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"From the Desk aka Facebook of One of my Favorite Opinion Columnists Sam Pratt Sum up my feelings on why I left The #DNC to go to #WorkingFamiliesParty. I don’t always agree 100% with him on all issues. This rant really hit home why I participate in politics and want other regular people to as well!

September 19 at 9:13am · Hudson, NY

Ah, my Democratic brethren… We loathe tobacco companies, but love Democratic Senators who helped Big Tobacco cover up their crimes. We want progressive immigration reforms, but support Democratic politicians who send out mailers attacking immigrants. We bash Republicans who oppose an increase in minimum wages, but support Democratic State Senate candidates who take the same position. We want less government spying and less immunity for telecoms, but praise Democrats who vote for more of both. We are incensed at our nation’s gun violence epidemic, but donate to Democratic friends who oppose reasonable gun control, or who pander to the NRA with boasts about keeping guns under their beds. We want money out of politics, but routinely endorse the richest guy who shows up to run for Congress. We want to protect the environment, but put lawyers who help mining companies in party leadership positions. We despise the military-industrial complex, but our hearts go a-flutter for a member of Congress whose first sponsored legislation was a defense authorization bill benefiting her husband’s family’s arms-making company. We oppose polluters and bottom-feeding big box chains, but want a former First Lady who enriched herself on the boards of Lafarge and Wal-Mart to be our next President… Yeah, the GOP is full of idiots. But we make ourselves look equally idiotic by showing no consistency or integrity, and behaving like blind partisans. No wonder my friend Peter Jung left the party."

- Sam Pratt
September 19 at 9:13am · Hudson, NY http://sampratt.com/ (via claylaugier)
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#unitedblue #getoutthevote #innovation #politics #dem #workingfamliesparty #green Please stop telling people just to vote! We need to create true participants tell them to vote and run for office no matter what the office is! To get out and make change not all political leaders left or right are fighting for working class, labor, sustainable policies, protection for our vets, against wall street corruption and so on !

So we need you to run for office school board, alderman, city council, state legislature and even national office!

We need you, the person who knows best, the person who knows the struggles! Who can help make this country great!

On this 4th lets fight for those in poverty lets take back our government and participate in our government vote and run for office your country needs you

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#innovation #crowdfunding #nonprofits #tech #startups #community
We need to adopt the innovation of the tech world in our everyday community life. We are still playing the game like our parents and grand parents did but the rules changed completely!

We need to bring a changed mindset to your local and national governments as well. We can not keep doing the status quo or we will no longer be able to say we are the greatest nation in the world and that scares me!

Why would in the year 2014 We believe that its OK to still govern as its 1970s to run our infrastructure? It’s crazy to not push our systems towards a future that is growth based and positive results based! We see that the systems as it stands has failed and now we need to change the way we think! We are now at a cross road of our country and what we decided to build over the next few years we will decide on our course and will it be one of growth and innovation or will it be stagnate?

How do we change things well we take lessons from innovators both in government and in the private sector we look at what they have done and what process they use.

We then need to get people together to work with these processes to come up with multiple solutions to the issues our society faces.

We then need to put some backing behind it “it Takes money to make money” well it takes money to change the world. The systems we have been using do not work anymore for our communities. Im not a politician just someone who wants change!

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From the Desk aka Facebook of One of my Favorite Opinion Columnists Sam Pratt Sum up my feelings on why I left The #DNC to go to #WorkingFamiliesParty. I don’t always agree 100% with him on all issues. This rant really hit home why I participate in politics and want other regular people to as well!

September 19 at 9:13am · Hudson, NY

Ah, my Democratic brethren… We loathe tobacco companies, but love Democratic Senators who helped Big Tobacco cover up their crimes. We want progressive immigration reforms, but support Democratic politicians who send out mailers attacking immigrants. We bash Republicans who oppose an increase in minimum wages, but support Democratic State Senate candidates who take the same position. We want less government spying and less immunity for telecoms, but praise Democrats who vote for more of both. We are incensed at our nation’s gun violence epidemic, but donate to Democratic friends who oppose reasonable gun control, or who pander to the NRA with boasts about keeping guns under their beds. We want money out of politics, but routinely endorse the richest guy who shows up to run for Congress. We want to protect the environment, but put lawyers who help mining companies in party leadership positions. We despise the military-industrial complex, but our hearts go a-flutter for a member of Congress whose first sponsored legislation was a defense authorization bill benefiting her husband’s family’s arms-making company. We oppose polluters and bottom-feeding big box chains, but want a former First Lady who enriched herself on the boards of Lafarge and Wal-Mart to be our next President… Yeah, the GOP is full of idiots. But we make ourselves look equally idiotic by showing no consistency or integrity, and behaving like blind partisans. No wonder my friend Peter Jung left the party.

