[META] Ongoing issues with this subreddit that need addressing.

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I've been a long time user here, previously under a different account, but a long time supporter of Bernie Sanders nonetheless. In recent weeks, I've noticed that this subreddit has a few issues in regards to the community meta that probably need addressing before primary season ramps up in the next few months. I think it would behoove the moderators and the general community at large to consider these issues fully and find ways to address them for the betterment of this subreddit.

1) Leftist/progressive infighting and the promotion of other candidates – This is probably somewhat related to the Tulsi Gabbard posts, but this subreddit needs to have a low tolerance for people promoting other candidates like Tulsi Gabbard (either through comments or threads) and throwing out bait that is a catalyst for infighting and arguments. This is a Bernie Sanders subreddit. While some people may be supporters of Tulsi Gabbard, Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren, or so on, the focus of this subreddit should be to promote the Sanders 2020 campaign, unless he announces otherwise. People that post threads about other candidates are only inviting toxic arguments and derailment that is not really beneficial for the larger goal of this subreddit. Can the mods please start cracking down on these posts?

2) Needless moderation and topic suppression – On the topic of moderation, I've noticed that some of the mods here are a bit overly anxious with their handling of certain topics, such as sexual harassment during his 2016 campaign. While these claims shouldn't be weaponized or used against Bernie, they shouldn't be frowned upon as topics for discussion here. I've had numerous threads deleted by mods for "concern trolling," which is somewhat odd because other topics on these subjects can exist. Today's topic about Bernie missing the Russia sanctions vote is one example. My topic was deleted, but two others continue to exist. Sometimes we have to confront negative or tough stories in order to find the right narrative and/or solutions. We can't have a "political revolution" if tough issues are ignored and suppressed by moderators. I appreciate tough moderation, especially in light of the issues we had here in 2016, but better analysis and consideration should be taken in regards to obvious Bernie supporters. Sometimes that takes some time to check post history and taking a few more seconds to consider the context.

3) Faux-progressivism and distorting Bernie's message – I've noticed some instances recently where certain users have distorted Bernie's message to argue for less-than-progressive ideas, such as incrementalism, tolerance of bigoted foreign politicians, and other weird positions. Bernie's ideas and platform should be very clear. People that promote contrarian ideas are often doing contrarianism for the sake of contrarianism. They don't offer any substantive arguments and derail topics. I don't mind having heavier moderation here, as these users don't really have much posting history in regards to Bernie or seem to be invested in other candidates.

4) Low effort posts – I'm thinking about bad memes or the 'Bernie is going to win the 2020 elections" post here probably, but as primary season ramps up, we need to avoid low effort content. We can't just make sweeping claims or post memes all the time. This place needs to be a tool for distributed organizing, as emphasized by some noted Bernie supporters on social media.

Thanks for reading!

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California residents, please plan on voting in the CA Dem Party ADEM elections taking place this weekend (Jan 12, 13) and next (Jan. 26, 27)

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From a recent email from Our Revolution:
Elect Progressives to the CA Democratic Party this Weekend
"This weekend, Californians can vote in delegate elections to select a slate of progressives who are running to lead the CA Democratic Party. These candidates will fight for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and the progressive policies that Sen. Bernie Sanders championed in his 2016 run for President!

Go to https://www.adems.vote to find the progressive slate in your district. No one person can effect change on their own. We’re asking that you support the entire slate. Voting will be either this Saturday or Sunday [or next weekend] depending upon which district you’re in. You can find the exact date, time and location, as well as Our Revolution-supported slates at https://www.adems.vote."

(I added a correction in brackets to indicate that the ADEMs are taking place over two weekends this year.)

What are Assembly District Delegates? (I am taking this right from the adems.vote website):
"Every two years, the CA Democrats elect 7 self-identified females and 7 other than self-identified females from each Assembly District in CA as delegates to the state party. Those who are elected will have a chance to vote for the new party chair and other leadership. The race is hotly contested and will determine how welcoming, grassroots-focused and innovative the party becomes or how beholden it will remain to big money interests.

Delegates elect Party officers, endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office, attend the annual convention, network with other Democrats, represent your constituency, promote the California Democratic Party agenda, and vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures.

You get 14 votes for delegates, 1 of which you must also vote for Executive Board Representative."

Other notes that may be useful:

  • In order to vote you must be a registered Democrat. If you currently aren't, same day registration and re-registration (to change your party affiliation) are allowed at the ADEM meeting.
  • There are 2 ballots for this election. One for the 14 delegate positions available (7 women and 7 men) and another ballot for the one position available for Executive Board.
  • Another website where you can find your assembly district (it will be under the header "State Assembly"): http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
  • ADEM Candidates/Locations page from the official CA Dem Party website: https://www.cadem.org/our-party/adem/elections
    Here you can see a list of ALL candidates and their candidate statements for each district.
  • You don't actually have to stay the entire meeting (although it would certainly be ideal for you to stay to hear the candidate speeches, talk to the candidates in person, view the ballot counting/tallying process, etc). You only have to show up sometime within the registration/voting time window to get your ballot, vote, and then you can leave immediately after you turn in your ballot. Unfortunately you do need to show up in person in order to vote (ie. no absentee voting).
  • For people who live in an assembly district that has its ADEM election on Jan. 12th, there might possibly be some or a lot of overlap with the Organizing for Bernie livestream event. I believe it is important to prioritize voting first and then attend the livestream event afterward. Your vote is important in helping to change the Democratic Party from within, which is a goal that Bernie has emphasized time and time again.
  • In 2017 a number of ADEM meetings were influenced by shady, corrupt behavior from establishment Democrats. (For example, calling police to kick out grassroots candidates, giving fancy luncheon to their supporters at the site and on the day of voting in exchange for their votes, refusing to count/tally votes in public, etc). It's important to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity and do your best to keep a record of what happened.
  • Here are interesting news articles about the ADEM elections:
  • For an educational 2 minute video about these elections please see the link below:
    https://youtu.be/Iap7qZW8Evk

Thanks to /u/Antarctica-1 for some of the information in this post.

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