1. Sp.- John Nichols- Dollarocracy- 13.08.10 Sat.- Madison WI


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    Time: 46:19 Website: www.dollarocracy-book.com This video recording features a speech by John Nichols on Sat. 10 Aug. ’13 at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison WI to the Wisconsin Progressive Democrats of America State Meeting. The subject of his speech is his new book “Dollarocracy” and the effect of money in politics and the current state of politics in the U. S. Mr. Nichols is engaging, enthusiastic, funny and a keen observer of the current state of the union. John Nichols lives in Madison WI and Washington D. C. He is a political writer and is the Nation Magazine’s Washington D. C. correspondent, a contributing writer for the Progressive Magazine and In These Times and is the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison WI. He is the author of 9 books, including his latest book “Dollarocracy”.

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    • PDA OneNation Voter Suppression #2 Restoring Democracy: Voting After a Criminal Conviction - Fighting for Felon Voting Rights


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      Voting is both a fundamental right and a civic duty. However there remains one significant blanket barrier to the franchise: 5.85 million American citizens are not allowed to vote because of a criminal conviction. As many as 4.4 million of these people live, work, and raise families in our communities, but because of a conviction in their past they are still denied the right to vote. Felony disenfranchisement laws in the United States are deeply rooted in the troubled history of American race relations, and the disproportionate racial impact of these laws continues to this day. Nationwide, 13% of African-American men have lost the right to vote, a rate that is seven times the national average. Given current rates of incarceration, three in ten of the next generation of African-American men across the country can expect to lose the right to vote at some point in their lifetime. Our guests work to assist people with convictions in their past to regain their citizenship through restoration of their voting rights. Myrna Pérez, Brennan Center for Justice Senior Counsel, Democracy Program Pérez works on a variety of voting rights related issues, including redistricting, voter registration list maintenance, and access to the ballot box. Previously, Pérez was the Civil Rights Fellow at Relman & Dane, a civil rights law firm in Washington, D.C. Ms. Pérez graduated from Columbia Law School in 2003, where she was a Lowenstein Public Interest Fellow. Pérez clerked for the Honorable Anita B. Brody of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Pérez earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Yale University in 1996. She obtained a masters degree in public policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 1998, where she was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Public Service. She was a Presidential Management Fellow, serving as a policy analyst for the United States Government Accounting Office where she covered a range of issues including housing and health care. Edgardo Cortés, Advancement Project, Director of the Virginia Voting Rights Restoration Campaign Cortés has worked in elections for more than 10 years, with experience in all facets of the electoral process including campaigns, non-partisan voter registration, federal election policy, and local and state election administration. Prior, he worked for the Virginia State Board of Elections where he was responsible for updating the state’s Help America Vote Act state plan and Voting System Certification program. He served as General Registrar for Fairfax County, Virginia, responsible for administering elections in the largest county in Virginia. Cortés worked for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), serving as the Grants Director and as Deputy Director for Policy. He was responsible for all federal policy related to the National Voter Registration Act and spearheaded the creation of the EAC’s Language Accessibility Program. Cortés managed national non-partisan voter registration drives and Congressional field campaigns. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Masters degree in political management from the George Washington University. He lives in Springfield, Virginia with his wife and son. Kemba Smith Pradia - Author “Poster Child” Growing up as an only child in Richmond, VA, Kemba Smith Pradia graduated high school and attended the prestigious Hampton University. Her new campus environment was a nightmare. Trying to “fit in”, Kemba associated with the wrong crowd and became involved with a drug dealer. He was a major figure in a crack cocaine ring and drew Kemba right in the middle of his life with physical, mental and emotional abuse disguised as “love." After enduring this turbulent four-year relationship in 1994, Kemba was sentenced to 24.5 years and served 6.5 years in a federal prison. She regained her freedom after President Clinton granted her clemency in December 2000. Her story was featured on CNN, Nightline, Court TV, The Early Morning Show, Donahue, Judge Hatchett and many other television programs. Kemba is featured in several publications: Washington Post, New York Times, Glamour, JET, Emerge and Essence Magazines. Linwood Christian, community activist Christian has a 16-year-old son. He's director of Crater Health Advocacy and Education Program. In January 2010 Linwood spoke at a rally for restoration of voting rights. Linwood re-applied for his voting rights under new Gov. Bob McDonnell. Virginia's system of rights restoration is arbitrary and capricious (Governor decides). He received an infamous “write an essay and describe your church activities letter.” Linwood’s voting rights were restored. He has continued to assist fellow community members in restoring their voting rights.

