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Title: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on October 19, 2013, 06:11:28 pm
Michael Ruppert:(http://www.websmileys.com/sm/violent/sterb029.gif)
 

Truth-Telling Cop who claims CIA enables drug-trafficing. On November 15, 1996, then Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch visited Los Angeles' Locke High School for a town hall meeting. At the meeting, Ruppert publicly confronted Deutch, saying that in his experience as an LAPD narcotics officer he had seen evidence of CIA complicity in drug dealing.[11]
Ruppert went on to become an investigator and journalist,[12] and established the publication From The Wilderness, a watchdog publication that exposed governmental corruption, including his experience with CIA drug dealing activities.[13]

Ruppert is the author of Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil,[14] published in September 2004. Crossing The Rubicon claims that Vice President Dick Cheney, the US government, and Wall Street had a well-developed awareness of and colluded with the perpetrators of 9/11.

Ruppert appears in the documentary films The 911 Report You Never Saw - The Great Conspiracy, Peak Oil - Imposed by Nature,[15] Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, The End of Suburbia, American Drug War: The Last White Hope and Collapse.

http://thehalloffame.wikidot.com/start
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: Surly1 on October 20, 2013, 11:41:09 am
On it. Have been aware of his work for some time.

Excellent.
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on October 20, 2013, 04:31:28 pm
Kyle Childress
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There’s a line in the old King James, that says the prayers of a faithful person ‘availeth much.’ One person, one small community, acting in faithfulness, can bring healing, hope, change.”



Meet the Churchgoers Helping Lead an Uprising Against Big Oil in Texas


Activists in Texas are connecting the fight against the Keystone pipeline with the struggle for environmental justice


Snippet 1:

Since the blockaders began showing up at his church, Childress told me as we drank coffee on his back porch the next morning, people have noticed a change in his preaching. “There’s an urgency that maybe I didn’t have before. They’re reminding us that climate change is not something we’re going to fiddle-faddle around with. I mean, you’ve got to step up now.”

But there’s more to it, Childress continued: “I’m preaching to young people who are putting their lives on the line. They didn’t come down here driving a Mercedes Benz, sitting around under a shade tree eating grapes. They hitchhiked. They rode buses. And they get arrested, they get pepper-sprayed, they get some stiff penalties thrown against them.” (In January, Tar Sands Blockade and allied groups settled a lawsuit brought by TransCanada seeking $5 million in damages for construction delays, forcing them to stay off the pipeline easement and any TransCanada property.)

Childress noted that some of the blockaders, especially the Occupy veterans, refer to the corporate capitalist system as “the Machine.” “And they’re exactly right, using that kind of language,” he said. “They’re going up against the Machine in a real, clearly defined way. Not subtle—really upfront. And I’m trying to help them realize what it’s going to take to sustain the struggle. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/maniac.gif)

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]The prophet Amos, Childress told us, was called to be a fierce advocate—among the Bible’s fiercest—on behalf of justice for the poor and oppressed. “Amos’s strong preaching was hard then, and it’s hard today,” Childress said. Just as in Amos’s day, when the wealthy trampled on the poor while worshiping piously in the temples, so today our “programs of care for the poor and needy” are dismantled “with a religious zeal.” Meanwhile, “giant corporations get a free ride. They can diminish people, destroy the earth, pour out climate-changing carbon, all in the interest of short-term profit, and no one can do anything about it.” But Amos knew, Childress assured us, that God is the spring of justice—and that without God, “we are unable to keep up the struggle for justice and goodness and love over the long haul.”

“God calls us to justice, to be a people who embody justice,” said Childress, himself a longtime activist on issues of race, poverty and peace. And yet, as King and all those who fought for civil rights knew, “serving and battling for justice is a long-haul kind of calling.”

Childress—deeply influenced by the likes of Wendell Berry, the late Will D. Campbell and, of course, King—is not a Bible-thumper. He doesn’t shout. Heavyset and ruddy-faced, with a whitening, close-cropped beard, he speaks with a soft, flat West Texas accent. But his voice carries real power and conviction.(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/cowboypistol.gif)



Full Article HERE (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/violent/sterb029.gif) (http://www.alternet.org/environment/meet-churchgoers-helping-lead-uprising-against-big-oil-texas)
Title: Profiles in Courage: Eleanor Roosevelt
Post by: AGelbert on October 27, 2013, 04:21:24 pm
Eleanor Roosevelt


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Oct 21, 2013 video archive from C-SPAN 2 hours, 1 minute

Don't miss this historical information and video clips of this courageous woman.



First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/LadyEl&showFullAbstract=1)

American HISTORY you may not know about.

Eleanor Roosevelt was both the most loved by the people and the most hated First Lady by the elites in American History because of her courageous activities.

J. Edgar Hoover led an effort to have Eleanor Roosevelt declared a negro, be stripped of her citizenship and deported to Liberia!

Eleanor Roosevelt has the largest FBI file of any First Lady.

The Republican Campaign button for the 1936 election had, "We don't like Eleanor either." on it. IOW, every bigot out there hated her guts. She was often depicted with "coal dust" on her face in satirical newspaper cartoons. No, it wasn't because she was friendly with coal miners and supported unions for them... 

The Daughters of the American Revolution DID NOT LIKE HER AT ALL. Why? Because she supported unions and defended the civil rights of African Americans. She made these High society ladies uncomfortable with all this "boat rocking". LOL!

And that's WHY J. Edgar Hoover,  one of the greatest fascist Racist Police State Pigs in American History, targeted her. Even with all her high society white family credentials, the INSTANT she moved to support a democratic USA with equal rights for all, the propaganda machine of dedicated fascist racist assholes declared her a N_____R Lover.

When that didn't work, they decided to go all out and to rebrand her genetics in order to DESTROY her credibility.

The Klu Klux Klan placed the highest price on her head (reward for assassinating her) that that pack of cowardly murdering racists had ever placed on anyone on its list of "Enemies of Amerika".

Despite many assasination threats and attempts (she carried a gun), she refused secret service protection until her death in 1962. 

Eleanor Roosevelt's Wartime Prayer
Dear Lord,
Lest I continue
My complacent way,
Help me to remember that somewhere,
Somehow out there
A man died for me today.

As long as there be war,
I then must
Ask and answer
Am I worth dying for?


When Eleanor informs Truman of her husband's death:
ER: Harry, He's dead.
HT: Oh Mrs. Roosevelt, I'm so sorry. Is there anything I can do for you?
ER: That's the wrong question because you are the one in trouble now.


Historians discuss all the above and much more including the 1918 Lucy Mercer affair with FDR that caused Eleanor to, henceforth, have her own bedroom, how FDR's mother told him that if he divorced Eleanor to marry Lucy, she would cut him off from the family money and how, despite all this, in 1921 when FDR got polio, Eleanor was the one who willingly gave him a daily enema, inserted a glass tube in his **** to extract urine (because of his paralysis) and gave him the support in the political arena to win the presidency over a decade later. (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-106.gif) He could not have done it without her.

The elitist, greedy, anti-democratic, racist, predatory capitalists from EVERY political party have been out to undo everything SHE and FDR accomplished for human decency ever since. (http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000370273/polls_Smiley_Angry_256x256_3451_356175_answer_4_xlarge.png)

 
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 03, 2013, 09:20:30 pm
Harry Schwartz: A Great Man who founded the Torch Commando Part 1
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Harry Heinz Schwarz (13 May 1924 – 5 February 2010) was a South African lawyer, statesman and long-time political opposition leader against apartheid, who eventually served as the South African ambassador to the United States during the country’s transition to representative democracy.

Schwarz rose from the childhood poverty he experienced as a German Jewish refugee to become a lawyer and a member of the Transvaal Provincial Council, where from 1963 to 1974, he was Leader of the Opposition.

In the 1964 Rivonia Trial he was a defence lawyer. Advocating a more aggressive political opposition to the National Party's racial policies in the 1960s and 1970s, as Leader of the United Party in Transvaal and leader of the liberal "Young Turks", he clashed with the United Party establishment.

He championed the cause of non-violent resistance to apartheid and in 1974 signed the Mahlabatini Declaration of Faith with Mangosuthu Buthelezi for a non-racial democratic society in South Africa. He was in the opposition for over 40 years and was a founding member of the Democratic Party.

In light of his record, his appointment as South African Ambassador to the United States in 1990 was widely heralded as symbolic of the government's commitment to ending apartheid,
[1] and played a significant role in renewing the nation's image as the new democratic South Africa.[2][3][4]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Schwarz

The Torch Commando was born out of the work of the Springbok Legion, a South African organisation of World War II veterans, founded in 1941 during the second world war by progressive anti-fascist servicemen, and the War Veterans Action Committee established with the involvement of Springbok Legionaires to appeal to a broader base of ex-servicemen.

The Springbok Legion was initially formed by members of the 9th Recce Battalion of the South African Tank Corps, the Soldiers Interests Committee formed by members of the First South African Brigade in Addas Ababa, and the Union of Soldiers formed by the same brigade in Egypt.

The aims and objectives of the Springbok Legion were enunciated in its 'Soldiers Manifesto'. The Springbok Legion was open to all servicemen regardless of race or gender and was avowedly anti-fascist and anti-racist. Amongst its leading members were servicemen such as Joe Slovo, Lionel Bernstein, Wolfie Kodesh, Jack Hodgson and Fred Carneson who all later joined the African National Congress and its military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe under the command of Nelson Mandela.

Others such as Harry Schwarz, a later well known anti-apartheid political leader, lawyer and ambassador to the United States during the government on national unity was one of the organizations founders.

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Torch Commando in action

The Torch Commando was founded in 1951 during the Coloured vote constitutional crisis, in protest against the South African government's plan to remove coloureds from the voters roll in the Cape.

At a time when the Springbok Legion's numbers were diminishing, the Torch Commando strategy gave a new lease of life to the aims and objectives of the Springbok Legion, perceived as being too left wing by some, and gave a home to whites in other liberal formations including liberals in the United Party, who identified with black grievances.

The wartime fighter ace Group Captain Adolph Malan became the president of the 'Torch Commando'. The commando's main activities were torchlight marches, from which they took their name. The largest march attracted 75,000 protesters.

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Torch Commando in action

The Torch Commando existed for more than five years, and at its height had 250,000 members.

The government was alarmed by the number of judges, public servants and military officers joining the organisation, and a new law was passed to ban anyone in public service or the military from joining.

Subsequently the National Party did everything to purge the memory of the Springbok Legion, Torch Commando and men such as 'Sailor' Malan, who have appeal with white Afrikaner youth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torch_Commando

While Harry Shwartz was busy trying to move South Africa to become a non-racist representative republic, the multimillionaire gold mining tycoon Charles W. Englehard Jr.(http://www.envisionyourdreamsllc.com/Golden-Pig.jpg) was doing all he could to SUPPORT Apartheid South Africa.  >:(  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201604.png)

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The policy of South Africa as expressed by the new Prime Minister [John Vorster] is as much in the interests of South Africa as anything I can think of or suggest. I am not a South African, but there is nothing I would do better or differently." --U.S. multinational businessman Charles W. Engelhard, 1967

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  More than any other American, Charles Engelhard gave direct political support to the Nationalist government. Engelhard sat on the boards of Witwatersrand Native Labor Association and Native Recruiting Agency, two South African government agencies which recruit cheap African labor to work in the mines.

Engelhard also served as a leading officer of the South African Foundation, a South African government businessmen's public relations front on which no other American would agree to serve. This foundation was set up in the words of its leaders "because there is a systematic, well-organized, well-financed attack on South Africa, conducted on a world scale by a number of organizations supported by Afro-Asian and Communist interests."   ;)

And while Engelhard was busy telling American detractors that U.S. corporate involvement could play a constructive role in helping bring South Africa's black majority toward full political participation, (http://www.u.arizona.edu/~patricia/cute-collection/smileys/lying-smiley.gif)his foundation's book, South Africa in the Sixties, was arguing that "in regard to overall direction, white hegemony is to prevail."   (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/aliens/hae51.gif)

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By far the largest of Engelhard's stakes, however, was in the South African gold mining industry, which for decades has mined sub-economic gold by employing Africans at wages half the poverty datum level. Largely through his chairmanship and stock holdings in Rand Mines, Engelhard's interests controlled an estimated 15 per cent of South African gold mining industry during the '60s. Indeed, it was through his entry into the South African gold industry during the early '50s that Engelhard first started to turn his father's relatively modest metals business into a global powerhouse.

Setting himself up as a bullion dealer in South Africa, Engelhard beat restrictions on the export of newly mined gold by manufacturing solid gold art items--solid gold pulpit tops, dishes, bracelets. Once legally exported in this manner, they would be melted down into bullion again.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1978/10/13/goldfinger-buys-a-library-pithe-policy/#

Yeah, you guessed it. Gold shaped like animals (http://www.envisionyourdreamsllc.com/Golden-Pig.jpg) BEAT THE RESTRICTIONS in order to be remelted into giold bullion in the USA again.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/pirates5B15D_th.gif)

That certainly would explain the LOVE of ART in the form of golden statues of animals by certain people that ADMIRE Engelhard, don't you think? It's like a massive private joke about making money from slave labor AND bypassing export laws designed to force South Africa to treat its blacks better. DOUBLE PROFITS!(http://www.smilies.4-user.de/include/Spiele/smilie_game_017.gif)(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif)
It must be hilarious to a certain strain of gold bug...  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-devil12.gif)
 

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But while the Cabots may now be hundreds of years removed from the wealth they earned in the slave trade, the Engelhard family South African connection lives on, albeit without Charles W.

SHORTLY before his death, Engelhard, in a complicated series of transactions, sold off much of his South African interests to Anglo-American and other companies. The current Engelhard family parent corporation, Engelhard Minerals and Chemicals, still has diversified holdings in South Africa, but in the recent climate of intensified criticism of U.S. operations there, the Engelhard company has refused to disclose the extent of the assets and activities of its privately held South African subsidiary.

In October, 1976, the company refused to cooperate with Sen. Dick Clark's committee studying U.S. investments in Southern Africa.


Meanwhile, the Engelhard family has shifted much of its formerly South African capital into the manufacture of pollution control devices. somehow it doesn't seem to make their money much cleaner.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/www_MyEmoticons_com__burp.gif)

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1978/10/13/goldfinger-buys-a-library-pithe-policy/#

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Engelhard stabled race horses in North Carolina, England and South Africa, $15 million worth of race horses -- about the same amount that the Engelhard Foundation has in assets. He needed three private jets and a helicopter to transport him to his international business and pleasure appointments.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1978/10/13/goldfinger-buys-a-library-pithe-policy/#

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"The key to the misery of these people is to let them get enough to eat, enough clothes, a car and some financial stability. I don't care what the college professors say, I know this is what the black people of Africa want." --Charles W. Engelhard, 1966 (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1978/10/13/goldfinger-buys-a-library-pithe-policy/#

Englehard died in 1971 but Engelhard mining and minerals continued to live down to its Apartheid defending legacy with a clever dirty trick.

Please note the DATE, October, 1976, the company refused to cooperate with Sen. Dick Clark's committee studying U.S. investments in Southern Africa. That is the year they claimed they "tested" the market for a type of bullion sale and withdrew it. (http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/stock/thumb_smiley-sign0105.gif)
 Senator Cark was breathing down their necks so they waited a year and went ahead with the scam. Read on. 

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/Apartheid.jpg)

The American public was souring on South Africa and those nifty Gold Krugerrand sales were dropping. The American public were being educated by people like Shwartz on how Black Africans were treated and didn't like it one bit (except for our racists, of course!).

So Engelhard Enterprises of SA came up with a clever plan to fool Americans into buying his golld and silver rounds to take advantage of the slump in Krugerrand sales.

They sweetend the deal by making Engelhard rounds slightly purer (24 karat instead 22 karat) to make sure anybody that discovered the ORIGIN of the metal in the coins would not have a "consciense" attack (with goldbugs, karats talk a lot louder than a consciense does!).

 
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June 12, 1977 Newspaper report on Engelhard Enterprises of SA's new "coins".
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1454&dat=19770612&id=arosAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JRMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3559,2583241
 

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I had never heard of these coins before but I imagine the goldbugs know about them. Engelhard must have made a tidy profit from this "gold art work" importing scam (that the corporation added a new clever twist to after his death with the bullion coins) because he was REALLY loaded when he died. That coin, because of this, certainly deserves to bear the name "Englehard" embossed on that symbol of greed and African slave labor.

Don't you just love how these mining firms operate? Such INTEGRITY, eh? Apartheid, YES! Con the American coin buyer, YES! Refuse to cooperate with a U.S senatorial committee, YES! Engelhard Enterprises of SA was (probably still is) convinced that he who has the gold, makes the rules. It's a wonderful life! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif)


I do admit that when you tag the word, "American(s)" on to something, Americans fall for it hook, line and sinker. I guess that is why all those fascist Koch echo chamber un-think tanks always make sure the handle starts with "Americans" for this, that and the other!  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif)

Harry Schwartz: A Great Man who founded the Torch Commando Part 2
(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/profiles-in-courage/msg256/#msg256)
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 03, 2013, 10:00:12 pm
Harry Schwartz: A Great Man who founded the Torch Commando Part 2


After rich people die you ALWAYS learn of the "Foundation" (a tradition of tax dodging shenanigans founded by Rockefeller) and the goody two shoes things it is doing in the old reptile's name.

But this bit of philanthropy had a racist bent to it worthy of the old reptile himself.

The path to Engelhard's "sainthood" (naming a library in HAHVAHD for him) while simultaneously accompanied mysteriously by the demotion of the Department of Afro-American Studies to committee status.

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"...the library in the new building will be named the Charles Engelhart Public Affairs Library, in recognition of a gift of one million dollars from the Charles Engelhard Foundation." --JFK School of Government Spring 1978 Bulletin.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1978/10/13/goldfinger-buys-a-library-pithe-policy/#

No, I can't prove the two were connected but the timing and the MONEY to HAHVAHD tells the story. At any rate, the money "donated" to Harvard by the Engelhard foundation SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUT IN A TRUST FOR SOUTH AFRICAN MINERS or at least sent to Harry Shwartz to help in his and Nelson Mandela's anti-apartheid struggle, not used for some God Damned library. (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-028.gif)

Here's a little background on the war at Harvard and how the bad guys won it.

Why do I say this? Didn't south Africa get a Representative Republic and didn't it end Apartheid?

Yes, but about 10 years LATER than it should have BECAUSE of Engelhard's money.

Harvard was KEY to telling the world that South Africa was out of line and had to end Apartheid. Several members of congress were prevailing on Harvard to divest of its investments in South Africa and ALONG comes the Engelhard Foundation and drops a million bucks in their lap!

Sure, Sophie Engelhard wanted her dadddy to look good but there was MORE TO IT THAN THAT. Read on. Sophie must have been quite friendly with Bok but maybe I am just imagining all these amazing coincidences that clipped Harvard's wings and allowed Apartheid to continue OVER TEN MORE YEARS.

Sure, Reagan was a big fan of Apartheid too but IF Harvard hadn't received that "donation" in 1977 and HAD DIVESTED THEN of all South African investments publicly on the world stage, SA Apartheid could have ended BEFORE Bush stole the presidency for Reagan in 1980.

If Carter had been able to broker an anti-Apartheid new government in 1979, the subsequent boost in his popularity might have well been enough to prevent Bush's skullduggery with Iran from getting Reagan elected.  :o  

THAT's what blood money from a racist predatory capitalist can do to a country and to a university that started out as a college based on MORAL behavior. The bad guys won. Sorry.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201604.png)
 
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Throughout the 1970s, the University was engulfed in an intense debate over the moral implications of its financial investments in apartheid South Africa.

In 1979, protests also erupted over the dedication of a library at the Kennedy School of Governmen to an apartheid supporter and the rumored demotion of the Department of Afro-American Studies to committee status.

The unrest prompted the University to weigh the symbolic impact of pulling Harvard capital out of South Africa with possible financial losses. Some argued that Harvard ought to use its international stature to take an ethical position against apartheid and questioned the moral validity of the Harvard Corporation’s investment policy at the time.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2004/6/9/against-apartheid-throughout-the-1970s-the/

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By the end of 1978, though, the University evaluated corporations for investments based on the benefits they provided nonwhite employees. This policy was proposed by the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (ACSR)—a committee formed in 1973 to advise the Corporation on ethical issues.

Amid this turmoil over Harvard’s South African investments, the Kennedy School announced it would name its library after Charles W. Engelhard, an industrialist whose political and financial participation in South Africa reputedly supported the apartheid regime. In their protests for divestment, some students denounced the naming of the library after Engelhard.

The controversy reached a national scale when seven members of Congress wrote a letter to Bok on Dec. 15, made public on Jan. 3, expressing their concern over the library’s name. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/swear1.gif)



“We fear that the recognition of Engelhard at this particular time may be interpreted by the South African government and its supporters as an indication of official acceptance—or at least tolerance—of apartheid by major American institutions,”  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)
the legislators wrote.

University officials eventually compromised with protesters by putting a plaque saying that the funds were given in Engelhard’s memory rather than naming the library after Engelhard.  ;)

The fight over the dedication of the Engelhard library was not the only development in the protests of the 1978-1979 school year.  >:(

In 1979, some students coupled rumors circulating of a possible demotion of the Af-Am department to an interdisciplinary committee with calls for divestment as grounds for protest.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png)

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2004/6/9/against-apartheid-throughout-the-1970s-the/

The credentialed assholes at Harvard fought the students AND the credentialed principled faculty on the issue of divestment. You have heard these arguments before and have even heard them here from people that believe morality and money aren't related. Of course that is a pretense. It's just greed in action with some erudite cover speech.

Watch Bok (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) in Harvard dance:

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The debate over Harvard’s investment even reached members of Congress. Rep.-elect William R. Ratchford, D-Conn., told The Crimson that Harvard’s divestment from South Africa-related stock could influence national and international governments against apartheid.   (http://www.clker.com/cliparts/c/8/f/8/11949865511933397169thumbs_up_nathan_eady_01.svg.hi.png)  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/47b20s0.gif)


In late spring, the Faculty circulated a letter that endorsed a gradual, five-step policy to force corporations to pull out of South Africa. The letter, signed by over 100 professors, urged Harvard to stop investing in corporations operating in South Africa, and to support or initiate shareholder resolutions calling for corporate withdrawal. According to this letter, if these efforts fail, Harvard should adopt a policy of selective divestment.   

MONEY AND MORALS

Bok was reluctant to yield to student and Faculty pressure. He wrote two letters addressing divestment from South Africa in which he explained his support for University policy.

In an open letter in March, Bok wrote that the purpose of a university is not “to reform society in specific ways,” but to transmit knowledge and protect its financial stability. In his second letter in April, Bok doubted the effectiveness of divestment in promoting the end of apartheid, and supported the Corporation’s position that the best way for Harvard to influence corporate behavior was “to vote as a shareholder.”

Bok’s open letters played an important role in the debate on Harvard’s South Africa-related investments.

According to Morton Keller, co-author of Making Harvard Modern, Bok was well aware of the moral implications of Harvard’s investments, but he also felt it his duty to protect the financial stability of the University.

“Derek Bok was very much double-minded about it,” Keller says. “Part of him responded favorably to the idea that there should be a moral dimension [to Harvard’s investment policy.”
“Part of him opposed it in the sense that his primary responsibility was to see that the University was affluent and solvent,” Keller continues.

“And to get into the business of deciding what was moral and what was immoral in the way of investments was going down a dangerous road.”


The Corporation never launched full and immediate divestment, though it sold stocks in companies that did not contribute to anti-apartheid efforts, which included protesting to the government and training or promoting black employees.

“I don’t think it is correct to say that the Corporation changed its mind,”  (http://www.u.arizona.edu/~patricia/cute-collection/smileys/lying-smiley.gif)
Bok, who led the Corporation in the late 1970s, writes in an e-mail. “We were asked to sell all of the stock of all the scores of companies which did any business in South Africa. We never agreed to that demand. (http://www.u.arizona.edu/~patricia/cute-collection/smileys/lying-smiley.gif)
We did decide to sell a few stocks, amounting, I would guess, to only half a dozen companies or so.”

Mansfield says that the University did realize its moral responsibility in its financial investments.  (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzWpwHzCvCI/T_sBEnhCCpI/AAAAAAAAME8/IsLpuU8HYxc/s1600/nooo-way-smiley.gif)

“They ended up accepting the premise of divestment advocates, namely that the University had a moral responsibility not to invest in companies that were complicit in apartheid,” Mansfield says.

“It certainly made our investment managers aware that they could be confronted with moral objections. I imagine that has remained,” Mansfield adds.
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June 9, 2004

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2004/6/9/against-apartheid-throughout-the-1970s-the/

So it goes. A lot of noise and the credentialed assholes just pretended they were going along until the noise died down. I disagree with Mansfield or at least whatever morality Harvard supposedly espoused didn't last.

The fact that Dershowitz teaches there is testament to that!  >:(

Of course it hasn't ended. As we speak there is a huge and ongoing scandal of many top universities, including Harvard, participating in the African corporate land grab. But that's a subject for another day.

So it goes.

Thank God this world has men like Harry Heinz Schwarz to counter the greed and calloused predatory capitalism of people like Engelhard and the corporate predators he left behind.

Do your part, tell somebody that (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-106.gif) "GREED IS BAD" (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif) whenever you get a chance. 

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And remember Harry Schwartz, an example of honorable, prejudice free behavior for all of us to follow.
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If you missed Part 1 of this article on a courageous man, click below:  8)
Harry Schwarts: Founder of the Torch Commando Part 1
 (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/profiles-in-courage/msg255/#msg255)
Title: Profiles in Courage: Chris Hedges
Post by: AGelbert on November 21, 2013, 10:01:27 pm
Chris Hedges

"As a Socialist I Have No Voice in the Main Stream Media."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX6n861Gu6Q&feature=player_embedded


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNT3_qugjZU&feature=player_embedded
The MYTH OF HUMAN PROGRESS...
Title: Profiles in Courage: Senator Bernie Sanders
Post by: AGelbert on November 27, 2013, 07:36:52 pm

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Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Bernie Sanders says he doesn't wake up dreaming to be president, but if the current ranges crises facing the nation and the planet aren't addressed by other candidates, he says, a presidential candidate he may be. (Credit: AP/Rich Pedroncelli)

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"We are in a situation where we have not been since the late 1920s, before the Depression, where the top 1 percent owns 38 percent of the financial wealth of America, while the bottom 60 – six zero – percent owns 2.3 percent of the wealth in America. That is obscene beyond belief."

Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Common Dreams       

Bernie Sanders: To Defeat Oligarchy, I Would Run for President


Latest interview with senator from Vermont shows that his reluctance to run would be outweighed by the scale of unaddressed crises and ignored issues

- Jon Queally, staff writer

Senator Bernie Sanders, for the second time in as many weeks, is indicating serious contemplation for a presidential run in 2016 if none of the potential Democratic candidates show the proper urgency when it comes to addressing a key set of issues that he thinks now face the country and the world.

Stressing the overarching crisis of out-of-control income and wealth inequality coupled with the planetary emergencies of global warming and climate change, Sanders' message has been that unless these problems are put at the forefront of the domestic policy agenda he will feel compelled to run.

In an extended interview with Salon journalist Josh Eidelson published Wednesday, Sanders admitted he does not "wake up every morning with a huge desire to be president of the United States... I don’t."

"What distresses me enormously is that there is very little discussion about [our] major crises, and even less discussion about ideas that can resolve these issues."

However, he continued, "I do wake up believing is that this country is facing more serious crises than we have faced since the Great Depression. And if you include the planetary crisis of global warming, the situation today may even be worse. And given that reality, what distresses me enormously is that there is very little discussion about these major crises, and even less discussion about ideas that can resolve these issues."

In an interview ten days ago with a local Vermont paper, the Independent senator for the first time indicated he would be willing to run if it seemed necessary.

“These are not normal times," he told the Burlington Free Press. "The United States right now is in the middle of a severe crisis and you have to call it what it is.”

As John Nichols reported for The Nation recently, a run by the Vermont senator would pit the populism that is bubbling up from the progressive base of the Democratic Party and among independents against what the Sanders plainly terms the forces of "oligarchy."

"That’s what oligarchy is. Oligarchy is when a small number of people control the economic and political life of the country."

A "small handful of multi-billionaires control the economics of this country,"  Sanders told Nichols. "Economically, they clearly have an enormous amount of power. And, now, especially with Citizens United, these very same people are now investing in politics. That’s what oligarchy is. Oligarchy is when a small number of people control the economic and political life of the country—certainly including the media—and we are rapidly moving toward an oligarchic form of society.”

According to Nichols, Sanders would enjoy a run again the oligarchs and the system that insulates them from the displeasure and will of the public. In their exchange, Sanders asked Nichols to imagine a presidential candidate who said to voters:
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“I am going to stand with you. And I am going to take these guys on. And I understand that they’re going to be throwing thirty-second ads at me every minute. They’re going to do everything they can to undermine my agenda. But I believe that if we stand together, we can defeat them.”



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“If you had a President who said: ‘Nobody in America is going to make less than $12 or $14 an hour,’ what do you think that would do?

If you had a President who said: ‘You know what, everybody in this country is going to get free primary health care within a year,’ what do you think that would do?

If you had a President say, ‘Every kid in this country is going to go to college regardless of their income,’ what do you think that would do?

If you had a President say, ‘I stand here today and guarantee you that we are not going to cut a nickel in Social Security; in fact we’re going to improve the Social Security program,’ what do you think that would do?

If you had a president who said, ‘Global warming is the great planetary crisis of our time, I’m going to create millions jobs as we transform our energy system. I know the oil companies don’t like it. I know the coal companies don’t like it. But that is what this planet needs:  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)
we’re going to lead the world in that direction. We’re going to transform the energy system across this planet—and create millions of jobs while we do that.’

If you had a President say that, what kind of excitement would you generate from young people all over this world?”:

On the political/media landscape and income inequality
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The great moral and economic and political crisis facing this country, which gets relatively little discussion, is the growing disparity in income and wealth that exists in America. We are in a situation where we have not been since the late 1920s, before the Depression, where the top 1 percent owns 38 percent of the financial wealth of America, while the bottom 60 – six zero – percent owns 2.3 percent of the wealth in America. That is obscene beyond belief. The worst wealth inequality in the entire — of any major country in the world. And in terms of income, the last statistics we have seen from 2009 to 2012 tell us that 95 percent of all new income in this country went to the top 1 percent.

"So what you have there is obviously [a] horrendous economic situation, but it is very dangerous to our political system. Because big money interests are putting huge amounts of money into the political process through Citizens United. And these are issues that have got to be addressed, or else in my view the United States will move very rapidly toward an oligarchic form of society when our economic and political life is controlled by a handful of billionaires.

"I see this as a huge moral issue, an economic issue, a political issue. There is virtually no discussion about that, virtually none. I don’t know how we can be a serious nation when this issue is not front and center, and there are not real ideas out there on how we address it."

On the crisis of unemployment
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"Real unemployment is not 7.2 percent — it’s close to 14 percent, including those people who have given up looking for work, and who are working part-time. Youth unemployment, youth unemployment is close to 20 percent. African-American youth unemployment is close to 40 percent. These are crises. And yet day after day, we hear about the deficit — which is a serious issue — and we hear almost nothing about the unemployment issue, which among other things is having a horrendous impact on the current young generation, the kids who have graduated high school and college."

On climate change and global warming
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"It is beyond comprehension — although the scientific community is almost unanimous in telling us that global warming is man-made, that it is already causing disastrous problems, and that those problems will only get worse in years to come — that we have almost no movement at all, virtually no movement in Congress on this planetary crisis."  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif)

On the social safety net and the middle class
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]"I would say that while the American people feel very strongly — and this is, by the way, across the board, Democrats, Republicans and independents — in opposition to cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, inside the Beltway, the political establishments, (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2rzukw3.gif) there is support for cuts to those terribly important programs. [...]

"We have a middle class that is disappearing, and somebody has got to be speaking strongly to defend our middle class

On the value of a presidential run
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"The nature of media is that presidential campaigns and candidates are a means, to some degree at least, of getting these issues out there. And I think that you can give all the speeches you want on the floor of the Senate, that’s great, but I think being involved in debates and being out there around the country allows — gives you the opportunity to talk about these issues in a way that you otherwise could not."

On Elizabeth Warren
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"Elizabeth Warren is [...] clearly one of the smartest people in the Senate. She is a true progressive. [...] She is doing a great job, and understands fully the issues facing the middle class and working class in this country. She is a very strong proponent in defending the working families in this country."

On Hillary Clinton
 (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185047.png)  Check the article. It's politico polite speak for:  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/nocomment.gif)  (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-animal-067.gif)

On socialism
  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185047.png) Check the article. Predatory capitalists won't be happy with it at all! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/165fs373950.gif)                   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/245.gif)   


On Walmart
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"Now what is particularly outrageous about the Wal-Mart business model is that the Walton family that owns Wal-Mart is the wealthiest family in this country  … The six heirs of Sam Walton are worth about, I believe, over $100 billion. Which is more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of the American people, interestingly. And what is quite amazing is that one of the reasons this family has become so wealthy is that the taxpayers of the United States provide more welfare to the Walton family than any family in America. So that — when you have workers in Wal-Mart who in order to feed their families have got to go on food stamps, have got to go on Medicaid to get their healthcare, have got to live in government-subsidized affordable housing in order to have a roof over their heads — what that dynamic is, essentially, is that the United States, that the taxpayers of this country are in partnership with the Walton family. The Walton family makes all of the money – the wealthiest family in America – while the taxpayers have to subsidize the low-paid employees. And that to me is totally absurd.

"The Wal-Mart family, the wealthiest family in this country, should be paying their workers a living wage, not starvation wages."

Click on link for full article and video:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/27-4 (http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/27-4)

He's got my vote!  ;D
Title: Profiles in Courage: Adam Falkner
Post by: AGelbert on November 28, 2013, 04:37:12 pm
Adam Falkner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-BodYLppLk&feature=player_embedded
The Option of Silence is the MARK of Privilege.

http://www.upworthy.com/he-was-asked-why-whiteness-made-him-so-uncomfortable-his-response-is-pretty-profound?c=upw1


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rDkcpxuBJY&feature=player_embedded
My Father's Family
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 09, 2013, 07:14:45 pm
Nelson Mandela

Some Nelson Mandela quotes which we don't expect to read in the corporate media's obituaries:

1."A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens."
 
2."If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings."
 
3."The current world financial crisis also starkly reminds us that many of the concepts that guided our sense of how the world and its affairs are best ordered, have suddenly been shown to be wanting.”
 
4."Gandhi rejects the Adam Smith notion of human nature as motivated by self-interest and brute needs and returns us to our spiritual dimension with its impulses for nonviolence, justice and equality. He exposes the fallacy of the claim that everyone can be rich and successful provided they work hard. He points to the millions who work themselves to the bone and still remain hungry."
 
5."There is no doubt that the United States now feels that they are the only superpower in the world and they can do what they like."
 
6.“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
 
7.“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
 
8.“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
 
9.“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”
 
10."If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers."
 
11.“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
 
12.On Gandhi: "From his understanding of wealth and poverty came his understanding of labor and capital, which led him to the solution of trusteeship based on the belief that there is no private ownership of capital; it is given in trust for redistribution and equalization. Similarly, while recognizing differential aptitudes and talents, he holds that these are gifts from God to be used for the collective good."

Source: en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela



Full Article at link below.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185850.gif)


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/06-0


Nelson Mandela was truly a great man BECAUSE he allowed God to guide his thoughts, words and deeds.
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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 14, 2013, 03:24:44 pm
Alan Grayson

 From a recent 188-page report by the World Health Organization come these ghastly and appalling factoids: :(

•Suicide rates rose 40% in the first six months of 2011 alone.

•Murder has doubled.

•9,100 doctors in Greece, roughly one out of every seven, have been laid off.


Joining those doctors in joblessness are 27.6% of the entire Greek labor force. By comparison, in the depths of the Great Depression, unemployment in the United States peaked at a lower percentage than that. Among Greek young adults under 25 years old, unemployment reached an abominable 64.9% in May. (Yet the unemployment rate in Greece was as low as 7% as recently as 2008.)

 I'm sure that my Tea Party friends will blame universal healthcare, paid sick leave and "generous" unemployment benefits for this catastrophe. "If we simply stopped helping people, then they wouldn't need our help," they would say. You can see where that "logic" leads. The dead need no help whatsoever, except possibly burial. Sort of like this: "The Republican healthcare plan: Don't Get Sick. And if you do get sick, Die Quickly."

Maybe you think that I'm kidding about what my Tea Party friends would do. I'm not. A few years ago here in Florida, we had a children's health insurance program called KidCare, with a waiting list of over 100,000. The Tea Party Republicans didn't like that. So they eliminated the waiting list.

 But back to Greece. A lot of people blame Greek government debt for the current suffering.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2932.gif)
According to the Central Intelligence Agency, that most authoritative of all conceivable sources,  ;D  Greek government debt stands at 160% of GDP, which seems like a lot. But Japanese government debt stands at 215% of GDP, and the unemployment rate in Japan is only 4%. (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-005.gif)


 Moreover, Spain's unemployment rate is virtually as high as Greece's, but Spain's government debt stands at only 85% of GDP. That's less debt than Singapore's, and Singapore's unemployment rate is 1.8%.

 So we cannot properly attribute the catastrophe in Greece to labor protection, nor can we attribute it to government borrowing. What is the cause, then?  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1402.gif)  The World Health Organization has the answer: austerity. "Austerity" is a bloodless term for gross economic mismanagement, animated by heartlessness. That robotic cut-cut-cut mentality that deprives us of jobs, of public services, of safety, of health, of infrastructure, of help for the needy, and - ultimately -- of our economic equilibrium and the ability to survive. The mentality that ushers in, and welcomes, a vicious war of all against all. Austerity is destroying an entire country, right before our eyes.

 Or, as the World Health Organization put it: "These adverse trends in Greece pose a warning to other countries undergoing significant fiscal austerity, including Spain, Ireland and Italy. It also suggests that ways need to be found for cash-strapped governments to consolidate finances without undermining much-needed investments in health."

In America, we have a rich and powerful lobby (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) that has the same prescription for every economic malady: austerity. Cut-cut-cut. Cut Social Security and Medicare. Cut teacher and police and firefighter jobs. Cut health care. Cut pay and cut pensions. It all boils down to that one ugly word: austerity. And austerity always brings disarray, disaster, decay and death.(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-devil19.gif)


People often ask me my position on various issues. Well, I'm for certain things, and I'm against others. But on one issue, I'm very consistent. I'm against pain and suffering. Especially avoidable pain and suffering. And therefore, I'm against austerity. It begins with seemingly innocuous budget cuts. It then leads inexorably to the destruction of countless lives. (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/violent/sterb050.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-015.gif) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif)  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-devil12.gif)



 Why am I telling you about Greece? In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote a book called "It Can't Happen Here." But it can. And it's up to us to prevent it.

 Courage,

 Rep. Alan Grayson

"The horror! The horror!"
 -- The last words of Col. Kurtz in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1899).
Title: Profiles in Courage: Helder Camara
Post by: AGelbert on December 17, 2013, 08:03:42 pm
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Helder Camara


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BBC Radio Scotland - Thought for the Day

 Alastair McIntosh, 1 August 2006 – Spiral of Violence 


My youth was during the Vietnam era, and I have to confess that as a hawkish young man I found war rather exciting. I remember going to Aberdeen University and seeing a poster that said, “War is not good for children and other living things,” and it irritated me for its naivety. 

   

But there were rather a lot of posters like this, and, worked on by my valiant if few-and-far-between girlfriends, I gradually started to think in new ways that chipped away at the armour round my heart. 

One of the most influential poster voices was a Brazilian archbishop called Helder Camara. He’d come out with things like - why is it that “When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. [But] when I ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist”?

I wonder how many of today’s politicians realize that when talking about the “spiral of violence” in the Middle East, they’re drawing on Camara, who published a little book by that name in 1971? 

He observed that violence builds up at three levels in a society. Primary violence is the everyday effect of structurally ingrained social injustice. This generates secondary violence - the revolt of the oppressed. And that in turn provokes tertiary violence - repression by the powerful to secure their privileged position. And so the spiral of violence tightens. 

After years of being out of print, Archbishop Camara’s little book is now going on the web. It culminates with an “appeal to youth”, saying that wars happen because of the egotism of adults, and he urges the youth to, “provoke discussions [and] force people to think and take up a position: let it be uncomfortable, like truth, demanding, like justice.” 

Whether Lebanese or Israeli, war is not good for children and other living things, and the children are always innocent. Camara’s last word is for them: “With you I must remain young in my soul,” he said, “and keep the hope and love I need to help all humanity.”

 
Spiral of Violence by Dom Helder Camara

http://www.alastairmcintosh.com/general/spiral-of-violence-camara.pdf
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: Surly1 on December 18, 2013, 07:34:36 am
Brilliant, AG.

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He observed that violence builds up at three levels in a society. Primary violence is the everyday effect of structurally ingrained social injustice. This generates secondary violence - the revolt of the oppressed. And that in turn provokes tertiary violence - repression by the powerful to secure their privileged position. And so the spiral of violence tightens. 

Camara was a true saint (in spite of the HRCC's efforts to quash liberation theology.) And a personal inspiration. He is one of the reasons I am unalterably opposed to violence in resistance.
Title: Profiles in Courage: Martin Luther King
Post by: AGelbert on January 20, 2014, 08:27:05 pm

Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did


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Martin Luther King Jr removing a burned cross from his front yard with his son at his side.

This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective.

The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished. 

What most people who reference Dr. King seem not to know is how Dr. King actually changed the subjective experience of life in the United States for African Americans. And yeah, I said for African Americans, not for Americans, because his main impact was his effect on the lives of African Americans, not on Americans in general. His main impact was not to make white people nicer or fairer. That's why some of us who are African Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy, despite what our civil religion tells us, is not color blind.

I remember that many years ago, when I was a smartass home from first year of college, I was standing in the kitchen arguing with my father. My head was full of newly discovered political ideologies and black nationalism, and I had just read the Autobiography of Malcolm X, probably for the second time. 

A bit of context. My father was from a background, which if we were talking about Europe or Latin America, we would call, "peasant" origin, although he had risen solidly into the working-middle class. He was from rural Virginia and his parents had been tobacco farmers. I spent two weeks or so every summer on the farm of my grandmother and step-grandfather.

They had no running water, no gas, a wood burning stove, no bathtubs or toilets but an outhouse, potbelly stoves for heat in the winter, a giant wood pile, a smoke house where hams and bacon hung, chickens, pigs, semi wild housecats that lived outdoors, no tractor or car, but an old plow horse and plows and other horse drawn implements, and electricity only after I was about 8 years old.

The area did not have high schools for blacks and my father went as far as the seventh grade in a one room schoolhouse. All four of his grandparents, whom he had known as a child, had been born slaves. It was mainly because of World War II and urbanization that my father left that life. 

They lived in a valley or hollow or "holler" in which all the landowners and tenants were black. In the morning if you wanted to talk to cousin Taft, you would walk down to behind the outhouse and yell across the valley, "Heeeyyyy Taaaaft," and you could see him far, far in the distance, come out of his cabin and yell back. 

On the one hand, this was a pleasant situation because they lived in isolation from white people. On the other hand, they did have to leave the valley to go to town where all the rigid rules of Jim Crow applied. By the time I was little, my people had been in this country for six generations (going back, according to oral rendering of our genealogy, to Africa Jones and Mama Suki), much more under slavery than under freedom, and all of it under some form of racial terrorism, which had inculcated many humiliating behavior patterns.

Anyway, that's background. I think we were kind of typical as African Americans in the pre-civil rights era went.

So anyway, I was having this argument with my father about Martin Luther King and how his message was too conservative compared to Malcolm X's message. My father got really angry at me. It wasn't that he disliked Malcolm X, but his point was that Malcolm X hadn't accomplished anything as Dr. King had. 

I was kind of sarcastic and asked something like, so what did Martin Luther King accomplish other than giving his "I have a dream speech."

Before I tell you what my father told me, I want to digress. Because at this point in our amnesiac national existence, my question pretty much reflects the national civic religion view of what Dr. King accomplished. He gave this great speech. Or some people say, "he marched." I was so angry at Mrs. Clinton during the primaries when she said that Dr. King marched, but it was LBJ who delivered the Civil Rights Act. >:(

At this point, I would like to remind everyone exactly what Martin Luther King did, and it wasn't that he "marched" or gave a great speech.

My father told me with a sort of cold fury, "Dr. King ended the terror of living in the south."(http://www.nhclc.org/files/nhclc/u38/fl-church-translators-20120622-001.jpg)


Please let this sink in and and take my word and the word of my late father on this. If you are a white person who has always lived in the U.S. and never under a brutal dictatorship, you probably don't know what my father was talking about. 

But this is what the great Dr. Martin Luther King accomplished. Not that he marched, nor that he gave speeches.

He ended the terror of living as a black person, especially in the south.


I'm guessing that most of you, especially those having come fresh from seeing The Help, may not understand what this was all about. But living in the south (and in parts of the midwest and in many ghettos of the north) was living under terrorism.

It wasn't that black people had to use a separate drinking fountain or couldn't sit at lunch counters, or had to sit in the back of the bus. 

You really must disabuse yourself of this idea. Lunch counters and buses were crucial symbolic planes of struggle that the civil rights movement used to dramatize the issue, but the main suffering in the south did not come from our inability to drink from the same fountain, ride in the front of the bus or eat lunch at Woolworth's.

It was that white people, mostly white men, occasionally went berserk, and grabbed random black people, usually men, and lynched them. You all know about lynching. But you may forget or not know that white people also randomly beat black people, and the black people could not fight back, for fear of even worse punishment. 


This constant low level dread of atavistic violence is what kept the system running. It made life miserable, stressful and terrifying for black people. 


White people also occasionally tried black people, especially black men, for crimes for which they could not conceivably be guilty. With the willing participation of white women, they often accused black men of "assault," which could be anything from **** to not taking off one's hat, to "reckless eyeballing." 

This is going to sound awful and perhaps a stain on my late father's memory, but when I was little, before the civil rights movement, my father taught me many, many humiliating practices in order to prevent the random, terroristic, berserk behavior of white people. The one I remember most is that when walking down the street in New York City side by side, hand in hand with my hero-father, if a white woman approached on the same sidewalk, I was to take off my hat and walk behind my father, because he had been taught in the south that black males for some reason were supposed to walk single file in the presence of any white lady.

This was just one of many humiliating practices we were taught to prevent white people from going berserk. 

I remember a huge family reunion one August with my aunts and uncles and cousins gathered around my grandparents' vast breakfast table laden with food from the farm, and the state troopers drove up to the house with a car full of rifles and shotguns, and everyone went kind of weirdly blank. They put on the masks that black people used back then to not provoke white berserkness. My strong, valiant, self-educated, articulate uncles, whom I adored, became shuffling, Step-N-Fetchits to avoid provoking the white men. Fortunately the troopers were only looking for an escaped convict. Afterward, the women, my aunts, were furious at the humiliating performance of the men, and said so, something that even a child could understand.



This is the climate of fear that Dr. King ended.

If you didn't get taught such things, let alone experience them, I caution you against invoking the memory of Dr. King as though he belongs exclusively to you and not primarily to African Americans. 

The question is, how did Dr. King do this—and of course, he didn't do it alone. 

(Of all the other civil rights leaders who helped Dr. King end this reign of terror, I think the most under appreciated is James Farmer, who founded the Congress of Racial Equality and was a leader of nonviolent resistance, and taught the practices of nonviolent resistance.)

So what did they do?

They told us: Whatever you are most afraid of doing vis-a-vis white people, go do it.   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/47b20s0.gif)
Go ahead down to city hall and try to register to vote, even if they say no, even if they take your name down. 

Go ahead sit at that lunch counter. Sue the local school board. All things that most black people would have said back then, without exaggeration, were stark raving insane and would get you killed.

If we do it all together, we'll be okay.

They made black people experience the worst of the worst, collectively, that white people could dish out, and discover that it wasn't that bad. They taught black people how to take a beating—from the southern cops, from police dogs, from fire department hoses. They actually coached young people how to crouch, cover their heads with their arms and take the beating. They taught people how to go to jail, which terrified most decent people.

And you know what? The worst of the worst, wasn't that bad. 

Once people had been beaten, had dogs sicced on them, had fire hoses sprayed on them, and been thrown in jail, you know what happened?

These magnificent young black people began singing freedom songs in jail. 

That, my friends, is what ended the terrorism of the south. Confronting your worst fears, living through it, and breaking out in a deep throated freedom song. The jailers knew they had lost when they beat the crap out of these young Negroes and the jailed, beaten young people began to sing joyously, first in one town then in another. This is what the writer, James Baldwin, captured like no other writer of the era.

Please let this sink in. It wasn't marches or speeches. It was taking a severe beating, surviving and realizing that our fears were mostly illusory and that we were free.

So yes, Dr. King had many other goals, many other more transcendent, non-racial, policy goals, goals that apply to white people too, like ending poverty, reducing the war-like aspects of our foreign policy, promoting the New Deal goal of universal employment, and so on. But his main accomplishment was ending 200 years of racial terrorism, by getting black people to confront their fears. So please don't tell me that Martin Luther King's dream has not been achieved, unless you knew what racial terrorism was like back then and can make a convincing case you still feel it today. If you did not go through that transition, you're not qualified to say that the dream was not accomplished.

That is what Dr. King did—not march, not give good speeches. He crisscrossed the south organizing people, helping them not be afraid, and encouraging them, like Gandhi did in India, to take the beating that they had been trying to avoid all their lives. 

Once the beating was over, we were free.

It wasn't the Civil Rights Act, or the Voting Rights Act or the Fair Housing Act that freed us. It was taking the beating and thereafter not being afraid. So, sorry Mrs. Clinton, as much as I admire you, you were wrong on this one.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif) Our people freed ourselves and those Acts, as important as they were, were only white people officially recognizing what we had done.

Originally posted to HamdenRice on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 08:24 AM PDT.

Also republished by The Yes We Can Pragmatists, J Town, Black Kos community, Genealogy and Family History Community, White Privilege Working Group, Barriers and Bridges, Kitchen Table Kibitzing, and Daily Kos.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/29/1011562/-Most-of-you-have-no-idea-what-Martin-Luther-King-actually-did
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 20, 2014, 08:42:24 pm
Surly said,
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Camara was a true saint (in spite of the HRCC's efforts to quash liberation theology.) And a personal inspiration. He is one of the reasons I am unalterably opposed to violence in resistance.

I am way behind you in learning of this great man. I had heard of Liberation Theory vaguely with Vatican II but really didn't know much about it. It's only in the last decade or so that I have learned how the real saints are either demonized or studiously ignored. Camara is now an inspiration to me but you are as well, brother.  (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-036.gif)


Title: Profiles in Courage: Bill Hicks
Post by: AGelbert on February 26, 2014, 07:11:50 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlrKW7fh_Bo&feature=player_embedded
Bill Hicks
Title: Profiles in Courage Micheal Ruppert R.I.P.: COLLAPSE VIDEO
Post by: AGelbert on April 19, 2014, 09:03:46 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVd-zAXACrU&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: Surly1 on April 25, 2014, 06:53:33 am
Interesting in that I have a great appreciation for the bodies of work of both Bill Hicks and Mike Ruppert. A taste clearly not shared on DD.
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on April 25, 2014, 03:25:37 pm
Surly,
You are a patient man but I don't believe you ever really fit in to the irrational, dismissive, "we've got this planet all figured out" attitude prevalent at the DD. They like to argue but, by and large, have no interest in questioning the premises of their world view. Premises established when they were about FOURTEEN.  >:(

Speaking of Ruppert, I heard an interesting commentary on Ruppert from Webster Tarpley. Tarpley is a historical scholar. I don't agree with his views on energy and his dismissive attitude toward the Occupy movement. But, he makes sense when he says that Ruppert was off base claiming that the guy that did an expose on drug trafficking in L.A. by the CIA and was later "suicided" by the CIA WAS NOT SUICIDED. I think Ruppert was Suicided just like Gary Webb.

Anyway, the point Tarpley brought up, and I agree with him there, is that the world view that humans are inherently evil with absolutely no recourse to a better world is an interpretation of the created Universe that leads to a "There is no solution" type attitude (quite prevalent at the DD, regardless of the rampant atheism there) that can lead to paranoia and a closed mind towards potential solutions when things look very dark  (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/violent/sterb050.gif) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/mog.gif) (i..e. 85% forked = 100% forked is BAD LOGIC).

