Warren to Biden Voter?

I never met Lean Axially but this powerful message grabbed me on Facebook. Since Lean said it was OK to share with quotes and attribution (Thanks, Lean, for speaking up for those who will suffer and telling how it affects you personally.) Too many voters think only of their personal lives and disregard others when chosing a candidate. We must think of the greater good.

Are You a Warren Voter Thinking of Switching to Biden?

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“It’s annoying that this needs to be said. If you were voting for Warren and are now unapologetically voting for Biden, you really only wanted a white [Christian] woman to be president—you don’t give a shit about the platform Warren ran on, and you still haven’t learned a damn thing all your life + the last four years, which is a fucking feat at this point to still be so willingly obtuse.

To vote for a man who not only is/was a segregationist; who plunged us into debt when in pursuit of higher education; who continued to make healthcare unaffordable and inaccessible to those who need it most; who had a devastating impact on Black and brown communities via legislation he’s passed throughout his political career and who has gone on record to say that he didn’t want his kids going to majority Black schools in fear that they would “grow up in a jungle”—I shit you not); who opposes abortion rights (where the f-ck are your pussy hats now lol); who opposes gay marriage (which is such a low bar at this point for many politicians to check off and your boy still can’t); who voted in favor of devastating wars and trade deals; like, y’all are really something else. I hope you trip and break your hip on the way to the polls.

P.S. there’s no way I’m apologizing for my tone, or fervor because this election is literally life-or-death for me. Having no foreseeable options for getting a citizenship application passed, living in fear of ICE, of having my healthcare pulled on a daily basis living with multiple chronic medical conditions, and barely being able to afford rent or utilities while working a job that puts me in direct risk for communicable illnesses for $12 an hour—I really don’t give a fuck if this offends any sensibilities because being polite to people who would rather stay comfortable in a bubble isn’t going to do me, my family, or my friends who are in similar or worse conditions any favors. To be clear, I’m not recruiting; I’m not a part of Bernie’s campaign; I’m speaking for myself, and I refuse to be shut out by people who have my life, and so many others’, in their hands and are literally balling it up and throwing it out with their vote.

If you want to share this post, just put quotes around it and credit me (Lean Axially).”

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Why Some Voters Drop Out

Here’s my rant after the results came in for Super Tuesday on March 3, 2020. The media and the DNC went all out to reshape the Democratic race after Bernie Sanders won the first three states. That a Democratic Socialist might win with his ideas that didn’t fit the Democratic National Committee’s corporate scenario scared the party insiders greatly. Here was someone that the little people wanted, not someone that would make corporate donors happy. A populist, Oh No!

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The media appeared to have had some coaching to present a unified front boosting Biden and knocking Sanders. Then candidates who had worked so hard and raised so much money, and had a chance to pick up delegates in Super Tuesday abruptly withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden. No one pressured Warren to drop out as it suited the party to have her still in the race siphoning off progressive votes from Sanders.

The timing worked perfectly for this coup to make voters think that Biden was the anointed savior of the Democratic Party. After winning a single state, the media went into full Biden promotion the day before the voters went to the polls in 14 states. 

Biden picked up a lot of delegates the next day when just a week before, his campaign was barely breathing.  

 

My Thoughts on Why Some Voters Give Up on Voting

The suburban and upper-middle-class voters who are reasonably comfortable are voting for the status quo and to hell with the poor and the struggling working class who need healthcare and a better wage to survive. Unfortunately, many of those struggling citizens will sink back into apathy and the daily drudgery that their lives consist of. Many of these were fighting to get Bernie into office, but now they will go back to wondering if they can afford food for their kids this week and if their car will hold up so they can get to their 2nd part-time job.

Later, when they don’t bother to show up for the general election, the DNC will blame Bernie. They give up on politics when they realize that those in Congress and the White House don’t even realize they’re are on the planet. If those in office do acknowledge them, they blame you for not pulling yourself up by your bootstraps (when they can’t afford boots to start with). The Democratic Party bosses don’t give a hoot about those people as they don’t have the money to hire a lobbyist and won’t be sending big bucks to the DNC. 

