Alliance for Democracy

Corporations always profit from war whether “we” win or lose

Posted in anti-war rally, Korea Free Trade Agreement, military-industrial complex, South Korea Free Trade Agreement by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on January 13, 2011

President Obama will soon deliver his third State of the Union address. We need to be prepared to remind him following that address of the campaigns promises not kept, of the hope that is no longer felt by those middle class people who volunteered their time and gave their money to see that he was elected as the agent of change. Instead the wars drag on in Iraq and Afghanistan, with continuing killing of American soldiers as well as the people of those two nations. Since Obama assumed office, the war on terror has grown , expanding to Pakistan and Yemen. The wars continue to drain our economy, costing America over a trillion dollars in increased debt each year. All while we continue to suffer growing unemployment, and state and local governments face growing budget crises, growing ever larger with no aid from Washington. The states and cities now will be on their own. And Obama is set to explain that we all need to make sacrifices, that we are all responsible because we have expected too much., we have lived beyond our means. As he explains how we must share in making sacrifices, he will introduce another corporate driven free trade agreement, this one with South Korea which the federal U.S. International Trade Commission concluded would increase the US trade deficit. That increase, according to the Economic Policy Institute, will cost the US almost 160,000 jobs. . (more…)

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Taking Action, not just thinking and talking‏

Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war rally, Employee Free Choice Act, Financial crisis, Too Big to Fail by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on September 12, 2010

If you are anything like me, you are tired to thinking that political leaders will show us the way forward toward some better world.  Some of you (not me) thought that Obama would be such a leader, leading us to a world of health care for all instead of health care corporate profits, an end to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, strengthening of the social safety net of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, job creation with a return of manufacturing to America, real solutions to the fiscal crises – you know things like reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, breaking too-big-to-fail-banks up – elimination of tax breaks and tax cuts which benefit the wealthy, changes to the food system to make it healthy, renegotiation of “free” trade agreements, passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.  Shall I go on? (more…)

2 events and Kucinich statement on Health Care‏

Posted in anti-war rally, Single Payer by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on March 17, 2010

Two events this Saturday, one sponsored by the Alliance For Democracy.
   1.
Community for Earth invites you to come an learn more about Coal in Oregon’s Future.

Hear opposing viewpoints:

Robin Everett: Sierra club’s Beyond Coal Campaign
Reuben Plantico – Environmental and Sustainable Policy Director, Portland General Electric
2. 
Saturday, March 20, 12 Noon, Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Madison 

Iraq, Seven Years Later, Change US Foreign Policy, Bring All the Troops Home?
Rally, March and Teach-in

12 noon, rally, Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Madison, Portland
12:30 PM march to teach-in
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Teach-in (refreshments and literature available) Main St Sanctuary, First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Main, Portland

End the Occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine
• Stop the Expanding Attacks in the Middle East: No Drone Strikes in Pakistan
• No War on Iran
• US Out of Latin America

Coordinated by: Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group
Co-sponsored by: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland; Portland Peaceful Response Coalition; Center for Intercultural Organizing; American Iranian Friendship Council; Women in Black; American Friends Service Committee; International Socialist Organization; Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER); Metanoia Peace Community; Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and others.
For more information: Peace and Justice Works, 503-236-3065 or iraq@pjw.info

 
Lastly, you likely heard that Rep Kucinich has decided to support the Pres and vote for the healthcare bill when it soons come to a vote. So I have included his statement explaining his decision.  He referrs to health care as a civil right, declares his continuing support for single payer. 
 
I felt such great sadness reading his statement, realizing that the power of corporations is so dominate even this man, who bought light to Cinninatti, must yield.  I hope that Dennis will devote much to his future energy to the end of corporate personhood as the root of that dominance and that he will advocate the amendment of the US Constitution as the most important step toward establishing a people’s democracy in America.
 David e. Delk,  Alliance for Democracy, www.afd-pdx.org


Subj: Health Care is a Civil Right

 

Dennis Kucinich - www.Kucinich.us
Health Care is a Civil Right

http://kucinich.us/HealthCare
Click here to view video.

Each generation has had to take up the question of how to provide for the health of the people of our nation. And each generation has grappled with difficult questions of how to meet the needs of our people. I believe health care is a civil right. Each time as a nation we have reached to expand our basic rights, we have witnessed a slow and painful unfolding of a democratic pageant of striving, of resistance, of breakthroughs, of opposition, of unrelenting efforts and of eventual triumph.

