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"Don't want your kids taken, maybe forever? Don't (be brown and) commit a misdemeanor that's usually fined $10."
"Don't want to be killed by cops? Don't (be black and) have a broken taillight."
This (racist) cruelty IS America. But we CAN be better than this. Now. Let's.
A birthday can be a renewal, a new leaf. America has hardly ever needed one more. #IndependenceDay #FourthofJuly2018
My baby started smiling yesterday, on July 4. I don't believe in signs, but it's certainly not a bad one.

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Sep 6, 2018
"I work for the president but... colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations" says someone who let him wrench thousands of children from their parents with no plan to reunite them, leaving all traumatized & hundreds likely orphaned.
I finally got a chance to read this, and all I feel is sick.
And ANGRY. The op-ed mentions the 25th amendment, but then instead of helping pursue that (though the writer seems to think it'd be justifiable), they decided to try to take the unhinged, dangerous incompetent from a 10 to a 9.8 so they can get their deregulation? EFFFFFFFF THAT
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Sep 4, 2018
There's a LONG list of health care experts who, interacting with the health care system themselves, find it a nightmare. Each one on that list is an alarm: it's EVEN WORSE for everyone else. Imagine if the people with power listened to the people with the nightmares & expertise.
I've been bookmarking some of these accounts for awhile now-- of physician-researchers, and others well-versed in health care, who nonetheless get mired in the morass of the US health care system, and often suffer for it.
A few years back, physician/researcher @aaronecarroll recounted the doozy of a time he faced navigating the process of refilling Rx for a chronic condition.
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Aug 22, 2018
"If he hadn't broken the law, police wouldn't have shot him"
"If they hadn't broken the law, the US government wouldn't have stolen their children"
"Sure the President broke the law but what's the big deal really"
Only certain crimes count. And the dividing line isn't, say, violent/not. It's *the kind of person* (race, wealth) who commits it. And as "criminals," they deserve whatever happens to them--even trauma, death. Other kinds of criminals? "Criminals?!" The mere accusation is unfair
The unindicted co-conspirator stage is a logical, even easy time to say "look, I support Trump, but no one is above the law." But a swath of people WANT him to be above the law. And not just because they want him to stay President. Because THEY want to be above the law, too.
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Jul 27, 2018
What's more horrifying: Trump administration tricking/coercing parents into giving up their children, or that some people will excuse it, with "if they didn't want [to be tricked into giving away their kids], they should've crossed the border legally."…
Many of these parents DID cross the border legally, to seek asylum, and STILL had their children taken. But those who didn't? The penalty for misdemeanor improper border crossing isn't *having your children taken miles away, indefinitely.* In fact, it's *usually* a $10 fine.
I've noted before that "If you don't want your kids taken, don't cross the border illegally" is another iteration of "if you don't want to be killed by cops, don't break the law." It's obscenely disproportionate punishment, applied almost exclusively to people of color.
Read 8 tweets
Jul 23, 2018
Read this thread. Feel the churning in your gut. And stay angry. And LOUD.
FOUR HUNDRED parents deported while the US government keeps their children. NINE HUNDRED parents deemed "ineligible" to be reunited with the kids the US government took. These are human rights abuses. This is torture.
Guess "country that kidnaps and traumatizes children whose parents are trying to save them" IS who we are.
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Jul 4, 2018
Hey who called it Fox News instead of the White Noise Machine?
I guess I'm supposed to use the "what idiot" joke formulation.
What idiot named it Fox News instead of the White Noise Machine?
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