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Feds Regularly Monitored Black Lives Matter Since Ferguson

Perhaps if DHS were more focused on the right wing extremists they warned us about, instead of investigating peaceful protesters practicing their First Amendment rights, we wouldn't be seeing so many right wing terrorist attacks on innocent American citizens.

The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since anti-police protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, according to hundreds of documents obtained by The Intercept through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media accounts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine, even for events expected to be peaceful. The reports confirm social media surveillance of the protest movement and ostensibly related events in the cities of Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York.

They also show the department watching over gatherings that seem benign and even mundane. For example, DHS circulated information on a nationwide series of silent vigils and a DHS-funded agency planned to monitor a funk music parade and a walk to end breast cancer in the nation’s capital.

The tracking of domestic protest groups and peaceful gatherings raises questions over whether DHS is chilling the exercise of First Amendment rights, and over whether the department, created in large part to combat terrorism, has allowed its mission to creep beyond the bounds of useful security activities as its annual budget has grown beyond $60 billion.


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Bernie at La Raza: Standing Ovations, Bernie Chants w/Video

Hundreds of people are packing into a Kansas City ballroom and standing along the walls for a @SenSanders event. pic.twitter.com/tOUe4QerZl
Justin Wingerter (@JustinWingerter) July 13, 2015


Justin Wingerter writing for the Topeka Capital Journal covered Bernie Sanders talk this morning to The National Council of La Raza, the nations largest Hispanic organization.

Bernie spoke to a standing room only crowd who started a Bernie chant about 5 minutes into speech, after Bernie had already quoted MLK and The Pope.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Societal ills such as income inequality and youth unemployment adversely harm the Hispanic community, Sen. Bernie Sander, I-Vt., told a crowd at a Hispanic conference Monday morning.

About 250 people crowded into a small ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center to hear Sanders speak as part of the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference. An hour before the event, a line wound through the halls of the convention center as conference goers clamored for an opportunity to see the progressive candidate.


Bernie talked about being the son of an immigrant and how immigrants prioritize a better future for their children.

Sanders called for comprehensive immigration reform, free tuition at all public universities, affordable child care and a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Sanders, who has pledged not to accept campaign donations from super PACS, said the U.S. Supreme Court’s “disastrous” ruling on Citizens United should be overturned.


Standing ovation and chants of "Bernie" as he walks off the stage.



Daily Kos

The Federal judge in Alabama marriage cases orders all magistrate judges to immediately comply with

her orders, and the SCOTUS decision. Can we now see Judge Roy Moore's tantrum on live TV?

The SPLC doesn't have the order on their website yet so will post link to their Facebook entry:

https://www.facebook.com/SPLCenter/photos/a.439820219699.236067.170591064699/10153467419864700/?type=1&theater

Bernie Sanders Official YouTube Page

It appears his YouTube page is posting all of his campaign speeches and media interviews. It's a great source for those who may miss any of his appearances and want to catch up.

https://www.youtube.com/user/SenatorSanders/featured

If you click Video right below his banner, you will see all of the videos in one place, starting with the most recent upload.

Bernie Sanders Scores A Win As The Postal Service Backs Off Plan To Close Plants

Who says Bernie can't get things done?

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) won another victory in the battle against privatizing mail delivery as the Postal Service has quietly backed off of a plan to close 82 mail processing plants.

In a statement, Sen. Sanders said:

I am pleased that the Postal Service has decided not to shut down virtually all of the 82 mail-processing plants this year, but much more needs to be done to ensure that Americans throughout the country receive their mail in a timely manner.

The Postal Service should be speeding up the delivery of mail, not slowing it down. We should be working to strengthen the Postal Service, not sending it into a death spiral.


The Postal Service had planned to close eighty-two more mail processing plants as part of a cost-cutting move. The USPS is being forced to cut costs because a Republican imposed mandate that the Service pre-fund 75 years of retirement benefits within a decade. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA) plunged the profitable USPS into debt and forced four out of every five dollars taken in to be spent on funding this mandate.

The Republican passed mandate was designed to drive the Postal Service out of business. The GOP goal has always been to privatize all mail delivery. The mandate is forcing the USPS to make decisions that hurt customers and result in slower mail delivery as part of the larger Republican plan to use government to break a public service that benefits the public good.

