Call or Email your Senators TODAY – Anti-BDS bill in the Senate

Anti-BDS legislation is both unconstitutional, and morally wrong in the first place, but the idea that the Senate is dithering with this while Trump’s government shutdown drags on is unconscionable.

The Senate overview of the bill is here:

https://www.rpc.senate.gov/legislative-notices/s-1_strengthening-americas-security-in-the-middle-east

You can track progress on the bill at Congress.gov, here:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1

The bill passed cloture last week, and will be voted on by the full senate TODAY, Tue Jan 8.


HAPPENING TODAY! Please take a few minutes and let your senators know that we all have the right to boycott and it is a cynical move to try and sneak in anti-BDS legislation while government funding is at a standstill and workers aren’t getting paid.

https://twitter.com/jvplive/status/1082657628650725376
https://secure.everyaction.com/18feDKZHV0SNq81eNA3mTQ2

 Update (Jan 9): The bill failed a cloture vote in committee yesterday, but of course McConnell moved to reconsider the bill anyway, and it’s on the schedule to be presented to the full senate in the next few days. There’s another tracker on the bill at Govtrack, here: 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1#

Huge Chavista rally in Caracas underway now

Huge Chavista rally in Caracas underway now in rejection of US intervention and in support of the elected government #23Ene

https://twitter.com/telesurenglish/status/1088144777336504324?s=21

It’s class warfare!

When I want a primer on what constitutes “class warfare,” I’ll be sure and turn to Chaffetz, who advised that instead of spending “a few hundred dollars” on an iPhone, that all I needed to do to ensure that I had health coverage was to spend my iPhone budget on healthcare instead.

(Says the dude with a net worth in excess of $300,000 who hasn’t had a single solitary clue what things cost in decades.)

For the original quote, see: Jason Chaffetz: Poor People Shouldn’t Buy iPhones If They Need Money For Health Care

As a reminder, Jason Chaffetz is the guy who thought your healthcare costs the same as a T Mobile bill, so I wouldn’t exactly call him the foremost expert on the financial stressors of everyday Americans.

https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1087741467274235910

Empire Files: Trump is Expanding the US Empire

In the first installment of this multi-part series, Trump Expanding the Empire, Abby Martin debunks the notion that Trump is an anti-interventionist president, outlining his first two years of aggressive foreign policy that has expanded US wars and occupations.

“That’s financially negligent.”

Today in the absolutely clueless and proud of it department:
 
 
Let’s see dude live on $25k, up to maybe 37-38k to start – starting salaries for Transportation Security Agency personell – in Philadelphia, while paying for healthcare (he apparently lives in a country with a national health system), food, housing, transportation, potentially school loans, oh, and kids, and let’s see how “financially negligent” he ends up.
 
I really, truly, honestly can’t stand people, sometimes.
 

There must be a better distribution of wealth…

In the last campaign before his assassination, King campaigned for a democratic socialist agenda. Called the Poor People’s Campaign, demands included a guaranteed job, [redistribution] of land and capital, and more inclusion of the poor in state decision-making.

Yes, taking land and money from rich people and giving it to poor people was part of King’s dream.

King’s own views of capitalism are often sanitized in textbooks and mainstream media stories, but he could not have been for explicit:

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then,” King declared. “You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism. There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”

The Revolutionary Socialism Of Martin Luther King Jr.