Tuesday, July 12, 2016
1. He has endorsed HRC at this time following her agreement to strongly pursue a health care public option and free public college for families earning less than $125,000/year (83% of Americans), and doubling expenditures on community health centers.
2. He is not suspending his campaign before the convention.
3. He needs every delegate to be at the convention because there may yet be floor fights over disempowerment of superdelegates, and support for open primaries -- two issues on which we should be able to garner HRC delegate support and win.
4. There will be a roll call vote, to show the world that the Political Revolution is real, has made substantial inroads, and will continue in all 50 states at all levels of government.
5. He will remain a symbol of the Political Revolution and has undertaken no discussions with the Clinton campaign about any Administration post for himself. He will campaign hard to defeat Trump and to elect progressives throughout the country. Within a year he wants us to be able to very strongly support at least 100 progressive candidates.
6. He does not believe the rumors that there will be challenges to Sanders delegates' credentials, and will have a team of lawyers present to ensure that every Sanders delegate is seated.
7. We must fight hard to prevent TPP from reaching a vote in the lame duck Congress.
8. On two major platform issues, we lost: (1) statement on Middle East was too weak [did not condemn the Occupation or declare illegal Israeli settlements an impediment to peace -- jkh]; (2) no Medicare for all. On a third -- TPP -- the specific agreement was not condemned but language of criteria for acceptable trade agreements supported by ALl-CIO that if enacted, would defeat TPP, was adopted.
9. A historic plank calling for abolition of the death penalty was adopted. Also, the most progressive plank relating to Native American rights ever.
10. His campaign is a success because it succeeded in igniting a political revolution that will continue and grow. In state primaries, we captured a majority of voters under age 45.
We need to get all delegates to the convention, please go to adoptaberniedelegate.com.
Thank you Craig for providing the information.
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Even smart people perpetuate untruths about atheism and religion
Unfortunately, in his recent post, "Do we need religion to be ethical?" Thomas Plante, PhD, makes statements that perpetuate common misinformation with regard to religion and secularism. While I doubt that Plante intended the comments to be disparaging toward secular individuals, they most certainly are. In fact, considering that the statements come from an educated man and not some uniformed member of the general public, they are especially troubling.
Plante casually claims that religious people are "better citizens" and "behave better." And without citing any sources, he tells us: "Research has consistently found that religious people are less likely to engage in criminal behavior, marital infidelity, alcoholism, unprotected sexual activity. . ."
In other words, according to Plante, if you're not religious you might be a good person, but on average you are more likely to have these undesirable characteristics. This is a bold assertion that, of course, immediately puts secular individuals on the defensive. (Just imagine if the same claims were made against any other minority group.) It is precisely claims like these that lead to many Americans having an unfavorable view of atheistFortunately for atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists, there is no factual basis for Plante's claim that "research has consistently found" secular individuals to be more prone to such antisocial behavior. Consider, for example, a March 2009 academic article in Sociology Compass that extensively researched the subjects raised by Plante. The article, by Phil Zuckerman of Pitzer College, is entitled "Atheism, Secularity, and Well-Being: How the Findings of Social Science Counter Negative Stereotypes and Assumptions" and, unlike Plante's article, it cites detailed studies of the areas in question.