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Kamala Harris Speaks With Jacob Blake

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On Monday, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris spoke with Jacob Blake following his run-in with Kenosha police that left him wrongfully paralyzed from the waist down.

What We Know:

  • On Kamala Harris’ first solo and in-person campaign trip as the vice-presidential nominee, she met with the family and legal team of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The meeting was approximately an hour long and Jacob Blake was able to attend by phone.
  • Although not many details about the conversation have been released, Ben Crump recalled a moving moment when Blake told Harris “that he was proud of her,” and Harris said, “she was also proud of him and how he is working through his pain.”
  • Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also met with the Blake family by phone last Thursday. Both meetings were intended to express concern, although afterward, both nominees seemed extremely impressed with the family’s resilience and positivity.

“I mean they are an incredible family–what they’ve endured, and they do it with such dignity and grace. They carry the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders.”

-Kamala Harris (after speaking with Jacob Blake and family)

  • Conversely, President Trump has refused to meet with the Blake family if lawyers were present. In a White House interview, the president said, “I spoke with the pastor–wonderful man, the family’s pastor. I thought it would be better not to do anything where there would be lawyers involved… I thought that was inappropriate.”
  • However, Jacob Blake Sr. (father of Jacob Blake) denied these claims saying their family did not have a family pastor. In a CNN interview, Jacob Blake Sr. explained, “First of all I am not going to play politics– this is my son’s life we’re talking about, second of all we do not have a family pastor.”
  • According to a statement made by Benjamin Crump, the family’s lawyer, Kamala Harris encouraged the family to continue using “their voices even through their pain to help America make progress to end systemic racism…”
  • The contrast of the response to the Kenosha shooting by Biden/Kamala and Trump/Pence is very telling on what to expect from each ticket regarding police brutality in the United States.

Kamala Harris spoke to the hospitalized Blake during her touchdown in Wisconsin. During her trip, she was also able to rally Black, Hispanic, and union member voters.

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Election 2020

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Get registered!

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This year’s election could be the most important in our nation’s history! The best way to implement positive change is by taking our concerns to the voting booth and electing officials who represent our views and ideals. National Voter Registration Day is a wonderful reminder of our duty as citizens to take advantage of the democratic system.

If you haven’t already, register to vote today!

At https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote, first time registers can easily take the first step to contributing to our democracy as well as gain information on registration deadlines.

Unsure whether you’re still registered? See https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration where you can easily check your registration status and learn your polling location.

Barack Obama said that we must “vote all the time, not just when it’s cool, not just when it’s time to elect a President, not just when you’re inspired. It’s your duty.”

Follow the steps above to begin the process of bettering our country today!

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Foot Locker Stores Will Turn Into Voter Registration Sites

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Starting on September 22, all Foot Locker-owned stores in the U.S will become temporary voter registration sites in an effort to increase youth voter turnout at the election this November.

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  • The registration sites will include all Foot Locker stores, including Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and Footaction locations. With more than 2,000 locations, each of the company’s stores will house a kiosk with a special website where visitors can register to vote, check their voter status, or sign up for election reminders. The company has also launched a voter registration portal on its website.
  • Foot Locker said the new initiative is geared toward the more than 4 million young Americans who will become eligible to vote for the first time in this November election. The company said its effort will target 18 to 24-year-old customers, which is 4.3 million of the retailer’s Instagram followers.
  • Civic group leaders recently shared with CBS News that the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to come up with new ways to reach young voters. In years past, volunteers would typically target college campuses, concerts, and festivals, but with those activities suspended due to the pandemic, groups are forced to now use digital platforms. 
  • CEO Richard Johnson said the project, run in partnership with the nonprofit Rock the Vote, is an effort to “educate and amplify the voices of today’s youth.”

“In a year marked with such uncertainty, amid a pandemic and social unrest, our country’s future — and our collective role in shaping it — has never been more important,” Johnson said in a statement. “At Foot Locker, our mission is to inspire and empower youth culture, so partnering with Rock the Vote was a natural fit to help educate and amplify the voices of today’s youth.”

  • Other venues across the country that are not typically used as polling places or for voter registration are also opening their doors to help increase voter turnout on Election Day. The NBA’s Houston Rockets will use their arena, the Toyota Center, for a registration drive this month and Arrowhead Stadium, home field for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, will become a polling place November 3.

Foot Locker has also pledged to make it easy for their employees to vote on Election Day by giving them a flexible work schedule that will allow them the time to vote.

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Eric Trump to Comply with New York AG’s Subpoena Only after Election Day

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Eric Trump. (Pete Marovich/The New York Times)
Eric Trump. (Pete Marovich/The New York Times)

The president’s son, Eric Trump, has come out and said he will finally be willing to comply with a subpoena from the New York Attorney General’s office’s probe of the Trump Organization issued by Attorney General Letitia James. The only condition is that it would have to be done after the U.S general election.

What We Know:

  • According to a Thursday court filing, the chosen timeframe after the upcoming presidential election aims to avoid “any appearance of politicizing” the process. Eric Trump’s attorneys also explained that he is willing to appear and gave several dates to proceed after the Nov. 3rd election. They noted that one of the main reasons was simply because of Eric Trump’s “extreme travel schedule and related unavailability”.

“In this regard, we note that the OAG investigation has been ongoing for approximately 18 months and that additional examinations are scheduled in October 2020 for certain other individuals,” stated the filing.

  • To confirm Eric’s claims, the filing elaborated how “given all the circumstances and the fact that counsel’s requested dates are, for all practical purposes, just 30 days after other scheduled depositions, and given the importance of avoiding any appearance of politicizing the investigatory process”.
  • Just last month, James reportedly urged a judge to force Eric Trump, along with the Trump Organization, to comply with subpoenas in an effort to carry on with the office’s investigation of President Trump. A related investigation is looking into alleged illegal inflation of his assets to reap loans and appeal to investors. “No one is above the law, period,” responded James to the Thursday filing.

  • That same month, James also accused Eric Trump of refusing to comply with a subpoena for his testimony. According to NBC News, she alleged that the Trump Organization and its lawyers were setting a motion that would “shield thousands of documents from investigators”.
  • The attorney general went on to say in a statement that “we cannot comment on the particular steps we’re taking on specific litigation,” but she made it clear that they wouldn’t allow any outside force control have the investigation moves forward or allow anyone to “evade a lawful subpoena”.

The related investigation opened by the New York attorney general last year followed President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who testified to Congress that the president tampered with financial statements in order to benefit from better insurance rates, loans, and tax breaks.

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