Monday, October 05, 2015

David Rothkopf-How Fear Drives American Politics-TED Talk Video

 From the clip description:

Does it seem like Washington has no new ideas? Instead of looking to build the future, it sometimes feels like the US political establishment happily retreats into fear and willful ignorance. Journalist David Rothkopf lays out a few of the major issues that US leadership is failing to address — from cybercrime to world-shaking new tech to the reality of modern total war — and calls for a new vision that sets fear aside.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Jeb! Uncertainty Principle-By Keith McCrea

The Jeb! Uncertainty Principle Written by Keith McCrea

Conventional wisdom has long held that when the dust clears, the Trump fever breaks, and the collective intelligence (ahem) of the Republican primary voter kicks in, support will more than likely coalesce around former Florida governor Jeb Bush. In addition to being informed by history – his damnfool brother and charisma-free dad had, after all, been elected president – it also seemed intuitively correct because Republican primary voters have historically been amenable to heirs-apparent. It represents lazy thinking, but lazy thinking runs like a carcinogenic thru election prognostications throughout political history.

Largely because I find it hard to care yet about the state of the GOP primary, I have fallen victim to this lazy thinking when it comes to Jeb! myself. Last weak, I glibly suggested that Jeb was little threat because, unlike his war pig brother, no one – and I mean no one – wants to have a beer with John Ellis Bush. While I was quick to congratulate myself on my witticism, it led me to spend some time doing actual thinking about how this Bush is faring in the polls. Not surprisingly, the conventional wisdom quickly seemed inadequate.

What I have discovered is something kind of surprising. In order for Jeb! to fulfill the prophesies of the Halperin/Scarborough set, voters would have to migrate from an ever-dwindling field of Establishment candidates to their logical home supporting the Bush Dynasty. While we have only lost two Establishment candidates (Walker and Perry) so far, many others have already been effectively sidelined by their complete lack of support. Sen. Graham and Gov. Jindal never actually had supporters so, by definition, their none-existent supporters couldn’t migrate anywhere anymore than passenger pigeons could flock to Bush. Gov. Christie’s campaign has gone one way (down) since he announced. His support, however, actually did exist. From March thru May of this year, his support hovered between the mid-teens and low twenties. As he’s slid down to the MoE range of 2-3%, one would expect the serious-minded, Establishment voters attracted by Gov. Christie would, naturally, turn to Jeb Bush.

Except they didn’t and no other Establishment candidates’ voters have either. Bush has, in fact, also slid from the teens and low twenties to his current sevenish percent during that same time window. Walker, whose campaign saw a similar slide (albeit over a longer time horizon, from February to July), also apparently offered no voters to Bush. Kasich, who has never risen above mid-single digits nationally, is doing better here in NH and thus a non-analogous case while Sen. Rubio has stayed between 5%-10% since the beginning of the race.

Let me cite an example. In a 4/26 – 4/30 WSJ/NBC poll, the combined Walker/Christie/Bush vote amounts to 42%. It now amounts to 11.4%, slightly more than a third of the vote it commanded in April. While I grant you it is very, very early in the process, one can be forgiven for thinking that maybe, just maybe, the people voting in the GOP primaries this year are less serious-minded, sober, Establishment Republicans and more the lunatics who have, at long last, taken over the GOP asylum.

The polls cited above were found here.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

We Really Do Have Something Left To Say, Something Left To Do-My Thoughts On The 2015 NHDP Convention -By Kyle Leach

We Really Do Have Something Left To Say, Something Left To Do-My Thoughts On The 2015 NHDP Convention -By Kyle Leach

I'm not one for sabre rattling or events that create more spectacle than substance, but I sure am glad that the 2015 NHDP convention was held and covered widely, even by the national press. My excitement has less to do with the candidates that were speaking, or the parts of their platforms they covered. Those elements were very predictable; and if you keep track of politics, as I do, you have heard these speeches and sentiments dozens of times at this point, sometimes in their entirety. If you already align with one candidate, and attend local candidate events, you probably have heard the same sentiments, time and again, even more often.

