Michael Mottern’s Report on Trumpers vs. Anti-Trumpers in Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo, N.Y.

On Sunday July 21st, my girlfriend Gina and I, and her mother Carol, decided to confront Trump supporters on one of Frederick Law Olmsted’s last surviving parkways in Buffalo, N.Y.  The rallies consisted of two factions.  The first was an anti-Trump group gathered at Elmwood Ave and Bidwell, consisting of 200 People and a podium, with several speakers including a church singing group from St. John’s Episcopalian Church singing peace hymns protesting children in cages, especially migrants and asylum seekers.

The rally was so good on the anti-Trump side, I even met my old retired psychologist, wow, who will I meet next?   Because the organizer was wary about who could speak at the podium that there were 20 people ahead of me.  Therefore, I didn’t get a chance to speak on behalf of Social Democrats, USA.  I decided to picket on the sidewalk with my girlfriend, hoping to get the passing car’s attention to look at our signs.  My sign said, “Keep the Kids, Deport Trump!”  My girlfriend sign said “In Our America, No Human is Illegal, Etc. Etc.”  As cars passed by, beeping, hissing and supporting Trump, I referred to the caravan as “Mindless grinning bulldogs.”  Another passerby grinned at my sign most awkwardly to which I returned the smile and said, “My Grandmother was a refugee.”

My girlfriend was the lucky one, a family that came in from Clarence, N.Y. admired her sign the most. The wife cried and asked where she could get a sign like that.  We told her that she could get one from the Western New York Peace Center.  After the speeches were done, the anti-Trump protesters decided to trickle over to the pro-Trump rally where some 50 pro-Trump supporters were surrounded by Buffalo Police Officers.  What some anarcho-libertarians would consider a kumbaya, immediately turned into a shoting match where two guys fought over a sign that was held, and was reported by Channel 4 News in Buffalo.

One anti-Trump supporter asked me and my girlfriend and her mother if we were going to lock horns with the other side. I replied, “I already got my dose of Sean Hannity in my twenties.”  A recent psychological journal article pointed out the difference between pro and anti Trump supporters.  The conclusion of the article stated that Trump supporters will never understand logic or facts in politics because they too are driven by emotions and most of all fear, fear of emigrants, fear of minorities.

Take Action Now: Fight Racism In All Its Forms

Social Democrats, USA is please to provide our members and friends this “Take Action” listing from The Nation magazine responding to the racist attacks by our white nationalist in the White House against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and her 3 progressive colleagues know as “The Squad.”  We must be frank, the Trump rally last Wednesday was the closest this country has had to a Nuremberg rally of the 1930s, with the leader (President Trump) firing up the crowd to chant about Rep. Omar, “send her back.”  We believed that it “couldn’t happen here.”  But drip by drip, we have been moving closer every day to becoming a fascist nation under this Administration.  That is why the time to stop this trend is now.

Take Action Now: Fight Racism In All Its Forms

Support Ilhan Omar, hold your reps accountable, and dig in to racial-justice organizing.

Last week President Trump plunged the country into another cycle of debate and despair with his tweets targeting “The Squad.” His rabid supporters followed this up with “send her back” chants directed at Representative Ilhan Omar during a terrifying rally in North Carolina, and incidents such as that of Erica Thomas underscored the depth of racism in this country.

This week’s Take Action Now gives you three ways to get involved in anti-racist organizing.

Take Action Now gives you three meaningful actions you can take each week, whatever your schedule

NO TIME TO SPARE?

Ilhan Omar’s progressivism and refugee identity have made her the frequent target of attacks from the right. Use the hashtag #IStandWithIlhan on Facebook or Twitter to publicize your support for her fight against Trump’s White Nationalism, and consider writing a letter to her district office to show your appreciation for our efforts.

GOT SOME TIME?

Everyone in Congress needs to be pressed for their stance on Trump’s escalating racist actions—we can’t let Republicans hide behind the news cycle. Sign this petition demanding every congressperson offer a response, then call your representative and ask them what they’re doing to address the roiling racism being unleashed by Trump’s rhetoric.

READY TO DIG IN?

Get involved with grassroots organizing for racial justice by making a commitment to attend two meetings of an anti-racist activism group near you—find a local chapter of Black Lives Matter, for instance, or start your own campaign following guidelines from Color of Change. The organization’s digital campaign guide explains how you can draw attention to important local issues like author Nicholas Sparks’s racist remarks or a Florida sheriff’s assault of a 15-year-old black student.

SDUSA Endorsement of Representative- elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Resolution on Establishing a House Select Committee to Plan a Green New Deal

SDUSA Endorsement of Representative- elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Resolution on Establishing a House Select Committee to Plan a Green New Deal

Social Democrats USA does not approve of the House Democratic Leaderships rejection of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to establish a House Select Committee to Plan a Green New Deal.  Instead, they are reviving a mostly toothless House Select Committee on the Environment.  The reasons why SDUSA supports the creation of this stronger Select Committee is summarized in the statement below that was approved by the SD National Committee at their last meeting.

