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‘We Are Not That Stupid’: Rev. Al Sharpton Says Black Voters Won’t Be Fooled by Red-Baiting Attacks on Sanders

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Hey Reddit! My name is Donna Imam and I’m a Computer Engineer running for US Congress in one of the closest races you’ve never heard of in Austin, Texas against a 9-term Build-the-Wall Trumper. AMA!

Westlake Legal Group dJuuRTO4aczFIVPQDlhJi0-LX_yn3W3K5CgdTJlMU7U Hey Reddit! My name is Donna Imam and I’m a Computer Engineer running for US Congress in one of the closest races you’ve never heard of in Austin, Texas against a 9-term Build-the-Wall Trumper. AMA! r/politics

As a computer engineer, I’m not exactly your typical candidate for office. I started out designing smart meters for commercial usage. As a product manager I went on to lead large product lines from business-class notebooks used by tens of millions worldwide, to microcontrollers found in virtually everything from washing machines to commercial jets. Later, I founded my own tech consulting firm.

In the mid-2000’s I witnessed my employer move manufacturing to Mexico and layoff all assembly workers. Many of them had no career retraining options and never worked a decent paying job again and this left a profound impact. I subsequently became an active volunteer in my community and was elected president of a 4000 member nonprofit that provides free continuing education to working professionals.

As an engineer and tech entrepreneur, I find solutions to complicated large scale problems. After the 2018 election cycle, I left my job in order to research the needs of my district and this is what I found:

People who work for a living are America’s biggest assets, yet more than half of all Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck in debt, and homelessness is growing.

Our medical system is designed to make billions in profits while tens of thousands of Americans needlessly die every year, hundreds of thousands go bankrupt, and 80 million remain uninsured or under-insured.

Our economy is tilted to create a handful of billionaires while working people are paid to survive instead of earning according to the value they create.

Our planet is sustaining irreversible damage so that corporations can report short-term favorable earnings for the benefit of a few investors.

If we want our democracy to survive, average working people must come together to solve these challenges. That’s why I’m running.

PLATFORM

My platform is designed to rebuild the crumbling foundation of our country by lifting up every American — people who work every day and carry America on their shoulders — so we can all flourish together, continue to innovate, and lead economically.

My platform presents original solutions to America’s most pressing issues.

  • Healthcare for All – scaling single-payer (Medicare for All) healthcare infrastructure to accommodate ~80 M uninsured and under-insured while drastically lowering cost and maintaining high quality of care.

  • Education for All – lowering the cost of all types of education including trade schools and incentivizing students to pursue education in high-demand fields and serve in underserved and rural communities. Establish non-military GI bill.

  • RealPay for All – paying working people so they can afford to live where they work, save towards the American Dream, and fund Social Security so we can retire with dignity.

I have also crafted detailed positions on Veterans benefits, Rural America and Farmers, Climate Change, Justice System Reform, Gun Violence Reform and Immigration.

You can find out more about our campaign by visiting votefordonna.com, Twitter @donnaimamtx, IG @donnaimamtx and FB Vote Donna US Congress TX31 or email us at contact@votefordonna.com

Proof: https://i.redd.it/giizfalv94j41.jpg

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Mike Bloomberg Is Full of Shit and So Are His Surrogates

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Hi! I’m Joanne Mantilla, a Nurse running for the U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania’s 2nd District, Philadelphia! Ask Me Anything!

Westlake Legal Group ceHdf9ozxe6qZt75-MW44jzJcbBAqfFRNnNRCjVHml0 Hi! I'm Joanne Mantilla, a Nurse running for the U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania's 2nd District, Philadelphia! Ask Me Anything! r/politics

Whoa. Reddit AMA. I am equal parts excited and terrified, but ask away! Ask me anything! I’m not afraid to be honest and vulnerable.

To get the formal background stuff out of the way: Call me Jojo! I work as a nurse in Philadelphia and live in the Kensington neighborhood. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BSN in 2014 and an MSN in Health Leadership in 2019. I’m the daughter of Filipino immigrants, the middle child of three siblings, and recently married my best friend and partner-in-crime, Jamie. Congress was never the plan but, as any nurse will say when they tell you their life story, the stars sort-of aligned and it all just happened. I love research. Some day I’ll go back to pursue a PhD in health policy but not until I fix a couple systemic issues first!

