Can you sign our letter to the Clinton campaign asking her for New York debate?

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We sent a letter to Hillary Clinton’s campaign over the weekend asking for a debate in New York before its battleground primary on April 19.

Add your name to our letter to say you want to see Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate in New York.

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You can read the full letter to Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook here:

Dear Robby,

I am writing to you about the remaining, agreed-upon Democratic primary season debates in April and May of this year. As you know, Secretary Clinton agreed to three additional debates – one in March, one in April, one in May – in return for our campaign agreeing to the late-scheduled debate in New Hampshire prior to that state’s primary.

At Senator Sanders’ request, the March debate was held in Michigan. As I understand it, there was previously agreement reached by our representatives for the May debate to be held in California. I trust that commitment remains on your part.

However, there has not been agreement on the April debate in terms of date or location. Our campaign continues to believe that the people of New York deserve to have the debate held in their state, and that it should be held prior to the New York primary.

Given the outcome of electoral contests since March 15th it is clearer than ever that New York will play a critical role in determining the Democratic nominee. However, your campaign has consistently chosen to deny the people of New York the opportunity to see Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton debate in the Empire State.

It is difficult to understand your motivation. I have received calls from numerous news companies seeking to sponsor a New York debate so I know the media interest would be high. Can you please explain why New York should not host the April debate? Is the Secretary concerned about debating before the people who twice elected her to the U.S. Senate?

Perhaps there is some tactical advantage you are seeking by avoiding a debate in New York but I would remind you that Senator Sanders agreed to debate the Secretary in New Hampshire when he was well ahead in the polls.

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience so we can schedule the New York debate in April.

Regards,

Jeff Weaver

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Bernie Sanders Wins in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii

The sweep offers the senator a chance to gain ground against Hillary Clinton.

Source: Sanders romps in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii

Bernie Sanders Wins in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii

Senator Bernie Sanders speaking before a large crowd.At this point, Hillary Clinton had better be looking over her shoulder. If she does, she will see Senator Bernie Sanders breathing down her neck. No one in their right mind would dispute that he is a valid contender for President of the United States.

I was delighted to hear that Bernie Sanders won the caucuses in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. He is inching his way towards winning more delegates that Hillary Clinton. If he doesn’t win enough delegates to win the nomination outright, he will at least go into The Democratic National Convention with enough clout to make a difference in the Democratic Party platform. Also, there is always the strong chance that he could persuade enough delegates to come over to his side, therefore winning the nomination.

One of the best things that could happen right now, is for Bernie Sanders to win enough delegates to deny the nomination to Hillary Clinton, therefore causing the convention to be open. That is to say, a convention where delegates from the various states will be forced into the position of having to work out a compromise. Then again, be as persuasive as he can be, Bernie Sanders stands a very good chance of winning over enough delegates to give him the nomination.

Another point to consider is that Hillary Clinton is running and into a lot of problems now, particularly her strong connections to the SuperPACs and Wall Street. That is one thing that has personally always bothered me about Hillary Clinton. How can she say that she will regulate the economy, or stabilized it, if she is, figuratively speaking, in bed with the people who helped to ruin the economy in the first place?

 

Bernie Sanders Committing Civil Disobedience – 1963

Bernie Sanders Committing Civil Disobedience – 1963 https://youtu.be/rPYCeO0seLU This video shows Senator Senator Sanders committing civil disobedience in 1963. Hopefully, this video will lay to rest the rumors, started by supporters of Hillary Clinton that Senator Sanders actually was not a part of the civil rights movement, as he says he was. …
Bernie Sanders Calls for Wealth Redistribution

“Our job is to redistribute wealth back into the hands of working families.” Source: In Front of 10,000 in Madison, Bernie Sanders Calls for Wealth Redistribution – In These Times Bernie Sanders Calls for Wealth Redistribution   At this point, I’m sure that Hillary and her campaign advisers are starting to look over their …

 

Hitler Had His Brown Shirts: Donald Trump Has His “Supporters”

I have Hitler Had His Brown Shirts: Donald Trump Has His “Supporters”

Despite Donald Trump and his half-assed attempts to blame the violence at his rallies on other people, he is totally responsible for the behavior of his so-called “supporters”. He is using the already existing level of anger in this country, for his own political benefit. His rallies are so reminiscent of something that may have gone on in Germany just before Hitler was elected Chancellor, are unprecedented in this country. Americans are not used to this type of violence at what is supposed to be a political rally, in this case, Donald Trump rallies.

