TGIF from Benny’s Bar…Theme for Tonight: Songs and Images that Tell Us a Quick Moment or Story
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(2nd drink is for @wi62, whom we celebrate in getting out of the COVID club this week)
Here’s a picture that has started a story…and with our help and words, craft more of our stories to bring to Capitol Hill, for economic, racial, and environmental justice.
I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over … No poor, rural, weak, or black person should ever have to bear the additional burden of being deprived of the opportunity of an education, a job or simple justice.
—James Earl Carter, new governor of GA in 1970.
I sent the organization a snack. Well done!
Another image, courtesy of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal:
Biden cleared the 300 EV mark. Congrats to his campaign. (I won’t congratulate the DNC though.)
And the chanson? Rod Stewart on the Video Jukebox:
Post your fav images, photos, videos appropriate for our place! News, tweets — keep them coming. Drinks are on the Nest! This serves as an evening open thread.
Having spent the majority of her life in Gwinnett County, Nabilah Islam is a fighter and an organizer and has dedicated her life to advocating for progressive candidates and causes.
She was born at Crawford Long Hospital and celebrated her first birthday in the 7th. She is a product of this community, attending Gwinnett County Public Schools. She is a proud Central Gwinnett High School graduate. Her first jobs were at the Ingles Grocery Store and Walmart in Lawrenceville and she worked her way through Georgia State University at a luggage store in Peachtree Corners.
The daughter of working-class immigrants from Bangladesh, Nabilah grew up knowing the struggle of living paycheck to paycheck and working long hours to get by. When Nabilah was in high school, her mother herniated two discs in her back working as an order puller at a warehouse. At a young age, Nabilah took on the responsibility of helping her family find an attorney and navigate through the legal process in order to fight against the insurance company when they refused to cover her care – they won.
Nabilah Islam is a tireless advocate and activist, and she is ready to bring what she has learned to her home district. It is her background and lived experiences that make Nabilah a champion for Medicare for All, an economy that works for everyone and reforming the current broken immigration system.
Samuel Sinyangwe visited Louisiana a few weeks ago, and wrote about how conscript labor is used there in the state legislature and across government facilities. Some background: Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the *world.* Within that, black people are locked up at much higher rates. pic.twitter.com/Wcc85JCOwM — Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) May 19, 2017 I thought I understood racism and mass incarceration. But nothing prepared me for what I saw in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (1/x) — Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) May 19, 2017 The thread is worth reading, and Sinyangwe was particularly affected by the sight of prisoners …Continue reading →
We’ve had four House special elections this year. Democrats have lost all four. All four were tough races to replace Republicans from very safe districts who were appointed to posts within the Trump administration. In 2016, the Republicans were all incumbents, and their Democratic challengers were: Mike Pompeo (60.7%) won against Daniel Giroux (29.6%) in KS-4 Ryan Zinke (56.2%) won against Denise Juneau (40.5%) in MT-AL Tom Price (61.7%) won against Rodney Stooksbury (38.3%) in GA-06 Mick Mulvaney (59.2%) won against Fran Person (38.7%) in SC-05 In KS-04, an Independent and a Libertarian won almost 10% of the vote in 2016. First for the good news, …Continue reading →
Southeastern Wisconsin native Randy Bryce says he’s running for office because not everybody is seated at the table, and “it’s time to make a bigger table.”
Bryce recently announced his bid to run for Congress in Wisconsin’s 1st District come 2018 — a House seat currently held by Republican Speaker Paul Ryan. With the Twitter handle “@IronStache” and Ron Swanson vibes to boot, the Democrat iron worker says every American deserves “a good-paying job, health care security, and the ability to have hard work pay off.”
The campaign ad focuses on health care with a personal look at Bryce’s mother who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
“My mother has multiple sclerosis, my father is in assisted living, and I survived cancer in my 20s to have a miracle child in my 40s,” said Bryce. “What Paul Ryan and the Republicans are doing to take health care away from millions of us, to make it cost more and cover less, and to allow the protections we’ve gained to be stripped away – it’s just unacceptable.”
In closing remarks during the new ad spot, Bryce offers Ryan a trading places proposal.
“Let’s trade places,” Bryce says. “Paul Ryan you can come and work the iron. And I’ll go to DC.
Whether we like it or not the Trump people are promoting election integrity issues to a large audience that has ignored them in the past – and while I believe Trump must never be President with every ounce of energy that i have – 100% – I strongly believe we must continue to join them in the fray to control and promote the [real] election integrity issues – at the same time – with the same intensity – 7 new links follow: 6 Million Lost Voters 10-26-2016 – AL.COM – Alabama law blocks 1 in 13 adults from voting 10-2016 – …Continue reading →
FLORIDA STORIES 10-17-2016 – AP – JUDGE: GIVE FLORIDA VOTERS CHANCE TO FIX VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT Calling the state’s current law “illogical” and “bizarre,” a federal judge has ordered the state of Florida to give thousands of voters a chance to make sure their vote-by-mail ballots are counted. Florida officials on Monday said they would not challenge the decision by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, Judge Walker, citing the contentious 2000 Florida election in which George W. Bush carried the state over Al Gore by 537 votes, said he needed to act because the current practice was enough of a burden …Continue reading →
STORY OF THE WEEK: The GOP’s Stealth War Against Voters – Will an anti-voter-fraud program designed by one of Trump’s advisers deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November [editors note: more likely 1 to 7.2 million, 85% of who will be people of color] Plus 14 links with Crosscheck background information. Crosscheck – GA, VA, OH, NC, and perhaps 25+ more 8-24-2015 – Rolling Stone – by Greg Palast – The GOP’s Stealth War Against Voters Will an anti-voter-fraud program designed by one of Trump’s advisers deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November [editors note: more likely 1 to …Continue reading →