Sunday, March 4, 2018

The emperor has no clothes ~ Robert Reich @RBReich



Donald Trump's response to the latest tragic school shooting—to put even more guns in our schools—is just the latest Trump scam. It's a distraction. It's meant to divide us. And it certainly won't make our kids safer.

I've been a teacher for more than 30 years. My job is to teach, challenge, and enrich my students' minds.
Donald Trump's response to the latest tragic school shooting—to put even more guns in our schools—is just the latest Trump scam. It's a distraction. It's meant to divide us. And it certainly won't make our kids safer.
But the Parkland students aren't falling for it, nor are young people and students all over the country—including many who have been organizing against gun violence for years. Over the coming weeks, they are coming together to organize marches and other protests all across the country. I'm standing with these students, and so is MoveOn—by mobilizing its millions of members to participate in the protests and by pressuring corporations to cut their support for the NRA.
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We know how to reduce gun violence: for starters, universal background checks and bans on high-capacity magazines and AR-15s and other military-style assault weapons like the ones used in Parkland—and in Sutherland Springs, San Bernardino, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Newtown. And we know the way to get there: direct pressure on corporations, demanding action from politicians at the federal and state levels, and—ultimately—breaking the stranglehold of the NRA by isolating it from its corporate and political enablers.
Republicans in Washington are so completely bought by the NRA that new federal laws are unlikely in the short term. But the students leading the movement to end gun violence—from Parkland and from communities across the country that have been impacted—aren't waiting for the Republicans in Washington, and neither is MoveOn.
Student-led groups and their allies, including hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members, are calling on corporations to stand up to the NRA, and this #BoycottNRA movement is catching on like wildfire. The retailer Dick's Sporting Goods is the latest to defy the NRA by taking AR-15s and high-capacity magazines off its store shelves, while Walmart and others are raising the age of who can purchase guns. Indeed, the NRA isn't invincible. (Remember the old "emperor has no clothes" parable? That's the NRA right now.)
MoveOn is joining students in keeping the pressure on corporate America and pushing to pass new laws in state legislatures. And MoveOn will hold the NRA's enablers in Congress accountable, so we can finally start to move forward with commonsense gun legislation in Congress, too.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I would not ask if it was not important ~ @BernieSanders




Bernie Sanders


In just a moment, I am going to tell you about a very exciting trip I took last weekend campaigning for progressives and rallying against Trump's war on the middle class of this country.
But first, I want to tell you about one stop in particular, and that is my visit to Des Moines, Iowa, to campaign for Pete D'Alessandro. I also want to ask you to help him. Here's why this request matters so much.
Pete was the campaign coordinator for our Iowa Caucus effort. For almost a year, he lived and breathed for our political revolution and helped lead us to a virtual tie in the state -- a result that shocked the political establishment to its core.
Now he's running for Congress in Iowa, and I cannot imagine anyone who will fight harder for the working people of his district, and of this country, than Pete. He's with us on Medicare for All, a $15/hour living wage, free tuition at public colleges and universities and more. And he can win this race. But he can't do it alone. He needs us. And in this race, every donation will go a long way. I hope you'll help:
Our political revolution was never about winning the White House alone. It was about building a movement of millions of Americans uniting to upend the status quo and transform our country.
It is about fighting and winning, not just in blue states and districts, but also in places Donald Trump won. Because the continued decline of the middle class, grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality, disastrous trade policies and an inadequate educational system affect them, too.
So I was happy to rally against Trump's war against the working class with more than 1,000 people in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a place Hillary Clinton lost by more than 10 percent of the vote.
We went right into Paul Ryan's district and campaigned for Randy Bryce, the ironworker taking him on. More than 2,000 people attended and filled every inch of Memorial Hall in Racine, including the overflow section.
We went to Michigan and had a wonderful event with thousands of people in Lansing. But before I left, I kept a campaign promise and returned to a church in Flint, Michigan, for an emotional visit. Even though the television news cameras are gone and the campaign is over, many of the problems in that city still persist and in some cases have gotten worse. They still need our help, and I am going to fight for them.
We rallied for Chuy Garcia in Chicago, whom I am strongly supporting in his race for Congress. The turnout was great and the enthusiasm was sky-high. What's great about Chuy's campaign is that he's not just working hard to win an election, but also to build a grassroots movement supporting a slate of wonderful young candidates taking on the political establishment in that city.
And finally, we visited Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to rally against the Trump tax plan, and Des Moines to support my friend Pete.
Throughout our campaign, I told you that no one person could take on the political and financial elite of this country on their own. What this moment requires is people in the streets fighting for change, and a Congress that is willing to stand with them.
Pete D'Alessandro will stand with us. He will fight, relentlessly, for the values we share. You can be proud to support his campaign. And if you do, I think he's going to win.
Change never happens from the top down. It always occurs from the bottom on up. That's why your participation and support for candidates like Pete is so important. The political revolution is gaining momentum. Please support us.
Thank you,
Bernie Sanders




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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Message from Gabby Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) via Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders)



Bernie Sanders


Speaking is still physically difficult for me, but my feelings are clear: I am furious.
We have watched, time and time again, as people describe these mass shootings as unimaginable and unpreventable acts of evil.
But we all know that is not true.
We have seen them before, and we will see them again. And what angers me most is that Congress knows how to solve this problem.
Bernie Sanders has fought to reduce the epidemic levels of gun violence in this country. And at the end of the day, both of us know that the root of this issue lies in the outrageous amounts of money the corporate gun lobby spends buying candidates and elected officials.
So if we want to change the equation, that means Congress must realize they have more to fear from all of us standing together and acting than they do from the gun lobby's money.
That starts with all of us making our voices heard. So today I am asking you to do something important, Ray, I am asking you to take my pledge.



For decades now, the gun lobby has used its power and influence to instill fear into the hearts of legislators in Congress and state capitals across our country.
But that fear is nothing like what those students fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School must have felt as they ran out of the building with their hands in the air as officers ran toward them with their guns drawn.
That fear is nothing like what the children and teachers must have felt at Sandy Hook Elementary School, or the club goers felt in Orlando, or the holiday party attendees felt in San Bernardino as shots rang out all around them.
What those legislators who vote to put the profits of manufacturers ahead of the safety of our communities really feel is cowardice.
They look at the most benign and practical solutions offered by moderates from each party and then they look over their shoulder at the powerful, shadowy gun lobby and choose to do nothing.
This November, we are going to vote them out. But it will only happen if we stand together. And that starts with making your voice heard.
Join me and Senator Bernie Sanders. Pledge to Vote Courage in 2018:
We do not have to accept these horrific acts of violence as routine, and we must never stop demanding that our leaders not only acknowledge this devastating problem, but take long overdue action to keep our children safe.
If Congress won't act, the American voters must.
All my best,
Gabby Giffords




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