Instead of trying to calm down his so-called “supporters”, instead Donald Trump just ramps up the violence that his rallies have become so infamous for. Is gotten to the point that every time I see Donald Trump I almost expect him to show up sporting a Charlie Chaplin style mustache and wearing a brown shirt. After all, Adolf Hitler had his Brown shirts to suppress any type of protest against his doctrine of hatred, I guess Donald Trump thinks it’s okay to encourage his “supporters” to beat up anyone who dares to speak out against his demagoguery. As most of us know by now, Donald Trump is “too good” to get his hands dirty when he can have his “supporters” do it for him.

A logical place to make an attempt to understand this violence would be to ask, why are people angry? For me, the answer is quite simple. People simply hate the system. They hate their jobs, if they are lucky enough to even have one. They basically hate the income inequality that exists in this country, despite the fact that people like Donald Trump are the primary cause of this disparity of incomes. Trump has pimped the system for far too long and it’s high time that people realize this. As far as people like Donald Trump are allowed to control this country, and its economy, nothing is going to get better at people’s anger will remain at a heightened level, as it now is.

The American people need to realize that the best thing they can do is to stop listening to the wealthy, like Donald Trump, and take back this country. The way I look at it, the only way to really take it back is to simply stop listening to Donald Trump and his hate speech.

This video by Rachel Maddow shows just what a liar and hypocrite Trump is when he tries to place the blame for violence at his rallies and other people. It accentuates the fact that Donald Trump alone is responsible.

I wonder how Trump will feel, if he is even capable of feeling anything, if some innocent person gets killed or badly injured and one of his rallies? I doubt if he’ll give a damn!

 

Philadelphia Mayor Calls Donald Trump an Asshole

Philadelphia’s mayor called Donald Trump an ‘a$$hole’ and it is a thing of beauty   Philadelphia Mayor Calls Donald Trump an Asshole   https://youtu.be/aWe-uAE2RKk Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, puts two words what many people have already thought, when he calls Donald Trump an asshole. I for one know that I’ve said this same thing …

 

 

Let’s keep the momentum rolling

Bernie Sanders for President

You may have noticed that the pundits are still trying to write us off. But Tuesday’s YUUUGE margins of victory – 57 points in Idaho, and 59 points in Utah – show that voters are uniting behind our campaign, and our political revolution is still on a path to the nomination.

This Saturday, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii will hold their caucuses – and we expect to continue cutting into our opponent’s delegate lead. But we have a lot of ground to make up.

Our path to victory depends on you. We’ve gotten this far based on volunteers all over America stepping up to do incredible things. If we can increase these efforts in the coming weeks, we’ll be unstoppable.

Can you commit to helping out at an event near you?

Oakland GOTV Pizza Party Phonebank for Bernie:
Friday, March 25ᵗʰ at 4:00 pm PDT in Oakland

Berkeley Community Saturday Phone Bank!:
Saturday, March 26ᵗʰ at 10:00 am PDT in Berkeley

Oakland Bankin 4 Bagels on Franklin:
Sunday, March 27ᵗʰ at 12:00 pm PDT in Oakland

Lakshmi’s Phone Banking for Bernie:
Monday, March 28ᵗʰ at 5:00 pm PDT in Oakland

Barnstorm Organizing Rally for Bernie:
Tuesday, March 29ᵗʰ at 7:00 pm PDT in Berkeley

You can also make calls from home with the Bernie Dialer, or check our map for other events happening near you.

We hope you can commit some of your time and help keep our revolution rolling forward.

In solidarity,

Team Bernie

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An important victory for Bernie Sanders

An important victory for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders for President

This is a big deal, Blane. Yesterday afternoon, we received the final results from another Democratic primary contest:

Democrats Abroad Results – March 21, 2016
Sanders: 69% (nine delegates)
Clinton: 31% (four delegates)

Here’s why this result is important: we netted more delegates from the Democrats Abroad voting than Hillary Clinton netted with her narrow victories in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Missouri combined.

This is the result we needed. Now we wait to hear from Arizona, Idaho, and Utah later tonight, where we should do well. But we also have to focus on what’s next, and that is the CRITICAL caucus in Washington on Saturday.

Your $50 contribution today will ensure we have what we need to win Washington State’s caucus this Saturday. We need a good margin there, and your contribution could make the difference.

We’ve said all along that March 15th would be the high-water mark for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Now the map shifts in our favor, and we’re going to begin clawing back delegates in state after state until we capture the lead on June 7th. But that will only happen if we continue to stand together.

In solidarity,

Jeff Weaver
Campaign Manager
Bernie 2016

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BBC Article. Disability & Sex

I saw this article on a disability-related listserve that I am a member of, and I thought it was too good not to share. Even though it really has nothing to do with politics, except for maybe sexual politics, it was too good not to share with as many people as this small blog may reach

BBC Article. Disability & Sex

http://www.bbc.com/news/disability-35762887

‘Pretty Cripples’ and the people turned on by disability
By Emily Yates
Presenter, BBC Three
12 March 2016
From the section Disability

Disability and sex_devoteesAfter posting a photo of herself online, disabled BBC Three presenter Emily Yates was shocked to receive a message saying “pretty cripple”. It led her to investigate the secret world of “devotees” – those who are sexually aroused by disabled people and their struggles.

It was 2011 and I was living in Melbourne, Australia, when I posted a photo of myself in my wheelchair on Facebook ahead of the university’s annual ball.

Later I saw a few friendly comments had been added from people wishing me a great evening but below that I was shocked to see the words “pretty cripple” posted by a friend in New York.

I was hurt that compliments and negative terms could go hand-in-hand in this way, but was even more offended when I later discovered that, to some, it was the biggest gesture of admiration he could have given me.

After an angry Facebook rant, I found myself being introduced to a community of people who are sexually aroused, and attracted to, disability as friends pointed me towards some websites about people known as devotees.

The websites would become the doorway to discovering some pretty dark stuff but, surprisingly, I found it strangely refreshing at times.
I’m ashamed to say that I often find myself almost apologising for my disability. I have cerebral palsy and, when talking to guys online, I make sure they know I’m a wheelchair user so they have a get-out clause before choosing to meet me.

In a world that constantly tells us anything out of the realms of “normal” is undesirable, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed by the idea that there are people out there who would happily love and accept every little bit of me, especially the bits that I’ve always considered flawed.
But, as I started to come face to face with people in the devotee community, I felt wary.

One of the first I met was Gray, a husband and father in the USA, who wanted to remain anonymous as even his wife doesn’t know of his interest.

He seemed both confident and lonely – accepting of his “devness” as he calls it, but equally trapped by it.

He told me he thought my legs were “very nice and sexy” and sees leg-braces or wheelchairs in the same way others see party dresses. For him, relationships with disabled women can offer more intimacy than those with able-bodied women.

Gray’s interest in disabled women first emerged at school when a girl with a very short leg and one arm entered his classroom, he says he fell immediately in love: “To me she was obviously the most gorgeous woman in the whole school district.”

As I spoke to him, though, I wondered if his attraction was more about vulnerability and power – things which I didn’t want others to consider when they look at me.

It was through meeting Gray that I discovered some devs are solely attracted to the disabled body, and cannot find sexual gratification with able-bodied partners.

Ruth Madison, an American author who writes fiction about a teenage devotee and her love for a paraplegic man, is open about her devoteeism, which is perhaps why I liked her so much.

She says she was a toddler when she first realised her desire for disabled people but knew she “couldn’t let anyone know”. This led to years of intense secrecy.

When I met Madison she proudly showed me her desk chair – it’s a second-hand wheelchair – and said her feelings are now so intense it impacts her sex life.

People she gets involved with have to be noticeably disabled. One boyfriend she had was paralysed but only had a damaged spinal cord rather than a completely severed one and so had a certain degree of mobility. “He didn’t always use equipment,” she says, “and when we were in bed together I couldn’t really see his disability.

