|9/19/2017 6:01:23 PM||Right-Wing Nancy Pelosi Rattled by Protesters|| |
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|Undocumented protesters drive Nancy Pelosi out of her own press conference
By Evan Blake
19 September 2017
Roughly 40 undocumented immigrant protesters took over the stage at a pro-Democratic Party press conference in San Francisco Monday morning, causing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) to end the event early and depart.
The protesters, who did not claim affiliation with any organized group or party, sharply denounced the sordid deal being prepared by Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer with the Trump administration to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while further militarizing the border, as well as the anti-immigrant record of the Democrats during the Obama administration. They descended upon the stage near the end of Pelosi’s remarks, which centered on the recent efforts of the Democrats to draft bipartisan immigration legislation with the deeply reactionary and anti-immigrant Trump administration.
Protesters held signs reading, “DEMOCRATS ARE DEPORTERS,” while protest leaders led a series of call-and-response chants, declaring, “We are immigrant youth! Undocumented and unafraid! We are the immigrant liberation movement of directly impacted youth!”
In video footage of the event, Pelosi is visibly shaken and can be seen nervously speaking with her aides, prompting a protester to address her directly, saying, “Nancy Pelosi, we’re speaking to you, please pay attention.”
The first protest leader led the group in chanting, “We, the undocumented youth, will not be a bargaining chip for Trump’s xenophobic agenda, deporting millions of people and further militarizing the border!”
She then noted, “Democrats created an out-of-control deportation machine and handed it over to Trump! We demand accountability! Democrats are not the resistance of Trump! We are!”
The second protest leader put forward a somewhat sharper denunciation of the Democratic Party, describing the reign of terror imposed on immigrant communities during the Obama administration.
He began by calling out Pelosi for her duplicity, chanting, “Congresswoman Pelosi! You called this press conference in our name, to defend the so-called Dream Act! But you’ve already traded in our parents in our name! First you said you supported a clean Dream Act, and then last week you announced that you had agreed with President Trump, and I quote you, ‘To work out a package of border security.’ Your words, or were you misquoted?”
He continued, “We cannot say, however, that we are surprised. We remember all too well, how for eight years the Democrats laid siege to our communities, raiding and deporting nearly 3 million people, our family members and loved ones. Where was your resistance then? Ms. Pelosi, did you think we would forget?”
The second speaker closed by calling on all undocumented immigrants to unite against the deportation policies of Trump and the Democrats, saying, “We send a clear message to our fellow undocumented youth and communities: We are the resistance to Trump! Not the Democrats! We extend our arms in struggle to our parents and our loved ones. With you we are prepared to struggle, side by side in this fight. You have sacrificed everything, how could we forget? We are not alone in this fight!”
The political perspective of the protest group was contradictory, vacillating between sharp denunciations of the Democrats and appeals to these same corrupt politicians to make a political about-face and begin defending immigrant rights.
Both protest leaders referred to the prospect of the Democrats creating a “clean bill” that introduces comprehensive immigration reform, with the first chant leader directly appealing to Pelosi and other Democrats: “We demand a clean bill that protects immigrant youth without hurting our families!”
Later, this same leader led a chant directed toward Pelosi, saying, “We, undocumented youth, demand your commitment in fighting for all 11 million!” This was in reference to the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the US, of which DACA enrollees comprise roughly 800,000.
Part of the way through the second speaker’s chants, Pelosi and attendees at the press conference began interrupting the chanters, and a back-and-forth between Pelosi and the protesters began.
At one point, the protesters shouted, “You have the audacity to tell us that you have been fighting deportation?!”
Pelosi replied, “Yes, yes, yes, yes I am, yes I am,” with the crowd responding, “You are a liar! You are a liar!”
After roughly 30 minutes, Pelosi and the other Democrats left the press conference. Outside the venue, Pelosi told reporters, “We want comprehensive immigration reform. I’d rather have that of course than just one piece of it, the Dream Bill, but we don’t have that opportunity right now.”
A protester told a Channel 4 News reporter, “Democrats continue to only push for Dreamers, which is only about 800,000 of us. We are 11 million, we’re not 800,000. We are much more than that. We have our parents, our community members, everybody.”
