I have the town hall on now and will report in with snippets I see.
Please help me out with snippets of your own as I can’t watch it all!
I have the town hall on now and will report in with snippets I see.
Please help me out with snippets of your own as I can’t watch it all!
This showed up on my twitter feed just now as a ‘Promoted’ tweet. Now, I don’t tend to squander any love on Bloomberg, Steyer, or Soros, but I was curious enough to look up this group, Power The Future, and look at what I found on the group’s timeline: Hmmm, I thought, something seems off. Here is the linked story: Beto O’Rourke to major Democratic super PAC donor: “Thanks, but no thanks” Tom Steyer, one of the biggest Democratic donors in the country, openly mulled spending on O’Rourke’s behalf via his environmental super PAC, NextGen America. Wait, is it..possible that O’Rourke said, “Thanks, but no thanks” for … Continue reading →
The Establishment (political, economic and media) wants us to believe is that real and fundamental changes in our society are impossible.
No. We cannot guarantee health care to all as a right. No. We cannot revitalize the trade union movement, raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour and provide pay equity for women. No. We cannot effectively compete in the global economy by making public colleges and universities tuition-free. No. We cannot lead the world in combatting climate change and transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels. No. We cannot reform our broken criminal justice system or finally achieve comprehensive immigration reform.
They want us to think that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, a nation which has more income and wealth inequality than almost any nation on earth, the best that we can do is to accept tiny, incremental change.
I could not disagree more.
Right now, a Democratic National Committee Unity Reform Commission, comprised of people who supported our campaign, people who supported Secretary Clinton’s campaign, and people appointed by DNC Chair Tom Perez are working on a set of policies that will determine the future direction of the Democratic Party. In many ways, this Unity Commission will determine whether the Party goes forward in a dynamic and inclusive way, or whether it retains the failed status quo approach of recent years. It will determine whether the Party will have the grassroots energy to effectively take on Donald Trump, the Republican Party and their reactionary agenda or whether we remain in the minority.
In my view, this Commission must:
* Make the Democratic Party more democratic and the presidential contests more fair by dramatically reducing the number of superdelegates who participate in the nominating process. It is absurd that in the last presidential primary over 700 superdelegates (almost one-third of the delegates a candidate needed to win the nomination) had the power to ignore the will of the people who voted in the state primaries and caucuses.
* Make primaries more open by ending the absurdity of closed primary systems with antiquated, arbitrary and discriminatory voter registration laws. Republicans are the ones who make it harder for people to vote, not Democrats. At a time when more and more people consider themselves to be Independents our job is to bring people into the Democratic Party process, not exclude them. It is incredibly undemocratic that in some states voters must declare their party affiliation up to six months before the primary election.
* Make it easier for working people and students to participate in state caucuses. While there is much to be said for bringing people together face-to-face in a caucus to discuss why they support the candidate of their choice, not everybody is able to attend those caucuses at the time they are held. A process must be developed that gives everyone the right to cast a vote even if they are not physically able to attend a state caucus.
* Make the DNC’s budget and decision-making processes more open and transparent. If we are going to build a Party that relies on working people who are willing to give $5, $10 and $27 donations, they deserve to know where that money is going and how those decisions are made.
I look forward to following the progress of the Unity Reform Commission, and I urge Chairman Tom Perez and the entire Democratic National Committee to develop policies which move the Democratic Party forward in a very different direction — a direction that will lead us to national and statewide victories. It’s important that you do the same:
Please sign the petition calling on the Democratic National Committee and Chairman Tom Perez to accept, support and implement policies which make the Democratic Party more inclusive, more democratic and more transparent.
More news/video/etc. in the comments, including:
*Bernie Sanders, 10 Senate Democrats push USDA for ‘consumer-friendly’ GMO label
*‘Great Things Come Out of Discomfort’: Our Revolution’s Nina Turner
*Dreamers Take Over Senate Building to Demand New Protections
*Republicans Plan to Turn Puerto Rico Into a Theme Park for Fossil-Fuel Corporations
*Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna: Stop All Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Now
*Pipeline news, Water Protector Updates & More
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”.
More news, video, etc in the comments below. To become a commenting member (free of charge!), send me an email to the tpwhelpdesk at the googles.
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. I’ve been pretty much out of commission since yesterday but wanted to at least put some content up gradually through the day as I am able. There is plenty of Bernie news, single payer articles, a pretty good selection of youtube vids (if I had to say so myself), and of course the latest water protector/pipeline actions.
Starting the day off though with something a little different. Well if you think about it, its not too very different at all. As the pattern goes: ARTICLE CLAIMS RUSSIA HACKED U.S. > MAJOR MEDIA COVERAGE > Story slowly dies > Turns out Russia didnt do anything > no/to few corrections issued. MOA actually wrote about this not too very long ago in a post titled The Undeniable Pattern Of Russian Hacking>The Undeniable Pattern of Russian Hacking.
