Interview with RCDP Chair, Howard Katz

Howard Katz

On Thursday, August 18th, I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Elle Kurpiewski’s Progressive Talk Radio program.  The Democratic Headquarters of the Desert put the interview on their website as a podcast on Saturday, August 20th.  I was extremely pleased with how ElleK handled the interview, her questions, and her commentary.  The interview ranged over a multitude of topics.

I invite you to listen to the interview.  Please click on the following link.

                                                                                          —Howard Katz, Chair  
                                                                                          Riverside County Democratic Party

Listen to interview.

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53rd Anniversary of the March on Washington

DNC Chair Donna Brazile’s 53rd Anniversary of the March on Washington statement:
“I was eight years old when the news spread through my community that Dr. King had been assassinated. When it happened, my grandmother told me and my siblings that when we mourned the deceased, we also had to pray. She told us to pray for him and his family, to pray for the person who did it, and to pray for Dr. King’s enemies. She believed what Dr. King preached – that the most powerful weapon in the universe is always love, never hate.” Read more here.

Hillary Clinton’s 53rd Anniversary of the March on Washington statement:
“Tomorrow, we mark the date on which hundreds of thousands of Americans marched on Washington on behalf of human rights.  Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered words now etched forever in our nation’s history: ‘I have a dream, that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ “His call to action sparked the momentum needed to pass the Voting Rights Act –  knocking down legal barriers that had stood for generations, and ensuring every American could exercise their constitutional right to vote.” Read more here.

Representative John Lewis: Why I march: From 1963 to today“Today is the 53rd anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. I was the youngest speaker at that march, and that day I was filled with a sense of righteous indignation that nearly 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, black men and women still didn’t have the right to vote. At that time, many of us were being jailed as we fought for our rights. I told the hundreds of thousands of people in Washington that day, “We do not want to go to jail. But we will go to jail if this is the price we must pay for love, brotherhood, and true peace.” Fifty-three years later, the right to vote is still the most powerful nonviolent tool of transformation we have in our society. In 2016, we must use it to elect Hillary Clinton as our next president. Read more here.

Mental Health Policy Agenda

New HFA Agenda: Hillary Clinton Releases New Comprehensive Mental Health Policy:
Today, Hillary Clinton announced her comprehensive plan to support Americans living with mental health problems and illnesses. Recognizing that nearly a fifth of all adults in the United States — more than 40 million people — are coping with a mental health problem, Hillary’s plan will integrate our mental and physical health care systems. Her goal is that within her time in office, Americans will no longer separate mental health from physical health when it comes to access to care or quality of treatment. Read more here.

Temperament: Divisive & Dangerous

DNC videoFormer Trump supporters have had enough. A new DNC video features a focus group of former Trump supporters who have grown disgusted with Trump’s temperament and his reckless and dangerous rhetoric. Watch the video here.

DNC releaseYesterday, RNC Chair Reince Priebus said: “I think that you have to look at people’s actions. . . You look at Donald Trump and you look at his actions.” Ok, Chairman Priebus, we accept your challenge. Read the list of Trump’s offensive actions here.

Division

New York Times: Jonathan Mahler and Steve Eder: ‘No Vacancies’ for Blacks: How Donald Trump Got His Start, and Was First Accused of Bias:
She seemed like the model tenant. A 33-year-old nurse who was living at the Y.W.C.A. in Harlem, she had come to rent a one-bedroom at the still-unfinished Wilshire Apartments in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens. She filled out what the rental agent remembers as a “beautiful application.” She did not even want to look at the unit. There was just one hitch: Maxine Brown was black. Stanley Leibowitz, the rental agent, talked to his boss, Fred C. Trump. “I asked him what to do and he says, ‘Take the application and put it in a drawer and leave it there,’” Mr. Leibowitz, now 88, recalled in an interview.

