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  • Fighting Omicron As A Country, Not Individual States

    Omicron is now the dominant version of COVID-19 in the US, accounting for 73% of new infections as of this writing. President Biden is fulfilling his promise of fighting this scourge with “science and speed, not chaos and confusion.” President Biden’s answer? A new federal initiative that includes: readying 1,000 military medical professionals to help at overburdened hospitals, setting up new federal testing sites, deploying hundreds of federal vaccinators, and buying 500 million rapid tests to distribute free to the public (and creating a website where people get the tests sent to their homes). (See Path Out of the Pandemic) But will all this do any good in Texas? Not if the current government and his cronies have anything to do with it. A proactive, smart (federal) plan Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to accelerate production of 500 million newly purchased tests, which they intend to make available in January. Six federal emergency response teams are deploying immediately to six states: Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Vermont and Wisconsin. They are in addition to the 300 federal medical workers deployed since late November. Our government now has hundreds of millions of N-95 masks, billions of gloves, tens of millions of gowns and over 100,000 ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile—all ready to ship out when states need them. The Administration has pre-positioned these supplies in strategic locations across the states for immediate delivery when required. HHS will give pharmacies more flexibility to administer a wider set of vaccinations across state lines. Pharmacies are opening up hundreds of new vaccination sites for kids in January. FEMA will work with hospitals across the country to make plans to expand capacity. The agency will also get new pop-up vaccination clinics set up to handle hundreds of additional vaccinations per week. FEMA has ventilators, ambulances and emergency medical teams at the ready so when one hospital fills up, they can transport patients to open beds elsewhere. But in Texas ... To complement Biden’s federal initiative, governors, mayors, local officials and businesses should (re)impose the mask requirements and other effective tactics that many abandoned – like our state leaders. This would help open up businesses and the economy much more quickly than being anti-mask and anti-vax has done. If Gov. Abbott et al will just get out of Biden’s way this time, maybe we can get control of this new surge.We can get through this if we stay together—the UNITED States of America and ONE Great State of Texas.

  • Critical Race Theory: What The GOP Wants You to Believe

    critical race theory (CRT): an intellectual and social movement and a loosely organized framework of legal analysis. CRT is based on the premise that race is not a biologically grounded human feature; instead, race is a culturally invented category used to oppress and exploit people of color. Critical race theorists generally apply their understanding of the institutional nature of racism to the goal of eliminating it. — Encyclopedia Britannica One of the most ironic things about critical race theory, the latest bogeyman from the Republican closet, is that it originated as a critique of political liberalism. As the civil rights movement gathered steam in the 1950s and ’60s, many liberals believed the path to racial equality was to achieve color blindness. In other words, one should be able to advance by merit and effort, rather than by the color of their skin — or, as Martin Luther King Jr. memorably put it: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Photo licensed by Soon, however, legal scholars began to question whether color blindness is an effective or even an achievable goal — and now, most encourage us to move past this idea. Six of today’s prominent female leaders who advocate for gender equity published the following call to action on Feb. 1, 2021: “We now call upon our colleagues ... to meaningfully engage with critical race theory, a transdisciplinary intellectual movement to understand and disrupt systemic racism. Of particular relevance to these efforts is the concept of intersectionality” [how social categories, such as race and gender, interact] ... with the aim of moving beyond a colorblind gender lens.” Let me be clear: critical race theory is a pedantic and extremely complicated legal construct, and it is not my objective to explain it in detail in this space. My main purpose here is to show how conservatives have twisted CRT into a dog whistle with a wide-ranging set of claims they wrongly ascribe to CRT. CRT never mentions what should or should not be taught in schools Rather than a thought-provoking theory that encourages conversation and study of America’s institutions, critical race theory is being used by Republicans to distract us from pursuing racial equity. Conservatives have decided to say that CRT is Black-supremacist racism, false history and the terrible apotheosis of wokeness — thus, they say, race-related history shouldn’t be taught in our schools. They cry “critical race theory” to attack schools that want to teach the truth about American history, warts and all. They don’t care that knowing our nation’s history will allow students to make educated, critical decisions about their country when they are adults. To Patricia Williams, one of the key scholars who formulated critical race theory, “The ongoing mischaracterization of CRT is definitional theft.” I have to agree. In none of the writings could I find any CRT claims that all whites are racists and oppressors and all African Americans are oppressed and victimized. In fact, as Marisa Iati, author of What is critical race theory and why do Republicans want to ban it in schools? writes in The Washington Post, “A tenet of CRT is that racism and disparate racial outcomes are the result of complex, changing and often subtle social … dynamics, rather than explicit and intentional prejudices of individuals.” CRT is too complicated to explain in a sound bite — so conservatives don’t. The result is the blatant misuse of a theory intended to allow us to dispassionately examine systemic racism. In just one example of misuse, the Republican candidate for Virginia governor aired an ad featuring a parent upset because her son’s high school assigned the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved, written by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison; she was outraged because of its graphic depiction of slavery — though the novel was inspired by a true story. CRT is based in scholarly discourse Derrick Bell was one of the legal scholars who contributed to critical race theory. He was a young University of Pittsburgh law school graduate at the time, just beginning his career as an attorney with the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP. He’d go on to write a book, Race, Racism and American Law, in which he questioned whether an almost subconscious institutional racism exists that results in laws and court decisions designed to stop racial equality from succeeding. Bell was discouraged by court cases attempting to sort out the difficulties of achieving racial equality. He was particularly disenchanted by one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century, Brown v. Board of Education. The ruling may have struck down the premise of “separate but equal” and set in motion the desegregation of America’s schools, but three years later, the country was still watching President Dwight Eisenhower send federal troops to escort nine Black teens into Little Rock Central High School. Another decision, Bakke v. University of California, permitted race to be considered in college admissions but not used as an explicit quota system. “Diversity is not the same as redress,” Bell argued. “It could provide the appearance of equality while leaving the underlying machinery of inequality untouched” — the very essence of CRT. To be sure, “the man behind critical race theory” has his critics on the left as well as the right. Several assail his construct for requiring that everything be viewed through a racial lens, which they see as further dividing the races rather than unifying them. Others argue that he discounts the real advances made toward racial equality, no matter how incomplete they have been. Rather than arguing for or against Bell and his colleagues’ writings, I believe what’s important now is simply to recognize the difference between what schools, state governments and politicians want to teach or believe and the complex body of work that truly is critical race theory. They bear little resemblance to one another.

