Sanders vs. Media Softball Game — Tonight!

UPDATE 11:00 PM: The Sanders softball game was played as scheduled. But my original link to view the game instead covered an Elizabeth Warren rally in Minnesota. I’m not sure why, but the following article may offer a few clues.

Bernie’s Softball Game vs. Media Sparks Last-Minute Controversy

The game was a good idea… that went awry. Not only that, Bernie’s team, the Revolutionaries, soundly lost.

UPDATE 8:20 PM: Go here to view:

The Bernie Sanders vs Media Softball Game is happening tonight, at the legendary Field of Dreams ball park in Dyersville, Iowa.

Watch the Game Live Online

You may watch the game online. Pre-game programming is streaming now. The game begins at 8:00 PM Eastern. Enjoy!

Dreaming of President Sanders

Dyersville, Iowa is home to the “Field of Dreams” movie set. Its a hot spot for tourists of the heartland, and today, for political junkies… who are dreaming of a President Sanders.

The movie set house for the film "Field of Dreams"
The “Field of Dreams” movie set house in Dyersville, Iowa.

Speaking of Another Competition…

The “Revolutionary Progressive Candidates 2020” list is filling in. Follow the link, and then check out the states you’re interested in. Many wonderful progressive candidates are stepping up to the plate in 2020.

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Surviving an Unsettling Fourth of July

Friday, July 5, 2019

I used to hold one unambiguous thought about the Fourth of July. It was wonderful — with picnics, parades, fireworks — and concerts that made you weep for love of country. But around 10 or 12 years ago that changed; I was beginning to feel unsettled about my nation, a kind of patriotic unease.

Tanks on the Mall

I’m as patriotic as the next American, maybe more. Proof? I recently listened to the unabridged production of Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis — simply for enjoyment.

But leading up to America’s 2019 Independence Day celebrations, the mental image of tanks rolling across the Washington Mall, as if the United States is some kind of banana republic, made me sick to my stomach. Such a display would be really low-class. You don’t boast about having the most, when you actually have the most. You don’t need to, you don’t want to. You know what sets off greatness? Humility. Sadly, would-be dictators see it differently.

I did not watch Trump’s military parade yesterday. It would have been utterly unsettling.

How did you celebrate the Fourth?

Gerrymandering Is Legal

Regarding recent judicial decisions? It’s quite unsettling that the Supreme Court of the United States chose to protect politics over democracy.

In a 5-4 decision along traditional conservative-liberal ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled that partisan redistricting is a political question — not reviewable by federal courts — and that those courts can’t judge if extreme gerrymandering violates the Constitution.

~ All Things Considered, June 27, 2019 | NPR

No, no, no. Partisan redistricting is not a political question. It’s a question of democracy. Rigged elections are unfair, unconscionable, and certainly undemocratic. No, further. Rigged elections are treasonous. Isn’t that obvious?

Indeed, it’s laughable to think Russian interference could have more impact on U.S. elections than our very own domestic meddling. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, party-rigged primaries, and the Electoral College create real interference to democratic American elections.

Keeping Up the Good Fight

No matter how unsettled, we keep up the Good Fight.

Here at the site, we’re highlighting left-leaning, progressive information resources. Check out these new pages:

Progressive Heroes in the “Untelevised” News was updated. We’re starting to add state pages to The Revolutionary Progressive Candidates of 2020: Medicare 4 All & No Corp Money! So far, we have published the New York page, which is a little skimpy right now. Expect the state pages to multiply over the next few weeks, and to fill-out with candidates over the coming months.

Oh, yes. The site title has changed from to Progressive Graffiti. When you’re master of the universe (that is, your blog) you can do anything. 🙂

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Thanks for your visit, my friend. Democracy forever! (Yes? No? Maybe?)


People Power – Friday’s Update

Friday, May 31, 2019

Citizen Power at Your Fingertips

With today’s technology and applications, we have Citizen Power at our fingertips 24/7. Check out the new post: Poke Your Reps 100 Different Ways. It’s a compilation of various ways, old and new, to communicate with elected officials — in order to tell them what YOU need and want. Use your precious power regularly, and often.

A Novel Illuminates Abortion at the Human Level

The past week has seen an escalating attack on the Pro-Choice movement. At this point, eight state legislatures have passed abortion bans. The ACLU is taking them all to court. Protest rallies have cropped up all over the nation. Remain calm, perform your civic duty to protect women’s rights, join the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), and read a good novel: A Spark of Light, by Jodi Piccoult, offers a compassionate view of the arguments on both sides of the abortion issue. It’s the book you must read before having a serious discussion about abortion with anyone from the opposite camp.

A Spark of Light tells the story of an abortion clinic that’s violently taken hostage by an angry Far-Right Christian father. People on the premises during the crisis include clinic workers, women seeking reproductive healthcare, a traveling doctor dedicated to helping women — and a stunned undercover Pro-Life advocate who can’t believe her karma. In the afterword, the author covers abortion facts and lucidly points us in the direction of viable social solutions.

Here’s an excellent overview of the American abortion conflict… What’s Going on in the Fight Over US Abortion Rights? | BBC News

Taxes to Fund a Modern Country for The People

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Barbara Lee joined forces to introduce legislation that would apply a small tax on Wall Street transactions in order to pay for popular social programs that developed nations around the world already enjoy.

SEE: Sen. Bernie Sanders Proposes Tax on Wall Street Speculation | Democracy Now!

The legislation would tax stock, bond and derivatives trades in order to fund job creation, Medicare for all, free public college, environmental and climate change programs, housing assistance and HIV/AIDStreatment and prevention.

~ Democracy Now!

Members of the opposition may argue that social programs are a manifestation of “socialism.” Further, they may hold that “political corruption” occurs whenever the Democratic Party gives people (i.e., minorities) what they want — just to get their votes! (Because, of course, voting Republicans don’t want anything in return for the tax dollars they pay.)

