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MAGA favorite Robert Regan, who told his daughters to “lie back and enjoy it” if they were being raped, was trounced by Democrat Carol Glanville in a special election yesterday for a Michigan state House seat. Glanville won in a district that The Washington Post says “twice voted overwhelmingly for Trump.” But even Regan’s best MAGA… READ THE REST

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Supporting the Buffalo community begins with honest conversations about racism

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Since the 1930s, Black neighborhoods have been ranked as financially unstable to dissuade lenders from approving Black homeowners for loans. This meant Black homeowners were subject to different procedures when purchasing a home, which restricted the flow of capital into Black neighborhoods and prohibited Black homeowners from buying in white neighborhoods—reinforcing segregation.

The lack of access to loans also made it more difficult for Black people to open businesses and build wealth, sparking a downward spiral of disinvestment. Today, the impacts of segregation are clearly visible in the resources available in the city of Buffalo. Of the five major employment centers in Erie County, only one is located within the city of Buffalo, and there are 51 census block groups that have limited access to supermarkets. Every single one is located east of Main Street.

“Buffalo is a powder keg,” said Franchelle Parker, executive director of Open Buffalo. “We can’t talk about what happened on Saturday as one isolated event. Buffalo has been a breeding ground for this type of situation to occur.”

Parker said people outside of Buffalo can get involved by helping to change the racist, white supremacist systems that are in place that led to the attack. Parker suggests having conversations with family and friends about the reality of Buffalo’s history and pressing politicians for policies that support the Black community. Many white supremacists involved in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection have been tied to western New York, a breeding ground for racist ideology.

“We can’t change the system if we ignore the symptoms of it,” said Jillian Hanesworth, the first poet laureate of Buffalo and Open Buffalo’s director of leadership development. “I want people to stop saying ‘this isn’t Buffalo,’ because it is.”

To honor the lives of those who were killed, Parker and Hanesworth say a conversation needs to happen about how decades of policy decisions have starved the East Side of Buffalo of resources, including healthy food, high-paying jobs, and quality housing. Of all people who identify as Black within the city of Buffalo, roughly 85% live east of Main Street, where Tops is the only grocery store they can walk to. Buffalo is one of the most segregated cities in the country.

In the 1960s and ’70s, the planning and construction of a highway system through Buffalo cut through the city’s Humboldt Parkway, a tree-lined boulevard that connected its park system. Like many other cities in the Northeast, Black people, neighborhoods, and businesses were disproportionately targeted and affected by plans for “urban revitalization.” Its effects are felt today.

“It’s not just a poor Black neighborhood,” Parker said. “Jefferson Avenue is really the cultural heartbeat of the East Side of Buffalo. And many people in our community see this as not just an isolated attack at Tops, but an attack on the entire Black culture.”

For Masten, Buffalo, Tops was not just a supermarket. It was an anchor in the community where locals would cash their checks, buy food, and connect with each other. With that anchor indefinitely closed, Open Buffalo is serving as a connective hub to help locals find the resources they need, including addressing transportation, food, and mental health needs while the city remains on high alert. Buffalo Community Fridge has set up refrigerators on the street stocked with milk, eggs, fresh fruits, and vegetables to ensure that the community stays fed. The African Heritage Food Co-op is also providing free food delivery and distribution. And Heart of the City Neighborhoods is paying up to 90 days rent for the individuals directly impacted by the attack.

“I believe that our community can get back to our heyday and even greater, but we need policy choices that protect and uplift our people,” Parker said. “There is power that our elected officials have.”

At the time of the shooting, Hanesworth was at a baby shower outside of the city. Once the news broke, her organization’s group chat was in constant communication, and she immediately went to the scene to see how she could support her community. It was a traumatizing experience to see people running to the parking lot trying to identify their loved ones’ cars.  

“It was the most intense and pure grief I’ve ever witnessed,” Hanesworth said. “It was something I’ve never seen before, and I hope I never see again.”

Hanesworth has been organizing ever since while processing the traumatic event, and said when she woke up Sunday morning, she realized she had been crying in her sleep.

