A student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida sent out a fundraising appeal Friday for the Democratic National Committee.
Sara Imam writes to DNC supporters that she turned 18 years the day after the massacre and “immediately registered to vote,” then encouraged others who are of age to vote on behalf of her fellow Parkland students who are not yet old enough to vote.
“On February 14th, I lost 17 members of my community in a mass shooting at my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. But we, the survivors, refuse to let their names be forgotten. We refuse to let their deaths be in vain,” Imam wrote.
“We have decided to take action to ensure that an event like this will never happen again. We are calling for stricter gun laws. We are calling for change,” Imam added.
“We’ve kept up the momentum of our #NeverAgain movement — but the truth is many of us are not old enough to vote,” Imam wrote. “We need you, the people of America, to get out and vote this year — for you, your family, your community, but also for people like me. Do it for the survivors who can’t vote yet. Do it for those who will never be able to vote because they were murdered in their school, their neighborhood, or their place of worship. Do it so no parent will ever have to receive the news that their child has been shot at school.”
“There is too much at stake for us to retreat from this fight. Can I count on you to commit to vote this fall?”
The email asks for a commitment to register their contact info with the DNC, but, once that process is completed, the user is automatically presented with the DNC’s small-dollar donation page where they can chip in money to help fill the coffers of Tom Perez’s beleaguered political organization.
Imam recently weighed in in the press on a bizarre incident in which a Georgia teacher allegedly fired a gun in an empty classroom.
The concept of teenagers voting — in addition to gun control — seems to be a new cause for Democrats who see advantage among young voters.
On Feb. 28, Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed a bill into law that expedites voter registration for California residents.
“AB 1407 will increase voter engagement by removing the unnecessary step of pro-actively registering to vote, increasing the likelihood of a young person voting in future elections,” said Kevin McCarty a Democratic Assemblyman from Sacramento who sponsored the bill.
The bill will automatically pre-register 16 and 17 year olds to vote upon receipt of a California driver’s license or state identification card. Teenagers will then be eligible to vote when they turn 18 without having to take any further action.
However, in California, illegal immigrants are legally allowed to obtain a driver’s license.
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BACK TO WORK: Ford Motors Announces They Intend to Begin Reopening Plants on Apr. 6
Ford does not want to suspend production for months because of coronavirus.
Ford Motor Co. announced on Thursday that they intend to begin reopening some of their plants on Apr. 6, as the iconic automaker hopes that the coronavirus pandemic will not sideline their business for long.
Ford said last week that they would be suspending all production at their facilities indefinitely. They made the decision along with General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with union workers spooked because of potential exposure to the coronavirus.
While Ford wants to resume their operations as quickly as possible, their plans are not written in stone. They could re-evaluate their time frame if the coronavirus pandemic worsens over the next ten days.
“We will continue to assess public health conditions as well as supplier readiness and will adjust plans if necessary,” Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America, said in a statement.
GM and Chrysler have not issued any possible schedule for resuming operations at the present time. If all goes according to plan, Ford will re-open the Hermosillo Assembly Plant on Apr. 6 for one shift. It would then open many more facilities across the country on Apr. 14.
The other corporate titans of Motor City may be skittish about reopening because of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s draconian restrictions on industry. Whitmer has issued an edict forcing all supposedly non-essential businesses to shutter until Apr. 13.
“The current trajectory we’re on seems a lot like Italy,” Whitmer said earlier this week. “We’ve got to do everything in our power to keep that from happening in Michigan.”
“This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities,” she added. “The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.”
While public officials like Whitmer may have the best of intentions, their forced shut-down of the economy may cause more lasting damage to the country than the coronavirus ever could.
“The situation is fluid and can change week to week,” said Jim Cain, a spokesman for GM. “We don’t have firm return-to-work dates at this time.”
Americans are desperate to go back to work as the social safety net is strained like never before during these trying times. A dubious record was set for jobless claims filed in March, with three million Americans filing for unemployment benefits. President Trump hopes to have the country back on track by the Easter holiday.
“I think there are certain people that would like it not to open so quickly,” Trump said on Wednesday. “I think there are certain people that would like [the economy] to do financially poorly, because they think that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls.”
He added: “I’m not going to do anything rash or hastily — I don’t do that. But the country wants to get back to work.”
It will not be easy for President Trump to pull the nation out of the grip of media-driven mass hysteria that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.
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