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We are not owners, we are caretakers & guardians.
We are not owners, we are caretakers & guardians.

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Sometimes doors close because you are physically disabled, and it can be crushing. Video's like this though, it gives me hope. Thanks Toni King for sharing, and making me smile today.

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Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department Crab Feed fundraiser is back and it's next Saturday, Feb 25, 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

Cost is $45 per person, paid at the door the night of the event
Includes fresh Crab, Pasta, Bread, & Salad
Wine, Beer, & non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase

Please RSVP by email to events@bcfd.com
so they can purchase enough food beforehand.

All proceeds go towards the purchase of new rescue and medical equipment. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a tax-deductible donation.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1029499623860433/

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Hispanic House Representatives were asked to leave a meeting on Capital Hill with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) yesterday

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) have been trying to have a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It was originally scheduled for Tuesday this week, but it was cancelled by ICE saying too many attendants had signed up. It was then rescheduled for yesterday #DayWithoutImmigrants. The bi-partisan meeting started yesterday and then CHC members were asked to leave, Reps Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Rep Norma Torres (D-CA). Other members of CHC were not even allowed to enter the meeting, including Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Juan Vargas (D-CA). This was done by a Paul Ryan spokeswoman (R-WI) and Rep Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). Remember the only reason this meeting even happened is because CHC requested it, and then they were not even allowed to attend.

I find it quite disturbing that Hispanic House Representatives were not allowed to attend a meeting about ICE, which affects a mostly Hispanic population.

The 115th Congress is the most diverse ever this year, with 34 Hispanics in the House and 4 Hispanics in the Senate. Giving them a 38 seats total in Congress, that’s 7% of the seats. Hispanics make up 17% of the United States population. For comparison Women hold 104 seats in Congress, that’s 19% of the seats, but Women are 51% of the population. We still very much am a government run by white males, but are getting better. But when meetings like this happen with ICE or any other department of government and people of a certain race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or other group are asked to leave when that department of government is currently engaged in actions against that particular group it is highly concerning.

Reference Articles

The Hill – Several Hispanic Dems denied entry to meeting with ICE
http://thehill.com/latino/319952-hispanic-dems-barred-from-meeting-with-ice

CNN – Hispanic Caucus Members rejected from meeting with ICE
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/politics/ice-immigration-meeting-hispanic-caucus/

Roll Call – Hispanic Caucus Members Turned Away From ICE Meeting
http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/gop-turns-away-democrats-from-ice-meeting

The Hill – 115th Congress will be most racially diverse in history
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/306480-115th-congress-will-be-most-racially-diverse-in-history

Representative Luis Gutierrez press release regarding the matter
https://gutierrez.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/guti-rrez-being-asked-leave-ice-meeting-capitol-speaker-ryan-and

Representative Norma Torres press release regarding the draft executive order to have 100,000 National Guards be deployed to roundup immigrants.
https://torres.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/torres-reports-administration-considering-deploying-national-guard

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All of us, unless you are Native American, can trace your family tree back to when your family immigrated to the United States. Some of us just have to go back further then others.

My grandmother, was the great granddaughter of two immigrants, Henry G. Graaf from Germany on her father’s side, and Nettie E. Olsen from Norway on her mother’s side. That’s just four generations back for me.

So how far back do you have to go to tell part of your immigration story to the United States? #DayWithoutImmigrants

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Reminder that today is the last day of the Pop Up Flower Shop at the Visitor Center, which is a fundraiser for Boulder Creek Park & Rec. Hours today are 2:30pm - 6:30pm. Oh and thank you so much to Kelsey and Jayden Johnson for helping out yesterday with making flower arraignments and assisting customers. You made Valentine's this year a complete joy for me, and were so extremely helpful.

Oh and ladies don't forget to show your man some love to. We have treats and cards. Their are lots or restaurants in town and we have two hardware stores. So show them how much you love them for all they do all year long.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1741338289515867/
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The Pop Up Flower Shop is back at Boulder Creek Visitor Center for Valentines Day. They have something for every budget including Flowers, Baked Goods, Treats, and Cards. I will be there Sunday and Monday, so come on by and say hello.

Boulder Creek Community Information & Visitor Center
13200 Highway 9, right in front of Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub

Sunday 12:00 - 5:00pm
Monday & Tuesday 2:30 - 6:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1741338289515867/
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Wonderful synopsis of the police issues that have been exploding across our country for the past year. How someone is treated who is not white by the police through out this country is horrific. For those of you not in the know on this, this timeline and brief information might give you some insight into this.

#blacklivesmatter  

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Added photos to Bill Owens CARS: World Premier of New Work From Vintage Negatives and Chromes.

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Please join us for a world premier of a new body of work by renowned photographer, Bill Owens. “Cars” was photographed in the 1970’s and comprise rich color work as well as Owen’s signature black and white photographic style. “Cars” complements and supplements Owens’ “Suburbia,” which has been called one of the seminal photographic books of the Twentieth Century.

Show runs from May 4 to June 13, 2015

Reception Saturday, May 16, 2-5 pm with vintage cars on display

Prints available for purchase to support PhotoCentral Programs

http://www.photocentral.org/OwensCars

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BC Brewery Employee fundraiser by MCT

(1) Friday April 10 show benefits the employees
(2) All shows taking donations for the employees
(3) All donations to be matched by Mountain Community Theater

Come enjoy the show & support the BC Brewery employees

http://mctshows.org/current-show/
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