This #SundayMorning , we're checking in on #WhereAreTheChildren

4 days are left until the deadline for HHS to reunify all children separated from their parents.

450 out of the nearly 2,500 kids over 5 have been reunited.
Less than 1/5 of those in HHS custody.
(THREAD)
(2) The administration has already blown past a previous deadline earlier this month to reunite all children under 5 years of age.

HHS returned only 57 out of the 105 babies & preschoolers, claiming the rest were "ineligible" to be reunited.

texastribune.org/2018/07/20/450…
(3) Right now, nearly 850 parents have been interviewed and cleared for reunification but another 229 parents have been deemed ineligible. There are several things that are slowing down this process.

The most frightening one is a lack of clear records.
theguardian.com/us-news/2018/j…
(4) Legal experts have expressed horror over the fact that the government appears to have acted with less concern over the tracking of children than if they were property.

Other organizations have stepped in, working round the clock to reunite families.
usatoday.com/story/news/nat…
(5) The children who have been reunited so far appear to be stunned, many of them emotionally distant. And some of them appear to have been mistreated in custody.

"There seems to be a level of cruel intent I've never seen before."

vox.com/policy-and-pol…
(6) If previous treatment is an indication, parents should be worried. Horrifying tales of abuse are widespread, including torture tactics used on teenagers.

@SouthwestKey , who runs many of these centers, has received $955 million in the last 3 years.

cnn.com/2018/06/21/us/…
(7) The cruelty of this zero-tolerance policy leaves behind children who may suffer lifelong trauma. Intense fear of intimacy, abandonment issues, and even nutritional deficiencies.

“They told us to behave,” she says, “or we’d be there forever.”

independent.co.uk/news/long_read…
(8) How can you help? There are several ways. First, you can always donate to help legal efforts through organizations like @RAICESTEXAS

Hillary Clinton just announced they are working to get people to donate miles to help with airfare for families.

time.com/5345302/hillar…
(9) You can also keep the focus on this crisis. The media attention has dwindled and as it does, so will the accountability for this administration.

We need to demand the resignation of @SecNielsen and a Congressional inquiry into these ORR centers.

nytimes.com/2018/07/12/us/…
(10) It's also important to support organizations like the ACLU, who filed a request for the government to fund counseling to address the long-term effects of trauma on these kids. This will be vital work to address the aftermath of this cruelty.

reuters.com/article/us-usa…
(11) Finally, your greatest responsibility in this is to VOTE. And get others to do the same.

This is our government, the people we elected, using our tax dollars to inflict this cruel policy, driven by rabid nationalism and racism.

That only changes when we #VoteThemAllOut
(END) Thanks to @karynme07 for the thread suggestion and to all of you, who keep coming back and to hang out with me in this corner of the Twitterverse.

We're 40K strong now because of your support- thank you!

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Oct 8, 2018
After Kevin Cramer characterized #MeToo as "victimization," I thought it'd be helpful to look into Kevin's backstory.

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

(THREAD)
#MondayMotivation
(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?"

Yikes.
(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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Oct 7, 2018
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.
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(THREAD)
(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
nytimes.com/2018/06/19/opi…
(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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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?
(THREAD)
(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.
(THREAD)
(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.

WE SEE YOU BRETT.

#WednesdayWisdom
(THREAD)
(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?
(Thread)
(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.

theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
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Senators in the most trouble? Nelson, Heitkamp, and McCaskill.

vox.com/policy-and-pol…
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