2016 Elections

Interview: Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner challenges the Black Vote | Democracy in Color

An interview by Democracy in Color‘s Aimee with former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, Leader of the Progressive Movement and Bernie Sanders Supporter:

Turner addresses the history of the Black Vote and why we are not seriously courted by Democrats in politics or policy, most especially in this coming General Election.

“I want to be proposed to, I want to get the ring. But because we are so predictable in our voting patterns, people who run for office — whether it is the Clintons or anybody else who is a Democrat — they don’t have to court us substantively, and we certainly don’t get the ring,” says Turner

“When A. Phillip Randolph, the labor leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, threatened President Roosevelt and said, “You are going to do something for the Black community or I’m going to march on you.” This was in the ’40s, before the March on Washington in the ’60s. The president didn’t want to see that, so he negotiated and we got something tangible for generations to come, for our vote. I don’t see us getting anything — the collective us — from Democrats that’s tangible for generations to come. That is the problem that I have.”

Turner challenges us to vote for our future, not our fear.

The interview in its entirety at: Democracy in Color

Source: Nina Turner: Leader of the American Progressive Movement — Democracy in Color

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America Feels The Bern: Bernie Sanders Now Front-Runner (video) | The Young Turks

Watching this video of the excited Cenk Uygur host this episode of The Young Turks gave me pause. Suppose he does win?  I first became interested in Bernie Sanders because he reminded me of the yearly love/hate relationship I had with a leather salesman on Delancey St., NYC. I would be there early in the morning the week before school started. The first customer got the best deals back then. The shop keeper would eye me curiously. It always took him at least 6 minutes (I began to time him) of me flipping through his racks of leather coats for him to take me seriously.

The shop was a scary, dim, and crowded den. Scraggly. Something like the Bernie Sanders who first appeared on my Facebook page. But it held all of the goodies, all of the right smells, and the right prices for my pocket. The shop keeper spoke ripe and sharp as he explained the grain and texture of leather. I have heard his lecture every year but listened intently. I stroked the softest fur-lined coat while he bantered, but it is the first price I am waiting to hear.

Source: America Feels The Bern: Bernie Sanders Now Front-Runner (video)

This is the relationship that I am experiencing with this Presidential candidate. He speaks in the excited, unrehearsed malevolence that makes you think, I want him in my corner during a fight. And yes America, we seem to be in a fight for our lives.

When our Black Lives Matter representatives corralled Bernie’s space during the TWiB conference, I held my breath waiting for that 6 minutes to end. Of course Bernie and the rest of the world were shocked. Respectability politics dictates that Black Lives Mattered only in quiet spaces. Bernie was shocked most of all because his liberal All Live Matter issues had not included race since the 1960’s Civil Rights Era. But adding to his laundry list was imperative and our ladies did their job.

Not long after, racial equality was tacked on to the disheveled hair and rumpled suit. During every speech, I listened for that call for justice like the shop owners footsteps creeping up behind me. His crowds are growing alongside those of the scandalous Donald Trump and stumbling Ben Carson. Now that the ignored, cajoled, and crazy Bernie Sanders has captured the Democratic heart, will he keep his promise? I wonder.

When I picture Bernie Sanders running against Trump or Carson in the 2016 election, there are circus acts performing in the background. I am on a flight to the Caribbean having already mailed in my ballot. My cellphone, tablet, laptop are all off. Everyone on the airplane sighs as we lift off. And just before the drink cart creaks by, the flight attendant taps the mic. “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have an announcement. Our new President is… Deez Nuts!”

On #BlackLivesMatter and Defending Bernie Sanders – YouTube

Jay Smooth puts the moment in sync once again.
My two cents on the disruption of the Bernie Sanders speech in Seattle last week, and the pushback it sparked from some Sanders supporters.

via On #BlackLivesMatter and Defending Bernie Sanders – YouTube.

Published on Aug 15, 2015
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Bernie Sander’s supporters are quite upset with the women of #BlackLivesMatter. #BlackLifeMatter is not playing fair. Sander’s supporters have always been the catalyst for liberal and progressive change. But they have also been the gatekeepers monitoring Black dialogue leading to Black Progress.
The #BlackLivesMatter movement does recognize, yet storms the gates of the past Liberal parenting fortress.  These women mean business. They want a candidate that can articulate his intentions toward righting centuries of Black trauma. If this is Bernie, he had better speak up.

I Was Wrong About Bernie Sanders, And So Is Barney Frank and His Fellow Clintonistas | Miles Mogulescu

Bernie Sanders may not win the Democratic Primary, but he is ideals are bankable. Miles Mogulescu breaks it down. Take a look.

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Bernie Sanders, Democratic prospect in the primaries. Huffington Post|The Blog

Bernie Sanders has garnered crowds of 10,000 supporters plus, raised over $15 million in small donor contributions, attracted over 100,000 people to organizing house parties, and is polling within 10 points of Hillary Clinton in the key early battleground states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

It’s enough to put a good scare into the Clinton campaign and Democratic insiders like Barney Frank who think Hillary should get a free pass to the nomination.

And whether or not Bernie ultimately wins the Democratic nomination, he is accomplishing two important goals.

via I Was Wrong About Bernie Sanders, And So Is Barney Frank and His Fellow Clintonistas | Miles Mogulescu.