Buzzfeed: Andrew Kaczynski: David Duke Robocall Urges Voters To Vote For Him And Donald Trump:
A robocall from white nationalist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke urges voters to vote for him for U.S. Senate in Louisiana and for Donald Trump for president. “Unless massive immigration is stopped now, we’ll be out numbered and outvoted in our own nation. It’s happening,” Duke says. “We’re losing our gun rights, our free speech. We’re taxed to death. We’re losing our jobs and businesses to unfair trade. We’re losing our country. Look at the Super Bowl salute to the Black Panther cop killers.“It’s time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke for the U.S. Senate.” In a phone interview with BuzzFeed News on Monday, Duke confirmed that the call was his.

New York Times: Charles M. Blow: Donald Trump’s Bigotry:
According to recent polls, the image of Donald Trump as a bigot has begun to crystallize, and for good reason: Because it’s true! A Quinnipiac poll released last week found that 59 percent of likely voters, and 29 percent of likely Republican voters in particular, think that the way Trump talks appeals to bigotry. Republicans were the only anomaly. A majority or plurality of every other demographic measured — Democrats, independents, men, women, white people with and without college degrees, every age group, whites and nonwhites alike — agreed that Trump’s words appeal to bigotry.

The Atlantic: Peter Beinart: Trump’s Immigration Policy Trap:
The biggest political story of the last week has been Donald Trump’s flip-flop on deporting undocumented immigrants. This Sunday on CNN, Mike Pence filibustered his way through the subject for almost seven minutes before Jake Tapper finally declared, “You did not address the issue” and moved on. Chris Christie on ABC and Kellyanne Conway on CBS were no more coherent. The Daily Beast summed up the morning with the headline, “Immigration Flip-Flop Leaves Trump Campaign Flailing on Sunday Shows.” But focusing on Trump’s “flip-flop” misses the point. Trump’s real problem isn’t that he’s changed his position on immigration. It’s that he’s trying to formulate one at all. What the commentary of the last few days has generally overlooked is that while immigration was key to Trump’s success in the Republican primary, Trump never actually offered an immigration policy. To the contrary, his success rested in large measure on his ability to avoid one. Trump’s strategy on immigration, as on other key issues, was to cut through the Gordian knot of public policy with aggressive, quick fix solutions. Terrorism? Ban Muslims. ISIS? Bomb the hell out of them and take their oil. Loss of manufacturing jobs? Slap massive tariffs on companies that outsource American jobs.

Disclosure

HFA release: Donald Trump got a clean bill of health from a physician who sounds remarkably like Donald Trump:
Donald Trump is healthy as a horse—just ask his personal physician, who sounds remarkably like Donald Trump. Dr. Bornstein said he wrote this in five minutes. (It shows.) Look, we aren’t medical professionals, but we found more than a few things voters should be concerned about.Read more here.

Jobs & the Economy

Indianapolis Star: Tony Cook: Under Pence, state gave incentives to companies that offshored jobs:
As Donald Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence is campaigning for a man who has promised to penalize companies that ship jobs overseas. But since Pence became governor in 2013, the state has awarded millions of dollars in economic development incentives to companies that have moved production to foreign countries such as Mexico and China. Those production shifts have cost thousands of Hoosiers their jobs during Pence’s time in office. An IndyStar analysis found that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation — which Pence leads — has approved $24 million in incentives to 10 companies that sent work to foreign countries. Of those incentives, nearly $8.7 million has been paid out so far.

August issue of Riverside County Democratic Party “DemNews”

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Citizenship Classes Held at Democratic Regional Headquarters

Citizens Class

Here we are in the middle of the 2016 election period.  The Democrats of Southwest Riverside County has had a very successful couple of months.  We opened the Headquarters four months early.  We have had tremendous success with voter registration.  We contributed to the 1404 lead of Democrats over Republicans in Riverside County.

One of our biggest achievements was holding citizenship training classes AND a workshop for submitting citizenship applications.  We had 2 attorneys reviewing applications.  This resulted in 33 fully completed applications out of 56.  We are supporting the community!

 

                                                                             —Thetis Pressley, President
                                                                            Democrats of Southwest Riverside County

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