July 26, 2016 |
AS THE NATION watches the Democratic National Convention this week, we should recall the history made the last time the Democrats met in Philadelphia. In July 1948, a group of liberal activists engineered the adoption of the Democrats' first strong civil-rights plank. This was an important milestone in the long and ongoing struggle for civil rights and, in many respects, the beginning of the modern Democratic Party. After World War II, civil rights emerged as an important national issue.
July 16, 2016 |
Ron Blount doesn't care. Doesn't care whether the entire city, or state, or Democratic Party gets angry at the city's cab drivers if they decide to strike during the Democratic National Convention July 25-28. "We've been screwed, and we're going to screw you back. When they come here, Philadelphia is going to be in chaos, because working poor people are being screwed in this city. The schools are falling apart," said Blount, leader of Unified Taxi Workers Alliance. "And they are coming here to have a party?
July 4, 2016 |
The Democratic Party platform drafted in St. Louis is an excellent start in bringing forth policies that will help end the 40-year decline of the American middle class. These initiatives, if implemented, will create millions of good-paying jobs, significantly improve health care, and reverse the dangerous trend in this country toward an oligarchic form of society. But, let us be clear, this is a document that needs to be significantly improved by the full Platform Committee meeting in Orlando on July 8 and 9. Here are some very positive provisions in the platform as it stands today: At a time when huge Wall Street financial institutions are bigger now than they were before the taxpayers of this country bailed them out, the platform calls for enacting a 21st-century Glass-Steagall Act and for breaking up too-big-to-fail banks.
July 3, 2016
JIM HEDGES is the kind of presidential candidate you might enjoy having a beer with, if only he drank. The central Pennsylvania resident - he lives in McConnellsburg, population 1,015 - is the national Prohibition Party's official presidential candidate, with his name on the ballot in three states (Arkansas, Colorado and Mississippi) and pending in at least three others (Iowa, Louisiana, and New Jersey.) Yes, the Prohibition Party exists, and for that its three dozen dues-paying members can thank Hedges, who publishes its quarterly newsletter and calls the party "an exercise in living history.
June 2, 2016 |
This year's Democratic National Convention will likely welcome the most openly gay delegates ever. Organizers are still certifying delegates, but they say they have more lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender representatives than in the past and expect at least one LGBT delegate from each of the 50 states. At the same time, the Equality Forum, the Philadelphia-based LGBT civil rights group, announced Tuesday it would hold its 24th annual civil rights summit to coincide with the convention.
May 17, 2016 |
NEWS FLASH: Bernie Sanders is likely to lose the Democratic nomination for president. As disappointing as that outcome would be for his ardent supporters, the Vermont senator already can claim a win. His challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton has defined the issue agenda for the party, forcing her to move left. His success shows the pendulum is swinging away from the pro-corporate centrism that has been national Democrats' dominant ideology for nearly 30 years. Sanders has won 19 states and more than 9 million votes by railing against global free-trade pacts, calling for the breakup of big banks, and advocating for free public college tuition and single-payer health care.
September 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Warning to Amtrak from Mitt Romney and Republicans: You're on your own. The platform Republicans adopted at their convention included a call for full privatization and an end to subsidies for the nation's passenger rail operator, which gobbled up almost $1.5 billion in federal funds last year. "It is long past time for the federal government to get out of the way and allow private ventures to provide passenger service," the platform said, arguing that taxpayers dole out almost $50 for every Amtrak ticket.
September 7, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE - Two top Democrats offered new details Thursday on how the party platform omitted references to God and to Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "It's not that someone had a plan, 'Let's back off the long Democratic Party policy that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel,' " New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer told the Associated Press a day after the omission and reinstatement of the language caused dissension among delegates at the Democratic National Convention. "It was just sort of left out. " Told of the omissions, Obama directly ordered the language to be restored, Schumer said.
September 7, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE - President Obama personally intervened to order Democrats to change language in their party platform to add a mention of God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, campaign officials said Wednesday. Democrats abruptly changed the platform Wednesday evening to reinstate language from the 2008 platform that said "we need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.