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Bleeding Heartland-Tribal sovereignty and Elizabeth Warren's problem with her Cherokee heritage claim

Warren and the other Democratic presidential candidates attending the forum in Sioux City were put on notice just how deep the resentment and anger runs among the tribes as they cope with example after example of the disregard that tribal citizens experience. Women are missing and murdered, but many cases are lost. Health services are underfunded. Now the federal government is attempting unilaterally to remove protection of sacred Indian lands for mining and other excavation purposes.

Into this debate, Warren delivered a complete speech with specific plans for a variety of Native American issues, including tribal sovereignty, reversing the horrible trend of missing and murdered indigenous women, and most of the issues important to the tribe.

But her speech noticeably lacked a necessary authenticity.

She expressed no understanding of the Cherokee culture, no experience of life on a reservation, no understanding from a personal point of view of the Native American experience. Her professional accomplishments from a hardscrabble life in Oklahoma are to be admired, but she expressed nothing about a Cherokee experience despite having claimed that heritage throughout most of her professional career.

The most personal experience she provided was remembering her family’s pride in her three brothers when they joined and served the military and how veteran care must be improved.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  howto 
5 weeks ago by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren Is the Teacher - How She Became a Senator
the kid says, 'You grow as fast as you can. You buy as much as you can with borrowed money. And you lend and borrow from as many other large institutions as possible. Because then the government can't afford to let you fail.' My students invented 'too big to fail' sitting in a classroom. Because it's not that hard."

She then set about teaching the country, in one way or another, what she'd learned from her students, from the gray faces in the bankruptcy courts, and from her own drive to learn more about more things. Two months after the collapse, Harry Reid tapped her to head the Congressional Oversight Panel—acronym: COP—which would keep an eye on how the big banks whose policies led to the catastrophe were spending the $700 billion bonanza. She had no subpoena power, but she made herself a burr under a number of saddles; the video of her putting Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner on the rack became a popular favorite. The country, it seemed, had awakened one morning to find that its entire economy was headed over a cliff, and almost nobody knew how it happened. She knew, and she began to teach again.
Elizabeth_Warren  teacher  profile  2014 
6 weeks ago by Quercki
Read the text of Elizabeth Warren’s speech to Native American group - The Boston Globe
I get why some people think there’s hay to be made here. You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe.

And I want to make something clear. I respect that distinction. I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes — and only by tribes. I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.

But I want to make something else clear too: My parents were real people.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren Has Spent Her Adult Life Repeating A Lie. I Want Her To Tell The Truth. | HuffPost
Elizabeth Warren, apologizing to Native leaders on Monday, said, “I know I’ve made mistakes. I am sorry for harm I have caused.” For many people, that apology put the issue to rest.

But many Native advocates, myself included, were not satisfied. Warren still has work to do, and demanding she do what’s left is beyond reasonable. In all of her apologizing, Warren has never let go of her family story. After spending her entire adult life repeating a lie, I simply want Warren to tell the truth.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter: Elizabeth Warren is not a friend to Indian Country
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Elizabeth Warren is not a friend to Indian Country
I have serious concern over Elizabeth Warren's claim that she is a non-enrolled Native American, "proved" by DNA. My concern is best explained with the words of anthropologist Michael Lambert, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He described Cherokee identity politics as a "battle over sovereignty":
Those who insist Warren's DNA test legitimizes her claim are not taking a pro-Indian position either. DNA doesn't define who is or is not an Indian. Only tribes can do that. To say anything else, including DNA, determines who is or is not Indian is a political attack on tribal sovereignty. The three Cherokee Indian nations who have government to government relationships with the United States have said Warren is not Cherokee. That should be the end of it. Unfortunately Warren refuses to let it go.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Elizabeth Warren is not a friend to Indian Country
I have serious concern over Elizabeth Warren's claim that she is a non-enrolled Native American, "proved" by DNA. My concern is best explained with the words of anthropologist Michael Lambert, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He described Cherokee identity politics as a "battle over sovereignty":
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
The goal of this syllabus is to frame the recent claims to Cherokee ancestry by US Senator Elizabeth Warren as part of a longer history of cultural appropriation, erasure, and settler colonialism. Warren’s claims reveal the pervasive influence of biological essentialism--through the supposed certainty of DNA testing--in the globalized present. As is documented in this syllabus, the juncture of culture, genetics, and Indigenous sovereignty has become a crucial domain of discursive and political contestation. At stake is the ability of sovereign Indigenous nations to determine citizenship and belonging according to their own cultural beliefs and historical understandings of community. In compiling this syllabus, we underscore the work of Indigenous writers, scholars, and activists, and we have focused primarily on the historical position of the Cherokee Nation in these debates.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  Cherokee  identity  links  sources 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
Honoring and Empowering Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples
Honoring Promises Legislation to Fulfill Trust and Treaty Obligations

On December 20, 2018 — the day the Civil Rights Commission released its report — then-Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland called on Congress to respond to its stark assessments with “a spending package to directly and immediately address critical unmet needs in Indian Country to ensure Native Americans get the full equity we’ve been fighting for.” Congresswoman Haaland and I have been working closely with each other and with partners in Indian Country to develop this legislation. We have released a legislative proposal for this effort as the kickoff to a public consultation period that will allow Tribal governments, citizens, experts, other stakeholders, and the public to offer input and suggestions in advance of the introduction of a final product in Congress. We will call it the Honoring Promises to Native Nations Act.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  Indigenous  plan 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren publishes a massive, detailed plan for addressing the injustice of US relations with indigenous American peoples / Boing Boing
Warren's plan is a top-to-bottom reimagining of how the US relates to indigenous peoples: American Indians, Alaska natives and native Hawai'ians, from broadband plans to criminal justice reform to nation-to-nation treaty negotiations to finance reform to curriculum reform and much, much more.

From creating a permanent, cabinet-level post for nation-to-nation negotiating with indigenous peoples to addressing the systematic problems that gives rise to the epidemic of missing and murdered native women to making budget allocations for indigenous peoples automatic and nondiscretionary, Warren's plan is thoughtful and bold.

The plan covers physical and mental health provision, addiction treatment, community health for chronic disease, physical infrastructure improvements (including broadband provision), free postsecondary education, and a program of reparations for broken treaty promises and centuries of abuse.
Native_American  Indian  Indigenous  Elizabeth_Warren  plan 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren - Shes_Got_Your_Back.pdf
SHE’S GOT YOUR BACK C G7 CElizabeth Warren, she’s got your back,F G7She’ll put consumer protection on the right track Dm CShe’ll make the credit industry toe the line G7 CShe’s a friend of yours, she’s a friend of mine. F COh, yes, oh, yes, G7 CShe’s a friend of yours, she’s a friend of mine.Elizabeth Warren, she’s not afraidShe’s the smartest appointment Obama’s madeShe looks so sweet but inside she’s toughAnd Wall Street knows she knows her stuff.Oh, yes, oh, yes,Wall Street knows she knows her stuff.Your mortgage, your car loan, your credit cardShe wants to hear if you’ve been hit hardShe’ll carry the news to WashingtonAnd she won’t stop till the job is done.Oh, yes, oh, yes,She won’t stop till the job is done
Elizabeth_Warren  song  Nancy_Schimmel 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
(3) #PresidentWarren
2. Email

Again, this post is specifically for Native voices. All other comments will be deleted.

Also, since many of us who are not members of the Native community are being asked to simply listen and read,
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  Indigenous  voices 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
Can Elizabeth Warren Beat Trump in 2020? Inside Her Radical Plan - Bloomberg
She was the first major candidate to call for Trump’s impeachment. “If he were anyone other than the president of the United States,” she said in May, “he would be in handcuffs and indicted.” A new CBS poll shows that 56% of Democrats in battleground states believe Warren would “fight for” them, more than any of her rivals.

The possibility that Democrats may choose ruthlessness in a nominee above all else could put Warren in a strange position, since it would mean primary voters will have picked the professor-turned-senator less for her intellectual skills than her pugilistic ones. That would turn the rationale for her candidacy on its head. All those minutely detailed plans to tax the rich and provide Medicare and cut college tuition—the foundation of Warren’s campaign—might not be why they vote for her at all. If she defeats Trump on those terms, the most radical Democratic agenda since Roosevelt could end up being ushered into the White House almost as an afterthought.

And how would Warren feel? “I’d be totally fine with that,” she says.
12 weeks ago by Quercki
Leveling the Playing Field for Entrepreneurs - Team Warren - Medium
The small business gap is another example of how the racial wealth gap in America holds back our economy and hurts Black, Latinx, Native American, and other minority families and communities. And because the government helped create that wealth gap with decades of sanctioned discrimination, the government has an obligation to address it head on — with bold policies that go right at the heart of the problem.

That’s why I have a new plan: a Small Business Equity Fund to help close the startup capital gap for entrepreneurs of color. Because it’s part of my economic patriotism agenda — which aims to use all the tools of government to defend and create good American jobs — this new program will be run by my new Department of Economic Development,
economics  race  opportunity  reparations  Elizabeth_Warren 
july 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren’s plan to cancel student debt has its origins in Occupy Wall Street - MarketWatch
For many Americans, the idea of large-scale student-debt cancellation likely came to their attention for the first time this week, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, announced as part of her campaign for president a plan to wipe out millions of Americans’ student loans.

But it’s a concept Ann Larson has been thinking about for years.

Larson, the co-founder of the Debt Collective, a debtor membership organization, first started talking about the idea of broad student-loan cancellation in 2011 as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, when activists protesting economic inequality took over a park in Manhattan’s financial district for nearly two months and introduced the world to the rallying cry, ‘We are the 99%.’
Elizabeth_Warren  student  debt  cancellation  Occupy_Wall_Street 
june 2019 by Quercki
Bill would cancel most of the country's outstanding student loan debt
Elizabeth Warren will introduce legislation to cancel student loan debt for most borrowers
Published Thu, Jun 13 2019 3:36 PM EDTUpdated Fri, Jun 14 2019 1:15 PM EDT
Annie Nova

