Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Resistance is Ready!! Up the Rebels!!

The Resistance is more determined than ever to find out exactly what's going on here. 

Trump has trampled on our First Amendment rights, declaring an all out war on the media, trying to register people by religion, trying to stop the free press. A free press is a cornerstone of a free society. 

Without that, what do we have?

An uninformed, ignorant population which is exactly what Donald Trump wants. 

I've been accused of not loving my country because I don't love my president. 

How dare anyone say such things? I'm fighting for our fundamental rights. 

Since the person making these accusations doesn't care about anything other than his right to carry GUNS, GUNS, GUNS... someone should educate him on the FIRST AMENDMENT. 

It's number one for a reason. So as James Johnson threatens to "shut me down?" by sending Mother of all Bombs to my front door... 

More from this classy character!!

I say, good luck trying!! 

Not in my country.  Nope. Up The Rebels!!

Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
Nashville, Tennessee

"You may not care how much I know, but you don't know how much I care."


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Leaders in the movement against Hate Crimes become victims themselves.

This is unfortunately what happens when you get to a certain level on this playing field. You become the target of Hate Crimes yourself no matter what your Race. 

When I received the death threats and learned my photographs and address were being circulated in private Nazi forums. I was advised to remove selfies and photographs from social media. Law enforcement quickly responded and YES, they DO follow my twitter account where my posts are raw and unfiltered. 

Unfortunately it's a risk that comes with the territory and one I have chosen to take. This makes me very sad. 

I was fighting against racism and White Supremacists long before I was targeted myself. Then I learned that these idiots don't even consider ME white because I'm Jewish. Oreally? 

They told me, "Trump will take care of you Jews!" Told me I would be deported or killed once Trump took office. This is his base. The second you come to me and tell me that I'm overreacting to a credible death threat (names available upon request because they were from my hometown) you become a Nazi sympathizers. I will delete you from my friends

list and life forever. 

I've been on the Dark Web longer than some of you have been on social media. Don't tell me I'm overreacting. Law enforcement sure doesn't think so and they pay very close attention to my social networks and interactions for a good reason. That's what I signed up for and I have no regrets. 

I know in my heart that I'm fighting the good fight and that I'm in this for the right reasons. If I need to wave academic credentials in your face or point you to my many publications to convince you that what I have to say is worth listening to and you attack me for my looks? I've already won. 

So don't bother sending message requests after I remove you from my inner circle. I don't make these judgments easily. And to hear people are going on and on about it months later after being told (here) that I should be more like a pizza and get in an oven without screaming? YOU ARE A NAZI SYMPATHIZER! 

Keep up the chatter. All publicity is good publicity. And I already own you. And I will live rent free in your heads. Good luck with that. 😀😀😀


Raise the Terror Alert!! They are already here!!

The U.K. has raised the threat level of Terrorist attacks to critical. Now the USA needs to do the same thing. And let me assure you, building a wall or deporting small children will NOT keep terrorists out. They are ALREADY here. They are White, homegrown Far Right Extremists. 

I will say this as many times as I need to. And calling me a Bitch or ugly or even death threats won't shut me up. It will only amplify my message. Can you here me now?? 

Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
Nashville, Tennessee

"You may not care how much I know, but you don't know how much I care."


Friday, May 26, 2017

Hey hey! Ho ho! Donald Trump Has GOT to go!!

I worked on the Obama Campaign and with the Obama Transition Team. 

People have asked me if I was this critical of Obama and the answer is yes. However, not once did I ever feel that Obama was in it for the money or his ego. I'm done placating a 70 year old loser. 

Once Obama was in and I wrote my up policy briefs and proposals I was done. I'm not done with Trump because I don't think he has the moral character, integrity or human decency to represent me or anyone else in the United States. 

I've put up with Trump as a neighbor half a mile from Mar-A-Lago and that was bad enough. Now Trump is alienating all of our allies the same way he did with Palm Beach Residents. 

Donald Trump has GOT to go.
Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
Nashville, Tennessee

"You may not care how much I know, but you don't know how much I care."