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/05/30/bernie-sanders-scores-win-postal-service-backs-plan-close-plants.html


I want to do some informative videos on Bernie

When Obama was nominated as the Dem candidate, I joined up with some fellow Dem activists and created some hard hitting videos on McCain and Palin. Here is a sample of what I did with the help of some very talented people. Music and singing were all contributed by the same activists. The voice in the first video was the voice of Buick for years, and the singers are all professional singers in the NY area. If you have any ideas on what I could do for Bernie, feel free to share. I think a video contrasting Bernie and Hillary would be interesting.











Needless to say, when 2012 rolled around, I was less than enthused to create any new videos for the very disappointing President Obama, but I did muster this one up for a little fun:

First Hillary backer from '08 dumps her this time

This is a small story that could presage a much larger one in coming months about Hillary Clinton's last-chance bid to become president.

One of Clinton's more prominent backers for the Democrat nomination in 2008 has opted to endorse someone else for the party nod next year in Philadelphia. Former two-term Miami Mayor Manny Diaz said Tuesday he was going with Maryland's former Gov. Martin O'Malley this time.

The 60-year-old Diaz, a Cuban emigre and former head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is one of the country's more prominent and successful Hispanic politicians and a key "get" for any Democrat seeking votes in the crucial swing state of Florida.

Not only is Diaz prepared to endorse O'Malley, he's also put his name atop a breakfast for the former Baltimore mayor to meet-and-greet Miami Democrats on May 8. People attending such affairs are prime donor candidates.

Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/042215-749001-manny-diaz-backs-martin-omalley-over-hillary-clinton.htm#ixzz3Y48UqT9z

Hillary must feel so proud...One million dead from Iraqi invasion and occupation

Anyone who voted for this illegal war should NEVER become president of the United States. EVER.

A recently published report has revealed that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq was responsible for the deaths of approximately 1 million Iraqis, which is 5 percent of the total population of the country. The report also tallies hundreds of thousands of casualties in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Authors of the report, titled "Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the 'War on Terror,'" have told Truthout that other casualty reports, like the often-quoted Iraq Body Count (IBC), which has a high-end estimate at the time of this writing of 154,563, are far too low in their estimates, and that the real numbers reach "genocidal dimensions."

Joachim Guilliard, the author of the Iraq portion of the study, told Truthout that the new study relied heavily on extrapolations from a previous study published in the prestigious Lancet medical journal, which put Iraq's numbers at 655,000, but the study was published in 2006 and is now dramatically out of date.

"The numbers of Lancet, reaching genocidal dimensions, represent a massive indictment of the US administration," Guilliard said. "Most Western media are not interested in it. The IBC numbers, however, are acceptable. They are in line with the general picture of the war in Iraq according to which the Iraqis themselves are primarily responsible for most violence."

Truthout

If $842K can be raised for a pizza joint, what can WE raise for homeless children?

I hope we can raise twice as much...

There is much disgust and consternation in the LGBT community over a viral fundraiser effort, that has as of this writing, earned $842,387. Many have lamented, "If only our cause could raise that much money that fast."

I say, yes, we can.

So I looked and saw that Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund has set April 29 as the first national #40toNoneDay to end #LGBT youth homelessness! And I thought, would it not be totally awesome if we equality supporters (and pizza lovers) could match that #MemoriesPizza "charity" by April 29? Can we match their amount and help homeless youth get off the street, learn life skills and get an education and jobs?

I'm an dreamer, but I say yes, we can!

All proceeds will go to The True Colors Fund which works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves. READ MORE HERE…

The True Colors Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


http://www.gofundme.com/Pizza4Equality

Bernie Sanders endorses Rahm challenger



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has become the latest high-profile progressive to endorse Cook County Commissioner Chuy García's challenge to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D).

“I am going to Chicago to support Chuy García and Susan Sadlowski Garza. I support them because we need a political revolution in this country and we need the kind of working-class coalitions that Chuy and Susan are pulling together,” Sanders said in a statement.

“At a time when the wealthiest people and largest corporations are becoming richer while virtually everyone else is becoming poorer, working-class people have got to fight back. And that is what the campaigns of Chuy and Susan are all about.”

García is in a closely-watched runoff race with Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff. Emanuel failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote in a February round of voting that would have precluded a runoff election.

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