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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #60 on: February 10, 2017, 02:13:44 pm »
Email from Senator Sanders
February 10, 2017

Dear Mr. Gelbert:

Thank you for contacting me regarding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General. I voted against his confirmation because I do not believe the American people can trust Sessions to uphold the values of our Constitution as Attorney General.

For years, there have been very worrisome allegations about Session’s views on race.  In fact, in 1986, a Senate committee denied him a federal judgeship precisely because of those concerns.  Given his record, I continue to have deep reservations about his commitment to upholding the civil rights of all Americans.

I also have serious concerns about Sessions’ record on privacy and government surveillance. He has strongly supported the USA PATRIOT Act, which I believe gives the government far too much power to spy on innocent United States citizens, with little to no oversight or disclosure.

Moreover, I do not believe Sessions will provide the leadership we need to reform our broken criminal justice system.  At a time when there are 2.2 million people incarcerated in the U.S., causing an immense burden for taxpayers, we need sentencing reforms to reduce our incarcerated population and drive down recidivism rates. Unfortunately, Sessions has repeatedly opposed efforts to reduce sentences for nonviolent crimes, and opposes reentry programs for offenders.

Lastly, Sessions has opposed nearly every immigration bill that has come before the Senate that has included a path to citizenship for immigrants.  The Attorney General has significant discretion in the application of immigration laws, and I am deeply concerned that he will pursue policies that will tear families and communities apart. 

The Justice Department has the responsibility of enforcing the laws of our nation, including such bedrock principles as protecting the right to vote, shielding citizens from discrimination, and standing up for civil liberties. Sessions’ record does not reassure me that he will strongly enforce those principles. For those reasons and more, I voted no on his nomination to be Attorney General of the United States. 

Thank you again for contacting me, and please feel free to stay in touch about this or any other subject of interest to you.  For up-to-date information on what I am working on, please sign-up for my e-newsletter, the Bernie Buzz, at http://sanders.senate.gov/buzz/.

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BERNARD SANDERS
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« Reply #61 on: February 12, 2017, 11:51:32 am »
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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #62 on: February 12, 2017, 07:39:23 pm »




Populist Coalition Beats Back Chevron in California Refinery Town 

 Sunday, February 12, 2017 

By Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview

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Can progressive coalitions unite around common interests to successfully battle powerful foes?
    Yes is the answer, as this interview with Steve Early about his book Refinery Town reveals.

Mark Karlin: What are the demographics of Richmond, California, and its contrast to its neighbors, such as Berkeley?

Steve Early: Richmond is a blue-collar city of 110,000, just a few miles from Berkeley. It is 80 percent non-white. About 40 percent of its population is Latino, 30 percent African American, and 10 percent Asian. Nearly one-fifth of its families live at or near the poverty line. It has the lowest median income of 101 cities in the nine-county Bay Area and Latino family income is about $5,000 a year less than that citywide figure.

It's definitely not a university town, like Berkeley. It's been a city of industry for more than a century, growing up around a railhead and ferry to San Francisco, a Standard Oil refinery and a port area that included, during World War II, a Kaiser shipyard employing 100,000 workers.

What is the role of Chevron and the Chevron refinery in Richmond politics?


Until the early 21st century, Richmond City Hall and municipal politics were dominated by Chevron (nee Standard Oil). Big Oil is Richmond's largest employer and a reliable patron of old-guard Democrats, Black or white, eager to do its bidding. Chevron's political partners have included the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and local manufacturers' association, various developers, the building trades, and often, equally conservative public safety unions.

In the last three election cycles alone, Chevron, its labor allies -- and other big special interests -- spent more than $7 million trying to elect business-friendly candidates and defeat activists who are trying to make their city safer, cleaner, greener and more equitable for all its residents. Chevron's tendency to put production and profit ahead of workplace safety, community health and the future of the planet provides no shortage of issues to organize around between elections. Thanks to their year-round, non-electoral work, candidates fielded by the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) have won 10 out of the 16 municipal races they have entered since 2004.

What is the Richmond Progressive Alliance, and why should it be a role model for progressives?



http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/39446-populist-coalition-beats-back-chevron-in-california-refinery-town


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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #63 on: February 15, 2017, 08:06:04 pm »

Uncomfortable truths: The role of slavery and the slave trade in building northern wealth


By Denise Oliver Velez

# blackhistorymonth  # blackwomen  # CivilRights  # TeachingResources  # VotingRights 


"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon
   
Sunday Feb 12, 2017 ·  9:00 AM EST

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The Rev. James Rowe describes her statue, which he sees on his early morning jog:

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She is carrying two heavy jugs, one of liquor and one of molasses, back from the Rondout Creek area where she would have purchased them for her owner who ran the local Jug Tavern. The statue is beautiful, but it is not pretty. Her clothing is a rag of a dress, her feet bare, her back showing the scars of beatings, and in the predawn light I can almost see the determination in her eyes set toward freedom.

