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National News & Views

Bernie Sanders: We are winning ‘ideological’ and ‘generational’ debate, now need to win ‘electability’

In Sunday’s debate, Bernie Sanders will ask Joe Biden: “Joe, what are you going to do to end the absurdity of the United States of America being the only major country on Earth where healthcare is not a human right? Are you really going to veto a Medicare for All bill if it is passed in Congress?”

The Grayzone and CODEPINK demand emergency international election observers from the OAS in 2020...

“The OAS must send an emergency election monitoring team to the United States to ensure independent scrutiny of a presidential primary that has been marred by clear irregularities and the systematic and highly discriminatory obstruction of citizens’ right to vote,” says Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal.

California labels alienated, idealistic kids of color as potential violent extremists

California’s “Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE)” program flags teenage kids “feeling alienated from their peers,” “having a strong sense of being troubled by injustice” and suffering from “depression” as also having “tendencies to extremism” that should be closely monitored. And surprise surprise, these kids are disproportionately Black and Brown.

Bernie Sanders and the Military Industrial Complex

No one on the left was more critical of Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential run than late Black Agenda Report Editor Bruce Dixon. However, after Bernie’s speech announcing that he planned to run again this year, Bruce asked me, “Did you see that?” I said, “No, not yet.” Then he said, “This is a whole new Bernie. Bernie 2.0. This is a Bernie who’s learned how to talk to Black people.”

Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders releases plan for guaranteed ‘Child Care and Pre-K for All’

Now running as the presumptive frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday morning, Feb. 24, unveiled a sweeping new proposal that would guarantee high-quality child care and then pre-kindergarten education to every child – regardless of income or status – in the United States.

Lynching is finally illegal in the US

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Black Caucus released the following statement following the Feb. 26 House passage of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, legislation that would make lynching a crime under federal law.

My prose poem for voting & slightly Bernie

It’s hard to hope – when every time you do, you get slapped down. Now is the time to step out on faith. Vote Bernie! Vote 100% (that means YOU)!

Some NJ officials lynch the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

New Jersey, the last Northern state to completely abolish slavery, became the first in America to approve a statewide anti-discrimination law.

‘Political revolution in action’: National pro-Bernie coalition launches unified voter mobilization campaign

A diverse coalition of progressive advocacy groups has launched what it is billing as “the largest independent mobilizing commitment for any candidate” in order to turn out an additional 1.4 million voters in a slate of key primary states on behalf of Sen. Bernie Sanders and the working class movement his campaign has built.

Julian Assange will face his first extradition hearing on Feb. 24

“Maybe the best measure of the contribution of fellow freedom fighters is the ferocity of the state’s pursuit and prosecution of those dissidents – and nobody has been pursued with more ferocity by the US national security state than Julian Assange.” – Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

We need political courage on homelessness and recidivism

With the Democratic primary right around the corner, we mustn’t neglect the difficult topics of the rising rates of adult and youth homelessness and the persistent obstacles faced by individuals transitioning back into society after periods of incarceration.

Bloomberg’s bigoted remarks: Black voters will decide 3/3 whether his apologies are sincere

“We put all the cops in minority neighborhoods,” said Michael Bloomberg. “Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. … The way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them against the wall and frisk them.”

Lives Over Luxury: The Poor People’s Army plans to march on the DNC

We are the “greatest country in the world” but we can’t provide healthcare or jobs to our citizens? We have the ability to clothe, house and feed every human but we don’t? Why not?

Sen. Mitch McConnell rigs the process and games the system

In early December 2019, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said, “There’s no chance the president’s going to be removed from office.”

Civic engagement of Texas college students obstructed: We must rock the vote in 2020!

The growing interest of 18-30-year-olds in the voting and legislative process has scared the Republicans in Texas. Scared them to the point of creating laws such as HB 1888 that block access to the voting box!

John Kerry helped George Bush steal the 2004 election, not the Russians, the Greens...

Kerry knew that George Bush and the Republican Party stole the 2004 election from him in Ohio after his voters reported that their votes appeared as Bush votes even though they pulled the lever for Kerry, and after people in majority Democratic districts stood in long lines in thunderstorms and torrential rain waiting to vote (or went home) while majority district Republicans voted easily.

‘People should take him very seriously’: Sanders polling surge reportedly forcing Democratic establishment to...

A poll last week from the UC Berkeley Institute of Government Studies showed Sanders leading the Democratic field in California, a crucial Super Tuesday state.

Deep loss: Robert Seth Hayes, Oct. 15, 1947 – Dec. 21, 2019

Robert Seth Hayes transitioned Saturday morning, Dec. 21, 2019, in his own home at the age of 72. Seth devoted his life to fighting for freedom, justice and peace.

To solve multiple crises at once, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez unveil ‘Green New Deal for...

The 54-page Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, which Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez introduced at a press conference, was co-sponsored in the Senate by Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and endorsed by more than 50 climate and affordable housing organizations.

30,000 respondents offer a complex picture of race and gender with serious implications for...

“Understanding how to reach and move Black voters in 2020 requires a deeper and more inclusive look at how gender impacts our lives and shapes our participation in politics,” said Black Futures Lab Principal Alicia Garza.