A person in this "collapse is imminent" mind set becomes trapped in a self reinforcing depressive cycle and loses objectivity. This happened to Mike Ruppert in regard to renewable energy. He refused to study it or even contemplate it as a solution NOT BECAUSE of the physics and laws of thermodynamics, but because he was CONVINCED that there IS NO HOPE and was not interested in anything that would delay the "apocalypse". Maybe he was right. But the point is that closing the door to hope is a bad way to live and certainly not the way we should live in a JUST UNIVERSE. The fact that the Christian world view believes that man's nature is flawed and the universe is fallen does not justify the view that we are just naturally bad and there ain't a thing we can do but bend over and kiss our arses goodbye. Ruppert was wrong that fossil fuels could not be replaced and mankind could not live sustainably. He was right that sociopaths run the world and some of them were out to get him.

God did not make an unjust, random universe, like many DD people wrongly believe. No matter how hard mankind  tries to fork it up, a remnant of mankind HAS the answers because those answers EXIST, not because they are a pipe dream. God is good. The universe is good. Man can be good despite his fallen nature. You're here. I'm here. THAT'S PROOF!  ;D

Entropy is real and we are all going to die someday. So what? That doesn't mean we should throw up our hands and claim man is too evil (a rather virulent form of entropy born of spiritual bankruptcy when applied to human to human physical, destructive behavior) to be without recourse for a sustainable society. Tarpley claims that logic is a mental box canyon.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)I agree. Tarpley has more faith in hard ball politics and BS energy "solutions" (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2932.gif)  like nuclear and fusion  :P and still doesn't get how badly forked the environment is  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif) but that doesn't negate the validity of his view that assuming that no solution exists is wrong for a responsible human being.   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)


Listen to the Tarpley Broadcast of April 19, 2014 if you would like to hear what he said. It includes an accurate and extremely informative history lesson on the Ukraine (it's an artificial country actually invented by the Germans in WWII!  :o)  (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-106.gif)

http://tarpley.net/world-crisis-radio/
   
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: Surly1 on April 26, 2014, 10:51:29 am
Hi AG,

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You are a patient man but I don't believe you ever really fit in to the irrational, dismissive, "we've got this planet all figured out" attitude prevalent at the DD. They like to argue but, by and large, have no interest in questioning the premises of their world view. Premises established when they were about FOURTEEN.  >:(

Speaking of Ruppert, I heard an interesting commentary on Ruppert from Webster Tarpley. Tarpley is a historical scholar. I don't agree with his views on energy and his dismissive attitude toward the Occupy movement. But, he makes sense when he says that Ruppert was off base claiming that the guy that did an expose on drug trafficking in L.A. by the CIA and was later "suicided" by the CIA WAS NOT SUICIDED. I think Ruppert was Suicided just like Gary Webb.

I am not sure I deserve the implicit praise, but thanks. Often I am ANYTHING but patient.

You already know that I am not an atheist. But I guess I read the commentary differently from you, in terms of "we have the planet figured out." Geez, the older I get, the more I realize I know little, and that much of what I know has been shaped by those with an agenda. So I have learned to question everything.

You would have to be either an optimist or a lunatic to be an old man involved with Occupy. I qualify on both counts, girded by the belief that it is only masses of people in the streets that can possibly counteract the pernicious influence of corporate money or get the attention of their otherwise-bought hirelings to influence policy. So how's that working out so far? Not so good. The same people who have the police locked down also own mass media and are in the process of turning the net into a greased tube for Amazon, Comcast and verizon.

Hard times for an optimist.

In re Ruppert, there is a body of evidence that suggests otherwise. Allow me to point you to these and you can consider the argument that he did in fact take his own life.

http://michaelcruppert.com/what-happened/
http://cherispeak.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/michael-c-ruppert-left-four-notes-and-a-poem/
http://cherispeak.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/michael-c-ruppert-said-you-dont-read/

I am struck by that one of the last thoughts attributed to MR was, "There is no more time." It reminded me strongly of a quote often misattributed to Buddha, but actually From Carlos Castaneda, in the voice of Don Juan:

There is one simple thing wrong with you – you think you have plenty of time … If you don’t think your life is going to last forever, what are you waiting for ? Why the hesitation to change? You don’t have time for this display, you fool. This, whatever you’re doing now, may be your last act on earth. It may very well be your last battle. There is no power which could guarantee that you are going to live one more minute.

If we don't show up, who will?
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on April 26, 2014, 04:46:00 pm
Surly,
This is an extremely complicated subject for me. As a veteran (over 23 years ago) of, not one, but TWO suicide attempts over a one year period, I respectfully request that you set aside what you think you know about Ruppert, his justification for doing what he did, your views on the degree of inertia hurtling mankind toward a massive collapse and die off (i.e. that it is Thelma & Louise after they left the cliff edge situation).

My friend, you do not understand the nature of the various methods those in control of a society use to marginalize whistle blowers when they haven't killed them outright. Society, my friend, DOES NOT WANT TO GO THERE. Why? Because it would force a review of the passive aggressive measures used to SUICIDE a person. No job, no friends, no income, no opportunities, etc. DO NOT DRIVE A PERSON INSANE. The bipolar business and "mental instability" so often attributed to the person that took his own life are a fiction created for the express purpose of absolving an INSANE and CRIMINAL society from responsibility in the murder by suicide of a thorn in the ruling class's side. It is an established clinical fact that ANYONE can be driven to suicide through a combination of ostracism and surreptitious drugs added to his or her food. They DO IT ALL THE TIME, Surly. Do you want chapter and verse on this? I'm too worn out to find it for you but you KNOW it's there, hidden in plain sight.

1. A person becomes a target because said person challenges a ruling class piece of propaganda that is essential to control of the populace.

2. ALL human needs of said target are analyzed to see what is the "weak" point.

3. A multi pronged approach, depending on the importance of the target, begins to close all the doors that allow said person to feel they are successful at whistle blowing ("Come down off the cross, Mike." implying the effort is quixotic).

4. A multi pronged approach, depending on the importance of the target, begins to close all the doors that allow said person to eat, sleep and socialize without conflict and constant struggle, always, but gradually, making it more and more difficult to make ends meet. This is key to undermining the self esteem of the target.

5. Efforts are made to isolate the person from any and all persons who give him or her respect, comfort or friendship. Nickel and diming in the monetary needs area (landlord ups the rent, court won't address it, cops ignore his complaints, etc.) and defamatory rumors are spread about the person being a pervert of some sort to keep potential readers or people who admire the target away from him.

6. when the target claims "they" are out to get him, his pedigree as a "MENTALLY UNSTABLE" person is established. This is the GREEN LIGHT for the next phase: The health care professional that befriends him and provides ALL THE MEDICATION he needs free of charge to "help him in his crisis". The medication is designed to mimic a bipolar diagnosis (periods of euphoria followed by severe depressive states - that's right Surly, "MEDICATION" does that).

7. Now it's a waiting game. The target's rep is tarnished as his missives appear more paranoid and he refuses to justify, in a detailed, objective manner, his claims of being persecuted or any of his other claims on government criminality. He withdraws his trust from 100% of the people around him because he doesn't know who to trust. This reinforces the planned ostracism of the target (now with the HELP of the target!) that will lead inexorably towards suicide. The target is putting stuff out there that certain professionals quote with "concern" about the "mental health" of the person and "suggesting" that said person needs help. The sociopaths rub their hands with glee at this key aspect of the "program" bearing its rotten fruit.

8.The next severe depressive swing has the target logically considering that there really isn't any hope for HIM. He conflates that lack of hope with the previous, and erroneous, assumption that "Thelma and Louise have gone off the cliff" (the basic premise of the DD).  This is a faulty premise. However since the premise that "they" are out to get him is NOT faulty, this clouds his mind (when he is in the depressive swing) to the "There is NO HOPE for ANYONE" assumption.

Target realizes that those out to get him will be tarnished if he dies and many will pay more attention to what the target wrote if he dies violently. Many will suspect he was suicided. This is the only light in the tunnel the target can see. He sees himself as using his death as the last act to fight the evil establishment. He sees himself on a mission from God to do this (he may be right but that never included suicide) justifying the act. Now he begins to plan, knowing his mental state will be questioned. He writes SANE hints here and there about a logical, studied course "action" that is the only "recourse" in the battle against the foe.

9. Target off's himself. Sure the CIA didn't do a double tap on his forehead Mossad style but it's the SAME GOD D A M N E D THING, Surly.

I just explained to you what the people in Vermont have done systematically for a couple of centuries in this country. Modern science, with the help of  pharmacology, has perfected the technique. They won, Surly. But they haven't, and never will, outsmart or actually succeed in thwarting God, who holds ALL the cards. THAT is MY main reason for HOPE, not renewable energy. God IS in CONTROL.

Mike KNEW that God wasn't going to do JACK **** to stop mankind's insanity with fossil fuels. But that should not have caused him to go the "there is no hope" path. Mike was smart. The sociopaths knew that so they messed with his mind so he could aid THEM in ruining Mike's rep. This is the MAIN tool used by the evil ones (ridicule, charges of mental instability, perversion, etc.) to destroy the power of the person's message by destroying the messenger's cred. On a much, much smaller scale, I experienced similar attempts to destroy my cred at the DD. I know of what I speak. I got rather tired of people more concerned with pointing fingers at me than arguing the merits of my posts.

I don't have Ruppert's brain or skills at exposing the bad guys. BUT, I KNOW how people are suicided by society through ostracism and slander. I've BEEN THERE. I am CERTAIN that RUPPERT, even though he may have put the gun to his forehead, DID NOT commit suicide; he was MURDERED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT

I don't think I'm splitting hairs here, Surly. Maslow's heirarchy of human needs is REAL. You and many DDers like RE can claim you've got to be tough and not let it "get to you" and only the "weak sisters" (like me?) with thin skin or insufficient "grit" to give everyone the finger and keep smiling fall to this evil technique. B U L L S H I T ! I can take you and, in six months turn you into a basket case looking for a bridge to jump off of with the power and chemicals available to our government. God knows this. Sometimes, He works a miracle and the person lives on (point blank suicides sometimes don't work because the bullet misses all the "right" spots or the gun won't go off, etc - a pastor's witness about when he pointed a double barreled shot gun at the inside of his mouth) but the GUILTY PARTY is the GOVERNMENT, not the person. You may disagree, but I believe God sees it that way too.

Like I said at the beginning, society will not accept that it murders people by suicide. Sure when a person is dying of cancer and commits suicide to avoid pain, that's the real deal and society is not involved.  But the fact that your arm held the gun that shot YOU is NOT proof of suicide until the role of the GOVERNMENT in closing off ALL avenues of life quality through the elimination of needs (Maslow's hierarchy) is studied THOROUGHLY. Of course that ain't gonna happen any time soon.

So why didn't I succeed in my two  (actually there were three but the authorities never learned about the sleeping pills - I just slept for a couple of days lol!) suicide attempts? I don't know. Perhaps it was so I could keep a Diner from committing suicide early on when I was posting at the Diner (I'll write about it soon). Perhaps to take care of my wife and cat. Perhaps I have some function, like this post, that will help you survive and thrive.

I'm not the boss. J.C. calls the shots in my life. I am His willing slave and though I have little desire to remain on planet earth, I realize it's not my decision. Ruppert forgot that but I'm certain that was due to some drug that set up a severe depressive state combined with a panic attack. He was a good man. They killed. He is with God. 

Finally, the KEY to start destroying a person's HOPE so you can DESTROY their self esteem and pave the way to suicide is to get said person to ASSUME that logically, scientifically, politically and even randomly in the "Darwinian" universe we inhabit, there is no purpose in remaining alive; but you MIGHT buy some time for those you love by committing suicide.  (http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/stock/thumb_smiley-sign0105.gif) (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzWpwHzCvCI/T_sBEnhCCpI/AAAAAAAAME8/IsLpuU8HYxc/s1600/nooo-way-smiley.gif) (http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/userpics/12962/noway.gif)

Don't say it can't happen to you, Surly. Don't allow hopelessness into your world view. The DD is STUCK in that world view. God does NOT want you to think that way. Satan DOES!

 

 
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: Surly1 on April 27, 2014, 09:45:47 pm
AG,

A remarkable post with a lot of food for thought.

I have been working all weekend, and will try to unpack some of this for discussion in the next day or so. I am bone tired right now, and just came across this as I am ready to pack it in.

Thank you for the cre and the depth with which you put this together.
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on April 28, 2014, 01:15:28 am
Surly,
You are welcome, my friend.  (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-045.gif)
This is a library. There is no pressure and no rush here ever.  ;D

Title: Profiles in Courage: Michael Dadashi
Post by: AGelbert on April 28, 2014, 01:30:36 pm
Michael Dadashi
(http://impactnews.com/downloads/18390/download/bitblt-308x185-c5c8f7fb1431071a7ac9d483b475c1717eb56dfa/NWA-2013-05-20-1f.jpg)

A former heroin addict started this awesome e-waste company that hires others in recovery

By Holly Richmond

Most ex-heroin addicts don’t start multimillion-dollar companies, but Michael Dadashi did — and now almost 70 percent of his employees are former alcoholics and drug addicts too. Dadashi’s company is MHD Enterprises, which recycles electronic waste.

MHD recycles, repairs, and resells businesses’ old tech products and items customers have returned. Dadashi actually started the company to support his heroin habit, according to Fast Company, which had plagued him since age 18. (He’d learned about e-waste recycling at a short-lived previous job.)

After trying rehab, he OD’d while he was driving in 2009 and finally got clean. (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-042.gif) By 2012, MHD was the 28th fastest-growing company in America. With his recovery and business both on track, Dadashi combined the two, hiring people from the detox center where he served as a sponsor.  (http://us.cdn2.123rf.com/168nwm/lenm/lenm1201/lenm120100200/12107060-illustration-of-a-smiley-giving-a-thumbs-up.jpg)  As he told Fast Co.:

“We’re giving computers and electronics a second chance,
but what talks to my heart is giving people a second chance.” (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-036.gif)

AWW. Do you have a tissue? I’m fine; it’s just my allergies.  ;D
http://grist.org/list/a-former-heroin-addict-started-this-awesome-e-waste-company-that-hires-others-in-recovery
Title: Profiles in Courage: George Washington Carver
Post by: AGelbert on April 28, 2014, 02:11:50 pm
George Washington Carver
(http://pisgahview.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/gwc.jpg)

"I believe the Great Creator has put oil and ores on this earth to give us a breathing spell...As we exhaust them, we must fall back on our farms, which is God's true storehouse and can never be exhausted. For we can learn to synthesize materials for every human need from the things that grow."

- George Washington Carver -


Please read this article first:

Decades-old pollution loophole still burns people of color and the poor


By Brentin Mock


Petrochemical companies in the U.S. are into some really funky practices.  >:(

You may know that refineries and other polluting industrial plants have to apply for government-issued permits to secrete toxins into the air. The permits ensure that those secretions don’t rise above certain air quality standards so people living nearby don’t get sick and die.

Even so, companies across the country have found ways to release more poisons into the air than is safe – nasties like soot, the product of incomplete combustion. Scientists have found no level of soot that is safe for humans breathe it in. There’s no 50 shades of this gray stuff; if you live next to one of these soot secretors and inhale even a little bit of the stuff, you increase your likelihood of dying early, period.

One of the excuses companies use is that their facilities release certain premature and post-operational emissions when they are firing up, shutting down, or when they break down. This is part of doing business, they say, so it shouldn’t count under the permit caps, even though it fouls up the air quality of the people who live near their facilities.

Roughly three dozen states allow for this type of pollution under rules called “startup shutdown malfunction,” or SSM,  :P by those who track this and who care about people’s health. It’s been going on for roughly four decades, and environmental justice groups want it stopped, like, yesterday.

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of finalizing a rule to do that by June 12 — thanks to a Sierra Club petition — but the groups want faster closure. After all, lives are at stake. On Earth Day, the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change sent a letter to President Obama urging him to “expeditiously move forward with finalization and implementation of this much- needed, long-overdue public health safeguard.”

The problem isn’t Obama, though. Like most things policy these days, it’s the states that have been obstructing progress. States are responsible for developing plans that ensure they are complying with national air quality standards. But not only have many states allowed for SSM excuses, but some provide additional cover for SSM pollution by waiving the financial liability — as much as $37,500 per violation daily — that normally comes with polluting beyond permitted limits. Called “affirmative defense,” it’s the kind of corporate affirmative action that hardly ever gets checked. (The EPA actually has allowed these affirmative defenses in the past, but a recent D.C. Circuit Court ruling, on a case brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council, will force the agency to rethink that.)

Luckily, states don’t have final say on air quality plans, especially if they are not up to snuff. Congress granted the EPA the last say, under the Clean Air Act, meaning the federal agency becomes the ultimate dominatrix tasked with whipping state plans into shape if proven flaccid.

Such federal ceilings and check systems are needed because, as I’ve written before, states sometimes pretend that their stink don’t **** on other states. Also, because China.

The EPA knew SSM was a problem back in 1977.  >:( But when it set the rules, it had neither the resources nor the staff expertise to actually do anything when the rules were broken. That’s not a knock against the EPA; many new federal agency rules have a trial-and-error period when they are refined through tests and challenges. Also, Congress often bestows rule-making powers on federal agencies, but with little guidance on how to exercise those powers. Environmental groups help mold and finesse the rules via public comments … and by suing the **** out of the government agencies responsible for upholding them.

But when it comes to SSM, companies have been allowed to pollute with impunity for so long that it’s as if they feel entitled. (Remember this next time Republicans give a budget speech cursing the “entitlements” of low-income Americans.) I’m sure it hasn’t helped that the victims of this lack of oversight have mostly been communities of color and poor residents. Those neighborhoods generally don’t matter enough for anyone to care to change their practices.

Fact is, little cracking down happened for too long. Today, air pollution can be better tracked and mapped, and the data better organized and stored — though all far from perfect. Environmental groups just want the rules and their enforcement finally brought into alignment with the updated info.

To understand the urgency of this, listen to the stories of some of the people who live on the fencelines of these polluters, collected from a Sierra Club document about state plans to address SSM issues:

Birmingham, Ala.

The Walter Coke plant has been raining down pollution since the 1880s, a practice that hasn’t slowed even as Jefferson County recently ranked tenth in the nation for cancer risks from toxic air.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) The company is no stranger to SSM, having invoked it over 80 times from 2008 to 2012 alone. This has meant hell for Charlie Powell, who lived close-by for nearly 40 years, developing respiratory problems in the process, and his wife developing cancer. His 70-year-old aunt Eunice Webb also has asthma after 20 years of living within a mile of the plant, as does one of her grandchildren who lives with her. Her mother and sister, also Walter Coke neighbors, have suffered heart attacks and her husband died from cancer.

Detroit, Mich.

The 48217 zip code is the most polluted in the nation, thanks to the Detroit Marathon Refinery. A $2.2 billion expansion in 2008 to process Canadian tar sands for crude oil couldn’t have helped. The funky sulfuric emissions from Marathon flaring has burdened long-time 48217 resident Regina Woodard-Smith with breathing problems, when not regularly over-peppering her home and yard with soot. For Sherry Griswold, who lives within a few hundred feet of Marathon, the monster flaring has shaken her home so badly that ceiling tiles dropped loose. She has stopped bringing her grandchildren over after tiring of washing soot off their skin from playing outside.

Shreveport, La.

The Calumet refinery released over 320,000 pounds of excess air pollution over the neighboring community between 2005 and 2012. There are four elementary schools in close proximity. Velma White, who’s lived in the community for almost 40 years, became concerned about Calumet’s pollution after her daughter fell ill to renal failure. Many others in the neighborhood have developed respiratory illnesses, asthma, heart disease, skin problems, and cancer. She has suffered from Calumet’s flaring and funky emissions herself, with constant burning sensations in her nose and mouth and nausea.

It doesn’t sound like these communities are getting any pleasure out of living close to these refineries. Since many of the residents are elderly and low-income, they have few if any options to move away. This is why environmental groups are hoping Obama hears their hollers. (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-028.gif)

 

Brentin Mock is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who writes regularly for Grist about environmental justice issues and the connections between environmental policy, race, and politics. Follow him on Twitter at @brentinmock.


Well said. It needs to be shouted from the rooftops until the deliberately hard of hearing oligarchy that runs our country gets it. I  posted the following on a seemingly totally different subject to show the toxic relationship of white privilege to people of color and the poor of any color by "greed is good" true believers that have cursed our country from the outset:

http://grist.org/cities/decades-old-pollution-loophole-still-burns-the-poor-people-of-color

The subsequent post is connected through an indirect route to the above article. The post is my rant against Koch lies about biofuel sources being "bad" for the environment at Cleantechnica followed by praise of Brenton for writing (at Grist)  about how the poor of color are set up to breath toxic air in the USA.

In answer to an article claiming corn is a poor biofuel source (  http://cleantechnica.com/2014/04/27/cornstalk-biofuels-can-generate-greenhouse-gases-gasoline-research-finds/ ) :

This is grossly erroneous information. But just for the hell of it, let's say it is true. Hello? Have you morons erudite luminaries heard of Duckweed or Azolla (mosquito fern, duckweed fern, fairy moss, water fern)? Never mind sugar cane, which beats the stuffing out of corn (a crop set up as a biofuel source by big oil deliberately to fail!), both Azolla and Duckweed have higher growth rates, actually sequester carbon rather than simply being carbon neutral and can grow in just about any place that humans live on this planet, including non-arable land because you grow them with water that does not ever have to be replenished from the initial shallow tank amount, thank you very much.

Sorry folks, spare me the hemming and hawing about "unproven" crops and biofuels, this is really another Koch funded piece of clever half truth.

Do you remember how our ancestors crowded the native Americans and Blacks into the worst living conditions imaginable, took away their quality of life, pride of ownership and any hope for a decent future and then "lamented" how "genetically lazy and prone to theft and immoral behavior" said people were as compared to whitey?    Sure you do! Well, guess what? Big oil has been doing that with renewable energy in general and biofuel crops in particular for several decades. Have you ever heard of hemp? Did you know you can make any plastic there is from it cheaper than from fossil fuels? Did you know we were doing just that in the 1930s until a "strange" series of fires destroyed our first major chemurgy refinery? Get real people. Big oil is just "doing what they have done for over 100 years! . We need fossil fuels like a hole in the head.

Corn was always a poor, lousy, stupid choice for biofuels because you need to plow a field - you need lots of fuel for the machinery in a self defeating loop of irrationality when you are looking for biofuels, it's an annual instead of a perennial - a guarantee of leaking carbon into the atmosphere! The Kansas Land Institute proved all this (and provided a thorough laundry list of perennial grasses that don't require plowing or pesticides - all much more cost efficient for biofuel stock than stupid corn) and told it to Congress over 15 years ago and Congress would not listen. -And that's the way big oil wanted it!

(http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-106.gif) Learn our history or be doomed to be suckered by big oil again and again!

http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/fossil-fuel-folly/how-the-promise-of-chemurgy-was-dashed-by-big-oil/msg3/#msg3

And by the way, Brentin. I wish to say I admire your articles which exemplify integrity and veracity in reporting. I am certain you know of this African American scientist that could have changed our energy history in the 1930s if the Chemurgy technology he invented to make hydrocarbons out of plant carbohydrates had not been sabotaged by Standard Oil's seven sisters (Rockefeller and oil cartel friends, that Teddy Roosevelt <b>never actually dismantled </b>),  working hand in hand with Dupont (tetra ethyl lead fuel additive) and bought and paid politicians.

http://classprojects.cornellcollege.edu/stewart/AAMuseum/lifeswork(Chemurgy).htm

George Washington Carver, “Father of chemurgy”
http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2012/06/celebrating-fathers-of-on-fathers-day/memory-05/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik3iWiTlln8&feature=player_embedded
Title: God Spoke through George Washington Carver
Post by: AGelbert on April 28, 2014, 09:19:17 pm
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Title: Profiles in Courage: Steven Donziger
Post by: AGelbert on May 12, 2014, 10:09:01 pm
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Steven Donziger

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SEE ABOVE  >:(  Chevron propaganda poster lying through their corrupt and EVIL TEETH! (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-241013183046.jpeg)(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/www_MyEmoticons_com__burp.gif)

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Steven Donziger lives in New York City where he practices law in the area of international human rights and the environment. He is part of a team of advocates representing indigenous and farmer communities in an area of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest polluted by oil operations conducted by Texaco, now owned by Chevron. In 2011, the communities won a landmark $19 billion judgment against Chevron for the cleanup of what is considered to be one of the worst oil-related environmental catastrophes in the world. Steven has been involved in advocacy for the affected communities since first visiting the region in 1993.

Steven was the founder and director of Project Due Process, a legal advocacy group for Cuban detainees who came to the United States in the Mariel boatlift. He is the former director of the non-partisan National Criminal Justice Commission that produced the book The Real War on Crime (HarperCollins). His analysis and commentary on human rights, environmental, and criminal justice matters has been featured in numerous legal publications, academic journals, and news outlets. After graduating from law school in 1991, Steven worked as a trial attorney with the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors to the Fortune Society, the largest self-help organization for ex-offenders in the United States. In 1991, Steven led a mission of lawyers and public health specialists to Iraq to assess the impact on civilians of the bombing during the first Gulf War.

Agelbert NOTE:excellent VIDEO AT LINK showing WHAT A MURDEROUS bunch of EVIL Sociopaths the Oil Corporations are.  Steven has been on this case (and WON IT UNANIMOUSLY but Chevron WON'T PAY!) for TWENTY YEARS! Now Big Oil is trying to destroy him. Criminal negligence, entrapment, extorsion, bribes and other dirty tricks 24/7 is THEIR MO. That's what they DO and have DONE for over 100 years. Spread the word. Tell everybody to sign in support of Steven at his web site. This man is truly a courageous man! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/cowboypistol.gif)(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)



http://stevendonziger.com/about-steve/
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage: Dr. David Suzuki, Professor Emeritus of Zoology
Post by: AGelbert on May 18, 2014, 09:19:51 pm
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David Suzuki
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wtUMM8SDws&feature=player_embedded
Jump past the Intro to the meat of the matter at 4:50  ;D

Dr. Suzuki's most precious title is that of being and Elder. He is a hard nosed scientist absolutely devoid of pollyannish, cornucopian willful blindness about the horrific ecological trajectory we are on. Nevertheless, he disagrees with colleagues like that fellow scientist at the "Nature Bats Last" blog. WHY? First of all because he IS PAINFULLY AWARE of the LIMITATIONS of HUMAN SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE. I.E. David tells those SO SURE that Thelma and Louise  have left the cliff that they are making exactly the same mistake, born of scientific arrogance (the "we know all there is syndrome"  ;) ) that was made with fossil fuels, DDT, Tetra-ethyl Lead, GMOs, Nuclear Power, ozone destroying CFCs in air conditioning and so on. Put simply, those who ARROGANTLY (see 30 positive feedback loops mean we all MUST BE DEAD SOON!(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/126fs3187425.gif) ) believe it's OVER from the scientific data  available to them are just as arrogant as the ones who championed all those destructive inventions. The COMMON ground is HUMAN ARROGANCE.

