NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY IN WHITE PLAINS NEXT WEEK TUESDAY SEPT. 25 AT

WPCNR VOTEAMERICA From Madeleine Zevon September 18, 2018:

The League of Women Voters of White Plains will be participating in National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on Tuesday, September 25th.

The League will assist voters to register or update their registration if they have moved. October 12th is the last day to register or update your registration in New York. To volunteer go to the League’s NVRD volunteer signup site: https://bit.ly./2Qt6x5D .

We will be at the following locations:

Berkeley College 11 AM – 1 PM and
5 PM – 7 PM

College of Westchester 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Manhattanville College 12 noon – 2 PM and
6 PM – 8 PM

“This election is important, and every eligible American deserves
to weigh in,” said Stephen Cohen, President of the League of
Women Voters of White Plains. “Voter registration is the key to
helping shape the future of our country. We want to make sure
everybody who wants the opportunity to vote on Election Day,
has their registration up to date by October 12th.

To register to vote in New York State, you must have either a verifiable New York State driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you do not have either of these, and you are registering for the first time by mail, you may provide a copy of one of the following:

  • A valid photo ID
  • A current utility bill
  • A bank statement
  • A government check
  • Some other government documentation that shows your name and address

If you do not provide identification with this form, you will be asked for it the first time you vote. Forms of current and valid photo identification include but are not limited to:

  • Passport
  • Government ID card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Public housing ID card
  • Any ID specified by HAVA and New York State law as acceptable
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check (Social Security, tax refund, military paycheck or paycheck stub)
  • Other government documents with your name and address including but not limited to: voter registration card, hunting, fishing, or trapping license or firearm permit.
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4 for TIGER HALL– WPHS HALL OF FAME 2018 INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED: BRUNI ’53, BARUCH ’56, ANDERSON ’65, SCHLESINGER ’72

WPCNR MILESTONES. From the White Plains High School Hall of Fame. September 18. 2018:

Four White Plains High School graduates have been selected for induction into the school’s Hall of Fame this fall.

The Hall of Fame pays tribute to White Plains High School alumni/ae who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers and/or have significantly and positively impacted the lives of others.

The 2018 inductees are: Frank A. Bruni ’53, prominent businessman and community leader, Steven Baruch ’56, award-winning Broadway theatre producer, Lena Anderson ’65, President of the White Plains-Greenburgh Chapter of the NAACP, Richard Schlesinger ’72, award-winning broadcast journalist.

The honorees will visit the High School on Thursday, October 25 and will meet with students during the day.  The Induction Ceremony will take place in the Media Center at 3pm and will be followed by a reception.  The public is invited.

Profiles of the Inductees

FRANK A. BRUNI, Class of 1953 –For more than 50 years, Mr. Bruni has been a prominent community leader of many local organizations including the White Plains Hospital, the White Plains YMCA and the White Plains Board of Education.

STEVEN BARUCH, Class of 1956 – Mr. Baruch has produced more than 80 Broadway shows including Driving Miss Daisy, The Producers, Angels in America and Hairspray for which he has won multiple Tony Awards.

LENA ANDERSON-LEE, Class of 1965 – A former educator at Woodlands High School for more than 30 years, Ms. Anderson-Lee is President of the White Plains-Greenburgh Chapter of the NAACP.

RICHARD SCHLESINGER, Class of 1972 – As a broadcast journalist, Mr. Schlesinger has covered many high profile world events for CBS News for more than 30 years and has won 10 Emmy Awards.

This is the nineteenth class of distinguished alumni/ae selected since the Hall of Fame was established in 1996, bringing the total number of inductees to 82.  It is estimated that more than 30,000 students have graduated from White Plains High School in its 122 years of continuous operation.

The inductees were selected by a committee of representatives of civic and school groups from nominations submitted by the public.  New nominations are welcomed each year.

