One of the very interesting things, I think, so far in the U.S. elections, and I'm talking more about the Democratic Party primary, is the role of the trade unions in the Democratic Party, and where various unions stood and what difference they made. I'm particularly interested in how a few unions, one of which, particularly the nurses that were behind Bernie Sanders, what a significant difference it made to the Sanders campaign having a union behind it, with the resources and money that a union has. And I think that doesn't get discussed very much, and now we are going to talk about it. And joining me now from Pennsylvania, from just outside Philadelphia, is Adolph Reed, Jr. He's a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in race and American politics.
Last year on CBS Face the Nation, Donald Trump said: The hedge fund guys didn't build this country. These are guys that shift paper around, and they get lucky. Look, they're energetic, they're very smart, but a lot of them it's like they're paper pushers. They make a fortune. They pay no tax. It's ridiculous, okay? Well, today Donald Trump announced his 13 economic advisers, and yeah, most of them are hedge fund guys. Now joining us to talk about this is Greg Palast. Greg joins us from Los Angeles. Greg's an investigative reporter. You can read his reports at GregPalast.com. He's the author of all kinds of books, including bestsellers like Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. He has a 2016 film coming out: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits.
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Obviously this is not the happiest of times in this country and in the debate that has been going on for several years now about policing and violence. And it seems that no matter what happens, or what kind of reforms or what sort of dialog, it always seems to come back to violence. And I think while the country was convulsing from two extremely disturbing police-involved shootings. The Real News has covered the Black Lives Matter in detail, and now TRNN's Paul Jay and Stephen Janis are speaking with former policeman Neill Franklin about recent police shootings of civilians and the civilian killing of police officers in Dallas on Baltimore radio program "First Edition with Sean Yoes."
The Democratic Party Drafting Committee will be meeting this week in Orlando to finalize the party platform before the convention in Philadelphia. Several progressive measures proposed by Sanders appointees on the committee have been rejected, one of which was ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Cornel West put that argument to the committee most articulately, and here's a clip of what he had to say.
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is the alderman for Chicago's 35th Ward. HeÂ’'s also going to be a delegate at the convention for Sanders. Running for city council, he's kind of in the trenches every day with people in the city. The district is very progressive and voted for Sanders. But sections of the working class clearly are supporting Trump.
Senator Sanders has called on his supporters, his movement, really for two big things. One is a fight at the party convention. Two, wage the fight downticket. Congress, state legislatures and so on. LetÂ’s start with the fight in the convention. The Democratic Party is really a united front, if you will, of different class forces, right. From hedge fund operators to Silicon Valley billionaires and Hollywood billionaires and such.
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The People's Summit in Chicago showed progressive forces arriving at a consensus of "not wanting to see Trump elected, but wanting to maintain our independence from the Democratic Party" said Charles Lechner, co-founder of People for Bernie, a grassroots organization supporting Bernie Sanders.
RoseAnn DeMoro is the executive director of National Nurses United. So, when Bernie Spoke Thursday Night he had two big calls to action, and much of this is what's being talked about at the People's Summit in terms of what comes next. One was the fight at the convention and two down ticket fights for Congress and such. Neither Bernie nor this conference has talked all that much, actually, about the presidential election. And so, before we get to the other two things, what about the presidential election in this sense: There's a lot of people talking about, we do not want to vote for Hillary under any conditions. I'm not saying everyone,but we're hearing a lot of that. And they feel, obviously, in this kind of box, and in some ways I think they would have liked that talked about a little bit more here.
"We are certainly on the same page—without a doubt—about defeating Donald Trump," Danny Glover told The Real News Network.
The following is a Real News interview with Bernie Sanders and actor and progressive activist Danny Glover. In the interview, Sanders says of what he thinks about Hillary Clinton's challenge to earn the support of the people who voted for him: