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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 09, 2019, 07:18:34 pm »


Janary 9, 2019

Republicans are scared. The incoming group of progressive U.S. Representatives represents a massive shift away from business as usual in Washington.

One newly-sworn in Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), is under fire from Republican lawmakers and Wall Street alike for her calls for a 70% marginal tax rate on incomes over $10 million. But a 70% tax rate on the top income bracket is not at all new. In fact, it was that rate in 1980, and in the 1950s and 1960s the top tax rate was 91%.

So why is Rep. Ocasio-Cortez under attack? Republicans are scared that a young, powerful, woman of color is about to disrupt Wall Street’s lock on Congress and have the American people cheering alongside her.

Americans overwhelmingly believe that the wealthy and corporations need to pay their fair share of taxes. (That’s a major reason Trump’s tax cuts were such a flop in last year’s election.) And when they do, we can invest in our country’s future including expanding access to healthcare, universal pre-K education, a Green New Deal, infrastructure and more.

Americans for Tax Fairness is providing activists and elected officials alike with the research, advocacy and mobilization to back-up our demands that the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share. And we need your help to support our champions in Congress as we work together to repeal and replace Trump’s tax scam benefiting the well-off.

WATCH: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s interview with Anderson Cooper


Americans for Tax Fairness is providing activists and elected officials alike with the research, advocacy and mobilization to back up our demands that the rich and corporations pay their fair share. And we need your help to support our champions in Congress as we work together to repeal and replace Trump’s tax scam benefiting the well-off.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 09, 2019, 04:34:18 pm »

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We Won! The Tornillo children's prison is closing


Rabbi Bruce Elder , Shut Tornillo Down Coalition <noreply@list.moveon.org> Unsubscribe
January 9, 2019 4:21 PM
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Anthony,

The government has responded to our demands and is shutting down the immigrant children's prison in Tornillo, Texas. Most of the children have already been allowed to go live with their sponsors pending their asylum hearings. More are scheduled for release in just a few days.

Thank you for helping us achieve this remarkable historic success! 


OUR JOB IS NOT DONE. Many thousands of children remain imprisoned at other detention facilities. 😱 We have already started to contact senators and representatives to urge them to pass legislation to free these other children, reverse the policies that have led to their confinement, and make the changes to our immigration policies that are so urgently needed.

In order to demonstrate the support that we have for these demands, we will be delivering to Congress the petition that you and more than 65,000 other people signed.

In coming days, we'll be back in touch to ask you to be part of our ongoing efforts. In the meantime, be encouraged by knowing that once again the people have prevailed and have brought about change—and you helped make it happen.

Rabbi Bruce Elder,
Shut Tornillo Down Coalition
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 06, 2019, 11:56:12 am »

Why are People Talking About Socialism? – with Paul Jay

January 2, 2019

From Donald Trump, Karl Rove, and Fox News to an invigorated progressive movement and many newly elected members of Congress, many are saying that socialism will be the issue in the 2020 elections – a viewer mailbag segment with Dharna Noor and Paul Jay

Story Transcript 🕯️

DHARNA NOOR: It’s The Real News. I’m Dharna Noor. And I’m back in the studio with our editor-in-chief, Paul Jay.

For the past few days we’ve been taking a look at viewer questions and comments from The Real News Network. And we’re here to discuss some of those. How’s it going, Paul?

PAUL JAY: Good.

DHARNA NOOR: So we recently were looking at a segment that you did with Francesca Fiorentini on November 2, which was called Trump Defines Socialism as a Key Issue in the 2018 Elections. And often when we put socialism in a headline or discuss socialism in pieces we get lots of viewer comments that are pretty skeptical. They say socialism doesn’t work, it’s never worked. Look at, for instance, a country like Venezuela. What goes through your mind when you see things like that? What’s your response to those sorts of critical viewers?

PAUL JAY: Well, first of all, let me say again what I said to, you know, some of the other mailbag things. I’m giving you my opinion. Real News does not have an opinion on whether socialism is a good thing or a bad thing.

DHARNA NOOR: But Paul Jay might.

PAUL JAY: But I do. And Real News does have an editorial guideline that we should try to follow evidence and facts. And so my response is, and may be the the most common one these days–and by the way, everybody all of a sudden thinks socialism is the thing to talk about. Trump, as you said, it’s the issue of the 2018 elections. Karl Rove 😈 wrote an op ed saying it’s going to be the issue of the 2020 elections. Fox News 👹 can’t stop talking about socialism, of course, how bad it is.

DHARNA NOOR: And the Democratic Socialists of America has grown in membership. We have people really excited about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-avowed democratic socialist.

PAUL JAY: Who Tom Perez says is the future of the Democratic Party. There’s arguments about what is social democratic socialism versus socialism, and so on. So it’s a big topic. Everybody’s talking about it. And so we’re we’re going to talk about it too. And the reason I think everybody’s talking about it is not because socialism failed in Venezuela, which is a particular case. And it did, in a sense, fail in Venezuela. But we’re talking about it because capitalism is failing. And the reason socialism has come again to such a forefront of conversation is because capitalism is out of solutions. You can barely talk about an area of life which is critical to our existence, whether it’s climate, whether it’s the threat of accidental nuclear war, if it’s the threat of financial meltdown and financialization, whether it’s the coming of artificial intelligence which, at the very least, could be replacing millions and millions of jobs. Mass unemployment. Like, take all the big picture questions. Capitalism is not offering solutions to any of it.

But let’s say, yes, socialism failed in a lot of countries where it was attempted. But before we kind of get into that, capitalism has failed on a far grander scale. Because you got to ask, you know, capitalism succeeded for whom? Failed for whom? Capitalism gave us World War I, and capitalism gave us World War II. Capitalism has given us endless wars since World War II. I mean, you know, you can go on, from Vietnam, to Korea, to Iraq and Syria. I mean, you can’t end–capitalism has given us endless numbers of outright fascist dictatorships. Capitalism gave us Hitler. Capitalism gave us Mussolini. Go on with all the Latin American dictatorships and capitalism gave us kleptocracy in Africa. You go on and on. Capitalism has been, for most people, a disaster, and continues to be for the majority the people of the world. 


Now, if you’re an American, and particularly if you’re a white American, but not only, capitalism hasn’t been so bad until recently. Especially after World War II, there was a big expansion of the United States. The United States became the global hegemon. The United States grew into a position where it could essentially plunder much of the wealth of the world. And the elites, the oligarchs the United States, did share some of that wealth; at least with the upper stratum of the working class. You know, workers living and working in critical areas of the economy. The auto industry, transport, telecommunications, where workers had real leverage, because if the workers went on strike in those sectors they could close down whole sections of the economy. And of course the Democratic Party, that was an important base for the Democrats to get elected, this upper stratum. Some people called it the labor aristocracy.

