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Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

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  • The DNC election … should challenge … progressives to ask themselves how long they will continue sailing on the U.S.S. Democrat. That ship is not headed toward the desired destination, nor is it even designed to go there. Moreover, in the wake of the 2016 election, it is a boat that appears to be rotting, drifting, and gradually sinking. Why not jump aboard a different vessel, one that really has the potential to get us where we urgently need to go?
  • Related: Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction

  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

Jonathan H. Martin, Huffington Post

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Ellison%2C%20Perez%20at%20DNC%20Chair%20Debate.jpgRegardless of who wins the race for DNC chair, the Democratic Party’s deep interests will continue to clash with progressives’ basic goals.

02/23/2017 | A Chair for Progressives?

The next few days could be an important turning point for U.S. progressives. During its winter meeting being held in Atlanta, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is scheduled to elect a new chair. (Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Tom Perez is the new DNC Chair.) The results could help many left-leaning activists decide whether it really is possible to reform the Democratic Party, or whether it is time to pursue alternatives.

A top contender rightly opposed by most progressives is Tom Perez, former Obama administration labor secretary and Democratic establishment loyalist. If he wins, it could hasten frustrated Berners’ exit from the Democratic Party. It could well be the last straw for many progressive Democrats in general—coming after the party establishment’s suppression of Sanders in the 2016 primary, its strong backing of fatally flawed Hillary Clinton, and then the related victory of Trump and the Republicans.

Jonathan H. Martin, Professor of Sociology, Framingham State University; Contributor, Huffington Post 

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Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction, Chris Hedges, Truthdig 

If the left wants to regain influence in the nation’s political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party … and back progressive, third-party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

 

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Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement, John Stauber, CounterPunch / Popular Resistance 

  • The self-labeled "Progressive Movement" that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it.  The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system.  But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

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Special Project | Trump's Sanctuary Cities Plan is Straight Out of Breitbart, Radical Right Playbook

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Alex Amend, Southern Poverty Law Center

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For anyone familiar with Breitbart News under Stephen K. Bannon, it’s obvious that this new fear-mongering tactic comes straight from the playbook of the man who is now the chief strategist and senior counselor to the president. Bannon’s Breitbart has championed such hardline anti-immigrant ideas for years.

Alex Amend: Digital Media Director, Southern Poverty Law Center

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The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy, Tom K. Wong, Center for American Progress

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The Data Are Clear: Sanctuary Counties See Lower Crime Rates and Stronger Economies

 

Obama's Failed, Violent Presidency

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  • Part 1: Eric Zuesse | Obama’s Failed Presidency

Eric Zuesse voted for Obama twice but now calls his presidency "failed." Many of us who never voted for Obama would agree with Zuesse. 

  • Part 2: John Pilger | Obama’s Legacy–One of The Most Violent Presidents

Renowned journalist, film-maker and author John Pilger gives RT his view on the future of US-Russia relations.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Eric Zuesse | Obama’s Failed Presidency

Eric Zuesse voted for Obama twice but now calls his presidency "failed." Many of us who never voted for Obama would agree with Zuesse. 

Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture Foundation / Straight Line Logic

January 1, 2017 | I’m a former lifelong Democrat, stating here a clear and incontestable fact: Barack Obama is a failed President.

It’s true not just because of the sad realities such as that «Top Ex-White House Economist Admits 94 % Of All New Jobs Under Obama Were Part-Time» — or, as the economists Alan Krueger and Lawrence Katz wrote in the original of that study: «94 percent of the net employment growth in the U.S. economy from 2005 to 2015 appears to have occurred in alternative work arrangements». («Alternative work arrangements» referred there to Americans who were involuntarily working only part-time jobs — they simply couldn’t find full-time, though that’s what they wanted.) In other words: Obama’s failure isn’t just because of America’s increasingly sales-clerk, and burger-flipping, workforce.

