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here’s a thread on just how intertwined disability issues are to Black issues and how, even if you’re not disabled, you as a Black or brown person NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO DISABILITY ISSUES.

And look at anything that says something is “for the disabled” with a
Magnifying glass.

A lot of evil and shady shit goes down under the guise of protecting disabled people. Many rarely give it a second thought. People think of disabled issues as “niche” or freestanding from any other form of advocacy, but that is FAR from the truth.
Some of the most blatant examples are #FightFor15, Voting and, now, Covid 19.

Let’s start with #FightFor15, because it’s going to blow your mind.

So, a lot of you support a raise to the minimum wage and recognize that it’s current state primarily affects Black and brown
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#Defundthepolice. Its a phrase that is controversial. Lets examine it's merits. 1st lets look at a scenario that I'm going to pull out of thin air:
A young man from the lower socioeconomic class graduates from high school.
He doesn't have money for college or trade school, so he gets a low skilled job paying minimum wage. That minimum wage isn't enough to live on, so he gets another low wage job (#fightfor15). Living on the bottom rung of the "hard knock life" like this is hard on a person.
How many people can make it working 80 plus hours a week for peanuts? So, eventually he hits some more tough times, as is life, he gets fired from one of his jobs (right to work), or he is arrested for Marijuana use (#legalize_it),
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Happy #BookBirthday to @StephanieKelton on the publication of her long-awaited "The Deficit Myth," a book that could NOT be more timely in this moment of massive structural unemployment and trillions of free money for the wealthiest among us.

Kelton is one of the leading proponents of #ModernMonetaryTheory, which describes how money actually works, as a series of accounting flows, and makes some profound observations about the implications of understanding how government spending actually works.

I've written about Kelton's work before:…

But here's the shortest possible summary I can give:

Money ISSUERS (sovereign states) have a different relationship to money and debt than money USERS (everyone else: people, companies, local governments).

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There's a terrible paradox at work in the mass unemployment created by the pandemic. We know that there is more than enough work for every human alive today and for the next 2-300 years, addressing the climate emergency.

That was true before the pandemic. What's changed is that tens of millions of workers in the USA and hundreds of millions worldwide have lost their jobs, and there is no demand from the private sector for their labor.

Our system relies on markets to create jobs, on the grounds that this is the most efficient way to employ people.

Today, millions of people face long-term unemployment (with the physical and mental-health tolls that come with it).

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Never mind what the insiders & powerbrokers tell you, if you’re SERIOUS about solving Michigan’s problems, @BernieSanders is THE ONLY real choice for
- union rights
- healthcare
- racial justice
- education
- Great Lakes protection
And SO many more...

A thread:

Nobody stands with unions like @BernieSanders. He opposed NAFTA, recognizing it would fundamentally destroy our manufacturing economy by giving corporations carte Blanche to exploit foreign labor.

He came to Detroit to picket w/ @UAW & helped put #Fightfor15 on the map.

Even after our “comeback,” economists estimate we lost 250K jobs during the recession that are NEVER coming back.

Why? Wall St played fast & loose w/ our economy.

@BernieSanders wants to hold them accountable so it never happens again.

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If elected, you/@GOP won't hold employers of these low wage jobs that don't provide good benefits or pensions accountable, you just want Blacks mad at Latinos. You don't support Reparations for Blacks, #Fightfor15 or closing the #RacialWealthGap. #BlackPolitics #BlackVote #ADOS
Those poultry jobs @jamestulp talked about don't fix the #WageGap

