And one of those experts envisions a future in which software has gained “personhood.”
Jerry Michalski is a former tech analyst who went on to found the Relationship Economy Expedition, a private think tank focused on the future economy.
He told the surveyors he could imagine software having “rights, personality, and limited responsibility” by the year 2069 — and we can already see examples of this future taking shape.
In 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia granted Sophie, an artificially intelligent robot, citizenship. That same year, European Union lawmakers began arguing that robots should be given some legal form of digital personhood.
Still, as Michalski pointed out in his response to Pew, “half a century is a long time,” so it’s hard to say for sure what shape our relationship with the digital world could take.
He doesn’t even go so far as to say he thinks his vision is the most likely scenario, calling it just one of many possible futures — and really, could anyone have perfectly predicted today’s internet based on that first computer-to-computer message in 1969?
Chesa Boudin is running for San Francisco district attorney as the latest candidate in a wave of decarceral prosecutors running for office across the United States. Bernie Sanders and other leading progressives have endorsed Boudin, who is a public defender and the child of Weather Underground activists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. His parents were imprisoned when Boudin was a toddler. These experiences have given him a first-hand view of “how broken our criminal justice system is,” he says. “My earliest memories are going through steel gates and metal detectors just to see my parents, just to give them a hug.” Boudin is running on a platform of ending cash bail and dismantling the War on Drugs, seeking to end “tough on crime” tactics and restore civil rights. Bay Area voters will cast their ballots Nov. 5. (DemocracyNow.org
Monday, 12Noon, Two
months and 3 weeks after being shot, Brandon is home.
SF City Hall (steps) 1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl SF
Lee has been safely airlifted from the Philippines to his hometown,
San Francisco. To celebrate his return everyone is invited
to City Hall.
and his mom Louise Lee, who has been by his bedside in the
Philippines for 10 weeks, left Manila on Thursday night and travelled
on a small air ambulance plane for 24 hours, making stops in Japan,
Russia, and Alaska before they landed safely at SFO.
left San Francisco to be an earth protector with the indigenous
Ifugao peasants in the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. On
August 6, Brandon was shot at his home in Lagawe, Ifugao, he
sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was gunned down for his
environmental work to protect the land from large scale projects that
would destroy the eco-system and livelihoods of the indigenous
is a staunch advocate for human rights and has been a volunteer
paralegal with Cordillera Human Rights Alliance. Prior to moving to
the Philippines, he was active with both the Filipino and Chinese
community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
their epic return on KTVU, Channel 2 on the Sunday night 10pm news
with Amber Lee.
join us in this movement to end all killings and political
prosecution of environmentalists, indigenous rights advocates, and
human rights defenders in the Philippines.
SF Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
participating: New York, Jackson, Seattle, Las Vegas, Detroit,
Knoxville, Washington, DC, Dayton, Miami and many more. For a full
family of Atatiana Jefferson said the following about the Day of
Outrage, “Our family is mourning over the tragic and untimely
murder of Atatiana by Aaron Dean former Fort Worth police officer.
Although Dean, has been arrested and charged, he is back on the
streets and we are uncertain justice will prevail. We demand full
transparency and accountability. It is our sincere hope that
Atatiana’s story will not be forgotten, and our pursuit of dignity
prevents the likelihood of similar events of police abuse. Please
show up for the Day of Outrage wherever you are. Keep our loved one’s
Francisco District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney in partnership with DOPE
Project, Department of Public Health, SF Aids Foundation, GLIDE, the
Drug User’s Union, Drug Policy Alliance, St. Anthony’s and
HealthRIGHT 360 will host a Narcan training and panel conversation at
GLIDE. The intent of the panel conversation is to create a better
understanding of how to prevent overdose, reduce the stigma, and to
come together as a community to raise awareness and work together to
prevent overdose. Members of the community are encouraged to attend
and stand in solidarity with those who have been personally affected
Monday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Reclaiming Judaism From Zionism With
The Green Arcade 1680 Market St. SF
this powerful collection of personal narratives, forty Jews of
diverse backgrounds tell a wide range of stories about the roads they
have traveled from a Zionist world view to activism in solidarity
with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build an inclusive society
founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence.
