Following a series of proposed budget cuts, many fear that President Trump could be taking money away from Meals on Wheels, which helps bring food to senior citizens across the country, many of whom would not have quality food otherwise. To help keep this from happening, Colin Kaepernick donated $50,000 to the program, according to The New York Daily News.
Donald Trump wants to reform the federal government as we know it. This week, Trump proposed very deep cuts to the government while ramping up military and Department of Justice spending. The problem? These cuts hurt everyone, especially low income children and families, as well as the people who voted Trump into office.
Over the weekend, President Trump made the bold and still unsubstantiated claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the election. Without any proof to back this up – outside of some early morning tweets, many called Trump out for unnecessarily stirring the pot and were noticeably bothered.
According to those close to him, Obama is just as bothered by Trump’s claims as anyone else, if not more. CNN even used the word “furious” when former aides spoke on how Obama was feeling.
By: Jared A. Loggins
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are in peril; crippled by, among many things, a system of unequal funding distribution at the state and federal level. HBCU administrators went to the White House last week keenly aware of this. They also know—or at least, they should know—that to enter a meeting expecting something noble and respectful, like a deep commitment to helping vulnerable Black institutions, is a pipe dream given this White House’s open hostility toward racial difference. The meeting was doomed before it began.
Daniela Vargas, a Dreamer in Jackson, Mississippi was arrested is now facing deportation after speaking out about how Donald Trump’s immigration policy has impacted her family.
Trump’s immigration policy has ramped up Obama era deportations and sidelined DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) protections for Dreamers, who are the children of undocumented immigrants brought here when they were younger than 16 years old.
We are about to learn the reach and limits of Trump’s executive power, as the judicial system challenges his constitutionally questionable executive orders.
What do you call a party that refuses to represent the interests of its base in an increasingly critical time in U.S. politics?
Soon to be over.
Since the beginning of this decade, the Democratic Party has continuously grown more and more out of touch with their base. We saw it in the 2014 midterms, when the decision to swing to the center and distance themselves from Obama resulted in sound defeat in Congressional races. We saw it in the heavily contested Democratic primary, as more and more traditionally left-leaning people began to critique, if not outright reject, the political establishment.
In a sign of things to come for Black communities under the new administration, President Trump threatened federal intervention to address the “carnage” that is Chicago’s gun violence in a tweet last Tuesday night:
If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Though what he meant by “send in the Feds” is still unclear, Trump has used Chicago’s violence in the past to justify “tough on crime” policies that cause even further harm to the very communities experiencing the brunt of this violence. One can expect his threatening fix to once again be just more anti-Black violence in a cheap disguise.
It has only been 9 days since President Obama left office and a new administration took over in his place. Since then, Trump has signed a number of executive orders including but not limited to: an order starting the process to create a wall on the US-Mexico border, an order seeking the “prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” and, probably the most egregious, an order banning people from 7-countries and Syrian refugees from entering the United States.
While this has been disheartening and anxiety-inducing, this is not the time for inaction. It is in times like these that we must mobilize in resistance against the institutions and actors who seek to oppress the most marginalized among us and deny basic civil rights to those in need.
Here are five ways you can do something right now to fight back against the tyrannical policies coming from the White House: