- Lisa Rice, President and CEO National Fair Housing Alliance
- James H. Carr, Coleman A. Young Endowed Chair and Professor in Urban Affairs at Wayne State University; Visiting Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute.
- Maurice Jourdain-Earl, Managing Director and Co-Founder ComplianceTech
- Alanna McCargo, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy Urban Institute
- Mark Alston, Owner, Skyway Realty and Alston & Associates Mortgage Co. Chair, Public Affairs Committee, NAREB
Boston, MA — According to a 2017 report, by the Prison Policy Initiative, there are over 219,000 incarcerated women in the United States. 1:5 incarcerated people are locked up are for a drug offense. Sadly, the majority of women arrested are in for low-level, non-violent charges. “I know the plight too well as a former convict, college graduate, disabled Veteran, and mom. I am advocating for the abolition of prison for women and girls. My organization knows first-hand that these women in prison are nurturing, loving and caring, despite what you see in the media. We are our sister’s keeper,” says Arlinda ‘Tray’ Johns, Co-Founder and Executive Director of FedFam4Life (www.FedFam4Life.org) and a top jailhouse lawyer.
Arlinda ‘Tray’ Johns is a woman with many lives. She spent eight years, seven months and 19 days in federal prison for possession of less than $500 worth of drugs and was arrested five days after her graduation from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts. Johns enlisted in The United States Navy and was discharged for being a homosexual and reporting an assault. At the age of 21, she was raising five children, all under eight years old.
While incarcerated, she became a skilled “Jailhouse Lawyer” and since being released, a prominent and fearless social justice activist and sought-after public speaker at venues such as The Women’s Marches in Hawaii and Boston, Vanderbilt University, Simmons College, City University of New York, New York University and Boston Public Schools. “My life would be a great book and movie. I worked with the Cando Foundation during President Obama Clemency Project in 2014. Life is about second and third chances when you do the work. I am grateful. From being reunited with my son, raising my siblings’ children, to winning a six-figure settlement against a publicly traded company, (where I represented self) for racism and homophobia. My mission is restoration for families upended by mass incarceration,” cries Johns.
FedFam4Life is a non-profit Sisterhood co-founded by Tray Johns, Executive Director and Foxxy Johns, President, both formerly incarcerated Black and Gay women. The couple, who married in 2017, started FedFam4Life to address the urgent need for Black female leadership in the social justice movement. Johns states, “FedFam4Life is not about raising a million dollars, it’s about freeing a million women from the prison industrial complex and the 1.2 million under the de facto imprisonment of parole or probation.”
#MySistersKeeper is FedFam4Life primary advocacy initiative, created to provide support for direct court actions brought by jailhouse lawyers and incarcerated women who are eligible for clemency, sentence reduction, compassionate release and other considerations. The critical case response team include law students, paralegals, and attorneys, as well as communications students and professionals to help raise public awareness. #MySistersKeeper is grounded in the principle that incarceration directly impacts women, families, mental health, jobs/careers and neighborhoods at-large. They rally for justice reform, collectively restoring the lives of our sisters. FedFam4Life also acts as a connector to re-entry resources and opportunities provides a lasting circle of support for women survivors of the system. Initial funding provided by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, volunteers, lawyers and advocacy groups for their belief and working to change and restore mind, body, soul, and lives because of incarceration.
“The mission at FedFam4Life is to free women from the prison industrial complex while restoring and healing families. Everyone needs support. Thankfully, our relationship with the Harlem Business Alliance, has provided enormous marketing support with their pilot program, The Lillian Project,” states Arlinda.
To learn more about FedFam4Life and Arlinda ‘Tray’ Johns, visit their website, www.FedFam4Life.org.
By Kristina Udice, courtesy of thisisinsider.com
It’s been 17 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
Although more than a decade has passed there are still some lingering effects of this devastating terrorist attack that haven’t dissipated.
From increased security to a permeating mentality, here are some of the lasting effects of 9/11 that we still feel today.
1. There’s continued military presence in Afghanistan.
One of the most persistent effects of the 9/11 attacks has been the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Shortly after the attacks, the United States under President George W. Bush began bombing Afghanistan. Because the Taliban-run government refused to give up suspected terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden, the United States began bombing the country in October.
By November, a number of countries, including the US and the UK had formed the Northern Alliance and had taken control of the capital Kabul. But almost two decades later, the United States still has troops stationed in the country working to help the government rebuild itself and stabilize.
President Trump announced in 2017 that he would increase the number of troops in Afghanistan by 3,000, bringing the number of troops to 14,000.
2. Airport security has gotten a lot stricter.
Before 9/11, long lines at the airport and extensive security checks didn’t exist. And that’s because before November 2001, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) didn’t exist. The TSA was created as a direct result of the 9/11 attacks, and the tight security measures haven’t let up in the almost 17 years since its conception.
Cabin doors on airplanes are also now protected to keep pilots safe, and the screening process has increased in scrutiny and size.
New technology has evolved to make it even easier for airport security officials to find restricted materials and advanced screening methods and background checks have expedited travel for those willing to submit.
Overall, air travel has become safer as a result of the attacks. But there are those that worry the increased security allows for potential racial profiling.
3. The Department of Homeland Security was created.
The Department of Homeland Security was created 11 days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The DHS is an office put together by a number of appointed officials that oversees national strategy and national security. It was created to protect the country against another wide-scale terrorist attack through the use of information gathering and department-led investigations.
By 2002, the office achieved Cabinet-level department status because of the Homeland Security Act passed by Congress.
This department is responsible for anti-terrorism tasks, as well as national security and disaster prevention. It has grown exponentially since its creation, becoming the third-largest federal cabinet department.
Today, this department has a major influence on security and terrorism prevention across the country.
4. There’s been security increases outside of airports.
The airport isn’t the only place where you can feel the increased security presence. In fact, this security increase has impacted most American businesses and schools, with added security features like automatic-locking doors and keypads.
Before 9/11, it was much easier to gain access to office buildings across the country. At most, it would require you to sign in at the front desk and wait to be retrieved by the correct party. But now, it’s not so easy.
Visitors now have to be registered at a security desk, and employees need a special key code or badge to gain access to the building.
Similarly, most government buildings and prominent institutions have barriers that prevent vehicles from crashing through.
5. There was an increase in pervasive racism and religious bias against Muslims.
According to a Pew Research Report, 15 years after the attacks on 9/11, assaults against Muslims in the US increased by almost 50%.
Similarly, another survey conducted polled Muslim individuals in the United States and found that 75% say that there is significant discrimination against Muslims.
The survey also found that 50% of those polled found it harder to be a Muslim in the United States in the last 10 years.
6. There’s been an increase in deportations.
After 9/11, the Bush Administration arguably ramped up deportation efforts and increased immigration restrictions in response to the attacks. According to ABC News, deportations have doubled in the last decade — and criminal deportations have increased at an even higher rate.
From 2001 to 2012, there was roughly a 400% increase in criminal deportations, reports ABC News. It’s important to note that while most of the people deported were charged with a crime, they were not necessarily convicted of one.
7. It added new terms to our vocabulary.
Before 9/11, you probably never heard much about a “War on Terror,” but in the days, weeks, and months following the attacks, that phrase become common, along with some other phrases.
As Ranker noted, “Never forget,” “Homeland Security,” “The Axis of Evil,” and “Terror Alert” were all phrases that directly stemmed from 9/11.
8. There was an increase in surveillance.
Passed 45 days after the 9/11 attacks, the Patriot Act expanded the government’s authority over phone and email communications. In the name of national security, this act made it easier for the government to closely watch Americans.
Law enforcement and government agencies got more access to thousands of phone calls through National Security Letters issued by FBI agents, which allow agents to obtain personal information from others. Though these led to some convictions, less than 1% were related to terrorism, according to the ACLU.
9. It changed the way we get our news.
Before 9/11, many news organizations were cutting down on reporting international news and foreign reporting.
But after the attacks, more and more stations devoted more time to news from around the world, according to The Pew Research Center.
