The Moment When Democrats Recovered Their Soul

Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect 

March 31, 2021 (

Democrats got off track around 1967, when Lyndon Johnson, who was well on the way to becoming a second FDR, blew it all on Vietnam. He also sought to go FDR one better by getting serious about racial justice.

But that led to the infamous white backlash, as exploited by Nixon’s Southern strategy of coded racism. On both issues, Democrats splintered, and it’s been downhill ever since.

Under Carter, Clinton, and Obama, Democrats sought to recoup by becoming a Wall Street neoliberal party that was liberal-ish on social issues. That demolished any prospects of reviving a multiracial coalition based on common pocketbook interests. And so we got the Tea Parties and then Trump.

Now, something unexpected and miraculous is happening. Joe Biden, the most centrist of the 2020 Democratic field, is governing as if he were FDR.

The Democrats are Democrats again. On pocketbook help for struggling people. On public investment, big-time. On using public debt for public purposes. On taxing the rich. On backing the labor movement. Biden is taking risks to be a racial progressive. He is beginning to rein in corporate abuses. He has even defined infrastructure as not just bricks, mortar, and steel, but as caring infrastructure.

That model was there all along, waiting to be revived. But Biden’s three Democratic predecessors dismissed it and evaded it.

We can speculate on why Biden chose this path. Was it the pandemic? Was it Trump? Did the moment help him discover his inner progressive, which was hidden there all along?

The point is that he did it. And it is popular.

And Biden, unlike FDR and LBJ, is doing it with the slimmest of legislative majorities. But as Lincoln famously said, “Public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.”

And of course, public sentiment is not static. Success builds on success.

Now, we can depress ourselves with all the ways this could come off the rails.

The Democrats could lose their nerve on using budget reconciliation to pass all major economic legislation with a simple majority. Joe Manchin could continue to play the role of dog in the manger, and resist breaking the filibuster on other urgent legislation like voting rights. A Democratic senator could die, leaving Republicans to take back the Senate.

But remember, this wasn’t supposed to happen at all. Dems were not supposed to take back the Senate, and Biden was not supposed to be a progressive.

So for now, let us relish the moment and work to maximize it. I am not especially religious, but I am reminded of my favorite Jewish prayer, the Shehecheyanu, which gives thanks to the Almighty for allowing us to reach this day.

Articles ~ Actions / Petitions ~ Events for Thursday, April 1 – Monday, April 5 (from Adrienne Fong)

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A. Pope Needs to Send Easter Message to Biden on Assange – March 31, 2021

B. AIPAC’s failure gives Biden a lane for Iran deal, if he has the spine  – March 30, 2021

AIPAC’s failure gives Biden a lane for Iran deal, if he has the spine – Mondoweiss

C. U.S. Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by Jewish National Fund Against Palestinian Rights Nonprofit – March 30, 2021

U.S. Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by Jewish National Fund Against Palestinian Rights Nonprofit | Center for Constitutional Rights (

D. Prosecutors Add Sex Trafficking Charges Against Ghislaine Maxwell  – March 30, 2021

E. Sacramento County to consider a 24/7 mental health crisis response program – March 29, 2021

Sacramento County to consider a 24/7 mental health crisis response program |

F. From the street to the courtroomHomeless Californians sue for their rights – March 26, 2021

G. U.S. Blocks Venezuela bid to seek WTO Review of Sanctions – March 26, 2021

U.S. blocks Venezuela bid to seek WTO review of sanctions | Reuters


1. Demand Safe Water

  SIGN: Demand Safe Water! (

2. Total and Chevron: stop supporting the bloodbath in Myanmar

  SIGN: Total and Chevron: stop supporting the bloodbath in Myanmar (

3. Urge Biden: Call for UN sanctions on Erik Prince

  SIGN: Urge Biden: Call for UN sanctions on Erik Prince | Win Without War

4. Candymaker End Hollow Promises

  SIGN: Candymaker end hollow promises | Rainforest Action Network – Fighting for People and Planet (

   – Stop sourcing cheap Conflict Palm Oil!

5. Tell the World Bank: End all fossil fuel finance!

  SIGN: Tell the World Bank: End all fossil fuel finance! | Oil Change International (


Thursday, April 1, – Monday, April 5

Thursday, April 1

1. Thursday, 8:00am – 9:00am (PT); 11:00am – 12Noon (ET), DAPL & Line 3 D.C Protest Rally: Indigenous Youth & Allies Demand Build Back Fossil Fuel

Online –livestream:

In-person: Army Corps of Engineers HQ, 441 G Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20314


On April 1st frontline Indigenous youth and organizers from the Dakota Access and Line 3 pipeline fights are traveling to Washington D.C. to demand that President Biden Build Back Fossil Free by stopping these climate-destroying projects.

