Gillum is going to use his organization to help turn Florida blue in 2020. The new organization is called: Bring It Home Florida. After losing his bid for Florida’s governorship by less than one half of a percentage point, Mr. Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor, is now carefully planning his next steps amid speculation that he would run for president. On Wednesday, he announced he will not join the Democratic field seeking to oppose President Trump, but instead return to political organizing. He said he aims to build a voter mobilization network in Florida that will help whoever becomes the Democratic …Continue reading →
Bernie Sanders’ first appearance in California as a 2020 presidential candidate was not at a mega-rally like the ones that defined his previous bid, but at a speech before sun-baked picketers in front of UCLA’s medical center.
The rallies will come later — Sanders has three scheduled this weekend in the state — but the show of solidarity with striking UC workers illustrated how the Vermont senator is seeking to align himself with organized labor, a bedrock of Democratic politics.
“I’m here today not as a candidate for president but as somebody who has spent the last 40 years of his life walking the picket lines for unionized workers,” said Sanders, sporting rolled shirtsleeves. He wore a baseball cap that partially obscured a bandage covering stitches he received last week after cutting his head on a shower door.
The picket line consisted of members of the University Professional and Technical Employees, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America, which represents research and technical workers. The union has been in negotiations with UC for nearly two years, but sticking points have included wages and concerns over outsourcing. The strikers were joined Wednesday by members of another union, AFSCME Local 3299, which represents patient care workers and is also in contract negotiations with the university system.
Sanders blasted the University of California for acting like a “corporate-type employer,” and framed the workers’ demands as part of a larger labor struggle.
“What we are seeing all across this country is a war being waged against working people in America,” he said.
.@realDonaldTrump, take note. The American people will no longer tolerate a government which only works for the billionaires and massive corporations. We are going to defeat you and create a government that works for all. pic.twitter.com/l5p8zbDkfh
The Oregon House approved a 10-year ban on fracking to explore for oil and natural gas.
Lawmakers voted 42-12 on Monday to prohibit the process, which injects high-pressure liquids into underground rock to extract oil and gas. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Environmental advocates say fracking can contaminate groundwater and pose other environmental risks.
The Trump administration announced last year that it planned roll back federal regulations on the process, making it easier to frack on public lands.
New York, Vermont and Maryland have enacted fracking bans, and Florida and New Mexico are also considering outlawing at least some forms of the practice.
Fracking pollutes water, degrades air quality and worsens climate change. When we are in the White House we are going to ban fracking nationwide and rapidly move to renewable energy. Thank you @ORHouseDems for taking this important step to stop fracking. https://t.co/7Bc2jHHema
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for an end to the Electoral College as a way to guarantee that “every vote matters.” Her comments came at a CNN town hall in Jackson, Mississippi, in response to a question about voter disenfranchisement.
“My view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College,” she said, to enthusiastic applause. Warren noted that during the general election, “Presidential candidates don’t come to places like Mississippi. … They also don’t come to places like California and Massachusetts, right? Because we’re not the battleground states.”
Since 2000, Democrats have seen two of their presidential candidates, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, win the popular vote only to lose the Electoral College — and the election. Because most states distribute electoral votes through a winner-take-all system, candidates tend to pay much less attention in the general election to states that are either deeply Democratic or deeply Republican, focusing instead on the battlegrounds where the outcome is uncertain. The group FairVote noted that by November 2016, over 90 percent of the electoral activity in the campaign had taken place in just 11 battleground states.
However, moving to a popular vote system could negatively impact a different set of voters. Candidates would likely focus more on heavily populated urban areas and less on those who don’t live in cities.
Warren also responded to a question about reparations — she did not definitively support direct financial payments as part of a plan but instead called for convening a congressional panel of experts to find the most effective solution to correct generational inequalities.
She also reiterated her support for an “ultra-millionaire” tax on wealth, for the green new deal and for breaking up the big tech companies.
It may not always seem this way, but foreign policy should be about people. Which people it’s about, determines what our foreign policy is. When our foreign policy revolves around powerful people representing enormous business interests, it takes on a particular form. When it’s focused on relatively powerless everyday people across the world, it takes on a different form. When I think about foreign policy, I try to focus on people without much power. I work to identify with those who find themselves buffeted by enormous forces outside of their control. Perhaps it is a bit easier for me because I am a first-generation …Continue reading →
Bay Area residents will soon be able to “feel the Bern.”
Current Vermont senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced Saturday that he will be returning to the Bay Area for a rally on March 24. It will be his first Bay Area trip since announcing his second presidential run, vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination.
The rally, which will be held at Great Meadow Park at Fort Mason, follows recent campaign stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Before making his way to Northern California, Sanders will also visit San Diego on March 22.
The rally will be free and open to the public. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the event will start at 12:30 p.m.
