Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle are joined by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush, the two break-out candidates pushing progressive issues and challenging the Democratic Party’s agenda.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose selection as a major speaker at the upcoming Women’s Convention set off a heated debate among feminists, said he won’t attend the event, but will instead visit Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to recover from the extensive damage left by back-to-back hurricanes.
In a statement issued by his office Thursday, Sanders said: “I want to apologize to the organizers of the Women’s Convention for not being able to attend your conference next Friday in Detroit. Given the emergency situation in Puerto Rico, I will be traveling there to visit with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and other officials to determine the best way forward to deal with the devastation the island is experiencing. The U.S. Congress cannot turn its back on the millions of people in Puerto Rico who, four weeks after the hurricane, are still without electricity, food and running water.
The convention, scheduled for Oct. 27-29, is the first major event since last January’s Women’s March, in which millions of women across the country took to the streets to protest the election of President Trump, and vowed to fight policies that they said would hurt women and families, including repealing the Affordable Care Act, cracking down on undocumented immigrants and curbing abortion rights.
When organizers announced last week that Sanders would speak on the opening day of the convention, some women criticized the choice. Some were still angry at Sanders, who they say ran a negative primary campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton in her bid to become the first woman to win a major party presidential nomination. Others simply argued that it was an insult for a man to be the opening speaker at a national gathering of women.
Organizers noted that Sanders was one of only two male speakers at the gathering and that he was not the headliner. That honor went to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), whose unrelenting criticism of the president has made her the most popular figure of the opposition to the Trump administration.
Via twitter from@WomensMarch:
— Women's March (@womensmarch) October 19, 2017
I’d of course love to hear your thoughts and reactions in the comments section where I’ll also have more of the days news, including:
*”People Are Dying’ But Trump Gives Himself Perfect ’10’ for Puerto Rico Response”
*Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin
*’Ecological Armageddon’: Warnings From Scientists as Flying Insects Disappear
*Concern of Progressive Purge as Bernie Wing ‘Left in the Cold’ at DNC
*A month after Stockley verdict, demonstrators stay in the streets
*Water Protector News, Pipeline Updates & More
Jane O’Meara Sanders, the wife of Bernie Sanders, joined Maura Derrane and Dáithí Ó Sé on the Today show.
Dr Sanders was speaking ahead of her talk at Limerick’s Concert Hall as part of an Irish American festival.
She revealed that Bernie’s campaign was not supported by Harvey Weinstein, a well-known supporter of the Democratic party, and said that Weinstein advised the Clinton campaign on how to defeat her husband.
On whether or not Bernie would run for president in 2020 when he is 77 years of age, she simply said that they believe “age is just a number”.
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Also in this post:
*Senator Sanders Tours Williston Solar Testing Site
*Bernie Sanders, King of YA Lit
*SEIU labor union endorses Ben Jealous for Maryland governor
*Birmingham’s New Mayor Randall Woodfin on How to Win the Political Revolution Down South
*Atlanta Black Star Endorses Vincent Fort for Mayor of Atlanta
* Pipeline updates, Water Protector News & More
Good morning friends! Off to a very late start so I’m going to throw up an open thread with the days news in the comments, then a couple stand alone posts on candidates.
Starting off with Our Revolution endorsed Randall Woodfin’s 99 Neighborhood strategy to become mayor of Birmingham. Election day is October 3rd so theres still some time… but not much. If you know anyone in the Birmingham area… pass on Woodfin’s info. Or if you’re bored sometime this evening, click the ‘volunteer’ link below and do some phone banking.
More news/video/etc In the comments, including:
*Kirsten Gillibrand Cites Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren as Leaders of the Democratic Party” on YouTube
*Al Gore Warned Us About Stronger Hurricanes YEARS AGO”
*VINCENT FORT ANGERED DEMOCRATIC ELITES WHEN HE ENDORSED BERNIE SANDERS. CAN HE BE ATLANTA’S NEXT MAYOR?
*”No Is Not Enough: Naomi Klein on Bernie’s Medicare-for-All Bill & Future of Democratic Party
*Obamacare Repeal Zombie Rises AGAIN
*A conversation with Bernie Sanders about ‘Medicare for all’
& plenty more.
Cori Bush is running to represent the 1st district of Missouri, and after hearing her enthusiasm about single-payer healthcare, campaign finance reform, as well as other issues, you’ll fall in love with her. She’s setting a new standard in American politics with a campaign funded 100% by small grassroots donations, and she has the potential to emerge as an icon in the progressive community.
Support Cori Bush’s Campaign: https://www.votecoribush.com/
More news/video/etc. in the comments.