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French Lessons for US Workers

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  • The French working class is busting a myth broadcast from governments everywhere, that massive spending cuts (austerity) are "necessary" and worse, "inevitable,” no matter how unpopular (undemocratic).
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  • Mocking the French for getting it right
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  • Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution
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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

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The world watches as France once again erupts in protests, demonstrations, and strikes. So much is at stake. If France's corporate-dominated government is able to increase the retirement age, other governments will be empowered to follow through with their plans to do the same.
If labor, student, and community groups succeed in stopping the pension reform — or toppling the government — workers in other countries will likewise be inspired to fight back and organize in the French fashion.

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The worldwide recession has encouraged business-focused governments to pursue the kind of anti-worker policies they've been discussing for years. There is common agreement among these governments on a global scale as to the necessity for these polices. Working people disagree.  

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Mocking the French for getting it right,  James Clay Fuller, Evergreene Digest

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  • Everything the American public has been told by the corporate news media about the anti-austerity uprisings in France, England and other European countries is a lie.
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  • There's No Place Like Europe
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Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution, David DeGraw, AmpedStatus

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  • The system is now so rigged via campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door that it is almost impossible for people who represent us to even get into office, let alone stay in office and enact policies that will bring change.
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  • The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America
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  • 10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat
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10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat

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  • Follow these ten commandments and the progressive forces will finally be able to reshape this country before it is too late.
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  • Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution
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Rabbi Michael Lerner, Huffington Post

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Had Obama embraced and fought for a progressive agenda, even if he had passed none of it, he would have entered the 2010 elections as the champion of the huge idealism of the American people that was elicited in 2008 and which would have led the Democrats to an electoral sweep in 2010. Being seen as fighting for the needs of ordinary people -- never letting anyone forget for a moment that he had inherited the mess that Republican and pro-corporate Democrats had created, positioning himself as the champion of those who resented the Wall Street and corporate interests -- his popularity would have grown; he could have won a much bigger victory for the Democrats in 2010, and that would have allowed him to actually legislate the policies of a progressive vision.

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Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution, David DeGraw, AmpedStatus<http://ampedstatus.com/>
The system is now so rigged via campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door that it is almost impossible for people who represent us to even get into office, let alone stay in office and enact policies that will bring change.
The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/midterm-election-further-demonstrate...

Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution

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  • The system is now so rigged via campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door that it is almost impossible for people who represent us to even get into office, let alone stay in office and enact policies that will bring change.
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  • The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America
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  • 10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat
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David DeGraw, AmpedStatus

The Obama referendum came in and he got what he deserved. When you run on change and leave the same criminals in positions of power and don’t hold anyone accountable for obvious crimes, and allow them to continue to commit those crimes, you deserve to lose your power. This is what happens when you put Tim Geithner and Larry Summers in charge of the economy, and support Ben Bernanke for reconfirmation as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. This is what happens when you keep Robert Gates as your Secretary of Defense and General Petraeus in charge of your wars. This is what happens when you lie to protect the interests of BP over the American people. This is what happens when you bailout Wall Street and the health care industry and sell out everyone else. This is what happens when your rhetoric is the opposite of your actions. The past two years have clearly exposed Obama as a spineless corporate puppet and he deserves to be voted out in 2012.

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Now, don’t get me wrong, most of the people who were just voted into office are just as bad, if not worse, as hard as that is to believe. This election marks the third straight time that the American public dramatically voted out the people who were in power. The fact of the matter is that these people are not voting for politicians that they like as much as they are voting against politicians they hate. Hopefully by 2012 the American public will finally understand that they must support Independent candidates and alternative political structures, and cannot vote for Democrats or Republicans, if they ever want to achieve the needed change. Both parties serve the same corporate masters. Yes, there are some differences between the two. The Democrats serve half of the top economic one percent, and the Republicans serve the other half. We have Neo-liberals to the left and Neo-cons to the right, leaving 99% of us without representation.

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The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America, Amped Status
It's time for 99% of Americans to mobilize and aggressively move on common sense political reforms.

10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Huffington Post

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  • Follow these ten commandments and the progressive forces will finally be able to reshape this country before it is too late.
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  • Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution
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Brutal

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There is little reason to expect any useful legislation from the Tea Party-dominated House or the dysfunctional Senate. In fact, this Congress will do damage to anything even remotely progressive.

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Michael Kieschnick, CREDO Action

What a truly brutal election. One rare exception was the crushing of Texas Oil's Proposition 23 in California (see CREDO's campaign at stoptexasoil.org), which proves that even unlimited corporate cash can be beaten back -- if it is disclosed and fought by grassroots mobilization.