 

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE 9/11 RESTROSPECTIVE PROGRAM NOW ONLINE AT www.whiteplainsweek.com, www.communitymedia.org and YOUTUBE.

 

WHITE PLAINS WEEK ON THE WEEK OF 9/11

ON YOUTUBE AND WWW.WHITEPLAINSWEEK.COM 

the whiteplainsweek.com link is

 

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VOLUNTEERS LIKE LISA ORLOFF  WHO WERE THERE REMEMBER

BOB MORRONE OF WVOX RADIO 

AND JIM BENEROFE

REFLECT ON THE 9/11 MEMORY AND LEGACY 

GOVERNOR CUOMO ROLLS TO PRIMARY VICTORY

ALESSANDRA BIAGGI SWEEPS OUT JEFFREY KLEIN IN THE BRONX

ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS CLOSES OUT VIRGINIA PEREZ

COMPLETE PRIMARY ANALYSIS

THE NEW TAPPAN ZEE EAST BRIDGE OPENS FINALLY. WE’LL SHOW TRAFFIC TO PROVE IT.

AND THE SEIU 32BJ UNION VOTES TO STRIKE AT END OF THE MONTH

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TONIGHT AT 7 ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD ON VERIZON FIOS 45 AND ALTICE CH. 76 AND www.wpcommunitymedia.org

JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS A VOLUNTEER WHO WAS THERE ON 9/11/01

LISA ORLOFF

FOUNDER OF

WORLDCARES

ON PREPARING YOUR COMMUNITY

TO FURNISH VOLUNTEERS IN THE AFTERMATH OF DISASTER

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Governor Cuomo Gets His “70%”–Cruises Past Cynthia Nixon in Primary. Stewart-Cousins Brushes Aside Virginia Perez; Governor’s Allies Win Handily.

WPCNR PRIMARY PRIMER. By John F. Bailey. September 14, 2018:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo rolled up close to the 70% margin he wanted to solidify his positioning for the Presidential in 2020 Thursday, leading Cynthia Nixon, his celebrity challenger 66% to 34% of the vote as of 10 PM Tuesday evening.

His Lieutenant Governor pick Kathy Hochul outlasted her challenger and Letitia James, the New York Public Advocate — endorsed by Governor Cuomo — defeated Zhypher Teachout, Sean Patrick Maloney and Lecia Eve to seize the Attorney General nomination.

The Cuomo candidate James’  margin over the popular Teachout, despite the New York Times endorsement appears to underline the feeling  among Democrats that Mr.Cuomo is doing a great job.

Meanwhile in the challenge of Westchester County Legislator Virginia Perez brought against State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins there was no contest. Cousins with 81% of the vote counted, lead Ms. Perez, 19,382 to 4,272. Ms. Stewart Cousins is unopposed for the State Senate District 35 Seat in November.

Big upset of the night is Alessandra Biaggi’s defeat of maverick Democrat Jeff Klein in the State Senate 34th district. Klein was the fence-straddling Democrat who lead the independent Democrats. Biaggi faces Kenneth Woffort, a lawyer in November.

David Carlucci, in the Rockland Westchester with a big turnout in Rockland defeated Julie Goldberg in a close contest. However he faces the popular Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoff on the Republican Ticket in November. No cakewalk for Mr. Carlucci.

Counts were hard to come by on the local news outlets tonight.

The only inside coverage with numbers was by News 12 who had reporters at the headquarters and they had the early returns on the lesser races first. Perhaps their best coverage they have done on a primary.

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SEIU 32BJ MEMBERS VOTE TO STRIKE 500 RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IF THERE IS NOT MOVEMENT ON PART OF REAL ESTATE OWNERS on NEW CONTRACT

WPCNR REALTY REALITY. From the Service Employees International Union 32BJ September 13, 2018:

In a packed meeting hall at the Westchester County Center, between 600 and 700 superintendents, porters, handypersons and other residential building workers from all over the Hudson Valley raised “Yes!” cards high and their voices higher to authorize a strike if a fair agreement on a new contract is not reached by September 30.

