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Gotta love Ben and Jerry's

Now *this* is calling out what needs to be called out

https://www.benjerry.com/about-us/media-center/dismantle-white-supremacy


All of us at Ben & Jerry’s are outraged about the murder of another Black person by Minneapolis police officers last week and the continued violent response by police against protestors. We have to speak out. We have to stand together with the victims of murder, marginalization, and repression because of their skin color, and with those who seek justice through protests across our country. We have to say his name: George Floyd.

George Floyd was a son, a brother, a father, and a friend. The police officer who put his knee on George Floyd’s neck and the police officers who stood by and watched didn’t just murder George Floyd, they stole him. They stole him from his family and his friends, his church and his community, and from his own future.

The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy. What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning. What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is the fruit borne of toxic seeds planted on the shores of our country in Jamestown in 1619, when the first enslaved men and women arrived on this continent. Floyd is the latest in a long list of names that stretches back to that time and that shore. Some of those names we know — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jr. — most we don’t.

The officers who murdered George Floyd, who stole him from those who loved him, must be brought to justice. At the same time, we must embark on the more complicated work of delivering justice for all the victims of state sponsored violence and racism.

Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms. To do that, we are calling for four things:

First, we call upon President Trump, elected officials, and political parties to commit our nation to a formal process of healing and reconciliation. Instead of calling for the use of aggressive tactics on protestors, the President must take the first step by disavowing white supremacists and nationalist groups that overtly support him, and by not using his Twitter feed to promote and normalize their ideas and agendas. The world is watching America’s response.

Second, we call upon the Congress to pass H.R. 40, legislation that would create a commission to study the effects of slavery and discrimination from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies. We cannot move forward together as a nation until we begin to grapple with the sins of our past. Slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation were systems of legalized and monetized white supremacy for which generations of Black and Brown people paid an immeasurable price. That cost must be acknowledged and the privilege that accrued to some at the expense of others must be reckoned with and redressed.

Third, we support Floyd’s family’s call to create a national task force that would draft bipartisan legislation aimed at ending racial violence and increasing police accountability. We can’t continue to fund a criminal justice system that perpetuates mass incarceration while at the same time threatens the lives of a whole segment of the population.

And finally, we call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people. The DOJ must also reinstate policies rolled back under the Trump Administration, such as consent decrees to curb police abuses.

Unless and until white America is willing to collectively acknowledge its privilege, take responsibility for its past and the impact it has on the present, and commit to creating a future steeped in justice, the list of names that George Floyd has been added to will never end. We have to use this moment to accelerate our nation's long journey towards justice and a more perfect union.

Media, political elites who didn't see Trump in 2016 are blowing it again with Bernie Sanders

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/bernie-sanders-trump-2020-presidential-media-coverage-20200225.html


snip- "All the big-shots screaming for his movement to be squashed could have prevented Bernie’s nomination decades ago — if they’d channeled even a fraction of that energy into making sure that billionaires paid their share and dialed down America’s obscene war machine, and that the United States joined the rest of the civilized world in universal health care and higher ed, as well as child care, family leave, and living wages..." snip

Rolling Stone on the Nevada Debate

Ouch.....


"Bloomberg stood in mute fury as his $400 million campaign investment went up in smoke. His contempt for democracy and sense of entitlement surpass even Donald Trump, who at least likes crowds — Bloomberg’s joyless imperiousness makes Trump seem like Robin Williams."



https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/mike-bloomberg-debate-disaster-955791/

Gas taxes redirected

https://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/cbs47-investigates/cbs47-investigation-gov-newsom-redirects-gas-tax-money-it-wont-fun-highways-railway-system/

Those taxes are supposed to pay for INFRASTRUCTURE. Roads and rail.

This is bullshit.

The Onion strikes again

https://politics.theonion.com/naked-andrew-yang-emerges-from-time-vortex-to-warn-deba-1835902785

I really like Yang, maybe the smartest candidate of my lifetime. Whoever runs and wins, I hope they utilize him.

Nancy Pelosi is an alien species to Trump - and he has no idea what to do

"Jill Filipovic
The House speaker is unlike any of the compliant women the president likes to deal with – that’s why she’s perfect for the job"

@JillFilipovic
Thu 24 Jan 2019 06.00 EST



https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/24/nancy-pelosi-alien-species-to-trump-shutdown

IMHO an interesting and well written article from the NYT

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/opinion/guns-gun-control-america.html

Remember when Fox "News" said this?

https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDemocrats/videos/1546451105447938/?hc_ref=ARRciKRoPMxn0EexGjF_0EYRdxtWxqreAM-pORglRsUBGKnCOwL5vznbpLih5vs0MmI&fref=gs&dti=1089728694373838&hc_location=group


Edited since I finally found the youtube link.
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