Five years ago on April 1st, the Sacred Stone Camp was founded and history was made as thousands of people descended to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). On the anniversary of this important moment of international solidarity, we are bringing the spirit of frontline, indigenous pipeline resistance to Washington DC to demand Joe Biden Build Back Fossil Free by revoking the Army Corps permits for Line 3 and shut down DAPL.

Last month, Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux youth ran 93 miles to the site of that resistance to pressure President Biden to shut down the Bakken oil pipeline.

For too long Indigenous communities have carried the weight of our addiction to oil & gas despite their objections. Consultation is not consent. Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) must be the standard for tribal nations impacted by dangerous oil and gas infrastructure.

Indigenous communities are asking Biden to follow their mandate given with their vote; show up for Black, Indigenous and communities of color fighting for to protect water, land, sky and their bodies from toxic pollution and climate change.


Indigenous Environmental Network
GINIW Collection
Standing Rock Youth Council
Cheyenne River Grassroots Collective
Honor The Earth
Red Lake Treaty Camp
Manoomin Genawendang Endazhigabeshing
Camp Migizi
Seeding Sovereignty

Info: DAPL & Line 3 D.C. Protest Rally: Indigenous Youth & Allies Demand Build Back Fossil Free! : Indybay

2. Thursday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm (PT); 6:00pm – 7:30pm (ET), #EyesOnICE: Deportations Under Biden



More than 127,457 friends, families, and neighbors have been deported or expelled in the first 60 days of the Biden administration. These deportations and expulsions have disproportionately affected Black immigrants, including some who were coerced after physical abuse by ICE officials to sign deportation waivers.

This is not what was promised to our communities. Instead, these deportations are fundamentally at odds with Biden’s January executive order on Advancing Racial Equity. 

on Thursday,  we’re attending the national “Deportations Under Biden #EyesOnICE” forum to learn from impacted individuals in Haiti, Mexico, the US, and more. The speakers will share their experiences of being blocked from seeking asylum and unacceptable deportations and expulsions

Hosted by Mijente, UndocuBlack, Haitian Bridge Alliance, National Domestic Workers’ Alliance, Human Rights First, and the National Immigrant Justice Center

4. Thursday, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, End Permits for Fossil Fools  (San Francisco)

In person – meet at:

Civic Center Plaza
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.

We’ll march to two nearby locations of US Army Corps of Engineers offices.

This is an all-ages, non-violent, outdoor action.

Wear masks / social distancing

Center Plaza at Polk Street and McAllister Street. We’ll then process to the sites of two nearby U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices, to tell President Biden and VP Harris: End the Line 3 and DAPL permits and  Build Back Fossil Free!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the agency responsible for permitting many of the fossil fuel projects we’re fighting across the country. The agency is also a part of President Biden’s executive branch, so it makes sense to target our demands to the Biden administration at local Army Corps offices.

Host: Extinction Rebellion – San Francisco Bay Area

Info: SF DAPL & Line 3 Protest, Build Back Fossil Free : Indybay

5. Thursday, 4:00pm (PT), Kops & Klan: A Conversation on White Nationalism and Policing of Activism


 register: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Professor David Cunningham, author of “Klansville, U.S.A.” and Chair of Sociology at Washington University will lead us in a conversation.

Obvious disparities in the policing of the January 6th ‘Stop the Steal’ insurrectionists versus recent Black Lives Matter protests calls into sharp relief a number of pressing issues associated with policing. Clear and longstanding instances of overlap between law enforcement and white nationalist causes as well as biased police assessment of the threats posed by protest events are two of many documented practices that drive unjust policing practices. Drawing both on historical parallels and ongoing practices, this event will consider the roots of racist policing of political freedoms and what we can do to fight back.

Event by PowerShare CollectiveCAPCR-Real Local Control and Effective Civilian Review and Resist – STL

Info: (1) Kops & Klan: A Conversation on White Nationalism and Policing of Activism | Facebook

Friday, April 2

6. Friday, 12Noon – 1:15pm, Panel: Homelessness and Sexual Violence

Anyone – On/Off facebook

Register for this event on Zoom:…/WN_aVbDHC3GQJOwo1jv031ptw

In recognition that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Human Rights Commission’s Office of SHARP (Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention) in partnership with the Department on the Status of Women hosts a panel of sexual assault survivors and advocates on the experiences, survival stories and needs of homeless and housing insecure survivors.

