Friday, September 30, 2011

The fight starts now!

The only thing TV pundits can talk about is who's up and who's down coming out of the latest Republican presidential debate. But there's an important election happening this year in Ohio and it's only a little over one month away.

Here's the deal: Ohio Governor John Kasich -- just like Scott Walker in Wisconsin -- pushed through a law to severely cut the rights of workers to negotiate their own contracts. It's a job killing bill that will cost public employees like firefighters, teachers and cops their healthcare benefits and pay raises so Republicans can give more tax breaks to the super rich and corporations.

While nationally we were focused on Wisconsin, the people of Ohio -- including many DFA members -- fought back. Over one million voters signed a petition to repeal the law, putting it up for a statewide referendum this November. Now they need our national movement to back them up.

We've put together an aggressive campaign to mobilize over 75,000 DFA volunteers in Ohio. We'll educate voters, identify supporters, and get out the vote this November to defeat the Job Killing Issue 2. We're ready to hit the ground running on October 5 -- going non-stop until Election Day -- but we can't make the plan happen without the resources we need to win.

Please contribute $10 right now to deliver the resources to win.

Our people-powered campaign will be modeled after the massive campaign you helped us build in Wisconsin this summer -- putting staff on the ground to organize volunteers, canvass door-to-door and make phone calls.

Big corporate interests are going to pour money into this referendum, just like they did in Wisconsin. Mother Jones reported that the Koch brothers are holding secret million-dollar donor clubs for their super rich right-wing friends to finance "the mother of all wars" against progressives.

Right-wingers are going all-in in Ohio and we're ready to do the same -- go head to head -- and beat them.

Contribute $10 now to fuel our campaign to win in Ohio.
This fight is this year. It's happening right now. We will win in Ohio and beat back another out-of-control Republican Governor, because you stood up today and helped fuel the campaign.

Thank you for everything you're doing to win.


Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America

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Elizabeth Warren

I don't need to tell you who Elizabeth Warren is -- you've probably seen the video where she debunks right-wing "class warfare" talking points and makes a powerful case for the social contract.

Elizabeth is a fighter and a truth-teller. You saw it in that video -- and you saw it in Washington, where she stood up for the middle class and took on the big banks to hold Wall Street accountable.

She is exactly the sort of person we need fighting for us in Washington everyday and we need to have her back in this Senate race in Massachusetts. Republican Scott Brown has a $10 million war chest and big banks will go to the mat to keep a real progressive like Warren out of the Senate.

Help elect Elizabeth Warren. Chip in $12 to her campaign right now.

When we asked our Massachusetts members who they supported for Senate, the answer was loud and clear -- 90 percent of DFA members said they supported Elizabeth Warren.

There's a movement in Massachusetts to elect Elizabeth and it's about more than taking back a Senate seat -- it's about electing someone who will get America working for regular folks again and hold big banks, insurance companies and Wall Street accountable for their actions.

Electing Elizabeth is a huge step towards getting Americans back to work and rebuilding the middle class.

Elizabeth Warren is standing up for us. Let's stand up for her. Chip in $12 to her campaign right now.

Thanks for everything you do.

- Jim

Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America

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Friday, September 23, 2011

About Us | Coffee Party

About Us | Coffee Party

This is about the Coffee Party. The alternative to the Tea Party. The Coffee Party are about Democracy and Fairness. The Tea Party are right wing radicals, who are out to destroy the social programs, that progressives worked so hard to build. People are hurting and The Coffee Party is their voice to help. REVOLUTION!!!!



This morning, the President proposed the "Buffett Rule," which would require those earning more than $1 million a year to pay the same share of their income in taxes as middle-class families do.

This proposal makes sure millionaires and billionaires share the responsibility for reducing the deficit. It would correct, for example, the fact that Warren Buffett's secretary currently pays taxes at a higher rate than he does.

The other side is already saying it's "class warfare" -- that's their rhetorical smokescreen for providing millionaires and billionaires special treatment.

