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  1. We HAVE to turn this around, Friends.

    October 17, 2017 by admin

    We HAVE to turn this around, Friends.
    Virginia’s governor’s race is our first chance to deal a blow to Trump’s hateful politics – but with just weeks to go until Election Day, polls show this race is NECK AND NECK.

    Now political experts from The New York Times say that Democrats aren’t paying attention and are TAKING THIS RACE FOR GRANTED – THIS IS BAD, BAD, BAD.

    Republicans know how important winning Virginia is to Donald Trump’s horrendous agenda. That’s why they’re donating $1 MILLION to Trump loyalist Ed Gillespie’s campaign. We’re facing a major deadline at midnight, but not enough good Democrats are stepping up to help win in Virginia and stop Trump’s dangerous agenda.

    We’re falling way short of our $50,000 goal, and the only way we can win this race is if Democrats like YOU stand with us right now. This is so important that a group of generous donors is MATCHING every dollar you give before midnight!
    MATCH ALERT: GIVE $5 BEFORE MIDNIGHT TO HELP KEEP VIRGINIA BLUE AND STOP TRUMP’S DANGEROUS AGENDA IN THE STATES!


  2. Hi again, volunteers!

    October 17, 2017 by admin

    Hi again, volunteers!

    Do you have a couple of hours to help us research potential funding sources for NC WARN? The work can be done from home or anywhere with an internet connection.

    If you’re interested, let me know how many hours you can spare between now and the end of October. Even 1 or 2 hours would be very helpful! I’ll provide you more details when I hear from you.

     

    Thanks for considering,
    Bryanne
    Volunteer & Communications Coordinator
    919-931-6342


  3. 10/17/17 ENDING AMERICA’S LONGEST WAR: FROM DARKNESS INTO LIGHT

    October 17, 2017 by admin

    America has waged a war on drugs for over 100 years. Since America’s formal War on Drugs began in 1971, the United States has spent well over $1 trillion and is now, on a per capita basis, the world’s leading jailer. The burden of prison has fallen most heavily on the poor and minorities. The black market created by this war has spread violence across the land and brought billions of dollars to criminals. The war has destroyed millions of lives, tearing apart families and whole communities, in our own country and around the world. It has turned criminals into millionaires and sick people into criminals. Yet, the supply of drugs of all kinds has vastly increased, including easy availability to those most at risk–our youth. In short, the drug war has done exactly the opposite of what it was intended to do. It has been the equivalent of pouring gasoline on a fire to put it out. The way to reduce the market for drugs is to reduce the demand for them. That means healing the mind and body of the addict and creating the social and emotional supports necessary to foster recovery. Only then will America begin to heal the incalculable damage done by its disastrous and misguided War on Drugs. This four-part series will present an enlightened understanding of drug use, abuse, and addiction based on the latest discoveries in brain science and the work of leading experts in the field of addiction research and treatment. This knowledge will lead to a more successful and compassionate way of dealing with the problems related to drug use, abuse, and addiction. All programs at Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County at 24 Varsity Street in Brevard. Please arrive early, as seating is limited. For details contact Jim Hardy: 828-862-6969 or jh2@comporium.net. Sponsored by Transylvania County NAACP and UUTC – Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County. Part Two: Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 pm: The Tragedy and Damage of the War on Drugs: Documentary “The House I Live In” followed by a panel of experts and open forum.

    Dancewater


  4. Trump tries to turn back clock on Obama era

    October 16, 2017 by admin

     

    Trump tries to turn back clock on Obama era
    By Niall Stanage

    President Trump is trying to turn back the clock on the Obama era, even as he has been frustrated by the slow pace of progress on his legislative agenda.

    In a 24-hour period beginning Thursday evening, Trump took aim at Obama’s major domestic and foreign policy achievements — the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare, and the nuclear deal with Ira.

    The Hill


  5. Opposing the President’s Restriction of Access to Contraception

    October 16, 2017 by admin

     

    With so much happening, I want to provide an update on the work my office and I are doing to protect the health of the people of North Carolina.

    Taking Trump Administration to Court to Protect Health Care Access for 500,000 North Carolinians

    On Friday, I sued President Trump for his decision to stop payments that help hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians afford health insurance for their families. Trump’s act wreaks havoc on our health care system: it will lead to higher insurance costs for individuals, cause insurance companies to leave the individual health insurance market, increase the number of people without health insurance, and cost taxpayers $194 billion over the next 10 years. It is also violates federal law and the Constitution.

    Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic is now the leading cause of accidental death in North Carolina. We are working to prevent people from becoming addicted, treat those who are, and punish the traffickers who leave death and despair in their wake. This summer, the legislature unanimously enacted and the Governor signed into law the STOP Act – legislation my office drafted – to require smarter prescribing by doctors and dentists to reduce the number of people who unwittingly become addicted to painkillers.

    Additionally, I have joined 40 other state attorneys general in an expanded investigation of five opioid manufacturers and three opioid distributors to determine whether they unlawfully created and fueled this crisis. And if they did, I will hold them accountable.

