Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

VRUSaffiliatesIf you go over to the Velvet Revolution US home page (No, I won’t link to it.), you’ll find a partial list of “VR Affiliates.” It includes several of the usual suspects.

Code Pink says it is primarily focused on anti-war issues, but has also taken positions on gun control, social justice, Palestinian statehood, green jobs, and health care issues. It’s in favor of suppressing Second Amendment rights, supports greater transfer payments to non-productive but able bodied individuals, routinely sides against Israel, favors increased government subsidy of unproven technologies, and supports the bureaucratic take over of the practice of medicine.

Democracy Now is a Progressive news program aired by “more than 1000 radio, television, satellite and cable TV networks in North America.” Fewer than 50 of the stations carrying their programming are actually over-the-air TV stations; almost none are in major markets. The radio programming can be found mostly on public stations at the bottom end of the FM dial, although in my hometown (Nashville) it can be found at 810 on the AM band.

The Green Party of the United States of America emphasizes environmentalism, non-hierarchical participatory democracy, social justice, respect for diversity, peace, and nonviolence. <sarcasm>That nonviolence theme fits really well with an organization fronted by an unrepentant bomber.</sarcasm>

Progressive Democrats of America’s mission is to strengthen the voice of progressive ideas within the Democratic Party by using “inside/outside” and “grassroots fusion” models of working both in the Democratic Party as well as working with other progressive organizations both inside and outside the Party.

Truthout says that it works to broaden and diversify the political discussion by introducing independent voices and focusing on undercovered issues and unconventional thinking. The organization has reported extensively on the torture policies of the Bush administration, the health care debate, veterans’ issues, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the labor movement, prison reform, and election politics.

Campaign for America’s Future is an American political organization with a strongly left-leaning orientation. Its main issues of concern include the environment, energy independence, health care reform, Social Security, and education. Board members include The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, former AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

And Wikileaks.

The VRUS website About Us page claims “VR’s issues are not a matter of Right and Left.”

Uh, huh.

2 thoughts on “Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

  1. When the left champions “non-violence” they mean for you to be non-violent, not themselves.

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