Dems won at this NH convention. But we did not win because of delegates, candidates, speeches, buttons, or placards, but rather because activists took the opportunity to show fellow NH Dems, and the world, that we, as a party, still have things to say. Democrats want to go beyond the party platform, beyond personal politics, and well beyond the "guidance" of our party officials. We, as individuals and members of the party, can still make our voices heard, even when they are being ignored or suppressed. We are still relevant parts of the democratic process. That's exciting.

A large portion of the coverage of the convention surrounded Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her unchanged positions on having more debates and continued threats of sanctions on fellow Dems who don't stick with the dictated marching orders of the Party elite. Activists provided a counterpoint to those Party elites, both outside and inside the arena. Activist actions brought people together from all candidate camps and unified them for a noble, very democratic purpose. While many worked together to make that happen, the true beauty was the serendipity in many of the actions from the audience. It gives me much hope for our party and for human beings as a whole.

Open debate, open critique, open information exchange brings forth the best parts of who we are as Democrats. It allows everyone to see us at our best, and our worst, and allows us to change what needs to be changed, and embolden what we already do correctly. Some Dems are not happy with what happened at the convention. They see it as an attack. They see it as division. They see it as chaos where there should be order and focus. I disagree. I understand how hard it is on people when their expectations are not met. I understand disappointment and uncertainty, but I cannot understand how anyone could see active dissent and not see our ideals being expressed in that dissent.

In the history of our nation rarely have we ever seen real progress without protest. We don’t advance without pushing ourselves out of comfortable positions. Small groups of committed, passionate people have defined action for every major social change we have spearheaded and won. There is never a convenient time for protest. Every moment is the best time to seek redress for what ails our Republic and for what ails our party. If these protests show us anything, they show us that we still have the voice, the focus, and the commitment to take on our own Establishment as well as our foes on the other side of the aisle.

The only thing stopping us, is us.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Black Family In The Age Of Mass Incarceration

"A serious reformation of our carceral policy—one seeking a smaller prison population, and a prison population that looks more like America—cannot concern itself merely with sentencing reform, cannot pretend as though the past 50 years of criminal-justice policy did not do real damage. And so it is not possible to truly reform our justice system without reforming the institutional structures, the communities, and the politics that surround it."Ta-Nehisi Coates 

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It's Been Nearly 100 Years Since Women Won The Right To Vote, People, So This Is Just Pathetic

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

The European Migrant Crisis Is A Nightmare- The Climate Crisis Will Make It Worse

“What climate change and displacement do is present developmental problems for countries that are already struggling," he explained. "If you’ve got to start spending more and more money on flood relief channels or earthquake-proof buildings or increasing huge water transfer programs to cope with depleting aquifers, there’s no question that it will add a huge additional financial burden and make planning and development strategies more difficult.”

"We've not faced up to the challenge that we obviously are the emitters, that we are creating climate change, that we are creating this additional pressure on the developmental trajectories that many countries face." Roger Zetter, a professor emeritus in refugee studies at Oxford

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Enter The Bureaucrats, The True Rulers Of The Republic by Kyle Leach