David says it's time to GET IT that we STILL DO NOT UNDERSTAND the BIOSPHERE. That means the precautionary principle IS NOT OPTIONAL. That precautionary principle applies BOTH to cornucopians AND doomers. What part of the absolute requirement for us to use biomimicry, not just as the gold standard, but as the indispensable requirement for Homo saps at our present state of INFANCY in biosphere knowledge, for any new technology to be applied in our crude civilization do people not understand?   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif)

Do you really think an internal combustion engine is high technology compared with a muscle? How stupid, ignorant and absolutely arrogant can you be? Look at a car or a house and compare it with anything alive that moves or a sea shell. ONE sea shell lasts EASILY a thousand years! Our technology is CRAP! And that CRAP is celebrated like some amazing genius of invention when it is a "genius" for ****ting where we eat, NOTHING ELSE!

So, yeah, when we GET IT that we STILL DON'T REALLY GET IT, then we can use our growing understanding of nature to imitate it with closed loop processes like nature uses. Anything else is STUPID. David does not think we have passed the tipping point because, as bad as our impact has been, the damage is still remediable. The Caveat is that GEOENGINEERING will only make it worse.

Technology, the kind WE have invented, is PEANUTS (poisoned peanuts at that!) compared with the magnificently complex cascade of biochemical reactions that governs life on the is planet.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)


The doomers believe we are killing the biosphere. I believe the biosphere will kill us long before we can destroy it. Repeat after me, WE DON'T KNOW ENOUGH to ASSUME it is over.(http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-106.gif)  We HAVE TO get off the "humans are be all, end all of inventive cleverness" BS and slavishly imitate nature whether we fully understand a process or not. 

David doesn't say anything about the biosphere killing us but he says PLENTY about our silly economic systems composed of Pollyanna wishful thinking greedball, willfull stupidity. We ARE NOT IN CONTROL, PERIOD. That is David's message. (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NiauhOCfsk&feature=player_embedded

We need to GET OFF THE "we jus' gotta be in control" business and accept that we are PART of the biosphere, not the LORD of the biosphere!  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/47b20s0.gif)
Until we REALLLY understand how this incredibly complex system ticks, we have to STAY within the boundaries set for us by the biosphere.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/snapoutofit.gif)

David is big on evolution, something I disagree with, but his heart is in the right place because he understands it is NOT OPTIONAL to respect all life in order for us to survive and thrive. Humans who bow before the altar of arrogance representing human ingenuity are simultaneously unconcerned about destroying a forest here or a few acres of soil there with a mine or whatever because they are ignorant. I call it criminal negligence.
Damnant quodnon intelligunt

Yeah, things are bad. But I agree with David. It's not over. It's ARROGANT to be a doomer. The solution begins with HUMILITY and acceptance, especially by the scientific community, that we still are in our infancy as far as truly REAL FUNCTIONAL DURABLE TECHNOLOGY. That is the technology of biochemistry and closed loop recycling.

Can we do it? Sure! Will we do it? If human arrogance continues, no.   >:(

I'm rooting for humility.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185047.png) Check out GNH, not GNP, as the most important goal humans should seek.
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David was on Moyers recently. Link here:
Dr. David Suzuki Tells Bill Moyers Why It’s Time to Get Real on Climate Change
http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/11/david-suzuki-bill-moyers-climate-change/
Title: Profiles in Courage: A 2 year old child!
Post by: AGelbert on August 03, 2014, 06:13:40 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGTaQSycO2Y&feature=player_embedded
Profiles in Courage: A 2 year old child!
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on August 04, 2014, 02:55:24 pm
I believe the time is NOW to eliminate ALL fossil fuel AND nuclear power piggery!  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)

We have the knowhow and ability to do it NOW! Business as usual just wants to make sure we-the-people pay for it instead of the polluting pigs that have profited from larcenous subsidies.

It's time for a Wall Street Transaction Tax to pay for a World War 2 style, 100% transition to renewable energy.

We will have a buoyant economy, win the climate war and provide millions of jobs that won't vanish after the infrastructure is built the way DIRTY energy projects have "worked" for business as usual.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/47b20s0.gif)


If you agree, also support Randy Credico for Governor of New York. He knows what to do with parasites like Goldman Sachs.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/cowboypistol.gif)
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Randy when he ran for mayor.  (http://www.smile-day.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Smiley-Thumbs-Up2.jpg) Google him! Study him! This man KNOWS what to do AND how to do it! (http://dl2.glitter-graphics.net/pub/1225/1225662m3squ1oj6v.gif)




Also support Tax Wall Street Party's Dan Buhrdorf Senate Campaign in Nebraska.
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Dan Buhrdorf (http://www.clker.com/cliparts/c/8/f/8/11949865511933397169thumbs_up_nathan_eady_01.svg.hi.png)  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) Google him! Study him! This man ASLO KNOWS what to do AND how to do it!  (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-036.gif)

Dan Buhrdorf of Tax Wall Street Party Challenges Bankers’ Tool Sasse of GOP for US Senate in Nebraska.

 http://tarpley.net/dan-buhrdorf-of-tax-wall-street-party-challenges-bankers-tool-for-us-senate/


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Progress on Petition to go 100% Renewable Energy:


Ms. Bonnie Jean Tucker, NC

Aug 03, 15:38

# 347

President Obama if you would consider the American people over your campaign donors, this Liberty from fossil fuels could work and would help free people from the debt of rising energy bills.Fossil fuels are not sustainable and you should LEAD THE COUNTRY ON THE RIGHT PATH NOW!!!!!

About this Petition

This action is important because the health and very survival of future generations depends on it. We must strive tirelessly to provide a Viable Biosphere for our children. They deserve as beautiful a planet as the one we have lived in.

It's time to reverse all this environmental trashing and get real about the fact that sustainability is not optional for a caring, intelligent human population. We are the caretakers of the biosphere because we are self aware beings. It's high time we began living up to our responsibility to be good stewards of nature.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/420/529/456/demand-liberty-from-fossil-fuels-through-100-renewable-energy-wwii-style-effort/ (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-300614160245.gif)(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/computer3.gif)

Thank you and please pass it on. Voting for the right people is every bit as important (OR MORE!) than signing a petition. The biosphere you save may be your own.

Note:If you want a Disqus formatted version of this post, just PM me with a request and I'll send it to you. In that format you can post iit as a comment anywhere that Disqus is used for more impact.   ;D




Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on September 07, 2014, 04:07:46 pm
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James Hinton is an honest man who has WON the primary. His opponent in California is in the pocket of the banks AND Walmart. That means his opponent, a 30 year incumbent Democrat  >:(, will NEVER vote to tax Wall Street or raise the minimum wage! James Hinton is now representing the Tax Wall Street Party.

James Hinton is DANGEROUS to the establishment. How do I know? Because he is already being SMEARED as an IMMORAL ****R by the media (do a Google search on him and you will see what I mean). Of course it is dressed up as a "former online ****r" in faux innocent speak without stating ANYTHING about his REAL populist platform. 


The Next New Deal


Here in California's Fifth District, you might need to look beyond the vineyards and resorts to see that America is in fact suffering a second great depression. Decades of free trade, war, deindustrialization and rule by Wall Street have left too many Americans struggling to survive.
It doesn't have to be this way. I represent the program for the Next New Deal – the program that will make our infrastructure, our schools, our farms and factories – and in turn our living standards – the best in the world. I need your support.

Recent Headlines

Federal Reserve must help rebuild our earthquake-stricken region with 0% disaster loans repayable over 30 years Congressman Thompson should lobby Yellen at once for fast actionThe following statement was issued today by the James Hinton congressional campaign: Read More ›
James Hinton can bring change to Washington, D.C. It does not make any sense to send Mike Thompson  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-241013183046.jpeg) back to Washington, D.C., to represent us in Congress. Read More ›

Congressional candidate earns reader's support

I have seen James Hinton campaigning for Congress at coffee shops as well as the Farmers Market. His style reminds me of John F. Kennedy. Read More ›

http://hintonforcongress.com/  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

Please pass this on. The country you help emerge from totalitarian dictatorship may be is your own...
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on September 07, 2014, 04:46:03 pm
The other two key REAL populists to vote for are:
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Dan Buhrdorf   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) for Senator in Nebraska (TPTB REALLY hate this guy! Just do a Google search and WATCH them keep asking you, "Do you mean XXXXX?" - "Search results for XXXX" AFTER you clicked on your Original request!  :o  >:(  - a doctor totally unrelated to politics!) The other trick they play in the search is trying to route you to his opponent's  (the Nebraska Wall Street, War mongering CROOK Sasse) web site!) Do the search. Learn about how it works in this fabulous forking futuristic fascism we are "blessed" with!  :evil4:  If enough people start searching for Dan Buhrdorf, TPTB will be FORCED to allow people to find him easily.  ;) ;D  8)


Ghost of Legendary Wall Street Nemesis Appears in Nebraska Senate Race

http://danfornebraska.com/news/ghost-legendary-wall-street-nemesis-appears-nebraska-senate-race (http://danfornebraska.com/news/ghost-legendary-wall-street-nemesis-appears-nebraska-senate-race)

Tax Wall Street – Not Main Street!

Wall Street caused the ongoing economic depression with reckless financial speculation. We must rebuild federal and state budgets, reduce the deficit, and shift finance back toward productive capital investment. Wall Street must pay its fair share with a 1% sales tax on stocks, bonds and derivatives.
http://danfornebraska.com/ (http://danfornebraska.com/)


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Randy Credico   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) for Governor in New York

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http://www.credico2014.com/ (http://www.credico2014.com/)

Please PASS IT ON. FASCISM IS NOT COMING TO AMERICA! IT'S HERE ALREADY!   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183312.bmp) DO YOUR PART TO MAKE LIFE DIFFICULT FOR FASICT FORKS!  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2544.gif) VOTE FOR THESE REAL POPULISTS and if you don't live where they are running, TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO DOES! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/176.gif)
Title: Profiles in Courage: Dick Gregory
Post by: AGelbert on October 20, 2014, 08:28:14 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llFlc-Gr5Sg&feature=player_embedded
Dick Gregory Comedian and Activist (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183632.bmp)
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 01, 2014, 09:04:48 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrU9IDAC84s&feature=player_embedded
Dick Gregory on 911 and the America Too Few Know About
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 26, 2014, 04:13:39 pm
Arnold Abbott  (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-062.gif)
 
My name is Arnold Abbott. I'm ninety years old and I live in Fort Lauderdale. Every week for the last 24 years, I've been preparing food and bringing it to the park and beach to help feed hungry people with no roof over their heads.

But this month I received three summonses for feeding those who are homeless, and now I'm facing jail time or a $500 fine for each "offense."

I believe anyone should be able to help their neighbors – especially this Thanksgiving. So does Randy Mcquade, a Florida resident who once experienced homelessness. We started a Care2 petition demanding that Fort Lauderdale stop punishing people for feeding those who are homeless. Will you sign it?

Fort Lauderdale, FL has long been one of the hardest places to be homeless in America. The new tight restrictions over processes to share food with those who are hungry or homeless are just the latest in a long series of cruel anti-homeless laws trying to force this population out of sight.

As long as there is breath in my body, I will continue to serve my brothers in the areas where they can be found. I'm not afraid of jail; I spent two and a half years in war. I am afraid of allowing a law like this to stand, and allowing city government to take away the rights of people experiencing homelessness.

This holiday season, please consider volunteering to feed the less fortunate in your area – and right now, please sign our petition to let the Fort Lauderdale city leaders know that you will not tolerate such laws that so disregard our freedoms and basic human decency.

Thank you for your support,

   Arnold Abbott
 Care2 member

PETITION LINK: (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/computer3.gif) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-300614160245.gif)

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/329/527/134/?z00m=22349739&redirectID=1524850460
 
(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/thankyou.gif) For helping Arnold feed the poor and hungry. Please pass it on.   (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-036.gif) (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0048.gif)




Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on May 09, 2015, 09:09:04 pm
William Pfaff, Critic of American Foreign Policy, Dies at 86

By MARLISE SIMONS MAY 1, 2015

PARIS — William Pfaff, an international affairs columnist and author who was a prominent critic of American foreign policy, finding Washington’s intervention in world affairs often misguided, died on Thursday in a hospital here. He was 86.

His wife, Carolyn Pfaff, said the cause was a heart attack after a fall.

Mr. Pfaff, who moved to Paris in 1971, wrote a syndicated column that appeared for more than 25 years in The International Herald Tribune, now The International New York Times. He was a longtime contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and other publications, the articles informed by his deep knowledge of history and philosophy.

Mr. Pfaff (pronounced FAFF) also wrote eight books, which further examined American statecraft as well as 20th-century Europe’s penchant for authoritarian utopianism. In “The Bullet’s Song: Romantic Violence and Utopia,” published in 2004, he examined what drove European intellectuals to embrace communism, fascism and Nazism.

In “Barbarian Sentiments: America in the New Century” (1989), he argued that the United States had historically harbored unrealistic assumptions about its benevolence in its foreign policy, often with disastrous results. The book was a finalist for the National Book Award. “In fresh, lucid and arresting prose,” the citation said, Mr. Pfaff “articulates America’s geopolitical illusions.”

He revisited the theme in his most recent book, “The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America’s Foreign Policy” (2010).

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“What has occurred since 1945,” he wrote in its introduction, “has amounted to an American effort to control the consequences of the 20th-century crisis in Europe and the breakdown of imperial order in Asia, the Near and Middle East, and latterly in Africa while maintaining that supervisory role over the Americas first claimed by the United States in 1823” with the Monroe Doctrine. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)
   

The latest American miscalculation, he wrote, was in the Middle East, where the United States was waging an “unnecessary and unwinnable” war “against radical currents in the Islamic religion.”

A soft-spoken man with the appearance of an Oxford don, Mr. Pfaff never stopped writing, even though his health had been declining well before his fall a week ago. In his last column, dated April 22, written before Britain’s parliamentary elections of May 7, he analyzed the implications for the United States and Europe if Britain withdrew from the European Union. Other recent articles dealt with Iran, Ukraine and the Islamic State.

Often taking a lonely stance and labeled an iconoclast, Mr. Pfaff was attacked at times as anti-American for his unapologetic criticism of American interventions in Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“He rejected the messianic illusions of successive American administrations,”
said a longtime friend, John Rielly, president emeritus of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “Although many American pundits consider him a liberal, he was in many respects a classic Christian conservative — one who was skeptical about liberal notions of inevitable progress and always aware of the limitations of human activity.”

In response to critics, Mr. Pfaff would say that he regarded himself as an American patriot  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)  concerned above all with safeguarding long-term American interests and values.

His insights into European and American affairs drew many admirers. One was William Shawn, the longtime editor of The New Yorker, which published about 70 articles by him called Reflections. In a letter from 1987, shortly after he stepped down as editor, Mr. Shawn wrote, “I don’t think any other writer has ever done anything quite like your elegant and brief political essays,” which, he added, were “written in a literary form of your own invention.”

“I admired those essays extravagantly,” Mr. Shawn wrote. The letter, framed, was on display in Mr. Pfaff’s book-lined office at his home in Paris.

The American Academy of Diplomacy, in presenting him with an award in 2006, called Mr. Pfaff “the ‘dean’ of American columnists and commentators, not through seniority but through substance,” noting “his moral vision of the proper uses of power and limits on its abuse.”

Mr. Pfaff’s columns were syndicated in Japan, South Korea, Australia, India and the Arab press of the Persian Gulf, among others.

“But ironically (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2932.gif) his columns appeared less and less frequently in major newspapers in the United States    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp), the superpower whose policies he analyzed in tart, limpid and critical commentary,” said Jonathan Randal, an American author and correspondent.

Mr. Pfaff was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in December 1928, a descendant of English, Irish and German immigrants. He grew up in Columbus, Ga., where his father and uncle ran military supplies stores. He studied literature and political science at the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated.

Enlisting in the Army, he served in the infantry and a Special Forces Unit during the Korean War and afterward. He later worked at the lay Catholic magazine Commonweal until 1955, when he left to travel to Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He also helped open the European office of the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based conservative research firm.

Over time he became more pessimistic,
his wife, the former Carolyn Cleary, said. “He lashed out at America because he loved it, but he became sadder and sadder about the nation that was so great, yet was belittling itself. He wanted America to stay home and fix its own country.”

Besides his wife, Mr. Pfaff is survived by their son, Nicholas; their daughter, Alexandra Pfaff-Drouard; and five grandchildren.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/business/media/william-pfaff-critic-of-american-foreign-policy-dies-at-86.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/business/media/william-pfaff-critic-of-american-foreign-policy-dies-at-86.html)
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on June 13, 2015, 01:36:47 am
Pope Francis has Jesus Christ in his corner!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76BtP1GInlc&feature=player_embedded
(http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)
http://ecowatch.com/2015/06/12/pope-encyclical-spoof-trailer/



Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on July 02, 2015, 08:44:00 pm
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A political revolution.

It's coming. 

Because what should be alive is dead, because what should be dead is alive, because what should be set free is bound, because what should be bound is set free, because what should be done is not done, because what should never be done is being done.

By politicians who reward the powerful and punish the powerless, by bankers who regulate Congress instead of Congress regulating them, by police who kill children and call it law enforcement, by hacks who cut-and-paste plutocrat talking points and call it journalism, by judges who fill America's prisons with the poor and call it justice.

They will be held accountable, they will all be held accountable.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/01/1398125/-Bernie-Sanders-Is-Crashing-the-Gates
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on August 12, 2015, 06:14:30 pm
Jimmy Carter is truly a good and courageous man. He tried his best to help Americans, and has done great work for people and children around the World. Truly what anyone calling themselves a Christian, should model themselves after.

Jimmy Carter Reveals He Has Cancer   (http://www.mrwallpaper.com/wallpapers/Sad-Sunflower.jpg)

 
—By Inae Oh Wed Aug. 12, 2015 4:54 PM EDT

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/08/jimmy-carter-reveals-he-has-cancer (http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/08/jimmy-carter-reveals-he-has-cancer)


Agelbert NOTE: Never underestimate the level of participation and funding that the fossil fuel Big Oil Oligarchy is responsible for in the portraying of Jimmy Carter as a "failed" President. They hated him (then AND now) because he told the TRUTH about our need to get off of dirty energy. 
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Jimmy Carter’s words, said in his cardigan by the fire, are as relevant today as ever: “Twice in the last several hundred years there has been a transition in the way people use energy… we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of . . .  permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.”

(http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/MmlcLNA8Zhc/hqdefault.jpg)

“We must not be selfish or timid if we hope to have a decent world for our children and grandchildren,” he continued. “By acting now, we can control our future instead of letting the future control us.”

http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2013_10_15_forty_years_forward_oil_embargo (http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2013_10_15_forty_years_forward_oil_embargo)
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on September 19, 2015, 11:04:43 pm
https://youtu.be/DOS0Yd5rCp4

Great speech by Senator Sanders!  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 12, 2016, 09:47:51 pm
Sanders rakes in $5.2 million in post-primary appeal (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/za4.gif)

Feb. 11, 2016, 3:30 pm by Jasper Craven

https://youtu.be/ptJf3ju3X1g


https://youtu.be/NunNrElCRDs


http://vtdigger.org/2016/02/11/sanders-rakes-in-5-2-million-in-post-primary-appeal/
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 19, 2016, 06:59:55 pm
'El Viejito' for president: why Latinos in Nevada are switching to Bernie Sanders     (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/19/el-viejito-for-president-why-latinos-in-nevada-are-switching-to-bernie-sanders
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on May 22, 2016, 07:22:04 pm
(http://vetsforbernie.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Tim_Canova-500x383.jpg)

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The political revolution is not just about electing a president. We need a Congress with members who believe, like Bernie, that we cannot change a corrupt system by taking its money.

So let me introduce you to Tim Canova, a progressive challenger who is running against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a Democratic primary in Florida this year.

Tim endorsed Bernie’s presidential campaign, and was inspired to run because of Wasserman Schultz’ support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. His campaign is funded like ours, by lots of people giving small amounts of money.

Thank you for powering this political revolution.

All my best,

Jeff Weaver
 Campaign Manager
 Bernie 2016

Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on July 27, 2016, 09:19:08 pm
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Global Research, July 27, 2016 Region: USA

In-depth Report: U.S. Elections


Jill, not Hill! Activists in Philadelphia Shift Their Support to Green Party Candidate Jill Stein


By Stephen Lendman


Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Announces Her Presidential Run

Activists in Philadelphia’s downtown plaza chanted “Jill, not Hill.”

Jill Stein, presumptive Green Party presidential nominee, a longtime physician/activist, a true populist, wanting her professional skills used to heal a sick nation.

It desperately needs what she can provide, media-supported corrupted duopoly power denying her the chance to become president by virtually ignoring her candidacy, opposing what she stands for.

She remains redoubtable and heroic, her progressive agenda what the world needs now, genuinely supporting:

◾world peace and disarmament;

◾democratic values;

◾the inviolability of rule of law principles;

◾universal healthcare and education as fundamental human rights;

◾living wages for all working Americans;

◾green, clean energy;

◾popular interests served over monied ones;

◾electoral reform free from today’s money-controlled process; along with

◾real social justice and revolutionary change
.

Seeking support in Philadelphia, she accurately accused Clinton of “backstabbing” Sanders by now exposed electoral rigging, urging his supporters to back her, saying “(m)y campaign is here.”

She’s an advocate for progressive change. Perhaps “Never Hillary” activists will give her enough votes to prevent a 2nd Clinton co-presidency – the top political priority above all others.

Her revolutionary spirit is real. Her message is “Americans deserve real solutions for the economic, social and environmental crises we face. But the broken political system is only making things worse.”


“It’s time to build a people’s movement to end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of every person.”

“The power to create this new world is not in our hopes; it’s not in our dreams – it’s in our hands.”

Jill is a longtime physician, a mother, activist and organizer, a pioneer advocate for environmental health, a promoter of healthy communities, a fighter for peace, equity and justice so desperately needed.

Imagine America led by someone with her dedication for people over profits, assuring enforcement of human and civil rights, a distinguished woman of principle and honor – polar opposite duopoly choices.

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I’m proud to support an eminently qualified candidate for president, a dedicated woman, saying “(w)e can build a better future together” and meaning it.  (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.


His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.


Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.



The original source of this article is Global Research

Copyright © Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 2016


http://www.globalresearch.ca/jill-not-hill-activists-in-philadelphia-shift-their-support-to-green-party-candidate-jill-stein/5538317

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on July 27, 2016, 10:24:34 pm
Jill Stein: ‘The Floodgates Opened Into Our Campaign’ After Sanders Endorsed Clinton (Video)

https://youtu.be/jWtqd6u-4vE
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on October 28, 2016, 02:15:11 pm
Visualizing the U.S.-Mexico Border (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)

Josh Begley

October 26 2016, 12:57 p.m.

In partnership with FIELD OF VISION (https://fieldofvision.org/)

What does the southern border of the United States look like? (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-280515145049.png)   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png)


For all the talk of “securing the border” and “building a wall,” there is surprisingly little visual material that conveys just how vast this stretch of space is.

In total, the U.S.-Mexico border spans 1,954 miles. According to Google Maps, it would take 34 hours to drive its entire length. In places, there already is a border fence — more than 650 miles of it. Pushed and pulled by various forces, some 1 million people are estimated to pass through the official ports of entry every day.

But what does the geography of this landscape look like? Is it industrial? Desolate? Populated? All of the above?  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6656.gif) (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1730.gif)   ???  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1402.gif)

Using the geographic coordinates of the international boundary line, in addition to location data for the existing border fence (which has been mapped by journalists at NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting), I wrote a small computer script to download satellite imagery for the entire border.

I ended up with about 200,000 images.  :o

Using a command-line tool called ffmpeg, I programmatically stitched the images together, and then worked with Laura Poitras and her team at Field of Vision to edit them into a short film. Jace Clayton, the artist and author known as DJ /rupture, developed an original score for the piece.

Rivers of Data


Borders begin as fictions. They are performed. They are lines drawn in the sand, spaces that bend and break and make exceptions for certain kinds of bodies.

But borders are made real by the policies built around them. The fact that borders are performed does not make them any less real. The border is quite literally what gives the nation its shape.

One way the border is performed — particularly the southern border of the United States — can be understood through the lens of data collection. In the border region, along the Rio Grande and westward through the desert Southwest, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deploys radar blimps, drones, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, seismic sensors, ground radar, face recognition software, license-plate readers, and high-definition infrared video cameras. Increasingly, they all feed data back into something called “The Big Pipe.”

As my colleague Roger Hodge reported in 2012, the Big Pipe is “a surveillance network developed by Kenneth Knight, the deputy executive director of national air-security operations for the Office of Air and Marine (OAM), a lesser-known division of CBP that operates the largest law-enforcement air force in the world.”

He continues:


CBP, which encompasses the Border Patrol, has in turn deployed increasingly advanced means not only to scrutinize, search out, and seize an immense stream of drugs and bodies (to use CBP parlance), but also to channel a concomitant river of data — electronic manifests, lists of travelers’ names, dates of entry, and untold terabytes of video footage — all of which must be analyzed, quantified, indexed, and stored.

In thinking about rivers of data, and untold terabytes of video footage, I found myself returning to Rebecca Solnit’s “River of Shadows” — and an idea Trevor Paglen introduced in a series of essays about what he calls “seeing machines.”

Seeing Machines

In his 2014 essay “Geographies of Photography,” Paglen sketched out the role of seeing machines in creating relational geographies capable of collapsing space and time.