As the President said this morning, "This is not class warfare -- it's math."

The wealthiest Americans don't need further tax cuts and in many cases aren't even asking for them. Requiring that they pay their fair share is the only practical way forward. The Republican alternative is to drastically slash education, gut Medicare, let roads and bridges crumble, and privatize Social Security. That's not the America we believe in -- but many in the Republican leadership actually prefer those policies, which explains their refusal to act.

That's why they'll say "tax increase" over and over again, trying to muddy the waters and trick ordinary Americans into thinking the Buffett Rule will hurt them. And if we don't speak out right now, they just might get away with it.

If you stand with President Obama in this fight and want to see the Buffett Rule passed -- say you'll get his back now.

Of course, the Buffett Rule won't really touch most Americans -- only 0.3% of households will even be affected.

And without it, the only way to reduce our debt is to savage the programs that seniors and middle-class families rely on.

That's exactly what the President refuses to do -- in fact, he's said he'll veto any bill that changes benefits for folks who rely on Medicare but doesn't raise serious revenue by asking the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations to pay their fair share.

This isn't just a commonsense approach to cutting the deficit -- it's the only way to make sure we can provide security to people who work hard and play by the rules.

So right now, I'm asking you to say you'll stand with the President on something that won't be easy. Get the President's back today:



Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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Rest in Peace, Mr. Troy Anthony Davis, Lynched 21 Sept 11.

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Three lessons from the fight to save Troy Davis

A Howard University student organizer speaks out

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By Eugene Puryear
Howard students lead a march in support of Troy Davis from their campus to the White House, Sept. 21, 2011.
Howard students lead a march in support of Troy Davis from their campus to the White House, Sept. 21, 2011.

Eugene Puryear speaks at a Save Troy Davis rally at Howard University, Sept. 16
Eugene Puryear speaks at a Save Troy Davis rally at Howard University, Sept. 16.
Troy Davis was executed on Sept. 21, pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m. Davis had been falsely convicted of the 1989 killing of a Savannah police officer.
Since his trial, seven of the nine witnesses who had testified against Davis recanted their testimony. Five witnesses signed affidavits asserting that they were coerced by the police. Three individuals said that another man, Sylvester “Redd” Coles, confessed to them that he committed the crime. The case against Davis lacked any physical evidence—no murder weapon, fingerprints or DNA evidence were ever presented.
None of that stopped the State of Georgia from taking the life of an innocent man.
In the weeks preceding the execution date, over 1 million people signed a petition; many more made phone calls and sent emails to local, state and federal officials demanding that they save the life of Troy Davis.
Students from Howard University in Washington, D.C., held rallies Sept. 16 and Sept. 21—the scheduled execution date. Hundreds of Howard students marched following the Sept. 21 campus rally and gathered at the White House, joined by other Davis’ supporters. Continuing to demand a stay of execution, at least 12 students were arrested.
When an announcement came minutes before the execution that the Supreme Court had granted a temporary reprieve delaying the execution, the demonstrators militantly marched to the Supreme Court to demand justice, holding a picket until the court’s decision was announced and the execution was carried out. Hundreds remained until after midnight, some of them having been in the streets for 12 hours, speaking out about their experience and plans to continue the struggle.
Despite this determined effort, repeated in cities across the United States and throughout the world, the Supreme Court allowed the execution to go ahead.
While there is much to be said about the case and the implications of the Save Troy Davis struggle, here are three lessons worth highlighting:
1. We are not living in a “post-racial” society
We can finally lay to rest this tiresome phrase.
The case of Troy Davis is at the intersection of race and class in the United States. The cops who coerced witnesses in the Troy Davis trial knew the odds were stacked in their favor. Georgia does not guarantee counsel for death row inmates, making it harder for poor defendants to properly mount appeals. According to the American Bar Association, those convicted of killing white victims in Georgia are 4.5 times more likely to be sentenced to death than those convicted of killing Black victims.
What these cops knew was the true essence of the criminal justice system. The death penalty and other “law and order” methods are political tools. They send a chilling message to the most oppressed sectors of society—primarily Black and Latino working-class communities—meant to discourage any resistance to their own oppression.
2. President Obama won’t save us
President Obama said it was “inappropriate” for him to “weigh in” on the Troy Davis case because it was a “state” issue. Seriously? In 2009, Obama weighed heavily against the trial of a woman in Iran that the United States government claims was innocent. The U.S. president can take a stand against an alleged injustice in another sovereign country, but not against a proven injustice in a U.S. state?
The White House raises the banner of democracy, freedom and human rights as a weapon against those governments it seeks to replace. The Obama administration and U.S. officials are brimming with quotes of condemnation against its targets abroad, yet are silent on the most egregious violations committed on U.S. soil, aiding and abetting the execution of an innocent man.
That is the true role of the U.S. president: the protector, the commander-in-chief of this corrupt system. Obama could have taken a stand for justice, but instead he stood by silently as Troy Davis was killed.
3. The fight-back movement is on
The fight is not over. Troy Davis’ executioners cannot be allowed to escape scot-free. There are many Troy Davises across the country, both in prison and outside. This is the time to escalate the struggle, to take the spirit of the fight to save Troy’s life and turn it into a mass fight-back movement against racism and the system of class oppression that depends on it.
The upsurge to save Troy Davis’ life is part of a rebellious undercurrent. From the massive immigrant rights’ movement in 2006 to the Jena 6 struggle in 2007 to the labor battle in Wisconsin this past winter, the fight to save Davis was a glimpse of potential, a signal of militant rejection of the suffering and oppression afflicting working people in this country.
Moving forward from here, we must turn the fight around Davis’ life into a general struggle against racism, oppression and exploitation. Troy Davis did not die in vain.
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Going forward after the gruesome execution of Troy Davis

