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Global Peeks sits down with Bruce Dixon, Managing Editor of Black Agenda Report about the professional art of the sell out & influence peddling by Black political staffers turned lobbyists who sell themselves to the wicked bloodsuckers of the poor.
Ever wondered what the staffers of Congressional Black Caucus members do after their stints on Capitol Hill?
When black politics emanated from the streets, not the suites, it was a force against imperial war, for full employment, better housing and public education. But now, black politics is a hollowed out brand, an empty signifier deployed by black lobbyists and congress creatures to cover whatever their corporate donors want, while the black political class ceaselessly celebrates the civil rights era to renew its own legitimacy.
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Reference Article By Bruce Dixon on the subject
On a basketball court at any time are five players for each team. Over the last two weeks we've discussed the role of Power Forwards ( Boards and Commissions) and Point Guards (Government Executives). This week we will go Inside the League with Lobbyists: Shooting Guards in the game of politics. What's the role of lobbyists? What are the different types of lobbyist? Why are they so influential? who are the top lobbyists and lobbying organizations in California?
Agitator Radio host Robert Dawkins discusses: progressive politics, race relations, American politics, African American, culture, demographics, social justice, economic justice, racial disparity, justice, American history, society, social change, law enforcement, police, labor, labor organizing, organized labor, North Carolina, community action, community organization, and more!
Robert's guest is Ellen Dunbar. Ellen Dunbar is Director of the US-Africa Ebola Working Group and President of Miss Africa Foundation, a DC-based non-profit organization created to improve the quality of life of the underprivileged, with emphasis on advancing healthcare, education and economic empowerment. Dunbar received personal requests from the Ambassadors of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help fight the deadly Ebola virus, requests which, under the guardianship of Joel Segal, resulted in partnering with some of the most powerful activists, philanthropists and lobbyists to form the U.S.-Africa Ebola Working Group.
After 13 years as the lobbyist in Olympia for the Washington Technology Industry Association, Lewis McMurran left the industry group in 2013 to run his own consulting business. A highly respected lobbyist by tech leaders and politicians, his work has been instrumental in legislative circles. Join us as we chat with Lew about business, policy, trends, elections, and more.
Your always sunny host here at SevsDeadSerious is quite enaqmored with "free" elections..."free" for who? Billionaires from both sides of the two-sided political spectrum we call American Politics spend billions trying to convince "we the people" what is the best way to spend out single vote...how magnanimous of them. The problem is that it becomes a seies of patronage questions to which billionaire spent the most on your particular campaign...kind of like prostitution without all that dirty sex. Frankly seeing the opportunity for lobbyists, consultants, advisors, strategists, marketeers, ad agencies, media salespeople and the candidates themselves to enrech themselves makes me soooooo happy...Oh and you other dickheads, just go vote and shut-up....more on that later.
Organizing voter registration drives, holding mass meetings, raising funds, contacting the media, passing out literature, even sending out mass e-mails in order to organize people for mass political action, requires the time and resources to work without the pressure of wondering how ones bills will be paid. These are activities necessary to change conditions for a community, and yet, the activists who make things happen are often stuggling to survive themselves, which makes it unlikely that efforts will be successful to change conditions for those who most need a change. Why do we expect activists to volunteer their time and work for free, when those who are in control of government resources get paid a handsome salary to live comfortably while they maintain the status quo? Should there be a fund that community members pay into which would support acticvist who lobby and organize for better conditions for the people? Or are such organizations already in existence, but merely need more financial contributions form those they consistently help? How do we change the thinking of those who are in need of better public service so that they understand "freedom ain't free"? Which organizations do people trust enough to invest enough money into that can hire those who are dedicated to working for better conditions for all? The Urban League? The NAACP? The National Action Network? The Rainbow PUSH Coalition? Your local block club? Your own religious organization? Or something else? Would you help pay the salary for full time political activists who work for your interests?
Cori talks with filmmaker, Holly Mosher about her latest film Pay to Play: Democracy's High Stakes and how true democracy is subverted when money gets involved. This powerful documentary explores the relationship between power, money, politics, lobbyists and who wins in the great battle over who can be heard!
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After watching the statements of the Republican members of the Science and Technology committee of the US House of Representatives, your favorite liberal pundit at SevsDeadSerious.com is now absolute;ly sure that the Republican members of this committe have reached a level of stupidity as it pertains to science that would be unimaginable in the 20th century let alone the 21st century. At this point to deny the authenticity of climate change is beyond the imagination; its one thing to be India or China are experiencing their own Industrial Revolutions and are beholden to fossill fuels to continue their rapid expansion but for the US to argue it is insane. We have the knowledge, manpower and ability to set the stage for climate progress in the world and we can (and should) be the leaders of the "Green Revolution". The revolution would spur jobs to rebuild the infrastructure, promote math and science through educational initiatives spotlighting jobs in the new economy and building a future for our children and their children and their children and ultimately save the planet. Or we can cater to political interests, lobbyists and the sleaze of 'Citizens United'...which do you want in your wallet?
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