So yeah, so capitalism worked–and even you could say empire 🦍😈👹💵🎩🍌🏴‍☠️🚩 worked–for a large section of the American population for quite a while. Western Europe, for a lot of period of this expansion, most of Western Europe’s standard of living was pretty good. The kind of social democracy that developed in Europe, which is important to distinguish that from what most people think socialism is. Social democracy, European style, the governments that came to power, is essentially just reining in some of the excesses of capitalism. That’s their words. But it continues concentration of ownership, private ownership, and concentration of political power. And you can see even in Europe eventually, you know, the savagery of capitalism asserts itself as soon as you brought online the availability of getting cheap labor from China and other places, and you could start undercutting the wages both of American, Canadian, and West European workers.

So when you start assessing whether socialism failed in a Venezuela, or even a Soviet Union, or whatever, we have to first of all acknowledge that yeah, more or less, it did. I think one example which I think was, you know, relatively positive was Cuba, but a tiny place that could never withstand the global forces without some big ally. Cuba’s a long conversation. It’s certainly no utopia. But the main point is that when we look at this issue of what socialism is, and does it make sense, and is it possible, the starting point is the absolute failure of capitalism. Even though, sure, it made some people rich. And somebody wrote in we have cars and nice houses. But how many people lost their cars and nice houses in the 2007-08 crash?

DHARNA NOOR: That was Mike Newman commented.

PAUL JAY: And that’s coming again.

DHARNA NOOR: So I think, again, there are viewers who are writing in and saying that this is kind of a whitewashing of socialism. Somebody wrote in saying, well, coming from a socialist country–they don’t say which one–I can tell you that it’s terrible, very very bad, but not so different in some aspects from the U.S. present system. And even–I mean, Francesca, in your segment with her, mentioned that the basis of the Venezuelan economy, though of course more democratic, was based on the extraction of oil. Which, of course is, I think we can both agree, a flaw of Venezuela. So what’s your response to people who say, well, I lived there, or I went through it, and it wasn’t so great?

PAUL JAY: Well, you know, you have to–and I haven’t walked a mile in those people’s shoes. And for example, if you were living-

DHARNA NOOR: You’re from Canada. That’s not a socialist utopia?

PAUL JAY: No. And that is an important point, actually, that just because you have a socialized healthcare system doesn’t make the country socialist. But listen, if I had grown up in the Soviet Union, if I’d grown up in Eastern Europe, if I’d been who I am, I mean, I could likely have been in jail. So I understand the sort of anger and rage, even, people had to how bureaucratised, especially in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, it got. The extent to which it became very much like a police state. I think it’s sometimes exaggerated, especially in Eastern Europe. I think it’s very exaggerated in Cuba. It’s, you know, Cuba is a kind of unique situation.

But Venezuela, just to take it, because that’s the one they’re talking about all these–socialism is not just somebody has a good idea, oh, let’s have, let’s have a socialist system, any more than capitalism was just a good idea. Oh, feudalism. Yeah, kings, and aristocracy, and lords. You know what? I’ve got an idea for a whole new system. Let’s have capitalism. It doesn’t begin as an idea. It begins as an objective process of how human society develops, and how human economy, the economies of human society, develop. And you know, we learn how to make tools, and now we don’t want to have–you know, our tribal society that was built on just gathering berries and, you know, running around chasing animals. All of a sudden we had agriculture and animal husbandry. And our society changes. And with that the ideas change. So we start to become conscious of what’s possible because of objective developments. It’s not all just springing from people’s heads.

So to apply that idea to Venezuela, I mean, Hugo Chavez comes to power because neoliberalism–and one of the first big mass protests against this hypercapitalist policies was in Venezuela prior to Chavez getting elected, and prior to his involvement in the attempted coup. But these policies were destroying Venezuela. And people, you know, they rose up against these policies. Hypercapitalism wasn’t working. And the exploitation of the oil resources was, you know, a tiny elite was benefiting from it, and people were conscious of this.

So sure, socializing the benefits of that oil, it was obvious as a way out of the situation. You have a movement, and you have leaders that emerge from the movement, and it is what it is, meaning, you know, it wasn’t–they didn’t have some great worked-out plan. It wasn’t you know a party where they had economists and all kinds of people to figure out what to do once you get elected. You know, stuff happens. They may have been been as surprised as anyone that they actually wound up running the country. And with all its defects and all its weaknesses and all its warts, the Venezuelan or Bolivarian revolution, it accomplished a lot. And it wasn’t just about spreading more of the oil money around. There was, and I guess still is–I haven’t been for a while, and I don’t have the same kind of a handle on it–but the kind of community decision-making, community governance at the local levels. There was a, there were real experiments and development, developing different forms of democracy, which has to be part of the socialistic conversation. Because, like, you have a big state-owned sector in China, right. But you don’t have any democracy to speak of. And you have a class of billionaires that have emerged that run the Communist Party.

So I don’t know what kind of socialism it is. It’s not socialism just because you have state ownership. And on the other hand, there’s a certain amount of planning going on in China. People’s standard of living is going up. These are complicated processes, and we need to analyze them as such. But I’ll go back to where it was in the beginning. The reason we need to have this conversation of what does a modern socialist system look like, and how will it operate, and what are the features of it–you know, we talk about even the United States is a mixed economy. There’s socialistic features. We’ve got a publicly-owned post office. We have public libraries, and schools, and such. Why? Because it made so much sense. But the same sense that it made to do that has made sense to have socialized healthcare in virtually every advanced capitalist country. It makes sense here. But once that makes sense, so does banking. Why would you let big banks 👹💵🎩🍌🏴 blackmail the whole society and whole economy so that they can go speculate? So it makes sense. You should have socialized banking. 

DHARNA NOOR: Yeah. Or here in Baltimore, Baltimore recently became the first major city in the U.S. to ban water privatization. And in my reporting on this I found a lot of people–people in Baltimore are generally pretty fed up with the Department of Public Works because there have been so many instances of, you know, false bills that have been sent to people. The price of water has gone up so much. And so many people I spoke with would say, well, public ownership shouldn’t really be on the table because, you know, we have a publicly controlled system right now. It’s not doing very well. But I think the point that I want to make is that just because not privatizing doesn’t fix everything doesn’t mean it’s not the right first step. I mean, the statistics show that the price of water goes up across the United States when a private 😈 system does come in.

PAUL JAY: And there’s cities that privatized and went back again because it was such a failure.

DHARNA NOOR: Sure.

PAUL JAY: I guess I just want to end on where I started. It’s not just some intellectual conversation, is socialism good or bad. Yeah, there’s been–as, frankly, any major transformation of human society–there’s going to be tremendous fallout and weaknesses and stupidities. Especially if you talk about the Soviet Union building, trying to build socialism in what was a very backward country. And that was a matter of great debate at the time.

