June 2016

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Sanders and Clinton to Meet Tuesday in Washington

BURLINGTON, VT. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Sunday that he will meet on Tuesday with Hillary Clinton and planned to discuss whether she would “stand up forcefully for working families and be prepared to take on Wall Street and the big money interests.” Sanders also said he hoped Democrats at their national convention this summer in Philadelphia would adopt “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party” including support for providing health care for all Americans, making public colleges and universities tuition free and addressing the global crisis of climate change. On ABC’s “This Week,” …

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A Major Latino Coalition Just Called For An End To The Death Penalty

he National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 40 prominent Latino organizations, this week joined the growing, bipartisan list of groups calling for the end of the death penalty, noting that Latinos are “directly affected by its injustices.” For the first time ever, the NHLA Public Policy Agenda includes positions on drug policy and criminal justice and policing reforms. Perhaps most notably, the groups unanimously agreed to support abolition of capital punishment, a practice they say “disproportionately impacts people of color.” “The criminal justice system is so broken, there will never be an impartial way to apply capital punishment …

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The Fight For 15 Movement Clinches A Victory In The Nation’s Capital

On Tuesday, the Washington, D.C. city council voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020 — a bill that Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) says she’ll sign into law. That makes the nation’s capital the latest place to embrace the wage floor that has been championed by a growing movement of fast food and other low-wage workers. In 2012, fast food workers in New York City went on strike for the first time ever, demanding they be paid at least $15 an hour and also given the right to form a …

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Criminal injustice in Texas: Thousands stay jailed in just one county because they can’t pay bail — and it’s happening all over the U.S

What happens if you get arrested in Harris County, Texas? If you’re charged with a minor misdemeanor, like 22-year-old Maranda ODonnell, who was charged in May for driving with an invalid license, the officer that arrested you calls the assistant district attorney that’s on duty, who decides, usually over the phone, whether to charge you or let you go. If they decide to charge you, as they did with ODonnell, they determine how much your bail will be. If you can pay it, you’re immediately released, without even being booked into the jail. If you can’t pay, you’re booked. The …

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The Struggle Continues

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – To chants of “Bernie or Bust,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told a roaring crowd of supporters on Tuesday that he will carry his White House campaign and their fight for a political revolution to this summer’s Democratic National Convention. “The struggle continues,” he declared to the loudest cheers of the night in the climax of the speech. He said he would campaign in next Tuesday’s final primary in Washington, D.C., the last contest in the nationwide series of primaries and caucuses that began last winter in Iowa and New Hampshire. “Then we are going to take …

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The Struggle Continues

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – To chants of “Bernie or Bust,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told a roaring crowd of supporters on Tuesday that he will carry his White House campaign and their fight for a political revolution to this summer’s Democratic National Convention. “The struggle continues,” he declared to the loudest cheers of the night in the climax of the speech. He said he would campaign in next Tuesday’s final primary in Washington, D.C., the last contest in the nationwide series of primaries and caucuses that began last winter in Iowa and New Hampshire. “Then we are going to take …

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‘Enormous Optimism’ for America’s Future, Sanders Says

SAN FRANCISCO – Capping his California campaign with an upbeat message, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday surveyed 10,500 cheering supporters under a fog-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge and told them they are his inspiration for a better America. “As I look out and see so many people who love this nation but know that we can be so much more it gives me enormous optimism about our future,” Sanders said. The rally here at Crissy Field was the last in a weeks-long campaign march up and down California. Since mid-May, more than 227,000 supporters turned out at 39 rallies from …

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‘Enormous Optimism’ for America’s Future, Sanders Says

SAN FRANCISCO – Capping his California campaign with an upbeat message, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday surveyed 10,500 cheering supporters under a fog-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge and told them they are his inspiration for a better America. “As I look out and see so many people who love this nation but know that we can be so much more it gives me enormous optimism about our future,” Sanders said. The rally here at Crissy Field was the last in a weeks-long campaign march up and down California. Since mid-May, more than 227,000 supporters turned out at 39 rallies from …

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Sanders Campaign Statement

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ spokesman, Michael Briggs, on Monday issued the following statement: “It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer. “Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then. They include more than …

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Sanders Campaign Statement

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ spokesman, Michael Briggs, on Monday issued the following statement: “It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer. “Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then. They include more than …

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To Pay for Subsidies to Massive Corporations, States Are Waging War on Poor Families

To witness the consequences of a political system captured by and utterly subservient to the interests of organized wealth, take a quick look at the state of Oklahoma. There we see the embodiment of the economic trends that have, over the past several decades, harmed working families and lifted the wealthiest: While providing a windfall of cash to special interests, particularly big oil, the state is cutting education and slashing funds allocated for the earned income tax credit, widely recognized as one of the more effective anti-poverty programs. As the state cuts benefits for the poor, “Oklahoma’s tax breaks for …

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Declaración de la Campaña de Sanders sobre los Centros de Votación en Puerto Rico

SAN DIEGO – Este domingo la campaña del Senador Bernie Sanders emitió la siguiente declaración sobre las largas filas en los centros de votación durante las elecciones de las primarias presidenciales del Partido Demócrata en Puerto Rico: “Algunos funcionarios demócratas de Puerto Rico están afirmando que la campaña de Sanders pidió un número menor de colegios de votación en la contienda de las primarias de hoy. Eso es completamente falso. La realidad es totalmente diferente. En los correos electrónicos intercambiados con el Partido Demócrata, los funcionarios de Sanders pidieron al partido que mantuvieran disponibles más de 1,500 colegios de votación …

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Declaración de la Campaña de Sanders sobre los Centros de Votación en Puerto Rico

SAN DIEGO – Este domingo la campaña del Senador Bernie Sanders emitió la siguiente declaración sobre las largas filas en los centros de votación durante las elecciones de las primarias presidenciales del Partido Demócrata en Puerto Rico: “Algunos funcionarios demócratas de Puerto Rico están afirmando que la campaña de Sanders pidió un número menor de colegios de votación en la contienda de las primarias de hoy. Eso es completamente falso. La realidad es totalmente diferente. En los correos electrónicos intercambiados con el Partido Demócrata, los funcionarios de Sanders pidieron al partido que mantuvieran disponibles más de 1,500 colegios de votación …

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Sanders Campaign Statement on Puerto Rico Polling Places

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign issued the following statement Sunday on long lines at polling places in Puerto Rico’s Democratic Party presidential primary election: “Some Puerto Rico Democratic officials are claiming that the Sanders campaign requested fewer polling places in today’s primary contest. That’s completely false. The opposite is true. In emails with the party, Sanders’ staff asked the party to maintain the 1,500 plus presidential primary locations promised by the Puerto Rico Democratic party in testimony before the DNC in April, when the party was asking to have its caucus changed to a primary. They cannot …

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