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Pro confederate flag people: “Hey, black people, chill out. It’s just a flag.” Black person: “OK, so can we take it down as quickly and with as little fuss as possible? Since it’s ‘just a flag’?” Pro confederate flag people: “WHAT? HOW DARE YOU? THAT FLAG MEANS EVERYTHING TO US. THIS WILL NOT STAND.“
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Tell Republicans: Americans deserve paid leave
Tell Republicans: Americans deserve paid leave

What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? Neither one of them offer paid maternity leave for new mothers. Tell Republicans in Congress that it’s time for America to guarantee paid leave for mothers.

Not only is the US the only major country that doesn’t grant workers paid time off after having a baby, we still don’t have any federal protections for those that get sick or injured. For millions of American workers, ending up in the hospital could cost them their jobs. It’s not right. Stand with Senate Democrats to say that Americans deserve paid sick leave and paid maternity leave.

Nobody asks to get sick. And having a baby should be a joyous occasion—so why are we letting millions of Americans live with the threat of not being able to provide for their families? If we want to build an economy based on a strong middle class, we must have common-sense protections for regular Americans. People that work hard at their jobs shouldn’t be thrown into economic instability because of unforeseen events.

Join the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in telling Republicans that it’s time to join the rest of the world in providing economic protection for our workers—all Americans deserve paid sick leave and paid maternity leave.

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the confederate flag was never actually widely used during the civil war, or even adopted as the official flag of the confederate states of america. it only gained popularity because of its use by both the kkk and the states’ rights democratic party, a political party that opposed desegregation. the confederate flag has always been a symbol of white supremacists.

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CHINA, HONG KONG : A homeless man reacts as students protesting for greater democratic rights march in Hong Kong on September 24, 2014. Striking students marched on Hong Kong’s financial district on September 24, taking their protest to the city’s commercial centre for the first time. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS

See Everyone, not all elected officials in the ‪South‬ are conservative‬ nuts. Here is ‪Kentucky‬ Attorney General Jack ‪Conway‬, and candidate for Governor, supporting the ruling issued by the US Supreme Court. He refused to appeal the case to the Supreme Court last year. He even cried when he announced that he was not appealing the decision issued by the Federal District Court that overturned the state’s ban on same sex marriage. That forced Governor ‪Beshear‬ to appeal the decision simply to see the issue get resolved once and for all. Beshear is a ‪Democrat‬. The argument he made was ridiculous, which many people believe was intentional so that the Court would rule against him and find in support of same sex ‪marriage‬. That happened today.

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JUNE 19 - ELLA BAKER

“Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.”

As the nation continues to witness violence against the Black community - along with repeated calls that #BlackLivesMatter - these 1964 words from Ella Baker hold an eerie weight. The civil rights and human rights activist devoted five decades of her life fighting for equality, placing a strong emphasis on grassroots organization and the power of the people to enact change.

“You didn’t see me on television, you didn’t see news stories about me. The kind of role that I tried to play was to pick up pieces or put together pieces out of which I hoped organization might come. My theory is, strong people don’t need strong leaders.“

Baker acted as a behind-the-scenes facilitator for the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. She played a key role in mentoring, empowering and challenging important figures within the civil rights movement, and while her name might not be as widely recognized, her contributions to society are no less valid.

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“Bernie Sanders: “Socialist” Is Not An Insult, It Just Scares Old People For No Good Reason

Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist, he makes no apologies for that. Yet, there are those that see the label of socialist as a pejorative that indicates some malfeasance of the labeled.

During an interview with Seth Meyers, Bernie Sanders explains the socialist label and how it doesn’t scare him to have that label.”