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On May 24, the state leader’s of Vermont’s AFL-CIO asked their national leadership to endorse Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination over Wall Street’s candidate, Hilliary Rodham Clinton. This endorsement follows South Carolina’s state AFL-CIO endorsement of Sanders.

There was simply no way that the leadership could endorse Wall Street candidate Hilliary Rodham Clinton, whose economic plan calls for eliminating labor unions by shipping jobs overseas, redistributing more income from the 99 to the 1 percent, and increasing the trade deficit, among other things.

The 1 percent now steal over 36 percent of all income produced in the United States, compared to 8 percent back in 1980. This redistribution is one of the reasons why the US economy is historically weak. The 99 percent simply don’t have the money to demand more goods and services, thereby increasing job and wage growth. Clinton plans to enact her plans by supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest income and political power redistribution scam in US history, which is currently being marketed as a trade agreement.

National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka has come out against such endorsements, rightfully pointing out that it violates the rules of their association, which only allows the national leadership to make endorsements. However, Hilliary has earned $200,000 at least twice from Goldman Sachs for giving two half an hour speeches. That alone, coupled with the campaign contributions alone, see the list below, should tell you exactly where her sympathies lay, especially compared to Sanders sympathies. Hilliary is the candidate of Wall Street.

In other words, Trumpka and the national leaders of the AFL-CIO would be total idiots, or corrupt boneheads, to endorse Hilliary over Sanders.

Politico reports that “some local AFL-CIO leaders in Iowa want to introduce a resolution at their August convention backing the independent senator from Vermont. More than a thousand labor supporters, including several local AFL-CIO-affiliated leaders, have signed on to “Labor for Bernie,” a group calling on national union leaders to give Sanders a shot at an endorsement.”

The endorsement of Sanders is below and is taken from the Facebook page of the Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO’s Executive Committee:

“Whereas: The Executive Committee of the Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is committed to building a broad, effective movement for democratic change, and

Whereas: Our goal is a government that carries out the will of the people, not prop up the profits of the 1% at the expense of the rest of us, and

Whereas: We firmly believe that Senator Bernie Sanders is the strongest candidate articulating our issues. His commitment to union principles and labor’s values is longstanding and heartfelt, and

Whereas: As a truly progressive candidate for President, Bernie has the chance to inspire millions of Americans with policy proposals that put the interests of the labor movement, front and center. His campaign will draw attention to what unions and collective bargaining have accomplished for workers and energize our movement, and

Whereas: Labor must step up to fundamentally change the direction of American politics, by refocusing on the issues of our time: growing inequality and pervasive racism, the power of concentrated wealth and its corruption of our democracy, an escalating pension and retirement security crisis, runaway military spending and a militarized foreign policy*, Medicare for All, and the need for new, bold solutions to our shared problems.

Therefore be it resolved that:

We call on the AFL-CIO, labor leaders, union members and working people everywhere to unite behind Bernie Sanders and elect the President America’s workers desperately need, and

Be it further resolved that:

The Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO strongly urges the AFL-CIO to support Bernie Sanders 2016 and his campaign to become the nominee of the Democratic Party for president.

Adopted May 24th, 2015 and respectfully submitted for consideration to the AFL-CIO Executive Council.* Teamsters Local 597 proposed deleting “runaway military spending and a militarized foreign policy” but supports the general line of the resolution.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/afl-cio-endorsement-2016-democratic-primary-119701.html#ixzz3er9K6IN6

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News From the Organic Consumers Association:

On Monday (April 27), a federal judge in Vermont struck a major blow to the junk food and gene giant industries by signaling that Vermont has a constitutional right to require labels on foods produced with genetic engineering.

The judge’s 84-page ruling scuttled Monsanto’s plan to stall Vermont’s GMO labeling law, and instead paved the way for Vermont to finalize its rules for the country’s first statewide bill to require mandatory labeling of GMOs, effective July 1, 2016.

That’s great news for consumers in Vermont. It also bodes well for consumers in other states, including Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, which are in the process of moving GMO labeling bills through their legislatures.

On April 30, 2015, hundreds of people turned out for a public hearing in Augusta, Maine, on two bills: LD 783, a Right to Food Bill; and LD 991, a bill that would speed up enactment of Maine’s existing GMO labeling law by removing the stipulation that four additional and contiguous states must also pass GMO labeling laws before Maine’s law can take effect.

