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De Blasio’s secret meeting with Bernie Sanders
By Yoav Gonen
October 7, 2015 | 3:11am
Mayor de Blasio secretly met for lunch with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders in the city last month — and on Tuesday called him a “very impressive person” when asked about the sit-down.
“I got a request from Senator Sanders to meet with him. Of course I’m going to respect that request,” de Blasio said on CBS radio. “I think he’s a very impressive person, but I have made no decision on endorsement.”
A City Hall spokeswoman would not disclose the time or location of the meeting — which wasn’t on Hizzoner’s public schedule — but Sanders appeared at a rally of small-dollar donors at The Town Hall in Midtown on Sept. 18.
Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley have both said they’d likely participate in a progressive presidential forum that de Blasio is hosting in Iowa later this fall. Hillary Rodham Clinton has not said
Posted by merrily | Wed Oct 7, 2015, 09:21 AM (0 replies)
NOTE: This is from a government website and therefore not subject to copyright rules.
I wonder how this interfaces with the desire and efforts to de-militarize local police in the U.S.? Also, a bit of boondoggle seems inevitable.
Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 28, 2015
Launch of Strong Cities Network to Strengthen Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism
Cities are vital partners in international efforts to build social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism. Local communities and authorities are the most credible and persuasive voices to challenge violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations in their local contexts. While many cities and local authorities are developing innovative responses to address this challenge, no systematic efforts are in place to share experiences, pool resources and build a community of cities to inspire local action on a global scale.
“The Strong Cities Network will serve as a vital tool to strengthen capacity-building and improve collaboration,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. “As we continue to counter a range of domestic and global terror threats, this innovative platform will enable cities to learn from one another, to develop best practices and to build social cohesion and community resilience here at home and around the world.”
The Strong Cities Network (SCN) – which launches September 29th at the United Nations – will empower municipal bodies to fill this gap while working with civil society and safeguarding the rights of local citizens and communities.
The SCN will strengthen strategic planning and practices to address violent extremism in all its forms by fostering collaboration among cities, municipalities and other sub-national authorities.
“To counter violent extremism we need determined action at all levels of governance,” said Governing Mayor Stian Berger Røsland of Oslo while commenting on their participation in the SCN. “To succeed, we must coordinate our efforts and cooperate across borders. The Strong Cities Network will enable cities across the globe pool our resources, knowledge and best practices together and thus leave us standing stronger in the fight against one of the greatest threats to modern society.”
The SCN will connect cities, city-level practitioners and the communities they represent through a series of workshops, trainings and sustained city partnerships. Network participants will also contribute to and benefit from an online repository of municipal-level good practices and web-based training modules and will be eligible for grants supporting innovative, local initiatives and strategies that will contribute to building social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism.
The SCN will include an International Steering Committee of approximately 25 cities and other sub-national entities from different regions that will provide the SCN with its strategic direction. The SCN will also convene an International Advisory Board, which includes representatives from relevant city-focused networks, to help ensure SCN builds upon their work. It will be run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a leading international “think-and-do” tank with a long-standing track record of working to prevent violent extremism:
“The SCN provides a unique new opportunity to apply our collective lessons in preventing violent extremism in support of local communities and authorities around the world”, said CEO Sasha Havlicek of ISD. “We look forward to developing this international platform for joint innovation to impact this pressing challenge.”
“It is with great conviction that Montréal has agreed to join the Strong Cities Network founders,” said the Honorable Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal. “This global network is designed to build on community-based approaches to address violent extremism, promote openness and vigilance and expand upon local initiatives like Montréal’s Mayors’ International Observatory on Living Together. I am delighted that through the Strong Cities Network, the City of Montréal will more actively share information and best practices with a global network of leaders on critical issues facing our communities.”
The Strong Cities Network will launch on Sept. 29, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT, following the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism. Welcoming remarks will be offered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, who will also introduce a Keynote address by U.S. Attorney General Lynch. Following this event, the Strong Cities International Steering Committee, consisting of approximately 25 mayors and other leaders from cities and other sub-national entities from around the globe, will hold its inaugural meeting on Sept. 30, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT.
For more information, please visit http://strongcitiesnetwork.org/ or contact Sabine Barton via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +44 207 493 9333.
Posted by merrily | Wed Oct 7, 2015, 03:02 AM (0 replies)
Tue Oct 06, 2015 at 11:58 AM PDT
The facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jorgeramosnews/posts/465629640289794
Posted by merrily | Tue Oct 6, 2015, 03:41 PM (19 replies)
Much much more at link. Long, but Sanders's fans will enjoy, I promise.
Posted by merrily | Tue Oct 6, 2015, 03:15 PM (3 replies)
I apologize if this has already been posted. I did not see it.
