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In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, a US senator from California who previously served as the state's attorney general, launched her presidential campaign in January and promised to be a fighter "for the people."

"We are here because the American Dream and our American democracy are under attack and on the line like never before," she said in her birthplace of Oakland. "We are here at this moment in time because we must answer a fundamental question. Who are we? Who are we as Americans? So, let's answer that question to the world and each other right here and right now. America: We are better than this."

Harris is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants and grew up attending both a Baptist church and a Hindu temple.

Her allies believe that her life's work as a prosecutor will help set her apart from the crowded Democratic field. Her signs carry her campaign theme "Kamala Harris for the people," the words that she spoke each time she rose in the courtroom as a prosecutor.


Photo's at the link.

Today is kind of a big day for BS, oligarchs, liberal elites,...

The establishment, and corporate media.

It’s tax day!

Seems the talk about Sanders taxes has died down since his uncomfortable and somewhat unclear comments about April 15th. They were just clear enough to let us know they were being released no later than today.

I think a couple of camps are a bit nervous about it. Both those who support him and those who don’t.

Unless something wipes it out it is going to be a big part of a full day of news and then discussed again over on the weekend shows.

If he is relentlessly attacked because he has become a multimillionaire off of book sales, he and Janes salary(depending on where that salary came from), and investments and pensions, I predict the Biden impact will come into play. Not only will his troops rally but so will others.

If we find out he has been a millionaire for some time(not sure we would know this as most of Janes major earning years were just outside of ten years ago), the Sanders were paying themselves and friends to do media buys and conduct polling, he releases corrected returns or redacts information, or worse.... I don’t want to be around for the war. It’s going to get bad. DU might blow up. It is also something that might have consequences going into the general.

I don’t like Sanders. I haven’t hidden that. But I’ve come to the opinion it is best to beat him at the ballot box. He is going scorched earth and if there is something truly egregious in his tax returns he will make sure the party pays a price. That is why I really hope he is correct. His taxes are boring.

There is only one thing I know for sure. His fund raising email this afternoon is going to be a work of art. Please post it when you get it.

Happy Tax Day!

Kamala Harris Takes Part In Reading King's Letter from Birmingham Jail On Senate Floor

King's Letter from Birmingham Jail Read On Senate Floor

Sen. Kamala Harris and others honored the work of the civil rights icon.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may have written the “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” back in 1963, but his urgent call demanding racial equality and justice for Black Americans still rings true today.

Tuesday on Capitol Hill, the powerful words from the Civil Rights Movement leader—killed by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968—were read aloud by a bipartisan, multiracial group of U.S. Senators. Among the guests watching and listening from the Senate gallery was the eldest son of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King.


Kamala Harris and other 2020 contenders target health risks faced by pregnant black women

Tamara King was 28 weeks pregnant when a blinding headache took hold. By the time she got to the hospital, her blood pressure was high enough to set off the monitor’s alarm.

“It was like, ding-ding-ding! This person might die!” King said.

After three weeks’ hospitalization in Columbia, S.C., King had an emergency C-section when the baby’s heart rate flat-lined. Her daughter was born at 31 ˝ weeks weighing less than 2 ˝ pounds.

It was a harrowing brush with a baffling problem: the high risk of dying as an expectant mother in America, a danger that is especially acute for black women like King. The nation’s maternal health crisis has captured increasing attention in the media, in the medical community and in Congress.

LA Times

Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien

On our path to universal coverage, we must keep fighting to make things better.

A positive message is being delivered.

We have a lot of great candidates sweeping the country. Going from town to town delivering the message that there is a better way.

A message letting people know that the federal government isn’t your enemy under the proper control, it is an institution for positive change.

They are highlighting racism and bigotry and what can be described as systemic governmental oppression. They are talking about the ways the government can curb inequality instead of upholding it.

All of our candidates are hitting on climate change and the need to act.

Taxes taxes taxes. Calling out the tax scam and talking about the need to increase revenues to pay for the common good.

Health care as a right and a path to get there.

The list goes on and on. The message is being delivered in front of crowds with local media present. Most of the local news organizations cover the excitement and content, not the negative national media hype.

Presidential primaries is one of the most important times for progressives. Our message really gets out. It’s easy to look at the national and often negative narrative. Our candidates are crushing it at the local level in town after town.

This is starting off as a great primary. I think we have a handful of Presidential people running. For me personally, that is a first. Even those I don’t find to be Presidential are out there doing a great job of promoting our message. If you get the chance go read the platform of Marianne Williamson. It’s a work of art. A non-starter for President yet the platform she is promoting on a lesser level than some of the others is truly great.

The national media and internet discussion will often promote the negative in a very passionate manner. I take part in it. It’s a part of it and adds excitement and a feeling of being “in it.”

Locally our candidates are crushing it and it’s only going to get better.