Earlier this summer, Dallas gained national attention when county officials claimed Russians tried to hack their voter registration rolls.
Tried but failed.
It was national news when the story broke last June. It was news again when the story re-surfaced on a network newscast just days ago. But emails obtained by WFAA indicate that the information coming from Dallas County officials and circulating around the country was wrong.
The headlines stem from an FBI visit to Dallas County officials in the fall of 2016, prior to the November presidential election.
Agents armed with a list of suspected Russian hackers that may have tried to penetrate Dallas County voter rolls.
For months, there was no word from county officials as to what became of that information, until this past June.
Then, suddenly, the story of a Russian hack attempt was confirmed to the entire North Texas media.
The confirmation was coming from Dallas County elections administrator Toni-Pippins Poole. Pippins-Poole told the news media that her IT department confirmed 17 attempts by Russians to hack into the Dallas County voter rolls.
It quickly became national news then and again just days ago on MSNBC.
But WFAA has obtained internal Dallas County emails indicating the Russian hack attempt likely never happened.
Now everything else will be in the comments. Would love to hear your opinions on this story though. First person to find a MSNBC retraction wins bonus mojo!
Also in this post:
*Where do Texas Democrats Stand on Single-Payer Health Care?
*Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights On The Foreign Policy Establishment
*How Bernie Sanders is cultivating California for 2020
*As Warren and Sanders Jockey for Support, One Takes a Road More Traveled
*Gun Stocks Surge as Trump Pushes to Ease Export Regulations for Assault Weapons
*Ohio increases fines to $2.3M against pipeline developer
Hello friends! As you can see there are already a couple posts below for your reading pleasure. This thread will contain candidate updates, climate change discussion, water protector news and most anything else I (and hopefully you) stumble across that may be of interest.
Starting off with some great local coverage about some awesome grassroots activism:
Good Morning Birdies! I’ll start with a bit of Bernie news, then all of us can pitch in with other progressive news or excerpts to interesting things we’ve seen around the Net. Last night, MIC news reported that Bernie has come out against a new energy bill that supports fracking and continues to uplift the Oil & Gas Industry. From the article: With the Senate focused on health care reform, a little-noticed bill that could increase America’s production of fossil fuels may see a vote on the Senate floor as soon as next week. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) does not plan to … Continue reading →
9 Summaries and links to Recent actions by the ACLU of North Dakota – supporting the Save our Water Protesters and covering some of the many legal issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline – 3 possible action items: you can send the ACLU of North Dakota some $ love at this link – you can like the ACLU of North Dakota Facebook page here – you can follow the ACLU of North Dakota Twitter page here 1) ACLU Urges Justice Department To Investigate Militarized Response at Standing Rock Protest ACLU and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights call for an end to law enforcement … Continue reading →
As we follow what’s happening on the ground as indigenous people and others from all over join the Standing Rock Sioux in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, it’s easy to forget to ask where the money’s coming from. As it turns out (and I’m sorry to say), the largest chunks of the money behind DAPL come from California, in particular hedge funds in the San Francisco Bay Area. Journaiist Will Parrish, writing for the North Bay Bohemian, digs up a whole lot of surprises about the “Bay Area investment [that] fuels America’s tracking boom — and the pipeline protests” … Continue reading →
Good morning Peeps. ND is stepping up its’ aggression against Peaceful Water Protectors over the weekend. Rubber bullets, batons and possibly live ammunition (to shoot down a drone over Tribal land) were used. Democracy Now has a special report up regarding what happened: From http://www.democracynow.org/ We go to North Dakota for an update on the ongoing Standoff at Standing Rock, where thousands of Native Americans representing more than 200 tribes from across the Americas are resisting the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which is slated to carry oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields through South Dakota, Iowa … Continue reading →
Are you on Twitter? The NoDAPL Water Protectors are asking for help to create a Twitter Storm climaxing during the debate, asking why they are not talking about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the need to protect our water. Here’s the text of their request on Facebook, from Noelle Garcia. She explains what a Twitter storm is, why they want to create it, and what to include in your Tweet (including samples of what to say): noelle garcia to International Days of Prayer and Action with Standing Rock The American Indian Center of Chicago is asking people to share plans to start … Continue reading →
OvershootDay.Org On August 8, 2016, we will have used as much from nature as our planet can renew in the whole year. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester. From Gawker: Today is Earth Overshoot Day—the day when humanity has consumed more natural resources than the planet is able to generate in a single calendar year. Disturbingly, this date is happening earlier with each passing year. According to the Global Footprint Network, an international think tank concerned with environmental sustainability, … 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 →
Food and Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter says the people need to tell the Democratic establishment that it’s too late for incremental changes to address the climate crisis: