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- Howard Dean has finally come up with a rejoinder to the old Will Rogers line about the Democratic Party and its inability to organize itself properly. “The answer is not to organize ourselves better. The answer is to cooperate better, because we’re never going to have a top-down model. So I finally, after all these years, accepted the idea that we need to work with who we are,” the former Vermont governor and ex-chairman of the Democratic National Committee said. Dean is testing that cooperate-better adage as the chairman of a private company that is serving as a data exchange for ...


- — Karl Bode We've long noted that roughly twenty states have passed laws either outright banning community broadband, or tightly restricting such efforts. The vast majority of the time these bills are literally written by telecom lobbyists and lawyers In some states, community broadband is being offered via the local power utility. That's the case in Tennessee, where Chattanooga-based EPB has been prohibited from expanding despite the overall lack of competitive options in the state -- and despite EPB having been rated one of the best ISPs in America . When ISPs can't get straight out bans ...

Source: techdirt.com

- This is the second post in a series on COVID-19 frontline workers. Read the stories of the workers profiled here . Contents: Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired an outpouring of public appreciation for the country’s frontline heroes, from television ads to firefighter salutes to essential worker toys . But while doctors and nurses deserve our praise, they are not the only ones risking their lives during the pandemic—in fact, they represent less than 20% of all essential health workers. Too often, we overlook the heroism and dignity of millions of low-paid, undervalued, and ...


- "Contrary to what the Trump administration has argued, the law is clear. We won't sacrifice imperiled species so giant corporations can profit from the dirty fossil fuels that pollute our waters and climate." "The Trump administration has repeatedly violated the law in its relentless pursuit of seeing Keystone XL built, and it would have been unconscionable to allow this pipeline to be built through rivers, streams and wetlands while it remains tied up in court," said Doug Hayes, a senior attorney with Sierra Club, following the ruling by the Ninth Circuit. (Photo: Tar Sands Blockade) In ...


- There are two things that are obviously and demonstrably true and have been for some time. The first is that there are very few documented examples of voter fraud and no examples of widespread, systematic fraud in recent American elections. The second is that President Trump’s frequent insistence that such fraud exists is false, a snowflake in the avalanche of falsehoods that Trump has offered during his presidency. Yet, on Thursday afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted that neither of the preceding assertions was true, relying on cherry-picked counterexamples ...


- You’ve Probably Heard Socialists Won’t Vote for Biden Don’t listen to that. We may not like him, but we don’t want him to lose. It’s not easy being an American socialist these days — despite the fact that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont built a movement of millions behind ideas we have long supported, we’re now being called out as potential spoilers in the November elections. Longtime progressives, including more than 60 veterans of the 1960s radical organization Students for a Democratic Society, describe socialists — young socialists in particular — as a privileged few ...

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- “You must yell, you must accuse, and you must threaten.” — Larry Kramer Dear Larry, The gift of a role model is having someone to see yourself in and through. It allows us to ground our emotional experiences in a communal destiny rather than a personal fate. Every injustice I have encountered, every coward I had to deal with, every time my own circles rejected me, every time my family was the enemy, every time I needed to say what could not and “should” not be said — I was connected to you. And my outrage? my anger? You showed me how valuable it can be. For what else is the ...

Source: forward.com

- "Government money must instead support a just transition from fossil fuels that protects workers, communities, and the climate." A photo from a "keep it in the ground" action at Vattenfall coalmine in Lusatia, Germany appears on the cover a new report on G20 governments financing fossil fuel projects. (Photo: 350.org/cc) Even after the world's largest economies adopted the landmark Paris agreement to tackle the climate crisis in late 2015, governments continued to pour $77 billion a year in public finance into propping up the fossil fuel industry, according to a report released Wednesday. ...


- The parties don’t need mass televised gatherings, whether or not there’s a pandemic. They need to reconnect with the American people. At the end of a badly flawed nominating process, US political parties traditionally hold a largely pointless convention to formally crown their candidate for the November election. As both Democrats and Republicans struggle with how to hold an in-person convention during a brutal pandemic, this year presents a great opportunity for both parties to rethink conventions as part of broader reforms that the country so badly needs. Historically, party delegates ...


- Abrams is a compelling figure who ran a strong race in Georgia. But she's clearly allied to the Democratic center Stacey Abrams is being widely touted as Joe Biden's best pick for the vice-presidential nomination. She has been a rising star in the Democratic Party ever since her historic and groundbreaking run in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. But while having a black woman on the ticket would be welcome, progressives need to understand that Abrams is firmly entrenched in the centrist establishment wing of the party. Because Abrams ran an excellent race for governor in the Georgia ...

