http://thehill.com/homenews/news/336763-jane-sanders-starts-group-to-boost-progressive-voices Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) wife, Jane Sanders, is launching a think tank aimed at helping “progressive leaders” connect with more people. “The purpose is to revitalize democracy in support of progressive institutions,” Jane Sanders said of the Sanders Institute in a Wednesday interview with The Washington Post. “A vital democracy requires an informed electorate, civil discourse, and bold thinking. Hopefully, it’s going to increase the number of progressive voices in the mainstream media.” Consider this a heads up. I will add the website in the comment section. …Continue reading →
Good morning friends! I’m trying to do some site maintenance this morning so I don’t have much news compiled at the moment. I did however post a video in the comments yesterday that probably got overlooked due to the comments being broken so I’m now going to put it up front and center so you can watch Bernie absolutely crush this fairly ‘aggressive’ interview:
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said “the occupation must end” in a video message to Israel’s left-wing opposition Meretz Party.
The five-minute video was set to be screened at a conference Sunday marking the end of the Six-Day War in 1967 and “50 years of Occupation.”
In opening the video, Sanders, a Jewish Independent who sought the Democratic presidential nomination, called Meretz, which currently has 5 seats in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset, “Israel’s most prominent political organization.” He added that the party stands “for many of the same values that progressives are fighting for here in the United States and throughout the world.”
“We are now in the 50th year of Israel’s occupation, an occupation which denies basic Palestinian rights while failing to deliver Israel real security,” said Sanders.
“I know so many of you agree with me when I say: this occupation must end. Peace, real peace, means security not only for every Israeli, but for every Palestinian. It means supporting self-determination, civil rights and economic well-being for both peoples.”
Sanders called for “a politics of solidarity and a common humanity” and added that “brave people uniting around a common set of values with clear goals, can change a country, they can change the world, they can even change the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
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Popular Science Cassini Retrospective Popular Science has put together an amazing retrospective collection of images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. It’s just one web page, so it will probably blow out your browser’s temporary memory, but check it out anyway. There are quite a few worthy wallpaper images you can use. Click on the link above to see the collection. The white dot next to the arrow is Earth. Icarus Redux NASA just announced that it will be sending a probe to the Sun to study the Sun’s corona and its solar wind, among other things. The probe is named …Continue reading →
The New York Health Act passed the NY assembly this year, just as it has the past two years. The NYHA would establish a single-payer universal health-care system in New York, covering all New York residents. Every New York resident would be eligible to enroll, regardless of immigration status, age, income, wealth, employment, or other status. Coverage would include all services currently required by the state’s insurance laws and offered in the health-care plans offered to state public employees. The plan would be funded through a progressive payroll tax/deduction that would replace health-insurance premiums for most employees. The tax would be graduated with …Continue reading →
As the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza approaches, there will be several lengthy retrospectives. One of the better ones was, surprisingly, published by the NY Times today. Nathan Thrall is a senior analyst at the International Crisis Group. He’s also the author of “The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine.” he makes a persuasive case that the Israeli occupation is on track to run another 50 years, aided and abetted by the US. The widely held misconception that the occupation is unsustainable and prone to collapse any minute now, under the weight …Continue reading →
James Corbyn’s proved himself to be a tenacious leader. He was chosen by rank and file members to be the Labour party’s leader after their disastrous showing in the 2015 general election. Though Labour’s centrist MPs mounted a no-confidence campaign against Corbyn after the EU referendum, he won the leadership position again, with an even larger portion of the vote. Now, Corbyn faces his first general election contest. When Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May first called the snap election (reversing her own public statements), Labour was down over 23 points to the Tories. It looked like the Labour party was heading …Continue reading →
“Just follow all the young people.” Those were the instructions I got when I asked for directions from the subway station to the main auditorium of the Free University of Berlin, where former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was launching the German edition of his book “Our Revolution.”
What were these young people expecting from a 75-year-old self-described socialist from one of the most obscure states in the US?
“I’m here because I thought the American election was really interesting, and Bernie Sanders was the only one who had radically interesting ideas,” one young German told me.
“It is the same in France,” a French woman on an exchange program said. “Bernie Sanders is very popular.”
“I’m from Russia, and it’s very interesting to hear an American who’s a socialist – that’s not so common,” another member of the audience said.
Most of the people I talked to said that, to use the words of one German woman, “He’s not part of the system.” The applause the Vermont senator received upon entering the hall rivaled that of any campaign event in the lead-up last year’s election. And if the audience was hoping for a scathing critique of Donald Trump, they got exactly what they wanted.
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For the DNC, the fallout from the presidential primary is not yet over. In the conduct and management of the affairs and procedures of the Democratic National Committee, particularly as they apply to the preparation and conduct of the Presidential nomination process, the Chairperson shall exercise impartiality and even handedness as between the Presidential candidates and campaigns. The Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the Democratic National Committee maintain impartiality and even-handedness during the Democratic Party Presidential nominating process. — Democratic party charter/by-laws That section of the charter is the subject of a class-action …Continue reading →
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to his home borough of Brooklyn Tuesday to deliver Brooklyn College’s commencement speech, entering the stage to rousing chants of “Bernie.”
Though he never mentioned President Trump by name, Sanders decried the current administration — which he called an “oligarchy” set on stripping 23 million people of their health care coverage, decimating Medicaid, de-funding Planned Parenthood and laying waste to supportive resources like food stamps, afterschool programs and Pell grants to help middle class families pay for college.
He called on the more than 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students getting their diplomas inside the Barclays Center alongside him to put all their efforts into turning the nation in the right direction.
“My message to you is very simple: think big, not small, and help us create the nation that we all know we can become,” he said.
The Independent senator, who was born and raised in Brooklyn and attended Midwood’s P.S. 197, Sheepshead Bay’s James Madison High School and Brooklyn College in 1959, which he attended briefly before transferring to the University of Chicago, was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his “groundbreaking career in politics, visionary approach to public policy and higher education, dedication to civic welfare and commitment to equality.”