Key Points

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren isn’t waiting for the election to push forward her proposal to erase the majority of the country’s outstanding student debt.
The Massachusetts senator and Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) announced on Wednesday their plan to introduce legislation in the House and Senate to eliminate up to $50,000 in student loan debt for 42 million Americans.
Elizabeth_Warren  student  debt  college  house  bill 
june 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren has lots of ideas. Bad ideas. - The Washington Post
Based mainly on her own estimates, I added up the cost of Warren’s commitments so far. The most expensive slice is the Medicare-for-all plan written by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and endorsed by Warren; independent analysts peg the cost at up to $32 trillion over 10 years. Add in Warren’s own programs, and the cost is about $36.5 trillion over 10 years, or $3.6 trillion a year.
Elizabeth_Warren  policy  cost 
june 2019 by Quercki
Microsoft Word - saez-zucman-wealthtax-warren-v5.docx - saez-zucman-wealthtax-warren.pdf
Wealth inequalityOne of the key motivations for introducing a progressive wealth tax is to curb the growing concentration of wealth. The figure below depicts the evolution of the share of wealth going to the top 0.1% of wealth holders vs. the bottom 90% based on the Saez and Zucman (2016) data (updated to 2016). It shows that the top 0.1% wealth share has increased dramatically from about 7% in the late 1970s to around 20% in recent years. Conversely, the wealth shareof the bottom 90% of families has declined from about 35% in the late 1970s to about 25% today. This fall has been primarily the consequence of increased debt for the bottom 90% (through mortgage refinance, consumer credit, and student loans). As a result, the top 0.1% today owns almost as much wealth asthe bottom90% of US families, which includes the vast majority of US families.
wealth  inequality  income  Elizabeth_Warren  taxes 
june 2019 by Quercki
Why Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax Would Work | The New Yorker
In theory, there is nothing to prevent Congress from abolishing the “step-up in basis” loophole and raising the capital-gains tax rate. In 2016, the Obama Administration suggested doing both of these things, but the Republicans who controlled Congress ignored the proposal. Theoretically, we could go even further in this direction, forcing taxpayers to declare their over-all wealth every year on the basis of market prices, and making them pay the capital-gains tax on any increase over the previous year. “That’s the obvious thing to do,” Kopczuk said. “You can go much further in the direction of taxing wealth accruals on an annual basis, compared to what we are doing now.”

As the election campaign moves along, critics of Warren’s proposal are sure to repeat these types of arguments. But the designers and supporters of the Warren plan have already anticipated many of them, including the issue of tax evasion and avoidance. In their written assessment of the Warren proposal, Saez and Zucman assume that “households subject to the wealth tax are able to reduce their reported net worth by 15% through a combination of tax evasion and tax avoidance.” The $2.75 trillion revenue projection takes this level of evasion into account.
Elizabeth_Warren  wealth  taxes  capital_gains 
june 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren 2020 interview: her theory of the presidency - Vox
The 2020 candidate on how she’d get rid of the filibuster, curb political corruption, and persuade Americans that government can work for them.
By Ezra Klein@ezraklein Jun 12, 2019, 8:50am EDT
Transcription by Catherine Kim

Oligarchic capitalism? Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has a plan for that. Opioid deaths? She’s got a plan for that, too. Same is true for high housing costs, offshoring, child care, breaking up big tech, curbing congressional corruption, indicting presidents, strengthening reproductive rights, forgiving student loans, providing debt relief to Puerto Rico, and fixing the love lives of some of her Twitter followers. Seriously.

But how’s Warren going to pass any of these plans? Which policy would she prioritize? What presidential powers would she leverage? What argument would she make to her fellow Senate Democrats to convince them to abolish the filibuster? What will she do if Mitch McConnell still leads the Senate? What about climate change?

I caught her on a campaign swing through California to ask about that meta-plan. The plan behind her plans.
Elizabeth_Warren  Ezra_Klein  wealth  inequality  podcast  transcript 
june 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren isn’t Hillary Clinton - Vox
Warren’s plans underscore her longstanding loathing of what American capitalism has curdled into.

It’s common for Democrats to talk about income inequality. Warren fixates on wealth inequality. During our conversation, she used the word “wealth” 23 times but mentioned “income” only four times. There’s a reason for that. Wealth is where income pools into power and privilege. When your money comes from income, it is, at least in theory, being earned through work. When it’s just wealth creating more wealth, it’s a hoarding of resources divorced from the labor and innovation that drives economies forward.

“Think of it this way,” she told me. “The bottom 99 percent last year paid all-in on their taxes 7.2 percent of their total wealth. Top 1 percent? They paid 3.2 percent of their total wealth.” Those huge fortunes, she continued, “are growing on their own. They are now capital. You don’t have to work if you’ve got one of those big fortunes. Those things are managed by professional managers.” Listen to how Warren talks about this. It offends her.
Elizabeth_Warren  Ezra_Klein  wealth  inequality 
june 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren opens door to reparations for Native Americans - The Washington Post
Warren is one of four Democratic presidential hopefuls who have said in recent days that they are open to providing some type of reparations to African Americans who are descendants of people who were enslaved in the United States, although they have offered varying levels of details about how the goal would be achieved.

So far, Warren is the only one to entertain the notion of including Native Americans. “I think it’s a part of the conversation,” she said when asked whether the group should also receive some kind of relief. “I think it’s an important part of the conversation.”

In a statement released Saturday, Warren offered more context. “I fully support the federal government doing far more to live up to its existing trust and treaty responsibilities and that includes a robust discussion about historical injustices against Native people,” she said, adding that tribal nations “deserve a seat at the table in all decisions that will affect the well-being of their people and their communities.”
Elizabeth_Warren  reparations  African-American  Native_American 
june 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren Wiki - Elizabeth Warren Wiki
1 Elizabeth Warren Biography — Early Life, Education, Marriages, and Family
2 Elizabeth Warren Biography — Academic, Government, and Political Career
2.1 Academic Research Controversies
2.2 Elizabeth Warren for President in 2016 movement
2.3 Elizabeth Warren 2020 Presidential Campaign
3 Elizabeth Warren Income and Net Worth
3.1 Federal PACER Fee Waivers
4 Intellectual Foundation of Occupy Wall Street Movement
5 "Factory Owner" Speech
6 Legal Representation of Major Corporations
6.1 Law License Controversy
7 Claim To Be First Nursing Mother To Take NJ Bar Exam
8 Elizabeth Warren Wikipedia Page Controversy
9 Elizabeth Warren Native American / Cherokee Controversy
9.1 Native American / Cherokee Criticism of Elizabeth Warren
9.2 High School Debate Partner Does Not Recall Warren Being Native American
9.3 Pow Wow Chow Cookbook
9.4 Listed As "Woman of Color In Legal Academia"
9.5 Elizabeth Warren Refusal To Meet With Native Americans
9.6 Elizabeth Warren Does Not Register As Native American In U.S. Senate
9.7 "Unaccountable - Elizabeth Warren and the Cherokee"
9.8 Says Has Photo Proof Of Native American Heritage, But Will Not Show
9.9 Claim to be Native American / Cherokee becomes campaign issue in 2012 Senate Race
9.10 Elizabeth Warren DNA Test Results Controversy
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  wiki 
june 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren apologizes for calling herself Native American - The Washington Post
Warren, asked in a brief interview Tuesday if she’d intended the apology to include labeling herself as Native American when at the University of Pennsylvania and at Harvard University, replied “yes.” She gave the same response when asked if it included labeling herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools directory.

“I told him I was sorry for furthering confusion about tribal citizenship,” Warren said. “I am also sorry for not being more mindful about this decades ago. We had a good conversation.” CNN reported her broader apology on Monday.

The apology has met with mixed reactions. Several tribal members applauded her. “This closes the matter,” tweeted Keith Harper, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council. “Onward.”

But not all were pleased.

“I want to see it in writing,” said David Cornsilk, a historian and genealogist who is also a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. “I want her to go on national TV. I want her to do a video like she did to announce her DNA results. It just seemed very lacking.”
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  claim  apology 
june 2019 by Quercki
What do Native Americans want from a president? - The Washington Post
I asked Nez for an example of a treaty obligation that presidential candidates could commit to that would, in his phrase, offer “a hand up rather than a handout.” The one at the top of his list sounds boring, but it is vital, because it underlies so much else: infrastructure, especially roads. Lousy roads undermine economic development, education, health care and public safety.

While the words “roads” and “infrastructure” don’t appear in the Navajo treaty, those obligations have been extrapolated in federal law as part of the duty the United States took on in its relationship with tribes. Shoddy infrastructure is a treaty breakdown across Indian Country, where some areas still lack running water and electricity, let alone broadband. The problem is especially acute in the Navajo Nation, given its size. It has 10,700 miles of roads — and 9,000 of those miles are dirt roads.

A look at the numbers suggests the United States is no more serious about fixing the roads and other infrastructure in Native America than it is about funding health care. The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs budget for road maintenance on all reservations is $36 million this year, compared with a maintenance backlog of $300 million to $400 million, according to the bureau. As for new highway construction, the Navajo Nation recently took over that responsibility from the federal government in a bid for self-sufficiency. The nation still receives about $55 million a year in federal highway funds to do the work. Since it costs about $3 million per mile to pave a dirt road, the nation can pave about 18 miles a year. Yet 450 dirt miles are so highly traveled as to require paving immediately. At current funding levels, it will take 25 years to pave just those most important routes — and five centuries to pave the rest.
Native_American  2020  treaty  president  law  policy  politics  Elizabeth_Warren 
june 2019 by Quercki
FACT: Elizabeth Warren’s Heritage Played No Role in Her Hiring | Fact Squad
Disgusting: When Racism & Slurs Become Political Strategy
Donald Trump uses racism, sexism, homophobia, bigotry and hate to divide and distract us while he rigs the system for the rich and powerful. But our country’s disrespect of Native people didn’t start with President Trump. It started long before President Washington ever took office.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  facts 
june 2019 by Quercki
What Actual Native Americans Think of Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test
Keene said that the whole episode shows that “lots of Americans are wholly ignorant about the fact that tribes determine their own membership, and that it appears that lots of Americans would find the idea that a Native American tribe would identify someone as their own with such low amounts of Indian blood as detestable.”

Kristen Orthman, a spokeswoman with Warren’s senatorial re-election campaign, emailed a statement from the senator first given to the Boston Globe: “I wish that I had been more mindful of the distinction between heritage and tribal citizenship Only the tribes can determine tribal citizenship and I respect their right. That’s why now I don’t list myself here in the Senate as Native American.”

Warren also tweeted about the distinction between the test and belonging to a Native American nation:

“Ultimately, however, the bigger problem of Warren's Indian DNA story is that it reinforces the narrative of Indian identity as being race-based,” said Gilio-Whitaker. “This is what the political right is using right now to erode Native sovereignty by undermining important laws like the Indian Child Welfare Act, Native exclusions to Medicaid rules, and in the big picture, terminate the US's treaty-based responsibility to Native nations.”

Keene said, “We know that Elizabeth Warren isn't able to certify that her probable Indian Blood is in fact Cherokee, but this reveal has sparked an interesting and I think disturbing conversation that is pro-blood quantum and at its heart anti-tribal sovereignty.”
Native_American  Elizabeth_Warren 
june 2019 by Quercki
What’s Really at Stake in the Debate over Sen. Warren's Claim to Native American Heritage - Native News Online
For far too long, your [Native American’s] story has been pushed aside, to be trotted out only in cartoons and commercials.”

On that point, I couldn’t agree with Warren more. I strongly believe that the stories that are told about Native Americans (and not told) have a profound impact on our rights in this country. Which is why when I read the news articles and the comment threads about Warren’s contested Cherokee identity, I find cause for deep concern. If we take Warren out of the picture and just examine the content of the debate, what non-Native people are concluding about Native identity is deeply troubling.

