Speaking to a Progressive Audience at Netroots Nation, Warren Argues we must UN-RIG the system, together.
This great speech by Elizabeth Warren got buried on Saturday...lets bring it into the light. Ignore the Medias spin...they try to pitch it as a move left, but if you read Warren's words, I see it as a call for a bigger tent. She is responding to an article that calls for Democrats to move back to the center. She rejects that
"Because the Democratic Party isn’t going back to the days of welfare reform and the crime bill. It is NOT going to happen.We’re not going back to the days of being lukewarm on choice..We’re not going back to the days when universal health care was something Democrats talked about on the campaign trail but were too chicken to fight for after they got elected.
And we’re not going back to the days when a Democrat who wanted to run for a seat in Washington first had to grovel on Wall Street.
Democrats are heading forward. We are looking ahead – and we will not, we shall not, we must not allow anyone to turn back the clock."
She calls for all Democrats to work for those in need. If that's progressive, then I'm progressive.
"We are not the gate crashers of today’s Democratic Party. We are not a wing of today’s Democratic Party. We are the heart and soul of today’s Democratic Party. But, boy, we’ve inherited a hell of a challenge, haven’t we?
We’re gathering here in Atlanta in a moment of crisis for our country. And I’m not just talking about Donald Trump and his Twitter account. More and more working families today are hanging on by their fingernails in a country with an economy and a government that works only for those at the very top."
And then she talks about what unites us
"How about you? By applause: Who got into the fight because they were passionate about economic justice? Who came to fight for reproductive rights? How about clean air and clean water? How about immigration? Civil rights? Human rights? Anti-war? Campaign finance reform? Net neutrality? Any other bankruptcy nerds in the house?
That’s one of the things I love about coming to Netroots. We all came to this fight from different experiences. We all get fired up about different issues."
She makes the case that Democrats need to unite and stop the in-fighting:
"But if we’re going to be the people who lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness and lead our country out of this dark time, then we can’t waste energy arguing about whose issue matters most or who in our alliance should be voted off the island.
We need to see each other’s fights as our own. And I believe we can."
We have to UN-RIG the system -That is who we are as Democrats, thats what we should stand for
"For so many Americans, every day is a battle against powerful interests. It’s time for us to pick sides and get in the fight.So let’s talk about picking sides:
It’s time for us to say: Democrats are on the side of working people, on the side of Moms and Dads who dream of a better life for their kids, on the side of people in every part of this country and people of every race, gender, and religion who just want a level playing field and a chance to build a future."
Please read it here: At Politico
"The Secret Weapon Democrats Don’t Know How to Use" - Michael Kruse Politico
No Democrat in the House of Representatives did what Cheri Bustos did last November. She wasn’t the sole member of her party to win in a congressional district Donald Trump also took—there were 11 others—but she was the only one to post a 20-point landslide, and she did it in agricultural, industrial, blue-collar northwestern Illinois. In the kind of place where Hillary Clinton lost big last fall and where Democrats have been losing in droves for the last decade, Bustos has done just the opposite.
Here are some tips:
A democrat in Illinois is very different than a democrat in San Francisco. We have to live with it. We have to have a very big tent, and not have "purity tests"... If we want to win back the house.
Read it here:
Sometimes you can't tell the players without a program. This image is circulating on social media. It helps me a lot Alt-Right, Fascists, White nationalists, white separatists, Nazi and KKK You still can't tell who's who.
https://www.vox.com/2017/8/12/16138246/charlottesville-nazi-rally-right-uva is a good article about the many right groups in Charlottesville the agent to the "United the right" Rally.
"According to the Charlottesville police affidavit put out before the rally, planned attendees included the Klan; the militia movement (a right-wing movement that gained traction in the 1990s, whose members include the activists who took over a federal nature reserve in early 2016); the “3%”, a right-wing anti-government movement; the Alt-Knights, an alt-right “fight club”; and others."
From Steve on Facebook. A helpful? guide.
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This Photo is going around Facebook. It is true, but it only touches the tip of the story. We pay far more for prescriptions in the US than other nations.
About $1000 per person per year, but that's in part because WE ARE PRESCRIBED MORE Drugs. By a lot. Thats right.
