“Agreement among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote”
July 28, 2019
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Since 2006, the bill has been enacted by 16 jurisdictions possessing 196 electoral votes, including 5 small jurisdictions (DC, DE, HI, RI, VT), 8 medium-sized states (CO, CT, MD, MA, NJ, NM, OR, WA), and 3 big states (CA, IL, NY).
The bill will take effect when enacted by states with 74 more electoral votes.
The bill has passed at least one legislative chamber in 8 states with 75 electoral votes (AR, AZ, ME, MI, MN, NC, NV, OK), including the Republican-controlled Arizona House and Oklahoma Senate, and by unanimous committee votes in Georgia and Missouri. 3,408 state legislators have endorsed the bill.
The U.S. Constitution (Article II) gives states exclusive control over awarding their electoral votes: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors….”
The shortcomings of the current system stem from state “winner-take-all” laws that award all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes in each state.
The winner-take-all method of awarding electoral votes is not in the U.S. Constitution. It was not debated at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. It was not mentioned in the Federalist Papers. It was used by only three states in the first presidential election in 1789 (and all three repealed it by 1800). Because of these state winner-take-all laws, presidential candidates ignore states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind. In 2012, all of the general-election campaign events (and virtually all campaign expenditures) were concentrated in the 12 states where Romney’s support was between 45% and 51%. Two-thirds of the events were in four states (OH, FL, VA, IA). Thirty-eight states were ignored, including 12 of the 13 smallest states and almost all rural, agricultural, Southern, Western, and Northeastern states. Similarly, in 2016, virtually all campaign events (94%) were in the 12 states where Trump’s support was between 43% and 51%. Two-thirds of the events (273 of 399) were in just 6 states (OH, FL, VA, NC, PA, MI). A similar pattern prevailed in 2000, 2004, 2008, and is expected in 2020.
State winner-take-all laws have enabled 5 of our 45 Presidents to come into office without winning the most popular votes nationwide. The national popular vote winner also would have been defeated by a shift of 59,393 popular votes in Ohio in 2004 (despite President Bush’s nationwide lead of 3 million votes); 9,246 votes in 1976; 77,726 in 1968; 9,212 in 1960; 20,360 in 1948; and 1,711 votes in 1916.
The National Popular Vote interstate compact will go into effect when enacted by states with a majority of the presidential electors—that is, 270 of 538. After the compact comes into effect, every voter in all 50 states and DC will acquire a direct vote in the choice of all of the presidential electors from all of the states that enacted the compact. The presidential candidate supported by the most voters in all 50 states and DC will thereby win a majority of the presidential electors in the Electoral College (at least 270), and therefore become President.
Under the current state-by-state winner-take-all system, the individual voter influences only the choice of the limited number of presidential electors from their own state. Under National Popular Vote, every voter in all 50 states and DC will have a direct vote in choosing 270 (or more) presidential electors.
The National Popular Vote compact would make every person’s vote equal throughout the U.S. It would ensure that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election.
The National Popular Vote compact is a state-based approach that retains the power of the states to control how the President is elected, retains state control of elections, and retains the Electoral College.
For additional information, see our book Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote (downloadable for free at www.NationalPopularVote.com).
Extreme gentrification is on the rise in many U.S. cities, as poorer residents are pushed out by wealthier ones, with significant impact on income inequality, housing, and many other factors, but the process by which it happens may seem unclear. The Onion takes a step-by-step look at how gentrification works.
Your friend heard about this great little Cuban restaurant on Thrillist.
Recent college graduates realize it might be kind of charming to live in a poor neighborhood with the security of being able to move out at any time.
Old, unsightly graffiti replaced with chic, hip graffiti.
Neighborhood’s original Lithuanian dog-gelato boutiques forced out of business.
City planners go all in with “Arts District” classification.
Real estate investor sees huge potential for high-end fashion district in apartment units currently housing 160 working-class families.
Mark installs a projector so we can watch El Topo on his roof.
People displacing poorer residents all agree gentrification is so unfair.
Public school converted to Equinox gym.
New residents not paying $2,200 a month to have local park filled with homeless people.
Demonstrations continued in Egypt Friday, with thousands taking to the streets to demand the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over accusations of corruption. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested over the past week amid protests in Cairo and other cities. The demonstrations were triggered by social media posts by a former army contractor accusing Sisi and other officials of misusing public money. Anti-government protests are rare in Egypt as they’ve been effectively banned since Sisi came to power following the 2013 overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi and launched a widespread crackdown on dissent. Earlier this week, President Trump praised Sisi as the two leaders met during the U.N. General Assembly here in New York. Trump also recently referred to Sisi as “my favorite dictator.” For more, we’re joined by Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now! correspondent and a reporter with the independent, Cairo-based media outlet Mada Masr.
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we turn to Egypt, where thousands of protesters defied a police crackdown on dissent and took to the streets of Cairo and other cities today, demanding the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over accusations of corruption. About 2,000 people have been arrested over the past week in growing demonstrations that were triggered when a former army contractor posted on social media, accusing Sisi and other officials of misusing public money to build lavish palaces for Sisi’s personal use. Widely posted Twitter hashtags, including #SisiIsNotMyPresident and #NextFriday, referring to today’s protests, also helped galvanize the uprising.
Anti-government protests are rare in Egypt and have been effectively banned since Sisi came to power following the 2013 overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi. Najia Bounaim of Amnesty International called on the international community to oppose the government crackdown, writing in a statement, quote, “The government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is clearly shaken to its core by the outbreak of protests and has launched a full-throttle clampdown to crush demonstrations and intimidate activists, journalists and others into silence. The world must not stand silently by as President al-Sisi tramples all over Egyptians’ rights to peaceful protest and freedom of expression,” she wrote.
Earlier this week, President Trump praised Sisi as the two leaders met during the U.N. General Assembly here in New York.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It’s an honor to be with my friend, the president of Egypt. And he is a real leader. He’s done some things that are absolutely amazing in a short period of time. When he took over not so long ago, it was in turmoil. And it’s not in turmoil now. So, I just want to say we have a long-term, great relationship. It’s better than ever before. We’re doing a lot of trading.
AMY GOODMAN: Trump also recently referred to the Egyptian President Sisi as “my favorite dictator.”
For more, we’re joined by Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now! correspondent, reporter with the independent, Cairo-based media outlet Mada Masr.
It’s great to have you back here. You’re covering the United Nations General Assembly. Sisi was there. And yet, back in Egypt right now, 2,000 people have been arrested. Talk about the significance of this moment, Sharif.
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: Well, there was a very severe crackdown that happened following kind of these not unprecedented protests, but very rare, but very significant ones, that took place on September 20th. And as you mentioned, this came on the back of this army contractor who worked on construction projects with the military for many years, dating back to the Mubarak era. He posted on social media this video. He’s a little-known actor, as well. And he accused Sisi and top —
AMY GOODMAN: And where is he?
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: He’s in Spain, in self-exile. He left. He sold much of his assets in Egypt, made millions, and went to Spain. And he posted these videos from there. And he accused Sisi, by name, and top generals, by name, of acts of corruption, of squandering funds on vanity projects. He was very specific.
And it touched a nerve for, I think, two reasons. One is, of course, that Egyptians are suffering very deeply economically. This is on the back of years of austerity measures, that came on the back of an IMF loan, $12 billion, that included very deep subsidy cuts to electricity and fuel. It included sales taxes. It included devaluation of the currency. The number of Egyptians living below the poverty line rose above 30%, by the government’s own figures. So, all of that came while people are really suffering economically.
But also it was the way he spoke, as well. He cast himself as a self-made man, kind of a street thug. He has a lot of charisma when he speaks. He didn’t use the language of political rights or as a member of the opposition. It was: “I made money with you. You stole my money. I want my money back.” And this really kind of touched a nerve, I think, with a lot of people.
