Video of the Criminal justice reform roundtable with Senator Bernie Sanders, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, Premal Dharia, director of litigation at Civil Rights Corps, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University.
The discussion was moderated by Daniel Denvir, host of The Dig, a podcast from Jacobin Magazine.
Tuesday, April 26 U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders received the Public Citizen’s Golden Boot Award in recognition of his career long commitment to fighting corporate power and holding government accountable.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders hosted a special presentation and dialogue with Vermont students about employability in Vermont. As part of the presentation, several Vermont employers including Benoit Electric, GW Plastics, and Chroma Technologies presented about the opportunities that their companies offered young Vermont jobseekers, and their skill sets and trades aligned closely with many of the programs and values taught at CVCC.
As part of the presentation, Senator Sanders opened the floor for questions and discussion about what young people need to find good-paying jobs in Vermont. The students raised excellent points, and although there is much work to be done to improve access to employment in Vermont, there was a sense of excitement in the room about the job possibilities across Vermont:
Our Revolution President and former Ohio State Senator, Nina Turner gives a blockbuster presentation in support of true progressive women running for California offices – Jovanka Beckles, Gayle McLaughlin, and Pamela Price. Location: MLK Jr. Middle School, in Berkeley, CA
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is continuing to spread “the bern” online to millions with the help of social media. New York Magazine’s National Correspondent Gabe Debenedetti joined CBSN to explain what this could indicate ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
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 →
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 →
The Vermont senator discusses his bill to change federal marijuana law and why Trump “deserves credit” for addressing U.S. trade policy:
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-V.T., joined Rev. William Barber II for a public forum Thursday night at Duke University Chapel.
The conversation, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 19 but was postponed due to a U.S. Congress budget vote, was called “The Enduring Challenge of a Moral Economy: 50 Years After Dr. King Challenged Racism, Poverty and Militarism.” Sanders and Barber discussed and answered audience questions concerning a variety of pressing political issues, such as inequality, military spending, racism and Russia, as well as the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sanders, a former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, advocates for policy changes like universal health care and free public university tuition. Barber is an alumnus of Duke Divinity School, national co-chairperson of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and president of Repairers of the Breach.
Sanders said the concept of a moral economy stems from the injustice and gross immorality of three people in America owning more wealth than the bottom half of the American people.
“The way we bring about change is having the courage to talk about reality that you may not see on TV and you surely will not hear discussed in the United States Congress,” he said. “When we talk about a moral economy, we start off recognizing that we are the wealthiest country in the history of the world.”
Barber said systemic racism and economic inequality go hand-in-hand and that you cannot have one without the other.
“I was taught that there is no separation between justice and Jesus,” he said. “Any attempt to separate the two is heresy.”
(Event starts at 26 minutes into video)
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Following in the footsteps of US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore), today Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) signed on as a co-sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act. That measure, originally introduced last year by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing racial disparities in state-level cannabis arrests, and expunge federal convictions specific to cannabis possession.
“Prohibition didn’t work in the 1920s. It’s not going to work now,” said Sanders, announcing his co-sponsorship in a Facebook Live chat with Cory Booker. “The bottom line is we need to rethink fundamentally our attitude toward marijuana.”
Sanders’ support of the legislation drew praise from cannabis activists. “Leaders in the Democratic Party are increasingly recognizing that leading the charge on legalization is not only good policy, but good politics,” said NORML’s Justin Strekal in a statement. “The constituencies which the party claims to stand for are the ones who have most felt the weight and lifelong consequences of marijuana criminalization.”
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