Also following the attacks, David Westin, then-ABC News president ordered that the network not show the plane hitting the second tower too many times as to not “disturb” viewers, especially children, something that was not commonplace at the time.
“People can become too immersed in it and I’ve been particularly concerned about children,” he said, according to the AP. “All of us need to be concerned about children and how they can process it.”
10. There was an increase in patriotism.
Much has been written about the seeming increase in patriotismfollowing the attacks. Many Americans expressed how they felt there was an increase in pride in their country following a shared horrific experience.
But this was also seen in other, concrete ways. The Armed forces reported an increase in enlistments following the attack. Other organizations saw an increase in volunteers. People waited, sometimes needlessly, in line to donate blood. Though some have argued this patriotism has given rise to a dangerous nationalism, others see the seeming increase of patriotism as a good thing and something that spans all ages and races.
“We tracked patriotism, spirituality and religion, and giving to charities and volunteerism right after 9/11,” Cary Silvers, NOP World vice president of consumer trends, told NBC News in 2005. “All three popped up. Within about nine months, volunteering was down and so was religion, but what has stayed with us is patriotism, and it’s obviously fueled by a couple of things. The shift point was 9/11.”
Article courtesy of Bloomberg via “The Rundown”
Local ingredients are trendy among upscale restaurants. Now, with surging shipping costs, sandwich and salad shops are following along.
A labor crunch in the trucking industry is making it more expensive to deliver everything from apples to zucchini.
U.S. shipping rates jumped 14 percent in the year ended June 30, sending truck use to nearly 100 percent capacity, according to Freight Transportation Research Associates.
Restaurants are facing higher prices, and to avoid passing them along to customers, they’re shopping closer to home.
“We’ve been trying to figure out how do you get more stuff locally,” said Nick Marsh, chief executive officer of Chopt Creative Salad Co., a chain with more than 50 outlets, mostly on the East Coast. “It for sure becomes even more economically beneficial.”
Marsh said Chopt’s shipping costs jumped 20 percent versus last year. He blamed the spike on the driver shortage and new electronic monitoring that tracks truckers’ hours put in place by the Department of Transportation in December.
Chopt already gets more than 50 percent of its food from local vendors during summer. It recently started buying more baby kale, spinach and arugula from Florida instead of California, and is looking into greens grown indoors in New York, Marsh said.
Restaurants have been touting the merits of local goods for years.
Chefs that use food from nearby say it tastes and looks better due to shorter shipping times, and they like to tell diners they support local farmers. And fewer hours on the road means less gas – good for the environment, too.
Article courtesy of cbsnews.com
Last Updated Aug 30, 2018 10:20 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — An arbitrator is sending Colin Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out the quarterback’s claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. Kaepernick’s lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted a picture of the ruling by arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank.
The former 49ers quarterback argues that owners have colluded to keep him off any NFL roster since he hit free agency in 2017.
Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago by kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The protests have grown into an extremely polarizing issue with President Trump loudly urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.
Kaepernick contends the owners violated their collective bargaining agreement with players by conspiring to keep him off of teams. The case hinges on whether owners worked together rather than decided individually to not sign Kaepernick.
Burbank writes in the ruling: “Colin Kaepernick’s complaint alleging that his inability to secure a player contract since becoming a free agent in March 2017 has been due to an agreement among team owners and the NFL that violates Article 17, Section 1 of the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA (union).”
A source close to the Kaepernick case tells CBS News there is no trial date at this time; however, it is believed the case will conclude by the end of the year.
A similar grievance is still pending by unsigned safety Eric Reid, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco and joined in the protests.
Meanwhile, the league and players union still haven’t resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the national anthem.
Owners approved a policy requiring players to stand if they are on the sideline during the national anthem, allowing them to stay off the field if they wish. But the league and union put that on hold after the Miami Dolphins faced backlash for classifying the protests as conduct potentially detrimental to the team — putting players at risk of fines or suspensions.
The National Football League Players Association issued a statement at the time when Kaepernick’s grievance was filed in October 2017, which said it “has a duty to assist Mr. Kaepernick as we do all players and we will support him.”
