Happy Tuesday friends! There is a lot going on so will just get straight to things with Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk asking people to support Sanders’ call for Medicare-For-All. There will be a lot more in the comments on the topic and many others, and as always I welcome your contributions/opinions/etc.
It’s the weekend! Just a few items to get a thread started. As usual, please add your news and thoughts in the comments section. Hope you have a great day!
Good Morning, Birdies! Here’s a thread, starting with Bernie Sanders in front of a small crowd of protestors in front of the US Customs Office. As usual, other news and comments are welcome. Have a great day!
With Democrats facing tough prospects in the midterm elections, will they also have to worry about primary challenges from their left flank?
During his presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders never quite decided whether his “political revolution” could coexist with the Democratic Party or needed to overthrow it. Now, Sanders is one of the most popular political figures in the country and the activists he galvanized have gone on to start new groups, join old ones, or run electoral campaigns.
The path of Sanders’ former staffers reflects the split in his movement, and the some are already galvanizing for the 2018 elections — and setting their sights on their own.
This week, Justice Democrats merged operations with another anti-incumbent group founded by former Sanders aides, Brand New Congress, which started last year.
“The point is we’ve watched this party over the last decade lose over 1,000 seats, lose a national election to least popular nominee in history, Donald Trump, and now we’ve seen poll after poll showing the Democratic Party less popular since election day,” Brand New Congress’ Corbin Trent said in an interview. “What we think is the American people are ready for a new direction.”
It’s a step farther than previous liberal efforts, which have fielded challenges to establishment favorite Democrats in open races but generally not against elected party members.
Lots more news in the comments. Have a great day!
Greetings TPWers. Lots going on this weekend. We’ll Start with Bernie’s, Nina’s and Danny Glover’s March on Mississippi, which was held yesterday in Canton. Bernie’s message: share the wealth with the workers. As usual, please add your news and thoughts in the comments section below. The Real News has an interview of Bernie, Nina, and Danny … Continue reading →
I mean, amazing. pic.twitter.com/wmmCmUCDT6 — Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) February 28, 2017 I just had to share that tweet with Bernie verily amused! 😀 Also this tweet is also Bernielicious: This speech is crashing our servers right now https://t.co/IzUvVw6lDb — Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) February 28, 2017 Did my heart good it did. READ IN FULL: Bernie Sanders’ Speech on Israel, Trump and anti-Semitism at J Street Conference Thank you for inviting me to address you here today. It’s a pleasure to be here with J Street, which has been such a strong voice for saner, more progressive foreign policy ideas. And I … Continue reading →
Good morning friends. There’s plenty to talk about in regards to Standing Rock, Trump’s new immigration plans, the DNC race and, etc.. and I’ll certainly have links for all of those issues in the comments, but starting the day with George Takei on DemocracyNow over the weekend talking about the 75th Anniversary Of The Internment of Japanese Americans & Why Trump is “The Real Terrorist”.
Seventy-five years ago on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced more than 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese descent into internment camps. This included nearly 70,000 American citizens. Over the weekend, “Day of Remembrance” events were held across the country to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Americans and legal residents. Many people are asking if history can repeat itself. In 2015, Trump defended his proposal for a total and complete ban on Muslims entering the United States and compared it to the actions of FDR. We speak to the legendary actor and activist George Takei, who grew up in an internment camp.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rev. Dr William Barber, leader of Moral Mondays talk about building a grassroots movement to fight for racial, social, environmental and economic justice:
Hope you all have a great Friday and look forward to seeing you in the comments.
Good morning friends! Being quite frustrated with our own U.S. politics I’m starting the day off with some ‘good news’ on an issue that I’ve long found super-important and try and highlight when given the chance. Hopefully it inspires activists here to continue fighting for the right to their heritage and for the government to acknowledge its own history of such actions.
After a bitter legal battle that has lasted nearly a decade, a Canadian judge has ruled that the government is liable for the harm inflicted on thousands of First Nations children who were forcibly removed from their families and adopted by non-indigenous families.
Between 1965 and 1984, around 16,000 indigenous children were fostered or put up for adoption in an episode which became known as the “Sixties Scoop”.
Ontario superior court justice Edward Belobaba’s ruling Tuesday found in favour of survivors of the operation and their families, who argued that the forced removal robbed the children of their cultural identity and caused emotional damage that has resonated for generations.
“There is … no dispute that great harm was done,” Belobaba wrote. “The ‘scooped’ children lost contact with their families. They lost their aboriginal language, culture and identity. Neither the children nor their foster or adoptive parents were given information about the children’s aboriginal heritage or about the various educational and other benefits that they were entitled to receive. The removed children vanished ‘scarcely without a trace’.”
“The evidence supporting the plaintiff on this is, frankly, insurmountable. In any event, Canada offered no evidence to suggest otherwise,” he said in the decision.
“The uncontroverted evidence of the plaintiff’s experts is that the loss of their aboriginal identity left the children fundamentally disoriented, with a reduced ability to lead healthy and fulfilling lives,” Balobaba wrote. “The loss of aboriginal identity resulted in psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, unemployment, violence and numerous suicides.”
The rest of what I’m reading/watching will go in the comments and as always you are quite welcome to join me! Thanks for stopping by!
When I was in grade school, we used to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. My parents could afford the dime store packages of valentines, so my mom would buy them, we’d sign them, and take them to school to put in the bulletin board “mailboxes” we had made in art class. Then parents would bring (or send with the kids) cupcakes and sometimes punch for a small party. We also ate those heart-shaped candies that tasted like chalk (and read, “Be Mine”) or Sweetarts special Valentine edition candies. I don’t see those packages of paper valentines anymore, but admittedly, I buy … Continue reading →
Good morning all, I’ll start the day with a couple Standing Rock updates and then put what else I’m reading/watching in the comments. As we move into the time of year where I will have more free time and ability to be around these parts I’d appreciate if you visit Humphrey’s post below and add your thoughts, suggestions, complaints ideas, etc. You certainly won’t hurt my feelings with any critiques (I’m already my biggest critic and understand frustrations with the rate of progress around these parts), and I could certainly use any feedback in regards to what you do and do not like, what works and what does not, possible alternatives, etc etc. So yeah… would appreciate it and thanks for being here!
Now the news:
A federal judge has rejected a request from indigenous tribes to block drilling of the Dakota Access pipeline, the latest blow to the Standing Rock Sioux after Donald Trump fast-tracked final permits for the last phase of construction.
The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes challenged the president’s decision last week to speed approvals for the last stretch of the $3.7bn pipeline under the Missouri river in North Dakota. But US district James Boasberg sided with the pipeline corporation at a Washington DC hearing on Monday afternoon and ruled to allow continued construction.
At Standing Rock – where activists known as water protectors have been camping since last spring – indigenous people said the court decision would not discourage them from continuing to fight the project on the ground.
“I don’t think this will stop the movement,” said Paulino Mejia, a 21-year-old who is Ch’orti’ Maya and returned to Standing Rock on Friday. “If anything, it might even make it stronger. I’m going to stay here indefinitely.”
Police have filed charges against two US veterans supporting Standing Rock, holding one in jail for several days, raising concerns that law enforcement is trying to prevent them from aiding activists at the Dakota Access pipeline.
Officers in North Dakota and South Dakota have pulled over and searched at least four veterans on their way to the camps at Standing Rock in recent days, charging two of them for medical cannabis. Police confiscated one veteran’s car and also seized what officials called “protester gear”, which included camping supplies.
The charges against two veterans, who said they use medical cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, come days after a veterans service organization announced it would be returning to Standing Rock to provide support. Indigenous activists, known as water protectors, have been fighting the $3.7bn pipeline since last spring and have continued to live at camps near the construction site as drilling has resumed.
