Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I'm supporting Kevin de Leon

I’m supporting Kevin de Leon.


If you can vote in California, I hope you’ll consider supporting him.  (Consider – I’m not telling you what to do, that’s not my style.  I’m saying take a look and if he speaks to you, great.  If not, that’s fine.)


Dianne Feinstein has been a senator for too long and she does not represent California voters.


We need a change.  I believe Kevin de Leon would be a change in the right direction.


Sasha Abramsky (THE NATION) interviewed Kevin de Leon earlier this month:

Sasha Abramsky: Why are you running?

Kevin de León: I think that we are long overdue for a debate on the issues, the values, and the priorities that we care about. It’s been more than a quarter of a century since we’ve had that debate. These are very historic times in our nation, very dangerous times in our state. And it’s time that we have a voice that’s reflective of the California of today. This is not the time for complacency or patience, but to do everything in our power to protect our communities, our economic prosperity, our progressive values, and our people. Our environment, climate change, the Dreamers, creating real economic opportunities so we can grow the middle class.



SA: I’m sure that Senator Feinstein would say the same things. What sets you apart from her?

KDL: What we have done dramatically in California is lead the entire nation. For example, we have created more jobs in clean energy in California than there are coal-mining jobs in all of America. In terms of the Dreamers, we have defended the Dreamers by investing $25 million to provide legal services, we have made California a sanctuary state. These are times that require real action, not being on the sidelines but on the front lines.



Being fairly new to California – I’ve lived here since 2008, right?  Was it 2007?  Anyway, it’s about ten years.  So being fairly new, let me explain how this is going to work.  In June, we will have a primary.  The primary will be all the candidates running on the ballot.  We will vote.  The top two vote getters – regardless of party – will then be on the ballot in November for the general election.


It is entirely possible that Kevin would face off with Dianne in November.


I want a change.  Dianne’s age is an issue.  Kevin says it shouldn’t be in the interview with Sasha.  I disagree.  She’s the oldest member of the Senate currently.  If she’s elected this year, re-elected, she will be in her 90s before her six year term is up.




That is too old.


She’s been out of touch for years and that’s only going to get worse.


She needs to step down.


She won’t so I guess we’re going to have to make our voice heard in California, we can do it.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): 

Tuesday, February 27, 2017.

Starting with California and the race for the US Senate.

  • I'm running for the U.S. Senate because you deserve a seat at the table.

    Please join my campaign:


    We have all benefitted from the labor movement. Period. Now it is our turn to stand with our brothers and sisters. This is the fight for quality of life and the middle class. This is the fight for America’s working families.

    California Democrats overwhelmingly supported me this wknd because they know I have led & won on:

    ✅climate & clean energy
    ✅$15 min wage
    ✅equal pay
    ✅immigrant protections
    ✅ gun control

    And they know I will bring the fight to Trump

  • Kevin de Leon has a strong record on labor issues which is why he's already received endorsements from the following:

    Teamsters Joint Council 42
    ILWU Locals 13, 63 and 94
    IATSE Local 80
    SEIU California
    California Nurses Association
    UFCW Western States Council

    And here's the SEIU endorsement in full:

    Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000-member union’s endorsement of Kevin de León to represent California in the United States Senate. The endorsement was announced after SEIU California members from across the state participated in the union’s One Voice Town Hall, where members met with the candidates, asked their questions, and then made their selection for the candidate they’ll support now through November.
    “Kevin de León is a leader who speaks up for California values. His leadership on the most pressing challenges facing California stands in stark contrast with the dysfunctional political establishment in Washington, D.C.,” said David Huerta, Executive Board Member, SEIU California. “Kevin shouldered our fight for $15 minimum wage across the finish line, holds a strong record on environmental justice, and fought valiantly to protect our immigrant communities when the Trump Administration moved to openly attack them and divide families. He’s stood up for us and our California values again and again and now we are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder and endorse Kevin de León to be our next U.S. Senator.”
    “Kevin de León took the time to meet with SEIU members and spent a day walking in our shoes. He heard our concerns over growing inequality, and we heard his commitment to stand with us to fight injustice. It’s clear that he shares our dreams: to build a state and a country where every one of our children has the same opportunities to thrive, no matter where they were born,” said Michelle Melendez, Child Care Provider and Member of SEIU Local 521.

