Thought for the week ahead

Many of the left-right conflicts facing our country today rest on some basic assumptions about the rights of corporations. This is of increasing interest to me because it fuels the passion of free-market fundamentalists and their all out assault on democracy.

Over the weeks and months ahead, I hope to be educating myself (and you) about the insidious takeover of all aspects of our culture and government by global corporations. In the meantime, I hope you'll read this excellent piece by Thom Hartmann.

Political Salon: Live Blogging for Traction

Tonight our political salon is featuring a presentation by Lanya Sharpiro, who is the Big Cheese at a very cool organization called Traction. Lanya and her colleagues make a compelling case for their grassroots approach to engaging young activists here in North Carolina.

If you have any questions you'd like me to ask Lanya, just pass them along.

Op-ed column from my friend Norm

Worth the read. Every word.

CARRBORO - The news in recent weeks has been dominated by a series of accidents, disasters and other threats to public health and safety. Revelations about the safety of food and consumer product imports from China were quickly crowded out of the headlines by the bridge collapse in Minnesota, which, in turn was upstaged by the mine collapse in Utah and the stock market meltdown.

Core Democratic value: I am my sister's keeper.

In NC we're a little spoiled. We have Democratic Party leadership that truly respects and appreciates the little guys.

Last year was the first Sanford-Hunt Dinner, a low-dollar fund raiser (30/plate) that honors two outstanding former NC Governors, Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt. According to Jerry Meek, this low-dollar event is now the most profitable fund raiser of the year for the Party. Those who Host and Sponsor and "beFriend" this event -- the big guys -- have their priorities in order. Kudos and Thank you to them all.

Today is Women's Equality Day

I don't know what it says about our Country that Women's Equality Day passes with such little fanfare. Today, however, marks the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the end of the long battle to secure Women the right to vote. As we observe Women's Equality Day today and look back nearly 40 years ago when Bella Abzug established it, let's look not only at how far our society has come, but let's look at the work we still have to do.

NC Teachers <3 Bev Perdue

This just announced

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 25 PRNewswire-USNewswire — After reviewing gubernatorial candidates' responses to a 23-item questionnaire, after evaluating their responses in an hour-long interview, and after examining their past public records, the NCAE Government Relations Commission (GRC) voted today to recommend to the membership of the Association the endorsement of Bev Perdue for Governor of North Carolina.


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