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What Are Your Thoughts About The Government Shutdown?

I'm not asking you to share your thoughts with me, but think about it for a moment. Are you being affected by the shutdown, or do you know anyone who is. There are over 800,000 people and majority of them are being summons to work without pay. According to the Congressional Black Caucus, Black people make up 18 percent of the workforce. Congresswoman Karen Bass who is the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus stated, “At the end of the day, even if he had all the money, it would still take eminent domain to build his wall. That process will take years. This is further evidence that this is a fake crisis and, in my opinion, just an attempt to change our attention away from the numerous impending investigations.” It's still unclear to how many people are being affected by the shut down, but here are a few tips on how you can support someone in need. 

  • Donate to a food pantry

  • Donate to help repair national parks

  • CALL..... I said call your Senator and Representative 

  • Support a local business that is helping furloughed workers 


Devonte Williams  
Community Builder 
San Antonio, Texas  

Balance Your Woes: Go get that seat at the table

Hey, Peeps.

Even though 2018 seemed like a total disaster for political leadership, and despite resistance towards everything you can imagine. We do have political leadership that is on the rise for black and brown people of our nation. One of the races that moved me personally was a race ran by Representative Lucy McBath. 

McBath became an advocate for gun control around the nation. In 2017 McBath announced that she was going to run for public office. Her consistency towards improving her leadership while grieving the death of son. Became the fuel she needed to run so that she can change policy for others. Her words were “I kept saying, I don’t know how to be a politician. I don’t know how to be a lawmaker. I’ve never done that before.” Her personal story is very similar to many people who are affected by poor leadership, racism, and institutions built to destroy, so she ran for office to shed light on her sons name.

Jordan Davis

A typical teenager hanging around with his friends on Thanksgiving day when they were approached by a white man named Michael Dunn at a local gas station. Dunn was frustrated and felt obligated to tell the teenagers their music was too loud. Things escalated quickly and Jordan Davis was shot and killed. 

McBath's run for office inspired me to create another free E-Book that will be released February 2019. It will be dedicated to the people who feel like their work is going unnoticed during the movement. 

Tomorrow Is More Than Just Taco Tuesday...

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Hi, Everyone!

Do you know what’s so special about tomorrow? Yes, its Taco Tuesday!

It's also National Voter Registration Day. I’ve been seeing a lot of organizations and people get fired up about registering black and brown people to vote!

Tomorrow, I’m going to think about our past leaders and activists who fought relentlessly and even died for our right to VOTE!

Medgar Evers comes to mind.

He was husband, father, veteran, and served as the Field Secretary for the NAACP.He was shot and killed in the driveway of his home by bigots. Before his assassination, Medgar attended a community meeting held by the NAACP where he was mobilizing people in the community to join a new campaign, "Jim Crown Must Go". Stories say that Medgar held shirts that read "Jim Crow Must Go" in his hand as he was shot in the back of his head.

When Medgar was shot, his wife found him on the laying on the ground. He was rushed to the hospital, but he was refused medical treatment for nearly 50 whole minutes because of the color of his skin. When his family finally convinced the medical staffers that he was "The Medgar Evers", they immediately took him in. It was too late, he died.

This Tuesday, on September 25th, I want you to join me in a challenge.

The challenge is to register five people of color to vote.

Together, we can flip districts, inspire local leaders to run, and control the vote!

"Our only hope is to control the vote." 4 More Days...

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As I ironed out the wrinkles in my shirt (45 is not my President) , I took a moment to reflect on what is happening in our nation. Children are being separated from their families and placed in cages. The President of this country continues to disrespect immigrants. Women push-back on an issue then lose their once-dedicated supporters. Needless to say, humanity is in need a hug right now and a full embrace of true love.

Despite the inexcusable, and inhumane treatment of humans who look different from the majority, a sense of encouragement came over me. I thought to myself, what a time to be alive! Not in a facetious kind of way, but a genuine, feel good euphoria that almost makes you forget about what is going on for a moment. 

Yesterday was a small victory for a few elected officials around the nation. Two in particular - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Antonio Delgado.

Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old woman, who was inspired to run by the need to put the community first, ran office against an incumbent and won the Democratic primary victory in New York’s 14th Congressional District.  

Then there’s Antonio Delgado, who won U.S. House District 19 against seven other democrats running for the same seat. 

People of color are the change! We are seeking political positions around the nation and taking them, as we become senior staffers, lead organizations, and run this nation. We have the ability to shift votes...remember this during the November 2018 elections. 

Representation matters. 

Be encouraged as you see minorities running and winning races. These black and brown candidates would make our ancestors proud; for they fought the fight for us to win. 

So, as you get alerts throughout the day on news that is triggering, remember these folks below and know that it is a Great Day to be Alive! 

We want to hear from you! Which newsletters did you like? Which ones were not on your fave list? Share your insight on what topics you would like to read about.

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Toxic Masculinity June 15th, 2018

Let's talk about it for moment. 

What the hell does it mean? And why has it become such a buzz word in our political space?

Toxic masculinity has been around for years. 

We just have not had always had shared language to articulate how childish some men behave.

According to Urban Dictionary, "toxic masculinity can be defined as the harmful and “socially-constructed attitudes that men are expected to be: violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, etc.” Now, if you break that down some more. I want you to think about your current political structure in your hometown, community, district, or region. This behavior is often overlooked or approved in certain situations. 

“Toxic masculinity is about the dangerous actions society too often allows and dismisses because of what it “means” to “be a man” (The Good Men Project) . HuffPost contributor Ryan Douglass also explains how toxic masculinity is built on sexual conquest and violence, “qualities men regale as manly and virtuous.”

A prime example for instance is the Celebrity of the free world. Trump perfectly models toxic masculinity which can often be observed in his public interactions with his own wife (i.e. not acknowledging her). In St. Louis, we tolerate many of the same acts of toxic masculinity when we allow a lack of respect from certain men with titles towards our current #blackgirlmagical Treasurer of the City of St. Louis. Toxic masculinity also finds its way into too many workplaces and pervades the culture where men "mansplain" and intentionally exclude women despite their countless gifts, brilliance, and capacity to contribute/lead/transform.

Elections will be here before you know it. I hope to spark the beginning of a dialogue today.

WE have the power to flip districts, RESHAPE communities, and BUILD political power.  

We must examine and research our political leaders, their character, politics and policies, and we must no longer vote individuals into office who are egotistical, simply after political gain, promote nepotism, or engage in extortion (because that happens). Instead, we must elect dynamic leaders all across the U.S. who embody integrity and respect for all–including women. Our country deserves better.

Please, don't elect trash. Please, don't uplift toxically masculine men. 

Instead, be brave and encourage your friend, family member, or neighbor to think differently about the upcoming election cycle and vote with POWER + STRENGTH. 

Who is Erica Hughes?

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What is your general judicial philosophy?
Follow the Rule of Law

What is your vision for the future of our judicial system: What changes would you advocate and why?
Innocent until proven guilty: Bail Reform, Indigent Reform, Mental Illness Overhaul

Do judges have an obligation to improve public understanding of the courts? If so, how should they carry out that obligation?
Yes, create programs that teach individuals that are in the system to be truly rehabilitated and no longer apart of the system. Create programs that teach communities about the legal system and how to navigate through the system or never become apart of the legal system.

What were the most important cases you had as a lawyer and why did you take the position you did in those cases?
Representing a second time accused offender that would have been in violation of his parole and convicted of a new crime. Everyone needs adequate representation no matter their past because they have a future.

Do you possess any expertise in a field other than law?
Yes, Military Justice

Who are your judicial role models? Why?
Judge Vanessa Gilmore

What are the pros and cons of going to the bench as compared to practicing law?
Pros: You get to serve your community and have a larger impact with rulings on the cases in your court.
Con: Unfortunately, you take a pay cut.

What has been your greatest accomplishment in your legal career? In your personal life?
Passing the Texas State Bar. Accepting christ, Jesus, as my Personal savior.

What advice would you give to people of color running for office (Locally or Nationally).
Be prepared for a long process and be ready to fight to the finish. Expect racism from the local and national party that you affiliate with.

If you could describe your campaign in one sentence what would you say?
Community. 

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1. USE YOUR PLATFORM TO ADVOCATE FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE ONE 
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EVEN WHEN THEY'RE CRITICIZING YOUR OWN GROUP
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