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Mother, Advocate, Strategist. Founder and Executive Director of @DemsWork4USA. #DemsWork4USA #WinBlue Mastadon @rmazzara@mas.to
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Oct 8, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
1. #Millennials we are reaching the final days for Voter Registration! The policy direction determined by the 2018 midterm elections WILL absolutely impact your life choices and options. The #Healthcare vote matters even if you're young and healthy. 2. Company/employee loyalty has become a nominal factor in career trajectory. Boomers lamented how often GenXers would change jobs, but #Millennials have figured out how to make lateral moves work in their favor.
Oct 7, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
1. When the actions of our government spark mass protest it is a sign that the democratic process is unwell - that the government is operating well-outside the mainstream. Historically, the reasons differ. 2. Usually, it is because the government is resisting change that is wanted by the majority of the country - as with the Suffrage and Civil Rights movements. It can also be due to a disagreement of the majority with policy - as with the Vietnam War.
Sep 29, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
1. Mitch McConnell's Legacy. This has been the consistent explanation that has created the backdrop of the past two chaotic years. His desire to leave office having effectively stacked and shaped the Courts to support Right Wing ideology for subsequent generations. 2. In his singular pursuit of this mission, he has shrugged off a barrage of damage to our Democracy. He has supported unfit leaders, ignored breaches of Constitutional and Institutional norms, looked the other way as justice, ethics, truth and faith in our systems are damaged.
Aug 17, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
1. As I'm sure many of you have, I often wonder about Post-Trump America. Obviously, there will be the arduous, and likely, long task of repairing policies, foreign relationships and treaties. But, what of our culture? 2. Will this careening journey through the gutter permanently lower the bar? Are our institutions permanently damaged? Our sense of truth permanently broken in a portion of our citizenry? Will class, honor, honesty and respect find their way back as pillars of our offices?
Aug 12, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
1. Scapegoating immigrants and 'valuating'people based on race/ethnicity is not new. I say this to draw attention to the shame that we haven't evolved past this and to remind that, as Americans, we must stand against the hatred that plagued the lives of many of our own families. 2. Are you aware of your genealogy? Are you familiar with the trials and tribulations experienced by your ancestors when they came to this country? If you turn a blind eye to this hatred because it's targeted at POC - are you aware that European immigrants faced hatred also?
Aug 11, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
1. We don't actually know if votes were altered or registrations affected by Russians in 2016. There has been no adequate investigation - partially because we don't have a comprehensive way to do so and partially because our gov is probably afraid to look in that dark corner. 2. We do know we were attacked in a sophisticated and multi-pronged military-level campaign. We know people were manipulated through social media and targeted ads, we know individuals and political campaigns were targeted. We also know they're doing it again.
Aug 10, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
1. As activists we fight toward our common goals, side by side, arm in arm. We don’t always know the trials of our individual lives, but our bonds endure. I’m sad to share the passing of one of our own. In March, Erik Landwher, @EJLandwehr, passed away. shar.es/antYW8 2. Erik had become ill, yet had remained positive. I wish with all my heart, we had known when he faced his final hours, but the final moments that he shared with us were upbeat.
Aug 1, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
1. I don't know whether to take @ggreenwald deleting so many tweets as an acknowledgment of sorts that he's been a tool. I suppose even if he's just covering his butt, it still suffices as that acknowledgement on some level. 2. The truth is coming out and in that process some are going to have to come to terms with the fact that they were manipulated and weaponized. This recognition is that much more important now that we see Russian active measures repeating the same tactics.
Jul 30, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
1. This is a good time to revisit the importance of due-diligence on social media, particularly as it relates to spheres of influence within political Twitter. In these times of chaos, anger and desperation, we are particularly vulnerable to misinformation. 2. The rallying cry of #TheResistance, increasing activism and growing civic involvement is a good thing. But, accepting the information presented by anyone with an #FBR or posting bias-confirming information is dangerous. As with any collective, beware of questionable actors.
Jul 28, 2018 14 tweets 3 min read
1. Economics on the national level is something that is extremely difficult to understand -- even for experts. It's multi-layered with a plethora of vectors. Results can't be gleaned from 'quick turnarounds' - despite the emotional peaks and valleys of the stock market. 2. Like it or not, the choices and seeds planted by the Obama administration created the platform for growth that set the stage for at least the first year of DT's administration. Did DT take some gambles that created the growth we're witnessing? Sure. But, is it sustainable?
