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Darren Soto to skip Donald Trump inauguration

Monday, January 16th, 2017

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto will be skipping the inauguration of incoming president Donald Trump after hearing the comments Trump made recently about civil rights activist John Lewis.
“I am deeply disappointed with Trump’s attacks against civil rights hero John Lewis and will not be attending the inauguration as a result,” Soto said in a statement to Channel 9.
The statement in question came when Lewis, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., called Trump an illegitimate president who had been bolstered by Russian interference with the election.
Trump, in response, said Lewis was “all talk, no action,” and that he should instead focus on crime in his own district.
The attacks received widespread backlash over the weekend.
Soto is not the first lawmaker to back out of the Trump inauguration – others, like California Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Mark Takano and New York Rep. Yvette Clarke, have also issued statements saying they won’t be attending.
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Conciliatory meeting between Donald Trump, Martin Luther King Jr.’s son

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):
2:10 p.m.
The son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says he had a “very constructive” meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on the holiday marking King’s life.
Martin Luther King III played down Trump’s recent claim that Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, was “all talk.” He told reporters at Trump Tower on Monday that in the heat of emotion, “a lot of things get said on both sides.”
King says the focus of his meeting with Trump was to improve voter participation and stress the need to bring America together. He says Trump assured him it’s his intent to reach out to all Americans, even those who did not support him.
Trump briefly appeared with King after their nearly hour-long meeting but ignored reporters’ questions.

12:50 p.m.
Conservative media commentator Monica Crowley will not be joining the Trump administration following accusations of plagiarism.
That’s according to a transition official.
Crowley had been slated to join Trump’s National Security Council as a director of strategic communications. Her decision comes after CNN reported that several passages in a 2012 book written by Crowley were plagiarized. Publisher HarperCollins then pulled the book.
Crowley’s withdrawal from her position was first reported by the Washington Times. The transition official confirmed the decision on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

10:00 a.m.
President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony.
The tough-talking Republican questioned whether the CIA director himself was “the leaker of fake news” in a Sunday night tweet.
The extraordinary criticism from the incoming president came hours after CIA chief John Brennan charged that Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States.
Trump shot

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Charlie Crist looking forward to attending Donald Trump inauguration

Monday, January 16th, 2017

There are now 24 Democratic members of Congress who say they won’t attend the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as America’s 45th president on Friday.
Charlie Crist isn’t one or them.
“I will be attending the inauguration, and I look forward to it,” Crist told this reporter on Sunday, after hosting a press event where he called for Republicans not to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The growing number of Democrats who say they will boycott the inauguration began after Trump publicly rebuked civil rights icon John Lewis, on Saturday morning, following Lewis’ remarks to NBC’s Chuck Todd that he didn’t consider Trump “a legitimate president” and wouldn’t attend the inauguration.
“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” the Georgia Democratic added.
Trump responded in characteristic fashion early Saturday morning, tweeting that Lewis was “all talk” and “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district.
That response angered Tampa Representative Kathy Castor, who wrote in her own tweet that Trump’s attack on Lewis “shows what a small, graceless person he is,” perhaps her most provocative statement regarding the President-elect.

Trump’s attack on civil rts icon @RepJohnLewis for “all talk, no action” shows what a small, graceless person he is pic.twitter.com/ZV4RuYJseQ
— US Rep Kathy Castor (@USRepKCastor) January 14, 2017

Lewis was in Miami on Monday morning, serving as the keynote speaker for the city of Miami’s MLK Day breakfast.
Meanwhile, the inauguration is taking place at the end of this week. Crist says it’s “important to focus on the peaceful transition of power.”
“I didn’t support Mr. Trump, but I respect the fact that he’s been elected president of the U.S.,” the St. Petersburg Democrat adds.
Crist has made it clear that he was elected by his constituents to get things done in Washington, and has said that he will work with Trump to help get more Americans

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Congressman, civil rights icon John Lewis: Vote, vote, vote

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Charlie Crist
Civil rights icon John Lewis, now a congressman from Georgia, came to St. Petersburg on Wednesday to support former Gov. Charlie Crist.
Crist, a Democrat, is running against Republican incumbent David Jolly for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.
Lewis, who has represented Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since 1986, said he had followed Crist’s career.
“I’m delighted and very pleased and honored to be standing here with you,” Lewis told Crist. “I’m here to support you. I’m looking forward to getting things done.”
Lewis said Crist could help make things better not only for the CD 13, but also the state of Florida and the U.S.
Crist said he was “grateful beyond words” for Lewis’ support. If elected, he said, he looked forward to working with Lewis.
The two spoke at a press conference outside the Greater Mount Zion AME Church, 1045 16th St. S. The two had been part of a meeting and prayer inside the church before speaking. Others who joined them included former St. Petersburg Council Member Wengay Newton, who is running for state House District 70 and Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was unable to attend but sent a representative from her office.
Lewis was not in town only to support Crist. He also urged residents to get out and “vote, vote, vote.”
A vote “is powerful,” Lewis said. He added, “I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma for the right to vote.”
Lewis was referring to an incident on March 7, 1965, that has become known as “Bloody Sunday.”
Lewis and Hosea Williams, another civil rights advocate, had planned to lead 600 peaceful, orderly protestors in a march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need for voting rights in Alabama. They got as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma when state troopers and local police blocked the

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Yolanda Hood: I don’t control a lot of things – but I can control what I read

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

I found myself facing some epic declarations and accusations recently:
“How do you even have the job that you have?”
“And you have a Ph.D. in English! How? How did that happen?”
“Should you even be a librarian?”
I laughed in the face of everyone’s reactions to my seeming disgrace. I like to laugh.
I had confessed to multiple friends and colleagues that I had never read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and likely would never read it. I also acknowledged that the chances of my reading Go Set a Watchman, touted as the recently released sequel, are slim to none as well. So, now you see what all the commotion was about.
Why should I read it? I actually live it.
I’ve been told that To Kill a Mockingbird is a moving portrayal of racism, social injustice, and the fight to overcome them. Well, I live those experiences every day. And, I am reminded of it every day in one way or another.
There was the time this summer when my 13-year-old daughter asked me questions that I didn’t know how to answer: “Will the police help me if I need help? Will they kill me, mom? Will they kill you?” I didn’t want to answer her because the truth of the matter is that I could have answered each of those questions with, “It’s possible.”
As if that’s not enough, there was the time I was the only African-American at a meeting in which everyone voiced their opinions and participated in the brainstorming session with helpful feedback, but when my turn came and I began to share, I was immediately dismissed with a raised voice, a hand slammed against the table, a face turned red. Even though I pushed through and completed my thoughts, I was reminded by this micro-aggression that my ideas were not wanted.
I

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