Seeing machines create noncontiguous spatial and temporal geometries. They collapse the near into the distant, and the present into the past and future. To illustrate these “relative” geographies of seeing machines, I’ll use the example of a Reaper drone. What exactly is a Reaper drone? In essence, it’s a camera attached to a remote-controlled airplane. Sometimes it carries missiles. What’s particular about a Reaper drone (and other drones in its larger family, including the Predator and the Sentinel) is that airplane, pilot, navigator, analysts, and commander don’t have to be in the same place. The aircraft might be flying a combat mission in Yemen by a pilot based in Nevada, overseen by a manager in Virginia, and supported by intelligence officers in Tampa (geographer Derek Gregory has written about what he calls “Drone Geographies.”) The drone creates its own “relative” geographies, folding several noncontiguous spaces around the globe into a single, distributed, “battlefield.” The folding of space-time that the Reaper drone system enables is a contemporary version of what Marx famously called the “annihilation of space with time,” i.e. the ability to capitalize on the speed of new transportation and communications technologies to bring disparate spaces “closer” together, relatively speaking. Photography has been a part of this space-time annihilation from the start.

Although seeing machines have played a part in the “annihilation of space with time” since the 19th century origins of the phrase, they are increasingly playing a role in creating new relative temporal geographies, perhaps something akin to an “annihilation of time with space.” … There’s every reason to suspect that if the 19th Century saw the annihilation of space with communication and transport technologies, then the 21st Century may see a similarly dramatic reconfiguration of time through persistent monitoring, storage, and analytic technologies that can “reach into the past” in unprecedented ways.

Most of the technologies used to enforce the border, or perform the border, can be understood as “seeing machines.” This film is an attempt to linger on that idea for a moment, and to explore ways of using those technologies — in this case satellites — to better visualize some of the spaces they are enforcing.


Might simply looking at a place that has been so heavily politicized (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) — a place abstracted into a sound bite — give a small amount of texture and meaning to a phrase like “build that wall”?  ;)

The southern border is a space that has been almost entirely reduced to metaphor. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp) It is not even a geography. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-120716190938.png) Part of my intention with this film is to insist on that geography.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif) (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)


By focusing on the physical landscape, I hope viewers might gain a sense of the enormity of it all, and perhaps imagine what it would mean to be a political subject of that terrain.

Agelbert NOTE: 6 MINUTES of high speed pass over border at link. ANYONE that talks about building a "wall", either electronically or physically, is full of RIGHT WING MENDACITY, DUPLICITY AND RACIST INFLAMING OPPORTUNISTIC MENS REA. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)


https://theintercept.com/2016/10/26/best-of-luck-with-the-wall/
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 05, 2016, 01:14:07 pm
Energy| Dec. 04, 2016 05:59PM EST


Standing Rock Celebrates as Army Corps Denies Key Permit, Halts Project (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/za4.gif)

Stefanie Spear

SNIPPET:  ;D

The Obama Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers officially denied the easement to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota after a many months-long campaign by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Army Corps will undertake an environmental impact statement (EIS) to look at potential alternative routes for the pipeline.

Agelbert NOTE: MUST SEE video of 13 year old courageous Standing Rock Organizer. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/computer3.gif)

http://www.ecowatch.com/army-corps-permit-dakota-access-pipeline-2128363393.html

Agelbert NOTE: Trump will react accordingly to the news (SEE BELOW). Don't let evil filled people destroy our biosphere.   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)


(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/xQl4ybE9IeU/mqdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 05, 2016, 06:32:06 pm
(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/cowboypistol.gif)Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump 

By CHRISTOPHER SUPRUN DEC. 5, 2016

SNIPPET:

DALLAS — I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)

Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation. That attack and this year’s election may seem unrelated, but for me the relationship becomes clearer every day.

George W. Bush is an imperfect man, but he led us through the tragic days following the attacks. His leadership showed that America was a great nation. That was also the last time I remember the nation united. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.

Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage.

This is unacceptable.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/opinion/why-i-will-not-cast-my-electoral-vote-for-donald-trump.html
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 05, 2016, 06:45:29 pm
Trump’s Threat to the Constitution

By EVAN McMULLIN DEC. 5, 2016

SNIPPET:

Last week, Mr. Trump commented on Twitter that flag-burning should be punished by jailing and revocation of citizenship. As someone who has served this country, I carry no brief for flag-burners, but I defend their free-speech right to protest — a right guaranteed under the First Amendment. Although I suspect that Mr. Trump’s chief purpose was to provoke his opponents, his action was consistent with the authoritarian playbook he uses.

Mr. Trump also recently inflated his election performance, claiming — without evidence — that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” This, too, is nothing new. Authoritarians often exaggerate their popular support to increase the perception of their legitimacy. But the deeper objective is to weaken the democratic institutions that limit their power. Eroding confidence in voting, elections and representative bodies gives them a freer hand to wield more power.

As a C.I.A. officer, I saw firsthand authoritarians’ use of these tactics around the world. Their profound appetite for absolute power drives their intolerance for any restraint — whether by people, organizations, the law, cultural norms, principles or even the expectation of consistency. For a despot, all of these checks on power must be ignored, undermined or destroyed so that he is all that matters.

Mr. Trump has said that he prefers to be unpredictable because it maximizes his power. During his recent interview with The New York Times, he casually abandoned his fiery calls during the campaign for torture, prosecuting Hillary Clinton and changing libel laws. Mr. Trump’s inconsistencies and provocative proposals are a strategy; they are intended to elevate his importance above all else — and to place him beyond democratic norms, beyond even the Constitution.

(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/reading.gif)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/opinion/trumps-threat-to-the-constitution.html
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 06, 2016, 01:04:15 pm
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Jon Eagle Sr.

22 hours ago.

I witnessed something powerful and profound today. Wes Clark Jr and the assembled veterans took a knee and collectively asked for forgiveness for the genocide and war crimes committed by the United States Military against tribal nations in this country.

Leksi Leonard Crow Dog on behalf of the tribes in attendance accepted and asked for forgiveness for any hurt that might have been caused June 25, 1876 when the Great Sioux Nation defeated the 7th Cavalry.

The last thing he said to the veterans was, "... and today we forgive and ask for world peace." All the veterans replied in a single unified voice, "WORLD PEACE!!!!"

The Native Veterans filed through the ranks, shaking hands and giving each other hugs. There were a lot of warriors with tears in their eyes.

(http://static.uglyhedgehog.com/upload/2012/8/14/1344970546338-awesome_mc_ht_smiley.gif)



Veterans at Standing Rock shock tribe members, beg forgiveness for war crimes against tribal nations

By Jen Hayden   

Monday Dec 05, 2016 ·  4:13 PM EST

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/12/5/1607591/-Veterans-at-Standing-Rock-shock-tribe-members-beg-forgiveness-for-war-crimes-against-tribal-nations

https://youtu.be/5MKWPWD3C-0
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 06, 2016, 01:36:45 pm

Update to today on Hamilton Electors actions
 

By RWN   

Monday Dec 05, 2016 ·  7:18 PM EST

 498   Comments  (498 New)   

I don’t have much time because I have get back on the phone talking to fellow Republican Electors but I thought best to update you all on the mission.

First thing tomorrow in Colorado (and subsequently other states this week) three of us are going file in Federal District Court a lawsuit seeking relief from  C.R.S. § 1-4-304(5), which is the CO State Statutes that binds us to voting for the winner of the popular vote in Colorado. Link

The lawyers and group have formed a 527 to raise money for such an effort, here is another Link and here.

Hon. Polly Baca is our lead, https://www.facebook.com/notes/hamilton-defenders/elector-polly-baca-calls-on-colleagues-to-vote-against-trump/1764274390502583

Today a Republican Elector came out in the New York Times, I have had a number of personal conversations with him and there is a significant number of others who remain private.

In these conversations with fellow National Electors we have started to come to a consensus that John Kasich appears to be the emerging alternative candidate. Link . That article also introduced the back channel discussions with the Clinton campaign regarding Democratic Electors en masse voting faithless for a Republican alternative.

Colorado Independent summarizes the Colorado delegation, Link (at article link below)

The New Yorker Magazine did a nice piece on the Hamilton Electors, link.

Newsweek published a national op-ed supporting our movement. Link

CSPAN has decided to come to Denver CO on Electoral College day to cover Colorado’s electors. Link

Those are the published reports, what can say privately is that the iceberg is far bigger and deeper below the surface and this Electoral College is definitely in play for the full measure or the Twelfth Amendment. 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/12/06/1607647/-Update-to-today-on-Hamilton-Electors-actions


Texas Elector makes powerful plea to Republican Electors to reject Donald Trump in NY Times OpEd
   

By Lefty Coaster   

Monday Dec 05, 2016 · 10:07 PM EST

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/12/06/1607647/-Update-to-today-on-Hamilton-Electors-actions

Agelbert NOTE: I posted on this yesterday. I recommend you go to the link to learn how the Trump Brownshirts are already posting the elector's address on the internet and threating him with death.
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 06, 2016, 02:06:05 pm
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2016/12/02/trumps-pick-pentagon-shows-rules-apply-congress-say

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What bugs me about Donald Trump as president-elect? The same thing that ought to bother you, too, no matter how you voted last month.

The rules? They are not needed, thank you. They simply don't apply. Not to him…..The truth is, Trump's the one who thinks he is special.

And if Congress doesn't stand up and insist on the rule of law, then who will? Because if we're leaving it up to Trump to decide which rules work for him and which don't, there won't be any rules left by the time he is through.


Trump's pick for the Pentagon shows again the rules don't apply to him; Congress should say no (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)

Written by Michael A. Lindenberger

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2016/12/02/trumps-pick-pentagon-shows-rules-apply-congress-say
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 06, 2016, 02:22:28 pm
Four things evangelical Trump supporters  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif)  should keep in mind

Nov 21, 2016 
 
Written by Terrance Terrance Green, DMN Contributors Network 

While several key voting blocs supported Donald Trump, white evangelicals overwhelmingly supported him, according to exit poll results. 

Why?

One reason is because during every presidential election cycle, right-wing Christians misinterpret Scripture to get people to vote Republican, as if Republican is synonymous with God or Christian.

Another reason is because it is easier to claim morality than to acknowledge one's own racism, hatred and misogyny, and actively fight against them. 

As a Jesus-loving, spirit-filled, black man with a Ph.D., I believe that what some evangelicals supported in this election did not make sense.   (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)

Scripture says that judgment must begin with the household of God, so if we want our nation to heal, then evangelicals need to keep four things in mind:

1. America was first founded on racism and exploitation, not Christian values.

There is nothing Christ-centered about slavery. Period. To persuade people to vote for Trump in the name of "this country was founded on Christian values" is simply wrong. This country was founded on the dehumanization of indigenous peoples who already lived here and on the backs of enslaved Africans. So to say that this is God's nation because of the "founding fathers," who owned enslaved Africans, is misleading.   

2. Jesus is not a Republican or a Democrat.

It amazes me how some evangelicals point to the Republican Party of the 1860s to justify their actions today, as if Republicans did not own enslaved Africans or were not complicit during slavery. Jesus never pledged allegiance to any political party. Rather, Jesus challenged the political, economic and social norms of the times and constantly called to task those with power and advantage. Jesus always sided with those who were systemically oppressed and downtrodden. Today, Jesus would critique Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Democrats, Republicans and all other political parties. However, Jesus would not stop there. To be like Jesus, evangelicals must go beyond what and whom they are against and offer alternative solutions that are truly rooted in Scripture and not political interests.

As Christians, we are all called to do justice with and on behalf of the "least of these," such as the poor, the oppressed, the imprisoned, the widow, and the racially and socially marginalized. Doing justice is not simply a call for more personal responsibility; it calls for a radical transformation of the structures that create these conditions.

3. Evangelicals are not truly pro-life.

If the advocacy for pro-life begins and ends with abortion, then it is not really pro-life. It is a contradiction to be vocal about abortion but silent about police brutality, poverty, mass incarceration and a lack of access to health care that also takes lives. It is sad when evangelicals will pray heaven and earth together to stop abortion, but will look the other way when their sisters and brothers in Christ talk about their lived experiences of racism, hatred and oppression in America. It is also not Christ-like to dehumanize people because of their faith tradition, race, sexuality, gender identity or immigration status. Whether you agree or disagree, we must start from the realization that we were all made in God's image and likeness, and everyone deserves to be treated as a human.

4. Racism functions on many levels, all at the same time, and some evangelicals just supported it.

There is a difference between racism and prejudice. Prejudice is to prejudge someone based on assumptions and limited knowledge. We are all prejudiced. Racism, however, is a system of advantage based on race and whiteness. Although a system, racism also operates on individual, institutional and societal levels. While some people may not engage in overt acts of racial hatred, when they support a candidate who campaigned with ideologies and rhetoric that disadvantage people of color and whom the Ku Klux Klan endorsed, then that is racism.

This is not to condemn evangelicals, but to challenge my fellow Christians to live like the Christ they proclaim. There can be no healing in this nation without acknowledging people's pain and working to remedy that pain — which is what Christ would have wanted all of us to do.

Terrance Green is an assistant professor of educational administration at the University of Texas at Austin.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/opinion/2016/11/21/four-things-evangelical-trump-supporters-keep-mind
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 07, 2016, 05:16:23 pm
N.Y. Times throws a lifeline to sinking Hamilton Electors movement

By arodb

Wednesday Dec 07, 2016 · 12:52 PM EST

COMMENT by arodb:

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If this were to work, if so called "faithless Electors" were to be faithful to the principles of the Constitution, we can avoid the specter of President Trump alone with Mike Flynn, and perhaps his son who tweets of Hillary's pedo phile ring, deciding among themselves the fate of the world.

Hamilton in Federalist 68 saw Electors as preventing one with: "Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, (which) may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors .... but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union (of Electors), or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States. "

Over the last fifty six elections we've never experienced one so brilliantly attuned to popular resentment combined with mastery of the effectiveness of playing the part of a courageous iconoclast - with such rapid-fire fictive calumny that less bombastic media couldn't keep up, nor was the opposition up to the game that was played --- which had little to do choosing the most responsible carrier of the torch of this esteemed position.

This is the exception, the rare event when a chain of accidents requires that those who had become a conduit for the people's choice, revert to what is enshrined in our Constitution. This unique use will not destroy democracy, but preserve it.

AlRodbell.com
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/12/7/1608321/-N-Y-Times-throws-a-lifeline-to-sinking-Hamilton-Electors-movement

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There is a certain dark irony to the fact that a system designed to prevent the people from choosing an unqualified demagogue has resulted in the election of an unqualified demagogue not chosen by the people. -- Scott Lemieux

http://prospect.org/article/indefensible-electoral-college

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The fundamental problem reformers face is that the two Electoral College malfunctions in the past 16 years have both benefitted Republicans. Had John Kerry gotten 150,000 more votes in Ohio in 2004, he would have won the presidency without winning the popular vote, and a sequence in which each party got stiffed in turn might have created the necessary bipartisan consensus to change a bad system. But with one party clearly benefitting from the Electoral College, getting rid of it will be impossible.

In the meantime, the Democrats need to emphasize that Donald Trump was not the people’s choice. Paul Ryan has already claimed a mandate for a radical and deepoly unpopular policy agenda. More people voted for Clinton’s agenda, which should be a good reason for Democrats to unite in opposition to put pressure on wavering Republicans in the Senate. The Democratic Party cannot normalize the Trump administration. Trump’s popular vote loss is a perfect way of illustrating his incompatibility with norms of American governance.

The Electoral College, tilting the playing field in favor of a party increasingly hostile to racial minorities has the regrettable effect of shielding it from reform in the next few years.
But Hillary Clinton got more votes than Donald Trump: That is an undisputable and politically significant fact that progressives need to point out to the American public early and often. -- Scott Lemieux

http://prospect.org/article/indefensible-electoral-college

Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 11, 2016, 03:47:09 pm
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https://youtu.be/YHzrLvOukqM

 December 11, 2016

Anti-(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2mo5pow.gif)Trump (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/swear1.gif)
 March in Baltimore

 Protests against Donald Trump's visit to Baltimore to attend the Army Navy game on December 10, 2016 - TRNN's Facebook Live

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=17897
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 16, 2016, 02:34:20 pm
  December 15, 2016

The People's Tribunal on the Iraq War, Day One:

Chris Hedges, the former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times discusses his reporting on Iraq in the 90's and the horrific human suffering that followed the 2003 invasion.

https://youtu.be/gNxelhxo0Oc

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:17948:The-People%27s-Tribunal-on-the-Iraq-War%2C-Day-One%3A-Chris-Hedges
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 03, 2017, 09:09:51 pm
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January 3, 2017

"It was out of love that the Black Panther Party was started"  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)

Executive Producer Eddie Conway  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) interviews Ericka Huggins (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)at the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party. Huggins is a former political prisoner and was one of the central leaders of The Black Panthers.

https://youtu.be/77L8lQrRZcg

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18046
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 04, 2017, 08:19:53 pm
https://youtu.be/8vrh6exivAg

Dr. Jill Stein covers ALL the bases on the present Duopoly (Democrats+Republicans) Corruption, provides history and explains the solution to each corruption based problem that would open the way for the will of we-the-people to become reality. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 17, 2017, 06:49:37 pm
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https://youtu.be/7RuVQp3XytM

"The Democratic Party Can't Just Whisper Sweet Nothings Anymore" - Nina Turner (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) on RAI (1/4)

Published on Jan 16, 2017

On Reality Asserts Itself, Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and leading Bernie Sanders surrogate during the primary, tells host Paul Jay that she grew up poor, believing in the Democratic Party and the Clintons but she came to understand the failure of the Party to serve the needs of the African-American community and poor white workers.
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 31, 2017, 09:11:07 pm
   
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Agelbert Comment: Governor Scott of  Vermont, a Republican with Principles  :o  ;D, is showing Courage in the face of Trump Fascism. I applaud Governor Scott!  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

Scott promises to fight Trump orders (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-210614221847.gif)

Jan. 31, 2017, 5:10 am by Adam Federman and Morgan True

SNIPPET 1:

RUTLAND — Vermont leaders say they will push back against President Donald Trump’s executive order closing the borders to people from seven Muslim nations.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott, Congressman Peter Welch, D-Vt., and T.J. Donovan, the Vermont attorney general, say the order is immoral and possibly unconstitutional.

Scott issued a strongly worded rebuke of the president’s order suspending the nation’s refugee resettlement program for 120 days and indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering the country.

He spoke in Rutland on Monday where up to 100 refugees from Syria and Iraq were to be settled in the coming weeks. Trump’s ban indefinitely halts the resettlement of refugees in Rutland until the federal government determines that their admission is “consistent with the national interest.” The first two families arrived earlier this month, but officials say they may now be the last.

Scott said that he held a special meeting with his Cabinet on Sunday to discuss measures his administration can take to protect the rights of all Vermonters, including refugees.

“We’re going to push back,” Scott said. “I just don’t think it’s right. I don’t think it’s acceptable. It’s not who we are as Vermonters, it’s not who we are as Americans. And I think we should be more accepting. I think this infringes upon our constitutional right.”

Trump’s order bars entry to green card holders from Sudan, Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Iraq and Yemen, all of which are predominantly Muslim countries, from entering the United States for 90 days, during which time the Department of Homeland Security and State Department will review the visa adjudication program.

In a statement issued late afternoon Monday, Scott said his administration would not enter into agreements that ask governors or local officials to carry out immigration enforcement functions. He underscored that law enforcement officials in Vermont would not be asked to perform any duties that “may ultimately be deemed unconstitutional” and also suggested that his office, in coordination with the Vermont Attorney General and other states, would be exploring a legal challenge to the orders under the Fourth Amendment and the 10th Amendment. Scott also called for the creation of a Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Cabinet to review and monitor the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Scott said the president’s executive order crossed legal and ethical lines, and he took exception to the withholding of federal money from states that refuse to enforce Trump’s new immigration policies.

He applauded federal courts that issued emergency injunctions allowing green card holders to enter the country. The injunctions temporarily prevented the government from deporting refugees and immigrants who had arrived at U.S. airports last weekend.

Scott deflected a question about whether he thought the order was a Muslim ban, as many critics have characterized it, but said that wasn’t the important point.

“I just feel whether you’re Muslim or Christian it doesn’t matter,” Scott said. “We have an obligation to help.”
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SNIPPET 2:

Scott Administration Actions

The Scott administration is taking the following steps “to defend and protect the Constitution, and the civil rights and safety of all Vermonters”:


1. The Governor has directed his legal counsel to coordinate with the Vermont Attorney General’s office – and other states – to assess the constitutionality of the executive orders, specifically the impact of the broad policy proclamations contained in the border security and immigration enforcement orders on the Fourth and Tenth Amendments, for the purpose of exploring a legal challenge to the orders.

2. The Governor will immediately convene a Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Cabinet, charged with further review of the Executive Orders. The Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Cabinet will identify areas that are not in compliance with current state or Constitutional law and make recommendations to the Governor. This Cabinet will include the Governor’s legal counsel, Secretary of Human Services, Secretary of Agriculture, Commissioner of Public Safety, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Senate Pro Tem, House Speaker, State’s Attorneys Office Executive Director, Defender General, a mayor designated by the Vermont Mayor’s Coalition, and representative leaders from the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police, and Vermont Sheriffs’ Association.

3. The Governor will elect not to enter the agreements suggested under the border security and immigration enforcement orders, which ask Governors and local officials to carry out immigration enforcement functions. Further, he will seek legislation and support from lawmakers to prohibit local officials from entering such agreements with the Federal government. This action will not prohibit law enforcement officers’ ability to uphold the law, but it will ensure they are not carrying out additional actions under the executive order that may ultimately be deemed unconstitutional or infringe on the rights of Vermonters or the rights of Vermont as a sovereign State.

 4. The Administration is reaching out to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security for further clarification on each of these orders, and how they relate to Vermont’s sizable refugee and immigrant populations.

5. The Administration is coordinating with refugee program administrators and stakeholders within impacted industries to keep them informed on its efforts, address concerns, and communicate impact.


https://vtdigger.org/2017/01/31/scott-promises-fight-trump-orders


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jan van eck  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png) 12 hours 58 minutes ago

It would appear that Trump’s NSA is rapidly morphing into Kommissariat 5 of the Geheimstadtspolitzei, Ministerium fur Staatssicherheit der DDR. And that will continue until the NSA is abolished, either by the Congress or by a “V” for Vendetta type reaction of the population. You now have some 145,000 personnel doing spying on everyone else, at a cost of some $65 Billion a year of your scarce taxpayer dollars.

So you have to ask yourself: how is it that the nation of Americans, the one social group on the planet that has for centuries so zealously guarded religious liberties going back to the days of Roger WIlliams and Ben Franklin, end up electing someone who seeks to (very rapidly) convert the entire country into an internment camp?   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-120716190938.png)


There is something seriously wrong with this man.    (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1593.gif)

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 10, 2017, 02:13:44 pm
Email from Senator Sanders
February 10, 2017

Dear Mr. Gelbert:

Thank you for contacting me regarding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General. I voted against his confirmation because I do not believe the American people can trust Sessions to uphold the values of our Constitution as Attorney General.

For years, there have been very worrisome allegations about Session’s views on race.  In fact, in 1986, a Senate committee denied him a federal judgeship precisely because of those concerns.  Given his record, I continue to have deep reservations about his commitment to upholding the civil rights of all Americans.

I also have serious concerns about Sessions’ record on privacy and government surveillance. He has strongly supported the USA PATRIOT Act, which I believe gives the government far too much power to spy on innocent United States citizens, with little to no oversight or disclosure.

Moreover, I do not believe Sessions will provide the leadership we need to reform our broken criminal justice system.  At a time when there are 2.2 million people incarcerated in the U.S., causing an immense burden for taxpayers, we need sentencing reforms to reduce our incarcerated population and drive down recidivism rates. Unfortunately, Sessions has repeatedly opposed efforts to reduce sentences for nonviolent crimes, and opposes reentry programs for offenders.

Lastly, Sessions has opposed nearly every immigration bill that has come before the Senate that has included a path to citizenship for immigrants.  The Attorney General has significant discretion in the application of immigration laws, and I am deeply concerned that he will pursue policies that will tear families and communities apart. 

The Justice Department has the responsibility of enforcing the laws of our nation, including such bedrock principles as protecting the right to vote, shielding citizens from discrimination, and standing up for civil liberties. Sessions’ record does not reassure me that he will strongly enforce those principles. For those reasons and more, I voted no on his nomination to be Attorney General of the United States. 

Thank you again for contacting me, and please feel free to stay in touch about this or any other subject of interest to you.  For up-to-date information on what I am working on, please sign-up for my e-newsletter, the Bernie Buzz, at http://sanders.senate.gov/buzz/.

Sincerely,

BERNARD SANDERS
United States Senator




Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 12, 2017, 11:51:32 am
Agelbert NOTE: A Christian who actually walks the talk is a rare, but welcome  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png), sight in today's Apostate Christian U.S. Church (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-241013183046.jpeg)
 
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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 12, 2017, 07:39:23 pm
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Populist Coalition Beats Back Chevron in California Refinery Town  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/za4.gif)

 Sunday, February 12, 2017 

By Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview

SNIPPET:

Can progressive coalitions unite around common interests to successfully battle powerful foes?
   (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png) Yes is the answer, as this interview with Steve Early about his book Refinery Town reveals.

Mark Karlin: What are the demographics of Richmond, California, and its contrast to its neighbors, such as Berkeley?

Steve Early: Richmond is a blue-collar city of 110,000, just a few miles from Berkeley. It is 80 percent non-white. About 40 percent of its population is Latino, 30 percent African American, and 10 percent Asian. Nearly one-fifth of its families live at or near the poverty line. It has the lowest median income of 101 cities in the nine-county Bay Area and Latino family income is about $5,000 a year less than that citywide figure.

It's definitely not a university town, like Berkeley. It's been a city of industry for more than a century, growing up around a railhead and ferry to San Francisco, a Standard Oil refinery and a port area that included, during World War II, a Kaiser shipyard employing 100,000 workers.

What is the role of Chevron and the Chevron refinery in Richmond politics?


Until the early 21st century, Richmond City Hall and municipal politics were dominated by Chevron (nee Standard Oil). Big Oil is Richmond's largest employer and a reliable patron of old-guard Democrats, Black or white, eager to do its bidding. Chevron's political partners have included the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and local manufacturers' association, various developers, the building trades, and often, equally conservative public safety unions.

