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
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:
Well this is super short notice and some plans have had to be changed, but I will most certainly be at the Dallas event representing TPW, recording (and hopefully if JD is with me, liveblogging), and hopefully getting a selfie or two with some of my favorite progressives.
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.
In the upcoming season premiere of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” Bernie Sanders does more than look at a printout of his family tree: He gets emotional when he discovers a relative died while standing up to the Nazis during World War II.
In a clip released to JTA, the Jewish lawmaker is visibly moved as the show’s host, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., asks him how he feels after learning about the relative.
“I’m proud of his courage, and willingly going to his own death in order to protect innocent people,” Sanders says. “So I’m very, very proud that I have a family member who showed that type of courage and decency.”
“It’s one of the bravest acts I’ve heard of,” responds Gates, a historian who has hosted the show since it first aired in 2012.
In the clip, Sanders goes on to say that he got involved in politics in part to “prevent the descent of humanity” into Nazi behavior.
“It just makes us realize how hard we have got to work to not descend into this type of barbarity and to create a world where people can love each other,” he says. “That’s what this reinforces in me.”
I’ll of course have the entire clip up after it airs.
Now to to the comments for the news of the day, including:
*Bernie Sanders Meets With Prominent Palestinian Activist Targeted by Israel and Abbas
*A new shock doctrine: in a world of crisis, morality can still win by Naomi Klein
*Bernie Sanders Group Backing Socialist Candidate In Council Race
*In Shadow of Puerto Rico’s Nightmare, Virgin Islands and Others Facing Intense Struggle
*Randy Bryce Dodges Forum with Democratic Primary Challenger, Cathy Myers
*Nina Turner & Our Revolution
Good morning friends, starting things off with Van Jones & Nina Turner’s weekend speeches on Medicare for All and then the rest of the news will be in the comments.
The video is a bit clipped and Van Jones starts around the 8 minute mark and then Nina Turner follows… and wow, what a speech:
Also in this news roundup:
*Our Bad Foreign Policy
*“Medicare for all” could be cheaper than you think
*While Trump Stokes Division, Warnings Against Ignoring Ongoing Crisis in Puerto Rico
*Outlets That Scolded Sanders Over Deficits Uniformly Silent on $700B Pentagon Handout
*Obama: ‘The world has never been healthier, wealthier or less violent’
*The Man Taking On Ted Cruz Talks Sanders, Single-Payer, and Beowulf
*Why Is Stephen Jaffe Trying to Unseat Nancy Pelosi?
& Much More
Working Families Party’s Nelini Stamp talks to Nina Turner about becoming politicized by Obama’s campaign and Occupy Wall Street, the need to build a caring society, and reclaiming elections under a Trump presidency
Good morning friends and a big thank you to those who keep us alive over the weekends! I will ever so slowly encourage you to post your own material as well as create posts that show how easy this can be done… but in the meantime today’s news roundup is in the comments. There is a lot of material to cover including:
*Lots of people (Booker, Whitehouse, etc) are piling onto Bernie’s single payer bill
*Sanders to head back to California
*It’s time to end the myth that black voters don’t like Bernie Sanders
*Water Protector/Pipeline news
*Draft Bernie Events & Videos
* the 39 Senate Democrats (and Angus King) Still Not Backing Medicare For All
*Progressive Candidate updates & more
Activist Shaun King, Our Revolution President Nina TUrner, Columbus activist Adrienne Hood and Yes We Can’s Jasmine Ayres and Erin Upchurch discuss police violence in Columbus, the future of the Democratic Part and the importance of participating in local politics.
Off to a slow start today as my corporate-cubicle job prepares to go on lockdown due to Irma, but I’ll put all the news/video/etc in the comments and leave the main body of this post as a well-wish to all our east-cast readers/members. Do us all a favor and stay safe!
That having been said, Im off to the comments to add the news, see you there!
In this roundup:
*Sanders on Colbert & Chris Hayes’ Shows
*Thomas Franks Responds To Clintons Book
*Irma closes in on the US after devastating the tropics
*A Tale Of Two Cities: The Columbus Revolution
*Randall Woodfin’s Q&A
*Pipeline/Water Protector Updates & More
Labor activists, government reps decry Trump policies at Boardman rally today State lawmakers, local union representatives and leaders of national worker-rights movements decried President Donald J. Trump’s record on jobs and assailed corporate offshoring policies at a Labor Day weekend rally today at an abandoned call center. The Mahoning Valley was the sixth stop on a national Pick Up Tour that began in Indianapolis on Aug. 21 with a rally led by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. It took place at the site of the former Verizon call center on Boardman-Canfield Road, where 450 people once worked. “President Trump has been …Continue reading →