Bernie Sanders is the Clear Choice

bernie_on_single_payerSenator Bernie Sanders is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate. He won his last election with 71%. Bernie has served 16 years in the U.s. House, and he is the longest serving independent in our nation’s history.

Bernie Sanders served four terms as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont and he was first elected in 1981.

In the 60s, as a student and activist, Bernie was a front-line champion for equality. He was even arrested while protesting the segregation of schools, he organized against segregated housing in Chicago, and he marched on Washington, D.C. with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bernie Sanders is one of our nation’s most persistent voices defending the interests of the working class and standing up to the excesses of corporate America. He is also widely considered the most progressive member of the U.S. Senate.

In fact, inequality is worse now than at any other time in American history since the 1920s. … We live in one of the wealthiest countries on earth – and yet children go hungry, veterans sleep out on the streets and senior citizens cannot afford their prescription drugs. This is what a rigged economic system looks like. – Sen. Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders understands that the rich in our nation are continuing to get richer when income and wealth inequality has reached astronomical levels.

 

Bernie Sanders wants to “break up the largest financial institutions in the country,” who destroyed our nations’ economy.

Bernie Sanders has been a lifelong supporter of LGBT rights. During his first term as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont he signed the city’s first ever Pride Parade proclamation. Later as Mayor, he signed a city ordinance banning housing discrimination.

Bernie Sanders voted against the discriminatory anti-LGBT “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in 1993 and the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” in 1996. Then he fought to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Bernie Sanders understands that in many states you can get married in the morning and in the afternoon get fired for putting up a picture of your partner. He knows that in many states you can still be denied housing or public accommodations just for being transgender or gender non-conforming. Bernie believes that this is unacceptable and must change.

As Senator, Bernie Sanders is a cosponsor of the Equality Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He has even kept a lifetime perfect 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign and has consistently supported legislation that would guarantee LGBT Americans would be treated as equal citizens.

We at Progressive Equality Values Iowa, hereby endorse Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination.

Check out Bernie’s positions

Workplace

  • Introduced a budget amendment to raise the minimum wage.
  • Introduced the “Workplace Democracy Act” to strengthen the role of unions and the voices of working people on the job.

Jobs & Trade

  • Opposed bad trade deals such as NAFTA, CAFTA, permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with China, and the TPP.
  • Introduced legislation to invest $1 trillion over five years to modernize our country’s physical infrastructure, creating and maintaining at least 13 million good-paying jobs.

Financial Institutions

  • Introduced the “Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist” Act, that would break up the big banks and prohibit any too-big-to-fail institutions from accessing the Federal Reserve’s discount facilities or using insured deposits for risky activities.
  • Cosponsor of the Elizabeth Warren/John McCain bill to reinstate Glass-Steagall.

Money in Politics

  • Voted for the DISCLOSE Act to shine a light on the exorbitant amounts of dark money in politics.
  • Introduced the Democracy Is For People constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
  • Promised that any Sanders Administration Supreme Court nominee will commit to overturning the Citizens United decision.

Real Family Values

  • Cosponsored Sen. Patty Murray’s Healthy Families Act, it would guarantee seven days of paid sick leave per year for workers.
  • Cosponsored Sen. Kirsent Gilibrand’s FAMILY Act, it would guarantee every employee twelve weeks of paid family and medical leave.

Higher Education

  • Make tuition free at public colleges and universities
  • Stop the federal government from profiting off of student loans
  • Allow students to refinance student loans at today’s low interest rate.
  • Allow students to use need-based financial aid and work study programs
  • Paid for by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculators.

Environment

  • Led the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline
  • Introduced the gold standard for climate change legislation with Sen. Barbara Boxer to tax carbon and methane emissions.
  • Secured $3.2 billion in the economic stimulus package for grants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in a program that has funded upgrades for more than 86,000 buildings and installed more than 9,500 solar energy systems.

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We Won Pottawattamie County for Bernie Sanders!

In the Eyes of Mika

562c50bbb08f6.imageThank you to everyone who worked so hard to win Iowa for Bernie Sanders. We did just that.

Some may say that Hillary Clinton won Iowa, however that is simply not true. Especially when the final results came down to 49.8% to 49.6%. That to me does not show a clear winner. This means that because of all of your hard work together we won 696.82 state delegate equivalents for Bernie Sanders compared to Hillary Clinton’s 700.59. This again shows no clear winner.

