Sanders: Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump

By Sen. Bernie Sanders in The Washington Post, Thursday, December 1, 2016

Today, about 1,000 Carrier workers and their families should be rejoicing. But the rest of our nation’s workers should be very nervous.

President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly announce a deal with United Technologies, the corporation that owns Carrier, that keeps less than 1,000 of the 2100 jobs in America that were previously scheduled to be transferred to Mexico. Let’s be clear: It is not good enough to save some of these jobs. Trump made a promise that he would save all of these jobs, and we cannot rest until an ironclad contract is signed to ensure that all of these workers are able to continue working in Indiana without having their pay or benefits slashed.

In exchange for allowing United Technologies to continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, Trump will reportedly give the company tax and regulatory favors that the corporation has sought. Just a short few months ago, Trump was pledging to force United Technologies to “pay a damn tax.” He was insisting on very steep tariffs for companies like Carrier that left the United States and wanted to sell their foreign-made products back in the United States. Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow! How’s that for standing up to corporate greed? How’s that for punishing corporations that shut down in the United States and move abroad?

In essence, United Technologies took Trump hostage and won. And that should send a shock wave of fear through all workers across the country….

keep reading at Sen. Bernie Sanders. See also “Sanders Statement on Carrier and Outsourcing,” 11/26/16.

December 2, 2016

Sierra Club: “Resist, Recruit, Train, and Sustain”

In this time when many of us could become discouraged, Sierra Club Executive Director (and West Chester University graduate) Michael Brune shows the way forward in his blog Coming Clean.

His 11/18/16 post “Resist, Recruit, Train, and Sustain” begins:

Over the past ten days, we’ve had to accept a tough reality. But although it’s definitely going to happen, a Trump administration will never seem normal, nor should it. We already know that the corrupt, cynical, and racist values that he and his inner circle bring to the White House will challenge everything we stand for.

Democrats have never applied those epithets to Republicans in general, many of whom share our own values and have been misled by their own leaders. Brune rightly refers specifically to Trump and his inner circle, with fellow miscreants like Gingrich, Giuliani, Christie (or not), and now it seems Petraeus. As the winner of only 46.5% of the popular vote, Trump should be trying to reflect the country’s diversity in his appointments. But rather than seeking the promised change, he is doubling down on the hard-core right wing and financial sector for his appointments.

Brune then cautions all who care about national issues going well beyond environment:

…let’s acknowledge that although a lot of progress was made under President Obama on many of the issues that we care about, our nation’s challenges run much deeper than any one president. By itself, kicking Trump out of office won’t solve the racism, misogyny, and xenophobia that existed before his rise. It won’t eliminate the hatred in our public discourse and in our communities. It won’t magically create a 100 percent clean energy economy, nor will it alleviate the economic pressures that millions of families face in their daily lives. I’m proud of how the Sierra Club has begun to address the intersection of climate with inequality, race, class and gender, and I guarantee that we’ll go even deeper.

Brune goes on to lay out the Sierra Club’s agenda for the next 4 years:

Resist – We will draw on the talents and experience of our staff and volunteers to fight Trump, Congress, and the growing number of anti-environmental governors, every step of the way. This defensive work will play out in the courts, in Congress, in statehouses, in the marketplace, and in the streets — and it will involve nearly every part of the Sierra Club. Part of this resistance will include standing strongly with our allies, particularly communities of color, and continuing to speak out against racism, xenophobia, sexism, bigotry, and hate.

Recruit – In the past ten days, we have seen an outpouring of support from the public in the form of donations, memberships, volunteer recruitment, and social media posts. We will continue to aggressively recruit new activists, new volunteers, and new donors. Our grassroots are the foundation of our strength, and we will work to engage and activate a new generation of Sierra Club leaders.

Train – Having a larger membership and a deeper pool of activists will help, but how we develop those resources is just as important. In 2017, we will invest more deeply in staff and volunteer training than we have ever done before. For example, every staff member and the lead volunteers from every chapter will get training on equity and inclusion as we accelerate our anti-racism work.

Sustain – We have tough fights ahead, but we refuse to be in a defensive crouch for years to come. We will continue to make clean-energy progress in cities, in the private sector, with public utility commissions, and internationally, and we will increase our investments in those areas where we can stay on the offensive. We must be relentless in our fight against fossil fuels and for clean energy and smart transportation policies at the city and state levels.

Fortunately PA does not have an “anti-environmental governor” and our task is to see that Governor Wolf continues in office after his first term. 2018 will be the next big showdown, and although the PA Senate and House are not well disposed to all that Brune sets out, Democrats do hold all the other statewide elective offices and PA is one of the few remaining true swing states.

“Resist, Recruit, Train, and Sustain” is good advice for any organization that cares about CCDC’s fundamental principles: Freedom Fairness Opportunity.

November 30, 2016

PA Presidential Recount Petition Update

At least 137 completed sets of affidavits have been submitted to Voter Services or are ready to turn in. This totals about 60% of the precincts in Chester County.

More affidavits may be submitted to Voter Services. All affidavits should be filed by Monday next week. Additional affidavits should be filed only for precincts which are either not filed or incomplete (only 1 or 2 affidavits signed). Contact office@chescodems.org for more information on the incomplete affidavits.

The next step in the process will be the recount. We expect to need volunteers to observe the recount. If you would like to observe the recount, please email your name, address, phone number and email address, also precinct name or number if you know it, to: office@chescodems.org

The recount could start as early as this week.

(Info summarized from CCDC secretary David Rhoads)

November 29, 2016

Trump Flips the Bird at American Public Education

Keystone State Education Coalition, 11/24/16

Billionaire Betsy DeVos may be the most ideological and anti-public education nominee ever to be put forward to run the nearly 40-year-old department.

In 2012 Betsy & Dick DeVos’ American Federation for Children spent $1.25 million in Pennsylvania supporting vouchers through the Students First PA PAC.

The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation is also one of three conservative foundations responsible for funding the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court ruling that created the current Super PAC system for campaign financing that allows for unlimited political contributions–like those made by Students First PA PAC.

They have fought to prevent charter schools, including for-profit charter schools, from being more tightly regulated. For-profit companies now operate about 80 percent of charters in Michigan, far more than in any other state. DeVos Family spent $25K/day for 7 weeks to defeat legislation that would have added oversight to Michigan charters.

read other background articles at Keystone State Education Coalition

November 25, 2016