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- In recent years, Democratic Socialists of America members elected to all levels of government have been faced with a new challenge: what to do with their office. Three staffers for New York State assembly member Phara Souffrant Forrest discuss how to organize for socialism from a state capital. Last summer, nurse and democratic socialist Phara Souffrant Forrest was elected to the New York State Assembly with a slate of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)–backed candidates. She’s been ...


- Opinion: Who will be Virginia’s climate governor? Cale Jaffe is director of the Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. He was appointed by former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe (D) to the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission and by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission. The result of this month’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, with former governor Terry McAuliffe now poised to ...


- Joe Biden’s recent spending spree can make the United States a less miserable place. But the president has no interest in bringing about the structural change that would weaken the power capitalists have over workers. Joe Biden’s turn to supporting large-scale government spending, after rallying the Democratic Party establishment to defeat Bernie Sanders in the primary, has stunned much of the Left. After signing a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, he is now advancing an additional $1.7 ...


- Katie Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state, saw her star rise as she fought Republicans’ election falsehoods. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, by contrast, insists on a bipartisan approach to voting rights. PHOENIX — The political fortunes of Katie Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state, have risen unlike any other Democrat in the country in the tumultuous aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. Now running for governor, she has emerged as a high-profile defender of the state’s election ...

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- Ohio congressional candidate Nina Turner said Wednesday that “the establishment is doing everything they can to stop our movement” shortly after erstwhile Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton publicly threw her support behind Shontel Brown, the leader of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and Turner’s biggest competitor in the race to fill the vacant U.S. House seat in the Buckeye State’s 11th district. “Proud to be running a campaign that is 100% focused on working ...

Source: truthout.org

- The new Supreme Court ruling guarantees the law's survival, but Democrats and Republicans are set to clash over efforts to expand government health coverage. A demonstrator holds a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as arguments are heard about the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 10, 2020 in Washington. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo For once, Democrats and Republicans are offering the same message on Obamacare: The landmark health care law is here to stay. But so are the partisan battles over the ...

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- Senator tells reporters not to “overthink” the cost of the proposal SenateDemocrats are reportedly considering moving on a $6 trillion budget reconciliation proposal meant to expand Medicare and lower the costs of prescription drugs, according to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders . Mr Sanders revealed the plan on Thursday, saying the proposal is meant to build on Joe Biden 's American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. When asked if Democrats were considering reconciliation ...


- . The legislation aims “to hold the brutal Ortega regime accountable for their Human Rights abuses and promote democratic elections in November.” This week, the Florida lawmaker once again voiced her support for the legislation. On Social Media, Elvira Salazar commented that “the people of Nicaragua are being held hostage by a ruthless, socialist dictator who is doing everything possible to hold onto power.” Arguing that “the Renacer Act will stop the flow of money that keeps the ...


- There’s a New Duo That Could Help Rein In Amazon In a welcome joining of forces, labor unions and small-business advocacy groups this month supported an antitrust bill that would give New York State sweeping new authority to sue corporate titans like Amazon for abusing their market power in ways that harm competitors or workers. Labor and small business make an unusual political pairing these days. The idea that small businesses are aligned with big businesses and opposed to labor unions took ...

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- © Greg Nash Briahna Joy Gray, former national press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders ’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, touted what she called Sanders's success in reframing debate over healthcare. “A lot of folks inside really struggled with their healthcare concerns but didn't really understand that there was a political solution to it until Bernie started talking about it and until they heard other people who shared their concerns at these town halls,” Gray said ...

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- A Boston City Councilor hopes to force the owners of the city's largest buildings to reach carbon neutrality over the next three decades, arguing the measure is needed to enable Massachusetts to reach its goals to reduce greenhouse gases. "We've talked the right talk," Councilor Matt O'Malley said at Wednesday's council meeting. "This is going to get it done." In 2013 Boston started requiring large building owners to report their greenhouse gas emissions through the Building Energy Reporting ...

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- Thirteen progressive groups are urging U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire in a forthcoming full page ad on news site Politico, arguing that Breyer, 82, should step down while Democrats still have control of the Senate. Endorsed by national advocacy organizations Demand Justice, Women’s March, Black Lives Matter and the Sunrise Movement — among others — the ad comes after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Monday that he would not confirm President Joe ...

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- The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, a rate that has not gone up since 2009. As the current wage stagnates, its purchasing power erodes against inflation. The average living wage today—defined as an income threshold that provides basic shelter and food and keeps a person above the poverty level—is $16.54, according to research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Of course, what constitutes a living wage depends on the cost of living, which in many cases is dictated by ...

Source: newsweek.com

- New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave voice Sunday to the growing frustration among progressives due to Democratic Senators who have become the clear obstructionists in enacting the bold agenda they promised U.S. voters in last year’s election. Following a morning appearance on CNN ’s “State of the Union,” Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats “have an obligation to do the most we can for working people, civil right, and the planet with the power people have entrusted us,” and ...

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- Noam Chomsky in November 2020 , Wikimedia Commons Alex Henderson June 14, 2021 During an interview for the democratic socialist publication Jacobin, Noam Chomsky addressed some of the many challenges the working class is facing in the United States and other countries in 2021. The interview was conducted earlier this year by journalists Ana Kasparian (best known for hosting "The Young Turks" with Cenk Uygur) and Nando Vila for Jacobin's Weekends YouTube show and was published as a Q&A article ...

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- The urban planner running for comptroller argues that the city can drive innovation and change by leveraging its financial power and influence to serve the people. There is a lot of talk about which contender in the crowded field of New York City mayoral candidates offers the boldest vision for bringing justice and equity to the nation’s largest municipality. But the most striking agenda for the future of New York—and cities across the country—is actually coming from a candidate for the ...


- Under pressure from labor leaders and insurance executives, New York Democratic leaders are blocking a vote on single-payer health care legislation in the state — even though it has majority support in the legislature. A bill to create a single-payer health care system in New York state has been cosponsored by a majority of lawmakers in both houses of the state legislature for the first time ever — but it will likely be killed by that same legislature this week. Advocates say that, under ...


- The president has "spent more of his time meeting with a Republican Party who to this day contests he is the democratically elected president," said Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement. As President Joe Biden looks to cut an infrastructure deal with Senate Republicans by dramatically curtailing the size and scope of his American Jobs Plan, activists with the youth-led Sunrise Movement gathered outside the White House Friday morning to make clear that compromising on climate action to ...


- A new Congressional resolution lays out a comprehensive vision for eradicating poverty and tackling racial and economic inequality. Amidst partisan haggling over President Biden’s infrastructure proposal, the Poor People’s Campaign joined progressive House members on Capitol Hill on Thursday to lay out a comprehensive moral vision for the nation. “It’s unforgiveable that 250,000 people die every year in this country from poverty and inequality,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) during ...