The contract is an agreement between the workers’ union, 32BJ SEIU, and the employers and building owners that provides for family health insurance, retirement, fair wages and basic rights on the job.

Since August 15, a committee of elected workers and 32BJ officers has been bargaining with representatives of the Building and Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region Inc. (BRI), but talks have failed to move forward.

If the union calls a strike, it would be the first strike in more than 30 years for the  1,400 residential building workers at 500 apartment buildings, co-ops and condominiums across the region.

“We will stand strong for all the things that make it possible to live and work in the expensive Hudson Valley: affordable health care, retirement security, and a sensible raise so our families can keep up with the cost of living,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa to the enthusiastic crowd. ”

 

“Our jobs demand stability,” said Eric Thompson, a superintendent in Mt. Kisco and member of the bargaining committee.

“Those of us who’ve been around know that the most common element that can end your stability is a sickness or injury. My wife had to face months of cancer treatment recently, and I had to take medication that would have ruined us financially. The benefits we have allowed me to continue on the job providing service to all the residents of my building. They’re essential for our families and the well-being of our communities.”

Local elected officials and officers from supportive labor organizations joined the members of 32BJ, who turned out in such large numbers that a second room had to be opened to accommodate the overflow.

“Your work is vital for the well being of one of the densest suburban areas in the United States, to keep our economy thriving and our communities close-knit,” Westchester County Executive George Latimer said. “You help your tenants 24/7, and I am here to say that we stand behind you as seek to negotiate a fair contract.”

“I support your fight for a fair contract,” echoed New York State Shelley Mayer, who represents Yonkers. “The work you do is vital for the well-being of Yonkers, of White Plains, of New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, in Scarsdale and Hartsdale, all across this region. I am here to say that I and other elected officials in the Hudson Valley will never take the importance of collective bargaining for granted .”

 

“Residential building workers provide a vital service to a hundred thousand residents in the Hudson Valley,” said Tom Carey, President of the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body. “Hudson Valley labor supports your fight for a fair contract, and if you are forced to strike, you can count on us for solidarity.”

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Montifiore and Aetna Have a Deal. Local Hospital Goers Will Continue to Accept Aetna medical insurance.

WPCNR HEALTH ADVISORY. From Westchester County Association. September 13, 2018:

Aetna and Montefiore Health System have reached a deal to preserve coverage for thousands of New Yorkers.

The insurer and health system announced the deal just as a deadline loomed.

“We are pleased to jointly announce that Montefiore Health System and Aetna have reached an agreement on a multi-year arrangement that will continue to provide Aetna members with in-network access to Montefiore Health System hospitals … and its employed providers,” Aetna and Montefiore said Friday in a prepared statement.

Aetna members who receive care at any of the Montefiore hospitals or from Montefiore-affiliated clinicians will continue to be covered at the in-network level of benefits.

Montefiore sites included in the deal include:

  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • Montefiore Mount Vernon
  • Montefiore New Rochelle
  • Montefiore Nyack and Highland Medical P.C.
  • St. Luke’s Cornwall and White Plains Hospital

As a result of the agreement, there will be no disruption in coverage and Montefiore patients can continue to see their doctors.

The deal prevented a dire health care scenario that attracted criticism from doctors, patients and others across the Lower Hudson Valley.

Without the deal, Montefiore sites would have become out-of-network for Aetna clients, meaning they would either have to pay more for Montefiore health care, seek different health coverage or switch providers.

About 50,000 Aetna clients in New York, including Westchester and Rockland counties, use Montefiore sites for health care.

Montefiore officials said details of the agreement would not be disclosed.

“We look forward to continuing our work together to provide the most accessible healthcare for the people we serve in New York,” Aetna and Montefiore said in the joint statement.

The statement noted Montefiore Health System’s Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Montefiore’s employed provider, Scarsdale Medical Group (now called White Plains Medical Service, PC), are under separate, current Aetna contracts and remain in-network with Aetna.

