The three-time Olympic gold medalist updated her fans recently about her health, revealing on Instagram that she had surgery to remove a cyst in her mouth, a complication from a prior injury, the New York Daily News reports.
Sitting in a dentist chair, she wrote, “Got it removed and feeling much better now. Thanks for all your concerns and prayers and HUGE thank you to the doctors that have taken care of me these last four days!”
The 20-year-old still has to get her wisdom teeth pulled. Because of her medical issues, Douglas missed out on joining her teammates Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman to present a moonman to Beyoncé on Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Oh well.
Feel better, Gabby!
Leaked 2015 Memo To Dems: ‘Don’t Offer Support’ For Black Lives Matter Policy Positions
Democratic campaign officials advised House candidates to limit the number of Black Lives Matter activists at public events and promise no support for “concrete policy positions,” says newly leaked documents.
According to Politico, internal memos from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that were hacked by Guccifer 2.0 warned legislatures on how to be prepared when confronted by activists and how to avoid potentially embarrassing interactions.
“Be a partner and lead from behind,” reads the memo to DCCC staff, dated Nov. 19, 2015. “BLM activists don’t want their movement co-opted by the Democratic Party. They are leary [sic] of politicians who hijack their message to win campaigns.”
“If approached by BLM activists, campaign staff should offer to meet with local activists. Invited BLM attendees should be limited,” they later wrote.
In response, the group’s spokeswoman Meredith Kelly said, “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee highly respects and values the leadership of the Black Lives Matter movement.I n less than two years, BLM has evolved from three words into a political force that is changing and waking our nation. At the DCCC, we highly encourage our candidates to not only embrace the importance of this movement, but to meet with and listen to community activists to partner social change.”
BLM leaders released the following statement on their Facebook page:
“We are disappointed at the DCCC’s placating response to our demand to value all Black life. Black communities deserve to be heard, not handled. People are dying.
Whether Republican, Democrat or otherwise, our elected officials have an ethical and democratic responsibility to make legislation that reflects the needs of their constituents. That includes Black people facing life-threatening challenges because of racist, failed policies.
We demand, and are fighting every day for, a radical transformation of American democracy where all Black lives are valued. We expect that our elected officials will stop pacifying and take us seriously.
We encourage all policymakers and elected officials to read the Movement for Black Lives policy platform and commit to legislation in the first 100 days that ensures that #BlackLivesMatter.”
SOURCE: New York Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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