Washington, USA protest against Trump, Betsy DeVos


This video from the USA says about itself:

19 January 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Nomiki Konst Visits Anne Beer Elementary [school] in Washington, D.C as Teachers Host A Day Of Action Protest to Reject the Nomination [by Donald Trump of] Betsy DeVos.

Speaker At Group Supported By Betsy DeVos Says Hitler Was Good At Reaching Children: here.

9 Teachers On Why They Oppose Betsy DeVos As Education Secretary: here.

TWO REPUBLICAN SENATORS WILL VOTE AGAINST BETSY DEVOS’ CONFIRMATION FOR EDUCATION SECRETARY Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) announced they will not be voting for the controversial education secretary pick. Only one more “no” vote is needed for her nomination to be thwarted — which would only be the second time in history a first-time president’s Cabinet nomination had been rejected. [HuffPost]

Betsy DeVos Ekes Out Confirmation As VP Casts First Tie-Breaker For Cabinet Post. Two Republicans joined the Senate’s 48 Democrats in opposing the secretary of education: here.

25,000 Hit The Streets In Massive New York City Anti-Trump Rally Hours Before Inauguration Day. Michael Moore, Robert De Niro and several other high-profile figures spoke at the peaceful demonstration Thursday night: here.

TRUMP MAY SHUTTER NATIONAL ENDOWMENT OF THE ARTS AND THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES Arts groups are calling the potential move a sign of the “new Dark Ages.” Public broadcasting funds are also in jeopardy. [HuffPost]

14 thoughts on “Washington, USA protest against Trump, Betsy DeVos

  1. “Mr. Trump and his friends should know that there are millions of people who will not stand for their greed at the expense of the working class.” – Bernie Sanders

    Today is not the day any of us hoped to see. Not by a longshot. But it can be the day that all of us proclaim with one voice that we are going to resist any efforts to deny 30 million Americans health care.

    It can be the day that we declare that we are going to stand with our brothers and sisters who are staring at the threat of mass deportation. That we will not let anyone divide us up by race, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation.

    Together we have built the largest progressive grassroots movement this country has ever seen. And right now, we have an opportunity to send a powerful message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: we are not going to let them drag us backward.

    But that will only happen if we continue to stand together and fight:

    Like Bernie says, “we will lose our fights for justice when we are divided or apathetic, and the fights coming this year are too important to risk that.”

    Thank you for stepping up to continue the political revolution.

    In solidarity,

    Shannon Jackson
    Our Revolution

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  2. Senate Democrats: Betsy DeVos is not qualified to be secretary of education

    The petition to Senate Democrats reads:
    “Block and resist Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as secretary of education.”

    Senate Democrats: Betsy Devos is not qualified to be secretary of education

    The reviews have been unanimous. Betsy DeVos flunked her confirmation hearing this week, making it even more clear that she’s completely unqualified to run the Department of Education.

    More than 973,000 CREDO activists have joined you in signing our petition urging the Senate to reject DeVos, an extreme right-wing bigot who has no relevant experience as an educator and did not attend or send her children to public school. The pushback from CREDO members has been amazing and has played a role in slowing down her confirmation process. But, our resistance is not done.

    We have to do everything we can to keep the U.S. Department of Education out of her unqualified hands. Can you add your name today to keep the pressure on?

    Tell Senate Democrats: Block and resist Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as secretary of education.

    DeVos is a right-wing voucher and charter school activist whose numerous projects include the disastrous effort to spread charters in Detroit, which failed to increase student achievement while allowing charters to operate with little accountability or oversight.1 She also has an appalling record on civil rights, which indicates she will be a threat to LGBTQ children, especially transgender students, who face prejudice, harassment and bullying in schools and suffer from higher rates of depression and suicide than non-LGBTQ classmates.