And the response from Sisi, they organized, very hastily, a youth conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, where — a one-day conference, where Sisi responded. And he didn’t refute the allegations, really, directly; he just said, “Yes, we’re building presidential palaces. We’re building a new state. And we’re going to continue building more.” And this just caused more people to come out — Wael Ghonim, a figure from the 2011 revolution, many other people — to do more of these videos. And it kind of snowballed into last week.
And what we saw last week was people, mostly young men in their late teens, early twenties, come out and protest. There was a very swift crackdown, as you mentioned. And we saw the biggest arrest sweep since Sisi came to power formally in 2014. Over 2,000 people have been arrested over the past week. Before that, the largest campaign was about 1,200 arrested in 2016 in protests over two islands being handed to Saudi Arabia.
The majority of people who have been detained our young men. They’re being held without access to their family or lawyers. But they’ve also detained prominent opposition figures, as well, activists, journalists, political party leaders, university professors. They’ve even arrested lawyers who are attending interrogations with detainees at the prosecutor’s office, including one, Mahienour el-Masry, who is quite well known and a human rights activist.
AMY GOODMAN: And she was there at the frontline just trying to coordinate —
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: Yes. And this has happened to a —
AMY GOODMAN: — and represent people.
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: This has happened to a number of lawyers who work as human rights lawyers. They’re at the prosecutor’s office trying to get details of who’s detained, and they’re themselves detained.
And we’ve seen on the streets a very vast security presence, with plainclothes policemen in Tahrir and around downtown Cairo and in other cities across the country stopping any young man that they see, taking their phone, making them unlock their phone, and they’ll look through the contents on Facebook and Twitter to see if there’s any political content, and arrest them. They’ve been raiding homes.
And there’s also been disruption experienced on the internet. And cybersecurity companies like NetBlocks and others have documented this. So, there’s disruptions to things like Twitter, Facebook and Skype and also encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal.
And finally, also BBC News was blocked officially. The Supreme Media Regulatory Council said it was because it inaccurately reported on last week’s protest. And the U.S. government-funded outlet Alhurra was also blocked, as well. And they’ve joined about 500 websites which have been blocked over the past few years in Egypt, including the one I currently work for.
AMY GOODMAN: Your website.
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS:Mada Masr, which is an independent media outlet in Egypt.
AMY GOODMAN: Has been blocked.
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: It’s been blocked for about two-and-a-half years, yeah.
AMY GOODMAN: And you just mirror and mirror and mirror.
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: We put up mirrors, and there’s ways around it, but it’s a little cat-and-mouse game.
But, I mean, and also I should say, just to finish, that as we’re going to air right now, protests were called for after Friday prayer, which just ended maybe an hour and a half ago. The roads leading to Tahrir have been completely closed off. There’s a security presence in there, very heavy police presence downtown. The Interior Ministry has said they will act with decisiveness against any, what they called, attempts to destabilize the country.
Sisi has just landed from New York. He landed to a very managed and staged entrance with journalists and supporters waving flags. And he said there’s no reason for concern.
And, finally, there’s been pro-Sisi rallies organized by businessmen and celebrities and parliamentarians, and organized by the intelligence services, which are trying to counter the ones against Sisi. And they’re actually being held in Rabaa Square, which is now called Hisham Barakat Square, but Rabaa Square is the site of the largest massacre in Egypt’s modern history, six years ago, in August, where over a thousand people were killed, who were supporters of the former now-late President Mohamed Morsi.
AMY GOODMAN: I want to go back to Sisi here in New York. On Monday at the United Nations, a reporter asked the Egyptian President el-Sisi and President Trump if they’re concerned about the protests in Egypt.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No, I’m not — I’m not concerned with it. Egypt has a great leader. He’s highly respected. He has brought order. Before he was here, there was very little order. There was chaos. And so, I’m not worried about that at all.
PRESIDENT ABDEL FATTAH EL-SISI: [translated] Let me say that you will always find something like this in our region, especially with political Islam. There have been effort that have been put forth for many years to make sure that this political Islam is having a role on the political arena. And consequently, this part of the world will remain in a state of instability as long as political Islam is [inaudible]. But I want you to rest assured that, especially in Egypt, the public opinion and the people themselves are refusing this kind of political Islam through Egypt. They have demonstrated their refusal before, and they refused those to have control on the country after only one year.
AMY GOODMAN: So, that’s the Egyptian President el-Sisi and President Trump. Trump didn’t call him there “my favorite dictator,” but he has called him that. And then, respond to what Sisi said.
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: Right. Well, the “favorite dictator” comment was reported by The Washington Post in a meeting at the G7, where Trump was waiting to meet Sisi, and he reportedly said, “Where’s my favorite dictator?” And I think, as was reported, his aides, Trump’s aides, and the Egyptian aides, who were waiting, were all looking at the ground and couldn’t believe that he said something like that.
But, you know, it is — there is a frankness to it. I mean, I think we have to remember, Trump is an extension of what has been U.S. policy for many decades under successive Republican and Democratic administrations, which have supported Egypt through Mubarak and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and Mohamed Morsi, despite different types of human rights abuses, with diplomatic, military and economic support.
Trump, though — I think it is important that the rhetoric that comes from the administration does matter also. And when you have one of the — the biggest arrest sweep that’s been happening in Cairo, and Trump sits and says, “There’s no problem with that. Everyone has demonstrations. Sisi has brought stability,” this really does give a green light for Sisi to crack down even further. Some administrations have used the State Department to speak out and say, you know, “We urge him to use self-restraint,” and things of that nature, so that I think there is an important factor in rhetoric, even though it is just rhetoric, and we have to remember that U.S. policy hasn’t changed much. Also, you know, Boris Johnson, who just met with Sisi also during the UNGA, similarly said — praised the bilateral relationship between the U.K. and Britain. So we can see this is part of a larger change that’s happening.
AMY GOODMAN: And then el-Sisi saying at this U.N. meeting, “Let me say, you will always find something like this in our region, especially with political Islam.”
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: Right. He’s trying to paint what’s happening now, blaming it on the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the bogeyman. And Sisi’s kind of raison d’être was — him coming to power, was getting rid of them. And, you know, I think this language can be familiar to many people here in the United States, when they talk about Islamic terrorism, and they try and blame everything on that. That’s what Sisi has been trying to do. But this, I think any credible person can see that it has nothing to do with that.
And finally, if we’re looking at the U.S. response, the only, I think, presidential candidate who has said anything is Bernie Sanders, who tweeted a couple of times, most recently last night, saying the right of protesting is an international right, and Egypt should exercise self-restraint. Senator Bob Menendez, Chris Murphy also tweeted similar things, as did a congressmember whose name escapes me.
But I think we have to really watch what’s happening right now in Egypt, because despite — these are unorganized protests. There’s no political movement backing this. Everything has been shut down politically for years now. So, it’s spontaneous. It’s random. It’s hard to call this a movement. But certainly, I would say that something changed on September 20th, that there was a before and there was an after, and the way Sisi is viewed and the way he’s talked about, and knowing that there’s this widespread discontent, just amongst people themselves, I think, will reverberate and have a real effect.
AMY GOODMAN: Do you see a possible reprise of the Arab Spring?
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: No, I don’t. I think that was a particular moment. And we have to remember that 2011, at least in Egypt, in Cairo and cities across the country, didn’t just happen out of a vacuum. I think that’s a dangerous way of looking at it. There was 10 years of organizing and movement building and politics happening. You know, up to 2 million workers went on wildcat strikes. All of these things brought what happened in 2011 together in a real movement. This is very different.
AMY GOODMAN: Has that all stopped, from then to now?
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: There’s been, you know, the fiercest repression in Egypt. Any group, any person who tries to do anything is quickly imprisoned, or they’re subject to different kinds of penal measures. It’s been very hard to do anything. Having said that, there is, I think — I’m always amazed by the bravery and the perseverance of people in Egypt to continue their work and to continue pushing back, despite the dangers of doing so.