Source: salon.com

- In the mid-1990s, Drew Dixon came across an intriguing track from Method Man. “Shorty, I’m there for you anytime you need me,” the rapper said in his gruff baritone. “For real, girl, it’s me in your world, believe me.” But what Dixon, then an artists and repertoire executive for Def Jam Recordings, really heard was potential. Dixon pitched a reworked version of the track to Def Jam’s co-founder Russell Simmons and worked with producers including Sean Combs, then known as Puff Daddy, to shape the resulting duet. “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By,” which ...


- During a rally protesting Kentucky's statewide economic restrictions on Sunday, anti-government protesters, working to the tune of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA," strung up a stuffed dummy bearing a picture of the face of Democratic Governor Andy Beshear from a tree outside the governor's mansion. The effigy was also fixed with a sign reading "Sic Semper Tyrannis" — Latin for "thus always to tyrants" — the phrase John Wilkes Booth allegedly yelled upon assassinating President Abraham Lincoln days after the South lost the Civil War. "Come out, Andy," the protesters chanted outside ...

Source: salon.com

- Symone Sanders will lead League 46, the campaign’s new project to win millennials and Gen-Z. Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is organizing a new effort around young voters — a sign Biden will more aggressively target a group that could be vital in the general election and that resisted him for much of the Democratic primaries. League 46 will be “the coalition of young people that will make Joe Biden the 46th president,” says the narrator of an introductory video shared first with BuzzFeed News. Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Biden and one of his most visible spokespeople, ...


- Joe Biden has a plan for that Not a joke, folks: He’s running on a transformative policy agenda. Former Vice President Joe Biden has never really sought or received a reputation as a deep thinker on domestic policy matters. His highest-profile role as a senator involved judicial confirmations and his time chairing the Foreign Relations Committee. As vice president, his best-known work was in the national security domain or as a personal emissary from the White House to Congress. As a candidate in the 2020 primaries, his pitch was overwhelmingly about electability; his policy profile was ...

Source: vox.com

- The public health and economic crises have given real-world urgency to policies once considered idealistic. Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here . Two years ago, I wrote about what Kara Eastman’s victory in the Democratic primary for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District meant for the party. Eastman’s narrow win , without the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), was “stunning,” I said. “If there is to be a Democratic wave, it is outside ...


- “When [Donald] Trump assumed the presidency after a 2016 election that Democrats should have won by a landslide …” writes John Nichols in his new book, “the crisis came into focus. It was not the Republican Party that was ruining our politics. Rather, the lack of a coherent and appealing opposition to the Republicans was the problem.” You have probably seen versions of this argument hundreds of times. It is the standard left-wing critique of the Democratic Party. The feckless Democrats keep losing because they stand for nothing. Having abandoned their progressive principles and sold ...

Source: nymag.com

- The coronavirus has eclipsed all other news, but climate issues are as real and as imperative as ever. Naomi Klein sat down with our editors to explain what the stakes are and what options we still have available. Current Affairs editors Nathan J. Robinson and Lyta Gold spoke in October 2019 with writer and climate activist Naomi Klein, author of On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal. We began by asking her about an article in the New Yorker by Jonathan Franzen called “What If We Stopped Pretending The Climate Apocalypse Can Be Stopped?” which argues that activists (like Klein) ...


- Unlike their European counterparts, the Socialist Party of America stood firm against World War I, refusing to give in to the siren song of nationalism. Here, in honor of Memorial Day, we reprint in full their 1917 antiwar proclamation insisting that "the working class of the United States has no quarrel with the working class of any other country." The Socialist Party of the United States in the present grave crisis solemnly reaffirms its allegiance to the principle of internationalism and working-class solidarity the world over, and proclaims its unalterable opposition to the war just ...


- (CNN) Joe Biden is adopting some of his former Democratic presidential primary rivals' best-known tactics as he seeks to bridge the party's gaps headed into his general election match-up against President Donald Trump . He consulted with Pete Buttigieg as his campaign turned the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor's "Rules of the Road" -- a set of values for his campaign and its supporters -- into Biden's own new " Campaign Code ." Last week he dialed supporters with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren , for whom the tactic -- and the videos it helped produce on social media -- was a keystone ...

Source: cnn.com

- As the Left attempts to chart a new course in the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign, there’s no better time to learn from America’s most underrated socialist, labor leader, and civil rights legend, A. Philip Randolph. The name A. Philip Randolph usually conjures up the image of an elder statesman of the Civil Rights Movement establishment. Even for some on the Left, he’s considered a moderate figure in black politics. Historians often reference his name in contrast to supposedly more revolutionary figures like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. This mistaken perception partly stems ...