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Thanks brave.. I know I really like Tom Perez for DNC Chair..

Tom Perez would make an excellent DNC Chair..

Tom Perez
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Proud to be backed by United Farm Workers in the fight for the rights and dignity of every worker. More: http://www.ufw.org/_board.php?mode=view&b_code=news_press&b_no=19028&page=1&field=&key=&n=1213
9:10 AM - 20 Dec 2016
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The UFCW, the UFW and the Fire-fighters union endorse Tom Perez for DNC chair!

"The Democratic Party is at a crossroads, and it needs leaders with strong progressive voices as well as unique skills and experiences to lead the party forward. While there are a number of very good candidates in the DNC chair race, Tom Perez offers the party what it so desperately needs – bold leadership and ideas, strong experience managing an organization at the state and federal level, and someone singularly focused on rebuilding the party across the country.

He understands the realities faced by hard-working families all across America who are desperate for a better life. Our members saw firsthand his passion and commitment to improving the lives of union workers as he joined with us to push for safer working conditions at poultry plants, and as he fiercely advocated in favor of the Overtime Rule. As Labor Secretary, he not only pushed for progressive reforms, he helped manage a multi-billion dollar agency with thousands of employees.
In light of the challenges the party faces, Secretary Perez has the experience and vision for the changes the DNC must make, and is the right leader who can make these changes happen. We enthusiastically support his candidacy."


More~ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/12/19/1612780/-The-UFCW-the-UFW-and-the-Fire-fighters-union-endorse-Tom-Perez-for-DNC-chair

Today it became known that the International Association of Firefighters, the main union representing American firefighters, has broken with the AFL- CIO and endorsed Tom Perez too:

"In a statement, Schaitberger praised Perez as a "a tireless advocate for civil and human rights" who can transcend what the union president called "a narrow focus on identity and cultural politics that alienated" some longtime Democrats from the party.

"Tom Perez is the person who has the right mix of personal background, progressive values, experience and total commitment to all workers, in all regions and states across the country," Schaitberger said. "To have Tom Perez as the Chair of one of our nation's two major political parties would be a significant victory for workers across America."


And, he's bi-lingual!

In the meantime Tom Perez is also getting important Latino support.

The Latino Victory Fund are supporting his bid for the DNC chair, and I would urge everyone to read an excellent article written by Victoria DeFrancesco Soto over at NBC Latino:

She argues that Tom Perez is exactly the man the DNC needs now, because he appeals to Latino voters and minority voters because of his past relentless fight for civil rights, but also because he has a great appeal/ connection to the white working class because of his work as Secretary of Labor.

For everyone not really familiar with Tom Perez accomplishments as Secretary of Labor, I would recommend this article describing who Tom Perez is, and what he did standing up for workers’ rights, the 15 dollar minimum wage and overtime protection:

Opinion: Tom Perez is What the DNC Needs Now


As Labor secretary, Perez has been knee-deep on these issues and has a running start on establishing real, sustainable ties with laboring Americans. And given the likelihood of the repeal of Obamacare, wages will take on a much more important meaning for working Americans.


Helping the DNC with its Latino problem isn't just about Perez being a Perez. As Labor secretary he has deep linkages to the bread and butter issues that matter to Hispanics on wages, employment opportunities and working conditions. But Perez also has extensive experience combating voter and civil rights violations through his work in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

Then again, there is something to Perez being a Perez. With a Latino at the helm of the Democratic Party it will not be as easy for the growing constituency of Hispanic voters to be put on the back burner.

Much more~http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/opinion-tom-perez-what-dnc-needs-now-n697746

Thank you, Miles! Important shite there..

1). Putin ordered an "influence campaign"

2). Goals were to "undermine public faith in the U.S. Democratic process, denigrate Clinton, and harm her electability and potential Presidency"

3). Russian government developed a "clear preference" for Trump

4). Putin and Russian government helped Trump's election chances by "discrediting Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him"

Well it's like this..


There weren't the votes for single payer.. you can criticize but

Obamacare was a stepping stone to single payer and now those who couldn't afford insurance will have nothing. Those with pre-existing conditions will be without insurance.

Those are the people who are the victims.. That's who President Obama is looking out for.

Alec Baldwin in his Russian "maga" hat..

Good point about the flag pins.. they should all start wearing Russian flags

Yes, already.. I'll miss them both terribly.. but, he'll still be out there working for us..

Obama to open post-presidency office in World Wildlife Fund headquarters


While much of Obama’s post-White House focus will be based in Chicago, where he is designing his presidential library and will be building out a center that will promote leadership and other public priorities, he will also engage in other activities. One of them will entail supporting the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which will pursue redistricting efforts to boost Democratic candidates across the country.

The World Wildlife Fund headquarters, in Foggy Bottom.


Obama is familiar with the work of his future landlord. The White House appointed WWF president and chief executive Carter Roberts to serve on the president’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, an effort aimed at preventing the slaughter of elephants for ivory, in 2013. The group has also praised the Obama administration’s efforts to battle climate change.

Obama will be working in one of the greenest buildings in the nation’s capital as the 251,707-square-foot WWF headquarters has been given the highest sustainability rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The property features solar panels, recycled building materials, reserved parking for hybrid or electric cars, and one of the largest green roofs in the city.

MOre~ link

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#Obama Job Approval: Approve 59% (+1); Disapprove 39% (-1). Get the full trend http://on.gallup.com/Obama13 .
8:03 AM - 12 Dec 2016

BONUS.. Michelle!

The New York Times Verified account 
One of our most popular stories of the year: 4 writers and thinkers say goodbye — and thank you — to Michelle Obama http://nyti.ms/2h0dv36


Sanders wanted President Obama Primaried in 2012.. but, he didn't

want to do it himself.

"But Obama also said Liberals like former Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders had contributed to the program’s unpopularity."

Good for Obama.. he is my President!

So I hope everyone is happy now that the assholes are taking everyone's healthcare away.


LOL! Screaming carrot demonLOL! LOL 2 bit hate salesman..

She is amazing! All the words fit perfectly and there's still more.. I hope he saw that.

Thank you, herding! I'll keep it handy..

LOL! good to laugh in the face of danger.. Spot on, Charlie

I just saw this.. want to leave it here so I can put it in my journal..

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