But we need to look at this. We need to talk about it, because capitalism has failed. It’s failed most of the population of this world for at least the last hundred years. But most importantly, it has no solutions to the actual threat to us as human society. Capitalism is completely out of steam with the most urgent threats facing us. So this is not just some idea, I mean, cafe conversation. This is about our existence or not. And unless somebody has some other idea, and I don’t think there is, when you look at what there is, you need to take what–you’ve got to break up the concentration of ownership. Because with concentration of ownership goes concentrated political power. Everybody understands that. But there’s no way to weigh against that without public ownership. How else do you break up concentrated ownership? It’s not because you’re going to give everybody a share of a company. That’s not going to happen. The only counterbalance, counterweight, to concentrated private ownership is public ownership.

On the other hand, public ownership in a small number of hands, like a single-party state or some of the models of the 20th century, that’s as dangerous. Because concentrated power, even if it’s in the name of socialism, will also be a disaster. Will be a–you know, become a dictatorship. Because concentrated ownership equals concentrated political power. So we’ve got to look at how does this public ownership look in a way that’s very diversified? You know, whether it’s ownership at a city level, at a state level, at the federal level when necessary. Whether it’s workers co-ops, whether it’s regional conglomerations.

But you know, but I’ve said this before. We’re in an era now, because of artificial intelligence, where you could coordinate an economy like that. You could have a Green New Deal which is mostly built out of public ownership in many ways, so that it doesn’t get too concentrated, and still coordinate that. I don’t think it was ever possible in human history to have the kind of socialism that could also be democratic. And as I said before, I don’t think there’s any choice to this. The alternative is we’re not going to have civilization at all.


DHARNA NOOR: Right. Thanks very much, Paul.

Again, we’re in the middle of our end of the year fundraising campaign right now. We’re going to keep doing this. Paul and I are going to keep discussing your viewer comments and questions. So if you have any comments or questions about this or anything else, put them down below, and please support The Real News Network. We don’t take any corporate funding or government funding, and we don’t sell ads, which means that the only people we have to answer to are you. So please help us make Real News, and stay in touch.

Thanks, Paul. And thank you for watching The Real News Network.

https://therealnews.com/stories/why-are-people-talking-about-socialism-with-paul-jay
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 05, 2019, 04:41:56 pm »

TRUTHOUT

NEWS ANALYSIS  ECONOMY & LABOR

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Proposes 70 Percent Tax on Mega-Rich 👹🎩 to Pay for “Green New Deal”

BY Shira Tarlo, Salon

PUBLISHED January 5, 2019

US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, leaves a photo opportunity with the female Democratic members of the 116th US House of Representatives outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 4, 2019. SAUL LOEB / AFP / GETTY IMAGES

Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the youngest woman ever elected to the US Congress, told Anderson Cooper that high tax rates on the super-rich would help fund the ambitious plan to combat the threat of climate change known as the “Green New Deal.”

In an upcoming 60 Minutes interview, set to air this Sunday, the 29-year-old Democratic socialist says the “Green New Deal,” which aims to eliminate carbon emissions within 12 years, is “going to require a lot of rapid change that we don’t even conceive as possible right now.”

“What is the problem with trying to push our technological capacities to the furthest extent possible?” Ocasio-Cortez asks.

To pay for the deal, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to the progressive tax rate system in the 1960s and proposed the idea of tax rates as high as 70 percent on the super-rich.

“You know, you look at our tax rates back in the ’60s. And when you have a progressive tax rate system, your tax rate . . . let’s say, from zero to $75,000, may be ten percent or 15 percent, et cetera,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “But once you get to, like, the tippy tops, on your ten-millionth dollar, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60 or 70 percent.”

“That doesn’t mean all $10 million are taxed at an extremely high rate, but it means that, as you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more,” she added.

Cooper 🐵 replied that she was proposing a “radical agenda, compared to the way politics 😈 is done right now.”

“I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security. That is radical.”

Asked if she calls herself a radical, Ocasio-Cortez said, “If that’s what radical means, call me a radical.”


The freshman Congresswoman has emerged as a national progressive firebrand and has captured the attention of Americans of all political stripes. Her suggestion to tax the ultra-rich as much as 70 percent is likely to get as much attention as the recently-revealed and now-viral clip of a college-aged Ocasio-Cortez mimicking an iconic scene from the iconic 1980’s movie “The Breakfast Club.”

Ocasio-Cortez was sworn into the House of Representatives on Thursday as Democrats reclaimed control of the lower chamber. During the Democratic primary in June, the political novice unseated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, the fourth highest-ranking Democrat in the House. Ocasio-Cortez is a self-identified Democratic Socialist and supports universal health care, tuition-free public universities and criminal justice reform. 


https://truthout.org/articles/ocasio-cortez-proposes-70-percent-tax-on-mega-rich-to-pay-for-green-new-deal/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 01, 2019, 04:43:14 pm »

Dec 15, 2018 | 185,518 views | by Connect4Climate

15 year old activist Greta Thunberg speaks truth to power at the UN COP24 climate talks:

"My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old. I am from Sweden".


Learn more:

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GRETA THUNBERG – STIRRING YOUTH CLIMATE ACTIVIST IN POLAND

Every time world experts meet to hash out a climate deal, Stuart Scott appears in the NGO Press Room to interview all the voices left out or shut out by authority. Stuart makes You tube videos, now posted at scientistswarning.org. I interviewed Stuart Scott in October. This time has a special guest. Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school girl with excellent English, learned about the climate threat at an early age. Seeing nothing happening to stop it, she left class to protest outside with a simple sign. She then sat outside Parliament, until they made her move. Now a whole generation has been inspired by her. Stuart Scott brought Greta to the Conference of the Parties 24 in Poland – the first big climate meeting since Paris in 2015.

Greta Thunberg, Sweden

You need to hear Greta , introduced and interviewed by Stuart Scott. Please pass on either the video or audio to anyone you know.

PODCAST

– Film-maker Sir David Attenborough at COP24, Poland. A video of his short talk “The World Is In Your Hands” is here.

“Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale – our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations, and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”


FULL PROGRAM PODCAST:

https://www.ecoshock.org/2018/12/climate-rebellion-deep-adaptation.html

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 24, 2018, 07:30:55 pm »

DEC 23, 2018 NEWS

This Could Stop Congress From Forcing Shutdowns

US Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for congressional salaries to be put on hold during the next government shutdown.

The US government went into a partial shutdown at midnight on Friday after President Trump refused to sign a spending bill that did not include $5 billion for his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. He had long claimed that Mexico would pay for the wall.

“It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

“Have some integrity,” she added, calling for salaries to be furloughed for the next shutdown.

 Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well.

It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision.

Have some integrity. https://t.co/BgueNNjf0f

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 22, 2018

(Spoiler alert: most members of Congress are already wealthy!)

Speaking as a working class member-elect, I think it’s only fair.

It would also cause members who actually depend on their salary to think twice about leadership and take a shutdown vote more seriously. https://t.co/fSAcPAj0Xf

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 22, 2018

Members of the House and the Senate are paid $174,000 a year. According to Roll Call, 153 House members and 50 senators are millionaires.

