Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

August 29, 2016

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio returns Tuesday,  August 30. ESPN Radio host Rob Dibble will join us for a debate about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police murder. Co-host Mary L. Sanders and I will discuss Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s proposed Green New Deal federal jobs program, and a smear attempt against Dr. Stein by WNPR host Colin McEnroe. Special guest contributor ‘Berniecrat’ Dan Durso will provide his firsthand account of the tumultuous Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Check out http://www.sometroradio.com/ for info on replays, and podcasts. #SteinBaraka #JillNotHill

Resources:

Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a Celebration of Slavery

Racist social media trolls prove Colin Kaepernick’s point for him:

 

Investigation: Army Kicked Out Thousands Of Soldiers With Brain Injuries, Mental Health Issues:  https://www.cpr.org/news/story/investigation-army-kicked-out-thousands-soldiers-brain-injuries-mental-health-issues

 

Lynchings of Black veterans after World War II:

https://rhapsodyinbooks.wordpress.com/2009/05/25/memorial-day-remembrance-lynching-of-black-veterans-after-world-war-ii/

 

2012 police murder of  68-year-old Marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.:

http://boingboing.net/2012/04/03/black-marine-veteran-68-shot.html

 

Free Thought Project report on police killings in the United States, compared to other countries:  http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-killed-8-hours-2015-early-graves-day/#UVTuZsSlm7u13WER.99 

 

Killed by Police data site:   http://killedbypolice.net/

 

Ex-Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/7/14/ex_seattle_police_chief_condemns_systemic

 

Policy Watch: Jill Stein, the Clintons & Black Voters

 

Democracy Now! coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention:

http://www.democracynow.org/topics/dnc_2016

 

 

 

 

Policy Watch: Jill Stein, the Clintons & Black Voters

August 24, 2016
by David Samuels
This column appears in the August 25 – September 1 edition of the Hartford News…
Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays on the Tuesdays that we’re not on live and every Wednesday. Next show: August 30. Dan Durso, who was a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the tumultuous Democratic National Convention, will talk about his experience at the event. Co-host Mary Sanders and I will discuss Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s proposed Green New Deal federal jobs program. http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/
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Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative
Check out CP’s No Sellout blog Election 2016 Candidate Tracker for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation to his campaign. Election Day is November 8. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/
Policy Watch
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a Community Party Policy Watch series on Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s campaign platform. Our analysis will include Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio reports, and Hartford News columns. The Community Party is not affiliated with the Green Party, or Jill Stein’s campaign.
Race for the White House: Urban Policy
“Imagine being so white that voting for a third party just to ‘prove a point’ is a risk you can afford to take.” ~ Comedian Terrence Newman, bashing supporters of Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein.
If you’re a Black Hillary Clinton supporter who loses a fact based argument about the Clintons’ despicable urban policy record, take it like an adult. Newman, a C-list comic, recently dissed supporters of Dr. Stein on Twitter. His tweet was included in a U.S. Uncut piece by Tom Cahill about President Bill Clinton’s racist crime and welfare bills (enthusiastically supported by Hillary). http://usuncut.com/black-lives-matter/clinton-presidency-black-communities/  I confronted Newman on his Twitter page. Newman said the article was “garbage”, and included “misleading numbers” about how Clinton’s legislation fueled Black mass incarceration, and extreme poverty in urban neighborhoods. I repeatedly challenged Newman to produce statistics to debunk the numbers in the article. He repeatedly ducked the question, and like all idiots who are losing a fact based argument, attempted to make things personal. Newman then stalked me on social media, crying like a psychotic ex. I deal in facts. Statistics support my contention that the Clintons are neoliberal racists, who have done catastrophic damage to the Black community. 

Cahill broke it down. “The data is clear that the last time a Clinton was in the White House, minorities were jailed at higher rates than during any of Clinton’s predecessors, with 673,000 new inmates in state and federal prisons. Black poverty and unemployment rates also skyrocketed during the Clinton years. As Ohio State University law professor and acclaimed author Michelle Alexander wrote in The Root, Clinton’s presidency ushered in the mass incarceration epidemic:

‘Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level in 1983. All of the presidents since 1980 have contributed to mass incarceration, but as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson recently observed, ‘President Clinton’s tenure was the worst.’
Bill Clinton’s landmark legislation in his second term was the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which gutted federal welfare programs by providing welfare in block grants not tied to inflation. As a result, 20 years after Clinton’s welfare reform bill became law, families on welfare receive one-third less in assistance.”
Newman is the personification of the clueless voter. After initially denying that his tweet referenced Dr. Stein’s supporters, Newman made his agenda clear with a passionate defense of Bill Clinton that was totally devoid of facts. Newman said hey, HE was happy when Clinton was president (the ultimate house negro response). Newman also said that Clinton was no more racist than any other president. His characterization of Stein only being supported by privileged whites is bs. Blacks on the far left have gotten behind Dr. Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka, a man who has devoted his life to organizing for Black liberation. Black Agenda Report commentators Glen Ford and Margaret Kimberley, journalist Marc Lamont Hill and professor Cornel West are all enthusiastic supporters of Dr. Stein. While Newman’s nonsensical defense of President Clinton must first and foremost be attributed to his own stupidity, it’s also emblematic of the power of the Clinton machine, and the corporate media. So-called journalists trade truth for access, which Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman calls the Access of Evil. The Clinton machine uses Black ‘community leaders’ and local elected officials to spread the Clinton gospel.
Incredibly, Newman claimed that President Clinton could not be blamed for the 2008 economic meltdown; Clinton’s 1999 repeal of the Glass Steagall Act was the direct cause. Robert Reich, who served as Clinton’s Secretary of Labor, recounted the history in a recent blog post.  “Hillary Clinton won’t propose reinstating a bank break-up law known as the Glass-Steagall Act — at least according to Alan Blinder, an economist who has been advising Clinton’s campaign. ‘You’re not going to see Glass-Steagall,’ Blinder said after her economic speech Monday in which she failed to mention it. Blinder said he had spoken to Clinton directly about Glass-Steagall.
This is a big mistake.
It’s a mistake politically because people who believe Hillary Clinton is still too close to Wall Street will not be reassured by her position on Glass-Steagall. Many will recall that her husband led the way to repealing Glass Steagall in 1999 at the request of the big Wall Street banks.
It’s a big mistake economically because the repeal of Glass-Steagall led directly to the 2008 Wall Street crash, and without it we’re in danger of another one.
Some background: During the Roaring Twenties, so much money could be made by speculating on shares of stock that several big Wall Street banks began selling stock along side their traditional banking services — taking in deposits and making loans.
Some banks went further, lending to pools of speculators that used the money to pump up share prices. The banks sold the shares to their customers, only to have the share prices collapse when the speculators dumped them.
For the banks, it was an egregious but hugely profitable conflict of interest.
After the entire stock market crashed in 1929, ushering in the Great Depression, Washington needed to restore the public’s faith in the banking system. One step was for Congress to enact legislation insuring commercial deposits against bank losses.
Another was to prevent the kinds of conflicts of interest that resulted in such losses, and which had fueled the boom and subsequent bust. Under the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, banks couldn’t both gamble in the market and also take in deposits and make loans. They’d have to choose between the two.
‘The idea is pretty simple behind this one,’ Senator Elizabeth Warren said a few days ago, explaining her bill to resurrect Glass-Steagall. ‘If banks want to engage in high-risk trading — they can go for it, but they can’t get access to ensured deposits and put the taxpayers on the hook for that reason.’
For more than six decades after 1933, Glass-Steagall worked exactly as it was intended to. During that long interval few banks failed and no financial panic endangered the banking system.
But the big Wall Street banks weren’t content. They wanted bigger profits. They thought they could make far more money by gambling with commercial deposits. So they set out to whittle down Glass-Steagall.
Finally, in 1999, President Bill Clinton struck a deal with Republican Senator Phil Gramm to do exactly what Wall Street wanted, and repeal Glass-Steagall altogether.
What happened next? An almost exact replay of the Roaring Twenties. Once again, banks originated fraudulent loans and sold them to their customers in the form of securities. Once again, there was a huge conflict of interest that finally resulted in a banking crisis.
This time the banks were bailed out, but millions of Americans lost their savings, their jobs, even their homes.”
Dr. Stein’s  platform would clearly benefit Black people. Black unemployment is currently at Depression era levels. Dr. Stein has proposed a Green New Deal, a revival of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal that created over eight million jobs during the Great Depression. Dr. Stein also wants to end the racist so-called War on Drugs, legalizing marijuana and decriminalizing other drugs, release nonviolent drug offenders from prison, and treat drug abuse as a public health issue instead of a criminal matter. Dr. Stein’s plan to address police violence includes implementing community control of the police, and empowering independent outside legal representatives to investigate all deaths and serious injuries suffered at the hands of police. Currently use of force cases are investigated by prosecutors (who work closely with the police), which is a total conflict of interest. Eliminating mandatory minimum jail sentences, abolishing private prisons, free health care/college and cancelling student debt are also a part of the Stein platform.
Donald Trump breezed through carrying Play-Doh, and wrote a check. Hillary hasn’t set foot in the state yet. Monday Dr. Stein was in Louisiana working on the ground with local volunteers, helping flood victims. She talked about climate change and the disparity in aid to communities of color following catastrophic weather events, such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.   http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/jill_stein_is_bringing_attention_to_victims_of_flooding_in_20160822
Terrence Newman has been duped by the Democrats. I won’t follow him off the cliff. The Jill Stein platform is clearly the plan that is needed in urban neighborhoods.
Resources
Please help communities affected by the Louisiana flood.
LINKS TO VOLUNTEER/DONATE:

