Man’s Inhumanity To The Transgender Community. This MUST STOP.


By The Militant Negro, Jueseppi B.

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Man’s Inhumanity To The Transgender Community.

 

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Body of transgender woman found shot to death, left on a Cincinnati street

 

  Saturday, June 28, 2014

 

CINCINNATI, Ohio – A transgender woman was found dead Thursday morning in the middle of a Cincinnati street.

 

Tiffany Edwards, 28, had been shot to death, according to news reports, which said her body was discovered about 8 a.m. Thursday by a city sanitation driver.

 

Tiffany Edwards, 28

Tiffany Edwards, 28

 

Local news reports identified her as DeAndre Edwards and didn’t mention her gender identity, but BRAVO — the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization — said Edwards identified as Tiff or Tiffany.

 

BRAVO also said it believes the murder was hate-motivated and that Edwards was targeted based on perception of her gender identity and expression.

 

“BRAVO is saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted,” Executive Director Gloria McCauley said in a statement.

 

Aaron Eckhardt, BRAVO training and technical assistance director said it’s the fourth killing nationwide this month of a transgender woman of color. A 2013 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that transgender people were the victims in half the hate-crime killings of LGBT people, and people of color are the victims  in 75 percent of the killings.

 

Edwards’ death is the fourth murder of a transgender woman in Ohio in the past 18 months, and the third murder of a young transgender woman of color:

 

 

  • Betty Skinner, 52, was found dead in her Cleveland apartment in December by a home health worker.

 

  • Brittany Stergis, 22, was found dead in a car in Cleveland, also in December. She had been shot to death. Delshawn Carroll, 19, was arrested and charged with aggravated murder earlier this month.

 

“The brutality and violence we see being committed against trans communities of color is real. It’s happening in our own cities, in our own state. This violence needs to end. Trans lives matter,” Shane Morgan, said founder and chair of TransOhio.

 

McCauley said the latest killing underscores the need for discussion and action on hate crimes against LGBT people. Ohio’s hate-crimes law does not cover crimes based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

The murders of two other transgender women are being investigated in California and in Florida.

 

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Body of transgender woman found burned, dumped behind garbage bin

 

 Monday, June 23, 2014

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. — More than 200 people attended a vigil Sunday to honor a transgender woman whose body was found dumped behind a garbage bin in Fort Myers, Fla., last week.

 

The bloody and charred body of 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez was discovered on a dead-end road behind a truck rental facility shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 19.

 

 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez

31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez

 

Workers reported that Shancez’ body was “still smoldering” when she was discovered.

 

Family and friend describe Shancez — nicknamed “Miss T” — as a proud transgender woman who loved being surrounded by endless relatives at family barbecues, and who never forgot to say I love you.

 

No arrests have been made in what authorities are calling a homicide, but have not classified as a hate crime.

 

In 2013, 13 of the 18 documented anti-LGBTQ homicides were transgender women and 89 percent of the victims were people of color, GLAAD reports.

 

In California, police are investigating the death of another transgender woman whose body was found June 12 behind a Dairy Queen restaurant in Anaheim, Calif.

 

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Not one single human is safe in this nation until every single human is safe in this nation. The sexual orientation of a person does not allow for that person to be abused, bullied, harassed or systematically murdered.

 

What makes a coward man think he has the right to take a life, especially because he is too chickenshit to accept the fact that humans have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness dependent upon their own individual ideas of what life liberty and the pursuit of happiness is to them?

 

The problem with Americans in 2014 is their lack of the ability to mind their own muthafuckin business and leave others the fuck alone. I hate AmeriKKKa and coward ass AmeriKKKans.

 

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44 Years After Kent State AND Jackson State.


 

By Jueseppi B.

John Filo's Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a 14-year-old runaway kneeling over the body of Jeffrey Miller minutes after he was shot by the Ohio National Guard

John Filo‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a 14-year-old runaway kneeling over the body of Jeffrey Miller minutes after he was shot by the Ohio National Guard

 

From WBCE.ORG:

 

Weekend Ceremonies Commemorate 1970 Kent State University Shootings

 

 

 

Kent State University will pause this weekend to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the shooting deaths of four students during a protest of the Vietnam War.

 

Panel discussions are scheduled on campus tomorrow to reflect on the May Fourth, 1970 shootings and the evolution of political activism. An annual candlelight vigil in the parking lot where the students were killed by Ohio National Guard troops begins Saturday night and runs into noon on Sunday, when commemoration ceremonies begin.

 

Thank you WBCE.ORG.

 

 

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The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre) occurred at Kent State University in the US city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced during a television address on April 30. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.

There was a significant national response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of four million students, and the event further affected public opinion—at an already socially contentious time—over the role of the United States in the Vietnam War.

Kent State Remembered

 

Published on Apr 26, 2012

One of the most tragic days in American history is described by Rita Rubin Long, a student on the Kent State Campus on May 4, 1970, when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on an anti-Vietnam War rally and killed four young people.

 

 

 

 

Historical background

Richard Nixon had been elected President of the United States in 1968, promising to end the Vietnam War. In November 1969, the My Lai Massacre by American troops of between 347 and 504 civilians in a Vietnamese village was exposed, leading to increased public opposition in the United States to the war. The nature of the draft also changed in December 1969, with the first draft lottery since World War II. This eliminated deferments allowed in the prior draft process, affecting many college students and teachers.

The war had appeared to be winding down throughout 1969, so the new invasion of Cambodia angered those who believed it only exacerbated the conflict. Across the country, campuses erupted in protests in what Time called “a nation-wide student strike”, setting the stage for the events of early May 1970.

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Thursday, April 30

President Nixon announced to the nation that the “Cambodian Incursion” had been launched by United States combat forces.

 

Friday, May 1

At Kent State University a demonstration with about 500 students was held on May 1 on the Commons (a grassy knoll in the center of campus traditionally used as a gathering place for rallies or protests). As the crowd dispersed to attend classes by 1 pm, another rally was planned for May 4 to continue the protest of the expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. There was wide spread anger, and many protesters issued a call to “bring the war home.” A group of history students buried the U.S. Constitution to symbolize that Nixon had killed it.

