I don't share many petitions but this one is really important.
The American Postal Workers Union is looking for signatures for this petition to President Biden asking him to quickly fill the vacancies on the USPS Board of Governors with progressive, capable people.
If the three empty spots are filled correctly, Republicans will be in the minority and Louis DeJoy, the Postmaster General who has caused so many problems for us and postal workers, will be depowered.
The American Postal Workers Union - Sign the petition for a pro-postal pro-worker Postal Service Board of Governors:
Just because people are happy about being in the last couple of days of this horrible, destructive, historically corrupt administration and happy about things from a new President to a new Vice-President to a new Cabinet member or proposed policy or whatever it may be does not mean they all think every bit of work for important change is done or that the whole country's problems are fixed.
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The Netherlands is the first EU-country to label the human rights violations to Uyghurs in China as genocide. That's about time. But still, it's an important first step in the process.
For completeness, Canada and the United States of America already put out similar statements before.
@QueenRamonda "Six Democrats voted against" is a silly argument. She was confirmed 93-6 with McConnell (her husband) abstaining. That's higher than most nominees of either party get these days. Democrats would have confirmed Carson for head of neurosurgery of something. (After seeing him the past four years, I don't think I'd vote for him for HHS Secretary, because he doesn't seem to have it together to run a Cabinet department at all. As is evident from confirmations happening right now, Democrats are happy to confirm a diverse group of nominees so Republicans have nothing here.) @TonyStark
"Scott Sloofman, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said Democratic senators have voted against female appointments and appointments of color made by Republican presidents. He noted that 41 Democrats voted against former housing secretary Ben Carson, who is Black, and six Democrats voted against former transportation secretary Elaine Chao, who is Asian American."
This is a total BS. Carson was totally unqualified with no experience in housing and Chao is the wife of McConnell and her family is involved in transport. These are both legitimate reasons for opposing. Race or ethnicity played no part.
And they got confirmed anyway and served the whole time, except Chao, who took a last-minute cowardly exit.
Listen to Tony and call your Senators.
What do you think about paid online content?
Of course, things like paywalls are annyoing and so on but actually, it's totally ok for me when content is sold online.
I mean: Why should the internet be gratis? Why do we expect publishers to flog their newspapers' articles for free when they have to pay the journalists and for the production itself? Would you work for free?
The only thing I'd change is the way in which content is promoted. I don't want to be bombarded with paywalls, that's all
How to know when your party is in trouble: when they put out a statement that they are not the party of white supremacists.
In the DC media market, a right wing group is running ads that are anti-Vanita Gupta, Biden’s pick to be associate attorney general, complete with scary music and phony accusations ala the infamous Republican Willie Horton ad.
Call your Senators today, generally your Republican Senators, and tell them to confirm these completely qualified Biden nominees. The GOP is still trying to sabotage our government from functioning by delaying these confirmations for no reason. Just say that. 202-224-3121 ☎️📱
Many of Biden’s nominees of color run into turbulence in the Senate:
@Jen She's probably the best Republican, or Romney. Being the best Republican is not hard. All you have to do is be more than "concerned" which is all that Susan Collins can manage.
@YinzPittsburghers If some PA Republicans complained about my politics, I'd wear that as a badge of honor.
dejoy: "i send myself letters so i don't feel like such a piece of shit but they arrive too fast and i haven't forgotten that i was the one who sent it so yes the mail is too fast"
This is good work for a short time period by the new administration, but there should be consequences for the last administration that did absolutely nothing to track the whereabouts of children and parents who they separated. It's heinous.
The parents of 506 separated migrant children still haven't been found, however. Lawyers say the parents of 322 of them were likely to have been deported.
@TonyStark Here's one from Arizona:
From CNN: AZ lawmakers weigh bills that would allow legislature to decide presidential electors, implement stricter mail-in voting rules -
It's everywhere Democrats won. #ProtectTheVote
Biden expected to diversify USPS board, cement Democrats' oversight with appointments https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/biden-diversify-usps-board-cement-democrats-oversight-appointments-n1258767
Lisa Murkowski: She's definitely not the worst Republican, but she had no problem with #TheFormerGuy? Where were these Republicans the last 4, 5 years?
Lisa Murkowski: Key GOP senator critical of Tanden's past tweets in latest setback for Biden's pick for budget director -
@TonyStark It's the kind of song that I always want to hear at an open mic night, but instead it's coming from one of the best-known bands in the country, if not the world. 🎶
@TonyStark I don't want to keep anyone from voting, but I wonder if "everyone must wear a mask" contributed to lower Republican turnout. (I do believe that people shouldn't be allowed inside any public building without a mask. Vote by mail and use contactless grocery delivery so you don't expose your driver if you don't want to wear one.)
The Congress needs to review and renew the Voting Rights Act and also pass HR1/S1, bills created by Democrats to protect and expand the vote.
Progressive media could do more to publicize the specific contents of these bills and how they would combat specific types of voter suppression. And the progressive media needs to keep up the great work exposing the anti-democracy bills the Republicans in the states are trying to get through the state legislatures.
On every level, Republicans must be exposed as the allies of insurrection, trying to reverse the victory of the Biden-Harris coalition, and attempting to accomplish with voter suppression laws what the Former Guy and his insurrectionists could not get done on January 6. #ElectDemocrats #ProtectTheVote
U.S. Supreme Court set to weigh Republican-backed voting restrictions-
Texas leadership is passing on winterizing their systems just after it's been proven once again that they need to.
But that's the Texas GOP. Just look at all the regulatory changes and effort they put in after the West Fertilizer Co explosion killed 15 and injured 160+. I'll save you the research: there wasn't any.
Texas Is Awash in Natural Gas. It Didn’t Help in the Storm; State, industry officials show little appetite to harden natural-gas systems after a winter freeze left millions without power and heat-
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