LIVESTREAM: Black America Forum with Sen. Sanders

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  • commented 2016-02-14 20:55:04 -0600
    Raquel Martinez: I didn’t see why you say he blatantly lied. Just because he didn’t say slave or slavery, he certainly described the conditions that many are brought here that are having to live in….poverty wages, bussed to the fields or groves and working from dawn till dark….(saw them in Oregon and I would say they are living like slaves, they have to live several in one small house until they can afford to get something better) I lived and worked in Oregon and we were educators and renting a home till I could find one of my choosing, they wanted to see us in person and after told us they didn’t want those illegal aliens in their rentals. I was put off then but it was the truth, it is slave labor when you live and teach some of those kids and realize the conditions they live under. I can understand that Bernie doesn’t want people to live in those conditions and he is after the wealthy for bringing them in under those conditions. Don’t mean to sound rude but are you a Clinton supporter? If so, check her lies out but not at her website, but at many other sites, factchecking.
  • commented 2016-02-14 13:57:22 -0600
    I use to like what Bernie had to say, but after he blatantly LIED in the last debate, about why he voted against immigration reform in 2007. He USED LULAC as a reason. In 2007 he NEVER mentioned “slave” or “slavery” as a reason.

    What Bernie Sanders told Lou Dobbs in 2007 about why he opposed the Kennedy-McCain immigration bill

    Watch Bernie Sanders Agree with Lou Dobbs’ “Illegal Aliens” Rant
    In 2013, as Sanders was considering a bid for the Presidency, he changed his position and voted for a bill similar to the 2007 legislation — even as he reiterated the same talking points of opponents in 2007.
  • commented 2016-02-14 11:13:02 -0600
    I came here to see what comments PoC have and, as usual, it’s mostly white people bernie-splaining. Considering the long list of problems PoC face despite having a black president I can fully understand the rigorous hiring process they are putting all the candidates through. I love Bernie and look forward to voting for him, but by all means… Give him hell!
  • commented 2016-02-14 00:27:02 -0600
    Straight out of any good anarchist cookbook, Felicia Perry might want to let us know who would do a better job than Sanders.
    Any takers as to who her first choice might be?
    No really, I wanna know! If Bernie Sanders is SO BAD, in their opinion, then WHO IS the BEST CHOICE? They wanna tear a new one in Bernie, all these groups want their chance to get a piece of him, but no one else so I DEMAND to know who they think is the better choice.
  • commented 2016-02-13 02:48:25 -0600
    I want to tell you about senator sanders I am from vt yes it’s mostly white- in 1984 & 1988 senator sanders (then mayor) endorsed rev Jesse Jackson-when he ran for president sen sanders brought Jesse Jackson to Vt and campaigned with him there. I was 16 years old in 1988 when rev Jackson won the state of vt caucus I remember my dad telling me rev Jackson is our best chance at fixing our govt. and helping the working class now in 2016 people say sen sanders platform is radical , well it’s almost identical to rev jacksons platform 27 years ago. What’s happened in the last 27 years? Things have just gone from bad to worse, add in the privatization of prisons, NAFTA, welfare reform, candidates being financed by special interests- a candidate takes money and in return once in office scratch those same donors backs. All this while most Americans are breaking their backs. I was so excited when Obama won and during his victory speech when the camera panned to rev Jackson crying it made me cry because 19 years before rev Jackson ran with a far more progressive platform then Obama that to me is courage. I wish with all my heart Jackson had won , he did win vt why? B/c sanders told Vermonters who jackson was before we got the media spin. Vermonters judged Jackson by the content of his character no candidate will be brave enough to even present his platform b/c not one cadidate dem or rep isn’t Already bought & sold to the highest bidder
  • commented 2016-02-12 18:49:20 -0600
