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  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgShame Missouri legislators for taking a dangerous step towards being the first new "Stand Your Ground" state since Trayvon's killing.
  • Related: Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture.

Lucy McBath, Everytown for Gun Safety

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/American%20Culture%20of%20Violence_1.jpgMay 14, 2016 | I was sickened to hear that Trayvon Martin's killer is auctioning off the gun used to take Trayvon's life. My son Jordan was also an unarmed African-American teenager killed by an angry man with a gun, and I can only imagine Trayvon's mother's pain at this news.

People are outraged by the auction of the gun used to murder Trayvon. But here's what's also outrageous: Yesterday, the Missouri legislature passed a Stand Your Ground bill just like the one that let Trayvon's killer walk free in Florida. Stand Your Ground laws make communities less safe by letting people shoot to kill in public places, even when they can walk away from the danger.

This fight is far from over, David, and we'll be urging the governor to veto. But today there's something we need to do first: Shame Missouri legislators for taking a dangerous step towards being the first new "Stand Your Ground" state since Trayvon's killing.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpg This is a national disgrace -- and that's why  I'm asking you to send an urgent message to tell them you're angry, and that the nation is watching.

We'll deliver your messages straight to their inboxes.

Lucy McBath, Faith and Outreach Leader, Everytown for Gun Safety 

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Related:

Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture, Pamela Haag, Salon

America was born with a unique bond to gun culture, some would have you believe. They're peddling bad history.

 

 

Special Report | Days of Revolt: Wages of Rebellion - The Moral Imperative of Revolt ~ Chris Hedges

  • Wages of Rebellion shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice. Hedges has penned an indispensable guide to rebellion.
  • Related: Special Report | Days of Revolt - The Revolution Is Coming

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

http://www.truthdig.com/images/WagesofRebellion_430.png Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as "sublime madness" — the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. Those who rise up against the odds will be those endowed with this "sublime madness."

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.

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Special Report | Days of Revolt - The Revolution Is Coming, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/1rev.pngYes, revolution is possible. Yes, even in the most powerful of imperialist countries, in the bastions of reactionary, oppressive rule throughout the world, revolution could prevail, could bring into being a radically different and far better society, and make a great contribution to achieving a radically different and far better world.
  • Part 1: “Yes, We MUST Seize State Power. And No, They Are NOT Unbeatable!”
  • Part 2: On the Possibility of Revolution

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Special Report | Days of Revolt - The Revolution Is Coming

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  • Yes, revolution is possible. Yes, even in the most powerful of imperialist countries, in the bastions of reactionary, oppressive rule throughout the world, revolution could prevail, could bring into being a radically different and far better society, and make a great contribution to achieving a radically different and far better world.
  • Part 1: “Yes, We MUST Seize State Power. And No, They Are NOT Unbeatable!”
  • Part 2: On the Possibility of Revolution

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: “Yes, We Must Seize State Power. And No, They Are Not Unbeatable!”

It’s crucial that those who see the need for acting to stop the horrors of today’s world to spread broadly throughout society the need for, and possibility of, revolution and to organize them into an actual revolution.

Carl Dix, Revolution

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Louis Berne for this contribution.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Money%20Pie.jpgMay 2, 2016 | During the “Meet the Revolution” tour, we have engaged in many formal and informal discussions with students over big questions. Here I want to get into a discussion I had with a couple of graduate students after one of the talks where we got right down to two big basic questions: Do the masses absolutely need to make revolution, or is there something short of that which could be liberating? And if we DO need to make revolution, could the rulers of today actually be defeated?

Sunsara and I had just put before the audience that the horrors inflicted on people all over the world were unnecessary; that they could be ended once and for all through revolution, nothing less; that Bob Avakian (BA) has developed a new synthesis of communism that takes the understanding of how to make revolution and bring into being a totally different and far better world; and that there was nothing more important students could do with their lives than get with the real revolution.

Carl Dix is a founding member, and a representative, of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP). He is a regular contributor to Revolution newspaper.

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Part 2: On the Possibility of Revolution

Yes, revolution is possible. Yes, even in the most powerful of imperialist countries, in the bastions of reactionary, oppressive rule throughout the world, revolution could prevail, could bring into being a radically different and far better society, and make a great contribution to achieving a radically different and far better world.

Bob Avakian, Revolution

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpg September 23, 2007 | Letter From a Reader…and Response

Revolution recently received the following correspondence from a reader.

Dear Revolution,

I read with great interest the special issue of your paper, “The Crossroads We Face, The Leadership We Need” (Revolution #84, April 8, 2007). I found it very refreshing and thought-provoking, especially the fact that the question of revolution, the nature of the revolution, and the necessary leadership for that revolution were seriously discussed in a way that is very rare these days. One part in particular stood out to me, and it is this that I am writing about—the section dealing with “Hard Questions” relating to revolution. More specifically, I am referring to where it addresses the fact that “Conventional wisdom says that revolution is impossible in a country like the U.S.,” and then it goes on to say:

“There is no sense in denying that it can certainly seem that way. But if revolution is necessary—and it is—then you have to figure out, no matter the seeming odds, how it could come about.” (p. 2)

Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, US

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From injury to insult

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Colette Pichon Battle & 350.org

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Six years to the day since BP's offshore oil drilling disaster, and the federal government has gone from being part of injuring the people of the Gulf Coast to insulting us. Six years to the day, and they're holding a hearing in Houston to review their draft plan -- a plan to expand offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

On April 20th, 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig exploded, and kicked off a disaster that is still being felt by communities in the Gulf. Deepwater Horizon showed the nation how extreme energy extraction injures Gulf Coast workers, communities, and ecosystems. Six years later, our region continues to witness the agony of fisherfolks, business owners, and workers in the region, as claims from the disaster are prolonged and denied.

The Gulf South has sacrificed its land and people for long enough. It’s time to tell the federal government: no new drilling on any of our coasts -- not the Atlantic, not the Arctic, and not the Gulf.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpg  Click here to call for a stop to new offshore drilling today, six years to the day since the Deepwater Horizon disaster began.

Colette Pichon-Battle, Esq, is the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, a non-profit law firm and justice center advocating for ecological equity for Gulf South communities.

350.org is building a global climate movement.

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Related: 

Obama's Offshore Drilling Proposal Based on Fossil Fuel Industry "Research" Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams

  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management used industry-funded reports to tout economic benefits of offshore drilling in Gulf and Arctic.
  • Related: From injury to insult

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