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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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Bernie2016. MLK on Income Inequality and Redistribution of Wealth

In a few weeks some of us are coming to Washington to see if the will is still alive or if it is alive in this nation. We are coming to Washington in a Poor Peopleís Campaign. Yes, we are going to bring the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. We are going to bring those who have known long years of hurt and neglect. We are going to bring those who have come to feel that life is a long and desolate corridor with no exit signs. We are going to bring children and adults and old people, people who have never seen a doctor or a dentist in their lives.

We are not coming to engage in any histrionic gesture. We are not coming to tear up Washington. We are coming to demand that the government address itself to the problem of poverty. We read one day, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." But if a man doesnít have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.

It didn't cost the nation one penny to integrate lunch counters. It didn't cost the nation one penny to guarantee the right to vote. But now we are dealing with issues that cannot be solved without the nation spending billions of dollars and undergoing a radical redistribution of economic power.

it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages


Now you are doing something else here. You are highlighting the economic issue. You are going beyond purely civil rights to questions of human rights. That is a distinction.


Now our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know now 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? What does it profit a man to be able to eat at the swankiest integrated restaurant when he doesn't earn enough money to take his wife out to dine? What does it profit one to have access to the hotels of our city and the motels of our highway when we don't earn enough money to take our family on a vacation? What does it profit one to be able to attend an integrated school when he doesn't earn enough money to buy his children school clothes?

And so we assemble here tonight, and you have assembled for more than thirty days now to say, "We are tired. We are tired of being at the bottom. We are tired of being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression. We are tired of our children having to attend overcrowded, inferior, quality-less schools. We are tired of having to live in dilapidated substandard housing conditions where we don't have wall-to-wall carpets but so often we end up with wall-to-wall rats and roaches. We are tired of smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society. We are tired of walking the streets in search for jobs that do not exist. We are tired of working our hands off and laboring every day and not even making a wage adequate to get the basic necessities of life. We are tired of our men being emasculated so that our wives and our daughters have to go out and work in the white lady's kitchen, leaving us unable to be with our children and give them the time and the attention that they need. We are tired."

And so in Memphis we have begun. We are saying, "Now is the time." Get the word across to everybody in power in this time in this town that now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to make an adequate income a reality for all of God's children. Now is the time for city hall to take a position for that which is just and honest. Now is the time for justice to roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream. Now is the time.


"It's all right to talk about "long white robes over yonder," in all of its symbolism. But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here! - MLK

I don't think the DNC was expecting how Bernie connects with folks at all

How I became an active member of this democracy.

My story. This is how I grew from a political sloth to political activist.

State Parties Sign Fund-Raising Pacts for that other candidate?

I understand if this gets locked but I think Bernie supporters, especially in the 4 states that signed on, need to see this thread in GDP: "State Parties Sign Fund-Raising Pacts With Clinton Campaign" and start raising a stink. State Democratic Parties are creating "Victory Funds", 50% of which will go to Clinton. So far a small fraction of the states they contacted already agreed- New Hampshire, Mississippi, Virginia and Wisconsin. Arkasnas and New York sound like they're about ready to. The others are keeping mum or are still considering.

As if limiting the debates didn't spell it out already.

If I shouldn't have posted this here, I apologize.

I have to give props to Ben Carson for this widely shared article

Ben Carson: #BlackLivesMatter misfire
Ben Carson 7:05 p.m. EDT August 24, 2015
Our righteous anger misdirected at politically convenient targets, not real culprits.

The idea that disrupting and protesting Bernie Sanders speeches will change what is wrong in America is lunacy. The "BlackLivesMatter" movement is focused on the wrong targets, to the detriment of blacks who would like to see real change and to the benefit of its powerful white liberal funders using the attacks on Sanders for political purposes that mean nothing for the problems that face our community.


But unjust treatment from police did not fill our inner cities with people who face growing hopelessness. Young men and women can't find jobs. Parents don't have the skills to compete in a modern job market. Far too many families are torn and tattered by self-inflicted wounds. Violence often walks alongside people who have given up hope.


