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Overcoming Voter Suppression

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  • With midterm elections 20 days away, it’s never been more important to expose voter suppression efforts—and to overcome them.
  • Check out this page from the ACLU for resources around knowing your rights and responding to voter intimidation.
  • Related: Five Truths About Voter Suppression

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October 17, 2018 | Voter suppression has shamefully become a mainstream Republican Party tactic targeting low income communities and communities of color and justified with thoroughly-debunked propaganda about widespread voter fraud. The increasingly GOP-aligned Supreme Court has already gutted the Voting Rights Act and given states the green light to purge voters from the rolls. Now, they seem poised to further institutionalize attacks on voting rights.

Just last week, the Court upheld a North Dakota law requiring voters to bring proof of residential address in order to vote. The catch? Rural tribal lands are “typically without named and numbered roads” and do not have residential addresses; the law specifically aims to suppress Native American voting and effectively disenfranchises almost 1 in 5 otherwise eligible Native voters.

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

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Five Truths About Voter Suppression, Connor Maxwell and Danielle Root, American Progress

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The strength of American democracy depends on the ability of citizens to express their fundamental right to vote. Instead of pursuing the myth of voter fraud and encouraging tougher restrictions on voting, the Trump administration should work to fight voter suppression and expand the electorate.

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Feature Article | Will we ever have another fair election? Mike Phelan, Progress America

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  • Related: Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t

Publisher's Choice | A Successful Economy Isn’t Just Capitalists Increasing Their Capital. (It’s Your Life, Improving.) umair haque, Eudaimonia and Co / Medium Daily Digest
 

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Of Special Interest | The Best and the Brightest and Their Debauched Private School Culture Have Led America Off a Cliff. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
 

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  • Beach Week was in the air we breathed.
  • Part 2: From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • These elites, and thecorporatesystemtheyserve, have ruined the country.

Bloggers & Columnists | David Sirota, Chris Hedges

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Stop Trump's Social Security Administration Commissioner. Michael Phelan, Social Security Works

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Economics

Welcome the new NAFTA—Same as the old NAFTA? C.J. Atkins, People's World

The new NAFTA is an advance over the old one, but it's still got problems.


Government & Politics

Under Kavanaugh cover, Republicans pass $3 trillion tax cuts for wealthy. Frank Clemente, People's World
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  • Round one of this giveaway cost $2 trillion. Round two is even bigger—$3 trillion.
  • Related: From the Archives | Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies.
  • Related: America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone.

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America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone. David Sirota, the Guardian

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Accountability is for the little people, immunity is for the ruling class. If this ethos seems familiar, that is because it has preceded some of the darkest moments in human history

High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sword%20of%20Injustice.jpgPart 1: If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before.
  • His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
  • Part 2: High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - Step-by-step Overthrow of the Rule of Law
  • Kavanaugh has been … continuously coached from the highest offices of the land to act above the law.

Religion & Spirituality


Catholic Women Called ~ Bridget Mary Meehan, Kate McElwee, Women's Ordination Conference

The only "serious confusion" among the faithful is just how long the Vatican will continue to parade indefensible arguments that attempt to limit the reaches of God's call.

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Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.”

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  • Yes, Democrats are preferable. But they're still spineless, and melted before Kavanaugh's white rage. 
  • Related: Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond. Here Are 5 Guidelines.
  • Related: This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing.

Jim Sleeper, Tikkun

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October 7, 2018 | Although I’ll vote for any Democrat in November to keep Donald Trump’s Republicans from finishing off the American republic at his bidding, what I saw in the performance of most Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee last week reminded me that any victory by that terminally pusillanimous, corrupt, suppurating party — a zombie, if not a corpse, of our democratic hopes — isn’t likely to stop what’s coming at us any more than a speed bump will stop a tank.
 
Again, I’ll vote for any Democrat in November, just as I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 even after writing here that “New Democrats” have done as much as Republicans to seed and provoke Trump’s rise. What’s different now is that the danger of Trumpism and the hollowness of Democrats have been more fully exposed. While we can hope that the latter will grow spines in some upcoming congressional elections, it’ll take a lot more to stop the creeping coup d’etat against the republic by Trump and his backers.

