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Occupy Congress: Senator Sanders Joins Hearing Room Protestors on Thursday's National Day of Action

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: National Day of Action, 99% Movement, Occupy America, Supercommittee, Barbara Mikulski, Bernie Sanders, AFL-CIO )

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski opened her remarks by referring to plans by rally-goers to visit the offices of Super Committee members: "We want to invite you to the first meeting of Occupy the Joint Committee."


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Jae A (316)
Friday November 18, 2011, 6:50 pm
Now they are on the right track...focus on the rightwingcrazies especially in Congress and tell them it's time they started representing all the people of this nation again and not just the top 1% and the corporates they profit hugely from...or to resign..immediately !!!

Myron S (70)
Friday November 18, 2011, 7:16 pm
I agree, Jae.

I just flashed on this image of the Supercommittee members jumping out their windows like Major Major Major.

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Friday November 18, 2011, 8:54 pm
This evening's The Ed Show had a segment that reported a planned massive sit-in in the halls of Congress. Thanks to Bloomberg, Quan and other idiot mayors across the country the protesters are finally moving the fight to Washington where the people that can fix this mess are. Applying pressure to Congress is the only way legislation is going to get passed to fix this country and begin narrowing the wealth gap. It'll likely take an election before any meaningful legislation is passed, because I don't see republicans turning their backs on their wealthy owners.

Ellen m (215)
Friday November 18, 2011, 11:49 pm
I hope we get there in time!

P A (117)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 2:03 am
I do hope and pray that they act for the 99% before the suicide rate of decent wonderful people who just can't cope any more goes up - oh the 1% have a lot to answer for!

Bella F (280)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 7:26 am
Thank you for sharing :-)

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:13 am
Thanks for sharing!

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:28 am
Bless their hearts.....and Bernie Sanders has been from the get go the one trying to focus attention on the real issues of this Country and protect those who did nothing to cause these problems yet are being made to pay the brunt of it on their backs.

It is disturbing that a Nation would not protect it's Elders and Disabled but instead throw them under the bus.

"...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. " ~ Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey 38th Vice President for the United States


Susanne R (235)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:41 am
I wonder how the GOP and DINO members of Congress, the protectors of the 1%, reacted to the National Day of Action. Let's see: Anger? Disgust? Disinterest? Apathy? I wonder if Boehner and Cantor had anything to say? I wish I could have witnessed it!

I'm glad that Congress was able to see, in person, the people who aren't able to march and occupy Wall Street or their individual cities. They need to see the face of suffering. Kudos to Senator Sanders and all other members of Congress who have the courage and decency to do the right thing.

lee e (114)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:44 am
I'm so thankful for the few members of Congress and Senate that are listening to the message of the 99%, they are voices that we are all too familiar with and they hear and interpret the needs - my own retirement was enforced on me due to disability - my career of choice was aborted due to my wife's death and the necessity to raise our 2 kids - I'm now a senior who depends on the "entitlements" I paid for to survive - and as it is - just barely! I for one, cannot afford to lose these "benefits", and my children would not have afforded college without the "survivor's benefits" - these are not options - they are necessities for many of us! Thanks for sharing this.

Elle B (81)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 1:03 pm

Terrie W (798)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 1:05 pm
Thanks for posting this! Not going to comment because I'll get on a rant and get far more depressed than I already am. I just hope those idiots up there in Congress start getting the point....but....I doubt it. We 99% people don't have the dollars to get their attention or their votes. They will give us lip service and agree with us only to get rid of us or shut us up.....Sigh....see, I don't need to comment right now. :(****

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 1:34 pm
You can join the action to fight the proposed cuts to these essential middle-class provisions by texting DEBT to 235246 to send a message to your lawmakers.

I can't help but keep looking at the photo above of all male faces with the exception of one. As a woman I do not feel very represented. Not only are the ones making decisions on many of our lives, but they have no idea with the income and good pensions they earn what it is like to be living off of what many do on their time of retirement or disability. Also more women than men live solely off of their Social Security alone. How can they represent me or many others, they truly don't have a clue.

Myron S (70)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 4:54 pm
D, I don't text but I'm sure many Care 2 members do, so thanks very much for that info. I encourage all who do text to text early and often.

As to your other point, at least the Democrats served up one token woman and one token person of color. The GOP did not. Also, several studies, including cross-cultural studies, over the past several years have confirmed that women average higher cognitive empathy scores than men. (Of course there are exceptions: Bernie Sanders on the one hand; Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin on the other.) Some recent studies have shown that testosterone administration can decrease empathy scores in both sexes. A lot of these dudes are pretty old, too. Maybe someone should steal their little blue pills. Maybe "Bayner" Boehner's, too.

Myron S (70)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 7:00 am
Mikulski is the real deal. There are a few others, all Dem's except Bernie, the Independent. Too few others.

(For my libertarian friends, Ron Paul is so only on certain issues, not including the environment.)

Marco C (31)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 2:53 pm
It's the job of our representatives to be receptive to peaceful, thoughtful input from their constituents. Those that don't, are not holding up their end of the bargain and can't stay, they must go. We have less to worry about than our government officials who can be dismissed, you can't fire a citizen.

In this form of government, they cannot dictate to us without toppeling the government, doable, but risky. We dictate to our representatives. If they choose to listen to corporations over the citizens, then they have changed the government, taken it over, betrayed their oath, commited an act of war and must face the consequences. They can try to turn the military against us, but they would also have to betray their oath. Who would want to take the responsibility of toppeling the worlds greatest government? America and the world may not take too kindly to that.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 3:21 pm
Marco, I left the following on another thread but I feel it can apply here as follows.

I'm not sure why a lot of the people of this Country need to stand in excrement up to their chin before they then get the smell and the bad taste in their mouth. I started to feel the squish and smell when it was just under my feet but as most people seemed rather happy then, and as it reached over their shoes, as it went around their ankles, as it got up to the knees. Well you get the point, I'm not sure why so many wait so long.

To be fair, a lot of people just do not see and the press was not doing a very good job waking them up or keeping them awake. But that was all built in the plan, to stifle the press because most of the people get their news from the Corporate controled media outlets. As the years roll on and it took more hours at work to pay the same bills, fewer had the time to really read and understand what was happening. Like a frog that is in a pot of water, if you heat the water slowly he will sit in it until it's too late and he is cooked. So is what these deceivers did, turned the screws slowly, so that MOST people didn't feel it....until it was too late. Now we do have a big mess.

The Law Enforcement use to be trained to PROTECT and SERVE, however their training has changed, which is all part of the plan, for them to be more forceful and to treat us as the enemy instead of Americans doing their Patriotic duty to resist this bloodless coup that was done in this Country. Somehow, we need to get the law enforcement to understand that they are PROTECTING the demise of their own Country and that they are mistreating the true Patriots.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson

"We've witnessed a fire sale of American liberties at bargain basement prices, in return for the false promise of more security... The America being designed right now won't resemble the America we've been defending... The danger isn't that Big Brother may storm the castle gates. The danger is that Americans don't realize that he is already inside the castle walls." -- Wayne LaPierre

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
--Thomas Paine

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government." -- Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837

"A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self- preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property, and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means." --Thomas Jefferson to John Colvin, 1810



Charles W (111)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 5:41 pm
more like the stupor committee!!! They need a reality check--go occupy!!!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 10:16 pm
Will believe there is change for the better when I see it...

Mangiwodki S. (0)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 10:29 pm
Ooohh, Just wanted to respond. I thoroughly loved your post. Keep up the great work. :)

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KS G (0)
Monday November 21, 2011, 4:35 am
Thanks for the article.

Dolores M (8)
Monday November 21, 2011, 12:27 pm
Replace all the members of Congress with PEOPLE who actually represent the people and not their own pockets. These politicians are a drain on society and accomplish absolutely nothing!!

Mary A (23)
Monday November 21, 2011, 1:12 pm
Thanks for the article. We need more like Senator Sanders.

Bonnie B (103)
Monday November 21, 2011, 4:55 pm
Thank you for this, Myron. Every day we see new ways that OWS participants/supporters are finding to move the movement forward... first we get into the streets...then we walk over to and into City Halls and Congress...and one day, we will have voted some of these Occupiers into a seat in these places!

Robert T (62)
Monday November 21, 2011, 5:17 pm
Thanks for submitting this. It is a good thing the Cal State Davis officers weren't there!!
Thank goodness for people such as Bernie Sanders!!

Ray M (0)
Monday November 21, 2011, 10:58 pm
Hail to Sen. Sanders. Too bad more senators don't have the balls to join him and speak up for the American people, our president, and our country. Vote out the blue dog dems and ALL unamerican, unpatriotic republicons who worship evildoer Grover Norquist and their corporate pimps.
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