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  •  We should make sure that EVERY immigrant voter (5+ / 0-)

    in the country knows that all but 6 Republicans voted to keep deporting dreamers.  

    I heard that on NPR this morning.  I will have to start listening to Piolin por la Manana. A vote like that, widely publicized, will make Latino voters hate the GOP even more than they already do. A young woman who provides nursing assistance to my (dying) stepfather has a DREAMer boyfriend.  She was unaware of Republican politics on this issue.  She's pretty outraged - but she's a smart kid, in college, and illustrates the fact that not nearly enough people know how the Republicans act and vote on this issue.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 09:38:19 AM PDT

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    •  lack of diversity (3+ / 0-)
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      I think these needs to be discussed every time something like this is discussed.  We do not have a lot of diversity, at the district level.  In places like Iowa, where 88% of the population is white non-Hispanic, there is no diversity.  By my calculations, there are about 400,000 non white people in Iowa, and a quarter of them live in one of the three largest cities.  Steve Kings district is over 90% white non-hispanics.  Letter writing will do no good because everyone there is white.  Remember, undocumented immigration only became a national issue when Hispanics moved to the midwest, and pushed hard working white people out of their jobs.

      Opposing immigration is winner for Steve King because it is unlikely to be opposed by any group that might defeat him.  I am not saying all white people are  scared that Hispanics are going to take their jobs, or that all white people depend on the aristocracy of the European hegemony, just that everyone votes for Representative on bread and butter issues, and in a district where less than 2000 people are Hispanic, and he won by 30,000 votes, being pro immigration is not going to win him any friends.

      So really if we want to push for progressive values, we have to push diversity.  Let me end with an example.  I have a friend, several years older than me, who grew up in the arguably liberal pacific northwest.  She did not see a Jewish person until she went to college.  I grew up in deeply conservative area that went for Obama in the last election.  Unlike my friend, my first elementary school used to be a synagogue, most of my schools were not majority white, and full of all races, and that diversity shows in the average resident ability to compete and get along in the real world.

      •  Good points (0+ / 0-)

        It illustrates a real challenge for our coalition. Minority voters, both immigrant and black, are disproportionately urban and in big states, which hurts us in terms of Congressional representation.  Why should Wyoming have two senators and a Representative, when the population is less than DC?

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 11:04:27 AM PDT

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      •  Can we get women aligned against him? (1+ / 0-)
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        I hear they're all over the place, even in Iowa.

        Has it ever occurred to anyone when visiting Orlando that when Mickey Mouse is waving at you, what he's actually trying to say is, "Please, someone get me the *bleep* out of here!! These people are *bleep*ing crazy!!!"

        by Omir the Storyteller on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 11:43:16 AM PDT

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