Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville

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“The men and women who marched last night, chanting and hashtagging #unitetheright, and the men and women in Charlottesville today, are not fringe. They are not unique. Perhaps they exist in the crevices and butt cracks, but they’re in the coffeeshops and boardrooms too. They are your neighbors. Our neighbors. My neighbors … And for the white people who believe they’ve done enough, who believe their hands are washed, they’re at your kitchen tables and happy hours and bbqs and weddings. They’re in your families. They’re on your couches. They’re on your T-Mobile family plans. They’re in your beds.

“There were enough of them to elect Donald Trump, enough of them to applaud and support the ascension of Steve Bannon and the appointment of Jeff Sessions. Enough white men and women so dead set on retaining whichever privileges they believe to be their white birthrights that they’d rather there not be an Earth than exist without that status.

“They are everywhere.”
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Law for Black Lives

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Who’s truly rebuilding the Democratic Party? The activists.

Fed Up highlighted here as the full employment wing of the resistance, showing a path for fighting for racial and economic justice!

“Many Democrats are terrified that they won’t be able to bridge the gap between the need to fight sustained racial discrimination and to deliver populist economist messages. Yet looking at these movements on the ground, you are struck by how diverse they are … Fed Up has made a point of emphasizing how central full employment was to the civil rights movement. Activists are bridging the gap between racial inclusion and populism because their lives are on the line

“When Ben Bernanke held his first press conference in 2011, nine out of 11 questions from reporters were predicated on the idea he was doing too much — intervening too actively in the economy. This was when unemployment was 8.9 percent and inflation was well under-target, clear signs that they were doing too little. Now, in 2017, the idea that the Federal Reserve undershot its efforts to help workers carries more weight.

“Though they have many allies, the activists at Fed Up, who have demonstrated at the annual Federal Reserve meeting at Jackson Hole, have stressed to a broad public the very real costs of unemployment and underemployment — and the link to fiscal policy. Activism also directs reporters’ attention to research that suggests that there’s more room for economic expansion — and why the risks of undershooting growth targets outweighs the risks of overshooting.”

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Bill Murray Relives a Role, Seeing Broadway’s ‘Groundhog Day’

A break from the latest unfolding apocalypse: Bill Murray went to the Groundhog’s Day musical:

“Mr. Murray exhibited a range of emotions throughout the night. At first, it was quirky one-liners to gleeful fans who suddenly recognized him. There were gestures and guffaws during the first act. But by the end of the performance, Mr. Murray was visibly sobbing.

“When he arrived, he went to the bar to get a glass of water. The bartender, Janet Polanco, offered him a bottle — but Mr. Murray wanted a glass and gave a $50 tip. Then he whispered, “This is too much for a glass of water.”

At intermission, Mr. Murray headed back to the bar to get a beer. On his way, he decided to climb over a woman in a mostly empty row, rather than walk up the aisle.

“He said, ‘Excuse me, don’t move,’”

In an interview afterward, Mr. Murray said it was the message behind the story brought to life on stage that made him weep.

“The idea that …” Mr. Murray trailed off as he paused to collect his thoughts. “The idea that we just have to try again. We just have to try again. It’s such a beautiful, powerful idea.”

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Center for Popular Democracy

Today, major U. S. cities spend around 25 to 40 percent of their budgets on policing and collectively spend $100 billion a year on policing and a further $80 billion in incarceration.
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