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Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia

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Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia 

Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch

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SOAW%20banner.jpg July 22, 2014 | The Columbus Police Department, continuing its history of antagonizing the movement to close the US military training camp known as the SOA/WHINSEC (School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), has this year placed unjust, unsafe and unconstitutional restrictions on the annual SOA Watch Vigil, essentially attempting to shut down the peaceful protest at the main gates of Fort Benning.

In a letter to grassroots solidarity group SOA Watch, Police Chief Ricky Boren explained that the thousands expected at this year’s Vigil, the group’s 25th, would have to somehow limit themselves to no more than 200 and stay on sidewalks five feet back from the street. The permit for the stage and sound, which has for years lifted up the voices of those targeted by the infamous military training school, like Padre Melo from Honduras, who’s been threatened since speaking out against the SOA graduate-led coup in 2009, was also denied.

Hendrik Voss is SOA Watch's communications coordinator.

SOA Watch, 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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New study: In 14 states, gun deaths exceeded motor vehicle deaths

  • Cars are dangerous, but strict regulation is making them increasingly less so. Guns are dangerous, and a lack of regulation is costing tens of thousands of lives, every year. The only question is how much longer Americans will put up with it.
  • 9 Signs of Dangerous Gun Nut Craziness in 2014

Laurence Lewis, Daily Kos

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large/Screen_Shot_2014-07-15_at_12.26.24_PM.png?1405452426Jul 15, 2014 | Gun fetishists like to argue that cars kill more people than do guns, and therefore there should be calls to ban cars, just as there are calls to ban guns. It's a patently stupid argument given that so many more people use cars than guns, and even more stupid given that cars are heavily regulated, and that those who drive them even have to be licensed. But in over a quarter of the states, even the most basic point of this patently stupid argument is itself not true:

  • Oregon was one of 14 states where gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 2011, according to a study by the Violence Policy Center.
  • Data was compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

The data is the most recent available, and this marks the third year the Violence Policy Center has released such a comparison.

Laurence Lewis blogs at The Left Coaster and Daily Kos.

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Related:

The US Gun Culture, June 27, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • 6213-bible-gun-flag-032412.jpg America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • Part 1: 9 Signs of Dangerous Gun Nut Craziness in 2014
  • Part 2: Santa Barbara Shooter's Father Pens Open Letter: 'We Have to Stop This'
  • Gun nuts are terrorizing America: The watershed moment everyone missed.

 

 

Deadline Extended: Tell the FCC Keep the Internet Open and Free

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Erin Wagner, Progressives United

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Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpg  July 16, 2014 | Breaking news: Because of an overwhelming response from progressives fighting to protect an open and free Internet, the FCC just extended the deadline for public comments until this Friday, July 18.

So far, fellow members of Progressives United have submitted 17,829 comments to the FCC, and with this extended deadline and your help we can get to over 20,000 comments.

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Hundreds of thousands of progressives are organizing to protect an open, free Internet and you have the opportunity, right now, to stand with them.

You only have until Friday, July 18 to submit your official comment to the FCC, so don't delay.

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Thank you for uniting as a progressive,

Erin Wagner: Digital Director, Progressives United

 

Related:

FCC overwhelmed with net neutrality activism, Democratic senators demand reclassification, Joan McCarter, Daily Kos 

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'Why Are Most Human Beings So Powerless?'

Human beings stand at the edge of extinction and yet few of us are mobilized in defense of human existence. Why is this? And what can we do about it?

The Great Human Delusion: All Parents Love their Children

RJ Burrowes, riseup.net

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peacegallupcolorsmall_1.jpg July 8, 2014 | Unless someone lives in a cave secluded from all news, the evidence that human beings are in deep trouble – with violence in its many forms intruding on all aspects of our lives and threatening our very existence – is readily available. Of course, you won't necessarily hear the news this bluntly from the mainstream media but even they must convey at least occasional and/or muted reports of military violence in many parts of the world and the threat of nuclear war over Ukraine, ongoing massive deaths by starvation in many parts of the world, vanishing ecosystems and species under our combined and unrelenting assaults on the natural environment and violence in many other forms, including in our homes and on our streets.

The information might not always be in the headlines but it is a recurring feature of 21st century news if someone takes the slightest interest in checking it. Given the threats, an aware person might ask 'Why so little action in response?'

Of course, the usual answers include such explanations as these: people don't necessarily 'know' (for one reason or another) and elites make considerable effort to manipulate people into believing one or more of these three things: it is the responsibility of governments (not ordinary people) to act, people can do nothing to make a difference and/or anything they do will be ineffective. Having people passive and dependent, rather than powerful agents of change, suits governments and corporations nicely: Social control is easiest in this circumstance.

Molly%20Ivins%20%22Stop%20It%20Now!%22_1.jpgRobert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding andending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in aneffort to understand why human beings are violent and has been anonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of 'Why Violence?'

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The Great Human Delusion: All Parents Love their ChildrenRobert J. Burrowes, Special to Evergreene Digest

  • Our world is in trouble. We fight wars, impose exploitative economic relationships on many people and destroy our environment, among many other manifestations of violence. Fundamentally, these problems are all outcomes of our greatest delusion: that we humans love our children. If we are to effectively tackle all of our other problems, then we must include in our strategy learning how to love our children genuinely. Or all of our other efforts will ultimately be in vain.
  • Special Project | The War on Children

 

Climate Change: The Divestment Movement, July 13, 2014

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  • Climate change is real, it's here, and it hurts every living thing on the earth. 
  • Part 1: We Want People to Change Their Minds
  • btn-take-action.gif Part 2: The Divestment Movement Takes on the New York State (NYS) $160 Billion Retirement Fund

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: We Want People to Change Their Minds

That means that if we are going to make the transformative change away from fossil fuel, we need thousands of institutions and millions of individuals to … look at the emerging science and to understand that we can't go on as we did before. What used to be okay no longer is. 

Bill McKibben, 350.org / Common Dreams

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Thursday, July 10, 2014  | Word came recently that both the Philadelphia Quakers and the Unitarian General Assembly have decided to divest from fossil fuels. It followed by few weeks the news that the Roman Catholic University of Dayton and Union Theological Seminary, the home of many a great thinker, had done likewise.

In each case I felt a kind of surge of joy, that these historic institutions were helping transform the political and moral landscape, redefining for our time what's right and wrong. Destroying the climate, they were saying, is incompatible with our evolving ethical sense. We used to think investing in fossil fuel was okay, but the new science has convinced us, and we don't think that way any longer.

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and co-founder of 350.org. His most recent book is Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

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Part 2: The Divestment Movement Takes on the New York State (NYS)$160 Billion Retirement Fund

The following video illustrates efforts by Fossil Free NYS and local activists to redirect these investments to be more in line with the morals and beliefs of the fire-fighters, teachers, and government employees it represents.

Catherine Jaffee, 350.org.

July 10, 2014 At over $160 billion, the NYS Common Retirement Fund is the third largest pension plan in the country, and it’s heavily invested in the fossil fuel industry.

Over 12,000 New Yorkers have already signed the petition calling on Comptroller DiNapoli to divest the NYS Common Retirement Fund. Many statewide organizations have submitted formal divestment resolutions and requests. The Comptroller’s current response is to participate in a yearlong climate risk study — while the CRF continues to invest in a climate crisis that deepens every day.

btn-take-action.gif Climate change is real, it’s here, and it’s hurting New Yorkers. Join their efforts by signing the petition today.

Catherine Jaffee: US Digital Divestment Campaigner, 350.org

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