Greta Thunberg is a (Girl Power Academy) Climate Change Activist recommendation:

Greta Thunberg (at age 16) addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos. (Image provided by: The Independent)

The PBS NEWS HOUR (video) of Greta Thunberg‘s Full Speech to World Leaders is being posted here for NO Commercial Purpose.

Learn more about Greta Thunberg and Climate Change here: https://girlpoweracademy.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/greta-thunberg-is-a-girl-power-academy-system-change-not-climate-change-recommendation/

Pati Jinich is a (Girl Power Academy) Cooking Lesson recommendation!

Veggie Loaded Mexican Lasagna by Pati Jinich

Pati Jinich is a Girl Power Academy beloved and FAVORITE! Her generosity of spirit exudes in all of her cooking demonstrations. She will give you the confidence to learn and explore and practice to become better. 

Check out her site here: https://patijinich.com

Pati Jinich

This Veggie Loaded Mexican Lasagna is sublime!  You will adore it and pat yourself on the back after making it and serving it to those you love!!!

Diana Gameros is a (Girl Power Academy) featured Beloved…

Diana Gameros (singer:song writer:musician)
Diana Gameros (singer, song writer, musician)

A Girl Power Academy is once again featuring Diana Gameros and bringing back this Tiny Desk Concert because we LOVE her.  She has blessed us with her music and we need her beautiful music and voice on this whole planet earth.  Please join us in gratitude and welcome our beloved…

The Diana Gameros “Legerita” (live music video) is being featured here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSE.  

“Ligerita” by Diana Gameros.

Filmed by Claudio Nalerio.

Find “Ligerita” on the album by Diana Gameros called Eterno Retorno at: http://www.dianagameros.com 🙂

Lyrics and translation:

una hoja en blanco es lo que necesito donde la ansiedad y la apatía se oculten donde la ansiedad y la impaciencia se refugien aliviando mis pesares va la hoja de papel conviertiéndose en aliada de los asuntos del ayer ligerita quiero ser así de blanca como una hoja de papel oh oh oh …. una hoja en blanco es lo que yo te pido donde la soledad y el corazón se junten donde la soledad y la conciencia se dibujen aliviando mis pesares… y que escriba sobre mí la vida que en mi cuerpo marque su alegría, su placer blanca he de ser, blanca he de ser pa’ que escriba en mi la vida oh oh oh ——————————

translation: a blank sheet of paper is what i need where anxiety and apathy can hide where anxiety and impatience can take refuge alleviating my sorrow goes the sheet of paper becoming an ally of the matters of the past i want to be light and white as a blank sheet of paper a blank sheet of paper is what i ask from you where loneliness and heart come together where loneliness and consciousness can be drawn alleviating my sorrow… life write on me trace on my body your happiness your joy I shall be white, I shall be blank so you can write on me

Build bridges NOT walls and Learn More about Diana Gameros here: https://girlpoweracademy.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/diana-gameros-is-a-girl-power-academy-featured-musician-recommendation/

You will find current works and updates for Diana Gameros shows here: https://www.dianagameros.com

Please also learn about and enjoy Natalia Lafourcade featured by a Girl Power Academy and who is in sisterhood with Diana Gameros:

https://girlpoweracademy.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/natalia-lafourcade-is-a-girl-power-academy-music-recommendation/

photo of Natalia Laourcade (singer:musician:humanitarian)
photo of Natalia Lafourcade (singer/ musician/ humanitarian)

Representatives Omar, Pressley, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez are a (Girl Power Academy) recommended News Conference:

“The Squad” featuring Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) 

Representatives Omar, Pressley, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib News Conference

Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) held a news conference in response to recent tweets by President Trump in which he said the four Democratic freshman lawmakers should “go back” to the countries “from which they came.” Representative Pressley told reporters, “We will not be silenced” and said the tweets were a “disruption and distraction.”