Trouble exploded in town around midnight when people left a bar and began throwing beer bottles at police cars and breaking downtown store fronts. In the process they broke a bank window, setting off an alarm. The news spread quickly and it resulted in several bars closing early to avoid trouble. Before long, more people had joined the vandalism.

By the time police arrived, a crowd of 120 had already gathered. Some people from the crowd had already lit a small bonfire in the street. The crowd appeared to be a mix of bikers, students, and transient people. A few members of the crowd began to throw beer bottles at the police, and then started yelling obscenities at them. The entire Kent police force was called to duty as well as officers from the county and surrounding communities. Kent Mayor LeRoy Satrom declared a state of emergency, called Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes‘ office to seek assistance, and ordered all of the bars closed. The decision to close the bars early increased the size of the angry crowd. Police eventually succeeded in using tear gas to disperse the crowd from downtown, forcing them to move several blocks back to the campus.

Saturday, May 2

City officials and downtown businesses received threats while rumors proliferated that radical revolutionaries were in Kent to destroy the city and university. Mayor Satrom met with Kent city officials and a representative of the Ohio Army National Guard. Following the meeting Satrom made the decision to call Governor Rhodes and request that the National Guard be sent to Kent, a request that was granted. Because of the rumors and threats, Satrom believed that local officials would not be able to handle future disturbances. The decision to call in the National Guard was made at 5:00 pm, but the guard did not arrive into town that evening until around 10 pm. A large demonstration was already under way on the campus, and the campus Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) building was burning.

The arsonists were never apprehended and no one was injured in the fire. More than a thousand protesters surrounded the building and cheered its burning. Several Kent firemen and police officers were struck by rocks and other objects while attempting to extinguish the blaze. Several fire engine companies had to be called in because protesters carried the fire hose into the Commons and slashed it. The National Guard made numerous arrests and used tear gas; at least one student was slightly wounded with a bayonet.

 

Sunday, May 3

During a press conference at the Kent firehouse, an emotional Governor Rhodes pounded on the desk and called the student protesters un-American, referring to them as revolutionaries set on destroying higher education in Ohio. “We’ve seen here at the city of Kent especially, probably the most vicious form of campus oriented violence yet perpetrated by dissident groups. They make definite plans of burning, destroying, and throwing rocks at police, and at the National Guard and the Highway Patrol. This is when we’re going to use every part of the law enforcement agency of Ohio to drive them out of Kent.

We are going to eradicate the problem. We’re not going to treat the symptoms. And these people just move from one campus to the other and terrorize the community. They’re worse than the brown shirts and the communist element and also the night riders and the vigilantes”, Rhodes said. “They’re the worst type of people that we harbor in America. Now I want to say this. They are not going to take over [the] campus. I think that we’re up against the strongest, well-trained, militant, revolutionary group that has ever assembled in America.” Rhodes can be heard in the recording of his speech yelling and pounding his fists on the desk.

Rhodes also claimed he would obtain a court order declaring a state of emergency that would ban further demonstrations and gave the impression that a situation akin to martial law had been declared; however, he never attempted to obtain such an order.

During the day some students came into downtown Kent to help with cleanup efforts after the rioting, which met with mixed reactions from local businessmen. Mayor Satrom, under pressure from frightened citizens, ordered a curfew until further notice.

Around 8:00 pm, another rally was held on the campus Commons. By 8:45 pm the Guardsmen used tear gas to disperse the crowd, and the students reassembled at the intersection of Lincoln and Main Streets, holding a sit-in with the hopes of gaining a meeting with Mayor Satrom and the university president, Robert White. At 11:00 p.m., the Guard announced that a curfew had gone into effect and began forcing the students back to their dorms. A few students were bayoneted by Guardsmen.

Monday, May 4

On Monday, May 4, a protest was scheduled to be held at noon, as had been planned three days earlier. University officials attempted to ban the gathering, handing out 12,000 leaflets stating that the event was canceled. Despite these efforts an estimated 2,000 people gathered on the university’s Commons, near Taylor Hall. The protest began with the ringing of the campus’s iron Victory Bell (which had historically been used to signal victories in football games) to mark the beginning of the rally, and the first protester began to speak.

Companies An and C, 1/145th Infantry and Troop G of the 2/107th Armored Cavalry, Ohio National Guard (ARNG), the units on the campus grounds, attempted to disperse the students. The legality of the dispersal was later debated at a subsequent wrongful death and injury trial. On appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that authorities did indeed have the right to disperse the crowd.

The dispersal process began late in the morning with campus patrolman Harold Rice, riding in a National Guard Jeep, approaching the students to read them an order to disperse or face arrest. The protesters responded by throwing rocks, striking one campus Patrolman and forcing the Jeep to retreat.

Just before noon, the Guard returned and again ordered the crowd to disperse. When most of the crowd refused, the Guard used tear gas. Because of wind, the tear gas had little effect in dispersing the crowd, and some launched a second volley of rocks toward the Guard’s line, to chants of “Pigs off campus!” The students lobbed the tear gas canisters back at the National Guardsmen, who wore gas masks.

When it became clear that the crowd was not going to disperse, a group of 77 National Guard troops from A Company and Troop G, withbayonets fixed on their M1 Garand rifles, began to advance upon the hundreds of protesters. As the guardsmen advanced, the protesters retreated up and over Blanket Hill, heading out of The Commons area. Once over the hill, the students, in a loose group, moved northeast along the front of Taylor Hall, with some continuing toward a parking lot in front of Prentice Hall (slightly northeast of and perpendicular to Taylor Hall).

The guardsmen pursued the protesters over the hill, but rather than veering left as the protesters had, they continued straight, heading down toward an athletic practice field enclosed by a chain link fence. Here they remained for about ten minutes, unsure of how to get out of the area short of retracing their path. During this time, the bulk of the students congregated off to the left and front of the guardsmen, approximately 150 to 225 ft (46 to 69 m) away, on the veranda of Taylor Hall. Others were scattered between Taylor Hall and the Prentice Hall parking lot, while still others (perhaps 35 or 40) were standing in the parking lot, or dispersing through the lot as they had been previously ordered.

