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TBF's Journal
TBF's Journal
April 5, 2016

Socialist Dem candidates for WI -

Wish I had noticed this info for the other states, but it came up on Facebook so I decided to pass this on with local picks.

Our recommendations:

I'd like to briefly address my fellow Progressives, and Bernie Sanders voters in Wisconsin. I'm Jelani Bidzill Hashim, one of Democratic Socialist's Economic Content Administrators.
As a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I cast my vote tomorrow April 5th. If you're currently a Milwaukee/Wisconsin resident, i'd like to ask that you please support the following progressive candidates:

Bernie Sanders


Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg


Hannah C. Dugan


Jean Marie Kies


Milwaukee County Executive:
Chris Larson


Milwaukee City Treasurer:
Rick Kissell


Milwaukee City Comptroller:
Johnny Thomas


2nd District Alderman:
Chevy Johnson


It's important that we elect local Progressive candidates, not just a Progressive POTUS. Please, bear that in mind on election day.

This is a grassroots movement! (As Bernie has ever so frequently stated)

Source: Democratic Socialist Facebook Page (their fledgling website: http://dem.social/). These folks are not Marxists and the content is slim. But in terms of working with what we have right now, these are sound picks.

Good luck Wisconsin!

March 28, 2016

Anonymous Investigate Arizona Election Fraud

Anonymous Investigate Arizona Election Fraud 3-23-2016

Anonymous has begun a thorough investigation into the as-of-yet unverified claim that Bernie Sanders’ campaign offices in Arizona were hacked and that the information gathered may have been used to switch his supporters from registered Democrats to Independents, Republicans, or Libertarians.

We will be asking four relevant questions:

1) Are claims that Sanders’ Arizona campaign computers were hacked credible

2) How feasible would it be to use that information to change his supporters’ voter registration from Democrat to something else? ...

More here: http://www.anonews.co/anonymous-sanders-hack/

March 26, 2016

Besides the Bird, trending on Twitter: #DemocracyIn5Words


A Future to Believe In

#BirdieSanders #StillSanders #Caucus4Sanders #NotMeUS

And my personal favorite from the Communist Party of Canada: Seize the Means of Production

Have a great day y'all, and go Bernie!

March 24, 2016

Argentina and Austerity

The question of who has benefitted the most from these government policies is crystal clear. As the New York Times recently noted, Macri’s policies favor influential landowners and members of the urban middle- and upper class who have access to US dollars. His policies also mean a drastic pay cut for the working class.

Argentina’s New Order

Newly elected Argentine president Mauricio Macri has inaugurated harsh austerity measures and quashed dissent.
by Adam Fabry ~ 3/24/16

It’s been four months since multi-millionaire businessman Mauricio Macri took office as president of Argentina, narrowly defeating Daniel Scioli — the uninspiring candidate of the Peronist ruling party Frente para la Victoria — in last November’s elections.

The win was a coup for the unapologetically pro-market, but ideologically neoconservative Cambiemos coalition, ending a twelve-year stretch of Peronist leadership. Since he was sworn in last December, Macri has wasted little time rolling back the populist policies of the Kirchner era.

In his inaugural speech Macri offered a potpourri of promises: ending the confrontational politics of his populist predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner; creating an independent judiciary; fighting corruption and drug trafficking; maintaining welfare programs; and eliminating poverty.

However, since then, Macri has moved swiftly to reconfigure the Argentinean economy along explicitly neoliberal lines — to the joy of domestic capitalists and international corporations alike. To do so he has relied on an unprecedented number of “emergency decrees” (similar to executive orders in the US) to bypass Congress — where the Frente para la Victoria has a majority in both houses ...

Much more here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/03/argentina-macri-kirchner-cambiemos/

March 23, 2016

Documenting Deliberate Sabotage (Voting in AZ)

(TBF Note: Free and Fair voting in the United States of America? If you have been paying attention to the primary process you know that is not the case in this country in 2016.)

Something Is Going Seriously Wrong at Arizona Polls Today
Nathan Wellman | March 22, 2016

Arizona’s primaries aren’t even done yet, and there’s already legal action being taken as a result of incompetence or possibly even intentional sabotage.