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At CREDO, we fight hard on the issues, but we don't take sides in partisan elections. As someone who cares about progressive issues, there is no doubt that Tuesday's results will make for even harder times for our country. It is crazy making to realize just how extreme and misinformed much of the new Congress will be.

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There is little reason to expect any useful legislation from the Tea Party-dominated House or the dysfunctional Senate. Swing votes in the Senate have really troublesome names: Lieberman, Nelson, Manchin, and Pryor. In fact, this Congress will do damage to anything even remotely progressive.

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So let's take a look at what happened and what we can do now. Bear with us as this is a bit longer than our usual missives. The media, unfortunately but not surprisingly, will be of no use in making sense of Tuesday's (Nov 2) results, and even less so in helping chart a course for the future.

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19 Reasons Pot Should Be Legal

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  • Prop 19, the CA initiative legalizing marijuana, benefits not just those who enjoy the herb, but the entire state of California and ultimately, the nation and the world.
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  • Breaking News: Prop 19 Update
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Russ Belville, AlterNet

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California’s Prop 19 will be the most talked-about ballot initiative in the November election.  This measure would make lawful the possession and sharing of one ounce of marijuana outside the home and allow for personal cultivation of a small marijuana garden and possession of its harvest in the home.  California cities and counties would be able to opt-in to commercial sales, regulation, and taxation of marijuana.  Existing prohibitions against driving under the influence and working under the influence would be maintained and prohibitions against furnishing marijuana to minors would be strengthened.

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Breaking News: Prop 19 Update, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

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This past Wednesday (Oct 27), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) joined the National Latino Officers Association (NLOA) and the Drug Policy Alliance at a press conference held to announce the NLOA’s endorsement of California’s Proposition 19 and the release of DPA's new report, “Arresting Latinos in California for Marijuana.”  LEAP speaker Diane Goldstein, a retired Lieutenant Commander with the Redondo Beach Police Department, spoke at this press conference explaining that LEAP represents Supreme Court Justices, police, prosecutors and judges at every level – Federal, State and Local – who endorse Prop 19. LEAP played a pivotal role in the NLOA’s decision to endorse Prop 19.

Recently, LEAP also was central to bringing about endorsements of Prop 19 by the California NAACP and the National Black Police Association.  LEAP will have made more than 300 presentations in California this year to raise awareness of the need for new policies around marijuana and other drugs. LEAP is also a partner in the Just Say Now campaign – please sign the petition if you haven’t had the chance yet.

If you live in California, please make sure to vote on Tuesday (Nov 2). If you can participate in a phone bank this weekend encouraging people to vote, please click here. As you may have seen, the last surveyusa automated poll shows us trailing by 2 points.  Help us push it back over the top!

As always, we appreciate your support.

Summary | Advocating for Peace: October 31

3 New Items including:

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  • No Indulgence for Father Bourgeois
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  • Summary | Upcoming Peace Events:  November 4 - November 22
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Mike Keefe

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Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait
Key themes in the Iraq War Logs show:
•    Abuse, rape, torture, murder of detainees
•    Civilians are dying in greatest numbers
•    Hundreds of civilians killed at checkpoints
•    Private contractors non-uniformed, unsupervised, wreak havoc
WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety

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No Indulgence for Father Bourgeois, George Fish, In These Times

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  • Upset that Father Roy Bourgeois supports ordination of women, a Catholic missionary order defunds SOA Watch.
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  • However, Bourgeois considers the denial of priestly ordination of women part of the “sin of sexism” by the Catholic Church.
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Summary | Upcoming Peace Events:  November 4 - November 22, Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest
An evening with Sami Rasouli and Ikhlas Muhassan..."Why and How Minnesota Should Divest from Israel"...Marina Nemat Reading from After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed...Panel, "Legal and Medical Impunity for Torture: from Nuremberg to California"...Protest the School of the Americas...more!

Summary | Upcoming Peace Events: November 4 - November 22

An evening with Sami Rasouli and Ikhlas Muhassan..."Why and How Minnesota Should Divest from Israel"...Marina Nemat Reading from After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed...Panel, "Legal and Medical Impunity for Torture: from Nuremberg to California"...Protest the School of the Americas...more!

Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest

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Thursday, November 4:
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project invites you to an evening with Sami Rasouli, Director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, Iraq, and Ikhlas Muhassan Abbas, Iraqi Teacher House Party & Fundraiser to support peace-building work in Iraq and the U.S. 740 Mississippi River Boulevard South, St. Paul, MN, 6-8PM, FFI: Iraqi American Reconciliation Project (IARP), 952-545-9981

Saturday, Nov. 6:
•    Palestine Fair, UCC Church, 307 Union, Northfield, MN 1-5PM. Traditional mideastern dancing, food, theater, stories told by Palestinian students, activism booths, slideshows, olive products and other items for sale. Kids welcome!
•    Minneapolis musicians Bret Hesla and Linda Breitag are doing a fall concert fun-for-all in Oak Center, MN, (Hwy 63, 22 mi. No. of Rochester, 9 mi. So of Lake City) 8PM. 507-753-2080 for ticket info  $15 ($5 low-income)

Monday, Nov. 8:
"Why and How Minnesota Should Divest from Israel." Library, 210 Washington, Northfield, MN, 6:30PM  Minnesota Break the Bonds. (507) 645-7660.

Tuesday, November 9:
Marina Nemat Reading from After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, Magers and Quinn, 7:30PM. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 10:
An Evening with Marina Nemat, Author of Prisoner of Tehran
University of Minnesota, Northrop Auditorium, from 7:30 to 9PM. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 11: Armistice Day 2010 
Come join the Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 in the ringing of bells November 11.  For 25 years we have celebrated the joy felt around the world when the World War I Armistice was signed the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, to honor the end of a war considered so horrendous it must never happen again.  Yet it continues. If your building houses a large bell that can ring out to the community at 11 a.m. on November 11, please consider doing that.  If not, please read the statement below* and ring a handbell during your service the Saturday or Sunday before November 11.  If you'd like help with a longer program, we have speakers
available who can do the ceremony and talk on the spiritual importance of peacemaking. *FFI: Larry Johnson, President, VFP Chapter 27, elent7@comcast.net or 612-747-3904

Wednesday, Nov. 17:
•    "Why and How Minnesota Should Divest from Israel." Richard's Restaurant, 408 South Third ST, St. Peter, MN, 5PM   
•    Palestine slide show at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, at 7:30PM

Thursday, November 18:
Panel, "Legal and Medical Impunity for Torture: from Nuremberg to California" William Mitchell College of Law 875 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN, 7:00 pm $10; open to the public, no reservations necessary.

November 19-22:
Reserve Your Spot Today: Protest the School of the Americas, Fort Benning, GA. Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27, has openings on their bus for the annual trip to close the School of the Americas (SOA). Bus Cost: $200.00. Room Cost: $50.00 per person. The chartered bus will leave St. Stephen's Church, 2201 Clinton Avenue South, Minneapolis on Friday, November 18, 8:00 a.m. and will return there the following Monday, November 22 at about 5:00 p.m. Space is limited. FFI and Reservations: Call Jim Steinhagen, 612-722-1112.

Don’t Forget to Vote and also Write and Speak Out!!!

Tell PBS: Bring Back Now!

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Need to Know fails to live up to PBS mission

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

It's official: Need to Know has failed to pursue the kind of hard-hitting reporting, full of diverse perspectives, that was regularly supplied by the shows it replaced, Now and the Bill Moyers Journal. Now Friday night on PBS looks a lot like the rest of public television's prominent news and public affairs shows--which, as FAIR's new studies have documented, means a pronounced tilt towards white male sources and a miniscule number of activists or public interest advocates.

That's a far cry from the intended mission of public broadcasting--to "provide a voice for groups in the community that may otherwise be unheard," to serve as "a forum for controversy and debate," and broadcast programs that "help us see America whole, in all its diversity." The things that Moyers and Now did.

When PBS announced without explanation that it was cancelling Now, just as Moyers was retiring, FAIR activists encouraged PBS to "develop new programming that will be just as tough and independent" as the Journal and Now.

Since the new show falls short of that goal, PBS should bring back the program that did exactly what public television should be doing, and restore Now to its original one-hour timeslot.

As a matter of fact, Now will return on November 18 with a special one-hour broadcast devoted to local communities and economic innovation. That's a start. But how about giving viewers this kind of journalism every week?

It would be wonderful if every program on PBS lived up to the mission of public broadcasting. Let's start by bringing back Now.

Click here to sign FAIR's petition today!

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Taking the Public Out of Public TV, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • PBS fare differs little from commercial TV
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  • There is precious little "public" left in "public television."
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  • Choking on Its Contrived Objectivity, the Media Refuses to Take a Stand on Sanity
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