EVENTS:

Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice Community Conversation. Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. UAW Local 140, Warren Michigan.

WBLDEMS MEETING. Tuesday, February 19th, 2019. refreshments 6:45. meeting begins at 7:00. NEW LOCATION: Mezza Grille. 4189 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323.

MI 11th Congressional District Democratic Party, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Pipe Fitters Local 636 in Farmington Hills, Michigan By 11th District Democrats Michigan Democratic Party.

14th District Democrats Monthly Meeting. March 9, 2019. Oak Park Parks and Recreation Building. 14300 Oak Park Boulevard, Oak Park 48237. Executive Board Meeting 10:00 a.m. General Membership Meeting 11:00 a.m.

OCDP Meeting Tuesday, March 12th 2019 7:00pm. At the Plumbers Hall Located at 555 Horace Brown Dr. Madison Heights Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

Democratic Precinct Delegates March 23 Meeting. ALL ELECTED OAKLAND COUNTY PD's and ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN RUNNING IN 2020.SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Plumbers Local 98, 555 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights 48071.

Join our Meetup "Please join us as we modernize our methods and make it easier for local progressives and Democrats to meet, socialize, and share our values." Go to meetup.com/West-Bloomfield-Lakes-Area-Democratic-Club

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NEWS:

If Trump was gone tomorrow it wouldn't change systemic injustices. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Sundance Film Festival said "This is not just about the president of the United States. He could be gone tomorrow and that will not change the systemic injustices that led to his election, so it's important that we continue to be all hands on deck for our democracy in this fight." More here. AOC is right. If Trump were gone tomorrow we would still have: a dysfunctional health system, crumbling infrastructure, unaffordable education, massive inequality, a predatory banking system and endless war.

In "Beautiful Country Burn Again" Ben Fountain writes about our political climate and the 2016 election. "The people want change. We've been sucking wind for 35 years while the One Percent rides higher and higher, a trend that began with the "Reagan Revolution", a sea change in American politics that the Democratic establishment accepted all too readily. Trump's campaign spoke to our economic fear and anger with a rawness that Clinton's didn't even try to match."

Ralph Nader: Democrats may be surrendering the rule of law. One would think that Senate Democrats would be appalled at Barr's long time unyielding conduct and writings asserting that the President can start any wars he wants even if Congress votes against it! There is much Barr's secretive, corporatist, anti-consumer, labor, and environmental record to get the Senate Democrats dander up and throw down the gauntlet. But, no, they prefer to be polite and in so doing let the American people down. More here

Centrist Democrats are just a little less shitty than Republicans. Centrist Democrats Are Literally "Afraid" of Ocasio-Cortez - Here's Why. See video from The Young Turks here.

As LA Teachers Strike Over Charter Schools, Democrat Cory Booker Speaks at Pro-Charter Rally. While numerous corporate Democrats like Booker share his love of charter schools, his positions go even further to the right. Like DeVos, with whom he sat on the board of pro-privatization Alliance for School Choice, he also is a proponent of school vouchers. More here.

LA Teachers Are Mad About Charter School Growth. Why Won't Democrats Acknowledge That? Negotiations collapsed last month over demands to reduce class size and hire more teachers, nurses, counselors, and librarians. But the teachers are also striking against school privatization. The union called for a moratorium on the opening of new charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately run. Los Angeles has 224 charter schools, more than any other city in the country. More here

Bipartisan Group of Senators Pushes Bill to Punish Boycotts of Israel Amid Shutdown. The legislation would give states and localities more legal authority to punish companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The bill is co-sponsored by Gary Peters (Mich.)and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.). At commondreams.org.

American Jews and Israeli Jews Are Headed for a Messy Breakup. My rabbi in Washington, Daniel Zemel, quoted the Israeli Yaniv Sagee during Kol Nidre, the Yom Kippur evening service, this fall: "For the first time in my life, I feel a genuine threat to my life in Israel. This is not an external threat. It is an internal threat from nationalists and racists." More at nytimes.com.

If you want to understand what's happening to our country, the book you really need to read is "How Democracies Die," by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. The classic example is Hungary, where Fidesz, the white nationalist governing party, has effectively taken over the bulk of the media; destroyed the independence of the judiciary; rigged voting to enfranchise supporters and disenfranchise opponents; gerrymandered electoral districts in its favor; and altered the rules so that a minority in the popular vote translates into a supermajority in the legislature. Does a lot of this sound familiar? It should. You see, Republicans have been adopting similar tactics. More here.

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Most of these Democratic challengers for the 2020 presidential nomination are using the "Obama" playbook. Which is: you are smart, personable, articulate, a "fresh" face (i.e. you don't have a long track record people can nail you on), you are chummy with big donors, and you are able to fool voters into thinking you will make a meaningful change in their lives. Sheldon

Like most of you, I hope that Howard Schultz does not run for President. We have had enough of billionaire businessmen running for President. Being President of the US is a different animal than being Chairperson or President of a business. We have also had enough of Presidential candidates having no political experience. Politics is far different from business. Except for health care, Howard Schultz had not said anything about his plans. So, if he was to win the election, we have no idea of his plans for governing. Howard Lederman

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