As an example, on Thursday a Boston Globe reporter wrote this about her own family’s stories of Cherokee ancestry. “If the family stories are true, my mom would be 1/64th Cherokee, about 1.56 percent. That number is so small that it’s possible it would not show up in her genetic material at all… My mom also says her DNA test identified a small percentage of her blood as East Asian, which she believed could be a mismatch of the Cherokee.”

Rather than Americans learning about the importance of tribal sovereignty and community identification from this controversy, most non-Native Americans are walking away with the messy conclusion that Native identity is determined by things like self identification, family stories, and DNA tests. And, unfortunately these misconceptions about Native identity have a profound impact on Native rights. To make my point, I would like to focus on one issue that both the left and right have ignorantly used: blood quantum.
Native_American  Elizabeth_Warren  blood_quantum  tribal  sovreignty  *** 
june 2019 by Quercki
My plan for public lands – Team Warren – Medium
It is wrong to prioritize corporate profits over the health and safety of our local communities. That’s why on my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that says no more drilling — a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases, including for drilling offshore and on public lands....
As president, I will use my authorities under the Antiquities Act to restore protections to both monuments [bear ear and Grand Staircase Excalante] and any other national monuments targeted by this Administration....
I will recruit 10,000 young people and veterans to jumpstart a 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps — ...
It’s time for the Department of Interior to meaningfully incorporate the role of state, local, and tribal stakeholders in the management of public lands. The administration of public lands should incorporate tribes’ traditional ecological knowledge, making provisions for tribal culture and customs on public lands, and exploring co-management and the return of resources to indigenous protection wherever possible.
Elizabeth_Warren  parks  public  land  recreation  mininin  Native_American 
june 2019 by Quercki
(83) In my humble opinion, this is one way that... - Sandy Littletree
o, instead of taking a DNA test and legitimizing his immature behavior, I am going to do the following:
1. Host a fundraiser for the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, my favorite charity. This organization fights for Native women and children experiencing gender-based violence. The president is welcomed to donate his $1 million to this non-profit as well. In addition to this fundraiser, I am stating my commitment to the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which includes key protections for Native women in this country.
2. Sponsor a bill that would support the inclusion of Native American sovereignty and accurate information about Native peoples in the k-12 education in my state. My goal is that this initiative would be adopted across the country. Many Americans do not understand the differences between heritage, identity, and tribal citizenship, let alone basic facts about American Indian history and contemporary issues. If more Americans had this education, we wouldn't have this problem today.
3. Lend my support to the Indian Child Welfare Act across the country.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  howto 
june 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats | The Nation
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats
The 2020 presidential candidate has a long track record of opposing lobbyists, billionaires, the Republicans—and her own party.
By George ZornickTwitter
February 21, 2019
Elizabeth_Warren  Obama  corruption  bank  mortgage 
may 2019 by Quercki
(12) #PresidentWarren
Update: a few people replied that Warren does have policies to this tweet, so no more tweets are needed: "@ewarren can make plans for people’s love lives, surely she can also come out with policy for Native Americans" She proposed reparations and expanded voting rights for Native Americans, and introduced a bill this very month? She has sponsored about twenty bills for Native Americans. Links here and in comments.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  policy  law 
may 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren building unlikely connection with black female voters
HOUSTON >> Elizabeth Warren was the last of eight presidential candidates to take the stage at Texas Southern University last month when she was pressed for a solution to black women dying during childbirth at far higher rates than white women.

The Massachusetts senator responded with what has become a campaign catchphrase: “So, I got a plan.” She proposed holding hospitals financially responsible for the disparity, imposing penalties on institutions that don’t act to prevent such deaths.

“Doctors and nurses don’t hear African American women’s medical issues the same way that they hear the same things from white women,” she said. “We’ve got to change that, and we’ve got to do it fast because people’s lives are at stake.”

By the time Warren left the stage at the “She the People” forum, thousands of black women in the audience were on their feet roaring cheers and applauding. The reaction eclipsed the response earlier in the day to Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey — the black candidates in the Democratic contest. It reflected the unlikely traction that Warren, a 69-year-old white woman who lives in tony Cambridge, Massachusetts, is gaining with black women who are debating whom to back in a historically diverse primary.

“To have an ally — she’s a woman, but she’s not a black woman — who can speak intelligently and has thought about people who don’t look like you, that resonates,” said Roxy D. Hall Williamson, a 49-year-old who was in the audience. “She stole the show to me.”
Elizabeth_Warren  Black  mother  childbirth 
may 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren Thinks the U.S. Is Ready for Her 2020 Ideas | Time
“O.K., O.K., I can answer this,” she said.

Which might as well be a motto for Warren’s presidential campaign. She has set herself apart in a Democratic field of more than 20 candidates by offering more than a dozen complex policy proposals designed to address an array of problems, from unaffordable housing and child care to the overwhelming burden of student debt. Her anticorruption initiative would target the Washington swamp, and her anti­trust measures would transform Silicon Valley. On May 8 she unveiled a $100 billion plan to fight the opioid crisis. This flurry of white papers, often rendered in fine detail, appears to suggest a technocratic approach to governing. But in fact, her ­vision, taken as a whole, is closer to a populist political revolution.
Elizabeth_Warren  2020  president 
may 2019 by Quercki
Bankruptcy law: Joe Biden vs. Elizabeth Warren - Vox
The 20-year argument between Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren over bankruptcy, explained
A clash over a 2005 bankruptcy bill — and a broader contrast in worldviews.
On a granular level, then, both sides of the Warren/Biden argument can claim that some of their main predictions came true, and both sides agree that the bill had at least some good provisions and some bad ones.

