Thursday, December 15, 2022

Trump is Not Our Biggest Problem

Trump Is Not Our Biggest Problem: It’s the Open Fascism He Has Unleashed

The American media needs to call this movement what it is, fascism, and demand accountability and answers from the thousands of Republican politicians nationwide who refuse to repudiate it.

December 15, 2022 Thom Hartmann  MEDIUM

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally on November 7, 2022 in Vandalia, Ohio.,photo: MSNBC

Reporters for TPM obtained text messages between Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (formerly a Tea Party congressman) and 34 Republican members of Congress advocating stragegies to end democracy in America by keeping Trump in office after he lost the 2020 election.

For example, South Carolina's Republican Congressman Ralph Norman texted Meadows:

"Mark, in seeing what's happening so quickly, and reading about the Dominion law suits attempting to stop any meaningful investigation we are at a point of no return in saving our Republic !! Our LAST HOPE is invoking Marshall Law!! PLEASE URGE TO PRESIDENT TO DO SO!!"



Monday, December 12, 2022

Rail workers deserve Sick Leave

 Rail Workers deserve sick leave. 


We have heard terrible and tragic stories from rail workers who have been penalized for spending the day in the hospital with their sick children. A locomotive engineer, who, out of fear of being fired, was forced to skip his doctor’s appointment after experiencing unusual symptoms, suffered a heart attack and died in an engine room just weeks later. There is absolutely no reason why these workers should have to deal with these conditions in the richest country in the history of the world. 

Over 115,000 rail workers in this country are looking to you to guarantee them the dignity at work they deserve and to ensure that our rail system is safe for its workers and for millions of Americans who cross rail tracks every day. Through Executive Order, agency rulemaking, and any other applicable authority, we ask that you take quick and decisive action to guarantee these workers paid sick leave. 

We look forward to working with you to make this a reality. Sincerely, 

Bernard Sanders United States Senator 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Member of Congress 

Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D. Member of Congress 

Donald M. Payne, Jr. Member of Congress 

Rashida Tlaib Member of Congress 

And 20 more.  Sacramento area Congress persons have not signed.  Contact your congressperson. 

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

All workers deserve paid leave

 After a period of silence, progressive members of Congress began to push back Tuesday as President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders moved ahead with plans to approve legislation that would prevent a nationwide rail strike by forcing workers to accept a contract deal without any paid sick days.

The president's endorsement of congressional action—and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) subsequent vowto swiftly bring legislation to the floor—sparked a furious response from rank-and-file rail union members, a majority of whom voted to reject the White House-brokered contract agreement that Biden and lawmakers are now trying to impose on workers, denying them the right to strike and stripping them of any leverage to negotiate a better deal.

As of this writing, a relatively small number of Democrats in Congress have publicly spoken out about the White House's position and the fast-approaching vote on rail legislation. Pelosi, who has described the Democratic Party as "the party of workers and workers' rights," told reporters on Tuesday that a bill could hit the floor as early as 9:00 am ET Wednesday.

It's unclear whether progressive House members will mount an effort to improve the tentative agreement by adding paid sick days—a central, longstanding demand of rail workers. Pelosi said the bill will seek to impose the tentative contract agreement "with no poison pills or changes to the negotiated terms."

"Last year, the rail industry made a record-breaking $20 billion in profits. They can afford to give their workers paid sick leave," Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) wrote on social media Tuesday. "The rail industry must put the quality of life of their employees over profits. I stand with rail workers."

Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.), who lost her Democratic primary race in June, tweeted Tuesday that "paid leave should be the bare minimum."

"Good Lord, this is the U.S., not a third world country," Newman wrote. "Paid leave has to be part of the deal. Period."

Another Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) member, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), asked, "Why wouldn't the rail companies just allow workers to have paid sick days?"

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Friday, November 4, 2022

This is the most consequential mid-term election in our lifetime. It’s about making sure that women can control their own bodies. It’s about combating climate change. Yes. It’s about whether we retain the foundations of American democracy. 

But, at a time when the very rich are getting richer while millions of working class families are falling behind, it’s also about the economy. Do we create an economy that works for all, or just wealthy campaign contributors and the 1%. 

