thank you're your local progressives for not giving up on fighting for a living wage!
The bill would also eliminate the tipped minimum wage, the separate minimum standard of $2.13 an hour that is paid to workers
This sounds like a really good change
The way it should be and it works in every other country.
"But what have the brogressive armchair activists done to influence politics? Nothing." /s
It's about time that the working and middle classes got a wage increase. They desperately need it, and I am happy that at least one of the parties are doing their part.
this is a major structural problem for Capitalism advocates (Capitalism is NOT the same as Free Market).
Capitalists are more than happy to profit from anti-competitive behavior (cartels, monopolies), rent-seeking, or artificial scarcity (rationing).
It's not just that capitalism is not the same thing as the "free market", it's that capitalism is inherently anti-free market.
The point of Capitalism isn't to satisfy needs. It never was, not even theoretically. If we want that, we're going to need to come up with a new kind of ☭society☭.
In addition, anti-anything-that-doesn't-serve-profit.
Worker's rights, limited workdays, child labor laws, unions, any form of market or production regulations (regardless of their intent, protecting consumers, fairly taxing producers, etc), competitive markets, competition in general, innovation that can't immediately be tied to a guaranteed profit in the near future, all of these things go diametrically against the interests of businesses.
TIL 27% of Americans identify as wealthy
Or, 26% of Americans think they will become billionair soon and they dont want taxes.
'Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires'
But are americans, on the left and the right, willing to take the necessary steps to dismantle this lopsided system in favor of more equality. Waking up is only a step, one that can be backtracked quickly. I'm sure the wealthy and those in control of the media narrative are all too aware of this too.
First win the elections, then set the agenda.
I don't understand why this is the mentality. "Vote for me, believe me, we'll set the best agendas. Once we have your vote, I'm telling you, you're going to love our agendas. They're going to be yuge."
It sounds so familiar, but I can't put my finger on exactly who said it. I'm totally Trumped. I mean Stumped.
EDIT: Thanks for the gilding!
The last one is the best. First win the elections, then set the agenda.
Could setting a clear and progressive agenda first maybe help get politicians elected? Nooooo waaaay!
If neolibs cared about racism they'd care about economic justice. The fact that they don't care about the struggles of the poor and working class tells me they don't truly care about the issues minorities face. How else are we going to address institutional racism if not by addressing economic injustices? They simply want to enjoy their privileged life while feeling smug about being slightly better than the Republicans.
Strange. Isn't democracy supposed to give people power? It doesn't make sense that the candidate with the highest support among all Americans isn't even on the ballot.
Edit: to clarify, I'm not talking the Democratic Party's rigged primaries. Bernie was the highest polling general election candidate and he wasn't even given a chance. If the American people want him he shouldn't be getting cheated by our political parties. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/mar/08/bernie-s/bernie-sanders-says-he-co...
We need to force Democrats to:
Tom Perez went out of his way to say that the primaries weren't rigged. Soros-backed Keith Ellison didn't say anything about it either. We need them to promise us fair primaries moving forward and we need transparency and ways to hold them accountable.
If we had scored ballots then Democrats couldn't cheat progressives in the primaries because both Clinton and Sanders could have been on the ballot. We wouldn't even need primaries really.
Until Democrats meet those demands I'm not going to waste my $27 donations or volunteer efforts on their candidates.
Instead, I'm going to get a head start supporting 3rd parties ASAP. If Democrats reform, though, I'd love to get behind them again.
If anyone wants to help or subscribe to a new sub I recently created /sub/new_movement
Does anyone else wonder what's going on in the alternate universe where Bernie Sanders is POTUS?
even according to their own lawyers under oath
I try not to think about it.
She's running in 2020, guaranteed.
I'm always confused about the Tulsi hype on this sub when she has a clear history of not being the same type of progressive as Bernie, or even really a progressive at all.
Just waiting for her to start writing a book.
"Progressive" Neera Tanden (of corporatist CAP, who would be in Hillary's administration had Hillary won) now really really hates her - https://twitter.com/neeratanden/status/865731943068991488
Every Democrat taking in less money also means less money for "consultants" and people who run campaigns and less money for people who take 15% on every ad and other promo material. It also means less fancy fundraisers with lobbyists and big corporations that Neera and her friends can attend. Remember, that money wasn't cut off when Trump won. It would be if Bernie Sanders won.
