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Dear Readers | Summer, 2015

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Please accept our best wishes for a happy and relaxing Summer season!

Like most of you, we will be on a much more relaxed work schedule from now through Labor Day, Monday, the 7th of September. 

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The Myth of the Ethical Shopper

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Abigail Goh

We're still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that's not how the world works in 2015.

Michael Hobbes, Huffington Post

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07/15/2015 | There’s this video that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of sewing machines. “Meet Manisha,” the screen reads, dissolving to a close-up of a girl in a headscarf who looks about 16. She earns “as little as 13 cents an hour each day for 16 hours.” The Berliners put their hands over their mouths.

“Do you still want to buy this shirt?” the display asks. The menu comes up again. This time, the options are “buy” and “donate.” As the music swells, all the shoppers press “donate.”

Michael Hobbes is a human rights consultant in Berlin. He’s written for The New Republic, Slate and the Huffington Post.

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Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything.

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  • Corporations Are Above The Government: They Dictate Government Policy.
  • “Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same bird, and the flight path doesn’t change.”  – Unknown.
  • "The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the speed with which they get on their knees when corporate campaign contributors show up." -- Ralph Nader
  • Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery
  • "It's a big club. And you aint in it." --George Carlin

Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution

voting.jpgAugust 28, 2015 | “Presidents are selected, not elected.” These are the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, longtime politician and the 32nd President of the United States. Are presidents really selected? Do votes really count? Or are presidential elections rigged? More and more people seem to believe so, as every year, presidential candidates seem more like walking billboards for the numerous corporations showering them with money than actual politicians looking to make a difference. Stating that “presidents are selected, not elected” isn’t too farfetched, especially when you are a former president yourself. There are some important points we might want to take a look at when it comes to presidents, elections, and democracy in general.

It’s also relevant to mention here that President Eisenhower warned us about the “military industrial complex,” and the disastrous potential rise of a “misplaced” power that could have great influence globally, and on humanity in general. JFK also warned us about those willing to capitalize on secrecy. He stated that “there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.” (source)(source)

Arjun Walia, known for his work on The Collective Evolution III: The Shift (2014), is a CBS News Investigative Journalist.

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american_oligarchy.jpgJimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery", Jon Schwarz, The Intercept

  • Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an 'oligarchy' in which 'unlimited political bribery' has created 'a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.'
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity
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Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut

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  • He supported the most reprehensible pro-gun legislation in recent memory—one that may block Sandy Hook families from winning a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used to massacre their children.
  • Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle.

Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

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010069-flag-gun-constitution-070613.jpgMay 6, 2015 | When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders jumped into the 2016 presidential race, he was widely hailed as a far-left socialist who would appeal to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. A liberal challenge to Hillary Clinton, said Politico. True progressives’ liberal alternative, trumpeted FiveThirtyEight. But before liberal Democrats flock to Sanders, they should remember that the Vermont senator stands firmly to Clinton’s right on one issue of overwhelming importance to the Democratic base: gun control. During his time in Congress, Sanders opposed several moderate gun control bills. He also supported the most odious NRA–backed law in recent memory—one that may block Sandy Hook families from winning a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used to massacre their children.

Sanders, an economic populist and middle-class pugilist, doesn’t talk much about guns on the campaign trail. But his voting record paints the picture of a legislator who is both skeptical of gun control and invested in the interests of gun owners—and manufacturers. In 1993, then-Rep. Sanders voted against the Brady Act, which mandated federal background checks for gun purchasers and restricted felons’ access to firearms. As a senator, Sanders supported bills to allow firearms in checked bags on Amtrak trains and block funding to any foreign aid organization that registered or taxed Americans’ guns. Sanders is dubious that gun control could help prevent gun violence, telling one interviewer after Sandy Hook that “if you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don’t think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen.” (He has since endorsed some modest gun control measures.)

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers the law and LGBTQ issues.

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Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle, Syreeta McFadden, Guardian

  • race_606x154b.jpgRacism and capitalism are fire and air - one cannot exist without the other but many progressives can’t see that
  • Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other

 

Enough Is Enough

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  • The media is being trolled on a massive scale and we look naïve and silly to have fallen for it, even if he draws readers and viewers. When people refer to the press as the fourth estate, it shouldn’t be confused with a Trump property.
  • Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism

Charles M. Blow, New York (NY) Times

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Fake%20Media.jpgAug. 27, 2015 | When Donald Trump’s security escorted the Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a news conference on Tuesday, I decided that I was officially done.

