GREEN NEW DEAL: A vision for America to address both economic inequality and climate change.
Vision for America is being built to answer those questions. This is a platform for visionary ideas and voices, a plan to create a collective vision for the nation's future. The first step is sharing voices and inspirational messages -- defining the future we want. Everyone is invited to help create what can become a physical representation of this collective idea, and become involved in helping implement it. For more about this effort please see VisionForAmerica.org and get involved!
REPOST: Jay Inslee in 2017: Now is precisely the time for a national commitment, when the winds are blowing and fires are burning.
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GREEN NEW DEAL: A vision for America to address both economic inequality and climate change.
For the first time in our lives, we have a fighting chance to stop climate change.
Let's rebuild a Democratic Party that fights for a clear progressive vision.
One in every three bites of food we eat depends on bees and other pollinators.
Campaigns end. Revolutions endure.
350 is the most important number in the world. It's the safe line for our global climate and a start line for a global movement.
Sanders Institute: A vital democracy requires an informed electorate, civil discourse and bold ideas.
Art and visionary messages by Jim Carrey.
Economist Jeremy Rifkin presents an inspiring vision the future and hopeful narrative for the human race.
An action plan to kick out lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby.
Hyperloop: a vision and plan in action for America's future.
A 21st Century Vision for America: Guiding Principles for a Great Nation
It's time for a Brand New Congress
We’re not the leaders of this movement: you are.
1,000s of workers. 100s of cities. 1 movement. $15 and a union.
Join the Movement for a People's Party! The country is beyond ready for a new nationally viable progressive party.
Fighting for a fair future: We’re proud to step up the fight for immigrant rights, affordable health care, and core American values — as NextGen America.
Donald Trump has brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice, and taken money from foreign governments. We need to impeach this dangerous president.
Robert Reich examines America’s fragile democracy and its fight for survival; as income and wealth go to the top, more Americans are left behind. Now it’s up to those ordinary Americans to change the rules.
The road to a better you -- and better nation -- starts on your plate.
Open for Debate: Are we making America great, again? Comment on the President's vision for America.
The benefits of public wildlands, explained
The Nation: Why American Democracy Has Descended Into Collective Hysteria
Healthy lands, healthy bodies equals a strong nation. It's time to move beyond meat and towards a sustainable (and tasty!) future.
Introducing An Election Reform Bill To Expand Voter Participation Nationwide by Rep. Don Beyer and Sen. Tammy Duckworth
The Fight Is On to Save Our National Monuments!
Restoring wolves nationwide: a campaign by Center for Biological Diversity
Gov. Jay Inslee: It's time for action on climate change
Pledge to reduce plastic waste
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Today, there seems to be some consensus that we want an America where “…everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does his or her fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.”1 That kind of America:
It’s an America that cares about people, nurtures its lands and waterways, and serves as a good global citizen. That America serves as a beacon and model for the rest of the world, reminding everyone of what is possible when people of good will come together to do what is right.
This document attempts to describe that America. Our rights and freedoms, and the workings of government with respect to criminal justice, the economy, consumer protections, the environment, and much more are all described in sufficient detail that a picture emerges of an America that every one of us can be proud of.
Each of over 20 topics starts with a brief description of context and then breaks into a series of bulleted statements. Each statement describes what we hope for in our country. This document is aspirational; much of what is described does not yet exist. It creates a vision of a possible future. All statements are phrased as if that future is already a reality so that we can more easily imagine the America we all want.
This document is not complete; it leaves room for expansion and detail. As we fill in that space, our vision for America will become more clear, and from that, we should gain better insights on how to move forward.
As you read this document, you may find that you disagree with some statements. That’s to be expected. What may surprise you is how much of this document resonates with your own principles, and this is what gives us hope. Most people will agree with most of this vision for America. So, focus on what you can accept. If we choose to work together where we agree, in time we will find a way to resolve our differences.
As an individual, please send us your suggestions on how to improve this document. As a defined group, consider adopting this vision document as your guide, or creating one of your own based on this one. Then start thinking about how we can meet these goals, and let us know what you have planned.
We all want a better America. Let’s turn this vision into a reality.
We can do this.
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Ice On Fire -- An eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. The film goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming.
The New Republic: Climate change is making weather more extreme, and these two veteran photojournalists were on the frontlines in 2018.
VICE on HBO: The Realities Of Trump's Trade War - "Trade wars are good and easy to win," President Donald J. Trump famously tweeted. But how would one really impact everyday Americans?
Frontline: Left Behind America - Intimate stories of one Rust Belt city’s struggle to recover in the post-recession economy. FRONTLINE and ProPublica report on the economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio, a once-booming city where nearly 35 percent of people now live in poverty.
Tom Steyer Announces Candidacy for President: “I am running to end corruption of our democracy by corporations and give more power to the American people.
Climate Crisis is real and deserves a dedicated debate.
MORE DEATH FOR DEMOCRACY: Supreme Court OKs Excessive Partisan Gerrymandering -- Stay tuned for more rigged elections putting oil soaked Republian boots on the neck of the planets, and nation's future. What action should you take when your future is being TAKEN AWAY by greed and stupdity? Because without democracy there is no future.
SHARK JUMPING TIME IN AMERICA: Can't share intel with the President
John Oliver Reveals The Only Way ‘Uncooperative Toddler’ Trump Leaves Office -- The "Last Week Tonight" host says Democrats must impeach the president even if they know it won't succeed.
Trump Loves to Say He May Not Leave Office After Two Terms, and It’s Dangerous -- As laughable or terrifying as that may sound, the notion that Trump would try to stay in office should not be scoffed at.
Sanders lays out his vision for America: finish what Franklin Roosevelt started -- “It is my very strong belief that the United States must reject that path of hatred and divisiveness – and instead find the moral conviction to choose a different path, a higher path, a path of compassion, justice and love,” Sanders said in a defiant, 45-minute speech. “It is the path that I call democratic socialism.”
Sierra Club: A Vision for Our Best America - Frontline and vulnerable communities are key to the Green New Deal
Democrats are playing dirty to shut out progressive new voices. They should rethink that strategy.
Mueller report: Donald Trump failed us as commander in chief -- The Mueller report makes clear that Donald Trump has failed miserably in this sacred obligation, and instead has traded his constitutional duty for his own safety.
Bernie Sanders Leads The Democratic Presidential Fundraising Pack, Rocks Fox News Town Hall. He really did. Part 1, Part 2
Buttigieg Response To Pence: 'That Will Resonate Through All Of History' - I have problem with religion being used to harm people.
Real Time: Seth Abramson's Proof of Collusion
New York City Charges Ahead With Its Own Green New Deal - The nation’s largest city is poised to enact what may be the most ambitious municipal emissions reduction bill in the world.
Elizabeth Warrnen Accounces Official Run For 2020 White House - "This is the fight of our lives. The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way." | HuffPost
America Got Trumped; GOP Tax Scam Bilks Middle Class To Enrich Weathy Donors; Dems Play Good Cop And Do Nothing (As Usual)
"Just completed our taxes. For the last several years before 2018, our itemized deductions plus personal exemptions were between 42,000 and 46,000 dollars. This year we were only eligible for the 24,000 standard deduction and of course, personal exemptions were eliminated. That's 20,000 dollars more income we are taxed on. The small decrease in tax rates did not compensate for that. I might not mind paying a few thousand more this year if it meant the country was actually getting serious about balancing our budget. However, just the opposite is happening. We are once again borrowing over a trillion dollars a year to give a massive tax break to the already wealthy. It is reckless and morally unconscionable."
A Closer Look: Trump's 2019 State of the Union Address -
Last Word: Another Incident Of President Donald Trump Meeting Putin Without U.S. Staff | Another piece of evidence Trump is a traitor, beholden to Russian interests, and also an idiot.
Trump is terrible at running government and the worst President, ever: It Could Take Joshua Tree 300 Years to Recover From the Government Shutdown
The Atlantic: Impeach Donald Trump -- Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals—and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs.
The Invisible Children of the Trump Administration: According to a new report, the White House separated many more families than it had previously acknowledged—and failed to keep track of those it separated.
Is there Russian agent in the Oval Office?? NYT: F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia
What’s The Matter With the Democratic Party? Just Watch Pelosi and Schumer Respond to Trump’s Wall Speech - Sanders packed more visceral humanity in the first minute or so of his remarks than in the entirety of Pelosi and Schumer’s response.
Like a real world villan: Trump EPA orders rollback of Obama mercury regulations
Chris Hayes: Country Feels On The Precipice Of Real Crisis
"In the fight against climate change, 2020 may be the most important year any of us will live through." https://t.co/OsfGM3NWNq— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) January 14, 2019
The Scariest Thing For Republicans In 2018 Was The Democrats’ New Blue Base -- Also for Democrats.
Trump's policies are based on lies: and racism: DHS Can't Spend Money From Mexico For Wall
What Makes The Jim Mattis Resignation So Significant -- "None of us planned for such an erratic president."
WaPo: Our enemies are cheering Trump’s Syria decision. But it’s not too late. -- "Trump was right to denounce Obama for declaring victory against the Islamic State and withdrawing U.S. forces. So why is he now doing exactly what he criticized Obama for doing? The president needs to ask himself: Who is celebrating this decision? Answer: Iran, Russia, the Assad regime, Hezbollah, the Islamic State — and, in his prison cell at Guantanamo Bay, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed."
Rolling Stone: Yes, Bernie Should Run
Traitor Trump Makin' Putin Proud: Shutdown Costs Double
Colbert: Is Donald Trump Working For Russia?
A Closer Look: The FBI Investigated Whether Trump Worked for Russia
Making America Great Again (FOR RUSSIA) -- Trump's plan has been to destroy the nation from day 1 in office; uses excuse of border wall to bring America's economy down: The government shutdown is becoming a 'meaningful risk' to the economy -- GOP sighs: oh well; still gets Russian NRA money.
