Ready to Run is a bipartisan campaign and civic leadership training for women held in states across the country and here in New Jersey, it’s an initiative of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). The information and networking are first class, so attend if you can.
Ready to Run
Fri & Sat 18-19 March 2016
Douglass Student Center
New Brunswick, NJ
Get more information and register at cawp.rutgers.edu/ReadytoRun. If you need a partial scholarship, look for the link to apply – the earlier, the better as limited funds are available and awards are made on a rolling basis.
This illuminating, interactive report by Washington Post writers Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Narayanswamy looks at the relationships the Clintons have built and how legislation they have backed – and not backed – may tie in with those relationships.
This project is an effort to identify every known donor who contributed to support Bill and Hillary Clinton over their four decades in public life … (It)reveals how Bill and Hillary Clinton have methodically cultivated donors over 40 years, from Little Rock to Washington and then across the globe…
As an astute individual pointed out, these donors aren’t stupid and they all expect something in return for what they’ve given.
Note that small money donations were not counted in the Clinton’s $3 billion total as those donors aren’t identified by name in campaign finance reports.
I’d like to point out that Hillary’s strongest opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, has a completely different track record of relationships and donations: he’s clearly not a Big Money panderer. Sanders’ voting record also proves his belief in true democracy: which is governance of the people by the people. And, he’s been the high scorer in both Dem Debates so far.
I like to point out that money doesn’t elect candidates – votes do. We’ll find out if the adage I love proves true in the Bernie-Hillary face-off coming next spring.
This is a list of Bernie Sanders campaign activities and organizing tools for People of Color and allies in northern New Jersey (NNJ). It will be updated as resources and information become available. Please post your own addition as a comment and I’ll move entries to the main list as appropriate.
The Bernie Sanders for President is a decentralized campaign at this point. This means we should take a DIY approach and support each other’s activities locally. The national office has only a handful of paid staff dealing with people around the country, formulating the campaign strategy, pushing out messaging and physically supporting Sanders’s appearances.
If you would like to do some campaigning or campaign coordination in NNJ: you are welcome to support me, another organizer, or you can become an organizer in your own right. Contact me or indicate your interest in a comment and I’ll share whatever knowledge and information I can. I’m sure other organizers will do the same. We all want to win this thing.
Bernie Campaigning in North Jersey
Find and sign up to scheduled Sanders meetings and campaigning activities in list and map form. Note: most of the events shown are in NYC so mouseover specific map points to learn about NJ events (instead of scroll through the list).
Take public education: having promised when he was campaigning to take care of New Jersey’s teachers, after getting into office Christie proceeded to systematically destroy public ed, along with teachers’ and students lives and the bloodshed is far from over. Newark and Camden have been among the communities hardest hit.
Christie has now taken his assault to an entirely new level by wrangling a court victory for his refusal to fund state pensions. It seems clear that Christie wants to make sure that union workers – whose organizations finance Democratic candidate’s campaigns – won’t have comfortable lives or enough money to wage battle.
A divided New Jersey Supreme Court ruled June 9 that Gov. Chris Christie is not bound by a 2011 pension reform law that he championed and trumpeted as a highlight of his administration … The ruling, authored by Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, is a clear win for Christie, who will not be required to repay nearly $2.5 billion that he diverted from the pension system the last two years in order to balance the state’s budgets.
So, who is fighting GOP darling Christie? Civil rights groups are taking a bold stand against him for education, worker’s rights and the environment, aren’t they? Well, not exactly. Justice is why it seemed to be such a stunning betrayal of what the NAACP stands for when the New Jersey NAACP President secretly invited Chris Christie to keynote at the 2015 convention luncheon. Some members were appalled, citing damage Christie has caused to people of color in the Garden State. Daniel Hardwick of Camden told the Star-Ledger:
He’s abolished our school district. He’s disenfranchised 77,000 people of color. We no longer can vote for our school board, like all the other cities … So, Chris Christie? As keynote speaker? Everything he’s done is completely contrary to what our organization has fought for.
Christie’s traveling companion the day of the convention lunch was none other than New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, a Democrat. If you have asked yourself why Dems never take a stand against the harm Christie dishes out, the friendly relationship between these two gentlemen and between Dem Sen. Cory Booker and Christie, might be the answers you’ve been seeking. The friendship should cool now that Christie has shown the breadth of his considerable backside to Sweeney and union members over pension benefits … but will it? The GOP doesn’t rely on union votes to elect its candidates, but the Dems sure do. It seems high time for New Jersey’s Dem politicians to wake up and smell the coffee.
…Democrats who backed the (pension) reform law received criticism from the public-sector unions, who believed that their interests had been sacrificed for political gain.