Judaism from Zionism will be controversial. Its contributors welcome
the long overdue public debate. They want to demolish stereotypes of
dissenting Jews as ‘self-hating,’ traitorous, and anti-Semitic. They
want to introduce readers to the large and growing community of
Jewish activists who have created organizations such as Jewish Voice
for Peace, If Not Now, and Open Hillel. They want to strengthen
alliances with progressives of all faiths. Above all, they want to
nurture models of Jewish identity that replace ethnic exclusiveness
with solidarity, Zionism with a Judaism once again nourished by a
transcendent ethical vision.
Hess is senior lecturer emerita in the Department of Religious
Studies at Stanford University
Levy, a queer Latinx, is a co-coordinator of the caucus of Jews of
Color, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews in solidarity with Palestine, and a
steering committee member of both the US Campaign for Palestinian
Rights and the Global Jewish Network in Solidarity with Palestine.
Obenzinger is a recipient of the American Book Award. His books
include This Passover and the Next I Will Never Be in Jerusalem
(1980), American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania
(1999), and Treyf Pesach (2017). He is currently Associate Director
of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford
Picciotto served on the JVP Board of Directors from 2002 to 2009 and
chaired it for much of that period. He has authored or co-authored
many books and articles on math education.
Surasky has worked as a professional communicator in a variety of
social justice movements, and her film work and political analysis
has been featured in film festivals and news outlets all over the
Wilson-Dalzell is a queer poet writing about intersections of
disability, feminism, Judaism, survivorhood and social justice; her
next poetry book, Baptism by Flame, will be about finding a home in
Judaism that reflects her values.
Tuesday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, SF Rally at SFUSD Board to Defend
Children’s Safety & Against Union Busting
SF School Board 555 Franklin St. SF
SF School Bus Drivers10/29 SF Rally At SFUSD Board To Defend
Children’s Safety & Against Union Busting
SFUSD bargain away our children’s safety to cut costs!
bus drivers transport the most precious cargo possible: our children.
For 45 years, we have safely transported the youth of San Francisco,
with no child fatalities.
With the continued rising costs in
the Bay Area, we see a region-wide shortage of drivers. There are
many creative solutions to address this shortage but compromising the
safety of our students is not the answer.
That is exactly
what SFUSD is proposing. Their most recent proposal splits the work
into three types of driving that can be bid on separately. One type
of work is a new category of 10 non-buses with uncertified drivers,
while leaving itself an open door to expand this work without limit.
School bus drivers are held to the highest standards of any
commercial license in the state of California.
undergo hours of training, background checks, medical exams and drug
screening, and California Highway Patrol certification before we
start. We must retest every five years to continue driving. CHP and
the DMV can pull our certificates for any reason seen to compromise
the safety of children.
School buses are designed to protect
the children inside. Steel reinforced sides, rollover protections,
anchored seats and the red-light system all prioritize safety.
Using uncertified drivers in vans compromises the safety of
the students we transport. The SFUSD proposal also opens the door to
undermine the union and pit us against each other as drivers.
let SFUSD bargain away our children’s safety to cut costs!
Wednesday, 7:30am – 8:15am, Speak
Out: Hate has no Place in Healthcare –
Press Conference & Ceremony
450 Golden Gate Ave SF
us outside the Courthouse on Oct. 30 at 7:30 am and help preserve
equal access to care and protect the safety and dignity of patients.
8 am on October 30, a federal judge will hold a hearing on a final
rule change by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This rule would permit employees to refuse to assist in care based on
their individual religious beliefs, without consideration for the
impact on patient care.
SEIU 1021 members and our allies will
hold a press conference and ceremony outside the Courthouse at 7:45
am to oppose this rule and affirm our commitment to accessible
Our work is critical to the health, safety, and
well-being of our communities. We must speak out against this rule
that will destroy healthcare workers “duty to care” and allow
religious objections to care for LGBTQI people, women, and others.
Wednesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Free Enrique! Show Up at Bond Hearing!
ICE – SF 630 Sansome St. SF
N. is a longtime Sacramento resident and father of a five-year-old
daughter. he is in immigration custody, far from his family, and
facing the threat of deportation and family separation. Please come
and support him at his next hearing–October 30, 130 pm to encourage
the judge to release him on bond. He has been detained for nearly
was arrested this summer for a DUI, and was due to serve for four
days at a Sacramento County Jail (Rio Consumnes Correctional Center
in Elk Grove). However, instead of being released to his family and
friends after he served his short sentence, he was transferred by
local officials directly from the jail to ICE custody.
DUI should not mean permanent family separation. Jails should not be
transferring our community members to ICE for deportation.
Resist is organizing carpools to his court event. Please message our
page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.
Legal observers play a
crucial role monitoring law enforcement at demonstrations by
collecting information on arrests and information that may be used in
criminal defense of activists or in advocacy against police and
government misconduct and repression. Legal observers ensure that the
police know that they are being watched.
San Francisco District Attorney Candidates will be participating in a
one on one Q&A forum moderated by Davey “D” Cook.
Confirmed candidates to attend are Suzy Loftus, Chesa Boudin and
Thursday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Stolen
Land/Hoarded Resources Tour thru SFTech for the Ancestors
1st & Mission Streets SF
Land/Hoarded Resources Decolonization & Community Reparations
will go through SF tech – one of the largest industries fueling the
violent gentriFUKation /removal and displacement of working class/
very low-income Black, Brown, Indigenous communities out of the whole
Bay Area , which often leads to the death and dismantlement of elders
and families in SF, Berkeley, Oakland /San Jose/Bay Area- as well as
silently complicit in the criminalization , removal, theft and death
of unhoused residents of San Francisco…
this Tour ,which is in honor of the ancestors of these removal
efforts like Luis Demetrio Gongora Pat, Papa Bear, Amilcar Perez
Lopez and Jessica Williams to name a few.. POOR
poverty/indigenous/disability skolaz will be sharing the medicine of
and the #BankofComeUnityReparations‘
– “Tech Reparations Fund” a liberation fund which was
formerly launched on Sept 7th 2019 and humbly asks that the Tech
industry give back 10-15% of their outrageous hoarded wealth and
resources to establish/build equity of unhoused, housing insecure,
indigenous/disabled/elder and families facing eviction, removal, the
violence of “sweeps” and/or to help folks stay in their
homes, neighborhoods and/or encampments where they face ongoing
removal attempts, thefts, poltricksterism, scamlord evictions,
predation and poLice terror.
Marc Benioff – CEO of Salesforce, announced a 30 million dollar
“study” of unhoused peoples when we as unhoused peoples
have already been studied, examined, surveyed and swept, so one of
the Tour’s asks/tour stops will be the Salesforce Transit center,
site of one of the most violent removal/evictions of unhoused,
neuro-divergent peoples out of a safe, warm place to sit and dwell-
So this tour follows a direct ask to Marc Benioff to radically
redistribute to the Tech Reparations Fund so we homeless folks can
build a Homefulness #2 to provide safe, land for unhoused peoples to
live- here is the open letter to Marc
which we will be distributing on this tour. We will also visit
“Square” which met with POOR Magazine poverty skolaz Aunti
and homeless & formerly homeless Youth poverty skolaz from
earlier this year, promising to consider The Tech Reparations Fund
and ended up doing absolutely nothing for any unhoused people.
this is the time when the veil is thin between us living in the
present and the ancestors on the other side of the spirit journey,
otherwise known as “Halloween” we invite you to join us
youth and family poverty skolaz from Deecolonize
in “dressing” , wearing a “costume” of a “Zombie
Tech GentriFUKer” – Scamlord, Devil-oper, Poltrickster,
Kkkolonizer, Hipster, or other icons representing 21st century
missionaries and/ or removers, ( or however you would like to dress)
Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Climate Funeral March
SE corner of Russell St. & College Ave. Berkeley
world is dying. We lose hundreds of species to extinction everyday.
