Have You Been Purged? Are You Sure?
“I checked on my own voter registration,” a reader wrote in response to Registration Nation in last week’s newsletter. “And yes, I'm registered. But I can't remember if I last voted when I was in California, or was it over here. So I'll have to call the elections department in Ventura to find out. That might be a question other people who live over here should check out.”
As expats, our lives are more geographically fluid than most. We tend to use more than one address and might be registered at our last US residence, the one before that, or the home of a relative. We might have requested an absentee ballot to be sent by snail mail to one of those addresses instead of email. We could get lost in the shuffle. Or purged, which is part of the voter suppression playbook.
Right now, a lot of people are trying to keep you from casting your ballot. “Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes,” Trump re-election advisor Justin Clark said in December. “That’s what you’re going to see in 2020. It’s going to be a much bigger program, a much more aggressive program, a much better-funded program.”
Don’t let them get away with it!
Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York is part of a movement to reclaim Black farmers’ place in US agriculture, training the next generation of Black and brown farmers in modern sustainable agriculture as well as providing food and medicine for the community.
The 'R' Word:
Sports Illustrated: Five Potential New Names for Washington’s Football Team by Conor Orr
Why not play simply as "Washington" in 2020, while giving the fans a chance to weigh in on options that are meaningful or appealing to them?
'Tis of Thee:
NPR: For Some Black Americans, Love Of Country Means Holding It Accountable (Podcast, 5 min)
"It's such a tragedy, because I feel kind of entitled to patriotism. Our ancestors built this country. We should be able to be proud of it," says Jonathan Horton of Pasadena CA.
For Nerds only:
Slate Money: The Deficit Myth (Podcast, 55 min)
Turns out it’s not like your household budget after all. The US really could support the economy and subsidize wages for workers idled by the pandemic, as many EU countries have done.
Show Me the Money:
ProPublica: Why Do People Want to See Donald Trump’s Tax Returns? by Kristen Doerer
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP and Trump v. Vance. Separately, the House Ways and Means Committee sued the Treasury Department for Trump’s tax returns, after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defied the committee’s subpoena. (From the series Trump, Inc.)
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