A statement from the ANSWER Coalition

Troy Davis was not only a victim; he was a leader. He demonstrated courage in the face of his executioners. His spirit will be formative in the creation of a new people's movement that is coming into existence.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunrise officials question cost of city's golf course

Sunrise officials question cost of city's golf course

The capitalist game "golf", is costing taxpayers money. This must stop at all cost. People are starving and the city of Sunrise is shelling out money for this.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fuck the state ,smoke up

Nutrition & Fitness - HEALTH

Pot Smokers May Have Lower Risk of Obesity

Published September 07, 2011
| MyHealthNewsDaily
Despite the tendency of marijuana users to experience the "munchies," pot smokers may have a lower risk of obesity that those who don't use the drug, a new study finds.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Offshore drilling protect

Offshore drilling critics plan second protest

Critics of offshore oil drilling will return to Fort Lauderdale beach next month as a part of a Hands Across the Sand event.
Last June, demonstrators also gathered along the shore near Las Olas Boulevard just two months after the BP oil spill began in the Gulf of Mexico.
“It’s important for people to remember what happened a year ago,” said Matthew Schwartz, executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Association, referring to the BP spill.
Schwartz's group is helping to organize the gathering on Fort Lauderdale next month.
Hands Across the Sand was the idea of Dave Rauschkolb, an avid surfer and restaurant owner from Florida.
“We wanted to convince legislators not to take oil drilling up, which they did not and we’d like to think we had an effect,” he said.
Next month's demonstration begins at 11 a.m. June 25 at the intersection of Las Olas Boulevard and State Road A1A. Participants are scheduled to join hands for 15 minutes beginning at noon.
“It’s a very powerful expression to show up in unity and send a powerful message that clean energy is the course to take,” Rauschkolb said.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Beautiful poster

People and army are one!
People and army are one! - Unknown year

In my mind, this is pretty much the stereotype of a Soviet propaganda poster. It's got the three central occupations represented; peasant, worker and soldier, all under the shining red star of the revolution, working in unity to drive the Soviet Union forward. This poster is nothing short of brilliant, supremely confident looking, with bright and powerful colours.