Eric Zuesse: American writer and investigative historian

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Part 2: John Pilger | Obama’s Legacy–One of The Most Violent Presidents

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Renowned journalist, film-maker and author John Pilger gives RT his view on the future of US-Russia relations.

John Pilger, Dandelion Salad

January 16, 2017 |  Renowned journalist, film-maker and author John Pilger gives RT his view on the future of US-Russia relations.

John Pilger: Renowned journalist, film-maker and author 

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Can a Mass Movement Seize This Anti-Trump Moment?

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  • A revolutionary movement will radicalize millions of people, on top of the millions who’ve already been radicalized by the announcement of Trump’s victory. These newly-radicalized people just need a coalition of organizations to help lead them into struggle, and once the masses have entered the revolutionary road, anything is possible. The moment can be seized or squandered. It’s up to us. Time is short.
  • Can a Mass Movement Seize This Anti-Trump Moment?
  • Related: In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse To Accept a Fascist America.

Shamus Cooke, Workers Compass

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg <jpstolten@frontier.com>

November 22, 2016 | Change is in the air. Millions of people in the U.S. woke up to the living nightmare of a Trump presidency. The threat and shock posed by Trump jolted hundreds of thousands off their couch and into the street. People of all ages now want to “do something,” joining protests nationwide that the Washington Post called “a roiling movement across the country.”

Massive protests immediately followed the election results in just about every major city in the country, including an enormous demonstration in Los Angeles on November 12th that galvanized social media users nationwide to leave their computers and join the protests.

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action.  

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Can a Mass Movement Seize This Anti-Trump Moment? Shamus Cooke, Workers Compass

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  • A revolutionary movement will radicalize millions of people, on top of the millions who’ve already been radicalized by the announcement of Trump’s victory. These newly-radicalized people just need a coalition of organizations to help lead them into struggle, and once the masses have entered the revolutionary road, anything is possible. The moment can be seized or squandered. It’s up to us. Time is short.
  • Related: In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse To Accept a Fascist America.

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In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse To Accept a Fascist America, Revolution Newspaper

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  • Rise Up... Get Into The Streets... Unite With People Everywhere to Build Up Resistance in Every Way You Can.
  • Don’t Stop: Don’t Conciliate... Don’t Accommodate...Don’t Collaborate
  • Related: 'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets'

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Challenging Klobuchar on Ukraine War

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As Democrats compete to become the new War Party – pushing for a dangerous confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia – some constituents are objecting, as Mike Madden did in a letter to Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Mike Madden (of St. Paul, Minnesota), Consortiumnews.com

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February 19, 2017 | Dear Senator Klobuchar, I write with concern over statements you have made recently regarding Russia. These statements have been made both at home and abroad, and they involve two issues; the alleged Russian hack of the presidential election and Russia’s actions in the aftermath of the February 22, 2014 coup in Kiev.

U.S. intelligence services allege that President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign to denigrate Hillary Clinton and help elect Donald Trump. The campaign is purported to include the production of fake news, cyber-trolling, and propaganda from Russian state-owned media. It is also alleged that Russia hacked the email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, subsequently providing the emails to WikiLeaks.

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http://media.cagle.com/228/2017/01/15/190166_600.jpg  The Dangers of Democratic Party's Putin-bashing after German Intel Cleared Russia on Election Interference, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: German Intel Clears Russia on Interference
  • Mainstream U.S. media only wants stories of Russian perfidy, so when German intelligence cleared Moscow of suspected subversion of German democracy, the silence was deafening, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
  • Part 2: Dangers of Democratic Putin-Bashing
  • Exclusive: As national Democratic leaders continue to blame Russian President Putin for their 2016 defeat, they’re leading their party into a realignment with the neocons and other war hawks.

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The Fast Track to Armageddon, Louis René Beres, US News

Could President Trump propel a nuclear war in the Middle East?

