Wednesday, October 23, 2013
GOP Senate Candidate Addressed Conference Hosted by Neo-Confederate Group That Promotes Secessionism
GOP Senate Candidate Addressed Conference Hosted by Neo-Confederate Group That Promotes Secessionism | Mother Jones
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Now that the government shutdown has been avoided, progressives and the democratic left must prepare for an even bigger battle: fighting more austerity budget cuts. The Republican Party, and much of the Democratic Party establishment, including President Obama, have already signaled they will accept a budget deal, a "Grand Bargain" that will drastically cut "entitlements" (i.e., Social Security and Medicare). We must prepare to fight back!
Instead of cutting Social Security, we must expand it, to cover more people. Instead of raising the retirement age to get SS benefits, we should lower it. There is no Social Security "crisis," the trust fund has nearly $3 Trillion, the problem is Congress has stolen part of the surplus to cover other spending. What should be cut is military spending.
The long term national debt can be addressed by cutting military spending, corporate welfare programs, and by RAISING taxes on the corporate rich, like the "Robin Hood Tax" on Wall Street transactions, and returning to the pre-Reagan top tax rates.
Austerity budget cuts have already cost millions of jobs. The federal government must spend MORE to create jobs, we need a national policy to guarantee Full Employment (John Conyers has re-introduced the Humphreys-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act HR 870 to address the jobs crisis)
Government Shutdown Ended, Austerity Drive Lives On
The Government is Open. Now Fight for Just Government Policies
The Coming Debt Ceiling Settlement
It's the Austerity, Stupid: How We Were Sold an Economy-Killing Lie
Deal or No Deal on Shutdown and Debt Ceiling, Biggest Fiscal Policy Crisis Remains
Robin Hood Tax Petition
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
March anniversary is an opportunity to look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy » The Commercial Appeal
Good article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal on the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, and the legacy of MLK and the 1963 March, which was about economic justice, not just racial equality and civil rights...
Monday, July 15, 2013
Justice for Trayvon? Repeal ALEC's 'Stand Your Ground'
Some, mostly conservatives, are arguing that the Florida "Stand Your Ground' law played no role in the Zimmerman trial or verdict they are wrong.
The Instructions read to the Jury used the new Florida "Stand Your Ground" law's guidelines (that the defendant only had to show they feared they would be killed, not the older self-defense guidelines, that the defendant had to show that they did everything they could to avoid the confrontation or events that lead to killing someone to defend themselves.
The #NRA's "Stand Your Ground" law allowed George Zimmerman to walk free after stalking and killing an unarmed teenager. And it will also give him complete immunity from civil lawsuits. #NoMoreNRA #Justice4Trayvon
Why Stand Your Ground Is Central to George Zimmerman's Case
Zimmerman Juror Says Panel Considered Stand Your Ground in Deliberations
Stand Your Ground and The Zimmerman Defense (Media Matters)
White People Who Kill Black People in "Stand Your Ground" States 354% More Likely to Be Cleared of Murder
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence