June 2016

  • June 19, 2016

    “Confronting the threat of violent homegrown ‎radicalization is one of the greatest counterterrorism challenges our law enforcement and intelligence community faces. ‎We must do more at every level of government and within our own communities to identify and mitigate this cancer on our free society and prevent further loss of innocent life.”

    Senator Marco Rubio, American politician and attorney, in a statement reflecting on the Orlando club shooting in which 49 were killed and over 50 more injured. CBS, June 12, 2015

  • June 18, 2016

    “From Stonewall to Laramie and now Orlando, we’ve seen too many examples of how the struggle to live freely, openly and without fear has been met by violence. We have to stand together. Be proud together. There is no better rebuke to the terrorists and all those who hate.”

    Hilary Clinton, American politician and the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election, in a statement reflecting on the Orlando club shooting in which 49 were killed and over 50 more injured. Medium, June 13, 2016

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    • June 17, 2016

      “This country was built on the idea that we do not all agree on everything; that we are a tolerant and free nation that encourages debate, free thinking and believing — or not — in what you choose. I as a new father, am thinking, ‘What do I tell my kids? What do I tell them about this? What can we learn from this? What if my kids are gay? What do I tell them?’ Maybe there’s a lesson from all of this — a lesson in tolerance.”

      Jimmy Fallon, American comedian, television host, and actor, in a statement at the beginning of his talk show reflecting on the Orlando club shooting in which 49 were killed and over 50 more injured. NBC, June 13, 2016

      • June 16, 2016

        “Huge awful irony: gay men can’t give blood after Orlando’s gay night club shooting because of the ‘Gay Blood Ban.’”

        Marc Caputo, Politico’s Florida political reporter, in a tweet acknowledging the controversial Gay Blood Ban which prevents sexually active homosexuals from donating blood. Twitter, June 12, 2016

      • June 15, 2016

        “This is a very dark moment in America’s history. A radical Islamic terrorist targeted the nightclub, not only because he wanted to kill Americans but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation. It’s a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation.”

        Donald Trump, American businessman, politician, television personality, author, and presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election, in a statement after the Orlando club shooting in which 49 were killed and over 50 more injured. Washington Post, June 13, 2016.

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        • June 14, 2016

          “If my father were here today, he would stand before you humbled with a whisper and a prayer. He is no longer of this world, and no one can speak for him. But we can embrace his example and let the healing begin within. For it is especially during these times that we need to let our heart guide us.”

          Hana Yasmeen Ali, third youngest child of the American Olympic and professional boxer, Muhammad Ali, in a piece responding to the massacre that took place in Orlando. CNN, June 14, 2016

        • June 13, 2016

          “In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people, and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.”

          President Barack Obama, in a statement after the Orlando club shooting in which 49 were killed and over 50 more injured. New York Times, June 12, 2016

        • June 12, 2016

          “As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, I am dedicated and it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States.”

          1st Lieutenant Deshauna Barber, IT analyst and Miss USA 2016, when asked during the Miss USA 2016 Competition if the Pentagon’s inclusion of women in all combat roles “put political correctness over our military’s ability to perform”. CNN, June 6, 2016

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          • June 11, 2016

            “But if, as in this election, a man who spews hate and vulgarity, with no comprehension of how government works, can become presidentially plausible because he is magnetic while a capable, workaholic woman who knows policy inside and out struggles because she is not magnetic, perhaps we should reevaluate magnetism’s importance.”

            Rebecca Traister, writer and magazine editor, in a biographical piece on presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. New York Magazine, May 30, 2015

          • June 10, 2016

            “As one of those voters waiting to cast my ballot, let’s be respectful of those waiting in line today. Your vote matters, your vote counts.”

            Donna Brazile, political strategist and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee, in a social media post to her followers. Twitter, June 7, 2016

          • June 9th, 2016

            “When those who have paid their debt to society cannot find housing or a job, the entire economy suffers. And when a generation of young Americans advance through our prison system instead of our school system, we lose ground in the global economy.”

            John Legend, singer-songwriter and founder of #FreeAmerica, explaining the motivation behind his campaign to end mass incarceration. Vox. June 7, 2016

          • June 8, 2016

            “ good life is one that embraces the paradox of ourselves and others. It is accepting the contradictions that we all have internally and externally. Living a life of principle, purpose and meaning isn’t about being perfectly consistent.”

            Matthew Dowd, Chief Political Analyst with ABC News, in an article reflecting on the impact of Muhammad Ali’s life on the American public. ABC News, June 6, 2015

          • June 7, 2016

            ” I usually try to remind myself to … be useful …ecause being negative and being an asshole is the opposite of being useful as there is little added value for anyone involved.”

            Tobias van Schneider, former Lead Product Designer & Art Director at Spotify, in an article titled “Two words of advice you rarely hear.” Medium, June 5, 2016

          • June 6, 2016

            “We don’t teach biology or chemistry to kids because they’re going to become surgeons or chemists. We teach them about photosynthesis and that water is H2O, or how lightbulbs work, just to understand the world around us. You don’t use any of it, but you do on a day-to-day basis use public-key encryption, and the average American has absolutely no idea what that is.”

            Hadi Partovi, CEO of Code.org and computer science education advocate, during an interview on the need for computer code education. Recode, February 15, 2016

          • June 5, 2016

            “I didn’t think it was fair for me to run for president and freeze that seat in a competitive state. So, I made my decision.”

            Marco Rubio says it is “unlikely” he will run for reelection. Politico, May 26, 2016

          • June 4, 2016

            “It’s my personal choice — it’s just kind of weird when people say ‘take off your hijab and be you’ because this is me, I’m being myself.”

            Singer Yuna on choosing to wear a hijab while being in the music industry. Time, May 26, 2016

          • June 3, 2016

            “So, if you’re going to come out and you’re going to talk about violence and you’re the DNC chair, you have to be fair about it. I don’t think she was fair.”

            CNN Commentator Van Jones remarking on Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s comment that Bernie Sanders added “fuel to the fire” at the Democratic convention in Nevada. Washington Post, May 19, 2016.

          • June 2, 2016

            “They told us right off the bat as soon as we get here, ‘These committees all have prices and don’t pick an expensive one if you can’t make the payments.’”

            Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie talks money in Washington. The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 25, 2016

          • June 1, 2016

            “Unfortunately we only get angry about the primary process during the primary process, when it’s impacting the candidate we care about.”

            John Oliver explains the quirks in the primary system. Last Week Tonight, May 22, 2016