“Colin Kaepernick’s goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and to return to the football playing field,” Geragos said at the time.
Reaction to Kaepernick’s protest didn’t sit well with Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman, who said the league’s message is: “Boy, stay in your place.” The Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins called the teams “cowards.”
Dr. Harry Edwards, a Kaepernick adviser, agrees.
“You have people who came back after being associated with drugs, rape charges and so forth … but a man who violated no league rules, who committed no crime, who has statistics that Colin Kaepernick has cannot play in the league … that is not Kaepernick’s problem,” Edwards said. “That is the league’s problem.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has previously denied Kaepernick was being blackballed.
“Those are football decisions that each team has to make and what they think are the right ways to make their football teams better,” Goodell said.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has said Kaepernick deserves a spot on an NFL roster.
In an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” last September, Brady said he admired Kaepernick for protesting during the national anthem.
“I’ve always watched him and admired him, the way that he’s played he was a great young quarterback,” Brady told CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell. “He came to our stadium and beat us and took his team to the Super Bowl. He accomplished a lot in the pros as a player. And he’s certainly qualified and I hope he gets a shot.”
Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Our communities owe so much to the dedicated officers of the Probation Department, a hard-working and vital component of public safety whose life-changing efforts have not received the level of recognition they deserve. However, with those achievements in mind, on last Friday, the Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officers Union, AFSCME Local 685, hosted the organizations’ 15th Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet. The union presented scholarship awards to youth and honored outstanding Probation Officers. Hopefully, other organizations as well as the general public will follow AFSCME’s model to show that we value the heartfelt contributions of the men and women in the Los Angeles County probation department.
The Master of Ceremonies for this event was Monterey Park City Councilmember and Local 685 First Vice President Hans Liang. Liang clearly expressed Local 685’s gratitude stating, “This year, we are boldly declaring that, as a community, we are highlighting probation officers as the heart of Los Angeles County. Together, we are honoring the values and qualities of success in our profession. We are also proud to honor educators, health care workers, fire fighters, law enforcement officers, and all those who keep our community safe.”
The partnership between probation officers and judicial officials is an important one in keeping our communities safe, The Los Angeles County Probation Officers Union, AFSCME Local 685 recently awarded The Honorable John C. Lawson II who is the current Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Delinquency Courts for Los Angeles County, has been awarded its Leadership Award.
Judge Lawson spent 19-years in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. Throughout his career, he has been committed to the accountability and rehabilitation of at-risk youth, He worked with the Long Beach School District to launch the Superior Court Teen Court program at Cabrillo High School. He participates in the Long Beach Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Project (LB GRIP). This program is a collaboration with the city, community based programs, law enforcement and schools to provide life skills development and counseling for at-risk youth and adults. Judge Lawson’s chamber door is always open to speak to young people and he routinely goes to schools to talk about the court system and making the right choices in life.
Deputy Probation Officer James Blanton explained, “One morning when I came to work, I noticed that one of my young charges was in tears, so I sat with him to see how I could help him. He began to tell me about his younger brother Jaylen’s rare form of bone cancer, which was terminal that was the cause of his distress. I decided to petition the court so that he could visit his brother. Granting him the chance to see Jaylen, helped to transform the young man in our camp into a different person. He began to talk about the responsibilities he now felt for his family and discussed ways of helping his mother.” These kinds of actions demonstrate the caring and thoughtfulness that the officers in our probation department have for the communities they serve.
Deputy Probation Officer Claire Roberson-Brown has been recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for her activism with at-risk youth. For years DPO Roberson- Brown has been a Probation Officer advocating with various Board of Supervisors Deputies, promoting the good work of the Los Angeles County Probation staff. It was not until she met with the Supervisor Hilda Solis’ Children’s Deputy and forged a relation that her work came to the attention of Supervisor Solis. The Children’s Deputy came to the 2017 College Summit event and reported back to Supervisor Solis. Supervisor Hilda Solis then agreed to be the keynote speaker at the 2018 College Summit. At that event she praised the efforts of the probation staff and awarded several youth, with a Commendation signed by all five Board of Supervisors. DPO Claire Roberson-Brown has truly been a model probation officer and an inspiration to her peers.