While on the practice field, the guardsmen generally faced the parking lot which was about 100 yards (91 m) away. At one point, some of the guardsmen knelt and aimed their weapons toward the parking lot, then stood up again. For a few moments, several guardsmen formed a loose huddle and appeared to be talking to one another. They had cleared the protesters from the Commons area, and many students had left, but some stayed and were still angrily confronting the soldiers, some throwing rocks and tear gas canisters. About ten minutes later, the guardsmen began to retrace their steps back up the hill toward the Commons area. Some of the students on the Taylor Hall veranda began to move slowly toward the soldiers as they passed over the top of the hill and headed back down into the Commons.

At 12:24 pm, according to eyewitnesses, a Sgt. Myron Pryor turned and began firing at the students with his .45 pistol. A number of guardsmen nearest the students also turned and fired their M1 Garand rifles at the students. In all, 29 of the 77 guardsmen claimed to have fired their weapons, using a final total of 67 rounds of ammunition. The shooting was determined to have lasted only 13 seconds, although John Kifner reported in the New York Times that “it appeared to go on, as a solid volley, for perhaps a full minute or a little longer.” The question of why the shots were fired remains widely debated.

 

 

The Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard told reporters that a sniper had fired on the guardsmen, which itself remains a debated allegation. Many guardsmen later testified that they were in fear for their lives, which was questioned partly because of the distance between them and the students killed or wounded. Time magazine later concluded that “triggers were not pulled accidentally at Kent State.” The President’s Commission on Campus Unrest avoided probing the question of why the shootings happened. Instead, it harshly criticized both the protesters and the Guardsmen, but it concluded that “the indiscriminate firing of rifles into a crowd of students and the deaths that followed were unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable.”

The shootings killed four students and wounded nine. Two of the four students killed, Allison Krause and Jeffrey Miller, had participated in the protest, and the other two, Sandra Scheuer and William Knox Schroeder, had been walking from one class to the next at the time of their deaths. Schroeder was also a member of the campusROTC battalion. Of those wounded, none was closer than 71 feet (22 m) to the guardsmen. Of those killed, the nearest (Miller) was 225 feet (69 m) away, and their average distance from the guardsmen was 345 feet (105 m).

 

 

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Eyewitness accounts

Two men who were present related what they saw.

Unidentified speaker 1:

Suddenly, they turned around, got on their knees, as if they were ordered to, they did it all together, aimed. And personally, I was standing there saying, they’re not going to shoot, they can’t do that. If they are going to shoot, it’s going to be blank.

 

 

Unidentified speaker 2:

The shots were definitely coming my way, because when a bullet passes your head, it makes a crack. I hit the ground behind the curve, looking over. I saw a student hit. He stumbled and fell, to where he was running towards the car. Another student tried to pull him behind the car, bullets were coming through the windows of the car.

 

As this student fell behind the car, I saw another student go down, next to the curb, on the far side of the automobile, maybe 25 or 30 yards from where I was lying. It was maybe 25, 30, 35 seconds of sporadic firing.

 

The firing stopped. I lay there maybe 10 or 15 seconds. I got up, I saw four or five students lying around the lot. By this time, it was like mass hysteria. Students were crying, they were screaming for ambulances. I heard some girl screaming, “They didn’t have blank, they didn’t have blank,” no, they didn’t.

 

 

May 4, after the shootings

Immediately after the shootings, many angry students were ready to launch an all-out attack on the National Guard. Many faculty members, led by geology professor and faculty marshal Glenn Frank, pleaded with the students to leave the Commons and to not give in to violent escalation:

I don’t care whether you’ve never listened to anyone before in your lives. I am begging you right now. If you don’t disperse right now, they’re going to move in, and it can only be a slaughter. Would you please listen to me? Jesus Christ, I don’t want to be a part of this … !

 

After 20 minutes of speaking, the students left the Commons, as ambulance personnel tended to the wounded, and the Guard left the area. Professor Frank’s son, also present that day, said, “He absolutely saved my life and hundreds of others”.

 

Casualties

Killed (and approximate distance from the National Guard):

  • Jeffrey Glenn Miller; age 20; 265 ft (81 m) shot through the mouth; killed instantly
  • Allison B. Krause; age 19; 343 ft (105 m) fatal left chest wound; died later that day
  • William Knox Schroeder; age 19; 382 ft (116 m) fatal chest wound; died almost an hour later in a hospital while undergoing surgery
  • Sandra Lee Scheuer; age 20; 390 ft (120 m) fatal neck wound; died a few minutes later from loss of blood

 

 

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Jackson State killings

 

The Jackson State killings occurred on Friday May 15,1970, at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University) in Jackson, Mississippi. On May 14, 1970, a group of student protesters against the Vietnam War, specifically the United States invasion of Cambodia, were confronted by city and state police. Shortly after midnight, the police opened fire, killing two students and injuring twelve. The event happened only 11 days after National Guardsmen killed four students in similar protests at Kent State University in Ohio, which had first captured national attention.

 

Timeline

A group of around a hundred African-American students had gathered on Lynch Street (named after John R. Lynch), which bisected the campus, on the evening of Thursday, May 14 to protest the United States invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. By around 9:30 p.m. the students had started fires, thrown rocks at white motorists and overturned vehicles, including a large truck. Firefighters dispatched to the scene quickly requested police support.

The police responded in force. At least 75 Jackson police units from the city of Jackson and the Mississippi Highway Patrol attempted to control the crowd while the firemen extinguished the fires. After the firefighters had left the scene, shortly before midnight, the police moved to disperse the crowd then gathered in front of Alexander Hall, a women’s dormitory.

Advancing to within 50 to 100 feet (15 to 30 m) of the crowd, at roughly 12:05 a.m., officers opened fire on the dormitory. The exact cause of the shooting and the moments leading up to it are unclear. Authorities claim they saw a sniper on one of the building’s upper floors and were being sniped in all directions. Later two city policemen and one state patrolman reported minor injuries from flying glass, and an FBI search for evidence of sniper fire was negative. The students say they did not provoke the officers. The gunfire lasted for 30 seconds, and at least 140 shots were fired by a reported 40 state highway patrolmen using shotguns from 30 to 50 feet. Every window on the narrow side of the building facing Lynch Street was shattered.

