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jcitybone

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/05/16/bernie-sanders-rally-what-you-need-know-wnc-salvage-station/3693021002/

Sure, it’s not even 2020 yet — heck, it’s not even that close — but election season is coming to Asheville.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will get the presidential campaign season rolling in Asheville when he makes an appearance at Asheville Salvage Station at noon May 17.

In the 2016 Democratic primary, Sanders won 15 of 18 counties in Western North Carolina. He had his best results in Buncombe County, where he easily defeated eventual party nominee Hillary Clinton with 31,146 votes, compared to 17,698 for Clinton.

The upshot is the event will likely be well attended, so here are some things you need to know:

Asheville will be in play in 2020, and Sanders likely wants to generate enthusiasm among his base early on.

“I think the candidates are probably going to start paying more attention to North Carolina, because we are part of the big Super Tuesday primary after the first couple of states have their primaries,” said Michael Bitzer, a political science professor at Catawba College. “North Carolina, with no real home candidate to go for, is pretty much up for grabs on the Democratic side.”

North Carolina, which has 110 primary delegates at stake, will join 14 other states in holding its Democratic primary March 3, 2020.

After speaking here, Sanders will travel to Charlotte for a 5:30 p.m. rally.

jcitybone

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/2019/05/17/bernie-sanders-asheville-nc-2020-election-brown-v-board-education-segregation/3694881002/

I will soon announce a comprehensive plan to reform and reinvest in America’s public education system to combat racial and economic segregation. I will stand with groups like the NAACP in calling for a ban on for-profit charter schools and a moratorium on federal funding of new charters until we can ensure they’re operating with transparency and accountability.

When we are in the White House, my administration will support local school integration initiatives and I will appoint judges who uphold desegregation orders. We will pay teachers the fair wages they deserve, and make sure that school funding is equitable. The quality of a child’s education should not be determined by her zip code or by the family she was born into.

Thurgood Marshall once said that it is a right of all children to get “an equal start in life and to an equal opportunity to reach their full potential as citizens.” He declared that “children who have been denied that right in the past deserve better than to see fences thrown up to deny them that right in the future.”

Our school system can no longer put up fences for black and brown children. On this 65th anniversary of the Brown vs Board of Education decision, we are going to tear down those barriers and create an education system that works for all people, not just the wealthy and powerful.

Torabs
Torabs

More like this, please!

jcitybone

Because climate change is THE most important issue, I think I would put Inslee up there after Bernie and Warren. Plus I like how he’s willing to take on Biden.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/16/politics/jay-inslee-joe-biden-criticism/index.html?no-st=1558102897

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday repeatedly called out Joe Biden for his approach on climate, suggesting that the former vice president is naive about working with Republicans on the issue.

Inslee, who rolled out a sweeping $3 trillion jobs plan that projects the creation of 8 million jobs over 10 years by fighting climate change, has made clear throughout his 2020 run that he is willing to fault his Democratic opponents on the issue. And Biden, whose campaign told Reuters earlier this month that the former vice president wanted to propose a climate change plan that appealed to environmentalists and blue-collar voters alike, has not been spared.

“I was concerned, like most everyone was, of the comments coming out of this campaign,” Inslee told reporters during a Thursday event at DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, DC. “I will reserve judgment until we see what Joe Biden actually proposes. And I will wait and see if he can match the commitments that I have made to the American people. If he does that, I think it will be a great day for the Democratic Party, but to do so, he’s going to have to up his game and say categorically we cannot be shackled to coal jobs forever.”

Inslee continued, “He is going to have to say that we have to remove our reliance on fossil fuels from the electrical grid. I have not seen to date any suggestion that he could do that.”

orlbucfan

Same here, jcb. Inslee also has the experience of an active state governor similar to Carter and FDR. Some states’ governor positions are much weaker: the lt. gov. has more power. Still wary of Warren. T and R, LD!!

Torabs
Torabs

Like Gabbard, strikes me as a 15%er, with his narrow-issue focus and lack of name recognition outside of his region. Unless these campaigns can demonstrate they are doing more good than harm, I am against them.

WindDancer13

Yes, I know it is long (I only seem to do long), but it is packed full of facts and ideas that most people are not acquainted with. Zinn touches on the effectiveness of social movements as well as highlighting the realities of war.

“All wars are wars against children.” — Zinn

WindDancer13

Interesting campaign strategy:

Trump to release migrants in Florida’s Broward, Palm Beach counties

MIAMI – The Trump administration is preparing to release hundreds of asylum-seeking migrants caught along the southern border into Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties, with no apparent plan to house, feed or care for them, according to local officials who have been briefed on the plans.

Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen said Thursday that Customs and Border Protection officials told him they would unload about 1,000 migrant families each month, evenly split between the two counties, for an unknown period of time.

Maybe they can rescind tax breaks to Trump properties to pay for what is needed.

Palm Beach County is also home to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.

“If we have to address this as our responsibility, we will do everything in our power to feed those individuals and to provide them shelter,” Bernard said. “But it will create a financial strain on our already tight budget.”

polarbear4

Torabs
Torabs

Milbank is a right-leaning asshole, I won’t shed any tears for him.

polarbear4

Me neither. I ❤️ the sign.

jcitybone

Well if they are taking credentials from Milbank, just think about non-establishment journalists. Press freedom means everyone.

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WindDancer13

Undermining the White House’s narrative on Venezuela while being paid to support WH actions shows that elitism unlinked from critical thinking exacerbates cognitive dissonance. (All highlighting is mine.)

Us-Backed Opposition Leader Admits Venezuela ‘Is Not a Dictatorship’

Grayzone — A major right-wing opposition leader in Venezuela has acknowledged that her country “is not a dictatorship,” calling it a “huge error” to claim otherwise. She also conceded that the only way the government in Caracas can realistically be toppled is through international “humanitarian intervention.”

Maria Corina Machado has a close relationship to the US government, which has funded her opposition work. She has campaigned for years to overthrow Venezuela’s leftist government, and was identified as one of the four main leaders of the US-led coup attempt initiated on January 23.

But Machado has criticized other opposition figures for characterizing the government of elected President Nicolás Maduro as a “dictatorship.”

It is not a dictatorship,” Machado insisted in an interview on Argentina’s corporate cable network A24. “And treating it as a dictatorship is a huge error. And that is why it [the coup attempt] has failed.”

But her indoctrination is almost complete, so maybe she will change her tune when she is told what she is supposed to be saying.

But Machado condemned the argument that this foreign intervention to topple Maduro would lead to a civil war, like in Syria. The right-wing opposition leader called this “the great myth that the Cubans have created and the Russians have spread.”

Many supporters of the 2011 NATO regime-change war in Libya claimed the same. But more than eight years later, the oil-rich North African nation is still a failed state roiled by a bloody civil war.

One would think that criminals could get along, so this just boils down to turf war.

She has echoed this same argument before, claiming, “In Venezuela there is not a dictatorship, there is a criminal state… Dictatorships can yield to a credible threat; criminals only yield to force.”

Still, this stands as a rare, if qualified admission from a top opposition figure that Venezuela is in fact not the authoritarian dictatorship that the US government and corporate media have frequently portrayed it as.

I witnessed the reality of Venezuela’s political system when I reported from Caracas this February. On February 23, I saw Maria Corina Machado in person as she spoke at a right-wing opposition protest in the wealthy, elite Chacao municipality of Caracas. There was not a single police officer in sight as several hundred mostly affluent opposition supporters marched with Machado, and called for the overthrow of the Chavista government.

The fact that Machado has been openly collaborating with the US government while demanding foreign military intervention to overthrow her own elected government, and is still able to walk free, is further indication that Venezuela is very much not a dictatorship.

magsview

I also saw something about Machado not apologizing for not taking U.S. money for her efforts. She’s from the well-off end of town.

WindDancer13

From what I have seen and read, it is mostly only the elites who back regime change in Venezuela. Must be nice to get paid to overthrow your own government and be able to sleep at night.

Benny

Bernie Sanders: 65 years after Brown vs Board of Ed, segregation remains in our classrooms
Part 1

This week marks the 65th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling — Brown v Board of Education – which, after several decades of impassioned resistance against Jim Crow, finally declared that the practice of “separate but equal” in our school system was unfair and unconstitutional.

This civil rights victory did not mark the end of the struggle, however. Here in North Carolina and across the country, heroic children and parents had to face down angry white mobs to integrate schools and implement the Brown decision at the local level.

These efforts made real gains for equality. However, as someone who protested school segregation in Chicago in the years after the Brown decision, I am deeply troubled that today we are seeing a steady erosion of that progress.

Since the late 1980s, the number of racially segregated schools has more than tripled, and today, more than a third of all African American and Latino students attend a school where 90 percent of their peers are non-white. This segregation also operates along class lines: 40 percent of children from low-income families attend schools whose student population has poverty rates of 75 percent or higher.

The consequences of segregation are well-known. Research has shown that students in integrated schools have better test scores, are more likely to attend college, and drop out of high school at lower rates – and we know integrated schools help close racial achievement gaps. We also know that segregated schools in Black and Latino areas often do not receive equal funding.

