Here’s America’s first black president talking about reparations for slavery and systematic discrimination. Obama: Theoretically, you can make, obviously, a powerful argument that centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination are the primary cause for all those gaps. That those were wrongs done to the black community as a whole, and black families specifically, and that in order to close that gap, a society has a moral obligation to make a large, aggressive investment, even if it’s not in the form of individual reparations checks, but in the form of a Marshall Plan, in order to close those gaps. It is …Continue reading →
Last night, TOP had a liveblog going about Anderson Cooper’s Stephanie Clifford interview on 60 Minutes last night. I discovered it on the Recent Story list while looking for the new series, These Revolutionary Times. Also, I found another FP post by GOS himself, who provided a quick transcript from CBS. To me, it is pitiful but TOP is starving for ratings. I’m surprised they didn’t solicit quite the polling that CNN did: Source: CNN Mind one, I did see the interview when it was being broadcasted last evening. The only thing that was particularly interesting was the timing of …Continue reading →
So Neera Tanden did a MLK tweet this morning. Rob’s response was quite typical. He'd probably criticize Democrats for waging endless war on poor people abroad while spying on American citizens at home, then you'd denounce him as a Kremlin agent — Rob Rousseau (@robrousseau) January 15, 2018 MLK’s opinions about capitalism seem to be more and more known: "Capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes." ~Martin Luther King Jr. — 100% Unpopular Information (@OccupyTheDems) January 15, 2018 Benjamin Dixon did a fantastic thread …Continue reading →
Good morning friends! I have a super extensive audit at the cubicle job today so will most likely not be around too very much but wanted to get a post going for the day. Of course I’ll start it with Bernie:
Mayor Bill de Blasio will get a boost from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday as he seeks to rally support from the left for his re-election campaign. The de facto leader of the Democratic Party’s left wing will headline a de Blasio campaign rally at the music venue Terminal 5 on Oct. 30.
Sanders, an independent from Vermont who ran for president as a Democrat last year, “highlight the Mayor’s strong record of progressive results, his vision for moving New York City forward, and the importance of voting for a Mayor who will stand up to Donald Trump,” de Blasio’s campaign said in an event announcement.
The rally will come a week before de Blasio, a Democrat finishing his first term, faces off with Republican state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in the Nov. 7 election.
De Blasio endorsed Hillary Clinton over Sanders in last year’s presidential primary, in which the senator ran as an anti-establishment outsider. But Sanders’ appearance could help increase de Blasio’s appeal to some of his progressive critics.
“Throughout his life, Sen. @BernieSanders has fought for change for working Americans,” de Blasio’s campaign tweeted Wednesday.
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Perhaps you heard about a post on Daily Kos a few days ago that basically went viral on twitter: Black activists unknowingly organized events for Russia, helping effort to create divisions in U.S. Uh oh, “unknowingly”? Black activists needed Russian trolls to tell them that something needs to be done?? It’s also deeply disturbing because it shows the lengths that the Russians are willing to go to in order to wreak havoc in our country. And mainly, it’s infuriating because it shows how black people are once again victimized—even by countries we don’t necessarily live in. As Conrad James said, …Continue reading →
That large banner has the famous line from the American Declaration of Independence, followed by “If of African descent tear off this corner”. TomP had a diary last month on the 100th anniversary of the East St. Louis massacre that described the events and their causes in detail. Today is the 100th anniversary of the Silent Parade in New York City, organized to protest that massacre which claimed the lives of 100-200, the vast majority of them black people. Google changed it’s doodle today to commemorate the protest. They are also highlighting a documentary project from the Equal Justice Initiative called Lynching in …Continue reading →
Samuel Sinyangwe visited Louisiana a few weeks ago, and wrote about how conscript labor is used there in the state legislature and across government facilities. Some background: Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the *world.* Within that, black people are locked up at much higher rates. pic.twitter.com/Wcc85JCOwM — Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) May 19, 2017 I thought I understood racism and mass incarceration. But nothing prepared me for what I saw in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (1/x) — Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) May 19, 2017 The thread is worth reading, and Sinyangwe was particularly affected by the sight of prisoners …Continue reading →
Good Morning everyone! I hope the first day of September finds you all well. Things people are talking about: The leaked DCCC memo Leaked 2015 Memo Told Dems: ‘Don’t Offer Support’ For Black Lives Matter Policy Positions “If approached by BLM activists, campaign staff should offer to meet with local activists,” the memo reads. “Invited BLM attendees should be limited. Please aim for personal or small group meetings.” “Listen to their concerns,” it continues. “Don’t offer support for concrete policy positions.” The memo includes advice on what, exactly, to say to Black Lives Matter activists. It recommends avoiding phrases …Continue reading →
This is a long list folks…click on the events to go too an event’s homepage for more info: Events OFFICIAL SCHEDULE speakers, rally / marches MAJOR EVENTS NOTE: The City of Philadelphia has informally told us that camping will be “tolerated” around the city, including in FDR Park at night. Please fold/pack up your tents during the day – it will be crazy full with activities at FDR Park. Bernie delgates – need help/donations. Donations – for Bernie DNC delegates Philly.FYI had an amazing man donate large-scale stage/equipment. Come help organize this production. All day, Sat/Sun – FDR Park, Zone …Continue reading →
The Republican National Convention is underway just a few miles from the park where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead by police in November of 2014 while he was playing with a toy pellet gun. We speak with Rev. Dr. Jawanza Karriem Colvin, the pastor of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, which is one of the largest African-American congregations in Cleveland, about how city officials and activists responded to the killing. He was recently profiled in a Politico report titled “The Preacher Who Took on the Police.”
So why the big silence from the NRA when two men who were legal gun owners with conceal carry permits are shot? Could it be because they are black? Thom Hartmann explains that “the dark, dirty secret of American history is that the Second Amendment itself is racist.” Thom Hartmann explains that the Second Amendment was written both to ensure no standing national army, in order to prevent the possibility of a military coup overturning democracy, AND to preserve slavery in the South — in particular, by continuing the Virginia state slave patrols, which were, in essence, a state militia. …Continue reading →
More than 300 people were arrested over the weekend as protests against police brutality erupted in more than a dozen U.S. cities over the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Philando Castile’s death comes on the heels of massive protests over another fatal police shooting in Minnesota last year: the police killing of Jamar Clark. Authorities say Clark was shot in the head after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. But multiple witnesses say Clark was shot while handcuffed. For more we speak with Minnesota Democratic Representative Keith Ellison. He is also one of the five people picked by Bernie Sanders to serve on the Democratic National Committee platform drafting committee.
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