The crowd scattered and a number of people were trampled or cut by falling glass. Phillip Lafayette Gibbs, 21, a junior, and James Earl Green, 17, a senior and miler at nearby Jim Hill High School, were killed; twelve others were wounded. Gibbs was killed near Alexander Hall by buckshot, while Green was killed behind the police line in front of B. F. Roberts Hall, also with a shotgun.

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Aftermath

The President’s Commission on Campus Unrest investigated this event and also held public hearings at Kent State, in Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. There were no arrests in connection with the deaths at Jackson State, although the Commission concluded “that the 28-second fusillade from police officers was an unreasonable, unjustified overreaction…A broad barrage of gunfire in response to reported and unconfirmed sniper fire is never warranted.”

The University has memorialized the tragic occurrence by naming the area of the shootings Gibbs-Green Plaza. The Plaza is a large, multi-level brick and concrete patio and mall on the eastern side of the JSU campus that borders J. R. Lynch Street and links Alexander Hall to the University Green. A large stone monument in front of Alexander Hall near the plaza also honors the two victims. Damage to the façade of Alexander Hall caused by the rounds fired by the police is still visible.

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Beginning on May 12, 1970, a week after the Kent State killings, students at Jackson State College in Mississippi (it became Jackson State University in 1974) began to demonstrate for the same reason students in Ohio and elsewhere were demonstrating—against Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia. Most of the students demonstrating at Jackson State were black.  It was an affront to police, but also to residents, who took to riding by the demonstrators and launching racist insults. In return, students began launching stones at the passing cars. The night of May 14, students set a dumpster on fire. Firefighters responded, so did the Mississippi Highway Patrol — in riot gear, supposedly to protect the firefighters. The fire was put out. The troopers didn’t leave. They roamed.

They came about a group of 100 students outside a women’s dormitory, or 400, according to the patrol. It was midnight. The same excuse was heard: a “sniper” fired at the Highway Patrol from the dormitory. The patrol responded by letting loose with shotguns, firing 275 rounds into the dormitory. Of course, no evidence of a sniper was found. The dormitory’s every window was blown out. Nine black students were wounded. Two were killed: Philip Gibbs, a junior in a prelaw program, married, father of one child, who was about to turn 11 months, wife expecting another, and James Earl Green a 17-year-old high school student who had just finished his shift at a grocery store and was just walking through campus.

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Green worked six hours a day for $12 a week to help his widowed mother, three younger brothers and a sister. Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana visited the scene days later with Walter Mondale, then a senator from Minnesota. “What we have seen,” Bayh said, “is enough to make a grown man cry, that this can go on in the United States of America.” And Mondale: “An assault on the dignity of this country was made here in an utterly disgraceful fashion.”

A federal commission would eventually call the patrol’s action at Jackson State “clearly unwarranted.” But those were just words. The commission also found that the officers did what they did because they thought they’d never be disciplined. And they never were. Not a single person was prosecuted. A $13.8 million civil suit by the victim’s families was dismissed. To this day of course, the Jackson State killings continue to be virtually ignored (as I had ignored them), although there seems to be a continuing moral in there if one were to take that line—“The uncontrolled use of firearms by police and National Guardsmen has become a menace to internal security”—and apply it to Americans wielding arms in Iraq. Northing much has changed except the rioters’ color and identity.

Not even the ease with which American “authorities” from Nixon to the current crop of commanders call their opponents thugs or terrorists has changed. Those students back in 1970 weren’t called any less. The bullets are only demonization’s climactic crown jewels.

Thank you Remember the Jackson State Killings, Too.


Laurel Krause (Allison Krause's sister)  Kent State Truth Tribunal

Laurel Krause (Allison Krause’s sister)
Kent State Truth Tribunal

 

Wounded (and approximate distance from the National Guard):

  • Joseph Lewis Jr.; 71 ft (22 m); hit twice in the right abdomen and left lower leg
  • John R. Cleary; 110 ft (34 m); upper left chest wound
  • Thomas Mark Grace; 225 ft (69 m); struck in left ankle
  • Alan Michael Canfora; 225 ft (69 m); hit in his right wrist
  • Dean R. Kahler; 300 ft (91 m); back wound fracturing the vertebrae, permanently paralyzed from the chest down
  • Douglas Alan Wrentmore; 329 ft (100 m); hit in his right knee
  • James Dennis Russell; 375 ft (114 m); hit in his right thigh from a bullet and in the right forehead by birdshot, both wounds minor
  • Robert Follis Stamps; 495 ft (151 m); hit in his right buttock
  • Donald Scott MacKenzie; 750 ft (230 m); neck woundIn the Presidents Commission on Campus Unrest (pp. 273–274) they mistakenly list Thomas V. Grace, who is Thomas Mark Grace’s father, as the Thomas Grace injured.

 

All those shot were students in good standing at the university.

Although initial newspaper reports had inaccurately stated that a number of National Guard members had been killed or seriously injured, only one Guardsman, Sgt. Lawrence Shafer, was injured seriously enough to require medical treatment, approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the shootings. Shafer is also mentioned in a memo from November 15, 1973. The FBI memo was prepared by the Cleveland Office and is referred to by Field Office file # 44-703. It reads as follows:

Upon contacting appropriate officers of the Ohio National Guard at Ravenna and Akron, Ohio, regarding ONG radio logs and the availability of service record books, the respective ONG officer advised that any inquiries concerning the Kent State University incident should be direct to the Adjutant General, ONG, Columbus, Ohio. Three persons were interviewed regarding a reported conversation by Sgt Lawrence Shafer, ONG, that Shafer had bragged about “taking a bead” on Jeffrey Miller at the time of the ONG shooting and each interviewee was unable to substantiate such a conversation.

 

 

In an interview broadcast in 1986 on the ABC News documentary series Our World, Shafer identified the person that he fired at as Joseph Lewis.

 

 

 

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KENT, Ohio – A large crowd gathered just after 11 p.m. Saturday behind the Taylor Hall at Kent State University to honor the fallen. The crowd stood near the Victory Bell holding candles in remembrance of May 4th, 1970.

It was 44 years ago that four students were killed after 67 shots were fired in 13 seconds by the National Guard.

The students were pushed over to the parking lot of Prentice Hall as they were protesting the Vietnam War.

Students and volunteers are still standing in the parking lot area where the four students died. The students will stand there for 12 hours honoring the victims in the very spot where they were shot and killed.

 

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Weekly Address: Rewarding Hard Work By Strengthening Overtime Pay Protections


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Address: Rewarding Hard Work by Strengthening Overtime Pay Protections

 

David Hudson
David Hudson

March 15, 2014
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In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the action he took this week to reward hard work by strengthening overtime pay protections. As part of this year of action, the President has ordered the Secretary of Labor to modernize our country’s overtime rules to ensure that millions of American workers are paid a fair wage for a hard day’s work.

 

While our economy is moving forward, the middle class and those fighting to get into it are still struggling and too many Americans are working harder than ever just to keep up, let alone get ahead. So, in consultation with workers and business, the Obama administration will update and simplify the rules to reward hard work and responsibility.

 

 

 

Updating and Modernizing Overtime Regulations

March 13, 2014 | 10:35 |Public Domain

 

President Obama signs a Presidential Memorandum on modernizing the overtime system to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day’s work.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President On Overtime Pay

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Memorandum — Updating and Modernizing Overtime Regulations

 

 

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Ariel Castro Committed Suicide, Did Not Die In Sexual Act, Report Says.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Sentenced In Cleveland

 

 

Report confirms Castro’s jail cell suicide

 

From LA Times:

By Michael Muskal

 

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland bus driver who held three women captive for years before they escaped, committed suicide by hanging in his cell and did not die of autoerotic asphyxiation, consultants to the Ohio prison system determined, according to a report released on Tuesday.

 

The 25-page report, by consultants Lindsay M. Hayes and Fred Cohen for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, examined the incidence of suicides in the state prison system where 32 people killed themselves in the five-year period beginning in 2009. Ten suicides were reported this year, the report states.

 

The consultants looked at two cases in-depth including the high-profile case of Castro, who was found hanging in his cell on Sept. 3 with his shorts around his ankles. Prison officials noted that it was unclear what that meant, but the case was turned over to the Ohio State Highway Patrol “for consideration of the possibility of autoerotic asphyxiation,” the report said.

 

During autoerotic asphyxiation, the individual seeks a sexual thrill by choking himself into unconsciousness.

 

The consultants said that all of the evidence pointed to suicide, including how Castro arranged his family pictures and a Bible in the cell. Subsequent reviews by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Franklin County coroner reached the same conclusion, the report said.

 

“In conclusion, based upon the fact that this inmate was going to remain in prison for the rest of his natural life under the probability of continued perceived harassment and threats to his safety, his death was not predictable on September 3, 2013, but his suicide was not surprising and perhaps inevitable,” the report states.

 

Castro, 53, pleaded guilty to kidnapping three women from the streets of Cleveland from 2002 to 2004. The victims were 14, 16 and 20, and were kept in Castro’s house, chained in rooms and sometimes in the basement and repeatedly sexually abused. One of the women gave birth to a child fathered by Castro.
The women were rescued May 6 when one of them broke through a door and called for help.

 

Castro told a judge at his sentencing that he was addicted to sex and pornography. “I’m not a monster. I’m sick,” he said in August before the judge handed down a sentence of 1,000 years in prison.

 

A month later, Castro was found kneeling in his cell with his pants down and hanging from a sheet attached to a window hinge. Some inmates — who had not seen Castro — suggested that his pants slipped because of his 10-pound weight loss since entering prison, the report said. But one nurse interviewed by the consultants said Castro was completely naked, and a supervisor said it was not uncommon for Castro to be naked in his cell, according to the report.

 

The conditions and the bizarre nature of Castro’s crime led officials to examine whether he had died of autoerotic asphyxiation. A prison after-action report had noted the circumstances, prison system spokeswoman JoEllen Smith told the Los Angels Times by telephone on Tuesday.

 

“We were trying to present the findings and circumstance around the incident,” she said, adding that the agency was not tying to determine the cause of Castro’s death. “Those facts were presented to the patrol for consideration. The Franklin County Coroner determined the cause of death as a suicide and that was never disputed by DRC.”

 

Castro underwent several mental health assessments, the report stated, but none indicated that Castro was a suicide risk, the report said. Castro was supposed to be checked every 30 minutes.

 

Some of those checks were not carried out, however. Two prison guards were placed on paid administrative leave during the state’s investigation into Castro’s death. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction alleged that the two falsified logs documenting the number of times guards checked on Castro before he died.

 

The falsification did not contribute to Castro’s death, the report found.

 

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is committed to following recommendations in the report, spokeswoman Smith said in a statement. Those recommendations include beefing up staff training on suicide prevention.

 

Thank you LA Times.

 

 

Kidnapper Ariel Castro’s Prison Cell Suicide, Did Staff Look The Other Way?

 

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“The man who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade before one escaped and alerted authorities has been found dead and is believed to have committed suicide, a prison official said.

 

Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, located south of Columbus in central Ohio, JoEllen Smith, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman, said early Wednesday.”* Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola (TYT University and Common Room), Jimmy Dore (TYTComedy, The Jimmy Dore Show), and Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?! and TYT Sports) break it down on The Young Turks.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks On Manufacturing In Ohio. (Full Video & Transcript)


 

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Arcelormittal Steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Arcelormittal Steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

November 14, 2013
07:03 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama  delivers remarks at Arcelormittal Steel factory in Cleveland, OhioPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks at Arcelormittal Steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

President Obama Speaks on Manufacturing and the Economy

November 14, 2013 | 24:40 |Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks at ArcelorMittal‘s Cleveland plant, a global leader in advanced high-strength steel, which not only helps to improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, but it also helps the U.S. to become a leader in the advanced manufacturing products that will fuel an American manufacturing renaissance.

