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Al Franken - "Giant of the Senate" - with David Talbot
Date Thursday July 06
Time 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorBob Baldock
From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. Senator Al Franken has represented Minnesota in the Senate since 2009. It's about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast. In this candid personal memoir, hosted by Dave Talbot, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics. More Info: kpfa.org/events
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by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
Wednesday May 24th, 2017 8:21 PM
On April 27, 2017, all 100 US Senators, including millionaire Al Franken, signed a letter initiated by Sen. Mark Rubio, to the UN supporting Nazi Trump’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s statement that “It is the UN’s anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change.” This comes as 1500 Palestinians are on a hunger strike in Israeli prisons for over 38 days now, protesting the horrifying conditions that are a clear violation of international law.

This letter may found at: https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/f6c7c142-8655-4c34-907b-ffe91b033f34/83A98BDD8379F7A35D6207DCB0D74B38.4-27-2017-rubio-coons-ltr-to-unsg-re-israel.pdf

Senator Al Franken has a net worth of $8 million. See
http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-politicians/democrats/al-franken-net-worth/

For his biography, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Franken

The demands of the Palestinian prisoner hunger strikers may be found at:
http://imemc.org/article/the-demands-of-hunger-striking-detainees-in-israeli-prisons/

For more information on the current hunger strike, see
http://addameer.org/news/get-facts-palestinian-hunger-strikes
and http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777270

Some of the hunger strikers have been hospitalized. At this point, they are all in danger of dying.

Senator Franken apparently thinks the current version of Indian killing, known as torture and murder of Palestinians and theft of Palestinian land, is just fine as he is a staunch supporter of Israel, just like all other Democrats and Republicans at all levels of office. It is the US taxpayers who pay for Israel’s existence to the tune of $4 billion a year to protect US oil profits in the Middle East and to do the bidding of US imperialism around the world. Israel is an American military base and settler colony and it does what the US government tells it to do. Nazi Israel is a pawn of Nazi USA, a proud Indian killing country which was founded on genocide of Native Americans.

Senator Franken claims to support single payer, Medicare for All, healthcare but he has yet to introduce a Senate version of HR 676, and no other senator has done so either. Democrats like Franken are the fig leaf over the shameful reality that they are the same as the Republicans, paid by the same capitalist class to promote the same capitalist agenda to maximize the profits of the capitalist class, the greatest profits being in munitions and oil. They simply support Medicare for All to get elected, but once elected, do not seriously campaign for Medicare for All, because the Democratic Party opposes it as does the Republican Party since they are both paid for by the insurance companies. In 2009-2010, when Obamacare passed, the Democrats had a majority in the House and Senate and a Democratic president, and all they passed with an insurance profiteering bill, which will soon die because the insurance companies are pulling out due to lack of profits.

As to HR 676, it currently has 111 co-sponsors, all Democrats, out of 193 Democrats, in a House of 435 members. San Francisco Democrat Pelosi is not a co-sponsor. See https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/676/text

If you are horrified at any support of Nazi Israel, and if you want Medicare for All, you have to change your voter registration to the only 2 parties on the California ballot that support the Palestinian liberation struggle and Medicare for All, Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party. You can register online for either one of these 2 pro-peace, pro-labor, pro-environment parties at https://covr.sos.ca.gov/?language=en-US
For more information, see:
http://www.peaceandfreedom.org/home/
http://www.cagreens.org/
http://www.gp.org/

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