VOTE 2020

Don’t follow your family members, colleagues or friends when they talk about not voting.  You need to exercise your right to vote and every non-vote is a vote for the candidate that you do Not want in office.  So, please vote in every election.  As United States Citizens, it is extremely important that we exercise our right to vote.  Most people do not think their vote matters, because they do not understand how the government works for the people.  It is important to learn about what the Executive Branch of Government is responsible for, so that you know how important it is to vote for those who have your best interest at heart.  

To learn more about the Executive Branch of Government and their responsibilities visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/the-executive-branch/. Another reason why some people don’t vote, is because they do not know much about the people in the Election, so I have provided you with detailed information below on each of the candidates in the Election to help you reach an informed decision when you Exercise Your Right to VOTE on November 3. 2020, or whenever is applicable for your State. 

 

Make sure you are still a registered voter by searching your name and State on https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/, before the day of the Election.  If you are not registered to Vote, You can register to vote before the October 19th deadline at https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote#item-212645.

If you vote by Mail-In-Ballot, remember to SIGN the FORM, before mailing it, so that your Vote can count.  If you do not sign the mail-in ballot form, your vote might not be counted.  Make sure that you check ahead of time to find out where your polling location is to determine whether or not the location has changed. 

 

The State Supreme Court in Pennsylvania, ordered officials to throw out “naked ballots,” which are mailed ballots that arrive without inner “secrecy envelopes.” Pennsylvania uses a two-envelope mail-in ballot system: A completed ballot goes into a “secrecy envelope” that has no identifying information, and then into a larger mailing envelope that the voter must sign.

In the November 2020 Election, we are voting for the following:

President of the United States of America


-Joe Biden, Democrat, former Vice President, military vet, and Senator from Delaware.  To find out more about him visit https://joebiden.com/.

-Current 45th president, Republican, real estate tycoon. To find out more about him
click here.


PA Attorney General, is the top law enforcement official for the State, which has four divisions: Criminal Law, Public Protection, Civil Law, and Operations.


-Incumbent Josh Shapiro, Democrat. To find out more about him visit https://www.joshshapiro.org/.

-Heather Heidelbaugh, Republican.  To find out more about her visit http://heatherheidelbaugh.com/.

 

Auditor General, performs the function of the chief fiscal auditor responsible for helping to eliminate waste, and ensure the State spending is compliant with law and State initiatives are meeting goals effectively.

-Nina Ahmad, Democrat, former Philly deputy mayor. To find out more about her visit https://www.ninaforpa.com/about-nina/.

-Scott Conklin, Democrat, Current State Rep. for Harrisburg.  To find out more about him visit http://www.pahouse.com/conklin.

-Rosie Davis, Democrat, PA and Vice Chairman of the Smithfield Township Board of Auditors.  To find out more about her visit https://ballotpedia.org/Rosie_Davis.

-Tracie Fountain, Democrat, Employee of the Office of the Auditor General. To find out more about her visit https://ballotpedia.org/Tracie_Fountain.

-Christina Hartman, Democrat, Organizer and 2016 US Congress candidate. To find out more about her visit http://christinamhartman.com/.

-Michael Lamb, Democrat, Pittsburgh City Controller.  To find out more about him visit https://pittsburghpa.gov/controller/controller-bio.

-Timothy DeFoor, Republican, Second Term Controller in Dauphin County.  To find out more about him visit https://www.defoor4pa.com/.

 

Treasurer

-Joseph Torsella, Democrat, Incumbent.  To find out more about him visit https://www.joetorsella.com/.

-Stacy Garrity, Republican.  To find out more about her visit https://www.garrityforpa.com/meet-stacy.

-U.S. House of Representatives, Philly has three Congressional Districts.  The 2nd District covers most of east Broad and North of Center City.  The 3rd District encompasses most of West Philly and Center City.  The 5th district covers Delaware County, a portion of South Philly, and small parts of Montgomery County.

To find your District, maps of each district can be found on the website linked here: https://seventy.org/publications/political-maps-of-philadelphia/congressional-districts  

 

2nd District
-Dwight Evans, Democrat, Incumbent. To find out more about him visit https://evans.house.gov/about.

-David Torres, Republican.  To find out more about him visit https://ballotpedia.org/David_Torres_(Pennsylvania).


3rd District
-Brendan Boyle, Democrat, Incumbent.  To find out more about him visit http://voteboyle.com/.

-Michael Harvey, Republican.  To find out more about him visit https://friendsofmichaelha.wixsite.com/mysite/about.

5th District
-Mary Gay Scanlon, Democrat, Congresswoman, Incumbent and pro-bono counselor.  To find out more about her visit https://scanlon.house.gov/about.


