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10 Surprising People Who Advocated Socialism

Mark Twain


Francis Bellamy, Author Of The Pledge Of Allegiance


Albert Einstein, Physicist


Helen Keller, Author And Activist


George Orwell


Nelson Mandela, Resistance Fighter And Politician


Martin Luther King Jr., Activist And Pastor

See more: http://listverse.com/2014/05/13/10-surprising-people-who-advocated-socialism/
Posted by Cheese Sandwich | Sun May 3, 2015, 11:10 PM (18 replies)

Black Widow Trailer - SNL

Posted by Cheese Sandwich | Sun May 3, 2015, 05:30 PM (2 replies)

"Socialism": I don't care what people call Bernie so long as they know where he stands on the issues

We should vote for
  • Great public services, a strong social safety net, and full employment

  • Defend and expand Social Security and Medicare.

  • Defend Obamacare but also fight for a real single-payer health plan. Medicare For All.

  • Advance the cause of civil rights and the right to vote.

  • Defend safe access to abortion.

  • Full equal pay for women at work.

  • LGBT marriage equality.

  • A living wage.

  • Resist unfair trade deals like the TPP.

  • Make it easier for workers to form unions.

  • Help worker-owned companies.

  • Tax Wall St.

  • Stop NSA mass spying programs.

  • Transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.

  • A track record of good judgement opposing disastrous wars.

If people think that is socialism, fine.

If people vote on the issues Bernie will win.
Posted by Cheese Sandwich | Sun May 3, 2015, 01:57 PM (15 replies)

Bernie Sanders and a Brief History of the 'S' Word

Posted by Cheese Sandwich | Sun May 3, 2015, 01:14 AM (4 replies)

Bernie Sanders visits NH for first time since announcing run

Posted by Cheese Sandwich | Sun May 3, 2015, 01:09 AM (3 replies)

The Revolution in Rojava

by Meredith Tax in Dissent
Since last August, when I first heard about the fight against ISIS in Kobani, I have been wondering why so few people in the United States are talking about the Rojava cantons. You’d think it would be big news that there’s a liberated area in the Middle East led by kickass socialist-feminists, where people make decisions through local councils and women hold 40 percent of leadership positions at all levels. You’d think it would be even bigger news that their militias are tough enough to beat ISIS. You’d think analyses of what made this victory possible would be all over the left-wing press.

But many on the U.S. left have yet to hear the story of the Rojava cantons—Afrin, Cizîre, and Kobani—in northern Syria, or western Kurdistan. Rojava—the Kurdish word for “west”—consists of three leftist enclaves making up an area slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut, in territory dominated by ISIS. In mid-2012, Assad’s forces largely withdrew from the area, and the battle was left to the Kurdish militias: the YPG (People’s Protection Units) and the YPJ (Women’s Defense Forces), the autonomous women’s militias. These militias are not the same as the Iraqi peshmerga, though the U.S. press uses that name for both.

The YPG and YPJ have, for the better part of the last three years, been focused on defeating the jihadis, even as they continue to clash with the Assad regime (particularly in and around the city of Hasakah). On January 27, 2015, they achieved a major victory when they defeated ISIS in Kobane. They have since won the strategic towns of Tel Hamis and Tel Tamr (on the edges of Cizîre canton), but are, as of late April, gearing up for a renewed ISIS attack on the area.

While the Syrian opposition is understandably bitter that the YPG and YPJ withdrew most of their energy from the war with Assad, leftists worldwide should be watching the remarkable efforts being made by Syrian Kurds and their allies to build a liberated area where they can develop their ideas about socialism, democracy, women, and ecology in practice.
more: http://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/the-revolution-in-rojava

Posted by Cheese Sandwich | Sun May 3, 2015, 12:09 AM (0 replies)

Baltimore Activists Recount How Police Unions Crushed Accountability Reforms

Only weeks before Freddie Gray’s death while in custody of Baltimore police, cops from around the state filled a committee hearing room in Annapolis to aggressively lobby against a wave of reform bills aimed at increasing police accountability in Maryland. The police won: every bill to make it easier to investigate and prosecute police misconduct went down to defeat, leaving the state’s extraordinarily cop-friendly laws in place. (It’s a measure of the egregious circumstances of Gray’s death and the public outcry afterward that six police officers have nevertheless been indicted.)

Civil rights advocates say they were heavily outgunned — metaphorically — by the police.

Police unions play a significant role in Maryland politics, from campaign endorsements to influence peddling. According to public records, the largest police associations, including the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, donated $1,834,680 to state politicians over the last decade and retained several of most prominent lobbyists in the state.

The Maryland State FOP organized its members to show up in force during the hearing on the police reform bills. The Facebook page for the group shows officers packing the legislative room when the reform bills were debated.
more: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/05/01/police-union-influence-maryland-runs-deep/
Posted by Cheese Sandwich | Sat May 2, 2015, 05:28 PM (11 replies)

Ed Show: Bernie Sanders' First Interview as a Presidential Candidate

Posted by Cheese Sandwich | Fri May 1, 2015, 09:54 AM (9 replies)
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