Lives and livelihoods are being lost with increasing frequency to
extreme weather and climate-induced disasters. To be awake to these
times is to experience the unfolding of a never-ending tragedy.
move forward, we must acknowledge our grief. On the evening of
Halloween, we will march together in a funeral procession to
commiserate the ongoing death of our planet and the climate-induced
loss to come.
As we respect and pay homage to the victims of
the climate crisis, we welcome you to dress in funeral attire and
bring flowers or a personalized message for the dead.
Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mothers on the March Against Police
Murders – Weekly
Hall of Injustice 850 Bryant St. SF
Suzy Loftus as interim SF District Attorney!
are invited to join us (Even if it’s for a few minutes) to
demand that interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus charge police
officers with murder. Stand with ALL families who have lost loved
ones to police murders. This is a movement towards police
accountability. If we keep accepting the way things are, we’ll,
never make any true progress that benefits the people. Since Gascon
has been the DA in San Francisco, he has not charged any police
for Justice for:
Smith, Kenneth Harding Jr., Peter Yin Woo, Steven Michael Young,
Dennis Hughes , Pralith Prolouring, Dale Stuart Wilkerson, Alex
Nieto, Giovany Contreras Sandoval, O’Shaine Evans, Matthew Hoffman,
Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Alice Brown, Herbert Omar Benitez, Javier Lopez
Garcia, Mario Woods, Luis Gόngora
Pat, Jessica Nelson, Nicolas McWherter, Nicholas Flusche, Damian
Murray, Keita O’Neil, Jesus Adolfo Delgado, Jehad Eid, and Derrick
Gaines (killed by a police officer hired by SFPD)
above named all were killed by SFPD during DA Gascon’s reign
– NOT ONE police officer has been charged! Demand that Suzy
Loftus charge police officers that have committed murder! Some of
those named were killed while Suzy was president of the SF Police
Mother’s on the March Against Police Murders!
Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Medicare For All Rally and March
UN Plaza 355 McAllister SF
the rally at UN Plaza, we will march to Yerba Buena Gardens. Limited
bus transportation to San Francisco will be available from select
locations in California.
us in San Francisco for a statewide rally in support of Medicare for
All! Featuring speakers from the California Nurses Association /
National Nurses United and other movement leaders.
that Medicare for All is the only true solution to the health care
crisis. But we will only win when a mass movement of people stand up
and demand it. We’ll be in San Francisco to call on House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi to move forward H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act of
2019, which now has the support of over half of the Democrats in
Saturday, 2:00pm, Global Day of Resistance for Rojava
Oscar Grant Plaza 14th & Broadway Oakland
response to a call by the Internationalist Commune in Rojava and the
Rise Up 4 Rojava platform, we are preparing a mass demonstration in
solidarity with the brave fighters of North-East Syria
years ago a revolution began in Rojava that was to radically change
the lives of millions of people. The Kurds liberated themselves from
the dictatorship of the Assad regime and began to organize themselves
in self-governed councils, communes and cooperatives. In particular,
the autonomous organization of women became the driving force behind
the social revolution. Over the course of the struggle against the
Islamic state, a unique multi-ethnic and multi-religious project
developed, which today guarantees the peaceful coexistence of
millions of Kurds, Arabs and Christians. The Democratic Federation of
Northeast Syria is a unique example of the vision of a peaceful and
democratic Middle East and has therefore always been a thorn in the
side of both regional powers and imperialist states.
Turkish Army started its operation and has started bombardment many
places are under heavy artillery attacks. Their goal is to wipe out
the Democratic Federation. Several civilians have been killed already
and thousand of people have started escaping the danger of ethnic
cleansing and Turkish fascism. At the same time ISIS is using the
Turkish attacks for insurgency.
Solidarity Against Fascism East Bay, Bay Area Mesopotamia Solidarity,
+ 2 Other groups
on the Boycott of Manny’s from Maria Cristina
THE MOTHERS ON THE MARCH AND BLACK AND BROWN FOR JUSTICE PEACE AND
EQUALITY, HAVE COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING WITH MANNYS. HE HAS STATED
THAT HE WANTS TO END THE GENOCIDE, AND THE OCCUPATION, THAT HE IS
OPEN TO LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER, LIKE WE ARE, THAT WE WILL HAVE
MONTHLY DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE JEWISH, THE PALESTINIAN COMMUNITY AND
THE MOTHERS AND OTHERS AND WE WILL SUSPEND THE BOYCOTT ON MANNYS. THE
MOTHERS WANT TO ENLIGHTEN OUR COMMUNITIES ON THE GENOCIDE OF THE
PEOPLE, ON THE OCCUPATION, AND WE WILL DO ANYTHING AND EVERY POSSIBLE
AND NESSESARY TO END THE MADNESS. WE WILL WORK VERY HARD TO MAKE THIS
POSSIBLE. STOP THE GENOCIDE OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE BY THE SO CALL
ZIONIST STATE OF ISRAEL! END THE OCCUPATION! FREE PALESTINE! BLACK
AND BROWN UNITY FOR EVER! WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! POWER TO THE
PEOPLE! LORD HEAR OUR PRAYERS!”
of what happened at Manny’s on October 22nd and Maria Cristina’s
& Manny’s statements
~ ~ ~ ~
, Friends of the Israel Defense Force Gala
of the IDF will be having their fundraising gala in SF on Saturday
year they raised over 2 million for the IDF.
IDF is responsible for the killing, maiming and torture of children,
women and men of Palestine.
Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) during the event dubbed “Bernie’s Back Rally” comes as Sanders returns to campaigning after suffering a heart attack earlier this month. An estimated 26,000 people attended. Sanders on Thursday released a plan to legalize marijuana at the federal level. (Photo: Michael Nigro/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Sen. Bernie Sanders released an expansive plan on Thursday to as president legalize marijuana and ensure the benefits of legalization are felt across all communities, especially those affected by the war on drugs.
“We will legalize marijuana and vacate and expunge past marijuana convictions,” the Vermont senator, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominaion, said in a statement announcing the policy.
Sanders tweeted out the plan at 4:20pm.
“Too many lives were ruined due to the disastrous criminalization of marijuana,” Sanders said.
The proposal would legalize marijuana in the first 100 days of a Sanders administration, vacate and expunge all past marijuana convictions, and “ensure that revenue from legal marijuana is reinvested in communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs, especially African-American and other communities of color.”
The plan would also aim to stop marijuana from turning into a business like tobacco by structuring the industry like a non-profit, prohibiting advertising targeting youth, and preventing “consolidation and profiteering.”
Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020. (Photo illustration: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc)
Pete Buttigieg burst on the national scene early this year as a new sort of presidential candidate. But it turns out he’s a very old kind—a glib ally of corporate America posing as an advocate for working people and their families. That has become apparent this fall as Buttigieg escalates his offensive against Medicare for All.
A not-funny thing has happened to Buttigieg on the campaign trail. As he kept collecting big checks from corporate executives and wealthy donors, he went from being “all for” a single-payer Medicare for All system in January to trashing it in the debate last week as a plan that would kick “150 million Americans off of their insurance in four short years.” The demagoguery won praise from corporate media outlets.
“Buttigieg has joined with Joe Biden to open up a well-funded, double-barreled assault on Medicare for All.”
Those outlets have often lauded Buttigieg for his fundraising totals this year without scrutiny of the funding sources. They skew toward the wealthy—and toward donors with a vested interest in protecting the status quo.
“Of course, from a voter’s point of view, what really matters is not how much financial support a candidate is getting, but who they’re getting it from—because those supporters may not have the same interests as the voter,” Jim Naureckas at the media watchdog FAIR pointed out this summer. “In the case of Buttigieg, the two main sources of funds seem to be the tech industry . . . and the financial industry, that traditional source of funds for corporate-oriented Democrats.”