 

 

 

Today, President Obama spoke at ArcelorMittal’s steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio. ArcelorMittal is the largest supplier of steel to the U.S. auto manufacturing sector.

 

But just a few years ago, President Obama said, the economy was in free fall and the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. That meant demand for steel had dried up. Nearly 1,200 steelworkers were furloughed from the factory.

 

Shortly after taking office, President Obama stepped in to give the auto industry the temporary helped in needed to start growing again. “We rolled up our sleeves, we made some tough choices,” he said. “We rescued and retooled the American auto industry; it saved more than a million jobs.”

 

We bet on American ingenuity and American workers. And assembly lines started humming again, and automakers started to make cars again. And just a few months after this plant shut down, your plant manager got the call: Fire those furnaces back up, get those workers back on the job. And over the last four years, you’ve made yourselves one of the most productive steel mills not just in America, but in the world.

 

Today, ArcelorMittal’s Cleveland plant is a global leader in producing the advanced high-strength steel that automakers are demanding for newer, more fuel efficient cars and trucks.

 

In his remarks, President Obama quoted one of the plant’s engineers, who said that “when we came back, we wanted to make sure we were in a position where we never shut down again.” And so the company has invested in state-of-the-art technology, while making sure workers are constantly upgrading their skills.

 

“The story of this plant is the story of America over the last five years,” President Obama said. “We haven’t just been recovering from a crisis. What we’ve been trying to do is rebuild a new foundation for growth and prosperity to protect ourselves from future crises.”

 

Workers listen as President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the ArcelorMittal Steel factory in Cleveland, OhioWorkers listen as President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the ArcelorMittal Steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

President Obama told the workers they were “an example of what we do when we put our minds to it.”

 

This plant was closed for a while. We go through hard times. And a lot of our friends are still going through hard times.  But when we work at it, we know we can get to a better place, and we can restore some security to a middle class that was forged in plants just like this one, and keep giving ladders of opportunity for folks who were willing to work hard to get into the middle class. That’s what I’m about. That’s what this plant is about. I’m proud to be with you.

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Remarks by the President on the Economy in Cleveland, OH

 

Remarks by the President on the Economy in Cleveland, OH

ArcelorMittal Cleveland Steel Factory
Cleveland, Ohio

3:38 P.M. EST

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Ohio!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in Cleveland.  The last time I was here was about a year ago, in the final days of the campaign.  I know how much you miss hearing how I approve this message every night on your TV.  (Laughter.)  I will say it is nice to be here when the only real battle for Ohio is the Browns-Bengals game this Sunday.  (Applause.)  He’s got the Browns shirt right here, Browns cap.  (Laughter.)

 

 

I want to thank Scotty for that terrific introduction.  Give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  He is a natural.  I want to thank your CEO, Lakshmi Mittal, for investing in America and the Cleveland area.  We appreciate him.  (Applause.)  And I want to thank all of you for having me here today.

 

 

Along with me, there are a couple of people I just want to acknowledge.  First of all, America’s Secretary of Energy, Ernie Moniz, is here.  Right there.  (Applause.)  And Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is here.  Give Marcy a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  Fighting for working people every day.

 

 

And earlier this afternoon I had a chance to see your mayor, Frank Jackson; your county executive, Ed FitzGerald.  And even though they’re not here, I want to thank them for the great work they’re doing on behalf of working people throughout the region.  (Applause.)

 

 

And then, finally, I want to thank Mark and Gary for showing me one of the biggest steel plants in America.  And they told me that folks are proud to have been making steel right here for a century — 100 years — right here.  (Applause.)  And they explained that, today, the steel you make in Cleveland is some of the strongest you’ll find anywhere in the world.  It’s one of the most productive plants in the world.  Best workers in the world.  (Applause.)

 

 

And what’s remarkable is, when you think about it, go back to where this plant was just a few years ago.  The economy was in free fall, auto industry on the brink of collapse.  And that meant demand for steel had dried up.  The blast furnaces went quiet.  About 1,200 steelworkers punched out for what might have been the last time.  And that all came at the end of a decade when the middle class was already working harder and harder just to get by, and nearly one in three American manufacturing jobs had vanished — a lot of them going overseas.  And that could have devastated this community for good.

 

 

But we rolled up our sleeves, we made some tough choices.  We rescued and retooled the American auto industry; it saved more than a million jobs.  We bet on American ingenuity and American workers.  (Applause.)  And assembly lines started humming again, and automakers started to make cars again.  And just a few months after this plant shut down, your plant manager got the call:  Fire those furnaces back up, get those workers back on the job.  And over the last four years, you’ve made yourselves one of the most productive steel mills not just in America, but in the world.  In the world.  (Applause.)

 

 

So you retooled to make the stronger steel that goes into newer, better American cars and trucks.  You created new partnerships with schools and community colleges to make sure that folks who work here have the high-tech skills they need for the high-tech jobs — because I was looking around this factory, and there’s a whole bunch of computer stuff going on.

 

 

One of your engineers — and I want to make sure I get Margaret’s name right here — Margaret Krolikowski.  Did I get that right, Margaret?  (Applause.)  Where’s Margaret?  Where is she?  There is she is, back there.  So I’m going to quote you — I’m going to quote you.  Here’s what Margaret said:  “When we came back, we wanted to make sure we were in a position where we never shut down again.”  Never shut down again.  And that means making sure that workers here are constantly upgrading their skills and investments being made in the state-of-the-art technology.

 

 

And it was interesting, when I was meeting a number of the folks who were giving me the tour — folks who have been here 30 years, 40 years — but obviously the plant has changed, and so during that period they’ve had to upgrade their skills.  And that’s what’s happened.  And the story of this plant is the story of America over the last five years.  We haven’t just been recovering from a crisis.  What we’ve been trying to do is rebuild a new foundation for growth and prosperity to protect ourselves from future crises.  And because of the grit and resilience and optimism of the American people, we’re seeing comeback stories like yours all across America.

 

 

Over the last 44 months, our businesses have created 7.8 million new jobs.  Last month, another 200,000 Americans went back to work.  (Applause.)  And a lot of those jobs are in manufacturing.  So now we’ve got more work to do to get those engines of the economy churning even faster.  But because we’ve been willing to do some hard things, not just kick the can down the road, factories are reopening their doors, businesses are hiring new workers, companies that were shipping jobs overseas, they’re starting to talk about bringing those jobs back to America.  We’re starting to see that.

 

 

And let me give you an example, because we were talking about this — Mr. Mittal and others were talking about what’s different now.  Take a look at what we’ve done with American energy.  For years, folks have talked about reducing our dependence on foreign oil — but we didn’t really do it.  And we were just importing more and more oil, sending more and more money overseas.  Gas prices keep on going up and up and up.  We finally decided we were going to do something about it.

 

 

So we invested in new American technologies to reverse our addiction to foreign oil, double wind power, double solar power, produce more oil, produce more natural gas, and do it all in a way that is actually bringing down some of our pollution, making our entire economy more energy-efficient.  Today, we generate more renewable energy than ever.  We produce more natural gas than anybody in the world.  Just yesterday, we learned that for the first time since 1995, the United States of America produces more of our own oil here at home than we buy from other countries.  First time since 1995.  (Applause.)  And that’s a big deal.  That’s what America has done these past five years.

 

 

And that is a huge competitive advantage for us.  Part of the reason companies now want to move — we were just talking about it — this plant, if it’s located in Germany, energy costs are double, maybe triple; same in Japan.  So this gives us a big edge.  But this is also important:  We reached the milestone not just because we’re producing more energy, but also we’re wasting less energy.  And this plant is a good example of it.  We set new fuel standards that double the distance our cars and trucks go on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade.  That saves the average driver, everybody here, more than $8,000 at the pump over the life of a new car.  You like that?  (Applause.)  We launched initiatives to put people to work upgrading our homes, and our businesses, and our factories so we’re wasting less energy.  All that saves businesses money on their energy bills.  Your plant is one of the hundreds to answer that call.  And if you’re saving money on energy costs, that means you can invest in equipment, invest in workers, hire more people, produce more products.

 

 

And here’s another thing:  Between more clean energy, less wasted energy, the carbon pollution that’s helping to warm the planet, that actually starts going down.  And that’s good news for anybody who cares about leaving a planet to our kids that is as beautiful as the one we got from our parents and our grandparents.  (Applause.)  So it’s a win-win.  Our economy keeps growing, creating new jobs, which means that strengthening our energy security and increasing energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a choice between the environment and the economy — we can do both.

 

 

So we’ve tackled the way we use energy.  That’s making America more competitive in order to attract good jobs.  We’ve also tackled our deficits.  A lot of people have been concerned about deficits.  Since I took office, we cut them in half.  That makes America more attractive when it comes to business investment decisions.

 

 

And we’ve tackled a broken health care system.  Obviously, we’re not done yet.  (Applause.)  Obviously, we’re not done yet.  But over the last three years, health care costs have grown at the slowest pace on record.  And this is a great place to work thanks to a great steelworkers union and cooperation between management and labor.  (Applause.)  But just keep in mind that if businesses’ health care costs are growing at about one-third the rate that they were a decade ago, that makes America a more affordable place to do business, and it also means that the investors here, if they’re putting less money into health care costs, they can put more money in terms of hiring more workers and making sure that they’re getting good pay.

 

 

So that’s what all these tough decisions are about:  Reversing the forces that have hurt the middle class for a long, long time, and building an economy where anybody, if you work hard, you can get ahead.  That’s what plants like this have always been about.  It’s not that it’s easy work.  But it means if you work hard, you’ve got a chance to buy a home, you’ve got a chance to retire, you’ve got a chance to send your kids to school, you have a chance to maybe take a little vacation once in a while.  That’s what people strive for.  And that’s what will make the 21st century an American century, just like the last century was.

 

 

But I didn’t run for President to go back to where we were.  I want us to go forward.  I want us to go towards the future.  (Applause.)  I want us to get us to where we need to be.  I want to solve problems, not just put them off.  I want to solve problems.  And we’ve got to do more to create more good, middle-class jobs like the ones folks have here.

 

 

That means we’ve got to do everything we can to prepare our children and our workers for the competition that they’re going to face.  We should be doing everything we can to help put some sort of advanced education within reach for more young people.  Not everybody has got to go to a four-year college, but just looking at the equipment around here, you’ve got to have a little bit of advanced training.  It may come through a community college or it may come through a technical school, but we’ve got to make sure you can get that education, your kids can get that education without going broke — without going broke, without going into debt.  (Applause.)  So we’re working on that.

 

 

Another thing we should be working on:  Fixing a broken immigration system.  (Applause.)  When you think about this whole region, a lot of folks forget, but almost everybody who worked in that plant 100 years ago came from someplace else.  And so we’ve got now a new generation of hopeful, striving immigrants; we’ve got to make sure that they come legally and that we do what we need to secure our borders, but we’ve also got to make sure that we’re providing them opportunity just like your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents received when they arrived at this plant.  And that’s important.  (Applause.)  And, by the way, it will help our economy grow because then they’re paying taxes and helping to invest and build here in America.

 

 

We should do everything we can to revitalize American manufacturing.  Manufacturing is — that’s the hub of our economy.  When our manufacturing base is strong, the entire economy is strong.  A lot of service jobs depend on servicing manufacturing jobs.  And, typically, manufacturing jobs pay a little bit better.  So that’s been a path, a ticket to the middle class.  So when we make steel and cars, make them here in America, that helps.  Like I said, the work may be hard but it gives you enough money to buy a home and raise a kid, retire and send your kids to school.

 

 

And those kinds of jobs also tell us something else.  It’s not just how much you get in your paycheck, it’s also a sense of, “I’m making something and I’m helping to build this country.”  It helps establish a sense of — that we’re invested in this country.  (Applause.)  It tells us what we’re worth as a community.  One of your coworkers, Mike Longa — where’s Mike?

 

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Back here.

 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Is he back here?  That’s Mike right there.  Mike grew up here.  His mom and dad worked at this plant.  This plant helped put Mike and four brothers and/or sisters through college.  And once this plant started growing again, Mike got his chance to be a steelworker here, and provide for his own two young kids.  So it’s a generational thing, and I want to keep that going.

