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Cracking Down on Shell corporations

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Nicole Carty, SumOfUs.org

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https://sumofus-production-media.s3.amazonaws.com/a/img/fd524e27-fa7e-4801-991f-0f988f230150.png Ozella Campbell is now practically homeless after losing her home to a defrauder using a shell corporation to hide his identity.

(2/3/16) | Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) have just introduced legislation to crack down on anonymous corporations.

The legislation comes just days after a shocking 60 Minutes exposé revealing just how easy it is to anonymously launder dirty money through shell corporations.

http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngThis is a great step in the right direction but we still need Senator Schumer's critical support to make sure this legislation gets signed into law.

Nicole Carty, Senior Campaigner, SumOfUs.org

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The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

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  • We have to imagine the kind of society we want to inhabit. We can’t simply assume that somehow, magically, we’re going to create a new society in which there will be new human beings. No, we have to begin that process of creating the society we want to inhabit right now.
  • Anti-war activist Ciaron O’Reilly: conventional protests are 'a dead end' 

Sarah van Gelder, Angela Davis, Fania Davis, Yes! Magazine

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February 18, 2016 | Angela Davis and her sister Fania Davis were working for social justice before many of today’s activists were born. From their childhood in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, where their friends were victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, to their association with the Black Panther Party and the Communist Party, to their work countering the prison-industrial complex, their lives have centered on lifting up the rights of African Americans.

In 1969, Angela Davis was fired from her teaching position at UCLA because of her membership in the Communist Party. She was later accused of playing a supporting role in a courtroom kidnapping that resulted in four deaths. The international campaign to secure her release from prison was led by, among others, her sister Fania. Angela was eventually acquitted and continues to advocate for criminal justice reform.

Sarah van Gelder wrote this article for Life After Oil, the Spring 2016 issue of YES! Magazine. Sarah is co-founder of YES! 

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Anti-war activist Ciaron O’Reilly: conventional protests are 'a dead end' Joshua Robertson, Guardian

  • Joshua Robertson meets a man who stormed a New York air base in 1991 and smashed up a B-52 bomber, exploits recorded in a new exhibition in Brisbane
  • Beyond armistice

How to Counter Recruitment and De-Militarize Schools

  • The strongest antiwar movement, I believe, would combine the strengths of counter-recruitment with those of lobbying, protesting, resisting, educating, divesting, publicizing, etc. It would be careful to build resistance to recruitment while educating the public about the one-sided nature of U.S. wars, countering the notion that a large percentage of the damage is done to the aggressor.
  • How the Post-9/11 Antiwar Movement Was Erased From History
  • The Super Bowl Promotes War

David Swanson, davidswanson.org

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http://davidswanson.org/sites/davidswanson.org/files/2008_02_15_iraq_moratorium_6.jpg10 February 2016 | U.S. military recruiters are teaching in public school classrooms, making presentations at school career days, coordinating with JROTC units in high schools and middle schools, volunteering as sports coaches and tutors and lunch buddies in high, middle, and elementary schools, showing up in humvees with $9,000 stereos, bringing fifth-graders to military bases for hands-on science instruction, and generally pursuing what they call "total market penetration" and "school ownership."

But counter-recruiters all over the United States are making their own presentations in schools, distributing their own information, picketing recruiting stations, and working through courts and legislatures to reduce military access to students and to prevent military testing or the sharing of test results with the military without students' permission. This struggle for hearts and minds has had major successes and could spread if more follow the counter-recruiters' example.

David Swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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How the Post-9/11 Antiwar Movement Was Erased From History, Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch / Common Dreams

Today, as Pentagon officials prepare for their next set of forays, interventions, drone assassination campaigns, and special ops raids in, among other places, Libya -- and what could possibly go wrong there? -- next to no one is pressuring or opposing them, next to nothing is in their way. 

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The Super Bowl Promotes War, David Swanson, OpEdNews <>

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  • The NFL doesn't just want the military's (our) money. It wants the patriotism, the nationalism, the fervent blind loyalty, the unthinking passion, the personal identification, a love for the players to match love of troops -- and with similar willingness to throw them under a bus.
  • Football and the Military: The NFL's Mercenary Marriage of Patriotism and Violence

 

How the Post-9/11 Antiwar Movement Was Erased From History

Today, as Pentagon officials prepare for their next set of forays, interventions, drone assassination campaigns, and special ops raids in, among other places, Libya -- and what could possibly go wrong there? -- next to no one is pressuring or opposing them, next to nothing is in their way. 

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch / Common Dreams 

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http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/out_of_iraq.jpg?itok=hQInYR2G An anti-war demonstrator wearing an 'Out of Iraq Now!' bumpersticker which Common Dreams distributed by the tens of thousands following the illegal invasion in 2003. (Photo: Portland Press Herald/archive)  

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 | Who even remembers the moment in mid-February 2003, almost 13 years ago, when millions of people across this country and the planet turned out in an antiwar moment unique in history? It was aimed at stopping a conflict that had yet to begin. Those demonstrators, myself included, were trying to put pressure on the administration of George W. Bush not to do what its top officials so visibly, desperately wanted to do: invade Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, garrison it for decades to come, and turn that country into an American gas station. None of us were seers. We didn’t fully grasp what that invasion would set off, nor did we imagine a future terror caliphate in Iraq and Syria, but we did know that, if it was launched, some set of disasters was guaranteed; we knew beyond a doubt that this would not end well.

 

We had an analysis of the disaster to come and you could glimpse it on the handmade signs we carried to those vast demonstrations (some of which I recorded at the time): “Remember when presidents were smart and bombs were dumb?”; “Contain Saddam -- and Bush”; “Use our might to persuade, not invade”; “How did USA's oil get under Iraq's sand?”; “Pre-emptive war is terrorism"; “We don’t buy it, liberate Florida”; and so on. We felt in our bones that it was no business of Washington’s to decide what Iraq should be by force of arms and that American imperial desires in the Greater Middle East were suspect indeed. And we turned out to make that point so impressively that, on the front page of the New York Times, journalist Patrick Tyler referred to us as the planet’s second superpower. (“The fracturing of the Western alliance over Iraq and the huge antiwar demonstrations around the world this weekend are reminders that there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion.”)

Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book is, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with an introduction by Glenn Greenwald).

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