    to the responder who said that Bernie was a liar and critical of the president: reality is that there are times we are all disappointed when we think the president is doing the wrong thing. I still think he should have had wall st criminals held accountable for what they did to our economy. I was shocked when he appointed tim geitner , a wall st banker, to our treasury. I was bothered that President Obama didn’t stand up to the republicans more than he did….for a long time, he went beyond than what he should have. They were rude, crude, and unbelievable. I criticized the president when he pushed for the TPP and has continued to try and get it into law. I was shocked that he appointed Clinton to Secretary of State and I think after Libya he was angry that he lost that country to ISIS pretty much. Clinton tried to do the same with Syria and Obama stood firm….he was not repeating that mistake. Hey, he made mistakes…..a young president and while I criticized him, I still loved him and consider him the best president in my lifetime so far. Bernie was right, President Obama might have gone more left if he was facing an opponent. That is a fact. Look at Hillary. lol She has really changed her stances since dealing with the enthusiasm for Bernie. Now that doesn’t make Bernie a liar, it makes Hillary desperate. That is straight out of Hillary dirty politics. She did Obama terrible in the election of 2008, quietly releasing Obama’s pic in Africa and referring to muslim……when from Clinton’s campaign, Obama smoked pot and snorted cocaine. This was all from Clinton….that is the way the Clintons play. But to charge Bernie with this….I am seeing a Clinton troll here. That said, Bernie has defended Obama against the republicans and unfair criticism….he has criticized Obama when he thought he was making the wrong decision. We are not bound to shut our mouths and pretend all is good when it wasn’t. Of all people, Hillary should know that as she attacked his character, (drugs) and his Christianity (pic of Africa and being a muslim). Clintons’ records of how she saw the black community was obvious….black kids = super predators that needed to be locked up. Crime, gutting welfare, 3 strikes you’re out that killed some African americans and poor whites, and others… way to get help because we have a 2 tier justice system. But to charge Bernie with criticizing the president, that is a liberty otherwise, we have a dictatorship.
  • commented 2016-02-12 18:44:11 -0600
    One of the problems with being a left-wing politician in the federal government is the need to balance between radical and moderate positions. On the one hand it’s admirable that a senator from an almost white state cares a lot about black, brown and native issues. On the other hand, it must be incredibly frustrating for radical groups like BLM and the American Indian Movement to get something concrete out of people like Senator Sanders. Mainstream Bernie supporters need to keep in mind that while he’s honest, he’s only as radical as the US government will allow, while not radical enough for some people (e.g. the far left and sovereigntist movements), which is understandable. I think these sorts of town halls are good but sometimes they devolve into an awkward heated exchange with accusations of white socialism (e.g. the israel town hall). I think the campaign has to do more to address/clarify these positions so they don’t seem to be willing to erase race from the program. I mean, he’s learned a lot already (e.g. the racial justice platform) but seeing these forums always brings back to heart the fact that—as Bernie himself says—he is not at all radical. And for some people, especially black and native activists, that is not enough.
    He is straddling a fine line. I wouldn’t envy his position here.
  • commented 2016-02-12 18:42:02 -0600
    Bernie is dedicated to helping those that need it the most and as he often says, blacks suffer from the highest rates of poverty, unemployment and incarceration. These higher rates are the direct result of the economic oppression caused by the rigged system.
  • commented 2016-02-12 18:32:45 -0600
    Anonymous, where is your proof that he is not supportive towards African Americans? What a crock of Bull! Are we supposed to just believe your hateful slur? Bernie’s track record in Civil Rights goes back over 50 years with lots of proof out there. I will post a link to a playlist for you to watch too :) He never denied what he said about Obama. He didn’t suggest that Obama was a bully or a few of the other things you mentioned below. Watch yesterdays debate!!! Bernie said that he did disagree with a few things that Obama did, but that they are definitely still friends and that he respects him highly. Obama even helped campaign for Bernie to become a Senator. Your pathetic post is lacking in all credibility! Take a look at my playlist:
  • commented 2016-02-12 18:09:27 -0600
    Dear Anonymous, Bernie is just ready to take it to the next level by getting the people involved- not just during the election process, but ALL THE TIME. It’s a political revolution, it’s going to take all of us.