More than 420,000 federal workers who are considered “essential” will continue working — but without pay, according to CBS News. Those employees may eventually receive back pay. However, an additional 380,000 workers will be furloughed and may miss a paycheck depending on how long the shutdown lasts.

Ocasio-Cortez, who will join Congress in early January  as the new representative for New York’s 14th District, has been a vocal critic of the demand for $5 billion for a border wall. When the House passed a short-term spending bill with $5.7 billion for border security, Ocasio-Cortez challenged the GOP trope that the federal government simply doesn’t have the money to implement bold progressive policies such as Medicare for All or a Green New Deal.

“And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “But notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it.”

For the wall’s $5.7 billion, every child in America could have access to Universal Pre-K.

Yet when we propose the SAME $, we’re told Universal Edu is a “fantasy”& asked “how are you going to pay for it”

Education is an investment in society that yields returns.
Walls are waste. https://t.co/fs0nvq6LJq

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 21, 2018

On Friday, she outlined another way the $5.7 billion could be spent instead of Trump’s proposed wall.  “For the wall’s $5.7 billion, every child in America could have access to Universal Pre-K. Yet when we propose the SAME $, we’re told Universal Edu is a ‘fantasy’ & asked ‘how are you going to pay for it.’ Education is an investment in society that yields returns,” she tweeted. “Walls are waste.”

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/what-ocasio-cortez-wants-to-do-next-time-the-government-forces-a-shutdown/
Posted by: AGelbert
« 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


Story Transcript

UPDATE December 11 2:00PM: Nine more representatives have now backed the Sunrise Movement’s 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 Pelosi’s 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 month’s protests, Pelosi said she would reinstate the 2007 Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, but Sunrise says that’s not enough.

NICOLE CATANIA: The previous committee would talk about climate change, would talk about the science, but wouldn’t 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 it’s on the national agenda in a big way.

DHARNA NOOR: Hoyer said he appreciated the protesters’ passion and that he was happy to hear from them, but he didn’t 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 they’re 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, who’s 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 we’ve 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 globe’s 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. I’m 23. In 12 years I’m 35. That’s when people start families. We don’t 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 nation’s capitol, the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Kuwait downplayed the results of that very same IPCC report at the UN’s 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 couldn’t be higher.

VARSHINI PRAKASH: Where my family’s 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. It’s here right now, and the clock is ticking. And honestly, we’ve run out of time, so we have to do this now.

DHARNA NOOR: For The Real News, with Taylor Hebden, I’m Dharna Noor.

https://therealnews.com/stories/climate-activists-storm-capitol-hill-demanding-green-new-deal
Posted by: AGelbert
« 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 “on the ground” for the website at the infamous protest in Charlottesville, Va., when…


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 project’s GoFundMe here.

https://www.truthdig.com/videos/truthdig-is-going-to-the-u-s-mexico-border-video/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:01:00 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« 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 Trump’s 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 Vermont’s 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:


Posted by: AGelbert
« 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

SNIPPET:

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/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 21, 2018, 09:14:52 pm »

Judge Overturns Trump’s ‘Catastrophic’ Asylum Ban

November 21, 2018

A federal judge ruled that Trump’s 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
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2018, 01:29:06 pm »


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No. 54, Nov. 15, 2018

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 — 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.

Subscriber bonus:

We have a special thank you for our subscribers this week: a free copy of Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology and Politics in Science [/font]by John Grant, courtesy of publisher See Sharp Press. This must-read new book dives into the sordid history of how corporations and politicians — including the Trump administration — have twisted or attacked scientific expertise. As a subscriber, you can download the e-book in any of these formats: PDF, Mobi (Kindle) or Epub. Enjoy — and thanks for subscribing!

In case you missed it:

Wildfires are on top of our minds right now as California battles its most deadly and destructive wildfire in state history. Wildfire historian Stephen Pyne explains why we need to have different strategies for fighting different kinds of wildfires 🔥, especially those at the intersection of wildlands and our developed communities.

Posted by: AGelbert
« 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 America’s 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
Posted by: AGelbert
« 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 Abrams’ favor. Abrams’ 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 governor’s race with 50.3 percent of the vote, to Abrams’ 48.8 percent. To get a recount, Abrams would need more than 19,300 additional votes.

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

“The 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 state’s office,” Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’s campaign manager, told reporters Sunday, according to the Post.

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

  https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142200032
Posted by: AGelbert
« 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 they’re giving up to fight climate change.

Zero Hour Just 🦅 Transition

   
Zero Hour Platform and attacks on them by the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn 🦕🦖

 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!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 10, 2018, 03:13:53 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« 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, it’s 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

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 09, 2018, 08:12:02 pm »

Voting Rights Restored to EX-Felons in Florida: Could It Have Changed the Governor’s 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

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 09, 2018, 02:39:31 pm »

November 9, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: According to our friends inside Andrew Gillum's campaign, the current vote tallies in Florida have Mayor Gillum ✨ within .45% of Ron DeSantis 🦖 -- which means the Florida gubernatorial election is now almost certainly going to a recount.

Thank you for your support at this critical and historic moment.

- Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director
Democracy for America

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 08, 2018, 04:59:17 pm »


No. 53, Nov. 8, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

The midterm elections are now all but over (a few results are still being tallied), and things look just a little different now. It wasn't exactly a "blue wave," but quite a few people were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate and other offices who have promised to take stands on climate change, public lands and other environmental issues. There were a few losses, too, including at least one really big one. What does it all mean for the country, and for the planet? We have a look at the results.

In other news, America's national parks and other public lands could face permanent damage under the Trump administration's energy-dominance agenda. As our article reports this week, oil and gas development could put millions of acres of ecologically and culturally important wildlands at risk.

Sometimes protecting the planet means protecting the soil. We have an interview with Leah Penniman, author of the new book Farming While Black, who discusses how her farm's use of Afro-indigenous farming technologies are good for the soil, the pollinators that depend on it, the climate and the community that benefits from access to nutritious food.

Farming While Black also happens to be one of our picks for the 16 best environmental books coming out this month. Check out the full list here, with books covering everything from wolves and sea turtles to the psychology of climate change.


In case you missed it:

Two big conferences this month address the important topic of light pollution. Find out how a new reserve in Idaho worked to protect the night sky, and how other communities can follow.


What should we cover next?

We welcome your ideas and inside scoops. Drop us a line anytime.


Coming up:

We've got a lot of great stories and essays in the works, including a look at the surprising part of the country taking bold steps to address sea-level rise.

We'll have a fresh batch of links in next week's newsletter, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest headlines as they go live. And while you're on social media, we hope you'll share our stories with your friends.

That's it for this week. As always, thanks for reading.


