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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #150 on: November 09, 2018, 08:12:02 pm »
Voting Rights Restored to EX-Felons in Florida: Could It Have Changed the Governorís Race?  

November 9, 2018

Ballot measure restoring rights to Felons was approved by 64% of the electorate in Florida.  Desmond Meade of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and Eddie Conway, Executive Producer at The Real News Network discuss battles won and the fight ahead

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« Reply #151 on: November 10, 2018, 12:15:59 pm »

 

November 10, 2018

I've got to be frank with you. After our team at Democracy for America worked relentlessly for months to help 299 DFA-endorsed candidates win on Tuesday, the last few days have been challenging to say the least.

Though Election Day was way back on Tuesday, we're still extremely busy with election work -- supporting Stacey Abrams's team as they fight for every last vote, assisting Gina Ortiz Jones in Texas as she tries to secure a narrow House victory, and preparing for a major recount in Florida for Andrew Gillum.

So we're a little late with this message. But there was no way that we were going to let this historic election go by without celebrating everything that we as Democracy for America members, volunteers, staff and activists were able to achieve together.

First, WE FLIPPED THE HOUSE! That was a significant focus for DFA all cycle, and it took a LOT of work to make it happen online, on the ground, and on the phones. For example, via DFA Dialer, volunteers made a DFA-record-breaking 3,580,788 calls to voters across the country to get out the vote, helping catapult Democrats into power on Tuesday.

But it's not enough to celebrate the fact that we flipped the House. We need to celebrate the way that we flipped the House: by electing a record number of history-making candidates who will change the face of Congress forever, and who will make the Democratic Party even more progressive.

Here are just a few of the DFA-endorsed candidates who made history on Tuesday night:

🌟 🌟 Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress

🌟 Deb Haaland became one of the first Native American women ever elected to Congress

🌟 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

🌟 🌟 Jahana Hayes (CT) and Ayanna Pressley (MA) became the first Black Congresswomen from their respective states

🌟 Veronica Escobar became one of Texas's first Latina Congresswomen

We can't take these big wins for granted. We started early, we fought hard and we delivered results. It's time to do it again starting right now. You can help sustain DFA's momentum immediately: Chip in $3 or more monthly to help make history again in 2019 and beyond.

While there are still a number of races left to call and lessons to be learned from 2018 in the weeks and months ahead, itís important for us to honor the people who really made these monumental victories happen: grassroots DFA members like you.

Over the last two years, grassroots leaders and organizers took the despair we all felt in 2016 and turned it into a movement that firmly rejected the politics of bigotry, hate, and fear that Trump has used to turn the country against itself. And together, we relentlessly worked to elect a new generation of leaders committed to an inclusive, populist progressive vision for the United States.

Mission. Accomplished.

If there's one clear message from Democratic victories in 2018, it's that the future of the Democratic Party lies with the candidates, campaigns, and voters of the New American Majority leading the fight for multi-racial inclusive populism.

Even as we continue to fight to win recounts and run-offs in 2018, Democracy for America members have already begun the battle to win in 2019 and beyond. Help build the movement, month-by-month: Click here to chip in $3 or more monthly.

Thanks for being a part of DFA. These victories never would have been possible without you.

- Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director
Democracy for America

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« Reply #152 on: November 10, 2018, 03:13:53 pm »
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« Reply #153 on: November 11, 2018, 12:06:13 pm »
How a group of teens built the climate movement Zero Hour


Published on Oct 31, 2018

Last summer, at the age of 15, Jamie Margolin started a climate group with some other teens. A year later, Zero Hour held its first march on Washington, D.C. Watch our short doc on how they did it and what theyíre giving up to fight climate change.

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 The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or   PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
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« Reply #154 on: November 12, 2018, 01:31:04 pm »
Abrams Files New Lawsuit To Demand Absentee And Provisional Ballots Counted

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Nicole Lafond

November 12, 2018 12:08 pm

Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams filed a new lawsuit on Sunday evening to try to force counties not to throw out some absentee and provisional ballots, The Washington Post reported.

About 5,000 votes were added to the total over the weekend, primarily in Abramsí favor. Abramsí campaign has said it needs at least 21,700 more votes in order to force a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, who has already resigned as secretary of state and claimed victory in the governorís race with 50.3 percent of the vote, to Abramsí 48.8 percent. To get a recount, Abrams would need more than 19,300 additional votes.

Abramsí campaign estimates there are at least 26,000 provisional ballots that were cast in the Georgia race, according to the Post.