North Baton Rouge Disaster Relief
https://www.gofundme.com/northbatonrouge
Louisiana Environmental Action Network
http://www.leanweb.org
Volunteer in Denham Springs:
email lekedra@micamped.com
Jill Stein 2016 platform: http://www.jill2016.com/platform
Jared Ball interviews Green Party vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqGfXF28wps
TANF’s ineffectiveness has contributed to rise in deep poverty:  https://twitter.com/dlthomasCT/status/765574098063859712
Black Agenda Report commentator Glen Ford goes in on Hillary Clinton:   http://www.blackagendareport.com/hillary_big_nasty_tent
Follow CP on Twitter for state, national and world news headlines. https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1 Check out my Facebook page for daily news commentary. https://www.facebook.com/david.samuels.948   Listen to WQTQ 89.9 FM for CP’s public service announcements on our racial justice initiatives https://www.facebook.com/wqtqfm and So-Metro Radio the first, third and fifth Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM for commentary on urban issues http://www.sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog (https://hendu39.wordpress.com/) for the complete archive of CP columns and Northend Agent’s archive for selected columns (http://www.northendagents.com/). Contact us at 860-206-8879 or info.community.party@gmail.com

Jill Stein 2016 Platform: Part 2

August 19, 2016

by David Samuels

This column appears in the August 18 – 25 edition of the Hartford News…

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in!  . Next show: August 30.  http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/
Community Party Radio Podcasts
Policy Watch
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a Community Party Policy Watch series on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign platform. Our analysis will include Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio reports, and Hartford News columns. The Community Party is not affiliated with the Green Party, or Jill Stein’s campaign.
http://www.sometroradio.com/  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/
Special Programming Note
The August 16 Community Party Radio show was rescheduled to August 30, due to illness.

Jill Stein 2016 Platform

Our Power to the People Plan

Freedom and Equality:
  • Expand women’s rights, including equal pay and reproductive freedom. Pass the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment).
  • Protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination.
  • Defend indigenous rights,  lands and treaties.
  • Support immigrants’ rights. Create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants.
  • Halt deportations and detentions of law-abiding undocumented immigrants., including the shameful practice of night raids being used to terrorize refugee families.
  • Improve economic and social conditions abroad to reduce the flow of immigrant refugees, in part by repealing NAFTA, ending the failed drug wars, and halting CIA and military interventions against democratically elected governments.
  • Demilitarize border crossings throughout North America.
  • Protect the free Internet. Oppose the Online Piracy Act and all other legislation that would undermine freedom and equality on the Internet.
Criminal Justice Reforms
  • End the failed war on drugs. Replace drug prohibition with harm reduction. Legalize marijuana/hemp. Treat substance abuse as a health problem, not a criminal offense.
  • Release nonviolent drug offenders from prison, removing such offenses from their records, and provide them with both pre- and post-release support.
  • End police brutality, mass incarceration and institutional racism within our justice system. Support the Black Lives Matter Movement.
  • Demilitarize police. End use of SWAT teams and no-knock raids for drugs and serving papers.
  • Repair our communities rather than dump resources into the prison-industrial complex.
  • Establish police review boards so that communities control their police, and not the other way around. Appoint dedicated investigators to investigate every death or serious injury at the hands of police.
  • Enact laws to require independent outside legal representatives to investigate and prosecute any killing or brutality  by the police rather than prosecutors involved in the local criminal justice system.
  • Eliminate harsh  mandatory sentencing requirements which often result in unjustified sentences.
Justice for All:
  • Enforce the Bill of Rights by protecting the right to free speech and protest, to be secure from unwarranted search and seizure and invasion of privacy, as well as our other Constitutional rights.
  • Terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, close Guantanamo, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial. Repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that give the president the power to indefinitely imprison and even assassinate American citizens without due process.
  • America’s youth should not be put in jail for offenses they commit.
  • End discrimination against former offenders who have paid for their crimes and should get a fresh start.
  • Abolish the death penalty.
  • End persecution of government, corporate  and media whistleblowers.
  • Issue an Executive Order prohibiting Federal agencies from conspiring with local police to infringe upon right of assembly and peaceful protest.
  • Repeal the Patriot Act that violates our constitutional right to privacy and protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

Peace and Human Rights:

  • Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, human rights, and nonviolent support for democratic movements around the world.
  • Cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases. Ensure a just transition that replaces reductions in  military jobs with jobs in renewable energy, transportation and green infrastructure development.
  • Stop U.S. financial and military support to human rights abusers. Barring substantial changes in their policies, this would include Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt.
  • End the US’ role as the world’s arm supplier.
  • End use of assassination as an instrument of U.S. foreign policy, including collaborative assassination through intermediaries.
  • End the destructive US economic and military intervention into the affairs of sovereign nations. Such intervention serve the interests of multinational corporations and  global capitalism over the interests of the vast majority of the citizens of those nations.
  • Freeze the bank accounts of countries that are funding terrorism, including the Saudi royal family.
  • US policy regarding Israel and Palestine must be revised to prioritize international law, peace and human rights for all people, no matter their religion or nationality. End US policies that have supported the worst tendencies of the Israeli government in its treatment of the people of Palestine.
  • Restore the National Guard as the centerpiece of our defense.
  • Ban use of drone aircraft for assassination, bombing, and other offensive purposes.
  • End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, withdrawing troops and military contractors.
  • Join 159 other nations in signing the Ottawa treaty banning the use of anti-personnel land mines.
  • Lead on global nuclear disarmament:
  • Rejoin the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which the US dropped out of in 2002 when it installed missiles and missile bases in Turkey, Romania, and Poland.
  • Agree to Russia’s proposal to jointly reduce US and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,000 nuclear weapons each. Also call for all countries to the table to negotiate a treaty for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.
  • Remove US nuclear weapons in Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Italy and the Netherlands.
  •  Support Russia and China’s joint effort to open negotiations on a treaty to ban weapons in space.
  •  Pledge to end any further laboratory or sub-critical nuclear tests at the Nevada and Novaya Zemlya test sites, and end all nuclear weapons research, design, and modernization at the weapons laboratories.
  • The US must take the lead in nuclear disarmament by itself starting to disarm. We should create a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East region and require all nations in the area to join.
Empower the People: Fix our Broken Elections with Real Democracy
  • Eliminate the doctrine of corporate personhood that among other things has been used to justify unlimited corporate spending in elections with a constitutional amendment to clarify that only human beings have constitutional rights.
  • Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy: full public election financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, and open debates.
  • Protect voters’ rights by enforcing and expanding the constitutional right to vote (including a new amendment if necessary). Enact the full Voter’s Bill of Rights guaranteeing each person’s right to vote, the right to have our votes counted on hand-marked paper ballots, and the right to vote within systems that give each vote meaning. Make voter registration the responsibility of government, not a voluntary opt-in for citizens.
  • Restore Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, requiring preclearance by the Attorney General or federal district court of DC to election law changes in areas previously found to limit voting rights.
  • Abolish the Electoral College and directly elect the President using a national popular vote with ranked-choice voting..
  • Restore the right to run for office and eliminate unopposed races by removing ballot access barriers.
  • Guarantee equal access to the debates to all ballot-qualified candidates.
  • Provide equal and free access to the airways for all ballot-qualified candidates, not just those with big campaign war chests.
  • Eliminate “winner take all / first past the post” elections in which the “winner” may not have the support of most of the voters. Replace that system with ranked choice voting and proportional representation.
  • Enact statehood for the District of Columbia to ensure the region has full representation in Congress, and full powers of democratic self-rule.
  • Restore voting rights to offenders, including while in prison.
  • Replace partisan oversight of elections with non-partisan election commissions.
  • Reduce barriers to voting by making Election Day a national holiday.
  • Enact simplified, safe same-day voter registration to the nation so that no qualified voter is barred from the polls.
  • Protect local democracy by making clear that acts of Congress establish a floor, and not a ceiling, on laws relating to economic regulation, workers’ rights, human rights, and the environment.
A Humane Federal Budget with Fair Taxes
  • Increase government revenues for social needs by restoring full employment, cutting the bloated, dangerous military budget, and cutting private health insurance waste.
  • Require full disclosure of corporate subsidies in the budget and stop hiding subsidies in complicated tax code.
  • Rewrite the entire tax code to be truly progressive with tax cuts for working families, the poor and middle class, and higher taxes for the richest Americans.
  • Strengthen rather than cut Medicare and Social Security. Remove the cap on social security taxes above a certain level of income.
  • Maintain and upgrade our nation’s essential public infrastructure, including highways, railways, electrical grids, water systems, schools, libraries, and the Internet, resisting privatization or policy manipulation by for-profit interests.
Financial Reform
  • Establish federal, state, and municipal publicly-owned banks that function as non-profit utilities and focus on helping people, not enriching themselves.
  • Create a Corporation for Economic Democracy, a new federal corporation (like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) to provide publicity, training, education, and direct financing for cooperative development and for democratic reforms to make government agencies, private associations, and business enterprises more participatory.
  • Democratize monetary policy to bring about public control of the money supply and credit creation. This means nationalizing the private bank-dominated Federal Reserve Banks and placing them under a Federal Monetary Authority within the Treasury Department.   Prohibit private banks from creating money, thus restoring government’s Constitutional authority.
  • Manage pension funds by boards controlled by workers, not corporate managers.
  • Regulate all financial derivatives and require them to be traded on open exchanges.
  • Restore the Glass-Steagall separation of depository commercial banks from speculative investment banks.
Housing   
  • Impose an immediate moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.
  • Offer capital grants to non-profit developers of affordable housing until all people can obtain decent housing at no more than 25% of their income.
  • Create a federal bank with local branches to take over homes with distressed mortgages, and either restructure the mortgages to affordable levels, or if the occupants cannot afford a mortgage, rent homes to the occupants.
  • Expand rental and home ownership assistance and increase funding for public housing.
  • Use Department of Housing and Urban Development authority to grant or withhold funds in order to encourage state and local governments to take positive steps to desegregate housing, including ending zoning laws that effectively prohibit multi-family housing, prohibiting landlords from refusing to accept Section 8 vouchers, increasing Section 8 voucher amounts so that poor people can move into middle income neighborhoods, prohibiting the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits to increase low income housing in already segregated neighborhoods, and building new public housing in middle income communities that is high quality and mixed income.

 

We can build a better future together.

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Political Roundup: Ranked Choice Voting/Jill Stein 2016 Platform: Part 1

August 12, 2016
 by David Samuels
This column appears in the August 11 – 18 edition of the Hartford News…
Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays on the Tuesdays that we’re not on live and every Wednesday. Next show: August 16. Dan Durso, who was a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the tumultuous Democratic National Convention, will talk about his experience at the event. Co-host Mary Sanders and I will discuss Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s Green New Deal federal jobs program. http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/
Community Party Radio Podcasts
Policy Watch
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a Community Party Policy Watch series on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign platform. Our analysis will include Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio reports, and Hartford News columns. The Community Party is not affiliated with the Green Party, or Jill Stein’s campaign.
http://www.sometroradio.com/  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/
Pass Ranked Choice Voting in Connecticut! 
Hillary Clinton supporters, who spread fear by saying a vote for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is a vote for Donald Trump, leave out an important fact. The Democrats and Republicans refuse to implement ranked choice voting nationally, which would prevent a splitting of the vote in the presidential election. Stein explained how ranked choice voting works during an interview with The Real News Network. http://therealnews.com/t2/
“The legislature could convene in an emergency session and pass this voting reform that’s used across America from San Francisco and Oakland through the Twin Cities to Portland, Maine, and in countries around the world. It lets you list your top choice as number one, and your second choice as number two. If your first choice loses, you automatically get your second choice. Your vote is reassigned to your second choice. So there’s no splitting of the vote.

