Bernie Sanders Delegates’ Unite to Reject Corporatist Democratic Party Platform

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Portland protesters showered by tear gas again — and with solidarity from across the U.S.

Protest was held in Los Angeles on Saturday July 25, 2020 in support if demonstrators in Portland. (Ringo Chiu/Shutterstock)

The mood in downtown Portland, Ore., late Saturday evening was lively and protesters appeared rejuvenated as several thousand people took to the streets in front of the federal courthouse, calling for federal agents to leave and for an end to police brutality and racism.

The confrontation between protesters and police escalated when authorities declared a riot after protesters breached a fence surrounding the courthouse. Police described via Twitter the “violent conduct of people downtown” as creating a “grave risk of public alarm.”

Police demanded people leave the area surrounding the courthouse, around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, and said that those who fail to adhere may be arrested or subjection to teargas and impact weapons. Federal agents had used tear gas on the crowd hours earlier in what has become a nightly standoff that has reawakened protests across the country.

That sense of solidarity echoed Saturday when protests erupted once more in cities across the U.S., including Seattle, Austin, Texas, and downtown Los Angeles. Demonstrators were marching against police brutality following the May death of George Floyd and President Trump’s recent orders to send federal agents into cities.

Protesters also rallied in Oakland Saturday evening at an event organized by Wall of Moms Bay Area, Refuse Fascism Bay Area and Vigil for Democracy.

The protests in Seattle turned violent and according to the Associated Press, 21 officers suffered minor injuries and 40 arrests were made. In downtown Portland, protesters from all walks of life came to the federal courthouse Portland to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement, including teachers, Portland-area healthcare workers and LGBTQ allies.

During the day, protesters took to the streets in other parts including a large group of demonstrators in north Portland. The group marched around the police precinct, which was heavily guarded by officers wearing riot gear.

At the federal courthouse in downtown Portland, protesters wearing gas masks and helmets continued their standoff with federal agents by setting off fireworks and using leaf blowers and hockey sticks to return the plumes of white tear gas back toward federal agents.

Mitchell Felton, 26, and his friend Zach Woods, 21, were among the protesters who saw federal agents as they emerged from the federal courthouse.

The pair are from South Carolina and were on a road trip when they decided to stop in Portland in order to participate in the protest.

“We decided to come because we wanted to show our support to Portland and for the Black Lives Matter movement,” Felton said.

Up the street, about a block away from the federal courthouse, protesters started an impromptu dance party for a few minutes as music blared from loudspeakers.

Nearby, Eboni Washington, 36, said she felt compelled to come out because she wants to demonstrate solidarity with protesters who have taken to the streets in cities across the country Saturday to protest against police brutality and the presence of federal officers sent by President Trump.

“I’m proud to be Black. And I want to show everyone that what we need right now is more solidarity,” she said as she leaned against a building about a block from the federal courthouse.

“Especially in Portland. I have friends who’ve gotten shot by the police. I’m here for them.”

At 1 a.m., the situation escalated when protesters tore down the protective fence that lined the perimeter of the federal courthouse.

About an hour later, several dozen agents in camouflage left the courthouse and pushed protesters several blocks away using teargas and other munitions. Protesters dispersed but eventually regrouped.

When federal agents retreated back to the courthouse at 2:30 a.m., protesters cheered.

(The Associated Press and Bay City News contributed to this story)

-By Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times

SF Democratic Party endorsements go (mostly) to progressives

Conservative members (and some in the progressive camp) serve as swing votes in D7 and D11.

BY TIM REDMOND -JULY 23, 2020 (48hills.org)

The San Francisco Democratic Party endorsed candidates backed by the progressive wing in five of the six seats last night, with the D7 and D11 endorsements a bit unusual.

Most of the results were predictable: The party, which is now controlled by progressives, voted to endorse Connie Chan in D1, Sup. Aaron Peskin in D3, Sup. Dean Preston in D5, and former Sup. John Avalos in D11.

But Sup. Ahsha Safai won the second-place nod in D11 by one vote, with former Sup. Jane Kim backing him.

That struck me as a bit odd, since Kim this spring was a senior staffer for the Bernie Sanders campaign in California, and Safai is among the more conservative supervisors on economic and development issues. He’s friendly and collegial and has joined the progressives on some issues, but is by no stretch even close to a Democratic Socialist.

Also, Safai supported London Breed over Kim in the mayor’s race, while Avalos was a strong Kim supporter.

Every one of the generally more conservative DCCC members, including Sen. Scott Wiener, Assemblymember David Chiu, Sen Dianne Feinstein, and former DA candidate Suzy Loftus went with Safai.

“I’m a little disappointed,” Avalos told me. “I thought the progressive (DCCC) slate was going to stick together, but that didn’t happen.”

So now Safai will be able to say he’s got the (albeit second) endorsement from the Democratic Party.

I asked Kim why she supported Safai as her second choice, but she hasn’t gotten back to me.

In D7, which is one of the most conservative districts in the city, the committee endorsed Myrna Melgar as their first choice, and Vilaska Nguyen as number two.

The votes were also interesting: Wiener, for example, has endorsed Joel Engardio, who is the most conservative serious contender in the race –- but he voted instead for Melgar. So did most of the rest of the conservative DCCC members.

Nguyen has the support of many of the progressives on the Board of Supes, including Hillary Ronen, Matt Haney, and Dean Preston. But the progressive “slate” was split again, with Kim and Sup. Gordon Mar backing Melgar.

So Melgar, who has spent many years working on progressive causes (including as an organizer with PODER and as an aide to former Sup. Eric Mar) won the Democratic Party endorsement with all the conservative votes.

She told me that she is “just thankful.” She said she can’t explain why the conservatives would support her, except that “I am not a bomb thrower. I’m the one who works the entire room trying to get everyone together.”

The Democratic Party endorsement is significant in D7, and it leaves Engardio with a major setback.

Breed’s endorsement would be even more significant, since she’s very popular in the district. So far, she hasn’t endorsed a candidate.

Engardio was the Yimby candidate four years ago, but this time around, he’s talking about preserving single-family housing. And the San Francisco Yimbys have endorsed Melgar.

Another interesting note: while many of the conservatives supported Vallie Brown over Preston in D5, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who like other Democratic state and federal elected officials has a vote on the DCCC, did not. She broke with Feinstein, Wiener, state Treasurer Fiona Ma, and Assemblymember David Chiu and abstained. Nor did she support a candidate in D7.

Assemblymember Phil Ting was the only one of the “ex officio” elected officials who voted for Preston.

Bernie Sanders Delegates Pledge to REJECT Democratic Party Platform without Medicare for All

Christo Aivalis Earlier today, Politico reported that 360 Bernie Sanders delegates to the Democratic National Convention were promising to vote against the Democratic Party Platform if it did not include Medicare for All. This made corporate Democrats freak out, but the move is perfectly reasonable. Not only did they say they would like Bernie continue to support Joe Biden in 2020 regardless, but Medicare for All is actually popular with a Majority of people in the Democratic Party, and if Biden wants to unify the party, he can do so by backing Medicare for All Support me on Patreon: https://patreon.com/ChristoAivalis Support me on PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/chri… For Christo Aivalis: Twitter: https://twitter.com/christoaivalis Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christoaival… Website: https://www.christoaivalis.com Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/christoaivalis1

Book: “The Hidden Injuries of Class”

The Hidden Injuries of Class

The Hidden Injuries of Class

by Richard SennettJonathan Cobb 

In this intrepid, groundbreaking book, Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb uncover and define a new form of class conflict in America—an internal conflict in the heart and mind of the white blue-collar worker who measures his own value against those lives and occupations to which our society gives a special premium. The authors conclude that in the games of hierarchical respect, no class can emerge the victor; and that true egalitarianism can be achieved only by rediscovering diverse concepts of human dignity. Examining personal feelings in terms of a totality of human relations, and looking beyond the struggle for economic survival, The Hidden Injuries of Class takes an important step forward in the sociological critique of everyday life.

(Goodreads.com)

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON DROPS THE MIC ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SPIRITUALITY AND POLITICS

Katie Halper Marianne Williamson (https://twitter.com/marwilliamson) talks about politics and revolution, materialism and spirituality. Christian Parenti discusses his latest piece “The Surprising Geography of Police Killings” (https://nonsite.org/symposium/the-sur…) published at NonSite and the life and work of his dear friend journalist Robert Eshelman-Håkansson, whose obituary Christian wrote for Jacobin (https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/07/ro…). https://www.thenation.com/authors/rob…https://robertseshelman.com

OPINION|Trump’s Occupation of American Cities Has Begun

Protesters are being snatched from the streets without warrants. Can we call it fascism yet?