But if immediate reaction to the ruling is any indication, Christie’s invitation to the Democratic leadership and the unions to resume pension reform talks might prove to be wishful thinking.
The cooperation of Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, was vital in reaching the 2011 agreement. But at a press conference held after the court’s ruling was released, he made it clear he was not open to further negotiations with Christie.
“I listen to the governor say come back to the table,” Sweeney said. “Who in their right mind would come back to a table and negotiate with someone that didn’t keep the first part of the deal?”
We can only pray that Sweeney’s state of mental health remains intact and that he has finally decided to advocate for the wellbeing and rights of the people who elected him.
You would think that a person in Christie’s situation would learn from past mistakes, but I guess after you’ve fallen a certain distance from grace self-correction becomes impossible. Christie’s camp is once again making the law all about our governor’s wishes instead of about legal precedent, common decency, responsibility to constituents or logic.
A state court in 2012 ruled that Sharpe James, the former Newark mayor, violated the law by spending $94,004 in campaign funds to fight fraud charges. The judge ordered James to repay the money, along with a $30,000 fine.
A pretty odd report by CBS News tries to show Obama in a bad light, but since there’s no legitimate criticism to report, the article ends up grudgingly praising the President’s stewardship of the nation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction. CBS points out that President Obama will shine if he simply takes good care of the nation in these difficult days – which Obama will of course do consummately well, because he’s an excellent manager and he cares – and laments that Romney as the non-encumbent can’t do much to counterbalance that.
“… working with President Obama on securing resources for the state has been great… The president has been all over this, and he deserves great credit,” Christie said. “He gave me his number at the White House and told me to call him if I needed anything, and he absolutely means it. It’s been very good working with the president and his administration. It’s been wonderful.”
President Obama and the governor spoke three times on Monday, Christie stated. “He asked me what I needed. I said if he could expedite the Major Disaster Declaration without all the normal FEMA mumbo-jumbo. He got right on it,” added Christie. “I got a call from FEMA at 2am… and then this morning I understand he signed the Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey.”
Obama is able to extend help to New Jersey because he has been rebuilding FEMA since Dubya Bush almost gutted the program during his presidency. In 2005, Eric Holdeman defended FEMA in a Washington Post opinion piece:
…the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina … makes it all the more difficult to understand why, at this moment, the country’s premier agency for dealing with such events – FEMA – is being, in effect, systematically downgraded and all but dismantled by the Department of Homeland Security.
Yet, despite the distress felt by so many today in the wake of Sandy’s impact and the overwhelming public gratitude of high-profile GOP darling Chris Christie, Romney refuses to back off the position that FEMA should be dismantled once and for all. Forbes is one of the growing number of organizations that has become displeased with Romney’s policies and is making no bones about saying so. Romney says that funding FEMA is irresponsible because the expense will leave future generations saddled with government debt. Forbes responds:
While it’s swell that Governor Romney is concerned about the future of our kids, at this very moment —as the densely populated Northeastern section of the USA is experiencing a catastrophic disaster at a result of Hurricane Sandy—I can tell you that millions of people in the line of this extraordinary and unprecedented storm are also very much concerned for their children. However, these folks do not have the luxury today of worrying about the future of their kids. The concern these people are experiencing is today..right now…immediate…and very, very real.
For these people, the need for FEMA is neither political nor abstract.
It’s become obvious that when Romney promotes the idea of small government, he’s talking about a federal government that’s too small to stop bad-ass rich guys like him from robbing the middle and working classes and destroying the land, and is also too small to help average Americans out when disaster strikes. Equally obvious: conservatives who did not sign up to support the social extremism that Romney and Ryan represent are increasingly distancing themselves from that message. In a telling recent vote of no-confidence, the Mormon-owned Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Obama, offering scathing criticism to Romney, who is a brother Mormon:
In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.
Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.
On the other side of the political spectrum, Donald Trump’s Tower windows are apparently too high for him to see that millions of people reeling from Sandy’s punishment have no time or patience for his silly pre-election attack on Obama. Trump sent out a Tweet today extending the deadline on his offer to donate $5 million to charity if Obama “shows” Trump his school transcripts and passport. Trump missed the memo that the FBI, CIA and Secret Service already checked all of that out for America. Sagely, our President hasn’t honored this selfish inanity with a response.
So, you might ask, what about Kimi – what’s her position in all of this? Well, I’m pretty happy today: my family was blessed with the good fortune of having lights and heat right through the storm. We weren’t directly affected by flooding and the prediction I made came true. I told a friend just before Sandy hit, “Wouldn’t it be excellent if the Obama signs remained standing during the storm while all of the Romney signs got swept away?” and this is exactly what happened – look!