To watch the full Press Conference click the link to the unfiltered C-SPAN video HERE:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?462678-1/representatives-omar-pressley-ocasio-cortez-tlaib-respond-president-trump

Full Transcript:

ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG

[CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2019]

ANNOUNCER: THIS THIS CONFERENCE IS 20 MINUTES. >>

Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) (photo copyrights Teen Vogue)

Ayanna Pressley:

FIRST, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. I WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE AND TANKS FOR THE SOLIDARITY WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM EVERY CORNER OF OUR COUNTRY, FROM OUR COLLEAGUES, TARA NEIGHBORS, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SOLIDARITY, YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT AND YOUR SUPPORT IN THE FACE OF THE MOST RECENT XENOPHOBIC, BIGOTED REMARKS FROM THE OCCUPANT OF OUR WHITE HOUSE. I WILL ALWAYS REFER TO HIM AS THE OCCUPANT, AS HE IS ONLY OCCUPYING SPACE. NOT THE BODY, THE GRACE, THE EMPATHY, COMPASSION, THE INTEGRITY THAT THE OFFICE REQUIRES AN THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. THAT BEING SAID, I ENCOURAGE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND ALL OF US IN THIS ROOM AND BEYOND TO NOT TAKE THE BAIT. THIS IS A DISRUPTIVE DISTRACTION FROM THE ISSUES OF CARE, CONCERN AND CONSEQUENCE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE WERE SENT HERE WITH A DECISIVE MANDATE TO WORK ON. EVERYTHING FROM REDUCING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO ADDRESSING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS. ENSURING THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE MORE THAN HEALTH INSURANCE, BUT HEALTH CARE. MORE RECENTLY, THANKS TO THE PARTNERSHIP AND THE ADVOCACY OF MYSELF, WE HELD THE FIRST HEARING ON CHILDHOOD TRAUMA. SITTING IN THAT HEARING, IN THE WAKE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE, IN THE WAKE OF PTSD AND IN THE WAKE OF THOSE BATTLING SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER, IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO THINK OF THE TRAUMA BEING INFLICTED ON CHILDREN EVERY DAY AT OUR BORDER. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF WE IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS OF CHILDREN IN A CAGE, THEY ARE STILL IN A CAGE. WE HAD VIGOROUSLY AND FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED TO DECRIMINALIZING, THE VILIFYING, THE MASS DETENTION AND ROTATION OF MIGRANT FAMILIES WHO ARE SIMPLY DOING WHAT IS THEIR LEGAL HUMAN RIGHT, TO SEEK ASYLUM. A BEACON OF LIGHT AND HOPE AND OF REFUGE. THIS IS SIMPLY A DISRUPTION AND A DISTRACTION FROM THE CALLOUS, CHAOTIC AND CORRUPT CULTURE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, ALL THE WAY DOWN. WE WANT TO GET BACK TO THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WHY WE WERE SENT HERE, REDUCING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. ADDRESSING THE RACIAL WEALTH GAP AND MAKING SURE THAT FAMILIES STAY TOGETHER. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO UNDERSCORE THE FACT THAT DESPITE THE OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE’S ATTEMPTS TO MARGINALIZE US AND SILENCE US, PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE MORE THAN POOR PEOPLE. WE BAN ON A MANDATE TO ADVOCATE FOR THOSE LEFT OUT AND LEFT BEHIND. OUR SQUAD IS BIG. OUR SQUAD INCLUDES ANY PERSON COMMITTED TO BUILDING A JUST WORLD. THAT IS THE WORK THAT WE WANT TO GET BACK TO. GIVEN THE SIZE OF THE SQUAD AND THIS GREAT NATION, WE CANNOT AND WE WILL NOT BE SILENT. NOW, I WILL INVITE REPRESENTATIVE OMAR TO SAY A FEW WORDS AS WELL. >>

Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN)

Ilhan Omar:

