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XDr. Mark Coventry provided me the character of Abraham Lincoln as a template.
When I was 7, my grandfather, Emil Cottor, gave me Lincoln book holders. He knew.

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Cooper Union Address

https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/cooperunionaddress.htm

“…What is the frame of government under which we live?

The answer must be: “The Constitution of the United States...”

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The Cooper Union speech, 27 February 1860, 
played a pivotal role in Lincoln gaining the
1860 Republican Presidential nomination.

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Abraham Lincoln, 
Founder of the Republican party,
from Kentucky
the same state and party
Senator Mitch McConnell
represents.

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HOUSE MANAGERS

 

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas)

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Thank YOU

House Managers

for your perseverance in

UPHOLDING our Constitution

CHERISHING our democracy

NAMING truth-telling

as THE currency

of

RADICAL HOPES

of

FREEDOM

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“Walk by FAITH”

3 February 2020
Closing argument
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)

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I worked the 2018 campaign:

TINA SMITH for SENATOR!!!

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ELECTION NIGHT 2016

TELLING/LEARNING THE TRUTH

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VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED!!!!

GREETINGS

from

“FRANKIE” (left) and “STEIN” (right)!!!

Almost 6 weeks post-reconstruction!

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“Frankie” (left) + “Stein” (right)

ABSOLUTELY

believe

they are

Bolshoi Ballerina Feet!!!

Bless their little hearts… 

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Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker
by

Tchaikovsky

is on an endless loop in my studio.
“INSPIRES HEALING!!!” exclaims, in unison, Frankie and Stein.

I go with it!

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To look /see my face
that is above my feet,
please click:
 https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/

 

 

 

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Pelosi Statement on Senate Vote to Block Witnesses and Documents

January 31, 2020
Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after Senate Republicans voted against calling witnesses and compelling documents in the impeachment proceedings:

“The Senate Republicans’ vote against calling witnesses and compelling documents

in the impeachment proceedings makes them accomplices to the President’s cover-up. 

 

The President was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

He is impeached forever. There can be no acquittal without a trial. 

And there is no trial without witnesses, documents and evidence.

 

“It is a sad day for America to see Senator McConnell require

the Chief Justice of the United States to preside over a vote

which rejected our nation’s judicial norms, precedents and institutions

to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.

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#887 + 18 DECEMBER 2019 + 🇺🇸 + U.S. House of Representatives VOTED to IMPEACH

upholding the principles/vision of the United States of America’s CONSTITUTION

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/12/19/887-18-december-2019-%f0%9f%87%ba%f0%9f%87%b8-u-s-house-of-representatives-voted-to-impeach-upholding-the-principles-vision-of-the-united-states-of-americas-constitution/

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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell

is NOT a ‘Captain Winters’ leader.

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His oath,
as an elected representative,
was/ is to

*”got your six”*

to the Constitution,
to America’s democracy,
and
to Americans.

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Senator Mitch McConnell

rounds up the Republican sheep

PERFECTLY

for the malevolent narcissist
who currently sits in the WH
– the man who impulsively tweets; conducts kiss me grandiose myopic rallies;
spews hatred; demeans; bullies; gaslights;
never is responsible/accountable for his OWN words/actions;
blames others for his victim behaviors
and
blames others for the storms he creates:
note his

‘throw another one under the bus’

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(he guts/eviscerates individuals who stand up to him – his liar liar pants on fire routine)
for daring to counter his uninformed phantoms he calls facts
and/or,
in turn,
challenging him to be accountable for his OWN choices/actions;
and, oh, he golfs.

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Please research the shared/fixed world view of
Cipollone, Sekula, Barr, Pompeo
–  it does not welcome a greater field of humanity.

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‘PERFECT’ SHEEP

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‘PERFECT’ SHEEP

Look at them go to the sounds of McConnell whistle blowing!

WHEEEEEEEEE!

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The Senate Republicans

will forever defined as

‘PERFECT’ SHEEP:

scared,
incapable of standing up for truth,
and
terrified of the United States President.
The Senate Republicans took an OATH to DO their job
– they betrayed their OATH because KEEPING their job was more important –
following the principled leadership envisioned by
the Framers of our Constitution?
I think not!!!

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The Republicans

the party of Abraham Lincoln

– who was not afraid to tell the truth,
persevered in his truth,
and
acted on his truth.

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President Abraham Lincoln’s character is described below:
Honesty striving for dealing with individuals and situations fairly and with truth
Empathyshowing concern and attempting to understand the feelings of others
Humilityworking for the betterment of others, and in the interest of others over self
Perseverance showing hope and determination in the face of defeats and loss
Couragebravely standing for what is right in the face of opposition and personal fears
Intellectcontinually learning all one can about the world around us
Vision being governed by a firm set of principles & attainable ideas about the future
Responsibilitywillingness to work hard and to do one’s duty as a citizen
Leadership – showing an ability to lead others in service and with justice & fairness

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 President Abraham Lincoln

“got y/our six”.

Truth.

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COURAGEOUS STAND UP ACTION.  NOT SHEEP.  S/HEROES.