President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress -- No surprise as Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying about the deal in testimony and statement to the Senate and House intelligence committees. Vanity Fair | Huff Post
Morning Joe: 'You Are Seeing The Actions Of An Autocrat'
Now we know the truth: large-scale industrial logging doesn't prevent fires. It makes them worse.— Forest Fire Facts (@forestfirefacts) May 10, 2018
RETWEET if you agree: we need to keep our forests and communities safe. #ForestFireFactshttps://t.co/mI0ZzhkoQv
Time for G.O.P. to Threaten to Fire Trump - "Trump’s behavior has become so erratic, his lying so persistent, his willingness to fulfill the basic functions of the presidency — like reading briefing books, consulting government experts before making major changes and appointing a competent staff — so absent, his readiness to accommodate Russia and spurn allies so disturbing and his obsession with himself and his ego over all other considerations so consistent, two more years of him in office could pose a real threat to our nation." Also see: Need to Impeach
US Strategy On Syria Keeps Allies And Partners Guessing | Morning Joe | MSNBC
6 Minutes and 20 Seconds that Could Change the World - Thanks to young people, especially those of color, this time might be different.
Rolling Stone: 'The Harms of Fracking': New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer- The most authoritative study of its kind reveals how fracking is contaminating the air and water – and imperiling the health of millions of Americans
How democracies die, explained - The problems in American democracy run far deeper than Trump.
Uranium Company Urged Trump To Carve Up Bears Ears, Then He Did - An energy firm’s lobbying team was led by Trump’s incoming EPA deputy secretary.
The case for normalizing impeachment - Impeaching an unfit president has consequences. But leaving one in office could be worse.
Is America’s ‘Best Idea’ at Stake? Republicans and the Trump administration are trying to reduce the number of national monuments, which would put once-protected land up for commercial use.
Millennial Mormons Abandon Political Labels In The Age Of Trump - In interviews with HuffPost, Utah college students said they were increasingly turned off by both the Republican and Democratic parties.
California Fires Now Deadliest In State’s Recorded History; The death toll ticked up to 31 people Thursday, and it’s likely to climb still higher.
Cities and states solidify their plan to move forward on climate without Trump - More proof that local governments will move forward with the Paris agreement even if the federal government won’t.
Why 2020 Will Be the Year of the Woman -- In this post-Weinstein moment, Democrats are pining for the karmic justice of defeating Trump with shards from a glass ceiling. Here’s how it could happen.
Trump’s ‘America First’ looks more and more like America alone - It is not just on trade that Trump has sought to stake out positions that have isolated the United States from the rest of the world. His plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord at the earliest opportunity in 2020 could mean that the United States is the only country in the world not committed to it, since Syria announced its intention to join this past week.
The benefits of public wildlands, explained - It’s not just good for the economy to keep public wildlands protected — see why it’s never been more important to preserve these spaces.
The Tax Bill And The Republican Social Vision For America’s Future - The current incarnation is very different: it firmly embraces the notion of the corporate state over that of the individual...the Republican desire to tie U.S. government interests with corporate interests, and to create a massive and radical new imbalance between corporate and individual tax rates.
Rachel Maddow: James Comey Recounted Inappropriate Pressure From Donald Trump | Steven Colbert: Comey And Trump Had A Heart-To-No-Heart
What can JFK’s speeches teach us today? - Stephen Kennedy Smith, co-editor of "JFK: A Vision for America," shares collection of JFK's visionary speeches
The impeachment trap: Be careful what you wish for - Trump is odious, but impeachment is dangerous – both for the Democrats and the progressive movement.
Trump’s Response To Disaster Relief Raises Alarms - Concern mounts as hurricane and wildfire season nears.
An Unlikely Resistance Surges Against Trump’s Clean Water Threats - By targeting specific regional efforts alongside more general environmental justice funding, the Trump administration might have inadvertently given opponents a means to fight back.
What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey - The two men who could bring down the president have been preparing their entire lives for this moment. Robert Mueller Is 'America First' Unlike Donald Trump
Jimmy Dore: What's Neoliberalism? And How It’s Killing You!
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Ignite Change: Join the movement to protect the planet!
Trump Is on His Way to Presiding Over the Most Precipitous Decline of a Truly Dominant Power in History
You Will Never Get Your Country Back
Vision for Earth: Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050
LA Times: Our Dishonest President
A New Vision For America - America’s position in worldwide affairs is not what it used to be. China is rising while America is showing signs of aging behaviorally.
St. Lewis Post-Dispatch Editorial: Trump budget puts numbers on his vision for America. It is repellent.
Backbone Campaign's Artful Activism for America
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Your Vision For America by Monique Ruffin
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Bernie Sanders: My Vision For Democratic Socialism in America
GREEN SPACE (Or Why I Am Green As Kermit) by Valerie Gilbert
OPEN FOR DEBATE: Donald J. Trump's vision for America
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Centrist Democrats need a compelling vision for America
The Problem With Participatory Democracy Is the Participants
The GOP has a vision for government, but not America