 THANK YOU. THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON THE RADICAL IDEA THAT WE ARE CREATED EQUAL AND ENDOWED BY OUR CREATOR WITH INALIENABLE RIGHTS. YES, WE HAVE A LONG WAY BEFORE WE FULLY LIVE UP TO THOSE VALUES. IT IS FOR THIS REASON PRECISELY THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE ACTION WHEN A PRESIDENT IS OPENLY VIOLATING THE OATH THAT HE TOOK AND THE CORE VALUES THAT WE ASPIRE TO. AS MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID, ALWAYS SAY TO AMERICA IS BEETROOT IS — BE TRUE TO WHAT YOU SAY ON PAPER. THE EYES OF HISTORY ARE WATCHING US. RIGHT NOW, THE PRESIDENT IS CARRYING OUT MASS DEPORTATION ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. RIGHT NOW, THE PRESIDENT IS COMMITTING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AT THE BORDER, KEEPING CHILDREN IN CAGES AND HAVING HUMAN BEINGS DRINKING OUT OF TOILETS. THIS PRESIDENT, WHO HAS BEEN CREDIBLY ACCUSED OF COMMITTING MULTIPLE CRIMES, INCLUDING COLLUDING WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTION. THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO HAS OVERSEEN THE MOST CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION IN OUR HISTORY AND PURSUED AN AGENDA WHILE HE TRANSFERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS TO CORPORATIONS. THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO HAS CALLED BLACK ATHLETES — THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO HAS CALLED PEOPLE — THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO HAS EQUATED NEO-NAZIS WITH THOSE WHO PROTEST AGAINST THEN AND CHARLOTTESVILLE. THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO HAS OPENLY VIOLATED THE VERY VALUE OUR COUNTRY ASPIRES TO UPHOLD. A QUALITY UNDER THE LONG RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, EQUAL PROTECTION AND PROTECTION FROM PERSECUTION. TO DETRACT FROM THAT, HE IS LAUNCHING A BLATANTLY RACIST ATTACK ON FOUR DULY ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ALL OF WHOM ARE WOMEN OF COLOR. THIS IS THE AGENDA OF WHITE NATIONALISTS, WHETHER IT IS HAPPENING IN CHAT ROOMS OR IT IS HAPPENING ON NATIONAL TV. NOW IT HAS REACHED THE WHITE HOUSE GARDEN. HE WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO DIVIDE OUR COUNTRY BASED ON RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, ORIENTATION OR IMMIGRATION STATUS BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THAT HE KNOWS HE CAN PREVENT THE SOLIDARITY OF US WORKING TOGETHER ACROSS ALL OF OUR DIFFERENCES. THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT US CONFRONTING THE PROBLEM OUR COUNTRY IS FACING, WHETHER IT IS HEALTH CARE, CLIMATE CHANGE, STUDENT DEBT OUR — OR OUR IN THIS WAR IS. THIS IS HIS PLAN TO PIT US AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. THIS IS HOW HE CAN CONTINUE TO ENRICH HIS FRIEND AND DISTRACT US FROM THE DETRIMENTAL POLICIES THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION IS PUSHING FOR. WE CAN EITHER CONTINUE TO ENABLE THIS PRESIDENT AND REPORT ON THE PILE OF GARBAGE COMES OUT OF HIS MOUTH, OR WE CAN HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE TO HIS CRIMES. WE CAN CONTINUE TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE MULTIPLE CRIMES HE HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF. THE RESPONSIBILITY HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS FOR THE DEATH OF CHILDREN ON OUR BORDER OR WE CAN TAKE ACTION. I HAVE NOT MADE IMPEACHMENT ESSENTIAL, BUT SINCE THE DAY I WAS ELECTED, I SENT PEOPLE, IS NOT IF HE WILL BE IMPEACHED, BUT WHEN. IT IS TIME TO STOP ALLOWING THIS PRESIDENT TO MAKE A MOCKERY. IT IS TIME TO IMPEACH HIM. NOW, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE CONGRESSWOMAN CORTEZ. >> 

