Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/23/19)

Pitcher Mariano Rivera made history on Tuesday, becoming the first player unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera, a 13-time All-Star, played for the New York Yankees for 19 seasons. With him as a closer, the team won five World Series titles. Rivera was named MVP of the 1999 World Series. Before Rivera, Ken Griffey Jr. came the closest to being unanimously elected, receiving 99.3 percent of the vote three years ago. The other players voted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday were Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, and Roy Halladay, who died in a 2017 plane crash.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/22/19)

Taliban fighters infiltrated an Afghan intelligence base on Monday, killing dozens who worked for the agency. Afghan officials described the attack as one of the deadliest against the intelligence service, which has better trained forces than the regular army, in 17 years of war with the Taliban. The attack came hours after the Taliban said it had started fresh talks on “ending the invasion of Afghanistan.” President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare for the withdrawal of half of the roughly 14,000 American troops still stationed in Afghanistan to support government security forces.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/21/19)

As President Trump distances the U.S. from global pacts, American municipalities aren’t waiting for federal help to solve local problems. Instead, they’re using United Nations frameworks to implement sustainable development goals and monitor their progress. Baltimore, for instance, has embraced U.N. indicators to track efforts to fix a biased justice system, while Los Angeles is measuring its progress in improving economic security and disaster preparedness. And Orlando wants to become the world’s first city to meet all 100 U.N.-identified indicators of a city’s most pressing priorities

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/16/19)

The House on Tuesday voted 424-1 to rebuke Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for racist remarks. A day earlier, House Republicans removed King from all of his congressional committee assignments and widely criticized him for asking in an interview with The New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King voted for the resolution of disapproval, which denounced white supremacist movements, saying his remarks had been misconstrued, and he knew white supremacy was evil. Only Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) voted against the resolution, saying it didn’t go far enough and that King deserved the more severe punishment of formal censure.

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“Love is a powerful tool, more powerful than hate,”  A quote from Dr. King in his “Loving Your Enemies” speech. He believed that to change the world, love has to be extended to everyone, even to our enemies. It mirrored Gandhi message, one who Dr. King looked to for inspiration in the nonviolent justice movement. It’s the message upon which he built his life, that only love is capable of transforming hate into love.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/08/19)

The Internal Revenue Service will pay tax refunds despite the partial federal government shutdown, the White House Office of Management and Budget announced Monday. “Tax refunds will go out,” the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, told reporters. The decision came after reports that if the shutdown, now in its third week, dragged into filing season then taxpayers would have to wait for their refunds. The decision to send refund checks even though the IRS is affected by the shutdown would remove a key incentive for both sides to reach a spending deal to reopen the quarter of the government now closed.