Jim Sleeper is an American author and journalist. Since 1999 he has also been a lecturer in political science at Yale University, where he has taught undergraduate seminars on American national identity and on journalism, liberalism, and democracy.

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Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond. Here Are 5 Guidelines. Max Elbaum and Calvin Cheung-Miaw, In These Times

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  • We have significant numbers. But we need to continue to build ourranks, and mobilize behind a winning political strategy.
  • Related: Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.”

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This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing. Jamie Henn, Common Dreams

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  • The DNC's vote to reverse a ban on fossil fuel industry giving is a deplorable step backward for the party.
  • Related: American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel

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Will we ever have another fair election?

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  • We need a Congress that fights voter suppression, stops the corporate takeover of our democracy and makes sure we all have a voice. Please join us.
  • Related: Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t

Mike Phelan, Progress America

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October 10, 2018 | This weekend hurt.

We fought hard against Brett Kavanaugh, supporting protesters on the ground in the Hart Senate Building last week and outside the Supreme Court on Saturday. A Supreme Court with Kavanaugh threatens everything we fight for.

Already, the Roberts court has allowed unlimited dark money to flood our elections, struck down important sections of the Voting Rights Act, and ruled to preserve partisan gerrymandering. With Kavanaugh on the bench, Democracy itself is threatened.

These issues go beyond the court. The Republican minority in this country is exercising its power to entrench its supremacy permanently. Democracy itself is on the ballot in 2018.

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• Reduce Money’s Influence so that everyday Americans like you and me -- not just wealthy special interests -- have the power in our elections.
• Expand Voting Rights & Election Integrity so every eligible citizen can vote and have that vote count.
• Create Ethical & Open Government to hold elected officials to the highest possible standards.
• Ensure Fair Districts & Reflective Democracy so that our democracy represents the full diversity of our communities.
• Promote Free Speech & Accountability in Media so people like you and me can get engaged, informed, and active in our democracy.

We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines this November,

Thank you,

Mike Phelan

Progress America - the Action Network: Progress America is here to push things forward.

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Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t, Sabrina Tavernise, the New York (NY) Times

  • Lula Hill … said she has grown disillusioned with politicians and no longer votes.
  • “I just got to the point, I said, ‘I’m not going do it anymore,’” said Ms. Hill, sitting on a couch in the lobby of the hotel she owns and runs, the Hotel Madison, 30 miles south of Charleston. “I just can’t vote for any of them in good conscience.”


 

Under Kavanaugh cover, Republicans pass $3 trillion tax cuts for wealthy.

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  • Round one of this giveaway cost $2 trillion. Round two is even bigger—$3 trillion.
  • Related: From the Archives | Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies.
  • Related: America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone.

Frank Clemente, People's World

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October 5, 2018 | While Americans were transfixed by Senate hearings over Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assaults, House Republicans quietly passed another enormous tax handout for the wealthiest Americans.

Round one of this giveaway cost $2 trillion. Round two is even bigger—it would explode the deficit by more than $3 trillion. And once again, it’s largely a giveaway to the wealthiest Americans—and could mean devastating service cuts for ordinary people.

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From the Archives | Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Joe%20Heller%20%7C%20Tax%20Cuts.jpgPart 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country
  • Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.
  • Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie
  • A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good.
  • Related: A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald Trump

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America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone. David Sirota, the Guardian

  • ‘If there are no legal consequences for profiteers who defrauded the global economy into a collapse, what will deter those profiteers from doing that again?’
  • Accountability is for the little people, immunity is for the ruling class. If this ethos seems familiar, that is because it has preceded some of the darkest moments in human history

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Feature Article | 12 Self-Care Tips If You're Struggling To Deal With Everything Today, Nicole Pajer, Huffington Post

  • https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bb77ead220000bb01dd1417.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscaleThe news surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court has been hard for victims of sexual assault and harassment. Gabriella Demczuk-Pool/Getty Images
  • Experts share what you can do for your mental health amid news that Brett Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed.

Publisher's Choice | Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t. Sabrina Tavernise, the New York (NY) Times

  • Lula Hill said she has grown disillusioned with politicians and no longer votes.CreditCreditMaddie McGarvey for The New York Times
  • “I just got to the point, I said, ‘I’m not going do it anymore,’” said Ms. Hill, sitting on a couch in the lobby of the hotel she owns and runs, the Hotel Madison, 30 miles south of Charleston. “I just can’t vote for any of them in good conscience.”

