Good Evening Birdies! The top 1% owe 70% of unpaid taxes. Collecting less than a third of those taxes can fund all of this: 🎓 Tuition-free college for all🏡 A Green New Deal for public housing🚰 Clean tap water for all🍝 Universal school meals Don't tell me we can't afford to live with dignity. — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 19, 2019 Hard to argue with that!
Among growing calls for gun control legislation, students who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to deliver some of the most powerful statements in the wake of the tragedy, and on Sunday a group of them declared that “now is the time for us to stand up” and announced plans for a march in Washington, D.C.
The students, Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Alex Wind, made the statements to NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Gonzalez, who on Saturday gave a moving speech that went viral, told NBC, “This is our opportunity to talk to President Trump, Gov. Rick Scott, and state [sic] Senator Marco Rubio to make sure that they know we are talking directly to them and all other members of the United States government that are being funded by the NRA to tell them now is the time to get on the right side of this.”
A call to action for the March 24 event, March For Our Lives, declares, “It doesn’t have to be this way…Refuse to allow one more needless death.”
“March For Our Lives,” its mission statement explains, “is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.”
“The mission and focus of March For Our Lives,” it adds, “is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.”
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 →