Liuba Grechen Shirley’s new campaign video highlights her life story and the fight to flip NY02:
Chelsea’s running. A transgender former Army intelligence who rose to national prominence for leaking sensitive information to Wikileaks has taken steps to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland. The Federal Election Commission website indicates Chelsea Manning on Thursday filed for candidacy to run as a Democrat in the mid-term election. It would be difficult for Manning to wrest the Democratic nomination from incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who’s seen the overwhelmingly favorite as he runs for a third term. The primary is set for June 28. Technically, Cardin hasn’t confirmed he’ll be defending his seat. Ben Cardin, 74, has not … Continue reading →
Good Evening Birdies.. It’s election night for some down ballot races and for local/state referendums.
This week was a watershed moment for the Establishment Dems: Donna Brazile and Elizabeth Warren broke ranks this week by acknowledging the DNC needs to clean its house. It makes me wonder if they will finally reach out a little more to those of us in the trenches of the Political Revolution. As many of the Birdies know, I attended the People’s Summit held in Chicago in June this year. I did some live blogging from it, but I never did do a write up of the conference. I chose to do my write up at TOP because no one … Continue reading →
Born in Evanston, IL to Indian immigrant parents, Sameena and her family soon moved to the Edgebrook neighborhood, so her parents could work for the City of Chicago. Having lived in the 5th for 30 years, Sameena currently lives in North Center with her husband, Talha F. Basit.
A graduate of Chicago Public Schools, Regina Dominican H.S., and Northwestern University, Sameena has dedicated her life and career to standing up for those unable to stand up for themselves. Having previously managed Planned Parenthood’s Austin area clinic and now as a tenant advocate in commercial real estate, Sameena has spent years advancing the issues and needs of women, children, and marginalized groups.
In her spare time, Sameena serves on the advisory boards for Chicago Public Media (WBEZ/Vocalo) and Chicago Women’s Health Center and has volunteered at Chicago Cares, YWCA, and the Chicago Community Trust. She founded Hand Her the Mic, an organization dedicated to empowering women of color through comedy, and co-founded her own diverse comedy troupe, Simmer Brown.
Sameena was selected as a 2017 National Leadership Academy Fellow by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies in Washington, D.C.
Our community supports progressive ideals and celebrates diversity. We need bold leaders to truly represent our values and keep our country moving forward.
Reproductive Choice: A woman’s right to choose is non-negotiable and we can’t stop fighting.
Healthcare: We should defend the Affordable Care Act for now, but work toward Medicare for All to ensure access for all Americans.
Living Wage & Pay Equity: We need to increase the minimum wage now and empower workers to achieve wage growth and parity.
Gender & Sexual Orientation: We must ensure everyone has the same rights and protections irrespective of sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity or expression.
Immigration: We should welcome immigrants and refugees and provide a path to citizenship.
Voter Suppression: We should unmask the racial motivations behind these laws and fight gerrymandering, barriers to access, and voter purging.
Criminal Justice: We need to roll back the systemic architecture of mass incarceration.
Taxes: We need to revamp the corporate and individual tax system to make the responsibility of investing in our country more equitable.
Campaign Finance: We need to combat “dark money” and offer public financing to empower the next generation of leaders.
Financial Regulation: The post-financial crisis safeguards are being decimated and we can’t let corporations privatize the gains and socialize the losses again.
Climate Change: We should invest in research and innovation to save the planet for future generations.
Net Neutrality: The open and free internet not only protects free speech, but also supports innovation and job creation.
I have been advocating non-stop for healthcare across Nevada, as well as across the nation. I’ve been telling the story of my daughter, Shalynne. Two years ago, Shalynne went to the emergency room with nearly all the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of a blood clot. Because she was unable to provide proof of health insurance, she was denied the appropriate care, which ultimately led to her dying in my arms of a pulmonary embolism.
