Wednesday, January 6, 2016

President Obama Please Speak My Name At State of Union

During most of my adult life, I have fought the good fight for equality and justice for all Americans. I have fought and defended President Obama's vision and agenda since 2008. Therefore, I would be so honored if he would acknowledge me and a few devoted ordinary citizens who have supported, loved, and encouraged him.

It would be an amazing act of kindness if President Obama would invite me and my family to his January 12, 2016, State of the Union. It would be  great if he speaks my name if I am not invite to attend.

Even if President Obama doesn't speak my name or address my employment discrimination case at SOTU "all is well" and will continue to be well with my soul and my heart.

Thank You Jesus for President Obama and for Your divine plan that elevated him to the presidency. Thank you Jesus for my loving family and for allowing me to still RISE and to continue to trust in the name of the Lord.

Vera Richardson
Author of Screwed by Former Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cost of Immigration Inaction - Undocumented Immigrant Nova Bajamonti Unable to Pursue her American Dream

Undocumented immigrant Nova Bajamonti recent coming out present me with an opportunity to continue my efforts to help President Obama deliver on his 2008 and 2012 Comprehensive Immigration Reform campaign promises. When President Obama signs an Immigration Reform bill, innocent undocumented hardworking people living in fear can come out of the shadows. People like Nova can use their God given talents to pursue the American dream and become lawful productive human beings.

A comprehensive immigration reform bill will affect me personally because it will make America a more just democracy for all of its citizens. Comprehensive Immigration reform would force candidates to be mindful of the needs of all Americans and not just one race or the rich in order to win an election. 

A Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill will built on the foundation for Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of equality. King's powerful statement "that people be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin" will become a reality and not a dream for my grand boys and all of America’s children. 

Lastly, Immigration Reform will change America forever for the better because more citizens will have the opportunity to achieve their dreams. President Obama will be the first of many more African-Americans, women, Hispanic-Americans, and other minorities to become president of the United States, senators, congressmen, governors, judges, and mayors, in America.

Vera Richardson

Friday, January 3, 2014

This isn’t a Damn Game Speaker Boehner – Steven and Nathaniel Lives Matter

The Republican’s party determination to enact former candidate Congressman Paul Ryan’s 2012 Vice Presidential Platform of austerity measures towards the poor, uninsured, and disabled must be denied by Congressional Democrats. They must fight to keep The Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” the law of the land. Obamacare will provide Steven and countless people like him the health care coverage and benefits that they need to have a measure of joy, care, and health. Insurance companies can no longer deny health coverage to disabled Americans with pre-exiting medical conditions.

I am a close family friend who loved and was loved by Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Hopson for many years. My dear friends are the parents of three adult men.  Two of them Nathaniel Hopson Jr and Steven Hopson have pre-existing physical and emotional medical conditions.

In April 2013 Nat Senior died. I decided that I had to go by any means necessary to support his loving fragile wife Joyce and their children. During my time with them I attended an event to honor Steven.

Steve Hopson volunteers at Bob Dye Clay Family YMCA in Orange Park, Florida. Steve who has been disabled since birth started volunteering at the YMCA after his younger severely disabled brother Nathaniel Hopson Jr began attending Daystar.  (Credit YMCA 2009 annual report) Nate,has cerebral palsy, a medical condition that affects control of the muscles and makes Nate physically unable to care for himself.

This is a brief look into the lives of the Hopson family lives. These two disabled adult men and the other disabled people in this video deserves to have continued health care coverage and other benefits that bring meaning and joy to their lives. 

Most people believe what Steve said in this video “we want to take care of ourselves.” Most aren’t looking for a handout but are willing to work and/or volunteer to take care of themselves and others in need. At this time in their lives like many unemployed they can’t provide for themselves but they shouldn't have to worry about affordable health care.

If Speaker Boehner and other GOP leaders want to implement their party’s vision and agenda for America they must WIN an election. They should once again present their case to the American people. If after hearing their case and the case of opposing Democratic opponent they win the 2016 Presidential election then and only then should the PEOPLE allow Republicans especially Tea Party Republicans to FORCE their vision and will of their wealthy donors on Americans.

Vera Richardson

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Bizarre Weather 2013 Signs of Jesus Returning? Will you be worthy to Escape These Things?

CNN "At least three people are dead after a bizarre mix of weather across the country spawned tornadoes, ice storms and record-setting warmth this weekend." 

34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

I discovered this verse while looking for biblical confirmation to extreme weather during the last three months of 2013 as reported by CNN.

The bible verse is confirmation that some of us will escape and not experience suffering and hardships that we are seeing happening now that  will only get worst according to the bible. (Is this in reference to the Rapture?)
Vera Richardson

Sunday, October 20, 2013

United States Supreme Court: No Longer Our Hope for Equality: Race Conversation Supported by my Book is Our "HOPE"

We can change America by using Screwed by Former Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer  and direct evidence in it to start a conversation that shed light on one form of RACISM employment discrimination. Included in the conversation should be a respectfully request that President Obama use an Executive Order to Amend the Civil Right Act of 1964 again.