He muses about his white privilege in the land of Sojourner’s slavery.

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And as my predawn runs and ministry take me along these historic and ancestral streets alive with ghosts, I cannot help but wonder occasionally how my life would have turned out if my ancestors had been Mohegan instead of white settlers or slaves instead of free. I say occasionally because as a white, male, cisgender person I have the privilege to be able to not think about such things because who I am as considered the norm for our society. And not thinking or speaking about these things is the preferred societal, "normal" thing to do. [b\When I talk about my white privilege in my predominately white privileged world, I get pushback from others.[/b]

That pushback likely comes from those to whom any mention of privilege makes them uncomfortable—or is received as an affront, and not merely a fact of life. Hopefully, the sight of young Isabella pushes other viewers to introspection.


Lengthy article with many historical facts about how the yankees in New England profited from slavery that you may not know about.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/12/1628991/-Uncomfortable-truths-The-role-of-slavery-and-the-slave-trade-in-building-northern-wealth
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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #64 on: February 17, 2017, 07:21:13 pm »
 February 16, 2017

A Day Without Immigrants: Thousands Hold Boycotts and Demonstrations Against Trump

We bring you the voices of some of the thousands who are refusing to work, go to school, and shop and instead are rallying against raids and deportations carried out by the Trump administration


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18425
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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #65 on: February 18, 2017, 12:19:15 pm »
Chat With DNC Chair Candidate Sam Ronan 
#RonanForDNC

Published on Feb 12, 2017


Sam Ronan is making waves throughout the progressive community. He's the only DNC Chair candidate to unequivocally denounce the DNC's bias and sabotage of Bernie Sanders' campaign. Additionally, most of his ideals are in line with the Justice Democrats' platform. In this segment, Mike chats with Sam Ronan about the DNC, its bias against Bernie, specific DNC policies, lobbyist contributions, and more. Enjoy!

Learn More About Sam Ronan: http://www.ronanfordnc.org
Sam Ronan's Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonanForDNC
Sam Ronan's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RonanForDNC/
DNC Roster (Tell Them to Support Sam Ronan): https://www.luminpdf.com/viewer/WSXEN...
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« Reply #66 on: February 18, 2017, 01:13:04 pm »
Agelbert note: Begin at around 8:53 on the video.

Global Capitalism: Nationalism and Scapegoating Foreigners [FEBRUARY 2017]

Global Capitalism, Monthly Economic Update:
“Nationalism and Scapegoating Foreigners”
with Richard D. Wolff
Co-sponsored by Democracy at Work,
Left Forum & Judson Memorial Church

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 at 7:30pm
Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall
239 Thompson Street at Washington Square

These programs begin with 30 minutes of short updates on important economic events of the last month, then Wolff analyzes several major economic issues. This month, these issues include:

1. The economics of tearing up treaties (like TPP, Nafta, NATO, etc.);
2. The economics of global interdependence (China, Mexico, Europe etc.); and
3. The economics of immigration.


When time permits, we open the floor to questions and comments. Our goal: to develop all participants’ understanding and ability to explain current economic events and trends to others.

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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #67 on: February 19, 2017, 12:37:56 pm »
February 19, 2017

Pope Francis Calls for Broad Front Against Tyranny and Savage Capitalism

Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss the Pope's message to social movements and comparing the European far right and the rise of Trump to Hitler (1/2)


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18296

The currently prevailing “law of the jungle”, causing the atmosphere to be overused in terms of the deposition of carbon ad infinitum, is thus de-legitimized by the Pope.

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2015/06/heaven-belongs-to-us-all-the-new-papal-encyclical/#sthash.MYn2tGnT.dpuf
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« Reply #68 on: February 20, 2017, 12:36:36 pm »
February 20, 2017

Steve Bannon  Allies with Catholic Theo-Fascism Against Pope Francis (2/2)

Matthew Fox says Pope Francis is fighting against the fascist Catholic order Opus Dei and has demoted an American right-wing cardinal

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« Reply #69 on: February 23, 2017, 08:29:43 pm »
Celebrating the First Black Female Zoologist   

Posted On February 23, 2017 by Marja Diaz

Howard University is just down the street. As a historically black college in Washington D.C., Howard’s been churning out incredible role models like Kamala Harris (Attorney General of California), Toni Morrison (Nobel Prize for literature) and Taraji P. Henson (star of Hidden Figures, and also your favorite character on Empire).

Besides releasing class upon class of bad-ass black alumnus, Howard was also home to a trailblazer in the conservation field:  Roger Arliner Young, the first African American woman to earn a doctorate degree in Zoology.

I may be a bit biased, considering her name graces the title of my fellowship, the same one dedicated to increasing diversity in the rapidly changing face of conservation. Regardless, Young is an inspiration, because being the first is hard. But it can be even harder as a woman, and a woman of African American decent, pursuing a zoology degree in the 1920’s.