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- Sam Pratt
September 19 at 9:13am · Hudson, NY http://sampratt.com/
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#innovation #crowdfunding #nonprofits #tech #startups #community
We need to adopt the innovation of the tech world in our everyday community life. We are still playing the game like our parents and grand parents did but the rules changed completely!

We need to bring a changed mindset to your local and national governments as well. We can not keep doing the status quo or we will no longer be able to say we are the greatest nation in the world and that scares me!

Why would in the year 2014 We believe that its OK to still govern as its 1970s to run our infrastructure? It’s crazy to not push our systems towards a future that is growth based and positive results based! We see that the systems as it stands has failed and now we need to change the way we think! We are now at a cross road of our country and what we decided to build over the next few years we will decide on our course and will it be one of growth and innovation or will it be stagnate?

How do we change things well we take lessons from innovators both in government and in the private sector we look at what they have done and what process they use.

We then need to get people together to work with these processes to come up with multiple solutions to the issues our society faces.

We then need to put some backing behind it “it Takes money to make money” well it takes money to change the world. The systems we have been using do not work anymore for our communities. Im not a politician just someone who wants change!

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- Clay Laugier (via claylaugier)

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"#unitedblue #getoutthevote #innovation #politics #dem #workingfamliesparty #green Please stop telling people just to vote! We need to create true participants tell them to vote and run for office no matter what the office is! To get out and make change not all political leaders left or right are fighting for working class, labor, sustainable policies, protection for our vets, against wall street corruption and so on ! So we need you to run for office school board, alderman, city council, state legislature and even national office! We need you, the person who knows best, the person who knows the struggles! Who can help make this country great! On this 4th lets fight for those in poverty lets take back our government and participate in our government vote and run for office your country needs you"

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"#gaza We need to decide what kind of world we want for our future generations! I will admit 9/11 changed the world… Since then it is more justifiable if civilians are killed in the name of fighting terrorism. This thought that we must fight the gorillas head on through drones and bombs has been proven ineffective long before creation of these technologies. It baffles me how we as a race and country lost simple morals… Worst of all is the destruction of the UN and treaties throughout the years that protect civilians and soldiers during conflicts. What is being done here is alienation of another Generation that could have brought about peace. Put simply If your a son or daughter whose family was not terrorist but yet became casualties of war who will you form hate against? Some where we lost “winning of Hearts and minds”. Hamas is a terrorist group but the people of Gaza are not evil and should not be punished for the sins of a few. It is morally wrong … We are creating more enemies with every bomb dropped… Civilians must be protected at all cost UN workers and The PRESS must be protected at all costs …"

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"#laborday #unions #laborstruggle #raisethewage #United #patriotic On this labor day let us reflect on what it stands for. Remember those who gave their lives so you could have this day off. Let us remember that our labor movement and activism in general is as patriotic as those who give their lives in military service. All these roles created the foundation of our country. Today though some would make you think labor is no longer needed that the struggle is over, Im here to tell you they are wrong we need to go to the streets today more then any other time in history. Our Civil Rights, Wages and Labor Rights are under attack. We need to stand up And do our other patriotic duty of protesting and giving our lives to the service of protecting our future. So thank a union member and an activist today. Decide today that you will walk for labor rights as those before you did to get this day."

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"If your in a place of power in government, nonprofit, business or hell any field that is in the business of solving problems. Then you come and tell me” there is nothing you can do about making effective change to (insert a million of the issues that it org helps, runs, changes or governs) on that issue or subject”. Then you need to be fired or step down. If you have any power you can make the changes you need, work to change your managers or execs. Find solutions by brining in outside help and data. Find new or innovative ways to make change. Yell and scream that you need help from outside world. Think out of the box. Fire your team just do something but don’t tell me you can’t do anything because of someone else, society, lack of funds and insert any other excuse. Because you can! Let’s be honest!"

