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"America Has a Long and Storied Socialist Tradition. DSA Is Reviving It."

The Nation:

When a thousand socialists from across the United States gathered in Chicago over the weekend for the biennial convention of Democratic Socialists of America, DSA National Director Maria Svart declared, “What we’re seeing today is historic: the largest gathering of democratic socialists in an era.”

Since the 2016 election, Svart is delighted to report, “tens of thousands of democratic socialists have come together to build a future for this country in which everyone has the right to a decent job, a good home, a free college education for their children, and health care for their family. For years, we’ve been sold hope and promised change by Wall Street politicians—now we’re taking matters into our own hands.”

DSA got a big boost from the surge of interest in democratic socialism that grew from the Sanders campaign. Bernie upended decades of right-wing histrionics, Democratic Party caution, and media neglect that bordered on malpractice when he showed America that a national contender could embrace the “S” word and survive. “Do they think I’m afraid of the word? I’m not afraid of the word,” declared Sanders as he launched his bid for the Democratic nomination. “When I ran for the Senate the first time, I ran against the wealthiest guy in the state of Vermont. He spent a lot on advertising—very ugly stuff. He kept attacking me as a liberal. He didn’t use the word ‘socialist’ at all, because everybody in the state knows that I am that.”

Rather than getting harmed for making an effort to explain how democratic socialism works in places like Denmark, Sanders benefited from the fact that he wasn’t just another apologist for the capitalist experiment that has produced market instability, cruel austerity, and scorching income inequality. In particular, young people were excited about alternatives.

<more>https://www.thenation.com/article/america-has-a-long-and-storied-socialist-tradition-dsa-is-reviving-it/



If we want our society and out planet to survive, the people of America and the world need to embrace Democratic Socialism.

Read the article - it is very informative...
Posted by Trial_By_Fire | Mon Aug 7, 2017, 08:25 PM (124 replies)

Bernie Sanders writing teen guide to political revolution

The Hill:


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) is writing a book for teens interested in progressive politics, called "Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution."

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In a forward to the book, Sanders notes that he overwhelmingly won younger voters among all demographics during his 2016 bid for president.

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"Young people are the future of our country," Sanders told Teen Vogue. "As citizens of the United States, they have a responsibility to participate in our democracy and to help create a government which works for all, rather than just the few. This book will expose them to an unusual political campaign, the excitement of politics and what being a progressive is all about."

According to Teen Vogue, the book also includes dozens of infographics about issues like income equality and money in politics that Sanders made famous during his 2016 presidential bid.

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/345479-bernie-sanders-writing-teen-guide-to-political-revolution



Senator Sanders does it again - messaging and getting people involved.

Can't wait till they put Sanders' likeness on the Energizer Bunny commercials!


Posted by Trial_By_Fire | Sat Aug 5, 2017, 07:19 PM (20 replies)

Gore: Progressive ideas 'gaining ground' among Democrats

TheHill:

Former Vice President Al Gore believes Democrats are becoming more willing to embrace progressive ideas on issues such as climate change and healthcare.

"I do think progressive viewpoints are gaining ground in the Democratic Party — I’ve supported single-payer for 15 years now, and we are seeing a big change across the board," Gore said Thursday during a SiriusXM/Variety Magazine town hall.

"If you look at state government and state politics and local politics, the change is more pronounced there.”
Gore doubled down this week on the need for single-payer healthcare amid the Senate Republicans' trouble coalescing around a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. He had previously signaled support for the policy in 2002 but didn't include it in his 2000 presidential platform.

Over the past few months, Democrats have been more open to the single-payer approach that’s long been pushed by the more progressive pockets of the party. Single-payer healthcare was one of the main campaign platforms for Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) Democratic presidential bid in 2016, and his allies continue to tout it.


<more> http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/342970-gore-progressive-ideas-gaining-ground-among-democrats


I hope that this is the direction of the Dem Party. We will win more and more local/state/federal seats if we adopted and promote progressive/liberal FDR-like policies.

Time to embrace our heritage of being 'the party of the people'.
Posted by Trial_By_Fire | Thu Jul 20, 2017, 02:43 PM (41 replies)

FBI probe into Sanders' wife started with 'hearsay'

The Hill:

"The FBI's source for information that sparked a probe into the wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) admitted this week that the information he passed along was hearsay, according to a local Vermont television station.

The FBI is reportedly looking into whether Jane Sanders falsified loan documents while she served as the president of Burlington College. The small Vermont liberal arts school closed down in May 2016 after going bankrupt and failing to meet accreditation standards.

Brady Toensing, the lawyer who passed on the information to the FBI, reportedly got his information from Republican State Rep. Don Turner, who told WCAX-TV in Vermont that he heard the information from friends.

According to the report, Turner's friends who recounted the incident to him were working at the bank Sanders allegedly pressured into approving a loan. Turner told WCAX-TV that he wouldn't have shared the information with federal officials."

<more>http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news-lawmaker-news/340920-fbi-probe-into-sanders-wife-based-on-hearsay

Look like some here will have nothing to do now...