Benny

Part 2

n 2016, school districts serving mostly students of color received $23 billion less in funding than mostly white schools, even though they serve the same total number of students. In all, school districts serving the largest populations of Black, Latino, or Native American students receive roughly $1,800 less per student in state and local funding than those serving the fewest students of color.

There’s a similar divide by income: school districts with the highest rates of poverty receive about $1,000 less per student in state and local funding than those with the lowest rates of poverty.

Bernie Sanders rally: 2020 hopeful coming to Asheville for campaign rally

In North Carolina, over the last decade, there has been a 61 percent increase in the number of schools that are segregated by race and income. And Republicans in the legislature just passed a bill that empowers wealthy white school districts to create their own publicly-funded, privately-administered charter schools. That’s a recipe for resegregation.

It’s the same story when it comes to funding. North Carolina has one of the lowest public education funding rates in the country. North Carolina public school teachers make at least 26 percent less than comparable college graduates. And Republicans in the legislature have passed major corporate tax cuts, while trying to block Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed increases in school funding.

This is Robin Hood in reverse, and it is happening on the national level too. After giving huge tax cuts for the very rich, President Trump is proposing to cut after school programs that serve 34,000 North Carolina students and is proposing to eliminate funding for the major grant program for teacher development.

Trump and billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plan to pump $500 million into “expanding access” to charter schools, which have been draining money out of traditional public schools and exacerbating educational segregation. Indeed, a 2017 Associated Press report found that “while 4 percent of traditional public schools are 99 percent minority, the figure is 17 percent for charters.” The report added that “In cities, where most charters are located, 25 percent of charters are over 99 percent nonwhite, compared to 10 percent for traditional schools.”

I will soon announce a comprehensive plan to reform and reinvest in America’s public education system to combat racial and economic segregation. I will stand with groups like the NAACP in calling for a ban on for-profit charter schools and a moratorium on federal funding of new charters until we can ensure they’re operating with transparency and accountability.

Benny

Part 3

When we are in the White House, my administration will support local school integration initiatives and I will appoint judges who uphold desegregation orders. We will pay teachers the fair wages they deserve, and make sure that school funding is equitable. The quality of a child’s education should not be determined by her zip code or by the family she was born into.

Thurgood Marshall once said that it is a right of all children to get “an equal start in life and to an equal opportunity to reach their full potential as citizens.” He declared that “children who have been denied that right in the past deserve better than to see fences thrown up to deny them that right in the future.”

Our school system can no longer put up fences for black and brown children. On this 65th anniversary of the Brown vs Board of Education decision, we are going to tear down those barriers and create an education system that works for all people, not just the wealthy and powerful.

BTW, the Citizen-Times reports Bernie is the first POTUS candidate to visit Ashville area this year.

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orlbucfan

Just wandered over and T and R’d it. 🙂

Benny

Thanks. It made the wreck list for about 2 hours. I got my point across, I think. Someone had to call them out for anti-semitism, which they deny of course. But I noticed that Laura Clawson picked up Bernie’s plan to ban for profit charter schools. I think I moved the needle about 1/16 of an inch. 🙂

magsview

Went over & rec’d it. There are some mean-ass people over there!

Benny

Bob Johnson has one to recommend too:

wi61

Done Benny, under wi58 rec been awhile 😉

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WindDancer13

Playing down Biden’s Social Security stands. I think all of these choices that he supports have been debunked.

Joe Biden Has Called for Social Security Cuts 3 Times

Their bottom line:

Now, understand that highlighting Biden’s record on Social Security reform isn’t meant to shame him or put him on a pedestal. Rather, it highlights Biden as perhaps one of the few candidates in Washington who may be willing to look at resolutions from both sides of the aisle when fixing Social Security. Since each party brings something to the table that the other lacks, a centrist wouldn’t be such a bad thing for America’s most important social program.

Thoughts on Social Security funding: My thinking on funding Social Security differs from anything I have seen (that means I have not seen it, not that this a totally original thought).

If wages were raised to $15/hour plus, the people receiving higher wages would be paying more into the social security fund as that retirement tax is based on wages. This would put more money into the program.

If more people were actually employed, not the phony employment numbers we are fed that do not integrate the numbers of people who have given up on finding taxable employment, then more SS taxes would be raised.

Raising/removing the cap on taxable income as well as instituting a graduated SS tax. A person making $132,900/year pays 6.2% on their earnings (the employer pays another 6.2%) capped at total of $8,239.80/year. The maximum SS benefit for 2019, for which this income level would qualify, is $2,861/month for a cost of $34,332/year to the Social Security fund. Even with the employer contribution, the amount paid out exceeds what is paid in by around $17,874/year. Multiply that by the number of years that SS will be collected.