- Clay Laugier tired of the excuses
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SPEECH GIVEN ON 1/15/07 AT MLK MARCH-

I am an American that believes every person has the right to the pursuit of happiness, that every person has the right to opportunity and that’s what makes this country great. Not just as Americans are we all alike, but human beings we are all alike. No matter our race religion, background or beliefs. We all search to be one with a higher power no matter what it is; we all search for wisdom, for belonging, family and friendship, comfort and joy. We all want the same things for our children; we hope and pray for them to always be safe and healthy, and for them to lead happy and successful lives. It is we who choose our destiny, and like the small rudders of a ship, our actions guide our footsteps. Everywhere we go we have a choice and what we do with that choice in that instant determines our fate. Where are you taking your country today? What would you like to see changed? Would you stand up for your beliefs against all odds? Against your fathers will? Against the safety of your family and own being? Well one man did and he changed a nation.

Today is not just a holiday or a day off from school or work to rest. Today is the day we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a man who took his belief in his religion and the belief in his country to a level rarely seen now a day! A man who believed in our constitution and what our forefathers wanted from it, a man who took the teaching of his religion, to turn the other cheek and he promoted non violence as a means to change not only his country but the world!

A CRAZY IDEA, INC beliefs are centered around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ‘s teachings. One of them is our belief that any one can change the world by speaking out or what they believe in! Dr Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

I took the greyhound bus recently on a trip spreading crazy ideas across the county. It started in N.Y. and ending in San Antonio, Texas. Taking the Grey Hound across the country also reminds us of our Fellow Americans of every race creed and religious background who needs support and a helping hand. You see towns where factories have been outsourced so thousands are out of work, you see the father or brother traveling the next city over to go to work for the week so that he can feed those he loves at home. We need to start to change how we think we need to start using common sense when it comes with dealing with issues facing American people today.

We don’t have mass famine we don’t have civil war raging in the streets! We do have 37 million living in poverty, half of which struggle more then once a week to put food on the table! In my great state of New York we only have a 58% graduation rate! The U.S. Census Bureau defines poor families as those with cash incomes of less than $15,067 a year for a family of three – or $19,307 for a family of four.

Since 2000 – the last year before unemployment began to rise – the number of people in poverty has risen by 5.4 million, median income has fallen by $1,535 after adjustment for inflation, and the number of people with no health insurance has increased by 5.2 million.

In 2004, the number of people living in extreme poverty, that is, with incomes below half the poverty line, remained the same at 15.6 million people. The number of Americans living in extreme poverty reached the highest level on record, since data first became available in 1975.

We don’t teach finical responsibility in America let alone civic duty any more! This is all happening in a country where we are told we are the best democratic/economy driven country in the world! The only thing that is being taught is money is the great equalizer in this country between the haves and have not’s!

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brothers, Sisters, Fellow Americans I am calling out to you all to unite as citizens of a great nation. A nation of mixed races, mixed religions, and mixed beliefs. I call you out today to unite under one flag, one cause, and one dream that is to help each other so that we can in turn help change the world. What has happened to the great leaders ideas of the past? In MLK’s “I have a dream” in his dream all of God’s children where united under one flag, in his dream my children and your children could live in harmony, in his dream we united as one people. Well what happened to his dream? He died for what he believed in and how do we show him respect? With streets named after him with more poverty and violence on them then any other, with people of color using degrading words against each other! Brothers and sisters of all colors killing each other on the street, brothers and sisters of all color smoking crack, brothers and sisters of all colors not forgiving so that we can move on as one people!

We need to start believing in crazy ideas the crazy ideas of civic duty, lending a helping hand to those in need around our communities, the crazy ideas that our forefathers wanted from this land, the crazy ideas many of our parents and Martin Luther King Jr. wanted for this land, the crazy idea of doing the right thing!. We need to start by looking into our selves and finding what is most important to our being!

Where are the Martins, where are the Bobby’s, where are the parents, where are the students, where are the great leaders I have read about in history books, the leaders that stood up for what they believed in!

I see them in the faces of everyone out there, I see them climbing the up to the mountain top, I see us being more than just conquerors of our own destiny , but conquerors of this great nation’s future. I see Martin, Bobby, Gandhi and others in the faces of our children, the faces of our students, and in the faces of every one of us who speaks out!

It is time brothers and sisters, my fellow Americans to use the power given to us by our forefathers the power up held by Martin Luther King Jr. legacy that he left behind. Its time to reignite the fire that burns in all of us, the fire to be free, the fire that makes us human, that makes us Americans!

Spoken By Clay David Laugier

Writen by Clay David Laugier

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SPEECH GIVEN ON 1/15/07 AT MLK MARCH