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Among the Brooklyn Bernie Bros

Bernie Sanders kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday with a speech at Brooklyn College in New York City. It was a homecoming: Bernie was born in Brooklyn to working-class immigrant parents, and he began his undergraduate study at Brooklyn College before moving to Chicago.

The crowd of about thirteen thousand was mostly young and working class. Roughly half of the attendees were people of color, and roughly half were women.

Bernie’s speech hit the usual notes about economic inequality, social justice, and the need for unity across lines of difference. But there were some unique additions, including an interlude about the working-class values of fairness, compassion, and solidarity that his Brooklyn upbringing instilled in him.

He contrasted this upbringing to Donald Trump’s: Trump was handed a $200,000 a year allowance, even as a child, while Bernie was given 25 cents a week. As a young man Trump built a fortune on housing discrimination, while Bernie protested it. Trump became famous for going on television and telling workers, “You’re fired,” while Bernie grew up in a house and community where he understood the extreme and unfair power that employers have over their employees’ lives.


https://jacobinmag.com/2019/03/bernie-sanders-brooklyn-rally-medicare-for-all

Interesting read including several interviews with attendees of Sen. Sander's recent Brooklyn rally with women and persons of color who are supporting his run.

Ilhan Omar Is a Threat to US Empire

AIPAC’s supporters have never concealed the fact that the group holds enormous power in Washington. In 2011, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote: “I sure hope that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, understands that the standing ovation he got in Congress this year was not for his politics. That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.” AIPAC itself boasts that “the United States Congress has provided Israel with the strongest support of any institution in the world” in large part because of the “involvement in the political process” of its donors.

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The connections between US imperialism and Zionism should be obvious to anyone paying attention, but it needs to be emphasized at moments like this when progressives (especially Muslim progressives) like Omar are being attacked with outrageous claims of Jew-hatred. The fact is, this latest episode has very little to do with antisemitism. The Israeli government is a significant booster of antisemitic governments and movements in Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, and the United States (and its relationship with Jair Bolsonaro’s new government in Brazil flirts with antisemitic strands as well).

This history goes back at least a half century: Israel has often been happy to join the United States in backing antisemitic governments and movements across the world, specifically in Latin America, provided it fulfilled their settler-colonial or imperialist aims. During my AIPAC years, I watched from the inside as America’s most powerful “pro-Israel” organization hobnobbed and glad-handed numerous elements, especially segments of the Christian right, that were actively or passively complicit in antisemitic politics and networks.

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People like Omar are not being repeatedly (and most likely systematically) targeted because they are antisemitic. They’re not even being targeted because they’re critical of Israel per se. They’re being targeted because they challenge an eighty-years-long bipartisan imperialist consensus that is finally showing signs of fraying. The goal is to prevent the very kind of subversive moments Omar elicited last week during her questioning of unrepentant war criminal Elliot Abrams — moments that, if they added up, would have a real shot at finally moving us toward a vision of America beyond empire.


https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/02/ilhan-omar-aipac-israel-us-empire

Rep. Omar is facing a coordinated backlash by an entrenched and powerful lobby. The charge of anti-semitism is a convenient and effective way of trying to shut her down.

In Iowa City stop, Hawaii presidential hopeful pitches legal marijuana, Medicare for all

Gabbard, 37, was on a three-day visit to Iowa, her second time this year in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, looking to make her mark in a crowded field of contenders.

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Gabbard promoted a platform that includes Medicare for all, criminal justice reform, including ending federal prohibition of marijuana and discouraging privatized prisons. She delivered a strong anti-war, anti-intervention message for “ending regime-change wars.”

“Stop throwing people in prison for smoking a joint and instead go after those like Purdue Pharma who are proliferating their opioids on our streets and taking people’s lives,” she said.

The Hawaiian National Guard veteran, who was deployed twice to the Middle East, also has served in the Hawaii Legislature and the Honolulu City Council.

This brief article highlights some of the policy positions Rep. Gabbard holds that I believe make her a sensible and viable candidate.

She is one of many strong and remarkable Democratic candidates currently running, good candidates to defeat Trump in 2020.

DNC Votes To Largely Strip 'Superdelegates' Of Presidential Nominating Power

Source: NPR

The Democratic National Committee dramatically reduced the power and influence of "superdelegates" in selecting the party's presidential nominee at their summer meeting in Chicago on Saturday, ahead of what's expected to be a wide-open Democratic field in 2020.

DNC members voted on a proposal to take away the role of elected officials and other party dignitaries in selecting a nominee at the Democratic convention — leaving it up to delegates selected in primaries and caucuses only — unless the process becomes deadlocked.

Opponents of the move stood down and the measures were adopted in a voice vote. A DNC panel overwhelmingly approved the move earlier this summer.

The reforms adopted also encourage states that hold presidential caucuses, run by state parties, to switch to primaries, administered by state and local election officials. They require caucuses, in-person meetings, to have some provision for absentee participation, citing barriers to participation ranging from military service to child care to disability.


Read more: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/25/641725402/dnc-set-to-reduce-role-of-superdelegates-in-presidential-nominating-process



A step in the right direction if this measure passes today.

edited to reflect new total and vote results. It has passed! Great news.

In Iran Protests, Women Stand Up, Lift Their Hijab, For Their Rights

Ordinary Iranians are mounting protests that refuse to go away, despite a sharp response from the authorities.

The demonstrations began to make news late last year, focusing largely on economic hardship. As those protests continued in cities around the country, another movement re-emerged: young women standing up against the enforcement of conservative Muslim strictures on their dress and behavior.

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Ahmadi says she supports all the various protests. But for her, it's taking on — or taking off — the mandatory hijab, a headscarf and other modest garments, that's by far the most important statement women can make.

"Some may want to focus on other hardships," Ahmadi says. "The demands may seem diverse, but I think the ultimate point is to end the rules on hijab."


https://www.npr.org/2018/08/03/631784518/in-iran-protests-women-stand-up-lift-their-hijab-for-their-rights

A reminder of the very real struggle against the mandatory hijab by women in Iran.
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