Tag Archives: Republicans

MSNBC Interviews Man Behind “Don’t Vote” Campaign

Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed representatives from Voto Latino and LULAC regarding Robert de Posada on “The Last Word” regarding his conservative-backed campaign aimed at urging Latinos to ‘not vote’.  Watch:

Spanish Language Ads Calling for Latinos to Vote

…against those politicians that opposed our community’s DREAM.  Have you listened to the radio ads?

English translation of transcript:

What would you do if a group of politicians were denying your hopes, your dreams?

Thousands of us have taken to the streets to fight for what’s right: access to a college education and a path to citizenship…

We’re the undocumented students of the DREAM Act…the “soñadores”…

Without papers, and without fear, we fight so our generation doesn’t get left behind.

But who opposed this bill? Who wants to quash our dreams?

Communist China & Saudi Arabia Behind Support of Politicians with Anti-Immigrant Views?

I first heard of this on the Thom Hartmann show (via Think Progress blog):

The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). As of Sept. 15th, the Chamber had aired more than 8,000 ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project. The Chamber’s spending has dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending …

DREAM Act Vote Roll Call in Defense Reauthorization

September 21, 2010

(For the final vote that took place in the Senate December 18, 2010 click here)

We may have lost this battle, but will win the war.  For now, it’s time to make some people pay for their actions against our community.  Learn these Senators’ names, memorize them, and let’s make them pay this November.  Here are the Senators that are up for re-election that voted “NO” to move forward the DREAM Act in the Defense Reauthorization Act (if I’m forgetting to mention a Senator that denied us the DREAM, let me know please):

Republicans

Boycott Arizona’s Big Government Authoritarian Police Law

Now that Governor Brewer has signed SB1070 into law, there’s been a lot of talk in the past few days about boycotting Arizona (besides the protests, the lawsuits, and the election consequences that are sure to come down on those that supported the law).  However, in order for a boycott to be truly effective, it needs to be as targeted as possible to maximize impact.  I recommend the boycott start with targeting those companies that donated to the politicians that voted to pass the law in the first place. 

Ed Schultz: Progressive Populism vs. Conservative Populism

The Ed Schultz phenomenon: blue-collar and other working class Americans have found their voice in Ed Schultz.

As we celebrate Labor Day, populism is in the air as we honor the dignity of hard-working Americans.  I’ve been following progressive radio talk show personality and now MSNBC TV host, Ed Schultz for quite some time.  I’ve previously written here and here about him because he embodies what progressive populism looks like: pro-union, pro-worker, pro-rural, pro-football, pro-fishing progressive America … heck he’s even an advocate for catch-and-release fishing!  He’s the antidote to the conservative populism that has sadly come to be embodied by the likes of Sarah Palin‘s crafty political maneuvering and Lou Dobbs’ hate speech against Latinos and President Obama.  I say “sadly” because conservatives by using the tactics of fear mongering and racism have corrupted populism in its traditional sense to successfully create an inverse version of it.  George Lakoff (who I just blogged about a few days ago as it related to the current healthcare debate) explained it beautifully in his May 2009 piece Empathy, Sotomayor, and Democracy: The Conservative Stealth Strategy:

Sotomayor: Turning Point for Latinos

sotomayor Sotomayor: Turning Point for Latinos

The nomination and confirmation of Sotomayor marked a turning point for the clout of the Latino vote.

Much has been said about the nomination and confirmation of now-Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  Much of the analsys has been focused on the fact that she was  the first Latina to EVER be nominated to the Supreme Court in the entire history of the United States.  Nevetheless, surprisingly little has been said about just how monumental a turning point her ascent to the Supreme Court was in terms of what it represents for the growing clout of the Latino vote.