Has the opposition been conned? “Divide and conquer” is the oldest strategy in the book, and the objective of racism. In lieu of real benefits, do working-class Republicans get to be “white” in return for their vote?

“And when his wrinkled stomach cried out for the food that his empty pockets could not provide, he ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than the black man,” [columnist Leonard] Pitts said, quoting the speech King delivered at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March on March 25, 1965. 

Pitts said these words were a succinct summary of what he believes is the greatest con in American history: rather than provide poor white Americans a living wage, affordable housing, quality schools or health care, the money and political interest in the country has given them “whiteness.” 

~ Mackenzie Clark, Lawrence Journal-World

READ MORE: Columnist Leonard Pitts Tells Lawrence Crowd It’s Time for White Americans to ‘Stop Eating Jim Crow’ | Lawrence Journal-World


People are combining their power for peace with the #PeopleOverPentagon initiative. Many top-level activist organizations have joined the cause, including the National Priorities Project.

You may sign the petition as a citizen cosponsor to End Wasteful Military Spending.

Bernie Sanders Joins Walmart Meeting

How do employees express people-power in the workplace? Bernie Sanders will join Walmart workers at the annual Walmart Shareholders’ meeting on June 5 in order to address this question.

At the invitation of a group of Walmart’s hourly workers, Sanders will appear at the June 5 shareholders meeting in Rogers, Arkansas, to introduce a proposal calling for worker representation on the board.

~ Mike Murphy, Market Watch

TYT Iowa Rally June 8

In the mood for a road trip? Attend the TYT Iowa rally in Des Moines on June 8. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks will be joined by Richard Ojeda, Alison Hartmann, and other progressive political figures. TYT is going to make a big announcement. It has something to do with the 2020 presidential race — and People Power.

Can’t join us in Iowa? No worries. We’re coming to a city near you. Sign up here to be the first to hear about future events.

~ The Young Turks

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Poke Your Reps 100 Different Ways

In a democracy, “We the People” tell our elected representatives what we want them to do. So, give them a “poke,” regularly and often. Telephone calls have a great impact. Personal emails make a strong impression. Social media is the most public of venues. There’re a hundred ways (give or take) to send a message to elected officials. However you poke your reps, it’s an action that confirms what President Abraham Lincoln said:

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.

~ Abraham Lincoln

Short, Serious, Simple, Sweet

Government leaders are busy, under pressure. So are their staff members, who are most likely to be the ones who directly respond to your message. Help everyone better understand your message by following the four rules of clear communication:

  1. Keep it Short – Get right to the point
  2. Keep it Serious – Humor may be misunderstood
  3. Keep it Simple – Focus on just one idea at a time
  4. Keep it Sweet – Be respectful

Call, Write, or Email the White House

You may call or write the President, but the White House says an email is preferred. “This is the fastest way to get your message to President Trump.” White House phone numbers are listed below:

  • Comments: 202-456-1111 (manned by volunteers)
  • Switchboard: 202-456-1414  (manned by professional White House operators)

Contact Congress

Follow the links below to get to the website of any Congress Member. From there, you can find the Contact Page, which will provide all the contact information you need for writing, calling, or emailing the Member.

Progressive Democrats of America provides downloadable letter templates that you may use to write Members of Congress. The selection of letters is constantly updated according to current issues. Go to Educate Congress to take advantage of this resource.

Messages Via Social Media

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, it’s easy to put the “@” sign in front of a rep’s handle and shoot off a quick message. If you like, include a link to an online article that gives background on the topic of your concern and supports the action you want your rep to take.

You may also build consensus among sympathizers of your cause, multiplying the impact of your initial tweet or status update. But watch out — that strategy can boomerang with the exact opposite effect — resulting in a squad of social media trolls who harass your words, and you, for days and days. (Should the latter happen, don’t take it personal, don’t bother responding to jerks.)

Though social media is a pubic forum, you’re under no obligation to be witty or “go viral” while performing a civic duty. Your main goal is to clearly express your view (see the above section), so that your opinion is noted and counted by the representative or his staff.

President Twitter Handle

The Twitter Handle of Donald J. Trump is @realDonaldTrump.

Senator Twitter Handles

Sometimes, you might want to tweet to several, or all, U.S. Senators regarding a particular issue. The following alphabetical list of senator Twitter handles should help you.

@SenAlexander @SenatorBaldwin @SenJohnBarrasso @SenBennetCO @SenBlumenthal @RoyBlunt @CoryBooker @JohnBoozman @SenMikeBraun @SenSherrodBrown @SenatorBurr @SenatorCantwell @CapitoforWV @SenatorCardin @TomCarperforDE @SenBobCasey @SenBillCassidy @SenatorCollins @ChrisCoons @JohnCornyn @SenCortezMasto @SenTomCotton @SenKevinCramer @MikeCrapo @SenTedCruz @SteveDaines @SenDuckworth @SenatorDurbin @SenatorEnzi @SenJoniErnst @SenFeinstein @SenatorFischer @SenCoryGardner @SenGillibrand @LindseyGrahamSC @ChuckGrassley @SenKamalaHarris @SenatorHassan @SenHawleyPress @MartinHeinrich @maziehirono @SenJohnHoeven @SenHydeSmith @JimInhofe @SenatorIsakson @SenRonJohnson @SenDougJones @timkaine @SenJohnKennedy @SenAngusKing @SenAmyKlobuchar @SenatorLankford @SenatorLeahy @SenMikeLee @Sen_JoeManchin @SenMarkey @McConnellPress @SenMcSallyAZ @SenatorMenendez @SenJeffMerkley @JerryMoran @lisamurkowski @SenMurphyOffice @PattyMurray @RandPaul @sendavidperdue @SenGaryPeters @senrobportman @SenJackReed @SenatorRisch @SenPatRoberts @mittromney_sen @SenJackyRosen @SenatorRounds @SenRubioPress @SenSanders @SenSasse @SenBrianSchatz @SenSchumer @SenRickScott @SenatorTimScott @SenatorShaheen @SenShelby @SenatorSinema @SenTinaSmith @SenStabenow @SenDanSullivan @SenatorTester @SenJohnThune @SenThomTillis @SenToomey @SenatorTomUdall @ChrisVanHollen @MarkWarner @SenWarren @SenWhitehouse @SenatorWicker @RonWyden @SenToddYoung
Undated May 22, 2019

Representative Twitter Handles

When your attention is on the U.S. House of Representatives, the following list of Twitter handles may be a help. House Representatives are listed according to state.