-Robert Jordan, Republican, veteran and 45 supporter.  To find out more about him visit https://ivoterguide.com/candidate?elecK=700&raceK=146&primarypartyk=R&canK=52748.


-Dasha Pruett, Republican, Upper Darby community volunteer from the Soviet Union, who now has U.S. Citizenship.  To find out more about her visit https://dashaforcongress.com/.

Senator in the General Assembly, is the upper house PA legislative body, and the final stop for Bills created in the House.  State Senators are elected to four-year terms with odd and even districts hosting elections for four-year term seats, every two years.  This year is an odd districts election, so voters in odd districts will not see this option on their ballots.
 

1st District

-Larry Farnese, Democrat, Incumbent, Attorney and State Senator.  To find out more about him visit http://www.senatorfarnese.com/.

-Nikil Saval, Democrat, Author and Magazine co-editor of n+1.   To find out more about him visit https://nikilsaval.com/.

No Republican Candidates

 

5th District

-John Sabatina, Jr, Democrat, Incumbent.  To find out more about him visit http://www.senatorsabatina.com/.

No Republican Candidates

 

7th District

-Vincent Hughes, Democrat, Incumbent.  To find out more about him visit https://www.senatorhughes.com/.

No Republican Candidates
 

PA House of Representatives, serves two-year terms and are all elected on even-numbered years.   There are several people running from 26 districts.  (See More Details: https://ballotpedia.org/Pennsylvania_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2020).


To see who is running in your specific area visit the website linked below: https://ballot.seventy.org/

You will also notice each time you vote that there are questions that most of us do not know what the question is asking and/or what a Home Charter Rule actually is, so let’s break it down.  The following are questions that could be asked this year.

Question No. 1: Proposed Charter Change

Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to create a Department of Labor, headed by a Cabinet-level Director, to enforce City laws that protect Philadelphia workers; to oversee labor relations, such as collective bargaining, with the City’s unionized workforce; to investigate compliance with worker protections set forth in City contracts; and to manage programs concerning City employees; and to create a Board of Labor Standards to review and adjudicate matters arising from such work?


The Office of Labor exists right now, created by an executive order from Mayor Kenney. The office is tasked with, enforcing City laws related to the protection of City workers, among other things. You may have seen in recent news regarding the Philadelphia Film Society. When an employee realized the group had been violating the City’s sick leave law for years, she contacted the Office of Labor (the Film Society admitted to this and cited administrative oversight). A ‘yes’ vote on this measure means you would like to see this office become a more permanent “department.”
 

Question No. 2: Proposed Charter Change

Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to revise rules pertaining to prohibited activities of appointed City officers and employees, to generally allow such officers and employees to volunteer for State and Federal political campaigns outside of work time and without using City resources; to continue to prohibit participation in any political campaign for a City office or Philadelphia-based state office; and to revise penalty provisions pertaining to such restrictions and prohibited activities generally?
 

The City of Philadelphia employs over 25,000 workers. The current City Charter states, “City employees can’t serve a paid role on a campaign, as a manager or consultant,” for example. It doesn’t specifically address whether they can participate in volunteer activity in support of candidates for Federal and many State offices.  This change would allow most to do so in the future, if they so choose, with the exception of workers and officers in a few specific departments (Sheriff, City Commissioners, District Attorney, Police and Board of Ethics).  If this new rule is voted in, City workers would still be restricted from participating in any way in campaigns for Philadelphia offices, as well as campaigns for State representatives, State senators, and local judges for whom Philadelphians vote. In a sort of trade-off, the provision calls for greater monetary penalties for violations of the remaining restrictions.

AND/OR These Philadelphia Ballot Questions

QUESTION: STOP & FRISK

We, the citizens of Philadelphia, call upon the Police Department to eliminate the practice of unconstitutional stop and frisk, consistent with judicial precedent, meaning an officer must have reasonable suspicion that a person is engaged in criminal activity in order to stop that person, and, therefore, an officer cannot stop someone unlawfully because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religious affiliation or expression, or other protected characteristic.
 

The City’s Home Rule Charter is like the City’s constitution; it sets up the rules for City government.

If you vote “Yes” on this ballot question, it means you want to change the City’s Charter so that it sets forth a statement that calls upon the Police Department to end the practice of unconstitutional stop and frisk.  The statement would elaborate on the constitutional limitations on police stops. It would state that for a stop and frisk to be constitutional, an officer must have reasonable suspicion that the person stopped is engaged in criminal activity. It would also state that an officer cannot, under the law, stop someone because of that person’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religious affiliation or expression, or others protected characteristic.
 

QUESTION: VICTIM ADVOCATE

Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to create the Office of the Victim Advocate to advocate for crime victims and to work with victim-services providers to coordinate, plan, train, educate, and investigate issues relating to crime victims?

