U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-V.T., joined Rev. William Barber II for a public forum Thursday night at Duke University Chapel.
The conversation, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 19 but was postponed due to a U.S. Congress budget vote, was called “The Enduring Challenge of a Moral Economy: 50 Years After Dr. King Challenged Racism, Poverty and Militarism.” Sanders and Barber discussed and answered audience questions concerning a variety of pressing political issues, such as inequality, military spending, racism and Russia, as well as the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sanders, a former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, advocates for policy changes like universal health care and free public university tuition. Barber is an alumnus of Duke Divinity School, national co-chairperson of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and president of Repairers of the Breach.
Sanders said the concept of a moral economy stems from the injustice and gross immorality of three people in America owning more wealth than the bottom half of the American people.
“The way we bring about change is having the courage to talk about reality that you may not see on TV and you surely will not hear discussed in the United States Congress,” he said. “When we talk about a moral economy, we start off recognizing that we are the wealthiest country in the history of the world.”
Barber said systemic racism and economic inequality go hand-in-hand and that you cannot have one without the other.
“I was taught that there is no separation between justice and Jesus,” he said. “Any attempt to separate the two is heresy.”
Acknowledging that Medicare for All must be the end goal for an ultra-wealthy nation in which tens of thousands die each year due to lack of health insurance, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced legislation on Wednesday aimed at making immediate fixes to the current system to protect consumers from the “nasty tricks” of the private insurance industry, lower prescription drug costs, and shield low-income families from premium hikes.
“So long as private health insurance exists, there is no reason to allow our health care to be held hostage by insurance companies that refuse to do better,” Warren said in a statement unveiled alongside her legislation, which is co-sponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). “Our bill will hold them accountable while significantly improving access to healthcare for millions of Americans.”
Warren is attempting to address problems in the short-term that are contributing to soaring healthcare costs and kicking Americans off their insurance entirely—from the Trump administration’s relentless sabotage efforts to the outlandish costs of prescription drugs.
Under Warren’s plan, for instance, insurance companies would “be barred from changing the kinds of drugs that they cover in the middle of the year, as well as how much of those drugs’ costs are born by consumers,” Marans notes. “Consumers would also be shielded from the effects of an insurer dropping a plan during their course of treatment.”
“Too many Americans have to battle with their insurance companies just to see their doctor or get a prescription filled,” Warren wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “We need a healthcare system that puts patients first—not insurance companies.”
Today I’m introducing the Consumer Health Insurance Protection Act with @SenSanders & our colleagues. We need #MedicareForAll – and until we get it, there's no reason private insurers can't provide coverage that lives up to the high standards of our public health care programs. pic.twitter.com/Ke7laLd164
We live in the richest country in the history of the world, but that reality means little because much of that wealth is controlled by a tiny handful of individuals while more than 40 million Americans live in poverty. The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time, and it is the great political issue of our time. Tonight, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in partnership with The Guardian, NowThis, The Young Turks and Act.tv, will present a live town hall event on the rise of the …Continue reading →
Recently, there have been several strikes by our public school educators, most notably in West Virginia. It even grabbed the attention of a neoliberal publication such as The Atlantic, which more or less said the WV teacher strike was a shot across the bow. Last week, Alia Wong wrote: Even though the West Virginia walkout is over, however, observers suspect that it has jump-started a national movement that could have lasting implications for the country’s schools. Evidence that the success of West Virginia’s roughly 20,000 K-12 classroom teachers is intensifying educator unrest nationally can already by seen. In Oklahoma, where …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. — Occupy the Democrats #FreePeterDouche (@OccupyTheDems) January 15, 2018 Benjamin Dixon did a fantastic …Continue reading →
Frankly, I would hope that the GOP tax bill doesn’t come up around your Thanksgiving table. Personally, I prefer just enjoying each other’s company, catching up, good food, and as much laughter as possible. But, if talk around the table does turn to the tax bill, here are some talking points/facts to counter the misinformation and perhaps give someone pause who is buying the GOP’s selling of it. Although corporate tax cuts are frequently touted as a good thing, something that would ‘Benefit Ordinary Americans’. That just doesn’t pan out in real life. Sure, the corporations COULD use their windfall to raise …Continue reading →
Republicans want you to believe that if we give away $1.5 trillion to big corporations in their so-called tax reform bill, CEOs will raise wages and bring jobs back from overseas. But that’s not how CEOs think. Al and Elizabeth will tell you what they’ll actually do with their tax giveaways.
I didn’t know much about Paul Wellstone in his time tbh. But I’ve heard plenty about him in the years since his untimely death. Wellstone’s Legacy: Doing What I Honestly, Truthfully Believe Is Right This week marks the 15th anniversary of the sudden death of Minnesota’s progressive Sen. Paul Wellstone in a plane crash that also killed his wife, daughter, several staffers and two pilots. His death in 2002 came days before a dead-heat election where he was seeking a third Senate term; it also came two weeks after he became one of 23 lawmakers to vote against the invasion …Continue reading →
Genevieve Iron Lightning is a young Lakota dancer on the Cheyenne River reservation, one of the poorest communities in the US. Unemployment, addiction, alcoholism, and suicide are all challenges for Lakota on the reservation.
For nearly a hundred years it was illegal to practice Lakota customs. Now the Cheyenne River Youth Project is working with young people like Genevieve to create a stronger economic and cultural future – andthrey using their Lakota heritage to get there.
“Lakota In America” is the third film in Square’s For Every Kind of Dream series. See the other films at http://foreverydream.com.
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day friends. I’m fairly exhausted from my weekend so I admit to sleeping in and not doing as much news rounding up as I might normally have taken part in.
Given the nature of the ‘holiday’ Starting of with Red Eagle’s ‘Song of Surivival’ and then I’ll put the news in the comment threads.
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