Why do americans have so many damn prescriptions too? Overall, Americans use more medicines than people in other developed countries. They rank first for their use of antipsychotics as well as drugs for dementia, respiratory problems and rheumatoid arthritis. This is partly explained by medical needs: The burden of disease in the U.S. — as measured in “years of life lost” — is higher than in many OECD countries for the most common forms of heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Several factors may explain this, including high levels of obesity and high rates of diagnosis. PBS summarized the high cost of prescriptions, but only touched on the over-prescribing. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/americans-spend-much-pharmaceuticals/
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Reported today in Reno News: Equal Rights Amendment Passes Nevada Assembly, Senate Likely to Concur.
Celebrating News that today the Nevada legislature voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). In order to make the ERA the 27th amendment of the Constitution, 38 states are needed ratify the amendment, and now with Nevada, only two additional states are required. The ERA was my first political activism. I went door to door in 8th grade and went to rallies. So glad to see momentum on this issue.
The ERA is a bipartisan bill to amend the constitution to guarantee equal rights for women!
More on the ERA at http://www.equalrightsamendment.org
History from Wikipedia on the ERA
In February 1970, NOW picketed the United States Senate, a subcommittee of which was holding hearings on a Constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to eighteen. NOW disrupted the hearings and demanded a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment and won a meeting with Senators to discuss the ERA. That August, over 20,000 American women held a nationwide Women's Strike for Equality protest to demand full social, economic, and political equality. Said Friedan of the strike, "All kinds of women's groups all over the country will be using this week on August 26 particularly, to point out those areas in women's life which are still not addressed. For example, a question of equality before the law; we are interested in the Equal Rights Amendment." Despite being centered in New York City—which was regarded as one of the biggest strongholds for NOW and other groups sympathetic to the women's liberation movement such as Redstockings—and having a small number of participants in contrast to the large-scale anti-war and civil rights protests that had occurred in the recent time prior to the event, the strike was credited as one of the biggest turning points in the rise of second-wave feminism.
In Washington, D.C., protesters presented a sympathetic Senate leadership with a petition for the Equal Rights Amendment at the U.S. Capitol. Influential news sources such as Time also supported the cause of the protestors. Soon after the strike took place, activists distributed literature across the country as well. In 1970, Congressional hearings began on the ERA.
Representative Martha Griffiths of Michigan achieved success on Capitol Hill with her House Joint Resolution No. 208, which was adopted by the House on October 12, 1971, with a vote of 354 yeas (For), 24 nays (Against) and 51 not voting. Griffiths's joint resolution was then adopted by the Senate on March 22, 1972, with a vote of 84 yeas, 8 nays and 7 not voting. The Senate version, drafted by Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana, passed after an amendment proposed by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina that would exempt women from the draft was defeated. President Richard Nixon immediately endorsed the ERA's approval upon its passage by the 92nd Congress.
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How's it going? I'm trying to figure out how to settle into a marathon pace for this resistance. I find that I tend to be "all-in" or "all-out" and I judge myself either way. Finding the balance is hard, and very different for each of us. I took last weekend off of the news, Facebook and social media. I enjoyed it at the time, but I also felt like I was "cheating", and letting you all down. It also made it really challenging to try to "catch up" Sunday night. I didn't call my Senators or Congresswomen last week, and I didn't go to the town hall. So then I wonder if I'm not doing enough. So here are some things that I've found are working for me:
Frankly too many of us IGNORE democratic party politics, until its too late. Lets not repeat the debacle of last DNC convention.
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE DNC? Approximately 447 members serve on the National Committee. The membership is composed of the following general categories:
"Most voting DNC members — a majority of whom are state party chairs, vice chairs or other locally elected officials — are keeping their options open ahead of a string of candidate forums in January and February."
Read the Democratic Party Platform (extra credit)
My ultra-simplified summary: Ellison represents the "Bernie" side of the party. Perez represents the "old/clinton" side of the party. Trust needs to be built between the coalitions. There needs to be reassurances that the party will be progressive enough, and will represent all of its people. There needs to be commitments that the back room dealing done by the Party before the 2016 election, as leaked by wikileaks will never happen again.
Who is your State Democratic party representative:
- Oddly I can't find this information anywhere. This is a problem.
Ellison is the "front-runner', and Harrison just dropped out today, endorsing Perez, which may put him over the top.
Ideas and Commentary on the Resistance by K Cleland