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Special Project | Veterans Need Your Help to Save the VA! Stop VA Privatization.

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  • Part 1: Do not privatize VA medical care
  • Veterans For Peace are fighting back to “Stop VA Privatization, Fix, 
Fund & Fully Staff the VA.” And you can too.
  • Part 2: The Veterans for Peace "Save Our VA" Work Group Needs Your Help!
  • There is a lot to do and a variety of ways to get involved!

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Part 1: Do not privatize VA medical care

Veterans For Peace are fighting back to “Stop VA Privatization, Fix, 
Fund & Fully Staff the VA.” And you can too.

David Cooley, Veterans for Peace (VFP)

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Part 2: The Veterans for Peace "Save Our VA" Work Group Needs Your Help!

Fighting for Veterans Health Care / Veterans for Peace

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If you are willing to try to help us, please complete and submit this survey.  We will then contact you about helping to organize this effort.  What ever local people decide - that is what will be done.  This is not a top down driven effort.  We, as members of the Vets for Peace Work Group, will try our best to help your local team be successful by giving advice where we can!"

There are still some banners available for ordering for a discounted fee, contact Buzz Davis for details!
Also if you and your members have images of your "Save the VA" banners or actions, post them here! Make sure you comment with information after you upload!

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Special Project | Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12, The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs

 

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Part 1: Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12
For more information on the March and see who has endorsed
Part 2: Poor People’s Campaign Is The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs
The campaign is dedicated to the idea that “people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist.”

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12 

 

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Please join the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign for the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. from June 2 to June 12!

For more information on the March and see who has endorsed, see 

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Part 2: Poor People’s Campaign Is The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5b086b4d1a0000c704cdfcea.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscaleRev. William Barber called on lawmakers to address the “connection between systemic racism, poverty and voter suppression” at a Poor People’s Campaign rally in Washington on May 21, 2018. / Tom Williams via Getty Images

  • The original Poor People’s Campaign was the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, who wanted to expand the fight for civil rights to include a movement against the indignities of poverty across all racial lines.
  • The campaign is dedicated to the idea that “people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist.” Its revival could not be more urgent or timely.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Another%20World%20Rainbow_0.jpg05/26/2018 | For the past half century, Americans have allowed the wealthy to get away with economic murder. Income inequality has risen to pre-Great Depression levels. Compensation for CEOs skyrocketed while wages for the rest stagnated. The wealthy received fat tax breaks even as workers got a pittance. Just this month, America’s high rollers bought dozens of paintings at prices tens of millions higher than anticipated during auctions at hoity-toity Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

And all of this has occurred with barely more than a peep of protest from the populace, no more than a few here today, gone tomorrow Occupy Wall Street sit-ins.

This month is not, however, business as usual. Two Mondays ago, a bunch of dedicated rabble-rousers launched a new Poor People’s Campaign. Thousands demonstrated in Washington, D.C., including members of the union I lead, the United Steelworkers. The group, led by the Rev. William Barber II and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, plans actions in 30 states over 40 days. This past week, dozens of Poor People’s Campaign activists were again arrested in Washington, D.C., as they demanded restoration of the Voting Rights Act.

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Special Project | All Out for the Poor Peoples Campaign!

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  • We believe the PPC’s approach is consistent with our own views on what is necessary to build a mass movement. A movement, though, is only as effective as the people who build it. Sign up now.
  • Related: The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them

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May 18, 2018 | The Labor Fightback Network urges all our readers to participate in the Poor Peoples Campaign (PPC). Visit the PPC website to sign up for events.

Inspired by the PPC of 1968 that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was working on at the time he was assassinated, it focuses on the three issues he raised in 1968: poverty, racism, and, militarism, and adds an issue not as central in the 1960s: climate change and environmental degradation. The 1968 campaign was made up of a broad multiracial coalition of organizations committed to mutual support for each other’s issues. It encouraged participants to see their common ground and identify common enemies and obstacles. Mass protest and non-violent civil disobedience, as practiced in the Civil Rights Movement, were its central tactics. This included including the building of a massive temporary tent city in Washington, DC, to demonstrate the impact of poverty in the US.

elnwebmaster is the discussion blog of the Labor Fightback Network, an auxiliary to the laborfightback.org website. It is designed to facilitate discussion among labor activists concerning the critical issues facing working people in the current economic crisis.

