Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy (1932 - 2009)

The loss of the third longest serving member of the Senate, Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts is a painful loss for liberals everywhere. Kennedy was in the middle of all progressive legislation for the past four decades. Just the loss of his seniority alone weakens the stature of Democrats in the Senate. It is believed that
Rose Kennedy told all of her children that since they were blessed it is their responsibility to do what they can to help others in accordance with a dictate from
the Bible (St. Luke). Ted Kennedy showed his belief in this concept by his actions, a leader in the battle of civil rights, gay rights and the right of the handicapped.
Ted Kennedy could have been president were it not for the Chappaquidic incident in which a supporter Mary Jo Kopeckni drowned in his car. Although this incident cost him his marriage as well as the presidency the voters of Massachusetts continued to return him to the Senate in increasingly large numbers.
It will take at least five months to find a replacement for Ted Kennedy, giving the Republicans another golden opportunity because now once again the philibuster becomes their potent weapon.
Ted Kennedy made universal health care his life's work, being one of it's earliest advocates going as far back as 1978 when he mentioned his broken back, the painful last days of his father and the debilitated state of his sister. He said that his family was able of weather these storms but if any of these catasthrophes had happened to the average American they would have gone bankrupt.
Those of us who feel that we deserve universal comprehensive health care should be inspired by Ted Kennedy's example. The time has come to get up off your duff and do something. So often liberals and/or progressives feel that just because they are right they will win. In this world being right means absolutely nothing, when you have a media that is more than willing to present the opposite perspective to the people in an ever expanding variety of soundbites. Let's get Healthcare for ALL! Do it for your families and DO IT FOR TED!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

ATTENTION ALL CONGRESS MEMBERS, WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THIS LIST....YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM

Albio Sires (NJ-13)
Alcee Hastings (FL-23)
Andre Carson (IN-07)
Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Barney Frank (MA-14)
Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
Bill Delahunt (MA-10)
Bill Pascrell (NJ-08)
Bob Filner (CA-51)
Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)

Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Chellie Pingree (MN-01)
Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
Diane Watson (CA-33)
Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Donna Edwards (MD-04)
Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
Ed Towns (NY-10)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
Eric Massa (NY-29)

Pete Stark (CA-13)
Grace Napolitano (CA-38)
Gwen Moore (WI-04)
Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Jackie Spier (CA-12)
Jerry Nadler (NY-08)
Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
Jim McDermott (WA-07)
Jim McGovern (MA-03)
John Conyers (MI-14)
John Olver (MA-01)
John Tierney (MA-06)
J! ohn Yarmuth (KY-03)
Jose Serrano (NY-16)
Judy Chu (CA-32)

Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Linda Sanchez (CA-39)
Lloyd Doggett (TX-25)
Lucille Roybal-Alard (CA-34)
Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)
Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Mel Watts (NC-12)
Michael Honda (CA-15)

Mike Capuano (MA-08)
Nydia Valezquez (NY-12)
Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
Phil Hare (IL-17)
Raul Grijalva (AZ-07)
Robert Wexler (FL-19)
Rush Holt (NJ-12)
Sam Farr (CA-17)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
William Lacy Clay (M0-01)
Yvette Clarke (NY-11)

....and we the people will remember on election day. A VIGOROUS national campaign will be initiated to replace you with a true progressive DEMOCRAT. You will have more to fear from the people than the insurance and pharmaceutical companies that have YOU in THEIR pockets.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

MoveOn.org remains positive on health care (1)

by Claude Chaney

It is now common knowledge that the rowdy mobs that are appearing at town hall meetings are bought and paid for by the insurance industry. We are not hearing that story being told on mainstream media. These manipulative vultures have convinced large numbers of senior citizens that President Obama is going to put them on death
panels and that their health care dollars will be given to younger people and they will die. In most other countries if you said that to someone you would probably get laughed at, not here. Many Americans have become so indoctrinated by right wing scare tactics that they seem incapable of thinking for themselves. Rightwingers also
told gunowners that the President was going to take their guns away and this lead to unprecedented gun sales in the south. The lie has become a very potent weapon for these conservatives and unfortunately most Americans still don't realize it.
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck is responsable for spreading this fear. He
calls the President a racist without on scintilla of evidence, not giving his veiwers one example to verify his claim. I am pleased that an organized effort is already underway to contact Glenn Beck's sponsors and find out if they endorse this
ominous deception. Two of the sponsors we can start with are Wal-Mart and Travelocity. Progressives are far too polite, because many of them think that you can reason with the Rush Limbaughs of the country. You can not be "nice" or "rational" with these people. You have to be strong and if necessary get in their face and if they are loud, you be louder. The time has come for a massive March on Washington to raise awareness for the public option and then the single payer. Many of us make the mistake of laughing at those poor manipulated people who follow the likes of Beck and Limbaugh. Two people who make millions, yet most of their followers are people who don't have adequate healthcare themselves. There is nothing more pathetic than a person who heads a family earning $13,000 a year talking about being conservative and voting Republican. The right has been very successful in convincing low to moderate income people to vote against their own interests.
Once again MoveOn.org is taking the initiative. Please read the article that follows this one and conduct yourselves accordingly.

MoveOn.org remains positive on Health Care (2)

Did you see today's breaking news? A former health insurance executive just went on record saying that right-wing mobs at town halls are the result of "stealth efforts by health insurance companies."1 And The Huffington Post reports that dirty energy companies are helping bankroll the mobs.2

It's infuriating—but the good news is that everyday folks are fighting back. And the great news is that we're making strides. In city after city, MoveOn Councils are proving to the media that the vast majority of Americans support the change agenda that President Obama ran on.

As we ramp up our "Real Voices for Change" campaign, here are some recent inspiring stories from MoveOn Councils around the country:


We're keeping it positive. At a town hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, national media were expecting a hostile and extremist crowd—but Rep. Tom Perriello was met by a large and very friendly group. NBC reported, "for the most part the crowd was subdued and in support of reforming the system."3 An event with Rep. Joe Sestak in Philadelphia, where the local MoveOn Council helped to turn people out, was "overwhelmingly civil."4 In Denver, at a high-profile event with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a few right-wing protesters compared President Obama to Hitler—but progressive protesters vastly outnumbered them.5
We're making direct contact with decision-makers. At a Jobs Fair in northwest Indiana, Council Coordinator David Lambeth handed a flyer supporting a REAL public option directly to Senator Evan Bayh—a key vote on health care reform—and had a quick conversation with him. The Council had organized a flyering event at that Jobs Fair precisely to create such a face-to-face opportunity.

The media is taking notice. Our signs and footage from MoveOn events are all over the news, including several national spots on MSNBC and NBC Nightly News (one of the most-watched shows on TV). And in one wild moment, conservative Tom Tancredo—a former Colorado congressman—actually waved a MoveOn health care sign on MSNBC!

We're getting good responses from members of Congress—even in "red" states. In Johnson County, KS, the Council organized a "honk and wave" outside of Rep. Dennis Moore's office. (Rep. Moore is a "blue dog" who supports the public option.) As Organizer Ian Rogers reported:

Despite some right-wing protesters who showed up and tried to disrupt the event, the members stayed strong and their efforts paid off. About twenty minutes after the right-wing protesters showed, Rep. Moore himself drove by the honk and wave. He honked, the tea-baggers booed, and Moore gave the thumbs up to our people and honked again.
Thank you so much for all you're doing to push back against the misconception that right-wing extremists speak for all of us. And there's much more to do in the weeks ahead—keep it up.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Noami Sims (1948 -2009)

by Bee-Shuyan Huang

While the fashion industry continues to struggle with diversity on the runways,
supermodel Naomi Sims passed away at the age of 61 in Newark, NJ.

Known as the "first black supermodel," Sims lost her battle with cancer, reports the New York Times.

Sims grew up in a poor, mostly white neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA and at 18 moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

She started modeling to support herself, but it wasn't smooth sailing at first: She was told by every agency that her "skin was too dark," reports the newspaper.

So, she struck out on her own and started approaching photographers directly (talk about pro-active!).

Sims went on to model for designers including Halston, who in a 1974 New York Times article, said the following of the long-limbed beauty, "Naomi was the first. She was the great ambassador for all black people. She broke down all social barriers."

She soon landed campaigns for AT&T and was modeling for Bill Blass, then Sims made history when she appeared as the first-ever black model to grace the cover of Ladies' Home Journal. It was November of 1968 -- the middle of the Civil Rights Movement.

But after five years, Sims grew bored of the industry and decided to start a wig-making business, designing styles for black women. It eventually turned into a multi-million dollar company.

Ever the forward-thinking pioneer, the supermodel told The NY Times in 1969, "There is nothing sadder than an old, broke model, and there are many models who have nothing at the end of their career." Sims definitely was not one of them!

R.I.P.