   
John R. Platt

Editor, The Revelator
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 08, 2018, 01:38:44 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: As much as I admire the courage of those luminaries below and as much as I agree with their analysis of the present political threat to we-the-people (INCLUDING THE FOOLED TRUMP SUPPORTERS) that Trump's (Fascist) Brand of Authoritarianism represents, the entire discussion is made MOOT by the inability of the US Government (including BOTH the Democratic and Republican wings of the Profit over People and Planet Oligarchs 'R' US 😈🐉🦕🦖👹 💵 🎩 🍌🏴‍☠️ Party) to take steps to mitigate Catastrophic Climate Change by going on a War Economy footing to transition to 100% Renewable Energy within a decade or less. Neither Hitler nor Stalin nor Mussolini had to to face the fact that the human species is on the fast track to extinction, even though we were already well on the way in the time of those dictators. It REALLY IS DIFFERENT this time with the Trump Fascist Wrecking Crew et al.

The way things ARE now, the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn (i.e. the greedball oil loving, Fascist pie in the sky wishful thinkers of the Fossil Fuel 'Industry ' ) are killing, 24/7, ANY hope for a viable biosphere.

IOW, no amount of fixing the Fascist Tyranny now sweeping the globe will stop the unavoidable mass extinction of most, if not all, of the mammalian vertebrate species on this planet (including humans, of course). ONLY a transition to a 100% Renewable Energy powered WORLD economy WITHIN A DECADE OR LESS can, hopefully (it may be too late even for that too, but that doesn't mean we should not try) guarantee a (barely) viable biosphere for future generations.

OTHERWISE, ....IT........ IS....


 


SNIPPET:

The Intercept

October 31, 2018

NYU Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Yale Professor Jason Stanley on Trump’s Brand of Authoritarianism

Jeremy Scahill: I’m joined now by two scholars of fascism. Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University. She’s the author of several books, among them, “Fascist Modernities” and “Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema.” Her forthcoming book is called “Strongmen: How The Rise, Why They Succeed, How They Fall.” She’s also a columnist for CNN.com.

And Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky professor of philosophy at Yale University. Stanley is the author of “Know How,” “Language in Context,” “Knowledge and Practical Interests,” as well as “How Propaganda Works.” His latest book, which was released earlier this year, is “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.” Ruth, Jason, welcome both of you to Intercepted.

Jeremy Scahill: So, that was from the film “A Night at the Garden.” People can watch that at fieldofvision.org. Ruth, one other sort of historically important point I think that’s relevant to bring up is — we can say, oh, well, this isn’t something that is a direct analog to fascism right now, because we have a multiparty system, because we are having elections, because Trump has not declared himself president for life in an official way, although he does joke about it sometimes.

But couldn’t someone make an argument — yes, because we’re only two years into this, but the direction that we are heading in definitely has historical analogs in how Mussolini consolidated power and in how Hitler consolidated power, how General Franco consolidated power? Isn’t it a fair point to say, yes, you may be technically correct that we’re not living in that right now, but all of the warning signs from history are screaming out for us to recognize this for what it is?

Ruth Ben-Ghiat: Yes, and — you know, in the case of Mussolini there was a two-year period that’s very instructive where he was head of a coalition government — and Hitler had the same. It’s just that Hitler had already been trying to get to power for 10 years, and he wanted power immediately. You know, Mussolini used to joke about staying in power for 20 years. His personality profile, the way he treated and humiliated his allies in Parliament is very, very similar.

You know, one of the reasons he killed Giacomo Matteotti, who was the head of the Socialist Party —even I was taught in former years that it was just because he was anti-fascist. Well, turned out Matteotti was about to denounce Mussolini and his family and the National Fascist Party for corruption. And so, he was killed for a classic kleptocracy. Mussolini was put under investigation, and it was to escape investigation that he declared dictatorship.

So, these transition moments are very, very important, but they are transitions. When we — when things evolve, and — I believe that we are heading toward, you could say, a militarized authoritarian surveillance state. It will look different than the fascism of the 20th century looked. But we are heading toward that, but we are in the transition, and we still have time to do something about it.

Jeremy Scahill:  What would be, Ruth, the sort of next steps that people should be aware of based on your understanding of history?

Ruth Ben-Ghiat: One of the issues is, when you have someone like this in power, there’s so much going on, and they hit you in so many directions — which is a strategy, by the way. This is a Bannon “blitzkrieg” strategy, that it’s hard to know what to do first. So, you have population management, the very significant move that they were trying to have the National Park Service not allow protest, and GOP legislators introduced several bills to criminalize protest.

One thing I find interesting, which recurs in the past, is Trump is this charismatic figure. And they come along every so often, you’ve mentioned some of them. And they seem to coalesce the kind of anxieties and frustrations of a given historical moment, but the conservative elites—in this case, GOP—back them and not other people, because they believe that they can use them as a vehicle to do the things they’ve been wanting to do for a long time—the racist, the voter suppression, all the things that the GOP has been trying to activate and was very frustrated it couldn’t do under Obama, right? This is a kind of mutual using of the authoritarian and his backers, right? And so, many of the repressive, authoritarian-minded things going on right now are being introduced by the GOP.

{... ...]

Jeremy Scahill:: Well, and, Jason, you also write about the necessary mythology that comes with Trump’s whole spiel, that America was once great. What he’s really sort of telegraphing there is, there was a time when white people were in full control of this country until the immigrants, the blacks, the uppity women, the Jews, the globalists came to steal America’s greatness. And one of the stats in your book that you cite is 45 percent of Trump supporters believe that whites are the most discriminated-against racial group in America and that 54 percent of Trump supporters believe that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in America.

Jason Stanley: When the dominant group is made to feel like victims, that seems to be the culture that breeds the success of this kind of politics. [... reflective of this, that —]

Jason Stanley: [...  ...] So, the idea is that all movements for equality are really masks for domination. And so, at that moment when you find the dominant racial group being made to feel like this enormous victim of feminism, of minority groups, that’s when you know the politics is taking effective control. Of course, it distracts them from what they’re really victims of, which is the people funding this kind of politics, which, as Ruth mentioned, are very often business elites .

Jeremy Scahill: These are the words of the great Langston Hughes   from his poem Let America Be America Again. The poem was performed here on Intercepted by Ty Jones, the producing artistic director at the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Ty Jones Performs Langston Hughes’s Poem “Let America Be America Again”

Let America be America again.

Let it be the dream it used to be.

Let it be the pioneer on the plain

Seeking a home where he himself is free.

 

(America never was America to me.)

 

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—

Let it be that great strong land of love

Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme

That any man be crushed by one above.

 

(It never was America to me.)

 

O, let my land be a land where Liberty

Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,

But opportunity is real, and life is free,

Equality is in the air we breathe.

 

(There’s never been equality for me,

Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)


 

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?

And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

 

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,

I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.

I am the red man driven from the land,

I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—

And finding only the same old stupid plan

Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

 

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,

Tangled in that ancient endless chain

Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!

Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!

Of work the men! Of take the pay!

Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

 

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.