But the larger clash of worldviews is as vital as ever. Biden’s 2020 presidential bid explicitly front-loads Trump and his aberrant behavior, casting the former VP’s aspirations in explicitly restorationist terms — Biden will fix what Trump broke. To Warren, by contrast, the system was broken before she ever entered the Senate and the real fight is to overthrow the nexus of special interest politics that reigned in Washington back while The Apprentice was in its first season.
Elizabeth_Warren  Joe_Biden  bankruptcy  credit  student  loans 
may 2019 by Quercki
The Media Gaslighting of 2020’s Most Likable Candidate
Always, she was met with thunderous applause. Even a simple Bible verse — from Matthew 25:35–40, about moral obligation to the poor and hungry — prompted cheers so loud and prolonged that Warren had to pause and repeat herself in order to make her voice heard over the noise. Yet this was the same woman the media routinely frames as too wonky, too nerdy, too socially stunted. But then, Warren has always been an exceptionally charismatic candidate. We just forget that fact when she’s campaigning — due, in large part, to our deep and lingering distrust for female intelligence.

Warren is bursting with what we might call “charisma” in male candidates: She has the folksy demeanor of Joe Biden, the ferocious conviction of Bernie Sanders, the deep intelligence of fellow law professor Barack Obama. But Warren is not a man, and so those traits are framed as liabilities, rather than strengths.
Elizabeth_Warren  2020  sexism 
may 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren’s Policies for 2020 Presidential Campaign
so you want to be president Updated on Apr. 25, 2019
A Guide to Elizabeth Warren’s (Many) 2020 Policy Proposals
Elizabeth_Warren  policy  2020  president 
april 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren, the Long-Distance Runner of the 2020 Race | The New Republic
In policy terms, it’s always been hard to deny that Warren plays master-level chess while her opponents, left and right, dabble in checkers. But if she were to win the Democratic nomination, would she fall again into Trump’s traps? And with her tendency to frame everything as a “fight,” would she be a one-note wonder on the stump?

She’s gone a long way toward defusing those nagging doubts over the past week. Her initial response to the Mueller report was spot-on, both decisive and thoughtful. (And gloriously free of any tacked-on fundraising appeals.) On Monday night, Warren was even better when Anderson Cooper asked her about Democrats quailing at the idea of impeachment hearings because it might come at a political cost. “There is no political-inconvenience exception to the United States Constitution,” she began, sparking wild applause—and it only got better from there:
Elizabeth_Warren  impeachement  Mueller 
april 2019 by Quercki
Women of color pose a question for Democratic candidates: Why should we vote for you? - Los Angeles Times
Allison organized a forum to promote the best path she sees to victory: Rallying women of color, who have been the Democratic party’s most loyal foot soldiers, and making sure presidential hopefuls show some loyalty back.
2020  Elizabeth_Warren  Bernie_Sanders  Kamala_Harris  Amy_Klobuchar  Tulsi_Gabbard  Julian_Castro 
april 2019 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren's new promise: No fundraisers, phone calls with wealthy donors - CNNPolitics
(CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren is laying down a new rule for her presidential campaign: No fundraisers, dinners, receptions or phone calls with wealthy donors.
Warren's bid for the White House has been defined since its start by themes of fighting corruption and money in politics. The Massachusetts Democrat took that to the next level on Monday, blasting out an email to supporters vowing to forgo any "fancy receptions or big money fundraisers only with people who can write big checks," as well as phone calls to wealthy donors.
"For every time you see a presidential candidate talking with voters at a town hall, rally, or local diner, those same candidates are spending three or four or five times as long with wealthy donors -- on the phone, or in conference rooms at hedge fund offices, or at fancy receptions and intimate dinners -- all behind closed doors," Warren wrote. "When I thank the people giving to my campaign, it will not be based on the size of their donation."
Warren's announcement Monday is an implicit challenge to -- and perhaps even criticism of -- some of her competitors in the Democratic field who have courted big-dollar donors and bundlers.
Elizabeth_Warren  2020  PAC 
march 2019 by Quercki
Changing Elizabeth Warren's story to one about Native America -
We need good allies to partner with us to amplify our voices and to show up with us and support tribes on key issues.

We need to show up for our allies as well. The research shows that we will continue to struggle to protect our rights unless we make a concerted and intentional effort to change the story, to stop being invisible.

I believe Elizabeth Warren has made some real mistakes and she needs to do a lot better. I will support her while also holding her accountable.

As a tribal citizen of the Pawnee Nation, I will support her because she has never claimed tribal citizenship and she clearly supports tribal sovereignty and the inherent rights of tribes to determine our citizenship.

She is an ally who has lifted up on a national stage the issue of violence against Native women by asking Trump to donate his $1 million pledge to the National Indian Women's Resource Center.

My experience working with the Reclaiming Native Truth Project Research has taught me that we have more to gain from working with allies and educating them than trying to destroy them.
Elizabeth_Warren  allies  Native_American 
october 2018 by Quercki
Just about everything you’ve read on the Warren DNA test is wrong - The Washington Post
After being egged on by President Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the results of a DNA test Oct. 15 that indicated that she had a Native American ancestor.

The results — which identified Native American DNA from six to 10 generations ago — were immediately misinterpreted.