They won’t pass it. My campaign helped file this bill, this legislation, in the Massachusetts legislature when I first ran for office back in 2002, running for governor against Mitt Romney. They would not let the bill out of committee, even though it was 85 percent Democrats. They could have passed that bill to protect, you know, to protect the vote and prevent any spoiling. They did not pass it, because they knew that if they allowed people to actually vote their values and not their fears that people might very well start voting for my campaign in very large numbers. They rely on fear. The fact that they rely on fear tells you something very important. They are not your friend, and they don’t intend to do what it is that you want and need. That ought to be enough right there to lose your support for them.”
The Community Party is calling on Gov. Dan Malloy and the Democratic controlled Connecticut General Assembly to pass an emergency ranked choice voting bill, prior to the November 8 presidential election.

Jill Stein 2016 Platform

Our Power to the People Plan

Climate Action: Protecting Mother Earth and Humanity
  • Enact an emergency Green New Deal to turn the tide on climate change, revive the economy and make wars for oil obsolete. Initiate a WWII-scale national mobilization to halt climate change, the greatest threat to humanity in our history. Create 20 million jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, conservation and restoration of critical infrastructure, including ecosystems.
  • Implement a Just Transition that empowers those communities and workers most impacted by climate change and the transition to a green economy. Ensure that any worker displaced by the shift away from fossil fuels will receive full income and benefits as they transition to alternative work.
  • Enact energy democracy based on public, community and worker ownership of our energy system. Treat energy as a human right.
  • Redirect research funds from fossil fuels into renewable energy and conservation.  Build a nationwide smart electricity grid that can pool and store power from a diversity of renewable sources, giving the nation clean, democratically-controlled, energy.
  • End destructive energy extraction and associated infrastructure: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, natural gas pipelines, and uranium mines. Halt any investment in fossil fuel infrastructure, including natural gas, and phase out all fossil fuel power plants. Phase out nuclear power and end nuclear subsidies.  End all subsidies for fossil fuels and impose a greenhouse gas fee / tax to charge polluters for the damage they have created.
  • Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Ban neonicotinoids and other pesticides that threaten the survival of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
  • Support a strong enforceable global climate treaty that limits global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius and provides just financial compensation to developing countries.
  • Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe.
  • Support organic and regenerative agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry.
  • Protect the rights of future generations. Adopt the Precautionary Principle. When an activity poses threats of harm to human health or the environment, in the absence of objective scientific consensus that it is safe, precautionary measures should be taken. The proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof.
  • Invest in clean air, water, food  and soil for everyone. Clean up America.
  • Enact stronger environmental justice laws and measures to ensure that low-income and communities of color are not disproportionately impacted by harmful pollution and other negative environmental and health effects.
  • Support conversion to sustainable, nontoxic materials and the use of closed-loop, zero waste processes.
Jobs as a Right, and Key Support for Labor
  • Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Government would be the employer of last resort, and the unemployed would have an enforceable right to make government provide work. Create direct public employment, as the Works Progress Administration did,  in public services and public works for those who can’t find private employment.
  • Advance workers’ rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.
  • Enact the Green Deal full employment program to create 20 million green jobs in sustainable energy, mass transit, sustainable organic agriculture, clean manufacturing and improved infrastructure, as well as social work, teaching, health care, after school and home care, drug rehabilitation and other service jobs.
  • Provide grants and low-interest loans to green businesses and cooperatives, with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community, rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.
  • Replace NAFTA and other corporate free trade agreements that export American jobs, depress wages, and undermine the sovereign right of Americans and citizens of other countries to control their own economy and political choices. Enact fair trade laws that benefits local workers and communities.
  • Repeal  the Taft-Hartley Act which banned secondary boycotts and permitted state “right-to-work” laws. Enact a federal just cause law (to prohibit firing without just cause,) and outlaw scabbing on striking workers.
End Poverty:
  • Guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.
  • Establish the right to a living wage job.
  • Reform public assistance to be a true safety net that empowers participants and provides a decent standard of living.
  • Free universal child care.
Health Care as a Right:
  • Establish an improved “Medicare for All” single-payer public health program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings by eliminating the $400 billion annually spent on  the paperwork and bureaucracy of health insurance. No co-pays, premiums or deductibles. Access to all health care services, including mental health, dental, and vision. Include everyone, period. No restrictions based on pre-existing illness, employment, immigration status, age, or any other category.
  • Eliminate the cancer of health insurance, which adds costs while reducing access to health care.
  • End overcharging for prescription drugs by using bulk purchasing negotiations.
  • Eliminate health disparities in communities of color and low-income communities. Ensure easy access to health care in communities of color, including community health centers.
  • Allow full access to contraceptive and reproductive care.
  • Expand women’s access to “morning after” contraception by lifting the Obama Administration’s ban.
  • Avoid chronic diseases by investing in essential community health infrastructure such as local, fresh, organic food systems, pollution-free renewable energy, phasing out toxic chemicals, and active transportation such as bike paths and safe sidewalks that dovetail with public transit.
  • Ensure that consumers have essential information for making informed food choices by expanding product labeling requirements for country of origin, GMO content, toxic chemical ingredients, and fair trade practices.
  • Prioritize preventive health care, including physical activity, healthy nutrition and pollution prevention.
Education as a Right:
  • Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university.
  • Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude.
  • Protect our public school systems from privatization.
  • Use restorative justice to address conflicts before they occur, and involve students in the process.
  • Evaluate teacher performance through assessment by fellow professionals. Do not rely on high stakes tests that reflect economic status of the community, and punish teachers working in low income communities of color.
  • Replace Common Core with curriculum developed by educators, not corporations, with input from parents and communities.
  • Stop denying students diplomas based on high stakes tests.
  • Stop using merit pay to punish teachers who work with the most challenging student populations.
  • Restore arts, music and recreation to school curriculums.
  • Ensure racially inclusive, sensitive and relevant curriculums.
  • Use Department of Education powers to offer grants and funding to encourage metropolitan desegregation plans based on socioeconomically balanced schools.
  • Recognize poverty as the key obstacle to learning. Ensure that kids come to school ready to learn: healthy, nourished, secure and free from violence.
  • Increase federal funding of public schools to equalize public school funding.
A Just Economy:
  • Guarantee a living wage job for all.
  • Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage, with indexing.
  • Break up “too-big-to-fail” banks and democratize the Federal Reserve.
  • Support development of worker and community cooperatives and small businesses.
  • Make Wall Street, big corporations, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes.
  • Create democratically-run public banks and utilities.
  • Provide full protection for workplace rights, including the right to a safe workplace and the right to organize a union without fear of firing or reprisal by passing the Employee Free Choice Act.
  • Ensure equal pay for equal work, ending discrimination based on race, gender, or generation.
  • Enact paid sick leave and family leave, strong overtime protections.
  • Take action against wage theft.
  • Oppose two-tier wage systems (e.g., for young people and individuals with disabilities).
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Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein

August 3, 2016
by David Samuels
This column appears in the August 4 – 11 edition of the Hartford News…
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Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays on the Tuesdays that we’re not on live and every Wednesday, same time. Next show: August 16. Dan Durso, who was a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the tumultuous Democratic National Convention, will talk about his experience at the event.  http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/
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Policy Watch
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a Community Party Policy Watch series on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign platform. Our analysis will include Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio reports, and Hartford News columns. The Community Party is not affiliated with the Green Party, or Jill Stein’s campaign.
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Jill Stein 2016
Hillary Clinton supporters, who spread fear by saying a vote for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is a vote for Donald Trump, leave out an important fact. The Democrats and Republicans refuse to implement ranked choice voting nationally, which would prevent a splitting of the vote in the presidential election. Stein explained how rank choice voting works during an interview with The Real News Network producer Kwame Rose.
“I would feel terrible if Donald Trump was elected, and I would feel terrible if Hillary Clinton was elected, and I feel most terrible about a political system that pretends all we have is two choices. And those are two deadly choices. We could actually pass rank choice voting right now, which gets rid of the fear, it gets rid of the splitting of the vote. We could pass that right now in any state legislature across the land. The legislature could convene in an emergency session and pass this voting reform that’s used across America from San Francisco and Oakland through the Twin Cities to Portland, Maine, and in countries around the world. It lets you list your top choice as number one, and your second choice as number two. If your first choice loses, you automatically get your second choice. Your vote is reassigned to your second choice. So there’s no splitting of the vote.
They won’t pass it. My campaign helped file this bill, this legislation, in the Massachusetts legislature when I first ran for office back in 2002, running for governor against Mitt Romney. They would not let the bill out of committee, even though it was 85 percent Democrats. They could have passed that bill to protect, you know, to protect the vote and prevent any spoiling. They did not pass it, because they knew that if they allowed people to actually vote their values and not their fears that people might very well start voting for my campaign in very large numbers.
They rely on fear. The fact that they rely on fear tells you something very important. They are not your friend, and they don’t intend to do what it is that you want and need. That ought to be enough right there to lose your support for them.”  Stein’s revolutionary campaign platform includes a Green New Deal federal jobs program, free health care, ending the racist so-called War on Drugs and cancelling student debt, as a means of stimulating the economy.  http://www.jill2016.com/platform
Stein talked about Trump and Clinton during a Democracy Now! debate with former NAACP president Ben Jealous, a Bernie Sanders supporter who has endorsed Clinton.
“Donald Trump is a very dangerous person. He says extremely despicable, reprehensible things. But at the same time, Hillary Clinton has a track record for doing absolutely horrific things, for expanding wars, in the likes of Libya, for example. There could hardly be an example of a more catastrophic war, which has been more problematic for increasing the terrorist threats. Finger on the nuclear button? I worry very much about the air war that Hillary Clinton would like to start over Syria with this no-fly zone against a nuclear-armed power in the form of Russia.
And in terms of racism, the immigrant deportations that Hillary has approved of and has supported are equally horrific. Whether it’s against black people or Muslim people or Latinos, it’s not acceptable for anyone. And, in fact, Hillary played a major role in creating the refugees, the waves of refugees, particularly coming out of Honduras, into this country, where she’s supported the deportation of women and children, and, in fact, the night raids that are going on, and, under the Obama White House, the greatest number of immigrants who have actually been deported.
Further, let me say, I think it’s so important for us to have unity to stop Donald Trump. And it’s important to point out that the most powerful way to stop Donald Trump was, in fact, sabotaged by the Democratic Party and by Hillary Clinton by way of stopping Bernie Sanders’ campaign, as he himself and many others have pointed out. It’s so true historically—we know this from Nazi Germany—that it’s really important to have a unified front and a strong progressive coalition in order to stop neofascism. It’s not just Donald Trump. We are seeing this in Europe, as well, as well as in other countries, and particularly throughout the U.S. The problem is not Donald Trump alone. The problem is the policies of neoliberalism, of austerity, of the Wall Street deregulation and the NAFTA, which Hillary Clinton herself represents, has promoted. Putting another Clinton in the White House, unfortunately, is not the answer. It will only fan the flames of the right-wing extremism that Donald Trump represents. If we want to defeat Donald Trump, it’s very important that we really rally and unify, in my view, around a truly progressive campaign. Hillary Clinton represents the opposite of that. My campaign represents the continuing agenda of the Bernie Sanders campaign.”
Acting Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile’s ‘apology’ to Sanders was actually an attempt to minimize the importance of the Wikileaks email dump. This isn’t about Sanders being called bad names. The emails revealed that the DNC, which is supposed to be neutral during elections, conspired with corporate media outlets and other parties to sabotage the campaign of a presidential candidate they didn’t like. This is about the ruling class deciding who your ‘choices’ will be when you go to vote in November. The emails also exposed intricate details on how money influences the Democratic Party. Sanders’ exit from the race makes Stein’s campaign the only sane choice for true progressives. Stein’s comments to DN about neoliberalism and austerity apply to Gov. Dan Malloy and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, who have launched a neoliberal attack on the poor, human services providers and public sector workers by passing austerity budgets.  The public sector is the largest employer of Black people and women.
Stein talked during the DN debate about her campaign being a viable option for young voters. “Let’s avoid any splitting of the vote. We don’t have to—and the other point here is that the American public is leading the charge. They are the ones who are rejecting these candidates and these political parties, saying that the two candidates we have now are the most untrustworthy, the most disliked. And who are the pundits to tell them, to tell the American people, who are being thrown under the bus, ‘Be good little boys and girls. Just support these candidates of the political establishment to do more of their damage’? Remember, you do not defeat neofascism through neoliberalism. Neoliberalism will create more neofascism. We have the potential not to split the vote, but to flip the vote, because there are 42 million young people who have no way forward, who are trapped in predatory student loan debt, about which Democrats happen to have nothing to offer, any more than Republicans. By simply getting the word out that they can come out—that is a plurality of the vote—they can come out and actually win this election, and not only win it, to cancel student debt, like we did for the friggin’ bankers, the crooks on Wall Street. We can cancel that debt, make higher education free, end police violence. These are all eminently solvable problems.
The Democrats, even when they had two Democratic houses of Congress, what did they do? They bailed out Wall Street. You know, they enacted all of the above, which has been basically ‘drill, baby, drill’ on steroids. Hillary Clinton’s finger on the button is as dangerous as—certainly as dangerous as Donald Trump. And it’s Barack Obama himself who initiated the new nuclear arms race, spending a trillion dollars. We should not rest easy with either candidate.”