In the last three election cycles alone, Chevron, its labor allies -- and other big special interests -- spent more than $7 million trying to elect business-friendly candidates and defeat activists who are trying to make their city safer, cleaner, greener and more equitable for all its residents. Chevron's tendency to put production and profit ahead of workplace safety, community health and the future of the planet provides no shortage of issues to organize around between elections. Thanks to their year-round, non-electoral work, candidates fielded by the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) have won 10 out of the 16 municipal races they have entered since 2004.

What is the Richmond Progressive Alliance, and why should it be a role model for progressives?

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http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/39446-populist-coalition-beats-back-chevron-in-california-refinery-town


Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 15, 2017, 08:06:04 pm
https://youtu.be/mMJGGtnlTtw

Uncomfortable truths: The role of slavery and the slave trade in building northern wealth


By Denise Oliver Velez

# blackhistorymonth  # blackwomen  # CivilRights  # TeachingResources  # VotingRights 


"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon
   
Sunday Feb 12, 2017 ·  9:00 AM EST

SNIPPET:

The Rev. James Rowe describes her statue, which he sees on his early morning jog:

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She is carrying two heavy jugs, one of liquor and one of molasses, back from the Rondout Creek area where she would have purchased them for her owner who ran the local Jug Tavern. The statue is beautiful, but it is not pretty. Her clothing is a rag of a dress, her feet bare, her back showing the scars of beatings, and in the predawn light I can almost see the determination in her eyes set toward freedom.

He muses about his white privilege in the land of Sojourner’s slavery.

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And as my predawn runs and ministry take me along these historic and ancestral streets alive with ghosts, I cannot help but wonder occasionally how my life would have turned out if my ancestors had been Mohegan instead of white settlers or slaves instead of free. I say occasionally because as a white, male, cisgender person I have the privilege to be able to not think about such things because who I am as considered the norm for our society. And not thinking or speaking about these things is the preferred societal, "normal" thing to do. [b\When I talk about my white privilege in my predominately white privileged world, I get pushback from others.[/b]

That pushback likely comes from those to whom any mention of privilege makes them uncomfortable—or is received as an affront, and not merely a fact of life. Hopefully, the sight of young Isabella pushes other viewers to introspection.


Lengthy article with many historical facts about how the yankees in New England profited from slavery that you may not know about.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/12/1628991/-Uncomfortable-truths-The-role-of-slavery-and-the-slave-trade-in-building-northern-wealth
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 17, 2017, 07:21:13 pm
 February 16, 2017

A Day Without Immigrants: Thousands Hold Boycotts and Demonstrations Against Trump

We bring you the voices of some of the thousands who are refusing to work, go to school, and shop and instead are rallying against raids and deportations carried out by the Trump administration


https://youtu.be/fDUhFzwY5A0

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18425
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 18, 2017, 12:19:15 pm
https://youtu.be/yq4bkGyQQN8
Chat With DNC Chair Candidate Sam Ronan  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)
 
#RonanForDNC

Published on Feb 12, 2017


Sam Ronan is making waves throughout the progressive community. He's the only DNC Chair candidate to unequivocally denounce the DNC's bias and sabotage of Bernie Sanders' campaign. Additionally, most of his ideals are in line with the Justice Democrats' platform. In this segment, Mike chats with Sam Ronan about the DNC, its bias against Bernie, specific DNC policies, lobbyist contributions, and more. Enjoy!

Learn More About Sam Ronan: http://www.ronanfordnc.org
Sam Ronan's Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonanForDNC
Sam Ronan's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RonanForDNC/
DNC Roster (Tell Them to Support Sam Ronan): https://www.luminpdf.com/viewer/WSXEN...
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 18, 2017, 01:13:04 pm
Agelbert note: Begin at around 8:53 on the video.

https://youtu.be/GlNmm-OoNvE
Global Capitalism: Nationalism and Scapegoating Foreigners [FEBRUARY 2017]

Global Capitalism, Monthly Economic Update:
“Nationalism and Scapegoating Foreigners”
with Richard D. Wolff
Co-sponsored by Democracy at Work,
Left Forum & Judson Memorial Church

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 at 7:30pm
Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall
239 Thompson Street at Washington Square

These programs begin with 30 minutes of short updates on important economic events of the last month, then Wolff analyzes several major economic issues. This month, these issues include:

1. The economics of tearing up treaties (like TPP, Nafta, NATO, etc.);
2. The economics of global interdependence (China, Mexico, Europe etc.); and
3. The economics of immigration.


When time permits, we open the floor to questions and comments. Our goal: to develop all participants’ understanding and ability to explain current economic events and trends to others.

Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 19, 2017, 12:37:56 pm
February 19, 2017

Pope Francis Calls for Broad Front Against Tyranny and Savage Capitalism

Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss the Pope's message to social movements and comparing the European far right and the rise of Trump to Hitler (1/2)


https://youtu.be/kIkb51uIr-o

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18296

The currently prevailing “law of the jungle”, causing the atmosphere to be overused in terms of the deposition of carbon ad infinitum, is thus de-legitimized by the Pope.

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2015/06/heaven-belongs-to-us-all-the-new-papal-encyclical/#sthash.MYn2tGnT.dpuf
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 20, 2017, 12:36:36 pm
February 20, 2017

Steve Bannon  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) Allies with Catholic Theo-Fascism Against Pope Francis (2/2)

Matthew Fox says Pope Francis is fighting against the fascist Catholic order Opus Dei and has demoted an American right-wing cardinal

https://youtu.be/-rZD3GD-_vM
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 23, 2017, 08:29:43 pm
Celebrating the First Black Female Zoologist   (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)

Posted On February 23, 2017 by Marja Diaz

Howard University is just down the street. As a historically black college in Washington D.C., Howard’s been churning out incredible role models like Kamala Harris (Attorney General of California), Toni Morrison (Nobel Prize for literature) and Taraji P. Henson (star of Hidden Figures, and also your favorite character on Empire).

Besides releasing class upon class of bad-ass black alumnus, Howard was also home to a trailblazer in the conservation field:  Roger Arliner Young, the first African American woman to earn a doctorate degree in Zoology.

I may be a bit biased, considering her name graces the title of my fellowship, the same one dedicated to increasing diversity in the rapidly changing face of conservation. Regardless, Young is an inspiration, because being the first is hard. But it can be even harder as a woman, and a woman of African American decent, pursuing a zoology degree in the 1920’s.

So who exactly was Ms. Young?
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Roger Arliner Young

Roger Arliner Young grew up in Pennsylvania, earning her way into Howard University in 1916 to study music. However, under the wing of a prominent black biologist named Ernest Everett Just, she pursued animal biology.

Like any true underdog story, her time there was not easy. She struggled with grades, dealt with mental health problems and later became the sole supporter of her ailing mother. But Young faced her demons and graduated in 1923 with a B.S. in Zoology, went on to teach at Howard and even earned a Master’s in Zoology from the University of Chicago. Although she worked and researched with Just for many years at Howard, her name never appeared as a coauthor on any of his publications.

Then, in 1924 she published her first article, “On the excretory apparatus in Paramecium” in the journal Science (still one of the most revered journals today), making her the first African-American woman to research and publish in this field.

Her Ph.D. came later, and Young earned a doctorate in Zoology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1940. Throughout her time as a scientist, she focused on marine organisms, conducting research on everything from radiation effects on sea urchin eggs to hydration and dehydration of living cells.

In honor of Black History Month, it’s important to both celebrate the accomplishments of pioneers like Young, and acknowledge the difficulties in their paths that paved the way for ours. And although this progress continues, there is still much work to be done in diversifying the field of conservation.

Today, climate change and increasing environmental stressors disproportionately affect communities of color. From Standing Rock to continued coastal flooding in Louisiana, we see climate change, sea level rise and pollution hurting communities we should be fighting with and for to protect.

Issues like these highlight the need for leaders of color in conservation. And to ensure that regardless of gender, race, class, religion or background everyone’s voices are heard equally.

Fortunately, organizations like Ocean Conservancy are committed to this change, working to increase diversity throughout environmental organizations with the RAY—Roger Arliner Young—Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship, a program dedicated to supporting emerging leaders in marine conservation.

As a woman of color amidst the end of black history month and the rapidly approaching kickoff of International Women’s Day in March, I couldn’t be more proud to celebrate Roger Arliner Young, and the slew of diverse leaders headed this way.

http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2017/02/23/celebrating-the-first-black-female-zoologist/#more-13783
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on March 15, 2017, 04:14:23 pm
(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/thankyou.gif) Pedro Viloria

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“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and her family during this difficult time. I think I speak for our McDonald’s family when I say how proud we are of Pedro.(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) He is an excellent employee, so it didn’t surprise me that he took immediate action and jumped through a window to help save this woman.  And he was not the only member of the team that played a pivotal role in ensuring she received the medical attention she needed. A second employee, who asked to remain unnamed, assisted with CPR. Their quick thinking and action were everything in that moment.”

CBS News/ March 15, 2017, 2:37 PM

McDonald's employee jumps through drive-thru window to help officer

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mcdonalds-employee-jumps-out-drive-thru-window-miami-pedro-viloria/

Agelbert NOTE: This is the type of news that will make it rather difficult for the Fascists in the Trump Wrecking Crew to demonize latinos and other minorities. The propagandized Trump followers, even the red neck racists, will soon realize that all the xenophobic BALONEY from the Trump/Bannon wrecking crew is just a divide and conquer distraction from their 24/7 looting of the public coffers on behalf of the fossil fuel industry fascists.

We-the-people of the planet earth are all one people. Those who would try to make us fight each other on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, culture, color or creed are the only enemies we have to worry about.

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on May 24, 2017, 02:01:01 pm
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May 24, 2017

Nina Turner on Bitter Fight in California Democratic Party


Nina Turner says Kimberly Ellis's loss to a Clinton democrat for chair of the state party by only 62 votes shows strength of Sanders movement, but makes clear corporate democrats won't give progressive an inch for the sake of "unity"

https://youtu.be/fkpd1sLUoiU
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on June 10, 2017, 06:48:19 pm
Senate Democrats' anti-Trumpcare ad will leave you stunned

By Keith Pickering 

Saturday Jun 10, 2017 · 2:07 PM EDT

ust a quick post to let you see the new anti-AHCA put out by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC). Stunning brilliance in thirty seconds, without a single word spoken.

Here it is, “The Price” :

https://youtu.be/Ju3K9bqPTeM

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/6/10/1670641/-Senate-Democrats-anti-Trumpcare-ad-will-leave-you-stunned

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on July 16, 2017, 08:26:34 pm
Randy Bryce, Working Man Gone Viral, on His Bid to Beat Paul Ryan   (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)

JUSTIN MILLER JULY 6, 2017

A Wisconsin union ironworker’s plan to oust the House speaker: “I don’t need a law degree. I don’t need a doctorate. I have ears to listen.”

https://youtu.be/F6zAyPRbels

EXCELLENT must read article:  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/computer3.gif)

http://prospect.org/article/randy-bryce-working-man-gone-viral-his-bid-beat-paul-ryan

Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on August 22, 2017, 09:44:19 pm
Remembering Dick Gregory  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

https://youtu.be/JncHh4pcKK8

Aug. 21, 2017 4:30 pm

Thom remembers his friend, the late Dick Gregory the activist and comedian who made his audience conscious through humor. A personal friend of Thom and the program, Dick Gregory passed away over the weekend after a lifetime of fighting for justice and a lifetime of laughs.


Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 08, 2017, 09:52:55 pm
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November 8, 2017
Progressives Win on Election Day  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) , Can they Win the Democratic Party?

Progressives scored big Election Day victories, but for Trump to be defeated, they need to win control of the Democratic Party, says Jeff Cohen, author, professor, and co-editor of "Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis"

https://youtu.be/J_8d4_4S3ek

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20423
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 09, 2017, 10:46:55 pm
The People Have Spoken, Healthcare Is For Everyone (w/Guest Jonathan Schleifer)    (http://robservations.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/happy-cat1.jpg)
 

https://youtu.be/f0rvryR96u8

Thom is joined by Jonathan Schleifer of the Fairness Project to discuss expanding medicare by ballot initiative, are other states going to do the same and can this lead to single payer?

Thom Hartmann Nov. 8, 2017 2:30 pm

It Doesn't Cost Billionaires (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) Anything To Oppress You   
 

https://youtu.be/Ypnsb7haMwc

Thom Hartmann Nov. 8, 2017

Capitalism Creates This Kind Of Tragedy (w/Guest Richard Wolff) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311017193926.png)

https://youtu.be/f0rvryR96u8

Thom is joined by friend of the show Richard Wolff to discuss how capitalism leads to tragedy like the one we see in America every single day.

Thom Hartmann Nov. 8, 2017
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 09, 2017, 11:40:26 pm
NOV 08, 2017

Democrats Defeat GOP With 'Blue Wave' in Crucial Elections (https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ad7348746accf6d16849add7323f1955a0eaecaa5bec53a13fda2698463f8d3b.gif)

SNIPPET:

A giant blue wave swept 2017’s most important state elections Tuesday as Democrats won governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey.

Moreover, in a feat some analysts did not think was possible, early returns showed Democrats on the verge of taking control of Virginia’s House of Delegates, its lower chamber, in a state that the GOP gerrymandered in 2011 to create a red super-majority.

Read more GREAT news!

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/democrats-defy-expectations-defeat-republicans-unexpected-blue-wave-2017s-important-elections/
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 21, 2017, 01:33:10 pm
ENSURING EVERYDAY PEOPLE HAVE A BIGGER VOICE IN SEATTLE ELECTIONS

SNIPPET:

SEATTLE’S DEMOCRACY VOUCHERS REDUCE THE POWER OF BIG MONEY AND INCREASE POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

Seattle’s new Democracy Voucher Program is reducing the power of big money and giving everyday people a bigger voice in local elections, according to initial analysis of the system in this year’s municipal elections by the Seattle-based Win/Win Network and national money-in-politics reform group Every Voice Center.

In 2015, Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved the Honest Elections Seattle ballot initiative by a 63 percent to 37 percent vote to create the first-in-the-nation Democracy Voucher Program.

In 2017, the program went into effect for the first time, distributing four $25 Democracy Vouchers to every Seattle resident for use in two at-large city council races and the contest for city attorney. The program will expand to other races including the race for mayor in future election cycles.

To qualify to spend the vouchers, candidates agreed to only accept small donations of $250 or less, raise a threshold number of small contributions, gather signatures, and agree to limit their campaign spending. Use of the program was widespread in 2017, with 13 out of the 17 candidates in the primary election agreeing to participate, and six of them meeting the qualification requirements to redeem the vouchers. Five out of the six contestants in these races who advanced to the general election ran using Democracy Vouchers.

As the following analysis details, Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program is achieving its intended goals by generating historic numbers of new and small donors, diversifying the makeup of campaign supporters to better reflect the people of Seattle, and limiting the reliance on big money in local elections.

Using data currently available, our initial analysis of the 2017 election surfaced these key findings:

•    At least 25,000 Seattle residents—a historic number—participated as campaign donors in this election cycle, three times the roughly 8,200 residents who donated to candidates in 2013.

•    As of publication, more than 18,000 Seattle residents gave nearly 70,000 Democracy Vouchers to 2017 candidates, and more Democracy Vouchers are likely to be received before the December 1 deadline.

•    An estimated 84 percent of this election cycle’s Seattle donors were new donors—about 20,900 individuals who had not contributed to city candidates in the 2015 or 2013 cycles. Among these new donors, 71 percent were voucher donors.

•    Contrasting voucher donors to city council and city attorney candidates with cash donors to mayoral candidates in 2017, Democracy Voucher donors better reflected Seattle’s population including young people, women, people of color, and less affluent residents.

•    Candidates in races eligible for Democracy Vouchers relied less on big money. Instead, 87 percent of the support for their campaigns came from small donations of $250 or less and Democracy Vouchers. By contrast, small donations accounted for just 48 percent of the money backing candidates for city council and city attorney in the 2013 elections.


Full pdf:

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http://honestelectionsseattle.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/FINAL-Seattle-Post-Election-Report-1.pdf
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 24, 2017, 10:44:16 pm
Agelbert NOTE: Cornel West tells it like it IS! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

"WHY YOU GOTTA DEFEND A LIAR, MAN?!" Philosopher Cornel West DESTROYS Trump Lackey Paris Dennard

https://youtu.be/dPefdL-SPcY

860,674 views

Dose of Dissonance

Published on Aug 15, 2017

During a CNN panel debate on "Anderson Cooper 360," philosopher Cornel West brilliantly destroys Trump lackey & former Bush staffer Paris Dennard for defending Donald Trump's lies!
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 25, 2017, 03:29:15 pm
Agelbert NOTE: Phil Donahue is a man who broke through all the brain washing LIES he was spoon fed as a child BECAUSE he tirelessly searched for and accepted the TRUTH, no matter how uncomfortable it was for him to incorporate into his world view.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)

This TRNN replay is must viewing for anyone who thinks trusting the State they grew up in is "objective" and "reasonable". Trusting the State is the path to dictatorship. Flag waving fools (i.e. 'my country right or wrong' (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif)) are precisely the people that have been suckered into defending the fascist destruction of what little democracy we have left in the USA. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)

If you feel comfortable with today's U.S. Government foreign and domestic corporate plunder and pillage based polices, you will not escape the cruelty that those policies have visited on others. You are only fooling yourself to think you will never be the target of corporate government profit over people and planet mayhem simply because you are "white" and economically well off. Your Government encouraged empathy deficit behavior, cleverly labelled by the Orwellian Propaganda Machine as "patriotism", will eventually boomerang on you and yours. Stop letting greed destroy our country. Stop being stupid. Stop ruining the future of your offspring. Start admitting you have been wrong. Then, and only then, we just might get through this. Otherwise, your selfishness will be key to the destruction of everything decent about human society. You have been warned. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)


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September 30, 2014

The Radicalization of Phil Donahue - Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)

Mr. Donahue says he believed he was blessed, living in the greatest country on earth - but through hosting his show, speaking to people like Chomsky and the Black Panthers, he came to question what he had thought was true

https://youtu.be/18O4B5ciUOE

October 2, 2014

Corporate Media is Destroying Democracy - Phil Donahue on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

Mr. Donahue says that corporate media doesn't rock the boat, it is the boat

https://youtu.be/-QllHWFvv9U

October 3, 2014

Whistle Blowers, Dissenters, and Progressives are the Patriots - Phil Donahue on RAI (3/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Donahue says we are a nation of laws, until we are scared

https://youtu.be/fHetGaORG2w

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=74&jumival=1237%27%20style=%27color:#000;

Logic is the enemy and truth is a menace. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif)
https://youtu.be/oADlQPJ_Zfc
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on November 28, 2017, 10:42:49 pm
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November 28, 2017

Mostly-White Knoxville Elects Indian American Socialist to City Council   (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)

DSA Member Seema Singh Perez discusses her election to City Council in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20583
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 01, 2017, 06:42:47 pm
What Corporate Media (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) is NOT Showing You

Agelbert NOTE:
Dan  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png) believes the Kochroaches should not assume they have won yet.

Quote
Dan 

Well, so far their victory calibration is not going as they want because the party of NO can't seem to agree on how to screw the people over and is not actually passing the money grab they Bribed the GOP to give them.

Healthcare failed to go through and the tax cuts for the rich are being seen for what it is.

People are waking up and the GOP is realizing that they can't hold office if they keep trying to pass laws with approval ratings in the teens.

The result of this current Congress and administration is going to be voters voting in the most progressive choices they have in 2018 and 2020. The resistance is here and getting noticed.

The main stream media isn't covering it but they had to drag protesters out of the Senate hearing an arrest then for protesting in front of their senators. How many senators do you think want to have their voters arested in protest against the laws they are voting for?

The people are waking up and change is coming.

https://youtu.be/z-bv3YBstFI
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https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/30/caca-koch-brothers-creates-cacophony-cuckoo-commentary/
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 05, 2017, 08:35:07 pm
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December 5, 2017

A Green New Deal for Washington State

https://youtu.be/ncAyqrn0wBU

Trump may be leading the US backwards on developing a Green Economy but a new study by the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass, says Washington State can pave the way to a New Green Deal. Prof. Robert Pollin and AFL-CIO Labor leader in Washington State discusses the study and the possibilities. Link to report (https://www.peri.umass.edu/component/k2/item/1033-a-green-new-deal-for-washington-state)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20616
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 08, 2017, 06:06:54 pm
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Courageous Whistleblowers Who Spoke Out Against Fraud and Corruption

https://youtu.be/U7LBMbxZVuk

National Whistleblower Center  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

Published on Dec 1, 2017

Meet four courageous whistleblowers who changed the world by speaking out against fraud and corruption:

Bradley C. Birkenfeld
Sherron Watkins
Dr. Toni Savage
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst


Join the movement to fight for stronger legal protections for whistleblowers who report fraud, waste, and abuse:

Donate to support NWC's advocacy work: http://ow.ly/RXcT30h3qwo

Sign up to the Action Alert Network: http://action.whistleblowers.org/sign...

Find the latest news on whistleblower rights at https://www.whistleblowersblog.org/

Video produced by National Whistleblower Center

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 08, 2017, 09:05:49 pm
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December 8, 2017

DNC's Unity ;) Commission Further Dividing the Party (http://images.zaazu.com/img/Incredible-Hulk-animated-animation-male-smiley-emoticon-000342-large.gif)

"You look at the big picture and you see that there's a lot of money that keeps flowing to Clinton-aligned political consultants from the Democratic party, and the majority on this commission clearly does not want to shake up that game, much less end it," says Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org

https://youtu.be/ny4U8J39CZc

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20667
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 12, 2017, 11:25:04 pm
December 12, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Democrat Doug Jones just defeated Roy Moore in Alabama!

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 13, 2017, 03:22:33 pm
A small win for the good guys. It's tempting to say the tide is turning against Bannon and Trump, but the truth is that this kind of upset is likely to remain an anomaly, at least for a while. 
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I'll bet the Repugnants lose the Senate in 2018. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817121649.png)

RE


A small win built up to epic proportions by the media. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/ugly004.gif) One corrupt party of elites battling another corrupt party of elites.  I can't say the democrats are good guys.  I do not care to accept forty year old he-said she-said stories as fact even if the accused are people I find personally distasteful.  Were the Democratic party to embrace the possibility of collapse and determine that the country needed to be put on a sound footing to prepare for a janky future I could change my mind but that is not going to happen.  Democrats tend to be cornucopians totally out of touch with reality.  Republicans as disgusting as they are, at least recognize the world has limits. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-191017140758.jpeg) Their answer is just to take it all for themselves. (https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/458746798270447616/U-eXuzjf.jpeg)

Both major American political parties have only a sophomoric, skin deep world view.  Their immaturity combined with their power make both parties dangerous for the little guy.   Only people from scalable professions can enter the upper ranks of either party. 

Quote
    A scalable profession is good only if you are successful; they are more competitive, produce monstrous inequalities, and are far more random with huge disparities between efforts and rewards — a few can take a large share of the pie, leaving others out entirely at no fault of their own.

    One category of profession is driven by the mediocre, the average, and the middle-of-the-road. In it, the mediocre is collectively consequential. The other has either giants or dwarves — more precisely, a very small number of giants and a huge number of dwarves.  - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
 

In other words only people with a lot of money can be high ranking Republicans or Democrats.  In other  words people with distorted and incorrect ideas of how the world works.  This can lead to only one thing.  Doom!

Consider Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as 'The Rock'.  He could be our next president, the idea is being floated around.  Dwayne I'm sure is a really nice guy but he has a totally scalable world view.  Were Dwayne to become president the little guy is going to be totally left out.  I could never vote for him.  To Dwayne and people like him success is just a fact of life.  That any part of their success is the result of luck or others being left behind so they could have all success to themselves is a concept they won't entertain.  For them success is a matter of hard work and that is all there is too it.  To elites the idea the world should move in a direction where only one guy has everything makes total sense.

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Nice try, Mr. Arrogant holier than thou pseudo-erudite babble spewing bigoted double talker. Your pathetic and feeble attempt to downplay this key win by Doug Jones is expected, it being that you are a TRUMPER, whether you want to admit it or not. I am not surprised that Eddie is on the same erroneous page as you on this issue (birds of a feather flock together).

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Your verbal effluent exercise in deliberate confusion irrelevance, by bringing up prize fighter Dwayne Douglas Johnson, evidences how desperate you are to change the subject AND how low you will stoop to cleverly attempting to trash someone with a similar sounding name.

You know NOTHING about Doug Jones.  Perhaps it is time that you learned what a principled man he is. He tirelessly defended a man found guilty (who was innocent) of Cannabis possession and use to the point of getting him freed from prison YEARS after the man was found guilty and imprisoned. You OWE Doug Jones for his principled behavior. We all do! He will be a voice of reason in the Senate. SHAME on you! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/www_MyEmoticons_com__burp.gif)


Doug Jones Never Stopped Fighting Until My Husband was Free!
https://youtu.be/U7JsYL7-V_g

Quote
Thom Hartmann Dec. 11, 2017 4:30 pm

There is so much talk about Roy Moore and the awful things he's done but what about Doug Jones? Today on the Thom Hartmann program, Thom gets a call from someone Doug Jones never gave up on.
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 13, 2017, 05:58:01 pm
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Stars Fell on Alabama (http://dl3.glitter-graphics.net/pub/1726/1726203ha2mjbxeje.gif): The Beautiful Defeat of Roy Moore   (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/47b20s0.gif)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/42896-stars-fell-on-alabama-the-beautiful-defeat-of-roy-moore
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 13, 2017, 07:27:52 pm
(http://www.funny-emoticons.com/files/funny-animals/blue-bird-emoticons/801-listen-up!.png) Listen up America, Alabama has spoken

December 13, 2017

SNIPPET:

Doug Jones's election is a moment of change, not only in Alabama, but for an America yearning for signs that these values matter in 2017.

Over the past several months, Jones has visited every corner of Alabama and worked hard to earn people's votes. He built a strong coalition of canvassers and phone bankers, deploying a strong get-out-the-vote operation such that Alabama Democrats haven't seen in decades. He was willing to speak to any Alabamian, no matter their income, their faith or their race. His victory speech showed his admirable desire and ability to embrace all Alabamians.

Jones's voter base represents the future of Alabama: an emerging coalition of black voters, LGBT activists, women and young voters. He won by offering these groups a vision that can help our state assert itself in the 21st century. We believe that he will be a strong ally for Senator Richard Shelby and state officials in attracting economic opportunities to Alabama. And we will hold him to his word that he will be a voice of compromise in an increasingly partisan Senate. In his acceptance speech, Jones called on the Senate to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program. We hope they will do so quickly, as many Alabama families depend on it. Republicans claim to care about children; killing this program belies it.

