By Jim Carey
In 68 days the US election will be over. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and many progressives feel that “the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) is going to go through, whoever is elected… endless war is going to be continued…. We’re not going to get our privacy back, and the idea that, at this point, the figure in the executive branch exercises that much power, given the power of the war industry and Wall Street, is a myth.”
Meeting and Film
The Green Party’s Jill Stein:
Why Not Vote for Her?
Mon, Aug 29, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
It’s difficult to believe that the US would elect the Republican candidate. One news blog ends every piece about the Republican candidate by reminding citizens that he is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist misogynist, “birther,” and bully, who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims—1.6 billion members of an entire religion—from entering the United States. To quote Tom Friedman: “He is a disgusting human being.” Ben Jealous, the former head of the N.A.A.C.P. sums it up by saying: “We cannot afford to go through George W. Bush on steroids.”
The issue for many is how to continue the incredible progressive movement and political revolution that Bernie Sanders unleashed. Though talk of $US15 an hour as a minimum wage has become more prevalent in the last year, the Fair Labor Standards Act still requires a minimum wage of only $US2.13 for tipped workers and the federal starvation minimum wage of $US7.25 per hour for others. Since 2010 the Obama administration has deported close to 2.5 million undocumented persons, many of them refugees from violence in the Central American countries that the US has exploited over the last 100 years. It’s difficult to believe that criminal justice reform, immigration, and foreign policy reform will be at the top of the agenda for the Democratic candidate who relies on the counsel of Henry Kissinger.
Now, fires are destroying a town in northern California and floods have killed people in Louisiana. Climate change is real, not a hoax. This needs to be front and center of a progressive agenda. Yet the recent appointment of Ken Salazar, a proponent of the Keystone Pipeline, the TPP, and domestic and global fracking, as the leader of the Democratic transition team is not good news for the climate. Bernie Sanders called “wealth and income inequality the great moral issue of our time.” Breaking up the big banks, overturning Citizens United, universal health care, campaign reform, expanding social security, transforming our educational system, and reducing the student debt—all are goals that Sanders’ movement brought to America’s agenda for the future. Join our discussion. All our events are free.