The 2019 minimum benefit for those who worked 30 years or more is $872.50/month for a total of $10,470/year. Under the special minimum benefit, a person’s years are counted as any year in which taxable wages were $14,805 for that year which is about 1,233/month for which they will have paid about $76.40/mo in SS taxes or around $917/year (not counting employer contribution). With the employer contribution, this results in a shortfall of what is paid in and what is paid out of about $8,636/year. Note: For those who do not make the requisite $14,805/year, the number of years calculated will be lower and, therefore, the monthly benefit will be less.

To clarify:
Those making over $132,000/year cost the system about $17,874/year.
Those making around $14,805/year cost the system around 8.636/year.

Economics 101 would state that this loss is not sustainable (and that has become painfully obvious) and would seek ways to increase income. Politics 2019 states that those who have the least should pay a disproportionate amount into a program that gives more benefits to high-wage earners who can also afford 401Ks and other retirement plans to bolster their “golden years” income.

Note: The poor tend to have shorter life spans than the well-to-do and, therefore, do not collect for as many years.

I don’t think my math is very far off, but if someone wants to check it, you are welcome to do so.

jcitybone

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-campaign-strike-picket-lines_n_5cdecf96e4b09e057802f44c

Thousands of workers from the University of California waged a one-day strike Thursday and found some unexpected allies out on their picket lines.

In an unusual move for a presidential candidate, the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent out targeted text messages and emails to its supporters in California a day ahead of the strike, urging them to join workers as they rallied against the university system in a labor dispute.

“Tens of thousands of workers in the University of California system are standing up this Thursday to stop the outsourcing and privatization of union jobs,” the email said. “We are hoping you can join these workers tomorrow.”

The note included an RSVP link and an address for a local picket.

The move apparently worked, according to John de los Angeles, a spokesperson for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, one of the unions involved in the strike.

WindDancer13

Stupid is as stupid does.

Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reimburse Taliban

President Donald Trump asked Congress to pay the Afghanistan Taliban for the costs associated with attending peace conferences, according to a new report.

Miscellaneous supplies? Will the US be holding a gun show for them?

The money would be used to cover transportation, lodging, food and miscellaneous supplies, Kevin Spicer, spokesman for Indiana Democrat Visclosky, told CQ Roll Call.


Steve Ellis, executive vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, told Roll Call that the funding request felt like a headline ripped from satirical newspaper, The Onion.

“Even if you leave aside that they are still conducting operations against our interests and allies, having to pay for someone to be at the table undercuts our bargaining position and demonstrates their lack of enthusiasm for a deal,” Ellis said. “I’m sure the Taliban would like whatever cash we’re willing to give them, but it’s not like they aren’t able to continue funding their fighting. How about using some of that cash instead of American taxpayer dollars.”

DT making sure that the rich get richer.

The Taliban, who once harbored Osama Bin Laden, are considered an insurgent organization and reportedly make an estimated $800 million each year from trafficking in the drug opium. The group ruled over Afghanistan from the 1990s until the U.S. invaded the country in 2001. [emphasis added]

WindDancer13

Are migrants gong to be moved to areas with the highest numbers of racists, white supremacists and white nationalists? With the recent announcement of moving migrants to Florida, I am thinking this could be the case.

Doing it out of the goodness of his heart> LOL, not likely. I can see him on QVC hawking surveillance devices, though.

Given Trump’s hysterical rhetoric of refugees being murders, thieves and rapists, what could possibly go wrong? Especially after he starts ramping up fervor against “others” in campaign speeches.

Put this in the hands of ICE? Yeah, right.

Waiting for the other shoe to drop.

ICE to hire contractor to transport 225,000 migrants to shelters across the US

The Trump administration is looking to hire a private contractor that will be responsible for transporting approximately 225,000 migrant children and families to shelters across the country over the next five years as they wait for their asylum claims to be processed.

Remember when Andrew Jackson (a Trump hero) decided to “re-settle” Native Americans?

Over the course of a five-year contract, the migrants will be relocated from their points of entry or staging locations to Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters or family residential centers across the nation.

The document did not specify where exactly the migrants will be moved but said the Office of Refugee Resettlement has the “sole authority” to place unaccompanied minors and families.

Not exactly what the business/agro community had in mind when they told Trump they needed workers. It also very quickly disqualifies most people coming from Mexico, Central and South America.

President Trump announced a plan to “transform” America’s immigration system on Thursday, introducing a system to favor admissions based on job skills rather than family ties. The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers — accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer.

orlbucfan

tRumpo-dumbass better start paying attention to the weather. Sea levels are rising down here, and tRump-a-logo is right on the coast. It won’t take much for a storm to wipe it out. Hopefully, he’ll be drowned in it. Pence, too.

magsview

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