Nancy Pelosi Challenger Shahid Buttar Makes His Case to Join the Squad | Dear Joe Biden #09

Nancy Pelosi Must Go

Shahid Buttar is a Democrat running in the general election against Nancy Pelosi in California’s 12th district. In this wide-ranging interview, Shahid opens up about the two related allegations that have rocked his Congressional campaign recently, noting the rush to judgment against him enabled by what he calls a “failure of press ethics” in amplifying a smear campaign based on a “fabricated narrative.

Shahid then goes on to make a case for a Green New Deal, a radical restructuring of military spending and priorities, and Medicare for All— all issues that Nancy Pelosi opposes.

For more on Shahid’s campaign, visit shahidforchange.us

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Dennis Trainor Jr is the host and writer of Dear Joe Biden on Acronym TV. A Boston based theater maker, actor, writer, and Associate Professor of Theater, he is also the producer/director of the documentaries American Autumn and Legalize Democracy.

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The Peoples Convention: Seeking to Build A Nationally-Viable Progressive Party— a Peoples Party (Interview with Ryan Knight)

As a rebuttable to the RNC and the DNC, The Peoples Convention, on August 30th, seeks to galvanize what polls show as “the large majority of Americans who are progressive, and the almost two out of three Americans are who now calling for a major new party.” 

Featured speakers at The Peoples Convention include Nina Turner, Dr. Cornel West, Jimmy Dore, Marianne Williamson, Chris Hedges, and more—including Ryann Knight, who joins me for a wide-ranging interview.


(Sign up for & Watch The People’s Convention here)

In our conversation we:

  • Share reactions to the DNC & RNC
  • Discuss the case for a viable 3rd party on the left
  • Which leads me to ask: Why build a people’s party and not join and build the Green Party?
  • Assess the two Bernie Sanders Presidential campaigns and ask: where does that energy go?
  • The plan for the coming Peoples Convention on August 3oth;
  • The plan 8 step People’s Party plan leading to a Political Revolution.

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Dennis Trainor Jr is the host and writer of Dear Joe Biden on Acronym TV. A Boston based theater maker, actor, writer, and Associate Professor of Theater, he is also the producer/director of the documentaries American Autumn and Legalize Democracy.

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Joe Biden, Like Hillary Clinton, Wants to Win Without the Left (w. Luke Savage) | Dear Joe Biden #07

In his recent piece for Jacobin, entitled “This Year’s DNC Was 2016’s DNC on Steroids,” Luke Savage, wrote: “Open contempt for the progressive left, speeches from Republicans, and a liberal class hopelessly out of touch with the moment, this week was 2016’s DNC all over again — and the Democrats are at risk of the same result: failing to defeat Donald Trump.”

Luke joins Dennis for a discussion about the DNC.

Can Joe Biden’s center hold?

Dennis Trainor Jr is the host and writer of Dear Joe Biden on Acronym TV. A Boston based theater maker, actor, writer, and Associate Professor of Theater, he is also the producer/director of the documentaries American Autumn and Legalize Democracy.

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$2,000 a month for Everyone*: Dear Joe Biden #04

WATCH AND PASS IT ON: Let’s all tell @JoeBiden: $2000 a month for everyone* until #Covid19 is over. >>> @dearJoeBiden episode 4 on @acronymTV1

What would you do with $2000 a month, no strings attached, until three months after the Pandemic was over?

Dear Joe:
Remember, the effects of the Trump virus will linger for a generation. The time to agitate for outside the box ideas is not after the election, but now—when people are engaged. The proposal to give every American who makes less than 120k a year $2000 a month until the Pandemic is over is one of those ideas whose time has come. 2000 a month until this is over.

Pass it on.

Try to imagine yourself 20 years in the future, explaining the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus to someone who did not live through it. Go ahead. Come up with a metaphor, leave it in the comments, and have a blast. The overlap between what would typically be called hyperbole and the truth of the matter offers a breathtakingly wide-open opportunity.  