Alabama: @RepByrne @RepMarthaRoby @RepMikeRogers @Robert_Aderholt @RepMoBrooks @USRepGaryPalmer @RepTerriSewell
Alaska: @repdonyoung
Arizona: @RepOHalleran @Ann_Kirkpatrick @RepRaulGrijalva @RepGosar @RepAndyBiggsAZ @RepDavid @RepRubenGallego @RepDLesko @gregstantonaz
Arkansas: @RepRickCrawford @RepFrenchHill @rep_stevewomack @RepWesterman
California: @RepLaMalfa @RepHuffman @RepGaramendi @RepMcClintock @RepThompson @DorisMatsui @RepBera @RepPaulCook @RepMcNerney @joshua_harder @RepDeSaulnier @RepPelosi12 @RepBarbaraLee @RepSpeier @RepSwalwell @RepJimCosta @RepRoKhanna @RepAnnaEshoo @RepZoeLofgren @RepJimmyPanetta @TJCoxCongress @DevinNunes @GOPLeader (Rep. Kevin McCarthy) @RepCarbajal @RepKatieHill @RepBrownley @RepJudyChu @RepAdamSchiff @RepCardenas @BradSherman @RepPeteAguilar @gracenapolitano @RepTedLieu @RepJimmyGomez @NormaJTorres @CongressmanRuiz @RepKarenBass @RepLindaSanchez @RepGilCisneros @RepRoybalAllard @RepMarkTakano @KenCalvert @RepMaxineWaters @RepBarragan @RepKatiePorter @RepLouCorrea @RepLowenthal @RepHarley @RepMikeLevin @Rep_Hunter @RepJuanVargas @RepScottPeters @RepSusanDavis
Colorado: @RepDianaDeGette @RepJoeNeguse @RepTipton @RepKenBuck @RepDLamborn @RepJasonCrow @RepPerlmutter
Connecticut: @RepJohnLarson @RepJoeCourtney @rosadelauro @jahimes @RepJahanaHayes
District of Columbia: @EleanorNorton
Florida: @RepMattGaetz @DrNealDunnFL2 @RepTedYoho @RepRutherfordFL @RepAlLawsonJr @RepMichaelWaltz @RepStephMurphy @congbillposey @RepDarrenSoto @RepValDemings @RepWebster @RepGusBilirakis @RepCharlieCrist @USRepKCastor @RepRossSpano @VernBuchanan @RepGregSteube @RepBrianMast @RepRooney @RepHastingsFL @RepLoisFrankel @RepTedDeutch @RepDWStweets @RepWilson @MarioDB @RepDMP @RepShalala
Georgia: @RepBuddyCarter @SanfordBishop @RepDrewFerguson @RepHankJohnson @repjohnlewis @RepLucyMcBath @WoodallGA @AustinScottGA08 @RepDougCollins @CongressmanHice @RepLoudermilk @RepRickAllen @repdavidscott @RepTomGraves
Hawaii: @RepEdCase @TulsiPress
Idaho: @RepRussFulcher @CongMikeSimpson
Illinois: @RepBobbyRush @RepRobinKelly @RepLipinski @RepChuyGarcia @RepMikeQuigley @RepCasten @RepDannyDavis @CongressmanRaja @RepSchakowsky @RepSchneider @RepBillFoster @RepBost @RodneyDavis @RepUnderwood @RepShimkus @RepKinzinger @RepCheri @RepLaHood
Indiana: @RepVisclosky @RepWalorski @RepJimBanks @RepJimBaird @SusanWBrooks @RepGregPence @RepAndreCarson @RepLarryBucshon @RepTrey
Iowa: @RepFinkenauer @daveloebsack @RepCindyAxne @SteveKingIA
Kansas: @RepMarshall @Rep_Watkins @RepDavids @RepRonEstes
Kentucky: @KYComer @RepGuthrie @RepJohnYarmuth @RepThomasMassie @RepHalRogers @RepAndyBarr
Louisiana: @SteveScalise @RepRichmond @RepClayHiggins @RepMikeJohnson @RepAbraham @RepGarretGraves
Maine: @chelliepingree @RepGolden
Maryland: @RepAndyHarrisMD @Call_Me_Dutch @RepSarbanes @RepAnthonyBrown @StenyHoyer @RepDavidTrone @RepCummings @jamie_raskin
Massachusetts: @RepRichardNeal @RepMcGovern @RepLoriTrahan @RepJoeKennedy @RepKClark @sethmoulton @RepPressley @RepStephenLynch @USRepKeating
Michigan: @RepJackBergman @RepHuizenga @justinamash @RepMoolenaar @RepDanKildee @RepFredUpton @RepWalberg @RepSlotkin @RepAndyLevin @RepPaulMitchell @RepHaleyStevens @RepDebDingell @RepRashida @RepLawrence
Minnesota: @RepHagedorn @RepAngieCraig @RepDeanPhillips @BettyMcCollum04 @Ilhan @RepTomEmmer @collinpeterson @RepPeteStauber
Mississippi: @RepTrentKelly @BennieGThompson @RepMichaelGuest @CongPalazzo
Missouri: @LacyClayMO1 @RepAnnWagner @RepBlaine @RepHartzler @repcleaver @RepSamGraves @USRepLong @RepJasonSmith
Montana: @GregForMontana (no current twitter account)
Nebraska: @JeffFortenberry @RepDonBacon @RepAdrianSmith
Nevada: @repdinatitus @MarkAmodeiNV2 @RepSusieLee @RepHorsford
New Hampshire: @RepChrisPappas @RepAnnieKuster
New Jersey: @DonaldNorcross @CongressmanJVD @RepAndyKimNJ @RepChrisSmith @RepJoshG @FrankPallone @RepMalinowski @RepSires @BillPascrell @RepDonaldPayne @RepSherrill @RepBonnie
New Mexico: @RepDebHaaland @RepTorresSmall @repbenraylujan
New York: @RepLeeZeldin @RepPeteKing @RepTomSuozzi @RepKathleenRice @RepGregoryMeeks @RepGraceMeng @NydiaVelazquez @RepJeffries @RepYvetteClarke @RepJerryNadler @RepMaxRose @RepMaloney @RepEspaillat @RepAOC @RepJoseSerrano @RepEliotEngel @NitaLowey @RepSeanMaloney @DelgadoforNY19 @RepPaulTonko @RepStefanik @RepBrindisi @RepTomReed @RepJohnKatko @RepJoeMorelle @RepBrianHiggins @RepChrisCollins
North Carolina: @GKButterfield @RepHolding @RepWalterJones @RepDavidEPrice @virginiafoxx @RepMarkWalker @RepDavidRouzer @RepRichHudson @PatrickMcHenry @RepMarkMeadows @RepAdams @RepTedBudd
North Dakota: @RepArmstrongND
Ohio: @RepSteveChabot @RepBradWenstrup @RepBeatty @Jim_Jordan @boblatta @RepBillJohnson @RepBobGibbs @WarrenDavidson @RepMarcyKaptur @RepMikeTurner @RepMarciaFudge @RepBalderson @RepTimRyan @RepDaveJoyce @RepSteveStivers @RepAGonzalez
Oklahoma: @repkevinhern @RepMullin @RepFrankLucas @TomColeOK04 @RepKendraHorn
Oregon: @RepBonamici @repgregwalden @repblumenauer @RepPeterDeFazio @RepSchrader
Pennsylvania: @RepBrianFitz @RepBrendanBoyle @RepDwightEvans @RepDean @RepMGS @RepHoulahan @RepSusanWild @RepCartwright @RepMeuser @RepScottPerry @RepSmucker Fred Keller @RepJohnJoyce @GReschenthaler @CongressmanGT @MikeKellyPA @RepConorLamb @USRepMikeDoyle
Rhode Island: @RepCicilline @JimLangevin
South Carolina: @RepCunningham @RepJoeWilson @RepJeffDuncan @reptimmons @RepRalphNorman @WhipClyburn @RepTomRice
South Dakota: @RepDustyJohnson
Tennessee: @DrPhilRoe @RepTimBurchett @RepChuck @DesJarlaisTN04 @repjimcooper @RepJohnRose @DrMarkGreen4TN @RepDavidKustoff @RepCohen
Texas: @replouiegohmert @RepDanCrenshaw @RepVanTaylor @RepRatcliffe @RepLanceGooden @RepRonWright @RepFletcher @RepKevinBrady @RepAlGreen @RepMcCaul @ConawayTX11 @RepKayGranger @MacTXPress @TXRandy14 @RepGonzalez @RepEscobar @RepBillFlores @JacksonLeeTX18 @RepArrington @JoaquinCastrotx @RepChipRoy @RepPeteOlson @HurdOnTheHill @RepKenMarchant @RepRWilliams @michaelcburgess @RepCloudTX @RepCuellar @RepSylviaGarcia @RepEBJ @JudgeCarter @RepColinAllred @RepVeasey @RepFilemonVela @RepLloydDoggett @RepBrianBabin
Utah: @RepRobBishop @RepChrisStewart @RepJohnCurtis @RepBenMcAdams
Vermont: @PeterWelch
Virginia: @RobWittman @RepElaineLuria @BobbyScott @RepMcEachin @RepRiggleman @RepBenCline @RepSpanberger @RepDonBeyer @RepMGriffith @RepWexton @GerryConnolly
Washington: @RepDelBene @RepRickLarsen @HerreraBeutler @RepNewhouse @cathymcmorris @RepDerekKilmer @PramilaJayapal @RepKimSchrier @RepAdamSmith @RepDennyHeck
West Virginia: @RepMcKinley @RepAlexMooney @RepCarolMiller
Wisconsin: @RepBryanSteil @repmarkpocan @RepRonKind @RepGwenMoore @JimPressOffice @RepGrothman @RepSeanDuffy @RepGallagher
Wyoming: @Liz_Cheney
Undated May 22, 2019

Add Your ‘Aye’ or ‘Nay’

Follow U.S. Senators and Representatives on the issues, and tell them “Aye” or “Nay” in the most ingenious, productive, streamlined way possible — with the Countable and Issue Voter applications. Suddenly, civic duty is nearly fun, almost addictive.

Both applications help you keep up with legislative bills, and how your representatives vote on them. Add your ‘Yea’ or ‘Nay’ to proposed legislation, before there’s a vote in Congress. Send a comment, if you like, directly to your rep. These applications are designed with excellent workflow.

Countable is also available as a phone app.

Get Pushy with Petitions

When it’s time to be the voice of many, it’s time to push change with a petition. In case you ask, they’re known to be effective.

White House Petitions at ‘We the People’

You may petition the White House at We the People. If your petition gathers 100,000 signatures within 30 days, it’s guaranteed a response from the White House. Not ready to create you own petition? Sign petitions you agree with, which others have already created.

You’ll be amazed by the range and tone of petition topics sent to the White House. There’s everything from Net Neutrality, to the President’s resignation, to “Impeach Nancy Pelosi for crimes of Treason!” Generally, when Republican officials are targeted, the word “resignation” is used; when Democrats are targeted, the words “impeachment” or “expulsion” are used. I remember a more civil and sober tone at We the People under the Obama Administration. Petions

MoveOn is a serious people-powered political action committee (PAC) for progressive change. Anyone can start a petition. After email consultation with members, the organization will put its weight behind popular petitions, which includes delivery to the recipient. Why not become a member in order to get the petition queries and other MoveOn notices? Membership is free.

At MoveOn Petitions petitioners are allowed the flexibility to address:

  • The White House or Congress
  • A governor or state legislature
  • Someone else (like a local official or corporate CEO)

The video below highlights important changes that have been achieved through MoveOn Petitions. Petitions is a well-know petition site that offers petitioners both sponsored and organic options. The sponsored, or paid, option will reach a huge number of targeted supporters in a short time frame. Petition creators are responsible for delivering their signed petitions to the recipient.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation wrote a piece about using most effectively. Many of the tips in the article may be applied at other petition sites.

READ: 9 Tips for Creating Successful Petitions on

The Simple Call

The simple telephone call has the most impact. makes it easy. As they say…

5Calls is the easiest and most effective way for citizens to make an impact in national and local politics

~ 5 Calls

Yes, 5Calls helps citizens contact their elected officials about both national and local political issues.

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The Greening – Friday Update

Welcome! You’re reading the very first “Friday Update.” Expect an end-of-the-week review of our new posts and updates, and other pertinent news and views that surround a particular theme. For instance, this week’s theme is “The Greening.” We’ll look at the week’s green news, as well as some timeless green views.

Friday, May 24, 2019

I am in love with this green Earth.

~ Charles Lamb

Green Presidential Candidates

The Progressive Candidates List of 2020: Medicare 4 All & No Corp Money! has been updated to include Green Party presidential candidates.

The Green Party is no longer the alternative, the Green Party is the imperative

~ Rosa Clemente

Rosa Clemente was the VP running mate of Green Party 2008 Presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney. Clemente may be biased about her party; is it really an imperative? What do you think about the Green Party, here in the United States? Would you vote for a Green presidential candidate in 2020?

Green Lifestyle

May is National Bike Month. “Pump the peddles” for exercise and to save the planet.

A new UK study shows that a shorter work week is a win-win for both mental health AND the environment.

EcoWatch explores ethical shopping — the who, what, why, and where of shopping according to values that support a sustainable environment, animal welfare, or fairly treated workers. Data suggests that “voting with your dollar works.”

Growing your own veggies? That’s green! But maybe you have too much rhubarb and no broccoli? Try the Cropswap phone app to find other local gardeners who’ll swap produce with you.

Enjoying live theater is a low-carbon activity, but Broadway plays may be greener that you’d expect.

Launched in 2008, the Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an industry-wide initiative that educates, motivates, and inspires the entire theatre community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices on Broadway and beyond.

~ Broadway Green Alliance

Green & Vegan

Going vegan is going green — and, instead of a sacrifice, it’s delicious! Take a look at the menu below. You’ll be drooling.

Green Activism

May 24 – Students and workers all over the world are joining the Global Strike for Climate. Go to Fridays for Future to get details. Please let us know in the comments if you’re part of the strike, and what it’s like.

A map of the Global Climate Strikes of May 24, 2019

As points out, “a climate emergency deserves ACTION!”

The Green New Deal

Despite conservative and establishment resistance to the Green New Deal, everyone’s talking about how it should work. Do you think we’ll hammer out the details, and actually set it in motion?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez informs critics of the Green New Deal of what is “too much” for her.

“Let me tell you what’s “too much” for me.” ~ AOC

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Revolutionary Progressive Candidates 2020: Medicare 4 All & No Corp Money!

With climate catastrophe, nuclear holocaust, runaway inequality, and the collapse of democracy breathing down our necks, only the most progressive candidates offer solutions that ascend to the challenge. So, here’s my comprehensive revolutionary Progressive Candidates 2020 list, beginning with progressive presidential candidates. All contenders within the pages of this list are ultimate progressives. With no fooling around, they meet BOTH the following criteria:

  1. No corporate money or favors (e.g., no Wall Street consultations)
  2. Supports single-payer Medicare for All (e.g., no private insurance options for duplicate services)

Last updated on October 12, 2020

No Corporate Money… At All

It’s vital for American voters to elect public servants who accept NO corporate money. Our representatives must be free of conflicts of interest. They must be free to serve the public, without obligation to wealthy donors. Our best bet is to elect political contenders from the Progressive Candidates 2020 list.

But how may we discern a candidate’s genuine freedom from Big Money? First, he or she refuses to accept corporate PAC money. They also abstain from fund-raising dinners and events that target wealthy individuals or special interest groups (a practice called “bundling”). Nor do they consult with Wall Street executives before launching a political campaign. And their fund-raising record is consistent with a “No Big Money” policy — for at least one previous election cycle if an incumbent. (See OpenSecrets.)

Single-Payer Medicare for All or Bust!

Full support of single-payer Medicare for All is the “litmus test” for genuine progressive politicians. Many (so-called) progressives claim they support it, but how can we tell if they’re sincere?

First, take note of the difference in meaning between phrases like “healthcare for all,” “healthcare is a human right,” “access to affordable healthcare,” “pubic option,” “protecting the ACA,” or making incremental “steps toward” some kind of universal healthcare — compared to a clear-cut, declarative statement that supports single-payer Medicare for All. The substitute phrases always indicate a watered-down version of Medicare for All.

