Three Charged Over Flint Water Crisis

The State brought allegations against three Michigan men in relation to the high levels of lead  and other contaminates found in the water in Flint, Michigan. Michael Prysby and Steven Busch were charged with violating the Safe Water Drinking Act, misconduct, and tampering with evidence while Mike Glasgow was charged with willful neglect and tampering with evidence.

This comes after Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette began an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the crisis following a state of emergency being declared. Flint residents were exposed to Legionnaires’ disease, E. coli bacteria, and  most devastatingly lead poisoning when officials switched the towns water supply from the City of Detroit  to a nearby river.

A slew of conditions have been reported in the population of Flint, including but not limited to: miscarriages, behavioral changes, marked drops in intelligence, rash, hair loss and death.

Filters have been distributed in the homes affected, but the people largely lack confidence in them. There have been conflicting reports of there effectiveness. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder pledged to drink water from Flint in an attempt to instill trust in the local government’s handling of the issues plaguing the area.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver remains unconvinced and had this to say, If the governor really wanted to know what it’s like to deal with the situation that we’re in he needs to come and stay here for thirty days and live with us and see what it’s like to use bottled or filtered water when you want to cook and when you want to brush your teeth…”

While holding someone finally accountable is a step in the right direction residents of the Michigan town continue to struggle with their day to day routines. They have also expressed worry that when the 2016 election cycle ends and the spotlight on Flint fades so to will the help.

Democracy Awakens in U.S. Capitol

The movements Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring have been busy this past week in our country’s capitol. A historic 1,400 people have been arrested between the two groups as they stood their ground and raised their voices against what ails our Union.

The groups have protested peacefully and are being jailed to bring their, and a vast majority of the country’s, goals into focus. Some of the two movements demands are as follows:

Democracy Spring

 www.democracyspring.org

Restores the protections against voting discrimination and updates the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The bill seeks to streamline the voting process and empower the citizens.

Overturns Citizens United and gets corporate money out of our politics.

 

  • PASS THE GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE & FAIR ELECTIONS NOW ACTS (H.R. 20 AND S. 1538)

http://www.demos.org/publication/government-people-act

Encourages small dollar contributions from everyday Americans by publicly matching the funds, but only available to candidates who refuse corporate money.

CONFIRM A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE WHO WILL ENSURE POLITICAL EQUALITY BY VOTING TO PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS AND END THE CORRUPTION OF BIG MONEY IN POLITICS.

Democracy Awakening

http://www.democracyawakening.org

Democracy Awakening is a large coalition of groups that are seeking to end the corrupting influence of big money in politics. The movement is well organized and has events nationwide. See their website for upcoming events near you.

Photo by Susan Melkisethian Washington DC, April 17, 2016

Democracy Springs forward in an act of civil disobedience.

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Democracy Spring was a defining moment in our history… even if the mainstream media isn’t giving it it’s due coverage. Close to a thousand Americans marched on Washington D.C. on April 11, 2016 in a display of civil disobedience. Protesters were there to decry money in politics and demanding their voices be heard and an end to Citizens United. As they risked arrest many protesters took to t heir microphones and shared their personal reasons for being there to the cheers and support of their fellows.

While the protests were peaceful there were still a record breaking amount of arrests and local area jails were filled beyond capacity. The Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur was among those arrested after warning his faithful watchers of the possibility and even seeming to revel in the possibility.

Chants of  “Do your jobs! Sign the bills!” “What a time to be alive!”  “This is what Democracy looks like!” and “One person! One vote!” Were heard throughout the day even as over 400 protesters were arrested on the steps of the capitol. Many of those in attendance marched the 140-mile trek from Philadelphia to Washington DC — a journey that took 10 days.

Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted his support to the peaceful protest saying “Americans understand that our gov’t is dominated by big money. Glad to see people taking action to restore democracy. #DemocracySpring”

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Democracy Spring is a coalition of different organizations that have come together to get the corrupting influence of money out of politics. The group plans to hold sit-ins between the 11-18 of April with over 3,500 individuals pledging to risk arrest.
SIT-INS: APRIL 11-18

http://www.democracyspring.org

Clinton Continues To Gaslight Sanders

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

2016 presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

     First is first! What is Gaslighting you might ask? It’s the willful manipulation of facts to twist and reshape them to form your own narrative. If anyone is guilty of it in this election cycle, many people would point to Donald Trump, but if one takes a closer look to the Democratic side we have clear examples as well.     Let’s cover three of the most blatant instances of gaslighting coming out of the Clinton campaign.

1.) Senator Bernie Sanders has very clear record on guns. He’s come out against assault rifles, seeking to ban them. He’s said that any person who willfully sells guns to criminals, knowingly abetting them, should be held liable. Yet, the Clinton campaign has used the death of 20 children in Sandy Hook to turn a question of liability into an emotional knee jerk response.

2.)  Secretary Clinton also has tried to claim Senator Bernie Sanders was against the auto bailout while omitting some key facts.  Both Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Clinton voted for a stand alone bill that would have bailed out the industry and saved thousands of jobs, however it was shot down by Republicans. Bernie Sanders was not opposed to bailing out the industry… Just the hundreds of other provisions that were tacked onto the bill later down the road.

3.) Secretary Clinton used a very obvious hatchet piece by the Daily News tabloid out of New York to further her campaign. She or her surrogates used a section of the article where Senator Sanders was pressed for information on how he would go about breaking up the banks. It was framed as if he appeared to have floundered… He in fact gave the same answer both he and the Secretary herself gave months prior.

There have been more than the above listed instances of the Clinton campaign twisting the truth to fit their agenda, but not all the blows have landed.  The now infamous #HillarySoQualifed hashtag backfired as both Clinton and Sanders supporters began to use it. Clinton supporters were quick to point out the qualifications for Secretary Clinton while Sanders supporters answered back. Both disqualifications and perceived slights were leveled against the Clinton campaign. Sander supporters would go on to even site the obvious biases of the mainstream media.
The main stream media has been a point of contention for the Sanders supporters, and they often speak up in protest to the blatant biases the Clinton campaign has received. One of the major complaints is that even when Senator Sanders has a string of landslide victories the media seems to marginalize them while propping up the Secretary with deceptively favorable language.
One supporter even went on to write this open letter to the Clinton campaign and the MSM in frustration:

To the Mainstream:

People love to talk about Hillary being the target of a smear campaign. How about what Hillary Clinton is doing right NOW to Senator Bernie Sanders in the press right now? She is outright lying, twisting his statements until they are a shell of what he had originally said and circulating a Daily News hatchet piece that was nothing but “gotcha” questions.
Mind you the answers look legitimately wince worthy… until you actually look a bit closer and really read through the entire transcript. The interviewer asked leading questions, brought up things that had nothing to do with Bernie’s answers in some weak attempt to box him into some reply that they could plaster on a headline without any semblance of real journalism.
Then as if it weren’t bad enough the Mainstream media pounces on this tabloid as if were the spoken word of god, plastering more horrible taglines than ever before in some disgusting attempt to malign a good and decent man.

All I can say is this… Shame. Shame on you Hillary Clinton for trying to use the tragedy of Sandy Hook as your own person stepping stool to the White House. Shame on you Mainstream media for failing the American people, for shoving untold hours of Drumpf down our throats while backing Hillary Clinton in a blatantly biased fashion. Shame on you for refusing to give Bernie credit where it is due without some snide remark or a backhanded compliment full of knuckles.

We aren’t the sheeple you think we are. We are educated and invested. We do our research. Oh… Trust and believe that we see you now and we will remember this beyond the election.

-We the People

While the Democratic side of this election cycle has been far more civilized and issue oriented as the competition ratchets up the contest will continue to grow more heated.