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Leid Stories – ‘Independent’ Sanders Feels the Clinton-Democratic Party Burn – 06.27.16

He continues to make speeches and statements attesting the viability of the “political revolution” he ignited with his presidential bid and vows to bring it to fruition at next month’s nominating convention in Philadelphia (and beyond?), but the Independent senator from Vermont is feeling the Clinton/Democratic Party burn. Big time.

He’s already announced he’ll “vote for Hillary” in November in the interest of “party unity,” but Sanders still has not definitively declared what he will do with the 13-million-plus votes he won—except that “the people” should take things from here.

Leid Stories pointed out early the troubling similarities between Sanders’ and other “progressive” Democrats’ false-flag presidential campaigns that looked and sounded like popular movements but served only to bolster the political fortunes of Democratic Party’s power elite.

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Leid Stories – Getting Berned: Sanders’ Devolution to the Un-Democratic Party – 03.28.16

Landslide victories over Hillary Clinton in Saturday’s Democratic primaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington have given “momentum” to Bernie Sanders’ campaign, the Vermont senator says. But where Sanders needs momentum most—in winning 2,383 of party’s delegates to clinch the nomination—he’s way behind Clinton and, worse, showing signs that his promised political revolution inevitably will be a devolution of standard party politics.
Leid Stories says Sanderistas should prepare for a sellout.

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Black Agenda Radio – 03.21.16

Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective with Glen Ford and co-host Nellie Bailey.

– the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations will hold a national conference on the presidential elections and Black self-determination, on April 9th, in New York’s Harlem. Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela says the electoral arena is only one aspect of politics, and has historically been the LEAST useful for Black people.

– Veteran activist and historian Paul Street last week published an article titled, “Bernie, Black and Blue: Reflections on Race in the Democratic Primaries.” This month, large numbers of Black, brown and white demonstrators – some of them Bernie Sanders supporters – went to a Donald Trump rally in Chicago and shut it down. Sanders was not pleased. Although the Vermont senator claims to want to start a political revolution, he doesn’t like the idea of disruption.

– One of those who testified, last week, at congressional hearings on the poisoning of Flint, Michigan’s water supply was Prof. Marc Edwards, of Virginia Tech University. Edwards slammed the federal Environmental Protection Agency for “creating the climate” in which the Flint poisoning occurred. He has these other choice words for the leadership of the EPA.

– Political prisoner Mondo Welanga, from Omaha, Nebraska, died in his cell at the Nebraska State penitentiary, this month, at the age of 68. Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, mourns the passing of a fighter and a poet.

– Last year, Mondo Welanga recorded one of his poems for Prison Radio. It’s titled, “When It Gets to This Point.”

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Pope Francis – Toward a Perfect Storm for Revolution

With Bernie Sanders calling for a political revolution based on economic fairness, I thought this from Paul Ferrell at MarketWatch, a Murdoch-owned Dow Jones website, was interesting.  Read the whole thing, but here are a few teasers: Mark your calendar: June 18. That’s launch day for Pope Francis’s historic anticapitalist revolution, a multitargeted global revolution against out-of-control free-market capitalism driven by consumerism, …