"We've been fighting for single-payer since before you were born." Really Burton? How's that worked out for us?
Burton is retiring. He's actually a screaming lefty on the issues and we like him, but he gets irritated when we protest elected officials. His pottymouth is legendary and constant, we are actually affectionate of him. The reason we crashed the party was just to send a message to the donors and corporate Democrats in the room, it was an event for Tom Perez to speak to them and we booed him.
The frontrunner Establishment candidate to replace Burton is Eric Bauman. We just dominated his campaign minutes ago during the candidate speeches, our supporters wearing pink filled the room wall to wall. It was incredible. Progressives are SUPER ENERGIZED. We joined a Union strike earlier today and shut down the street in front of the convention center.
Check the video I just posted in S4P to watch Nina Turner and progressive party Chair candidate Kimberly Ellis give her candidate speech.
Edit: great article here about it and the context. Sorry hard to write much now, voting is still going on and there are other things to vote on too.
vote vote vote
I was in the room on the balcony above. Anyone have questions?
Have you noticed that we basically don't have an elected government anymore? We have people that get elected to office, and we have a federal government that continues to roll on regardless of who is in office, but our elected officials (from both parties) basically do nothing of significance.
Since Obama came to power, it's almost like both parties agreed to spend all their time yelling and accusing each other, and almost no time governing. Meanwhile, our foreign policy is run by the non-elected foreign policy establishment, our economic policy is run by the non-elected economic establishment, etc.
If you take out all the screeching that occupies all the space in the news and on tv, does anything really feel different about our government from a year ago? Has our foreign policy changed? Has our economic policy changed? Hell, has our immigration policy changed one bit in spite of all the noise?
Bernie was supposed to have a substantive debate with John Kasich about a wide range of issues, and it turned into a discussion about Russia, which has no relevance to the problems facing the country. It's all gossip and no substance. Politics is literally theater at this point.
Yeah it feels pretty different. We took away healthcare from a bunch of hard working Americans.
Gave insurance companies back their loophole for restricting coverage.
Got rid of net neutrality and gutted the EPA. All in about 100 days. It didn't even take any new laws just gutting out existing institutions.
It has got to be heartbreaking for Bernie to see all this. He championed by action and word a serious and sincere conversation about the actual working class America and its concerns. Put it front and Center. Came close to brushing aside the Juggernaut that was the Clinton Coalition to get the conversation to the absolute top stage. Then see the Trump Admin turn it's tenure into a comedic travesty of governing and conversation.
Millions upon millions of people were and are still ready to have a real conversation about the direction of this country, and somehow we still ended up with Clinton v Trump ... and the shenanigans that comes with both. I still believe in the Bernie way and the Bernie vision.
None of that has actually happened yet, though. And to my earlier point, we still don't have anything close to resembling universal healthcare and our environment is a disaster regardless of what EPA funding is. The EPA couldn't even get clean water in Flint, so it's not as if they were functioning all that well. I'm sure you think that Obama was doing his best, but it didn't seem like he was doing much of anything. People on both sides are fighting over tiny perceived changes one way or the other while the country continues to fall apart.
Sure is nice of CNN to give Bernie the spotlight for ratings AFTER the election.
The closing remarks at the end where Sanders chastised the moderators for asking unimportant questions and then railing on serious issues was beautiful. I'm glad to see he hasn't stopped fighting one bit for Americans.
Sanders vs Kasich would have been such a civil election. Our country really needed it. But we gone fucked it up.
It should have been Sanders.
Fuck you DNC for picking someone democrats didn't want to vote for.
Watch some shit happen at the last second like it always fucking does.
Assembly employee here, it'll pass the Assembly for the third year in a row and never see the light of day in the senate.
Andrew Cuomo is a piece of corporatist shit, who probably helped create the IDC just so he wouldn't have to take the blame for shooting down progressive policy or passing watered down crap.
New York could be one of the most progressive states in the country but there is so much fuckery in the gov there.
I'm a middle income NY freelancer in my 30's. Don't qualify for Obamacare, and face $400+ mo/ insurance with $5000 deductible. I.e. no insurance for me for now. I really, really hope this happens.