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

GOOD AFTERNOON. I WILL TRY TO KEEP THINGS AS BRIEF AS I CAN. WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, MY FATHER TOOK ME TO THE REFLECTING POOL HERE. WE WERE ON A ROAD TRIP FROM NEW YORK TO FLORIDA TO VISIT FAMILY. I HAVE TOLD THIS STORY BEFORE, BUT IT WAS MY FIRST TIME EVER VISITING WASHINGTON DC. HE RESTED ME ON THE SIDE OF THE REFLECTING POOL AND HAD MY TOES DIPPED IN THE WATER AND HAD ME LOOK AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT, THE CAPITAL, THE ENTIRETY OF THE CAPITAL OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY. HE POINTED TO ALL OF IT. HE SAID THIS BELONGS TO ALL OF US. THIS BELONGS TO YOU, AND IT BELONGS TO ME. SO THE FIRST NOTE I WANT TO TELL CHILDREN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY IS THAT NO MATTER WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS, THIS COUNTRY BELONGS TO YOU. AND IT BELONGS TO EVERYONE. AND TODAY, THAT NOTION, THAT VERY NOTION WAS CHALLENGED. THIS WEEKEND, THAT VERY NOTION WAS CHALLENGED. SO I AM NOT SURPRISED WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAYS THAT FOUR SITTING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD, QUOTE, GO BACK TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY, WHEN HE HAS AUTHORIZED RAIDS WITHOUT WARRANTS ON THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. I AM NOT SURPRISED THAT HE USED — USES THE RHETORIC THAT HE DOES WHEN HE TAKES THOUSANDS OF — VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND TAKES THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES. I AM NOT SURPRISED THAT HE HAS TURNED OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF BETSY DEVOS, INTO A CASH COW TO ENRICH HIMSELF AND HIS FRIENDS. I AM NOT SURPRISED WHEN HE CORRUPTS VIA THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION. I AM NOT SURPRISED AT WHAT HE’S DOING. BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT WE’RE FOCUSED ON MAKING IT BETTER BECAUSE WE DON’T LEAVE THE THINGS THAT WE LOVE AND WHEN WE LOVE THIS COUNTRY, WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE PROPOSE THE SOLUTIONS TO FIX IT. WE LOVE ALL PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THAT’S WHY WE BELIEVE HEALTH CARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT. WE LOVE ALL CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY, AND BECAUSE WE DO, THAT’S WHY WE FIGHT FOR EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN THROUGH COLLEGE. AND SO WE’LL STAY FOCUSED ON OUR AGENDA, AND WE WON’T GET CAUGHT SLIPPING BECAUSE ALL OF THIS IS A DISTRACTION. IT’S A DISTRACTION FROM WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT AND OUR CORE VALUES AS AMERICAN CITIZENS. WITH THAT I’LL HAND IT OVER TO RASHIDA TALIB.

Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

Rashida Tlaib:

 THANK YOU TO MY SISTERS IN SERVICE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. AS WE KNOW THE RECENT TWEETS AND WORDS FROM THE PRESIDENT ARE SIMPLY A CONTINUATION OF HIS RACIST, XENOPHOBIC PLAYBOOK. WE CANNOT ALLOW THESE HATEFUL ACTIONS BY THE PRESIDENT TO DISTRACT US FROM THE CRITICAL WORK TO HOLD THIS ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE TO THE INHUMANE CONDITIONS AT THE BORDER THAT IS SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR LOVED ONES, CAGING THEM UP IN ILLEGAL, HORRIFIC CONDITIONS. I REPRESENT THE THIRD POOREST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THIS COUNTRY. ONE THAT IS MADE OF WORKING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TARGETED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR ACTIONS AND WORDS ARE HURTING THEM TODAY. I WAS ELECTED TO FIGHT FOR THEM, FIGHT FOR THE 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THEY SENT ME HERE TO CONGRESS TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE CORPORATE ASSAULT AND CORRUPTION IN OUR COUNTRY. THIS MEANS SUPPORTING AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY OF THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS ACTIONS BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND HIS APPOINTEES. SADLY, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST, NOR WILL IT BE THE LAST TIME WE HEAR DISGUSTING BIGOTED LANGUAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT. WE KNOW THIS IS WHO HE IS, AND WE KNOW THAT HE AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ARE CONSTANTLY ENGAGED IN ACTIONS THAT HARM RESIDENTS AND AMERICAN PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE CALLED FOR HIS IMPEACHMENT BECAUSE OF HIS UTTER DISREGARD AND DISRESPECT OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND DESPITE THIS AND OTHER MANY ATTEMPTS TO DISTRACT US, I REMAIN FOCUSED, WE REMAIN FOCUSED ON HOLDING HIM ACCOUNTABLE TO THE LAWS OF THIS LAND AND ACCOUNTABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE HOUSE LEADERSHIP, MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE ACTION TO IMPEACH THIS LAWLESS PRESIDENT TODAY, AND NOW WE’LL TAKE TWO OR THREE QUESTIONS. MARY.