Her death at the hands of our Nation’s barbaric, profit-driven healthcare system, tragically, is an all too familiar story. The fight, not only against repealing the ACA, but for expanded and improved Medicare for All has become my calling. I didn’t choose this fight, it chose me.
I’m tired of witnessing self-proclaimed progressive congressman regurgitating the same old corporatist rhetoric, circumventing the real reason our healthcare system is failing Americans: profit.
Meet Adam Coker, candidate for North Carolina’s 13th District.
Since November of 2016, we have seen our country fall into severe distress and heightened tensions across a wide spectrum of its citizenry. I am not sure any among us imagined that it would descend this quickly. We as a nation, and North Carolina as a state, deserve better. We should demand it.
The Thirteenth district deserves a Representative in Washington that will stand up to Donald Trump and Paul Ryan. Between Russia, Manafort, Flynn, North Korea, Mueller, Sessions, and now Charlottesville and its continuing aftershocks, we now know that Ted Budd does not have it in him to stand up for anything other than corporate profits under the guise of a twisted and misguided version of righteousness. We must all collectively denounce Nazism, fascism, and racism. We must all stand for justice. We are now responsible for our shared history.
With your support, I will stand up to Trump and Paul Ryan. I will stand up for all North Carolinians. There are too many people hurting, and we cannot turn a blind eye to injustice the way this administration and Congress have so viciously done.
My eyes are open.
My wife Amanda and I had our only child undergo open heart surgery two years ago. My wife is one of millions of women who live in constant fear of what healthcare will look like in the future for children such as our son with pre-existing conditions. We cannot claim to be a great nation and allow 15-20 million people thrown off healthcare. Shame on this President and shame on this Congress. We cannot allow this to happen.
I will commit my efforts in Washington and in NC’s 13th district to overturn Citizens United, stop the hollow and malicious efforts to ratchet up the War on Drugs, work toward significant progress in mental health reform, and fight to join the industrialized world in regards to healthcare.
The US has been subjected to a vicious and twisted profit-driven experiment for far too long, seeking to prove that we can drive down the cost of healthcare at the mercy of lobbyists and dark money. We cannot afford to accept it any longer.
I am a Quaker, a faith tradition and community in NC with an irrefutable reputation of working tirelessly to improve our lives with commitments to justice, peace and equality.
Democrats! Let’s work together for
•Mental Health Reform
•Equal pay for equal work
•Stopping Mass Incarceration
•Ending the war on drugs
•Investments and innovation in renewable energies
•Expansion of services for our veterans and their families
•Acting as a voice of reason in Congress before sending our men and women in uniform into harm’s way
•A balanced budget and cuts in wasteful spending
Potential Marsha Blackburn challenger Justin Kanew has released a couple of new short ads to air on local radio (not to mention be passed around on sites like this), one titled “Fight For People” which covers everything from healthcare as a right, climate change, & paid maternity while ‘Testimonials’ is feedback from voters of all ages. Both can be viewed on the other side of the link below.Continue reading →
From Kathie Allen for congress>:
*Universal Health Care Coverage:
In Medicare, 99 percent of expenditures go to providers and patients—only 1 percent goes to administrative overhead. In for-profit health care, administrative costs are up to twenty times higher due to multimillion-dollar CEO salaries and dividends to investors. The cost of Medicare could be reduced further by simplifying it and getting rid of unnecessary regulations, but the cost of private health care could be reduced enormously by lowering administrative costs.
I am strongly against privatizing Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security.
As a nation, we need to get away from the idea that the free market will fix everything. That’s not true, and it’s especially not true about health care. Health care isn’t a commodity, where the price is the most important factor in the buying decision. And no one—especially the poor—should have to worry about the price of a lifesaving operation being too expensive for their budget.
*Native American Tribal Issues
The attitude of the federal government toward Native American tribes has been condescending for far too long. I believe that the government should honor its treaties with Utah’s native tribes—no exceptions.