It started with a Boston Globe report, which initially said that the test showed she was between 1/32nd and 1/514th Native American. After confessing twice to a math error, the Globe corrected that to between 1/64th and 1/1024th Native American. That would translate to between 98.44 percent and 99.9 percent not Native American.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  DNA  GOP  lies 
october 2018 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren, We Love You So Fucking Much. You Are So Fucking Wrong Right Now. | Wonkette
GATHER, ALL YE LOVERS OF LIBERTY! Hillary Democrats, Bernie Democrats, liberals who don’t like party labels because “ugh” … hey, #NeverTrump Republicans, WHO LET YOU IN HERE? OK fine, we’ll let you stay. Everyone say hi to Bill Kristol, hiiiiiiiiii Bill Kristol!

We need to have a family meeting about the stupid shitstorm that exploded Thursday when Donna Brazile, apropos of nothing we can see aside from promoting her new book, published an excerpt in Politico that alleged that Hillary Clinton had “taken over” the DNC with her evil claws, which gave LITERALLY EVERYONE the impression Brazile was endorsing the incorrect claim that the 2016 Democratic primary was #RIGGED.
Hillary  democrats  Elizabeth_Warren  Donna_Brazile  election  rigged 
november 2017 by Quercki
Will we ever have a woman as president?
But as the legal scholar Joan Williams once said, “Men are often judged on their potential, but women are judged on their achievements.” It’s far from clear that any woman could mimic Obama’s rocket trajectory, because women have to spend more time than men do proving themselves capable. Then once they’ve put in the time and paid their dues, they can easily be written off as too old. Hillary Clinton spent decades working to become overqualified for the presidency, culminating in 112 countries visited and nearly 1 million miles flown as secretary of state, and her efforts were rewarded with Trump and his supporters successfully questioning her “stamina” during the 2016 campaign.

Given the endless ranking of Clinton’s flaws as a candidate both during and after the election, it’s easy to forget that before entering the race, she was the most popular politician in the country; at one point, the Wall Street Journal reported her favorability rating as an “eye-popping” 69 percent. But people perceive women differently when they’re contending for executive office than when they’re running for a collaborative body, like the Senate, or serving below a powerful man. “All the ancient clichés about women—are they trustworthy, are they strong enough to be commander in chief—all those come into play,” says Madeleine Kunin, the former governor of Vermont. “If you’re too tough, you’re not feminine. If you’re too feminine, you’re not tough enough. There’s a very small space between those two that is safe territory.”
women  politics  Hillary  Kamala_Harris  Elizabeth_Warren 
june 2017 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren, Democrats, and Sexism - Treatment of Warren Reveals Sexism Among Progressives
And as they did with the decades-long trashing of Hillary Clinton, some men on the left (and some women too) are now happy to walk down on the trail forged by the blatantly sexist far right. Warren, now potentially competing for power rather than serving as a rhetorical defense to accusations of sexism, is increasingly being cast out by men of a socialist bent. According to some prominent leftist columnists, Warren was beloved and trusted before Nov. 9, a fact that made discussions about sexism tainting the election largely irrelevant; now she’s just OK, and the love she gets from some lefties is confusing. Bernie, of course, remains “definitely pure” and a “political mastermind.”
sexism  Elizabeth_Warren 
february 2017 by Quercki
Silencing Elizabeth Warren backfires on Senate GOP -
Washington (CNN)The Senate has silenced Elizabeth Warren.

And by doing so, majority Republicans just handed the liberal firebrand a megaphone -- further elevating President Donald Trump's fiercest and most prominent critic in the Senate and turning her into a Democratic hero.
The rebuke of Warren came after the Massachusetts Democrat read a letter written 30 years ago by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship.

