“People often ask me, ‘What do you think about what the president said yesterday,’” Sanders, 75, said bluntly during a joint appearance with Carter. “It’s hard to answer because his view will be different tomorrow, and very often, factually what he says is just not correct.”
Sanders and Carter’s “conversation” came at the end of Day One of the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum. The audience, which included activists, peacemakers, and community leaders from 31 countries, frequently broke into applause, particularly when Sanders launched into one of his signature pull-no-punches commentaries on the impact corporate money has on American politics. Even Carter seemed to get caught up in it. After Sanders suggested that higher voter turnout was the key to defeating the Republican Party, Carter quipped to the audience, “Can you all see why I voted for him?!”
The topic of their “conversation” was human rights, and Sanders, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president last year, didn’t hold back when it came to expressing his true feelings about the growing gap between rich and poor in this country, health care reform and other progressive topics.
Meanwhile, Carter had pulled no punches earlier in the day about why Sanders had been invited to address the two-day forum which is focused on strategies for protecting human rights in the wake of rising authoritarianism.
“I think during the last election in America, Bernie Sanders represented the best of all the candidates what this conference is about,” Carter told the AJC in an interview about an hour before their joint appearance at the end of a forum dinner. “When you lose your opportunity to have some reasonable chance of a decent income, you lose a lot of other things as well. One of the key things people feel is that they’ve lost a voice in their own government.”
Today is Derby Day…but there’s other news and some levity as well. We’ll start with Lee Camp, who with comedic talent, gives us the rundown of this past week’s news in his show, Redacted Tonight. Among the highlights, Obama’s “back wages” from Wall Street, and DNC’s folly in the current class action lawsuit. …Continue reading →
If a political pollster asked whether I consider myself a conservative or a liberal, I’d answer, “No.”
Not to be cute — I have a bit of both in me — but because, like most Americans, my beliefs can’t be squeezed into either of the tidy little boxes that the establishment provides.
I’ve observed that the true political spectrum in our society does not range from right to left, but from top to bottom. This is how America’s economic and political systems really shake out, with each of us located somewhere high or low that spectrum. Right to left is political theory; top to bottom is the reality we actually experience in our lives every day — and the vast majority of Americans know that they’re not even within shouting distance of the moneyed powers that rule from the top of both systems, whether those elites call themselves conservatives or liberals.
For me, the “ism” that best encompasses and addresses this reality is populism. What is it? Essentially, it’s the continuation of America’s democratic revolution. It encompasses and extends the creation of a government that is us. Instead of a “trickle down” approach to public policy, populism is solidly grounded in a “percolate up” philosophy that springs directly from America’s founding principle of the Common Good.
Few people today call themselves populists, but I think most are. I’m not talking about the recent political outbursts by confused, used and abused Trumpian ranters who’ve been organized by corporate front groups to spread a hatred of government. Rather, I mean the millions of ordinary Americans in every state who’re battling the real power that’s running roughshod over us: out-of-control corporations. With their oceans of money and their hired armies of lobbyists, lawyers, economists, consultants and PR agents, these self-serving, autocratic entities operate from faraway executive suites and Washington backrooms to rig the economic and governmental rules so that they capture more and more of America’s money and power.
Starting a new thread as the other one is getting kinda long… FBI’s James Comey just finished his testimony at the Senate, testifying about recent actions of the FBI. Dianne Feinstein has already hammered Comey about the election and possible interference by the Russians. Comey made a statement that the FBI does all kinds of investigations that the media may not cover.
In Cleveland on Monday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders railed against economic inequality, the influence of corporate America and argued for expansion of social safety-net programs.
In other words, Sanders’ 30-minute speech, delivered at the Global Center for Health Innovation, wasn’t all that different from the presidential campaign the independent, liberal firebrand from Vermont waged last year in his failed bid to secure the Democratic Party nomination.
Left reeling from Republican President Donald Trump’s improbable victory in November, Sanders are other progressives are jostling to chart out a future path for liberals in America.
Although he fell short in his presidential bid, Sanders clearly has captured the energy of his party’s young, liberal base.
On Monday, Sanders called for a series of policy proposals — a $15 an hour national minimum wage, 12 weeks of guaranteed, paid family leave, tuition-free public college education and a “Medicare for all” single-payer healthcare system — that are reminiscent of European-style social democracies. (Not to mention the 2016 Democratic National Convention platform that Sanders and his supporters pushed for.) He said the policies could be paid for by taxing the rich, or as he put it, making them pay their “fair share.”
“It seems to me that our job is not to just oppose Trump’s reactionary agenda. Although we’ve got to do that and we’ve got to do it vigorously,” Sanders said. “… But in addition to that, what we need to do is put forth a progressive agenda that addresses the needs of working families in the country, an agenda that has a very different moral compass than that of President Trump.
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I have quite a bit to post so will start off with Bernie’s speech @ the Vermont People’s Climate Rally Saturday and then put all of the other news/videos I am catching up on from over the weekend in the comments.
Thousands of demonstrators gathered at rallies across New England on Saturday in events organized to coincide with a national climate march in Washington, D.C., and President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office
Rallies occurred in cities including Boston; Concord and Portsmouth, N.H.; Montpelier, Vt.; and Augusta, Maine, with participants calling for the government to tackle environmental and economic problems stemming from climate change.
In Montpelier, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Rep. Peter Welch spoke at the rally at the Statehouse while U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy hosted Vermonters marching in Washington.
