Erica Garner talks to Nina Turner about how the loss of her father, Eric Garner, galvanized her activism for police accountability, and how she came to support Bernie Sanders
Nina Turner to Bernie Sanders: Instead of fighting with women of color about the Women’s Convention, focus on Medicare for All, a living minimum wage, clean water, and justice in Puerto Rico
Good morning Birdies! Bernie has accepted an invite to be one of the speakers at the Women’s March Conference later this month in Detroit. This news and more in the comments!
Starting off with the TheProgressives Push for A Feinstein Primary Challenge:
Progressives are gearing up to challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) after the long-time senator announced Monday that she will run for re-election next year.
Confirming her bid on Twitter, Feinstein vowed to keep working on “ending gun violence, combating climate change,” and addressing “access to healthcare.”
However, during her five terms in the U.S. Senate, the 84-year-old has also riled many progressives with her opposition to a single-payer healthcare system and her support for laws such as the Patriot Act and the FISA Act.
In a recent piece for Splinter, formatted as an open letter to the senator, Emma Roller captured a growing sentiment among California progressives:
Let’s face it: You are a hawkish, centrist Democrat in a state full of voters that have become much more liberal than you have shown yourself to be. Perhaps now would be a great time to retire and make way for a candidate who better reflects the views of your constituents?
Now that Feinstein has committed to running, though, constituents and even some other California lawmakers are calling for more progressive candidates to challenge her.
The article goes on to talk about potential challengers and such, but fails to mention that Feinstein already had a primary opponent for months, proud Democratic Socialist David Hildebrand:
More news/video/etc. in the comments section, including:
*Puerto Rico/US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage
*Heart of disaster: California wildfire evacuees return to a wasteland
*2017 on course to be deadliest on record for land defenders
*A Bernie Sanders campaign veteran advises a surging opposition movement in Russia
*Despite GOP Dereliction, Warren Vows to Fight for Program That Insures 9 Million Kids
*Pipeline Updates, Water Protector News & MOre
Real quick, thought I’d post an open thread for it in case anyone wants to share. This is the link I’m watching. The comments underneath are wonderful. Edit: I see that the link popped the feed right up, but if you want to see the great comments, click on the fb icon and watch it there instead. Pic up top is screenshot of comments when Bernie was waving his finger around earlier. … Continue reading →
Ok so lets pretend the thread I started this morning does not exist and start from scratch. As the videos render (I hope the sound is clear, if not you may need headphones to boost), but that will come later anyways as the videos will take a while to upload. Here’s a bunch of pictures in the meantime:
— TheProgressiveWing (@ProgressiveWing) October 8, 2017
Happy Saturday everyone! Thought I would do a Saturday roundup.
Starting off with Sanders of course:
Senator Bernie Sanders is inviting Vermont high school students and their families to join him at two college fairs on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Lyndon State College (link is external) and Saturday, Oct. 14 at Castleton University (link is external). Vermont colleges, universities, and certificate and apprenticeship programs will be on hand to describe the excellent post-secondary educational opportunities that are available right here in our state. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation will explain different financial aid options that students may be eligible for, and will even help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
A series of 30-minute financial aid workshops will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 12 p.m. Attendees do not have to pre-register for workshops. Instead, they will sign-up on a first-come, first-served basis, when they arrive.
“At a time when post-secondary education is more important than ever to get a decent-paying job, we must do everything possible to make sure every high school student, who has the desire and ability, has the information they need to further their education and career prospects,” said Bernie, who serves on the Senate education committee.
More news, video, etc. in the comments.
Have a great day!
In a new report unveiled on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee offered a scathing assessment of the Senate GOP’s recently unveiled budget blueprint, which they said would result in “a massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, children, the sick, and the poor to the top one percent.”
The report highlighted in particular the Republicans’ plan to slash funding for Medicare and Medicaid by $470 billion and $1 trillion respectively over the next decade—a move that would have devastating consequences for tens of millions of Americans.
The analysis also points to deep cuts the GOP budget would impose on other crucial safety net programs, including:
A $37 billion cut to affordable housing programs, which would “eliminate” housing assistance for over a million families.
A $6.5 billion cut Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
A $3 billion cut to Head Start, which the report says would strip educational assistance from 25,000 children per year.
A $37 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health, “which would cut funding for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other critical medical research.”
In total, the report estimates that the Senate GOP’s budget would slash $5 trillion from non-defense spending over the next decade.
“Meanwhile, at a time when the U.S. already spends more on defense than the next 12 countries combined,” the analysis notes, “the Republican budget lays the groundwork for an increase of $91 billion to the Pentagon for Fiscal Year 2018 alone—more than enough to provide free tuition at every public college and university in America.”
More news/video/etc. in the comments including:
*WATCH: Sens. Feinstein, Blumenthal, Sanders discuss gun control after Las Vegas shooting”
*”The Political Revolution Is Winning In The South”
*The Drug Price Relief Act: So who is telling the truth? & Bernie Sanders says to vote YES on Issue 2
*Millions of Lives at Risk as GOP Lets CHIP Expire
*Rev. Barber: Systematic Racialized Voter Suppression is the “Election Hacking” the U.S. Must Address
*‘Monopoly Man’ Mocks Equifax CEO While Warren Demands Answers on Security Breach
So you have have heard that Our Revolution has backed Socialist Jabari Brisport in New York City’s 35th Council District race. Lets learn some more about Jabari:
Jabari is the proud Caribbean son of an immigrant father and a tireless mother. Both raised him with a strong sense of justice and dignity in all circumstances. He’s also an artist, educator, and activist who’s spent the past ten years making political theater and marching in the streets.
At NYU, he was a founding member of The Glass Theater Company, an anti-gentrification theater group that railed against the NYU takeover of real estate in the Village. At the Yale School of Drama, he devised the piece Derivatives, which tackled growing income inequality. Through that piece, he was able to sign up over 100 people to the micro-loan website Kiva. After Yale, he joined the anti-racist artist collective Artists for Change, which held marches, protests, and online petitions to address the crisis of police violence. And for the past 7 years, he’s performed with the political comedy theater group Political Subversities.
Housing – Place the Bedford Union Armory in a Community Land Trust with 100% Affordable Housing. Two new taxes on the wealthy to fund more affordable and public housing: a property-flipping tax and a vacancy tax. For more in-depth info, check out the Housing page.
Police Reform – Pass the Right to Know Act, end Broken Windows Policing, and shut down Rikers. Move our policing system to a community-led model. For more in-depth info, check out the Police Reform page.
Economic Justice -Pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. Raise taxes on corporations where the CEO makes hundreds of times what their median worker makes. Grow more worker-coops, and increase participatory budgeting. For more in-depth info, check out the Economic Justice Page.
Climate Justice – Supports the Green New Deal, advocated by the Green Party, which would usher a nationwide transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Divest NYC from fossil fuels and fully fund food rescue programs. For more in-depth info, check out the Climate Justice page.
More on Brisport in the comments.