Bernie Sanders returned to Arizona on Sunday, highlighting the delayed successes his 2016 presidential run secured for the Democratic Party and urging voters in the predominantly red state to keep fighting for change.
The 76-year-old independent senator from Vermont rallied supporters — and riled opponents — alongside Democratic Arizona Congressmen Ruben Gallego and Raúl Grijalva at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix.
The self-described democratic socialist has maintained a following among liberal Democrats in the nearly two years since he dropped out of the presidential race. He drew a young and diverse crowd Sunday, filling the 1,200-capacity theater.
“People said my ideas were too radical, but now look all over the country,” Sanders said, pointing to the uptick in states proposing higher minimum wages and decriminalizing marijuana. He also mentioned the $1 trillion infrastructure plan unveiled by Democrats last week.
Once someone stands up and fights for an unpopular idea, he said, “more and more people start thinking about it, and then it makes sense.”
Sanders also weighed in on immigration, pledging to find a solution that would provide legal status to the roughly 700,000 immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. The future of the program, which offered deportation protections for migrants whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally as children, remains uncertain.
“I want to say to (DACA recipients) here in Arizona: If you think you’re alone, you’re not alone,” he said. “Poll after poll shows 80 percent or more want to provide legal status to DACA and a path to citizenship.”
At the age of 56, Catherine Gordon found out she had breast cancer. A long deferred mammogram revealed two tumors, 6 centimeters long together. She underwent chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumors.
A year later, her sister Karen who lives in the USA was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Karen’s tumors were smaller, but she also had surgery to remove them.
And here’s where it gets insane. Catherine lives in Canada, and did not have to worry about cost. In her words, she “could focus on getting better”.
In support of Bernie, who takes regular beatings from so-called liberal Democrats, but keeps right at it, and to cheer myself up a bit, I’m posting a little story today about a visit he has planned to head up north. US Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will speak about health care on October 29 at Convocation Hall in an event titled “What the U.S. Can Learn From Canadian Health Care.” Tickets for the event became available at 10am this morning and ‘sold out’ (they were free) in seconds. The comments under one story about the event were almost entirely …Continue reading →
Rookie politician, Indigenous rights activist and author Wab Kinew was elected leader of the Manitoba NDP Saturday, and vowed to rebuild the opposition party as he continues to face questions about his troubled past.
Party members elected Kinew, 35, over veteran cabinet minister Steve Ashton by almost a 3-1 margin — 728 to 253.
“It’s a new day for the NDP and it’s a new day for Manitoba,” Kinew declared to cheers following the vote. “This is a tremendous honour.”
“I will take this role tremendously seriously and conduct myself with the greatest honour, integrity and honesty.”
More beyond the link, including Kinew’s victory speech.
There are several commentaries that defend the new immigration bill by favorably comparing it to the Canadian ”points system” for immigration which prioritizes younger more educated workers and those with skills deemed to be in demand. I agree there are advantages to a points system, for one, it takes a more holistic view of immigrants. For example, the Canadian system awards points for family, including siblings in Canada, under the assumption (largely correct) that such a support network helps new immigrants successfully navigate the economy and society. But, lets not delude ourselves. The proponents of these bills don’t want to set up a …Continue reading →
April Showers bring May Flowers on the month’s ides. Let’s get to it as some of this news is not making the media conglomerates due to revelations of Trump’s continued incompetence as the commander-in-chief.