“I just feel very antsy and desperate to help and to not be in the way,” Hanesworth said. “Black people across the country, we have dealt with so much. We don’t need to be told that we’re resilient. This will almost trick people into normalizing this.”

Hanesworth wants to push against the idea of “Buffalo Strong” and persevering amidst the tragedy, and instead for people outside Buffalo to recognize that the community is deeply hurting.

“We don’t need to know that we’re strong,” Hanesworth said. “We need to know that we’re safe. I just love this community so much. I always say the culture of the city of Buffalo comes out of the East Side. We are really loud. We’re hopeful. We’re musical. And I really hope that beyond people seeing us in pain that they can see that we love each other and that we’re here for each other. We’re not going anywhere.”

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GREAT QUESTION: After Spending Three Years and Millions of Dollars How Did Mueller and Weissmann Not Figure Out Hillary Created the Russia Hoax?

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The Conservative Treehouse revisited the question that all of America is asking.  If you spent so much money and time and resources, how did you not determine that Hillary Clinton was behind the Trump – Russia collusion sham?

The Conservative Treehouse asks:

How did Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann spend 2 years investigating Trump-Russia; with a team of 19 lawyers, $40 million in resources, 40 FBI agents, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants and 500 witnesses; and not find out that Hillary Clinton created the hoax they were investigating?

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This is an excellent question that no one is asking.  How could this group of experts spend so much time, energy, and resources and not determine that the Russia-Collusion sham was created by Hillary?

The answer is just as easy as the question is obvious.  Mueller and Weissmann didn’t determine that Hillary was behind the Trump-Russia collusion delusion because they didn’t want to.  Their mission was to overthrow the Trump Administration, not determine the truth.  This was a coup plain and simple.

We knew this years ago.

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We knew that Weissmann, who many believe was the corrupt mastermind behind the Mueller sham investigation, was a Hillary fan.  But he wasn’t alone.  They all hated President Trump.  We also know that this showed in their corrupt actions throughout the investigation.

THE UPDATED LIST: 130 Times the FBI, DOJ and/or Mueller Gang “Deviated from Standard Practice” or Committed Crimes in Efforts to Exonerate Hillary and Indict President Trump

Will Durham get to the bottom of the Mueller sham or will he end it here with millions wasted and criminals ignored and set free?

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The Interior Department will release its next offshore oil and gas lease plan by June 30 after all

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Haaland said a public comment period would be held following the release of the proposed program but declined to offer a date for when the plan would reach final approval. Unsurprisingly, Republicans (and Joe Manchin) weren’t thrilled over the prospect of a not-so-seamless transition between five-year plans. Manchin said he was supportive of an initial pause to re-evaluate things but said “the time for a pause has come and gone,” and criticized the Biden administration’s reluctance to basically do his and other pollution-loving lawmakers’ bidding.

“Leasing is part of the cycle of development,” Manchin said. “Announcements that new leasing isn’t in line with the president’s policy while taking concrete steps to block or severely limit new leasing have a chilling effect. And yes, new lease sales would not immediately increase production but the administration’s short-sighted approach that only focuses on current production puts America’s energy security at risk.” He claimed continuing to tap fossil fuel sources isn’t all bad since we’re producing cleaner energy than, say, Russia or Iran. But emissions are still emissions and it’s not like carrying on with oil and gas is a stellar long-term plan in the face of an ever-worsening climate crisis.

Renewable energy advocates and organizations focused on combatting climate change praised Haaland, with League of Conservation Voters Program Director Alex Taurel applauding the Interior Department’s “deliberative and thoughtful approach to the forthcoming five year offshore drilling plan.” “Offshore drilling is a dirty and dangerous business that threatens coastal communities, economies and marine life, which is why implementing solutions now to allow for a future powered by clean energy must be the way forward,” Taurel said in a press release. “We look forward to the release of the next draft of DOI’s 5-year plan for offshore drilling and are counting on this administration to finalize a plan that schedules no new lease sales.”

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