  • commented 2016-02-12 18:04:58 -0600
    I’m not buying what Bernie Sanders is selling. He’s not genuine and he’s a liar. I live in Massachusetts and I know allot of people of color who lives in Vermont and he’s no friend of African American. Btw, he lies during debates when he denies trashing President Obama. In this web radio video interview I’ve uncovered Bernie Sanders calls Obama weak, which he has denied saying, he calls him dishonest, by saying he said one thing as a candidate and did another as president, he also suggests he’s a bully, and went as far as stating that he was considering challenging Obama himself, something he continues to denies. Watch for yourself HERE:
    When they as if you feel the burn, they are talking about the legacy of the first black president. Don’t let them fool us. See for yourself.
  • commented 2016-02-12 17:37:15 -0600
  • commented 2016-02-12 17:33:13 -0600
    The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. -MLK Bernie said it first. Bernie grew up post WW2 inner city. More than just “supported” He stood up, when few white men would, began integrating housing in Chicago.
  • commented 2016-02-12 17:29:35 -0600
    Get out of the people’s way corporate media! Power with the people!
  • commented 2016-02-12 17:25:05 -0600
    I love this. The African American community is not buying into the Clinton lies/exaggeration of her record. Unfortunately, the Clintons feel too entitled to me, and along with their daughter, who has not done anything of real importance but is getting $35,000 per speech and hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Clinton foundation, I believe a money laundering scheme, cannot match Bernie’s record and his history of involvement. I love their response. Now with moving Bernie toward the presidency , all of us will benefit from his presidency. Life is looking up in the US for everyone. I am disappointed in those congressmen and the DNC for their establishment stands on everything, trying to hang on to power, money, and corruption.
  • commented 2016-02-12 17:02:52 -0600
    Watching from Wales in the UK and sending love to all – very excited at the thought I am sharing this with you in real time peace #votebernie2016 #feelthebern
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  • commented 2016-02-12 16:34:01 -0600
    “a revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth happening.” -Emma Goldman
  • commented 2016-02-12 16:21:45 -0600
    Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

    From the crime bill to welfare reform, policies Bill Clinton enacted—and Hillary Clinton supported—decimated black America.
    By Michelle Alexander
  • commented 2016-02-12 16:16:09 -0600
    Erica Garner endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President
  • commented 2016-02-12 15:52:37 -0600
    Corporate America is headed by 90% white male CEOs #hillaryforcorporateamerica
  • commented 2016-02-12 15:41:19 -0600
    Sweet: Dialogue, exchange, energy, power and change.
  • commented 2016-02-12 15:05:57 -0600
    Neither Hillary nor Bill Clinton have been strong advocates for the African American people. They laughed when they gutted the welfare system in Arkansas, throwing poor whites and blacks into worse poverty. Hillary said that the black kids were super predators in Arkansas and needed to be off the street. Bill with Hillary’s campaigning for his policy, as president, created a crime bill for 3 strikes, you’re out, that grew prisons outrageously while he also with her support, gutted the bill that allowed for funding for education in the prisons. No rehabilitation was offered. The Clintons also pushed for the disenfranchisement of convicted felons who became unable to get jobs, loans, or housing due to their felonies and if they tried to stay with family, low income housing would not allow felons and the families could be evicted. They have done as much harm as republicans/racists to African americans and poor white americans. Bill Clinton said to Ted Kennedy that “few years ago, barack Obama would have been carrying our bags”. They claim a lot but have done little but enrich themselves to become the 1% as ‘public servants". They talk about income equality….how is it that their daughter Chelsea went to work for $600,000 a year doing the same work as her coworkers that were only making 150,000 to 200,000 dollars a year? The coworkers were very upset when they found the disparity in their salaries based on name recognition. They have the Clinton Foundation, a billion dollar empire that took donations from very wealthy people around the world. They are supposed to be a charity foundation but in all this time have only spent 10% of their intake on charities. The Clintons have had to redo their taxes consistently for the last 6-10 years. Hillary, as Secretary of State, negotiated sales of military weapons , including biological and chemical to various countries for a $100,000 + donation to the Clinton Foundation. These people have always been in it for themselves. Clinton accuses Bernie Sanders of conducting an “artful smear” of her, while she attempts to destroy his credibility and his character, while saying he can’t achieve what he is proposing for the middle class of America. I, for one, would rather have Bernie trying than having a moderate democrat/republican warhawk as president who serves the 1% rather than the Middle class Americans.
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