Stop by my [Website](https://www.mantilla2020.com/), 
[Twitter](https://twitter.com/jojoforcongress), 
[Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/jojoforcongress/), 
[Facebook](http://www.facebook.com/mantilla2020
OR check out our video-podcast series, [“Jojo Runs for Congress!” on YouTube.](https://youtu.be/KozcttCWS2Y)

My not-so-secret agenda in Congress is to establish health care as a basic human right and move our health care system to one that is high-quality, free, and accessible. I started this journey by asking a lot of questions. What does a happy, healthy life look like? Why don’t we have it? What are the barriers and opportunities to change? What would we want our health care delivery system to look like? Over the past five years I’ve listened to thousands of patients tell me their life stories at the bedside, often at the most vulnerable points in their life. Hospitals and prisons have become our social safety nets when our current systems are unable to meet our needs. Carving a pathway to a healthy and happy society means we must focus on the social and economic factors that influence us outside the hospital – also known as [the social determinants of health](https://www.cdc.gov/socialdeterminants/index.htm).

This is more than a campaign. It is a mission to build the world we want to live in by organizing and mobilizing people on the ground. It’s a mission to fight voter apathy. It’s a mission to fight structural racism, oppression, and heal the wounds from America’s traumatic relationship with slavery. It’s a mission to build a world where diversity is not only desired, but celebrated. Above all, this is a mission to bring hope back to the most vulnerable, forgotten, and disenfranchised communities of the district. I suppose one could say I’m out to change the culture of policymaking in Congress to one that values the people over profit in both word and action. Grassroots campaigning is the term du jour, but I like to think of this campaign as a public health, outcomes-driven initiative born out of my experience as an advocate for patients in health care. I’m a big systems- thinker, always looking at all the elements that influence a problem. I’m here to advocate for sustainable solutions, but such solutions can only exist if we change the culture of Congress itself. The U.S. is at a crossroads. After all the industrial and technological advancements that brought us our modern-day standards of living, we are now fighting for the right to live our lives as humans and not as cogs in a machine. 

Why not the incumbent? First, I believe we deserve more than one option at the polls. Best case scenario – we have more than one good candidate and either one would serve their constituents well. Second, I don’t believe the incumbent Congressman is a bad person, but he is not, in my eyes, what the district needs right now. When I started thinking about running for public office, I thought hard about what would make me feel served by my representative. Families are struggling to make ends meet with competing financial priorities and communities have suffered enough from deep generational poverty, economic uncertainty and pure emotional, social, and economic trauma. We need to heal. We deserve a leader that is unafraid to speak about the intrinsic social issues that preceded our current issues, such as systemic racism, police brutality, and economic disinvestment as a result of valuing profit over people. We need someone who can initiate the tough conversations and bring us together as we work for change. I always start by asking questions – what are people struggling with and what are they afraid of? And in our district it’s education, opioids, job security, housing access, health care, and criminal justice reform. I want to do more than vote, I want to write policies to lay the groundwork for the bigger, systemic changes needed ahead. 

Why me? Why now? I do think you have to be a little bit crazy to think you’re good enough to run for Congress. I haven’t held public office before, but I am here to build bridges and strengthen coalitions. I am here to listen. The defining characteristic that sets me apart from my challenger is my ability to connect with people and communicate with others. I am ready to have tough conversations and put the hard work into thinking out-of-the-box for creative solutions within the realm of possibility. I’m currently writing what I call my “Blueprint for Change” which will specifically address how I plan to lead the district and how I will hold myself accountable and measure success after two years in office. My hope is to set-up a strong, responsive, activism culture and leadership within the district so that whoever takes over after my term ends will already be set-up for success. I believe in supporting the grassroots efforts of people and organizations on the ground. I will support the efforts of local government in their efforts to enact positive change. I learned this from working in a hospital, if you want to improve patient outcomes it starts by listening to the stories of people on the front lines and prioritizing their concerns. I don’t intend to be in Congress forever, nor do I look at it as an eternal job. Someday I do hope to complete a PhD, infuse life into the music scene in Philly, open a Jazz club, and be the lead singer of my own big band!

On days when I’m struggling to balance this campaign, my emotions, and the rest of my life truly, this campaign feels like an expression of everything I am and the person I hope to become.  At the end of the day, all I have to throw into the combat ring is myself – my passion and dedication, my hope for the future, and as much compassion, empathy, and love as I can give. I know I will be outspent by my challengers and that’s okay. I’ve accepted that. But if you should know one thing about nurses, we’re pretty good at working with what we’ve got to accomplish a goal. I’m not accepting corporate donations and I most certainly do not have a network of wealthy donors or businesses at my disposal. Money comes with strings attached and I’m not here to play that game. I’m here to get shit done. Despite the obvious factors, such as money and political influence, what I do have is an extremely perceptive, focused mind that’s ready and excited to work!