Second, single-payer Medicare for All eliminates the need for private insurance companies. For-profit healthcare insurance providers may offer supplemental insurance coverage for cosmetic surgery or private hospital rooms, however, they cannot offer duplicate coverage. Most Americans will not need, or want, to purchase a supplemental insurance plan. Medicare for All makes great improvements on the current Medicare that people are familiar with. Medicare for All includes dental, vision, hearing, mental health, drug prescriptions, and nursing care facilities.

Healthcare cannot be considered a human right unless the government guarantees it. The best means to provide that is through single-payer. Any kind of insurance (auto, property, etc.) depends on a “risk pool,” the larger, the better. The many policy holders who do not need a payout, pay for the smaller group of policy holders who do. Therefore, we cannot allow private insurance companies to target a highly profitable young and healthy market demographic — while leaving American taxpayers to foot the bill for the healthcare of the oldest and sickest people in the country. Any government guaranteed healthcare plan with a “public option” or “choice” cannot be cost-effective.

Because healthcare IS a human right, its provision is incompatible with a free-market business model. What choice does the healthcare customer really have? You need to buy insurance; without it, you face far greater risk of permanent disability and/or premature death. In truth, the private, for-profit health insurance industry serves a captive market, not a free market.

In addition, a truly “universal” healthcare coverage eliminates class distinction, which aligns with the great American principle of democracy. In fact, the United States was called the “Great American Experiment” precisely because it aimed to build a classless democracy, right from the very beginning. A Single-payer Medicare for All, that benefits every American equally, honors the American spirit of democracy.

By the way, “private, for-profit” doesn’t mean “better.” According to presidential candidate Michael Bennet, Medicare for All is the “Cadillac” healthcare plan. (Although, he doesn’t support it.) Medicare for All includes prescriptions, dental, vision, and hearing. You may see any doctor you wish, and use any hospital you like; HMO network restrictions are over. For the majority of citizens, the tax increase will be appreciably less than what they currently pay for health insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles.

Medicare for All Opponent Admits It’s “Awesome” Insurance

Sen. Michael Bennet refers to Medicare for All as “Bernie’s Cadillac plan” and “awesome.” The interesting quotes start just after 1:00 minute into the video.

If Bennet’s remarks don’t make your head shake in wonder, then consider the results of a July, 2018 research study published at the Koch-funded Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Presumably, the study set out to prove the hypothesis that Medicare for All is too expensive. However…

A report that was supposed to discredit the single-payer solution found that, even after the benefits of a Medicare for All program are realized — ‘additional healthcare demand that arises from eliminating copayments, providing additional categories of benefits, and covering the currently uninsured’ — the potential cost of the plan would still be less than “potential savings associated with cutting provider payments and achieving lower drug costs.”

~ John Nichols, The Nation

Bernie Sanders responded to the Mercatus Center report with a “thank you.”

The question begs to be asked: Why is there opposition to Medicare for All, when it’s so good? Sadly, the answer points to the corrupting influence of Big Money in politics. Over the last 20 years, the pharmaceutical and health product industries have spent nearly $4 billion to lobby U.S. government officials. Modern Healthcare reported that the six largest health insurance companies spent a combined $6.2 million during the first quarter of 2017, when Republican efforts to dismantle the ACA were at their peak.

Imagine if those millions and billions of dollars had been directed toward cancer research. Today, we might be praising private pharmaceutical and insurance companies, instead of feeling like chumps. “We the People” need to elect principled, unbought, uncompromised leaders who can withstand the pressure involved with confronting corporate power and greed. You’ll find such leaders on the pages of this “Progressive Candidates 2020” list.

Industry Secrets From a Private Insurance Insider

Wendell Potter formerly served as CEO of communications at Cigna and Humana, and is author of the 2011 book Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans. In the 2019 article cited below, Potter briefly outlines the deceptive public relations campaign employed by private heath care insurance companies. These industry PR talking points continue to dominate our current debate on single-payer Medicare for All.

Our propaganda duped Americans into believing that the free market can work in health care and that progressives want a government-run system…

After watching the first three Democratic debates and accompanying media coverage, I find that the industry strategy has been more effective in manipulating journalists and pollsters than I could have ever predicted. I feel compelled to speak up and help set the record straight when so many politicians and journalists are using talking points that come straight from health insurance central casting scripts.

~ Wendell Potter, President of

Nationwide Progressive Candidates 2020; a Multi-Page List

Revolutionary, unbought, progressive presidential candidates are featured right here, on this hub page of the 2020 candidates list. To see progressives running for U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives, scroll to the state links below.

Each candidate entry allows you quickly grasp which policies are top-priority. For more details, simply click on a candidate’s name in order to link to his or her campaign website.

This Progressive Candidates 2020 list is a living document. Until the 2020 election takes place, it will be frequently updated.

US Progressive Candidates 2020
U.S. Progressive Candidates 2020 are revolutionary!

Presidential Candidates

The following Progressive Candidates 2020 are running for the office of U.S. President. Their campaigns are divorced from corporate money, and they fully support Medicare for All.

EDITOR’S NOTE: With disappointment, I removed several presidential candidates from the list: Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, and Kirsten Gillibrand. I really like them and appreciate their exceptional gifts, but they revealed a weakening stance on Medicare for All and/or dipped a toe into the alluring waters of Big Money. I fear the powerful American Oligarchy (corporate elites and billionaires) may easily manipulate such candidates. The Progressive Candidates 2020 list is reserved for leaders who can accomplish the “political revolution” that will get Big Money out of politics.

Bill de Blasio (D) for President – Ends Campaign 9/20/19.