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      • End the Afghan War


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        On the 11-year anniversary of the United State's involvement in the Afghan War, the Overpass Light Brigade took out an "END THE AFGHAN WAR" message to a bridge in Milwaukee.

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        • OLB: End the Afghan War


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          • PDA OneNation Voter Suppression #1: Sara Mullen of ACLU of PA/Chris Fields of Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law


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            PDA Voter Suppression #1: Guests are Sara Mullen of ACLU of Pennsylvania and Chris Fields of Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights on “One Nation” with hosts Andrea Miller and Rev. Terence Dicks Voter suppression and racism is alive and well in America but we can fight this machine. Hosts: Andrea Miller Chesterfield, VA Deputy Field Director, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) “One Nation” with Andrea Miller on Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/andreamiller1 Show #1 “One Nation” with Andrea Miller and Terence Dicks on Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/andreamiller1/2012/09/26/voter-suppression--whats-happening-in-your-state andrea@pdamerica.org 804-608-1195 “Holding elected office is a privilege – voting is a right” http://www.pdacommunity.org/resources/jomsocial/62-andrea-miller/profile http://www.facebook.com/andrea.miller.96742277 https://twitter.com/acqsys Rev. Terence A. Dicks, PDA Southern Regional Organizer/PDA State of Georgia Coordinator TerenceDicks@gmail.com 706-306-5731 http://www.facebook.com/TerenceDicks https://profiles.google.com/TerenceDicks http://www.twitter.com/ClaimKingStreet http://claimingastreetnamedking.wordpress.com http://Claiming-A-Street-Named-King.blogspot.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/terencedicks http://www.pdacommunity.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=50&Itemid=85 http://www.pdacommunity.org/georgia/2116-georgia-voter-suppression-republican-buying-of-southern-lawmakers-among-topics-at-pda-progressive-central-the-peoples-convention-in-charlotte-nc Guests: Sara Mullen, Assoc. Dir. of the ACLU of Pennsylvania and Chris Melody Fields, Election Protection Coordinator for the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law Sara Mullen started at the ACLU of Pennsylvania as a 1997 volunteer in its Pittsburgh office. She joined the staff as the office manager in January 1998 and worked her way up to Assistant Director of the Pittsburgh Chapter in 2000. Sara transferred to the Philadelphia office in November 2002 and currently heads the Community Organizing Department and oversees the organization's communications program. She received her BA in Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago in 1993. Prior to the ACLU, Sara worked in academic publishing. Chris Melody Fields serves as the campaign manager for the Lawyers' Committee's Election Protection program working to coordinate coalition efforts and ensure successful implementation of Election Protection programming in order to guarantee voters are informed about their rights and that every vote is counted. Prior to joining the Lawyers' Committee in December 2011, Fields worked in the government affairs division for a local biological resource center on the global health/biosecurity agenda. Fields spent two years as the Outreach Director for Common Cause working to advance their democracy reform agenda and pass the Fair Elections Now Act that would create publicly financed campaigns for members of Congress. Voter registration deadlines include: October 6, 2012: Mississippi, Nevada October 7, 2012: Rhode Island, Alaska October 8, 2012: Arkansas, Hawaii, Tennessee, Washington October 9, 2012: DC, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Utah, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, Michigan, Kentucky, Florida, Pennsylvania. Check the deadline dates for the rest of the states: http://www.rockthevote.com/election-center/registration-deadlines https://register2.rockthevote.com/registrants/map ACLU of Pennsylvania: Defending liberty where it began http://www.aclupa.org http://www.facebook.com/aclupa https://twitter.com/aclupa http://www.flickr.com/photos/aclupa http://www.youtube.com/aclupa Voting Assistance: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/projects/voting_rights Map of Shame: Voter Suppression Legislation Tracker: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/page?id=0042 Resources to Combat Voter Suppression Efforts: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/projects/voting_rights/page?id=0117 http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/projects/voting_rights/page?id=0123 Voting Laws We Enforce: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/projects/voting_rights/page?id=0024 Voting Rights Act: Objections and Observers http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/projects/section_5 Voting Rights Litigation: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/projects/voting_rights/page?id=0025 Redistricting Program: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/projects/voting_rights/page?id=0071 Election Protection & Electoral Reform: http://www.866OurVote.org Voter Identification Stories and Consequences: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/page?id=0046 Publications, Testimony, Other Docs: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/projects/voting_rights/page?id=0027 Election Protection Smartphone App. http://www.866ourvote.org/pages/election-protection-smartphone-app

