People’s Climate March. Because, Fred Upton.

As the UN prepares for a Climate Change summit hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Tuesday, this morning New York saw a massive People’s Climate March down the west side of Manhattan, one of dozens of climate change events around the globe.

Ban Ki-moon: “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”

All Blue America- endorsed candidates are “good on Climate.” Our candidates are all enthusiastic about the march and about the summit

And no one is better on this than Michigan congressional candidate Paul Clements.

He may be a progressive across all the important issues that Americans face but I always get the feeling that Climate Change is what motivated Paul to run for Congress. And he’s running for the seat occupied by the #1 biggest enemy of the environment in the entire country, House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton. Yep— the man who bottles up all the environmental and climate proposals and never lets them see the light of day.

This morning Paul told us that “Climate change is the greatest threat facing Michigan and our world in the 21st century. We need bold leadership on combatting climate change, both domestically and internationally. America needs to lead this charge and create the economy of the future while doing so.”

"Congressman Upton isn’t just a part of the problem on climate change," he continued, "he is the problem. The L.A. Times named him “One of the biggest threats to Planet Earth.” That’s not hyperbole. Upton has led the effort to deny science and prevent any action on climate change. He hasn’t just worked to stop proactive legislation, but has consistently sided with polluters and worked to fast track devastating projects like the Keystone pipeline. He has voted to protect the tax breaks for oil and gas companies as their profits have increased to record levels.” 

After another pipeline explosion and more pollution this week, progressive organizations have joined with western Michigan residents in calling for Upton to give back the gigantic campaign contributions he’s scooped up from Big Oil and Gas. Adam Green from PCCC: “Republican House Energy Chair Fred Upton has taken $2,091,236 from big oil, gas, and other energy interests— and voted with them against his constituents. PCCC members are calling on Upton to give his money from big polluters to local cleanup efforts— and to stop voting with his big-money donors.” And May Boeve, executive director of 350 Action made a similar suggestion: “Companies like TransCanada couldn’t care less about our health or or climate. Greed is what drives them, and their campaign dollars are driving climate denial in Congress. Activists fighting TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline have known this for years: Members of Congress who take the most fossil fuel money are the ones most eager to help fossil fuel companies wreck our climate by building risky pipelines like Keystone XL. Voters need to know that Fred Upton is beholden to fossil fuel companies who don’t have their best interest at heart. We are proud to join PCCC in calling him out.”

It’s an issue that’s effective in a part of Michigan that prides itself on its natural beauty and clean environment. More and more voters are starting to worry about what Upton’s role has actually been in these matters. Clements pointed out that “At the same time he protected their tax breaks, Upton personally had at least $238,000 in oil and gas company stock and he has received over $644,000 dollars in contributions from the industry. Upton directly received contributions and profited from supporting tax breaks for oil and gas companies while middle class families pay the price. My passion for the environment, specifically climate change, is one of the main reasons I decided to challenge Congressman Upton and run for Congress. For years, I have studied the politics of climate change and how to make our economy stronger while combatting it. I’m proud of my friends marching in New York to change the status quo and save our planet. Activists like Bill Mckibben have been leading the charge while Congress has been absent, and it’s time to change that.”

Blue America would like all of our members to consider supporting this week’s Climate activities by helping Paul Clements replace Fred Upton in Congress.

The Democrats may not win the House back but the message of Clements beating Upton would resound decisively across the country. Please consider contributing to Clements’ campaign here.

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Alan Grayson knows what’s up!

alangraysonemails:

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This, Maybe

Q. What do you and Fleetwood Mac have in common?

A. Possibly, the RIAA-certified Quadruple Platinum Award for Fleetwood Mac’s album “The Dance.”

OK, here is the deal. Howie Klein, impresario of the Blue America PAC, owns this gorgeous award, given in recognition of…

One of the advantages of being a Blue State politician has to be the fact that an authentic progressive has a chance to push some real progressive legislation and take bold steps in certain policy areas that might be considered too risky in places dominated by conservatives.

Sadly, it happens less than we might hope. Far too many officials get elected on a progressive platform and then go to the state capital or Washington and immediately succumb to the pressures of the corporate and establishment status quo.

That’s why Blue America is so excited about California State Senator Ted Lieu, who is running to succeed California’s long time fighting liberal, Henry Waxman. All of us at Blue America think Ted is exactly the kind of progressive leader we need more of in Washington and we want to do what we can to help. 

Howie even agreed to let his valuable quadruple platinum award for Fleetwood Mac’s album “The Dance” —- the 5th biggest selling live album in music history —- go to one fortunate, randomly-selected Ted Lieu donor this week. 