One of the arguments against LD 991 being bandied about in the halls of the Maine State House? “We can’t pass LD 991 because it might be unconstitutional.” Thanks to the timely ruling in Vermont, that debate should be over.

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US Senator Bernie Sanders is thinking about running for president in 2016. He’s a man of the people and senator from Vermont. His greatest struggle will be raising money, and getting past the Democratic and Republican political machines that want him out. So, he’ll face obstables like Congressman Ron Paul did during the Republican primaries, like pretending he doesn’t exist during the debates, or trying to exclude him. Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich had the same problem during the Democratic presidential primaries.

According the Burlington Free Press, Sanders said:

“It is essential,” Sanders said, “to have someone in the 2016 presidential campaign who is willing to take on Wall Street, address the “collapse” of the middle class, tackle the spread of poverty and fiercely oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare.”

“Also, addressing global warming needs to be a top priority, not an afterthought, Sanders said.

“Under normal times, it’s fine, you have a moderate Democrat running, a moderate Republican running,” Sanders said. “These are not normal times. The United States right now is in the middle of a severe crisis and you have to call it what it is.”

…“One of the difficulties for someone like me running is … I’m not going to get any money from Wall Street or corporate America,” Sanders said. “We have been successful, but it’s one thing to talk about raising money for a Senate campaign in a small state, another thing running for president of the United States.”Sanders, however, would begin with an already established nationwide network of 700,000 people who have contributed to his Senate campaigns or otherwise supported him.

…Sanders said he would be comfortable with a Warren presidential bid. “I like Elizabeth Warren very much,” he said. “Her beauty is that she is very smart. She speaks English. She can explain economics in a way that everybody can understand.”

The United States is stuck in a low grade Great Depression, and the US government of, by, and for the 1 percent has no intention of doing anything about it. Sanders knows this, and that’s why he’s considering this run for president. Currently, for example, the Obama regime is negotiating a trade treaty called the Trans Pacific Partnership that will jack up prices on the 99 percent, and basically redistribute income and political power from the 99 to the 1 percent. That’s what the treaty is for.

Check out the link about this below from the Burlington Free Press.

Bernie Sanders May Run for President–Burlington Free Press

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The great state of Vermont became the third state on Thursday to call on the U.S. Congress to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial and corrupt ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

The Vermont House passed the resolution by a 92-40 vote. The Vermont Senate passed the resolution 26-3 last week. No doubt, representatives who voted against the measure may have been on the Koch brothers pay roll.

The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck down key provisions of the federal McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law and gave rise to super PACS, officially known as independent-expenditure only committees, which can raise an unlimited amount of money to influence federal elections as long as they do not directly coordinate with a candidate’s campaign.

The ruling held that limiting corporate campaign spending violated the First Amendment, because political contributions were a form of political speech and corporations were legally persons. It should be pointed out that the word “corporation” does not appear in the constitution, a point the Koch Brothers wing of the court refused to acknowledge, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito.

“The General Assembly urges Congress to consider the request of many Vermont cities and towns to propose a U.S. constitutional amendment for the state’s consideration that provides that money is not speech and corporations are not persons under the U.S. Constitution and that also affirms the constitutional rights of natural persons,” Vermont’s resolution, authored by State Senator Ginny Lyons (D), stated.

Similar resolutions have passed in Hawaii and New Mexico.

“By fighting so passionately, Vermonters have put the state on the map as opposing corporate influence in our elections. Public Citizen is proud to have played a coordinating role with our Vermont partners in this movement victory,” said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

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Bernie Sanders Rails Against Citizen’s United

By March 6, 55 towns in Vermont voted to send a message to congress to move forward on a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizen’s United, in which the corrupt Koch Brothers Wing of the Supreme Court granted personhood to corporations and allowed them the legal right to spend unlimited money on elections.

There’s nothing in the constitution allowing this. You have to be brain dead or completed corrupted by money and or ideology to believe that ExxonMobil or Nike is a person, but the members of the corrupt Koch Brothers wing of the Supreme Court does.

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As of Tuesday, twenty-three towns in Vermont had called on Vermont legislators and the state’s congressional delegation to overturn the illegal and highly unconstitutional Citizens United decision by the Koch Brothers purchased wing of the US Supreme Court. The decision prohibited the government from placing limits on corporations’ independent political spending, which federal law had allowed them to do for over a hundred years. As many as 60 towns are expected weigh in tonight.

Click here for the complete story

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