Kamala Harris' teacher pay proposal gets its first testing ground: South Carolina

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris wants to show her presidential pitch is resonating in South Carolina, and a freshman state legislator from that critical early presidential primary state wants to help her make her case.

On Wednesday, freshman S.C. Rep. JA Moore, D-Berkeley, will introduce a bill that puts the substance of Harris’ recently announced education platform into legislation.

The bill has almost zero chance of passing. South Carolina’s GOP-controlled legislature will have little interest in advancing a Democratic presidential hopeful’s agenda, especially as they face a Wednesday deadline for moving bills from one chamber to the other.


Make the GOP shoot these ideas down. Great job by Rep JA Moore. From the Presidency to city council we need to fight in every district and every state. It's how we win over time. No fear of failure. Make the GOP oppose that which society as a whole supports.

Biden Foundation Pillar: Ensuring LGBTQ Equality


In America, everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of who they are or whom they love. Over the past decade, we’ve made remarkable progress on the journey toward full equality. LGBTQ people are now protected by a federal hate crimes law, no longer banned from serving in the military, and free to marry nationwide.

But important work remains if we are to achieve equality for all Americans. The LGBTQ community still lacks protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations. LGBTQ youth face discrimination and harassment every day in their classrooms, communities, and even in their own homes. Transgender people are not only being targeted by legislators challenging their right to exist in public spaces, but they also continue to face pervasive violence in their daily lives. And in many places around the world, LGBTQ individuals still face criminalization, torture, and even death, simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. Now is not the time to back down. Now is the time to stand up and keep fighting for equal treatment, dignity, and justice for all people — both here at home and around the world. Vice President Joe Biden has played a unique role throughout his years of public service, championing progress and prosperity for all. The Biden Foundation will build on that work, continuing Joe’s fight for equality that began in the civil rights era and extends to his leadership on LGBTQ equality today.

Biden Foundation

Vice President Biden receives Courage Award for lifetime of anti-violence work

Here at the Biden Foundation, we seek to expand equality and fairness for all people. This guiding principle informs our work in two key areas — ending violence against women and securing LGBTQ equality — and the powerful intersections between them.

Joe Biden often refers to the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as his proudest legislative achievement. Signed into law in 1994, the legislation was groundbreaking in raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence, and directing resources to states and local communities. Joe Biden said from the beginning that the law was only a first step and would improve over time as we learned more about gender-based violence. In 2013, in response to new data showing equally high rates of violence in LGBTQ communities, Congress added nondiscrimination language into VAWA to ensure that LGBTQ survivors would be served in all VAWA programs.

The significance of this cannot be understated — it was the first, and is still the only — time that anti-discrimination protections based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity were enshrined in federal law.

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) led the coalition of advocacy groups that helped push these VAWA nondiscrimination provisions through Congress. Since 1980, AVP has been empowering LGBTQ communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supporting survivors through counseling and advocacy.


A letter to my son

By Deborah Munn

Note: This blog post is a letter from Deborah to her son Charlie, one of two men denied service at Masterpiece Cakeshop. Deborah, who works in human resources, lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and has been a volunteer advocate for more than 40 years for religious freedom, wildlife, civil rights, and equal rights. She is the mother of three sons and three wonderful grandchildren.

Read The Letter Here: Biden Foundation

Philadelphia Student Receives National Biden Courage Award For Stopping Sexual Assault

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania student was celebrated for stopping a sexual assault by actively confronting six to eight men and physically removing the potential victim from the situation.


Adrianna Branin

Harris Reintroduces Legislation to Provide Relief to Americans Facing Skyrocketing Cost of Rent

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday reintroduced the Rent Relief Act, legislation to provide much-needed support to middle class and working Americans who are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of rent. The legislation creates a new, refundable tax credit for households whose housing costs exceed 30% of their income, including rent and utilities. Unlike existing tax credits, Americans who qualify would receive the benefits every month. Harris was joined by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in reintroducing the legislation.

“Housing is a human right, and we must act now to end the affordable housing crisis and provide relief to working families who are worried about making each month’s rent,” said Harris. “Right now, nearly half of Americans couldn’t afford an emergency $400 expense – these families need help now. This is about more than just economics—it’s about the basic security and dignity that every American deserves to have in their own home.”

Under the Rent Relief Act, a household’s credit would be determined by their income and the amount spent on housing costs (rent, utilities) in excess of 30% of their gross income.

According to the Columbia Center on Poverty and Social Policy, the Rent Relief Act, which was first introduced in 2018, would reduce the poverty rate by as much as 2.4%, lifting 7.8 million Americans out of poverty, including more than 2 million children. Approximately 21 million Americans spend more than 30% of their earnings on rent, with a disproportionate and rising burden falling on families of color.

East County Today

When will negotiations start between Bernie 2020 and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400?

We are three weeks out from his workers unionizing and going with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 as representation. I see nothing with respect to even the start of negotiations.
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