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Dec 4, 2016 westello commented on Video: Thousands of Women March Against Hate, Rally at Cal Anderson.
As well as advocating violence towards Trump supporters.."

Not true. No one at the rally did that. I think it's you that has the problem.
Dec 1, 2016 westello commented on Trump's Cabinet Picks Include Betsy DeVos, a Major Funder of Conversion (or "Ex-Gay") Therapy Groups.
I'm with #11 - the absolute insult that "conversion therapy" is to human beings coupled with DeVos and her Amway billionaire husband's desire for vouchers for everyone to shop for a school is criminal.

Charter schools have started to undermine the public education system and vouchers will destroy it. Whatever you think about public education, vouchers are not the answer. Milwaukee has had them for decades and you don't hear great things about education there.

I don't think identity politics is the way to go - examination of people being placed in high offices is.
Nov 11, 2016 westello commented on The Morning News: The Democratic Party Must Change or Die.
Ansel nails it on Obama. I love that guy but he did not flex the muscle he had.
Nov 10, 2016 westello commented on America Has Been Marinating in White Supremacy for Hundreds of Years.
"First, don't blame POC who didn't vote or went third party. This is not their fault."

If by "fault" you mean voter suppression, sure. But ever single person who was registered and able and did not vote IS at fault. That the numbers for black and Latino voters are down from the Obama count says either those people stayed home or voted for Trump. Either way, that's their fault.

We're all in this mess together.
Nov 9, 2016 westello commented on Good Morning, America. Welcome To Your White Supremacy.
One thing I won't accept is that it all the fault of one group of people who voted for Trump. Last week, the news reported that in the early voting in Florida, the numbers of black voters who cast ballots was down like 35% from when Obama ran.

Everyone who was registered to vote and didn't is also responsible for this outcome.
Nov 3, 2016 westello commented on Seattle High School Teacher Gets a “Teaching Moment” After Wearing Blackface.
He did this for 18 years and not a single administrator said "Stop it?" I have no words.
Oct 26, 2016 westello commented on The Morning News: New NBA Arena Plans, Lying Cops, and a Very Slow Walk to Protest Comcast.
To note about that PAC to control to Supreme Court - at least half the names in that small group - that raised over half a million dollars in just 6 days - are ed reformers. This is NOT all about business interests; it's also about controlling public education (which is half of what the Gates Foundation does.)

Also, I hate Comcast.
Oct 19, 2016 westello commented on The Stranger's Endorsements for the November 2016 General Election.
Please listen to The Stranger on State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Erin Jones has:
-changed her views on different issues for LGBT people at least twice
- from The Olympian's endorsement of Chris Reykdal:

"Despite her enthusiasm for education, Jones missed several opportunities to vote on public school bonds or levies for North Thurston Public Schools, where her children were enrolled. Reykdal has used this to question her commitment to local schools, but Jones quickly acknowledged to us that she was “irresponsible” not to vote."

In other words, she wants you to vote for her but couldn't be bothered - several times - to vote for school levies.

- two ed reform PACs and Vulcan have paid $167,600 for a mailer in support of Erin Jones. This action comes out of national Stand for Children office in Portland, Oregon.

Here is how it breaks down:
-$50,000 from Stand for Children Inc.
-$9,000 from League of Education Voters PAC (Education Voters Political Action Fund)
-$108,600 from Vulcan Inc.

This is the second-largest independent expenditure so far this election season, after a $194,300 IE from No on I-732 people.

- she's using a former lobbyist for Stand for Children, a notorious ed reform group AND hired Christian Sinderman's group to work on her campaign.

Vote for Chris Reykdal - he has the skill set for an executive job, understands what it means to be an low-income student, and is consistent with all his statements on issues, including LGBT ones.
Oct 19, 2016 westello commented on Guest Editorial: Why A Vote for Steve Litzow is a Vote for the NRA.
Also, if you like ed reform, Steve's your guy. I had one legislator tell me, "He's the smiling face of no."
Oct 17, 2016 westello commented on Citing Her June Position on Conversion Therapy, SEAMEC Revokes Erin Jones's Rating and Endorses Chris Reykdal.
Again, why is she educating herself in the middle of a campaign? If she didn't feel well-versed enough when answering questionnaires, why not say that instead of answering.

It feels like she's trying to play both sides of the fence.

She did not adopt those kids; she took them in. She uses the word "adopt" wrongly in this case and again, confusing to the average reader.