Smarther News Quick Quotes for Friday, February 8, 2019

February 8, 2019
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"It gives us hope that this history will be sustained and improved upon and captured and passed on from generation to generation."

Anderson Flen speaking about preserving the history of Africatown, Alabama, a town created by the 100+ last slaves kidnapped from West Africa to America in 1860 despite a law banning the slave trade. After the Civil War, the community built by freed slaves grew to more than 10,000 w/its own gov’t. Descendants will gather Saturday to celebrate their shared heritage.

"We’re showing the district we are going to stand up for what we need.”

Denver elementary school teacher Chris Christoff as 4,000+ teachers in the city vow to walk off the job Monday unless a deal can be reached to raise pay. The union says its incentive-based system is unfair. Last month, L.A. teachers went on strike successfully negotiating smaller class sizes, but ultimately accepted the 6% pay increase the district originally offered.
“I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought.”

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder & world's richest man, accusing AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer, with extortion and blackmail, providing emails he says show its threats to publish nude photos he sent to his girlfriend. Bezos and his wife announced their divorce in January. The publisher has not responded.
“It is apparent that the Committee’s true intention is not to discuss the great work of the Dept of Justice, but to create a public spectacle.”

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on his plans to skip voluntary testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Friday unless it drops its threat of a subpoena. Whitaker, who was appointed by President Trump after AG Jeff Sessions resigned at Trump's request, was expected to take questions on Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.

"The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissing fellow democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal while launching a new committee focused on climate change. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) plan aims for the U.S. to run solely on renewable energy in 10 years, while offering economic security to those unwilling to work.
“..a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations.”

Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner, on the death of Frank Robinson (83). Robinson, who's career spanned 21 seasons, was the MLB's first black manager & a Hall of Fame outfielder who won MVP in both the American & National leagues.

Have a great weekend!

by Jenna Lee,