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Given this kind of stance, Bush’s victory has been compared to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s success in the New York primaries in 2018. Both women were embedded in and emerged from social movements, have working-class backgrounds, and, through their victories, unseated dynastic centrist Democrats.

Along with Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and a host of other women of color, Cori Bush now looks set to join an expanding bastion of progressive members of Congress. The list, as of this year, now includes Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones — both of New York.

This new wave has been widely associated with the consciousness-raising by social movements such as Occupy Wall Street since the 2008 financial crash. More recently, the successes of progressive black candidates at all levels of government has been linked to the various forms of advocacy, education, and transformations in public discourse driven by the BLM movement since 2013.

This is also the context in which groups like the Electoral Justice Project, Black Youth Project 100, and their ongoing abolitionist campaigns have flourished. “She’s being buoyed by this movement,” Justice Democrats spokesperson Waleed Shahid said of Bush, “and the movement’s origin is in Ferguson.”


Former presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke are joining forces to hold a virtual town hall meeting this weekend to discuss “fighting for justice” in Texas.

Racial justice, climate change and the nation’s response to the pandemic have been central to similar town hall sessions that Sanders has organized in recent weeks in other states like Wisconsin and Iowa.

“After Joe Biden and Kamala (Harris) are elected, what we have got to do is to push a progressive agenda,” said Sanders, a U.S. Senator from Vermont. “An agenda that stands for working people and not just the 1 percent.”

The live-streamed meeting will include, among others, Democrat Julie Oliver, who is running for Congress in Central Texas, as well as Jose Garza, who is running for district attorney in Travis County.

The event will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, with a video feed available on Sanders’ website at


LD: what’s the word on this one? This may be a brilliant move on the Bernster’s part. TX is a major state that is taking major hits from climate damage, the latest economic depression, and CV.


I believe that the last polling ws Tx was even jut under 1% for Trumpcorp which is astounding. Tx will go blue in the future but didnt expect it to be this close now.

Paul ADK
Paul ADK

I think this election is going to be full of surprises. It’s too bad we don’t have a progressive leading the ticket.


T and R, Ms. Benny!! 🙂


Hello Nesters, Took a day off today so get to comment earlier than normal. 🙂 The latest Kenosha news.
Blakes father said that his son is shackled to his hospital bed by the KPD and they will not respond as to why. Blake is paralyzed from the waist down so I doubt he’s a flight risk. I’m sure that the KPD at some point will say its procedure.
News about the idiot from Antioch, He’s had some high profile attorneys take on his case and they have asked for a continuance for 30 days, trying to figure out if they can fight the extradition. They plan on using self defense as their defense once they go to court.


Michigan National Guard troops are headed to the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer authorized the use of two Michigan National Guard companies at the request of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, she said in a news release Thursday evening.

“I am confident that our Guardsmen and women will work hard to keep our neighbors in Wisconsin safe while working to protect their First Amendment rights to peaceful assembly,” Whitmer said.

She can call the Guard back at any time, the release stated.

Earlier in the day, Evers announced National Guard troops from Arizona, Michigan and Alabama will add to the Wisconsin National Guard troops already in Kenosha.

The Wisconsin governor requested additional troops, equipment and resources under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, allowing for state-to-state assistance during declared states of emergency, according to the release.

They are responding in a State Active Duty status, not in a federal capacity, he said.

The three states gave commitments and troops are expected to arrive as early as Friday night, Maj. Gen. Paul E. Knapp, adjutant general of the Wisconsin National Guard, said at a news conference Thursday.


too bad they weren’t already working with the community re covid. but that might allow them even more empathy. and tptb don’t want that.


I was forced into the back of a police wagon where I was kept alone and, save my cuffed wrists, unrestrained as the wagon drove wildly all over the city for nine hours. I kept my feet braced on a cold metal bench and sang freedom songs to steel my nerves. Once, officers parked the wagon in what looked like a vacant loading dock and played music loudly while making lewd references to my body and the holes in my shirt. When I sang, they laughed, and it took everything not to cry in fear and rage. That is all I can remember; brief snapshots of a long night I wasn’t sure I’d survive. Eventually, I was turned over to the Atlanta Detention Center. I was never formally charged.

Maybe decontextualized, my ride with multiple officers of the law, who made veiled threats and lewd comments about my body and the holes in my shirt, let their hands linger on the small of my back, and sat me in the dark backside of an abandoned loading dock, maybe all of that isn’t as terrifying on paper as it was in real life. But the context, of course, is that we live in a country where Black people’s bodies are brutalized for the most mundane things. I was a Black woman in the hands of police against the context of thousands of women accusing police of sexual assault in the past decade. The context is that our nation was roiling then and is roiling still with the righteous fury of protesters and the indignant rage of bigots in and out of uniform.

Police abductions are not lawful detainments; they are targeted attempts to intimidate activists and communities organizing to end policing as we know it.


These are the tactics of repressive regimems all over the world so where is the US in that context?


The police did not start out as ‘peace officers.’ They were instituted as a protective posse for the monied/wealthy classics. Wiki the history of the Pinkertons.


In the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, news reports have suggested that police unions bear some of the responsibility for the violence perpetrated against African Americans.

Critics have assailed these unions for protecting officers who have abused their authority. Derek Chauvin, the former police officer facing second-degree murder charges for Floyd’s death, had nearly 20 complaints filed against him during his career but only received two letters of reprimand.

Many people who support labor unions in principle, who view them as a countervailing force against the power of employers, have only recently come to view police unions as problematic – as entities that perpetuate a culture of racism and violence.

But this sentiment reverberates through the history of the U.S. labor movement. As a labor scholar who has written about unions for decades, I think this viewpoint can be explained by the fact that police unions differ fundamentally from almost all trade unions in America.

Foot Soldiers for Status Quo

For many veterans of the labor movement, police have been on the wrong side of the centuries-old struggle between workers and employers. Rather than side with other members of the working class, police have used their legal authority to protect businesses and private property, enforcing laws viewed by many as anti-union.

Paul ADK
Paul ADK

They still are.

And their current activities are a direct indication of the desperation that the precarious wealthy classes are feeling, right about now.

These people do not like unrest in the streets, as this is exactly what is going to topple them.


The problem with our deficits has never been their size but where the benefits have been distributed: Under Trump, these have disproportionately benefited corporations and high-income earners, while providing little relief to most Americans, who have been enduring relative declines in their living standards for decades, even before the economy experienced the body blow of a pandemic.

Everybody seems to get this now. Even The New York Times no longer trumpets the virtues of fiscal responsibility (as the “Gray Lady” once so often did) but now recognizes it for the fairy tale that it is. Everybody, that is, except perhaps for Joe Biden and the small cohort of deficit hawks advising him. It’s time to turn these hawks into dodos and get on with fixing the big problems facing the country.


Jayapal acknowledged that she and the progressive caucus she helps lead in Congress are not in lockstep with Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, but also said the nation will not make any progress with Trump in the White House.

The future is not static, she said, adding that the progressive caucus will continue to push for change beyond the 2020 election. Congress and the White House will need to address the nation’s deep inequality, lack of health care, environmental challenges and other issues, or another person like Trump will be elected in 2024, Jayapal said.

“Trump is both a symptom and a cause,” she said. “He is horrible. He has done horrible things. But he was elected in part because even before the pandemic ever hit, 60% of Americans didn’t even have 400 bucks in their bank account. Eighty-seven million Americans didn’t have health care, were either uninsured or underinsured.”


Rep. Jayapal needs to turn the sound up on her opposition. It has already got to a very bad, explosive point in this country.🙁


just knowing that i had some sort of reaction let me know i want to share. honestly a thing of beauty and i wish it was common in our movies and tv shows.



I’m familiar with the region: I grew up in South Hadley, and attended Springfield’s Cathedral high school with some of Neal’s children. To get a sense of the race, I spoke with more than 20 locals, and what I found is a once moderate Democratic district in flux, potentially on the brink of a substantial shift.

Many of the voters I spoke to were livid about unsavory political tactics and the homophobic insinuations of the allegations. (“Bullshit,” seethed a classmate from high school.) The Morse campaign has raked in $550,000 from 17,000 donations since the story broke, and 1,500 new fired-up volunteers reached out. A rosy internal poll in mid-August found Morse gaining on Neal, trailing just 5 percent behind the 32-year incumbent. Sixty-five members of the Massachusetts Democratic party signed a letter calling for an independent investigation of leadership’s involvement with the honeypot. New endorsements for Morse started gaining steam, as local elected officials who were previously neutral came off the sidelines, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz signaled her support to the region’s sizeable Puerto Rican population, and the PAC of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whom Morse credits with inspiring him to run, came in with a week to go.

Still, Neal’s campaign isn’t taking any chances, certainly not with polls showing the incumbent under 50 percent. Special interest groups, including the American Working Families Super PAC, are dumping hundreds of thousands of dollars to attack Morse into Massachusetts’s once-forgotten district. The Neal campaign sent a cease and desist letter to a local television station for running an ad that says he has taken more money from corporations—making the distinction that it is corporate PAC money—than any other member of Congress. Despite activist pleas, the congressman hasn’t held a townhall in three years. And when I asked Neal, who in the last debate urged viewers to “listen to the students,” if he would condemn tactics that resulted in homophobic rhetoric in the district, one of his campaign advisors stepped in to refer me to the campaign’s statement on the matter. Other Neal surrogates were more frank. “To see Alex’s momentum to go through the roof is concerning,” Easthampton mayor Nicole LaChapelle said to me. “It’s now come down to not issues, not to the record. It has come down to identity politics.”

Like other incumbents, Neal is challenged by greater national trends. He’s taken heat for moving slowly on both impeachment and requesting Trump’s tax returns, and even the pandemic might play a role. “Droughts, floods, and even shark attacks [have been shown to] hurt the incumbents,” says Adam Hilton, a professor of political science at Mt. Holyoke College. Morse, on the other hand, is hoping that his support for the Green New Deal could generate some momentum, in part because its main sponsor, Sen. Ed Markey, is also on the same Massachusetts primary ballot. Markey is up by 7 percent in the latest Data for Progress poll, and if more new, young, climate-oriented voters are activated, that could move the dial towards Morse, who put Holyoke on the leading edge of decarbonization. Neal is the only member of the Massachusetts caucus who has not endorsed the measure. “Conceptually, I’m a believer,” Neal told me over the phone when I asked him why he hasn’t endorsed it despite almost 200 environmental activists protesting him last December. “I think the Green Act, the Green New Deal, but certainly attacking climate change is going to be one of my huge priorities if it’s a Biden presidency. But let’s write some legislation, as I have done, to get it done.”

The district may not tip over to the progressive wing just yet, but the informal rules of Congress and the party have undeniably changed. Even if Morse doesn’t win this election, he could run again like Missouri’s Cori Bush and Illinois’s Marie Newman, who both just prevailed. As strategists like Lis Smith put it to me, there’s a “seismic shift” underway nevertheless, and Morse is the “future of the Democratic party.”