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Andrew Gillum shared a “personal update,” following a rehab stint for alcohol addiction. In an 11-minute video posted to Instagram on Monday (July 20), Gillum thanked supporters and opened up about his addiction.
“I know its been a while since we’ve had an opportunity to connect but as many of you know I decided to take some time away to work on myself,” he says in the recording.
“I went away to rehab to focus on my issues with alcoholism. Having grown up in a household where my father battled addiction to alcohol, and later died from complications from that deadly addiction, I know well the tole that alcohol can take not only on the individual but also on the family.”
The 40-year-old political and married father of three entered rehab after being found in a hotel room with a reported friend who allegedly suffered a drug overdose in April.
Therapy created an outlet for him to talk about repressed emotions, Gillum said. He went on to explain how losing the Florida gubernatorial race sent him into a deep depression. “I had totally underestimated the impact that losing the race for governor had had on my life, and the way those impacts started to show up in every aspect of my life.”
“Don’t suffer in silence,” advised Gillum. “Get access to the help that you need. So many of us think that we have to perpetrate this image of perfection…but the truth is nobody has it all together. That’s the big secret. All of us are struggling and trying and clawing at trying to be something else when we really ought to be trying to be at home in ourselves. That’s really the journey that I’m on right now.”
Watch the full video below.
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I am thankful to so many of you who have wished me well during this especially challenging time. I wanted to provide a personal update on how I have been doing. Take good care of yourselves during this season and I will see you on the other side. Warmest, Andrew
A California lawmaker introduced an ordinance that could criminalize racist 911 calls. San Francisco supervisor Shamann Walton presented the CAREN Act during a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday (July 7).
“Racist calls are unacceptable,” Walton tweeted. “That’s why I’m introducing the CAREN Act at today’s SF Board of Supervisors meeting. This is the CAREN we need. Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies.
Racist 911 calls are unacceptable that's why I'm introducing the CAREN Act at today’s SF Board of Supervisors meeting. This is the CAREN we need. Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies. #CARENact #sanfrancisco
— Shamann Walton (@shamannwalton) July 7, 2020
The measure is similar to a bill proposed by a New York Senator in 2018, and another proposed by California Assembly member Rob Banta last month to help end “discriminatory 911 calls motivated by an individual’s race, religion, sex, or any other protected class by designating such reports as a hate crime.”
Making a false police report is a criminal misdemeanor offense under California law, but there is currently no legislation criminalizing discriminatory 911 calls.
In related news, a white New Yorker named Amy Cooper could face criminal charges for calling 911 on a birdwatching Black man in Central Park after he informed her that her dog needed to be leashed. Chris Cooper, who has no relation to Amy Cooper, filmed the viral video in May. However, Chris has refused to cooperate with the District Attorney efforts to bring charges against Amy because she “already paid a steep price,” and “Bringing her more misery just seems liking pilling on.”
Cardi B welcomed Bernie Sanders for an Instagram Live discussion on Tuesday (April 14). The duo covered the economic and health crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump’s response to the outbreak, Joe Biden's presidential bid, priorities for young voters, and more.
“Listen, I don’t talk like a CNN corespondent and don’t use all this fancy vocabulary but I do give you THE REAL while entertaining you at the same time to keep your attention on what’s important,” Cardi wrote on Instagram on Wednesday (April 15). “I have a platform of 62.7 million followers and yesterday my live had 133k viewers and almost a million people tuned in. I just want to bring awareness to what’s going on in our country and around the world.”
The “Money” rapper added that her goal is to “make sure all my followers are AWARE and make a CHANGE! WE HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE A CHANGE!”
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Listen I don’t talk like a CNN corespondent and I don’t use all this fancy vocabulary but I do give you THE REAL while entertaining you at the same time to keep your attention on what’s important. I have a platform of 62.7 million followers and yesterday my live had 133K viewers and almost a million people tuned in. I just want to bring awareness to what’s going on in our country and around the world. I want to make sure all my followers are AWARE and make a CHANGE! WE HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE A CHANGE! And a special thank you to Bernie, you’ll always be my favorite candidate!
Cardi has had discussed social and political topics with Sanders in the past. The Bronx native endorsed the Vermont senator’s 2020 presidential campaign, partnered with for a campaign video last year, and referred to him as “Uncle Bernie” on Instagram Live.
See more from Bardi’s most recent talk with Sanders below.
Sen. @BernieSanders joined @IamCardiB for a frank conversation about why he endorsed Joe Biden and how the country can heal during COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/P3XDBCqSph
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 15, 2020