Please take a few minutes to read an op-ed I wrote that appeared on the FOX website today. Thanks. - Bernie

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OPINION · Published November 4, 2022 2:00am EDT

Our economic crisis isn’t inflation, it’s corporate greed and the GOP will only make that worse

Corporate greed is at a 70-year high and oil companies are buying back stock, not lowering prices

By Sen. Bernie Sanders

As we enter the final week of the midterm election, voters are expressing deep concern about the state of the economy and inflation. They should.

Today, we live in an economy in which the billionaires are getting much richer while working families fall further behind. Unbelievably, while 60 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, we now have more income and wealth inequality than we have ever had in the history of our country – with three multi-billionaires owning more wealth than the bottom half of Americans. While employers squeeze workers and their unions for cuts to health care and other benefits, the CEOs of major corporations now make nearly 400 times more than their average employees – the largest employer-worker gap in our history.

During this campaign, my Republican colleagues talk a lot about inflation, and they are right to do so. Over the last year, Americans have become sick and tired of paying outrageously high prices for food, gas, health care, prescription drugs, housing and other necessities. 

Unfortunately, most Republicans completely ignore the underlying causes of inflation and the few "solutions" they do offer would make a bad situation even worse.

Yes. During this political season it is easy to blame President Joe Biden and Democrats for inflation. But that’s just not accurate.

Let’s be clear. Inflation is not unique to America. It is an international crisis. In the European Union, inflation is nearly 11 percent. In Germany, it is 11.6 percent. In the United Kingdom it is 10.1 percent. In Ireland, it’s 9.6 percent. In America, it’s 8.2 percent, much too high, but lower than it is throughout much of Europe.

The truth is that inflation is, to a significant extent, caused by the ongoing global pandemic, the break in international supply chains and the horrific war in Ukraine. But there is another major reason for inflation that too few people talk about. And that is the unprecedented level of corporate greed that we are now seeing.

According to a recent study, nearly 54 percent of the rise in inflation is directly attributable to the astronomical increase in corporate profit margins. In America today, while the working class struggles to put food on the table, fill up their gas tanks and heat their homes, corporate profits are at a 70-year high.

If you want to know why you are paying $4, $5, $6 for a gallon of gas, you should know that the profits of ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP and Shell skyrocketed by 169 percent so far this year to $125 billion. These four huge oil companies are spending over $73 billion not to reduce gas prices at the pump but to buy back their own stock and increase dividends to their wealthy stockholders.

If you are wondering why you are paying 43 percent more for an airline ticket this year, you should know that profits are up 186 percent at American Airlines and 99 percent at United Airlines in the third quarter to nearly $1.5 billion. Yes. These are the same companies that received taxpayer assistance of more than $20 billion during the pandemic while cutting 6,400 jobs.

If you are wondering why global food prices skyrocketed by over 33 percent last year and are expected to go up another 23 percent this year, you should know that billionaires in the global food and agri-business industry became $382 billion richer during the pandemic. 

If you are wondering why we continue to pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, you should know that Pfizer has increased its profits by 42 percent so far this year to $26.4 billion. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Choosing Democracy: Elections: Which Side Are You On ?

Choosing Democracy: Elections: Which Side Are You On ?: We’re one week out from this election, and it comes down to recognizing who is on our side. Ask yourself: Who are the candidates trying to s...

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Angela Ashby's Campaign Lies

 Angelique Ashby Campaign Lies


Angelique Ashby is running for California State Senate as a Democrat. 

Her campaign literature is variously signed by her  and others by the California Association of Realtors, and other business groups.

Each of her pieces that I have received say, in one form or another,

Her opponent supports a government run health system that forces seniors off Medicare. This is a lie.  In another piece, the campaign says her opponent will force seniors off Medicare Again- False.


What they are talking about.?

There has been a sustained effort for over six years to pass legislation to create a Single Payer Health Care system, often called Health Care for All.  Such as system is not government run.

It is more like the Canadian system.  In fact Medicare itself is a single payer system. Her opponent has supported this effort. 

It is regretful that candidate Ashby distorts these important issues rather than accurately describe the real choices on medical care.  This kind of abuse of the truth has been popularized by the Trump campaign. It should not be promoted by Democrats.

Bernie Sanders on Medicare.

