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Name: Catherina
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There are times that one wishes one was smarter than one is so that when one looks out at the world and sees the problems one wishes one knew the answers and I don\'t know the answers. I think sometimes one wishes one was dumber than one is so one doesn\'t have to look out into the world and see the pain that\'s out there and the horrible situations that are out there, and not know what to do - Bernie Sanders http://www.democraticunderground.com/128040277

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Those are some great quotes Polly

I hope you don't mind that I'm copying them so I can add them to my diary. I'm bolding one of my favorite ones. I don't thing these attacks will work. People had 8 years to analyze what happened in in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Everyone's on to their little games now.

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public”
― Cornel West

“Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way, empathy is predicated upon hope.”
― Cornel West

“To accept your country without betraying it, you must love it for that which shows what it might become. America -- this monument to the genius of ordinary men and women, this place where hope becomes capacity, this long, halting turn of 'no' into the 'yes' -- needs citizens who love it enough to re-imagine and re-make it.”
― Cornel West

“You must let suffering speak, if you want to hear the truth”
― Cornel West

“In these downbeat times, we need as much hope and courage as we do vision and analysis; we must accent the best of each other even as we point out the vicious effects of our racial divide and pernicious consequences of our maldistribution of wealth and power. We simply cannot enter the twenty-first century at each other's throats, even as we acknowledge the weighty forces of racism, patriarchy, economic inequality, homophobia, and ecological abuse on our necks. We are at a crucial crossroad in the history of this nation--and we either hang together by combating these forces that divide and degrade us or we hang separately. Do we have the intelligence, humor, imagination, courage, tolerance, love, respect, and will to meet the challenge? Time will tell. None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.”
― Cornel West, Race Matters

“Without the presence of black people in America, European-Americans would not be "white"-- they would be Irish, Italians, Poles, Welsh, and other engaged in class, ethnic, and gender struggles over resources and identity. (p. 107-108)”
― Cornel West, Race Matters

“Market moralities and mentalities-- fueled by economic imperatives to make a profit at nearly any cost-- yield unprecedented levels of loneliness, isolation, and sadness. And our public life lies in shambles, shot through with icy cynicism and paralyzing pessimism. To put it bluntly, beneath the record-breaking stock markets on Wall Street and bipartisan budget-balancing deals in the White House lurk ominous clouds of despair across this nation.”
― Cornel West, Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America

“When ordinary people wake up, elites begin to tremble in their boots. They can't get away with their abuse. They can't get away with subjection. They can't get away with subjugation. They can't get away with exploitation. They can't get away with domination. It takes courage for folk to stand up.”
― Cornel West, Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom

“When you bring together the national security state and the military-industrial complex, when you bring together the prison-industrial complex and all the profits that flow from it, when you bring together the corporate media multiplex that don’t want to allow for serious dialogue... and then, when you bring together the Wall Street oligarchs and the corporate plutocrats, and they tell any person or any group, 'If you speak the truth, we’ll shoot you down like a dog and dehumanize you the way we did to dehumanize the brothers in Attica,' the only thing that will keep you going is you better have some love in your heart for the people.”
― Cornel West

“And when you love people, you hate the fact that they’re being treated unfairly. You tell the truth. You sacrifice your popularity for integrity. There is a willingness to give your life back to the people given that, in the end, they basically gave it to you, because we are who we are because somebody loved us anyway.”
― Cornel West

It's great to see you my friend, warrior girl!

"...the fierce urgency of now" was totally tossed

I like your posts, whoever you are, you're rocking.

There isn't a word out of Brother West's mouth that I've disagreed with. Ever. Not as far as I know but then again, I was one of Jeremiah Wright's fiercest defenders, and Obama's too when the dirty 2007 racist games to exploit, divide and conquer really took off.

From the NYT, 2007

Obama came to the Apollo Theater in Harlem Thursday night — down the block from Bill Clinton’s office — to try to wrest some support back from the first black president and his wife. Some young Obama fans wore yellow tees reading, “Who decided Hillary is best for the black community?”

Charlie Rangel; John Lewis; Quincy Jones; Essence Communications’ chairman, Edward Lewis; and other celebrated Hillary supporters were not there.

But Obama did get to sup at Sylvia’s soul-food restaurant — the place where Bill O’Reilly was shocked to find such genteel black folk — with the still-up-for-grabs Al Sharpton. The only endorsement Sharpton offered afterward was: “A man that likes chicken and corn bread can’t be that bad.”


And he got a benediction from Cornel West, the Princeton professor who took Obama to task earlier this year for not attending a national gathering of black scholars and civil rights leaders.

West tried to help Obama in his uneasy quest to claim his place in the black community, calling him “my brother,” “an eloquent brother,” “a good brother” and “a decent brother.” He urged the audience to put Obama in a historical continuum with the spirituals on the plantation and Apollo stars like James Brown and Billie Holiday. Black, he said, has variations. “We don’t expect Alicia Keys to be Aretha,” he said.

Obama threw in some lines meant to show his black fire, even if it’s a cool fire.


He said he’s running because of what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the fierce urgency of now.” Now can the prodigy muster that fierce urgency?


The answer years later is obviously NO. Even before the inauguration, we'd gone from the fierce urgency of now to the fierce urgency of betraying people with his FISA vote, Rahm Emmanuel, Eric Holder, Timothy Geithner etc.