More Than Half of Black and Latino Workers Are Paid Less Than $15 an Hour…
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The spy plane is just part of the big fucking lie that Baltimore doesn’t have the resources to solve its own problems. We came up with a transit solution. @GovLarryHogan canceled it. We passed #FightFor15. @MayorPugh50 vetoed it.
We had a $22M surplus from transfer and recordation fees in FY18. Board of Estimates voted to give it to @BaltimorePolice for OT. We have a $32M surplus this year. @CouncilPresBMS and @mayorbcyoung are at an impasse because they’re running against each other.
We give TIFF and capital investments to luxury developers rather than invest directly in communities as the Fair Development Roundtable proposed in its 20/20 Vision for Fair Development that Mayor Pugh called “the Bible” when she ran for office, then ignored
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To be clear #KamalaHarris started off as a prosecutor specializing in sexual assault cases and has for 3 decades been a staunch advocate for survivors. She pledged to end the nationwide rape kit backlog as POTUS as she did as AG. This op-ed made no mention of that. #TimesUp2020
"Sexual violence is a national problem that deserves a national response"<-- This is precisely what #KamalaHarris proposed months before the article was written with her national response to the rape kit backlog. #TimesUp2020 #MeToo
#KamalaHarris also repeatedly drew attention to and showed solidarity (in person and online) with McDonald's workers who are fighting for a workplace free from sexual harrassment. #TimesUp2020 #MeToo #DemDebate #FightFor15 #JusticeIsOnTheBallot
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BREAKING: @SheenBean32, the very first #FightFor15 worker to go on strike in St. Louis, is the projected winner of Missouri State Assembly's 78th District!
Rasheen first got involved with @show_me15 in 2013. Michael Brown was murdered in the Summer of 2014, and Rasheen went from a worker leader to a community organizer, and became the youngest member of the Ferguson commission.
In 2016 at the age of 22, @SheenBean32 won an election for Fifth Ward Democratic committeeman in St. Louis, becoming the youngest elected official in the history of the city of St. Louis. Throughout, he continued organizing workers and his community.
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How @BernieSanders' political director's life was transformed when her mom got a union job.

@Analilia_Mejia would go on to help lift millions from poverty in NJ's #FightFor15 victory..

(and have a son that looks like a baby @Trevornoah 🤣)

Amazing the impact of one mother's job had on millions others. Imagine a unionized workforce as @BernieSanders envisions across the country and the transformative echo that would have for generations. #1U
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The President lies and says Democrats "do nothing" in Congress.

@RealDonaldTrump, here's a reminder of the bills we've passed in the House #ForthePeople that await Senate action and your signature:
@realDonaldTrump H.R. 1, which would end the role of big money in politics, expand voting rights and ensure that public officials work for the people, not special interests.
@realDonaldTrump H.R. 8, which would close dangerous loopholes and require background checks for all gun sales.
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Yesterday, I found the worst thing #FightFor15 can see

The @DrinkBriggo robot barista

In San Francisco
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Thought experiment as an #artistforyang:
Let’s say I’m a 23 year old painter straight out of college.
Moved to NYC to follow my dream.
Oh no, rent is crazy!!? $1,100 for THAT? How am I going to afford this? With all other necessities, I need MINIMUM $2000/ month to survive!
With @SenSanders #FightFor15 min. wage:
I immediately pick up an office job. Restaurants pay less now, because servers have to report more tips to tax to hit the 15$ threshold.
I work full time at 40 hours/week, and make about $1700 / month after taxes.
Still not livable.
I pick up a part time job serving for that extra needed income. I work that job 12 hours / week, and make an extra 200/week.
Yay! Let’s get some cake, I’ve made enough to survive!!
....crap - I have no real time to paint now.
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I understand why #YangGang and #Bernie supporters don't get along.

1) @AndrewYang trusts people, whereas @BernieSanders trusts institutions. This is vital. Hence the #FreedomDividend puts $$$ directly into people's hands but #FJG/$15 makes people go through institutions for $$$
2) Yang is inherently capitalist, Sanders is inherently socialist. People who support Sanders want to totally upend the system. Us #YangGang want capitalism to work for us.
3) Yang has spent his entire career in the private sector, as opposed to Bernie who only has (extensive) govt experience. So Yang looks at #FightFor15 and thinks "This can hurt small businesses" and Sanders discovers that its hard to run a business.…
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As the proud Representative from #CA12, it is my honor to welcome #DNCSummer19 to San Francisco!

Mirroring our great Democratic Party, we are a city that values community, that believes our strength is in our beautiful diversity and that understands our unity is our power! – NP
#DNCSummer19 is a chance to celebrate the Democratic Party’s legacy as a source of bold, innovative action that has improved the lives of the American people.

But even more importantly, we are committed to keep marching forward toward an even better future for our country!
The stakes could not be higher. Just as we did in 2018, Democrats have made the decision to win in 2020!

It is not going to be easy. We have to be ready to take a punch, but we also have to be ready – and we are – to throw a punch. For the children! #DNCSummer19
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If we dispose of false left/right dichotomies, clear away Orwellian doublespeak and intellectual dishonestly, what remains is a striking picture of the moral, ethical & logical superiority of leftist values.
This image is now my profile header because the moral, ethical & logical superiority of leftist values, along with the clarity & righteous indignation that go along with it are exactly what is so desperately needed.