Deputy Probation Officer Tiffany Esqueda, was a part of a program entitled “Shop with A Cop,” for ten years. This program was created for youth in the West Covina area who were disadvantage during the holiday season. The program consisted of taking selected youth to the local Target store in the community and spending $500.00 to buy things that they needed and a few items that they wanted, giving them a nice holiday like other kids in their age group. After going shopping, we would take the selected youth and volunteers to the Red Robin Restaurant where they also enjoyed a free lunch. School Base. Currently she is a staff assistant in the child trafficking unit. She has been previously recognized for her outstanding work.
Deputy Probation Officer Maryam Munir-Morris was raised in a union household, her grandfather was an executive board member of the United Rubber Worker, Local 44. Before her work with the County Probation Department, Maryam served as the chief shop steward for the National Association of Letter Carriers Angel City branch NO. 24. Where she worked for 10 years as a letter carrier. So when she joined the ranks of Los Angeles County Probation, she also became active in the Probation Officers Union, AFSCME Local 685. Deputy Probation Officer Munir-Morris also wanted to become the best steward not just in mere words, but in practice, representing and defending the interests of workers for the Probation Department. Deputy Probation Officer Munir-Morris also has a Master Degree in criminal Justice. This is meant to keep abreast of new laws and regulation pertaining to the county department.
Deputy Probation Officer Richard Bachofner became a member of the L.A. County Probation Department family in 1998. He entered the Special Enforce Operations unit, the probation armed division in the middle of his probation career. In 2013, he completed a firearms instructor course in Fresno, CA. with the Fresno County Sheriff Department. Since 2013 he has been one of two Range/Firearms instructors in the history of the Department. He is currently responsible for teaching monthly firearms training for approximately one hundred armed Probation officers.
2018 is a pivotal year for peace officers, as we face escalating danger in our public safety work. It is our profound hope that the efforts of these extraordinary Probation Officers to secure calm in our communities receive greater recognition from the public which they serve so devotedly.
For more details about the Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officers Union, AFSCME Local 685, visit www.afscmelocal685.com
Statement of Alderman José G. Pérez
August 29, 2018
I want to offer a proud and hearty “Welcome!” to everyone participating in this coming weekend’s 115th anniversary celebration for Harley-Davidson. The diverse thundering herd of Harley enthusiasts converging on Milwaukee – including thousands of visitors from across the U.S. and the world – is exciting to behold and truly enriches our great city and the region.
While in Milwaukee I strongly encourage our visitors to make sure they stop in at the Harley-Davidson Museum, located in the 12th District at S. 6th and W. Canal Streets, and also make sure to stop in for some food and/or beverages at one of the great establishments in Walker’s Point or the 5th Ward.
Lastly, I urge everyone to drive safely and to share the road with motorcycles! Please use defensive driving and every safe driving protocol at all times.
Let’s make the 115th the safest and most successful Harley-Davidson anniversary celebration ever!
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The movie Black Panther made history and shattered records across the world. In fact, Black Panther became the highest-grossing MCU film of all time in it’s first week. The New York Times has called it a defining moment for Black America.
That defining moment has for a long time been the motivation for Heritage City – The African Kingdoms and Empires Theme Park Project pioneered by a group of Africans and African-Americans under the umbrella of the Heritage City Group, which funded a business plan and conceptual designs for the project in 2004.
Interwoven with the overall design of the theme park are rides and attractions that feature the ancient African Kingdoms and Empires such as Songhai-Mali, Benin, Ghana, Kush and Egypt.
Heritage City was designed to showcase Africa’s rich history and produce a total experience in learning and entertainment-all in one location. The theme park initially planned for Africa’s most populous country-Nigeria suffered significant delays due to corruption and bureaucratic bottlenecks. With the increasing popularity of Black Panther the initiative is now attracting inquiries from potential developers not only in Africa but also for possible multiple locations in Europe, North America and China.
