues that will be the main focus of our efforts, including restoring sustainable American fisheries, protecting wildlife from human impacts, conserving special ocean places, and reforming government for better ocean stewardship. http://www.oceanconservancy.org/

 

Helping Humans

Institute for Justice 97.83 rating, 82.0% spent, opt-out privacy

Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice (IJ) advances a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society. IJ litigates to secure economic liberty, school choice, private property rights, freedom of speech and other vital individual liberties and to restore constitutional limits on the power of government. IJ provides legal counsel to inner-city entrepreneurs, because their freedom to shape their own businesses directly affects their freedom to shape their own lives and communities. In addition, IJ trains law students, lawyers, policy activists and grassroots organizers in the tactics of public interest litigation and advocacy for liberty. Through these activities, IJ challenges the ideology of the welfare state and illustrates and extends the benefits of freedom to those whose full enjoyment of liberty is denied by government. http://www.ij.org/

 

Kiva 97.06 rating, 81.2% spent (as high as 100%), opt-out privacy (never shares/sells your info)

Kiva.org is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. 100% of your donations to the loanee go to the entrepreneur looking for a hand up, no fees are taken by Kiva.  https://www.kiva.org/lend/kiva-u-s

 

Futures without violence 96.56 rating, 89.5% spent, semi-opt-out privacy

For more than 30 years, FUTURES has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world.  Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston, we’ve established a state-of-the-art Center for Leadership and Action in the Presidio of San Francisco to foster ongoing dialogue about gender-based violence and child abuse.

Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and abuse. We also work with advocates, policy makers, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships.  Our vision is a future without violence that provides education, safety, justice, and hope. See President Esta’s TEDtalk  https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/

 

National Women’s Law Center 95.23 rating, 82.1% spent, opt-out privacy

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC): We are passionate champions of national and state policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives-at school, at work, at home, in their families, and in their communities. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income – and we make change happen. We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation. http://www.nwlc.org/

 

ACLU 94.39 rating, 85.2% spent, opt-out privacy (shares your info)

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation is the arm of the ACLU that conducts litigation and communication efforts. The Foundation provides legal presentation in cases involving issues of civil liberties and constitutional rights ranging from administrative hearings to trials and appeals. In addition, the Foundation educates the public as to civil liberties and constitutional rights by disseminating literature and other publications. The ACLU Foundation preserves and promotes civil rights and liberties as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. http://www.aclu.org/

 

Trevor Project 93.19 rating, 80.6% spent, opt-out privacy

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

 

Feeding America 92.61 rating, 98.5% spent, opt-out privacy

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. http://www.feedingamerica.org/

 

National Immigration Law Center 91.23 rating, 84.5% spent, opt-out privacy

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is the only national legal advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Over the past 34 years, NILC has won landmark legal decisions protecting fundamental rights, thwarted policies that would have devastated the well-being of low-income immigrants and their family members, and advanced policies that reinforce and promote equality, opportunity, and justice for all. https://www.nilc.org/

 

OutRight Action International 90.80 rating, 75.7% spent, opt-out privacy

Founded in 1990, is a leading international human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.  We are dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the LGBT human rights movement worldwide to effectively conduct documentation of LGBT human rights violations and by engaging in human rights advocacy with partners around the globe. We work with the United Nations, regional human rights monitoring bodies and civil society partners. https://www.outrightinternational.org/

 

PFLAG 90.56 rating, 81.7% spent, opt-out privacy

Founded in 1972, PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. https://www.pflag.org/

 

Planned Parenthood 90.41 rating, 74.7% spent, NO OPT OUT! (shares your info)

I’ve listed Planned Parenthood because they are a vitally important organization, however their privacy policy is the worst on this list.  They have no procedure listed to opt out from them selling/sharing your information.  They also have the least percentage of dollars spent on the programs and services they deliver.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning. PPFA works to provide trusted community healthcare; inform and educated the community; lead the reproductive health and rights movement; and advance global health. The heart of Planned Parenthood is in the local community. Our 94 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide operate more than 850 health centers, which reflect the diverse needs of their communities. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

 

TRIAL OF THE CENTURY

A HIGHLY IMPORTANT CAUSE, NO RATINGS AVAILABLE

The following two charities are linked to the lawsuit brought by youngsters against the federal government for denying them their constitutional right to life by ignoring the facts about climate change.  Please donate to these causes as these lawsuits may be the best chance we have to change governmental policy.  This will be cheaper than competing with the fossil fuel industry in bribing Congress.

Our Children’s Trust is a nonprofit organization, elevating the voice of youth, those with most to lose, to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate on behalf of present and future generations. We lead a coordinated global human rights and environmental justice campaign to implement enforceable science-based Climate Recovery Plans that will return atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration to below 350 ppm by the year 2100. www.ourchildrenstrust.org

Earth Guardians is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization with youth chapters on five continents, and multiple groups in the United States with thousands of members working together to protect the Earth, the water, the air, and the atmosphere, creating healthy sustainable communities globally. We inspire and empower young leaders, families, schools, organizations, cities, and government officials to make positive change locally, nationally, and globally to address the critical state of the Earth. www.earthguardians.org

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The portions of Trump’s Inaugural address that he actually wrote

UPDATE: It’s leaked that Bannon and Miller wrote the Inaugural Address. Trump is a conman.

ORIGINAL STORY:
A few days ago Trump sent out this picture of him near the reception area of Mar-A-Lago writing his Inaugural speech.  As Chris Hayes reported, Trump appears to be using a sharpie on a brand new legal pad with the blank page being hidden by pulling up the edge, because it’s so much easier to write like that.

As Trevor Noah “reported” this is merely an ad.  Remember he’s a reality star, and he was shooting the promo for the 45th season of the hit show, “President.”

We’ve learned by now that when Trump tweets about what’s important to him, he’s likely lying.  In this case, as a moronic sociopath, it’s impossible for Trump to write a speech worthy of the office of the President, yet he must impart a grandiose delusion of himself on you, his moronic believer.

Photo by @kaysintBB

Trump has destroyed America.  Sorry, that just slipped.  I meant to say, in December we learned Stephen Miller would write the Inauguration speech. However for the last few weeks Trump has been planting the lie in as many sources as he could, that he was writing his own speech.  When Drumpf writes well, it’s at a 6th grade level.  He also has no understanding of civics, the office of the President, the role a President plays in society, and the history of America.  As a result we can be reasonably certain that any intelligent and well thought out words he spoke today, were written by someone else.

I’ve gotten to know Trump very well, just recently I noted the similarities in a speech that shared common elements with all others.

Stephen Miller [UPDATE: and Bannon] turned Trump’s vision into a speech fit for a college graduate with a penchant for pessimism and delusion.  I believe I’ve put Miller’s [UPDATE: and Bannon’s] portions of the speech in gray, and Trump’s portion in bold green.  Trump uses very few words of over 7 letters, when he does they are common, like “terrorism.”

In green, the words that our idiot Russian puppet wrote:

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.

And we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition.

They have been magnificent.

Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment.

It belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day.

This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.

These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.

An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.

And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain.

Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own. And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs.

We will bring back our borders.

We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example.

We will shine for everyone to follow.

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again.

And, yes, together we will make America great again.

Thank you.

God bless you.

And God bless America.”

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