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"An Open Letter to Rep. John Lewis" -- A MUST READ!

Yesterday, you stated the following about Bernie Sanders’s record on fighting for civil rights in the 1960s:

“I never saw him. I never met him. I was chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years, from 1963 to 1966. I was involved with the sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery and directed (the) voter education project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President (Bill) Clinton.”


Instead, we are going to talk about another person that you never saw or met.
Dorothy Marie Boone-Anderson was born in Gates County, North Carolina in 1935 as one of seven children. She left formal schooling in the eighth grade to go into the fields and work to support her family. Times were always hard for the Boones, and the lack of educational prospects for the family meant that times would always be hard. That was a legacy of a segregation that always kept Black families at the edge of the American Dream; close enough to be eternally tortured by a success that was constantly visible yet always elusive. In early 1953, Dorothy became pregnant by a man named Douglas Washington Williams. Her son, Luther, would be born on September 21, 1953.

It was the birth of my father that spurred my grandmother into organizing within the Civil Rights Movement, determined that her children would never have to live in a world where economic and political opportunities were denied to them because of their race. She organized alongside Haywood Riddick at the Nansemond County SNCC and organizations like the Wilroy Civic League, which acted as a locus for social and political activity in the neighborhood that they lived in. As I am sure you know, it made sense for them to focus on integrating the public school system. My father went to Wilroy School, an elementary school that was built with $900 from the Rosenwald Fund. This fund, set up by Sears and Roebuck executive Julius Rosenwald, was necessary to ensure that Black children received education in areas where the state refused to provide them. It stood as a testament to the disregard that the Commonwealth of Virginia showed to its most vulnerable populations.

Presidential politics might be the backdrop for this story, Representative Lewis, but this has nothing to do with Bernie Sanders. The hurtful nature of your comments has to do with your erasure of the people who worked outside of the spotlight and the national press to make sure that the Civil Rights Movement touched every corner of Black America. As I said earlier, you did not know or meet my grandmother. Your lack of acquaintance with her does not counterfeit the work she put in, like it does not counterfeit the work of any other person you did not know and yet sought to bring to birth a better world than the one they came into.

The limited amount of freedom that we Black Americans enjoy today is due in large part to the rallies organized, the meals cooked, the plans conceived, and the bravery shown by organizers whose names we will never know. Believe it or not, our freedom was not won by the Big Six alone. When you use your history as a hero of the Movement to disparage others because you never personally knew them, it is a slap in the face to all those people who fought hard and never made it into the history books or into Congress. It is a slap in the face to people like my grandmother.

More at link


The Bernie Sanders Campaign will be in the San Joaquin Valley Sunday, February 14.

For anyone in or around Merced, Fresno or Bakersfield, check out the Events page for this Sunday, February 14. They're doing a Barnstorming Event and actually coming to someplace that is NOT L.A. or the Bay Area. If you're near ANY of these places, please RSVP and join us. The Featured Speaker will be Becky Bond, Senior Advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign. If we can get enough people to attend these events, MAYBE we can impress them enough to encourage Bernie to come to the Valley.

The Bernie Sanders Campaign is in California's San Joaquin Valley this Weekend.

For anyone in or around Merced, Fresno or Bakersfield, check out the Events page for this Sunday, February 14. They're doing a Barnstorming Event and actually coming to someplace that is NOT L.A. or the Bay Area. If you're near ANY of these places, please RSVP and join us. The Featured Speaker will be Becky Bond, Senior Advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign. If we can get enough people to attend these events, MAYBE we can impress them enough to encourage Bernie to come to the Valley.

And can we FINALLY put to bed

that stupid meme that millennials aren't going to show up to vote? Iowa proved you wrong -- as all the Bernie supporters knew it would. Millennials are kickin' ass and not bothering to take names this election period. Hell, they're running the Bernie campaign and this is one Boomer who is GRATEFUL to be taking a back seat to this wonderful demographic.