“That would sometimes hamper things for me,” she says, and admits she would have to look at his stick or wheelchair to become aroused.
Meeting Madison and seeing her open and honest attitude empowered me.

Devoteeism finally had a face and a name which invited me into a home, was transparent and much more than an online presence with a disability fetish. It helped make me realise devotees are people too.

But I also came into contact with a section of the devotee community called the “bad devs” – those who enjoy watching someone struggle.

Simply put, this particular fetish focuses on the difficulties someone with a disability might face in their everyday life, such as using stairs.
To find out more about this for myself I decided to make my own “devotee porn” for bad devs.

Strangely, it’s not like the porn you might be thinking of. Imagine the most mundane everyday task acted out by a disabled person. Not worth watching, right? Some devotees couldn’t disagree more.

Putting a call out on social media I asked what my audience wanted to see from me. Their requests came thick and fast. Some said they would love to see me transfer from my bed to my wheelchair with a clear view of my feet and legs and someone else added they hoped I would have a few muscle spasms too. They were very upfront about what they like.

I made a short film of me transferring from my wheelchair to my beloved car, but I almost cried beforehand because I felt so objectified.
If it was a performance and I could look really sexy that could be really fun, but actually what they’re asking me to do is something I do every day and have difficulty with.

While wandering through this world of devoteeism I have come across examples of troubling empowerment and exploitation but, at the same time, I’ve learnt something important and positive.

I met many devotees along the way and some were really genuine, I understood them and liked them.

Essentially what they were saying was, “Why should we exclude anybody when disabled people can be just as beautiful?” But I think there’s also a problem when you fetishise something, that it can hamper you from having feelings for the full person.

Am I here to judge devoteeism? Of course not. In fact, I believe that putting this otherwise hidden subject out in the open will help both devotees and disabled people to find what they are looking for, or what doesn’t interest them.
Do I want to ensure that we all have the knowledge and confidence to make our own sexual decisions, weighing up pros and cons, regardless of ability? Absolutely, and I hope my investigation is just the start of encouraging that conversation to flourish.

 

Hot Wheels: The World of Wheelchair Fetishists and Disability Devotees

According to my friends, devotees are pretty common. If you have a disability and try dating, chances are you’ll bump into one soon. Yet, the idea of someone being turned on by my disability seemed both baffling and distasteful to me. So, I decided to

 

 

Stop Pfizer From Using “Corporate inversion” To Evade Taxes

Bernie Sanders

Stop Pfizer From Using “Corporate inversion” To Evade Taxes

I want to tell you about something that encapsulates so much of is wrong with our economy, our government, and our corrupt political system. Then I’m going to ask for your help to stop it.

Pfizer is a giant pharmaceutical company based in New York City that has a history of overcharging Americans for prescription drugs. It’s in the process of trying to merge with another company located in Ireland.

If the merger is successful, Pfizer would technically become a foreign company, meaning it could dodge around $35 BILLION in corporate taxes here in America.

Enough is enough. Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies cannot be allowed to evade taxes and rip off American patients who already pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

I sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew asking him to prevent Pfizer from taking many of the steps it wants in order to avoid paying taxes in America. Can you add your name to say you want Pfizer to pay the taxes it owes?

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What Pfizer is trying to do is known as a “corporate inversion.” In this case, Pfizer, an American company, is merging with a company based abroad. The result of the merger is a company with an address in another country – even though the majority of shareholders are still based in America.

Pfizer apparently doesn’t want to pay the $35 billion in taxes it would owe in America. I don’t think that’s right.

No matter what, you can bet that Pfizer would continue to overcharge Americans for prescription drugs, too. Since 2014, the pharmaceutical company has hiked the prices of seven of its top selling drugs by an average of 39 percent.

Pfizer also charges 12 times as much in the U.S. under Medicare for these drugs as it charges in Ireland, where it’s claiming a new address for tax purposes.

All of this is the result of years of weakened tax laws, an abdication of responsibility by American companies to their country, and a corrupt political system that allows it to happen.

And believe we can stop it.

Add your name and together we can stop Pfizer’s corporate tax dodge and take a big step forward for our political revolution.

Thank you for your support.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

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