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Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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  • South Africa used truth and reconciliation to address its racist history. Now these organizers think it's time for the United States to do the same.
  • Until recently, Davis says, most white Americans didn’t realize how big a problem racism was.
  • Related: The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

Yessenia Funes, Yes! Magazine

http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/finally-the-us-steps-closer-to-racial-healing-with-a-national-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-20160413/fania.jpg/image Fania Davis brought together a group of restorative justice leaders to launch a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Photo by Paul Dunn.

Apr 13, 2016 | Around the year 1619, slavery landed on the North American shore. Slave ships sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Then, west along the James River. Finally, to a village on the modern-day site of Richmond, Virginia. Once there, slave traders led Africans through obscure forest trails—but only at night, so as not to disturb the day to day lives of white folk. Eventually sold at auction at the village, these Africans became slaves, continuing the racist history that began with the genocide of Native people.

In 1737, the village was renamed Richmond. It was at this place, which marked the beginning of America’s legacy of violence against African Americans, that revolutionaries met this winter to discuss how to finally heal these wounds.

Yessenia Funes is an assistant editor at Yes! Magazine A New York native, she covers inequality, poverty, and climate justice.

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The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism, Sarah van Gelder, Angela Davis, Fania Davis, Yes! Magazine

  • 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' 

Cable News Not Covering Government Corruption Protests in Washington, D.C. (Video)

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Cenk Uygur, host of “The Young Turks” and one of the people arrested Monday, has a theory on why traditional media did not cover the protest.

 

Eric Ortiz, TruthDig

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Democracy%20Spring%20Cable%20News%20Blackout.jpgApr 13, 2016 | The Democracy Spring movement is growing. But you wouldn’t know it by watching mainstream media.

After more than 400 people were arrested in front of Congress on Monday for protesting U.S. campaign finance laws, cable television news channels like MSNBC and Fox News dedicated fewer than 30 seconds of coverage to the dissent, The Intercept reports. CNN did not provide any daytime broadcast coverage.

On social media, where the action got over 136,000 tweets, it’s a different story.

Eric Ortiz, Managing Editor, TruthDig

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How Our Complacency Led Mississippi to Pass An Anti-LGBT Hate Law on Steroids

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Hopefully we’re (LGBT citizens and activists) realizing — and the seemingly misdirected LGBT leadership is realizing — that those opposed to LGBT equality will not stop, (that they) will come up with ever more ugly and successful campaigns — like “bathroom panic“ — to strip us of our rights. Because, after them, our biggest enemy is our own complacency.

Michelangelo Signorile, Huffington Post

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04/07/2016 | Mississippi didn’t need its new “religious freedom” law “protecting” those in the state with a “sincerely held religious belief or moral convictions” in continuing its ongoing discrimination against LGBT people. The new law states specifically that those who believe that marriage “should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman” are empowered to discriminate in hiring, housing and public accommodations against gay couples, and it defines gender “as determined by anatomy and genetics at the time of birth” and “protects” blatant discrimination against transgender people in all areas.

But legal experts believed that kind of abominable discrimination in the name of religion had already been written into law because Mississippi had passed a draconian Religious Restoration Freedom Act (RFRA) in 2014 — literally referred to at the time as Mississippi’s new “religious freedom“ law, just like this one is now — something that’s been lost in the discussion this week. It’s important to raise it now, however, as it points back to the complacency of the media, big business and many in the LGBT community.

Michelangelo Signorile, Queer Voices Editor-at-Large, Huffington Post. His book, It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality, is due out in paperback with a new afterword, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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A pastor in Texarkana, Arkansas, finally says it like it is truthfully, One World Voice

Christian Minister Goes Off on Anti-LGBT Bigots 

 

Join the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) (April 5-18)

Start planning a GDAMS action in your community now! And let the rest of the world know about it by adding it to the UFPJ events calendar.

Staff, United for Peace and Justice  / Popular Resistance

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March 9th, 2016 | People across the globe are organizing local actions to decry current priorities that spend $1.75 trillion/year on arms when our planet is in crisis. On April 5, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute will release its annual report on world military expenditures. April 15 is U.S. Tax Day.

This year, April 5 – 18, have been designated as Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), days to campaign against military spending and to promote spending on to life-affirming, sustainable social programs. The International Peace Bureau is coordinating plans at the international level. United for Peace and Justice is part of the U.S, planning group.

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Click here to find ideas, resources and reports from previous years’ GDAMS.

United for Peace and Justice continues to serve as  a network  of hundreds of peace and justice organizations around the US and world.  Together we are working to end war and oppression, shift resources toward human needs, protect the environment and promote sustainable alternatives.   

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How Montanans Stopped the Largest New Coal Mine in North America

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  • The coming together of ordinary people — first in southeast Montana, then an ever-growing number of communities throughout the Northwest —to oppose the Otter Creek mine says much about how land defenders and climate activists are learning to fight back against the planet’s biggest energy companies. The roots of this recent victory go back more than 30 years.
  • Related: Colorado considers bill to make it easier to sue Big Oil over fracking earthquakes
  • Related: What Trump protesters can learn from the civil rights movement

Nick Engelfried, Waging Nonviolence / Portside

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March 24, 2016 | Montana communities won a victory against one of the world’s biggest coal companies earlier this month, when Arch Coal abandoned the Otter Creek mine – the largest proposed new coal strip mine in North America. The story of how the project imploded is one of people power triumphing over a company once thought to be nearly invincible.

To many observers, the Otter Creek project once seemed unstoppable. It certainly appeared that way in 2011, the year I moved to Missoula, Montana for graduate school. Then-Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer enthusiastically supported the mine, and coal more generally. Forrest Mars, Jr., the billionaire heir to the Mars candy fortune, had just joined Arch and BNSF Railways in backing a proposed railroad spur meant to service Otter Creek. Arch and politicians like Schweitzer predicted a boom in coal demand from economies in Asia.

Nick Engelfried is an environmental writer and activist. He is currently an organizer for the Blue Skies Campaign in Missoula, Montana.

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Colorado considers bill to make it easier to sue Big Oil over fracking earthquakes, Xian Chiang-Waren, Grist 

  • https://grist.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/shutterstock_244552441.jpg?w=970&h=545&crop=1  It may become easier to sue big oil over fracking earthquakes in Colorado. (photo: Shutterstock)
  • “This bill is about protecting homeowners and protecting people and it’s about protecting individuals,” Democratic state Rep. Joe Salazar told Colorado’s Daily Sentinel. “Oil and gas should be acting with the highest degree of care because this activity is very dangerous and it’s happening.”
  • DNR deems PolyMet plans 'adequate' — but the big question remains unanswered

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What Trump protesters can learn from the civil rights movement, George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence

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Insofar as we learn from their example we will find that … (o)ur advantage is that their work and that of successor movements enable us to start from a higher place. We can take into account the successes and mistakes of our comrades, and this time move the struggle much farther.

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