Enter The Bureaucrats, The True Rulers Of The Republic by Kyle Leach

Finis Valorum: The chair recognizes the Senator from the sovereign system of Naboo.
Palpatine: Supreme Chancellor, delegates of the Senate, a tragedy has occurred... which started right here with the taxation of trade routes... and has now engulfed our entire planet... in the oppression of the Trade Federation.
Lott Dod: This is outrageous! I object to the senator's statements!
Valorum: The chair does not recognize the senator from the Trade Federation at this time.
Palpatine: To state our allegations, I present Queen Amidala, recently elected ruler of the Naboo, who speaks on our behalf.
Padmé Amidala: Honorable representatives of the Republic, I come to you under the gravest of circumstances. The Naboo system has been invaded by the droid armies of the Trade...
Dod: I object! There is no proof! This is incredible. We recommend a commission be sent to Naboo to ascertain the truth.
Senator Teem: The Congress of Malastare concurs with the honorable delegate from the Trade Federation. A commission must be appointed.
Valorum: The point...
Mas Amedda: Excuse me, Chancellor. [whispers to Chancellor Valorum]
Palpatine: [Whispering to Queen Amidala] Enter the bureaucrats, the true rulers of the Republic. And on the payroll of the Trade Federation, I might add. This is where Chancellor Valorum's strength will disappear.
Valorum: The point is conceded. Will you defer your motion to allow a commission to explore the validity of your accusations?
Padmé: I will not defer. I've come before you to resolve this attack on our sovereignty now! I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee! If this body is not capable of action, I suggest new leadership is needed. I move for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum's leadership.
[The Senators begin arguing over Queen Amidala's decision, as Valorum sits down, stunned]
Mas Amedda: ORDER!!
Palpatine: Now they will elect a new Chancellor, a strong Chancellor. One who will not let this tragedy continue.
Dialogue Credit:
You may wonder why I would have you read such a long excerpt of dialogue from a fictional work, which is not even set on our planet, but in galaxy far, far away. What does this have to do with NH? Unfortunately, it has everything to do with our state and with our republic. We are this conversation right now.

Our own bureaucrats are hard at work developing strategies to center attention, fundraising, and resources on one pre-selected candidate. NHDP and the DNC have made it clear who their choice is and are shepherding the masses toward that candidate. This isn't about that candidate, this is about the bureaucrats in our party taking away some of the democracy we actually have in our republic and harnessing it to their own advantage.

Allowing elected officials to use their professional political personas online and offline to favor a single candidate is hurting our election process. Narrowing the debate field to six debates stifles conversation and limits criticism, which weakens our ability to learn about all the candidates and what they could do for us. Creating fundraising structures which benefit the most seasoned the most connected, again, simply weakens who we are as a people.

I suggest people contact both the NHDP and the DNC. Tell them the things you don't like about the process. Tell them to stop all endorsements before the primary. Tell them to stop the passive aggressive shepherding. Tell them to expand the debate schedule. Tell them to create a more equalized fundraising system for candidates. None of this is sudden, radical thought. These thoughts have been around as long as I've been alive.

We constantly say we are not like Republicans. We say we care about our people. We say care about their suffering. We say we care about the future of the republic and the world. We need to act like it and not just when it is easy and convenient for us. We've built a campaigning structure to be just like our opponents. That's awful. We need to fix that. We need to be bold. We need to really be different.

In The Phantom Menace Pademe says, "what if the democracy we thought we were serving no longer exists, and the Republic has become the very evil we have been fighting to destroy?" Let's work on making these changes to our party before we get to that point in our republic.
Contact the NHDP:
105 N. State Street
Concord, NH 03301

Phone: (603) 225-6899
Contact the Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the DNC: 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
1 202-863-8000
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
430 South Capitol Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
 Only Six Debates-Democrats set debate schedule

4 State Parties Sign Fund-Raising Pacts With Clinton Campaign

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Save the Date-Wake up. Learn. Reflect.Teach. Act. October 24th, 9:30am—5:30pm, Rivier University Dion Center

Save the Date

 Wake up. Learn. Reflect. Teach. Act.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
(Registration begins at 8:30am)
Rivier University
Dion Center

“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.”
bell hooks

Given the current state of affairs around race and race-relations in the United States, this is an opportunity for New Hampshire People of Color and their Allies to create a movement in the state where we can explore the impact of race on the quality of life for everyone (especially people of color) and transition into actions that will facilitate change.

