Friday, December 16, 2016

Russia and Trump Hack the U.S. Elections

Of all the horrible things that happened this year in politics, the fact that our election was hacked by Russia, and in response the GOP president elect  is staffing his administration with pro-Russia sympathizers, is just totally bananas. 

We just let a second rate power steal our presidential election (not to mention all of the House races that were tipped by the DCCC hack and leak) and we're not going to at minimum increase sanctions!?! 
And now, Donald Trump is bragging about the hack, claiming that the Russians did the US a favor.
Do the corporate robber barons, conservatives and Tea Party minions  so love tax cuts that we overlook being captured by a hostile foreign power?

Here is the story on the hack.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Aleppo : Fascism Wins

How To Stop Trump

And Preserve Our Democracy
Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda
Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen

Donald Trump is the biggest popular vote loser in history to ever to call himself President-Elect. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to use his congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian, and corrupt image. If progressives are going to stop this, we must stand indivisibly opposed to Trump and the members of Congress who would do his bidding. Together, we have the power to resist - and we have the power to win.

We know this because we’ve seen it before. The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own members of Congress to reject President Obama’s agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism - and they won.

We believe that protecting our values and neighbors will require mounting a similar resistance to the Trump agenda -- but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness. Trump is not popular. He does not have a mandate. He does not have large congressional margins. If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Barack Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.
Who is this document by and for?

We: Are former progressive congressional staffers who saw the Tea Party beat back President Obama’s agenda.

We: See the enthusiasm to fight the Trump agenda and want to share insider info on how best to influence Congress to do that.

You: Want to do your part to beat back the Trump agenda and understand that will require more than calls & petitions.

You: Should use this guide, share it, amend it, make it your own, and get to work.

Entire guide
oh. and next time.  Vote dam it!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Choosing Democracy: U.S. Press Has Promoted Fascists Before !

Choosing Democracy: U.S. Press Has Promoted Fascists Before !: How to cover the rise of a political leader who’s left a paper trail of anti-constitutionalism, racism and the encouragement of violenc...

The Children of Aleppo are Being Murdered

by Russian and Syrian military.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fighting in the besieged eastern districts of Aleppo stopped on Tuesday, a Russian official said, just hours after the United Nations said it had received credible reports that forces loyal to the Syrian government were gunning down civilians trying to flee and killing residents in their homes.Continue reading the main story

Residents fled the violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood. CreditAgence France-Presse — Getty Images

Just before the Russian announcement, a cease-fire agreement appeared to have been reached among Syrian rebels, Russia and Turkey, potentially opening a corridor for residents to safely leave besieged neighborhoods, but the parameters of the deal remained unclear. The journey from eastern Aleppo has been perilous for civilians, some of them older people in wheelchairs who were too frail to leave before as the fighting intensified.Continue reading the main story

The journey from eastern Aleppo has been perilous for civilians, some of them older people in wheelchairs. CreditAgence France-Presse — Getty Images

The United Nations said it had reports of 82 execution-style killings of civilians. The death toll from recent days is unknown, as humanitarian organizations operating in the rebel enclave that used to keep track of casualties have all but collapsed. The deaths were recorded in four neighborhoods — Bustan al-Qasr, Al Fardous, Al Kallaseh and Al Saleheen — and included at least 11 women and 13 children, some of them shot in the streets as they tried to escape, according to Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mr. Colville cited reports that the agency had received from reliable contacts inside and outside the city.
Read more;

A public investment agenda that delivers the goods for American workers needs to be long-lived, broad, and subject to democratic oversight

A public investment agenda that delivers the goods for American workers needs to be long-lived, broad, and subject to democratic oversight: A policy effort to boost public investment should include both “core” infrastructure investments such as building roads and 'noncore' public investments, such as improving early child care. Both provide high rates of return. Public finance is the most  accountable way of financing infrastructure. Tax credits dangled to entice private financiers and developers provide no compelling efficiency gains and open up possibilities for corruption and crony capitalism.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Aleppo Is Dying

Kareem Shaheen in Istanbul
Friday 9 December 2016 11.54 EST
The Guardian 
The bombardment of Aleppo will continue as long as opposition fighters remain in the Syrian city, Russia’s foreign minister has said a day after pledging to halt combat operations to allow civilians to leave.
“After a humanitarian pause [the strikes] have resumed and will continue for as long as the bandits are still in Aleppo,” Sergei Lavrov told journalists on Friday at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Aleppo’s besieged east came under sustained attack on Thursday night and throughout Friday despite Lavrov’s claims of a humanitarian pause, raising questions about the Kremlin’s commitment to a ceasefire deal and its leverage over President Bashar al-Assad.
Residents of east Aleppo said a number of neighbourhoods had been subjected to relentless bombardment, including rocket attacks, helicopter bombings and gunfire.
“Bombing never stops,” said Abdulkafi al-Hamdo, a teacher in east Aleppo, in a text message.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Free Screening of "FREE STATE OF JONES" Friday Night (12/9) @ Sac State -- A Freedom School Project Event

Green Party Votes Elected Trump in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania

Bill Fletcher: “It is important to approach any examination of the November election with a degree of nuance. As widely noted, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by what now appears to be at least two million votes. The Libertarian and Green Parties received far more votes than the margin of victory in no less than eleven states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
This election was decided by a razor-thin margin due to the undemocratic Electoral College.” Read the excellent piece below "Fighting Against the White Revolt in 2016." 

Duane Campbell. (editor)
Hillary Clinton won the election by 2 million votes, but Donald Trump won the Presidency in the Electoral College.  What’s that you say about democracy ?
During the last year the according to the Southern Poverty Law Center the militant, fascist, militarist, racist terrorist group Storm Front has grown to over 300,000 members.  ( one of several such groups).
These and parallel developments may require that we reconsider and adjust our basic  political strategy.  We need a serious new analysis because the terrain of our struggle and our activity has shifted significantly.
Some 2 -11 million immigrant workers in the US now face terrorism and possible deportation.  Over 2 million U.S. citizen children face the possibility that their parents will be deported and they will be placed in foster care.

I had a piece on the Democratic Left blog on the possible consequences of a victory by Trump and Trumpism.
If you prefer video, here is a good piece  Hate Rising.
This video is also up on YouTube.
The labor movement faces its most difficult assault since the passage of the Taft-Hartley act which changed the nature of organized labor in the U.S.
 Labor will be shaken to its core.  Harold Meyerson has a good piece on this on the DSA blog, Talking Union.
The Trump administration’s chief military advisor advocates siding with Asad and Putin in Syria, and usually recommends U.S. military interventions in troubled areas.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Join the Resistance. Progressive Alliance

Sacramento/Campus Progressive Alliance

Bummed out about Trump? 
Want to do something about it?
Good... Join the Resistance this Saturday.

Sacramento/Campus Progr
essive Alliance
December Organizing Meeting
Saturday, December 3rd, 10am-12pm
Capital Room (3rd Floor)
Sacramento State University Union

Steve Mnuchin: Evictor, Forecloser, and Our New Treasury Secretary

Steve Mnuchin: Evictor, Forecloser, and Our New Treasury Secretary: Trump’s appointee is the very model of a predatory lender.