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TONIGHT at 7! ON 9/11 17 YEARS LATER WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED HOW RESPONSE NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD 7 PM ON FIOS CH. 45 AND ALTICE CH. 76 IN WP AND ON www.wpcommunitymedia.org

JOHN BAILEY

INTERVIEWS

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LISA ORLOFF

FOUNDER WORLD CARES CENTER

ON

ON  SPONTANEOUS VOLUNTEERING THAT AWFUL DAY AT GROUND ZERO.

HOW FUTURE EMERGENCY RESPONSE CAN BE SUPPLEMENTED BY TRAINING INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS TO RESPOND TO LOCAL EMERGENCIES, COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY

HOW HER WORLD CARES  ORGANIZATION TRAINS AND SUPPLIES COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN SAFE, CONSTRUCTIVE RESPONSE-READY PROCEDURES TO HELP WORLDWIDE.

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PEOPLE TO BE HEARD

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THE PROGRAM WHERE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, HAVE THEIR SAY

FIFTH YEAR ON WESTCHESTER TELEVISION

 

 

 

 

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White Plains Schools Video Puts Faces, Voices of Students, Parents, Teachers Together to Explain the Unique Difference White Plains Schools Provide: Support, Attention, Development.

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. September 12, 2018:

As the 7,245 students in the White Plains City School District get down to serious business after 9/11, the school district released a 10-minute video last week on social media. It was written and produced by Clerk to the School Board and longtime spokesperson for the school district, Michele Schoenfeld.

A portion of the video was showcased on this week’s White Plains Week news roundup. As promised, here is the complete video. You can see it by clicking on the Arrow below

12-SCHOOL NUMBURS

 

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Remembrance of a Requiem : The White Plains Candlelight Walk September, 2001.

WPCNR MILESTONES. September 11, 2018:  Reprinted from September 17, 2001:

Editor’s Note: It happened at 9:11 A.M., 17 years ago. The shock of that day lingers always. White Plains like America struggled to pay tribute to the lives lost that day, the thousands who tried to save the Americans plunging to their deaths, the first responders trapped by collapsing buildings.

White Plains was no exception. A week afterwards, the city held a Candlelight Walk to remember the 3,000 lives lost. The injured, the forlorn at their loss.  I was there. This is my account of that walk.

Seventeen years ago,  White Plains held its remembrance of this horrible day when the World Trade Center was ruthlessly diabolically, destroyed, taking the lives of  over 3,000 people, with the toll still climbing daily for weeks as its spawn.

Seventeen  years  this coming week is the observance of the White Plains Candlelight Walk — an event organized to help the public of White Plains do something, come to grips with the Trade Center genocide.

The Candlelight Walk was a public outpouring of emotion that put into perspective how the events that took place 9/11/01 ripped us apart and brought all Americans of every race, religion, creed and origin together for a short time, a very short period of time — judging by the Presidential campaign of prejudice, class warfare and labeling now in full swing.

Republished From WPCNR of  September  17, 2001: 

They carried flags, “thank you signs,” and lit candles. They came from all races, ranks and religions to walk, remember and celebrate what it means to be an American and prayed for America’s future on the White Plains Candlelight Walk Sunday night…

Police estimated a crowd approaching 8,000 persons gathered at the White Plains Railroad Station who marched shoulder to shoulder, Black to White, Hispanic to Hassidim, Italian to Jew, Arab-to-Asian, Old-and-Young, American-to-American in a solemn, uplifting remembrance and commitment  to America’s future.

Candlelight March on Main

The White Plains Candlelight Walk staggered city officials with the streaming turnout filling the broad Main Street boulevard with ranks of 30 to 40 persons shoulder-to-shoulder all the way from the City Hall steps back  to Bank Street.

