21st Century Bull Connor Closer To Feeling Fire Hose Turned On Him

Just over a week ago, I told you about the latest affront to human dignity carried out by the 21st century's answer to Bull Connor.  At the beginning of February, a month in which we celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio decided to bring back a staple of the Jim Crow South - the chain gang - to the Southwestern desert. He marched 200 undocumented prisoners from the County Jail to a tent city a couple of miles away. He put them in chains and paraded them through the city streets of Phoenix to the open air jail, surrounded by an electric fence.  

Well, that little stunt earned him, besides the full-throated outrage of human rights activists, immigrant rights groups, and organizations that care about the rights of communities of color, working families, and effective policing, the scrutiny of powerful members of the United States Congress. And we want you to help add your voice to this scrutiny.

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Nadler Interested In NY Senate Seat

This is interesting:

AMY GOODMAN: Speaking of districts, are you interested in the Senate seat?


AMY GOODMAN: And what is the politics that goes on behind this?

REP. JERROLD NADLER: Well, that's very hard to know. This is an appointment. It's entirely internal to Governor Paterson's head. So one doesn't really know what the politics is. Obviously, the people supporting Senator--I'm sorry, the people supporting Caroline Kennedy think that a public campaign would be helpful. Other candidates have not been doing it. I have not been doing a public campaign. And no one really knows.

AMY GOODMAN: Have you talked to Governor Paterson privately?


AMY GOODMAN: And do you think Caroline Kennedy is qualified to be senator?

REP. JERROLD NADLER: Well, that's up to Governor Paterson to decide, and I'm not going to comment on that. All I'll say is that I think that's the wrong question, and the press has been asking the wrong question. The question should not be is Caroline Kennedy or any other individual, for that matter, qualified, because the assumption there is if you meet the certain minimum qualification, you're entitled to the seat. The question ought to be the same question anyone hiring someone for any responsible job would ask, and that is, is this person the most qualified of all the available candidates? That's the relevant question.

AMY GOODMAN: And why do you think you're the most qualified?

REP. JERROLD NADLER: Well, I think all the candidates think they're the most qualified. I think my record in Congress is a very progressive and forward-looking record. I think I've shown very good judgment. I was one of the few downstate people who voted against the war, against the PATRIOT Act. I've taken a leadership role on civil liberties, on economic development. And I led the battle against the--I led the battle for eight years against the Bankruptcy, so-called, Reform Act of 2005, which we now recognize as probably responsible for maybe a third of the foreclosures that are going on in this country.

Pfft. Yeah, ok, so Nadler's built an admirable public record of 'opposing the war' and 'fighting the bankruptcy bill' and 'preserving our civil liberties.' And? What, he thinks this is some sort of coronation? How entitled!

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Calling All Impeachment Supporters!

If you are a registered Democrat, living in New York State and believe that Bush and Cheney deserve to be impeached, this may be your last, best chance to get action. Adam Sullivan is challenging Rep. Jerrold Nadler for the right to represent the people of New York's 8th Congressional District.

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The Protect the Troops and Bring Them Home Act of 2007 (H.R. 455)

On January 12, my congressman, Jerrold Nadler (NY-8), introduced H.R. 455, the Protect the Troops and Bring Them Home Act of 2007, a simple bill that limits the use of funding in Iraq for force protection, troop withdrawal and Iraq reconstruction. We spoke with Congressman Nadler's office last week and verified that he is still quite actively promoting this legislation.

Although the bill is not currently the most well-known of the numerous congressional war proposals, H.R. 455 has a number of attributes that make it a distinctive and politically viable option for bringing the Iraq conflict to a reasonable conclusion...

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Sage of the Big Apple: A Podcast Interview With Congressman Jerrold Nadler

The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.

New York State's Eighth Congressional District is a diverse mosaic covering Manhattan's West Side below 89th Street, Lower Manhattan, and areas of Brooklyn including Borough Park, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Sea Gate, Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. Since 1992, Congressman Jerrold Nadler has ably represented the eighth in the House of Representatives following his sixteen years of service in the New York State Assembly.

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