    “I am incredibly humbled to receive the endorsement of SEIU California. With SEIU members’ support, I am confident we can take the fight for our California values to President Trump’s doorstep in Washington, D.C.” said De León. “We must demand more of our elected leaders in Washington. Right now, it is clear they lack the political willpower to prioritize the issues we care on the floor of the U.S. Senate. It is time for new leadership that will fight tirelessly for fair and equal wages, a growing economy that generates good-paying jobs, and more opportunities for everyone. My whole life I have worked to defend our California Dream. That’s why I won’t be just another party-line vote in Washington. Instead, I will be the outspoken activist Californians need on the issues they care about most.”

    Kevin is running for the US Senate.  In June, California will hold a primary, the top two vote getters will be on the November 2018 general election for us to choose from.  Let's do our part to make sure Kevin gets the fighting chance he needs so we can get the fighting senator we need.

    May 12, elections are to take place in Iraq.  There are claims floating around Arabic social media that provincial elections are being sidelined (until December) but that the parliamentary elections will take place May 12th.

    Hayder al-Abadi wants to have a second term as prime minister.

    Because he's done such a bang up job?

    Today in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, over 45 million people need aid. 

    That’s more than the population combined of:

    -New Zealand
    -Hong Kong

    45 million is also more than the population of Iraq, just saying.

    Who gets rescued in Iraq?

    Who gets protected?

    Not the people.

    WATCH: Two lions rescued from zoos in war-torn Iraq and Syria are being flown to a sanctuary in South Africa


    A lion from Iraq (and on for Syria) heads off to a sanctuary.  But there is no sanctuary for the people of Iraq.  Or for the four million Iraqi children in need of aid.

    Lions rescued from zoos in Syria and Iraq’s war zones are safe after arriving in South Africa

    Well at least Hayder defeated ISIS, right?


    Uh, no.

    NRT reports:

    Islamic State (ISIS) militants launched two attacks against Iraqi forces and Hashid al-Shaabi in south and west of Kirkuk late on Monday (February 26).

    NRT reporter in Kirkuk, Aso Ahmed, said ISIS militants attacked Iraqi Federal Police and Hashid al-Shaabi in the village of Albu Mohammed in Daquq district, south of Kirkuk.

    The reporter added casualties of the attack remained unclear.

    ISIS militants also attacked Iraqi federal police and Shia paramilitary in Najati village in the district of Hawija, west of Kirkuk. 

    NRT reporter said six members of the Iraqi forces and Hashid al-Shaabi wounded during clashes with ISIS militants transferred to a hospital in Dibis district in northwestern Kirkuk.

    And Fazel Hawramy (AL-MONITOR) reports of Kirkuk:

    Many distraught families in Basra were startled to learn that IS could still stage such a daring raid in an area that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared "liberated" in early October, and there were loud calls for a thorough investigation into the incident. How this group of PMU fighters fell into such an ambush and why no backup arrived on the scene to help them is not clear, but an investigation is underway and the government has launched an operation to clear the area of IS sleeper cells. It is not clear if this deadly attack is seen in Baghdad as a wakeup call to do something about the growing power of the IS militants in Hawija, which — on top of Erbil-Baghdad tensions — could bring further instability to the area.


    Oops! Hayder's one claim to fame appears to be crumbling.

    Cindy Sheehan discusses ISIS in the video below.

    And at a time when he's further angering the Kurds.

    With decision to extend banning international flights to Kurdistan, collective punishments, blocking constitutional budget share, militarizing disputed territories,Kurdish parties will remember these in post elections in Iraq & in supporting any candidates.

    Kurdish official says Kurdish parties will remember 's sanctions against Kurdistan region during election period. "Kurdish parties will remember these in post elections in Iraq & in supporting any candidates"

    On the topic of elections . . .

    Al-Haya Newspaper: Question of continued US presence in Iraq likely to be brought before Iraqi Parliament soon. In run up to elections, politicians want Iraqi PM to clarify number of US forces & their mission, & if there is an agreement for them to stay.

    In an effort to embarrass Iraqi PM & make US presence a major election issue. Many political parties want US out of Iraq.

    The US government kept Nouri in power to keep US troops in Iraq.  The same thinking is behind their continued support of massive failure Hayder al-Abadi.

    The May elections will require campaigning which may make it difficult for Parliament to raise the issue of US troops but, if it can be raised before the election, it can be used as a vote getter.  The majority of Iraqis want the US out of Iraq.

    On elections, FAIR's Adam Johnson makes a good point.

    which raises a whole new question & one liberal imperialist should take seriously: At what point in the US perma-occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, NE Syria should these countries participate in our Presidential elections and get some representation in Congress. Year 20? Year 100?

    The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley and PACIFICA EVENING NEWS --  updated:

  • 10 hours ago