So far this year, Buttigieg has reported $27 million in contributions of $200 and above—accounting for 52.5 percent of his total dollars raised. Compare that to Elizabeth Warren at 29.6 percent and Bernie Sanders at 24.9 percent.
And major sources of Buttigieg’s funding are in harmony with his recent hostility toward Medicare for All. “Pharmaceutical, health insurance, and hospital industry donors have flocked to Mayor Pete all year,” journalist Alex Kotch reported last week. “As of mid-2019, he was second only to Donald Trump in overall campaign cash from donors in the health sector. Among Democratic candidates, he was second to former Vice President Joe Biden in terms of pharmaceutical and health insurance donations.”
Reporting for the investigative website Sludge, Kotch wrote: “Over 100 individuals in leadership, legal, consulting, or financing roles in health sector donated $200 or more to Pete for America between July and September. These donors include pharmaceutical industry leaders such as the chief corporate affairs officer at drugmaker Pfizer, the president of Astex Pharmaceuticals, a state lobbyist for Biogen, a vice president of public policy at Novartis, and the deputy vice president at the nation’s largest pharmaceutical trade association, PhRMA, as well as attorneys for AbbVie, Johnson & Johnson, and Merck.”
Buttigieg’s reversal of avowed support for Medicare for All is classic opportunism. In early 2018, he was unequivocal via Twitter: “I, Pete Buttigieg, politician, do henceforth and forthwith declare, most affirmatively and indubitably, unto the ages, that I do favor Medicare for All.”
Eight months ago, as The Hillnoted, “Buttigieg also appeared to defend single-payer [Medicare for All] health insurance in a February 2019 interview on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’” But now, on its website, the Buttigieg campaign is engaged in a herculean pretzel effort at doubletalk, declaring that his “affordable public plan will incentivize private insurers to compete on price and bring down costs. If private insurers are not able to offer something dramatically better, this public plan will create a natural glide-path to Medicare for All.”
Left unexplained is how Buttigieg is providing any sort of “glide-path” to Medicare for All by now deploying insurance-industry talking points to denounce Medicare for All. Buttigieg is trying to poison the well by conjuring up an effort to precipitously dump people off of health coverage and deprive them of “choice”—deliberately confusing the current “choice” of predatory for-profit insurance plans with the genuine full choice of healthcare providers that enhanced Medicare for everyone would provide.
“The efficiencies of a single-payer system would make universal coverage affordable and give everyone in the United States their free choice of doctors and hospitals,” David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler wrote this month in The Nation. “But that goal will remain out of reach if private insurers are allowed to continue gaming the system.”
Himmelstein and Woolhandler, who are professors of public health and cofounders of Physicians for a National Health Program, assessed the healthcare scenarios being touted by the two most prominent candidates now attacking Warren and Sanders: “Some proposals, including those by Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, would offer a Medicare-like public plan for sale alongside private plans on the insurance exchanges now available under the Affordable Care Act. These buy-in reforms would minimize the need for new taxes, since most enrollees would be charged premiums. But tens of millions would remain uninsured or with coverage so skimpy, they still couldn’t afford care.”
Buttigieg is not the only Democratic presidential candidate who has switched positions on supporting Medicare for All, or is just generally using the public and political confusion around the issue to undermine real efforts to move to a universal system. Kamala Harris, who co-sponsored Bernie Sanders’ Senate bill, has consistently waffled, and has settled on a plan that continues to let private insurers play a role. But Buttigieg is the only candidate who is now making opposition to the Sanders- and Warren-backed Medicare for All a central focus of his campaign.
With the mutual alignment of Buttigieg and his corporate healthcare-industry donors, Mayor Pete’s approach seems to be a case of a flimflamming candidate who poses as a forthright leader. For the general public, instead of “Mayor Pete,” a more apt nickname might be “Mayor Elite.”
As for Buttigieg’s slippery slogan of “Medicare for all who want it,” Rep. Ro Khanna pointed out that such a setup “won’t bring the administrative costs down of private insurers or maximize negotiation with Big Pharma and hospitals.” And: “This means higher premiums, higher drug costs, higher deductibles, and more denied claims for the middle class.”
