Donna Edwards

Open Thread: 5 members of Congress Arrested By Secret Service

For protesting human rights violations in Darfur:

Five members of Congress and two Darfur activists had themselves arrested Monday outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C., to draw attention to the continuing humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Uniformed Secret Service officers put plastic handcuffs on Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), along with Save Darfur Coalition president Jerry Fowler and Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast after the group stepped behind yellow police tape in front of the embassy.

Before being taken into custody, each of the arrestees addressed a small crowd of reporters and other activists who had been tipped off about the event. Each speaker called on the Obama administration to do more to stop the conflict in Sudan. 

3 years ago...

The Era of Small Government is Over: Take Back America Conference Part 2 CORRECTED

(CORRECTION: The quote about focusing on the deficit being wrong was incorrectly attributed to Richard Trumka. It was actually Lawrence Mishel who said that. I have changed the name, and moved the paragraph up to where I cover Mishel's presentation. - TW)

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(NOTE -- Unlike my post of yesterday, I will use block quotes to indicate where I am quoting or paraphrasing the speakers. All other text are my own summaries, comments, and interpretations. Also, the phrase “neo-liberal” or “neo-lib” – which was used by the speakers – refers to the economic ideology of radical free markets, or market fundamentalism, not political liberalism.)

In introducing the panel, The Economics of Shared Prosperity Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute argued forcefully:

The dominant economic philosophy of neo-liberalism – that markets solve all problems, and everyone can be left to take care of themselves – is now completely discredited. What we need to say loud and clear is that the era of small government is over. Remember that it was a Democratic President, Clinton, who joined the neo-libs, the conservatives, and the republicans in 1997 when he said the era of big government is over.