2019-04-10: Social Media Postees

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Dem presidential hopefuls make pitches to 3,000 building trades activists
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-10
WASHINGTON–It's called, in political parlance, "a cattle call." The phrase refers to what happens when presidential hopefuls parade their positions, one by one, before a group, large or small. And that's what nine Democrats– John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tim Ryan, Terry McAuliffe, Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Eric Swalwell, in that …
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Greens Say 'No to NATO' While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-10
Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below …
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California Blazes a Trail for a Green New Deal
Alvaro Sanchez | progressive.org | 2019-04-10
While politicians and activists debate the idea of a federal plan to fight climate change and boost our economy, the Golden State is quietly showing how it could actually work.
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Democratic Socialists of America endorses Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act of 2019
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
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Ending America's Hundred Years' War Against Drugs
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-10
We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not the one in Afghanistan. I mean the drug war. | For more than a century, the U.S. has worked through the U.N. (and its predecessor, the League of Nations) to build a harsh global drug prohibition regime — grounded in draconian laws, enforced by pervasive policing…
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Pompeo: Sanctions Increase "Pain and Suffering" in Venezuela (Pt 2/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Sec. of State Mike Pompeo recently openly admitted that the sanctions are causing pain and suffering and that this would accelerate the process of toppling the Maduro government. Mark Weisbrot discusses the approach and what Democrats and progressives could do to stop this…
therealnews.com/stories/pompeo-sanctions…

Democratic "Superdelegates" May Once Again Rob Bernie Sanders of the Nomination
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-10
There is no denying that the need to defeat Trump at all costs will be the rallying cry used to push Democratic voters to fall in line behind the eventual nominee, regardless of whether the nominee was chosen by voters or by superdelegates.
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Bernie Sanders Unveils His New 'Medicare for All' Plan
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-10
WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential race by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance. | "It is not a radical idea to say that in the United States, every American who goes to a doctor should be able to afford the prescription drug he or she needs," Sanders said. "Health care is a human right, not a privilege." | Four of Sanders' fellow senators and rivals for the Democratic nomination are set to sign onto the updated single-payer health care proposal. The bill's reintr…
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Medicare For All: Accept No Substitutes
Richard Eskow | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks while introducing health care legislation titled the 'Medicare for All Act of 2019', during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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AIPAC Has Bernie Sanders in Its Crosshairs
Natasha Hakimi Zapata | truthdig.com | 2019-04-10
Bernie Sanders, who made history with his 2016 presidential campaign as the first Jewish American to win a presidential primary and receive an electoral vote for president, is bizarrely being targeted with Facebook ads by The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Certainly, it seems at best counterintuitive for the pro-Israel lobby to be working against a can…
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, AFT President Randi Weingarten to Discuss Future of Lordstown, Ohio, in Union Town Hall
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
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AOC Calls Out GOP for Attacking Green New Deal While Supporting Oil Subsidies
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-10
During a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Republicans for attacking the Green New Deal as "socialism" while also supporting billions of dollars in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. | "It is not responsible to complain about anything we dislike as 'socialism,' particularly when many of our colleagues across the aisle are more than happy to support millions and potentially billions of dollars in government subsidies and carve-outs for the oil and gas and fossil fuel industry," said the New York congresswoman. | "So the fact that subsidies for fossil fuel…
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Blowing Smoke on the Colstrip Coal Plant
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
The increasingly desperate efforts by politicians to "save" Colstrip's antiquated and enormously polluting coal-fired power plants is reaching the stage that's leaving facts, economics and the "free market" far behind. Unfortunately, Montana's congressional Republicans, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, are among those blowing the most smoke about Colstrip, its climate impacts, and its…
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The Salad Giant Sweetgreen Has Used Hip Hop to Turn Salad Into Gold
Aaron Ross Coleman | thenation.com | 2019-04-10
The Salad Giant Sweetgreen Has Used Hip Hop to Turn Salad Into Gold…
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Reparations for slavery in 2020: Justice at last or attention seeking by Democrats? (DEBATE)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-10
With Democratic frontrunner Cory Booker mulling plans to compensate descendants of slaves, the controversial campaign issue has some hoping it could tackle racial inequality, and others saying we need to let sleeping dogs lie. | …
rt.com/usa/456131-reparations-slavery-20…