My mother knew what the problems were and she shielded me and my brother from them. I can tell you she wasn't worried about Socialist senators from tiny rural states. "BlackLivesmatter" could learn from her to focus on the real sources of our hopelessness.

This is where we should march:

Letís head down to the board of education. Teaching is a tough job and thank God there was a teacher who convinced me that I was not dumb, but our schools are failing and we have no power to abandon them. The actions of rogue police officers take black lives one at a time. Our public school system has destroyed black lives not in the ones and twos, but in whole generations.

The schools donít teach and our children donít learn. Too many public schools are controlled by teachers unions focused more on the convenience and compensation of adults rather than the education of children who started out far behind. Their failures don't kill as quickly, but they do kill as surely as a bullet.

Letís confront the entertainment industry


There are many things to be angry about when you are consumed by hopelessness. Bernie Sanders isnít one of them.


NYT: Sanders Gets Stamp of Approval From Cornel West

Bernie Sanders Gets Stamp of Approval From Cornel West
8:56 am ET 8:56 am ET Alan Rappeport

Cornel West, the influential scholar and civil rights activist, has endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for president, bolstering a candidate who has drawn huge crowds but also skepticism from black voters.

Mr. West, a professor at Union Theological Seminary, explained in a series of Twitter messages on Monday night that Mr. Sanders, an independent from Vermont who is seeking the Democratic nomination, has been an ally in the fight for justice over the years and that his voice needs to be heard.

I endorse Brother @BernieSanders because he is a long-distance runner with integrity in the struggle for justice for over 50 years.

ó Cornel West (@CornelWest) August 25, 2015


Mr. West... explained recently that Mr. Sanders would best serve black people because of his desire to clamp down on Wall Street and to invest in working people and poor people.

Despite his support for Mr. Sanders, who considers himself a socialist, Mr. West said that he was not affirming the ďneo-liberal Democratic Party.Ē He also weighed in on Donald J. Trumpís candidacy, saying that while the billionaire developer possesses authenticity, he lacks integrity.


The DNC is so out of touch it's turned into Comedy Central n/t

Believe it. West speaks against neoliberalism, miltarism, exploitation, privatization and war

and he speaks against the bloodthirsty capitalism that motivated capitalists to practically extinguish over 200 American Indian nations and then go into Africa to rape it for the unpaid labor that built the United States so believe it. But a few LOUD attackers, in their rabid support for neoliberalism, do not DU make. Thankfully.

Absolutely. The only chance for a Democratic win is Bernie

He's won over the biggest voting bloc of them all- the millennials, which includes people of color, and I guarantee you that bloc is totally uninterested in Clinton, O'Malley or Biden. Anyone in tune with what's going on in the streets knows this. The people behind keyboards in their comfortable living rooms, not so much.

How ironic to use a chart, the first one, from the DLC for this

That's part 2 of their excellent talk. Here's part 1

Transcript is at http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=14415


WEST: But I think in our day and time, though--and this is what this book is very much about; it's a love letter to the younger generation in our age of Ferguson and Baltimore and Staten Island and Cleveland and Oakland and so--and Charleston, North Charleston and Charleston. And what I mean by that is to say, young people, you are waking up in a magnificent way from your sleepwalking. But there's a magnificent tradition that constitutes wind at your back.

You're not going to get it in corporate media, you're not going to get it in mainstream discourse. The neoliberals who dominate corporate media, they want to financialize, privatize, and militarize. Lo and behold, the black prophetic tradition says, no, we're critical of pro-Wall Street policy that generate more capitalist wealth and inequality. When it comes to privatizing, no, we want public life. We want a sense of what we hold in common, including at the workplace vis-ŗ-vis bosses, oftentimes just run amok with corporate greed. And the same would be true in terms of militarize. That's part of the anti-militarism that you rightly talk about that goes hand-in-hand with anti-imperialism.

And so somebody like Martin King, who of course reaches this point with tremendous eloquence in the last three years of his life, what does he have to do? He has to cut against the grain: 72 percent of Americans disapprove of him; 55 percent of black people disapprove of Martin.


WEST: That's right. They pushed back, because, I mean, Mumia Abu-Jamal is still as strong. We know that. Assata Shakur is still strong in Cuba. There are a number of powerful, grassroot, local activists who are still strong.