The City’s Home Rule Charter is like the City’s constitution; it sets up the rules for City government.

If you vote “Yes” on this ballot question, it means you want to change the City’s Charter so that it establishes an Office of the Victim Advocate. If the Office is created, it would be headed by the Victim Advocate, who would be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of City Council. The responsibilities of the Office would include the following:

  • Advocating for victims of crimes, as individuals and as a group;

  • Ensuring that crime victims know their rights;

  • Promoting cooperation among agencies that serve crime victims; and

  • Providing training and support to agencies that interact with crime victims.


QUESTION: POLICE COMMISSION

Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for the creation of a Citizens Police Oversight Commission, and to authorize City Council to determine the composition, powers and duties of the Commission?

The City’s Home Rule Charter is like the City’s constitution; it sets up the rules for City government. If you vote “Yes” on this ballot question, it means you want to change the Charter so that it creates a Citizens Police Oversight Commission.

The City currently has an oversight body called the Police Advisory Commission, created by the Mayor, which the Mayor could eliminate. With this Charter change, the Citizens Police Oversight Commission would be a permanent part of City government. City Council would determine how members are selected for the Oversight Commission and would establish the Commission’s specific powers, consistent with its mission, which could be substantially broader than the advisory role of the Police Advisory Commission.

The Commission’s mission would be to:

  • Evaluate and work to improve police officer conduct, including by improving investigations of alleged misconduct;

  • Make clearer the officer disciplinary process and the process for submitting and considering citizen complaints of police misconduct;

  • Help hold the Police Department accountable for officers’ actions; and

  • Improve communication between the Police Department and the community.


QUESTION: BOND ISSUE

Should the City of Philadelphia borrow ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR MILLION DOLLARS ($134,000,000.00) to be spent for and toward capital purposes as follows: Transit; Streets and Sanitation; Municipal Buildings; Parks, Recreation and Museums; and Economic and Community Development?

This ballot question, if approved by the voters, would authorize the City to borrow $134,000,000 for capital purposes, thereby increasing the City’s indebtedness by $134,000,000. Capital purposes means, generally, to make expenditures that will result in something of value with a useful life to the City of more than five years, for example, acquisitions of real estate, or construction of or improvements to buildings, property or streets.

The money to be borrowed would be used by the City for five identified purposes, namely, Transit; Streets and Sanitation; Municipal Buildings; Parks, Recreation and Museums; and Economic and Community Development, all in specific amounts identified in Bill No. 200298 (approved June 26, 2020). City Council would have authority, by ordinance, to change the intended allocation by moving proceeds from one category to any of the other categories listed.

 

So, if you do not vote, you also do not have the opportunity to answer any of the questions listed above that could impact your neighborhood resources.
 

Source for Philadelphia Charter Rule Questions: Seventy.org
 

If you are at the Polls and see a candidate whose name you do not recognize and you are unsure of what they stand for, a Google Search on the candidate is always helpful as well.
 

You can also volunteer to work the polls and be compensated around $250 for the day.  This Election is critical. Your Vote is Your Voice.  Contact your local polling office to find out how to volunteer.  VOTE!

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MOVIES

October 2020
Movie Releases

Some movies to be released in October are listed below.  Make sure you watch the trailer for more details.

Death on the Nile – Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/JM1U-Whb-P0

Over the Moon – Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/26DIABx44Tw

Charles – Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/nZSU6Ogvxm4

Batman Death in the Family – Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/qlCFzjRzTN8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honest Thief – Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/ZUIEOMOxIDo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daddy’s Girl -Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/imlZKxDIxxQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Escape – Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/EUIGZVbatCo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Barricade – Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/72il-90cAOk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2067 – Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/Fk3NhzNqAuY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seized – Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/Ha6_UeCuiIo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belief – Watch the Trailer https://youtu.be/eKjF05yXlks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Happens Again - Coming Soon to Amazon Prime Video.  Watch the Trailer

 

 

Stay tuned to the Short Film, Sound Mind Mix Tape, An Eli & Lu Entertainment production Coming Soon.

 

 

Stay tuned for the Short Film,
A Mothers Love, A Rick Watson Production Coming Soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

TIPS

This month we focus on selecting the right Lipstick Shade for your skin tone.  

Most of us do not think about our skin tone, when selecting a lipstick color that compliments our complexion.  Our skin undertone can help us decide which color lipstick we would look our best in.  It is okay to select a lipstick shade that you like, however, that does not always mean that the shade will look right on you.  Our skin undertone color is usually pink or yellow.  Yellow is a warmer look, and pink is a cooler look. 

To check your skin’s undertone, it is said to look at the veins of your wrist; blue veins indicates a pink undertone and green veins indicate a yellow undertone.  If you are still unsure, just go by your skin tone on your face.  For lighter skin tones, the best lipstick colors to wear are: red, pink, burgundy, orange and nude.  For medium to darker skin tones, the best lipstick colors to wear are: plum, deep cinnamon, and berry shades.


