Recently elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator and former presidential candidate from Vermont, with great, campaign-style fanfare yesterday launched a series of rallies aimed at shoring up the Democratic Party’s political fortunes, building grassroots support for a wide-ranging progressive agenda, and resisting the policies of President Donald Trump and his administration.
Bernie Sanders wowed ’em in Boston last Friday as the big draw at a sold-out fundraising event sponsored by Our Revolution, the political action group that grew out of Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the popular Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts, preceded Sanders to the lectern with a long list of reasons to oppose the Trump regime.
Host Dave Lindorff updates the case of incarcerated black journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been left untreated by Pennsylvania prison authorities for two years with a virulent case of active Hepatitis-C he contracted in prison, explaining that an Appellate Court just shot-down an effort by the Department of Corrections to delay giving him needed medicine indefinitely until the court could hear his case. Lindorff also talks about the need to move from fighting to defend Obamacare to fighting for Medicare for all. Also on the program, guest Chris Goldstein, communications director of Philadelphia NORML, talks about the federal government’s efforts to bar financial aid to college students busted for even minor drug offenses.
The Democratic National Committee held its expectedly raucous winter meeting in Atlanta, Ga., over the weekend, to take care took care of urgent party business. Most importantly, the DNC needed to name a chairperson.
“Eleanor LeCain discusses progressive strategies with Larry Cohen, Chair of Our Revolution (from the Bernie Sanders campaign) and the Democracy Initiative, a network dedicated to democracy and political equality.”
Listen to Lauren Steiner, the former leader of LA for Bernie and the host of the the YouTube program, “The Robust Opposition,” will discuss the most productive ways to move ahead with grass roots activism in 2017, a few “good” surprises ahead — in conversation with Alison Rose Levy. Download this episode (right click and save)
Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Glen Ford, along with my co-host, Nellie Bailey. Coming up: A new report on mass incarceration in the United States, this time focusing on the 160-thousand men and women who are serving life sentences behind bars; Mumia Abu Jamal speaks with Eddie Africa, the Move activist who has been a prisoner of the State of Pennsylvania for 38 years; and New York City organizers launch a Campaign for Community Control Over the Police.
Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the lawmaker who accused the U.S. government of funding and arming ISIS and introduced a bill to prevent it from happening in future, recently disclosed that she met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during her recent trip to Syria. The move has reportedly angered many of her fellow congressmen and women. Read more
Trump’s ban of travelers from seven Muslim countries spawned a large backlash, showing that “the resistance” is still a thing. I suspect it will continue to be a thing, because Trump is going to do much which enrages people who already believe he is a fascist. It is little commented on now, but when Bush was ramping up for his …
You would think that learning from experience is a common thing to do. But, for the Democratic Party’s leadership, this seems not to be the case. After the landslide victory of Trump’s version of the Republican Party in the 2016 national election, it is fair to say that the Democratic Party is in big trouble. As Sen. Bernie Sanders has …