Sanders, who addressed an adoring crowd of about 3,000 people, said the climate marches are part of a fight for the future of the planet.
The former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination said the fossil fuel industry puts short-term profits ahead of the best interests of the planet. He went through a litany of climate woes, including rising temperatures and increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but he also noted a series of accomplishments that include ever-dropping costs of renewable energy production and well-paying jobs in renewable power.
Rob Quist spoke to a crowd of about 100 on Thursday afternoon about growing up across the river from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, his time at UM and his ongoing congressional campaign.
“Coming to the University of Montana changed my life forever,” Quist said to the students gathered around the Grizzly Bear statue.
Protecting Montana’s public lands was Quist’s main talking point at the Thursday rally. Both he and Gianforte have spoken out against transferring public lands out of federal control.
He also included his stance on protecting funding for programs on Native American reservations, standing up for special interest groups while in Congress and stopping tax breaks for the rich. Some of his ideas echo former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has announced that he’ll be campaigning for Quist in Montana.
Student loans was another issue Quist brought up. He said that the average student graduates with $37,000 in debt and he believes that is “fundamentally wrong.”
Quist: Actions Speak Louder Than Words On Keeping Public Lands Must Stay In Public Hands:
The entire Q&A as well as the rest of the news/videos I am watching will be in the comments. See you there!
For those of you who want to post more comments, let’s do it on this thread. The one earlier today is gettin’ kind of long.. one breaking item, House Will Not Vote on ACHA Rewrite in order to keep the government open. …Continue reading →
Capping off a session that includes future progressive candidates sharing why they’ve decided to run for office in the Age of Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) addressed the People’s Action “Rise Up” summit on Monday afternoon.
Sanders, who has been touring the country with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez on the party’s “Unity Tour,” appeared before roughly 1,000 activists after 2:00pm EST.
The “Movement Politics: Protest to Power” session of the three-day People’s Action convention, which began Sunday and concludes Tuesday, will also see the official unveiling of the “Protest to Power” platform to “electoralize the resistance” as co-executive director George Goehl told the crowd on Sunday.
“[W]e have to build a resistance that turns Defense into Offense,” he argued. “That means being exactly where they don’t want us to be, exactly when they don’t want us to be there. We have done it on healthcare, and we can do it on immigration, we can do it on policing, we can do it on the budget, and more.”
The platform specifically includes calls for racial equity; an end to mass incarceration; healthcare as a human right; environmental justice and a clean energy economy that “serves those most impacted by disinvestment, colonization, structural racism, and the impacts of climate change;” a just immigration system; and an economic system “that reverses the concentration of wealth and historic income inequality and allows workers and small businesses to thrive.”
Happy Friday friends! I had a great time seeing Bernie yesterday and will put some of my video of the rally in the comments. My phone died shortly after I arrived so I was not able to get many pics/video on it for twitter, etc, and then my camcorder was also giving me issues so I couldn’t get clips longer than about 5-6 minutes so many speakers are divided into multiple parts… but I think I managed to get about 95% of things. The crowd was pretty evenly split between young and old, male and female of multiple races/ethnicities. Local politicians were working the line, OurRevolution and other groups were seeking membership, merchandise was being sold and there wasn’t a negative vibe in the air.
Bernie Sanders came to North Texas on a mission Thursday.
The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate told Texans that if they are unhappy with the way the government is being run, they should do something about it.
“Texas: Are you ready for a political revolution?” Sanders asked nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Verizon Theater. “We are at a pivotal moment in American history.”
That is why the 75-year-old politician has joined Democratic leaders on a multi-state “Come Together and Fight Back” tour geared to unite Democrats in opposition to Republican President Donald Trump and encourage people to run for office and become politically active. He didn’t keep most of North Texas from sticking with Republicans last year, but now he’s looking to the future.
Texas, a longtime red state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office in more than two decades, was the latest stop on this tour geared to rev up Democrats not just for the 2020 presidential election, but the 2018 mid-terms as well.
“It’s about you,” Sanders told the crowd during a high-energy, nearly two-hour event. “We can transform this country. We can do extraordinary things in this country.”
Good morning TPW’ers! I’m trying to spread stuff out a little bit so will be putting the Bernie news in its own thread when time allows, as well as separating out some of the other bigger news items and then putting everything else here.
Kicking off a week of actions targeting the institutions financing the controversial Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipelines, activists on Saturday protested at banks in 25 cities to shine a spotlight on the roll they are having on climate destruction.
“It’s back—and so are we,” reads the call to action. After fierce nationwide opposition forced the Obama administration to halt the project, President Donald Trump has given it the green light and the climate movement has vowed to fight it once again.
The peaceful demonstrations are “designed to shine a spotlight on the the four key financial institutions bankrolling the KXL pipeline— Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and TD Bank—and pressure them and the broader financial community to pull out and ‘defund’ the project,” said the Rainforest Action Network, which is organizing the week of protest.
In addition to demonstrating outside banks, activists across the country are also planning a banner drop in Los Angeles and a protest targeting local government in San Franciscothroughout the week of action, which will culminate on Earth Day. Find an action near you here.
TPWers, I just discovered on twitter that yesterday was Tulsi’s birthday! I wish I’d seen the message sooner–Jane Sanders posted the note. Happy Birthday my friend! Nice to see you spending it with Town Halls in Hawaii @TulsiGabbard I know you will bring their voices to D.C. — Jane O'Meara Sanders (@janeosanders) April 13, 2017