Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Doug Jones Wins in Alabama- Trump Defeated

Tonight Alabama is sending a powerful message across the country.

The American people will fight back against bigotry, hate and, yes, pedophilia – and reject a man totally unfit to serve in the United States Senate. Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Vegetarian – on this, there will be no compromise.

But if we take away one more lesson from Alabama, it should be this: Democrats can win – in every district, in every state, all across the country. So we need to fight harder than ever to recruit, support, and elect progressive candidates and compete in every election. The Roy Moores of the world aren’t going to go away, and we won’t win every fight. But sometimes, we will.

That’s why I’m doubling down on our fight to elect Democrats through our PAC for a Level Playing Field. Our PAC helps give smart, tough candidates across the country the resources they need to take on right-wing extremists and get in this fight for working families.

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race - The New York Times

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race - The New York Times

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sanders: Tax Bill Two Step

Bernie Sanders,
I believe that historians will look back at the early morning hours of Dec. 2, 2017, and conclude that it was one of the great acts of thievery in the history of the United States.
Let me be very clear about what is happening here. It is an extraordinarily cynical "two-step" process. First, Republicans are looting the Treasury. They are stealing trillions of dollars from the American people in order to give huge tax breaks to billionaires and large corporations. Second, as their tax breaks increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion, they will come back and, in the name of "deficit reduction," propose major cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, nutrition, affordable housing and other programs desperately needed by the shrinking middle class. 
This is class warfare, led by the Koch brothers and other wealthy Republican campaign contributors. More for the rich. Less for working families. Our job now is to stand up and fight back.
That is why last weekend I spoke to large crowds in Louisville, Kentucky, Dayton and Akron, Ohio, and Reading, Pennsylvania. Over 5,000 people took time out of their weekend to attend these high energy meetings in person and almost one million watched on-line. At these rallies activists heard not only from me, but from working people, DREAMers, nurses, Planned Parenthood patients and others about how this tax bill would negatively impact them, their kids, their parents and the future of our country.
Everyone made it absolutely clear that we need to keep fighting against this disastrous piece of legislation and not stop until we defeat it.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

GOP Agenda is the politics of Plunder, and guess who pays?

Sasha Abramsky
A year into the Trump administration, we are seeing the plutocrat’s agenda. President Donald Trump’s semi-literate tweets and crude rhetoric may be populist in tone, but this most assuredly isn’t a populist presidency. 
In fact, his feints toward populism are a grotesque con, a giant distraction that entertains Trump’s base while he takes a wrecking ball to social services, to redistributive taxation, and to regulations designed to monitor workplaces and secure safe environments. 
THIS IS THE MOST ELITE-FRIENDLY ADMINISTRATION IN DECADES, POSSIBLY IN CENTURIES, STUFFED WITH MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES WHO HAVE GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO PENALIZE THOSE WHO HAVE LITTLE. IT IS EYE-OPENING TO COUNT THE WAYS.
Whatever his supporters envisioned, this is the most elite-friendly administration in decades, possibly in centuries. It is an administration the top positions of which are stuffed with millionaires and billionaires who have gone out of their way to penalize those who have little. And it is eye-opening to count the ways. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Poor People's Campaign

50 years ago, on December 4, 1967, the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced plans for a Poor People’s Campaign and called on the nation to take dramatic steps to end poverty and combat inequality. This multi-racial organizing effort and the dream of a fairer nation was assassinated along with Dr. King four months later to the day, on April 4, 1968.

We Are Here: A Poor People's Campaign Call for Moral Revival
Join us Monday, December 4th at 10 AM in Sacramento, the California contingent of the Poor People's Campaign will launch its operation in California .
We will gather at the NORTH Steps of the Capitol, not the West steps.

Nearly half of the US population is poor or low-income and 1 in 7 people live below the federal poverty line. Half of all children will qualify for food stamps before they turn 18, including 9 out of 10 African Americans. Millions live with the consequences of inadequate healthcare, housing, food, education, and employment, and with criminal justice and immigration systems that discriminate against people of color, perpetuate racial, ethnic and gender oppression, and penalize poor people, denying millions access to safety, equality and justice. 

For more info about the Poor People's Campaign Call for Moral Revival please visit:   https://poorpeoplescampaign.org

Anthony D. Prince, Co-Chair, California Poor Peoples Campaign: National Call for Moral Revival

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Grotesque Tax Bill Advances


With John McCain’s announcement this afternoon that he will support the grotesque tax bill now before the Senate, the odds that the bill will pass have improved significantly.
In its (and McCain’s) defense, the bill does address one glaring deficiency under which the United States suffers: insufficient inequality. Today, our country still lags behind Mexico, among our fellow OECD members, when it comes to economic inequality. With the passage of the GOP’s tax reform, which will supercharge the upward redistribution of income and wealth, it becomes conceivable that we could match or surpass Mexico. We would still lag the level of inequality that existed in France under Louis XIV—not called the Sun King because he was a pauper!—but that would only give the Republicans a new target to shoot at.
Why did McCain decide to give Trump a victory this time around? We can only conclude that increasing inequality runs deep in Republicans’ DNA; it’s as reflexive, and as thoughtful, as the bounce of a knee when hit by a hammer.
A larger hammer is now poised to descend on the 99 percent. ~ HAROLD MEYERSON

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dreamers Disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

This morning I disrupted the Macy's Day Parade in NYC with to demand permanent protection, dignity, and respect for my community. We are going to do whatever it takes for our right to live in the country we call home.
We are organizing National Days of Action on December 4th and 5th and a mass mobilization in Washington, DC on December 7th and 8th to continue the fight for #OurDream -- and win permanent protection for young undocumented immigrants.
We are your classmates, your coworkers, and your neighbors. We are not just the future of this country, but we are also the present workers that it depends on. We are millions of young undocumented students and workers who are the backbones of our schools, industries, and communities.