The agenda for this event resulted from a planning meeting in March 2015 that outlined areas of interest, examined strategies for working collaboratively and explored factors that might have an impact on how we work together. Awareness, advocacy, youth empowerment and sustainability are important components of this initiative. Education, Criminal Justice and Political Action will be the main topic areas discussed. A series of subsequent events will be planned to keep the movement going.

Who should attend? Anyone who is willing to wake up/learn/reflect/teach/act in order to create change!

We are looking for more groups to join the movement. At this time our confirmed partners include: Black Women’s Health Project, Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color, NH Health & Equity Partnership, Keene State College, NH Multicultural Student Affairs Consortium , Rivier University, Saint Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University, University of New Hampshire.
Direct questions to Dottie Morris at or Yemi Mahoney at

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Here's What Black Lives Matter Activists Want Politicians To Do About Police Violence

"At this point, there's widespread acknowledgement that policing needs fundamental changes. There's an understanding that we need to expand the way we think about safety in communities." ," DeRay Mckesson  one of the most prominent members of the Black Lives Matter movement


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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Women’s Equality By The Numbers: Still A Long Way To Go

In a broad range of fields, their presence in top leadership positions—as equity law partners, medical school deans, and corporate executive officers—remains stuck at a mere 10 percent to 20 percent. Their “share of voice”—the average proportion of their representation on op-ed pages and corporate boards; as TV pundits, Wikipedia contributors, Hollywood writers, producers and directors; and as members of Congress—is just 18 percent.

In fact, it has been estimated that, at the current rate of change, it will take until 2085 for women to reach parity with men in key leadership roles in the United States. Judith Warner

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BLM & Others Respond To Criticism Of "The Interrupters"

"I spoke with five leaders in the movement for black lives, some BLM members, some from other organizations who closely with BLM, to answer some of these questions, which are on the minds of millions, including some of the organizers themselves." Waleed Shahid

Thanks to PF for the title tag line!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

15 Youth Movements To Dismantle White Supremacy Rising This Summer


 On April 20, Judge Dennis Porter dismissed charges against Chicago police officer Dante Servin in the killing of 22 year-old Rekia Boyd on the basis of technical differences between involuntary manslaughter and first degree murder. Since then, the Chicago chapter of Black Youth Project 100 has organized nationally and locally to ensure that Servin is fired without a pension from the Chicago Police Department. We have staged several direct actions and testified in front of the CPD Police Review Board every month to demand Servin’s termination. It is our duty as an organization with a black queer feminist lens to center on the lives of black women that are victims of state violence. Rachel Williams

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Bernie Sanders Unveils Finalized Version Of Sweeping Policy Platform To Combat Racial Inequality


Racial Justice

We must pursue policies that transform this country into a nation that affirms the value of its people of color. That starts with addressing the four central types of violence waged against black and brown Americans: physical, political, legal and economic.

Physical Violence

Perpetrated by the State

Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Samuel DuBose. We know their names. Each of them died unarmed at the hands of police officers or in police custody. The chants are growing louder. People are angry and they have a right to be angry. We should not fool ourselves into thinking that this violence only affects those whose names have appeared on TV or in the newspaper. African Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police.

Perpetrated by Extremists

We are far from eradicating racism in this country. In June, nine of our fellow Americans were murdered while praying in a historic church because of the color of their skin. This violence fills us with outrage, disgust, and a deep, deep sadness. Today in America, if you are black, you can be killed for getting a pack of Skittles during a basketball game. These hateful acts of violence amount to acts of terror. They are perpetrated by extremists who want to intimidate and terrorize black and brown people in this country.