After Super Tuesday, my heart sinks just like it did when I realized that the DNC wasn’t going to let the people elect who they really wanted in 2016. They are doing it again. I don’t know why we bother with primary elections when the party elites prefer to meet in a back room and select their candidate without all the bother of consulting the people.

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END OF RANT

Connect with Local Berners

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Here’s a great idea to help people who feel isolated and want to connect to other Bernie supporters. Even if you live in a deep red area and think you are all alone, be assured there are others like you who also feel alone.

Create a Local Bernie Sanders Group on Facebook

Linda Jones shared her idea in the Boomers for Bernie Sanders 2020 group on Facebook. It was enthusiastically received by group members.

Here’s a fun idea. Create a Bernie Sanders group for your town! Many of us are isolated in conservative areas where we don’t have a single Berner friend in real life. But I promise you, they’re out there. Take a leap. I just created a page this morning—it took 5 minutes.

With any luck, by this time next week I could be having a cup of coffee with a few new Bernie friends. Think how exciting that will be!

Getting Started

Some people wanted to do this for the community where they lived but were unsure how to set up a Facebook group. Here are several screenshots to get you started. Look around for a button that says CREATE GROUP and click on that.

It’s important to choose “group” and not “page.” Being a group gives you better interactive capability.
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That will bring up a screen where you make some choices about your group. Name your group something like Smalltown for Bernie or Berners of XYZ County. Add a name or two to get started. Decide on public, closed, or private. I prefer public for a start so people can find it but maybe switch to closed later so the posts are viewed by anyone not in the group.

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  • Write a short description of the group’s purpose. It can be something like this: “Join this group if you support Bernie and are a full-time or part-time resident of XYZ town.”
  • Add a photo of your town or of Bernie. There are lots of great memes on Facebook.

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Set up a question or two for those requesting to join the group to answer. They can be simple, like “Do you live in XYZ town?” and “Tell me one thing you like about Bernie Sanders.”

Post a few good news stories about Bernie and once you have some people join, welcome them and get acquainted.

After you’ve created your group, every day you should pick your favorite post from one of the many Bernie groups, and share it with your group. If the post is already a share, click through to the original post and share that.

I can make that part easy for you. I have a Facebook group which is a newsfeed for Good News about Bernie. I belong to umpteen groups and track down articles to share. It’s not a discussion group, just a sharing of positive links.
Here are some examples of local Bernie groups to give you an idea. Don’t join a group unless you are actually a resident. The whole point is to connect with others locally.

Embracing Being a Liberal

Today’s Guest Blogger is Lori Gallagher Witt. This was first posted on January 7, 2018

(c) 2018 Lori Gallagher Witt. Feel free to share, but please give me credit, and if you add or change anything, please note accordingly. (title and graphics added by this blog and are not original to the post)

Being a Liberal

An open letter to friends and family who are/were shocked to discover I’m a liberal…

This is going to be VERY long, so: TL;DR: I’m a liberal, I’ve always been a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does.

Some of you suspected. Some of you were shocked. Many of you have known me for years, even the majority of my life. We either steadfastly avoided political topics, or I carefully steered conversations away from the more incendiary subjects in the name of keeping the peace. “I’m a liberal” isn’t really something you broadcast in social circles where “the liberals” can’t be said without wrinkling one’s nose.

But then the 2016 election happened, and staying quiet wasn’t an option anymore. Since then, I’ve received no shortage of emails and comments from people who were shocked, horrified, disappointed, disgusted, or otherwise displeased to realize I am *wrinkles nose* a liberal. Yep. I’m one of those bleeding heart commies who hates anyone who’s white, straight, or conservative, and who wants the government to dictate everything you do while taking your money and giving it to people who don’t work.

Or am I?

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Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines.

1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. Period.

