March for Science: Earth Day 2017

Okay, so I know you are probably wondering what in the world has made someone as opinionated and outspoken as I am so quiet this week. Well, it certainly is not a lack of material. In the age of Trumpaloompa and his army of orange neophytes, there is never a shortage of injustice to write about. However, this week my son and I are prepping for the March for Science coming up this Saturday. I will be broadcasting as much of it Live on Facebook as possible from San Diego. To catch that public feed you can visit my FB by clicking here .

This will be my thirteen year old son’s first time to exercise his right to protest. This march means a great deal to him, as he hopes to study Quantum Mechanics/Computing and Aerospace Engineering in the future. He sees the direction this present administration is taking away from science as harmful to not only his aspirations, but the future of humanity. (Good enough reason for me to march.)

Science is the root of what makes us human; not just literally speaking about the DNA, Chemistry, or Biology of homo sapiens, but figuratively, as well. Science captures the essence of who we are, our essential need to question everything around us, to understand how and why things happen, and to expound our knowledge by asking ever more questions. Science is about the tenacity of truth, the creativity to envision  amazing realities, about saving lives and reaching for the greater part of ourselves. Through scientific innovations we can feed the hungry, house the homeless, employ the jobless, heal the sick, clean the planet, and safely power the world. Science constantly challenges and redefines the nature of our reality.

We do not measure the evolution of civilizations or humanity by wealth, dogma, politics or religion. In fact, those are often the very elements which cause stagnation or decline. No. We are measured by our knowledge. We are measured by the questions we ask and the answers we search for. Science is our ability to build everything from structures to information highways.

But, sadly, science is also our ability to destroy. Trumpaloompa chooses to divert the funding for all the great things science can achieve. He prefers the science of destruction, the tools of war over those which promise life. Instead of funding medical research, he will expand our nuclear arsenal. Instead of funding aerospace engineering to take us to the stars, he will fund war aircraft to drop bombs. Instead of asking how to save a life, he asks how to kill an enemy. Instead of asking how to save our planet, he threatens nuclear war to destroy it.

This is why we are marching on Saturday, April 22; because science has so much more to offer humanity than new and vile ways to kill one another. We have come so far in discovering our potential. Ignorance is a cloud of darkness. I refuse to cower in those shadows. The knowledge to understand our universe and develop into a better version of ourselves is a worthy cause. A better future, a cleaner planet, a stronger, healthier and wiser humanity, for our children, is worth fighting for.

I hope, if able, you will take part or support a March for Science near you. For more information click here

We are One Woman, One World.

Ann Lavendar Truong

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A Moment to Grieve

There are so many things happening right now, I could lock onto any of them and run with it, but not today. No, not today. This day I want to take a moment to express my sorrow for those who lost their lives, were injured, and the victims’ families in San Bernardino.  As some may know, I reside in Southern California. So Cal is a wonderful place to live, full of beauty, diversity and opportunity. And sometimes sadness.

Today is not the day to politicize what happened or to call for the necessary changes to ensure no future lives are needlessly lost in the same manner. We can save that debate for another day, after we have grieved. After we catch our breath.

For now, let us express our sympathy for those lost and give encouragement and hope to those healing. Let us hold our children and be fiercely thankful for their safety. Then, tomorrow, we will take that ferocity and turn it to a world in desperate need of change.

We are One Woman, One World.

Ann Lavendar Truong

Equal Pay Day? Trump says F@%&K You.

So, yeah, today is “Equal Pay Day.” First observed in 1996, twenty-one years later, we are still fighting against pay inequality.  But, we are also fighting a current administration presently undermining, dismantling and otherwise revoking the laws, mandates and requirements of businesses and corporations meant to secure that equality. Today, the pay disparity between men and women is approximately 78%. That means women, on average, women make $0.78 for every $1.00 a man makes. The gap broadens when comparing minorities to white men. Lower incomes tend to have less of a wage gap because it is protected, to some degree, by minimum wage. But the higher up the pay scale, the larger the difference becomes. And for all the progress we have made, Trumpaloompa is driving the US ever backwards.

Just over a week ago, on March 27, our Alt-President revoked the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Oder which was enacted by Barack Obama in 2014.  That Order was in response to a report from the Government Accountability Office which showed that 60% of the companies receiving large federal contracts were in serious violation of labor and civil rights laws. Barack Obama’s order demanded strict oversight, transparency and conformity with these laws for any company seeking a federal contract. Trump just abolished that oversight, giving businesses the wink and nod to skim money off their employees paychecks, off safety measures, and infringe on civil rights. In part, as a double whammy to women, it will allow government contractors to conceal sexual harassment in the workplace behind closed-door arbitration.

But the Great Orange Trumpet seems to think two and a half long years of being forced to play by the rules is punishment enough. And, well, he probably knows he will need some of that pay discrimination and a lot of those civil rights violations to build his ridiculous wall.

Once again, Republicans give the middle finger to women and minorities. Rich, white men becoming richer is all that matters.

So, yeah, woohoo for Equal Pay Day! In just over a week we have lost what took years to achieve. But as distressing as this is, we have to keep fighting. We have to keep resisting. Look at all the victories we have won! Let’s find hope in that. We will fight every battle possible and when this tangerine, international con artist is finally wearing the orange jumpsuit he deserves, we will make haste to repair the damage.

We may not win equality today, but that sure as hell doesn’t mean we won’t still fight for it.


We are One Woman, One World.


Ann Lavendar Truong

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Links: More ways to find me or colleagues of mine to check out!   Author Mishka Williams