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Michigan's Largest Independent African-American Blog/Podcast Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

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Michigan's Largest Independent African-American Blog/Podcast Endorses
Bernie Sanders for President

As the largest African-American owned and operated independently affiliated podcast and commentary news resource in Michigan, we have decided to support without waiver U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders quest to be the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States in 2016.

Why Are We Endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders to gain the Democratic Nomination?

After viewing Sunday, March 6, 2016 Michigan Democratic Debate, there is no question that Senator Sanders policy positions as it relates to Free Trade, Fracking and uplifting of Communities of Color, are strongly supported by the Senator.

The debate likewise confirmed if elected, Senator Sanders will continue advocating for ideas, thoughts and legislative actions from the Executive Officer role, protecting People voting him into the role of President of the United States first, and not the interest of corporations.

Secretary Clinton Re-Affirmed Support of "Regulated Fracking" in Sunday. March 6 Flint, Michigan Debate

On protecting the environment and in particular the issue of Fracking, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's answer was similar to a hodgepodge of rambling sentences attempting to cover up her truth, than anything remotely like direct answer to the question posed.
CLINTON:  You know, I don’t support it when any locality or any state is against it, number one. I don’t support it when the release of methane of contamination of water is present. I don’t support it, number three, unless we can require that anybody who fracks tells us exactly what chemicals they are using.

So by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place.

And I think that’s the best approach, because right now there are places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated.  So first, we’ve got to regulate everything that is currently underway and we have to have a system in place that prevents further fracking unless conditions like the ones that I just mentioned are met. 
Meanwhile, Senator Sanders answer was direct, precise and to the point of not supporting any form of Fracking, regulated or otherwise. 
SANDERS:  My answer is a lot shorter: NO, I do not support fracking.
Flint, Michigan is facing a clean water crisis tragedy, as lead and other chemicals have leeched into the City's water system for over two years.

Fracking, is a highly questionable anti-environmental protection process, which drills down into the earth a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. 

Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well, and thus endangering underground delivery structures for drinking water and wastewater treatment systems.

It is alleged that the above ground Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) Pipeline to Lake Huron throughout all parts Genesee County where the City of Flint is located, was rushed though to allow for a expansion of Fracking in the Mid-Michigan area.

Michigan Area Bloggers like Mark Maynard and independent news resource The Metro Times have raised questions if the KWA construction was not as much about saving money on the infrastructure of water delivery to Genesee County, and maybe more about opening the area up for the business of Fracking.

NAFTA Destroyed Hundreds of Thousands Manufacturing Jobs In Michigan, Fmr. President Bill Clinton Signed NAFTA Into Law and Hillary Clinton Advocated for NAFTA

As it relates to Free Trade, the former President Bill Clinton signed the what was then known as the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA, December 8, 1993, against the urging of American Automobile and Manufacturing related bargaining organizations including the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Teamsters Unions.

The UAW and Teamsters believed NAFTA would cost American jobs in the long-term and both unions were correct. NAFTA has deeply hurt the state of Michigan. 

Hillary Clinton, while First Lady and many will say Co-President while Bill Clinton was in the White House, strongly advocated for NAFTA.

How many jobs have been lost to NAFTA? The estimate is over 231,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities lost in Michigan due to NAFTA, according to data from the Public Citizen.

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Plants now closed or reduced included General Motors Powertrain - Ypsilanti, Michigan employing at peek 50,000, Ford Ypsilanti - 20,000 jobs lost, Ford Wixom -35,000 jobs eliminated lost and Flint Buick City - estimated 80,000 lost jobs -- just to name a few, have vanished along with a significant portion of the City or municipal areas taxable revenue base - in Southeastern and Mid-Michigan.
CNN'S ANDERSON COOPER: This city is also facing a jobs crisis, 75 percent of Flint's manufacturing jobs have been lost in the last 25 years and about the same amount of time, Michigan lost 230,000 manufacturing jobs. 
I want to go to Tanisha Motron, she grew up in flint and now works in Detroit at the Shinola watch factory which as you know, is often held up as the blueprint for how to save American industry jobs. She says she's leaning towards secretary Clinton and has a question for her.
QUESTION: A lot of members work in the auto industry here in Flint. That's ultimately what I wanted to do when I got out of school unfortunately, I was unable to get any one of the big three and that's why I now reside at Shinola. If you are elected president, what are you going to do to in the United States instead of sending them overseas to other countries? 
CNN'S ANDERSON COOPER: Secretary Clinton? 
CLINTON: I'm going to do what I think will work which is both carrots and sticks. Let me talk about the carrots. We're going to have a very clear set of proposals and incentives for manufacturing so that we change the way that companies think about making investments again in America. I have a comprehensive manufacturing plan that I will be implementing. 
We're also going to invest more on infrastructure as we both have said, "it's woefully under resourced." That will put a lot of people to work. I want to do more to help small businesses, they are the source of two thirds of our jobs and we have to help them start and grow, particularly minority and women-owned small businesses. 
We need to do more to help create clean energy as a source of good jobs but I am also going to go after companies. You know, when a company decides to leave like Nabisco is leaving and they have gotten tax benefits from Chicago and Illinois to stay there, I will claw back the benefits. They will have to pay them back if they are leaving a place that actually invested in them. 
I am also going to go after companies like Johnson Controls in Wisconsin. They came and got part of the bailout because they were an auto parts supplier and now they want to move headquarters to Europe. They are going to have to pay an exit fee. We are going to stop this kind of job exporting and we are going to start importing and growing jobs again in our country.
Excuse us, Secretary Clinton, but the questioner asked about Automobile and Manufacturing Jobs here in Michigan, the lost of these employment opportunities in this state, and plans if you had any, to bring them back.

