by Jerilyn Bowen
As we progressives know all too well, the neoliberal power brokers in the Democratic Party have long been dead set on preventing those of our persuasion from obtaining a decisive voice in the party. Top example: the national party establishment overrode the grassroots uprising of the Sanders campaign in 2016, contriving to prevent Bernie from getting the presidential nomination and thereby throwing the country to the wolves. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by three million but Bernie would almost certainly have done what needed to be done to win in the electoral college as well. Given his demonstrated grassroots support in the industrial and midwestern states that narrowly handed Trump victory, Bernie would likely have taken the White House, bigtime. And we wouldn’t now be living this nightmare the Republican cartel is inflicting on the country.
So what did Democratic Party centrists learn from the avoidable debacle of 2016? That election was theirs to lose and they blew it. Did they then recognize the error of their ways and move to open the party doors to the influx of vital energy coming from grassroots progressives? No, they did not. Instead, following the remarkable and most fortunate 2018 midterm House victories, they moved to circle the wagons to protect their hegemony against the invaders who were instrumental in bringing that victory about. Among other things, under the leadership of Cheri Bustos in 2019 the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) instituted draconian new rules designed to prevent progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA), and Ro Khanna (CA) from running for office by denying anyone who challenges a Democratic incumbent the funding they need to hire consultants and vendors.
Continue reading AOC Turns the Tables on the DCCC and So Can We
PDACNM IN NOVEMBER
February 12, 2019
First Congregational United Church of Christ
2801 Lomas Blvd NE.
Doors open 5:30 Program begins 6:00
PUBLIC BANK IN NM?
Is a state bank in New Mexico’s future? It’s a possibility as activists work tirelessly to advocate for a public bank in NM. Come to our February gathering and hear a panel of very knowledgeable activists who have spent years researching, educating and lobbying for a public bank in our state.
Please try to be there before 6:00 because the doors lock automatically. However, if you can’t make it by then, ring the bell or text the number listed at the door and someone will let you in. It might take a minute so don’t leave!! We want to see you.
It’s the dinner hour so you are welcome to pack a sandwich and come on over. We’ll have tables for dining from 5:30 – 6:00.
BANK OF NORTH DAKOTA, THE ONLY STATE BANK IN THE US
Desperately poor and tired of being at the mercy of out-of-state economic powers, North Dakota’s farmers launched the Nonpartisan League in 1915. This political party united progressives, reformers, and radicals behind a platform that called for returning control of the state’s economy to its people. At the time, farmers were utterly dependent on out-of-state grain milling companies, national railroads, and Minneapolis banks, all of which had been gouging farmers.
In the 1918 elections, the League won both houses of the legislature. One of the first bills these new lawmakers passed created a publicly owned grain mill, the North Dakota Mill and Elevator, and a publicly owned bank, the Bank of North Dakota (BND).
Institute for Local Self Reliance. Read more here.
Every day, select some media to widen your understanding and listen to diverse perspectives. Here’s some to get you started:
The movie JUST MERCY – opened Jan 10th
Powerful true story about Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative!
– Bryan talks about the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsVWayl3BjU
– Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVQbeG5yW78
– Equal Justice Initiative: https://eji.org/
Continue reading 2020: Renewing our Commitment to Challenge Racism, Just Mercy Film & More
The Legislative Action Expo was a big success last year. Please help make it even bigger and more successful this year. The 2020 Legislative Session promises to be exciting and promising but it takes all of us to push for bold progressive legislation that is so urgently needed in our state. Come learn about the issues and the bills for 2020.