“As part of a campaign strategy that aims to undermine both of his progressive opponents, the mayor continues to falsely characterize Medicare for All—no matter how much confusion and disinformation he creates along the way.”
An in-depth report from the Political Economy Research Institute—“Economic Analysis of Medicare for All”—concluded that “Medicare for All has the potential to achieve major cost savings in its operations relative to the existing U.S. health care system. We estimate that, through implementation of Medicare for All, overall U.S. health care costs could fall by about 19 percent relative to the existing system.”
Yet Buttigieg has joined with Joe Biden to open up a well-funded, double-barreled assault on Medicare for All.
“I am tired of seeing Democrats defend a dysfunctional healthcare system where 87 million people are uninsured or underinsured and 30,000 people die every year because they lack adequate coverage,” Bernie Sanders wrote last Friday in an email to supporters. “So I was disappointed this week to see that Joe Biden used the talking points of the health insurance industry to attack Medicare for All and our campaign.”
While Buttigieg is not strong in national polls right now, he’s polling notably well in Iowa, where the first voting for the Democratic presidential nomination will occur in early-February caucuses. And with $23.4 million in the bank, he’s got much more money in hand than Biden ($9 million). The only rivals with more money than Buttigieg are the two he’s assailing for their resolute support of Medicare for All—Sanders ($33.7 million) and Warren ($25.7 million).
While I personally support Sanders, I’m equally appalled by Buttigieg’s attacks on Warren. As part of a campaign strategy that aims to undermine both of his progressive opponents, the mayor continues to falsely characterize Medicare for All—no matter how much confusion and disinformation he creates along the way.
Whether or not Pete Buttigieg can win the nomination, he has certainly emerged as a sharp corporate tool.
PowerfulJRE Edward Snowden is an American whistleblower who copied and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013 when he was a Central Intelligence Agency employee and subcontractor. His new book “Permanent Record” is now available.
“This is the most important stance any candidate has taken affecting press freedom so far. Hopefully this will force others to follow,” said Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press foundation
Edward Snowden is displayed on a screen as he speaks during a video conference on September 17, 2019 in Berlin. (Photo: Jorg Carstensen/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed, if elected president in 2020, to break with both the Trump and Obama administrations by refusing to use the repressive, century-old Espionage Act to prosecute whistleblowers, a stance that was applauded by press freedom advocates and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
In an interview with The Intercept‘s Ryan Grim released Tuesday, Sanders condemned President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the Ukraine whistleblower and emphasized the crucial role whistleblowers play in the political process.
Asked if the Espionage Act of 1917 should be used against those who raise the alarm about government wrongdoing, Sanders said, “Of course not.”
“The law is very clear: Whistleblowers have a very important role to play in the political process and I am very supportive of the courage of that whistleblower, whoever he or she may be,” Sanders said of the individual who filed the complaint about Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Grim pointed out that the 1917 law “had largely gone out of fashion until it was deployed heavily by the Obama administration, which prosecuted eight people accused of leaking to the media under the Espionage Act, more than all previous presidents combined.”
“President Donald Trump is on pace to break Barack Obama’s record if he gets a second term,” Grim wrote. “He has prosecuted eight such whistleblowers, five of them using the Espionage Act, according to the Press Freedom Tracker.”
Former U.S. Army private Chelsea Manning, currently behind bars for refusing to testify before a secretive grand jury, was prosecuted by the Obama administration for Espionage Act violations and served seven years in prison before Obama commuted her sentence at the end of his presidency.
Manning released classified information to WikiLeaks, whose founder and publisher, Julian Assange, has been indicted by the Trump administration for espionage.
Last year, NSA whistleblower Reality Winner was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for Espionage Act violations after leaking classified information.
Progressives hailed Sanders’ pledge to end the use of the Espionage Act against whistleblowers as a potential “sea-change” and urged other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to follow his lead.
Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, called Sanders’ vow “the most important stance any candidate has taken affecting press freedom so far.”
Snowden—who, like Manning and Winner, was charged with Espionage Act violations—tweeted a simple response to Sanders’s pledge: “Whoa.”