Posted by Trial_By_Fire | Thu Jul 6, 2017, 07:58 PM (57 replies)

Sanders draws thousands to rallies against Senate healthcare bill

TheHill:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drew thousands of people to his rallies this weekend, held to encourage senators to oppose the Senate GOP healthcare plan.

On Saturday night, Sanders drew a crowd of about 1,600 in Pennsylvania, according to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette.

“We will not be part of a process which takes from working families, takes from the sick, takes from the children, takes from the elderly, takes from the poor, in order to give huge tax breaks to people who don’t need them,” Sanders said during the rally.

“A great nation is not judged by the number of millionaires and billionaires it has,” he continued, but “how well it rests the most vulnerable."
On Sunday, the Vermont senator held a rally in Ohio, where he drew about 2,200 people and similarly spoke out against the Senate's healthcare proposal.

More: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/339407-sanders-draws-thousands-to-rallies-against-senate-healthcare-bill

Sanders is of the hardest working Senators in the Senate. Always the statesman - working his ass off to make America better for the 99%.

Posted by Trial_By_Fire | Sun Jun 25, 2017, 05:46 PM (21 replies)

Bernie Sanders extremely disappointed by stalling of Californias single-payer health care bill

SacBee:

Sen. Bernie Sanders is not happy with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, who on Friday called a proposed California universal health bill “woefully incomplete” and killed it for the year.

“I am extremely disappointed that the speaker of the California Assembly is refusing to allow S.B 562, the single-payer health care bill passed by the state Senate, to come to the Assembly floor for a vote,” Sanders said in a statement issued Saturday.

Having recently urged California to be the nation’s leader in instituting universal health care policy, Sanders has been a strong supporter of Senate Bill 562, which would create a universal, publicly funded health care system for the state.

“If the great state of California has the courage to take on the greed of the insurance companies and the drug companies, the rest of the country will follow,” Sanders continued in Saturday’s statement.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/article158084629.html#storylink=cpy

Glad we have Senator Sanders fighting for the American people...

Schumer: 'You dont blame other people' for losing an election

TheHill:

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said you have to blame yourself, not others, when you lose an election.

During an interview on ABC's "This Week," Schumer said the lesson the Democrats should take from their loss in Georgia is that the party needs a clear message and agenda.

"Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and commonsense economic agenda. Policy, platform, message that appeal to the middle class, that resonate with the middle class, and show that — and unite Democrats," he said.
"This economic message platform is going to resonate. It’s what we were missing, and it’s not going to be baby steps — it’s going to bold."

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http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/339364-schumer-you-dont-blame-other-people-for-losing-an-election

Wise words Senator Schumer.
Posted by Trial_By_Fire | Sun Jun 25, 2017, 02:42 PM (40 replies)

Amid "Constitutional Crisis," Bernie Sanders Urges Workers to Seize Means of Production

From Truth-Out.org:

The last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind, politically speaking. Most of it has to do with the onslaught of chaos that followed Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey -- a move political scientists agree is off the spectrum of normalcy in the history of the American presidency. Before his termination, Comey was leading an investigation into the Trump team's alleged ties to the Russian government. Keith Ellison, deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has said "we are witnessing a constitutional crisis." Calls for impeachment are in the air, along with a good deal of conspiracy theorizing.

In sum, the republic as we know it may be its closest yet to tatters. Enter: Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont and the country's most popular politician. He -- alongside Democratic Sens. Patrick Leahy, from Vermont, Kirsten Gillibrand, from New York, and Maggie Hassan, from New Hampshire -- is encouraging workers to take control of the means of production.

This isn't some right-wing conspiracy theory, but the intended result of two bills introduced to relatively little fanfare last Thursday. The first, the WORK ("Worker Ownership, Readiness and Knowledge" Act, would direct more than $45 million in funding to state-level employee ownership centers, aimed at providing training and technical assistance to current and prospective worker-owners. A second piece of legislation would establish something called the US Employee Ownership Bank, via $500 million in funds for low-interest rate loans and financial assistance for workers who want to buy out the businesses where they work and either incorporate them as worker-owned cooperatives or establish employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), which give workers an ownership stake in their company.

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http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40596-amid-constitutional-crisis-bernie-sanders-urges-workers-to-seize-means-of-production




Senators Sanders, Leahy, Gillibrand, Hassan - working hard and always thinking on how to make our lives better.

Posted by Trial_By_Fire | Tue May 16, 2017, 07:50 PM (3 replies)

We desperately need a President and Congress that supports Medicare for All single payer...

The Affordable Care Act was the first step and a good one. It proves how sadistic the health insurance industry is and how a real single payer system is the most cost effective and proper way to deal with healthcare (not health insurance).

The disgusting and cruel republican plan for healthcare, hopefully, will not be ignored by the American public and will side with Medicare for All.
Posted by Trial_By_Fire | Thu May 4, 2017, 08:01 PM (4 replies)
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