By 7:15 PM the parking lot below the clock tower at the railroad station was filled, and still they came. Every race, every creed. Neighbors greeting each other. Shaking hands. Some carried signs. Some carried flags. Some brought their own candles, but they came. They walked. Pushed strollers. Children did not cry or misbehave. Persons said “Excuse me,” and smiled at each other. They knew this was important.

 


WHITE PLAINS REMEMBERS:Crowds milling at White Plains Railroad Station at twilight, awaiting start of the  Candlelight Walk to Remember the victims of the Trade Center catastrophe. WPCNR PHOTO

A disciplined group

They lit each others’ candles. At 7:35 PM they began to walk slowly south on Bank Street filling the broad cross street with quiet, orderly, confident humanity. For such a large crowd, they were serious and stalwart.

Some carried signs reading “Thank You White Plains Bravest and Finest,” and “Thank you Fire and Police.” They sang impromptu versions of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” waving their flags. Their spirits were steady. Their pride high. No fear. Their love of country and fellow Americans was glowing.

The city stops for a remembrance

As dusk stole velvetly over the streets with an orange sun receding to the West, traffic on Hamilton Avenue stopped for this long freight train of White Plains citizens. They took 30 minutes to reach City Hall, and still, from this reporter’s vantage, reached back to Bank Street.

There was no honking of horns from stopped autombiles. No animosity. Motorists recognized something special: thousands of tentative, yet determined steps of America on the way back were being taken.

The City Clergy in a remarkable ceremony

At the City Hall steps, with Main Street jammed with humanity, a quiet, respectful crowd drew close to the old neo-classic columned brick façade. They waved flags, their candles in their hands glowed like they do at a Meadowlands concert.

 


MAYOR DELFINO OVERWHELMED: The Mayor stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Councilpersons, city clergy, choir, and dignataries, saying “God will get us through,” at the conclusion of the historic and moving White Plains Candlelight Walk on the steps of old City Hall. WPCNR PHOTO

Mayor Joseph Delfino welcomed the multitudes thanking all for coming, thanking the White Plains firemen and policemen for their efforts the past week, but his remarks were hard to hear. Somehow you did not have to hear them. Everyone understood what he was saying. Everyone felt it, too. I did.

The Mayor was surrounded by a host of the White Plains clergy from many churches behind him. The men and women of the cloth had assembled at his call to present an ecumenical service of remembrance and prayer for the victims of the World Trade Center disaster. There was a chorale group and ensemble. But, I cannot tell you who they are at this point.

The message you heard even if you could not hear it

There were no news releases or media briefs at this gathering. No text of the Mayor’s remarks was handed out. He did not make many. It was not that kind of event. It was regretfully special. You did not need to know who was offering the prayers, rabbi or priest, minister or pastor.

The different prayers and appropriate hymns rose on the cool early autumn night echoing skyward, warming hearts, and somehow fit splendidly meaningfully together. The White Plains clergy, in this reporter’s opinion, should do this more often under pleasanter circumstances. It was very special and so right.

The impromptu public address system could not be heard clearly beyond 100 feet. However, the people of White Plains listened and soaked in the spirit of the sweetly sung entreaties to The Almighty, with no catcalls, no disrespect, dedication and silent endorsement of the message. Children did not cry.

A moving sequence

The most moving sequence of the service occurred when each Man and Woman of God voiced a prayerful sentiment and the ensemble sang “Lord, listen to your children preying.” It was a White Plains “Moment to Remember.”

The service concluded with the throng singing “We Shall Overcome.” After several moving choruses with the multitude of citizens swaying together, the final stanza which goes “We Shall Stand Together,” closed the old 60s protest song with a roll of applause and cheers.

The Mayor rallies the crowd

Mayor Delfino came to the podium. With clergy, councilpersons, and congresspersons to his right and left, spoke proudly and earnestly to the crowd:

“Never would I have believed that we’d have such a turnout. I am overwhelmed, this is truly the greatest community in America,” and went on to thank all the city’s clergy for coming together for the service, saying that “God would get us through.”

