To Propose Open Debates This Fall With Green and Libertarian Party Invitations – A Petition! – Action Network

crosshackRepublicans are leading Democrats – arguably by quite a lead – in suppression of voting rights and access, particularly with the cataclysmic abandonment of key historic Voting Rights Act provisions by the Supreme Court. “Junkets, anyone.” And Republicans and Democrats are in collusion when it comes to restricting significant parties from debates where ideas and potential leaders can be brought to the attention of the people. While the major two parties have often shown themselves to be open – somewhat – to allowing extensive gaggles of honkers within their own races, they, and the establishment media partners are complicit in the censorship and suppression of these established but undeniably excluded voices. Particularly interesting is Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, who in an Arizona round table on Democracy Now (4.27.16) with two Republican and Democratic women, hosted by Amy Goodman, announced that the party would be represented in all of the 50 states in the 2016 presidential race. As with the Green Party, promoted by Jill Stein, who ran in 2012 and is one of the two people in consideration along with William Kreml at the Convention in August, the two parties have long recognized politically left and right influences with their own adherents. And among things that they agree on are open, democratic presidential debates. Add your support to this petition if you agree to open, more inclusive debates of ideas and perhaps the 3 months prior to the November election will be more interesting? Thank you, and happy campaigning! Act Democratic

Source: To Propose Open Debates This Fall With Green and Libertarian Party Invitations – A Petition! – Action Network

Socialist Kshama Sawant and Green Jill Stein Plan for Bernie to Lose and Hillary to Win

Source: Beyond Bernie: We Need a United Party for the 99% – Featuring Jill Stein & Kshama Sawant

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If polls indicated Trump could be within striking distance in the general election, Sanders could choose whether to continue his campaign in key swing states, while running all-out in the remaining states.

Sanders would not need to win the election to provide a left, anti-establishment alternative and cut into Trump’s potential voting base. Even more importantly, such a run could be used to launch a new mass party of the 99 percent.

If electing a Republican is really Bernie’s main concern, there is no reason he could not at least run in the 40+ states where it’s absolutely clear the Democratic or Republican candidate will win, while not putting his name on the 5-10 closely contested “swing states.” This could still allow for a historic campaign if linked to building a new party for the 99% and laying the foundation for an ongoing mass political movement to run hundreds of left candidates for all levels of government, independent of corporate cash.

That’s why Movement4Bernie and Socialist Alternative are organizing a series of forums in dozens of cities across the country titled “Beyond Bernie: We Need a Party for the 99%.

Movement4Bernie and Socialist Alternative are organizing a series of forums across the country to debate these questions facing our movement. These meetings will feature a video address from Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Seattle’s socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, laying out the case against backing Clinton, a strategy to stop Trump’s right-wing agenda, and how we can build a left political alternative to continue the political revolution.

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Source: Beyond Bernie: We Need a United Party for the 99% – Featuring Jill Stein & Kshama Sawant

GMO labeling bill passes Senate despite opposition from Ben Sasse, Bernie Sanders, others – Omaha.com: Politics

Source: GMO labeling bill passes Senate despite opposition from Ben Sasse, Bernie Sanders, others – Omaha.com: Politics

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The bill passed Thursday drew particularly strong objections from Vermont’s senators — presidential contender Bernie Sanders, an independent, and Democrat Patrick Leahy. They took issue with trumping the tougher labeling requirements in their state that kicked in last Friday.

Critics also disagreed with allowing coded labels that could be read only with a smartphone.

“The idea that people would need to walk around the grocery store scanning product codes just to find out what’s in the food they’re buying is ridiculous and unfair,” said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who opposed the bill.

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Source: GMO labeling bill passes Senate despite opposition from Ben Sasse, Bernie Sanders, others – Omaha.com: Politics

Beyond Bernie: Still Not With Her

Source: Beyond Bernie: Still Not With Her

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We did hear some discordant notes. National Nurses United Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, blasted the Democratic establishment in the first session on Friday night. The day before on Democracy Now! she had gone even further, wondering aloud whether the Democratic Party could be reformed: “We saw the manipulation in the DNC of this election. We saw the horrendous campaign obstacles that we had to confront. It was a real eye-opener for the nurses, in particular, because they were across the country on the Sanders campaign, and they were, at first, quite stunned by the level of corruption, but eventually understood that you have to change things at a systemic level. So when Senator Sanders says that we have to transform the Democratic Party, we all kind of turn and look at each other and wonder, ‘With Wall Street’s money so invested in that party, is that possible any longer?’”

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Source: Beyond Bernie: Still Not With Her

Black Teen Hangs, Cops Shrug: No Evidence Collected on Lennon Lacy – The Daily Beast

Source: Black Teen Hangs, Cops Shrug: No Evidence Collected on Lennon Lacy – The Daily Beast

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“Should I cut him down?” she asked 911. The dispatcher told her to try, marking the first in a series of apparent missteps in an investigation wrought with procedural errors.

Coroner Hubert Kinlaw told Dr. Christena Roberts, a pathologist hired by the North Carolina NAACP to conduct her own investigation, that he was prevented from taking photos of the crime scene by police—and that cops even threatened to take away his camera.

Furthermore, Kinlaw told Roberts as part of her investigation that police at the scene “didn’t want an autopsy performed,” and that Kinlaw took it upon himself to order one with the local district attorney. (Kinlaw has turned down repeated requests for comment.)

However, an officer from the State Bureau of Investigation said in a report that no photographs were taken at the scene because the sole crime scene technician was at “another homicide.” (No other homicides could be found in news reports for that 24-hour period.) So the authorities don’t even agree why photographs weren’t taken.

That omission alone could jeopardize any homicide investigation, but police apparently collected virtually no forensic evidence on the crime.

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Source: Black Teen Hangs, Cops Shrug: No Evidence Collected on Lennon Lacy – The Daily Beast

Why Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Are Dead | The Nation

Source: Why Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Are Dead | The Nation

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Nor will there likely be peace, because of a simple fact about law enforcement: There is too much of it, touching too many aspects of daily life, creating too many opportunities for it to inflict violence upon the public it is supposed to serve. This has always been true for black people, in one way or another. From the 1793 Fugitive Slave Act forward, public-safety officers have been empowered to harass black bodies in the defense of private capital and the pursuit of public revenue. As a result, no generation of black Americans has been spared the macabre tradition of drilling into its children tips for avoiding death at the hands of the state—not during slavery, not during the era of black codes that followed war, not during Jim Crow, not during the indiscriminate war on drugs, and not in the current era of cops functioning as tax collectors on the poor in decimated municipalities.

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Source: Why Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Are Dead | The Nation