Saturday, January 18, 2020

Dissensus Politics 
A strategy for winning economic rights
April 20, 1968

In the week after his death, Martin Luther King was memorialized as both leader and symbol of the Southern black confrontation with white America, a confrontation of such moral clarity and intensity that it moved a majority of Americans to unite in support of the civil rights legislation of 1964 and ‘65. This interpretation confirms the widely held belief that Negroes cannot obtain justice unless they coalesce with other groups in a majority alliance - which means, of course, the national Democratic coalition. According to this view, it is the wishes of a majority that finally impel political leaders to act. The task, therefore, is to identify the issues and exchanges by which a unified majority 
But the political dynamics of the Southern phase of the civil rights movement may have been quite the reverse of what is commonly supposed. We would argue that its legislative victories were not the product of a majority consensus, but of cleavage in the North-South Democratic coalition. The political impact of non-violent protests, of “moral confrontations,” was to widen that cleavage. The legislative concessions of 1964 and ‘6^ owed less to the numbers of people committed to the civil-rights movement - whether blacks or their white allies - than to the sharply divisive impact the movement had upon an already strained North-South Democratic partnership. And if this theory is correct, it may be that blacks and other minorities can also compel future gains from the majority coalition by threatening to disrupt it. 
Negroes have been part of the Democratic coalition for almost four decades - that is, beginning with the reorganization of the Democratic Party during the elections of 1928 and 1932, when an alliance was struck between urban ethnic groups in the North and  the traditionally Democratic South. In 1936, a majority of blacks voted Democratic for the first time, As members of that coalition, blacks have obtained minor concessions. In 1940, for example, a Roosevelt-oriented Supreme Court declared the white primary unconstitutional and in 1941 FDR established the Fair Employment Practices Commission. Each concession to Negroes was fiercely resisted by Southern Democrats who succeeded in warding off civil rights legislation of any significance for nearly three decades. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bernie-and-Elizabeth Matters More Than Bernie-vs.-Elizabeth

Bernie-and-Elizabeth Matters More Than Bernie-vs.-Elizabeth: History will remember both Sanders and Warren for taking on American capitalism. Their differences won’t loom that large.

Progressives/Left Urge Unity in Primaries and Beyond

Progressives Urge Unity In Primaries And Beyond

Progressive groups urge Sanders-Warren unity to defeat corporate Democrats in primary—and then Donald Trump. Common Dreams: “The heads of six progressive advocacy organizations—some that have endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren, some backing Sen. Bernie Sanders, and others who have remained neutral thus far—issued a joint statement calling for unity among the two candidates and their supporters on Thursday morning, arguing that the largest beneficiaries of this week’s dust-up between the two campaigns are establishment Democrats, corporate defenders of the status quo, and ultimately President Donald Trump. The statement (which can be read in full below) was signed by the heads of Democracy for America, Our Revolution,, Sunrise Movement, Working Families Party, and Justice Democrats. It argues that the a best chance for progressives in the United States to defeat Trump ‘does not lie with an establishment or corporate Democrat,’ but rather with unified progressive front. While Our Revolution, RootsAction, and Sunrise are all openly backing Sanders, the Working Families Party has officially endorsed Warren. Justice Democrats and Democracy for America, meanwhile, have yet to throw their support behind any of the 2020 primary candidates in the Democratic field. Despite the divergent approaches to the primary, the groups called for unity to ensure that Trump is defeated in November and that a truly transformative and progressive vision can take hold. According to the joint statement, ‘the surest way to defeat Trump is for the Democratic Party to nominate either Warren or Sanders, as these are the candidates best able to energize voters by providing a vision of a decent society and a fair economy. This vision is sorely needed, as is an administration that will implement far-reaching reforms toward a more just society.'”

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Choosing Democracy: War is a Racket !

Choosing Democracy: War is a Racket !: The last week has been a roller coaster. Many of us have breathed a slight sigh of relief as things deescalate a bit around Iran. But ...

Thursday, January 9, 2020

PPC Calls on the United Nations to Hold Trump Responsible for War Crimes

Dear Movement Family,
Today we joined faith leaders, including denominational and national leadership, with moral advocates across the country in requesting that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights hold our government accountable for violating the UN Charter and escalating us toward war with Iran. This afternoon we formally requested a meeting with High Commissioner Bachelet. As the request began:

"We write gravely disturbed, indeed outraged, by the death that is occurring because of our President's rogue actions in the Middle East. His willingness to bypass congressional approval, violate international law, pardon convicted war criminals, implement harsher sanctions and abandon existing peace deals, sets a dangerous precedent that can have continued lethal and destabilizing results.