Photo Credit - Independent Underground News & Talk  Senator Bernie Sanders Speaking at Eastern Michigan University February 15, 2016  at "A Future to Believe" rally event
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Senator Bernie Sanders Speaking at
Eastern Michigan University February 15, 2016
at "A Future to Believe" rally event
The questioner did not ask about vegetables and wood sticks, infrastructure which your "regulated fracking" policy would destroy anyway, Nabisco in Illinois or Johnson Controls in Wisconsin. This is Michigan Secretary Clinton and you avoided the questioners, question.

Let's review Senator Bernie Sanders responding to this question:
CNN'S ANDERSON COOPER: Senator sanders, I will let you... 
SANDERS: I am very glad, Anderson, that secretary Clinton discovered religion on this issue but it's a little bit too late. 
Secretary Clinton supported virtually every one of the disastrous trade agreements written by corporate America. NAFTA, supported by the Secretary cost, us 800,000 jobs nationwide, tens of thousands of jobs in the Midwest. 
Permanent normal trade relations with China cost us millions of jobs. 
Look, I was on a picket line in early 1990's against NFATA because you didn't need a PhD in economics to understand that American workers should not be forced to compete against people in Mexico making 25 cents an hour.
SANDERS: And the reason that I was one of the first, not one of the last to be in opposition to the TPP is that American workers... 
... should not be forced to compete against people in Vietnam today making a minimum wage of $0.65 an hour. Look, what we have got to do is tell corporate America that they cannot continue to shut down. We've lost 60,000 factories since 2001. They're going to start having to, if I'm president, invest in this country -- not in China, not in Mexico.
Instead of answering the question, Secretary Clinton, used what is called deflection to avoid talking about what was asked of her, and intentionally incited a testy exchange -- to possibly play "the victim" yet again.
CNN'S ANDERSON COOPER: Secretary Clinton? 
CLINTON: Well -- well, I'll tell you something else that Senator Sanders was against. He was against the auto bailout. In January of 2009, President-Elect Obama asked everybody in the Congress to vote for the bailout. 
The money was there, and had to be released in order to save the American auto industry and four million jobs, and to begin the restructuring. We had the best year that the auto industry has had in a long time. I voted to save the auto industry. 
He voted against the money that ended up saving the auto industry. I think that is a pretty big difference. 
SANDERS: Well, I -- If you are talking about the Wall Street bailout, where some of your friends destroyed this economy... 
CLINTON: You know... 
SANDERS: ... through -- excuse me, I'm talking. 
CNN'S ANDERSON COOPER: Let him speak... 
CLINTON: If you're gonna talk, tell the whole story, Senator Sanders. 
SANDERS: Let me tell my story. You tell yours. 
CLINTON: I will. 
SANDERS: Your story is for -- voting for every disastrous trade agreement, and voting for corporate America. Did I vote against the Wall Street bailout? 
When billionaires on Wall Street destroyed this economy, they went to Congress and they said, "please, we'll be good boys, bail us out." You know what I said? I said, "let the billionaires themselves bail out Wall Street." It shouldn't be the middle class of this country.
On Civil Rights The History of Bernie Sanders Advocacy For Communities of Color Is Strong, Unquestionable and Will Continue Under a President Sanders Administration 

Lastly, as a young man at the University of Chicago, Bernie Sanders was a part of the Civil Rights Movement, and has consistently stood on the side of policies seeking to uplift Communities of Color during his over two plus decades in Congress.
AUDIENCE MEMBER DAVID MEGHEE QUESTION: .....What experiences do you have that have helped you deeply understand the mind sets and values of other cultures? 
SANDERS: Well, I think the best answer -- I don't know that I can give you a definitive answer here, but I will give you this answer. When I was a young man at the University of Chicago, I worked with fellow black and white students trying to desegregate the University of Chicago owned housing.  
Most candidates for president, don't put this on their resume, but I was arrested by the Chicago police for trying to desegregate the Chicago school system. 
In 1963, and an important day for me, I went to the march on Washington led by Dr. King for jobs and freedom. Dr. King has been an important inspiration for me.

In this campaign, if you go to and read our position on criminal justice, it is I believe the strongest position of any candidate.

What it says among other things, 51 percent of African-American kids today are unemployed -- you know we're going to do? We're going to provide education and jobs for those kids, not jails or incarceration.
As in the end it comes down to Communities of Color need employment opportunities, not a stint in a jail or prison, to provide for themselves and their families.

Senator Sanders understands the importance of this and how opportunities for jobs cannot exist when a society or leaders policies allows dangerous corporate fracking methodologies to run wild, and/or destroy employment in America and Michigan by Free Trading our jobs overseas or to Mexico.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, vote for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in the Michigan Primary Election. 

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