Expanding Medicare

Today, millions of seniors are unable to afford the outrageous cost of dental care, hearing aids or prescription eyeglasses. Most Democrats believe we need to expand Medicare to cover these essential health care services. Not a single Republican member of Congress agrees. Further there are many Republicans in the House and the Senate who support massive cuts to Medicare.

Universal Health Care

At a time when 85 million Americans are uninsured or under-insured, most Democrats believe that the U.S. should do what every other major country does and guarantee health care for all. Not a single Republican in Washington agrees. The last time Republicans controlled the Senate they came within one vote of throwing up to 32 million Americans off of their health insurance by repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Which Side Are You On ?

Monday, October 24, 2022

A Memo to Democrats

A Memo to Democrats: We will win this election if we convince voters we care about their economic well-being.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Choosing Democracy: Join the March for Farm Worker Justice

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

antiracismdsa: Why We March – Again

antiracismdsa: Why We March – Again:   Gov. Newsom’s choice: Back California farm workers or help the rich. Why is this so hard?   Read more at:

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Sanders Seeks to Amend the Bill


Brett Wilkins 
August 5, 2022
Common Dreams
"Adding dental, vision, and hearing benefits to Medicare is supported by 84% of the American people," said an aide to Sen. Sanders, who plans to propose including the expansion in Democrats' reconciliation package.

, photogism licensed under CC BY 2.0


U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will offer an amendment to the Democrats' revived reconciliation bill that would affirmatively answer activists' demands to expand Medicare benefits, the senator's office told Common Dreams on Friday.

"Today, in the wealthiest country in the world, it is shameful that so many of our seniors must go without the dentures, eyeglasses, and hearing aids that they need."

Sanders' office said the Vermont independent will seek a roll call vote on including the overwhelmingly popular proposal to extend dental, hearing, and vision coverage to all Medicare beneficiaries, provisions that were previously stripped from Democrats' once-ambitious $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

Now with key Democrats breathing fresh life into the recently moribund bill they nearly killed—albeit in favor of a dramatically shrunken package—Sanders is again pushing for the Medicare expansion he has long championed.

"Today, in the wealthiest country in the world, it is shameful that so many of our seniors must go without the dentures, eyeglasses, and hearing aids that they need," the senator's office explained.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Supreme Court


 if you’re outraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings on abortion, gun safety, and more – you’re not alone.The frustrating truth is: this Court is making drastic decisions that’ll impact millions of us even though FIVE of the nine justices were appointed by a president who lost the popular vote.
This is the broken Electoral College in action – and it should set off alarm bells for everyone who cares about democracy.

Sign the Petition: Stop letting candidates who lose the popular vote win the presidency, putting the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and our democracy at risk >>

The justices of the Supreme Court are among the nine most influential people in this country. But right now, a majority of them were appointed by either George W. Bush or Donald Trump – who, in 2000 and 2016 respectively, failed to get more votes from the American people than their opponent.

That’s right: the Court’s dramatic shift to the far right is partially due to the current Electoral College system – an antiquated and unjust way of electing the president that gives some voters more of a voice than others.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Delayed Relief Plan for low Income


'Bad News': Biden Administration Delays Relief Plan for Low-Income Borrowers

The McEntee Moment

The McEntee Moment: For a few years in the mid-1990s, AFSCME President Gerry McEntee (1935-2022) repositioned American labor and restored some of its clout.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Recession at Internet Speed

Recession at Internet Speed: The Fed’s rapid tightening is making everyone price in recession. That’s bad for reversing the fragilities in our economy.

More on the economy.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

: Poor People's Campaign- March on Washington

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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Insurrectionists Experience Consequences As Jan. 6th Hearings Begin | Th...

AOC on the Jan. 6 Coup

In the days and weeks after the January 6 attack, right-wingers tried to downplay what happened. They said it was small. They accused us of lying by saying the attack was “only” at the Capitol dome.

The footage and evidence from the January 6th committee hearing in Congress this week proves that no – they were everywhere. The screams were everywhere.

This is what American terrorism looks like.

Here’s just a few of the revelations from the hearing and other crucial facts. 

  • The committee will provide proof that Rep. Scott Perry and multiple other Republican members of Congress sought presidential pardons for their rolesin attempting to overturn the 2020 election and their actions on January 6. It means they consciously knew and believed that their actions were criminal and proceeded to support an attempted coup of the U.S.

