I did get involved and canvass for Bernie Sanders here in North Carolina. Oddly, the Sanders Campaign never got in touch and worked with the Progressive HKonJ/Moral Monday grassroots progressive movement we have had going here for three years. I found that rather odd given that the head of the this movement is Reverend William Barber II who is also on the National Board from the NAACP, whose local office was about a block down the street from the Sanders Campaign HQ. And when I canvassed in African American neighborhoods, very few people had heard of Sanders beyond “old white guy” and “socialist.” They had no idea of his record of Civil Rights going all the way back to college.
And here are some of his recent statements plus his legislative record.
It’s been very strange in the South how Sanders’ record never got out to the people, that his campaign never worked with the local existing Progressive movements.
Until this surfaced: Breaking: Report Of High Level DNC Infiltration In N. Carolina Sanders Campaign
Not only did the North Carolina division of the Sanders campaign not reach out to these groups, when these groups reached out to them, they were blocked. Also, movement in the NC Sanders campaign was very last minute. I mean, despite local groups meeting since he announced his candidacy, nothing was done to organize or supply these groups with materials until a little over a week before the primary. We were scrambling at the last minute, and that’s too late. People have made up their mind before then.
Now, I thought Hillary (and her daughter) lying about Sanders stances on the ACA/ObamaCare was bad enough. (Sanders has never stated he wanted to dismantle ObamaCare before he has a Universal Healthcare plan in place. After all, he contributed to it.) But her campaign has gone far beyond simple false rhetoric.
They and the Republicans have gotten into serious dirty pool.
The disaster with the polling places and registrations in Arizona, a conservative state, that seems to have especially targeted Maricopa County which has large African American and Latino American populations.
A friend of mine in California who has lived at the same address for 16 years (and voted mostly Democrat in almost every election) just discovered that his name had disappeared from the rolls.
If your state primary is coming up, check your voter registration status immediately here.
Remember that your primaries go beyond who is running for President. It also contains the primaries for your national and state legislators. And what happens at the state level has a lot more effect on your daily life than the national level.
Such as this little gem just passed by North Carolina’s veto-proof Republican state legislature (with a Republican Governor ready to sign off on it) which goes far beyond where people go to the bathroom.
I do not have much fear of this bill as I did not when NC voted to ban Same Sex Marriage. Amendment 14, Section 1 of the Constitution states:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
You cannot discriminate against a community based on their sexuality. You cannot deny rights and protection to one group, any group, that you give to everyone else. That is why all the state level Same Sex Marriage bans were overturned so quickly. They were blatantly UnConstitutional, as is this law.
Vote! I don’t care who you vote for, just get out on your state’s primary/caucus day and vote!