Citizen Dad/Lisa's guy. Public Servant. Community organizer. This is my personal blog. Opinions mine. I have a wide variety of affiliations. I don't always speak for them. They don't always speak for me.
I first met John Powell a.k.a. Johnny Skatepunk circa 1984-85 via the underground Carbondale punk rock scene. Places like Airwaves or Cafe Flesh that featured bands like The Hip Chemists, Your Mother’s Lover, Nice Boys From Good Homes, Life Without Art, The Jesus Guys, Blood Stained Tool, and The Coffee Achievers.
Johnny went on to become a scientist and an avid sailor. While the political establishment considers the Bernie Sanders Green New Deal plan to be too radical, Johnny echos a fragment of discouraged scientists that believe it may already be too late to mitigate #ClimateEmergency. He related his personal experiences in Antarctica to his skepticism, though he remains in favor of making the boldest effort possible to save ourselves.
These are iphone videos are from my visit with Johnny while canvassing North Chicago to get on the ballot as part of my run for Congress in IL-10.
A lot of rain yesterday. I was in a tent on stage and the crowd was in a food tent across a wide field. I could barely see the faces of the people in the tent and they were mostly eating brats and drinking beer while I started. One of the musical acts setting up, working and talking around me is obvious from the video.
On the plus side, I was able to engage the crowd and had a number of people introduce themselves to me afterwards asking me “What can I do to help your campaign?”
Your donation pays union printers to help this campaign educate voters about ending the free ride for health insurance CEOs and shareholders who get rich from a system the kills and bankrupts Americans.
Fun at 2 a.m. yesterday morning while taking a break from editing video.
I mentioned Rodney Jones. I attended creative writing workshops with him and others with Philip St. Clair, who wrote an incredible epic poem Vicksburg. I remember vaguely that one or both of them advised me to let poetry speak for itself and that vast backstory should be unnecessary for a good poem. The same is usually true for good songs, but Facebook is an informal, maybe less than informal, social medium. Also, I do love when Patterson Hood adds narrative to his songs. I hope, at least, my backstory is tolerable. Thanks again to those wonderful oddballs, Facebook friends, and misc. vampires that joined me unscheduled and unpromoted in the early morning hours.
Michael got selected over me and a couple of others to argue in favor of Single-payer healthcare. The reject speakers were there to support him. It was not politics as usual nor was it supposed to be. He was armed with dignity and the facts on his side.
This year’s Bughouse Debates marked the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s 1919 Race Riots. Much like the death toll of that racist violence 100 years ago or unarmed citizens summarily executed by police today, bad outcomes from our current healthcare system disproportionately harm people of color. The life expectancies in the affluent nearby Streeterville community range decades higher than life expectancy in the low-income African American communities located just 15 miles west or south. Your life expectancy in the United States shouldn’t depend on your skin color or your zip code. Our Constitution calls for the government to provide a common defense and to promote the general welfare. Healthcare is a human right and National health insurance secures that right immediately. A government of the United States that doesn’t secure the rights of its citizens is a failed government.
Thanks to Timi, Ethan, and Joel for volunteering along with Mark. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to purchase a button, T-shirt, or to get on the mailing list for the ISPC.
1) Uncle Bernie’s grab-bag of good policy reclaims democracy for the people and takes a drastic U-turn away from ecological catastrophe.
2) He is the ultimate long-distance runner of politics. 30 years ago he had the vision to know what this country needed to do. He organized and spoke truth to power and the country finally caught up with him. We need that long distance vision to put us on track for where we need to be 30 years from now.
Top Two Reasons Not To Vote For Bernie:
1) The nails on chalk board effect of the billionth time he mentions the billionaire class.
2) The continuous deafening lamentations of ignorant Never Bernie people followed by Bernie’s exhortations to respect these people.