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This #SundayMorning we're tracking 2,000 migrant children separated from parents.

BP doesn't have them. DHS doesn't have them.
Where are they?

Many are in camps or centers. But some are in foster care & alarmingly, at Christian adoption agencies.

(2) One of the truly horrifying things has been the lack of records associated with the zero-tolerance policy. There's been little effort to track children separated from parents & former HHS officials warned that separations might be permanent.

(3) This looks a lot like genocide. The systematic removal of children from a group is part of the UN definition of ethnic cleansing & it's been used to eradicate what some considered "inferior" races.

It's why activists are focused on reunification.
(4) Hearing that children are being farmed out to Christian adoption agencies is ringing all sorts of bells. One of the agencies that has been in the crosshairs is Bethany Christian Services in Michigan who appear to have taken in several dozen children.

(5) Bethany has been the subject of scrutiny before, not only for their support of conversion therapy and anti-LGBTQ policies but also because, like other Evangelical adoption agencies, they seem to skirt the line of ethical adoption practices.

(6) Bethany has been publicizing that their focus and intent is to reunify children in their care with parents, but there's been skepticism. Bethany appears to benefit from donations from the DeVos family alongside grants from the government.

(7) As @C_Stroop pointed out in his recent article, this wouldn't be the first time Evangelicals have attempted to use religious adoption agencies to alienate babies from their cultural heritage and recruit them as "warriors for Christ."

(8) Another concerning tidbit is Bethany's Vice President is Brian DeVos, but the family connection is unclear. Some internet sleuths say he's a distant relative (second cousin) but there's no proof of a direct family connection to the adoption agency.

(9) Setting aside questionable DeVos family connections, another snag prevents these agencies from adopting out refugee children separated from their parents. There are some laws on the books barring adopting from Latin American countries.

(10) HHS new plan to reunify the 2,053 children who have been separated from their parents details that after a parent's court hearing, children will be reunited BEFORE deportation or, for parents released on bond, AFTER they've applied to be a sponsor.

(11) There's reason to believe this will not proceed as planned. Children have been given to a web of agencies across the US & parents have no way to track their children.

Immigration judges have expressed outrage at what they see in court.

(12) So what can we do? We must keep watch and continue to push for accountability. As @MichaelAvenatti has pointed out, the lack of a clear tracking system calls into question the government claim that they know where these children are. They don't.

(13) @Alyssa_Milano is crowdsourcing the location of children, as is the Washington Post. It will be a long process, but it's one we can't trust to DHS or HHS. You can also continue to donate to @RAICESTEXAS to help get parents out on bond sooner.

(14) As you can see, some of these children can't wait for months to be reunited with their parents. These little ones being shipped to tent cities and strangers in foster homes may be permanently separated from their families. They need our help NOW.

(15) Thanks to @YvetteKopp and @sandycompany for the Sunday thread suggestion. Keep fighting the good fight and we'll be back next week with more.

#WhereAreTheChildren #FamiliesBelongTogether
(16) I'm going to add this last clarification to this thread. I have NOT seen proof that any of these children placed through adoption agencies are being trafficked or hidden.

While we need to stay vigilant, let's stick to facts. And get these kids reunited with their families.

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Oct 8, 2018
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Turns out this is one of the least misogynistic things he's ever said.
Buckle up, North Dakota & meet your possible future Senator.

(2) Cramer made national news with his hot take on Kavanaugh.

“My point was that there was no type of intercourse or anything like that...that nothing happened in terms of a sexual … event, beyond, obviously, the attack... Even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him?"

(3) Because there was no penetration, Cramer argues, there was no assault. And really, who hasn't been drunk and tried to rape a woman. Am I right? 👀

This is a guy endorsed & supported by GW Bush and Trump because of course, he is.
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This #SaturdayMorning we're addressing a complaint from those who say they won't bother voting this November.

What does it matter? they think. Gerrymandering has rigged the election. I'm in a red state or a red district. My vote won't count.

Here's why it matters.
(2) The GOP has erected many barriers to voting, including voter ID laws & lax security that undermines voter confidence in elections. But perhaps their most powerful tool is voter suppression through gerrymandering.

It's how the GOP won the House in 2012
(3) Gerrymandering is when state legislatures draw up districts in order to heavily weight conservative votes. Republican gerrymandering after the 2010 census helped win a majority of House seats for the GOP in 2012 even though they got fewer votes across congressional districts.
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Sep 30, 2018
This #SundayMorning let's chat about what has become obvious during the Kavanaugh hearings.

We're still deep in the patriarchy, peeps.

The #MeToo movement has exposed the pervasiveness & persistence of misogyny. How do we fight back & dismantle sexism once and for all?
(2) Let's start here.

One of the biggest problems is while women make up half the population, we don't have control of the institutions that have power over our lives.

From executive boardrooms to the halls of Congress, men's interests are & have always been OVER represented.
(3) That means men's voices are heard more often & that they are more involved in decisions. In business, in politics & in the media.

Despite GOP's rage-fueled defense of "good men" targeted by #MeToo the facts don't support that men are a minority being victimized in America.
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I want to address what some have critiqued about Dr. Ford's accusations.

Why doesn't she recall more specifics?

Some survivors say they don't believe her because she doesn't remember the same details they do about their own assaults.

Let's deal with this bullshit.
(2) My first assault happened when I was 12 years old. I remember what pajamas I was wearing. I remember what movie we were watching. I remember what beer he was drinking. I can recall specific smells and sounds and almost every nuance of that interaction seared on my brain.
(3) I was assaulted by 2 men in my best friend's house when I was 17. I remember their names of course because I went to high school with them. But I don't remember much else. Not what movie we watched. Not what I was wearing.

I hadn't been drinking, but the details are fuzzy.
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Some people look at Brett Kavanaugh and see an ivy league nerd with a wife and two kids and a solid, respectable life.

But this is precisely why millions of women don't find it difficult to believe Dr. Blasey Ford & Debbie Ramirez.


(2) I see Brett because when my Mom looks at my stepfather, she sees the man she's loved and been married to for decades. A good partner and father.

But I see the man who abused and assaulted me throughout my teenage years. And the woman who didn't believe me.
(3) I see Brett because when they look at my high school yearbook, my classmates see broad shoulders and a perfect jawline. They see the class president & prom king.

I see the guy who sexually assaulted me. the one I hid in a bathroom to escape while he banged down the door.
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This #SundayMorning we're delving into a question that's on everyone's mind these days. With only 51 days left until midterms, the forecast for Dems to take the House is looking pretty sunny.

Is it possible for Dems to take the Senate as well?
(2) First off, anything is possible. Trump wasn't favored to win the Presidency either and here we are. I guess the real question becomes is it likely for Dems to take the Senate in the upcoming midterms.

The answer is NO. It's not likely.
Here's why.

(3) To take the Senate, Dems would need to hold onto every single seat they currently have, including 10 Dem senators in states Trump won by huge margins like West Virginia and North Dakota.

Senators in the most trouble? Nelson, Heitkamp, and McCaskill.

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