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In January, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the minute hand of their Doomsday Clock had moved forward to 2 1/2 minutes to midnight - the closest it has been since 1953. The use of even a single nuclear weapon by states or terrorists would be a catastrophic world-changing event. With 15,000 nuclear warheads worldwide and loose talk about a nuclear arms race coming from the White House, what are the real threats and dangers posed by nuclear weapons?
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The Democratic Women of Monterey County is sad to report the passing of Wies Christianson Norberg. Wies was not only a bright light of our community; she was also a founding member of the DWMC, serving as treasurer and driving force. Her legacy lives on not only in her beautiful family but also in the many ways she improved our county. She will be missed. Our condolences to her loved ones.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that she will introduce two bills in response to President Trump’s discriminatory executive order barring immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. The executive order prohibits individuals from Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen—218 million people—from entering the country. The order was written so broadly that it bars relatives of American families from these seven countries from visiting the United States. The order also halts the Syrian refugee program.
Reports from media, advocacy groups and family members indicate that around 300 people, including children and elderly individuals, were detained at airports across the country on the first day of implementation. However, Customs and Border Protection has yet to release official information on who was detained, making it impossible to know the exact figures.
Those detained include:
Monterey County’s top elected women – Assemblymember Anna Caballero and Supervisors Jane Parker and Mary Adams – inspired applause and cheers from a sold-out crowd at the DWMC’s opening event of 2017.
In a conversation moderated by Caballero, the three women discussed what issues most concerned them about the incoming presidential administration and their plans for meeting the challenge. Adams expressed greatest concern for Monterey’s safety net and cited the danger to natural resources if protective regulations are dismantled.
Parker, who pointed to Monterey County’s commitment to “caring policies” such as civil rights, housing and prison reform, voiced concerns “about the degradation of the American spirit of tolerance and generosity” that the Trump Administration may bring.
After all those years as a woman hearing 'not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,' almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, 'I'm enough.'