2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that’s interpreted as “I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all.” This is not the case. I’m fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it’s impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes “let people die because they can’t afford healthcare” a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I’m not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen.

3. I believe education should be affordable and accessible to everyone. It doesn’t necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I’m mystified as to why it can’t work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt.

4. I don’t believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don’t want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist.

5. I don’t throw around “I’m willing to pay higher taxes” lightly. I’m self-employed, so I already pay a shitload of taxes. If I’m suggesting something that involves paying more, that means increasing my already eye-watering tax bill. I’m fine with paying my share as long as it’s actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare.

6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion-dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn’t have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live.

7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is – and should be – illegal) All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I’m not “offended by Christianity” — I’m offended that you’re trying to force me to live by your religion’s rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia on you? That’s how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don’t force it on me or mine.

8. I don’t believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe we should have the *same* rights as you.

9. I don’t believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN’T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they’re supposed to be abusing and if they’re “stealing” your job it’s because your employer is hiring illegally.). I’m not opposed to deporting people who are here illegally, but I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc).

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10. I believe we should take in refugees, or at the very least not turn them away without due consideration. Turning thousands of people away because a terrorist might slip through is inhumane, especially when we consider what has happened historically to refugees who were turned away (see: MS St. Louis). If we’re so opposed to taking in refugees, maybe we should consider not causing them to become refugees in the first place. Because we’re fooling ourselves if we think that somewhere in the chain of events leading to these people becoming refugees, there isn’t a line describing something the US did.

11. I don’t believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, etc. It’s not that I want the government’s hands in everything — I just don’t trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they’re harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation.

12. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I’m butthurt over an election, but because I’ve spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past.

13. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. This means those with privilege — white, straight, male, economic, etc — need to start listening, even if you don’t like what you’re hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that’s causing people to be marginalized.

14. I believe in so-called political correctness. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you’re using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person? Your refusal to adjust your vocabulary in the name of not being an asshole kind of makes YOU the snowflake.

15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something else.

I think that about covers it. The bottom line is that I’m a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn’t mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don’t believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.

So, I’m a liberal.

(c) 2018 Lori Gallagher Witt. Feel free to share, but please give me credit, and if you add or change anything, please note accordingly.

Answers to Anti-Bernie Smears

If you’ve watched CNN and MSNBC, you’ll have noticed mainstream media losing their mind about Bernie rising in the polls. Early on, they tried ignoring him like they did in 2016. It didn’t work so they are trying varied attacks to see what might stick.

These are some of the top negative narratives about Bernie so far:

He is not a Democrat. 

That’s a little hard to push now since former Republican Bloomberg entered the race. The DNC embraced Bloomberg’s candidacy after the ever-so-rich billionaire gave them a handsome donation.

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He is socialist.

First of all, that’s not true. They know the difference between a Democratic Socialist and a Socialist but purposely use the incorrect term. That’s how desperate they are getting. The things that he proposes already exist in other industrialized countries like Denmark, Sweden, Canada ( health care), and throughout Europe.

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He is unelectable.

This false claim gets harder for media to push as Bernie wins more states. Every poll of Trump VS Bernie shows Bernie winning. Bernie polled in 2016 as the one who could beat Trump also.

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He is too extreme.

The policies that Sander’s campaign proposes are what the American workers want.

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He wants to give free stuff.

Not the case at all, he has a valuable plan for what he proposes that is why they fear him.

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His supporters are mean bullies.

Really? Consider this view,

“Maureen Dowd, in her assessment of the Nevada debate, asked, “Senator Sanders, are you suggesting that some of your belligerent Bernie Bros are bots?” My question for Ms. Dowd – How can anyone with even a passing knowledge of social media doubt for a second that some, if not most, of the “belligerent Bernie Bros” are bots? Of course, they are.”

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Bernie Bros is a created narrative dating back to 2016. When the DNC and the media can’t find anything bad on him then they attack his supporters who are the most diverse coalition of voters that any candidate has.