Addressing Physical Violence

It is an outrage that in these early years of the 21st century we are seeing intolerable acts of violence being perpetuated by police, and racist terrorism by white supremacists.
A growing number of communities do not trust the police and law enforcement officers have become disconnected from the communities they are sworn to protect. Violence and brutality of any kind, particularly at the hands of the police sworn to protect and serve our communities, is unacceptable and must not be tolerated. We need a societal transformation to make it clear that black lives matter, and racism cannot be accepted in a civilized country.
  • We must demilitarize our police forces so they don’t look and act like invading armies.
  • We must invest in community policing. Only when we get officers into the communities, working within neighborhoods before trouble arises, do we develop the relationships necessary to make our communities safer together. Among other things, that means increasing civilian oversight of police departments.
  • We need police forces that reflect the diversity of our communities.
  • At the federal level we need to establish a new model police training program that reorients the way we do law enforcement in this country. With input from a broad segment of the community including activists and leaders from organizations like Black Lives Matter we will reinvent how we police America.
  • We need to federally fund and require body cameras for law enforcement officers to make it easier to hold them accountable.
  • Our Justice Department must aggressively investigate and prosecute police officers who break the law and hold them accountable for their actions.
  • We need to require police departments and states to provide public reports on all police shootings and deaths that take place while in police custody.
  • We need new rules on the allowable use of force. Police officers need to be trained to de-escalate confrontations and to humanely interact with people who have mental illnesses.
  • States and localities that make progress in this area should get more federal justice grant money. Those that do not should get their funding slashed.
  • We need to make sure the federal resources are there to crack down on the illegal activities of hate groups.

Political Violence


In the shameful days of open segregation, “literacy” laws were used to suppress minority voting. Today, through other laws and actions — such as requiring voters to show photo ID, discriminatory drawing of Congressional districts, not allowing early registration or voting, and purging voter rolls — states are taking steps which have a similar effect.
The patterns are unmistakable. An MIT paper found that African Americans waited twice as long to vote as whites. Wait times of as long as six or seven hours have been reported in some minority precincts, especially in “swing” states like Ohio and Florida. Thirteen percent of African-American men have lost the right to vote due to felony convictions.
This should offend the conscience of every American.
The fight for minority voting rights is a fight for justice. It is inseparable from the struggle for democracy itself.
We must work vigilantly to ensure that every American, regardless of skin color or national origin, is able to vote freely and easily.

Addressing Political Violence

  • We need to re-enfranchise the more than two million African Americans who have had their right to vote taken away by a felony conviction.
  • Congress must restore the Voting Rights Act’s “pre-clearance” provision, which extended protections to minority voters in states where they were clearly needed.
  • We must expand the Act’s scope so that every American, regardless of skin color or national origin, is able to vote freely.
  • We need to make Election Day a federal holiday to increase voters’ ability to participate.
  • We must make early voting an option for voters who work or study and need the flexibility to vote on evenings or weekends.
  • We must make no-fault absentee ballots an option for all Americans.
  • Every American over 18 must be registered to vote automatically, so that students and working people can make their voices heard at the ballot box.
  • We must put an end to discriminatory laws and the purging of minority-community names from voting rolls.
  • We need to make sure that there are sufficient polling places and poll workers to prevent long lines from forming at the polls anywhere.

Legal Violence

Millions of lives have been destroyed because people are in jail for nonviolent crimes. For decades, we have been engaged in a failed “War on Drugs” with racially-biased mandatory minimums that punish people of color unfairly.
It is an obscenity that we stigmatize so many young Americans with a criminal record for smoking marijuana, but not one major Wall Street executive has been prosecuted for causing the near collapse of our entire economy. This must change.
If current trends continue, one in four black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during their lifetime. Blacks are imprisoned at six times the rate of whites and a report by the Department of Justice found that blacks were three times more likely to be searched during a traffic stop, compared to white motorists. African-Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police. This is an unspeakable tragedy.
It is morally repugnant and a national tragedy that we have privatized prisons all over America. In my view, corporations should not be allowed to make a profit by building more jails and keeping more Americans behind bars. We have got to end the private-for-profit prison racket in America. Profiting off the misery of incarcerated people is immoral and it is immoral to take campaign contributions from the private prison industry or its lobbyists.
The measure of success for law enforcement should not be how many people get locked up. We need to invest in drug courts as well as medical and mental health interventions for people with substance abuse problems, so that people struggling with addiction do not end up in prison, they end up in treatment.
For people who have committed crimes that have landed them in jail, there needs to be a path back from prison. The federal system of parole needs to be reinstated. We need real education and real skills training for the incarcerated.
We must end the over incarceration of nonviolent young Americans who do not pose a serious threat to our society. It is an international embarrassment that we have more people locked up in jail than any other country on earth – more than even the Communist totalitarian state of China. That has got to end.
We must address the lingering unjust stereotypes that lead to the labeling of black youths as “thugs.” We know the truth that, like every community in this country, the vast majority of people of color are trying to work hard, play by the rules and raise their children. It’s time to stop demonizing minority communities.
We must reform our criminal justice system to ensure fairness and justice for people of color.