ďThe bottom line is this race is not over. It is still too close to call, and we do not have confidence in the secretary of stateís office,Ē Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abramsís campaign manager, told reporters Sunday, according to the Post.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/abrams-files-new-lawsuit-demand-absentee-provisional-ballots-counted

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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #155 on: November 15, 2018, 12:54:35 pm »

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November 15, 2017

Dear Mr. Gelbert:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Farm Bill.  I appreciate hearing from you regarding its critical programs and the certainty it provides for farmers, families, and communities across the country.

Every five years, Congress must pass a Farm Bill to address the needs of producers, support consumers, and establish programs to ensure Americaís agricultural industry remains strong, sustainable, and profitable.  The Farm Bill touches every single person in this country and establishes our values as Americans.  I am proud to fight for a good bill that addresses the interests of our dairy farmers, sustainable conservation programs, nutritional support for families, rural development programs, international food aid, organic agriculture, animal welfare, and the health and safety of consumers and producers everywhere.  As former Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and author of the first Organic Farm Bill more than 25 years ago, I recognize how much impact this bill has on our daily lives and these priorities continue to be important as I work on this bill.

On June 28, 2018, the Senate passed our version of the Farm Bill which included many significant wins for Vermonters.  You can read more about the Senate bill here.  We are now negotiating with the House of Representatives to reconcile the vast differences between our two versions of this bill.  On September 5, 2018, we had a public meeting of Farm Bill conferees from the Senate and House of Representatives.  I gave a statement highlighting Vermont priorities and will continue to fight for what is important and right in this Farm Bill.  You can read my full statement here.

I have heard from hundreds of Vermonters about the importance of the Farm Bill in supporting organic and sustainable agriculture, reducing the use of pesticides and protecting water quality, and protecting animals and endangered species everywhere.  This bill also must provide some assurances for our struggling Vermont dairy farmers, protect the ability of families to receive nutritional assistance, maintain a strong international food aid presence with programs like McGovern-Dole, and address the unique challenges faced by rural communities.  It is important that this bill continues to fully fund conservation programs and ensure our environment is protected and our agricultural industry is sustainable.  I am proud that the Pet and Women Safety Act, of which I am a cosponsor, is included in the Senate Farm Bill and I will continue to fight for animal welfare provisions in this bill.

In addition to undermining the critically important Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the House 🐉🦕🦖 version of this bill prevents towns and cities from making their own choices to reduce the use of chemicals, undermines the endangered species act, and attacks bedrock water quality and other environmental protection laws.  As we work on a compromise bill, I will continue to oppose the provisions that provide exemptions for anti-environmental forestry management plans and dangerous pesticide applications that skip the proper approval process.  I promise to fight for strong enforcement of organic standards and for the rights of communities to protect themselves from hazardous materials. 

Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the conference process continues and we work towards a compromise on the Farm Bill that treats everyone fairly and takes care of the farmers who provide quality products while respecting our air, land, and water.

Thank you again for contacting me.  Please keep in touch.

Sincerely,

PATRICK LEAHY
United States Senator
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« Reply #156 on: November 15, 2018, 01:29:06 pm »

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Hello Revelator readers,

You may be surprised to learn that Virginia has one of the fastest rates of relative sea-level rise in the country. The Hampton Roads region is experiencing both rising seas and sinking land, threatening tourist towns like Virginia Beach and the region's major military facilities with frequent flooding ó a situation expected to worsen as the climate warms. This week, in the first of a series of stories on the topic, we write about how the state is beginning to get serious about tackling sea-level rise, which could make Virginia a leader in coastal adaptation and climate strategies.

Fossil fuels 🏴‍☠️ are driving our climate problems, as we all know, and a surplus of fracked shale gas is poised to make that even worse. The petrochemical industry🐉🦕🦖 😈 👹 is ramping up production of plastics thanks to fracking, with dire consequences for the climate and the health of residents in the Rust Belt, where many new pipelines and production facilities are being built.

When it comes to wildlife, we still have a lot to learn about the reintroduction of imperiled wild species. University of Texas-Austin researcher Kalli F. Doubleday explains why all eyes are on India's Sariska Tiger Reserve for important lessons on the reintroduction of big cats and their coexistence with neighboring humans.

While tigers may be good at grabbing headlines, let's not forget about insects. Scientists are calling for more research to understand why many insect populations are declining and what we can do about it.

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« Reply #157 on: November 21, 2018, 09:14:52 pm »
Judge Overturns Trumpís ĎCatastrophicí Asylum Ban

November 21, 2018

A federal judge ruled that Trumpís ban on asylum applications from those who do not enter the US at a legal port of entry is in complete contravention to US and international law. Angelo Guisado of the Center for Constitutional Rights outlines the practical and legal background of the decision


https://therealnews.com/stories/judge-overturns-trumps-catastrophic-asylum-ban
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« Reply #158 on: November 25, 2018, 04:47:17 pm »

Pro-Environment Groups Spent Millions on "Green" Midterm Candidates

KAITLIN WASHBURN, CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE POLITICS

PUBLISHED November 25, 2018

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During this election cycle, groups like League of Conservation Voters spent millions on a number of House, Senate, governorship and state house races on candidates with pro-environment agendas.

