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Westchester County & Rockland County Early Voting: 6/13/20 to 6/21/20

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ASHA FOR CONGRESS

IMMEDIATE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING POLICING & CIVIL

UNREST

Asha For Congress extends our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd,

Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

We are all painfully aware of the recent current events due to the tragic circumstances of their

deaths and the ongoing peaceful protests that have degenerated into rioting in cities

throughout the country, including our nation’s capital. We believe that it is necessary to speak,

not only to those in our Congressional District NY17, but to everyone, everywhere. The

troubling criminal actions of a few should not dictate our own behaviors or the response of the

government to this senseless lawlessness. We choose to believe that justice will be served

and in the appropriate manner. We cannot and should not destroy our communities and the

businesses that serve us.

Racism is a national security threat!

Racism in America is inarguably a national security issue. Our nation cannot be safe and

secure when some Americans are able to attack and kill with impunity. All forms of extremism

are our nation’s Achilles' heel, weakening the fabric of our society and destroying our image on

the world stage. We recognize that this current extremism will be weaponized by both

domestic and foreign actors to disrupt our democracy by causing distrust of law enforcement,

by creating fear of our fellow citizens and by disrupting the participation of American citizens in

the election process. The conscience of our nation, which has turned a blind eye to the plight

of the people of color, must finally be awakened from it’s slumber and the hypocrisy

eradicated.

Peaceful Protesting

We must protest the injustices that are occurring in our nation, but our protests must be

conducted peacefully. Violent protests are counterproductive and undermine our message of

addressing extremism. Since we live in the age of technology the violent protests are being

displayed repeatedly and exhaustively. These images are being broadcast around the world

within seconds of them happening. We are worried that broadcasting these images will

provoke more violence. The need for nonviolent protests was addressed over 50 years ago by

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said:

"Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for

mankind to overcome oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a

method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation."

Dr. Martin Luther King

Coalition Building: Engaging With Local and State Leaders

Now is the time for us to strengthen our relationships with local and state leaders, including our

community leaders, the governor's office, and our local law enforcement officers. We must

have a “seat at the table” in all discussions regarding our judicial and democratic processes,

our legislative agendas, our economic policies and everything that affects our lives. Our

collective voices must demand policy reforms. By working together, our voices will be heard in

these crucial conversations that are necessary to move our country forward to a more equal

and just society for all Americans.

Specifically, we must address the following issues regarding law enforcement in our

communities. Hopefully, some of these reforms have already been adopted in your local

jurisdiction:

● Requiring police to wear body cameras

● Requiring unconscious bias training for all police officers

● Implementing de-escalation training for law enforcement officers

● Requiring psychological evaluation of police officers before hiring and conducted

periodically specifically inquiring about attitudes regarding race and race relations

● Demanding that superior officers bear responsibility for their rogue subordinates.

● Mandating community outreach and programs with law enforcement and K-12

education system

● Supporting a national standard for use of force by law enforcement

● Requiring the collection of statistical information on excessive use of force complaints

against law enforcement

Once we begin to root out law enforcement officers who are incapable of proper policing our

nation can start to heal.

We strongly recommend better leadership from the executive office. We disagree that the

White House should deploy thousands of troops to quell the civil unrest. The U.S. military

should not be used to patrol our streets and citizens. We agree with General (Retired) Martin

E. Demsey’ s statement:

“ America’s military, our sons and daughters, will place themselves at risk to protect their fellow

citizens. Their job is unimaginably hard overseas; harder at home. Respect them, for they

respect you. America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy. “

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COVID-19 Statement

 

 

 

COVID19 QUESTIONS:  Call Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 

 

Asha's perspective on COVID-19:

The future is uncertain with COVID-19, and we have seen over the past weeks and months that our country needs new leadership to not only defeat the virus, but more so, to recover from this outbreak. The journey will be challenging and tumultuous. We are in a dire need of dedicated leaders with hands-on experience with crisis management and national security at both academic as well as practical levels.

 

As a scholar educated at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the University of Oxford, among others, and a Professor of National Security and American Foreign Policy at Fordham University, George Washington University, and Baruch College, I have spent many years gaining an in-depth understanding of both foreign and domestic threats, and teaching the next generation about our country’s foreign policy and national security.

 

As a military veteran, I served my country for 30 months in combat in Iraq, Jordan and Kuwait in 2006 through 2008. These and numerous other experiences as a U.S. Army Officer prepared me for dealing with adversities and crises, and my job entailed leading my unit in planning, preparing for and executing our missions. Today, we are fighting a different kind of war—our global battle against COVID-19 is no longer an emergency, but rather a war that is taking the lives of innocent people, as those on the front lines of the battlefield—our healthcare workers are, in turn, risking their lives day in, day out. Our nation’s recovery from the Coronavirus will not be easy, but we must start working towards it today.

As your leader, I would listen to the advice of medical and scientific experts – and using that expertise to make difficult choices to protect our country.

As your leader, I would take decisive action to alleviate the needs of our nation’s working-class families – over the wants of corporations.

To me, leadership is doing what’s right – not what’s convenient.

As your Representative, I would:
 

  1. Mobilize the Department of Defense – Recommend that the White House activate the Reserve and Active Duty components of the U.S. Military to support the National Guard by providing additional medical, personnel, and logistical assistance in the midst of the crisis.

  2. Enlist the Manufacturing Sector – Urge the White House to fully implement the Defense Production Act to coordinate the production of necessary medical supplies.

  3. Protect and Support our Communities – Advocate for a universal mortgage/rental freeze for the duration of the crisis, support expanded mental health services for both

  4. adults and children, and ensure that both elderly care and childcare remain intact at all times.

  5. I would recommend policy modifications for FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). We must ensure that we have adequate funding in place for missions involving health security (similar to the global Ebola mission in 2014 but more robust).​

  6. People are feeling the impact of COVID-19 on their health, economic security, and day-to-day lives. If elected as the first African-American female veteran to ever serve in the U.S. Congress, I vow to fight for you and do everything in my power to ensure that you and your families stay safe and are able to recover from this crisis. 

  7. Please know that I am here for you and available to address any concerns you or your loved ones may have. I will continue to hold weekly “Afternoons with Asha” address via my personal Facebook page, and also occasional interviews. 

 

If you would like to learn more about my vision for our country, I am hosting a weekly Facebook Live where I answer questions pertaining to the pandemic, crisis management, and other issues. Please tune in every Saturday at 3pm EST via:

 

Absentee Ballots for the June 23, 2020 Elections: Both Presidential Primary and June Primary:  

 

UPDATE FROM 4/24/20:  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Friday requiring state election officials to send postage-paid absentee ballot applications to all voters amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

“I am issuing an Executive Order to ensure every New York voter automatically receives a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot because no New Yorker should have to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Cuomo said in a statement.

You will send by e-mail the completed absentee ballot application to 

BOE-Westabsentee@westchestergov.com

The Order continues that “Solely for any election held on or before June 23, 2020, Section 8-400 of the Election Law is hereby modified to allow for electronic application, with no requirement for in-person signature or appearance to be able to access an absentee ballot.”

The Order contains no change in the application deadlines. (See 2020 political calendar.)

Accordingly, applications for absentee ballots may be requested as follows:


Delivery of absentee ballots to voters still remains the same, by mail or in person. 

There is no change in the return methods, they must still be sent back by mail or returned in person.

Going forward, applications for elections conducted after June 23, 2020, revert back to the original process, unless further modified by an executive order or by law​

Corona Virus and How to destroy its FAT envelope:

 

  • The virus is not a living organism, it is a protein molecule covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the mucous cells of the mouth, nose or eyes changes their genetic code (mutation) and converts them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies. (Dry, warm-hot, sunny environments degrade it faster)

  • SOAP or detergent is the best remedy because the soap foam cuts through the viruses outer layer of fat (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

  • HEAT melts fat - this is why it is good to use water above

  • 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything.

  • ALCOHOL or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

  • Any mix with 1 part BLEACH and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein & breaks it down from the inside.

  • Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

  • Spirits like vodka don't work, the strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

  • LISTERINE is 65% alcohol!

  • Anti-Bacterial substances don't work, the virus is not a living organism like bacteria.

  • The virus can remain active on fabric such as clothes for 3 hours, 4 hours on wood, 24 hours on cardboard, 42 hours on metal & 72 hours on plastic.

  • If you shake clothes/fabric or use a feather duster the virus molecules can float in the air for up to 3 hours and can lodge in your nose.

  • The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold & in AIR CONDITIONING. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade the virus faster.

  • UV LIGHT (SUNLIGHT) on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein.

  • The more confined space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

  • This is super said, but you MUST WASH YOUR HANDS with hot water & soap BEFORE and AFTER touching your nose, mouth, eyes, any food, your mobile / cell phone, computer, laptop, door handles, switches, remote control, etc. and when using the bathroom, as well as washing your hands, moisturizing is important because virus molecules can hide in the micro cracks. (The virus can't go through healthy skin.) Also, keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.​
     

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