Hillary recently said, “nobody likes Bernie.” With thousands of people attending his rallies, turning out to knock on doors for him, writing songs about him, creating videos, and making phone calls, it’s clear that she is wrong.

It seems that the ones who don’t like Bernie are Hillary and her establishment pals. Well, it is understandable that she is still nursing hurt feelings, but for the greater good of the Democratic Party, this is not the time to air those.

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He had a heart attack.

The doctor issued a letter saying Sanders was healthy enough to return to campaigning. His rally schedule would daunt many other candidates and you don’t see Biden or the others holding these massive events. Bernie played sports for many years, including basketball and long-distance running. Even recently, there are videos of him shooting a few baskets with staff while waiting for an event.

Not good enough, the anti-Bernie people say, “We want to see all his medical records.” Dr. Sanjay Gupta said that “a letter was usually considered sufficient” and that people did not need to see every little lab test result and other private medical files. So it appears that this is just one more way for the DNC and the media to try to undermine Bernie.

He’s too old.

This attack hasn’t been brought up much since Bloomberg entered the race. It turns out that he’s the same age as Bernie.

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In Trump’s Mind…

Guest Blogger: KerryAnn M. (last name withheld because of Trolls)

Here’s KerryAnn’s latest post,

Lindsey Graham: “All I can tell you is from the president’s point of view, he did nothing wrong in his mind”

That’s the defense? That could not only be the defense of, well, just about all criminals, teenagers and cats but also a pretty damn good reason he shouldn’t be running the country. There is something wrong with his mind.

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It’s interesting to see other people react to this statement by Graham:

  • Martin B. says, “That is how Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) decides on the Trump impeachment: the president thinks he’s right, so that makes him right.So if you’re ever accused of wrongdoing, just call Graham.

    The kompromat file on Lindsey must be explosive.”

  • Bobby B. commented, “I’d love to know what the President has on Graham.”

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A Dane Shares His Observations of America

I was impressed by the thoughtful information provided by a resident of Denmark, named Tor B. on a social media site. He spent some time in the U.S. as a high school student back in the early 90s. He has remained a fan of our country and is following the campaign of Bernie Sanders for President. It motivated him to share his personal knowledge of how Democratic Socialism programs function in his country and why he admires Bernie.

For those who might be confused about the difference between Socialism and Democratic Socialism, here’s the short version. Democratic Socialism is in use in the Scandinavian countries and in many programs in Canada and Australia and other countries.

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Because of trolls who might pester him, I’ve opted to just use an initial instead of his last name.

Our Guest Blogger, Tor B. wrote this in January 2020

I feel a deep connection to Bernie and his lovely movement, and I’m writing this 3-minute letter 📜 to inspire and encourage the American people into believing that a free society that actually works for the people should exist in your country…and soon will 💚🏄 🇺🇸 🕊️❤️

My name is Tor, and I’m from Denmark 🇩🇰 I went to High School in your country 🗽 back in 91/92.

I love America, its diversity and your culture 🦅

But I can also imagine what an amazing country the US could be for the working and middle class if you implemented Bernie Sanders ideas in your everyday lives

I’m a former college student 👩‍🎓 myself here in Denmark. And as part of our universal welfare model it was free $0.

I have never paid anything to go to the doctor or the hospital 🏥 $0.

Medicine prices are fair regulated and people get subsidies for their medicine 💊

Parents 👪 have the right to 12 months paid maternity leave combined.

Universal childcare 👫 is a guarantee.

Our seniors have the right to a secure and safe retirement. Denmark is ranked among the 2 best countries in the world with the strongest retirement model 🏖️🏘️🎨📻📺

Yes. We pay slightly higher taxes if your income is less than $76,000 per year.

If you make from $76,000 annually and up, you must pay an additional 15% in taxes. But only of the amount exceeding $76,000.

We start off with a Personal allowance of $600 a month before we pay any taxes.

Let’s say you make up to $18,000 annually as a part-time worker, you end up paying around 25% in tax.