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Thu, 5/13, 8 am — Martín Arboleda, Governing Utopia: on Planning and Popular Power — The global unfolding of capital is a deliberately planned process and this mode of late-capitalist planning has led the way to an era of mass extinctions and extreme social inequality. Current debates on radical economic planning foreshadow new and more intricate visions of state, money, and markets, and of the role that they could perform in a transition towards a future that is exciting and radically alternative — Arboleda is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile and is the author of… Continue reading →
Thu, 5/13, 11 am — Anticapitalism and Work with Vijay Prashad, Dalia Gebrial, Amelia Horgan — Why is the U.K. government afraid of anticapitalism? Why is it being barred from schools? Why now? And how can we teach anticapitalism? — Organized by the The Left Book Club: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anticapitalism-and-work-with-vijay-prashad-dalia-gebrial-amelia-horgan-tickets-149161346603?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1
Thu, 5/13, 11 am — Revolutions — Join Michael Löwy, emeritus research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research; Marianela D’Aprile, a writer and member of the DSA National Political Committee; and Aline Klein, on the editorial board of Jacobin Brasil, for a multi-media discussion of Löwy’s new book, Revolutions — Moderated by Todd Chretien, who has has contributed to several books, including Socialist Strategy and Electoral Politics — Sponsored by Haymarket Books: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/revolutions-tickets-151555722245?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch
Thu, 5/13, 11 am — The Economy of Care with Cassie Thornton — How do we organise care under current neoliberal conditions? Can precarious conditions lead to uncovering new solidarities and organisational forms? — Thornton is an artist and activist from the US, who makes a “safe space” for the unknown, for disobedience, and for unanticipated collectivity. Her new book The Hologram: Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future is available from Pluto Press: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-economy-of-care-with-cassie-thornton-tickets-150403281263?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1
Join us Thursday for another engaging conversation on our national organizing call at 6PM EST. We’ll be discussing the Supreme court and Birddog strategies with Center for Popular Democracy’s very own Julia Peters from CPD’s Innovation Team! We’ll also be discussing Medicare-for-all and Senate filibuster updates happening in our progressive fight. Hope to see you all Thursday at 6PM. Register here to join! Thank you, Innovations, Center for Popular Democracy CPD Action 449 Troutman Street, Suite A Brooklyn, NY 11237 United States
Show Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Workshops SURJ (Show Up for Racial Justice) hosts workshops on important issues regarding race. Here are a few upcoming events worth checking out: Living on Ramaytush Ohlone Land – Wednesday, May 12, 2021• 5:00-6:30 PM Pacific White Supremacy Culture Characteristics – Thursday May 13, 2021• 5:00 PM Pacific
A Discussion of African-American Labor History: Peter Cole discusses his book about Ben Fletcher Join us this Thursday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of Peter Cole’s new book, Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly. Ben Fletcher was one of the most important labor organizers of the early twentieth century, and yet his name is almost unknown today. Peter Cole remedies this by shining a new light on Fletcher, one of the founders of the IWW and organizer of the one of the few interracial union locals of the time. Join us for a discussion and celebration of Fletcher’s… Continue reading →
San Francisco Democrats, We are thrilled to welcome Tom Ammiano as our guest for “Let’s Get Loud” a special virtual event we are hosting on Thursday, May 13th at 6:30pm. The time has come, to get all of the T from Tom Ammiano! Join mistress of ceremonies Honey Mahogany as she talks to Tom about his life, his loves, his book, and his thoughts on what is going on in the world of Politics. This will be an edifying and entertaining evening that is not to be missed! We’ll also have a comedic set by Tom’s friend and Bay Area staple Karen Ripley! So don’t wait, get… Continue reading →
ISF Federal Working Group meeting: Thursday, May 13, 7–9 PM. Register here to help us develop strategies to influence our Members of Congress and the Biden administration to enact a progressive agenda. Zoom room opens at 7 PM for discussion and orientation, and the meeting agenda starts promptly at 7:30 PM.