Let’s move left. #leftisbest
This will be a long-running thread on what it means to be a leftist within the context of traditional leftist values & ideals.
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Things that make @Mimirocah1's skin crawl:
- Medicare for all
- Abortion is healthcare
- No to invading Venezuela.
@Mimirocah1 Doh! If I were worth $5 million, that would make my skin crawl too! Imagine, having to paly slightly higher marginal tax rates so that the plebs don't have to die from insulin poisoning.
This is her husband. A true beneficiary of the revolving door between government and private law.

Here is an example of everything Bernie rails at.
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THIS is how you talk about a #RacistPresident.
For those asking, @LindseyBoylan is an exceptional new candidate for Congress in #NY10.

She helped lead the #FightFor15 in New York and secured hundreds of millions for public housing.

She accepts no corporate PAC or fossil fuel $.

More here:
If we have any hope of defeating Trump and his extremist GOP cronies, we'll need to fill the Democratic Party with bold, unapologetic progressive voices like Lindsey's. We'll never win the fight against racism and xenophobia with mealy-mouthed "centrism."

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In the coming months, I'll be tweeting regularly about @LindseyBoylan, whose team I've joined as a senior adviser.

I've worked with many prominent political figures, and Lindsey is among the most principled, smart, and dedicated.

Her achievements are extremely impressive:

Wellesley and Columbia Business School grad.

Helped secure hundreds of millions for underfunded public housing in NY and was instrumental in creating new job growth. Helped lead the #FightFor15.

More here:
#LindseyBoylan was out front in calling for #impeachment.

We will NEVER defeat GOP/Trumpian authoritarianism if we don't overhaul the Democratic Party with new leaders (women and women of color) who will stand up to autocrats, not cave to them.…
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I'm joining @LindseyBoylan's campaign as a senior adviser. She's a principled progressive who has called on Dem leaders to #ImpeachTrumpNow. Wellesley & Columbia Business School grad, daughter of a Marine and of a working mom. Helped lead the #Fightfor15 in NY.
Very excited to be part of a congressional campaign that will help overhaul the Democratic Party and put moral courage and principle over politics.

As Dems, We will NEVER save our democracy if we cave to the GOP's extremism and authoritarianism.…
#LindseyBoylan is the kind of leader who has spent her life DOING, not just talking.

See for yourself and please consider following her and being a part of her campaign:

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One of the least talked about aspects of our political landscape over the last 5 years is the Democrats’ drastic move left.

Every topic moved left: immigration, abortion, healthcare, welfare, etc.

The graph from the New York Times below proves this drastic shift. #DebateNight
Let’s take a deeper dive into this drastic shift. First, immigration:

Obama in 2007: "It has become an extraordinary problem... [Americans] are seeing their own economic position slip away."

Today, Dems want to decriminalize border crossings.
On abortion: In 2010, Obama signed an executive order preserving the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer money to fund abortions.

Most democrats in today’s field are vehemently calling for the appeal of the Hyde Amendment.
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Trick question: Which slices of this pie would benefit most from $1,000/month?

If so many people benefit, why are the detractors obsessed with groups that don't even make a dark line on the chart?

#YangGang #BasicIncome #FreedomDividend @AndrewYang
If your argument is against #FreedomDividend or #BasicIncome because "something, something, people in the black part of this graph," then why are you willing to hold back 88% of the nation over it? It took me a while to compile this visualization, but opposition seems petty.
Clearly, I feel for the "working poor," but they are this many of us. Less than 4% work 40+hrs/week and earn below the poverty line. If a policy will benefit them ... AND another 84% of the nation significantly, then which is the better policy? #MATH
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🔥 @BernieSanders is LIVE in Warren, Michigan 🔥
Professor Craig Regester talks about how we win Michigan #BernieInWarren
"In Detroit, when we come up, we bring our community with us. Our community is vast and inclusive. Let's live together, let's thrive together, and with @BernieSanders, let's change our nation together" Monique Becker #BernieInWarren
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I have some words to say regarding a lowered wage for people under the age of 18. I have real life experience and some pretty harsh opinions on why this isn't a good idea and why this isn't a fair idea.
#ableg #abpoli #abvote #FightFor15 #abndp #UCP
Point #1. I was on my own paying rent, utilities, food, clothing & transportation when I was 16. My rent, utilities, food, clothing and transportation was NOT at reduced cost because of my age so why should my wage have been reduced because of my age?
Unless we don't care about putting vulnerable people in poverty and holding them there? Unless we don't care about all people in society and if they have the ability to meet their basic needs?
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