 

 

In my State of the Union address, I talked about how we created America’s first manufacturing innovation institute right here in Ohio.  Marcy Kaptur has been a big proponent of this, because she knows how important manufacturing is.  I want to create more of them — places where businesses are working with universities and they’re partnering to figure out what are the new manufacturing techniques that keep us at the cutting edge so that China or Germany don’t get ahead of us in terms of the equipment that’s being invested.  We want to be at the cutting edge, so what we’re producing is always the best steel, it’s always the best cars.  But that requires research and investment.

 

 

And your Senator, Sherrod Brown, helped us to create that first manufacturing hub in Youngstown.  And he’s now leading a bipartisan effort — (applause) — he’s now leading a bipartisan effort with Senator Blunt of Missouri to move more of these manufacturing innovation hubs all across the country.  And Congress should pass Sherrod’s bill.  We should be doing everything we can to guarantee the next revolution in manufacturing happens right here in Cuyahoga, happens right here in Ohio, happens right here in America.  (Applause.)

 

 

And let me make one last point.  We have to do everything we can to make sure every American has access to quality, affordable health care, period.  (Applause.)  You may have read we had some problems last month with websites.  I’m not happy about that.  And then I had a press conference today and I said, you know what, we fumbled the ball in terms of the rollout.

 

 

But we always knew this was going to be hard.  There’s a reason why folks had tried to do it for 100 years and hadn’t done it.  And it’s complicated.  There are a lot of players involved.  The status quo is entrenched.  And so, yes, there’s no question the rollout on the Affordable Care Act was much tougher than we expected.  But I want everybody here to understand, I am going to see this through.  (Applause.)  I want millions of Americans to make sure that they’re not going broke when they get sick and they can go to a doctor when their kids get sick.  And we’re not apologizing for that.  We are going to get this done.  (Applause.)

 

 

So we’re going to get the website working the way it’s supposed to.  The plans are already out there that are affordable and people can get tax credits.  We’re going to help folks whose old plans have been canceled by the insurers — many of them weren’t very good — and we’re going to make sure that they can get newer, better options.

 

 

But we’re not going to go back to the old system, because the old system was broken.  And every year, thousands of Americans would get dropped from coverage or denied their medical history or exposed to financial ruin.  You guys are lucky that you work at a company with a strong union that gives you good health benefits.  (Applause.)  But you know friends and family members who don’t have it, and you know what it’s like when they get sick.  You know how scary it is for them when they get sick.  Or some of them have health insurance — they think they do — and they get sick, and suddenly the insurance company says, oh, I’m sorry, you owe $50,000.  That’s not covered.  Or they jack up your premium so you can’t afford it because you had some sort of preexisting condition.  That happens every day.

 

 

So we’re not going to let that happen.  We’re not going to let folks who pay their premiums on time get jerked around.  And we’re not going to walk away from the 40 million Americans without health insurance.  (Applause.)  We are not going to gut this law.  We will fix what needs to be fixed, but we’re going to make the Affordable Care Act work.  And those who say they’re opposed to it and can’t offer a solution, we’ll push back.  (Applause.)

 

 

I got to give your Governor a little bit of credit.  John Kasich, along with a lot of state legislators who are here today, they expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  And think about that.  Just that one step means as many as 275,000 Ohioans are going to have health insurance.  And it doesn’t depend on a website.  That’s already happening because of the Affordable Care Act.  (Applause.)

 

 

And I think it’s fair to say that the Governor didn’t do it because he just loves me so much.  (Laughter.)  We don’t agree on much, but he saw, well, this makes sense — why wouldn’t we do this?  Why wouldn’t we make sure that hundreds of thousands of people right here in Ohio have some security?  It was the right thing to do.  And, by the way, if every Republican governor did what Kasich did here rather than play politics about it, you’d have another 5.4 million Americans who could get access to health care next year, regardless of what happens with the website.  That’s their decision not to do it.  And it’s the wrong decision.  They’ve got to go ahead and sign folks up.

 

 

So the bottom line is sometimes we just have to set aside the politics and focus on what’s good for people.  What’s good to grow our middle class?  What’s going to help keep plans like this growing?  What’s going to make sure we’re putting more people back to work?  What’s going to really make a difference in terms of our kids getting a great education?

 

 

And, look, we’ve done it before.  That’s the good news.  The good news is that America is — look, we make mistakes.  We have our differences.  Our politics get screwed up sometimes.  Websites don’t work sometimes.  (Laughter.)  But we just keep going.  We didn’t become the greatest nation on Earth by accident.  We did it because we did what it took to make sure our families could succeed, make sure our businesses could succeed, make sure our communities could succeed.  And if you don’t believe me, listen to one of your coworkers.

 

 

So Sherrod Brown, earlier this year, brought a special guest along with him to the State of the Union address — one of your coworkers, Cookie Hall.  Where’s Cookie?  Is Cookie here?

 

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  No, she’s back at the hall.

 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  She’s back at the hall working.  (Laughter.)  Well, let me say something nice about her behind her back.  (Laughter.)  So Cookie said, one of — let me make sure I can find this.  She said — that night she said, “If I get a chance to meet President Obama, I’ll tell him my greatest pride is in our 2012 production record at Cleveland Works.  We’re the most productive steelworkers in the world.”  (Applause.)  More than a ton of steel produced for every single one of the workers at this plant.  That’s pretty good.  That’s pretty good.  (Applause.)

 

 

So all of you are an example of what we do when we put our minds to it.  This plant was closed for a while.  We go through hard times.  And a lot of our friends are still going through hard times.  But when we work at it, we know we can get to a better place, and we can restore some security to a middle class that was forged in plants just like this one, and keep giving ladders of opportunity for folks who were willing to work hard to get into the middle class.  That’s what I’m about.  That’s what this plant is about.  I’m proud to be with you.

 

 

And as long as I have the honor of being your President, I’m going to be waking up every single day thinking about how I can keep on helping folks like the ones who work in this plant.  (Applause.)

 

 

God bless you.  Thank you.  God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.  Thank you.

 

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