Despite lingering illusions in a legislative path to “immigration reform” through pressure on the Democrats, the protest as a whole struck a sharply anti-Democratic Party chord. In this regard it indicates the form that future struggles will take, as the working class begins to break the decades-long stranglehold of the Democratic Party and chart an independent path fighting for its own interests. The only way forward for workers—immigrant and native born—is through an independent, international mobilization, in opposition to the entire capitalist system.
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|9/20/2017 5:09:06 PM||Right-Wing Nancy Pelosi Rattled by Protesters|| |
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|Change that he can believe in: Obama cashes in on Wall Street
By Niles Niemuth
20 September 2017
World Socialist Web Site
Less than a year after leaving office, former President Barack Obama has comfortably entrenched himself within the uppermost echelons of the top 1 percent, pocketing one six-figure check after the next, while hobnobbing with the Wall Street criminals who benefitted the most from his presidency.
He has found himself quite at ease vacationing with billionaires, spending time on their yachts and on their exclusive private island resorts.
Obama’s smooth transition from the White House to Wall Street is a particularly crude expression of the nexus between the state and corporate America. No matter the endless hand-wringing in the liberal press over the impact of the outright exposure of the corruption the Democratic Party, Obama just can’t help himself.
Anyhow, there is little shame seen by leading Democratic Party financiers and supporters in Obama’s mad rush for millions.
“I don’t think getting any grief for doing this is going to bother him at all,” corporate attorney Sean Coffey, a prominent Democratic Party donor who worked on Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, told Bloomberg News.
“He was the president of the entire United States—financial services are under that umbrella,” said banker Robert Wolf, another close confidant of Obama and a member of the Obama Foundation board. “He doesn’t look at Wall Street like, ‘Oh, these are individuals who don’t want the best for the country.’ He doesn’t stereotype.”
A former aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department and a close Obama friend, Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman Tom Nides, gloated to Bloomberg, “I love Barack Obama, and if someone is willing to pay him to give a speech, God bless America.”
Clinton in her new book What Happened blames everyone and anyone else, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and “fake news,” for her loss in the 2016 elections. However, a major factor in her loss was the exposure of her deep ties to Wall Street, including the publication of her secret paid speeches to Goldman Sachs.
It was on this basis that the Democratic Party was rejected by millions who correctly identified it as a party of Wall Street.
Just last month, Obama was paid $400,000 by Northern Trust, a private bank for the ultra-wealthy headquartered in Chicago, for an appearance in New York City alongside executives from Microsoft and IBM and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
Obama was already well acquainted with the bank executives and clients with whom he rubbed shoulders; Northern Trust gave the then-freshman US senator from Illinois a significant discount on a $1.3 million home loan in 2005. The deal saved the fledgling millionaire and his wife Michelle Obama thousands of dollars in mortgage payments every year on their mansion in the exclusive Hyde Park neighborhood.
Under Obama, the stock market and corporate profits soared to record heights. Rather than prosecuting those bankers and corporate fraudsters who crashed the world in economy in 2008, Obama bailed them out. Unlimited amounts of free money were pumped into the stock market, ensuring that stock prices and corporate value soared to record heights.
Obama became the first president to be at war for two full terms, dropping bombs on at least seven countries and continuing the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. He pioneered assassinations by unmanned drone missile strikes, personally approving targets for death at meetings held on “Terror Tuesdays,” murdering hundreds of civilians in the process.
As the wars raged and the financial oligarchs were allowed to engorge themselves on the ever-greater amounts of wealth that are being piled up at the top of society, the living standards of the working class were driven down with wages slashed and health care and pensions torn away. Obama oversaw the greatest transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top in history.
Obama is just starting to reap the rewards of a job well done serving the interests of the financial elite and the military-intelligence apparatus.
In April, he received $400,000 from A&E Television and received an undisclosed amount for a discussion in May about food with his former White House chef in Milan, Italy.
Last week, he spoke at an event sponsored by the Carlyle Group, where he earned $400,000. Next week, Obama will give the keynote address at a health care conference sponsored by the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, his bank account to be infused with yet another tranche of $400,000.
A book deal was signed by the Obamas earlier this year worth $65 million. By some estimates he and Michelle will eventually rake in more than $242 million from speeches, book deals and pensions.
|9/20/2017 5:12:48 PM||Right-Wing Nancy Pelosi Rattled by Protesters|| |
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|She is not part of the right-wing establishment.|