Manipulating bigotry to support an agenda, while insisting you didn’t mention race:
- “Inner City”
- “States’ Rights”
- “Forced Bussing”
- “Cut Taxes”
- “Law and Order”
- “Welfare,” “Food Stamps”
- “Shariah Law”
- “Illegal Alien”
Read more at The Root — here’s a sample: “Dog-whistle politics is partly about demonizing people of color, but it’s also about demonizing government in a way that helps the very rich, says López. So, when Ronald Regan said “cut taxes,” what he was communicating to the middle class was, “so your taxes won’t be wasted on minorities.”
A key Reagan operative admitted as much in an interview quoted in Lopez’s book, saying, ”
‘We want to cut taxes’ … is a whole lot more abstract than, ‘Nigger, nigger.’ ” It continues to be more abstract, and it continues to work.“
Tonight (11/2/2015), Town Meeting will be voting to approve funds to acquire the (current) Owens Poultry Farm property, as a new site for the Hillside School. The siting issue for Hillside has been a challenging one for the town. There have been several options on the table but each has its drawbacks; environmental, traffic, redistricting etc.
- Minimizes the need for redistricting children to other schools
- No environmental mitigation needed
- Least expensive of the options
- Surprise, windfall opportunity to expand the town’s severely limited property options, leaving other sites available for other purposes
- Beautiful site with deep history in our town
- The Superintendant’s Blog
- FAQs (pdf)
- Comprehensive resources linked from Hillside Elementary School Planning page
I also wanted to address a few claims that are being circulated in town via email and letters to Town Meeting members. While there is certainly room for people to disagree with Owens Farm as the best solution, there are many factually incorrect assertions making the rounds. The following assertions have been taken from an email that was forwarded to me, in opposition to Hillside.
Produced by our friends at Immigration Justice Task force and the Needham League of Women Voters! Watch this interesting and informative video:
If you’ve ever complained about the Democratic* party — heads up!
If you are a registered Democrat (vs. “unenrolled” aka “independent”), you have the privilege of becoming an elected member of the organization — giving you the means/power to effect change inside the organization. (see the opening line about “complaining”).
Your opportunity to run** for elected member*** comes once every four years — and the vote is during the Presidential Primary election. That means the window is open now. To appear on the ballot in the upcoming election, deadline to file papers is November 6, 2015. Read more…
Needham Democratic Delegates drove out to Springfield this past weekend to hear from high-ranking members of the party and to talk about issues important to the Party’s agenda.
From Commonwealth Mag –
Baker gets a pass from Dems
UPDATE: all recommended candidates WON! Congratulations!
- Town Clerk’s election results here: 2015_04-14-NeedhamTownElectionResults (PDF)
- 1,551 Needham residents voted — roughly, 8% turnout. How do we make this better in the future?
VOTE TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015
There are a number of competitive Town Meeting races — please support, for your precinct, the following people who are members of Progressive Needham, or/and part of the larger progressive organizing community! Read more…
On APRIL 14, NEEDHAM TOWN ELECTIONS– polls open 7AM-8PM
For those of you in Precinct B — please support STACIE SHAPIRO for Town Meeting, our tireless friend who’s worked so hard on so much of the Progressive Needham efforts over the last several years. And please let your friends in B know, too!
- Town Meeting Member, Needham 2012- present
- Treasurer, League of Women Voters of Needham, 2013 – present
- Volunteer and Community Organizer for various election and issues campaigns, 2006 – present
- Co-chair, Eliot Disability Awareness Program (Received 2003 – 2010
- Superintendents Service Award for Distinguished Achievement)
- Various PTC positions including; Treasurer, Media Center 2001 – 2014
- Volunteer Coordinator, Green Kids Committee
With your help, I hope to continue to represent Precinct B residents for the next three years. Thanks!!!!
Stacie Shapiro, Town Meeting Member