Q&A

REPORTER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE PRESIDENT SAID TODAY MANY PEOPLE AGREE WITH HIM AND SUPPORT THESE COMMENTS. I’M WONDERING IF YOU CAN SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THOSE SUPPORTERS OF THE PRESIDENT AND EXPLAIN WHY THESE COMMENTS ARE SO HARMFUL AND HURTFUL. AND ON A PERSONAL NOTE, HAVE YOU HAD TO UP YOUR SECURITY? ARE YOU FEELING INCREASED THREATS? 

Ayanna Pressley:

I WOULD JUST THE EXPERIENCE THAT HE OFFERED IS IN CONTRADICTION TO THE EXPERIENCE THAT I EVERY DAY, INCLUDING IN THE AIRPORT. THERE WERE MANY WHO APPROACHED ME AND SAID, I DISAGREE WITH SOME OF YOUR POLICIES. I AM AN INDEPENDENT. I AM A REPUBLICAN. I THINK WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG. AND HE WON’T APOLOGIZE. BUT I AM GOING TO APOLOGIZE. SO I HAVE EXPERIENCED NOTHING IN THE WAKE OF THOSE COMMENTS. AGAIN, BUT WORDS DENOUNCING THESE XENOPHOBIC, BIGOTED WORDS, BUT, AGAIN, THIS IS A DISTRACTION AND WE SHOULD NOT TAKE THE BAIT. WE CAN SIT HERE AND CONTINUE TO RECYCLE HIS HATEFUL RHETORIC OF WHICH I CANNOT SAY I AM SURPRISED OR INFLATED OUTRAGE BECAUSE HE IS, IF NOTHING ELSE, PREDICTABLE. WHAT WE ARE FOCUSED ON ARE THE HATEFUL POLICIES THAT ARE DRACONIAN AND OPPRESSIVE AND LIFE-THREATENING AND FAMILY SEPARATING THAT IS BEING ROLLED OUT BY THIS ADMINISTRATION EVERY DAY.

REPORTER: CAN YOU RESPOND TO SOME OF THE PRESIDENT’S SPECIFICALLY, MOST NOTABLY, THAT YOU ARE A COMMUNIST AND YOU ARE PRO-AL QAEDA? 

Ilhan Omar:

YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED WHEN HE SAID, GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM, THERE WAS AN UPROAR THROUGH THE — THROUGH ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO’S BROWN AND BLACK AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE IN THIS COUNTRY HEARD THAT. NOW, WHEN HE MADE THE COMMENT, I KNOW THAT EVERY SINGLE MUSLIM WHO HAS LIVED IN THIS COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE WORLD HAS HEARD THAT COMMENT. AND SO I WILL NOT DIGNIFY IT WITH AN ANSWER BECAUSE I KNOW THAT EVERY SINGLE ISLAMOPHOBE, EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO IS HATEFUL, WHO IS DRIVEN BY AN IDEOLOGY OF OTHERING, AS THIS PRESIDENT IS, REJOICES IN US RESPONDING TO THAT AND US DEFENDING OURSELVES. I DO NOT EXPECT EVERY TIME THERE IS A WHITE SUPREMIST WHO ATTACKS OR THERE IS A WHITE MAN WHO KILLS IN A SCHOOL OR IN A MOVIE THEATER OR IN A MOSQUE OR IN A SYNAGOGUE, I DON’T EXPECT MY WHITE COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO RESPOND ON WHETHER THEY LOVE THAT PERSON OR NOT. AND SO I THINK IT IS BEYOND TIME, IT’S BEYOND TIME TO ASK MUSLIMS TO CONDEMN TERRORISTS. WE ARE NO LONGER GOING TO ALLOW THE DIGNIFICATION OF SUCH RIDICULOUS, RIDICULOUS STATEMENT.

