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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Calls the Chicago ACT Ordinance "The Only Moral Choice"

In 1985, Chicago Mayor Harold Washington signed an executive order
a) ending the city's practice of asking job and license applicants about their U.S. citizenship, and
b) halting cooperation by city agencies with federal immigration authorities.

In 2016, Chicago's City Council approved an amendment to Rahm Emanuel’s original 2013 Welcoming City ordinance, which now limits interactions police and other city employees have with ICE.

As part of the ordinance, local officials are not allowed to ask a person’s immigration status or turn undocumented immigrants over to federal agents.

Trump’s administration has repeatedly slammed Chicago and other “sanctuary cities” for their reluctance to cooperate with ICE, and threatened to yank federal funds. Those actions were ultimately blocked by a federal judge.

Chicago's newest amendment to Mayor Washington's and Emanuel's Welcoming City ordinance -- the Chicago ACT Ordinance -- provides additional immigrant protections by barring city officials from
a) threatening to reveal the immigration status of a person to federal officials
b) verbally abusing immigrants based on their race, citizenship, or country of origin.

ICE agents aren’t allowed to enter private property without a judicial warrant. People also have the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney and may refuse to sign paperwork given by an ICE agent, she said.

Chicago's history as a sanctuary city.



Even AFTER Iowa.

The danger is real. But fear should turn to fight.

That's when Americans are at their best.

No campaigns that nibble around the edges of the real problems we face.

I am not running a campaign
-- designed by consultants
-- with proposals carefully moderated not to offend big donors

I am running a campaign
-- from a lifetime of fighting for working families
-- from the heart

This is our moment in history... the America we can build...where everyone has value... where every single child has value... where people -- not money -- are the most important part of our democracy.

Fight back!


Elizabeth Warren Understands

Squashing Trump's worst appointee.

Pete Buttigieg: Vote Sanders -- 2000 WINNING ESSAY BY PETER BUTTIGIEG


News Release
For Immediate Release
Further Information: Tom McNaught (617) 929-1230
Tuesday, May 02, 2000

Read the 2000 winning essay by Peter Buttigieg.

Peter Buttigieg, a senior at St. Joseph’s High School in South Bend, Indiana, will be honored by Caroline Kennedy and other members of President Kennedy’s family during a May 22, 2000 ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library for his prize-winning entry in the national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students.

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites students from across the nation to write an essay about a current political issue at the local, state or national level and an elected official in the United States who is acting courageously to address that issue. The award is named for President Kennedys 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, which recounts the stories of eight U.S. Senators who risked their careers to fight for what they believed in. The essay contest, which includes a $3,000 prize, is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Fleet Bank.

Buttigieg’s essay, which was chosen from more than 600 essays submitted by high school students across the nation, centered on the integrity and political courage demonstrated by U.S. Congressman Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the nation’s only Independent member of Congress.

“Sanders’ courage is evident in the first word he uses to describe himself: Socialist,” Buttigieg writes. His essay cites a number of the Congressman’s courageous and politically risky stands on issues facing the nation, including his strong support for gun control and same-sex marriages, and for his advocacy for senior citizens affected by inflated drug prices in the United States.


Peter Buttigieg's Essay:


Remember Mid-Terms Talk? Any Lessons for 2020?

Neil deGrasse Tyson - How NOT To Raise Your Children

Timothy Snyder Explains The Road to Unfreedom -- How To Develop a Politics of The Future

neofascism noun: a political movement arising in Europe after World War II and characterized by policies designed to incorporate the basic principles of fascism (as nationalism and opposition to democracy) into existing political systems

Notes on the first 29 mins: Start at 5:50

The Problem
Language on the Left:

-- discrediting of the ideas of attainable common sensical social truth (truth, being relative, all that matters is emotion, and its management)
-- diminishes significance of the state, (not important or the enemy which opens space for libertariansism & right wing politics neither of which critique corporations and dismantle the state)

Language from the Center:

-- there no alternatives (numbs us to existing alternatives, including autocratic authoritarians, when we call them pragmatists
-- history has come to an end, with it, time (w/ it, responsibility;which results in the politics of inevitability wh/ shrinks future in "greater" version of the present; and the politics of eternity

Politics of Eternity:

-- time isn't a line, but a cycle, history repeats; we are threatened by penetration of some 'other"
-- state can't do anything, and so doesn't, becomes irresponsible; individuals become irresponsible

Is the Politics of Eternity fascist?

Example: The Wall -- It's fascist on three levels.

"Build that wall" was a slogan tested out on Americans by Cambridge Analytica. (Steve Bannon)

We are now prisoners of what algorithms have found that irritate us most.
"Build that wall" is itself a victory over us. Trump wants to use that phrase indefinitely.

Build that Wall, Drain the swamp, lock her up, who is supposed to do it? Someone. No one.

Have we built it? No.

What does it mean when you solve a fictional problem of Mexican terrorism with a fictional wall you'll never really build. It's similar to Russia's shizoid treatment of Ukraine. The mixture of fiction and responsibility pushes us to places where we seem to be doing, but do nothing.

This is "not even fascism." It's the fascist pose. Farcical irresponsibility.
The future of not even fascists is disaster, but its approach is not to undertake violence, but destroy the only institutions that can protect you.

What "not even fascists" say is 'ignore empirical truth, hate journalists, do it in service of a higher truth like organic truth of race and the leader; play with old Big Lies,' -- but there's no really Big Truth

Big Lies help you into a spiritual world view

Medium size lies push you to conspiratorial places, your own beliefs and whatever makes you feel comfortable; n e fascism isn't physical, not go out in public; those who do the opposite are conspirators (paid for by some secret Jew) ....

The Solution -- the politics of responsibility

Discussion follows...

2020 Academy Awards Music

In the order of their appearance...

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgettin'

What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's chokin', how, everybody's jokin' now
The clocks run out, times up, over, blaow!

Snap back to reality, oh there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
He's so mad, but he won't give up that easy? No
He won't have it, he knows his whole back's to these ropes

It don't matter, he's dope, he knows that, but he's broke
He's so stagnant, he knows, when he goes back to this mobile home, that's when its
Back to the lab again yo, this whole rhapsody
Better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime

No more games, I'ma change what you call rage
Tear this motherfuckin' roof off like two dogs caged
I was playin' in the beginnin', the mood all changed
I been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage

But I kept rhymin' and stepped right in the next cypher
Best believe somebody's payin' the Pied Piper
All the pain inside amplified by the
Fact that I can't get by with my nine to

Five and I can't provide the right type of
Life for my family 'cause man, these goddamn food stamps don't buy diapers
And its no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer

This is my life and these times are so hard
And it's getting even harder tryna feed and water my seed, plus
Teeter-totter, caught up between bein' a father and a prima-donna
Baby mama drama, screamin' on her, too much

For me to wanna stay in one spot, another day of monotony's
Gotten me to the point, I'm like a snail I've got
To formulate a plot fore I end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfuckin' option, failure's not

Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got to go, I cannot grow old in Salem's lot
So here I go, is my shot
Feet, fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime

You better
Lose Yourself

The Obamas' "American Factory" wins the Oscar for Best Documentary! Hollywood is ON IT.


It already won the Independent Spirit Award.

IF45, may your criminal soul be pissed off forever ever ever! All you're good for is prison news.

Our president and first lady. Forever.

Brad Pitt, Best Supporting Oscar: I get 45 seconds; that's 45 more than they gave John Bolton.

First speech at the Academy Awards.

One celebrity is ON IT.

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