I am the worker sold to the machine.

I am the Negro, servant to you all.

I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—

Hungry yet today despite the dream.

Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!

I am the man who never got ahead,

The poorest worker bartered through the years.

 

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream

In the Old World while still a serf of kings,

Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,

That even yet its mighty daring sings

In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned

That’s made America the land it has become.

O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas

In search of what I meant to be my home—

For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,

And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,

And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came

To build a “homeland of the free.”

 

The free?
 

Who said the free? Not me?

Surely not me? The millions on relief today?

The millions shot down when we strike?

The millions who have nothing for our pay?

For all the dreams we’ve dreamed

And all the songs we’ve sung

And all the hopes we’ve held

And all the flags we’ve hung,

The millions who have nothing for our pay—

Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

 

O, let America be America again—

The land that never has been yet—

And yet must be—the land where every man is free.

The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—

Who made America,

Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,

Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,

Must bring back our mighty dream again.

 

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—

The steel of freedom does not stain.

From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,

We must take back our land again,

America!

 

O, yes,

I say it plain,

America never was America to me,

And yet I swear this oath—

America will be!

 

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,

The R A P E and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,

We, the people, must redeem

The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.

The mountains and the endless plain—

All, all the stretch of these great green states—

And make America again!

Listen to the entire podcast or read the lengthy interview:


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« on: November 04, 2018, 10:53:17 pm »

In Conversation: Elizabeth Warren and Robert Reich
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[embed=640,380]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F3EJh6V1cw[/embed]

Published on May 8, 2018

Robert Reich discusses the progressive movement and how we can reclaim democracy.

Agelbert NOTE: Robert Reich ends the conversation with this quote:

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“We can have concentrated wealth in the hands of a few or we can have democracy. But we cannot have both.” - Suprem Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis
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« on: October 26, 2018, 02:32:09 pm »

October 26, 2018

VIDEO: Andrew Gillum stands up to racism

Last night at his gubernatorial debate with DeSantis , Andrew 🌟 wasn't pulling any punches. He called out DeSantis for his affiliation with racists outright in an incredible exchange that you have to see to believe.


Andrew Gillum isn’t afraid to fight back against the bigotry lurking beneath the surface (and sometimes above it!) of today's GOP. That's just one reason why he will make a fantastic governor -- if we put him over the top on November 6.

Watch the amazing clip of Andrew taking a stand against racism, then split a donation between Andrew Gillum’s campaign and DFA's work supporting progressive candidates like Andrew nationwide.

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« on: October 25, 2018, 03:04:03 pm »

The Revelator

Teens Rise Up for Action on Climate

The Ask

October 17, 2018 - by John R. Platt

We asked one of the teenage organizers of the recent Zero Hour Youth Climate March what they’ve learned and how others can follow in their footsteps.

SNIPPET:

What’s your biggest takeaway from these first events? Are politicians or the heads of corporations listening?

You can never really tell when politicians are listening because it’s their job to pretend like they’re listening. It’s their job to make you think that they’re considering everything that you tell them, that everything that you say is important to them. I hope that they have at least heard what we are saying. I know that after the lobby day at least their staff knows who we are, and saw our faces and heard our voices.

The other day I was talking to Senator Heinrich at a League of Conservation Voters event. He said that he knew us, that he’d heard of us. That meant the world to me and Jamie [Margolin, the founder of Zero Hour]. I don’t have words for it. I looked him in the eye and I knew that he had genuinely heard of us and that this wasn’t just a tactic. I was so grateful that we had recognized by someone with so much influence in our government.

Zero Hour advocates for common-sense climate legislation. What does that look like to you?

The term “common sense” is tough. Not everyone knows what you’re talking about. In the case of common-sense climate legislation, however, it really is what just about anyone might think it is. All we want is what makes sense. All we want is effective change. All we want for the people of this world is protection and safety. That’s all anyone wants. That’s what makes it common sense, because everyone at least wants a good life for themselves.


Full article:

https://therevelator.org/teens-rise-action-climate/

Zero Hour Just 🦅 Transition

Zero Hour Platform and attacks on them by the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn 🦕🦖
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« on: October 22, 2018, 06:33:21 pm »

October 22, 2018

Cheer up a Friend With The Nation's 2019 Wall Calendar





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« on: October 14, 2018, 05:21:10 pm »

Fierce Battle for State Assembly Between Socialist 👍 and
Obama Staffer in Richmond, CA

October 14, 2018

Richmond, California, Councilperson Jovanka Beckles, a declared socialist versus Obama staffer Buffy Wicks in a battle for State Assembly is defining the Democrats

Story Transcript

MARC STEINER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Marc Steiner. Good to have you all with us.

The new class of political battle inside the Democratic Party seems to be between the Democratic establishment and the rise of new people from the Democratic Socialist association and others; candidates that are defining what’s happening in politics in America, redefining what’s happening in America. And it’s happening in the 15th California Assembly District. It’s a district that comprises working-class cities like Richmond, and academic left-wing enclaves like Berkeley, and parts of Oakland, California.

One of the candidates running- they’re both, actually, Democrats in this final election. One of them is an Obama acolyte whose name is Buffy Wicks. The other candidate in the general election is Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles. Jovanka Beckles and the other candidate are similar on some issues, but really different. Jovanka’s running on single-payer, full daycare, free college, as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, which sets her apart. In our continued exploration of America’s future with progressive candidates from around this country, we talked today with Richmond Councilperson Jovanka Beckles, who’s running for the Assembly seat in the 15th District. And Jovanka, welcome back, good to have you with us here on The Real News.

JOVANKA BECKLES: Thank you so very much. Great to be here.

MARC STEINER: Good to have you with us. So what I want to do, we’re going to start by playing this short clip of your campaign ads to give people a flavor, and then jump into our conversation.

JOVANKA BECKLES:
All right. Very well.

VIDEO: My name is Jovanka Beckles. I’m a mental health professional, a union member, and an immigrant. For the past eight years on the Richmond City Council, I’ve been part of a movement and fight corporate [money]. We rejected corporate campaign donations and achieved victories for working people. We banned the box, won rent control, and a $15 minimum wage. When working people come together, we can take back control of our lives, and a greater share of the wealth that we ourselves create.

Because together we can build a California that puts people over profit.

MARC STEINER: So for our viewers across the country and the globe- let me explain very quickly and see if I have this right, Jovanka- in California when you run for political office, the top two vote getters, to make 50 percent, run against each other. Many places have two Democrats running against one another for the general election, which is what’s happening in your district this moment. Is that correct?

JOVANKA BECKLES:
That is absolutely correct. In fact, in the primary there was one Republican in a race full of 12 people.

MARC STEINER: It says something about your district.

JOVANKA BECKLES: It says a lot about our district. Exactly. It’s the most progressive district, the most diverse district in the state.