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#849 + 12 February 2019 + Abraham Lincoln ENTERED the world + ELEgancE #12 2019 Catherine L. Johnson + Henry Threadgill’s “CELEBRATION”

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ELEgancE #12                                                                                              Catherine L. Johnson 2019
An improvisational performance of gold pencil on black paper.

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HENRY THREADGILL

https://www.henrythreadgill.com/

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Celebrating Henry:

A Threadgill Festival

https://walkerart.org/calendar/2019/celebrating-henry-a-threadgill-festival

15 February + 16 February 2019

@

WALKER ART CENTER

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Walker Art Center  McGuire Theater 

15 February 2019

Henry Threadgill’s birthday
 
Philip Bither / Henry Threadgill / Michelle Kinney   (CLJ)

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Henry Threadgill / CLJ / Anthony Cox  

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Anthony Cox honoring Henry Threadgill on his birthday
acknowledging Threadgill’s improvisational gifts, inspiration and his legacy.

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Anthony’s arrangement of Threadgill’s  ‘Paper Toilet’.

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My maternal Grandfather,

Emil Cottor,

gifted me

Abraham Lincoln

bookends
when I was 7 years old.

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A gift before my next scheduled
reconstructive orthopedic surgery.

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My

beloved

Dr. Mark B. Coventry,

Mayo Clinic,
provided me

the life template of Abraham Lincoln

as a blueprint of living
a life of honor, respect, grace and vision
navigating
a life of adversity.

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The evening before surgery was always a time of me entering a sacred space.

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Grandpa Cottor,
after THE ceremonious “pre-surgery” dinner
my Mother prepared
attended by my sister and brothers,
Lynne, Bill Blake,
presented me
a wrapped box with satin ribbons.

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I was a wide-eyed child:

everything was wonder and awe and fear and courage.
The box was very, very, very heavy.
I opened it slowly and carefully,
rapt with anticipation,
and
when I saw
the busts of Abraham Lincoln,
I was overwhelmed with joy.

I burst out crying an ocean of joy!

Crying was not easy for me – living in body casts stifled crying.

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Grandpa Cottor KNEW Abraham Lincoln
was a signal,

a  secret code,

a dynamic symbol to me.
The fact of my Grandpa’s knowing
rushed
the feelings of being seen and loved
throughout
my body.

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On 12th February,
  when I was home from the hospital,
my Mother,  Doris Cottor Johnson Omlie,
always had a birthday cake
celebrating
the life of my childhood hero.
 

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GRACE LOVE.

AWE LOVE.

WONDER LOVE.

DIGNITY.

RADICAL HOPE.

VISIONARY.

INTEGRITY.

COMPASSION.

COURAGE.

Cœur.

 

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Catherine Louise Johnson

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Catherine –  meaning “pure, clear”. 
I was named in honor of my maternal grandmother:

Edna Catherine Strand Cottor.

My Grandma Cottor was an elegant and extraordinary force of life.
  She was confined to bed at 53 y/o with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Her body was frozen in the space of her bed.
Grandma Cottor’s remarkable creative intelligence
explored/ traveled the world and beyond.
Her body was frail and her presence radiated colossal. 

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Louise – meaning “famous warrior, renowned fighter”.
I was named in honor of my paternal grandmother:

Florence Louise Knoblach Johnson.

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Johnson – I kept my Daddy’s last name in honor of him,

Richard Harold Johnson,

who fought for me and my rights to thrive while living in hospitals
My Daddy was killed in a car accident when he was 32.
I kept the last name Johnson in honor of my Daddy’s brother,

William Henry Johnson,

a WWII pilot, who was killed at 23 y/o in his B-17
– safely returning his crew in his heavily damaged plane,
flying over the cliffs of Dover from a bombing mission.
He ordered his remarkable crew to bail out.
Uncle Bill’s faltering plane was heading toward a farmhouse
with a family waving their arms.
Uncle Bill, at 23 years old. made the decision to avert the farmhouse
and
he went down with his plane.

 

I was told, multiple times, 
by my Daddy’s family how they were 

PROUD

that I kept the name

JOHNSON

with fortitude, grace, honor and respect
of those before me
who lived their lives known
by the name

JOHNSON.

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My beloved
– Johnson side –
cousin “sister”
and
niece to my Daddy,

Connie Cates Shella,

lived, persevered and endured
with
grace, love and valor.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/847-she-in-the-dark-found-light-brighter-than-many-ever-see-connie-cates-shella-5-september-1954-23-january-2019/

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I am aware,
at my age now,
I could be my Daddy’s parent
and
I could be my Uncle Bill’s aunt.
Yet, they are forever monumental to me.
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I can only hope
I live the life
that echoes the names I was given
and
amplify the templates
I was provided as a blueprint,
a vision,

to rise

in my own life.
 

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NAMING

“Words are things.
You must be careful, careful about calling people
out of their names,
using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance.
Don’t do that.
Some day we’ll be able to measure the power of words.
I think they are things.
They get on the walls.
They get in your wallpaper.
They get in your rugs,
in your upholstery,
and
your clothes,
and
finally in to
you.”
 Maya Angelou

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WEARELOVEAWCCLJROLLEDDINMUDROLLEDINGOLDOVERANDOVERBEAUTIFUL

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