And their efforts paid off: The most anti-environment administration will now face one of the most pro-environment Houses ever elected.

Full article:

https://truthout.org/articles/pro-environment-groups-spent-millions-on-green-midterm-candidates/

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« Reply #159 on: December 01, 2018, 05:06:16 pm »
Bernie Sanders, "Where We Go From Here" 🤔


Politics and Prose

Published on Nov 29, 2018

Bernie Sanders discusses his book, "Where We Go From Here", at a Politics and Prose event at George Washington University on 11/27/18.

Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign was a beginning, not an ending. In Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance, New York Times bestselling author Bernie Sanders chronicles the day-by-day struggles that he and his progressive colleagues have waged over the last two years in the fight against Donald Trumpís agenda and for a government that works for all. The good news is, progressive voices are making significant strides. Where We Go From Here shows how citizens all across America are standing up to the Trump government.

https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9...

BERNIE SANDERS was a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. He is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. Sanders previously served as mayor of Vermontís largest city for eight years before defeating an incumbent Republican to be the sole congressperson for the state in the U.S. House of Representatives. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Jane and has four children and seven grandchildren.

Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics and Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.'s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics and Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online. Visit them on the web at http://www.politics-prose.com/

Agelbert NOTE: If absolutely everything Norman Solomon says in the following post is not done with absolutely no compromise to the Corporate Capitalist BASTARDS (who OWN the Republican Party) corrupting the Democratic Party, all the laudable reforms (sine qua non for a viable biosphere) that Senator Sanders courageously champions are doomed to failure. 😟 Indeed, the existence of humanity itself may hinge on Democratic Party Progressive SOCIALIST Militancy.


If the Republicans AND DINOs prevail, thus continuing the insane Government Welfare Queen Babying of CAPITALIST Profit Over People and Planet STUPIDITY, then, uh, see below:


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« Reply #161 on: December 10, 2018, 08:30:42 pm »
Truthdig Is Going to the U.S.-Mexico Border (Video)

DEC 08, 2018

Michael Nigro Contributor 👍

Michael Nigro is a leading photojournalist for Truthdig, known for his reporting from deep within major events. He was ďon the groundĒ for the website at the infamous protest in Charlottesville, Va., whenÖ


Multimedia journalist and Truthdig correspondent Michael Nigro will travel to the U.S.-Mexico border near Tijuana this month to cover the stories of Central American families seeking asylum.  In a reader-funded campaign, Nigro plans to offer a firsthand account, through livestreaming, photo essays and original reporting, of confrontations between asylum seekers and government officials in a climate of heightened xenophobia.

Some families have traveled more than 2,000 miles to escape dangerous conditions, including gang violence and poverty. Last month, U.S. Border Patrol agents fired tear gas on asylum seekers, including children, near Tijuana. Thousands are waiting at camps in Mexico, unsure about whether the U.S. will let them in. 

Nigro has previously covered the Poor People's Campaign, the Dakota Access pipeline protests at Standing Rock, N.D., the Trump inauguration DisruptJ20 protests, and the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. He will be reporting from San Diego and Tijuana from Dec. 17 through Dec. 22. Find the projectís GoFundMe here.

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« Reply #162 on: December 12, 2018, 09:25:57 pm »
Young Climate Activists Storm Capitol Hill Demanding A Green New Deal
December 11, 2018

Over 140 were arrested in protests calling for Democratic leaders to create a plan to decarbonize the economy


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UPDATE December 11 2:00PM: Nine more representatives have now backed the Sunrise Movementís proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal.
Rules Committee Ranking Member Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-2)

Progressive Caucus Co-chairs Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7) and Mark Pocan (WI-2)

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13) Rep. Joe Kennedy (MA-4), Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9), Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5), and Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC)

DHARNA NOOR: One thousand young climate activists with the Sunrise Movement descended on Capitol Hill on Monday to demand a Green New Deal, a plan for the US to become carbon neutral within a decade and create tens of millions of jobs in the renewable energy sector.

VICTORIA FERNANDEZ: Things that would fall under it are moving our society to 100 percent renewables, creating good, livable wage jobs for anyone who wants one to solve the climate crisis, alleviating and beginning to eliminate poverty, especially for those who are most impacted, who are in the nexus of pollution and poverty every single day. It would look like transforming our public transportation, our entire energy system, and ultimately eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector.