There’s also a lot of talk that there’s an internal struggle within the regime, that Muhammad Ali, this contractor who put up these videos, is somehow backed by elements within the regime that are dissatisfied with the way Sisi has handle things. Sisi has really lost a lot of popularity. There has been disagreement over those Red Sea islands that were handed over to Saudi Arabia. Within the regime, within the judiciary, they weren’t happy about that. A former chief of staff of the military, who dared to run against Sisi in the 2018 election —
AMY GOODMAN: We have 20 seconds.
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: — was imprisoned for 10 years. And this is someone who was from the military establishment. So, there’s talk of things being back, but it’s very opaque, and it’s very hard to know.
AMY GOODMAN: How do you remain safe when you return?
SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: I continue to do my work, but I don’t think they focus on me too much.
AMY GOODMAN: I want to thank you so much, Sharif. Be safe. Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now! correspondent, reporter for Mada Masr, an independent media outlet in Cairo.The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.
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On Wednesday, climate activists closed down several blocks along Montgomery Street in the Financial District, demanding, in part, that banks divest from the fossil fuel industry.
In an effort to draw attention to their message, said activists also painted a mural directly on a two-block-long stretch of pavement. The results, as seen from above, are stunning—a long mural of orange paint, white patterns, and circles bearing climate-related slogans.
Artist Meg Duff coordinated the massive painting. She said of the work: “This labyrinth mural is organized by people from faith and spiritual communities around the Bay. The labyrinth is an ancient symbol found across cultures. Walking a labyrinth is a spiritual practice and form of meditation. You may walk with a question or concern in mind or simply notice your body as you walk. You may choose to temporarily lay down a struggle as you enter, and you are invited to share a prayer or blessing in the center. In confronting climate change we also confront our fear, sadness, anger, and joy. We offer the labyrinth as a tool for climate resiliency and courage.”
In Poland, LGBT+ activists have been holding marches all summer, campaigning for rights such as civil partnerships or marriage. While the liberal opposition supports them, the conservative-nationalist government certainly does not. Alongside members of the clergy, it openly opposes the movement, turning LGBT+ rights into a campaign issue ahead of October’s general election. In the meantime, Polish society remains deeply divided on the subject. Our correspondent reports.
Join in Solidarity with #FreeAssange supporters around the globe! Bring signs and come stand for freedom of truth, speech, journalism and our future. Please be present in protest of the plight of those persecuted for revealing the truth and please stand with us for our future freedoms.
@WiseUpAction @JA_Defence have monthly protests in support of Julian Assange. We will join them in solidarity as they return to Belmarsh Prison after almost six months. We mark the end of Julian’s prison sentence for violating bail conditions whilst seeking political asylum to protect his life and work from US persecution. Sadly despite having served a most unfair sentence, Julian Assange will remain an inmate of Belmarsh in remand, awaiting his Court hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in February 2020 for the US Extradition Request
2. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, San Francisco – Stand With Kashmir
SF Ferry Building
One Ferry Building SF
Rally in support of the right to self-determination for Kashmiris and ending the occupation of Kashmir.
Indian Prime Minister Modi will be addressing the UN General Assembly on Friday, September 27. In light of his presence at the UN, we call on allies to stand in solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
To date, 70,000 people have been killed, 8,000 have disappeared, countless Kashmiri women have been raped, more than 6,000 are believed to have been killed and buried in unmarked graves, and more than 80,000 children have been orphaned in occupied Kashmir. These large scale human rights abuses by Indian occupation forces have gone unpunished.
3. Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, The Lasalin Massacre and the Human Rights Crisis in Haiti
Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
$10 – $20, No one turned away.
Event will feature the authors of a new report entitled “The Lasalin Massacre and the Human Rights Crisis in Haiti.” Judith Mirkinson and Seth Donnelly will speak about the state-sponsored attack on a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince called Lasalin which has a long history of Lavalas grassroots resistance.
Come hear about the Haitian grassroots resistance as well as the repression aimed at stopping it. The U.S. arms, funds and trains Haiti’s military and police and only with U.S. support can the corrupt repressive Haitian regime remain in power.