This isn’t just any platinum album —- it’s one that hung in Howie’s Reprise Records office until he retired and donated it to Blue America.  As he says,

In many ways Fleetwood Mac’s sound is an integral part of the Southern California lifestyle and perfect for Ted’s district, where several of the band members live.

As it happens, I live there too —- and John is just down the road. This race is close to all our hearts.

All you have to do is contribute to Ted’s campaign on this ActBlue page and you will qualify for the random drawing. (And, if you’re a big Fleetwood Mac fan but can’t make contribution, send us a postcard— asap— and tell us you’re rooting for Ted and want the plaque.)

Remember, it doesn’t matter if you donate a dollar or thousand dollars you have an equal chance to have your name drawn. Whether you are lucky enough to win the plaque or not, we will all be winners if Ted Lieu goes to Washington and takes up where Henry Waxman left off.  

We need representatives from these deep blue districts to be stellar progressives who will challenge the status quo in Washington and take the leadership roles that those who come from less liberal districts are too afraid to take. 

Ted Lieu is one of those stellar progressives. He is worth our support.

Thanks for all you do to make the world a better place.

-—Digby, for the whole Blue America Crew
One of the advantages of being a Blue State politician has to be the fact that an authentic progressive has a chance to push some real progressive legislation and take bold steps in certain policy areas that might be considered too risky in places dominated by conservatives.

Sadly, it happens less than we might hope. Far too many officials get elected on a progressive platform and then go to the state capital or Washington and immediately succumb to the pressures of the corporate and establishment status quo.

That’s why Blue America is so excited about California State Senator Ted Lieu, who is running to succeed California’s long time fighting liberal, Henry Waxman. All of us at Blue America think Ted is exactly the kind of progressive leader we need more of in Washington and we want to do what we can to help.

Howie even agreed to let his valuable quadruple platinum award for Fleetwood Mac’s album “The Dance” —- the 5th biggest selling live album in music history —- go to one fortunate, randomly-selected Ted Lieu donor this week.

This isn’t just any platinum album —- it’s one that hung in Howie’s Reprise Records office until he retired and donated it to Blue America. As he says,
In many ways Fleetwood Mac’s sound is an integral part of the Southern California lifestyle and perfect for Ted’s district, where several of the band members live.
As it happens, I live there too —- and John is just down the road. This race is close to all our hearts.

All you have to do is contribute to Ted’s campaign on this ActBlue page and you will qualify for the random drawing. (And, if you’re a big Fleetwood Mac fan but can’t make contribution, send us a postcard— asap— and tell us you’re rooting for Ted and want the plaque.)

Remember, it doesn’t matter if you donate a dollar or thousand dollars you have an equal chance to have your name drawn. Whether you are lucky enough to win the plaque or not, we will all be winners if Ted Lieu goes to Washington and takes up where Henry Waxman left off.

We need representatives from these deep blue districts to be stellar progressives who will challenge the status quo in Washington and take the leadership roles that those who come from less liberal districts are too afraid to take.

Ted Lieu is one of those stellar progressives. He is worth our support. Thanks for all you do to make the world a better place.

-—Digby, for the whole Blue America Crew
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androdjinni:

smearedwithscreams:

(Images should be read from the bottom, up.)

GoFundMe is allowing a campaign for people to donate money to Darren Wilson, the cop who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

When called on this, and how it violates their ToS, GoFundMe’s response was to delete the hateful, disgusting, racist comments from the donations. They refused to end the campaign. Apparently it is only “promoting hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime” if people can see the deplorable sentiments behind the donations. Somehow deleting the evidence of those sentiments magically changes what those donations are for: rewarding a police officer for killing Michael Brown.

This is absolutely a direct violation of GoFundMe’s ToS, yet GoFundMe is refusing to act. These are people giving money to an individual that gunned down an unarmed black teen. He is profiting from this killing, and it directly promotes racial intolerance and violence. There is no reason why GoFundMe should allow this campaign to continue…

… Except that GoFundMe gets 5% of the cut. In this case, 5% of 235k is $12,500. GoFundMe and Darren Wilson both are profiting off the killing of Michael Brown, and GoFundMe has decided they’d rather take their cut of the money than follow their own ToS. $12,500 is apparently what it takes to abandon justice.

Please, join in the boycott of GoFundMe, and consider signal boosting this.

Thank you.

Go fund me has done other shitty things as well.

rawstory

Don’t know much about history. Don’t know much about anything at all.

rawstory:

Shake your head in wonderment or face-palm at your leisure at the sheer derpiness of this:

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When someone reminded her of women’s suffrage,  here is how she responded:

They’re not ‘belittling’ you because you’re an anti-feminist, or even because you’re a woman. They’re doing it because you’re idiot.

Bless your heart.