REPORTER: CONGRESSWOMAN OCASIO-CORTEZ — SOME OF YOU HAVE MADE COMMENTS THAT THE PRESSURE — PRESIDENT TOOK ISSUE WITH THAT WERE CONTROVERSIAL. DO YOU THINK SOME OF THOSE COMMENTS MADE, IF THEY WERE INFLAMMATORY OR CONTROVERSIAL, IF THIS SITUATION WOULD BE DIFFERENT, IF HE SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED SOME OF THE SAME COMMENTS — >>

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:  CAN YOU REPEAT THAT?

REPORTER: THE PRESIDENT TOOK WITH — TOOK ISSUE WITH SOME OF THE COMMENTS SOME OF YOU MADE ON A HOST OF ISSUES AND TURNED THEM BACK AROUND. HAD THOSE COMMENTS NOT BEEN MADE, OR YOU PERCEIVE THEM AS BEING CONTROVERSIAL, DO YOU THINK THAT WOULD MAKE THE SITUATION DIFFERENT, HE WOULD HAVE THE FIREPOWER TO TURN IT BACK AROUND?

Ilhan Omar:

EVERY SINGLE STATEMENT THAT WE MAKE IS FROM A PLACE OF EXTREME LOVE FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY. IT IS PART OF THE MANDATE OF WHY WE RAN FOR OFFICE AND WHY WE GOT ELECTED. EVERY SINGLE PERSON WANTS TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE PEOPLE IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS THAT IS FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE HEALTH CARE, THAT THEY HAVE AN EDUCATION, THAT IS SUITABLE IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO PROPER ROADS AND BRIDGES, THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER AND CLEAN AIR. EVERY SINGLE PERSON HERE IN THE UNITED STATES KNOWS THAT WE ARE FIGHTING EVERY SINGLE DAY TO CREATE A MORE PERFECT UNION AND TO FIGHT ON THEIR BEHALF. NOW, WHEN PEOPLE SAY, IF YOU SAY A NEGATIVE THING ABOUT THE POLICIES IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU HATE THIS COUNTRY, TO ME IT SORT OF SPEAKS TO THE HYPOCRISY AND ALEX AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS. WHEN THIS PRESIDENT AND UNTIL TODAY HE TALKED ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT WAS WRONG IN THIS COUNTRY AND HOW HE WAS GOING TO MAKE IT GREAT. AND SO FOR HIM TO CONDEMN US AND TO SAY WE ARE UN-AMERICAN FOR WANTING TO WORK HARD, TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY BE THE COUNTRY WE ALL DESERVE TO LIVE IN, COMPLETE HYPOCRISY.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

I DON’T THINK IT WOULD HAVE CHANGED ANYTHING BECAUSE FIRST OF ALL, HE MADE STATEMENTS THAT WERE BLATANTLY UNTRUE. SO WHETHER HE WAS CITING COMMENTS OR NOT CITING COMMENTS, IF HE DIDN’T HAVE WHAT HE WANTED TO SAY HE WOULD MAKE IT UP. THIS PRESIDENT OPERATES IN COMPLETE BAD FAITH. HE DOES NOT OPERATE IN GOOD FAITH. SO THAT’S ONE THING. BUT SECOND TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AS WELL, WEAK MINDS AND LEADERS CHALLENGE LOYALTY TO OUR COUNTRY IN ORDER TO AVOID CHALLENGING AND DEBATING THE POLICY. THIS PRESIDENT DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT AMERICANS DO NOT DESERVE HEALTH CARE. HE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO DEFEND HIS POLICIES. SO WHAT HE DOES IS ATTACK US PERSONALLY. AND THAT IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. HE CAN’T LOOK A CHILD IN THE FACE AND HE CAN’T LOOK ALL AMERICANS IN THE FACE AND JUSTIFY WHY THIS COUNTRY IS THROWING THEM IN CAGES. SO INSTEAD, HE TELLS US THAT I SHOULD GO BACK TO THE GREAT BOROUGH OF THE BRONX AND MAKE IT BETTER. AND THAT’S WHAT I’M HERE TO DO.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. WE APPRECIATE IT.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the Women’s March 2019 on January 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Wangari Maathai is a (Girl Power Academy) Woman’s History and Climate Justice recommendation:

