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‘Get Our Country Off Fossil Fuels’: Demanding Green New Deal, Youth Climate Leaders to Flood Congressional Offices Nationwide

Lobbying TODAY. There’s a link in the article to see if there’s one near you. I’ll be watching the little one and likely won’t make it. Ours is at noon.


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The closest action to me is in New Haven at Rosa DeLauro’s office. Not sure if my new rep, Jahana Hayes, will be our ally on this, but she does claim to represent the younger generation:

There Was An ‘Army Of Children’ Behind 5th District Democratic Nominee Jahana Hayes

so, hopefully, she will pay attention to this ‘movement’ and be an ally.

Here’s a nice tweet that includes Jahana.

This one’s nice too. I sure do hope she flexes some progressive muscles.


I support them 100%, but have one complaint. What is with the slightly militaristic logo designs? This one reminds me of Justice Democrats.


What is Courage?

One night, he told us, several men sent by the dictator to kill him, and armed with swords, arrived at his door. A brutal attack ensued and as he lay on the floor with his gut ripped open—believing death was near—Rev. Njoya wasn’t wailing. Instead, he began gifting his treasures to his assailants, including his library and even his favorite Bible.

As Rev. Njoya spoke, my heart began pounding wildly. I just couldn’t grasp what I was hearing, so I blurted out: “But how is this possible? Isn’t humanity’s fear response automatic? How, in pain and fearing death, could anyone express kindness?”

To answer my question, Rev. Njoya posed as a lion that had spotted its prey. The lion, he told us, doesn’t just react. It recoils and postures itself, and then it leaps. Acting out the scene, he explained that, like the lion, we can harness and harmonize our fear. It is a source of energy we can use.

I’d always been afraid of fear. But, now I had to imagine what would happen if I thought of fear as pure energy, energy I can use how I choose. Anna and I lay awake into the night talking about what it would mean if we could live that understanding of fear. Ah, what freedom, we realized.

Since that night, I continually remind myself that fear doesn’t necessarily mean “danger”: stop or fight or run. Maybe my pounding heart or cold sweat is telling me that I am on the brink of possibility, that I am, right in that moment, simply in the unknown where most growth and creativity are possible.


Wall Street Is Leading the Attack on Pelosi—Steny Hoyer Is the Real Barrier to the Progressive Agenda
“A Hoyer speakership would be a catastrophe for the left.”

But Pelosi is playing along, too.

It’s Not About the Speakership—It’s About Blocking Progressive Change

The No Labels crowd is throwing its public influence (negligible) and its ability to muster campaign cash (considerable) behind the anti-Pelosi effort for a reason: they see this as an opportunity to weaken the Democrats’ newfound power in the House. That’s especially urgent for the big-money crowd at a time when nearly half of successful new candidates ran on Medicare for All and more than 100 House Democrats have joined the Expand Social Security Caucus.

The “centrist” campaign may help explain why Pelosi plans to impose a new rule making it harder to raise middle-class taxes. This rule would make it harder to achieve either Medicare for All or expanded Social Security, even though any new taxes would leave the working class much better off financially than it is today.

Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, has already indicated he could back Pelosi if more such changes were put in place. The caucus’ additional proposed changes, roughly outlined here, would effectively give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation.

It is noteworthy that there was no serious attempt to implement these rules when Republicans ran the House.

Even more than the speakership, this procedural power grab motivates the anti-Pelosi crowd and its backers. They might even withdraw their opposition to her if they could seize this power for themselves and their “centrist” allies in both parties.

No wonder these “rebels” are vague about their goals. Given the massive support for Medicare for All (more than 70 percent of the public, 85 percent of Democrats) and expanding Social Security, they know their agenda is extremely unpopular. If they truly believed in “country over party,” they would support programs that most of the country wants and needs.

Underline mine.

More in the article about these Wall St. backed, “problem solver” (haha) Dems.


The centrist rebellion is good for the progressives who are getting positive stuff in exchange for support.


I have publicly and privately said that Pelosi is the most progressive candidate who can win,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a Bay Area liberal who backed Ocasio-Cortez’s primary bid, told The Hill on Monday. “I’ve said that to many freshman and to folks close to AOC.”

Pelosi has already personally met with Ocasio-Cortez “numerous times” during the past week, sources said, though they declined to offer any specifics about the conversations.

Ocasio-Cortez has made clear that a select committee on climate change is a top priority for her, which Pelosi has already agreed to establish. Pelosi, if elected Speaker, would also decide which lawmakers get to serve on the panel.

“Congresswoman-elect Ocasio-Cortez is a dynamic and engaging leader with an extraordinary gift for connecting with young people who may be getting involved in politics for the first time,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill. “Her groundbreaking use of social media is engaging and energizing a whole new level of grassroots.”

Leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), where Ocasio-Cortez is likely to join next year, put out a statement praising Pelosi following a sit down with her last week. They said they were encouraged that Pelosi agreed to ensure that “CPC members are represented proportionally on the key exclusive committees” and that she envisions “more elected leadership positions that CPC members can run for.”

“We had a very productive conversation with Leader Pelosi today about the growing numbers of the Congressional Progressive Caucus after the election and the need to ensure that CPC members are well represented as we go forward,” said Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), co-chair of the CPC, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), first vice chair of the CPC.

“We look forward to reporting back to our CPC members on the productive and successful conversation with Leader Pelosi.”


Pocan is on the fence for supporting Pelosi so he said in an recent local article, but expect him to support her, he may be playing that concession card in leu of support for more progressive ideas.


“Good” ole Turd Wayers: some garbage never changes its/their stench.


DeFazio and many others notably absent. I imagine more will be joining. Heck, Senators should join just to show support.



Support for a Green New Deal is building, both on the streets and inside Congress. In the past week, nearly a dozen members of the House—mostly newcomers like Representative Rashida Tlaib, but also a handful of sitting representatives like Ro Khanna, John Lewis, and Jared Huffman—have backed a proposal by Ocasio-Cortez for a Select Committee for a Green New Deal. This committee would be tasked with drafting a ten-year green jobs and infrastructure plan to radically reduce carbon emissions while expanding living-wage jobs. As detailed on Ocasio-Cortez’s website, “The select committee shall have authority to develop a detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan … for the transition of the United States economy to become carbon neutral and to significantly draw down and capture greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and oceans.”

It’s an ambitious plan and an inspiring one, even as questions abound: what exactly would this Green New Deal look like? Will Democrats and their leadership make this blend of environmental salvation and economic justice a top priority and lend it all their political will? Or will they remain far behind the climate change curve, slow-pedaling moderate reforms? And even if they push it forward, what’s Plan B when the Republicans stifle it in the Senate?


It’s good to see John Lewis in there. I thought we’d lost him after the 2016 fiasco.


I will believe it when it’s passed, I see the details, and I know it has real teeth/fangs.


Even if there is no plan b, we want the constant exposure. Let’s hope some charismatic scientists jump on board. (Looking at you, Bill Nye, maybe Manning?) I know you’re out there.


A welcome change of heart


Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) is urging the U.S. to legalize marijuana at the federal level, a call that comes on the same day that Massachusetts opened its first recreational marijuana stores.

Kennedy in an essay for Stat admits that he’s been skeptical about relaxing regulations surrounding marijuana because of his work with “mental health and addiction communities.”

But Kennedy notes that he’s heard from many other people about the positive effects that marijuana can have and that it’s changed his perspective.



Massachusetts became the first state on the East Coast Tuesday to allow recreational marijuana sales, meaning tens of millions of adult consumers, including those in New York City, are now within a three-hour drive from a pot shop.

CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil reports from Northampton, Massachusetts, where one of two stores opening in the state is located and where David Narkewicz will welcome legal recreational marijuana as both the ceremonial first customer and the town’s mayor.

“I think there’s a lot going on here in trying to bring marijuana out of the shadows,” Narkewicz said.

But when asked whether the purchase is simply ceremonial or it will be consumed, Narkewicz said, “I am actually going to probably preserve it and display it…because it is historically significant.”


Stephen Mandile, an Army veteran who served in Iraq — and medical marijuana advocate — was the first to buy cannabis at the second store, Cultivate Holdings, in Leicester, on Tuesday morning.




This past year has, hopefully, been full of lessons for the Democratic Party. While Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum have provided blueprints for how to turn out voters in red states, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also shown an important skill for before and after an election: how to not take the bait from extremely online, bad faith trolls.

There’s not necessarily one right way to handle these attacks, but Ocasio-Cortez understands that it doesn’t do any good to engage them on the terms they’re trying to establish. Instead of falling for obvious responses, she comes back to her central messages. Yes, it’s deflection. But that’s because there’s nothing of substance to engage with. She’s dealing with professional trolls, and dealing with them earnestly is exactly what they want.



Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned why Republicans are happy to pay for tax cuts and “unlimited war” but the GOP, and some Democrats, don’t see “Medicare-for-all” or other progressive ideas as financially feasible.

“People talk about the sticker shock of Medicare-for-all, but not of our existing system,” Ocasio-Cortez said during an interview on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”

“This is not a pipe dream. Every other nation does this — why can’t America?” she added.

Later on the show, Ocasio-Cortez said there’s a certain amount of hypocrisy coming from lawmakers who criticize her platform while ignoring a “$2 trillion check for a GOP tax cut.”

“When it comes to tax cuts for bills and unlimited war,” she said, “we seem to invent that money very easily.”


How many politicians can compete with this? LOL

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