MARC STEINER:
So I really want to explore, because I think this, as I said at the top of the program here, this is kind of an example of this new classic battle across the country in the Democratic Party. But talk a bit about that as you see it. Because Buffy Wicks is an Obama acolyte, as I said. She worked for his administration. She helped his campaign in California when he fought against Bernie Sanders’ campaign in California. But she also is very liberal and progressive on a number of issues, and that’s what mean by this new battle. Define what you see as the difference between that point of view and point of view that you’re running on.

JOVANKA BECKLES: Yeah, it’s exactly right. And I you know, I know folks have have expressed that oh, you know, we’re we’re both very liberal, very progressive. But I haven’t really seen that in terms of the policies that we both find to be the most important. So in other words, we differ in so many different ways. We both agree, of course, yes, something needs to happen with regard to wealth inequality. We both agree that there’s an affordable housing shortage, absolutely. But we differ in the way that we- in the solutions that we have.

We differ in the solutions to address the housing crisis. I believe that we need to build hundreds of thousands of new affordable housing, public housing. She believes that we will get ourselves out of this mess by building market rate housing, and I don’t. I disagree. And so that’s why we differ when it comes to just- one of the other solutions being the support for Prop 10, which is the repeal of Costa-Hawkins at the state level. I support it. The opposition does not. That’s one way we differ.

We also differ in other ways. I believe that when you have an attack on the public school system the way that we’re seeing it, unprecedented numbers of resources being drained from our public institutions, our public schools, we need to have a moratorium on charter schools. And she does not agree that that’s the way that we address resources being drained from our public schools.

I also believe that we need to get dark money out of our elections, out of our politics, and our government. The majority of money comes from, that were donated to me, comes from right within the district. The majority of money that she’s received comes- a lot of it is coming from Washington D.C. Unfortunately, a lot of the billionaires that are donating to her campaign are the same billionaires who not only donate to Republicans, but are invested in privatizing our schools, are invested in private prisons, and are committed to destroying unions, and destroying- and not supporting the implementation of a single-payer healthcare for all system.

MARC STEINER: So if I’m clear, you are a union member. You’re in the Teamsters, correct?

JOVANKA BECKLES: Correct. Local 856. Absolutely.

MARC STEINER: But you’re a mental health worker by trade?

JOVANKA BECKLES: There we go. Teamsters Local 856. And yes, I’m a mental health professional by training. I’ve been in the mental health field for 30 years right here in the Bay Area. That’s the other way that we differ. I’ve lived consistently in the Bay Area for 30 years, and have worked here consistently for 30 years. I moved to the Bay Area in 1989, and I have never moved away, but I’ve been devoted to creating the change that I like to see in my community for the last 30 years here.

MARC STEINER:
So let’s take a couple of these things that you’re talking about. I want to take a broader issue here first, before I talk about some of the specifics you’re kind of talking about in your district. What does it mean for you as a union member to be a socialist, a declared democratic socialist, running for a State Assembly seat? I mean, clearly the socialists won’t have a majority in the Assembly. They most likely will not for the foreseeable future. But what does that mean for you, to be a socialist running?

JOVANKA BECKLES: It means that I believe that there is more than enough to share. I believe that in the fifth-largest economy in the world, within the largest economy in the world, there is enough resources for us to share. We as working people, we created this wealth that we are seeing, and yet we’re not benefiting from any from it. We’re not being, it’s not being shared with us. And so we as working-class people absolutely have to have a seat at the table. We have to have a seat in positions of power to be able to change this direction that we’re seeing, where we’re seeing the gap between those who have and those who do not have widen every day, by the day.

And so it’s so important that as working people we know, we see, we experience firsthand the challenge that it is to make ends meet. The challenge that it is to pay for for healthcare, to pay for food, to pay for rent, or a mortgage, and still be able to have some, you know, some spending money, right? Some disposable income. And so when we have more working people, I believe, in office, we’ll start to see the wealth shared a little bit better and more equitably.

So one of the things we see in this race also, I believe George Miller the congressman came out in favor of Ms. Wicks, and Barbara Lee came out to support you. Am I right about that?

JOVANKA BECKLES: Yes, you are. So excited. The congresswoman is someone that I’ve admired for years, particularly when she was the lone ‘no’ vote to start us in this endless war that we are still experiencing today. So she’s always been someone that I’ve admired because of her courage and her willingness to stand up for the people and be a voice for the people. So that’s really exciting. This happened yesterday. The endorsements from other unions are also coming in. So we’re really seeing this campaign gain so much momentum on a daily basis.

MARC STEINER: So let me talk about the issues here. And when you, when you talk about the housing issues, and talking about Prop 10 and what that means, and what the battle is over Prop 10- and I believe that is your opponent has not said she’s for or against it, she said let the voters decide, but you very clearly have come out on this on this value proposition. Talk a bit about that.

JOVANKA BECKLES: Right. What Prop 10 does is right now, cities like Richmond- I’m really proud to have been in this movement to bring the first rent control policy to a city, the first one in 30 years. So Richmond, we passed a rent control on the ballot. However, our hands are tied. And Berkeley has rent control, and Oakland does, too.

MARC STEINER: And hands are tied why? Why are your hands tied?

JOVANKA BECKLES: Hands are tied because of Costa-Hawkins. That’s the state law that exempts properties built after 1995 from rent control policies. And what Prop 10 does by reforming Costa-Hawkins, by repealing it, rather- my, the opposition wants to reform it. But we, the majority of people understand that we have to repeal that that law so that states, so that cities, can have more power, more control in creating the kinds of policies that best fit their residents.

And so right now we’re seeing, for example, in Oakland lots of new development; for-profit luxury units being built right now. And those units are not going to be under rent control, under the rent control policies, because they’re being built, you know, after 1995. So by reforming that it gives cities more options for those, for better policies that best fit their residents. And so my opponent believes that we don’t need to appeal that, we need to reform it. And it really is, you know, her idea of housing development, her plan, really is- there’s no other way to say it, but it really is a public giveaway of land for the for-profit developers. And I believe that we really should be using our public land and money to build the permanent, affordable, not-for-profit housing that that we need.

MARC STEINER: So let’s talk about money for a moment. One of the things, the conversations I’ve had with people in this state, where we broadcast from in Maryland, and across the country, about certain policies is about money. We live in a capitalist world, which is how our economy is managed and run. When people talk about having a single-payer system in the state of California, when you talk about daycare for working families that is paid for in California, when you talk about free college tuition, which used to be in California, as it was in New York once, and no longer is. First question people will ask, will ask Jovanka Beckles: how do you pay for that? In this system, how do we pay for those things for our people?