Michelle Goldberg

By Michelle Goldberg

Opinion Columnist

July 20, 2020 (NYTimes.com)

Federal agents confronting Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Ore., on Monday.
Federal agents confronting Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Ore., on Monday.Credit…Noah Berger/Associated Press

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The month after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Yale historian Timothy Snyder published the best-selling book “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century.” It was part of a small flood of titles meant to help Americans find their bearings as the new president laid siege to liberal democracy.

One of Snyder’s lessons was, “Be wary of paramilitaries.” He wrote, “When the pro-leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the end has come.” In 2017, the idea of unidentified agents in camouflage snatching leftists off the streets without warrants might have seemed like a febrile Resistance fantasy. Now it’s happening.

According to a lawsuit filed by Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, on Friday, federal agents “have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland, detain protesters, and place them into the officers’ unmarked vehicles” since at least last Tuesday. The protesters are neither arrested nor told why they’re being held.

There’s no way to know the affiliation of all the agents — they’ve been wearing military fatigues with patches that just say “Police” — but The Times reported that some of them are part of a specialized Border Patrol group “that normally is tasked with investigating drug smuggling organizations.”

The Trump administration has announced that it intends to send a similar force to other cities; on Monday, The Chicago Tribune reported on plans to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago. “I don’t need invitations by the state,” Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said on Fox News Monday, adding, “We’re going to do that whether they like us there or not.”

PORTLAND PROTESTS Photos of clashes with federal forces

In Portland, we see what such an occupation looks like. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported on 29-year-old Mark Pettibone, who early last Wednesday was grabbed off the street by unidentified men, hustled into an unmarked minivan and taken to a holding cell in the federal courthouse. He was eventually released without learning who had abducted him.

A federal agent shot 26-year-old Donavan La Bella in the head with an impact munition; he was hospitalized and needed reconstructive surgery. In a widely circulated video, a 53-year-old Navy veteran was pepper sprayed and beaten after approaching federal agents to ask them about their oaths to the Constitution, leaving him with two broken bones.

There’s something particularly terrifying in the use of Border Patrol agents against American dissidents. After the attack on protesters near the White House last month, the military pushed back on Trump’s attempts to turn it against the citizenry. Police officers in many cities are willing to brutalize demonstrators, but they’re under local control. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, however, is under federal authority, has leadership that’s fanatically devoted to Trump and is saturated with far-right politics.

“It doesn’t surprise me that Donald Trump picked C.B.P. to be the ones to go over to Portland and do this,” Representative Joaquin Castro, Democrat of Texas, told me. “It has been a very problematic agency in terms of respecting human rights and in terms of respecting the law.”

It is true that C.B.P. is not an extragovernmental militia, and so might not fit precisely into Snyder’s “On Tyranny” schema. But when I spoke to Snyder on Monday, he suggested the distinction isn’t that significant. “The state is allowed to use force, but the state is allowed to use force according to rules,” he said. These agents, operating outside their normal roles, are by all appearances behaving lawlessly.

Snyder pointed out that the history of autocracy offers several examples of border agents being used against regime enemies.

“This is a classic way that violence happens in authoritarian regimes, whether it’s Franco’s Spain or whether it’s the Russian Empire,” said Snyder. “The people who are getting used to committing violence on the border are then brought in to commit violence against people in the interior.”

When fascism starts to feel normal, we’re all in trouble.

Castro worries that since the agents are unidentified, far-right groups could easily masquerade as them to go after their enemies on the left. “It becomes more likely the more that this tactic is used,” he said. “I think it’s unconstitutional and dangerous and heading towards fascism.”

On Friday, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, tweeted about what’s happening in Portland: “Trump and his storm troopers must be stopped.” She didn’t mention what Congress plans to do to stop them, but the House will soon vote on a homeland security appropriations bill. People outraged about the administration’s police-state tactics should demand, at a minimum, that Congress hold up the department’s funding until those tactics are halted.

Through the Trump years, there’s been a debate about whether the president’s authoritarianism is tempered by his incompetence. Those who think concern about fascism is overblown can cite several instances when the administration has been beaten back after overreaching. But all too often the White House has persevered, deforming American life until what once seemed like worst-case scenarios become the status quo.

Trump has already established that his allies, like Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, are above the law. What happens now will tell us how many of us are below it.

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