Addressing Legal Violence

  • We need to ban prisons for profit, which result in an over-incentive to arrest, jail and detain, in order to keep prison beds full.
  • We need to turn back from the failed “War on Drugs” and eliminate mandatory minimums which result in sentencing disparities between black and white people.
  • We need to invest in drug courts and medical and mental health interventions for people with substance abuse problems, so that they do not end up in prison, they end up in treatment.
  • We need to boost investments for programs that help people who have gone to jail rebuild their lives with education and job training.

Economic Violence

Weeks before his death, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to a union group in New York about what he called “the other America.”
“One America is flowing with the milk of prosperity and the honey of equality,” King said. “That America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and material necessities for their bodies, culture and education for their minds, freedom and human dignity for their spirits. . . . But as we assemble here tonight, I’m sure that each of us is painfully aware of the fact that there is another America, and that other America has a daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair.”
The problem was structural, King said: “This country has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor.”
Eight days later, speaking in Memphis, King continued the theme. “Do you know that most of the poor people in our country are working every day?” he asked striking sanitation workers. “And they are making wages so low that they cannot begin to function in the mainstream of the economic life of our nation. These are facts which must be seen, and it is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis and a full-time job getting part-time income.”
King explained the shift in his focus: “Now our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know that it isn’t enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t earn enough money to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee?”
But what King saw in 1968 — and what we all should recognize today — is that it is necessary to try to address the rampant economic inequality while also taking on the issue of societal racism. We must simultaneously address the structural and institutional racism which exists in this country, while at the same time we vigorously attack the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality which is making the very rich much richer while everyone else – especially those in our minority communities – are becoming poorer.
In addition to the physical violence faced by too many in our country we need look at the lives of black children and address a few other difficult facts. Black children, who make up just 18 percent of preschoolers, account for 48 percent of all out-of-school suspensions before kindergarten. We are failing our black children before kindergarten. Black students were expelled at three times the rate of white students. Black girls were suspended at higher rates than all other girls and most boys. According to the Department of Education, African American students are more likely to suffer harsh punishments – suspensions and arrests – at school.
We need to take a hard look at our education system. Black students attend schools with higher concentrations of first-year teachers, compared with white students. Black students were more than three times as likely to attend schools where fewer than 60 percent of teachers meet all state certification and licensure requirements.
Communities of color also face the violence of economic deprivation. Let’s be frank: neighborhoods like those in west Baltimore, where Freddie Gray resided, suffer the most. However, the problem of economic immobility isn’t just a problem for young men like Freddie Gray. It has become a problem for millions of Americans who, despite hard-work and the will to get ahead, can spend their entire lives struggling to survive on the economic treadmill.
We live at a time when most Americans don’t have $10,000 in savings, and millions of working adults have no idea how they will ever retire in dignity. God forbid, they are confronted with an unforeseen car accident, a medical emergency, or the loss of a job. It would literally send their lives into an economic tailspin. And the problems are even more serious when we consider race.
Let us not forget: It was the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street that nearly drove the economy off of the cliff seven years ago. While millions of Americans lost their jobs, homes, life savings, and ability to send their kids to college, African Americans who were steered into expensive subprime mortgages were the hardest hit.
Most black and Latino households have less than $350 in savings. The black unemployment rate has remained roughly twice as high as the white rate over the last 40 years, regardless of education. Real African American youth unemployment is over 50 percent. This is unacceptable. The American people in general want change – they want a better deal. A fairer deal. A new deal. They want an America with laws and policies that truly reward hard work with economic mobility. They want an America that affords all of its citizens with the economic security to take risks and the opportunity to realize their full potential.

