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Archive for June 10, 2017

Carlin Told Us What Was Coming Years Ago

In this clip, George Carlin pretty well sums up what was happening to Americans at the time (2006). Unfortunately, America stepped into a much worse situation in November (about 4 minutes):

With the election of the vulture known as Donald Trump there is no longer any pretense that Republicans run the government at the behest of the rich. The Republican congress is in the process of taking away most everything that labor and progressives have fought for since the Roosevelt Administration – the Teddy Roosevelt Administration!

And they have to work fast because at sometime, despite the cover from the corporate media, Americans will wake up and realize they are being robbed blind.

Right now they are working on killing Dodd-Franks – the lone firewall between a sane financial system and the rampant casino that spun out of control under George W. Bush just a decade back.

But that isn’t all. Mining regulations are going or gone. Workplace safety rules are being relaxed. Public education is on the chopping block to be replaced by a system of corporate or church schools with little public oversight.

Of course there are the threats of making access to health care prohibitive to the sick and poor. To do this the rich through their representatives the Republicans will repeal the ACA including most of Medicaid. This will be a major kick in the crotch to the poor and middle aged. Then after some sanctimonious utterances, they will go after Medicare with a vengeance. Tough, old folks!

After taking money for health care for the old and poor to fund huge tax cuts for the wealthy, look for them to go after the BIG prize – Social Security! Boy won’t their buddies on Wall Street have fun gambling with your retirement money! PARTEEE!

But all is not doom and gloom. Cracks are appearing in the downward plunge of the American lifestyle. As reported here last week, California is taking early steps in establishing a state single payer health care system.

There is also good news from states not as progressive as California.
The Nevada legislature last week approved a bill that would allow those without health insurance to buy into the Medicaid system. This is approach is sort of a twist on the Medicare buy in that some have offered as an alternative. has a discussion of some of the pros and cons of the idea. Right now the decision rests on the pen of Nevada’s Republican governor Brian Sandoval.

Another really surprising crack in the wall of Republican solidarity showed up this week in Kansas. As many of you may recall Kansas has been hard hit by a disaster named Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback’s extreme right wing trickle down, cut all taxes policies have left the state government a financial shambles. Iowa appears to be poised to follow Kansas down this rabbit hole.

At long last the heavily Republican state legislature in Kansas has had enough of the closed schools and other services not performed. Earlier this week they overrode a Brownback veto in order to raise taxes. Brownback had made Kansas into the nation’s “tax cuts bring prosperity” laboratory and it failed miserably. Iowa’s version seems to be off to a quite bumpy start.

We have a friend who always wonders how much Americans will have to lose before they finally rise up. Based on the cracks showing up around the country plus the amount of pressure that the public is putting on Congress concerning health care it looks like the sleeping giant is waking up and is mad as hell.

Pride Month In Iowa

Sorry we are a bit late in posting this. Somebody named Trump seems to be sucking all the attention these days.

June is LGBTQ Pride month.
This month of celebration, visibility, and community commemorates the Stonewall Riots. On June 27, 1969, LGBTQ people (led by transgender women of color) fought back against police brutality and intimidation at the Stonewall Inn bar, igniting the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States. A year later, the first ‘gay pride’ events were held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Iowa celebrates this month with parades in various cities around the state. This weekend there is a parade in Des Moines and a parade and other festivities in Dubuque.

We apologize to Sioux City and Mason City for missing their festivities from last weekend. Here is a list of the upcoming parades and festivities around Iowa:

Transcend North Iowa – Support Meeting

Saturday, June 10, 5-7 p.m.
First Congregational UCC; 100 1st St NE, Mason City, IA 50401

Transcend North Iowa support group meeting for all transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming, or questioning individuals. Allies are also welcome. Open to all ages! Transcend North Iowa leaders have completed One Iowa’s Safe Zone training and are Safe Zone-designated.

Divas After Dark Pride Drag Show
Saturday, June 10
920 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001

Capital City Pride
June 10-11
East Village; Des Moines, IA

Pride Picnic at Flora Park
Sunday, June 11, 1-6 p.m.
2605 Pennsylvania Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001

Facing Fear Viewing and Discussion

Wednesday, June 14, 6 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church; 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310
Hosted by Westminster’s Gay-Lesbian-Straight Affirmation Group. Walking tacos will be served, followed by the 24-minute Academy Award nominated documentary Facing Fear and discussion.

Iowa City Pride
Saturday, June 17
Corner of Linn St. and Washington St.; Iowa City, IA

Heartland Pride Parade – Council Bluffs
Saturday, June 17
Council Bluffs, IA

CR PrideFest
Saturday, July 8
NewBo City Market; 1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Cedar Valley PrideFest
Saturday, August 26
Downtown Waterloo, IA

Quad Cities Fall Pride
September 22-23
LeClaire Park; 400 West Beiderbecke Dr, Davenport, IA 52802

Ames Pridefest web page link broken
Saturday, October 14, 12-6 p.m.
Bandshell Park; Duff Ave & 6th St, Ames, IA 50010

Remember to celebrate in peace!

Working Families Summit Today In Ames

Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0530 | Lance Coles, (515) 669-8046

Standing Together, Fighting Back: Iowans to Gather for Working Families Summit. Larry Cohen of Our Revolution to keynote second Iowa Working Families Summit

AMES, IOWA — Larry Cohen, former President of the Communication Workers of America and Labor Chair of Our Revolution will keynote the second Iowa Working Families Summit, which will take place on Saturday, June 10th in Ames, Iowa. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Standing Together. Fighting Back’ and attendees will hear from everyday Iowans, learn from policy and advocacy experts, and be provided a number of opportunities to take action from the dozens of co-sponsoring organizations planning the Working Families Summit.

“The Working Families Summit is about bringing everyday Iowans together,” said Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “Working families in our state are struggling to get by, and we need to find new ways ways to bring this country back to those that make it work.”

Additional Details:

WHO: Hundreds of Iowans Attending!

WHAT: Iowa Working Families Summit

WHEN: Saturday, June 10th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Scheman Bldg, 1805 Center Dr #102, Ames, IA 50011

A sold out crowd of nearly 500 attended the first-ever Iowa Working Families Summit in 2015, when former Labor Secretary Robert Reich delivered the keynote address. Organizers expect a similarly large crowd this year, and registration is required.

editor’s comment:
In a time when Republicans ostensibly lay claim to family values while cutting wages, taking health care from millions, crushing wages, enacting anti-women policies and giving huge tax breaks to the rich this summit will take on the issues that real families face daily. Check the link to see if registrations are still being accepted.