Bernie friends, Dyett, Chicago needs your help with hunger strike fighting school privatization

The situation is dire. Lives are immediately at stake and the future of bright young minds is again being sacrificed for neoliberal greed.

Please read this thread and see what you can do to help. Bernie followers are all over this on twitter, especially due to our strong rapport with teachers and everything Bernie is fighting for.

Dyett Hunger Strike Enters FIFTH Week: 'We Are Prepared to Die' (School Privatization, Chicago)

Please don't let these brave people down. CALL RAHM now and hound him!

Call every last rotten complicit official and please, FIGHT PRIVATIZATION

Dyett Hunger Strike Enters FIFTH Week: 'We Are Prepared to Die' (School Privatization, Chicago)

Dyett Hunger Strike Enters Fifth Week: 'We Are Prepared to Die'

By Ted Cox | September 14, 2015 1:49pm | Updated September 14, 2015 5:19pm

Dyett High School hunger striker Cathy Dale insists, "We are prepared to die."


Several of the now 15 Dyett hunger strikers returned to City Hall Monday on their 29th day without solid food to call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to at least have a "respectful conversation" with them over the future of the Bronzeville school in Washington Park.

Since Aug. 17, a dozen hunger strikers have been demanding that Chicago Public Schools accept the proposal put forth by the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School to convert it into a Global Leadership and Green Technology academy.

Ted Cox says the situation is quickly becoming dire for protesters:

They have rejected CPS' move to turn it instead into a neighborhood open-enrollment arts high school.

"A compromise happens when two people come together and they work out together something that's agreeable to both parties," said Jitu Brown, a leader of the hunger strike, Monday at City Hall. "There was no compromise."

According to Brown, he was told about the CPS plan 15 minutes before it was presented by Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool. Brown said he asked to continue to negotiate, but Claypool responded, "We're moving forward."

"That's not compromise," Brown said.

Brown said an art school "doesn't make sense," in that "the arts is not a growth industry," while green technology is growing.

"Don't give me crumbs and tell me it's a cake," Brown said. "Why should black children always accept less?"


Brown said he has lost 36 pounds on the strike.

"We are prepared to die," Dale added. "We're not going to go away. We're just not going to go away."

"This is a very, very serious health situation for these individuals," said Dr. Peter Sporn of Northwestern University. "Really it's on the mayor now for this to end."

"This is a life-threatening situation at this point," added Erin Raether of Nurses for Social Justice, who has treated some of the hunger strikers during their fast. "They didn't look like this 29 days ago."




NC For Bernie and 15 others follow
ChicagoTeachersUnion ‏@CTULocal1 55m55 minutes ago

Doctors, nurses ask mayor to step in as Dyett hunger strike hits 29th day #fightfordyett #savedyett #wearedyett http://ow.ly/ScGhX

Aileen K ‏@ak4931 3h3 hours ago

Irish hunger strikers only lasted for 46-73 days. Many of the #FightForDyett hunger strikers are elders and can't go much longer. #edchat
I truly believe @RahmEmanuel will let #FightForDyett hunger strikers die if we don't put pressure on him to do the right thing! #edchat

natalie solidarity ‏@constantnatalie 3h3 hours ago

.@ChicagosMayor opens a north side school addition while #Dyett12 are facing death by starvation for public school resources #FightForDyett

Journey 4 Justice ‏@J4J_USA 5h5 hours ago

"School closings are a #hatecrime" Are the Dyett hunger strikers on the verge of a victory? http://bit.ly/1UQ5MxS @dailykos #FightForDyett

Black Agenda Report ‏@blkagendareport Sep 8

Time to stand against school privatization #FightForDyett #WeAreDyett Call Rahm 312-744-3300.

DenisePouchet ‏@DenisePouchet 7h7 hours ago Burbank, CA
DenisePouchet retweeted Teachers for Justice

Teachers and parents should not have to die for decent schools for their children! #FightForDyett

Teachers for Justice ‏@TeachForJustice 3h3 hours ago

RT! TOMORROW 9/15! TWITTER STORM FOR DYETT! Help us get #FightForDyett trending from 7pm - 9pm Chicago time!

Sept 11
Alderman Burns is confronted and flees.

The #FightForDyett hunger strikers and supporters confront the man who could have honored their proposal for the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology...

It just keeps getting better and better!

Bernie, Manassas, VA. Bernie on stage NOW

Also an MSNBC link: http://t.co/C2IGfcHW0o

Flight Attendant Union Rep was speaking, then a Civil Rights Attorney up whol introduced Bernie

Edit. The civil Rights Attorney was actually a Black activist for the DC police review. She called Bernie the most courageous candidate

He's too funny. I'm hooked!

and also this one


Bernie being interviewed at UVA/Miller Center live (already over)

Miller Center

A Conversation with Bernie Sanders

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to provide critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges.
Watch Live

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Senator Bernie Sanders
September 14, 2015
4:00PM - 5:15PM (EDT) WATCH LIVE
Senator Bernie Sanders

LIVE LINK: http://millercenter.org/events/2015/a-conversation-with-bernie-sanders

They're the biggest voting bloc this election

And this chart is a beaut
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