The fullness and shape of your lips should also be considered when choosing the right lipstick.  Bright red and pink shades, can make lips look fuller, so if you already have full lips, and you don’t want your lips to be your main focal point, you may want to consider selecting a darker shade.  When selecting the right lipstick, you should also select a lipstick that includes a moisturizer to help keep the lips soft, reduce dryness, and cracked lips.  Check out Love Exquisite Cosmetics Moisturizing Lipstick in a variety of shades for only $8.00 available at www.LoveExquisite.com.

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Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones this year. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a U.S. Supreme Court justice and the second woman to be appointed to the position (First Jewish Woman).

She graduated from Columbia Law School and became a courtroom advocate for the fair treatment of women and working with the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980 and appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

 

Throughout her life, Ginsburg continued to encounter gender discrimination while seeking employment after graduation, so she served as the Director of the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, for which she argued six well known cases on gender equality before the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Ginsburg believed that the law was gender-blind and all groups were entitled to equal rights. One of the five cases she won before the Supreme Court involved a portion of the Social Security Act that favored women over men, because it granted certain benefits to widows but not widowers.

She was considered part of the Supreme Court's moderate-liberal bloc presenting a strong voice in favor of gender equality, the rights of workers and the separation of church and state. In 1996 Ginsburg wrote the Supreme Court's landmark decision in United States v. Virginia, which held that the state-supported Virginia Military Institute could not refuse to admit women.  In 2015, Ginsburg sided with the majority in two landmark Supreme Court rulings. On June 25th she was one of the six justices to uphold a critical component of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, too often referred to as Obamacare, in King v. Burwell. The decision allows the federal government to continue providing subsidies to Americans who purchase health care through "exchanges," regardless of whether they are state or federally operated.

On June 26, the Supreme Court handed down its second historic decision in as many days, with a 5–4 majority ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Ginsburg is considered to have been instrumental in the decision, having shown public support for the idea in past years by officiating same-sex marriages and by challenging arguments against it during the early proceedings of the case.  In 2016, Ginsburg released, "My Own Words," a memoir of her writings that date as far back as her junior high school years. The book became a New York Times Best Seller.  

 

In January 2018, Ginsburg appeared at the Sundance Film Festival to accompany the premiere of the documentary RBG. Touching on the Me Too Movement, she recalled an earlier time when she put up with the advances of a Cornell University professor.

In April 2018, Ginsburg achieved another career milestone by assigning a majority opinion for the first time in her 25 years with the court. The ruling for Sessions v. Dimaya, which struck down a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act that allowed the deportation of any foreign national convicted of a "crime of violence."

Ginsburg endured several health scares after being appointed to the bench, undergoing surgery for colon cancer, pancreatic cancer and lung cancer. She was hospitalized in November 2018 after falling in her office and fracturing three ribs.

In July 2020, Ginsburg revealed she was undergoing chemotherapy for a "recurrence of cancer" on her liver and was "yielding positive results."

Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020, at her home in Washington, D.C., from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Bennie Swans, a longtime resident of Philadelphia, Community Leader and Anti-violence Activist, who moved to South Carolina died at the age of 70 after battling a long term illness.  He previously served as Director of the Safe Streets Initiative, as well as helped to start the Crisis Intervention Network, working to fight against gang violence.  During his time in Myrtle Beach, he served as Chair of the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation and continued to rally against local violence.  He also helped with initiatives of the South Carolina Mothers Against Violence and also Co-Founded the Grand Strand Community Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee to strengthen the gap between the community and the police, among many other initiatives.
 

Two great people who fought unselfishly for the rights of others.  They will be missed. Thank you for your contribution to the world. Rest well in paradise.
 

May they all rest in peace.

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Each time your birthday approaches, you realize how much you wanted to accomplish.  Although you had some setbacks, today is a new day, you still have time to finish up old projects that you put off.  Don’t let distractions get in the way.  Recognize when you are off your game, the things and people who are around you that take you away from your goals; they are distractions.  Making some changes and adjustments will get you back on track, so be flexible and know what and who to remove from your life. Spend a little quiet time with yourself to find out what you really want out of life and when the answer is clear, don’t be afraid, don’t fight against it, go for it.  You’ll be so glad you did.

 

Scorpio

Taking on too many responsibilities can cause you to burn out.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help, when you need it.  Express yourself and how you feel about recent life events, before your mental state is overwhelmed and you lash out on those around you.  Try to stay positive and surround yourself with positive people.  Everyone cannot go to your next level, so don’t feel obligated to stay in unpleasant situations.  Right now, you need stability.

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