Sanders, who announced his second presidential campaign on Feb. 19, enters the race as an early top contender. He raised $5.9 million from 223,000 donors within the first 24 hours, seemingly encapsulating his so-called people-powered campaign.
He’s known for his democratic socialist identity and advocacy for issues like raising the minimum wage as well as free college and health care — views that initially acquired little support from policymakers in his first campaign, but are increasingly shared by fellow Democratic contenders.
Sanders has more ties to the Bay Area this time around, as Fremont Rep. Ro Khanna will serve as one of his top advisers, with the role of being Sanders’ point person in Silicon Valley.
AOC was hosting a town hall in her district and was talking about public schools. She talked about her dad getting into Brooklyn Tech (one of the selective NYC high schools). AOC then asks why every school can’t be like Brooklyn Tech, why NYC only has a handful of such selective high schools. She was heckled by some attendees who oppose changes to the testing program for these schools. And this is the special moment, she points out that in many, many areas of public services, we have created an environment of scarcity. This ends up pitting communities against each …Continue reading →
Indebted to the pastors of Charleston, South Carolina, with whom we met yesterday. We are going to build a campaign and a nation that is built on love and justice and we will not allow any force to divide us. pic.twitter.com/oMJV0NOIvM
Bernie receiving so much spirit. It feels like so many of us are sending him all the love and warmth and healing that we can. I’ve never done this on a phone before so I’ll just see if there aren’t a few tweets I can add down below. Happy Bernie Sunday, everyone!
On Friday, children in some 100 countries are walking out of school to push for global action on climate change. Over the last four months, hundreds of thousands of young people from many countries participated in demonstrations against climate change. This is something quite unique — schoolchildren have never before instigated such far-reaching protests on a global scale.
The phenomenon ramped up with weekly school strikes, mainly in Western Europe, the United States and Australia, but also in low- and middle-income countries like Colombia, India and Uganda. The March 15 global strike reportedly involves more than 100 countries and over 1,600 separate events. In an open letter, the global coordination group of the movement demanded that all countries should meet their commitments outlined in the Paris Agreement, and demanded justice for all future victims of climate change.
In September, a 15-year-old Swedish student named Greta Thunberg launched a climate change strike in front of the Swedish parliament building, just prior to the national elections. Thunberg soon became a great source of inspiration for strike participants worldwide and as just been nominated for the Nobel peace prize.
Based on prior studies, we believe there’s a simple explanation: In addition to concern for nature, schoolchildren readily identify with someone their own age.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a single act of civil disobedience helps launch a broad and sweeping social movement. Although facing threats of a completely different magnitude, Rosa Parks is one such iconic example. Her risky decision not to move to the back of an Alabama bus in 1955 helped launch the Montgomery bus boycott, an important catalyst in the U.S. civil rights movement.
Many broad-based social movements have evolved without cooperation with established organizations. In fact, people who seek social change may tend to see these organizations as too entrenched in the ruling political order.
Today’s young climate strikers appears to be organizing themselves in a grassroots, bottom-up manner, focusing on building support within their school classes and other social networks.
The Senate voted Wednesday to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition’s war in Yemen, bringing Congress one step closer to a unprecedented rebuke of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
Lawmakers have never before invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to stop a foreign conflict, but they are poised to do just that in the bid to cut off U.S. support for a war that has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe.
The vote puts Congress on a collision course with Trump, who has already threatened to veto the resolution, which the White House says raises “serious constitutional concerns.”
The measure was co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Mike Lee, R- Utah. Next, it will move to the Democratic-controlled House, where it is expected to pass.
The resolution passed by a vote of 54 to 46, with seven Republicans breaking with Trump to back the resolution: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Steve Daines of Montana, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Todd Young of Indiana.
“The bottom line is that the United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic regime with an irresponsible foreign policy,” Sanders said on Wednesday from the Senate floor. He said a vote in favor of the measure would “begin the process of reclaiming our constitutional authority by ending United States involvement in a war that has not been authorized by Congress and is unconstitutional.”
In an historic vote, the Senate sent an important message: we will no longer support Saudi Arabia in causing the worst humanitarian disaster on the planet. Congress will reassert its constitutional authority on issues of war and end U.S. support for the war in Yemen. https://t.co/6l7s4L4aLE
India is a poor country. Its per capita income ($2,000/yr) is just 3% that of the US ($60,000/yr). Yet, despite its relative poverty, India takes the voting rights of its citizens far more seriously than our vastly wealthier country does. In April and May of this year, India will go to the polls to elect a new central government. That means almost 900 million eligible voters across its length and breadth will have a chance to cast their vote. And Indian officials will move heaven and earth to ensure every last soul has a reasonable chance to vote. Voters are electing …Continue reading →