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Mall of America (MOA) to Charge Activists for "Lost Revenue" After a Peaceful Gathering?!

  • Peaceful gathering at Mall of America (MOA) met with riot police.
  • Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgSign the petition to the Mall of America. Tell Them to stop their intimidation tactics now.

Nick Espinosa, Sum of Us

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January 8, 2015 | Early next week, I expect charges to be filed against me and other young organizers of color for supporting the peaceful #‎BlackLivesMatter gathering at the Mall of America. So today we launched this petition to 2 million US members of SumOfUs demanding the mall call off these outrageous charges.

I'm so grateful to work for an employer that has the backs of young people of color standing up for an end to racist systems of oppression in this historic moment.

Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgSign the petition to the Mall of America. Tell Them to stop their intimidation tactics now.

Please share far and wide. They done kicked the beehive.

Nick Espinosa: Campaign Manager at SumOfUs 

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Breaking: House GOP Attacks Social Security on day one!

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We need to tell Congress we stand united on the side of our WHOLE Social Security system! We reject the games and forced crises. Social Security works, period.

Social Security Works / Thom Hartmann

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

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header_images/1498/large.gif?1375110262Jan. 7, 2015 | We knew that the new Republican Congress wanted to dismantle our Social Security system brick by brick—but we didn’t expect them to do it on their first day!

They’ve taken what should be a dry, mundane exercise – the adoption of new rules by the newly convening House of Representatives – and turned it into a stealth attack on our Social Security system. This rule is nothing more than an attempt to divide people who believe in Social Security.

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We need to tell Congress we stand united on the side of our WHOLE Social Security system! We reject the games and forced crises. Social Security works, period.

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Special Project | Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week Ending January 10, 2015

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  • “Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?” – St Augustine. 
  • 11 New Items including:
    • Stephanie Van Hook: Transforming anger into nonviolent power
    • Turn Up: 21st-Century Black Millennials Are Bringing Direct Action Back
    • Activists shut down malls on Black Friday as Ferguson protests intensify
    • Dining Out in Dinkytown
    • Communities in Resistance: Presentes!
    • Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever
    • The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014
    • Is it possible to hold all the grief in the world and not get crushed by it?
    • Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court
    • When Did Americans Become the Enemy?
    • Chris Hedges | The Coming Climate Revolt

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Stephanie Van Hook: Transforming anger into nonviolent power, Stephanie Van Hook, Transformation / Rise Up Times

Anger, rage and a desire for revenge are all reasonable and justified in the face of armed attacks, abuse and exploitation. What matters is what we do with these things.

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Turn Up: 21st-Century Black Millennials Are Bringing Direct Action Back, Malkia A. Cyril, Huffington Post 

As of 2014, direct action is the new Black, and we ain't gonna let nobody turn us around.

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Activists shut down malls on Black Friday as Ferguson protests intensify, Riley Winters, People's World

  • This early afternoon action led to similar shut down demonstrations at the West County Mall in nearby Des Peres, Mo., and the Chesterfield mall. These protests coupled with demonstrations in Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Northern California, where protestors chained themselves to trains, were among the largest in the country this Black Friday.
  • The War on Thanksgiving, December 1, 2014
  • Lesson from the 2014 elections: Inclusive 50-state strategy needed

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Dining Out in Dinkytown, Bryan D. Palmer, The Bullet, Socialist Project

  • Remembering the Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934
  • Special Report | American Class Warfare: Week Ending November 9, 2014

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Communities in Resistance: Presentes! SOA Watch

  • Democracy Now coverage of the weekend
  • Para información en español

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Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever, Bryce Covert, ThinkProgress

The company has admitted that less than half of its workforce makes more than $25,000. But it could easily raise pay by ending stock buybacks or raising the cost of an item like a DVD by a penny.

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Pat Oliphant

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The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The High Cost of Low Prices
  • Part 1: Two dozen arrests after workers protest against Walmart treatment
  • Part 2: Walmart workers begin first in-store sitdown strike in company history
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Is it possible to hold all the grief in the world and not get crushed by it? Monica Cassani, Beyond Meds

By allowing ourselves to feel our pain for the world, we open ourselves up to the web of life, and we realize that we’re not alone. I think it’s a cardinal mistake to try to act alone. The myth of the rugged individual, riding as the Lone Ranger to save our society, is a sure recipe for going crazy. 

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Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court, Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Kelly and Walker later met with supporters and attorneys to discuss plans for a vigorous defense on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. 

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When Did Americans Become the Enemy? Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films

  • Land of the free, home of the brave does not mean non-violent citizens being beaten into submission, SWAT team raiding homes on a regular basis, or armored tanks rolling through towns anytime Americans exercise their right to peaceful protest.
  • Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers

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Chris Hedges | The Coming Climate Revolt, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Civil disobedience must be used to abolish the oil, gas and coal companies and replace a government held captive by corporations. Otherwise, we will say goodbye to life as we know it. 
  • Approaching the End of Human History?

Stephanie Van Hook: Transforming anger into nonviolent power

Anger, rage and a desire for revenge are all reasonable and justified in the face of armed attacks, abuse and exploitation. What matters is what we do with these things.

Stephanie Van Hook, Transformation / Rise Up Times

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December 30, 2014 | As Leymah Gbowee stood in front of a crowd of women at her church in Monrovia, praying for an end to the civil war that was raging in Liberia, she had no idea of the consequences that were about to unfold.

A specialist in healing from trauma, Gbowee and her allies had spent months visiting mosques, markets and churches in order to mobilize a nascent peace movement. By the late summer of 2002, she had become recognized as the leader of Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, which held daily non-violent demonstrations and sit-ins in defiance of orders from Charles Taylor, the Liberian President at the time.

Stephanie Van Hook works to facilitate a global nonviolent transformation from violent systems of oppression to nonviolent systems of empowerment. To this end, she believes in the power of trial and error, parallel institutions, and building on what works. She is the director of the Metta Center for Nonviolence, director of Conflict Resolution Services on the Green Shadow Cabinet and a board member of Peace Workers.

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