Election Day is right around the corner (June 26th!), so we’re making sure the constituents of NY-14 know what specific legislation the political revolution will be bringing to their district. Here are 5 KEY ISSUES working families face daily in our community and what we plan on doing about them.
1) FEDERAL JOBS GUARANTEE
2) IMPROVED AND EXPANDED MEDICARE FOR ALL
3) TUITION-FREE PUBLIC COLLEGE AND TRADE SCHOOL
4) 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2035
5) IMMIGRATION REFORM AND ABOLISHING I.C.E.
Responsibility for the separation of children from parents at the US border is “on all” Americans, a prominent Texas Democrat said on Sunday, Father’s Day, and “not just the Trump administration” which has implemented the controversial policy.
“I’d like to say it’s un-American but it’s happening right now in America,” said Beto O’Rourke, a US representative, who in November will challenge Ted Cruz for his Senate seat. Speaking to CNN’s State of the Union, he added: “It is on all of us – not just the Trump administration. This is on all of us.”
According to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) figures obtained by media on Friday, almost 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the southern border in six weeks. Amidst outcry, Donald Trump has stuck to the untrue claim that Democrats are to blame.
O’Rourke organized a Father’s Day march to Tornillo, Texas, to what has been described as a “tent structure” for 16- and 17-year-olds detained at at the border. Some there had crossed the border on their own, O’Rourke told CNN. Others had made the journey with their parents and then been forcibly taken from them.
Those minors were now in Tornillo, he said, “with no idea no idea when or if they will see their mothers or their fathers, on this Father’s Day, again”.
“This is inhumane,” O’Rourke said, adding: “We will we be judged for what we do or what we fail to do now.”
Last night, Bill Maher was on a roll with New Rules. But the last New Rule is often less funny, more serious social commentary. This one lasts nearly 6.5 minutes, but worth viewing. Consider this an open thread. For those who have fond memories of their dad, please share as you like! …Continue reading →
Ever wonder about states’ rights and how they impact democracy in general? This week, I had to get my driver’s license renewed. In some states, such as IL, you can obtain renewal online. But only if you (A) Don’t take any prescriptions that could affect your driving performance, (B) Can Afford the $31 Renewal fee, and (C) Under the age of 70. In my case, caveat A required a doctor’s signature to declare that your health is fit enough to drive. I am not unhealthy, but I do have borderline issues that require a yearly and semi-annual check up. In …Continue reading →
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held a Vermont Energy Resource Fair and Town Meeting Saturday at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center to discuss how Vermonters can make their homes and businesses more efficient and to help Vermonters determine what type of renewable energy works best for their needs.
More than 300 people from throughout the state joined Sanders for the town meeting, which featured May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, as the guest keynote speaker. Boeve founded the climate justice group with Vermonter Bill McKibben. “Communities all over the world are going fossil free,” Boeve said, noting they are committing to a 100 percent renewable energy future.
“The bottom line is this: Our job is to think big. If we are serious about addressing the global challenge of climate change, it is going to take millions of people coming together and demanding bold policies to transform our energy system,” said Sanders, who serves on both the Senate energy and environment committees. “It is going to take people organizing at the grassroots level and taking action in their communities. And it is going to take people adopting these technologies themselves, in their homes and businesses. And that is why we are here today.”
Dozens of presenters and co-sponsoring exhibitors were on hand to help connect Vermonters with financing options and the latest energy technologies, including heat pumps, solar energy, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and weatherization. The Energy Resource Fair also included a whole-home efficiency make-over trailer, a Vermont-built net-zero modular home, a wood pellet boiler demo and a solar tracker.
“Whether you are motivated by fighting climate change, or if you simply want to save money on your energy bills, these kinds of investments make good sense,” Sanders said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) skewered the Trump administration for not doing enough to lower drug prices during a heated exchange with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday. “My guess would be that if we get letters — and I’m sure every senator does — from people who are struggling with cancer, among other life threatening diseases, and they can’t afford the medicine, I would guess that thousands of people die each year,” Sanders said during a congressional hearing. “Do you think that’s something you might want to look at?”
Azar replied that such a study would not “change our commitment to fix this issue.”
“It wouldn’t? Because thousands of people are dying,” Sanders said, speaking over Azar as he attempted to explain that the Trump administration is “firmly committed to reducing drug pricing and out-of-patient costs.”
“Oh I know you are, oh I know you are,” Sanders continued to say over Azar.
I wanted to repeat some tweets from Johnny Appleseed. I plan to do both actions and hope many here will too.
430 South Capitol St SE #3, Washington, DC 20003
That’s the mailing address to the Democratic National Committee’s DC office. Write them a Physical Letter. I am.
Overload their mail room…. Leave no floor space uncovered.
That’s the phone number to the DNC’s Washington, DC office. After you write your letter (not a tweet, not a Facebook post, not a Change Dot Org petition. A physical piece of god-damned paper with ink and a stamp), call them and leave a voicemail saying you’re out.
Do these two things now Because if we wait until next year, the morons won’t get the message in time, and the entire country will be completely screwed when they decide to run another neoliberal and force their best chance at beating Trump to split the vote or fall in line.
Donald Trump has pursued heartless and cruel immigration policies, including a sprawling and unaccountable system of mass detention. We must enact a humane immigration policy that keeps families together and provides a pathway to citizenship.
The Daily 202 Live with Senator Bernie Sanders and James Hohmann: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) shook up the 2016 presidential election and may do so again in 2020. Live at The Washington Post, the Vermont senator sits down for a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post’s James Hohmann. The senator discusses immigration, health care and the legal issues facing President Trump. He also shares his take on the Democrats’ chances in the 2018 midterm elections, including his own re-election bid, and whether he is tempted to run for president again in 2020.