 

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The people need to take down Trump. Not the Deep State

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  • Trump is clearly the most dangerous and most unqualified president America has ever had. If the worst suspicions about his performance as POTUS or as a candidate are indeed confirmed, the impeachment and removal of the 45th president could be warranted. That would solve America's Donald Trump problem. But it wouldn't solve America's much bigger problems -- the ones that created the Trump administration in the first place. And that worries me. 
  • Related: What Americans Really Believe

Will Bunch, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Trump%20Mocks%20Disabled%20NY%20Times%20Reporter.jpg February 15, 2017 | I fell asleep last night to the sounds of a media frenzy, as a wave of bombshell revelations in the Mike Flynn/Trump/Putin scandal had frothing cable TV pundits in full "All the President's Men"/what-did-the-president-know-and-when-did-he-know-it mode. By the time I woke, #TrumpImpeachmentParty was trending on Twitter. Did I mention that Donald Trump has been president of the United States for only 26 days?

Anyway, despite the lack of better offers, I'm going to hold off on my ticket to the #TrumpImpeachmentParty for now.

For one thing ... President Mike Pence? That said, it's clear that Congress, our investigatory agencies and probably a special prosecutor (I hear Sally Yates is available these days) clearly need to determine the extent that Russia fu ... er, meddled in our 2016 election, whether Trump aides had either knowledge of or active involvement in Putin's schemes, and whether the president himself knew what was happening.

Will BunchPhiladelphia (PA) Daily News Columnist

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What Americans Really Believe, Roger Smith, The Washington Spectator

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My hope is that this presentation of the underlying views of a majority of Americans will enable readers to oppose the false prophets of further accommodation with the right, and to arm themselves with the knowledge that time, demographics, and the American people are on the side of progressives. Reconciling the views of Americans with how they vote I will have to leave to others.

 

 

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What Americans Really Believe

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  • My hope is that this presentation of the underlying views of a majority of Americans will enable readers to oppose the false prophets of further accommodation with the right, and to arm themselves with the knowledge that time, demographics, and the American people are on the side of progressives. Reconciling the views of Americans with how they vote I will have to leave to others.
  • Related: The people need to take down Trump. Not the Deep State

Roger Smith,  The  Washington Spectator

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Americans%20Are%20Progressive%20sidebar.jpgJanuary 12, 2017 | Since the dawn of the internet and the concurrent surge of Fox News and right-wing talk radio, the various forces on America’s right and far right have cleverly and disingenuously labeled themselves “conservatives.” They have then successfully cemented two “big lies” in the consciousness of a majority of the American public: first, that the media in this country is an almost total captive of card-carrying “liberals” who impose their views through reporting as well as opinion; and second, that a solid majority of Americans shares the radical Social Darwinism that has been successfully peddled since the dawn of Reagan as conservative views.

The first falsehood can be—and has been—easily debunked by simply examining the even-handedness that selfsame American media applies to what it labels “Right” and—absurdly—“Left.” But the second big lie is more insidious, and has found its most receptive host among its intended target, liberals or, as current parlance now requires, “progressives.” It is the pervasive belief that America is a “conservative country.” What follows should effectively demonstrate the falsity of that view—by the carefully weighed and collated opinions of the American public.

Roger Smith, a longtime entertainment-industry executive who now works as a media consultant,  worked at the precinct level in New York in the 1960s on both of John Lindsay’s successful mayoral campaigns.

The Washington Spectator is reader-supported and published in print monthly. Since 1974, the Spectator has offered independent-minded readers behind-the-scenes insight into significant news ignored by the corporate media.

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The people need to take down Trump. Not the Deep State, Will Bunch, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News 

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  • Trump is clearly the most dangerous and most unqualified president America has ever had. If the worst suspicions about his performance as POTUS or as a candidate are indeed confirmed, the impeachment and removal of the 45th president could be warranted. That would solve America's Donald Trump problem. But it wouldn't solve America's much bigger problems -- the ones that created the Trump administration in the first place. And that worries me. 
  • Related: What Americans Really Believe, Roger Smith, The Washington Spectator

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