#LetLizSpeak: 'She persisted' becomes rallying cry for Warren supporters
Warren cited the letter during a debate on the nomination of Sessions -- now an Alabama senator -- as Donald Trump's attorney general. Reading from King's letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986, Warren said: "Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge."
Read the Coretta Scott King Letter
Republicans cried foul -- charging that Warren violated Senate rules against impugning another senator. A vote along party lines upheld that decision, turning what could have been an ordinary late-night partisan floor speech for political devotees into a national story.
"They can shut me up, but they can't change the truth," Warren later told CNN's Don Lemon.
Elizabeth_Warren  Coretta_Scott_King  Jeff_Sessions 
february 2017 by Quercki
Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions’s character - The Washington Post
“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens,” King wrote, referencing controversial prosecutions at the time that Sessions served as the U.S. attorney for Alabama. Earlier, Warren read from the 1986 statement of Kennedy, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee who led the opposition then against Sessions, including the Massachusetts Democrat’s concluding line: “He is, I believe, a disgrace to the Justice Department and he should withdraw his nomination and resign his position.”
Trump  Elizabeth_Warren  Coretta_Scott_King  Jeff_Sessions  unfit 
february 2017 by Quercki
(4) U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren - Timeline
OK, let’s talk about Dr. Ben Carson.
Yes, I have serious, deep, profound concerns about Dr. Carson’s inexperience to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Yes, I adamantly disagree with many of the outrageous things that Dr. Carson said during his presidential campaign. Yes, he is not the nominee I wanted.
But “the nominee I wanted” is not the test.
Millions of American families depend on HUD programs, including tens of thousands of families in Massachusetts. For many of them, HUD assistance is the difference between a safe, stable home and life on the street. As someone who has spent a lot of time working on housing policy in this country, my focus is on helping these families – and the countless others who could benefit from a stronger agency.
During the nomination process, I sent Dr. Carson a nine-page letter with detailed questions on a whole range of issues: Section 8 housing assistance; lead exposure in public housing; programs to prevent and end homelessness; programs to help victims of domestic violence; fighting housing discrimination; HUD’s role in preparing for and recovering from natural disasters; and, more broadly, the standards he will use for managing the department, including the steps he will take to protect the rights of LGBT Americans.
Dr. Carson’s answers weren’t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. In his written responses to me, he made good, detailed promises, on everything from protecting anti-homelessness programs to enforcing fair housing laws. Promises that – if they’re honored – would help a lot of working families.
Elizabeth_Warren  Ben_Carson  HUD 
january 2017 by Quercki
The Case For Hillary — Medium
According to Warren, First Lady Clinton became Senator Clinton of New York, and then things changed. The same bankruptcy bill came through congress, and this time Hillary voted for it. When Warren is asked what changed, she replies (paraphrasing), “Hillary started receiving all this money from Wall Street, and they became her constituency.” Well, that would be a very dramatic transformation, indeed.
Now I deeply respect and admire Elizabeth Warren — but it seems she left out some important details from her account. Clinton, in fact, worked with other members of congress to include amendments that addressed Elizabeth Warren’s concerns. And the bill passed 83–15. So why didn’t Warren mention this? I really have no idea — I’d love to ask her. Maybe she became so locked into this anti-bankruptcy bill stance, she couldn’t free herself from an oppositional frame of mind. Maybe Warren didn’t feel these amendments went far enough (but if that were true, why not mention that?) For whatever reason, the story Warren tells in this interview is incomplete. Clinton’s position on this bill was no different than that uber-conservative, Barbara Boxer.
Here’s what happened next — the bill went to the Republican controlled congress, they stripped out those amendments, sent the bill back to the senate, the Democrats filibustered the bill, and Clinton voted to uphold the filibuster. Another version of the bill later passed that Hillary opposed. So that woman Warren describes in the first part of her interview — the woman who “really gets it” — turns out that woman never changed after all (and currently, Warren speaks very highly of Hillary).
Hillary  Elizabeth_Warren  Wall_Street 
february 2016 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren Challenges Clinton, Sanders to Prosecute Corporate Crime Better Than Obama
Both Clinton and Sanders have called for stiffer penalties and more aggressive Justice Department enforcement on financial crimes. The Warren report suggests how far we have to go, and how intensely she will be watching developments as they unfold.

The report is the first in a promised annual series from Sen. Warren, where she will highlight the most egregious cases of unprosecuted corporate crime from the previous year.

In virtually all the cases she cites — from Standard & Poor’s delivering inflated credit ratings to defraud investors during the financial crisis, to Novartis giving kickbacks to pharmacists to steer customers to their products, to an explosion at a Bayer CropScience pesticide plant that killed two employees — the Department of Justice declined to prosecute individual executives or the corporations themselves, resorting to settlements with minuscule fines that barely disrupt the corporations’ business models.
Elizabeth_Warren  finance  Occupy_Wall_Street  1%  Citizens_United 
january 2016 by Quercki
Daily Kos: Elizabeth Warren Acts Decisively As She Lashes Out At Congress - Do your Job (VIDEO)
Elizabeth Warren said banks are 30% larger than they were just five years ago. She said five banks own more than half the total banking assets of the country. The10 biggest banks in effect get a taxpayer subsidy of over $83 Billion.

Elizabeth Warren scoffed at those who want to wait for all regulations to be written. She excoriates Congress for not acting and using the failure of regulators missing deadlines as a pretext. She said oversight is the responsibility of Congress. Had they done their jobs in 2008, the financial collapse could have been avoided.

Elizabeth Warren said that while the Consumer Agency has met every statutory deadline, the other regulators have not. That does not provide any degree of confidence. She said the last thing that should be done is to wait for another crisis, another London Whale, or another Libor disgrace, or another robo-signing scandal before Congress takes action.

Elizabeth Warren then stated that she is taking action. She has partnered with Senators John McCain, Maria Cantwell, and Angus King to create the 21st Century Glass Steagall Act.
bank  economy  Elizabeth_Warren  congress 
november 2013 by Quercki
Obama’s New (Good) Cabinet Picks - COLORLINES
While much of the nation was focused on the acquittal of George Zimmerman the U.S. Senate was doing something it rarely does: Work. The legislative body confirmed several of President Obama’s nominations for federal leadership positions, including Gina McCarthy as the Environmental Protection Agency’s chief administrator, Thomas Perez as secretary of the Department of Labor, and—finally—the director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, Richard Cordray.

Many of Obama’s picks had languished for months—Cordray for years—due to Senate Republicans’ resistance. But when Senate Democrats threatened to hold votes that would limit filibustering powers, Senate Republicans, who have used the practice at record rates during the Obama administration, agreed to confirm the president’s picks.
Elizabeth_Warren  Cabinet  Obama  Senate 
august 2013 by Quercki
The Woman Who Knew Too Much | Politics | Vanity Fair
The Woman Who Knew Too Much
Millions of Americans hoped President Obama would nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the consumer financial watchdog agency she had created. Instead, she was pushed aside. As Warren kicks off her run for Scott Brown’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, Suzanna Andrews charts the Harvard professor’s emergence as a champion of the beleaguered middle class, and her fight against a powerful alliance of bankers, lobbyists, and politicians.
economics  politics  Elizabeth_Warren 
october 2011 by Quercki

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