In Screwed by Former Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer my employment discrimination experienced and life are detailed in great length. The book includes original evidentiary documents that were uploaded into the book as pictures. The documents includes but are not limited to deposition testimonies, doctors’ reports, letters, perjured declarations, court orders, and transcripts of oral arguments and administrative hearings.

My book and the direct evidence in it allows Americans and readers around the world the opportunity to decide and render a verdict on an employment discrimination case. Additionally the book will allow readers to decide if the Supreme Court should have reviewed and remanded Richardson’s case back to the district court. It should also started a conversation as to why the United States Supreme Court didn't select this important summary judgment motion case to review and question the appearance that only cases that negatively hurts African-Americans are reviewed by the Court.

On August 16, 2013, Lee Daniels' The Butler movie which stars Oprah and Forest Whitaker opened in theaters in America. Prior to the release date of the movie on August 12, 2013 CNN Suzanne Malveaux Digging Deeper into Lee Daniels' The Butler movie interviewed actor Forest Whitaker and Director Daniels. Malveaux’s interview drives home the fact that a cycle and circle of racism still continues in America.

At the 7:50 mark and 8:37 mark in the video they discussed the current state of race relations in this country, Trayvon Martin, Supreme Court Voting Right Act of 1965 ruling, and the cycle of racism that we have been trying to break as a race of people. Director Daniels voiced irony of realizing that President Johnson was responsible for the Voters Right Act of 1965 and finding out the Supreme Court’s ruling on Voting Rights Act of 1965 after filming that part of the movie.
Whitaker believes that the cycle and circle is still going on. He believes that a dialogue can help break the cycle. I agree with Whitaker that cycle of racism is still happening but I believe that an honest dialogue on racism and ACTION from the executive branch of our government is needed to end the cycle.

What Americans especially African-Americans need NOW is concrete MEASURABLE action from President Obama. He can break part of the CIRCLE/CYCLE of racism by having the courage to boldly address and take ACTION to strengthen Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act itself is a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women, and ended racial segregation in the United States.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against employment discrimination on the bases of race and color, as well as national origin, sex, and religion. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government. Employment discrimination is a major reason that African-American unemployment rates is double that of Whites in some parts of America. It is also a reason that many African-American teenagers are unemployed and many African-American adults are either unemployed or underemployed.

President Obama has the same POWER, opportunities, and resources that were available to President Johnson when he signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He also has the "dream" and the office of the Presidency to make real changes in our lives to include justice for all of America’s citizens. Additionally, he has already addressed and corrected part of the Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964.

On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. According to the New York Times: “In signing the bill, Mr. Obama said that it sends the message "that there are no second class citizens in our workplaces, and that it's not just unfair and illegal, it's bad for business to pay someone less because of their gender or their age or their race or their ethnicity, religion or disability."

President should address employment discrimination once again because it is the RIGHT thing to do. I am an African-American female victim of employment discrimination who likes Lilly Ledbetter was denied justice by the Supreme Court of the United States for employment discrimination. I hope and pray that President Obama will take a similar interest in my case and act in a similar fashion. I hope that he doesn’t let politics prevent him from using my case to address Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, because my experience occurred in New York and involves Democrats Eliot Spitzer and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The salutary purpose of summary judgment and the rights of all Americans to fair and equal justice can both be accomplished with a well written and defined amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Amending the Civil Rights Act again would prevent one judge from having the absolute power to grant summary judgment motions that dismiss Title VII (discrimination and retaliation) cases.

Vera Richardson
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Paul Ryan & GOP Clueless about seniors and Obamacare in 2012 and 2013: Use this to win in 2014!

Ryan discussed his mom on one of his first campaign stop to Florida and said that as a senior citizen she lived in WI in the summer and lived in Florida during the winter. He also stated that there is an unwritten rule in WI when you turn 65 you must move to Florida for the winter. It must be nice to have the means to obey that rule. Paul Ryan millions of senior citizens can’t afford to live in one house, apartment, town, city, or state let alone afford the expenses of maintaining and moving back and forth to avoid harsh winters. Millions of those same Americans need the provisions of Obamacare that includes obtaining insurance with pre-existing conditions and expanding Medicare and Medicaid. According to a USA May 29, 2013, story titled “States Report: Health Care crisis looms for seniors” one of the 8 in 10 seniors coping with at least one chronic condition. If you are a Republican and also a senior coping with medical issues It’s time for you to switch parties and/or volunteer and vote for Democratic candidates in 2014. Paul Ryan and the House GOP have voted 39 times to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act AKA “Obamacare.” Ryan, Speaker Boehner, and the GOP were wrong and out of touch with the average senior citizens needs in 2012 and they are still out of touch in 2013. Ryan is clueless about your needs especially your medical needs. To the Democratic Party become proactive just like McConnell is promoting an issue with an ad that he thinks will win additions seats in Congress for his party use the information in this post to create a Democratic ad NOW! Vera Richardson