    Opposing the President’s Restriction of Access to Contraception

    I recently joined an 18-state coalition opposing the Trump administration’s discriminatory, ill-considered, and dangerous move to restrict women’s access to contraception. This action will increase healthcare costs for women, lead to more unplanned pregnancies, and place even more strain on state budgets. Women, not their bosses nor the President, should make their birth control decisions.

    As Attorney General, it is my job to protect people’s health care. That is what we are trying to do. Thank you for providing me this opportunity to serve you.

    P.S.: Can you chip in $5, $10, $25 or $50 today to help?

    osh Stien


  6. Our Revolution

    October 16, 2017 by admin

     

    Even though I am the Chairman of the Board at Our Revolution, I am not expecting any gifts today for Boss’s Day. In fact, I would return them and encourage any boss’s receiving gifts to give theirs back as well. The reason? As we face such extreme inequality in our country, it’s hard to argue that most employers deserve a gift. Whether from their employees or their pals in Congress and the Trump administration.

    For forty years, Congress has cut taxes for corporations while income inequality grows and millions of people are slowly cut off from basic health care, education, and nutrition.

    Will you stand with us against tax cuts for corporations and the very wealthy? Add your name, today.

    Not only is Congress considering more tax cuts for the uber-wealthy at the expense of Medicare and Medicaid, the Trump administration just signed an executive order two days ago that is a giveaway to the insurance industry. Bosses don’t need a day.

    We need to stand up and fight for the 99% and reject the tax giveaway. We must stand together, today and every day, against corporate greed and against cuts in critical programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

    Join us as we fight for a tax system that makes Wall Street and corporations pay their fair share.

    If you do end up celebrating Boss’s Day today, I’m sure you have a good reason to, but make sure your boss adds their name as well.

    We can’t do this without you.

    In Solidarity,
    Larry Cohen
    Board Chair
    Our Revolution


  7. Democracy for America

    October 16, 2017 by admin

     

    Take Action!Georgia Republicans are conducting a massive purge of voters — targeting people of color in particular — in order to win crucial elections in 2018 and stop a rising progressive tide. Stacey Abrams is fighting back, but she needs our help right now.

    In July Brian Kemp, the Republican Secretary of State for Georgia issued a “purge notice” to more than 380,000 registered voters, many of them people of color. This is the new Jim Crow in action.

    Oh, by the way: that Republican Secretary of State is running for governor in 2018.

    Stacey Abrams, the DFA-endorsed candidate for Georgia governor, has been a leader in fighting for voting rights. She led a groundbreaking effort to register more than 200,000 voters in Georgia. Now her possible Republican opponent is trying to undermine that work — and undermine Abrams.

    Kemp has been trying to smear Abrams and her effort to register new voters. He’s gotten state election officials to challenge a tiny handful of the hundreds of thousands of voter registrations Abrams’ group submitted.

    It’s a clear effort to take away the right to vote from people of color, suppress a rapidly growing progressive movement in the South — and block Abrams from becoming the first Black woman elected governor anywhere in the country.

    Will you stand up against voter suppression and the new Jim Crow in Georgia? Chip in $3 or more to help DFA and Stacey Abrams win this crucial election.

    Republicans are intensifying their work to suppress votes from people of color because they’re worried about losing in 2018 — and because progressives are racking up wins in the South right here in 2017.

    In Jackson, Mississippi, DFA members supported Chokwe Lumumba’s successful, left-wing campaign for mayor this spring. In Charlotte, DFA-endorsed Vi Lyles won a stunning victory against the incumbent mayor in last month’s primary. In Birmingham, Alabama, progressives mobilized to give progressive champion Randall Woodfin an upset victory in the mayoral primary last week.

    We must remember this is exactly how and why Jim Crow was imposed in the first place. After the Civil War, Black leaders rose to positions of power in the South and vowed to fight for economic and racial justice. The white power structure fought back — and used violence as well as the law to deny people of color the right to vote in order to kick them out of office.

    So it’s no surprise that once again we’re seeing an effort to suppress votes in order to protect white supremacy. We must resist.

    Stacey Abrams is part of this movement rapidly sweeping the South. She’s led the way in voting rights in Georgia and will champion racial and economic justice as governor. But she needs our help now to fight back against voter suppression and build a winning campaign. Are you in?

    Chip in $3 or more to help DFA and Stacey Abrams fight back against voter suppression and white supremacy — and win this crucial election.

    Thank you for supporting Stacey Abrams in this crucial moment.

    – Robert

    Robert Cruickshank, Senior Campaign Manager
    Democracy for America


  8. 10/17/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL –

    October 16, 2017 by admin

    10/17/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL – BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
    Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country’s endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace. From Veterans for Peace newsletter: “The president’s speech at its core is more of the same disastrous policies that we have seen for sixteen years, except this administration wants to completely abandon pursuit of a political solution and shroud the war in a cloak of secrecy. Veterans For Peace, once again, calls for a different direction other than war. We call for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan and a robust pursuit of a political solution to end the war.”

    Dancewater


  9. ” Screw the people, I have made promises to my base !

