Bernie Sanders in Indy

Aug 21st, 2017, just an hour or so after the solar eclipse, Bernie Sanders’ spoke to a crowd in Indianapolis on Monument Circle. Bill Breeden and I went to hear him speak.

I didn’t have press credentials so I shoot from the front of the crowd, while it was raining.

Indiana AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies spoke and United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones spoke.

If you don’t understand what is wrong with America and why full employment in Indiana with minimum wage jobs is not the answer, then you ought to listen to what these folks are saying.

Bill hoped to get a chance to speak to Bernie which is immortalized here by Fox 59 in Indianapolis. Not surprising the coverage is not sympathetic, or illuminating. What is surprising to me is the slightly hostile (or is it condescending) attitude of the reporter and the very inept quality of the audio recording of Bernie. I guess Bernie doesn’t rate the ‘A’ team. Although I usually advise against polluting my mind with Fox reporting I’ll make an exception in this case. Here is a link: Fox 59 coverage.

NUVO coverage can be found Here!

Disavowing “White Supremacy”

In his classic dystopian novel, It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis wrote: “When fascism comes to America, it will come carrying a cross and wrapped in the flag.” He should have said two flags, or perhaps three. The fascists who invaded Charlottesville carried the flag of the Nazis, the flag of the Confederacy, and also the Stars and Stripes. The latter was the height of hypocrisy. The torch-bearing mob believed not in “Liberty and justice for all,” but rather in fascism, racism, and all that the Stars and Bars (the Confederate flag) and the Swastika represent. They diminish the honor of those who fought to preserve democracy and the worth and dignity of every person.

As citizens of Indiana in District 46 we recognize that hate groups including the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and others associated with white nationalists’ ideology are active in our state. Encouraged by the moral bankruptcy of President Trump these groups are working to advance their political agenda and attempting to intimidate anyone who disagrees with them. Our forefathers fought and died to free our nation from the scourge of hate that these people represent. Sadly the events in Charlottesville Virginia prove that these groups are a clear and present danger to a peaceful law abiding society.

The Illinois State Senate has passed a resolution instructing police agencies to designate all white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations. We call on our Indiana General Assembly to do the same. We demand our elected representatives of the people of Owen County and Indiana District #46 support such a resolution. It is time to be clear that Indiana will not be silent in the face of fascism.

Sign the petition

We hope you will join us in speaking out and sign our petition. It is hosted on the Owen County Democratic Website (Link to Petition Here!) We will accept signatures from the website and at the next Democratic Club Meeting Sept. 19th at Democratic Headquarters (152 E. Jefferson St. Spencer, IN) to gather signatures. We will deliver petitions to our representatives; Senator Eric Bassler, Senator Roderic Bray, Representative Bob Heaton, and Representative Jim Baird.

Finally I would like to note that Republicans in the Indiana Senate passed a Hate Crime Bill in 2016 which was not taken up by the leadership in the House. Republican Bob Heaton is the majority whip in the House, and is part of the leadership that decided not to consider the bill. Speaker Bosma has recently suggested hate crime legislation be reconsidered. We encourage Rep. Heaton to support such a measure.

Executive Order on Immigration

Madeleine Albright

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the executive order on
immigration and refugees that the President signed on
Friday. It bans Syrian refugees from entering our country,
suspends the entire refugee program for 120 days, cuts in
half the number of refugees we can admit, and halts all
travel from certain Muslim-majority countries.

I felt I had no choice but to speak out against it in the
strongest possible terms.

This is a cruel measure that represents a stark departure
from America’s core values. We have a proud tradition of
sheltering those fleeing violence and persecution, and have
always been the world leader in refugee resettlement. As a
refugee myself who fled the communist takeover of
Czechoslovakia, I personally benefited from this country’s
generosity and its tradition of openness. This order would
end that tradition, and discriminate against those fleeing a
brutal civil war in Syria.

There is no data to support the idea that refugees pose a
threat. This policy is based on fear, not facts. The refugee
vetting process is robust and thorough. It already consists
of over 20 steps, ensuring that refugees are vetted more
intensively than any other category of traveler.

The process typically takes 18-24 months, and is conducted
while they are still overseas. I am concerned that this
order’s attempts at “extreme vetting” will effectively halt
our ability to accept anyone at all. When the administration
makes wild claims about Syrian refugees pouring over our
borders, they are relying on alternative facts — or as I
like to call it, fiction.

The truth is that America can simultaneously protect the
security of our borders and our citizens and maintain our
country’s long tradition of welcoming those who have nowhere
else to turn. These goals are not mutually exclusive.
Indeed, they are the obligation of a country built by
immigrants.

Refugees should not be viewed as a burden or as potential
terrorists. They have already made great contributions to
our national life. Syrian refugees are learning English,
getting good jobs, buying homes, and starting businesses. In
other words, they are doing what other generations of
refugees — including my own — did. And I have no doubt
that, if given the opportunity, they will become an
essential part of our American fabric.

By targeting Muslim-majority countries for immigration bans
and by expressing a clear preference for refugees who are
religious minorities, there’s no question this order is
biased against Muslims. And when one faith is targeted, it
puts us all at risk.

I will never forget sailing into New York Harbor for the
first time and seeing the Statue of Liberty when I came here
as a child. It proclaims “give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” There is no
fine print on the Statue of Liberty, and today she is
weeping.

This executive order does not reflect American values. If
you agree, make your voice heard now:

https://my.ofa.us/Stand-Up-For-American-Values

Thanks,

Madeleine Albright
Former Secretary of State