Words on Wednesdays: Vindication

From the Huffington Post:

The Democratic Party won a number of races across the country in Tuesday’s elections, securing key state legislative seats and governorships. Many of those victories also made history.

Danica Roem


Virginia elected its first openly transgender state lawmaker on Tuesday, voting Democrat Danica Roem into the state’s House of Delegates. She unseated Virginia Del. Bob Marshall, the Republican who introduced the “bathroom bill” that would have prohibited transgender students from using the bathroom of their choice.

“No matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship, who you love, how you identify or any other inherent identifier that you have, you should be celebrated because of who you are, not despite it,” Roem said on MSNBC’s “The Last Word.”

Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins is now the first openly trans woman of color elected to the city council of a major U.S. city. Congratulations @annapoetic! Congratulations Minneapolis! 

Transgender activist Andrea Jenkins was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first openly transgender African-American woman elected to the city council of a major U.S. city.

Jenkins was endorsed by the Star Tribune, citing her years of experience working as a policy aide alongside city council members and her commitment to helping underrepresented communities.

Justin Fairfax


Democrat Justin Fairfax was elected to become Virginia’s next lieutenant governor. With his victory, the former federal prosecutor will be the second African-American to win statewide in Virginia.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity,” Fairfax said during a statewide victory party, according to WJLA-TV. “We are changing the course of history in this commonwealth.”


Joyce Craig

Ted Gatsas concedes in Manchester, N.H. mayoral race, meaning Joyce Craig will be the city’s first-ever woman mayor. https://trib.al/0tv0ikj 

The largest city in New Hampshire just elected its first woman as mayor. Joyce Craig will be the first woman in the Manchester’s 266-year history to serve as mayor, unseating the Republican incumbent, Ted Gatsas.

“As the first woman to ever serve as mayor of Manchester, Joyce will lead the city she loves with the same vision and energy that she’s brought to her previous decade of public service,” Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez told the New Hampshire Union Leader in a statement.



Another historic win! Tyler Titus won his Erie School Board seat to become first openly trans person ever elected in PA! 


Ravinder Bhalla‏

Hoboken, New Jersey, elected Ravinder Bhalla as its mayor Tuesday night, which will make Bhalla the first Sikh American to be elected mayor of the city. Last week, Bhalla was the target of racist flyers that showed a picture of him along with the words “Don’t let terrorism take over our town!” plastered above him.

“Thank you, Hoboken,” Bhalla, who served as a city councilman for eight years, posted on Twitter. “I look forward to being your Mayor!”

Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala

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Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala both defeated Republican incumbents tonight to become the first-ever Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates!  

Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala defeated Republican incumbents to become the first two Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

“I am so honored for the privilege to represent House District 51,” Ayala wrote in a statement. “I am humbled by the faith that my future constituents have placed in my candidacy and our message.”

and more…

Read about the full list here.

Addressing the Loss of Control Dilemma

Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) is the “catch-all causal factor” for the NTSB, topping the list of fatal accident causes and the “Most Wanted List” every year in recent memory. We are excited to have Patty Wagstaff and Rich Stowell for our live ScreenCast on November 16th unpacking this dilemma. NTSB Member Earl Weener has…

via Addressing the “Loss of Control” Dilemma! — SAFE Educational Opportunities!

Words on Wednesdays: Inspiration

It’s really hard to be inspired these days, with everything that is going on in this country.

This is the best I can offer:

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Seek Truth, Always

Differentiate Right from Wrong, these days it is Fake from Real

Show Compassion

Pursue Justice

Leave  this World Better than you Found it

Inspire the Next Generation

Excel beyond your Wildest Imagination.

No ONE Gender, Race, Religion, Color or Country is Superior to another.

We are all Global Citizens of this World…

Let’s Unite for World Peace!

Monday Morning Inspiration: Come from Away

Wonderful Show!

Based on real events from Sept 11, 2001 when 38 airplanes were diverted to the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada, Come From Away, is a heart warming Broadway Musical, that captures the generosity of the residents of Gander who welcomed 7,000 stranded passengers.

Beverly Bass, one of the pioneering pilots (the first female Captain at American Airlines), was the captain of one of the 38 airplanes that landed there that day and whose character is portrayed in the musical.

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Fort Worth native Beverly Bass made Aviation History