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            • Georgia Voter Suppression, Republicans Buying Southern Lawmakers Among Topics at 2012 PDA Peoples Conventention in Charlotte, NC


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              Georgia Voter Suppression, Republican Buying of Southern Lawmakers Among Topics at PDA “Progressive Central: The Peoples Convention” in Charlotte, NC (Charlotte, NC) – Progressive Democrats and others must work like never before to get out the vote to re-elect President Obama as they fight Republican voter suppression and other illegal tactics like buying legislators, said the Rev. Terence A. Dicks, Progressive Democrats of America Southern Regional Organizer and PDA State of Georgia Coordinator. On Tuesday (Sept. 4, 2012) at the Democratic National Convention, Dicks outlined the Republican efforts to stop Democrats and other Obama supporters from voting whiling the right-wing wealthy work with some corporations to buy state and national elections: Republican Georgia lawmakers are bought off by right-wing special interests Voter suppression is rampant in the south The Latino and Asian American vote is vital to re-elect President Obama One of the first female members of the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club is a “war criminal” “The bottom line” in Georgia “is our legislators are bought and paid for,” said Augusta, GA progressive political activist Rev. Terence A. Dicks during a panel discussion in Charlotte, NC. It’s a political reality that right-wing corporations in Georgia are spending large sums of money to control politics and legislation in the Peach State, said Panel Moderator John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger. “When you give immense amounts of money – kind of like free reign to corporates interests to intervene in politics – they don’t just buy TV ads – they buy an infrastructure that favors them, Nichols said as he asked a question to Rev. Dicks. Dicks and Nichols made their comments during a panel discussion at the 2012 Democratic National Convention sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of America at an event entitled “Progressive Central – The Peoples Convention.” “The multi-millionaires of (Mitt) Romney and his gang” want to steal, buy or take the 2012 Presidential Election any way they can, Dicks said. “If they can’t buy it (the election) – they definitely want to take it by any means necessary,” Dicks said. Romney and his wealthy supporters “have no problem doing that – they have no conscience.” Dicks said many of Georgia’s Republican lawmakers “receive their marching orders” and training from the infamous right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC funneled right-wing legislative templates to lawmakers across the country thus making it easy for Republicans to pass these laws in their respective states and nationwide. ALEC is “a big 40 year old group” that is run by and “for corporations” whose “members are state legislators,” said Nichols adding ALEC has “more than 2,000 members” many of whom are state legislators. ALEC members and lawmakers “meet with corporate folks who give them specific marching orders” to create laws that favor corporations and right wing values, Nichols said. As one of numerous examples of ALEC-formed legislation that has swept America, Nichols mentioned the “Stand Your Ground” law that played a role in the February 2012 death of 17-year-old unarmed teen Trayvon Martin who was apparently hunted down and shot by a “neighborhood watch” gunman while Trayvon was returning from a trip to a nearby 7-11 store. Another example of ALEC-created legislation is the “voter ID law” that many say is a form of voter suppression and “deny the franchise (of voting) to millions of Americans, Nichols said. “What was done in Florida in 2000 – that is the goal to do the same thing in Georgia” and North Carolina,” said Dicks. Dicks was referring to the ballot controversy and other voter suppression issues during the 2000 Presidential Campaign that saw Al Gore win the national popular vote but lost the Electoral College numbers thus making George Bush President. “It is incumbent upon us” to work hard to re-elect President Barack Obama, Dicks said. Dicks said among the reasons he is voting to re-elect Pres. Obama is because of values and “the things we believe” as PDA members and are shared by other Progressive Democrats. “When we get so caught up on the emotion of it – the corporations win,” Dicks said. “When we get caught up in the emotion of it – the state legislators are getting close to these folks (right wing interests) and win.” “We cannot give them another win anymore – we can’t do it,” said Dicks urging Democrats to vote in all elections and get active in their state’s politics.