To all the millennials who have worked SO hard:

Speaking from a Berner perspective,

the amount of work that's been accomplished has been absolutely incredible. Tens of thousands of events throughout the country, tens of thousands of volunteers phone banking, hosting events, people actually going to Iowa from all over the country, on their own dimes, all for one candidate. One. No other candidate is garnering anywhere near this many boots on the ground and boots on the ground is all that matters on election day. I'm 60 years old and I've been waiting a very long time for the people to rise up against the monied interests that have usurped our Democracy. Now is that time and we are the people who can make it happen. We're more than living history, we're part of it.

Sanders to Receive Secret Service Protection

Source: The Hill

Sanders joins Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson as the only White House contenders with details from the agency.

It is not clear what prompted the move or what Sanders’ code name will be.

Carson and Trump each requested protection last year amid their turbulent presidential campaigns, and Clinton retained her detail from her time as first lady.

Trump's code name is "mogul," a nod to his status as a billionaire businessman, while Carson's is "Eli," a reference to the Biblical prophet. Clinton goes by "Evergreen."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/dem-primaries/267607-sanders-to-receive-secret-service-protection

Annnnd the Headline on CNN:

"Bernie Sanders: 'We Will Raise Taxes." (And nothing after that. They sort of forgot about the offset parts.) CNN, owned by Time-Warner, a large contributor to the Clinton campaign.


ATTN: Iowa Bernie Supporters

Californians (and other staters) are looking to travel to Iowa January 29 - February 2. We're in need of Bernie Iowa supporters to volunteer to house people for those few days. As you know the campaign is completely volunteer-driven and people are getting there on their own dimes. Lots of us are on a limited budget and are car pooling there and back but we need Bernie supporters in Iowa to put people up to cut down the costs. PLEASE, consider doing this if you can possibly help out. If you think you can do this, PM me and I'll forward an email from the campaign with information on what to do next.



The DNC Comes Full Circle

The original purpose of the DNC was to function as a central organization, or hub, to which field organizations could connect with the national party. The DNC was to represent the Democratic Party . They were there to get Democrats elected, get out the Democratic Party message, run candidates for office and to raise money for campaigns.

The 1990's saw the DNC's Third-Way conversion under the Clintons. The reason was that the Democrats were losing the fundraising battle by a 3:1 margin. Their answer was to abandon the New Deal's tenet for representing the poor and middle class in order to make nice with the corporations and their millions. Glass-Steagal: Gone; NAFTA: enacted; Welfare "Reform": Enacted. All benefited the .01% and hurt the poor and the middle class. Sadly, that trend continues today (TPP).

Fast forward to 2015/2016. After 30 years of Third-Way policies, where is the DNC? Under Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democrats have lost 900+ state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats and the Senate. They are again losing the fundraising race by a 3:1 margin. So, the DNC managed to sell their souls, and ours, for nothing -- they're back where they started.

And after all those failures, DWS still has her job. I've spoken with die-hard, and I. mean DIE-HARD Democrats who are furious with her. Communications to/about the DNC is overwhelmingly negative. Her VP's have spoken out against her autonomy and her obvious bias towards one particular candidate. People are still livid about her debate schedule which has been severely counter-productive to the DNC , so, why is she still there? There's only one possible answer and that is that certain important people want her there. If that doesn't speak loud and clear as to what has happened to the Democratic Party I don't know what does. This is it. The Democratic Party needs to make a decision. Will they continue with The Third Way, representing the .01%, or will they start representing We The People again, as they once did? For those of us who are unrepresented in the Halls of Congress, let's hope they find their way back to us, otherwise, they'll go down in history as the architects of their own demise.

DU Class of 2001, Check In!

So, I was just wondering how many of us that joined in 2001 are still here and how you found your way to DU.

I heard about DU from two different sources; Skinner was on CSPAN right about the time one of the political message groups I was in started talking about DU so I got curious. I started lurking about July 2001 and actually joined about November.

So, who else will be celebrating 15 years on DU?

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