  • The committee released not previously publicly seen video footage from police body cameras, Capitol hallway and office footage, as well as police radio communication, that shows just how coordinated and dangerous the events were. Meanwhile, Republicans like Lauren Boebert were tweeting Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s location as this was all happening.

  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife was involved in January 6th. She attended the rally and relentlessly urged the President’s Chief to overturn the US election. Justice Thomas later refused to recuse himself from rulings related to the matter.1

  • 21 Republicans voted against granting the Congressional Gold Medal to Capitol police officers who tried to defend the Capitol on January 6.2 

The facts unveiled are extremely serious and could potentially lead to charges from the Department of Justice. This committee is bipartisan – both Republican and Democratic members were part of the investigation that uncovered these facts – and yesterday was just day one.

Republicans are walking away from this. Trying to pretend it didn’t happen. It’s our responsibility to remember. The next hearings will take place on Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 AM ET. To watch the hearings, visit the Jan 6 Committee YouTube channel here.

Lastly, the choice we are facing this November is not between two political parties. It’s a choice to save our democracy or to turn it over to the rioters that stormed the Capitol. If you’re able to chip in to help us go toe-to-toe with right-wing Republicans who are still trying to spread lies about what happened, you can do so here.

We’ll keep you posted as the hearings continue. 

With resolve, 

Team AOC 


Thursday, June 9, 2022

Choosing Democracy: Teachers- End Gun Violence

Choosing Democracy: Teachers- End Gun Violence:   View as Webpage Educator, We wore orange to honor lives lost and changed because of gun violence. We’ve sent more than 45,000 messages to ...

Friday, June 3, 2022

Poor People's Campaign


Are you ready for June 18?

The Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls is this month! People from all across the country are coming together to mount a challenge to the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, the denial of healthcare and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. Sign up and let us know you're coming.


Here are some ways to prepare yourself and others for this transformational event…


Attend our welcome session
Tuesday June 7, 3:30pm | RSVP (live online)

Thursday June 9, 6pm | RSVP (recording and Q&A)
Final preparations are being put in place for a California delegation, which includes 40 people impacted by poverty and dozens of moral witnesses, advocates/allies and faith leaders. This “Welcome to June 18” session will be focused on both in-person and virtual participation, and we will hear about the events leading up to and planned for the Mass Assembly. Several campaign organizers will be offering testimony about why they are "going BACK to Washington," having participated in one or more direct actions in D.C. in 2021.


There will be a breakout session for people planning to participate virtually, including how to host or join a watch party. This meeting will be closed-captioned.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Choosing Democracy: Uvalde Cops Failed _ Children Died

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Friday, April 29, 2022

May Day 2022


Our Blog of the Week takes you back to nationwide demonstrations for an eight-hour work week in 1886 and juxtaposes those demonstrations with what has, and hasn’t changed, for workers today.

Much has changed since the first May Day, but building worker power and combating racism and xenophobia remain just as important.

May 1 is International Workers’ Day, a day workers around the world mark as Labor Day with marches, demonstrations, and renewed calls for workers’ rights. “May Day” got its start in 1886, when U.S. workers rallied in support of ongoing campaigns for an eight-hour day, setting May 1 as a deadline to begin mass strikes if employers failed to adopt shorter hours.

In 1886 Chicago, where tens of thousands joined May Day actions and thousands went on strike, subsequent police shootings of striking workers escalated into the well-known Haymarket Tragedy. Months of state-sanctioned, anti-immigrant repression of labor organizing followed. Police raids of union halls and arrests of organizers culminated in a sham trial, eight guilty verdicts, and public hanging of four prominent immigrant, working-class movement leaders (a fifth died by suicide prior to the execution date). The trial and executions were followed closely by workers across the country and around the world. In memory of the Haymarket Martyrs, labor and socialist organizations declared May Day International Workers’ Day, now an official public holiday in many countries.

Monday, April 25, 2022

The Ukraine War: Dilemma for the U.S. Left

 The Ukraine War: Dilemma for the U.S. Left




Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was unjustified, and the U.S. Left must condemn it. At the same time, the Left should not buy into the distortions and half-truths in the portrayal of the conflict now being aggressively promoted by the U.S.  government and mass media. Neither should the Left consider looking favorably on Vladimire Putin’s Russia as a purportedly anti-imperialist force in the world, despite Russia’s past opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq and intervention in Libya.  Some background on the rise of Putin’s regime is helpful for working out a left-wing policy regarding the disastrous invasion of Ukraine. 

