So Much for This Magazine
That dangerous-looking weapon on the cover of the Aug. 29/Sept. 5 issue isn’t too dangerous. It has no magazine.
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The Panic Boom
After reading Patrick Blanchfield’s “A Weekend in Condition Yellow” [Aug. 29/Sept. 5], I wish I had the option of moving to another country—or planet. The NRA, in my opinion, is a wicked, wicked organization.
There was recently a shooting at a hospital near where I live. A patient and nurse were murdered. Now, whenever one visits any of our local hospitals, it’s as bad as going to any airport. The security is intense. Apparently, the solution is more guns. How ridiculous is that?
Redoing the House—and Senate
Here in Washington State, where Bernie Sanders took 72 percent of the vote, we’re working on a plan. Many of us have joined Brand New Congress, which D.D. Guttenplan discusses in “Clean Sweep” [Aug. 29/Sept. 5]. We are currently building our network with like-minded supporters. We are also coming up on our legislative-district reorganizations at the end of the year, and we plan to be a strong voice.
Many of us want to reach across the state to other legislative districts and unite in our effort to reclaim the party from the neoliberals, “New Democrats,” or whatever their new iteration is after the “demise” of the Democratic Leadership Council.
Each legislative district has a platform, and many are similar. We can unite on resolutions, censures, and admonishments. If we can reach out to voters through our network of precinct-committee officers, we can put forth referendums and initiatives. We need to push our own agenda forward.
The goal is to empower our voters, which Bernie proved is possible. As long as we remain divided, we are the “rabble” that can be ignored. But uniting in solidarity (as the unions proved is possible) turns us into a force to be recognized—and reckoned with.