'Write a book, you can be a millionaire too' — Bernie Sanders shares get-rich advice
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-10
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders — known for railing against the super-rich — is now a millionaire himself, and shared his moneymaking secrets with America. Sanders was flooded with accusations of hypocrisy in return. | …
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Julián Castro Got Off Easy for Ethics Trouble in the Last Presidential Campaign
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-04-10
In 2016, then-HUD Secretary Julián Castro violated a federal law while campaigning for Hillary Clinton; the Obama administration chose not to reprimand him.
theintercept.com/2019/04/10/julian-castr…

Wendell Primus, the Most Powerful Staffer in Congress, Represents a Generational Divide on the Left
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-04-10
Wendell Primus's generation of liberals strives not to make the world a better place, but to make it less bad than Republicans want.
theintercept.com/2019/04/10/wendell-prim…

House Votes to Restore Net Neutrality as Millions of People Watch Online
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-10
(CD) — Digital rights groups applauded Wednesday as the U.S. House passed the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644), in a 232-190 vote, with just one Republican joining the Democrats in supporting the legislation. VICTORY! House votes 231-190 to restore #NetNeutrality. The bill (HR 1644) survived an onslaught of amendments pushed by the telecom lobby, while more than …

House Votes to Restore Net Neutrality as Millions of People Watch Online

Earth Day Debate: The Green Future or A Green Fraud?
M. STARKS | indybay.org | 2019-04-10
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Dems Introduce Bill to End Trump's 'UnAmerican' Muslim Ban
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
Democrats in both chambers of Congress introduced legislation to end President Donald Trump's racist Muslim ban Wednesday, generating support from advocates and lawmakers opposed to the administration's policy."We are happy to see elected officials who are using their legislative powers to dismantle the Trump administration's bigoted policies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Nancy Pelosi and Cheri Bustos Continue Dividing Democratic Party, Take New Swipes at Ocasio-Cortez
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-10
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., both took aim this week at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an escalation of recent attacks by ensconced elements of the party against newer members of Congress. | Ocasio-Cortez, who is often charged by Democrats in Congress with dividing the party, has not responded to either Pelosi or Bustos, and did not respond to a request for comment. The latest attacks by party leaders on the Bronx freshman suggest that they feel under siege or sense an opening to crush a nascent insurgency threatening to reshap…
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300+ Groups to Congress: #GreenNewDeal 'Must Transform Our Food System and Revitalize Rural America'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
"To address the climate crisis, the Green New Deal must transform our food system and revitalize rural America," a large coalition of green groups told Congress Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'How Will You Pay for It?' Bernie Sanders Tackles Key Question on Medicare for All
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
"Under every single one of these options the average American family will save thousands of dollars a year because it will no longer be writing large checks to private health insurance companies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"Yet Another Handout to the Dirty Fossil Fuel Industry": Trump's Newest Assault on Environment Draws Anger From Green Groups
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
"This is a massive abuse of power that does nothing other than line the pockets of Trump's fossil fuel billionaire friends, all at the expense of our democracy and our safety." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Greens Say "No to NATO" While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO
Kevin Zeese | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-09
Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below about the week of protests against NATO highlights Greens who participated, often as organizers with …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/greens-say-no…

Barbara Lee's Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war — remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve a bill with…
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Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/9/kirstjen_n…

Does Obama Speak for Progressives?
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-09
On Saturday in Berlin, President Obama said progressives shouldn't attack other progressives, saying it's a "circular firing squad." But are corporate Democrats within the progressive camp?
therealnews.com/stories/does-obama-speak…

Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…
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Biden, Bernie, and the Bomb
Rosemarie Jackowski | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-09
Will 2019 go down in history as the year of insanity? Has hyper hysteria taken over the entire country? Is it no longer possible to make our way through the hazy maze of Political Correctness? Have we gotten to the point where guns are legal but an innocent hug can get you indicted? Consider this: Thousands …
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Bill to End Yemen Siege Passes–No Thanks to MSNBC – After Khashoggi outrage passes, cable network goes back to ignoring US-backed humanitarian disaster
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-04-09
by Adam Johnson | Progressives–along with a handful of libertarian-leaning Republicans–finally passed a bill in both houses of Congress last week to invoke the War Powers act and end US support for the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen, an entirely one-sided war that's killed thousands of Yemeni civilians over the last four years with assistance and direction of the US military. | The bill's proponents achieved this human rights victory with virtually no help from America's leading libe…
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Go Green New Deal!
Arlen Schumer | thenation.com | 2019-04-09
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Go Green New Deal!
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AIPAC Targets Bernie Sanders in Facebook Ads Focused on Key Democratic Primary States
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-09
Bernie Sanders is the target of an ad campaign on Facebook paid for by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying group.
theintercept.com/2019/04/09/aipac-target…

Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-08
Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College…
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Bernie Sanders Is Making Union Solidarity an Essential Theme of the 2020 Campaign
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-08
Bernie Sanders Is Making Union Solidarity an Essential Theme of the 2020 Campaign…
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UN Rapporteur: US Sanctions on Venezuela Are 'Blunt' Way to Engineer Regime Change, Causing Blanket Starvation
Michael Selby-Green | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-08
US sanctions against Venezuela are like "going into microsurgery with a kitchen knife" and are holding an entire population hostage,…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/07/un-rapporteur…

Mueller's probe is over, but bogeyman Russia will come in handy for 2020 presidential hopefuls
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-07
There was no collusion but, for the crowded field of candidates hoping to be nominated by Democrats as their runner for 2020, Russia is still a good target to blame or to threaten with. Will using such rhetoric actually help them? | …
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Could a Green New Deal Make Us Happier People?
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2019-04-07
For as long as climate change has been a part of America's national consciousness, it's been talked about in dire terms, evoking images of some hellish, "Mad Max"-style dystopia. The title and much of the content of David Wallace-Wells's recent book is a variation on the same theme, stirring up hundreds of pages of images' worth of an "Uninhabitable Earth" to make the case that the conversation has not been dire enough. | In describing the nature of the problem, drastic terms are of course necessary. Annihilation looms, and the chaos it threatens to bring about — stronger storms, more fearsome floods, unbea…
theintercept.com/2019/04/07/green-new-de…

Turkey: the wondrous tale of democratic resilience
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-06
An American historian, Hayden White, once made fame by claiming that historical accounts were essentially like novels, each with their own plot and structure. Whatever we think about White's post-modern move, histories of early 21st-century Turkey are sure to read like thrillers with many ups and downs. | Turkey's local elections on March 31 added a new page to this dramatic tale. Reuters correspondent Humerya Pamuk spoke for many when she called the polls "nothing short of historic". | Against expectations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost in five of the six bigges…
greenleft.org.au/content/turkey-wondrous-tale-democratic-resilience

Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular 2020 Candidate Among Hispanic Voters, New Polling Finds
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-06
Thirty-three percent of Hispanic voters polled by Morning Consult support Sanders for president. He's followed by Joe Biden, with 24 percent of support.
theintercept.com/2019/04/06/bernie-sande…

The Reluctance of Bernie Sanders to Release His Damn Tax Returns Is Part of a Bigger Issue
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
By failing to release his tax returns despite repeated promises to do so any minute now, Bernie Sanders is being the stubborn curmudgeon he's always been.
theintercept.com/2019/04/05/bernie-sande…

The Brexit rollercoaster
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
Two very different demonstrations within less than a week of each other neatly illustrated just how polarised British politics is. | On March 23, an estimated 1 million people took to the streets calling for a second referendum or "people's vote" on Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU). | They argue that the electorate has a better idea now of the deal it might be getting and what the consequences are for the economy and people's rights to live, work and travel freely in any of the 27 member states. | This crowd was socially liberal and mostly leftish-leaning. The People's Vote campaign leadership…
greenleft.org.au/content/brexit-rollercoaster

A Top Progressive Consulting Firm Is Doing PR for an Israeli Spy Company
Alex Kane | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
A prominent political communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world. | NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tri…
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Interview: How Chemist Warehouse workers won
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
After a 16-day strike, workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres declared victory on March 28. Among their biggest gains were an 18.75% wage rise over four years and the conversion of labour hire workers to permanent positions after six months of work. | These are significant wins — and much better than those that workers have been winning recently in times of wage stagnation and high unemployment. | Workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres in Somerton and Preston, in Melbourne, and Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, began their indefinite strike on March 12 over three main issues: a wage rise to bri…
greenleft.org.au/content/interview-how-chemist-warehouse-workers-won

After Mueller: Trump's presidency a product of US capitalism
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
The most important finding of the long Mueller investigation into United States President Donald Trump — that there was no collusion with the Russians to fix the 2016 US election so that Trump would win — came as a shock to most liberals, progressives and even many socialists. | I have seen only one figure in the mass media who faces even parts of the truth. Farhad Manjoo, an op-ed writer in the New York Times wrote on March 25: "Trump's win was not the illegitimate product of a treasonous conspiracy … The president was not a Manchurian candidat…
greenleft.org.au/content/after-mueller-trump%E2%80%99s-presidency-product-us-capitalism

Jeremy Corbyn calls for lawyers to be allowed to visit Abdullah àñcalan
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Kurdish solidarity activists on March 30, according to the campaign website freedomforocalan.org. | The activists have been working with Imam Sis, a Kurdish activist living in Wales who has been on hunger strike since December 17, protesting the isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader, Abdullah à&ntil…
greenleft.org.au/content/jeremy-corbyn-calls-lawyers-be-allowed-visit-abdullah-%C3%B6calan

Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted self-declared "interim president" Juan Guaido's parliamentary immunity, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | The unanimous April 2 decision came following a request from the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and included an "authorisation" to continue investigations into the parliamentary deputy and president of the National Assembly. | The ANC based its move on article 200 of Venezuela's constitution, which gives the TSJ the unique power to overrule parliamentarian…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-guaido-stripped-immunity-protest-erupt-over-blackouts

Ecological agriculture needs to be made a priority
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
The number of farmers moving to ecological agriculture in its various forms — agroecology, organic, biological, biodynamic, regenerative — continues to grow as farmers and consumers become more aware of the harm pesticides and synthetic fertilisers cause to health and the environment. | Alan Broughton takes a look at this phenomenon and asks why the majority of farmers are still holding on to chemical methods and what can be done to increase the ecological uptake. | *** | At an organic soil management class that I taught in Shepparton, Victoria, I asked each of the dozen participants why they were int…
greenleft.org.au/content/ecological-agriculture-needs-be-made-priority

RTBU demand reinstatement of sacked union delegate
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Train operator and Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) delegate Robert Car was sacked by the privately-owned Metro Train Sydney (MTS) company on March 27. | In response, the RTBU, together with members from the Maritime Union of Australia, the Electrical Trades Union, the United Services Union, and the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, rallied outside MTS headquarters in Rouse Hill to demand Car's reinstatement on April 3. | Below is Car's address to the rally. | *** | I was the union delegate for RTBU until last Wednesday, when I was sacked for no reason. | I was fighting for a mass determin…
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