Sanders 44% v. Jeb! 46%
Sanders 48% v. Trump 43%
Sanders 45% v. Fiorina 42%
Clinton 40% v. Jeb! 50%
Clinton 41% v. Trump 48%
Clinton 38% v. Fiorina 52% (wtf)
Sanders 46% v. Jeb! 46%
Sanders 52% v. Trump 42%
Sanders 47% v. Fiorina 45%
Clinton 42% v. Jeb! 49%
Clinton 48% v. Trump 45%
Clinton 42% v. Fiorina 50% (wtf)
Posted by merrily | Tue Oct 6, 2015, 03:00 PM (4 replies)
Posted by merrily | Tue Oct 6, 2015, 09:58 AM (4 replies)
For as long as I've been reading at DU, I've read how being a one-issue voter or a "purist" is just too stupid and heinous for words. Didn't matter if the one issue was race, GLBT, public option, torture, GITMO, fourth amendment, drone killings, or whatever. Of course, during all that time, I never saw many posters claim to be one-issue voters. But, no matter which issue was being discussed, anyone upset about it was arbitrarily, and usually falsely, scolded for being a one-issue voter and a "purist."
Now, however, that same segment of DU seems to have become a group of almost one-issue posters. As I understand them, I am supposed to reject Bernie Sanders because of any one issue that people are trying to use against him at the moment. Not only that, but at the end of last week, even President Obama told us to become one issue voters, the one issue being.... guns.
It doesn't matter if a candidate is great on every other issue said the President. Guns is the only issue I am supposed to vote on. Not social safety nets, Medicare for all, wars, empire building, torture, equal human rights for all humans, the bill of rights, etc., but guns. I am not sure what specifically about guns I am supposed to look for from a candidate. I just know that my President just told me that something related to guns is supposed to be the only issue on which I vote. Astounding. However, he apparently is not going to take another pass at gun control legislation. More astounding?
Even before Hillary declared she was running, media were speculating about whether the White House and the Hillary campaign were already coordinating or would coordinate after she announced. I have no clue where the truth of that lies. However, at the end of last week, the President told us to become one issue voters, and, on Monday, Hillary gave a talk about guns and Andrea Mitchell ended her coverage of that talk by declaring falsely that the NRA has "of course" long supported Bernie Sanders. So, I posted about that.
Next thing I know, my inbox got trolled with a link and a different Hillary supporter invited himself or herself onto my thread to post the same link, this link. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-the-nra-helped-put-bernie-sanders-in-congress/2015/07/19/ed1be26c-2bfe-11e5-bd33-395c05608059_story.html
Also on the thread, posts about how MSNBC repeated that whopper throughout the day and evening yesterday.
The story is about a single endorsement of Bernie Sanders by the NRA when Sanders first ran for Congress in 1990, 25 years ago, to represent a district in the largely rural and sparsely-populated State of Vermont. In that now long ago campaign, Sanders said only that it should be up to states to decide about a waiting period to buy a gun (all states not being alike, I assume). The story claims that made the NRA a--wait for it--tacit (unspoken) ally of Sanders. (Guess how much good an alleged ally who is silent does a politician? And, if one is a silent ally of a politician, how does a WAPO writer know one is an ally at all.) No mention that, through his years in the House and Senate, the NRA has rated Sanders D- to F. "With friends like that, who needs enemas?" (Apologies to The Road to Wellville.)
Now, if someone sent that link with a cleverly-worded cover letter to a Hillary supporter who is not all that clever, I can see how he or she might conclude that the NRA has been supporting Sanders for the past 25 years and say something like, "Bernie Sanders, of course, long supported by the NRA."
In addition to the NRA stuff, the story repeatedly refers to Democratic Socialist Sanders as a socialist, much as Hillary's campaign surrogates have been doing. Coming from WAPO, a rightist publication, I understand the dumbass red-baiting. But why is a rightist publication going after Sanders on guns?
Some choice quotes from the WAPO story:
That campaign also marked the beginning of Sanders’s complicated relationship with the issue of gun rights — the one area where Sanders’s Democratic presidential rivals have been able to attack him from the left.
“In every single race that I have run, with the exception of one, the NRA and the gun lobbies and the people who are most interested in guns supported my opponent,” he (Sanders) told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos this year.
But now, Cutler (current President of Gun Owners of Vermont) said, when he calls Sanders’s office to ask for a meeting, he never gets one. “I regret that it happened,” he said, “because, realistically, we have no input with him.”
No thank you. Mr. President and some on DU, I will not become a single issue voter on guns just because that is the ONE issue on which Sanders arguably can be attacked from the left; and I would not do that even if DUers had not been posting for years that I should not be a purist or single issue voter. However, since they have been doing that for years, I point out their unprincipled hypocrisy.
Okay, beloveds. How many odd coincidences did you see in my post
Posted by merrily | Tue Oct 6, 2015, 07:22 AM (29 replies)
Wrapping up a story about Hillary's statement on guns, Mitchell gratuitously added, "Bernie Sanders, of course, long supported by the NRA."
The NRA has long rated Bernie either F or D-. That is NOT support.
Please, people, let Mitchell and MSNBC know how you feel.
Posted by merrily | Mon Oct 5, 2015, 12:23 PM (180 replies)
Posted by merrily | Mon Oct 5, 2015, 09:08 AM (16 replies)
Before you read, I believe Bernie's campaign underestimated the size of the Boston crowd.
much more http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/bernie-sanders-holds-bostons-largest-democratic-primary-rally-ever
Posted by merrily | Mon Oct 5, 2015, 08:57 AM (22 replies)