Locally, because of you all, Pottawattamie County, a former Hillary Clinton stronghold went for Bernie Sanders, 50.7% to 49.0%. Further, in my precinct, Council Bluffs 11, we won it for Bernie Sanders, 62.5% to 37.5% or 10 delegates to 6 delegates. Thank you everyone!

I would like to especially thank all of those who helped me on this campaign thus far. All of the support you all…

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Would you pay $50,000 a month for a prescription drug?

In the Eyes of Mika

Many people who live with “orphan diseases” must pay thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on their medications to survive. Many of their medications have outrageous prices and currently many of the pharmaceutical companies are allowed to do this even under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

microbeadsOne of those drugs is Procysbi. What is Procysbi? What is it used to treat? How much does it cost? Should it cost that much? These are the questions that I will answer in this post. They are also questions that are continually being asked because I cannot fully answer them.

Procysbi was created to treat nephropathic cystinosis, the “orphan disease” that I have spoken about many times in this blog. Nephropathic cystinosis is a rare genetic disorder in which the amino acid cystine rises to toxic levels, which results in irreversible tissue and organ damage if left untreated even for a…

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Just say NO to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

In the Eyes of Mika

Savvy, deep-pocketed foreign conglomerates could challenge a broad range of laws we pass at every level of government,” said United States Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (Weisma).

what_is_tppThe trade agreement is a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s economic agenda for his second term in office. The agreement faces tremendous criticism from many Democrats and progressives. Collectively, they claim that this deal would be damaging to U.S. sovereignty, that it expands the ISDS (investor-state dispute settlement), and it adds new substantive rights to foreign companies and investors. All of which many say would hurt the U.S. economy, damage the environment, roll-back human rights, and destroy privacy.

LNG_Terminal_5_tpp_meme_2-01_copyThe trade agreement would grant broad powers to multinational companies and investors operating in North America, South America, and Asia. Under the agreement, companies and investors would be able to challenge any regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings – federal, state…

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We Need Medicare-for-all NOW!

In the Eyes of Mika

download (2)The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working and is an improvement from what we had before. The healthcare law (ACA), ensures that up to 105 million Americans cannot be subject to lifetime caps by their health insurance plans. Because of the law, up to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage or charged more. Specifically in Iowa, the law has allowed over 800,000 Iowans to receive at least one preventive service at no out-of-pocket cost.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a definite improvement over the status quo. It extended health insurance to millions of people, a move which will save lives and improve the quality of life for many people. But it is not enough. – Richard Eskow

55ba7e6dc361883d318b45deI support Senate Bernie Sanders’ plan for Medicare-for-all single-payer health care system.

The Medicare-for-all or “Universal health care” plan consists of only one payer (a single-payer public…

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Must Be Stopped

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a bad deal and must be stopped. #StopFastTrack

In the Eyes of Mika

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“Savvy, deep-pocketed foreign conglomerates could challenge a broad range of laws we pass at every level of government,” said United States Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (Weisma).

The TPP is a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s economic agenda for his second term in office. However, the trade agreement faces tremendous criticism from many Democrats and progressive organizations. Collectively, these Democrats and progressives claim that this trade deal would be damaging to U.S. sovereignty, that it expands the ISDS (investor-state dispute settlement), and it adds new substantive rights to foreign companies and investors. All of which would hurt the U.S. economy, damage the environment, roll-back human rights, and destroy privacy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would grant broad powers to multinational companies and investors operating in North America, South America, and Asia. Under the TPP, companies and investors would be able to challenge any regulations…

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) = Race to the Bottom

In the Eyes of Mika

DSC_7198I am opposed to the President’s trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and I urge you all to oppose it too. 

Join me in speaking out and let’s STOP FAST TRACK! Visit this website to learn how to best use your voice:stopfasttrack.com

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America, and Asia. A total of 12 nations. TPP would allow companies and investors to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings – federal, state, or local – before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations. Thus far, TPP is supported by corporate Democrats, Republicans and various businesses. The trade deal would even allow multinational companies to sue in the United States and elsewhere. Therefore, the overall priority of TPP is to protect corporate interest at the cost of the consumers.

“Multinational corporations are increasingly realizing this…

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