How many days left? Can you still count? Have you already voted?
Unfortunately, although the campaign might end, the work of repairing and rebuilding is just beginning. I have spent the week, you might say, looking through the eyes of non-voters – and People, “It ain’t pretty.” First we will go back to school children, not high school, but K – Middle School. Tell me, as a parent, are you having to monitor your children watching the news? That kind of says it all, doesn’t it? We will talk about the “Trump effect,” the impact of the presidential campaign on our nation’s schools – school children and teachers.
MAUREEN COSTELLO, Teaching Tolerance Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, in April released a report on “Teaching the 2016 Election: The Trump Effect.” The Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-partisan civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. It neither endorses political candidates or engages in electioneering activity. An important project of the Southern Poverty Law Center is called Teaching Tolerance and is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving inter-group relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation’s children. I hate to say it, but we are flunking teaching tolerance.
Do you wonder how Russia might have responded to the presidential election third debate? It can be a sobering experience to read some of the translations of Russian opinions. Maybe some of us see the comments as political, but many experts feel our relationship with Russia is the most dangerous it has ever been. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Francis Dunford has warned both the US Senate as well Secretary of State John Kerry in no uncertain terms that a “No Fly Zone” over Syria would lead to war with both Syria and Russia, intimating a dangerous process of military escalation . China has stated that it is backing Russia in its efforts to defeat the “terrorists” in Syria. Instead of a no-fly zone, perhaps we need a no-kill zone? Serious, serious business. This is not politics as usual. KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL, Editor and Publisher of The Nation, will discuss the dangers of our attitudes now. With Stephen Cohen, Ph.D., she co-edited Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev’s Reformers.” We can’t wait until this election is over to demand diplomacy over war.
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