A Public Schoolteacher 👩‍🏫 makes around $5,000 monthly ($60,000 annually) – and then pays on average around 35% back in taxes.

Our minimum wage is currently $20 (inclusive vacation supplement)

We have a 37-hour workweek and 6 weeks vacation 🏖️ In addition comes 11 public holidays 🌅

Denmark is recently ranked no. 1 in ‘ Best Country for Business ‘ in the world 🌳

So despite our welfare system, we are very much a market-based economy with a great business climate 🏗️ 🛴🏄🛒💵

As of November 2019, our unemployment rate is 3,7% 👩‍🔬👷

Annually the average Dane makes around $50,000 and every household around $90,000.

A Gallon of Milk 🥛 is around $4

A Gallon of Gas  is about $6

A Big Mac 🍔 is around $4

Inflation was 0.8% in 2018 and yes, increase in salaries seem to match it thanks to the unions protecting and backing the workforce 👷

Average monthly rent is probably around $800 – 1,000 for a decent modern 2-bedroom apartment + $150 – 200 utility expenses

You can buy a decent house for $300,000 🏠

You can buy a decent new car for $30,000 and a small new city car for $15,000 🚘

Purchasing Power or Real Wages as some people call it has gone up 40% in Denmark since the 80’s 🕺

And this is the most proven sign that the system works for the Working and Middle class of our society 👍

Just like the US 🇺🇸 – Denmark is one of the richest countries in the world.

We are like just any other modern western country, and in many ways alike the American lifestyle of living 🍔🎢🌅🚗🏈🏀🏟️🛒💼💵🖥️🎃✈️🚔🚄🥃🍩🌭🍕🍟💎👠🎓🏍️🏄🏌️⛷️🍿🥪

BUT the resources are spread out and leaves no one behind – which is the essential and most profound difference between Denmark and the US.

And it has nothing to do with size, but yet everything to do with equality and fighting for someone you don’t know. Which I believe, is also the very medicine that will eventually heal the soul of America, retake democracy and bring it back to the people.

Denmark and the US have been good friends for a LONG time. 300,000 Danes emigrated to America from 1850 and 70 years on including my grandmother’s sisters 👵👴

Today, the US is our biggest trading partner 💯

I love Bernie Sanders and I have loved him since 2015 when I got to know more about him ❤️

Your own President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933 – 1945 was probably a Democratic Socialist.

There is so much human wealth in your everyday life, knowing that nobody in your country should be suffering from poverty as a direct cause of governance.

Denmark is the least corrupt country on earth 🌍

We are automatically registered to vote, and we have 13 political parties to choose from. We have a democratic system, 1 Person = 1 Vote, and no such thing as super-delegates nor an electoral college. And this simple model secures the power to the people every day of the week.

Bernie’s model is the key to secure hard-working families a decent living by practically getting money out of politics like in the majority of western society.

We have something called ‘ The Danish Model ‘ and it’s a successful combination of economic dynamic and social security.

You are gonna be blessed with the Bernie version “Not Me, Us” ⛹️

Many studies in recent years show that Danes are the happiest and most satisfied people in the western world 🌍

Although we are a more harmoniously composed population, it’s all about people coming and standing together 👬

And this I believe, is happening right this moment in America with Bernie Sanders strongly and compellingly leading the way.

There is nothing wrong with being social, in terms of securing each other’s backs 👬. It only makes everybody happier 😀 💚🤸

A wise guy once taught me that there is no ‘I’ in TEAM 😘

I’m writing this because I believe in Bernie Sanders, but also because I believe like him it can be done in the US. Just believe in it and it will happen!

Please remember 🙂 for every positive action you make and for every dollar you are able to donate – the chance that Bernie wins increases every day 🌄

Keep believing!

Lots of love

Tor ❤️

PS : I think the greatest thing Bernie has done is bringing us together. Also across borders. And I think it’s beautiful 🐦

To back up what Tor has told us, here’s another country’s example as explained by a school teacher from Sweden in 2016.

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