photo of Wangari Maathai 

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) was founded by Professor Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) in 1977 under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encouraged the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work.

~Quote sourced from the Green Belt Movement Organization. COPYRIGHT © 2019 THE GREEN BELT MOVEMENT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Learn more and support the cause Wangari Maathai began by visiting:  https://www.greenbeltmovement.org

French children’s book author Franck Prévot and illustrator Aurélia Fronty tell the story of Wangari Maathai.
Illustration from the book (The Woman Who Planted Trees)

Shortly after beginning this work, Professor Maathai saw that behind the everyday hardships of the poor—environmental degradation, deforestation, and food insecurity—were deeper issues of disempowerment, disenfranchisement, and a loss of the traditional values that had previously enabled communities to protect their environment, work together for mutual benefit, and to do both selflessly and honestly. The Green Belt Movement instituted seminars in civic and environmental education, now called Community Empowerment and Education seminars (CEE), to encourage individuals to examine why they lacked agency to change their political, economic, and environmental circumstances. Participants began to understand that for years they had been placing their trust in leaders who had betrayed them and that they were sabotaging their lives by not working for the common good and failing to use their natural resources wisely.

~Quote sourced from the Green Belt Movement Organization. COPYRIGHT © 2019 THE GREEN BELT MOVEMENT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Finnish flute soloist Ulla Suokko is (a Girl Power Academy) Summer Solstice recommendation:

Ulla Suokko (Finnish Flutist)

Summer Solstice Blessings to all!  Ulla Suokko may just be the sign you were looking for from the universe!  Please enjoy this introduction to her way of being on the planet, how she listens and what she brings.

The Ulla Suokko (Bass Flute) “Solstice Blessing” (Music Audio) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

The following quotes were selected by Ulla Suokko as “instruction” for the above Solstice blessing:

Allow a deep loving breath and just be. Soften yourself to receive. It is all right here…

“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is…” -T.S. Elliott

Respira profundamente. Suavízate. Recibe. Está todo aquí mismo…. “En el punto quieto del mundo que gira. Ni carne, ni sin carne; ni desde, ni hacia; en el punto quieto, allí está la danza…” -T.S. Elliott

http://www.ullasuokko.com

Before, watching the transformative TEDTalk by Ulla Suokko, here are some excerpted Solstice facts sourced from the 2019 Farmer’s Almanac. You may want to learn more by visiting: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/summer-solstice

The First Day Of Summer:

The first day of summer 2019 arrives with the solstice on Friday, June 21st at 11:54 a.m. EDT. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this marks the longest day of the year and the moment when the Sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, its highest point. For those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the shortest day of the year and the arrival of winter. The solstice happens at the same moment for everyone, everywhere on Earth.

The Term “Solstice” Means:

The term “solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). At the solstice, the angle between the Sun’s rays and the plane of the Earth’s equator (called declination) appears to stand still. This phenomenon is most noticeable at the Arctic Circle where the Sun hugs the horizon for a continuous 24 hours, thus the term “Land of the Midnight Sun.”

Fun fact: Be sure to look at your noontime shadow around the time of the solstice. It will be your shortest noontime shadow of the year!

Some people believe that our seasons are caused by the Earth’s changing distance from the Sun. In reality, it is due to the 23-degree tilt of the Earth’s axis that the Sun appears above the horizon for different lengths of time at different seasons. The tilt determines whether the Sun’s rays strike at a low angle or more directly.

