DSA support on healthcare
- There have been two positive developments with respect to health care reform in Congress. First, Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and other progressives on the House Labor and Education Committee were able to insert an amendment into HR 3200 allowing states to opt out of the public option in favor of a state single-payer plan. Secondly, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-New York) was able to persuade Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to schedule a vote on HR 676 in September (The Weiner Amendment would replace HR 3200 with HR 676.) in return for voting HR 3200 out of the House Commerce and Energy Committee.
- In light of these developments, we ask DSA members to participate in the following activities on behalf of health care reform:Call your member of Congress. Demand that he or she support a strong public option, oppose stripping the Kucinich Amendment from the final bill, and support the Weiner Amendment. March with the Health Care for All contingent at the Detroit Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 7th.
Asian Americans for Equality, 37th Anniversary
In March 2011, hundreds of supporters came to the Jing Fong Restaurant in Chinatown to help the prominent advocacy and housing organization, Asian Americans for Equality, celebrate its 37th anniversary. Dignitaries such as Rep. Anthony Weiner and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver addressed hundreds of invited guests as they feasted on platters bursting with lobster, whole fish and roast chicken.
Twitter Scandal and Resignation
Rep. Anthony Weiner stated he will resign his seat in Congress after a scandal spawned by lewd and even X-rated photos the New York lawmaker took of himself and sent online to numerous women. The scandal was exposed by Andrew Breitbart of Big Government. Originally, Weiner denied the allegations, photos and evidence. He was caught in numerous lies. Various media outlets accused Breitbart of lying about the evidence and even hacking Weiner's Twitter account. All of this was proven false.
Anthony Weiner officially resigned from office on June 16, 2011. During his resignation statement, Weiner was heckled with lewd questions and jokes from his constituents. Widely thought to be the next Governor of New York, Weiner's political career is all but ended at this juncture.
- ↑ GDDSA newsletter, Sep. 2009, Volume 10, Issue 5
- ↑ The Lo Down, Asian Politicians Celebrate Gains, Plan for the Future, By Ed Litvak in Community Organizations on March 25, 2011
- ↑ Weinergate Bombshell: New Woman Comes Forward Claiming Cache of Intimate Photos and Online Communications with Beleaguered Congressman Big Government, June 6, 2011
- ↑ Weiner's Resignation - And The Back Story They're Not Telling You Joshua Pundit, June 17, 2011