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The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them, elnwebmaster, Labor Fightback Network

  • https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Statue-of-Liberty-and-Mushroom-Cloud-1024-850x567.jpgTo bring the issue of war into the Poor People’s Campaign would be natural and non-controversial. Any call for moral revival must demand peace. The destruction—indeed sheer waste—of young lives is unconscionable, and the amount of money wasted on that destruction is money which could be addressing the human needs to which the Poor People’s Campaign is drawing attention.
  • Related: Whither the Anti-war Movement?

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The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them

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  • To bring the issue of war into the Poor People’s Campaign would be natural and non-controversial. Any call for moral revival must demand peace. The destruction—indeed sheer waste—of young lives is unconscionable, and the amount of money wasted on that destruction is money which could be addressing the human needs to which the Poor People’s Campaign is drawing attention.
  • Related: Whither the Anti-war Movement?

elnwebmaster, Labor Fightback Network

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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540 April 19, 2018 | Of the many injustices to which working people are subjected day after day, generation after generation, the worst is war. Young working-class people are handed weapons and ordered into battle to kill—or be killed by—other young working-class people. Those who are not directly involved in combat face death by bombs falling from the sky, missiles and drones sent and controlled from hundreds or even thousands of miles away, and from starvation and disease as the necessary social infrastructures are destroyed. Behind all of it is the threat that the ultimate weapons, thermonuclear bombs and missile warheads, could destroy all society in minutes and with it nearly all life on the planet.
 
For nearly all of the current century, the United States has been at war on many fronts. Some of them we know about: Afghanistan, beginning in 2001; Iraq, beginning in 2003. Some of them most of us do not know about: Somalia and Niger. Then there are the so-called “proxy wars,” where other countries’ troops or nongovernmental entities are doing the actual fighting, directed from Washington and other world capitals. Such conflicts are going on in Syria and Yemen, and the human suffering in those two countries is some of the most heart-wrenching on earth. Lastly, there is the war of words between the United States and the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea), two countries armed with nuclear weapons which could be launched because of a stupid mistake at many different levels of the chain of command. President Donald Trump’s threat to unleash “fire and fury” on Korea, ironically between the seventy-second anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, reminded all of us that the work of dismantling the nuclear arsenal remains high on the people’s agenda.

elnwebmaster is the discussion blog of the Labor Fightback Network, an auxiliary to the laborfightback.org website. It is designed to facilitate discussion among labor activists concerning the critical issues facing working people in the current economic crisis.

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Whither the Anti-war Movement? Daniel Martin, the American Conservative / Rise Up Times

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Focusing on the money and influence that giant defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have on Capitol Hill—essentially making war a business—makes the anti-war point by raising the issue of crony capitalism
and the cozy relationship between politicians and big business, which increasingly leaves the American public out of the equation.
“Imagine there’s no heaven…and no religion too.” 
Related: Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead.  

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What's Next for Net Neutrality in Congress?

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5.16.18 | On Wednesday, the Senate passed a resolution to reinstate Obama era net neutrality rules that are in the process of being rolled back by the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The bill, which uses the obscure Congressional Review Act to overturn recently finalized rules now goes to the House, where it faces an uncertain fate.

It’s highly unlikely that House Republican leaders will schedule a vote on the Senate-passed net neutrality resolution, as the House’s passage of the bill would in all likelihood lead to a presidential veto which Congress would lack the votes to override.

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What Entities are Behind the Reckless Endangerment of Northern Minnesota and its Water Resources?

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  • There has not been a single [copper mine] that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds.
  • Related: Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

 

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn, Duluth Reader  / Rise Up Times

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March 8, 2018 |  Everywhere in the world where copper mines have been dug and the poisonous tailing’s ponds have been installed, there has not been a single one that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds, often catastrophically.



One must ask: “Are any of you pro-copper/nickel/sulfide mining politicians listening?” This means you, Amy Klobuchar,  Mark Dayton, Rick Nolan, Tom Bakk, Kurt Daude, David Tomassoni, Tom Rukavina, Chris Coleman, Paul Thissen ,Tim Walz, Pete Stauber, to name just a few of the many politicians that may be somehow beholden to non-ferrous mining interests because of campaign "contributions."   



