Rep. Barbara Lee, Who Cast Sole Vote After 9/11 Against “Forever Wars,” on Need for Afghan War Inquiry

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. In the days that followed, the nation reeled from the deaths of over 3,000 people, as President George W. Bush beat the drums for war. On September 14, 2001, three days after the devastating 9/11 attacks, members of Congress held a five-hour debate on whether to grant the president expansive powers to use military force in retaliation for the attacks, which the Senate had already passed by a vote of 98 to 0. California Democratic Congressmember Barbara Lee, her voice trembling with emotion as…

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Walk Out: Texas Democrats Block Passage of Voter Suppression Bill by Leaving Capitol Ahead of Vote

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show in Texas, where Democratic lawmakers staged a dramatic walkout Sunday night to prevent the Republican-controlled Legislature from passing a sweeping bill to rewrite election laws in Texas. Critics say the bill would lead to mass voter suppression, especially of Black and Latinx voters, by eliminating drive-thru and 24-hour voting, as well as ballot drop boxes and voting on Sunday. The Republican bill would also make it easier for elections to be overturned even if there’s no evidence of fraud. Just before the state’s legislative session ended, Texas House Speaker Dade…

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Sturgeon says new vote is ‘will of the country’ after Scotland elects pro-independence majority

Another referendum is the “will of the country” first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said after Scotland elected a majority of pro-independence MSPs. IndyRef2 The SNP won a total of 64 seats in the Scottish Parliament – one more than in 2016, but one short of the total needed for a majority. With the Scottish Greens having their best ever Holyrood performance, returning eight MSPs, the parliament now has 72 MSPs who support a second independence vote. Former first minister Alex Salmond’s Alba Party – which had been campaigning for an independence “supermajority” – failed to get any MSPs elected. Speaking on 8 May, Sturgeon said her first focus…

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Britain decides… to vote for whoever Murdoch tells them to

Image description This cartoon depicts a mock front page of The Sun newspaper. Next to The Sun masthead is a box with the words “Boris Backer” and a cartoon illustration of Boris Johnson. Underneath that is a main headline that reads “Britain decides” and beneath that a smaller sub-headline that reads “to vote for whoever Murdoch tells them too”. This is illustrated with a sign saying “polling station”. To the left of this is a side bar with an illustration of a roll of wallpaper, a baby’s dummy and a teddy bear. Beneath that it reads “Who cares? Who hasn’t has their nanny paid for and house decorate…

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Second independence vote backed by 60% of UK Labour supporters, survey suggests

A new survey suggests that 60% of Labour supporters across the UK back another independence referendum “in principle” in the next few years, and 56% think the party should too. Labour out of step with its supporters? The YouGov study, which spoke to 1,073 Labour members between 17 March and 24 March, found that while supporters in the rest of the UK believe there should be another vote, just 31% in Scotland feel the same – with 61% against the idea and 8% undecided. However, the weighted sample in Scotland for the poll was just 43 people. The Scottish Parliament elections are coming up. If the SNP win,…

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“We Need to Give the Workers a Fair Shot”: Jane McAlevey on What Went Wrong in Amazon Union Vote

Labor organizer and scholar Jane McAlevey says there were many warning signs that the historic Amazon union drive in Bessemer, Alabama, would fail. Workers at the Amazon warehouse voted overwhelmingly against forming a union after a months-long vote by mail, with Amazon using widespread intimidation and misinformation to undermine the effort. But McAlevey says organizers made a number of missteps in their campaign and didn’t do enough to engage workers in the warehouse. “There’s a strategy and a method for every part of a hard campaign. Do we always win when we follow them? No. Do we stand a better chance of winning them? Yes,” says McAlevey. Source…

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Amazon Intimidates Workers Amid Historic Union Vote in Alabama as Jeff Bezos Makes $7 Million an Hour

Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are in the final days of voting on whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and become the first unionized Amazon warehouse in the United States. Ballots have been sent to nearly 6,000 workers, most of whom are Black, in one of the most closely watched union elections in decades. Amazon has fought off labor organizing at the company for decades, but workers in Baltimore, New Orleans, Portland, Denver and Southern California are now also reportedly considering union drives. “Amazon is trying to intimidate workers. They want them to be afraid,” says Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and…

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Catalans set to vote in an election that could be a test for the separatist movement

Voting has started in Spain’s north-eastern Catalonia as 5.3 million voters are called to cast their ballots. It’s an election that will test the region’s secessionist movement. Salvador Illa will lead the ticket of the Socialists’ Party of Catalonia. Until January, he was in charge of Spain’s coronavirus (Covid-19) response as its health minister. A tight race Illa is hoping to end the hold that pro-independence politicians have held in the regional parliament for the past decade. Polls, however, predict a tight race. The Socialists will compete for votes with the two leading pro-secession parties, the left-wing Republic Left of Catalonia and the centre-right Together for Catalonia. People…

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Socialist candidate leads in Ecuador elections, but run-off vote could mean a return to austerity

Ecuador’s election finished without a decisive winner and is therefore set to go to a run-off between the candidates with the top two vote tallies. But who those two candidates will be is not yet clear. In a surprise upset, the center-right candidate failed to win a comfortable second-place showing and is neck-and-neck with an insurgent indigenous candidate who ran on an ‘eco-socialist’ platform. The result is therefore a decisive and unequivocal rejection of neoliberal austerity imposed by former president Lenin Moreno. But some serious questions surround the credibility of the self-described ‘eco-socialist’ candidate. Progressive journalists have pointed out that his candidacy might be a trojan horse to…

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The government abstained on a cladding vote that could affect millions of lives

The government declined to vote on a motion that aimed to help people living in buildings with unsafe cladding that have been hit by huge bills. On 1 February, MPs passed a motion in the House of Commons to take steps to support those affected by unsafe cladding. The motion passed with 263 votes to 0, as all Conservative MPs abstained. The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire led to a cladding scandal has left millions of people living in unsafe buildings. Many have received large repair bills from landlords and building owners.   We’re glad to see today’s motion has passed and thank many of those involved…

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