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  • Once again, our opponents've taken the low road in their efforts to scare Americans and block action—this time running an absurd print ad in Politico that compares the EPA to terrorists, militias, and anarchists.
  • This is going to be a bare knuckles campaign and we need you in our corner. 

Heather Shelby, Environmental Defense Fund

Monte Wolverton 

June 5, 2014 | This week, the EPA unveiled their Clean Power Plan—a historic effort that will, for the first time ever, regulate greenhouse gas pollution from America's power plants. It's a common-sense solution to a serious problem.

But, our opponents don't see it that way. Once again, they've taken the low road in their efforts to scare Americans and block action—this time running an absurd print ad in Politico that compares the EPA to terrorists, militias, and anarchists.

Yes, it's silly and childish and vitriolic. But it does demonstrate a desperation from our opponents and underscores how hard they're willing to fight back.

 

sign-btn.png This is going to be a bare knuckles campaign and we need you in our corner. Please take action now to tell EPA and Congress that you support strong limits on carbon emissions from America's power plants.

Heather Shelby is Action Network Coordinator at Environmental Defense Fund

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The postcard the NRA doesn't want you to send

  • In the wake of the tragic shooting at UC Santa Barbara this past weekend, Democracy for America is standing with our friends at Everytown for Gun Safety and with all those working to reduce gun violence and make our streets and homes into safer places for our families. 
  • Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg In that spirit, we wanted to share with you this simple action you can take to let your elected officials know that you will no longer tolerate inaction when it comes to gun safety. Read the message from John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, below.
  • NRA’s constitutional fraud: The truth behind the “right to bear arms”

How the NRA Enables Massacres

Andy Kelley, Digital Programs Manager, Democracy for America

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editors Jim Fuller and Amelia Kroeger

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Postcard%20Not%20One%20More.jpgThu, 29 May 2014 | On Tuesday night, I (John Feinblatt, President, Everytown for Gun Safety ) was on MSNBC following Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was shot and killed at UC Santa Barbara. Earlier that day, Mr. Martinez inspired Americans with this idea:

"Today, I'm going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not One More. People are looking for something to do. I'm asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough."

Everytown for Gun Safety celebrates Mr. Martinez's courage, and we want to make his idea a reality.

Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg Click here to sign a postcard, and we'll mail one in your name to each of your members of Congress and your governor to tell them that Not One More person should die from our broken gun laws.

Here's what the postcards will look like (above).

Mr. Martinez is right. Not one more person should die because of our broken gun laws. Not one more father should lose his child to gun violence. And not one more politician should put the gun lobby ahead of the lives of Americans.

Our elected officers need to know that we will no longer tolerate inaction. Not one more person should die needlessly. Not one more.

Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg Click here and we'll send a postcard to your members of Congress and your governor telling them that not one more person should die because of our broken gun laws.

Thanks for standing with us.

 

Related:

NRA’s constitutional fraud: The truth behind the “right to bear arms” Heather Digby Parton, Salon

  • The notion that the framers meant for every nut to have unlimited guns is a sham. Here's the little-known reality.
  • How the NRA Enables Massacres

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How the NRA Enables Massacres, Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast

As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.

 

Special Project | Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week Ending June 8, 2014

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  • “Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?” – St Augustine. 
  • 9 New Items including:
    • What's a Union For?
    • 2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip
    • Biggest Fast-Food Worker Strike Yet Covers Six Continents
    • Millions to ‘March Against Monsanto’ on May 24
    • Put Yourself on the Map!
    • Does Christianity really prefer charity to government welfare? 
    • Forty Years After Vietnam Learning Series Launched 
    • Continuing MLK’s Work on the 46th Anniversary of His Assassination
    • First Citizens United. Now McCutcheon

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

Adam Zyglis

 

What's a Union For? Carla Murphy, ColorLines

  • For many young workers facing a bleaker present and future than many current pensioners, advancing non-workplace issues affecting low-income and working class people of color makes the difference between joining up or observing from a distance. Some unions get that. The support Constance Malcolm, 40, received from her union exemplifies this trend, which is known as social justice unionism.
  • US Workers Among the Least Protected

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2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip, Mary McNellis, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 (Twin Cities, MN)

¡Celebremos la Resistencia!   November 21-24, 2014   Converge on Fort Benning

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Biggest Fast-Food Worker Strike Yet Covers Six Continents, Amien Essif, In These Times

  • “Fifteen and a union!”
  • Fast food protests to go global May 15
  • Betrayed By the Democrats – Again

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Millions to ‘March Against Monsanto’ on May 24, Brandon Baker, EcoWatch

