Louisiana State Court Declares Bayou Bridge Pipeline Permit Illegal A Louisiana judge recently ruled that the state regulators violated guidelines when it issued Energy Transfer Partners’ controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline a coastal use permit. The permit was issued for the last 18-mile stretch of the fracked oil pipeline that would have run through the riverside town of St. James Parish, where dozens of refineries and industrial facilities are already fueling a public health crisis in the mostly African-American community. The proposed 162-mile Bayou Bridge pipeline would connect the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico. As noted by …Continue reading →
I want to ask you about the importance of left candidates winning local election. You started, obviously, as mayor of Burlington. One thing I’ve spent a lot of time worrying about is how thin the Left’s bench is in terms of elected officials with your national profile.
Well, it is exactly one of the areas we are putting a lot of emphasis on. It is not just electing candidates to be a senator or to the US House of Representatives. It is electing candidates to the school board, to the city council, to state legislature. Our Revolution, which is an organization that came out of my campaign, is focusing a whole lot just on that issue. We need to get young people, working people, involved, and often the way you do that is by running for local office. So to me that is enormously important
Your campaign has changed what millions of American voters expect from any politician that claims to be a progressive, but leading Democrats seem to be of two minds — I’ll put it generously — on this question. On the one hand, there’s support for single-payer health care, which was once relegated to the left fringe; now it’s a litmus test of sorts for anyone claiming to even be a mainstream liberal. But as we saw in the fight to lead the DNC, there’s still incredible resistance to change in the party. How do you see the state of the fight?
We are taking on the entire establishment. We are taking on moneyed interests, we’re taking on Wall Street. We’re taking on the Democratic establishment as well. But what I would simply say is, I think that in a couple of years we have come a very long way. For example, there are a number of progressive chairs of state Democratic parties right now. You’re right, we lost the fight for chair of the DNC; I was supporting Keith Ellison. But we came pretty close and we shocked a lot of people.
So look, you don’t change the world overnight. But I think it is very clear that ideologically and from a grassroots perspective, the momentum is with us.
Never mind that Trump pulled out of the Iran deal. That Trump is requesting clawbacks in the latest budget. A bunch of primaries are being held today. Will add more in the comment section. …Continue reading →
We lament the neocons leading the party. We know they hate the left far more than they hate the GOP. Norman Solomon of TruthDig wrote a truly incisive essay. I nodded so much while reading I think I hurt my neck! It concisely sums up why I couldn’t vote for HER, and why they worked so hard to smear Bernie and disenfranchise his supporters. They will do it again, too, if another progressive runs against them. Do read – it’s a great piece, even if it’s preaching to the choir. http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3570 …Continue reading →
Last Monday, Sen. Sanders spoke with students from Spaulding High School, Central Vermont Career Center and Randolph Technical Career Center about job options after high school. It is critically important that our youth understand what kind of education or training they need for the jobs that are available in our changing economy. I was joined by three growing Vermont companies that not only have job openings, but also provide some type of job training assistance. We need to involve young people in discussions like this so they can make informed decisions about their futures. …Continue reading →
So Netanyahu made a big show yesterday out of what was billed as a big reveal of supposed evidence of Iran lying about their nuclear weapons capacity. And when I say “big show”, I mean Netanyahu was up there on stage acting like a carnival barker. He was whipping black (natch) cloth off of bookcases full of ‘very serious’ looking binders and off of a large display of shiny CDs all neatly lined up for dramatic effect. All to demonstrate that: Convinced yet? Neither is the rest of the world..for the most part at least. From PBS: Netanyahu’s nuclear presentation gets cool reception in …Continue reading →
Judge Won’t Dismiss Complaint Against Pipeline Security Firm A state judge is refusing to throw out a complaint that a North Carolina-based private security firm operated illegally in North Dakota during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Judge John Grinsteiner also is declining for now to restrict evidence during TigerSwan’s upcoming civil trial or to dismiss company founder and President James Reese as a defendant. He ruled there are enough questions about the company’s actions and that Reese “is legally accountable for conduct performed by TigerSwan.” North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board sued TigerSwan and Reese last June, …Continue reading →
Workers Pause on April 28 to Remember the Fallen Nearly 5,200 workers died on the job in the United States in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available. There were more than 900 workplace fatalities in Canada that same year. The IBEW joins its fellow unions in both countries each year on April 28 — Workers Memorial Day in the U.S., the National Day of Mourning in Canada — to take a few moments to remember those who have suffered and died on the job, and to renew the fight for safe jobs for all workers. …Continue reading →
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced two amendments to the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 under consideration Tuesday in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The first amendment put forward by Sanders would impose retroactive civil fines on companies and executives that illegally marketed and/or distributed an opioid product and would punish future illegal activity with jail time for executives. The amendment is similar to legislation Sanders recently introduced to hold opioid makers accountable for their role in the epidemic. “We have not yet held accountable the drug manufacturers for the product that they have created and sold, when …Continue reading →
Two days after BuzzFeed News unveiled allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation at one of the nation’s top liberal think tanks, the Center for American Progress’s president, Neera Tanden, met with staff to restore confidence in the organization’s ability to handle the issue and ensure that employees feel safe.