    October 15, 2017 by admin

    Garris gave me some pointers on how to make political emails more effective
    and less annoying. Mainly, do not mention you-know-who – at all. One step more
    difficult, than simply not commenting, myself, on anything he says or does until
    Jan 2018. Since all the division, diversion, destruction comes from the mouth or
    the pen (when he can remember to sign it before aimlessly walking off) , comes
    from….you-know-who……the task seems impossible. First attempt :

    Issue : Health care by employer to include birth control pills. Another of Obama’s
    attempts to help a group of Americans, born of reason and need.
    Decision : Repealed, on religious freedom
    Comment : The U.S., Nazi Germany, China have tried various methods, all that
    injured, or killed the women in some way. The program just repelled
    will insure more abortions. More drain on state and fed money to take
    care of these extra unwanted kids, and the crimes some of them will
    commit. The B.C. mandate removed cost as a barrier to obtain by the
    working poor, and did not hurt the estimated 55,000,000 women on
    the program. It was a win/win/win/win for each party. The 1st Amend
    gives individuals the right to believe and worship as they want to. NOT
    a Gov’t right to make laws to conform to the religious views of some.
    In every case, this just one example, the rational concept of the ” great-
    Good for the greatest number of people ” is always repelled and replaced.
    ” Screw the people, I have made promises to my base ! ”

    Fred


  10. Democracy for America

    October 15, 2017 by admin

    The race for California’s U.S. Senate seat in 2018 will be a defining moment in the resistance to Donald Trump and our fight for racial and economic justice.

    That is why Democracy for America is proud to endorse a proven progressive leader, State Senator Kevin de León, for U.S. Senate.

    This seat is currently held by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and she’s running for re-election. She has done great work on many issues, including gun violence and public infrastructure, during her time in office.

    But she no longer reflects the lived experiences or core values of Californians here in 2017. And she isn’t willing to step up and lead on resisting Trump or in fighting for the issues that matter to this country in this vital moment.

    Sen. Feinstein voted for the Iraq War. She was a leader in passing and then expanding the Patriot Act and other surveillance programs. As one of the most Wall Street-friendly Democrats in Congress, Sen. Feinstein has always stood with corporate power. She doesn’t support Medicare for All or free college. We haven’t seen her show up for racial justice.

    Most shocking of all, Sen. Feinstein is reluctant to challenge Trump. She even recently called on progressives to have “patience” with Trump and hoped he’d become a “good president.”

    That’s not the leadership we need in the Senate right now. We need a proven progressive champion who will fight for California and the American people against Trump — someone whose life experiences have made them a perfect leader in this moment.

    That’s Kevin de León.

    This campaign will be a major turning point for California, the Democratic Party, and the country. Will you chip in $3 or more now to help DFA elect Kevin de León as the next U.S. Senator from California?

    We can’t imagine a better candidate to take on Sen. Feinstein and lead progressives in Congress than Kevin de León.

    You may not have heard of him until now — but Kevin de León is one of the most successful progressive legislators anywhere in the country.

    As President pro tem and thus leader of the California State Senate, he has been a progressive champion in fighting against Trump and fighting for racial and economic justice.

    Kevin de León led the California State Senate in passing a single-payer health care bill this past spring.

    He ensured passage of landmark legislation to fight climate change, to make housing more affordable, and to reduce sexual assault on campus. And he has done great work on passing gun safety legislation. He led the way in making California a sanctuary state.

    Kevin de León brings a perspective to the U.S. Senate that is clearly lacking — and a life story that reflects the experiences of millions of his fellow Californians. The son of immigrants, he grew up in a working class family on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. He put himself through college teaching ESL. He got his start in politics fighting against the anti-immigrant Proposition 187.

    California has never elected a Latino to the U.S. Senate. In a state where Latinos are now the largest population group, it’s long past time for this to change — and for a progressive champion to lead the resistance in Congress.

    Will you chip in $3 or more now to help DFA elect Kevin de León as the next U.S. Senator from California?

    This is not just a battle for a U.S. Senate seat. It’s a battle for the future of the Democratic Party and the country as a whole.

    Sen. Feinstein represents the corporate wing of the Democratic Party. Kevin de León represents the working people who are the true base of the Democratic Party.

    When Trump became president, de León didn’t ask people to sit back and wait hoping maybe Trump would someday turn out OK. He immediately began working to pass policies that would help the people most immediately affected by Trump’s bigoted, greedy policies and lead California in resistance to Trump.

    We won’t defeat Trump and his Republican Party with corporate Democrats pushing Republican-lite policies and weak leadership. We win when candidates offer a progressive vision for America and fight to make it happen. Kevin de León has proven he will do both. He will lead progressives in Congress against Trump and to fight for racial and economic justice.

    This campaign won’t be easy. Sen. Feinstein will have a lot of money on her side. But Kevin de León will have grassroots support. He can win this race by driving the progressive base to the polls — but he needs our help now.

    Help transform the Democratic Party and send a progressive hero to Washington to fight the Trump administration: Chip in $3 or more now to help DFA elect Kevin de León as the next U.S. Senator from California.

    Thank you for helping send a transformative leader to the U.S. Senate.

    – Jim

    Jim Dean, Chair
    Democracy for America