I have spent my life struggling for the rights of working class people and for health care. I grew up understanding firsthand what it meant for families who did not get access to needed care. I lived in 21 different places by the time I was 17, including in a couple of cars. I understand the connection between poverty and poor health care, the deeper meaning of what Native Americans have called “hole in the body, hole in the spirit.” I struggled with Crohn’s disease much of my adult life, to discover sixteen years ago a near-cure in alternative medicine and following a plant-based diet. I have learned with difficulty the benefits of taking charge personally of my own health care. On those few occasions when I have needed it, I have had access to the best allopathic practitioners. As a result I have received the blessings of vitality and high energy. Health and health care is personal for each one of us. As a former surgical technician I know that there are many people who dedicate their lives to helping others improve theirs. I also know their struggles with an insufficient health care system.

There are some who believe that health care is a privilege based on ability to pay. This is the model President Obama is dealing with, attempting to open up health care to another 30 million people, within the context of the for-profit insurance system. There are others who believe that health care is a basic right and ought to be provided through a not-for-profit plan. This is what I have tirelessly advocated.

I have carried the banner of national health care in two presidential campaigns, in party platform meetings, and as co-author of HR676, Medicare for All. I have worked to expand the health care debate beyond the current for-profit system, to include a public option and an amendment to free the states to pursue single payer. The first version of the health care bill, while badly flawed, contained provisions which I believed made the bill worth supporting in committee. The provisions were taken out of the bill after it passed committee.

I joined with the Progressive Caucus saying that I would not support the bill unless it had a strong public option and unless it protected the right of people to pursue single payer at a state level. It did not. I kept my pledge and voted against the bill. I have continued to oppose it while trying to get the provisions back into the bill. Some have speculated I may be in a position of casting the deciding vote. The President’s visit to my district on Monday underscored the urgency of this moment.

I have taken this fight farther than many in Congress cared to carry it because I know what my constituents experience on a daily basis. Come to my district in Cleveland and you will understand.

The people of Ohio’s 10th district have been hard hit by an economy where wealth has accelerated upwards through plant closings, massive unemployment, small business failings, lack of access to credit, foreclosures and the high cost of health care and limited access to care. I take my responsibilities to the people of my district personally. The focus of my district office is constituent service, which more often than not involves social work to help people survive economic perils. It also involves intervening with insurance companies.

In the past week it has become clear that the vote on the final health care bill will be very close. I take this vote with the utmost seriousness. I am quite aware of the historic fight that has lasted the better part of the last century to bring America in line with other modern democracies in providing single payer health care. I have seen the political pressure and the financial pressure being asserted to prevent a minimal recognition of this right, even within the context of a system dominated by private insurance companies.

I know I have to make a decision, not on the bill as I would like to see it, but the bill as it is. My criticisms of the legislation have been well reported. I do not retract them. I incorporate them in this statement. They still stand as legitimate and cautionary. I still have doubts about the bill. I do not think it is a first step toward anything I have supported in the past. This is not the bill I wanted to support, even as I continue efforts until the last minute to modify the bill.

However after careful discussions with the President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Elizabeth my wife and close friends, I have decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation. If my vote is to be counted, let it now count for passage of the bill, hopefully in the direction of comprehensive health care reform. We must include coverage for those excluded from this bill. We must free the states. We must have control over private insurance companies and the cost their very existence imposes on American families. We must strive to provide a significant place for alternative and complementary medicine, religious health science practice, and the personal responsibility aspects of health care which include diet, nutrition, and exercise.

The health care debate has been severely hampered by fear, myths, and by hyper-partisanship. The President clearly does not advocate socialism or a government takeover of health care. The fear that this legislation has engendered has deep roots, not in foreign ideology but in a lack of confidence, a timidity, mistrust and fear which post 911 America has been unable to shake.

This fear has so infected our politics, our economics and our international relations that as a nation we are losing sight of the expanded vision, the electrifying potential we caught a glimpse of with the election of Barack Obama. The transformational potential of his presidency, and of ourselves, can still be courageously summoned in ways that will reconnect America to our hopes for expanded opportunities for jobs, housing, education, peace, and yes, health care.

I want to thank those who have supported me personally and politically as I have struggled with this decision. I ask for your continued support in our ongoing efforts to bring about meaningful change. As this bill passes I will renew my efforts to help those state organizations which are aimed at stirring a single payer movement which eliminates the predatory role of private insurers who make money not providing health care. I have taken a detour through supporting this bill, but I know the destination I will continue to lead, for as long as it takes, whatever it takes to an America where health care will be firmly established as a civil right.

Thank you.
Dennis

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter, 503.232.5495
Saturday, March 20 – 10 AM with doors opening at 9:30AM.
First Unitarian Church – SW 12th and Salmon.
Free but donations accepted.

 

Co-sponsored by:
Alliance for Democracy
West Hills UU Fellowship Green Sanctuary Committee
Oregon Interfaith Power and Light
Oregon Environmental Council