But during the meeting Wednesday afternoon, Tanden named the anonymous victim at the center that story — a revelation that a CAP spokesperson said was unintentional — and what began as a tense meeting became what three staffers in the room described as a textbook example of the organization’s failures to appropriately handle sexual harassment cases.
“There is literally one thing you cannot do in this meeting and that is out the victim and Neera did it multiple times…It also destroys whatever small level of confidence in the system remained,” one CAP employee who was in the room said in a text to BuzzFeed News. “As a manager I don’t know how I can tell staff to trust the system when the head of the organization just outed the victim in front of the entire organization. It is impossible to trust her.”
“Neera lost the organization today,” another CAP employee who was in the meeting said. “There was so much angst in that room. She outed the victim, and the subtext of every question was a lack of confidence in her leadership and ability to create trust within the organization.”
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a CAP spokesperson said that Tanden “unintentionally said the complainant’s first name in the meeting today, and immediately and profusely apologized for it.”
“She feels awful that it happened and that the victim’s negative experience was compounded; she also expressed that the victim’s actions in coming forward were courageous. Neera’s horror was very evident in the meeting,” the spokesperson said.
Wednesday’s meeting comes after BuzzFeed News released a story on Monday night outlining allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation against those who reported it at CAP in 2016, as well as concerns raised by employees and the employee union at the time that the situation was mishandled by top CAP officials. CAP’s spokesperson said the meeting was “just the beginning of conversations we are going to have internally to address questions and answer concerns.”
A third federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to restart a program that shields young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation and, in a first, to accept new applicants to the program.
Writing that the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program was “virtually unexplained”, the US district judge John Bates said on Tuesday he would stay the order for 90 days to allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) an opportunity to “better explain” its decision.
“DACA’s rescission was arbitrary and capricious because the Department failed adequately to explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful,” Bates wrote in his 60-page ruling, released on Tuesday evening.
Two district court judges, in San Francisco and Brooklyn, previously ordered the Trump administration to spare Daca. Bates, however, went a step further and ordered that the administration accept new applications while litigation continues.
The first injunction came several weeks before 5 March, a deadline set by the Trump administration to end the program. In the countdown to that date, nearly 100 Daca recipients per day were losing their protected status. The rulings forced DHS to begin accepting renewal applications from recipients. But it did not have to accept new applications.
Bates is also the first Republican appointee to rule on the matter.
Bates rejected the administration’s argument that the action was necessary because of a threat by coalition of attorney generals from conservative states to sue the federal government if Trump didn’t dismantle the program.
“The agency’s prediction regarding the outcome of threatened litigation over DACA’s validity – specifically, that the district court in the Texas litigation would immediately halt the program, without any opportunity for a wind-down – was so implausible that it fails even under the deferential arbitrary and capricious standard. DACA’s rescission will therefore be set aside,” Bates wrote.
This is a story that should be on CNN. This is the real impact of the Trump administration on families in America. pic.twitter.com/20CvYK5BwC
At WayoftheBern we’ve been hosting more AMAs recently, and for tonight we scored a big one: Lee Camp! So I wanted to stop by, say Hi, and invite everyone (who can tolerate Reddit) to stop by and ask a question, or help beat back the inevitable trolls that we expect to come out of the woodwork (“How dare you promote RT!?!?”) This link goes to our announcement, and we expect to have a separate fresh link as soon as it starts. I hope I can see some familiar old names, and some new ones too. Thanks! ~ Thumb …Continue reading →