Alright Reddit, I’m here for you! Ask me anything! My favorite topics: trying to stay organized, work-life balance (does that even exist?), imposter syndrome, and Philly!

If you made it to the end of this post, thank you! I appreciate you. I am not known for brevity and I definitely was not made for the 280 characters on Twitter. Quick shoutout to my family and friends who have relentlessly supported me throughout this crazy endeavor. I would not be here without you.

Love always,

Jojo

Proof: https://twitter.com/jojoforcongress/status/1231714377935572993

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Black Voters Prefer Bernie Sanders Over All Other Democratic Candidates, New Poll Shows

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Pelosi says she’d be comfortable with Sanders at top of ticket

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It is. Mostly because it proves that the majority of the Senate and House would run with and not away from Sanders. The recent positive Schumer comments are also great news.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with how Corbyn lost in the UK, but a big part of it was relentless attacks from within his own party. It often seemed like the moderate wing of the Labour Party preferred to lose rather than let Corbyn win. He was painted as an anti-semite, a communist, a pacifist, and everything in-between. It didn’t help that the media ran against him — he famously canceled Christmas — but it was his own party’s attacks that gave the smears legitimacy.

The big question behind Sanders’ movement is to what extent he can prevent the full Democratic establishment from doing the same. There is no doubt that some will run against him no matter what. That’s a given. The question is how many.

In case you’re not persuaded that this is a big deal, think about it this way. For every sitting Senator or Congressman who doesn’t support the Sanders movement, progressives need to add one of their own. That’s no easy task.

Some moderates will have to be replaced no matter what. But if a Joe Manchin can be persuaded to change his mind and support the progressive agenda, that is so much easier than mounting a primary challenge, waiting until the next election, and hoping you win both the primary and the general in the state.

If you want Sanders’ proposals to become law, Schumer and Pelosi being relatively positive to a Sanders ticket are possibly the biggest piece of news this week. Nevada is good and all, but winning the primary is just Step 1; winning the General is Step 2; enacting laws is Step 3. Schumer, Pelosi, Schiff, Obama and every other influential Democrat will be essential to Step 2 and 3 whether you like them or not.

Really, Sanders’ political agenda is perfectly in line with what Democrats generally say they want. So, despite his railing on the establishment, there’s a significant chance they simply decide to become less corporate and more ambitious if he becomes the nominee. It would be hugely beneficial for both Sanders and the country.

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Pelosi says she’d be comfortable with Sanders at top of ticket

Westlake Legal Group rBjiq0-p2MZ4o24FQRROIGoz_TT051Eq4wxuD7TvD4I Pelosi says she'd be comfortable with Sanders at top of ticket r/politics

It is. Mostly because it proves that the majority of the Senate and House would run with and not away from Sanders. The recent positive Schumer comments are also great news.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with how Corbyn lost in the UK, but a big part of it was relentless attacks from within his own party. It often seemed like the moderate wing of the Labour Party preferred to lose rather than let Corbyn win. He was painted as an anti-semite, a communist, a pacifist, and everything in-between. It didn’t help that the media ran against him — he famously canceled Christmas — but it was his own party’s attacks that gave the smears legitimacy.

The big question behind Sanders’ movement is to what extent he can prevent the full Democratic establishment from doing the same. There is no doubt that some will run against him no matter what. That’s a given. The question is how many.

In case you’re not persuaded that this is a big deal, think about it this way. For every sitting Senator or Congressman who doesn’t support the Sanders movement, progressives need to add one of their own. That’s no easy task.

Some moderates will have to be replaced no matter what. But if a Joe Manchin can be persuaded to change his mind and support the progressive agenda, that is so much easier than mounting a primary challenge, waiting until the next election, and hoping you win both the primary and the general in the state.

If you want Sanders’ proposals to become law, Schumer and Pelosi being relatively positive to a Sanders ticket are possibly the biggest piece of news this week. Nevada is good and all, but winning the primary is just Step 1; winning the General is Step 2; enacting laws is Step 3. Schumer, Pelosi, Schiff, Obama and every other influential Democrat will be essential to Step 2 and 3 whether you like them or not.

Really, Sanders’ political agenda is perfectly in line with what Democrats generally say they want. So, despite his railing on the establishment, there’s a significant chance they simply decide to become less corporate and more ambitious if he becomes the nominee. It would be hugely beneficial for both Sanders and the country.

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Michael Bloomberg accused of paying people to cheer for him at election debate

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it was ‘horrifying’ the debate didn’t have any climate change questions. Bernie Sanders agrees.

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Calm down, establishment Democrats. Bernie Sanders might be the safest choice.

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