Jul 23, 2018 16 tweets 3 min read
1. I've said this before, but it bears repeating. The socialized programs that we see in Europe didn't simply emerge as successful programs. These programs were committed to and refined across administrations. This passing of the baton is excruciatingly rare in American politics. 2. Instead, cling to the pendulum swing. A swing from majority ideology to ideology - a continual construction and destruction of progress. Granted, it has rarely been as blatant as we see with the current administration- where destruction of the previous admin is paramount.
Jul 21, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
1. In August of 2016 I wrote a post on Facebook to explain why my feed had become so political and why this political focus was important. 2 years later the stakes are even higher and the division deeper. 2. We have 108 days until midterms. I challenge everyone to reach out and have conversation with the people in your life. This isn't the time for political indifference, nor is it the time to remain in an echo-chamber. We can #breakthebubble, but only with effort and commitment.
Jul 20, 2018 14 tweets 3 min read
1. DT says a country without physical borders isn't a country. His dislike of our southern neighbors, aside, this is a ridiculous concept - there are few physical borders in the world and immigration is hardly the biggest threat to sovereignty, but military invasion is. 2. Admittedly, I have some concern about what I see as a breakdown in historical knowledge as the millennial and subsequent generation became products of an educational system that forgoes social science and history for primarily statistically testable education.
Jul 18, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
1. #GOP leadership must quit pushing the talking point that Russia's attack on the 2016 election didn't actually impact the election results - there is no basis for that statement. That misrepresentation may serve the GOP and DT's ego, but it does NOT serve the American people. 2. If the people of this country are to prepare themselves for additional foreign attacks and protect themselves from these nefarious actors, then they must fully understand the extent and impact of Russia's cyber-espionage and assault on our democracy.
Jul 16, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
1. At @DemsWork4USA we are supportive of progressive candidates that win their districts. We are supportive of @Ocasio2018 - she is positioned to win a highly blue community and we're excited for the impact she can make in her district. That impact matters. 2. Using that win to advocate for candidates that are unsuited for their districts is not a strategically sound tactic. Pro-Bernie pacs may be pushing her in this direction, but it isn't advisable for the district or for her and her constituents.
Jul 14, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
@ProgressiveFor @ProgressiveFnd
1. I’m appreciative of your decision to come together to fight for a better country. We are witnessing in real-time the struggle for who we are and what we were meant to be as a nation - as a people. 2. Hate and fear has never been the route to progress, yet it is the absolute constant of inertia - and, as we’re seeing, can be the catalyst for retreat and the justification of ugliness. The bright side is so many have stepped up during this existential crisis to fight back.
Jul 11, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
1. This idea that some #GOP have that the DT’s risky behavior is worth the risk because of the potential gains needs some tempering. In fact, the idea that DT would bring some flair for fortune-building from his business acumen was always dangerous. 2. For starters, there are few similarities between running a country and running a business and even fewer similarities between ‘business deals’ and global relations, foreign trade and the balance of power. And the latter issues, our POTUS barely comprehends.
Jul 6, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
1. For the sake of discussion, @jsolomonReports, if the FBI had reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing through classified foreign intel, would you weave the same narrative?

Memos detail FBI’s ‘Hurry the F up pressure’ to probe Trump campaign - The Hill apple.news/AGvn5QN31QhaIN… 2. History will judge this period through a different lens. The 'hurry the F up pressure' may well become a tale of heroics that will be retold and memorialized in the vein of "The Untouchables".
Jul 5, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
1. Agreed that everyone should be held accountable. It's a very serious matter. But, 'both-sides' in this context misrepresents reality. Shaming politicians for taking NRA $ is warranted and it is that public shame en-masse that will change the culture and neuter the NRA's power. 2. The truth is that Democrats have already taken that path. Look at NRA funding to candidates (by party) over time:
Jul 2, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
1. Constitutional 'originalism' is a lot of malarkey. Conservatism is one thing. Originalism defies reason to the point of buffoonery and fails to mask a partisan agenda. Take the 2A - if we're not going to acknowledge sociocultural change, then it should only apply to muskets. 2. Does that seem silly? It's how any reasonable person during the time of the framing of the Constitution would have interpreted it - which is at the core of originalism. Cultural advancement, technological advancement, geographical growth, population explosions - social change.