The Mayor said that there was a Remembrance Book in the City Hall rotunda, which would be placed in the White Plains Public Library for all to sign. The Mayor announced this because not all of the thousands could march into the rotunda to sign it that evening, which brought one of the few laughs of the night.

Everyone leaves with a sense of a job to be done

The remarkable evening of remembrance and renewal closed with a rousing singing of “God Bless America,” with outstanding voices from the steps of City Hall, helping the citizens out with the second and third verses.

The crowd slowly dispersed.

They returned to cars, parents pushing strollers, couples arms over shoulders. Old city and county political rivals often adversaries, shook hands on the City Hall steps.

Some young persons in their 20s stood in front of the fenced off E J Conroy Drive, and, impromptu, shouted “USA,USA!” Then they changed what they were chanting. They crossed their hearts and began to recite, in unison: “The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag,” getting every word right with dignity and dedication.

You should have been there, but you wished you never had to be.

 

EPILOGUE (Written in 2006): It is seven years since 9-11-01, and the sense of working together has left us.

Instead today we see a fractured politicized landscape in which our “leaders” have played upon our fears to restrict the very freedoms that created America and which we stand, or used to stand.

 Leaders play citizen group off citizen group, use minorities as scapegoats, and sanctimoniously proclaim their patriotism. Most distrubing of all, they pass the buck and refuse to take responsibility, and do not communicate and cover up.  It is sobering to see so many weak people elected to office and being selected to run for office, some without even the experience to execute the position.

The legacy of America is still there. Whether our “leaders” understand it, I am no longer confident.

The job is not to ask what can I get out of my country and government, but what I can do for my country and to improve the way I govern for  all not just the connected, the influential and the powerful, and the managerially challenged and whether it will benefit me the officeholder/seeker — and this goes from the Oval Office to every, Governor’s Office, Mayor’s Office, Assemblyperson’s office, State Senator’s office, County Legislator’s office.

Your job is not to turn Americans and races and groups against each other but to work for the good of all, please.

Comment (2009): The CitizeNetReporter wrote the above epilogue in 2006. It is sobering as we read today’s headlines on September 11, 2009, that it seems I could have written it today, based on events this week. We are still using rhetoric, not leadership, myth not fact, and playing one group off another, and raising fear after fear to win a point. One need only look at the last two weeks of health care debate to realize that.  Perhaps we should try and work together instead of working to obtain power and our point of view. Maybe someday. But perhaps never. The more the players at leadership in America change, the more they stay the same, it seems.

 Observation, 2018: Sadly the trends I noted in 2006 and 2009, have only taken on momentum.

We have a selfish, self-centered President.

Congress has failed to defend human rights and has chosen to let America’s reputation as the world’s safe haven to refugees for 210 years crash like the horrifying rubble of the collapsing trade center towers. The leaders have stood by, choosing to jail children, separate families, deny access and deport persons here who have long contributed to this country.

Fear of immigrants who built this land, is now rampant in the land.

Greed is in control. The government has passed tax changes, works for health reform that will only hurt millions. Regulations on the environment, consumer protection and selections of judges for courts are now offered to judges who would restrict the availability of the courts to citizens, and sell their souls for power.

America has elected leaders who do not tell the truth or horridly, respect it. Leaders  who will not fight for what is right and are without compassion.

The legacy if ever there was one of 9-11 has been tragically forgotten in the last 9 years. Americans are no longer together. No longer shoulder to shoulder. A false optimism of prosperity is touted.

This everyone for themself attitude needs to be turned around.

America has lost its way and is rolling down The Lost Highway. It knows not where it is going.

Fingerpointing and hatred are the tools of politics today.  Power is worshipped at all costs.

New leaders must lead with righteous dignity for liberty and justice for all, and respect for the truth,  not prosperity, power, privilege  rhetoric for the few.

It is time.

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