    Her confirmation hearing was an unmitigated disaster that showed even more clearly how unqualified she is to run the Department of Education. Any senator who votes to confirm her will be supporting someone who:

    Refused to commit to holding charter schools or private schools accepting federal vouchers as accountable as public schools;2
    Refused to say she wouldn’t privatize public schools or cut funds from public education;3
    Failed to show basic understanding on a range of key issues, including how to assess student performance, how the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act works to protect the rights of students and how the Department of Education has worked to address campus sexual assault;4
    Has no qualifications to manage the Department of Education’s trillion dollar student loan bank;5
    Told Sen. Chris Murphy, who represented Newtown, Connecticut when he was in the House of Representatives, that cities and states should be able to decide whether to allow guns in schools.6

    Equal access to high-quality education is one of the cornerstone promises of our democracy. We have a long way to go and much work to do before it’s a promise that is reliably and consistently fulfilled for children of color, children whose first language is not English and children living in poverty. Putting Betsy DeVos at the helm of the Department of Education puts the promise itself at risk.

    Democrats must do everything they can to defend the Department of Education, starting with standing united against DeVos.

    https://act.credoaction.com/sign/block_devos_dems/

    Thanks for everything you do.

    Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Director
    CREDO Action from Working Assets

    Add your name:
    Sign the petition ►

    https://act.credoaction.com/sign/block_devos_dems/

    References:

    Douglas N. Harris, “Betsy DeVos and the Wrong Way to Fix Schools,” The New York Times, Nov, 25, 2016.
    Editorial Board, “Betsy DeVos embarrassed herself and should be rejected by the Senate,” Los Angeles Times, Jan. 19, 2017.
    Margaret Hartmann, “6 Testy Moments From Trump Education Pick Betsy DeVos’s Confirmation Hearing,” New York Magazine, Jan. 18, 2017.
    Ibid
    Eugene Scott, “Warren grills DeVos: ‘I don’t see how she can be the Secretary of Education’,” CNN, Jan. 18, 2017.
    Casey Quinlan, “Betsy DeVos says guns in schools may be necessary to protect students from grizzly bears,” Think Progress, Jan. 17, 2017.

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  6. Do you care about having strong public education in America? Do you think we should have a Secretary of Education who wants to strengthen public education for ALL students? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then you should be paying attention to what is happening with President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos.

    You may have heard what happened last week at her hearing in the Senate Education Committee, where I serve as the top Democrat. It’s been getting a whole lot of attention across the country, and for good reason.

    If you heard about the hearing and share my concerns, sign this petition to take a stand for public education and voice your concerns with Betsy DeVos’ nomination.

    When Democrats made it clear that we were going to ask DeVos some tough questions: We got shut down. Republicans blocked us from asking questions for more than five minutes — which was unprecedented, and completely unacceptable.

    In the short time we had though, here is what we learned: Betsy DeVos refused to rule out slashing investments in or privatizing public schools. She was confused that federal law provides protections for students with disabilities. She argued that guns needed to be allowed in schools across the country to “protect from grizzlies.” And even though she was willing to say that President Trump’s behavior toward women should be considered sexual assault — she wouldn’t commit to actually enforcing federal law protecting women and girls in our schools.

    After her disastrous hearing, Republicans tried to rush to a vote in the committee this week, but Democrats stood up, we pushed for a delay — and we won. This was a good step, but there’s still a whole lot of questions left to be answered — and now it’s more important than ever to make sure people’s voices are heard.

    The Senate Education Committee is now scheduled to vote on Betsy DeVos next week. Add your name to this petition to push back against any attempt to rush through someone who won’t commit to strengthening public education for ALL students.

    Republicans are trying to jam nominees through — but I will keep fighting for you and asking the tough questions you want answers to. There’s too much at stake right now to step back, so we need to step up.

    If you care about the future of education in our country like I do, I need you now: Add your name to take a stand against jamming Betsy DeVos through the Senate.

    Thanks,

    Patty Murray
    U.S. Senator

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