“I’m honestly disgusted. It makes no sense to us,” said Mark Sanderson, executive director of VeteransRespond, the group coordinating the return to Standing Rock. “Why are you trying to attack a group of veterans doing nothing more than a humanitarian aid mission in North Dakota?”
News of the charges adds to growing concerns that law enforcement is aggressively monitoring, arresting and prosecuting people affiliated with the anti-pipeline movement. The Guardian recently reported that an FBI terrorism task force has attempted to contact at least three people tied to the demonstrations.
Everything else will go in the comments as usual! Have a great day!
We need someone in the White House with some $ sense – this plan of TRUMPS makes no sense – http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/10/216-billion-internal-dhs-report-shows-border-wall-cost-roughly-double-what-trump http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/13/daywithoutlatinos-rapid-response-teams-deportation-resistance-builds http://www.commondreams.org/further/2017/02/09/trumps-first-deported-bad-hombre-working-tax-paying-mom-two-american-teenagers … Continue reading →
Well there is no shortage of things happening in the world, so lets get right to it with the Bernie & Cruz debate. The rest of the news/videos/etc will go in the comments, always glad to see familiar faces and certainly am welcome to some new ones as well!
Echoing the populist message that earned him millions of supporters in his bid for the White House, Sanders called on the United States to join “every major country on earth” to declare that “healthcare is a right,” not a privilege.
But when Sanders asked Cruz if he agrees that Americans are entitled to healthcare, the Republican — and Princeton University champion debater — turned the question back on Sanders.
“Rights mean you have a right for government not to mess with you,” Cruz said, rattling off a litany of rights under the Constitution. “It’s access to healthcare….If you think healthcare is a right, why on earth did you help write Obamacare that caused six million people to have their health insurance canceled?”
Referencing Hunter, the Texas salon owner, Cruz accused Sanders of “denying her what you say is her right.”
Sanders wasn’t amused. He countered that Americans, including Hunter, the salon owner, have “access” to purchase multi-million dollar properties owned by people like Trump, for example, but that doesn’t mean they can afford to buy them.
“Access doesn’t mean a damn thing,” he said.
Good morning everyone. I know you are all used to something or other being broken so I thank you for the patience with the site layout at the moment. In between trying to get that fixed and my other duties of the day, I’ll be posting the news/videos I am reading/watching in the comments after a couple initial items to start the day with. As always we welcome your contributions as well!
The Dakota Access pipeline is in the final process of getting approvals to complete construction across the Missouri river, according to North Dakota senator John Hoeven.
The acting secretary of the army has directed the army corps of engineers to proceed with an easement necessary to finish the pipeline, Don Canton, spokesman for Hoeven, told the Associated Press. The easement “isn’t quite issued yet, but they plan to approve it” within days, he added.
A spokesman for the US army did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Jan Hasselman, lawyer representing the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, cautioned in an email that the battle wasn’t over. “People are jumping the gun, no easement has been issued,” he said, adding that he had confirmed that with the justice department.
But Hasselman added: “I’d say it’s a near certainty that they go ahead. It will be illegal of them to do so, of course, so [we] will have to litigate that.”
The Standing Rock tribe, supported by indigenous activists and environmental groups across the globe, has long argued that the $3.8bn project threatens sacred lands and the regional water supply.
& Chase Iron Eyes calls for peaceful protestors to return to Standing Rock:
1-26-2017 note from Jill Stein with PA, WI, MI Recount updates: When we decided to initiate a recount, together with over 10,000 volunteers and 161,000 donors, we knew it wouldn’t be easy.But we had little idea how hard the political establishment would fight against transparent, accountable elections. In Michigan, Trump’s GOP cronies stopped the recount despite – or maybe because of – revelations about major problems with the vote count, particularly in under-resourced black and brown communities. In Wisconsin, although the law was on our side, many low-income communities of color most vulnerable to tampering never got the hand recount … Continue reading →