Recap of Trump Address and Democratic Response; Woman In Vegetative State Sexually Assaulted, Gives Birth to Child; Protests After Black Man Found Dead in Ed Buck’s West Hollywood Apartment; Top Stories Briefs: Jeff Bezos Announces Divorce; Trump Orders FEMA To Stop California Wildfire Aid; R. Kelly Reportedly Under Criminal Investigation; NAD Representing Georgia Deaf Referee in Discrimination Lawsuit; Ribbon Alert #deafbing
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Recap of Trump Address and Democratic Response
Last night it was a political theater in Washington, D.C. with President Trump’s address from the White House on immigration and the Democratic response from Capitol Hill.
Here are some highlights of their remarks.
Trump opened by saying there is a security crisis at our southern border that is killing Americans every day because of drugs or murderers that come across.
Trump said we need a $5.7 billion steel wall, that it was common sense.
He challenged Democratic politicians to imagine if it was their family member who was murdered or raped by an illegal alien.
Trump closed his speech by saying he swore to protect our country and that is what he would always do.
After a few minutes, the Democratic leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer gave their responses.
Pelosi said she wanted to end the shutdown. She said Trump was obsessed with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on a wall that he always promised Mexico would pay for. She said we need to secure our borders while honoring our values.
Schumer said American democracy doesn’t work this way, that no president should pound the table and demand he gets his way or else the government shuts down. He called on Trump to reopen the government and then continue to work on approaches to border security.
So, those are the highlights. We see that Trump did not declare a national emergency.
It is a political tug-of-war with the nation watching. The shutdown has lasted for 19 days. The president is expected to visit the border tomorrow at the south tip of Texas.
Woman In Vegetative State Sexually Assaulted, Gives Birth to Child
There was an incident at a private healthcare facility in Arizona. A 29-year old woman in a vegetative state was sexually assaulted and recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
Caretakers did not realize the woman was pregnant until they saw her going into labor and giving birth.
The woman was in a vegetative state for over 10 years after she almost drowned. She is a Native American, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
Now there is a police investigation on male staffers. They are asking for DNA samples. It is a felony to sexually assault a vulnerable adult.
The facility is run by Hacienda Healthcare. Their CEO resigned on Monday. A board member said they want a “full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation.”
An attorney for the woman’s family said they would take care of the baby boy.
Protests After Second Black Man Found Dead in Ed Buck’s West Hollywood Apartment
On Monday night in West Hollywood, there were protests outside of Ed Buck’s apartment after a body of a young, unidentified black man was found dead, possibly from a drug overdose.
Buck, an openly gay man, is a well-known donor to Democratic politicians and is a LGBTQ activist.
In July 2017, a 26-year old man, Gemmel Moore, who was also black, was found dead in Buck’s home from a meth overdose. He was openly gay, an escort and had claimed that Buck injected him with drugs.
So it is two similar incidents in less than two years. Buck was at home both times.
Police are now investigating the Monday death and will review the 2017 death.
The protesters are angry that Buck was not arrested now or then, said he is a predator, and claimed that he is protected by powerful Democrats.
Buck’s attorney said the person who died on Monday took some drugs before he went to Buck’s home and died there of an accidental overdose.
U.S. Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif) said he was deeply disturbed and would donate the contributions he received from Buck to LGBT and black advocacy organizations.
Top Stories Briefs: Jeff Bezos Announces Divorce; Trump Orders FEMA To Stop California Wildfire Aid; R. Kelly Reportedly Under Criminal Investigation
Here are three top stories briefs.
The first — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced they will divorce after 25 years of marriage and will remain friends. They have four children. Bezos is the world’s richest man with an estimated net worth of over $130 billion. The two will continue to work together on a $2 billion charity they founded.
The second news — President Trump tweeted that he will order FEMA to stop sending money to California for forest fires because the state can’t get their act together. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif) said Trump shouldn’t play politics by threatening to withhold money from survivors of a deadly natural disaster.
The third news — there are media reports that musician R. Kelly is now under criminal investigation by the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia. There was a docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” that recently aired on Lifetime where several people accused Kelly of sexually abusing young women and girls and of keeping them imprisoned in his home. Kelly has denied this. A state attorney in Chicago is asking potential victims to come forward.
California FEMA: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-says-he-has-ordered-fema-to-stop-sending-money-to-california-unless-they-get-their-act-together
R Kelly: https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/1/9/18175290/r-kelly-criminal-investigation-fulton-county
NAD Representing Georgia Deaf Referee in Discrimination Lawsuit
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) said they are representing a deaf basketball referee from Georgia, Donald Jacobs, in a discrimination lawsuit against the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).
The NAD said GHSA has repeatedly refused to provide sign language interpreters for its referee training camps and that this is a violation of the ADA.
The NAD explained that Jacobs is unable to build his skills and advance to higher paying positions because of a lack of interpreters.
Jacobs said he just want the same opportunities as other referees, that his earning potential shouldn’t be limited because he is deaf.
D.C. law firm Stein & Vargas, LLP and the Georgia Advocacy Office are also representing Jacobs in the lawsuit.
This was featured in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article. It explained that Jacobs used to play basketball at the Georgia School for the Deaf and works as a school custodian and a referee in DeKalb County, near Atlanta.
An attorney for GHSA said they are a private, nonprofit organization and are not required by law to provide interpreters. He said GHSA had other deaf referees come with their own interpreters.
We know there are several deaf referees. There was a viral video a month ago by Nathan Boyes, a deaf referee from Washington, who filmed himself officiating a hearing middle school basketball game. He said, “Deaf people can, I can.”
Nathan Boyes Video: https://www.facebook.com/nathan.boyes.16/videos/10100503787413298/
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!