Addressing Economic Violence

  • We need to give our children, regardless of their race or their income, a fair shot at attending college. That’s why all public universities should be made tuition free.
  • We must invest $5.5 billion in a federally-funded youth employment program to employ young people of color who face disproportionately high unemployment rates.
  • Knowing that black women earn 64 cents on the dollar compared to white men, we must pass federal legislation to establish pay equity for women.
  • We must prevent employers from discriminating against applicants based on criminal history.
  • We need to ensure access to quality affordable childcare for working families.

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Kyle Leach-New Stonewall Film Erases The Most Important Transgender Women And Black Drag Queens From Our Story

From looking at the trailer, once again, white gay males have succeeded in making something completely about them. This film, about the single greatest flashpoint for LGBTQ culture in the 20th century, which should have been a glowing portrait of the strength and tenacity of people of color, drag queens, and those who are transgendered in our community, turns out to be nothing but a hollow, self indulgent, salute to a fictionalized, sanitized, white gay male culture. 

We are to believe white men are the saviors of our people and the real history and real people of those events have been relegated to side bars and background noise. How predictable that we all owe everything to a man, named Danny, with glowing white skin, so bright everyone else has to wear shades. Those who came before us deserve so much better that this, our young people deserve much better than this. Please do not support this revisionist history. Our people don't have time for this inane, racist, misogynistic, waste.

Must Read-Viktor Kerney @wondermann5 - And A White Boy Shall Lead Them: The Whitewashing of the Stonewall Movie

"The trailer, claiming to be a ‘true story’, tells the audience that a young, white, cisgender, gay man was the first to throw a brick and start the Stonewall Riots.  In truth, real historical truth based on hundreds of eye witness accounts and documented evidence that Roland Emmerich seems to have completely skipped over or simply ignored, the riots were started by black drag queens and transgender women. Yep, sorry eager film audiences but you’re waiting to watch a lie.  The film that is being depicted as the historical telling of one of the most important moments in LGBT+ history is completely fictitious.  Yes, the riot actually happened, that’s not made up, but everything else in this film appears to be." Amy Walker


From GSA Network:

To all considering watching the newest whitewashed version of queer history,
It is time that black and brown transwomyn and drag queens are recognized for their efforts in the riots throughout the nation. From the preview alone, we know that will not be happening . Majority of characters casted are white actors, cis men play the role of transwomyn, and folks who began the riots do not seem to be credited with such revolutionary acts. 

WE ARE CALLING A BOYCOTT OF STONEWALL. Do not throw money at the capitalistic industry that fails to recognize true s/heros. Do not support a film that erases our history. Do not watch Stonewall.

Tell your own history! Use social media to recall what you know to be true of Stonewall. Film your own short films. Make videos, write poems, sing songs. CONTINUE TO TEACH TRUE HISTORY.


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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

How Fox News Made My Dad Crazy

"Maybe groups will decide they want to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. Maybe there will just be a common knowledge among people that saw the movie and the next time somebody says something [citing right-wing media] they’ll say, they lie. They make stuff up. A lot of times people are intimidated and don’t want to get into a confrontation. Maybe people will fact-check their media more. Maybe the people who watch Fox News will be a little bit ashamed and think, maybe it is a little closed-minded of me to have one source."

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