All posts tagged: bernie sanders

Four ways to Heal the Social Justice/Pro-life Divide

Originally posted on Millennial:
Millennial writer  Mike Jordan Laskey has a new article at NCR. He writes: Accept “political homelessness” and live in the tension. John Carr, the former director of the U.S. bishops’ justice and peace department, uses the phrase “politically homeless” to describe where Catholicism’s consistent ethic of life leaves us. We might be “comfortable with neither Republican economic individualism, which measures everything by the market, nor with Democratic cultural individualism, which celebrates personal ‘choice’ above all else,” he wrote in America. “Neither form of libertarianism leaves enough room for the weak and vulnerable or the common good.” Political homelessness is hard! I’d love to feel content with either major party, and contribute to and vote for their candidates without thinking too much about it. I want to buy a t-shirt and go to a rally. I’d like to be a fan of the only presidential candidate to prominently feature a quote on economic injustice from Pope Francis on his website — Bernie Sanders — but the candidate’s perfect 100% rating from NARAL…

Black Lives Matter Demands a Presidential Racial Justice Debate

Originally posted on Black Millennials:
Black Lives Matter activists demand a DNC debate centering racial justice issues. Sign our Color of Change petition. It’s abundantly clear that a Democratic presidential debate solely focusing on racial justice issues is needed. The candidates can barely say “Black Lives Matter” without cringing, are mincing their words to appeal to those low-income centrist white voters residing in crucial swing states, and can hardly articulate a cohesive pro-Black platform that captures the state of emergency that Black lives currently exist in. The undertaking to perform in a racial justice debate is a daunting one. For the last few decades, the Democratic Establishment regarded the Black vote as a given. But now, as resurgent radicalism is reshaping the national pro-Black politic, Black voters are more aware that the Democratic Establishment colludes with the very systems and institutions that cripple, undermine, target, and brutalize Black bodies. From welfare reform, to tough crime laws and neoliberalism, the Democratic Party has aided in locking us in the socioeconomic underclass. And that’s exactly why this debate needs to…

Why Sanders Won’t Save Us

Originally posted on subversiveopinions:
Democratic-nominee hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders has sparked an almost intensely impressive response from Left-leaning individuals and organizations in the last few months. His casual use of the word ‘socialism,’ presented not only as a positive term but as a self-description, has won the hearts and minds of many of the Left who had become enraged by the disappointing presidency of Barack Obama. Sanders touches on many of the issues consuming the American political discourse taking arguably centrist positions on areas of modern life in the United States other politicians purposefully ignore: income inequality (Sanders speaks in the language of the 99% vs the 1%), police brutality (Sanders openly supports expansive police reforms), and gender equality (Sanders supports abortion right, closing the pay gap, and gay and trans rights). The most impressive part of Sanders’ campaign, however, is his ability to take on (if only in the most minor ways) the ‘billionaire class’ and run on almost entirely small donations. However, no matter how exciting it may be to hear these positions…