DHARNA NOOR: For the second time since Democrats won control of the House in the midterms, the Sunrise Movement held a sit-in in top ranking Democrat Nancy Pelosiís office. They demanded the creation of a Green New Deal-focused select committee that can draft legislation as proposed by Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Pelosi is the likely next House speaker.

In response to last monthís protests, Pelosi said she would reinstate the 2007 Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, but Sunrise says thatís not enough.

NICOLE CATANIA: The previous committee would talk about climate change, would talk about the science, but wouldnít actually have legislative powers.

DHARNA NOOR: The activists also targeted incoming House Majority Leader Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland and incoming Rules Committee Chair Representative Jim McGovern. One hundred forty-three were arrested in the sit-ins. McGovern endorsed the select committee for a Green New Deal, becoming the 23rd representative to sign on.

JIM MCGOVERN: I am committed to the Select Committee. I want to make sure that it happens, right?

NICOLE CATANIA: Really Congresspeople all over the country are coming out in support of this because of how politically popular it is, and that itís on the national agenda in a big way.

DHARNA NOOR: Hoyer said he appreciated the protestersí passion and that he was happy to hear from them, but he didnít address their demands. Sunrise noted that Hoyer has accepted a quarter million dollars from fossil fuel executives, lobbyists, and PACs, and suggests that may influence his decisions. They want Democrats to reject such influence.

VICTORIA FERNANDEZ: The select committee would have every member that is part of it pledge to not take any money from fossil fuel executives. We need to make sure as the American people that the select committee that meant to address climate change at the scale that is required, that we know that theyíre not in the back pockets of fossil fuel CEOs or being influenced in any way.

DHARNA NOOR: They had a similar message for West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, whoís a leading contender for the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

VICTORIA FERNANDEZ: He has taken a lot of fossil fuel money. He literally shot a piece of climate legislation, famously.

DHARNA NOOR: Hours before the sit-ins, activists held 50 lobbying sessions with Democratic leaders.

The New Deal was a series of public works projects, policies, and reforms enacted by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s. The unprecedented economic intervention helped pull the US out of the Great Depression. Like its namesake the New Deal, the Green New Deal will take massive investment. But the activists say that government funds need to be reallocated.

VARSHINI PRAKASH: The IMF estimates that we spend $10 million a minute in subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. And weíve spent trillions of dollars on these industries; massive giveaways and subsidies. I would say that we have spent a lot more on billionaires and fighter jets than we have spent on actually improving our economy in a society so that it works for all people.

DHARNA NOOR: The protesters say the time to act is now. Last week, a report from the Global Carbon Project showed that in 2018, carbon emissions reached an all-time high globally. And a recent report from the globeís leading body on climate change shows that we may just have 12 years left to avoid irreversible effects of climate change.

NICOLE CATANIA: The IPCC report gave us 12 years. Iím 23. In 12 years Iím 35. Thatís when people start families. We donít have time to waste anymore. We need this now.

DHARNA NOOR: The Sunrise Movement knows that fighting the climate crisis is an uphill battle. On the same day they took to the nationís capitol, the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Kuwait downplayed the results of that very same IPCC report at the UNís international climate talks, or COP24.

VARSHINI PRAKASH: We are facing an opposition who will stop at nothing to squeeze the last bit of money out of the earth for their own profit.

DHARNA NOOR: But they say that if their Green New Deal is successful it could set a global example.

ROSE STRAUSS: The Green New Deal, drafting this legislation, would really be setting an example for hopefully the rest of the world. And part of the actual resolution is being a leader in green technology, because once we have the incentives, you know, companies are going to start innovating and meeting these needs that we have for renewable energy. And hopefully we can kind of use what America hopefully will do to address climate change as a platform for the rest of the world. Because climate change is a global problem, and we can only solve this problem if the international community comes together as well on this issue and makes a change.

DHARNA NOOR: And the stakes couldnít be higher.

VARSHINI PRAKASH: Where my familyís from in southern India, an extremely strong monsoon season displaced a million people and put them in refugee camps. I want to be real that every decimal point of warming that we avoid could save the lives of millions of people.

ROSE STRAUSS: I go to school in Santa Barbara, and last year my finals were canceled because the fires were so bad there. I have asthma. I literally could not leave to study. It was totally debilitating. This apocalypse, far-off world that we keep talking about, climate change is not far off anymore. Itís here right now, and the clock is ticking. And honestly, weíve run out of time, so we have to do this now.

DHARNA NOOR: For The Real News, with Taylor Hebden, Iím Dharna Noor.

https://therealnews.com/stories/climate-activists-storm-capitol-hill-demanding-green-new-deal
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