With the recent uptick in violence in Pittsfield, with the increased prominence of local gangs and with the opioid epidemic that is rampant in our region, our elected officials need to work together to address the core factors that give rise to these issues:
• Job loss
• Economic and social inequality
• Lack of economic opportunity
As Donna Smith of Common Dreams rightfully points out: “...most of what we believe and hear is that Bernie supporters are demanding a different kind of governance – a democracy for all the people.” Nothing more and nothing less. It is little short of criminal that our media and our governing elite willfully ignore our central, primary political issue – money has killed our democracy and the people want it back.
Kshama Sawant, Seattle's socialist City Councilmember has launched a petition at http://movement4bernie.org/run-all-the-way which encourages Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders to do just that. She states:
This would be the Dream Team, Sen. Bernie Sanders running for President with Jill Stein as his running mate. They could do this under the aegis of the Green Party. Least anyone think that this is merely a dream, here is the text of the letter that Jill Stein sent to Bernie on April 21:
The Status Quo has once again prevailed, yet it may be a pyrrhic victory. Now that it has been shown to all that the Democratic Party is owned lock, stock and barrel by the corporate establishment: the Clintons, Obamas, and the Wasserman Schultzes - Liberals and Progressives are once again being told to fall in line. This time the result may be different…. As the Democratic Primary comes to its railroad-tracked conclusion the Democratic Party faces a train-wreck.