Tribes should be able to prosecute crimes committed on their lands, make their own laws, and practice self-determination in as wide a purview as possible. The federal government should invest in infrastructure, communications, transportation, education, and addiction treatment programs on tribal lands. Above all, there should be no more broken promises.
Native Americans living on reservations are American citizens, and deserve the same rights as all the rest of us—including the right to vote at an accessible, convenient location.
*Climate Change & Science
We must honor the truth. We cannot make good policy unless we base our understanding firmly upon verifiable facts. Facts are reality, and we ignore them at our peril. A lie does not become true just because it gets repeated over and over again. I am appalled at how false news sources have penetrated our society through the internet. Misleading memes and badly sourced “news” articles are lies attempting to manipulate the vulnerable. These fake stories have weakened the civility of discourse in our society. Everyone has a responsibility to check the facts before sharing and reject unreliable news sources.
Science is the best process human beings have found for discovering the truth. The new technologies science brings us can be used either to help or harm mankind. But the truth itself has no agenda. I am appalled at the lack of respect for science that the Trump administration has shown. We need to use the facts we’ve learned from science to make effective policy.
As a family doctor, I’ve learned over the years that complex health problems require complex treatments. The same is true of public policy. We can no longer afford to deceive ourselves by thinking that complex issues can be solved with simple fixes. It’s simply not true. In our real world, complex problems need innovative, detailed solutions.
Much more can be learned here
From Beals For Congress:
I’m a teacher and former diplomat who served with distinction in Iraq, and my family has had a farm in the Hudson Valley since I was a boy.
We the people of New York’s 19th District are in the fight of our lives. We’ve formed a grassroots uprising that has shaken the powers that be. After organizing and rallying in our movement, I’m leading a people’s campaign to win us back our voice in Congress. This is not my first fight or my first turn to government service. I’ve been fighting for our country and what I believe in all my life.
After my service overseas, I returned to my family’s farm here in the Hudson Valley to raise my family, raise livestock and answer a call to teach. Today I live in Woodstock where my wife Suhayr and I both teach and our two sons attend school.
From here in our home in the Hudson Valley – and in homes with supporters around the district – we are putting together a people’s campaign to unite our community and take our fight to the Capitol. We’re doing it because we refuse to stand by while the America we were raised to believe in is weakened by incompetence and dishonesty at the top. The very wealthiest in our country are manipulating our system to steal from the rest of us and hollow out the American Dream. We won’t give up on that dream. It’s the dream of equal opportunity for ourselves, a good education for our children, a living wage for our workers, a clean environment, and health care for our sick and our elderly.
I used to believe democracy was something we fight for overseas. Today, I believe we have to fight for our democracy here at home. We’re uniting for that fight now. I hope you’ll join us.
Beals is running on a platform that I think most of us here could agree with:
Unite to provide Medicare for all.
Unite to lower prescription drug prices.
Unite to increase Social Security benefits.
Unite to rebuild our infrastructure.
Unite to develop rural jobs, small businesses and local farms.
Unite to fight income inequality and a rigged economy.
Unite to make public education tuition free.
Unite to face climate change with science and sustainable energy.
Unite to end racial injustice, bigotry and violence.
Unite to protect women’s reproductive health.
Good morning friends! In this yet to be news roundup:
*Video Of Bernie Speaking In Detroit
*Shailene Woodley Feeling Inspired To Run For Congress
*Nina Turner On The Bill Press Show
*The latest pipeline/water protector updates
*Exxon Knew & misled about climate threat for decades
& Plenty more.
See you in the comments!
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In today’s open thread:
*Bernie’s speech in Indianapolis
*Taxpayers Pay Costs For Coal Company Pollution
*Donald Trump to expand US military intervention in Afghanistan
*Randall Woodfin, the Mayoral Challenger Bringing the Political Revolution to Birmingham
*Greg Gianforte to get mugshot and fingerprints recording his assault case
*World’s Biggest Floating Solar Farm Goes Live on Top of a Former Coal Mine