engaged electorate

seith-communiti  I like Chapo Trap House and I feel that I’d be…

A lot of the podcasts like street fight and chapo seem far further left than the DSA that they seem to primarily organize with, but it’s such a good platform to engage alienated liberals, they’re willing to take on the opportunity of engaging in electoral politics.

Yeah like any American radical will probably be further to the left with any organization they work with bc those groups are older and stuff, I just feel like they seem super edgy for a group that’s still really tied with electoral politics

Planned Parenthood Stands with Movement for Black Lives Against Police Brutality

“In the wake of yet another tragic death we call for racial justice once and for all”

New York, NY —  Today, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, issued the statement below calling for racial justice after news that University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing intentionally shot and killed 43-year-old Black man, Sam DuBose, during a routine traffic stop on July 19.

Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“It is utterly heartbreaking that another young Black man has lost his life to the hands of police. This, after a new report shows that at least five Black women have died in police custody since mid-July alone. Sam DuBose’s tragic death — and that of the many who came before and are unfortunately to come after him — is a startling example of the systemic racism that continues to persist in this country and is consistently perpetuated by the police force.

“While we mourn with the families who have lost loved ones, we are inspired by their strength and stand with them and the leaders of the Movement for Black Lives in calling for justice against police brutality and fighting for policies that will finally hold those who uphold this structural racism accountable.

“As a provider and advocate to communities of color throughout the nation we know that people of color face heightened and often violent forms of discrimination. Planned Parenthood continues to listen and improve the ways in which we show up for those leading the work to combat this discrimination and center the lived experiences of people of color in our work. We are committed to our role in ensuring equity in health care access for all, particularly for people of color, who all too often experience limited access, but we know that this is only one piece of a much larger fight for racial justice.

“Everyone deserves the freedom to live without fearing for their lives and we are committed to ensuring that the people of color in our communities and beyond are able to achieve that fundamental right. We stand with those doing this work on a daily basis and we call on you to join us.”

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.

A Pew Research Center poll this month found that 27 percent of the public is paying very close attention to the election — slightly more than usual, thanks to Trump and the horde of candidates, but not exactly evidence of an engaged electorate. In this low-information environment, public opinion is susceptible to huge shifts — and manipulation. Indeed, the Fiorina boomlet may be almost entirely a CNN creation.
 
First the network changed its own qualification rules to give Fiorina a place on the main debate stage. During the debate, moderator Jake Tapper of CNN teed up several confrontations between Fiorina and Trump that played to her advantage (inviting her to comment, for example, on Trump’s “persona” and his insult of her appearance). After the debate, CNN proclaimed Fiorina “the breakout star of the night, taking on Republican front-runner Donald Trump with finesse and capturing the crowd with polished, zinging answers.” Then came the CNN poll that showed, as CNN described it, that “Fiorina shot into second place in the Republican presidential field on the heels of another strong debate performance.”
 
CNN shoehorns her into debate; CNN puffs her up during debate; CNN praises her debate performance; CNN trumpets poll showing debate gained her support: In the corporate world Fiorina comes from, this is known as vertical integration.

I do think it makes most sense to at least engage electoral politics on the local level where they can make significant changes. I too long for revolution long term obviously but revolution without an actual movement to support it, both materially and politically, is not just unsustainable but actively more likely to lend itself to reaction (given the very real strength and networks of organizations which oppose us diametrically, including psuedofascists) than to any support-worthy result.

Global wealth inequality is even more startling, of course. After accounting for debts, assets of more than $4,000 put a person in the wealthiest half of world citizens. Assets of more than $75,000 put them in the top 10 percent. Assets of more than $753,000 put them in the top 1 percent. This leads to the most startling figure in the report: “Our estimates suggest that the lower half of the global population possesses barely 1% of global wealth, while the richest 10% of adults own 86% of all wealth, and the top 1% account for 46% of the total.
—  Ezra Klein
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In just a few months, Pope Francis has proven to be one of the most outspoken pontiffs in recent history, especially when it comes to poverty and income inequality. In a message to be sent to world leaders marking the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace on January 1, he criticized the “widening gap between those who have more and those who must be content with the crumbs.”

Francis is the first Jesuit to ascend to the papacy, so this week Bill turns to Jesuit-educated author and historian Thomas Cahill to get his perspective on Pope Francis and the relevance of the Church in the 21st century. “[Pope Francis] is talking about the poor, as Jesus did. He’s talking about the absolute necessity for us to take care of the poor, to do something for them.”