We hope that other Alabama's politicians will heed Jones's example. The last two years have seen far too many political scandals in our state. And as we saw from Moore's few campaign appearances, the Alabama Republican Party may be taking its voters for granted. We would all benefit from a better exchange of ideas, from politicians who court the broad center of the electorate rather than build a base that divides Alabama's people. Jones offered a new path for Alabama's leaders, Republican and Democrat. They should all walk it.

This kind of moving beyond party-before-principle was clearly in evidence from our Senior Senator Rep. Richard Shelby, who put country and state ahead of his party, urging fellow conservatives to write in another candidate rather than vote for Moore, and almost 23,000 voters did -- a number slightly greater than Jones's margin of victory. This was one of Shelby's finest moments and we hope will long serve as a shining example to his congressional colleagues.

This election outcome is tremendous for Alabama. We believe Doug Jones will be a fine Senator and move us forward in myriad ways.  But Jones's victory does not mean our state is suddenly not the conservative bastion it has been (though even in the hardest-right elections, about a third or more Alabamians vote for more progressive candidates.) Jones understands this, and will seek to represent all Alabamians. That said, the state is changing -- more urban, with a more diverse population, and those segments of the voting population carried the day for Jones. We are encouraged to see more young people engaged in our electoral and political processes, and urge both parties to find ways to continue this.

Full article:

http://www.al.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/12/listen_up_america_alabama_has.html
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 13, 2017, 07:52:46 pm
"Tell Mitch McConnell to seat Doug Jones now" petition

December 13, 2017

Bradley Davidson

Hi,

The people of Alabama—powered by strong turnout of African-American voters and overcoming the GOP's shameful voter suppression efforts—spoke up decisively in favor of Doug Jones last night. We also spoke up against the GOP's attempts to strip healthcare from millions while giving massive tax breaks to the richest Americans and largest corporate donors.

But now Mitch McConnell is going back on his word by saying he won't allow the people of Alabama to let our newly elected senator serve until next year. He's choosing this obstructionist political tactic to push through harmful legislation that will hurt the poor and middle class while giving massive tax breaks to the 1%.

Mitch McConnell is exactly the reason so many Alabamians and people across our nation are sick of politics as usual.

The people voted. Let us have our voice. Seat Doug Jones immediately.

That's why I signed a petition to Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, which says:

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants to "let the people of Alabama make the call" about who our next senator will be.

The people have spoken, and we want Doug Jones to immediately step into his rightful role as elected senator from Alabama so he can vote on the pending tax bill which could give cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and poor.

Tell Mitch McConnell there should not be a tax vote until Doug Jones is seated. The people deserve a voice." (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)

Will you sign the petition too? (https://lh6.ggpht.com/sw_iT7GZASdAYeiecsZEHJE-EgDhdK2rCWUzZOJS0OFiGpoi9qn8iMH2nuXHgWg2PA=h900) Click here to add your name:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-mitch-mcconnell-10?source=s.fwd&r_by=18944436

Thanks!
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 14, 2017, 12:40:46 pm
Quote
author=Agelbert
December 12, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Democrat Doug Jones just defeated Roy Moore in Alabama!

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https://youtu.be/W9q7mvc6bsY

I have to think that these days, they'd have stopped it after the third knockdown, whether the three knockdown rule was in place or not.
People forget what a brutal killing machine Foreman was back in the day.


Hey Surly, I'm Glad to see you up and around!  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185701.png)

Here's some good news to cheer ya!


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World Bank Puts Fossil Fuels On Notice

December 13, 2017

By Jennifer Delony Associate Editor

         
The World Bank Group (WBG) yesterday during the One Planet Summit in Paris said that, as of 2019, it will no longer finance exploration for and production of oil and gas.  (http://www.clker.com/cliparts/c/8/f/8/11949865511933397169thumbs_up_nathan_eady_01.svg.hi.png)

The One Planet Summit, which was organized by the United Nations (UN) and WBG, brought together local, regional and national leaders from around the world, along with public and private finance entities to identify ways to accelerate global efforts to fight climate change.

WBG said that it will make exceptions in its stance on gas financing in the poorest countries where it benefits energy access for the poor.

In addition, WBG said that it will present a “stock-take” of its Climate Change Action Plan, which includes targeting 28 percent of its lending for climate action by 2020, and announce new commitments and targets for after 2020 at COP24 in Poland next year.

In related news, leaders from select regions in North and South America signed a “Declaration on Carbon Pricing in the Americas” during the One Planet Summit.

According to the UN, the initiative will apply a cost of carbon to guide public investment decisions in relevant jurisdictions, and encourage private companies to do the same through internal carbon pricing.

Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico, as well as the Governors of California and Washington and the Premiers of Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec, launched the “Carbon Pricing in the Americas” cooperative framework.

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Post by: AGelbert on December 14, 2017, 02:32:07 pm
Heather Shelby, Environmental Defense Fund takeaction@edf.org via mta-bbcspool.convio.net

December 14, 2017

Late last night, the nomination of Michael Dourson (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) —President Trump’s dangerous choice to lead EPA’s toxics office—was officially withdrawn.  (http://www.clker.com/cliparts/c/8/f/8/11949865511933397169thumbs_up_nathan_eady_01.svg.hi.png) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/47b20s0.gif)

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This is a victory for American families from California to North Carolina, who would have been put at risk by Dourson’s policies

EDF supporters leapt into action after his nomination, flooding your elected officials with messages of concern around Dourson’s extreme conflicts of interest. And with good reason: From tobacco to toxic chemicals, Michael Dourson has long been industry’s go-to man to downplay health concerns.
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 15, 2017, 11:49:23 pm
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TRNN Exclusive: The man that "shoed" Bush

December 15, 2017

TRNN REPLAY - Muntadhar Al-Zaidi from Beirut: I expected to be killed the day I threw my shoes at Bush

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 19, 2017, 10:14:11 pm
Jill Stein Denounces Probe over 'Collusion with Russians'

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Published on Dec 19, 2017

The Green Party presidential candidate says she will comply with the Senate investigation of her campaign, but warns that "a noose is tightening around our democratic institutions".   
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on December 21, 2017, 09:05:36 pm
The New Climate Watchdogs:(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-210614221847.gif) Democratic Attorneys General Take on Trump

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Attorneys General Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Eric Schneiderman of New York have been fighting to preserve environmental protections through the courts.

Donald Trump was just hours from inauguration as the 45th president of the United States when a coalition of Democratic attorneys general went to court to defend EPA regulations limiting interstate air pollution.

It was a legal shot across the bow of the fossil fuel industry, and the start of a war of attrition the AGs waged throughout 2017 against the new administration and its coalition of red states and fossil fuel companies intent on weakening climate and other pollution rules.

The attorneys general filed a motion expressing support for the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Update Rule, which required coal-fired power plants in 22 states to reduce smog pollution that blows into downwind states. The rule had been challenged by coal companies, power generating corporations and officials in five upwind states, including by Scott Pruitt, then attorney general of Oklahoma, who was Trump's choice to become head of the EPA.

Since that opening salvo, state attorneys general have filed nearly two dozen lawsuits—about two a month—against the federal government, seeking to uphold legal protections of the environment and climate.

The cases include:

    Jan. 23: Seven attorneys general went to court to oppose truck makers who were trying to block the EPA from cutting greenhouse gas emissions from new engines. The Democrats called the climate protections vital to their states.
     
    April 5: Sixteen attorneys general went to court to oppose the Trump administration's efforts to topple the Clean Power Plan, the mainstay of the Obama climate agenda.
     
    May 10: Four attorneys general filed a lawsuit in federal court to protect state residents from pollution generated by coal mining. The lawsuit challenges the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision to restart federal coal leasing on public land.
     
    June 20: Fourteen attorneys general filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's actions to halt regulation of methane leaks from new oil and gas operations. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that significantly contributes to global warming.
     
    Sept. 11: Five attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation alleging it was illegally delaying automotive fuel efficiency standards, the most effective greenhouse gas limit ever imposed by the United States.

Air, Water and Science Itself Under Assault

The role of state attorneys general has never been more important, said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat who has confronted the Trump administration eight times in court over environmental and climate issues.

"The air we breathe, the water we drink and science itself are under assault by the Trump administration," Healey said. "It's more important than ever that states take the lead in addressing the impact of climate change and hold the administration accountable for enforcing the laws that protect our residents and our planet."

With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, the Democratic attorneys general are in the best position to push back, said David Hayes, the executive director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at New York University School of Law.

"They are well positioned, with access to the courts, to ensure that whatever the government does, it is done in accordance with the rule of law," said Hayes, who served as the Interior Department's deputy secretary under both the Obama and Clinton administrations.

Hayes's organization is closely engaged in the fight, lending practical assistance and coordination as well as legal expertise. It has been tracking litigation and other actions outside of the courtroom since January. (Columbia University's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law also tracks climate-related litigation.)
GOP Used the Same Strategy to Fight Obama

Critics condemn these recent actions as policymaking through litigation—even though Republican AGs, like Pruitt, followed much the same practice during the Obama administration.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh bristles at the criticism.

"We have a government that says climate change is a hoax, and not only are they ignoring it as an issue, they are going to make it worse," he said. "We're going to protect the environmental policies in place and make the administration follow the law."

Republican AGs similarly doggedly fought Obama administration environmental policies through the courts.

When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was the state's attorney general, he was fond of saying: "I go into the office in the morning. I sue Barack Obama, and then I go home."

As attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt sued the EPA 13 times in an effort to overturn or stunt environmental regulations.
A Methane Fight, Led by the States

Although litigation can drag on for years, several of the multistate lawsuits have met with success.

One of the most recent victories came in October in response to a lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas.

They sued to block the Interior Department's effort to delay compliance with rules curbing methane flaring at oil and gas drilling sites on public and tribal lands. The practice of burning off methane, a greenhouse gas more potentent than carbon dioxide, has been blamed for contributing to climate change.

Interior Department officials at the Bureau of Land Management argued that the environmental benefits were not worth the added expense to the oil and gas companies. But the judge ruled that the bureau acted illegally when it tried to indefinitely postpone the rule.

Despite losing in court, the Trump administration still suspended the rule on Dec. 8. That defiant action prompted Becerra and Balderas to file suit again, alleging the action was "arbitrary and capricious" and was contrary to BLM's responsibility ensure the safe and responsible development of oil and gas resources on public lands.

Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College near Los Angeles, said the broad legal strategy being adopted by attorneys general illustrates their unique leverage. 

Even though they may be part of the minority party, they can act independently without fear of being stymied by opponents across the political aisle, he said.

"There is nothing wrong with partisanship as long it promotes serious deliberations on issues," Pitney said.

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/21122017/climate-change-attorney-general-trump-lawsuit-2017-year-review
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 06, 2018, 05:48:23 pm
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January 5, 2018

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An Oregon appeals court ruled that restricting fossil fuel infrastructure is constitutional, overruling a lower appeals court decision. It's an important victory in the fight against climate change, and for local self-determination, says Nicholas Caleb of the Center for Sustainable Economy

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 10, 2018, 06:01:42 pm
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Dear Friends,

Today we have news of a mighty win: one of the planet’s central cities has gone fully on the attack against the fossil fuel industry, which means the tide is finally turning in the climate fight.

Just an hour ago we stood with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as he made two major announcements: New York's pension funds will divest from the big oil and gas companies (https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ad7348746accf6d16849add7323f1955a0eaecaa5bec53a13fda2698463f8d3b.gif) , and the city is suing the biggest of these corporations(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/pirates5B15D_th.gif) for the climate damage they've caused.(http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6869.gif)  (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)

This is a huge moment in our fight to stop climate change. A city as iconic as New York could trigger a wave of action against the fossil fuel industry from other powerful cities and states around the U.S. and globally. For that to happen, we need each and every one of us to continue to demand change.

Join me, Senator Bernie Sanders, and many other powerful movement leaders and grassroots organizers to discuss this massive victory and how we can build on this momentum to forge a Fossil Free world together -- Tune in on Jan 31st via livestream at a watch party near you.

When we dreamed up the idea of fossil fuel divestment in 2012 we thought: some colleges and churches will do this. We didn’t dare dream that half a decade later the richest city in the world would be leading the charge. As one of the financial centers of the world, New York sends a powerful message about the fiscal folly of fossil fuels.

And not only is New York City divesting, it is also taking those most responsible to court. Fossil fuel companies – and their lies and lobbyists – are to blame for the climate crisis we're in and it's high time they're held to account.

It also shows us what is possible when we step up and fight back. New Yorkers, still reeling from Superstorm Sandy, fought long and hard for this win. Now we need more people to take up this fight in their communities. There’s no excuse for any city or state, any province or region, any pension fund or portfolio, to be in business with this industry.

Find out what you can do in your city or town to work towards climate justice on Jan 31st. Join (or host) a watch party with your community to talk about what climate action is possible in 2018.

The time has come,

Bill

P.S. Click here to watch the livestream of the announcement during today's press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James, Naomi Klein, myself, and many more.


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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 12, 2018, 07:27:20 pm
California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda

From immigration to the environment and recreational cannabis, state leaders and activists are finding paths to circumvent the administration. Will it work?

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A farm worker in Carlsbad. California, has the country’s most expansive ‘sanctuary’ law, restricting police from questioning people about their citizenship status.

California prides itself on being first with progressive laws on climate change, labor rights and marijuana. In 2018, the Golden State’s “firsts” are defensive – bold proposals and legal maneuvers to protect citizens from Donald Trump.

State leaders have pushed legislation and lawsuits to circumvent and undo Trump’s agenda on immigration, the environment, internet freedom and other liberal causes. One of the most consequential victories came Tuesday when a judge in San Francisco blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end a program that allows 800,000 undocumented people to study and work in the US.

At the same time, activists have also launched grassroots campaigns to shield residents from the White House’s attacks – and to pressure local Democrats to do more to mobilize the largest state against the president.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) agents outside a 7-Eleven convenience store in Los Angeles, where recent raids were conducted.

Immigration

California lawmakers have adopted the most expansive “sanctuary state” law in the country, restricting police from questioning people about citizenship status and limiting cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice).

The state has also taken the Trump administration to court to challenge his travel ban on Muslim-majority countries and his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program.

A US judge in San Francisco sided with California on Tuesday in the Daca battle, ruling that the Obama-era program that protects “Dreamers” – undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children – must remain in place.

But Trump – who has a reputation for being vindictive and has openly expressed disdain for California – is on track to retaliate. Ice already arrested hundreds in targeted raids in sanctuary cities last year, and the agency’s acting director has promised to ramp up deportations in the state this year, even suggesting California politicians should be prosecuted.

Across California, vast networks of attorneys and volunteer advocates have formed, leading the resistance to Ice on the ground, sometimes saving lives in the process.

Though Obama deported more immigrants than any other president, the need is even greater now with Ice indiscriminately picking up people in raids, according to Maria Sofia Corona-Alamillo, an attorney working with the Los Angeles County Rapid Response Network.

“The immediate goal is to provide a first line of defense for community members that are facing removal from the country and imprisonment in government-run detention centers, which we for many reasons find inhumane.”

Last year, she said the network mobilized after Ice agents showed up to an auto repair shop with guns drawn and, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, arrested a group of workers even though they had a warrant for only one individual. Ice declined to comment.

Jennifer Lee Koh, an attorney with the Los Angeles network, said she represented a Mexican immigrant who was apprehended and threatened with deportation last year. Instead of the typical outcome of removal, the network helped the man, who has three young children, get temporary relief, and he is now on track to get a green card.

“We counter this climate of fear and terror that a lot of these enforcement actions bring to these communities,” said Hamid Yazdan Panah, attorney coordinator with the Northern California Rapid Response Network.

There’s more legislators could to proactively protect immigrants, activists argued. Koh urged California’s governor, Jerry Brown, to issue more pardons to immigrants threatened with deportation due to previous criminal convictions.

Some have argued that stricter enforcement of sanctuary rules is necessary considering that even in liberal jurisdictions like Los Angeles and Oakland, local police have been caught continuing to assist Ice.

Javier Hernandez, director of the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, said California should provide “universal representation” – ensuring access to lawyers for all immigrants facing deportation: “Give everyone a fair chance to fight.”

Oil drilling

Trump unveiled a plan last week to open up US offshore territory to oil and gas drilling, including previously protected areas along the Pacific Ocean.

The administration later reversed its position, saying it would not allow drilling off the Florida coast, following pressure from the state’s Republican governor. That further fueled claims that Trump was again targeting California, which has the world’s sixth largest economy and overwhelmingly voted against the president.

Brown condemned the decision, and lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom said the state was working to prevent new federal drilling leases.

“We have a beautiful pristine coastline. We are going to do everything in our power to make sure it remains that way,” said state senate leader Kevin de León.

Despite the defiant statements, environmentalists argued that Brown has a poor record on oil and gas, with not-for-profit Consumer Watchdog pointing to his administration’s approval of more than 200 new offshore wells between 2012 and 2016.

Brown should halt all offshore drilling in state waters, said Liza Tucker, the group’s energy project director: “That would be truly drawing a line in the sand.”

Brown’s spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Cannabis

Days after California launched what is expected to be the largest recreational cannabis market in the world, the US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, announced he was repealing an Obama-era policy that had allowed states to legalize pot.

Amid bipartisan backlash, California lawmakers said they were preparing to resist a potential crackdown on weed through a new law that could establish a “sanctuary state” for cannabis.

Assemblyman Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer said he knows seniors, veterans, relatives and others who depend on medical cannabis – motivating him to advance legislation that would block the state from assisting federal authorities in arrests, investigations or prosecution targeting legal operations.

“Jeff Sessions’ call for cannabis enforcement is not only ill-conceived, it’s still that federal war on drugs that hasn’t worked … which is really a war on African Americans and Latinos.”

Criminal justice reform advocates have also urged California leaders to decrease its prison and jail populations for drug crimes and help people with past convictions work in the legal market.

Sessions’ attacks have “only advanced our cause quicker and further”, added Erich Pearson, a cannabis CEO in San Francisco: “We’re in a much more organized time than we’ve ever been.”

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Homes in San Francisco. Trump’s tax plan sets a $10,000 cap on the amount of property and income taxes that residents can deduct from federal taxes.

Taxes

Trump’s tax reform legislation, the most drastic change to the code in 30 years, is slated to hurt California by setting a $10,000 cap on the amount of property and income taxes that residents can deduct from federal taxes. The average California deduction was nearly $8,500 more than the new cap, according to one analysis, meaning many stand to suffer.

Lawmakers, however, are hoping to bypass Trump’s policy with the Protect California Taxpayers Act, which would allow state residents to make charitable donations to a fund and receive a tax credit in exchange.

“We won’t allow California residents to be the casualty of this disastrous tax scheme,” De León said in a statement.

If the bill is successful, other states could follow suit.

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Protestors rally in support of net neutrality, which was recently repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Net neutrality

In a state home to the world’s most powerful technology companies, the recent repeal of net neutrality rules, designed to protect an open internet, sparked significant protests. The win for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair, Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee, dismantled regulations that ensured internet service providers (ISPs) treated all websites equally and couldn’t charge some more for delivering certain services.

While Democrats in Washington DC work to overturn the repeal, California lawmakers are working to reinstate net neutrality in the Golden State. The bill would empower California regulators and law enforcement to establish and enforce net neutrality requirements on ISPs operating in the state.

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 12, 2018, 07:46:10 pm
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January 11, 18

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In a major blow to partisan gerrymandering, a panel of federal judges ruled that North Carolina's congressional districts are unconstitutional and must be redrawn before the 2018 midterm election. The decision boosts other efforts to reverse gerrymandering in the US, explains Dan Vicuna of Common Cause:

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 27, 2018, 06:56:59 pm
January 27, 2018

Honduras: The Never-ending Coup

Special Report from the Hemisphere's Most Controversial Inauguration

https://youtu.be/NMOVmPWqB1s

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20996:Honduras%3A-The-Never-ending-Coup
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 29, 2018, 01:15:36 pm
JAN 28, 2018

Fed Up With Democrats, Progressives Forge Own Path 🌟

Jim Hightower / AlterNet

SNIPPET:

his burgeoning movement is not merely about protesting or lobbying the government — it intends to become the government. It’s a new politics embracing a three-front strategy I call R-I-P:

֍ — Resist the Trumpeteers and corporatists of all parties who’re imposing plutocratic rule over us commoners.

֍ — Insist on enacting a positive, aggressively progressive people’s agenda.

֍ — Persist in organizing from the ground up to sustain both “little-d” democratic politics and “everybody” policies.


Full article:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/fed-democrats-progressives-ready-take-reins/
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 30, 2018, 07:05:00 pm
Chris Hedges - Fascism in the Age of Trump 🦀  

November 2017

https://youtu.be/yz-5vrQXb3c

Published Jan 29, 2018
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on January 30, 2018, 09:19:23 pm
Chris Hedges 🌼 Jan 30, 2018 - in Portland, Oregon

https://youtu.be/ff0l65-OnGA

Agelbert NOTE:
Hedges ✨ (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) explains the mechanism of the decline of the US Empire as a parallel with the decline of the Roman Empire.
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 05, 2018, 05:43:02 pm
Katie McChesney - 350.org <350@350.org> February 5, 2018 5:28 PM

It’s been five days since Fossil Free Fast, and I’m still getting chills thinking about how powerful it was. 💐 🌹 🌺 🌻 🌼 🌷 🌱 🌲 🌳 🌴 🌵 🌾 🌿 🍀 🍁 🍂 🍃 🍄 🌰   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

Tens of thousands of you watched from home or gathered at more than 300 watch parties across the country -- from Hilo, Hawaii to Mount Vernon, Iowa to Maryville, Tennessee. Inspiring movement leaders, many fighting on the frontlines of this crisis in places like Puerto Rico and the Gulf Coast, laid out the #ClimateResistance plan for 2018.

But, of course, Fossil Free Fast wasn’t just a powerful event -- it was the beginning of a new chapter for the grassroots movement for climate justice here in the U.S. The momentum we built together on Wednesday was just the beginning. Now, it’s time to get to work.

Watch this wrap-up video capturing some of the most inspiring highlights from Fossil Free Fast -- and share it widely to keep the momentum going as we get ready for what’s next.

https://youtu.be/wovzRGeaOR4

https://gofossilfree.org/usa/fossil-free-fast-wrap-up/

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 05, 2018, 08:20:25 pm
 February 5, 2018

Kansas Teacher Scores Big Win 🌟    for Israel Boycott, and Free Speech 🌞

A federal judge has ruled that Esther Koontz's constitutional rights were violated when she was denied a Kansas teaching job over her refusal to renounce the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel

https://youtu.be/otRfQdzAbOA

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 06, 2018, 08:53:30 pm
The Apology of Socrates by Plato
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Despite the title in this Plato work, Socrates says “I shall never alter my ways not even if I have to die many times”(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)  (http://www.clker.com/cliparts/c/8/f/8/11949865511933397169thumbs_up_nathan_eady_01.svg.hi.png) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 07, 2018, 01:10:20 pm
Trump 🦀lives an unexamined life. Trump 🦀 probably thinks Socrates 🕊 was a "loser". Honest and principled human beings KNOW who is the real loser of the two.

"The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living" - Socrates

https://youtu.be/yQwLM-2Sr8E
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 16, 2018, 05:49:12 pm
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Lessons From Germany

Vermont Town Meeeting

https://youtu.be/xeI2AY2mXVo

February 16, 2018
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I am delighted German Ambassador Peter Wittig joined me in Vermont last Friday. We had a series of very productive meetings with the governor, state legislators, career and technical educators and Vermont businesses to see what we can learn from Germany’s highly acclaimed apprenticeship and workforce development programs. Ambassador Wittig also joined me Friday evening for a town meeting in Burlington that was attended by more than 500 Vermonters. We had a very lively discussion about current events in Germany and Europe, and how Germany approaches issues like higher education, health care, workers' rights, taxation, climate change and more.

Senator Bernie Sanders

https://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/video-audio/lessons-from-germany
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 16, 2018, 09:04:37 pm
Jimmy Carter Brilliantly Explains How The Establishment (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) Gave Us Trump 🦀

https://youtu.be/XhebmG148Zo

Secular Talk

Published on May 11, 2017
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 19, 2018, 03:00:21 pm
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Five Activism (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-210614221847.gif) Suggestions That Worked: When Your Representatives 🦀 Don't Listen

Monday, February 19, 2018

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet | Op-Ed

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http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43585-five-activism-suggestions-that-worked-when-your-representatives-don-t-listen
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 19, 2018, 08:16:27 pm
Chris Hedges 🕊 Q&A "Fascism 🐉 in the Age of Trump 🦀"

https://youtu.be/uy8osVETT2o

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mediasanctuary

Published on Dec 3, 2017

Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges took questions after speaking at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of Trump.

www.mediasanctuary.org

Chris Hedges is the best-selling author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A quote from the book was used as the opening title quotation in the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award-winning 2009 film, The Hurt Locker. The quote reads: "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug." Hedges, whose column is published Mondays on Truthdig, has written twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. Some of his other books include Unspeakable (2016), Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative to Revolt (2015), Death of the Liberal Class (2010), Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), I Don’t Believe in Atheists (2008) and the best selling American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America (2008). In 2011, Nation Books published a collection of Hedges’ Truthdig columns called The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress. Hedges previously spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. The Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges’ original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011. The LAPC also granted him the Best Online Column award in 2010 for his Truthdig essay “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists.” Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and The University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey.

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on February 23, 2018, 06:40:22 pm
Taking Community Control Of Our Neighborhoods 🕊 With Thomas Linzey
https://youtu.be/0IfCBZvuAHA

Corporations are taking more and more of our commons, even to the point of taking our water. Thomas Linzey Esq joins us to talk about how we can take back control.

Thom Hartmann Feb. 21, 2018 3:00 pm
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on March 02, 2018, 10:22:56 pm
Can we Save Social Security From The Trump 🦀 Administration? (w/Guest Jasmine Jefferson 🕊)

https://youtu.be/MR6DYhdme1s


Can we fight off the Morbidly Rich and save Social Security?