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trump administration officially rolls back transgender bathroom guidance - wptv.com

Trump administration officially rolls back transgender bathroom guidance - wptv.com

Trump administration officially rolls back transgender bathroom guidance

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.

The announcement is a significant victory for opponents of the Obama administration's guidelines who believe the federal government should never have gotten involved in the issue. Civil rights groups, meanwhile, decried the move as an attack on transgender children that denies them equal rights.

Last May, the departments of Education and Justice issued joint guidance directing schools to let transgender students use facilities that correspond with their gender identity. The "Dear Colleague" letter, addressed to school districts and colleges that receive federal funding, was based on the Obama administration's interpretation of Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools, to include gender identity.

In a two-page "Dear Colleague" letter to public schools, the Trump administration said the existing guidance did not "contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process."

The letter -- which does not offer new guidance but simply withdraws the Obama administration policy -- says there must be "due regard" for the role of states and local school districts in shaping education policy in schools.

The letter also makes clear that the "withdrawal of these guidance documents does not leave students without protections from discrimination, bullying, or harassment."

"As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level," the White House said in a statement. "The joint decision made today by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education returning power to the states paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators."

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the administration has "a responsibility to protect every student in America and ensure that they have the freedom to learn and thrive in a safe and trusted environment.

"This is not merely a federal mandate, but a moral obligation no individual, school, district or state can abdicate," the statement continued. "At my direction, the department's Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools."

DeVos, however, was not originally on board with the plan, a source told CNN Wednesday.

Supreme Court poised to consider related case

In a separate letter, the deputy solicitor general informed the Supreme Court that the guidance had been withdrawn. The court is poised to consider the case of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old transgender male who wants to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity.

Last April, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Grimm, a Virginia resident, who fought the school board's new policy at Gloucester High School that denied him access to the boys' bathroom but allowed him the use of recently constructed single-stall unisex restrooms. In ruling for Grimm and against the school district, the court deferred to the Obama administration's interpretation of Title IX.

In an interview with CNN last fall, Grimm said that he was just "another 17-year-old kid."

"I have 17-year-old fears and worries and I have 17-year-old motivations, which is just to get out of high school and have fun with my friends and family. There's just nothing about me that is predatory or dangerous, or warrants the kind of response I got from the community," he said.

Arguments in the case are scheduled for March 28. While the Trump administration's new guidance may not stop the case, it could give the justices an off-ramp to send the matter back to the lower court to consider the new guidance. The court could also decide to send the case back before arguments.

"Both parties will tell the court we think the court to decide the question," said James Esseks,the director of the ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and HIV Project and a lawyer for Grimm.

'Not what Betsy wanted to do'

One source outside of government who said he's familiar with DeVos' thinking on the plans told CNN, "this is not what Betsy wanted to do."

She communicated that first to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the source said. She was then summoned to the White House on Tuesday for a meeting with Sessions and President Donald Trump, where she was told to agree to the plans.

"It was the President's decision," the source said.

DeVos reminded Trump that both he and she had publicly promised to protect all students.

She felt that this was not in accordance with those promises. She did ask for additional language to put in the letter that affirmed that students would still be protected and the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights would investigate issues.

Her concern was that some people may interpret it as removing protections.

"When the President tells you to do something you don't want to do, that is a hard spot to be in," the source said.

Outrage from transgender advocacy groups

The Obama administration guidance was in response to questions from school districts about how to treat transgender students, based on best practices from schools across the country that have already taken up the issue.

"A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity," the guidance read.

That guidance outraged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who led a charge on behalf of several states and won a nationwide injunction from a district court judge in Texas barring federal agencies from taking action against the schools that disagreed with the guidance.

Sarah Warbelow, legal director of Human Rights Campaign, said rescinding the guidance will lead to confusion among schools that look to the federal government for best practices, because the change does not affect existing federal law, only the Department of Education's interpretation of it.

And Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told reporters the decision was "simply and dangerously wrong and incorrect."

"Laws like Title IX are not state-by-state options, they are the responsibility of the federal government," she said.

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