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  • How a Pledge to Dismantle the Minneapolis Police Collapsed. When a majority of City Council members promised to “end policing as we know it” after George Floyd’s killing, they became a case study in how idealistic calls for structural change can falter.

    09/28/2020 10:58:27 AM PDT · by karpov · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 26, 2020 | Astead W. Herndon
    MINNEAPOLIS — Over three months ago, a majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledged to defund the city’s police department, making a powerful statement that reverberated across the country. It shook up Capitol Hill and the presidential race, shocked residents, delighted activists and changed the trajectory of efforts to overhaul the police during a crucial window of tumult and political opportunity. Now some council members would like a do-over. Councilor Andrew Johnson, one of the nine members who supported the pledge in June, said in an interview that he meant the words “in spirit,” not by the letter. Another councilor,...
  • Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren

    09/16/2019 12:06:37 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 28 replies
    nytimes ^ | 09/16/2019 | Astead W Herndon
    The progressive group, whose electoral influence has grown since it backed Bernie Sanders four years ago, is now supporting Ms. Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination. The Working Families Party, the labor-aligned progressive group whose electoral influence has grown since the 2016 election, has endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for the Democratic presidential nomination, a boon to her candidacy as she attempts to position herself as the main challenger to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
  • Should a White Man Be the Face of the Democratic Party in 2020?

    04/20/2019 7:06:43 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 100 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 20, 2019 | Astead W. Herndon and Matt Flegenheimer
    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — As Peter Johnson and Emily Neal waited for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to arrive at Barley’s, a brick-lined sports bar in southwestern Iowa, they gamed out possible nominees in the Democratic presidential primary. Mr. Johnson, a 27-year-old law student, said the large field was a great equalizer, and “if at the end of it we get an old white guy, someone who represents the status quo, it’ll be because they’ve proven themselves.” Ms. Neal, a dental hygienist, made an agonized face at Mr. Johnson, her boyfriend. Wouldn’t something be lost, she asked, if the historically diverse slate...
  • 2020 Democrats Embrace Race-Conscious Policies, Including Reparations

    02/21/2019 12:00:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 21, 2019 | By Astead W. Herndon
    From the very first day of the 2020 presidential race, when Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts blamed “generations of discrimination” for black families earning far less than white households, Democratic hopefuls have broadly emphasized racial justice and closing the wealth gap in their policy platforms. But in recent weeks, some candidates have started embracing specific goals and overtly race-conscious legislation that even the most left-wing elected officials stayed away from in recent years. Last week, Senator Kamala Harris of California agreed with a radio host’s recent suggestion that government reparations for black Americans were necessary to address the legacies of...