  • It's Dangerous To Be A Woman In Texas

    When I was 16, I drove myself to Planned Parenthood to get on birth control pills preemptively. My mom had gotten pregnant when she was barely 15, and I wasn’t going to be caught unprepared. Though my parents stayed happily married all their lives, I grew up realizing that having a baby at such a young age knocked my mother for a loop. She went from being a popular young woman to an outcast who struggled with being a parent and never developed any confidence in herself. She was judged. She was not helped by those who judged her, and no one gave a damn about what happened to her child. That’s why I feel so strongly that a woman must have every right over her own body. This belief extends beyond being able to procure birth control and abortions. A woman must have the same rights as any other crime victim when the perpetrator is a husband, boyfriend or date. There’s nothing “domestic” about violence or abuse – except in sexist eyes. A woman must have the same right as any other person reporting a crime: the right to be believed. A woman must have the right to medical treatments for her body that are equal to what’s available for men. This means research must include female subjects. A woman must have the right to clothe her body in whatever manner she chooses without being accused of contributing to sexual violence against her or to the sexualization of women. (A high school yearbook that censors photos of girls but doesn’t censor the leave-nothing-to-the-imagination photos of a boys’ swim team is sexualizing and stigmatizing young women.) What makes one outfit acceptable and another not? Only the sexist eye of the beholder, which too often is a decision-making male. It’s dangerous to be a woman in Texas, and not enough people care: 40% of Texas women experience physical violence, rape and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. (NCADV) Though Texas prohibits possession of firearms by persons subject to domestic violence protective orders, Texas does not require removal of firearms and ammunition from such persons. (Disarm DV) Abusers’ access to firearms increases the risk of female murders by intimate partners by about 1,000%. (NCADV) This is why I vote Democratic and hope you will, too. Photo by Neil Moralee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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  • BCDCTX | Burnet County Democratic Club | Texas

    January 18 VIRTUAL EVENT The Burnet County Democratic Club will host Kim Olson, candidate for Texas Democratic Party Chair. REGISTER NOW! Register in advance to attend via Zoom. Tuesday, 11:30 AM WHAT WE DO ACTIVATE. EDUCATE. MOTIVATE . ACTIVATE • ACTIVATE • ACTIVATE 2021 Featured Speakers Watch a meeting! Subscribe to the our channel Americans United for Separation of Church and State Amplifying The Voice of Rural Texas Upcoming Election November 2, 2021 Learn more about the eight state constitutional amendments on the ballot. The amendments address topics ranging from religious freedom, taxes, to judicial eligibility. Read More LEARN MORE New ID Requirements Going to vote? Don't forget to bring your photo ID. Texas has new identification requirements. Be sure to take the right form of photo ID and/or one of the new acceptable forms of documentation. Read More LEARN MORE Get Involved What's your superpower? BCDC needs your talents! We are organizing volunteers to help text, call, bake, decorate, display signs, help with registering new voters, translate, and more! Learn more about volunteer opportunities with BCDC. Read More LEARN MORE Any person who supports democratic principles and ideals and is interested in building a grassroots movement to help support and elect Democratic candidates is welcome to join the Burnet County Democratic Club. Join BCDC Organizing, planning, and mobilizing a strategic grassroot effort requires a large network of volunteers doing a multitude of tasks and jobs. If you are motivated and passionate about turning Texas blue, please join us. Volunteer The Blue Swag Shop OFFICIAL BCDC GEAR SHOP ALL Hats, shirts, stickers, signs & more! Twin Pack Stickers BCDC Sticker BCDC Donkey Tee Turn TX Blue Cap BCDC BLOG Blue Voices Red County Interested in becoming a contributor? EMAIL US! READ THE BLOG Ann Baird Nov 19, 2021 Critical Race Theory: What The GOP Wants You to Believe African American monument in Austin, Texas Mary Thompson Sep 12, 2021 Why I Feel Safer In France Than Texas I arrived in France at the beginning of August, seeking to escape the heat of a Texas summer, visit friends and, of course, indulge in... Herb Krasner Aug 30, 2021 Climate Science, Change And Our Daily Lives Part 3: Recap And Exploring Potential Solutions As you read this, you may want to understand where Texas stands. Texas has not yet developed a statewide climate adaptation plan.... " We're not going to have the America that we want until we elect leaders who are going to tell the truth — not most days, but every day. " ANN RICHARDS Get Involved! ACTIVATE. Subscribe

  • Contact | Burnet County Democratic Club | United States

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