Maybe I should have been long before that.

Maybe I should have been done the one and only time I ever met Trump and his first words to me were a soliloquy about how black people loved him, and he was the most popular white man among black people.

Maybe I should have been done when Trump demanded to see the president’s birth certificate.

Charles M. Blow: Op-Ed Columnist (Politics, public opinion and social justice), New York (NY) Times

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Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism, John Pilger, Consortiumnews.com

  • As the world hurtles toward a new Cold War and possibly a nuclear confrontation over Ukraine, the West’s “free press” is again serving the role of an obedient propaganda service — demonizing Russia, presenting a one-sided narrative and feeding a dangerous belligerence.
  • Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media

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Guilty of Being Black in a White World

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  • The necessary work to be done involves as many of us as possible having the audacity to have real and honest conversations about race, about racism, about skin privileges and skin preferences in our America, still here in the 21st century.
  • Part 1: The Ludicrous Reason These Women Were Thrown Off of a Train
  • Part 2: 10 Black Women Kicked Off Of Train, Met By Police, After White Woman Complains They Were Laughing

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: The Ludicrous Reason These Women Were Thrown Off of a Train

  • The Napa Valley Wine Train left a 10-woman book club on the side of the train tracks ... and for what?
  • The Ludicrous Reason These Women Were Thrown Off of a Train

Brittney Cooper, AlterNet

2015/08/23213444/winetour.jpgAugust 26, 2015 | Over the weekend, the Sistahs on the Reading Edge Book Club, composed of 10 Black women and one white woman, were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing and talking too loudly on their way to a vineyard tour. These women were enjoying themselves and participating in a wine tasting when several passengers began to complain about them being too loud. They admitted to talking loudly, but indicated that they were just having a good time, and were not being disrespectful.

It would be exceedingly hard for a group of 11 friends of any race or gender to travel together to a social event and remain quiet and inconspicuous. However, according to Lisa Johnson, one of the organizers and attendees of the event, after passengers began complaining about the group, they were forced to take their belongings, march through the length of the train, and disembark, where they were met by the police. Later, the Napa Valley Wine Train posted on Facebook that the women were verbally and physically abusive toward staff and other guests.

Brittney Cooper is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is a scholar of Black women's intellectual history, Black feminist thought, and race and gender in popular culture. 

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Part 2: 10 Black Women Kicked Off Of Train, Met By Police, After White Woman Complains They Were Laughing

When Black women get together in a context of joy, magic happens. Sometimes that magic is loud, boisterous, and uncontained. Sometimes it skirts the rules. Joy isn’t joy if it does not at least some of the time exceed attempts to contain it.

Judd Legum, ThinkProgress

All-American face of racism in Northern California: red neck, white sheet, blue blood. This women said their laughter annoyed her because this is "not a bar."

Aug 24, 2015 | A group of black women were escorted off of a train taking them on a wine tour after a white woman complained they were laughing loudly. After the women, who are all members of a book club, exited the train they were met by a group of police officers.

No charges were filed.

According to a Facebook posting by Lisa Renee Johnson, one of the women in the group, the trouble started when this woman approached them and said she was annoyed by their laughter.

Judd Legum is Editor-in-Chief of ThinkProgress. Previously, he worked at American Progress from 2003 to 2007, when he founded and edited ThinkProgress.

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Chris Hedges | Bernie Sanders 'Cut A Faustian Bargain' with Democrats

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  • Journalist Chris Hedges weighs in on Bernie Sanders and his support from the Democrats.
  • America's Electoral Farce

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Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Michael Cavlan for this contribution.

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Alyona Minkovski is one of the founding hosts of HuffPost Live. Before joining HuffPost Live, she was host of "The Alyona Show" on the international news network RT (formerly Russia Today). In 2011, Alyona was named one of the Forbes Top 30 Under 30 media personalities. 

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America's Electoral Farce, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience,
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap

 

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