Midsummer in Finland:

This Finnish holiday (Juhannuspäivä) is celebrated each year on the Saturday falling between June 20th – 26th. The actual date of Midsummer’s day may vary between the June 20th – 21st.  

It has become one of the most important holidays in Finland. Festivities start on the Friday before – Midsummer’s Eve (Midsommarafton).  Similar to New Year’s celebration, the main celebrations take place on the eve of the day. 

Midsummer was considered to be one of the key times in the year when the power of magic was strongest and at it was thought to be a good time to perform rituals, particularly those which related to predicting the future. A tradition of this is one in which young people pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse.

“sunflower bouquet” (detail) photo by K. J. Legry

The Ulla Suokko “Do You See The Signs of the Universe?” (TEDTalk Video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

The selected quote is from Kabir the 15th century Poet and Musician and is part of Ulla Soukko’s teaching and offering.

OFFICIAL BIO (excerpts):

The internationally acclaimed Finnish flute soloist Ulla Suokko enjoys a versatile career as a performer, workshop leader and transformation expert.  Music has brought her to almost all Europe, the United States as well as to some more faraway countries such as Mongolia, Japan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Egypt.  She made her official New York debut in Carnegie Hall as the Winner of Artists International Auditions.

She received the Doctor of Musical Arts -degree from The Juilliard School, her thesis being on Music and Rhetoric in the Baroque, showing how the art of oration was adapted to make music more communicative and persuasive.

Currently Dr. Suokko lives in Peru and is sharing from all her experience with the Peruvian audiences and giving master classes for the young Peruvian musicians, capacitation for school teachers as well as workshops and presentations on various topics for multiple audiences, both children and adults.

Find current work(s) by Ulla Soukko by visiting her official site: http://www.ullasuokko.com

foto Ulla Suokko/ Mancora (wisewomanenergetics.com)

Soraya Chemaly, award-winning writer and media critic is (a Girl Power Academy) recommendation

Soraya Chemaly (author and feminist)

It’s a man’s world…but what does that mean? Today, when you Google “Are Women…?” the most likely suggested answer you’ll get is “Evil.” What does the suppression of women’s experiences and knowledge in culture and media mean in terms of human understanding? How does a global suppression of women’s experiences, perspectives and storytelling result in injustice and inequality? This talk dives into the question of what male-centered culture really means.” (~introduction sourced from the TEDTalk Barcelona)

Soraya Chemaly is a writer and media critic whose work focuses on the role that gender plays in culture and human rights.

The Soraya ChemalyThe Credibility Gap: How Sexism Shapes Human Knowledge” (TEDTalk Video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

Official Bio: http://www.sorayachemaly.com/about.html

Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly (book cover)

Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and media critic whose writing appears regularly in national and international media including The Atlantic, The Nation, Verge, Quartz, TIME, Salon, The Guardian and The New Statesman. She speaks frequently on topics related to inclusivity, free speech, sexualized violence, data and technology. She is the director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project an initiative dedicated to expanding women’s civic and political participation. She currently serves on the national boards of the Women’s Media Center and Women, Action and the Media, as well as on the advisory councils of the Center for Democracy and Technology, VIDA, and Common Sense Media. As an activist, Ms. Chemaly has spear-headed multiple successful campaigns challenging corporations to address online harassment and abuse, restrictive content moderation and censorship, and institutional biases that affect free speech.

In 2013, she won the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC)’s Donna Allen Award for Feminist Advocacy and the Secular Woman Feminist Activism Award.  In 2016, Soraya was the recipient of the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press’s Women and Media Award. In 2017, she was the co-recipient of the Newhouse Mirror Award for Best Single Feature of 2016 for an in-depth investigative report on free speech and online content moderation, The Secrets of The Internet, and a Wikipedia Distinguished Service Award, for exemplary contributions to the advancement of public knowledge and the collection, development, and dissemination of educational content. She is the author of the book, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger.  She writes and speaks regularly about gender, media, tech, education, women’s rights, sexual violence and free speech. 

ADDITIONAL READING:

check out the link to~  The Atlantic (the unsafety net) How Social Media Turned Against Women (article with Soraya Chemaly)