The Clintons are neoliberal racists. President Bill Clinton’s crime and welfare legislation entrenched Black mass incarceration and fueled extreme poverty, respectively. Hillary enthusiastically supported both bills, which decimated communities of color. It is infuriating to me as a Black man that white liberals are supporting Hillary, just so they can get a liberal Supreme Court judge to rule on their pet issues. Liberals who support Hillary don’t care how much more damage the Clintons do to communities of color, as long as SCOTUS decisions favor liberals. Stein certainly would nominate a judge who would be far more progressive than anyone Hillary, a centrist, would select. This election has exposed racism by liberals and conservatives. Trump isn’t the only presidential candidate with a history of Islamophobia, immigrant bashing and bigoted remarks. Sen. Clinton told ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson that she supported profiling of Muslims, during a 2001 interview days after the 9/11 terror attacks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV4hrZueNZk  Clinton said she was “adamantly against illegal immigrants” during a 2003 radio interview with talk show host John Gambling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk9GGGAz0fA  As Stein mentioned, the violent coup in Honduras that Clinton supported resulted in children from that country fleeing to the United States; Clinton blocked their entry into this country. During a 2003 speech, Clinton made a joke about Mahatma Gandhi owning a convenience store. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1Mq8kOXV_E  Bill Clinton said Hillary is “The best darn change-maker I ever met.” Great. When I need to break a twenty dollar bill, I’ll call Hillary. I’ll vote for Stein in November. The Green Party is working to get Stein on the ballot in Connecticut. Check out the CT Petitioners for Jill Stein Facebook page.

Resources
Jill Stein for President 2016 volunteer info:
20 Reasons Black Women & Men Should Consider #JillNotHill This November:
The Real News Network:
Democracy Now! website:  
WikiLeaks DNC Email Archive:    
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REPLAY WEDNESDAY: Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

July 31, 2016

Thanks to our guests Josh Elliott and Toni Taylor. Check out So-Metro Talk Wednesday for a replay of a previous show. http://talk.sometroradio.com/ 8 PM ET 7 PM CT 5 PM PT Below you can read info on Tuesday’s show, and resource info. Check out the So-Metro Radio website for podcasts!

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. Community Party Radio returns Tuesday,  August 2. Co-host Mary L. Sanders and I will discuss the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign platform. Activist Toni Taylor will talk about the socio-economic conditions in Ferguson and St. Louis, as the two-year anniversary of the police killing of Mike Brown approaches (August 9). Toni will also provide an update on upcoming Cary on the Ball Foundation events.
8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Replays on Tuesdays we aren’t on live, and every Wednesday.
http://www.sometroradio.com/ ‪#‎JusticeforCaryBallJr

 

Resources

 

 

Community Party Policy Watch: Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein

CT Petitioners for Jill Stein Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CTPetitionersForJillStein/

Jill Stein 2016 Volunteer Info:
http://www.jill2016.com/volunteer
Democrats/Republicans refuse to implement ranked choice voting  nationwide, which would prevent splitting the vote in elections. Alameda County, California has ranked choice voting:
http://acgov.org/rov/rcv/
Mary Sanders on social media:
https://www.facebook.com/mary.l.sanders.56
https://twitter.com/marymaryssc1
Justice for Cary Ball Jr. Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForCaryBallJr/
Toni Taylor Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/toni.taylor.3701

 

Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative
Check out CP’s No Sellout blog Election 2016 Candidate Tracker for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation to his campaign. The statewide primary is August 9. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/

 

 

Policy Watch: Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein

July 31, 2016

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a Community Party Policy Watch series on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign. platform.  http://www.ontheissues.org/Jill_Stein.htm   Our analysis will include Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio reports, and Hartford News columns. The Community Party is not affiliated with the Green Party, or Jill Stein’s campaign.
http://www.sometroradio.com/ https://hendu39.wordpress.com/

A Former Cop Speaks Out: Part 2

July 28, 2016
 by David Samuels
This column appears in the July 28 – August 4 edition of the Hartford News…
Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays on the Tuesdays that we’re not on live and every Wednesday, same time. Next show: August 2. Guests: Josh Elliott, candidate for Connecticut State Representative. Missouri police reform activist Toni Taylor.  http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/
Community Party Radio Podcasts
This week we’ll share Part 2 of the Democracy Now! interview with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper. Check out the DN website. http://www.democracynow.org/
                                                                                                                           
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Ex-Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols

July 14, 2016
Story
AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn to remarks made by the New York police commissioner, Bill Bratton, who was speaking Sunday on Face the Nation.
COMMISSIONER BILL BRATTON: Police officers come from the community. We don’t bring them in from Mars; they come from the communities they police. And over the years, increasingly, we’ve had much more diversity in policing—Muslim officers, increasing numbers of African-American officers, Latino officers. And that’s a good thing, because the community wants to see that. And that’s part of the way we bridge the divide that currently exists between police and community, a divide that has been closing and a divide that we hope, over time—and certainly here in New York, I can speak for our efforts here the last several years, myself and Mayor de Blasio—to not only bridge the divide, but to close it.
AMY GOODMAN: That’s Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Your response?
NORM STAMPER: Our police officers do, in fact, come from the community. As Bill Bratton said, they don’t come from Mars. They are of us. They live among us. They are motivated by a variety of different interests in becoming a police officer. It’s not that—that the candidates that we’re selecting, necessarily, are poor candidates. It is what happens to them when they get acculturated by this law enforcement structure that makes it clear to them that they are on the front lines of a war against their own people. And so you get police officers heading out to put in a shift who are feeling that the people are the enemy.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, I want to turn to Republican Senator Tim Scott, who spoke on the floor of the Senate Wednesday about being the victim of racial profiling. Scott is one of only two African Americans in the U.S. Senate.
SEN. TIM SCOTT: In the course of one year, I’ve been stopped seven times by law enforcement officers—not four, not five, not six, but seven times in one year—as an elected official. Was I speeding sometimes? Sure. But the vast majority of the time, I was pulled over for nothing more than driving a new car in the wrong neighborhood, or some other reason just as trivial.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: That was Republican Senator Tim Scott speaking Wednesday. So, Norm Stamper, can you respond to what he said, and also whether you think the police is plagued with systemic racism?
NORM STAMPER: Well, let me start with that question. The short answer is yes. I can also cite another example closer to home for me. A former King County executive, Ron Sims, African-American man, man of the cloth, spoke to a reporter recently and said, “I have been stopped eight times by the police. And invariably the question seems to be ‘What are you doing here?'” Do white members of our community get that kind of treatment? In blunt terms, it is racist. It’s a racist action on the part of an officer, if he or she does not have reasonable suspicion that a person has committed, is committing or is about to commit a crime. That’s what the law says. And yet that law is systematically defied by police across this country in unlawful search-and-seizure, stop-and-frisk situations.
But there’s also systemic racism. It goes back as far as the institution. And I know President Obama made reference to the long history, the centuries-old history, of the relations between police and community, and particularly communities of color. Policing in this country has its origins in the slave patrols. And from decade to decade, generation to generation, there are still police officers in this country who act with superiority, who act in a very authoritarian, very dominant way. Part of that is their training, and only some of that, by the way, takes place in the academy. Most of it takes place in the locker room or in the front seat of a police car, when the senior officer tells the junior officer, “Forget what they taught you in the academy. You’re in the real world now.”
AMY GOODMAN: I also wanted to ask you about the people who are arrested, the people who are filming these police attacks on civilians, the police killings. Yesterday on Democracy Now!, we had this extraordinary show. First we spoke to Abdullah Muflahi. He’s the man who owns the Triple S supermarket in Baton Rouge, who was a friend of Alton Sterling, who sold CDs outside. He came outside his store quickly. He saw what was happening to Alton. He took out his cellphone, started filming. Right afterwards, after the police killed Alton, they arrested the owner of the store, Abdullah Muflahi, and they went into his store without a warrant, and they took out not only the video that the store had, they took the entire video camera. And then we spoke to Chris LeDay. He had posted online the second video of the police killing of Alton Sterling. He’s a 12-year Air Force veteran. He works on a military base outside Atlanta. He comes to work, and he is surrounded by police. He is first handcuffed, then he is shackled. He is put in an orange jumpsuit. He is held for 26 hours. He kept saying, “What are you arresting me for?” And one police officer said, “You fit the profile.” And he said, “You have to finish the sentence. I fit the profile of what?” Ultimately, he was charged with not paying old traffic fines. Can you talk about what happens to those who document the crimes?
NORM STAMPER: Well, what happens to those who document these crimes is exactly what happened to those individuals in Baton Rouge.
This is a good time for me to insert a really important point, and that is, we have some wonderful police officers—sensitive, empathetic, compassionate—who, if they harbor racist or homophobic or sexist bones in their body, have learned to manage themselves, have learned to calm things down, to de-escalate, to defuse tense situations. They’re worth their weight in gold. And they need to be recognized. They need to be appreciated.
But we have altogether too many officers that police chiefs and sheriffs are fond of calling bad apples. Well, when you get as many bad apples as we seem to see in police work today, it’s time to examine the barrel. It is time to look at the entire orchard and to recognize that even a fresh apple placed into that toxic environment is going to turn bad.
So, as we look at, for example, a police officer being questioned about—a police officer questioning others, a police officer behaving very aggressively, if not unlawfully, toward individuals, a police officer shooting and killing someone unjustifiably, to see some—to see a fellow American filming that, snapping shots, filming it, audio, in some cases, is a—should be a source of comfort to many of us in the community. It is completely, 100 percent lawful for an American to do what those Americans did.
Now, here’s what I’m sure the police are saying: “We were evidence gathering. We had information that somebody captured this, so we’re to go after that evidence.” And there’s nothing wrong with gathering evidence. The question is: To what end are you going to put that evidence, and how did you gather it? It is unlawful, by definition, to engage in illegal searches and seizures. The Constitution of the United States, the secular Bible of the land, tells police officers what they can and cannot do. And right now, a whole bunch of them are doing things that, by law, they cannot do.
AMY GOODMAN: Very quickly, Norm Stamper, I wanted to ask you—last year, the large California-based affiliate of the United Auto Workers said they wanted the International Union of Police Associations kicked out of the union federation, claiming police have, quote, “utilized union resources to defend brutality and anti-Blackness.” The International Union of Police Associations is still in the AFLCIO. But what is your response to that, the role of police unions?
NORM STAMPER: Well, those who have read my first book understand that I’ve said I’m a labor guy through and through. I get goosebumps when I hear Joe Hill. My kin from Kentucky come out of coal mining. I am a pro-labor human being. But I draw the line at police unions. I think far too often they have shielded racist and brutal and trigger-happy police officers. I get their role to defend their fellow officers, but they do it in such a way that communicates to the community we’re going to circle the wagons, we’re going to do anything and everything we can to protect this lawbreaker.
I think it’s time for national standards, by the way, Amy. I think it’s essential that we recognize that policing is largely unsupervised in this country. There are no national standards—18,000 police departments, one Constitution. What does that tell you? It tells me that systematic violation of the Constitution is only rarely addressed in a Department of Justice investigation. Better to set national standards, certify all police officers and their agencies, and decertify those so they can’t go from Seattle, if they get fired, to NYPD the next day, which does happen. We need national standards.
                                                                                                                        
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Follow CP on Twitter for state, national and world news headlines. https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1 Check out my Facebook page for daily news commentary. https://www.facebook.com/david.samuels.948   Listen to WQTQ 89.9 FM for CP’s public service announcements on our racial justice initiatives https://www.facebook.com/wqtqfm and So-Metro Radio the first, third and fifth Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM for commentary on urban issues http://www.sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog (https://hendu39.wordpress.com/) for the complete archive of CP columns and Northend Agent’s archive for selected columns (http://www.northendagents.com/). Contact us at 860-206-8879 or info.community.party@gmail.com  

Political Roundup: Eric Coleman Update/Baton Rouge Police Attack/Former Cop Speaks Out

July 22, 2016
 by David Samuels
This column appears in the July 21 – 28 edition of the Hartford News…
Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays on the Tuesdays that we’re not on live and every Wednesday, same time. Next show: August 2. Guests: Josh Elliott, candidate for Connecticut State Representative. Missouri police reform activist Toni Taylor.  http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/
Community Party Radio Podcasts
Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative
Check out CP’s No Sellout blog Election 2016 Candidate Tracker for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation to his campaign. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/
Special Message
Violence against police officers only HURTS the movement for police reform. There are cops who care about the community, and are speaking out against racism, brutality and corruption. This movement is supposed to be about STOPPING VIOLENCE! If you’re thinking about harming a member of law enforcement, STOP!    .
Mandatory Police Body Cameras
Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Sen. Eric Coleman has not responded to the Community Party’s call for him to introduce a bill in 2017, which would make it mandatory for all police officers in Connecticut to wear body cameras. We have contacted him on Facebook, and via email. I’m one of Coleman’s constituents. Ironically last week I received a mailer from Coleman with the heading “Fairness & Equality Under the Law”. There is a picture of Coleman speaking at a University of Hartford event on race relations in Connecticut. Coleman personifies the Democrats’ attitude regarding the police violence issue: plenty of lip service, but no interest in REAL police reform. Young Black males are 21 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than white males. We will continue to demand that Coleman walk the walk, and implement legislation that will protect communities of color. My colleague Mary Sanders said it best. “This has been another brutal year for people of color and I would hope CT legislators have seen enough to finally take appropriate preventive action. Hopefully we’ll be able to work with our co-chairs, instead of around them this next session.”  Stay tuned.
 Facebook Conversation on Baton Rouge
These comments were posted on Sen. Gary Winfield’s Facebook page last Sunday.

