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Why is Hillary Clinton taking credit for the Fight for $15.?

Hillary Clinton will be joining New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday for a rally in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center at 11 a.m. to celebrate the historic $15/hour minimum wage legislation. Speaking as someone who worked for the Fight for $15 from the very first action in NYC, let me explain why this is an appalling betrayal of workers.

Fast-food workers marched in the streets and shut down stores for years, while an army of online supporters shared viral photos, memes, and news. And we did it again and again. Despite all odds and haters telling us that a $15 minimum wage would never happen — and still telling us that we should be “realistic” — we started winning and never looked back.

Fight for $15 is arguably the greatest union victory in decades, perhaps even the greatest victory of the progressive movement in recent history. One of those victories came eight months ago, when the Democratic Party adopted a $15/hour minimum wage in the official party platform, weeks after Bernie Sanders introduced legislation in Congress.

By contrast, Hillary Clinton is the only prominent Democrat who refused to endorse $15/hour. Bernie Sanders won’t remind people of this, so I will: He was in the streets with fast-food workers every time. There’s photos of him marching with workers in the pouring fucking rain, and he’s the one who pushed Democrats to adopt it. Yet, Hillary Clinton will be on the stage tomorrow for the victory moment.


Who Really "Gets Things Done"?

OK, Hillary was in Congress less time than Clinton, but still ..

Asher Edelman: Sanders best for the economy

Amazing interview with former "corporate raider", saying that Bernie's the ONLY candidate
who will fix our broken economy by putting money back into the hands that most needs
it, i.e. those who will actually SPEND it instead of stashing it in the Cayman Islands.

Report: FBI moves to interview Clinton over emails

Report: FBI moves to interview Clinton over emails
by Julian Hatten * 3/31/16 * The Hill

Hillary Clinton and her top aides might be questioned by FBI officials about her private email server within the next few days, according to a new report from Al Jazeera America.

The news outlet reported that the FBI has concluded its examination of Clinton's email server and is in a “critical stage” of its investigation into concerns that the former secretary of State or her top aides mishandled classified information. The FBI is reportedly seeking to interview her along with her former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and ex-spokesman Philippe Reines.

The probe could be completed “in weeks not months,” the report added, citing unnamed law enforcement officials. The report also says that Justice Department prosecutors have joined the FBI's investigative team.
The news furthers speculation that the federal investigation is nearing a conclusion, nearly a year after it began.

Earlier in the week, the Los Angeles Times reported that the FBI was in the process of arranging interviews with former State Department officials, possibly including Clinton herself.


Hilarity from my FB feed

Bernie on Nicaragua and Cuba

I kept waiting for Bernie to quote John F. Kennedy,

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
~John F. Kennedy

That it was the unabated abuse of these nation's people by dictatorships propped up by USA that
made these violent revolutions "inevitable" ... and that we need to learn from this history.

Stars Aligned for Bernie: "Six Pieces of a Real Democracy Movement We've Never Had Before"

Six Pieces of a Real Democracy Movement We've Never Had Before
by Frances Moore Lappé * Wednesday, March 09, 2016 * Common Dreams

As perhaps never before in our history, all the pieces are in place for a democracy movement to take off in America, one strong enough to tackle the system-roots of our country's crises.

What? You don't see it?

I understand, because it is really hard to discern the democratic impulse in a political culture increasingly dominated by bluster, bullying, and blame, all bank-rolled by a tiny minority.

But here's all I ask -- that you take in the six key pieces below, and then imagine what they could add up to, and your place in them.

One: We're angry. Not handfuls of marginal "activists" but most Americans -- left, right, middle -- are really pissed. We know things are foundationally unfair, and getting worse -- in just the first three years after the '08 Wall St. crash, 91 percent of all income gains went to the top 1 percent. So today the 20 richest Americans hold as much wealth as the bottom half of our entire population. Twenty people? Please let this sink in. In the Manhattan coffee shop where I sit, that's the number in easy view. Incredible.

Two: We now know the system is rigged. We know that those making the rules in Washington and our state houses make them in the service of those who fund them, not the vast majority of us. Out of 120 million American households, just 158 families contributed nearly half the money in the early stage of the 2016 presidential election. No wonder 84 percent of American adults believe that money has too much influence in politics. We feel evicted from our home -- democracy itself.

See Pieces 3-6 HERE: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/03/09/six-pieces-real-democracy-movement-weve-never-had

I am so very proud of our candidate tonight.

Bernie has never given up, never wavered, never given an inch to the constant
barrage of dismissive insults, Establishment bullying & gloating, vicious baseless
attacks, M$M blackouts ... you name it.

Yet Bernie has kept his gracious composure throughout, has never changed his message,
but rather has refined it, always sticking to the truth and holding true to his passionate
commitment to the notion that We the People are the ultimate authority in the USA, NOT
those who feel they "already have theirs, so the rest of us can fuck-off" ..

Thank you Michigan for voting for a future that's more livable, fair and equitable for all !!

Thank you Bernie of never giving up !!

New York Times - March 8th Primary Results Page

Tonight's Primary results as they come in, just keep refreshing the link, here:

At HRC-Controlled Flint Debate: DNC/DWS Threatens to eject Michigan Mayor for Feeling the Bern

FLINT, Michigan — After expressing vocal support for Bernie Sanders during Sunday night’s debate, the independent mayor of Michigan’s third largest city says security warned him that he would be booted from Sunday’s Democratic debate here if he did not quiet down.

Jim Fouts, the three-term independent mayor of Warren, told BuzzFeed News Monday that he attended both the Republican and Democratic debates in Michigan over the past week. The audience at the GOP debate at the Fox theater in Detroit Thursday was loud. But the mood in the Whiting Auditorium on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center, where Sanders and Hillary Clinton met in one of their sharpest-elbowed debates to date, was very different, he said.

“The Democratic debate is totally controlled by Hillarys good friend DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” Fouts wrote on Facebook Monday. “No commentary is allowed by the audience. Particularly if you are cheering Bernie Sanders. Persons who do not adhere to Hillarys rules are threatened with expulsion.” ...

At the debate, Fouts sat in the center section of the hall, directly behind Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair. Next to him was his longtime executive assistant. Fouts told BuzzFeed News that at multiple times during the beginning if the debate, he turned to his executive assistant, praised Sanders’ performance and said the Flint debate — added to the calendar after the initial set were announced — proved that more debates were a good idea.

“I was just saying ‘great job, Bernie!’ and ‘we need more debates,’” Fouts said. He said that at one point he vocally criticized Clinton for “wrapping herself around Obama.” He insisted he was speaking at a “normal conversation” level. Staff for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia who were sitting near Wasserman Schultz and Fouts said he was being “very disruptive” and made it hard to hear the candidates.

Wasserman Schultz did not respond to a request for comment.

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