4. Sunday, 9:00am, -“Racism and Immigration” & “A Report from the Border”
Unitarian Universalist Breakfast Forum, MLK Room
1187 Franklin St.
The Rev. Arlington Trotmanis an immigrant to the U.K. and a leader in the struggle for racial justice in England and Europe.
In the U.S. issues of overt racism and conflicts over immigration and asylum mirror issues that Rev. Trotman has faced in England and Europe. He is thus well equipped to speak on issues of peace and justice and has much to share. Born in Barbados, Rev. Trotman immigrated to England at 17. Under British colonial rule, he received only an elementary education, but saw his life as a Christian transformed in England. He enrolled in college, became an ordained Methodist minister and went on to become the moderator of Churches’ Commission of Migrants in Europe (CCME) an organization of churches and ecumenical councils from 18 European countries that advocates for migrants, refugees and minority groups. He has authored numerous publications and books. Due to Rev. Trotman’s schedule we will begin this Forum early. Please arrive by 9 am.
Report from the Border: Following Rev. Trotman we will have a live call-in report from El Paso/Juarez. UU member and Forum staffer Liduina Van Nes will report from the border where she will be spending several weeks helping refugees in the U.S. and Mexico. This will be a rare opportunity to hear directly from someone on the ground of the conditions for refugees on the U.S. – Mexico border.
5. Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Forum – Assange/Manning: Their Fight Is Our Fight – Working Class Heroes
Niebyl Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave.
This forum is to deepen the discussion on how Chelsea and Julian have helped build awareness of who the real enemy is, who our real friends are, and how important Chelsea and Julian are to our survival.
Speakers will be presenting their analyses
Gerald Smith – Organizer for Oscar Grant Committee and Mumia Abu Jamal
Steve Zeltzer – Host of WORK WEEK KPFA, Labor Fest SF, and Labor Video Project
6. Sunday, 10:00am – 2:00pm, CLEAN UP Party: Climate Strike Street Mural
Bridge Storage and ArtSpace
23 Maine Ave.
We will wash containers and brushes used in the Climate Strike Street Murals to get ready for the next murals, for painting our future. We will be working outdoors with some shade, but bring your sun protection too. We will have water, and coffee, and some snacks, Snacks to share encouraged. Come at any time–stay for as long as you like
7. Monday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Protest US Support for Haiti Regime! Stand with Lasalin.
Phillip Burton Federal Building (Old Fed. Bldg)
450 Golden Gate Ave.
Rally to demand an end to U.S. support for Haiti’s anti-democratic regime and state-sponsored massacres like the Nov. 2018 attack on the neighborhood of Lasalin.
September 30th is the anniversary of the first coup that overthrew Haiti’s first democratically elected Lavalas President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991 after only 7 months in office. Stand in solidarity with the Haitian people whose resistance to an illegitimate, US-backed regime has given rise to years of sustained protest against stolen elections, corruption, poverty, land grabs, rising prices, and 15 years of UN/US military occupation.
As resistance to the US-backed PHTK/Moise regime continues, so does repression aimed at wiping out Haiti’s broad-based popular movement, Lavalas. Police and paramilitary forces have responded with bullets, teargas, imprisonment and increasingly, massacres.
The U.S. funds and trains Haiti’s military and police, and only with U.S. support for widespread repression can this corrupt regime remain in power.
San Francisco’s Financial District (Photo courtesy David Barajas)
A state bill necessary for San Francisco to launch its own bank finished its run through the California Legislature on Friday.
With the passing of Assembly Bill 857, San Francisco and other California cities cleared a key obstacle to open a public bank. Doing so, advocates say, would keep the city’s $12 billion budget far from Wall Street and its private prisons and oil pipeline investments while insulating it from another banking crisis. Instead, residents would have transparency and can push to invest in things like affordable housing, student loans, and renewable energy.
Since 2018, a task force has studied what a public bank could look like in San Francisco, which the Treasurer’s Office turned into a report for supervisors. The full board unanimously co-sponsored and approved a resolution in February to approve a bill similar to AB 857 but it doesn’t necessarily mean all of them are committed to seeing it through.
