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Seems like a wasted endorsement because Harris is going nowhere fast. I guess Harris has ties to this mostly California based union


California Sen. Kamala Harris is getting the presidential endorsement of the United Farm Workers, the labor group will announce Saturday.

The major endorsement, shared first with The Chronicle, is timed with the California Democratic Party Endorsing Convention in Long Beach, and comes as a shot in the arm as the Democrat’s campaign has struggled in recent months.

The powerhouse California-based farm workers labor group has a long history in progressive politics. Established by liberal organizing icons Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Gilbert Padilla, the union represents more than 10,000 agricultural workers in California and along the West Coast. The union also has a strong political grassroots presence in the Southwest.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Sounds right to me. Dolores supported Hillary in 2016.


:Chavez rolling over in grave:

i hope they aren’t pressuring workers.




Juvenal “Juve” Quintana was never really into politics until he learned about Bernie Sanders’ first presidential campaign.

In 2016, Quintana heard the Vermont senator’s talk of providing everyone with health insurance and thought that would help Latinos in his hometown of Modesto, but he didn’t think they were getting the message from Spanish-language media. So Quintana, the lead singer of Grupo La Meta, wrote a ballad: “El Quemazón,” or “The Bern.”

“He’s the man with a vision to better this country,” the corrido begins, in Spanish. “Bernie Sanders is his name. Now you’re going to feel his burn.” Quintana’s song has had hundreds of thousands of views since then, and the message still stands, he said in an interview.

“Bernie’s talking about the same exact things that I wrote about in 2016,” said Quintana, 30. “I’m 100% for Bernie. I feel like he’s the candidate who will listen.”

Young Latinos like Quintana were strong supporters of Sanders in 2016, and the candidate is reaching out to them again in hopes they can help him capture primaries nationwide, and particularly California’s March 3 Democratic contest. Sanders is headed to predominantly Latino East L.A. on Saturday for a rally at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, and thousands are expected to attend.

The Sanders campaign debuted its first California office in East L.A. and opened another in the Central Valley, an area overlooked in past campaigns but where Democratic candidates this year are looking to capitalize on increasing diversity. Sanders had planned tours at colleges in Fresno and Bakersfield, but had to cancel after he suffered a heart attack; he stopped in Fresno on Friday. Outreach to Latinos has been integrated into the campaign since the start, for instance in the form of senior Latino staff and bilingual ads, said Chuck Rocha, a senior advisor with the campaign.

“There’s lots of Latinos in California, there’s lots of working-class young people, and working-class voters and lots of folks who have a history of standing up against power,” said Rocha. “Bernie Sanders is their candidate, and all we have to do is give them the tools to be reminded of when to vote and where he stands on the issues and they will show up.”


This is what so many critics miss about Bernie. It’s not all about what’s in his proposals; much of what he aims to do is shift everything as far as possible to the left.


Obviously, experts and pundits can and should criticize a policy proposal on its merits. But what Sanders’ critics miss is that even if it’s impractical or unfeasible, his Green New Deal still serves a political purpose. The plan moves the Overton window, the range of political ideas that the public considers acceptable or mainstream, several notches to the left.

In fact, Sanders has already moved the Overton window on climate. In 2016, Sander’s climate strategy centered around a carbon tax, an idea that his rival, Hilary Clinton, couldn’t even get behind. In 2019, a carbon tax is barely on the menu, not because it’s too ambitious, but because it’s not ambitious enough. The extraordinary evolution of our climate discourse over the past couple of years is, in part, thanks to the groundwork Sanders laid in 2016. (It’s also thanks to Green New Deal champion Ocasio-Cortez, who credits Sanders for inspiring her to run for Congress.)

Sanders has long been adept at shifting the Overton Window. In 2016, Clinton called talk of a single-payer system “a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass.” Now, more than half of the crowded Democratic field supports some version of it. That’s in large part because Sanders started beating the Medicare-for-All drum on a national stage during his 2016 presidential run. Sanders has also influenced the national conversation around immigration, publicly funded higher education, and, yes, capitalism itself.

His $16 trillion climate plan may not be entirely feasible, but pulling his most serious competitors further left has always been well within Sanders’ grasp. At the end of the day, that may be the most indelible mark Sanders leaves on the 2020 race.


he does inspire!

Hoping that his “indelible mark” is 8 years of turning this country and the world around.


Actually a very complimentary CNN article.


Earlier this week, Bernie Sanders wrote an article for the magazine Jewish Currents under the headline “How to Fight Antisemitism.” It is, in a word, powerful — not only because it movingly melds the personal with the political as it charts the scourge of antisemitic violence, but also because it lays bare the subtler workings of oppression.

“I am a proud Jewish American. My father emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1921 at the age of 17 to escape the poverty and widespread antisemitism of his home country,” Sanders writes. “Those in his family who remained in Poland after Hitler came to power were murdered by the Nazis. I know very well where white supremacist politics leads, and what can happen when people do not speak up against it.”

As with much of the Vermont senator’s rhetoric, “How to Fight Antisemitism” is stirring in part because of its unsparing language: murderer, twisted, nefarious, vicious, hate. Via prose that’s pointed rather than soft — shorn of politesse that can be misleading in its fuzziness — Sanders confronts bigotry with an ethic that tends to elude the political moment: honesty.

But the article is perhaps more notable for something else: its nuanced grappling with America’s antagonisms and how one form of hatred finds easy accomplices in other forms.





Don midwest
Don midwest

Importance of institutions to hold values

The first two days of the impeachment hearings was a strong reminder of the importance of the State Department and how the Trump administration has harmed the agency and the people.

The role of the state department is to carry out foreign policy and along the way, to practice diplomacy. There has been too little diplomacy for many years, but going forward, when Gaia dominates global politics, diplomacy will be essential.

The Trump administrations has also harmed many other institutions.

When I was young, Science was a transcendent institution. Separate from politics. Generating facts about the Real World through studies of an deanimated Nature. Science had too much power, but now under attack, it has too little power.

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