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Karen-Keys Gamarra for Fairfax School Board At-Large – DONATE TODAY




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About Karen

Karen Keys-Gamarra has been serving on the Fairfax County School Board in the 10th largest school district in the nation.  She is the only African American elected to a county wide position. Keys-Gamarra is an experienced child advocate and attorney who represents children from diverse backgrounds.

Karen’s professional focus is on developing solutions for children and families.  As a Board member, she address such concerns as providing greater access to Advanced Academics, improving special education services and inclusion practices, addressing discipline disparities, improving services to our military-connected students and strengthening  anti-bullying efforts.

Karen serves on the Governance, Audit and Community Criminal Justice Comittees.  Keys-Gamarra also serves as the liaison to the Title I Parent Advisory Committee.

Why Karen?

When slavery sums up a child’s exposure to black history in a classroom, we need a change in our educational system. When discipline referrals for black, brown and special education students are more than three times those of their counterparts, we need a change in our educational system.

When Advanced Learning classes don’t reflect the diversity of the community, we need a change in our educational system. These are just a few of the issues negatively impacting our community.

Education is the great equalizer in our society and every child deserves access to excellent education in their community schools. I’m Karen Keys-Gamarra and I ran for School Board in the 10 the largest school system in our nation because we need to make sure all students have access to quality education. As an attorney who represents the best interests of children and works to remove barriers for kids every day, I recognize that this effort necessarily includes addressing concerns within our educational system.

As a mother of three boys, all of whom are of African American and Hispanic descent, I know the fears of a parent who wants to make sure that their child is not only safe but prepared for the future. I ran for school board because these fundamental issues are critical to our community and to my family. Now that I have served on the Board for nearly 2 years, I have been steadfast in working to remove barriers to access to education.

I work to remove confederate names from our schools and championed discipline reform designed to limit discretionary punishment and instead, provide rehabilitative work that includes parents in developing solutions and second chances. I have also led efforts to make sure that more children have access to advanced learning opportunities because I truly believe that every child needs to discover their strengths without societal limitations. And I have advocated for a curriculum that reflects the history of our student body and a workforce that brings the strength of diversity to our schools.

I am an African American parent and Attorney who advocates for access to educational opportunity. When we change the culture of our schools so that every child can discover his or her potential, we will see the achievement gap disappear and our communities become stronger as a whole. As a Fairfax County School Board member representing the entire County, this is my pursuit and my purpose.

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Trump concerned about being impeached, sees it as a ‘real possibility,’ source says



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(CNN)President Donald Trump has expressed concern that he could be impeached when Democrats take over the House, a source close to the President told CNN Monday. The source said Trump sees impeachment as a “real possibility.”

But Trump isn’t certain it will happen, the source added.
A separate source close to the White House told CNN that aides inside the West Wing believe “the only issue that may stick” in the impeachment process is the campaign finance violations tied to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s payouts to Trump’s alleged mistresses.
Impeachment talk has ratcheted up in recent days following a blockbuster filing from prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. In that filing, prosecutors directly alleged for the first time that Cohen was being directed by Trump when he broke the law during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Democrats are suggesting Trump committed an impeachable offense and could be sent to prison when his term in the White House is over. The incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, said Sunday the allegations, if proven, would constitute “impeachable offenses.”
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said Monday Trump could be indicted after he leaves office.
Cohen first made the allegation in court in September that he was directed by Trump to make the payments to the two women, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. Prosecutors endorsed the allegation in a sentencing document for Cohen on Friday, in which they said Cohen should receive a “substantial sentence” for the crimes he committed, which included campaign finance violations for the payments to the two women, tax fraud and lying to Congress.
White House officials, at the moment, still don’t believe special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion will result in impeachment. Officials are also comforted by their belief that the campaign finance issue is not seen as enough to galvanize bipartisan support for impeachment.
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Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers



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BEDMINSTER, N.J. — During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies. When he visited as president, she was directed to wear a pin in the shape of the American flag adorned with a Secret Service logo.

Because of the “outstanding” support she has provided during Mr. Trump’s visits, Ms. Morales in July was given a certificate from the White House Communications Agency inscribed with her name.

Quite an achievement for an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.

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Ms. Morales’s journey from cultivating corn in rural Guatemala to fluffing pillows at an exclusive golf resort took her from the southwest border, where she said she crossed illegally in 1999, to the horse country of New Jersey, where she was hired at the Trump property in 2013 with documents she said were phony.

She said she was not the only worker at the club who was in the country illegally.

Sandra Diaz, 46, a native of Costa Rica who is now a legal resident of the United States, said she, too, was undocumented when she worked at Bedminster between 2010 and 2013. The two women said they worked for years as part of a group of housekeeping, maintenance and landscaping employees at the golf club that included a number of undocumented workers, though they could not say precisely how many. There is no evidence that Mr. Trump or Trump Organization executives knew of their immigration status. But at least two supervisors at the club were aware of it, the women said, and took steps to help workers evade detection and keep their jobs.

“There are many people without papers,” said Ms. Diaz, who said she witnessed several people being hired whom she knew to be undocumented.

Mr. Trump has made border security and the fight to protect jobs for Americans a cornerstone of his presidency, from the border wall he has pledged to build to the workplace raids and payroll audits that his administration has carried out.

During the presidential campaign, when the Trump International Hotel opened for business in Washington, Mr. Trump boasted that he had used an electronic verification system, E-Verify, to ensure that only those legally entitled to work were hired.

“We didn’t have one illegal immigrant on the job,” Mr. Trump said then.

[Read more immigration coverage from Miriam Jordan]

But throughout his campaign and his administration, Ms. Morales, 45, has been reporting for work at Mr. Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, where she is still on the payroll. An employee of the golf course drives her and a group of others to work every day, she says, because it is known that they cannot legally obtain driver’s licenses.

A diminutive woman with only two years of education who came to the United States speaking no English, Ms. Morales has had an unusual window into one of the president’s favorite retreats: She has cleaned the president’s villa while he watched television nearby; she stood on the sidelines when potential cabinet members were brought in for interviews and when the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, arrived to confer with the president.

“I never imagined, as an immigrant from the countryside in Guatemala, that I would see such important people close up,” she said.

But Ms. Morales said she has been hurt by Mr. Trump’s public comments since he became president, including equating Latin American immigrants with violent criminals. It was that, she said, along with abusive comments from a supervisor at work about her intelligence and immigration status, that made her feel that she could no longer keep silent.

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