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              • PDA Peoples Convention/Citizens United Ruling - Taking Back Republican Judicial Control: U.S. Supreme Court to Corrupt GA Judges


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                (Charlotte, NC) – Whether it’s a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows large donors to control candidates by flooding the airwaves with ads critical of President Obama or getting favorable right-wing rulings by state and local judges, the Republicans have made it an art form to twist elections in many ways that include voter ID laws and other forms of preventing traditional democrats from voting, according to panelists who took part in a Progressive Democrats of America “Peoples Convention” in Charlotte, NC. In fact, President Obama recently suggested a Constitutional Amendment may be needed to fight a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United v. the FEC that allows outside pocket-books to flood the airwaves and newspapers with partisan political ads (unchecked ads that are often misleading or outright lies). Meanwhile in the South and especially Georgia, that art form has been turned into a Doctorate in Science by Republicans and other right-wing interests by using judges and judicial rulings to ensure voter suppression and block many other moral issues important to Progressive Democrats. “One of the reasons why our state legislators really move to get judges on the ballot is that’s the way they have gotten control,” said the Rev. Terence A. Dicks, a progressive Democrat and political activist from Augusta, Georgia. “In Georgia we have that situation” of Republicans hand-picking judge races on the local and state levels, said Dicks, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Southern Regional Organizer and PDA State of Georgia Coordinator. “This is an important thing because we have three branches of government and it is often the judiciary that is used to” create Republican right-wing legislation, said Panel Moderator John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger. “Many elections are fought against the judiciary because … it is so corruptive,” said Nichols, who has written the Beat since 1999 and whose writings receive international attention, are quoted in numerous books and are mentioned in Congressional debates. While the U.S. Supreme Court sets the laws of the land, the state Supreme Court Justice races are extremely important as they and lower level judges often create those laws. Voters must pay attention and promote candidates in the races for their respective state “supreme court justices,” said Dicks, who believes Democrats need to return to their traditional progressive MLK-era values. Dicks said that Republicans make sure they handpick their local and state judges because they know rulings will go in their favor – and litigating to the U.S. Supreme Court is often too costly for those who oppose the “crazy” right-wing rulings – and the cases rarely reach the top court in the land. “We really have to get more organized and sophisticated on these state and local judgeships because it is really doing us in – because a lot of these people (judges, right-wing politicians) are doing all that local level crazy stuff and it ends up in the (U.S.) Supreme Court – and we lose,” Dicks said. “So I think that’s one of the things we really have to ask questions (about) and look at,” Dicks said of the importance of state and local judge races – and for that matter all races. ‘We are not using the democracy that we have,” Dicks said. PRESIDENT OBAMA and THE CITIZENS UNITED v. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) corporations and unions have free-reign on spending for election-related communications like those seemingly nonstop political ads on TV and elsewhere. But in an interview last month with the Reddit website, President Obama said eventually “we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United” if the decision is not revisited by the court. “Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change," Obama wrote. President Obama has an important chance to shows progressives in the Democratic Party that he means business by making a platform in this campaign based on moral and clean election issues like the Citizens United Ruling and other cases like worker’s rights and protecting the environment. Nichols said Republicans clearly believe that “there is not enough money in politics” and “they will defend The Citizens United ruling and they are absolutely adamant about it.” Meanwhile Pres. Obama could take action that shows Democrats clearly believe that outside monies should not be tolerated in a land of the true Democracy. “When you talk about clarity” between the values of Republicans and Democrats “we are in a very interesting moment” in American politics, said Nichols, who is a Washington political writer for The Nation magazine.

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                • PDA Retreat in Winslow, Arizona


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                  Although I didn’t get to videotape every person there, hopefully this video captures the spirit of a fantastic weekend retreat with the Progressive Democrats of America in Winslow, Arizona.

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                  • Progressives Moving Forward!


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                    Norman Solomon is the author twelve books, and syndicated columnist on media and politics. Karen Bernal is chair of the Progressive Caucus of the California State Democratic Party. Interviewed here, at a PDA (Progressive Democrats of America) Sonoma County meeting, Karen and Norman offer spirited encouragement to Progressives to maintain hope and continue or renew agitating for the causes they believe in. How can we fight to effect change in the current environment? Watch Norman and Karen now and get involved!

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                    • Can Progressives still Hope for Change? Karen Bernal answers.


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                      Karen Bernal is the chair of the Progressive Caucus of the California State Democratic Party. Interviewed here, at a PDA (Progressive Democrats of America) Sonoma County meeting, Karen speaks to: What are we to do, particularly young people, now that disillusionment has set in after Obama's first year in office? Is there any hope? How can we still fight to effect change?

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