JOVANKA BECKLES:
Absolutely. So we’re really seeing now in 2018, we’re seeing how capitalism really is not working for the majority of us. It’s only working for a very, very small percentage of people. So you pay for these things by taxing the wealthy, by taxing the rich, by insisting that they pay their fair share of taxes just like the rest of us. And you do that by reforming Prop 13. And in California, Prop 13 really is a way for big corporations to have a loophole, and not pay their fair share of taxes. So when we reform that that proposition- and it will be on the ballot- we will then be able to have the resources that we need. Since Prop 13 was initiated in, I think it was 1979, we have lost about $367 billion in revenue. Now imagine what we could have been doing with all that money lost. And so when we reform prop Prop 13, we’ll then have the billions of dollars that we need.

But it isn’t just a matter of of taxing the rich through proper reform of Prop 13, it’s also taxing speculators. It’s also taxing vacant properties that they buy and they keep open, they keep empty. And so when we tax these kinds of speculators and vacant properties, we can build the, as I talk about in my platfor, the hundreds of thousands of of housing for all, through taxing the rich. We can also- that will bring millions and billions of dollars to the state for us to build the affordable housing that we need, and that people have a right to. People have a right to shelter. We’re seeing so many people who are working 40 hours a week living out of their cars, and something is terribly wrong when hardworking people can’t afford to pay rent in the state of California in the Bay Area.

MARC STEINER:
So Jovanka, one of the things I think that a lot of us really wonder about, and many of our viewers who wonder about people around this country are wrestling with, is for people running as democratic socialists in this country, we live in a land right now that is hugely divided in terms of political viewpoints. And It’s gotten to a point where we are as divided now as it was when I was younger civil rights worker down South. It’s that intense. I can feel the same intensity at the moment. I’m just curious, from your perspective, what the political battle means that we’re facing now when we’re so divided as a people. And so much is built around race, it’s also built around, kind of, political viewpoints and more. And what that means, you think, for our future, your future as Californians and our future as Americans, and where that takes us.

JOVANKA BECKLES: Yes. You know, we’re all in the same boat. The 99 percent, we’re all in the same boat. Because what we’re seeing now is a movement. Is a movement that really is stating a loud message. We cannot continue in this direction. The for-profit system that puts profit above our health, that puts profit above our education, that puts profit above our planet, is not working. It’s not a sustainable model. We need- people are fighting. We’re coming together, we’re realizing that we have to put aside our differences of race and age and even political affiliation, and come together as one united people to fight against the injustice that we’re seeing, to fight against the greed.

What we’re seeing right now, as people are understanding that we have to elect more candidates, more public officials who are going to always put the needs of the planet and working people and our children and our health above the profit of of our billionaire class and corporations. What we’re seeing is a movement where people are understanding that we are getting poor while they’re getting richer, and it’s not a model that’s sustainable. Because when we don’t have the kinds of regulation that we need, our planet is literally burning. Our planet- we’re seeing the weather is wreaking havoc right now in Florida and throughout the world. And that’s a scientific truth that if we continue to go in this direction we’re not going to have a planet to live on.

And so no amount of profit- we have two corporations right now, I believe it’s Amazon and Apple, that have now reached the trillion dollar profit line. That is not a model that is sustainable, because we the workers created that wealth, and we are realizing that we deserve, we’re entitled to share that wealth that we ourselves have created. And so we have to build a world, a California, a United States that puts the needs of the people above the profit of corporations. And that’s the, that’s the model that we’re seeing; a movement that’s gaining momentum more and more every day. And so I’m really excited about what we’re seeing, that people are now awake, and are passionate and driven to change the system, this very corrupt, unjust system that we are all experiencing.

MARC STEINER: So very quickly here as we conclude, Jovanka- I mean, I understand also that the campaign, which was really kind of aboveboard for a long time, and the two of you, with different positions, were acting fairly honorably, at least in the debates I’ve seen, the conversations I’ve seen taking place. But things have gotten ugly. I understand that some red-baiting has taken place and people are literally attacking your signs, and attacking you as a person. Not physically, but your character.

JOVANKA BECKLES:
Yes, attacking my character. Red-baiting a black woman living in the United States of America. Our signs are being defaced. They’re being tagged with things. One sign I saw someone had “Communist voters unite.” Don’t even understand. That’s obviously people who don’t understand the difference between communism and socialism. Socialism just says that there is enough wealth to share. That’s all. That’s what that means. And it’s unfortunate that any working-class person would not subscribe to a model that benefits all of us.

They’re they’re attacking my character. There’s whisper campaigns. I had a gentleman, a black gentleman the other day approached me saying he heard that I hate black man. And I know that it’s a whisper campaign based on the fact that I’m an out lesbian on the Richmond City Council. But to take it to that level, that I hate black men, is really disheartening. But it’s not the first time that this has happened. In 2008 when I ran the first time, that was the whisper campaign; Jovanka doesn’t think she’s black, Jovanka doesn’t like black people because, you know, she’s a Latina. And then there, then the other whisper campaign was, you know, Jovanka is a Green Party member. And I’ve been a Democrat for 37 years at this point. But it’s just the kind of things that people use to divide us. Our office in Richmond has been vandalized twice.   >:(

And so we’re seeing that our message that resonates with the majority of people to actually build a California that works for all of us, it resonates with the people to have a California that’s just and equitable. Resonates with the majority. But we’re seeing that there are those that are feeling threatened. And unfortunately, you know, the very people that I’m sure are doing these things are working-class people not understanding that everything that I do, everything that this movement is about, is for them. And so that’s really unfortunate. But we move on, we persevere, we stand up, we fight back, and we’re going to win this election in November.

MARC STEINER: We’ve been talking to Richmond City Councilperson Jovanka Beckles, who is running for the 15th Assembly District in California. And Jovanka, thank you so much for joining us here on The Real News. It’s been a pleasure to talk with you.

JOVANKA BECKLES: Thank you. Pleasure is all mine. Thank you so much.

MARC STEINER: Take care. And I’m Marc Steiner for The Real News Network. Good to have you with us. Take care.

https://therealnews.com/stories/fierce-battle-for-state-assembly-between-socialist-and-obama-staffer-in-richmond-ca
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« on: October 09, 2018, 05:49:32 pm »

Chris Hedges in Eugene, Oct. 3, 2018

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Todd Boyle

Published on Oct 4, 2018

Chris Hedges spoke in Eugene, Oct. 3, 2018 to the Community Rights Lane County.  He is on the west coast for his latest book, "America: The Farewell Tour"

From the book's website, "Chris Hedges’s profound and provocative examination of America in crisis is “an exceedingly…provocative book, certain to arouse controversy, but offering a point of view that needs to be heard” (Booklist), about how bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in a culture of sadism and hate.

America, says Pulitzer Prize­–winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair, and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis; the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress; the pornification of culture; the rise of magical thinking; the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. As our society unravels, we also face global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.

Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. In his “forceful and direct” (Publishers Weekly) America: The Farewell Tour, Hedges argues that neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem. Until our corporate coup d’état is reversed these diseases will grow and ravage the country. “With a trademark blend of…sharply observed detail, Hedges writes a requiem for the American dream” (Kirkus Reviews) and seeks to jolt us out of our complacency while there is still time."

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