  • “We will not allow this ‘Garden of Eden’ to be compromised by the destructive practices of multinational corporations like Monsanto,” Josh Castro, organizer for Quito, Ecuador’s march, said in a statement for the global march. “Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger.
  • Click here for a full list of March Against Monsanto events.
  • Walmart’s latest organic scheme is just part of its plot to take over our food system

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Put Yourself on the Map! Global Climate Convergence 

  • Have an amazing weekend in preparation for this historic 10 Days to Change Course!
  • Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, 350.org

 

Tom Stiglich

Does Christianity really prefer charity to government welfare? Elizabeth Stoker, The Week

  • While often overlooked, there is a strong Christian case for their coexistence
  • Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

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Forty Years After Vietnam Learning Series Launched, Larry Johnson, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 and Making Meaning of Vietnam Committee

  • Veterans and Anti-war Activists Say Stories Still Important for America
  • Kick-off Event: Ron Glasser will speak at 7PM, April 10, Macalester Plymouth Church, 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul.

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Continuing MLK’s Work on the 46th Anniversary of His Assassination

  • The best way to honor his memory is to continue the struggle for human dignity, workers' rights, living wages, and social justice.
  • Part 1: Why He Was In Memphis
  • Part 2:Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence ~ Rev. Martin Luther King 

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First Citizens United. Now McCutcheon, Credo Action

  • We think if the Supreme Court is going to consistently side with corporations and the wealthy at the expense of our democracy, they might as well give up their pretense to impartiality. So we’re going to send robes with the logos of the big corporations to the “justices” who voted for Citizens United and this new terrible decision.
  • Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg If you want to add your name to the card we deliver along with the robes, use this form <> to add your name.
  • A new experiment shows how money buys access to Congress.

 

What's a Union For?

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  • For many young workers facing a bleaker present and future than many current pensioners, advancing non-workplace issues affecting low-income and working class people of color makes the difference between joining up or observing from a distance. Some unions get that. The support Constance Malcolm, 40, received from her union exemplifies this trend, which is known as social justice unionism.
  • US Workers Among the Least Protected

Carla Murphy, ColorLines

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constance%20malcolm-thumb-640xauto-10542.jpg?itok=LYGocRTQ Constance Malcolm (left), received the support of her labor union after police shot her unarmed son, Ramarley Graham. Andrew Burton/Getty Images

May 6, 2014 | Labor unions in the U.S. are at a crossroads and workers of color—particularly women, and immigrants— figure prominently in how well they move forward. Big labor, now down to representing only about one in every 10 American workers, knows this. But incorporating immigrants and non-union and unemployed workers will also mean addressing their community issues, too—like mass incarceration and immigration reform. And for many young workers facing a bleaker present and future than many current pensioners, advancing non-workplace issues affecting low-income and working class people of color makes the difference between joining up or observing from a distance. Some unions get that. And that’s all some young workers are demanding.

The support Constance Malcolm, 40, received from her union exemplifies this trend, which is known as social justice unionism. Malcolm belongs to an unenviable club of black moms. On an early February afternoon in 2012, about two weeks before George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, the NYPD kicked in the door of her Bronx apartment and in the bathroom, an officer shot her 18-year-old son, Ramarley Graham in the chest. He was unarmed. A bag of marijuana floated in the toilet bowl.

Carla Murphy: Reporter-Blogger, ColorLines; Contributing Editor, The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute

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Related:

US Workers Among the Least Protected, Liberty Underground 

The U.S., embarrassingly, scored a 4, indicating "systematic violations" and "serious efforts to crush the collective voice of workers."

 

2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip

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¡Celebremos la Resistencia!   November 21-24, 2014   Converge on Fort Benning

Mary McNellis, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 (Twin Cities, MN)

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SOA%20Watch%20Logo.jpgMay 7, 2014 | For the 24th year now, the School Of America Watch is again preparing the annual protest and vigil to close the SOA/WHINSEC at Fort Benning, Georgia. This convergence of anti-militarization activists, labor unions, solidarity groups, torture victims, immigrants and allies, radicals, progressives, faith communities, students and many more relies on the participation of all to make it a space for all of our movements to grow. The rally and Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning is a valuable place for groups to network, organize, and mobilize as well as for personal learning and growth.

The purpose of the vigil is to put pressure on our government to close the school (formerly called School of Americas, known by some as School of Assassins, now officially called WHINSEC - Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation).  This school, funded by US taxpayers, trains foreign military personnel – mostly Latin America - in subjects like counter-insurgency, military intelligence and counter-narcotics operations.  SOA graduates have included some of the worst and most notorious human rights abusers in Latin American history, have led military coups and are responsible for massacres of hundreds of people.

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to educate the public, advocate for a dismantling of the war economy, provide services that assist veterans and victims of war, and work to end all wars by using our experiences and lifting our voices. 

SOAW, founded by Maryknoll priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

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