Nick Gauthier When a system forces people into bondage, kicks them and shoots them when they’re being held down (sometimes literally), and removes all peaceful means to challenge such injustice, then violent resistance is inevitable. Unjust systems of governance, such as ours, are eventually reformed and those at the top are the ones who choose whether those reforms can occur peacefully, by opening democratic avenues of resistance and change, or violently, by responding to those with legitimate grievances with violent suppression enforced by a militaristic police state.

Side note: The point still stands regardless of the details of this specific incident.

David Samuels   Exactly.
David Samuels Nick’s comment should be pasted onto the forehead of every legislator in the Connecticut General Assembly who has engaged in obstruction on the police reform issue. The Democratic controlled legislature annually kills bills submitted by Mary L. Sanders and I. The cowardice of elected officials has brought us to this point. They thought that lip service about ‘coming together’ would put a lid on the rage in communities of color, and allow the status quo to remain. They were wrong. I condemn any attacks on police officers. I wish that elected officials had seen the warning signs in Baltimore, Ferguson and as far back as Los Angeles back in 1992 following the Rodney King verdict, and realized that we were headed to what now appears to be a war in the streets. Police in the United States kill at a rate of 70 times more than all other ‘first world’ nations. At least 37 people have been killed by police in the U.S. this month, which is more than the total number of people killed by police in Britain since the year 2000. 585 people have been killed by police in this country in 2016.
Mary L. Sanders I believe they did see the warning signs David Samuels – unfortunately they opted to increase their suppression with more weapons, less tolerance, and more incarceration if not brutality. Not saying all cops are down with that … but unfortunately the fallout for challenging the system is too much for many to risk. That goes for both the elected officials and cops.

David Samuels Exactly. Easier to give lip service and do nothing.

Mary L. Sanders As for the cops, they risk their livelihood – the lawmakers risk political capital, committee assignments and reelection.
David Samuels Police in Britain killed 0 people in 2013, 1 person in 2014. Police in Canada killed 14 people in 2014. Police in China, a dictatorship 41/2 times the size of the U.S., killed 12 people in 2014. Police in the U.S. killed 1140 people last year.
Mary L. Sanders   “What we allow, is what will continue.”
David Samuels Time to examine law enforcement policies in other countries, and implement REAL change to policies here. Continuing to prop up the current system clearly is not working.
This week we’ll share Part 1 of a Democracy Now! interview with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, who is speaking out against police violence. Check out the DN website.  http://www.democracynow.org/
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                                                        Ex Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols
NERMEEN SHAIKH: On Wednesday, President Obama met at the White House with law enforcement officials and civil rights leaders. President Obama hosted the meeting one week after the police—fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the killing of five police officers by a sniper in Dallas.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The roots of the problems we saw this week date back not just decades, date back centuries. There are cultural issues, and there are issues of race in this country, and poverty and a whole range of problems that will not be solved overnight. But what we can do is to set up the kinds of respectful conversations that we’ve had here, not just in Washington, but around the country, so that we institutionalize a process of continually getting better.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: While the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile made national headlines, they were not isolated incidents. According to a count by The Guardian, at least 37 people have been killed by police in the United States so far this month. That’s more than the total number of people killed by police in Britain since the year 2000. Overall, police in the United States have killed a total of 585 people so far this year.
AMY GOODMAN: After Wednesday’s summit, President Obama said the nation is “not even close” to resolving issues between police and the communities they serve.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We’re going to have to do more work together in thinking about how we can build confidence that after police officers have used force, and particularly deadly force, that there is confidence in how the investigation takes place and that justice is done.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, our next guest writes, quote, “American policing is in crisis. … Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are two of the most recent casualties in what has become a deadly epidemic.” It may surprise you to learn who wrote those words—not a Black Lives Matter activist, but a former big city police chief. Norm Stamper is the former police chief of Seattle, Washington. He joins us now from Los Angeles, California. His new book, To Protect and to Serve: How to Fix America’s Police. He recently wrote an article for Time magazine called “Police Forces Belong to the People.” His previous book headlined Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing.
Norm Stamper, welcome back to Democracy Now! As you look at what happened in the last week alone, not to mention what has happened in the years since you were the chief of police in Seattle, what are your comments about how police are trained to deal with communities of color?
NORM STAMPER: You know, the training of police officers is a very prominent theme in the conversation about police reform, and it’s, of course, very, very important. But there are much deeper and important issues, as far as I’m concerned, namely those associated with the institution itself, the structure of the organization, the culture that arises out of that structure. It’s paramilitary. It’s bureaucratic. It insulates and isolates police officers from the communities that they are here to serve.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: So what would you say, Norm Stamper, are some of the systemic problems of police violence? And what do you think has led to—you referred to the paramilitary nature of the police forces now. What do you think accounts for that?
NORM STAMPER: I think what accounts for it—there are several factors, one of which is that in 1971 Richard Nixon famously proclaimed drugs public enemy number one—drug abuse—and declared all-out war on drugs, which was really a declaration of war against his own people. And overwhelmingly, young people, poor people, people of color suffered, and have continued to suffer over the decades as a result of a decision to put America’s front-line police officers on the front lines of the drug war as foot soldiers. And then we wonder why there’s such a strain in the relationship between police and community, and particularly those communities that are entrenched in poverty and other economic disadvantage, communities that historically have been neglected or abused or oppressed by their own police departments. So we really intensified and escalated the country’s war against poor people with that drug war. And we have spent $1.3 trillion prosecuting that war since the 1970s, incarcerated literally tens of millions. Please hear that figure: tens of millions of disproportionately young people and poor people and people of color. What do we have to show for it? Drugs are more readily available at lower prices and higher levels of potency. It’s time for us to end that drug war. That began the militarization of policing, without a doubt.
9/11 is another milestone, for obvious reasons. The federal government began throwing military surplus at local law enforcement agencies, such that, in terms of how they look, in terms of how they’re equipped, in terms of how they are weaponized, America’s police forces look more like the military than domestic peacekeepers.
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Next week: Part 2.
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REPLAY WEDNESDAY: Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

July 18, 2016

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio Replay Wednesday. Co-host Mary L. Sanders and I will discuss the police killings of ‪#‎AltonSterling‬, ‪#‎PhilandoCastile‬ and ‪#‎DelrawnSmall‬, and the attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Bernie Sanders supporter Dan Durso will join us for a preview of the Democratic National Convention July 25-28 in Philadelphia. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Replays on Tuesdays we aren’t on live, and every Wednesday.
http://www.sometroradio.com/

Resources
Community Party Radio interview with former LAPD officer Alex Salazar (two parts): 
https://www.spreaker.com/user/thebwegroup/community-party-radio-hosted-by-david-sa_5
  
https://www.spreaker.com/user/thebwegroup/community-party-radio-hosted-by-david-sa_6
Police in the US Kill Citizens at Over 70 Times the Rate of Other First-World Nations:
 FULL SPEECH: Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. Republican National Convention
Walker Report: Baltimore Police Union Contract Impedes Accountability:
Community Party Sandra Bland Police Reform & Economic Justice Plan:
 

 

 


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