“San Francisco can be the first to start a public bank, and our elected officials need to put stakeholders hurt first and worst by Wall Street at the decision-making table where business plans for the bank will be decided,” said Jackie Fielder of the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition, which includes folks from other local groups like Berniecrats and the Tenants Union.
Wall Street, unsurprisingly, isn’t thrilled with the “misguided” idea, as the California Bankers Association dubbed it. Assemblymember David Chiu, who represents San Francisco, hinted at a fight when he introduced the bill in March. With the support of groups like the Public Bank Coalition and PODER, it passed and awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature.
“California is putting the people before Wall Street profits,” Chiu said. “This bill has the potential to do tremendous good by ensuring the public’s money is reinvested in our local communities. I look forward to the governor signing this historic piece of legislation.”
UPDATE, 9/17: Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer introduced a resolution on Tuesday urging Newsom to sign AB 857.
“I want San Francisco to be first in line,” Fewer told fellow supervisors.
California Public Banking Alliance invites the country to call and write to Gov. NewsomGov. Gavin Newsom’s signature would put the 5th-largest economy in the world firmly in support of developing a localized, public banking alternative to Wall Street banks. The Alliance’s grassroots success will impact efforts everywhere. Please add your voice to the call for Gov. Newsom to sign AB 857 into law. The governor has until October 13 to sign it.
Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held his first presidential campaign rally with more than 10,000 in attendance at Brooklyn College. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
New York residents, advocacy groups, and progressive politicians celebrated Thursday after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation extending the state’s deadline for voters to change their political party affiliation ahead of next year’s primary elections.
“Thank you to Gov. Cuomo for signing the legislation before the Oct. 11 deadline, to state legislators for taking this essential step forward, and to grassroots groups in the state who demanded real change and fought for it.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders
Previously, voters already registered in New York had only until Oct. 11 to change their party affiliation for the state’s April 28, 2020 primary. The legislation extends that deadline to Feb. 14. New York’s old rules garnered national criticism during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary race, which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lost by 16 points to the party’s eventual nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Sanders, now a 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate, urged the Democratic National Committee last week to sanction Cuomo if he declined to sign the bill into law before the state’s rapidly approaching deadline. The White House hopeful welcomed the governor’s decision Thursday.
“For too long, New York state has had one of the worst barriers to primary voter registration in the country, something I have long sought to rectify,” Sanders said in a statement. “In 2016, countless voters across the state were disenfranchised due to the absurd deadline for voters to register their party affiliation more than six months in advance of the primary.”
“At a time of rampant voter suppression by Republicans across the country, Democrats must do everything possible to make it easier, not harder, for Americans to vote and participate in democracy,” Sanders continued. “Thank you to Gov. Cuomo for signing the legislation before the Oct. 11 deadline, to state legislators for taking this essential step forward, and to grassroots groups in the state who demanded real change and fought for it.”
Local Democratic politicians, including state Sen. Julia Salazar and state Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, also celebrated Cuomo’s signature Thursday.
Cuomo said in a statement Thursday that “this measure will make it easier for New Yorkers to have their voices heard in presidential, congressional, and state primaries.”
“While the federal administration continues to look for new ways to disenfranchise voters across the country,” the governor said, “in New York we are making monumental changes to break down more barriers to the ballot box and encourage more people to exercise this fundamental right.”
Sharing Cuomo’s announcement on Twitter Thursday, the state chapter of the watchdog group Common Cause declared, “This is a huge victory for all New Yorker voters.” In a message to state residents, the group added, “Know your new deadlines and don’t forget to register to vote!”
Sanders campaign staffer Briahna Joy Gray also took to Twitter to welcome the new rules and urge New Yorkers to register to vote sooner rather than later.
The rule change is the “result of a lot of hard work by our lawmakers, as well as by advocates to keep the pressure on!” Brian Mangan, executive vice president of the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club, wrote in response to Gray’s tweet. “New York is better, fairer, and more democratic today.”
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