Leaders from the Arizona branch of the Democratic Party have confirmed that its lawyers are officially making an inquiry after multiple Democratic voters showed up to the polls only to find that they were listed as independents, Republicans, or had no party affiliation at all.

Many voters wound up having to wait in line under the hot Arizona sun only to find that they were ineligible to vote for the candidates of their choice. To add insult to injury, the polling locations have been so poorly planned that many voters had to wait in line up to four hours before finding out that their information had been improperly filed.

Bernie's campaign trying to track the votes (as AZ deliberately sabotages the process): https://votetracker.berniesanders.com/report/AZ/

Many photos and also videos at the link documenting the sabotage:

March 22, 2016

Voter suppression in AZ -

From a democratic socialist site on Facebook:

Massive voter suppression appears to be underway in ‪#?Arizona‬ - if you switched from Independent to Democrat to vote in the ‪#?AZPrimary‬ you might be turned away as the state has not updated the affiliation changes.

This is disturbing on many levels, but please do not accept a provisional ballot without first fighting for your rights.

to check your status!

Voter Protection Fraud line: 602-542-2228


March 22, 2016

Violence in Palestine

What they communicate is that life for a whole generation born under Oslo is increasingly suffocating and generating a new type of anger. These acts communicate to Israel that Palestinians haven’t disappeared and can still pose a threat to its bureaucratic and military control of Palestinians.

Explaining the New Violence in Palestine

Recent events have shown how untenable Israel’s dream of “occupation with security” is.
by Bashir Abu-Manneh

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon made some illuminating remarks about Israel-Palestine last month. After a ritual condemnation of Palestinian violence, he added a comment that enraged Israel’s government and politicians.

As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.

Such crude descent into causality was troubling for Israel. For the head of such an important institution to attribute blame to the country for the current wave of attacks can only be met with claims that the secretary general is a terrorist sympathizer.

Never short of linguistic acrobatics, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu lead the charge by saying that Ban Ki-moon was “stoking terror.” He continued that:

The Palestinian terrorists don’t want to build a state; they want to destroy a state, and they say that proudly. They want to murder Jews everywhere and they state that proudly. They don’t murder for peace and they don’t murder for human rights.
For Netanyahu, there are two reasons that can explain the current wave of stabbings and car rammings against Israeli soldiers and civilians. First and foremost, there is the cultural reason: they murder us because they are antisemitic. And they are so because of their religion and culture.

For Netanyahu, there are two reasons that can explain the current wave of stabbings and car rammings against Israeli soldiers and civilians. First and foremost, there is the cultural reason: they murder us because they are antisemitic. And they are so because of their religion and culture ...

More here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/03/israel-palestine-netanyahu-stabbings-fatah-hamas/

March 18, 2016

The Commune Lives

“Under the name ‘Commune of Paris’ a new idea was born, to become the starting point for future revolutions.”

Issue #1
Author: ROAR Collective

On March 18, 1871 the people of Paris rose up against their repressive and treacherous government, established a revolutionary commune and defiantly hoisted the red flag over the Hôtel de Ville. The event sent shockwaves throughout the continent: with armed citizens erecting barricades in working-class neighborhoods and government officials on the retreat to Versailles, the City of Light had suddenly fallen into the hands of its people.

Over the next two months, all signs of state power evaporated from the French capital as the proletarians of Paris took charge of their own destiny, forming neighborhood councils and producer associations, electing moderately paid delegates subject to immediate recall, and instituting basic reforms like free access to public education, the granting of citizenship to immigrants, and the reopening of workplaces under worker control.

The Commune was eventually defeated at the hands of the Versailles government, setting the stage for the bloody massacre of up to 30,000 Communards and unarmed citizens. But for all the force and vengeance the Versaillais could muster, the Commune did not die—the idea survived its “own working existence” and lived on, subterraneously, in the sacrifices of its martyrs, the aspirations of its survivors and the writings of its leading theoreticians ...

More here: https://roarmag.org/magazine/editorial-the-commune-lives/

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