Everything else will be in the comments, have a great day!
Good Morning, Birdies! Here’s a thread, starting with Bernie Sanders in front of a small crowd of protestors in front of the US Customs Office. As usual, other news and comments are welcome. Have a great day! .@SenSanders: "Stop picking on the poor. Stop picking on undocumented." pic.twitter.com/zrQxYyhc3W — Chris D'Angelo (@c_m_dangelo) March 21, 2017 From HuffPo’s environmental reporter, Chris D’Angelo: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined some 100 demonstrators outside U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters on Tuesday to send a message to President Donald Trump: Stop terrorizing immigrant families. “For the last many hundreds of years, wonderful people against … Continue reading →
Good morning all! Starting the day off with video of Bernie in Vermont this past Friday and will put all the rest that I am catching up on in the comments.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., dropped out of the U.S. presidential race about eight months ago, but many of the supporters who showed up to hear him speak at a town hall event at the Vermont Technical College Friday afternoon acted as if the campaign had just begun.
“If there is a silver lining in the midst of the Trump election, it’s that millions of people are asking (what they can do about it) and getting involved,” Sanders told a crowd of hundreds filling the Judd Hall gymnasium during a half-hour speech that was marked by frequent outbreaks of cheering, and a standing ovation.
Sanders urged those in the audience to let legislators see and hear their opinions.
“Get involved. Run for school board. Run for the board of selectmen. Start thinking about the legislature. Put pressure on your government. … It is not just elections. It is fighting, for example, for the transformation of our energy system.”
Sanders sounded familiar themes during his talk, and related most of the country’s ills to a massive income inequality in which, he said, the wealthiest tenth of one percent of the country own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.
Happy Friday everyone! I’ll put all the Bernie, Trump, Democratic party, pipeline/environmental, etc. news in the comments but kicking off with a music video as part of my quest to highlight Indigenous hip/hop artists:
Hope to see you in the comments, have a great day regardless!
Good morning everyone! Starting off with just one of the many articles written on Sanders being the most popular politician in America
A Fox News Poll released Wednesday shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Planned Parenthood, ObamaCare, and Vice President Mike Pence are all viewed more favorably than President Trump.
Favorable ratings from Fox poll:
Planned Parenthood +25
The poll of 1,008 registered voters was conducted March 12 to 14. It found that 43 percent approve and 51 percent disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, with 30 percent strongly approving and 45 percent strongly disapproving. Respondents were also asked to say if they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of several people, groups, and items, and Sanders came out on top, with 61 percent having a favorable reaction and 32 percent unfavorable, followed by Planned Parenthood (57 percent favorable, 32 percent unfavorable); ObamaCare (50 percent favorable, 47 percent unfavorable); and Pence (47 percent favorable, 43 percent unfavorable). Only 44 percent had a favorable view of Trump, while 53 percent had an unfavorable view.
One example of why that may be:
More Bernie news & more in the comments! have a great day!
Good morning friends! Starting this open thread/news roundup off with a couple Bernie related items and then everything else will be in the comments… including the latest write-ups on the Native Nations march, the most recent pipeline protests, more Sanders content, Trump’s latest moves towards an Idiocracy & more.
Following a Town Hall meeting in one of West Virginia’s poorest counties U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that the Senate can defeat the House Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act with a version he said would provide enormous tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.
The former Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont received a standing ovation immediately from about 250 people in a high school auditorium in McDowell County, and his call for universal health care as a right for all Americans was greeted with loud applause.
The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, which added health care coverage to 20 million people, would throw five to 10 million people off coverage including thousands of West Virginians, Sanders said.
At the same time, it would provide an estimated $275 billion in tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans over a decade, he said.
“Instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires, I think we need to ask them to pay their fair share,” Sanders said.
The meeting hosted by MSNBC to examine the needs of rural America will be broadcast Monday evening.
Some county residents joined the conversation that also focused on Appalachian coal country’s economic hard times in coal’s downturn and the opioid drug epidemic that has hit southern West Virginia hard.
Bernie on ‘Face The Nation’:
[PS: I’m also tinkering with the rating/rec system trying to get it back to working correctly so anything that goes wrong site-wise in the next little while, is likely a result of that.]
Happy Friday friends! Starting off with An article on Sanders & then a video of Bernie on CNN. News on the Native Nations March on DC, the latest pipeline protests, Trump’s dumbest decisions, what the Democrats continue to do wrong & more will be in the comments. As always I’m quite interested to see what you are reading/watching!
Sanders sweeps into the room wearing a casual sweater. His white hair is tussled, and he has the distracted look of someone dragged away from concentrated study. But when we start talking, he is immediately transfixing. In a flash, it is clear why so many have felt the Bern: because he feels it so intensely himself.
“These are very scary times for the people of the United States, and … for the whole world. We have a president who is a pathological liar. Trump lies all of the time.” And Sanders believes the lying is not accidental: “He lies in order to undermine the foundations of American democracy.” Take his “wild attacks against the media, that virtually everything the mainstream media says is a lie.” Or Trump’s denigration of one of George W Bush’s judicial appointees as a “so-called judge”, and his false claims that up to 5 million people voted illegally in the election. Such statements, which Sanders calls “delusional”, are meant to lead to only one conclusion, he says: “that the only person in America who stands for the American people, who is telling the truth, the only person who gets it right, is the president of the United States, Donald Trump. That is unprecedented in American history.”
He travels even deeper into dystopian territory when I ask what, in his view, Trump’s endgame might be. “What he wants is to end up as leader of a nation that has moved a significant degree towards authoritarianism; where the president of the United States has extraordinary powers, far more than our constitution has provided for.”
Sanders is well into his stride by now, conducting the interview with great waves of his arms, punching out words in that distinctive Brooklyn-Vermont growl. It’s impossible not to be drawn in by a man who comes across as this authentic.
What word of advice would he give a young person, a twentysomething who is scared and who feels that their country is moving against them? What should they do?
“This is what they should do,” he says, pumping out the Bern. “They should take a deep reflection about the history of this country, understand that absolutely these are very difficult and frightening times. But also understand that in moments of crisis, what has happened, time and time again, is that people have stood up and fought back. So despair is absolutely not an option.”
[If this video gets taken down I’ll put up the original if CNN ever gets around to posting it]:
Good morning friends! A couple videos and then everything else will go in the comments! Hope to see you there!
Pass this around on the social medias if you are into that kind of thing…
And here is the Indigenous Women’s Panel in Honor Of International Women’s Day:
Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had a great weekend! The bill-paying job has me absolutely overwhelmed but I’ll be doing my usual Monday morning catching up on all that’s happened in the world. As I am so busy I don’t have an actual intro video ready but do want to go ahead and get this post live.. so here is a song instead to start your day. I’ll post what I’m reading/watching in the comments (transparency @ the DNC, Trumps immigration crackdown, Sanders updates, pipeline news, etc.) and as always hope you will join me!
Thanks for visiting & keep resisting!
Greetings TPWers. Lots going on this weekend. We’ll Start with Bernie’s, Nina’s and Danny Glover’s March on Mississippi, which was held yesterday in Canton. Bernie’s message: share the wealth with the workers. As usual, please add your news and thoughts in the comments section below. The Real News has an interview of Bernie, Nina, and Danny … Continue reading →
Good morning friends! Jumping straight into things with what Bernie has going on this weekend:
Citing a pattern of civil rights abuses by Nissan against its predominantly African-American workforce in Mississippi, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, actor Danny Glover, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks and hundreds of workers, civil rights leaders, and social justice advocates will converge on the automaker’s factory in Canton Saturday to demand that the company respect its workers’ right to vote for a union free from fear and intimidation.
The March on Mississippi – expected to be the largest protest to hit the Magnolia State in years – follows a series of rallies at Nissan dealerships that swept across the South last month. At each protest, local clergy and civil rights leaders hand-delivered letters detailing unsafe working conditions and mistreatment of workers in Canton — and calling for an end to the company’s anti-union hostility. Of the roughly 5,000 workers at the plant, an estimated 80 percent are African-American.
“I am proud to join in fighting to give workers at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi, plant the justice, dignity and the right to join a union that they deserve,” said Sen. Sanders. “Nissan has union representation at 42 out of its 45 plants around the world. The American South should not be treated differently. What the workers at the Nissan plant in Mississippi are doing is a courageous and enormously important effort to improve their lives.”
The march is being organized by the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN), a coalition of civil rights leaders, ministers and worker advocates. In addition to Sen. Sanders, Glover and Brooks, a diverse coalition of politicians and civil rights leaders including U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner, Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson, and Sierra Club President Aaron Mair will join the march.
“Powerful corporations like Nissan are the posterchild for America’s rigged economy,” said Danny Glover. “Nissan’s arrival in Canton promised good jobs for the community, but instead the company has committed rampant safety and health violations and denied its workers their basic right to vote for a union free from fear and intimidation. Nissan workers in Canton have my full support for their fight for fairness and respect at the workplace.”
