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.
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.
Massachusetts Social Democrats will sponsor a forum on November 28th on the topic of “What’s Ahead for Massachusetts Progressives?” Outstanding speakers include State Senator Jamie Eldridge, Jeff Ballinger (the SDUSA endorsed candidate for Congress) and Benjamin Bloomenthal (former candidate for State Representative). The speakers are expected to discuss challenges to progressives in the MA State Legislature, the Congress and the Democratic Party. The meeting will be held at Christ Church, Zero Garden Street (near Harvard Square), Cambridge, MA and will begin at 7:30 PM.