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From 1761 to 2013: What Has Changed In England?

  • Lessons from My Ancestor Peter Annett and Stanstead Prison
  • Important lessons from Rev Kevin Annett for protestors, dissidents, free-thinkers and most of the rest of the 99%.

Kevin D. Annett, Special to Evergreene Digest

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Gary G. Kohls and Lydia Howell.

fist.jpgAugust 28, 2014 | The old walls that hosted his broadsheets are all gone now, as is the  pillory covered with excrement that held the old man in a vise for anyone to pummel with garbage. But I felt Peter’s grim defiance the day I stood near that spot at Charing Cross where the state and the church tried to break him; and I sensed, too, the fire in him that flamed his disobedience, and still reaches out to me.

Peter Annett was unlike any of the humanist philosophers of his time, including Voltaire, for not only did he challenge fat Anglican bishops with reason and common sense, but he did so loudly and insolently, in the streets, by directly appealing to the hungry masses so feared by the British aristocracy. Peter called on the poor people of England to break their mental subservience to Crown and Pulpit, and figure everything out for themselves – a call that won him the eternal hatred of both Whitehall and Westminster.

Kevin D. Annett is an author and publicist.

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Chris Hedges | The Crime of Peaceful Protest

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  • The trial of Cecily McMillan, 25, is one of the last criminal cases originating from the Occupy protest movement. It is also one of the most emblematic. The state, after the coordinated nationwide eradication of Occupy encampments, has relentlessly used the courts to harass and neutralize Occupy activists ...
  • Father Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

occupy42914.jpgCecily McMillan, wearing a red dress and high heels, her dark, shoulder-length hair stylishly curled, sat behind a table with her two lawyers Friday morning facing Judge Ronald A. Zweibel in Room 1116 at the Manhattan Criminal Court. The judge seems to have alternated between boredom and rage throughout the trial, now three weeks old. He has repeatedly thrown caustic barbs at her lawyers and arbitrarily shut down many of the avenues of defense. Friday was no exception.

The silver-haired Zweibel curtly dismissed a request by defense lawyers Martin Stolar and Rebecca Heinegg for a motion to dismiss the case. The lawyers had attempted to argue that testimony from the officer who arrested McMillan violated Fifth Amendment restrictions against the use of comments made by a defendant at the time of arrest. But the judge, who has issued an unusual gag order that bars McMillan’s lawyers from speaking to the press, was visibly impatient, snapping, “This debate is going to end.” He then went on to uphold his earlier decision to heavily censor videos taken during the arrest, a decision Stolar said “is cutting the heart out of my ability to refute” the prosecution’s charge that McMillan faked a medical seizure in an attempt to avoid being arrested. “I’m totally handicapped,” Stolar lamented to Zweibel.

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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Father Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble, Father Roy Bourgeois, SOA Watch

  • Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren is messing with the wrong movement.
  • Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • 2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip
  • Watch: Peaceful Warriors On the road with Vets for Peace

 

This Revolutionary Moment

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  • As we’ve covered in previous newsletters, there are now academic studies that demonstrate the lack of democracy in the US and that the government functions as a plutocracy that represents the needs and wishes of the wealthy elite. At the same time that the government is dysfunctional, we are experiencing multiple crises that demand immediate action.
  • The Fix Is In; The Revolution Is Coming
  • Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance 

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1rev.pngJuly 11th, 2014 | Last week, we wrote about Independence Day and the importance of examining that revolutionary period and the state of affairs today more deeply. The Declaration of Independence states that when a government does not support the rights and needs of the people, then

“it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese are participants in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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640px-Thomas_Paine_590.jpg?itok=THFOYMQaPortrait of Thomas Paine by Auguste Millière (1880). Truthdig

The Fix Is In; The Revolution Is Coming, Timothy V. Gatto, Countercurrents.org

  • Don't count on Obama to save anything except the ACA from the chopping block. He will explain how he "Had to do it" in order to get a deal from the Republican Party that doesn't even have a leg to stand on. The fix is in folks and it will be you and I that pay the heavy price, and it is you and I that will see the eventual bloodshed that will result.
  • The Shutdown, the Showdown, and the Urgent Need To Repolarize... For Revolution
  • The right’s sinister new plot against pensions
  • You Cut Social Security, You Should Leave Congress

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Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Thomas Paine is America’s one great revolutionary theorist. Paine’s brilliance as a writer—his essay “Common Sense” is one of the finest pieces of rhetorical writing in the English language—is matched by his clear and unsentimental understanding of British imperial power. No revolutionist can challenge power if he or she does not grasp how power works.
  • Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt

 

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