Bill de Blasio (D) – “Working people first.” Bill de Blasio’s campaign website does not display his priorities. However, based on de Blasio’s New York City record as Mayor, and his campaign ad, we may anticipate that he supports… Climate Action • $15 minimum wage • Guaranteed Healthcare (??? – I will remove de Blasio from list if this does not translate to Medicare for All) • Universal Pre-K • Accepts No Corporate Money (I think.) ~ Editor, May 16, 2019

Bill de Blasio for President

Tulsi Gabbard (D) for President – Pulls Back Support for Single-Payer Healthcare

EDITOR’S NOTE: September 27, 2019 – I have confirmed that candidate Tulsi Gabbard does not fully support single-payer Medicare for All. Here’s why full support is important:

  1. A benefit like Medicare for All needs to be universal. Otherwise, those who do not partake of the benefit resent those who do, promoting class division.
  2. If private insurance companies are allowed to offer duplicate healthcare services, they will target the young and healthy market — leaving Medicare for All, and American tax dollars, to pay for the much more expensive healthcare of the sick and elderly. (See point 1.) “The pooling of risk is fundamental to the concept of insurance.

Here’s what Tulsi Gabbard recently said about healthcare:

Yes I support [Medicare for All]. I prefer to call it ‘Medicare Choice,’ where we are ensuring quality health care for all people regardless of how little they may have in their pocket or their bank account, while maintaining their freedom of choice. If they’ve got an employer-sponsored plan or a union-sponsored plan that they’re happy with, they should have the opportunity to do so.

~ Tulsi Gabbard, WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station

I still love Tulsi, but she no longer meets the criteria to belong on the “Revolutionary Progressive Candidates” list.

Tulsi Gabbard (D) – “Love and Service to Unite Our Country.” Medicare for All • Foreign Policy of Prosperity Through Peace • Reaffirm Only Congress Can Declare War • Criminal Justice Reform • End War on Drugs • Equality for All • Hold Wall Street Accountable • Honor and Empower Veterans • Public Education • Climate Action • Environmental Protections • Civil Liberty Protections • Paper Ballots • Racial Justice • Immigration Reform • Gun Safety • Women’s Rights • Social Security Expansion • Accepts No Corporate Money

Tulsi Gabbard for President 2020

Mike Gravel (D) for President – Ends Campaign 8/5/19. Endorses Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard.

Mike Gravel (D) – “Ending all wars.” Mike Gravel plans to drop out of the race after the Democratic debates, and endorse Bernie Sanders. He supports… Medicare for All • Foreign Policy of Peace • Ending Nuclear Threat • Non-Aggression Abroad • Departments of Peace and War • Military Spending Cuts • International Justice • Ending Support for Saudi Arabia • Economic Equality • American National Fund • $15 Minimum Wage • Antitrust Enforcement • National Reparations Trust Fund • Sex Workers Protections • Public Education • Free Pre-K • Free College Tuition • Student Debt Jubilee • Parental Leave • Free Child Care • Guaranteed Jobs Program • Labor Unions • Corporate Law Reform • Green New Deal • Public Banking • Worker Cooperatives • Progressive Tax Reform • Ending War on Drugs • Death Penalty Abolishment • Police Accountability • Prison Reform • Immigration Reform • Americans with Disabilities • Whistleblowers Amnesty • Free Public-Owned Internet • Electoral College Abolishment • Overturning Citizens United • Ranked Choice Voting • Term Limits for Federal Judges • Self-Determination for D.C., Puerto Rico, and Other Territories • Big Money out of politics • Accepts No Corporate Money

Sen. Mike Gravel aims to join the Democratic Party primary debates.

Mark Charles (I) for U.S. President

Mark Charles (I) – “For All the People.” Universal Healthcare (e.g., Medicare for All) • Abolish Slavery • Honor Treaties • Remove Racism, Sexism and White Supremacy from the Constitution • Gender Equality • Climate Action • Environmental Protections • Voting Reform • Remove Doctrine of Discovery as Legal Precedent for Land Titles • Election Reform • Campaign Finance Reform • Corporate Accountability • Accepts No Corporate Money

Howie Hawkens (G) for U.S. President

Howie Hawkens (G) – “Green for President.” Medicare for All • Nationalize Federal Reserve • Socialize Big Banks • 100% Clean Energy • Arms Industry Converted to Nonprofit Public Enterprises • Public Broadband and Net Neutrality • Online Platforms Antitrust Action • Racial Justice • LGBTQIA Justice • Ecosocialist Green New Deal • Agriculture and Rural Reconstruction • Peace Policies • Immigration Reform • Civil Liberties • Democracy Reform • Media Reform • Accepts No Corporate Money

Bernie Sanders (I) for President – Suspended Campaign 4/8/2020 (Still on the Ballot of Upcoming Democratic Primaries)

Bernie Sanders (I) – “Not me. Us.” Bernie Sanders is running as a Democrat, and stands for… Medicare for All • Free College Tuition • Student Loan Debt Forgiveness • $15 Minimum Wage • Universal Childcare and Pre-K • Equal Pay • Pro-Choice • Unions and Collective Bargaining • Employee Ownership • Green Jobs Program • Guaranteed Jobs Program • Social Security Expansion • Green New Deal • Climate Action • Veteran Benefits Expansion • Diplomacy First Foreign Policy • Stop Endless Wars • Military Spending Reductions • Disability Persons Protections • LBGQT Equality • Rebuild Puerto Rico • Wealthy Pay Fair Share Taxes • Commonsense Gun Reform • Criminal Justice Reform • Racial Justice • Immigration Reform • Empower Tribal Nations • Wall Street Reform • Investment in Rural America • Fair Trade Policies that Support Workers • Workplace Democracy • Reinvest in Public Education and Teachers • Big Money Out of Politics • Restoration of Democracy • Legalize Marijuana • Housing for All • Eliminate Medical Debt • Fair Banking for All • Accepts No Corporate Money

Bernie Sanders for President 2020

Corporate media maintains a blackout on Bernie Sanders. When they do report on him, the coverage is minimal, dismissive, or outright disparaging. Such a state of affairs inspired videographer Matt Orfalea to create the “Rising Up!” video. It went viral.

Bernie Sanders 2020: “Rising Up!” by Matt Orfalea

Progressive Candidates 2020 by State

Progressive Candidates 2020 are also running for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, as well as State Senate and State House or Assembly. Find them all, organized by state. Click on any state link below, to learn more about Progressive Candidates 2020 running in that state.

Democratic Primary Debates

In addition to a candidate’s policies and past record, we also assess how she or he debates an opponent. There will be twelve presidential candidate debates during the Democratic Primary process. They begin in June of 2019 and continue through April of 2020. The debate schedule is filling in as follows:

  1. June 26 & 27, 2019 – 9 PM ET – Miami
  2. July 30 & 31, 2019 – Detroit
  3. September 12 & 13, 2019 – Houston
  4. October 15, 2019 – Westerville, Ohio
  5. November 20, 2019 – Georgia
  6. December 19, 2019 – Los Angeles
  7. January 14, 2020 – Des Moines, Iowa
  8. January/February, 2020
  9. February, 2020
  10. February, 2020
  11. March, 2020
  12. April, 2020

Further Candidate Research

The following resources are helpful for further research on Progressive Candidates 2020 and their policies.

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Marianne Williamson for President: A Bold Progressive Platform

Marianne Williamson… I viewed the formal announcement of her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President. I contributed to her campaign. Then I set my oven timer to 22 minutes, and meditated.

Here’s the video. Watch it. See what YOU do.

Can Williamson Surpass Sanders?

Anyone who knows me or reads my blog is aware that I love Bernie Sanders. Don’t worry, I still admire and support every wonderful thing Bernie does for the nation and our democracy. But now, I also entertain visions of President Williamson and Vice President Sanders. Or vice-versa.

Like Sanders, Marianne Williamson is a bold, policy-driven Progressive. You may go to Williamson’s campaign website and see exactly where she stands on the issues. Nothing is vague or fuzzy. Williamson is unafraid to publicly declare her Progressive political platform in detail. Of particular interest are her policies on the following issues:

  • Child Advocacy
  • Peace-Based National Security
  • Native American Justice
  • Racial Reconciliation & Healing

You may compare Williamson’s platform to other Presidential hopefuls on my new 2020 Progressive Candidates page.

By the way, the Williamson website is a thing of beauty. It’s elegant, functional, and logically organized — perfectly reflecting Marianne, herself. I don’t know who designed it, but it’s probably the best campaign website I’ve seen. (And I’ve looked at thousands.)

Williamson’s latest book is A Politics of Love: Handbook for a New American Revolution. The hardcover edition releases April 23, 2019.

Disclosure: Now that Amazon pays it’s warehouse workers a fair wage, I’m a proud Amazon Associate, and could earn a few pennies — if you purchase a book from one of my links. Thanks.

Wait Until the Debates!

Marianne Williamson has never held an elected office, yet we may be hopeful that she’ll make it to the Democratic Primary Debates. DNC Chairman Tom Perez says the new debate rules are “committed to a low qualifying threshold for early debates to avoid blocking legitimate candidates.” The attainment of certain levels for both national polling AND grassroots funding are prerequisites.

So picture a woman speaking from the Democratic Debate stage — who has 35 years of experience as an international lecturer. Imagine a woman who fluently bridges the boundaries of psychology, spirituality, and activism — with well-researched facts and logic. Envision a woman who will galvanize every protective, nurturing, mothering woman in America (and men with ears) — with a mission for child advocacy and saving the world. You are seeing Marianne Williamson.

You may catch Marianne’s riveting address to American women, and women around the world, in the video below. But I must issue a warning: You’ll want to watch it more than once!

Best Scenes from the 2019 Women’s March

The 3rd annual Women’s March was held in Washington D.C. yesterday. Did you participate? Did you follow the main events on TV or Internet?

I’ve collected my favorite scenes from the march, plus a gem from Marianne Williamson, who lectured at the Washington National Cathedral on November 30, 2018. Her talk delves into the power and vision that American women, that all women, must embrace now or never. I’ve included it here because it beautifully augments the 2019 Women’s March.

Now is the time for women (and good men) to step up to the plate, and fiercely play the political game in order to win justice for all. The children, the world, and the very Earth need us to take command over those motivated by self-perceived privilege and/or corporate greed. We must subdue those who have driven the world into devastating economic inequality and environmental disaster.

Thank you to all the women who marched, and to the men who support them.

Feminine Power & Policy

From the New York City sister-march, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outlined the political course of feminine power.

Last year we took the power to the polls. And this year we’re taking power to the policy.

~ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Best Women’s March Poster…

Most Poignant Slogan

In light of the climate crisis and urgent need for global collaboration to drive effective climate action, and along with women’s general overall skill and willingness for collaboration, the most poignant saying spied at the 2019 Women’s March is an old slogan from the 1970s.

“The Future Is Female.”

Canniest Slogan

The canniest slogan [5 of 35 slides] was seen at a sister-march in Melbourne, Florida:

“Make America Think Again.”

Rally Song

“Halfway There,” from ROZES, was the official rally song of the 2019 Women’s March.

We’re already halfway there. Are we gonna finish what we started or just leave it here?

~ From chorus of “Halfway There”

Female Spirit & Power

No one can pull together the spiritual and the intellectual like Marianne Williamson does. Listen to what she has to say to American women in the final session of the Washington National Cathedral’s 2018 Women’s November Series.

You will never be the same.

As if in reply to the question posed by ROZES, it’s clear that Williamson is betting on women to finish what they started.

We will do more than move mountains… We will go down in history as people who, in our time, did rise to the occasion… We were women who loved hard, and prayed deep, and in the final analysis, we kicked ass.

~ Marianne Williamson

The Future Is Female!