And now a video of Nina Turner speaking to The Real News about the DNC Chair election, everything else will be in the comments, have a great day!
Good morning friends! I have a couple days worth of links to share as I got swamped with the bill-paying job yesterday and wasn’t able to put up a post. I am very thankful for those who did drop in with their findings and I’ll do my best to not repeat anyone else’s posts.
Starting off with Bernie’s reaction to Trump’s speech to Congresss and verything else will then go in the comments in absolutely no sort of order at all.. so if something doesn’t interest you keep on scrolling and I’m sure something eventually will! As always I welcome your input!
Color Bernie Sanders unimpressed with President Trump’s address to Congress.
The US senator from Vermont recorded a 14-minute long video after the speech Tuesday night railing against Trump for not just what he said, but what he didn’t say.
In a video posted to Facebook, Sanders said that Trump failed to touch on issues like income inequality, criminal justice reform, and climate change.
“I did not hear President Trump say one word, not one word, about the need to combat climate change, the greatest environmental threat facing our planet,” Sanders said.
Sanders also said Trump wants to give $3 trillion in tax breaks to the richest people in the country, calling the move an “outrage.”
The senator also expressed displeasure with Trump’s plans on repealing the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare.
“Tonight, President Trump once again made it clear he plans on working with Republicans in Congress who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, throw 20 million Americans off of health insurance, privatize Medicare, make massive cuts in Medicaid, raise the cost of prescription drugs to seniors, eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, while at the same time, he wants to give another massive tax break to the wealthiest americans,” Sanders said.
Well I go for away for a weekend and
all hell breaks loose nothing changes. Thanks everyone for all the weekend coverage, as I go about my day I’ll go ahead and post what I’m reading and watching in the comments. If it’s a repeat of something already said in another thread, I apologize!
Moments after former labor secretary Tom Perez narrowly defeated Representative Keith Ellison in a battle to lead the Democratic party, the rivals appeared together at a press conference in downtown Atlanta. Pinned to his suit jacket, Ellison wore a blue “Team Tom” button. Perez wore a green “Keith for DNC” button.
The message was clear: the Democratic party would leave the city a united front. But the show of unity papered over anger that had erupted when Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, announced that Perez would be her successor.
“Party for the people, not big money!” a group of Ellison supporters chanted from the back of the hotel ballroom. When the jeering subsided and Perez was able to speak, he moved immediately to name Ellison as deputy chairman.
The room erupted in cheers. But the episode did not dispel a sense among Ellison supporters that Democrats had missed an opportunity to change course after years of election losses, especially at the state and local level.
“It looks bleak right now,” said Jean Ross, co-president of National Nurses United. Several members of the union came to Atlanta to cheer on Ellison, wearing their red scrubs.
“We thought we had a real chance to turn this party around. But apparently the old guard is willing to continue a losing streak.”
And from Tim Black:
Happy Friday friends! Starting the day off with some Bernie and then the rest of the news/etc will go in the comments.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed Thursday that public backlash against Republican members of Congress since President Donald Trump’s inauguration would reach its highest point yet.
Sanders told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” that more than 100 protests would take place around the country on Saturday demanding politicians meet with their constituents to hash out concerns over the Republican agenda after weeks of raucous town hall events.
“I think the Republicans have not seen anything yet,” Sanders said. “If they’re worried about the protests they’re seeing, they’re going to see more. This coming Saturday we believe there will be well over 100 protests, most of them in Republican offices around the country, district offices, demanding that Republican members of Congress meet with their constituents and answer the questions that their constituents have.”
He dismissed Republicans, like Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who have said they are forgoing town hall events over safety concerns.
“If you don’t have the guts to face your constituents, then you shouldn’t be in the United States Congress,” Sanders said. “That’s what you’re elected to do.”
Good morning friends. There’s plenty to talk about in regards to Standing Rock, Trump’s new immigration plans, the DNC race and, etc.. and I’ll certainly have links for all of those issues in the comments, but starting the day with George Takei on DemocracyNow over the weekend talking about the 75th Anniversary Of The Internment of Japanese Americans & Why Trump is “The Real Terrorist”.
Seventy-five years ago on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced more than 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese descent into internment camps. This included nearly 70,000 American citizens. Over the weekend, “Day of Remembrance” events were held across the country to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Americans and legal residents. Many people are asking if history can repeat itself. In 2015, Trump defended his proposal for a total and complete ban on Muslims entering the United States and compared it to the actions of FDR. We speak to the legendary actor and activist George Takei, who grew up in an internment camp.