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“The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy

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  • Corporations have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 | Few are as qualified to tackle the massive topic of money in politics as Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman. Their new book, Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy (read an excerpt), is a comprehensive and important examination of the many ways our lives are affected by the stranglehold corporations have on our government and society. And it’s a look at how we can fight back.

Wendell Potter is senior analyst at the Center for Public Integrity, an ex-newspaperman and a former executive with the health insurance industry who dared to come in from the cold and become one of our most knowledgeable and forthright champions of health care reform. Regulars here at BillMoyers.com will remember his 2009 appearance on Bill Moyers Journal, when he first told his remarkable story.

Michael Winship is senior writing fellow at Demos and a senior writer of the series, Moyers & Company, airing on public television.

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http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_145532194841624.jpg?h=398&w=637&fit=crop&bg=999&crop=faces Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine, Joshua Holland, the Nation

Her campaign has put a spotlight on the cozy relationships between Democratic operatives and corporate America.

 

 

The nation’s criminal justice system is broken.

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  • Can we get our society to begin to acknowledge the cruelty, the barbarism of these institutions and what that means and what that says about us?
  • Hopelessness' Is the Enemy of Justice
  • Part 1: 8 Facts You Should Know About the Criminal Justice System and People of Color
  • Get These Killer Cops Off the Streets
  • Part 2: Dean Strang Interviews Bryan Stevenson, An "Exceptional" Trial Lawyer 

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Part 1: 8 Facts You Should Know About the Criminal Justice System and People of Color

The nation’s criminal justice system is broken. 

Jamal Hagler, Think Progress

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Madison, Wisconsin, Mayor Paul Soglin (D) addresses a crowd of protestors on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Madison on March 9, 2015, during a protest of the shooting death of Tony Robinson. Source: AP/Andy Manis

Thursday, May 28, 2015 | The nation’s criminal justice system is broken. People of color, particularly African Americans and Latinos, are unfairly targeted by the police and face harsher prison sentences than their white counterparts. Given the nation’s coming demographic shift, in which there will be no clear racial or ethnic majority by 2044, the United States cannot afford for these trends to continue. Not only could the money spent on mass incarceration—$80 billion in 2010—be put to better use, but the consequences for people who become entangled in the criminal justice system are also lifelong, leading to barriers to employment and housing, among many other things.

The shocking deaths at the hands of police in New York City; Ferguson, Missouri; North Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, to name a few, have awakened the nation to the criminal justice system’s disparate impact on people of color. Tensions have flared throughout the country as news stories about how people of color are targeted and mistreated have come to light. As Americans reflect on the devastating recent events and as momentum builds to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, it is important to take note of the many ways in which the current system disproportionately affects people of color and creates significant barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records. Consider the following eight facts:

Jamal Hagler is the Special Assistant for Progress 2050 at the Center for American Progress.

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Get These Killer Cops Off the Streets, Scott Roberts, ColorOfChange.org

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Part 2: Dean Strang Interviews Bryan Stevenson, An "Exceptional" Trial Lawyer 

'Hopelessness' Is the Enemy of Justice

Dean A. Strang, Progressive

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Charlie Bloss for this contribution.

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December 28, 2015 | Most trial lawyers engage, daily, with the emotions and vices that underlie human conflict—anger, jealousy, greed, spite. Some do more than engage: They adopt these vices. Bryan Stevenson is the rare exception. He has dedicated his life to healing anger and fear, and bringing light to the darkest corners of our criminal justice system. 

Harvard graduate, MacArthur fellow, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is vibrantly bright and thoughtful. He exudes hope. He lives much of his life among the dispossessed and hopeless. 

Dean A. Strang is a criminal defense lawyer in Madison, Wisconsin. He is the author of Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) 

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Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine*

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Her campaign has put a spotlight on the cozy relationships between Democratic operatives and corporate America.

Joshua Holland, the Nation

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http://stmedia.startribune.com/images/459*425/1GREENFIELD0121.jpg March 10, 2016 | Hillary Clinton’s campaign is staffed with veteran Democratic advisers, fundraisers, pollsters, and consultants. Some of them worked on Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns. Others cut their teeth working for John Kerry in 2004, or on Bill Clinton’s campaigns in the 1990s. They’re career Democrats.

A handful of Clinton’s key personnel also work for Washington firms that have lobbied or consulted for various corporate interests. Some are principals in those firms. And in some cases, those companies worked on behalf of their corporate clients to defeat or water down progressive legislation that Clinton touts as major Democratic accomplishments.

Joshua Holland  is a contributor to the Nation and a fellow with The Nation Institute. He's also the host of Politics and Reality Radio.

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Democratic Party nomination not so democratic.*

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If the Clinton political machine steals the nomination from Sanders at the convention, we urge his supporters to reject such a blatant insult to democracy.

Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

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Like the general election itself, the winner is not ultimately decided by the popular vote. The nominee is selected by delegates to the Democratic National Convention in July.

Most voting attendees at the national convention are “pledged” delegates who were chosen through a primary vote or caucus, but there are also super delegates. Super delegates include all Democratic governors and congress members, who are granted a special vote at the convention that has nothing to do with a primary election.

Gloria La Riva is the 2016 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

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  • A long-time political figure with unique experience fighting from the center of Washington, Nader joins Abby Martin on The Empire Files to discuss today’s political climate, the corporate government and rigged elections. 
  • Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change

 

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