Origins of the Putin Regime

Well informed observers. 

Friday, April 22, 2022

What Russia Has Done in Ukraine _ Photos

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Friday, April 1, 2022


The Reality Check: AT THE END OF THIS HATED WAR, WE NEED TRUTH: AT THE END OF THIS HATED WAR, WE NEED TRUTH By David Bacon Foreign Policy in Focus | August 30, 2021

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Cesar Chavez and California Framworkers

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Choosing Democracy: SCTA On Strike in Sacramento

Choosing Democracy: SCTA On Strike in Sacramento:   BY PETER LUCAS The Sacramento school district is pleading poverty in the face of demands for more student support and a pay raise to keep ...

Monday, March 7, 2022

Russians Against the War on Ukraine

We, Russian scientists and scientific journalists, declare a strong protest against the military operations launched by the armed forces of our country on the territory of Ukraine.  This fatal step leads to huge human losses and undermines the foundations of the existing system of international security. The responsibility for unleashing a new war in Europe lies entirely with Russia.  There are no reasonable justifications for this war. Attempts to use the situation in the Donbass as a pretext for launching a military operation do not inspire any confidence.  It is clear that Ukraine does not pose a threat to the security of our country.  The war against her is unfair and frankly senseless.  Ukraine has been and remains a country close to us. Many of us have relatives, friends and scientific colleagues living in Ukraine.  Our fathers.  grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought together against Nazism.  Unleashing a war for the sake of the geopolitical ambitions of the leadership of the Russian Federation, driven by dubious historiosophical fantasies, is a cynical betrayal of their memory.  We respect Ukrainian statehood, which rests on really working democratic institutions.  We treat the European choice of our neighbours with understanding.  We are convinced that all problems in relations between our countries can be resolved peacefully.  Having unleashed the war, Russia doomed itself to international isolation, to the position of a pariah country. This means that we, scientists, will no longer be able to normally do our job: after all, conducting scientific research is unthinkable without full cooperation with colleagues from other countries.  The isolation of Russia from the world means further cultural and technological degradation of our country in the complete absence of positive prospects.  War with Ukraine is a step to nowhere.  It is bitter for us to realize that our country, which made a decisive contribution to the victory of Nazism, has now become the instigator of a new war on the European continent.  We demand an immediate halt to all military operations directed against Ukraine.  We demand respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state.  We demand peace for our countries, Signatures continue to come, we add as much strength as possible (now there are more than 370 of them): .  

Alexander Anikin, linguist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Yuri Apresyan, linguist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Bondar Alexander Evgenievich, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences 
Viktor Vasiliev, mathematician, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Alexander Moldovan, philologist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Sergei Nikolaev, philologist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Valery Rubakov, physicist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences 
Roald Sagdeev, physicist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Alexander Sobolev, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry.  IN AND.  
Vernadsky, RAS.  
Sergey Stishov, physicist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences 
Svetlana Tolstaya, philologist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Efim Khazanov, physicist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Alexander Chaplik, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Mikhail Gelfand.  Bioinformatician, Member of the European Academy, Dr.  biop.  Sciences.  

and 8 and a half pages more of signatures.....

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

antiracismdsa: Voting in Texas

antiracismdsa: Voting in Texas:   The Texas primary election is just 15 days away and we have a massive opportunity to elect two progressive champions to Congress: Jessica ...

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

On What Just Happened to Medicare for All in California

 On What Just Happened to Medicare for All in California—and the Organizing We Need to Win

Why hasn't the overwhelming popularity of Medicare for All—85% of Democrats, 66% of independents and 52% (!) of GOP support it—translated into legislative majorities?

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Michael Lighty

February 8, 2022 

Friday, January 21, 2022

Choosing Democracy: Which Schools Should be Closed ?

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Choosing Democracy: What It takes to be back in school

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game

The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game: We need to address the needs of students—and parents, and teachers. One size does not fit all, and race complicates the challenge.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Where Do We Go From Here?

Choosing Democracy: Where Do We Go From Here?:   WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  DSA, North Star, and the Crisis