Category Archives: The Nation and Beyond

Dr. King or Malcolm X? (Answers to the Quiz)

Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, TN, the day prior to a planned march through downtown in support of Memphis public employees who were seeking to create a union. He understood that civil rights and union rights were both required to have human rights.

The march proceeded when Coretta King arrived to take her husband’s place. The Memphis public employees marched through the streets with signs that read, “I AM A MAN.” These signs conveyed the thought that these workers were not being treated as human beings and that by birth they were entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Continue reading

Join the Hundreds Filing Now to Become PCPs

Every two years, Democrats have the opportunity to run for a public position as a Precinct Committee Person (PCP). PCPs serve as voices for their communities, vote on appointments to vacant legislative seats, and fill a key grassroots position in the Democratic Party.

Now, as we enter this critical 2018 election cycle, we want to encourage you to sign up as as a PCP. Bottom Line – the Democratic Party and our country need you to serve. We’ve had an incredible response rate from Democrats all across the state telling us they’re running to become Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs). Continue reading

Seeking to Understand the Complexity of the Fight for Civil Rights

This is the second in a series of article on the struggle for civil rights in the U.S.

There is a tendency in the white community to deify Dr. King and demonize Malcolm X. Rather than to recognize that each, along with thousands of others, contributed their own distinct part to the struggle for human rights and civil rights in the U.S. That struggle is far from over and rather than seek to divide, all supporters must seek to find common ground.

Take the test below to see if you can determine who said what. Some of these eight quotes came from Dr. King and others came from Malcolm X. Continue reading

A Nation Industrialized on the Backs of Others

This is the first in a series of posts remembering the assassination of Dr. King and the events that preceded and followed.

Slavery is not a part of our history. Since to be a part of our history would suggest that there are other aspects of our history that are separate from slavery. They are not. The wealth that built this country sits on a foundation of capital created by enslaved people. The roots of racism that permeate every aspect of life in America began when the first Yankee financed and shipped African slaves into the Caribbean. How our government operates and even how we elect Presidents are all derived from the institutions of slavery. Continue reading

A Message for Our Democratic Leaders

Fellow Democrats,

Like most of you, I found Donna Brazile’s book excerpt released yesterday, distressing and very hard to swallow.

Whether you were a Hillary supporter or a Bernie supporter or just a committed Democrat fighting for the election of Democrats up and down the ticket I’m certain that you were profoundly disappointed to learn that our national party had become so financially weak as to be completely dependent on one candidate for its survival. Continue reading

Trump’s Sneak Attack on Affordable Care

They failed to replace it or outright kill it, so now the Trump administration is trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act with some pretty underhanded tricks. Some of them make it harder to enroll this year:

  • They cut the enrollment period to less than half what it was before, just 45 days, from Nov. 1st to Dec. 15th.
  • They plan to shut down the enrollment servers on Sundays during the enrollment period for “routine maintenance.” By the way, most working folks and college students enroll on weekends, and especially on Sunday, when they have more spare time.
  • They will also shut down the federal exchange — healthcare.gov — overnight on the first day of open enrollment, Nov. 1st. More than three dozen states use that exchange for their marketplaces.
  • They cut the advertising budget by 90 percent. It’s unlikely that you’ll see an enrollment ad this year.
  • They also slashed the budget to agencies that help people enroll.

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