Dulce Garcia, SHARP’s Policy Director, moderates a conversation on the prevalence of sexual violence when unhoused as well as the challenges and barriers in accessing services when housing insecure in San Francisco. The panel explores ideas on how San Francisco can better serve the homeless population through prevention and advocacy.

Hosts: SF Public Library, SFWAR, SF Depart. On Status of Women

Info: (1) Panel: Homelessness and Sexual Violence | Facebook  or  Homelessness and Sexual Violence: Addressing the Vital Safety Needs of the Unhoused : Indybay

7. Friday – NO Mothers on the March at POA today – will resume Friday, April 9

8. Friday, 2:30pm, “Stop Asian Hate” – Youth led protest

Meet at:

Oakland City Hall

  – March through Chinatown

  – End march at Lake Merritt Amphitheater – for Rally


Info on Instagram: @bayarea.protests on Instagram: “#StopAsianHate Oakland City Hall // Oakland, CA Friday April 2nd, 2021 // 2:30pm For questions, please contact @bayareaaapi”

9. Friday, 4:00pm (PT); 7:00pm (ET), Runoff Election in Ecuador: The Fight for Democracy

Register: Runoff Election in Ecuador: The Fight for Democracy | Democratic Socialists of America (

Ecuador faces a crucial runoff election on April 11 as the country struggles to free itself from capitalist imposed austerity, economic recession, and pandemic. Socialist candidate Andres Arauz leads a progressive alliance and has an excellent chance to be elected President against right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso. There are efforts by the establishment to eliminate Arauz from the runoff or even cancel the election. Progressive International has warned of threats to democracy in Ecuador. What is U.S. imperialism doing behind the scenes? Hear from members of the Ecuador’s Union for Hope (UNES) alliance and an election observer from the Progressive International.

Featuring Monica Palacios (National Assembly Representative, Unión por la Esperanza – Union for Hope), Ramón Mendes Rivas (Acción Revolución Collective Unión por la Esperanza – Union for Hope), David Adler (Progressive International Election Observer Delegation).
Moderated by Vanessa Agudelo (Peekskill, NY City Council, Lower Hudson DSA member).

Sponsored by DSA International Committee. Co-sponsors: Alliance for Global Justice, Chicago ALBA Solidarity, Mid-Hudson Valley DSA Chapter

Saturday, April 3

10. Saturday, 1:00pm, Rally Against AAPI Hate

Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
401 Castro St.

Speak Up and Speak Out Against Violence

The hatred that permeated the global community in 2020 has increased to unprecedented numbers. Amidst the continuing pandemic, violence against Asian and Pacific Islanders has increased nearly by 150% this year – and we’re not even to the halfway point.

These attacks have targeted largely the community’s most vulnerable members: the elderly and the poor.

To this end, a coalition of API nonprofits have banded together to increase awareness of the issue. the coalition will be gathering for a rally to speak out against the violence plaguing the country.

Community leaders, activists, and artists will be joining efforts to speak out against the violence against the API community at the rally.

By unifying their voices, the coalition hopes to generate awareness by amplifying Asian and Pacific Islanders, while simultaneously uplifting the spirits of those who have been affected by these attacks.

Info: Rally Against AAPI Hate | Facebook

Sunday, April 4

11. Sunday, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, Asians Are Strong

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett PL

On/Off facebook

No description is provided

Info: Asians Are Strong | Facebook

Monday, April 5

12. Monday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, “For the People Act” Rally at Sen. Feinstein’s Office

Senator Feinstein’s Office (outside)
1 Post St.

If you can’t attend in person, please call Senator Feinstein’s office that day. Use our call script at…/feinstein-save-democracy….

Please join us outside Senator Feinstein’s San Francisco office at 1 Post Plaza (Post and Market, near Montgomery BART) on Monday, April 5, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM to urge her to fight for passage of S.1, the For the People Act, in the US Senate.

The “For the People Act” addresses long-festering problems in the electoral process by making it easier to register and vote, by removing dark money from political campaigns, and by strengthening ethics rules for civil servants. It calls for independent redistricting commissions across the country, similar to California’s, to curtail partisan gerrymandering by state legislatures. It puts limits on the purging of voter rolls, a practice that has been abused in order to suppress the votes of mostly black and minority voters.

And in response to former President Trump’s complete refusal to release his tax returns, the bill compels financial transparency in all future presidential candidates by requiring them to release theirs.

The bill, if passed into law, would counter the nearly 300 state bills that Republicans are pushing in such states as Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, and Texas to constrain people’s ability to vote.

H.R.1, the House equivalent of S.1, already passed the US House of Representatives on March 3, 2021.

Host: Indivisible San Francisco

Info: (1) “For the People Act” Rally at Sen. Feinstein’s Office | Facebook