The resolution introduced by Representative Ocasio-Cortez to establish a House Select Committee to plan a Green New Deal is one of the most significant social, economic and ecological proposals to be advanced in decades. The National Committee of Social Democrats USA endorses the resolution and urges the new Democratic- controlled House of Representatives to approve it as soon as possible.

For decades demagogues have profited by frightening the working people of the country into believing that environmental progress can only be made at a cost of the loss of jobs and lower standards of living. Now, when untrammeled corporate greed has caused a climate crisis around the world, everyone, regardless of circumstances, is in danger from the massive assault on our common environment. At the same time the economic, social and political conditions of the great majority have become worse. Inequality of income and wealth is at levels not seen since the advent of the original New Deal. As usual in an unrestricted capitalist economy, the last recession was solved by placing the burden on the backs of working people, at a cost of millions of jobs and homes.

Medical outcomes are worse than in other developed countries and costs are higher. Millions of young people are crippled by student debt, and childhood poverty continues to climb. It is past time to take the approach of the Ocasio-Cortez resolution: a comprehensive, planned approach to the crises we face, an approach that recognizes the interdependence of the environment, the society and the economy.

It’s time for social democracy.

Nobody Is Above the Law—Mueller Protection Rapid Response

BREAKING: PROTESTS CALLED FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 5 PM LOCAL TIME
Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel’s Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller’s boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice. We will update this page as the situation develops.

Donald Trump just crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up.

Trump putting himself above the law is a threat to our democracy, and we’ve got to get Congress to stop him.

We’re mobilizing immediately to demand accountability, because Trump is not above the law.

Please make note of the date, time, and description below to confirm that the host is able to organize the event on such short notice! In general, rallies are suggested to begin @ 5 PM local time. But individual local events may vary—please confirm details on your event page.

Once you sign up, make sure to invite friends to join you at the event!

Note: If you choose to attend an event, you agree to engage in nonviolent, peaceful action, to act lawfully, and to strive to de-escalate any potential confrontations with those who may disagree with our values.

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Jeff Ballinger, speaking to the Concord Wicked Local on Aug 2, Maintains that Money in Politics is a problem

Jeff Ballinger says money in politics is a problem

Of course, “single payer,” repeal the tax-cut and improve education – here’s what sets me apart from the field:

I think Congress has to debate the issue of Afghanistan, it is not enough to have the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction issuing 200-page reports every six months. When I was there for a year, I was willing to go toe-to-toe with our ambassador and tell him we needed to build up the mining industry. We have been helping that Ministry of Mines for 17 years, spending tens of millions of dollars and still no mining law has been enacted. So, if you want to have a mining business you have no legal framework to work within. They need to stop the smuggling to develop “regular” mining jobs and collect the revenue.

My biggest problem with American foreign policy has to do with money in politics. I believe that there’s no other issue that can explain the following: one year ago, 60 percent of House Democrats voted for a defense budget $50 billion more than Donald Trump proposed. The only explanation for such a vote is to curry favor with defense contractors; until we get money out of politics we really cannot reform the Department of Defense, the way it needs to be reformed.

Recently, Rep. Jim McGovern spoke very boldly about how we need to deal with Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse; nothing like that is going to happen as long as the defense contractors have friends on both sides of the aisle. So I really think this is the major problem: money in politics.

I pledge to be vocal in defense of workers: Right here in our district, the technology of a local wind turbine company was stolen by its biggest customer, SINOVEL. This was in 2011 and they lost 700 jobs. We just won this case in January; the Department of Justice worked on it for 7 years. It’s historic because it is the first criminal “intellectual property theft” case ever won against a Chinese company in a U.S. Federal Court. What makes me angry is that no Democrat from the House Energy and Commerce Committee said, “Let’s call the CEO and some workers down to Washington for a press briefing to put heat on the Trump administration to get the full $800 million in damages the court found.” Partly because of their dissolute posture, AMSC agreed to a settlement of just pennies on the dollar: $57 million! Whether I win or lose in this race, I pledge to fight for restitution for those cheated workers.

We have a lot of good laws, they are just not enforced very well. And look at the Internal Revenue Service. We keep cutting the staff there while every $.45 you spend on the IRS yields $100 in revenue. Enforcement is also important in the North Korea context: We are actually stopping ships using satellite technology. This means that we are stopping ships that are offloading goods – transferring to other ships while at sea; this deals a devastating blow to sanctions-busting. This is what got Kim Jung Un to the bargaining table – stopping the flow of luxury goods that keep his generals loyal.

The Department of Justice needs to establish a Corporate Crime Database and Annual Report (first introduced in the 112th Congress). Prominent among the crimes to watch and report on are: union-busting – often a form of psychological persecution of union supporters and, also, the refusal of bosses to bargain, even after workers win bargaining rights. Both are addressed in the new ″Workplace Democracy Act,″ recently introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders.