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Dear Friend,

Now is the time for thinking people to think.
~ Dr. Maya Angelou

Let no one contaminate your mind.
~ William Landsmark
(my grandfather)

What was that?!?  Attack. Spew. Lie. Yell. The UnPresidential debatable Debate as seen by 73 million people worldwide. 

Among those not disfranchised by race and gender over the centuries, America has had a reputation for ”fair” elections and “peaceful” transfers of power.  It was a foundation so sturdy that (until this year’s presidential re-election campaign and this week’s debate) it served as a beacon of hope for emerging nations.  Former President Jimmy Carter forged his pioneering election initiative from that base.  Indeed, since 1989, the Carter Center’s “Democracy Program” has monitored more than 110 elections; changing nations and lives for the better worldwide. For this and so much more, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2002.  Happy Birthday Mr. President! 96 years old today.

From manipulating the postal service to the “stand back, stand by” call to White supremacist “poll watchers,” we could use Carter's Democracy Program right here at home.

It’s a whole new day in America. Voter suppression by chaos is working. This ballot was sent to a Brooklyn home: real person, wrong address, wrong language. 

So, what are we to do in the midst of chaos?  What do we do with crazy?  What do we do when there is nothing we can do?  Especially those who've served on the frontlines—in fact and in spirit—for every American's right to vote?
We rely on what our understanding of history and our quest for healing have taught us. As has been sung in the trenches of voting rights activism since the Civil Rights era:  Ain’ gonna let nobody turn me round.  We keep on keepin' on.
We power up on common sense: VOTE HIM (and his enablers) OUT! 
Find your state Board of Elections here.
To contact your local board, enter “board of elections by county <state  name>” into your search engine.  
We keep our eyes on the prize.  For, what is the "right to life" without the right to live it?  Without justice?

#BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery #JacobBlake #TamirRice #SandraBland #ElijahMcClain #TrayvonMartin #EleanorBumpers #MichaelBrown #Rayshard Brooks #EmmettTill #ManyThousandsGone #SayTheirNames  And, lest we forget, #MartinGugino—the 75-year-old White protester knocked down for standing up against police violence.  
To understand what the debatable Debate was truly about, here’s Trevor Noah.
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Sweet Honey in the Rock’s ode to Civil Rights—Human Rights—legend, Ella Baker has rocketed from tribute to anthem.

Field secretary for the NAACP in 1941, Baker became the lead organizer for Dr. King’s fledgling Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  Then the 1960 lunch counter sit-in by four North Carolina A & T students burst forth in a spontaneous youth movement.  Baker raised funds from SCLC coffers to host the conference that gave rise to the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  From that nest, as “Godmother” to their movement, she nurtured some of the 20th century’s greatest activists: NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, "Black Power" champion Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Black Panther Party legend-turned-lawyer Kathleen Cleaver, public television producer-pioneer Jennifer Lawson, Congressman John Lewis, and Sweet Honey in the Rock founder Dr. Bernice Reagon Johnson.  Quoting Baker, words and music by Reagon-Johnson, here’s “Ella’s Song”:

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On June 19, 1978 Jimmy Carter hosted a White House Jazz Festival.  Little did he know what Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach, my late husband, were up to when they brought him to the bandstand: a once-in-a-lifetime rendition of Dizzy’s “Salt Peanuts” featuring peanut farmer and President Carter.  Listen closely to end when Dizzy puts a question to the president.
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The Janus Adams Show launches its fifth season on public radio with a fabulous roster of new episodes and availability on your favorite podcast channels:  AppleSoundCloudSpotifyStitcher 

October 3:  John Lewis: Good Trouble
Dawn Porter and Laura Michalchyshyn, director and producer of the milestone documentary, “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” are my guests.  A film that couldn’t be more timely.  A life that couldn't be more instructive and inspired.  A passionate call-to-conscience and courage.   Wow, do we need it now!

October 10:  Congressman Ritchie Torres
It’s official!  New York City's current Councilman—the youngest person ever elected to the post—has been certified the city’s newest Congressman. He returns to the show to talk about his historic pre-election day victory and the agenda Bronxites are sending him to Congress to achieve.

The Janus Adams Show airs and streams live Saturdays at 12:00 noon ET on WJFF Radio Catskill.  For more information about the shows and our guests, visit  Subscribe to the podcast on Apple, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and Spotify,.  For updates on this month's programming, follow me on social media.
Sincere thanks to Katie Orenstein, founder of The OpEd Project, for honoring me this month on their social media channels: Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter.   

For this week's "Mondays LIVE with Elle and Janus" on Facebook, we're talking about the murder of Breonna Taylor and the lack of police accountability; Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett, and what was that?!?  Oh yes, the unpresidential debate.

Be safe. Be well.  Happy reading (and listening),

Emmy Award-winning journalist, author, historian, keynote speaker, 
Dr. Janus Adams is publisher of and host of public radio’s
“The Janus Adams Show” and podcast.

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