Even though countries like Kenya, Senegal, Morocco and South Africa remain examples of tourism development in Africa, the appeal Heritage City comes from its uniqueness as a one-stop location that will showcase all of the continents diversity and bring to life themes from African movies, legends and folklore.
The world of Wakanda in Black Panther is a mythical nation in Africa that has the worlds most advanced civilization, but Heritage City is presenting the real Africa that pioneered scientific and astronomical discoveries in the Empire of Mali, built advanced architectural wonders such as the ancient Pyramids of Egypt and Nubia and whose Kings and Queens displayed so much splendor, wealth and intellectual sophistication.
Heritage City Theme Park is a multimillion dollar project initiative and will be a cumulative showcase of the entire African continent’s history, culture and entertainment in one spot.
For more details, visit www.heritagecityparks.com
Nationwide — Judge James V. Pierce is an acting Circuit Court Judge in the Unified Family Court Division for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Pasco and Pinellas County, Florida where he presides over cases involving juveniles, child abuse, adoptions, divorces, child custody and guardianships. His new book, From Fields to Courts was written to inspire and inform its readers that regardless of the challenging circumstances and adversity in your life, whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.
The book is about how a poor black country boy in the segregated south was inspired by his grandparents and many others to become the first member of his family to graduate from college, finish law school, become an attorney and appointed as a judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Pinellas and Pasco County. From Fields to Courts is a remarkable and galvanizing true story about a person overcoming adversity, learning the value of education, and refusing to accept failure over success.
Pierce is also a proud alumnus of the class of 1980 at Bethune-Cookman University, whose commitment to service was spurred by his involvement in activities while a student that led to his becoming an attorney and later being appointed as a judge.
Among his accomplishments, Pierce was appointed to serve as a Pinellas County Judge in 2006 by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. He organized Florida’s first Homeless Court sessions in an effort to prevent minor criminal cases from standing in the way of defendants’ efforts to emerge from homelessness in 2010.
Targeting male juvenile delinquents, he established the Sixth Judicial Circuit’s first Build Optimal Youth Success (B.O.Y.S.) Court in 2016 focused on character development, mentoring, community service, tutoring and academic enrichment. Pierce has also been recognized on numerous occasions, including the FreshStart Innovative Mentorship Beacon of Light Award, John U. Bird Award from Clearwater Bar Association and many others.
Pierce will return to Bethune-Cookman University at “I Love B-CU Day” on Friday, September 7, 2018, to share with students and promote his memoir, From Fields to Courts. Pierce will donate 25 percent of earnings from the book to the student body for scholarships.
I Love B-CU Day is a university-wide event that will be filled with school spirit, music, fun and an appreciation for our beloved University.
How to buy the book:
For a personal autographed copy of From Fields to Courts, send a check or money order in amount of $25.00 to J. V. Pierce, P.O. Box 1441, Dunedin, Fl 34697-1441 which includes shipping and handling. Alternatively send a check for $5.00 along with your email address to receive an electronic color copy.
Storu courtesy BlackNews.com
By Conway Jones
John S. McCain, a Naval aviator, prisoner of war in Vietnam, a Republican congressman and senator from Arizona, and a two-time contender for the presidency, died on Saturday. He was 81.
Mr. McCain was the embodiment of courage: a war hero who came home on crutches, broken body, permanently disabled, but not in spirit.
He served two terms in the House of Representatives and six in the Senate. He was a maverick who defied his party’s leaders. He compromised with Democrats.
Senator McCain was diagnosed with and operated on for brain cancer. Shortly after, he returned to the Senate and voted against a GOP repeal of ObamaCare with an iconic thumbs-down gesture.
“What greater cause could we hope to serve than helping keep America the strong, aspiring, inspirational beacon of liberty and defender of the dignity of all human beings and their right to freedom and equal justice? That is the cause that binds us and is so much more powerful and worthy than the small differences that divide us,” he said to his Senate colleagues.
John McCain was sincere and principled. These were his essential qualities. His character reflected the character of our nation.
In a speech at National Constitutional Center last year, he said, “We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.”
John McCain’s character and service to America defined his life and legacy.