Of Special Interest | Don't thank Bezos for giving Amazon workers a much-needed raise. Matt Stoller, the Guardian

  • https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/84fe0614f1b79fcdd1cb6086b4018d4d070ea531/0_100_3000_1800/master/3000.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=64228d7612222aec9c4e7e2d0b4f6a9e‘The harm induced by Amazon is very real.’
  • Jeff Bezos runs a powerful monopoly that causes him to exert huge power and control. We shouldn’t be praising him but tackling his power.
  • Related: Amazon Is Used to Promote White Supremacist Merchandise and Views
     

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A Few Good Men: Portraits of Homelessness, Daniel Lichtenstein-Boris, LA Progressive

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Homeless%20Vet%20Asleep%20on%20Sidewalk.jpgThe man held a sign on a piece of used cardboard, the word “Hungry” scrawled with a black magic marker. Istopped, and offered him a banana out of my lunch bag.  He said he didn’t eat them.  I dug into the bag.  I had some walnuts and raisins, which I offered.  He ate walnuts, and his partner, well, she ate raisins.
  • Related: Special Report | The Franklin Hiawatha Encampment

Law & Justice


The Nationwide Prison Strike: Beyond Mass Incarceration, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Rights%20%26%20Liberties%20Banner_2.jpgPart 1: The Nationwide Prison Strike: Why It’s Happening and What It Means for Ending Mass Incarceration
  • It was time to launch a national prison strike to raise awareness around the brutality of mass incarceration.
  • Part 2: Beyond Mass Incarceration
  • How the deleterious effects of the drug wars go far beyond just those who end up in prison, from stop-and-frisk to the use of police informants.

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High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before.

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  • Part 1: If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before
  • His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
  • Part 2: High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - Step-by-step Overthrow of the Rule of Law
  • Kavanaugh has been … continuously coached from the highest offices of the land to act above the law.

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Part 1: If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before

 

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/kavanaugh-protest-ap-img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80Demonstrators protest against Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, October 4, 2018. (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana)


His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
 
Phyllis Bennis, William J. Barber II, the Nation

October 5, 2018 | It’s a familiar story: A candidate for president loses the popular vote, is still selected by the Electoral College, and nominates judges to federal courts who reverse groundbreaking civil-rights laws.

Trump and Kavanaugh aren’t the first.

It happened before, starting in 1876. By the end of 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes–appointed federal judges were presiding over the end of Reconstruction. Jim Crow segregation came back in full force, the Klan rose again with no legal challenge, and an era of lynching exploded across the South and beyond.

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Her books include Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today’s UN and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy US Power.

William J. Barber II is national president and senior lecturer, Repairers of the Breach.


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Part 2: High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - Step-by-step Overthrow of the Rule of Law

https://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/US-supreme-court-by-Huffington-Post-1.jpgKavanaugh has been so continuously coached from the highest offices of the land to act above the law in every regard that this corrupt appointment reaches into the depths of a ‘tyrannical faction’ now in control of our federal government and institutions. It has so overreached in lawless and naked abuse of power that only keeping the public in ignorance can allow it to continue into the mid-term elections this November – the acid test of US democracy which is now before us. 

John McMurtry and Matthew Stanton, Global Research

Global Research, October 05, 2018 | Despite the historic stakes of the ram-through appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States of a serial liar and alleged early rapist, who loudly denounces his Senate questioners as a “left-wing conspiracy” – sniffing all the time as his habit – there has been no legal analysis of his abetted crimes of persistent false statements and declarations, and factional subversion of the rule of law and the US Constitution itself. 

As law and moral philosophy professors writing just as the White-House-counsel controlled FBI ‘investigation’ is hidden under cover from citizens and the press, we are moved by duty to explain what has so far been lost in media melodrama, political cover-up at the highest levels, he-says-she-says reductions, and the politics of effectively usurping the rule of law in the United States.

Matthew Stanton is a long practising Chicago attorney  and law professor, and John McMurtry is a moral philosopher and author whose work has been translated across the world.

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