So who exactly was Ms. Young?
Roger Arliner Young

Roger Arliner Young grew up in Pennsylvania, earning her way into Howard University in 1916 to study music. However, under the wing of a prominent black biologist named Ernest Everett Just, she pursued animal biology.

Like any true underdog story, her time there was not easy. She struggled with grades, dealt with mental health problems and later became the sole supporter of her ailing mother. But Young faced her demons and graduated in 1923 with a B.S. in Zoology, went on to teach at Howard and even earned a Master’s in Zoology from the University of Chicago. Although she worked and researched with Just for many years at Howard, her name never appeared as a coauthor on any of his publications.

Then, in 1924 she published her first article, “On the excretory apparatus in Paramecium” in the journal Science (still one of the most revered journals today), making her the first African-American woman to research and publish in this field.

Her Ph.D. came later, and Young earned a doctorate in Zoology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1940. Throughout her time as a scientist, she focused on marine organisms, conducting research on everything from radiation effects on sea urchin eggs to hydration and dehydration of living cells.

In honor of Black History Month, it’s important to both celebrate the accomplishments of pioneers like Young, and acknowledge the difficulties in their paths that paved the way for ours. And although this progress continues, there is still much work to be done in diversifying the field of conservation.

Today, climate change and increasing environmental stressors disproportionately affect communities of color. From Standing Rock to continued coastal flooding in Louisiana, we see climate change, sea level rise and pollution hurting communities we should be fighting with and for to protect.

Issues like these highlight the need for leaders of color in conservation. And to ensure that regardless of gender, race, class, religion or background everyone’s voices are heard equally.

Fortunately, organizations like Ocean Conservancy are committed to this change, working to increase diversity throughout environmental organizations with the RAY—Roger Arliner Young—Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship, a program dedicated to supporting emerging leaders in marine conservation.

As a woman of color amidst the end of black history month and the rapidly approaching kickoff of International Women’s Day in March, I couldn’t be more proud to celebrate Roger Arliner Young, and the slew of diverse leaders headed this way.

http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2017/02/23/celebrating-the-first-black-female-zoologist/#more-13783
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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #70 on: March 15, 2017, 04:14:23 pm »
Pedro Viloria

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“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and her family during this difficult time. I think I speak for our McDonald’s family when I say how proud we are of Pedro. He is an excellent employee, so it didn’t surprise me that he took immediate action and jumped through a window to help save this woman.  And he was not the only member of the team that played a pivotal role in ensuring she received the medical attention she needed. A second employee, who asked to remain unnamed, assisted with CPR. Their quick thinking and action were everything in that moment.”

CBS News/ March 15, 2017, 2:37 PM

McDonald's employee jumps through drive-thru window to help officer

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mcdonalds-employee-jumps-out-drive-thru-window-miami-pedro-viloria/

Agelbert NOTE: This is the type of news that will make it rather difficult for the Fascists in the Trump Wrecking Crew to demonize latinos and other minorities. The propagandized Trump followers, even the red neck racists, will soon realize that all the xenophobic BALONEY from the Trump/Bannon wrecking crew is just a divide and conquer distraction from their 24/7 looting of the public coffers on behalf of the fossil fuel industry fascists.

We-the-people of the planet earth are all one people. Those who would try to make us fight each other on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, culture, color or creed are the only enemies we have to worry about.

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« Reply #71 on: May 24, 2017, 02:01:01 pm »
 

May 24, 2017

Nina Turner on Bitter Fight in California Democratic Party


Nina Turner says Kimberly Ellis's loss to a Clinton democrat for chair of the state party by only 62 votes shows strength of Sanders movement, but makes clear corporate democrats won't give progressive an inch for the sake of "unity"

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« Reply #72 on: June 10, 2017, 06:48:19 pm »
Senate Democrats' anti-Trumpcare ad will leave you stunned

By Keith Pickering 

Saturday Jun 10, 2017 · 2:07 PM EDT

ust a quick post to let you see the new anti-AHCA put out by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC). Stunning brilliance in thirty seconds, without a single word spoken.

Here it is, “The Price” :

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/6/10/1670641/-Senate-Democrats-anti-Trumpcare-ad-will-leave-you-stunned

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« Reply #73 on: July 16, 2017, 08:26:34 pm »
Randy Bryce, Working Man Gone Viral, on His Bid to Beat Paul Ryan  

JUSTIN MILLER JULY 6, 2017

A Wisconsin union ironworker’s plan to oust the House speaker: “I don’t need a law degree. I don’t need a doctorate. I have ears to listen.”


EXCELLENT must read article: 

http://prospect.org/article/randy-bryce-working-man-gone-viral-his-bid-beat-paul-ryan

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« Reply #74 on: August 22, 2017, 09:44:19 pm »
Remembering Dick Gregory 


Aug. 21, 2017 4:30 pm

Thom remembers his friend, the late Dick Gregory the activist and comedian who made his audience conscious through humor. A personal friend of Thom and the program, Dick Gregory passed away over the weekend after a lifetime of fighting for justice and a lifetime of laughs.


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