The US President's order to carry out a lethal drone strike violated the UN Charter's prohibition on the use of force. The assassination of General Qassim Suleimani represented an act of war against a country with whom the United States was not at war. Trump’s claim of imminent danger from Suleimani is unfounded and must be investigated. 
The threat to add new sanctions to Iran, and to involve the NATO military alliance, all indicate that the threat of war remains very real. Furthermore, we know that the majority of impact from these sanctions will be on the poor."

We know that in the words of Rev. Dr. King "war is the enemy of the poor."  We must say no to war and militarism.
Join us in our request. Sign here. Share it widely as we humbly and whole-heartedly work to keep our country from war and our world from the dangerous precedence of immoral and unaccountable leadership. Our people across the world are hurting, and it's gone on far too long.
We know that together we can and must revive the heart and soul of this nation.
Forward together,
Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, President of Repairers of the Breach
Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, Director of the Kairos Center
Co-Chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

'We Need Everyone in the Streets': More Than 180 Events Planned Across US to Protest Trump's March to War With Iran

'We Need Everyone in the Streets': More Than 180 Events Planned Across US to Protest Trump's March to War With Iran

No War With Iran Sign Waving
WHENThursday, January 9, 4:30 PM
WHEREIn front of Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA 
Stop Trump's War with IranYes! I'll be there
Assassinations don't make us safer and Trump’s unhinged foreign policy has needlessly endangered the lives of U.S. troops and Iraqi, Iranian, and countless other civilians. We will not be led into another illegal war.
Join one of the hundreds of demonstrations happening across the country today to say: No War with Iran. Let's make the anti-war, pro-diplomacy majority of Americans  visible and loud. Where Trump acts with ignorance, fear, war, and moral weakness, we will show up with diplomacy and political courage. We are the majority, we stand united, and we oppose Trump’s war with Iran.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Soleimani’s Death Could Galvanize Shia Coalitions Against One “Foreign A...

Important context. 

This Is It Folks: Trump Can Wage War With No Understanding Of The Conseq...

Opposition to the War

Like so many Americans, I am deeply concerned about growing tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The strike that led to Soleimani’s death on January 3rd was reckless, impetuous, and to be clear - an act of war.
I am one of the few Iranian-Americans running for Congress. My father fled Iran in 1979 precisely because of men like Soleimani. He was an evil man responsible for thousands of deaths and plotted terrorist attacks against the United States and our allies.   
If the last few days have shown us anything, it’s that the Trump administration has put thousands of our servicemen and women, as well as the region’s innocent civilians in harm's way, while at the same time threatening to further destabilize the region.   
Not only does the possibility of war with Iran jeopardize the safety of millions of Iranians who do not support the current regime, but the escalation has resulted in the wrongful detainment of Iranian-Americans at the U.S. border.   
This is not how foreign policy should be conducted – especially not from a golf course.   
This is not a decision you make lightly just to get yourself re-elected. 
Most importantly, this is not who we are as Americans. Now, more than ever, it’s clear that the Trump Administration does not speak for us.
-- Dary Rezvani

Dary Rezvani is a Fresno native, small business owner, and accountant, who is running for Congress in California's 22nd Congressional District to defeat Rep. Devin Nunes. Dary is running on a bold, progressive platform to protect limited water in the Central Valley, invest in our public schools, pass universal healthcare for all, comprehensively reform our immigration system, prioritize action on climate change, and improve our flawed criminal justice system. If you would like to learn more about Dary's campaign, please visit

Also see: David Nunez' Cow 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

DSA Debate Watch Party

DSA for Bernie Debate Watch Party

Come watch Bernie stand up against corporate backed politicians and fight for a better world in the upcoming Democratic debate! We will hear speeches from DSA members who have been involved in our DSA for Bernie campaign, and talk about upcoming opportunities for you to help out! This event is open to all and we encourage everyone to bring a friend (or 5)! Look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Tuesday, January 14th, 5:00-8:00pm
Location: Clubhouse 56, 723 56th St, Sacramento, CA, 95819

Sacramento DSA is walking door to door for Bernie 2-3 times a week.
Contact local DSA for info:

See DSA for Bernie here.