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Dennis Trainor Jr is the host and writer of Dear Joe Biden on Acronym TV. A Boston based theater maker, actor, writer, and Associate Professor of Theater, he is also the producer/director of the documentaries American Autumn and Legalize Democracy.

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Go Left. Go Big. Or Go Home: Dear Joe Biden #03

Pass it on: Let’s all Tell @JOEBIDEN: STOP fetishizing the middle class. You know what, by definition, is required to keep the myth of a middle class alive? Poverty! @DEARJOEBIDEN EP. 3 FROM @ACRONYMTV1

Dear Joe,
As Donald Trump continues to flounder and flail, it might be a tempting campaign strategy to play it safe, win the electoral college, push Humpy Dumpty Trump off of his wall, and waltz to victory without much of an effort. You must be thinking that you can run a Hillary Clinton style campaign with only a few minor tweaks to convince some white people in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to relegate Trump to the ashbin of single term Presidential failures.

Make no mistake: Trump must be stopped. But let us also recognize this moment as one that calls for something so much more significant than the old Joe Biden middle of the road mentality. What do you say, Joe? You’ve got the votes of the centrists, corporatists, and the Karen Democrats all locked up. They are not going anywhere. If you pursue a traditional campaign, with watered-down melba toast policy demands, you risk the same fate as Hillary Clinton.

– Dennis Trainor Jr.
June 25 2020

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Dennis Trainor Jr is the host and writer of Dear Joe Biden on Acronym TV. A Boston based theater maker, actor, writer, and Associate Professor of Theater, he is also the producer/director of the documentaries American Autumn and Legalize Democracy.

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Defund the Police: Dear Joe Biden #02

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WATCH: Pass it on: Let’s all tell @JoeBiden to #DefundThePolice | @dearJoeBiden, ep. 2 from @AcronymTV1

The ‘America as a Cake’ Metaphor

Think of America as a Devils Food Chocolate cake. And for years, we have been eating a version of this cake, this cake that usually tastes delicious and tasty and even a little sexy, am I right? And many of us did not think so much about the ingredients, because this cake just tasted so good.

Like a country, a cake is made up of a few essential ingredients. For this Devils Food Cake, we need 2 eggs. These eggs, in my little metaphor you see, are foundational ingredients of what makes up America, without these eggs, you could not have built the America we have now.

These eggs are Racism, and more specifically, anti-blackness.

Can you take an egg out of the cake, please? I mean, now that the cake is baked, can you take those anti-black eggs out? Can you pull the broken shells out from your compost bin, and put the yolk and the egg whites back into the shell? Can you make the shell whole again, put that humpy dumpty shit back together so you can return them to the store and say: “hey Trader fucking Joe, I don’t want these anti-black eggs! I want racial justice eggs! This is some bullshit. I don’t want these eggs!”

And Trader Joe is all like: “but you’ve been making that same Devils Food cake for like 400 years, and it is so good. It is so popular. I mean, do you know how popular that cake is?”

“It is so popular that while cities cut their budgets for just about everything, funding for police departments skyrockets, all to protect this Devils Food cake. And I’ll tell you another thing- the carton that you took those eggs from—that isn’t even American. It’s Native American. And you know how much the original colonizers who made the first Devils Food Cake wanted that egg carton?

Genocide. That is how much they wanted your eggs and your egg carton.”

Again- that is the law and order the police are enforcing. And I know that defund the police does not equate to disappear all forces from the face of the earth tomorrow. Instead, it means that communities will get what they need and not have to navigate the occupying forces that so many urban police forces have become. And if I know that, Joe Biden, knows that. And Joe, where are you on this issue?

-Dennis Trainor Jr
June 10, 2020

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Dennis Trainor Jr is the host and writer of Dear Joe Biden on Acronym TV. A Boston based theater maker, actor, writer, and Associate Professor of Theater, he is also the producer/director of the documentaries American Autumn and Legalize Democracy.

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