Here is an incomplete list of some of the culprits:

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQOM0p-Rh5iTDYFSeyPCvJYubV5dYdlgN_hNKO9ZJM39uasXry8 Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

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Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine
We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!
Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur.
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Whither the Anti-war Movement?

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  • Focusing on the money and influence that giant defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have on Capitol Hill—essentially making war a business—makes the anti-war point by raising the issue of crony capitalism
and the cozy relationship between politicians and big business, which increasingly leaves the American public out of the equation.
  • “Imagine there’s no heaven…and no religion too.” 
  • Related: Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead.  

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Daniel Martin, the American Conservative / Rise Up Times

December 15, 2017 | A more useful line when it comes to our current wars may be “Imagine there’s no duopoly.” It’s hard to fault John Lennon for his idealism, of course. In his day, many blamed religion on the wars of history. But a much bigger obstacle right now, at least in the U.S., is partisanship. The two major political parties, in power and out, have been so co-opted by the war machine that any modern anti-war movement has been completely subsumed and marginalized—even as American troops and killer drones continue to operate in or near combat zones all over the world.

Aside from the very early days of the Iraq war, the anti-war movement has been a small, ineffectual pinprick on the post-9/11 landscape. A less generous assessment is that it’s been a bust. After liberals helped elect the “anti-war” Barack Obama, the movement all but disappeared, even though the wars did not. By putting a Nobel Peace Prize-winning Democratic face on his inherited wars, Obama expanded into new conflicts (Libya, Syria, Yemen) with little resistance, ultimately bombing seven different countries during his tenure. By 2013, Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin lamented, “We’ve been protesting Obama’s foreign policy for years now, but we can’t get the same numbers because the people who would’ve been yelling and screaming about this stuff under Bush are quiet under Obama.”

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Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead, Global Research News

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This Is It! Net Neutrality Vote in Mid-May

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  • Part 1: Saving Net Neutrality on the federal front
  • This is it. The Senate showdown to save Net Neutrality is upon us.
  • Part 2: Red Alert! Net Neutrality vote
  • The Senate will move on May 9th to force a vote to block the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Saving Net Neutrality on the federal front

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This is it. The Senate showdown to save Net Neutrality is upon us. Sign up to host a protest on May 14th.

Free Press Action Fund, Free Press

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributor Amelia Kroeger

May 1, 2018 |  The word is out: The Senate will be voting in mid-May on the CRA resolution to overturn the FCC’s disastrous repeal of Net Neutrality.

The CRA resolution is Congress’ best chance to stop companies like AT&T and Comcast from controlling what you do and see online — including potentially censoring political speech and crushing movements for racial, gender and economic justice.

Right now 50 senators are publicly supporting the CRA — and we need to keep the pressure up in order to win. We’re one vote short of winning in the Senate, and if we can pull this off, it will create huge momentum for our battle in the House.

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There’s no reason any member of Congress should fail to protect Net Neutrality.

The open internet has the power to disrupt gatekeepers. And it’s enabled marginalized communities — especially people of color — to tell our own stories, pursue economic opportunities and fight for justice.

People from across the political spectrum have spoken, and they haven’t minced words: No one wants some of the most hated companies in the United States to control the most important communication and organizing tool of our time.

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Thanks for all you do—
Heather, Candace, Mary Alice and the rest of the Free Press Action Fund team
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P.S. Can’t host or attend a protest but still want to help save Net Neutrality? Join the Team Internet text team.

P.P.S. You may have noticed we've got a brand-new logo and colors. We also have a brand-new website and action pages. And we're changing the way we talk about our work. That means more useful content, more voices and perspectives, and storytelling that reflects our organizational commitment to racial equity.

Free Press Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization fighting for your rights to connect and communicate. Free Press Action Fund does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Learn more at freepress.net.



 

Part 2: Red Alert! Net Neutrality vote

Breaking news: the Senate just announced it will move on May 9th to force a vote to block the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Evan, Fight for the Future (FFTF)

May 1, 2018 This is a red alert for net neutrality! Click here to help save the Internet.

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We’re calling for websites and social media accounts to “go red” starting on May 9th through the day of the vote. Please forward widely to sound the alarm!

More soon.

Fight for the Future works to protect your rights in the digital age. Click here to learn more.

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