But in terms of the national presence of the black prophetic tradition, look at Jeremiah Wright. Vicious attacks trying to demonize him and somehow dampen his spirit as we moved into the culmination of the highly individualistic, narcissistic proclivities of black professional class, which is, of course, the first black president.

HEDGES: Well, and you're very critical of this class, and you see it as a very destructive force. Would it be fair to say that there are two principal strains, the black prophetic tradition and the Booker T. Washington accommodationist tradition? Would it be too much of a stretch to say that figures like Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, Mr. Coates from The Atlantic, who you have called out, I think, recently, do they veer more towards the Booker T. Washington tradition? Or is it different? They've certainly walked away from the black prophetic tradition.

WEST: Yeah, they certainly walked away from the black prophetic. I think what you get, though, the black neoliberal tradition, which would still not necessarily be the same as Booker T. Washington. Booker T. Washington really goes straight to Clarence Thomas. He's actually deeply conservative. He did some wonderful things for black people on an individual level, with Tuskegee, with white money, and so on, but he's deeply conservative. He's anti-labor, his anti-immigration, and so forth.

HEDGES: Well, he--and he would not denounce lynching.

WEST: Edit least publicly he wouldn't--and therefore Ida B. Wells has to run right into the fire with unbelievable courage.

But, no, the neoliberal one is one that comes out of the civil rights movement, in which you get the formation of a black professional class that acts as if they're prophetic, who really convince themselves they're progressive, when in fact they're so tied to capital--.

HEDGES: Right. The lumpen bourgeoisie.

WEST: The lumpen bourgeoisie. Absolutely.


WEST: But the aspirations are intense and want to somehow act as if they're tied to Malcolm. I mean, the peace by brother Coates a few years ago said that brother Barack Obama was part of the culminating expression of Malcolm X, now, that is about as wrong--that's like saying I come out of the Beach Boys. You know what I mean? And Malcolm's legacy had nothing to do with Barack Obama.

Barack Obama comes out of a highly cultivated black professional class that's tied to neoliberal policies of Wall Street domination, drones, which are U.S. war crimes, massive surveillance, so COINTELPRO on steroids, every day, keeping track of what we do and so forth. What that is is in fact a culmination of not just black professional class; it's a professional class in contemporary monopoly capitalist America, you see. And so it's pro-imperialist. It acts as if it's antiracist. And it is antiracist within a very narrow bourgeois liberal order. But when it comes to massive unemployment, massive underemployment, decrepit housing, dealing with this unbelievably--what's the right word with our educational system? Let's say soul-murdering educational system, you see. Where is the structural critique? Hardly at all. And when it comes to the Middle East, for example, if you can get a black neoliberal to say that the killing of 500 precious Palestinian babies is a crime against humanity, it would be fascinating to see that take place. It will never take place.


WEST: (...) And that's a beautiful thing, because the system now is just decrepit. You know, the two-party system is as weak as it can be. You've got escalating ecological catastrophe. You've got increasing nuclear catastrophe. You've got the economic catastrophe in terms of the wealth inequality that brother Bernie Sanders and others talk about. You've got the moral catastrophe of--.

HEDGES: He won't talk about empire, though.

WEST: Now, we've got to put some pressure on brother Bernie in that regard. And I think that--.

HEDGES: And he won't talk about the Palestinians, and he won't take on the military.

WEST: I think he's more and more open to a critique of the Israeli occupation. I think he at the same time has to somehow walk a tightrope between the liberals who are excited about him. But thank God he's talking about Wall Street domination.

HEDGES: He's raising real issues. Yes, he is.

Lol, I didn't realize this was an old thread until now

but I'm grateful you kicked it up because Clinton's camp is pushing a new meme out there that all these alienated voters who normally vote Democrat and won't this time aren't even real.

It's risible nonsense that only proves how terrified they are that there are so many angry voters out there who they thought were long ago cornered into voting for the status quo. And on top of that, they have to deal with a lot of left-leaning independents who normally wouldn't even vote but are energized by Bernie's straight talk.

Oh well. Read the tea leaves and weep.

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