Thom Hartmann Mar. 1, 2018 3:00 pm
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on March 09, 2018, 02:57:30 pm
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March 8, 2018

Top Democrats' 🦍 😈 War on Progressives Backfires in Texas  ;D

Despite open opposition from the DCCC, Houston progressive candidate Laura Moser advanced to a runoff in one of the first contests of the 2018 primary season. Larry Cohen of Our Revolution discusses the struggle for progressive Democrats under a corporatist party leadership

https://youtu.be/jFDeLiWCJaU

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21287%27%20style=%27color:#000;
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on March 11, 2018, 02:50:33 pm

Panama Hotel Owner Declares Victory and Trump’s Name Is Removed  ;D (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/05/world/americas/panama-hotel-trump.html)

The Monday showdown at the hotel began with the arrival of the majority owner, Orestes Fintiklis, 39, followed by a contingent of court officials and police officers — and a Panamanian court order au…
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on March 11, 2018, 03:35:56 pm
Striking teachers in West Virginia call for raising taxes on coal 🦕  and gas 🦖  (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png) (https://grist.org/briefly/striking-teachers-in-west-virginia-call-for-raising-taxes-on-coal-and-gas/)

It turns out, most of us prefer our beaches nice and clean. That’s probably why a January proposal from Trump’s Interior Department to open up the Atlantic coast for offshore drilling was met with op…

Agelbert NOTE: Don't reward the polluters for pollution, TAX THEM! (https://allthoughtsworkoutdoors.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/p9047017-030close-up.jpg)

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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on April 23, 2018, 05:15:56 pm
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Progressive Candidates Are Pulling the Democratic Party Left, Whether the Establishment Likes It or Not

Monday, April 23, 2018

By John Knefel, Truthout | News Analysis

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http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44249-progressive-candidates-are-pulling-the-democratic-party-left-whether-the-establishment-likes-it-or-not
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on May 16, 2018, 05:14:34 pm
A WIN TODAY FOR NET NEUTRALITY – The Senate today PASSED our resolution to restore net neutrality – (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418194750.png)

May 16, 2018

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Senator Leahy <Senator_Leahy@leahy.senate.gov>
4:41 PM (31 minutes ago)
to me
 
 
Dear Mr. Gelbert:

Today, by a vote of 52 to 47, the Senate approved a congressional resolution of disapproval that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s misguided decision late last year to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Rules.  I was proud to join 29 other Senators to sign the discharge petition forcing a vote on this critical resolution.  As a longtime advocate for strong net neutrality rules, I cast my vote for this resolution because Vermonters expect and deserve a free and open Internet.

The FCC under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai has made clear time and time again that the voices of the American people are irrelevant in its blind pursuit of regulatory reform, even when those reforms are poised to detrimentally affect millions of people across the country and benefit only large Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  Millions of Americans contacted the FCC ahead of the 2015 vote, and then again before the vote last year, and urged it to protect the pillars of freedom and openness upon which the Internet was built.  Instead, Chairman Pai and the other Majority Commissioners disregarded their duty and obligation to act on behalf of the public and repealed these pro-consumer, pro-small business rules.

Vermonters have spoken loudly and clearly.  They want an Internet free from corporate control, where they are the ones who decide what they can see online.  Businesses in Vermont have been just as outspoken.  For our entrepreneurs and business owners, net neutrality rules provide the certainty that they can compete on an equal playing field with the largest companies in the world.  They should not be held hostage by the prospect of being relegated to a slow lane, where they either pay a toll or lose customers due to slow loading times.

I encourage you to read my statement (https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/051618netneutralitycravote) on this resolution and the FCC’s actions.  The Congressional Review Act established procedures by which Congress can pass a Joint Resolution of Approval or Disapproval of a rule issued by an executive agency.  If passed and signed by the President, the rule is repealed, and nothing substantially similar can be promulgated again in the future.  From here, this resolution will go to the House of Representatives to await further action.  You can be sure that I will continue to fight for a free and fair Internet for all, including by urging passage of this resolution by the House of Representatives.

Sincerely,

PATRICK LEAHY
United States Senator
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on June 20, 2018, 02:34:41 pm
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Army Discharges West Point Grad Who Promoted Communism

by Tyler Durden

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:33

Authored by Commie Bishop via Campus Reform,

The West Point graduate who promoted communism in social media posts last year has officially been discharged from the U.S. Army.

According to Fox News, Spenser Rapone’s resignation was accepted Monday, and he will be leaving the military with an other-than-honorable discharge.


Rapone’s social media posts, including a picture of him wearing a Che Guevara shirt under his military attire, sparked outrage last year, with officials blasting the West Point graduate for his radical political activism.

"The U.S. Military Academy strives to develop leaders who internalize the academy's motto of Duty, Honor, Country, and who live the Army values,” the military academy said in a statement at the time.

“Second Lieutenant Rapone's actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army.

“As figures of public trust, members of the military must exhibit exemplary conduct, and are prohibited from engaging in certain expressions of political speech in uniform,” West Point continued.

“Second Lieutenant Rapone's chain of command is aware of his actions and is looking into the matter. The academy is prepared to assist the officer's chain of command as required.”

According to The Daily Caller 🦕, former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, Jason Altmire, who nominated Rapone for the elite military institution, also disavowed the former cadet’s actions, calling them “abhorrent.” (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-220216203149.gif)

“While I strongly support the rights of American citizens to express their opinions, the actions of 2nd Lieutenant Rapone are abhorrent and appear to be in clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in addition to being inconsistent with the values of the United States Military Academy,” the former lawmaker said last year. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-191017140758.jpeg)

“I have no doubt that the U.S. Army will take appropriate action.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) welcomed the decision to discharge the West Point graduate, noting that Rapone’s pictures suggest that he supported U.S. enemies.

“While in uniform, Spenser Rapone advocated for communism and political violence, and expressed support and sympathy for enemies of the United States,” Rubio said, as reported by Fox News.

I’m glad  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) to see that they have given him an ‘other-than-honorable’ discharge.”

According to the news network, Rapone said that he “knew there could be repercussions,” to his actions and that his “military career is dead in the water.”

“On the other hand, many people reached out and showed me support,” he said.

“There are a lot of veterans both active duty and not that feel like I do.” (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817121424.gif)(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817121649.png)


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"I would encourage all soldiers who have a conscience to lay down their arms and join me and so many others who are willing to stop serving the agents of imperialism and join us in a revolutionary movement," Rapone added.   (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)

Rapone also posted a picture on Twitter Monday showing him giving the middle finger to the sign outside Fort Drum, along with the caption, “One final salute.”

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-20/army-discharges-west-point-grad-who-promoted-communism (https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-20/army-discharges-west-point-grad-who-promoted-communism)


This took me back to the days when I wore those uniforms. Shining that tiny breast plate (a token symbol of an ancient large breastplate) was always a chore. You also had to be very careful when you attached it to the white canvas straps that attach to the dummy powder box (a token symbol from the Revolutionary War) because the Brasso polish you used on the breastplate, which comes in contact with the 4 bent metal clasps underneath the breastplate, might stain the white straps (a lot of cadets got demerits for that when we had to wear the full dress gray uniform for parades) :P . You put everything on and THEN carefully positioned the breastplate. Full dress gray is the one with that ridiculous three lines of round gold colored fake buttons in the front. The military just LOVES shiny objects. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183312.bmp)

I admire the this brave man of conscience, Spenser Rapone 🌟, for realizing the ethical and moral value of Communism and its vast superiority over our ethically and morally bankrupt Capitalist System Cruelty.

I salute him. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311017193926.png) 

But, I ain't done yet.

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This is MY CONSTANT SALUTE to anyone who thinks Capitalism is "the best system".

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Have a nice Brainwashed Capitalist day.
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on June 26, 2018, 08:55:27 pm
What Does It Take to Excel in Archery?

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American archer Matt Stutzman holds the Guinness World Record for the longest accurate shot with a bow and arrow. In 2015, Stutzman broke his own 2011 record by accurately hitting a target 310 yards (283 m) away using a compound bow, and no one has bettered that mark since -- not even archers with arms. Stutzman was born without arms and grew up using his feet for nearly every task imaginable, including using a bow and arrow. Stutzman originally began shooting arrows in order to hunt and provide food for his family, before ultimately taking his archery skills all the way to the podium at the Paralympic Games.

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Take a bow, Matt Stutzman:   (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png) (http://us.cdn2.123rf.com/168nwm/lenm/lenm1201/lenm120100200/12107060-illustration-of-a-smiley-giving-a-thumbs-up.jpg)


At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Stutzman won a silver medal in the men's individual compound event. At the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, he lost in the round of 16, and he is now preparing for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

How does a person without arms shoot arrows? He picks up an arrow with his left foot, maneuvers it onto the bow’s string and then pushes his right foot away from his chest. He’s now locked and loaded.

To release the arrow, Stutzman uses a belt stretched around his chest. The belt holds a release aid that he activates with his jaw, using pressure similar to clicking on a computer mouse.

https://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-it-take-to-excel-in-archery.htm
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on July 04, 2018, 02:18:08 pm
Can Ben Jealous Unify Democrats against Larry Hogan? (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-221017161839.png)

July 3, 2018

Ben Jealous takes viewer questions and discusses what his primary win means for the future of the Democratic Party

https://youtu.be/4p4NBH3IISk

https://therealnews.com/stories/can-ben-jealous-unify-democrats-against-larry-hogan
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on July 04, 2018, 02:56:08 pm
With Superdelegate Reform, is the Democratic Party Now Democratic?  ???
July 3, 2018

New Democratic Party rules scale back the influence of superdelegates in choosing the presidential nominee. But DNC Unity vice-chair Larry Cohen of Our Revolution says the party still has a long way to go towards real reform

https://youtu.be/c4UFaVui45g

Story Transcript

AARON MATE: It’s The Real News, I’m Aaron Mate. The Democratic National Committee has taken a big step towards becoming more democratic in addressing one of the key issues to come out of the contentious 2016 primary between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee has voted to curb the role of superdelegates in selecting presidential nominees. Superdelegates are a group of hundreds of party activists and insiders whose votes are counted on top of the general primary results, and curbing their role has been a top priority for supporters of Bernie Sanders inside the Democratic Party.

Well, joining me is someone who has helped lead that fight. Larry Cohen is Board Chair of the Bernie Sanders campaign offshoot, Our Revolution, and he is Vice Chair of the DNC Unity Reform Commission. Welcome, Larry. So, talk about these new rules. Under the change, now superdelegates will no longer be allowed to vote on the first ballot at the convention, only if it goes to a second ballot. But let me ask you, why even have superdelegates at all ?

LARRY COHEN: Well, that would be a good question. I’m quite happy that we have some results from two years of work, and it still has to get voted on on August 25 by the four hundred and forty seven DNC members who are all superdelegates themselves. But that might be an interesting question for another time at this point. We’re happy to move on. I mean, the general theory would be that you have a balance between the public and voters, caucus voters, primary voters. And the people who work in the party every day lead the party members of Congress. And so, in this case, we’re saying all those folks are delegates at the convention, but they 👹 💵 🎩 🍌 won’t vote on the first ballot for president. (http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/Smileys/dd1/multiplespotting.gif) There hasn’t been a second ballot since 1924. So, I think, you know, big progress here.

AARON MATE: Let’s just remind people why this is so important to Bernie Sanders supporters. I want to go a clip from CNN. This is early on in the primary, in February 2016, right after Bernie Sanders has beaten Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire by more than twenty points. The DNC chair at the time, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she goes on CNN and Jake Tapper says to her that Bernie Sanders is coming away from New Hampshire with about the same number of delegates as Hillary Clinton, even though Sanders has just beaten Clinton. And this was Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s response.

JAKE TAPPER: It looks as though Clinton and Sanders are leaving the Granite State with the same number of delegates in their pockets because Clinton has the support of New Hampshire’s superdelegates, these party insiders. What do you tell voters who are new to the process, who says this makes them feel like it’s all rigged?

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists. We are, as a Democratic Party, really highlight and emphasize inclusiveness and diversity at our convention. And so, we want to give every opportunity to grassroots activists and diverse, committed Democrats to be able to participate, attend and be a delegate at the convention. And so, we separate out those unpledged delegates to make sure that there isn’t competition between them. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-251117175700.png)

JAKE TAPPER: I’m not sure that answer would satisfy an anxious young voter. But let’s move on.

AARON MATE: So that is Debbie Wasserman Schultz (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) in February 2016, speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper. Larry Cohen, so you have Wasserman Schultz there saying that superdelegates exist, in part, to basically protect party elites and insiders from the grassroots. Do you feel as if that mentality is still prevalent inside the DNC leadership and do you think that the reforms so far that you’ve managed to win, including the superdelegate victory that you just had, have addressed that?

LARRY COHEN: Well, the Unity Reform Commission has thirty pages of reforms. And the question is still not clear how many of those will get voted on on August 25 at the full DNC meeting, four hundred and forty seven members in Chicago. But if we were to implement all those or most of those or even the ones that the Rules Committee, in the previous four meetings this year, have considered, we’re going a long way towards making this a grassroots party but at the same time a party. So, you get into a philosophical discussion about, well, what is a political party? It has to have some structure to it in terms of people deliberately joining, building at every county. There’s more than three thousand counties in America.

Part of what’s been lacking is no party in many of those counties, maybe even half of them. And so, you do have to have some balance, pushing aside her answer, between building a party- and most of the superdelegates are nothing to party leaders. The question then is, well how did those party leaders get elected? Are they elected by grassroots members of the party, are we encouraging grassroots members to join in all fifty-seven states? And that’s the much bigger issue. You have fifty-seven different parties. The DNC is only really there to pick the presidential nominee. Important as that may be, much more important is reforming the fifty-seven parties. Long way from that.

AARON MATE: Right. Okay, so on that front, let’s talk about a few key cases. You have a gubernatorial race in New York between Cynthia Nixon, seen as the progressive favorite, and the incumbent governor, Andrew Cuomo. How is the fight over rules, and this suspicion that the rules are rigged against progressives like Nixon, playing out when it comes to that race?

LARRY COHEN: It’s huge in that race because there’s three point six million unaffiliated voters in New York. They’re not in any party. They were registered without a party, in many cases almost automatically, when getting a license. Many of them are young and they had to join the Democratic Party on October 13 of 2017, exactly eleven months before the gubernatorial and legislative primary. It doesn’t even stop with Cynthia Nixon.

As you likely know, or viewers would know, there’s eight people, eight senators in New York that are Democrats from heavily Democratic areas that caucus with the Republicans. They all have challengers. In fact, we’re supporting all those challengers. Those challengers can’t look to those millions of unaffiliated voters, the ones who live in those districts, because they’re shut out because they didn’t switch last year. We’ve been pushing all year to change that. In fact, the Democratic Party itself could change it in New York. And at their convention a few weeks ago, they tabled the resolution to do so. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)

AARON MATE: Finally, Larry, let me ask you about the impact of last week’s victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, defeating the incumbent Congress member, Joe Crowley, widely seen as being in line to become the next Speaker of the House. Your sense, from talking to your colleagues in the party and activists, about what that victory means for people and what kind of energy it’s generating?

LARRY COHEN: Yeah. So, first, we were proud to be one of the few large organizations that endorsed Alexandria. She is awesome. Ironically, she won with these incredibly closed rules. So, the party machine, which is what it is in Queens, Jackson Heights in that area, and part of the Bronx, turned out fewer voters than she did because she created real excitement. And the turnout is so low that she was able to run with the win, with the rigged rules. So, that shows the enthusiasm for her, that even though she couldn’t appeal to younger nonaffiliated voters, she was able to win anyway.

What it means is that as we approach the state primary, as I said on September 13, the energy level, the enthusiasm for candidates like Jessica Ramos, running against one of the Independent Democratic Caucus senators, Peralta  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png), who caucuses with the Republicans, which means that even though there is a Democratic majority you can’t pass anything, this is what New York has been for years. And I think we may be close to a new day. We still need party reform. We need it in every county in New York. We need in terms of, who are the county chairs? They have obscene power in New York and we need it in terms of how government functions in New York, the corruption level in New York.

And it’s not just New York. It’s New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois. It’s many states, not all, not even most, where this kind of what what you call “rigged” system definitely makes it harder for change to occur. But Alexandria is amazing   (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)and I think that that spirit will build in Queens, in the Bronx, across the city and across the state. It still makes it very hard for Cynthia Nixon  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png) because on a state level, you have these three point six million unaffiliated voters in the same way they couldn’t vote for Bernie Sanders in 2016. Because in that case, the presidential primary was six months after the registration deadline. He wasn’t even running then. You know, these barriers need to go. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png)

AARON MATE: Okay. And quickly, Larry, looking ahead to 2020, do you think by the time that primary comes around that the concerns of the Bernie Sanders supporters who felt as if the deck was stacked against them, that party elites would not give up control of the party no matter what- do you think that there is going to be, by then, there’s going to be enough progress made to address that sizable contingent’s concerns?

LARRY COHEN: Well, I think we’re making a lot of progress. And let me credit the current chair, Tom Perez, of the party. He has actually embraced the Unity Reform Commission reforms totally. And his leadership is key. We never would have passed that without it. Jen Dillon, she came. She was named by Clinton, as I was named Vice Chair by Sanders, she was named Chair, and she is looking for massive change. She’s still only forty years old, but she’s helped lead lead this effort for significant change. So, I think it’s no longer about Sanders, per se. This is about, can we have a party that can win, can we have a party that appeals to younger voters and diverse voters? And I will continue to work for that. I’ve been doing it, really, for three years, since I entered the Sanders campaign. And I’m hopeful that that one day soon we can have a Democratic Party that is democratic and that all voters, young and old, can say, “Hey, I want to join this party. I want to fight for change in our nation.”.

AARON MATE: Larry Cohen, the Board Chair of Our Revolution, Vice Chair of the DNC Unity Reform Commission. Thank you.

LARRY COHEN: Thank you.

AARON MATE: And thank you for joining us on The Real News.

https://therealnews.com/stories/with-superdelegate-reform-is-the-democratic-party-now-democratic

Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on July 11, 2018, 02:13:54 pm
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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on July 23, 2018, 09:28:27 pm
July 23, 2018

Youth Climate Suit (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-210614221847.gif) Moves Forward

An appeals court has blocked the latest attempt from the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit brought by 21 young people against the federal government for failing to act on climate change.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled against the administration in the suit for the second time this year, voting unanimously to allow the suit to move forward to an October trial.

The case was originally brought against the Obama administration in 2015.

https://apnews.com/0b1f92f50d884f45b37d6b5acbf8211e/'Climate-kids'-suit-against-government-allowed-to-proceed

Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on July 26, 2018, 09:01:51 pm
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July 26, 2018

Agelbert NOTE: The Zero Hour movement is the last best hope for getting the governments of the world, particularly the U.S. Government (http://grist.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/american-flag-oil-rig-lower_463x297.jpg), to tackle Climate Change. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718204530.gif) The demands of Zero Hour that are sine qua non for human survival as a species are listed below under the heading of Ending of the extractive based(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418203402.gif) economy and starting the rapid transition to a living economy that will create local jobs and local sustainable economies (i.e. a VIABLE BIOSPHERE). (https://lh6.ggpht.com/sw_iT7GZASdAYeiecsZEHJE-EgDhdK2rCWUzZOJS0OFiGpoi9qn8iMH2nuXHgWg2PA=h900) They demand that the transition be completed by 2040.

I don't know if we have that much time. I believe the 100% Renewable Energy Transition must be completed in a decade, at most, in order to avoid the worse effects of Catastrophic Climate Change. Regardless of how short the time we have is, I applaud these courageous, reality based young people for making these demands. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png)

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If Zero Hour's demands are repulsed, or indefinitely delayed, by the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205137.gif)(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205808.gif) that have corrupted governments all over the world for over a century, it is Game Over for humanity.

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Just Transition

(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-260718183407.png) Zero Hour believes that a Just Transition leaves no one behind as we seek to achieve an environmentally sustainable economy.

A Just Transition protects workers as they transition away from the fossil fuel economy to a clean sustainable economy called the living economy. A Just Transition also ensures that communities of color, Indigenous communities, and frontline communities are not left behind in any way. A Just Transition should also protect the youth as they enter into an economy that is already fundamentally damaged by the fossil fuel corporations. A Just Transition means that all have an inalienable right to food, water, air, and land. Zero Hour believes that workers of all ages should be able to sustain their families, their health, their pensions, and their housing for now and future generations.

Therefore, we make these demands for a Just Transition:

Coal, Oil, Gas Corporations and Communities

 - Respect the contributions of the fossil fuel workers.

 - Donate to local impacted communities so that they may invest in local clean renewable energy, community based industries, and local living wage jobs for transitioning fossil fuel workers.

 - Donate into climate justice education for youth as reparations for the  damage caused to their health and future.

 - Donate to local communities so they may clean up the lands and  waters polluted and damaged by fossil fuel extraction/infrastructure/ shipping/export.

Industries

 - Switch to clean renewable energy and clean industrial processes.

 - Reskilling of their employees for new clean, local energy industries.

 - Provide fully paid quality healthcare for their workers and families who have been made unhealthy by working for extractive and toxic indus tries.

 - Provide full pensions for workers in extractive and toxic industries.

State and Local Governments

 - Respect and follow the Treaty Rights of the Indigenous Nations of that land and protect their food sovereignty and intellectual property.

 - State governments must pass a state constitutional amendment to include rights to healthy living wage jobs, clean and safe sustainable affordable housing, and affordable quality healthcare.

 - Invest in zero emissions mass transit that is affordable for low income people.

 - Invest in clean renewable energy as the way forward and make it accessible to low income people.

 - Divest pensions from fossil fuels and banks that support fossil fuels and shift to publicly owned state and local banks instead.

 - Invest in grassroots transformative justice to move away from the unjust prison system and the school-to-prison-pipeline.

 - Switch to 100% local clean renewable energy to power government owned buildings such as schools, community centers, City Halls, and etc.

 - Reskilling and redeployment of workers for locally based sustainable industries such as radically sustainable building, permaculture, reforestation, hemp production etc. with educational opportunities and training also provided to youth.

 - Legalize hemp production for local industry, medicine, and food.

- Refuse all new permits to extractive industries.

 - Implement climate justice education in schools according to recommendation from climate justice groups and frontline communities.

 - Invest in local permaculture food growth particularly in low income communities, and include this in climate justice education.

 - Plant indigenous trees and native species in local areas, and include this in climate justice education.

 - Support the state youth climate lawsuits and follow the climate recovery plan outlined in their lawsuit.

Federal Government

 - Respect and follow all treaties with First Nation communities and protect the food sovereignty and intellectual property of First Nations.

 - Respect Indigenous women, Indigenous queer and trans, women of color, and queer and trans people of color and protect them from assault, sexual violence, and trafficking caused by the fossil fuel industries.

 - Provide adequate funding to local communities for Just Transition.

 - Pass constitutional amendment to include rights to healthy living wage jobs, clean and safe sustainable affordable housing, affordable quality healthcare.

 - Outlaw private prisons and the forced labor of prison inmates.

 - Acknowledge the term “climate refugee” and welcome all climate refugees including; war refugees, communal/gang violence refugees, and natural disaster refugees.

 - Work together with other wealthy nations to be prepared to welcome climate refugees and provide safety and accommodation for them in international solidarity.

- End the extractive based economy and start the living economy that will create local jobs and local sustainable economies:

 - By stopping the extraction and pollution of all water bodies

 - By investing in water cleaning measures to restore ecosystems

 - By investing in innovation that enables clean renewable energy and local green economies

 - By supporting structural change at the national, state, and local level

 - By stopping the exploitation of labor including labor in prisons

 - By reskilling and redeployment of workers for local sustainable jobs

 - By providing sustainable job and business opportunities to youth with access to training and affordable education for those jobs

 - By providing quality affordable universal healthcare

 - By investing into research for natural healing methods and making these methods accessible and affordable for all

 - By providing affordable radically sustainable housing and making it accessible for all, particularly low income communities

 - By banning any extractive industries from operating in wilderness areas and nature sanctuaries

 - By taxing extractive industries and put that money into the Just Transition practices listed here.

Climate Justice Alliance tells us:

- A Just Transition moves us towards a livable future.

 - A Just Transition upholds Self Determination.

 - A Just Transition equitably redistributes Resources and Power.

 - A Just Transition creates Meaningful Work / Right Livelihood / Human Development.

 - A Just Transition requires Regenerative Ecological Economics.

 - A Just Transition retains Culture and Tradition.

 - A Just Transition embodies Local, Regional, National and International Solidarity.


http://thisiszerohour.org/files/ZeroHour_JustTransition.pdf

 
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Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on August 08, 2018, 10:48:22 pm
Progressive Groups Tackled Tough Races: Winning Some, Losing Others

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Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce that Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalist Marc Steiner 🌟 will be joining The Real News Network’s daily news team for the month of August. Marc has hosted a weekly show on TRNN since April, but for the month of August you will see him on-air for two to three breaking news stories each day.

Marc’s highly acclaimed public interest radio show, “The Marc Steiner Show,” broadcast over Baltimore’s public radio airwaves for almost 25 years. He was also the creative force behind the founding of public radio station WYPR.

Marc was one of the first people Sharmini Peries and Paul Jay met when they moved to Baltimore, and they have been friends and cohorts ever since. Marc has dedicated his life – and his work – to issues of social justice. At age 16 he was the youngest civil rights worker to be arrested in Maryland.

In the summer of 1968 he was part of the Poor People’s Campaign, and he is currently featured in the Poor People’s Campaign exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. For more information on his life and work, you can watch this video that was created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his show.

Sincerely,

The Real News Team

August 8, 2018

The Nation’s John Nichols analyzes the results of Tuesday’s elections. Rashida Tlaib won Rep. Conyer’s seat in Detroit, becoming the first Muslim woman to go to Congress. Although few other progressive candidates won Tuesday night’s primaries, some did and Missouri’s Right to Work referendum was defeated

https://youtu.be/FhkMa8dTx1A

https://therealnews.com/stories/progressive-groups-tackled-tough-races-winning-some-losing-others
Title: Re: Profiles in Courage
Post by: AGelbert on August 10, 2018, 09:05:59 pm
Can Maryland be at the forefront of Third Party Organizing?

August 10, 2018

Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Andy Ellis, Green Party Candidate for State Delegate MD-45, who argues that some of the most popular ideas in the post-Bernie Sanders era emanate from Green Party organizing

https://youtu.be/T7je5VYGlRc

https://therealnews.com/stories/can-maryland-be-at-the-forefront-of-third-party-organizing