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Special Project | Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week Ending June 22, 2014

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  • “Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?” – St Augustine. 
  • 9 New Items including:
    • A summer of action to save the Internet
    • Bob Wedl | An open letter to three archbishops: It's Over
    • Emergency demonstrations nationwide: No New U.S. War on Iraq!
    • Announcing New Activism Tools
    • New CTUL-Target agreement underscores innovative organizing strategies across Minnesota
    • Raising Our Expectations
    • Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt
    • I wish I could say this is a new low
    • What's a Union For?

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Scott Stantis

A summer of action to save the Internet, Todd O'Boyle, Common Cause

Major telecom and cable companies are seeking unprecedented control over what you can see and say online. The FCC is accepting public comments on this critical issue. 

  • Tell them where you stand!

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Bob Wedl | An open letter to three archbishops: It's Over, Robert Wedl, Evergreene Digest

  • My friends...
  • The good news is that our faith given us by the Christ remains as strong as ever.  The bad news is that the institutional church continues to sink into a hole of crime and cover-up.  The terrible sin against children and the cover-up of that violence continues at the highest levels in our church hierarchy.  The latest testimony of Archbishop Robert Carlson made heaven weep.

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Emergency demonstrations nationwide: No New U.S. War on Iraq! ANSWER Coalition

  • Actions at the White House in D.C., in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Albuquerque, Sacramento and many more cities on June 20 and 21!
  • We in the anti-war movement fought too long and too hard to prevent and end that illegal and unjust war. We cannot sit by idly today when the Pentagon may be about to open a new chapter in its history of death and destruction.
  • Attack On Iraq

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Announcing New Activism Tools, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance

  • In the face of corruption, let’s show courage and create tools for justice. People power is showing every week that by working together we can prevail.
  • Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt

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New CTUL-Target agreement underscores innovative organizing strategies across Minnesota, Bluestem Prairie

  • Community-based worker centers like the one in St. Cloud appear to be the most effective intervention into the temporary worker market according to Abel, Teodore and Meléndez (2006). Worker centers help workers monitor the actions of employers, increase transparency in hiring, and provide a foundation for holding employers responsible for workplace abuses.
  • US Workers Among the Least Protected

David Horsey

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Raising Our Expectations, Sam Gindin, Jacobin

  • Jane McAlevey challenges the Left to stop lamenting its disappointments in the working class and address our own failures.
  • Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt
  • What's a Union For? 

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Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • A nonviolent movement that disrupts the machinery of state and speaks a truth a state hopes to suppress has the force to terrify authority and create deep fissures within the power structure.
  • ‘We Are Either Gonna Step Off the Board or They’re Gonna Kill Us’

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I wish I could say this is a new low, Heather Shelby, Environmental Defense Fund

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. 

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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

 

A summer of action to save the Internet

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  • Major telecom and cable companies are seeking unprecedented control over what you can see and say online. The FCC is accepting public comments on this critical issue. 
  • Tell them where you stand!

Todd O'Boyle, Common Cause

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May 27, 2014 | The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is deciding the future of the Internet over the next couple of months. Major telecom and cable companies are seeking unprecedented control over what you can see and say online.

If the FCC's plan to allow fast lanes for the few goes forward, the rest of us will suffer. Wealthy corporations will pay to move their online content at top speed, consigning nonprofit, independent and dissenting voices to the slow lane. 

The Internet is America's public square. Anything short of a free and fully open Internet will hurt our democracy. 

action-1c-2_0.png The FCC is accepting public comments on this critical issue. Tell them where you stand!

More than 3 million people have already taken a stand against online fast lanes, and hundreds recently rallied with this message. And the FCC is hearing us. The agency has opened the door to real net neutrality, but we have to keep the pressure on them to get it right once and for all. 

Whether you're focused on economic, political, environmental or any other public policy issues, you need a healthy informational ecosystem to win friends -- and votes. 

action-1c-2_0.png So speak up. Join us in telling the FCC: we need REAL net neutrality.

Thanks for all you do.

Todd O'Boyle is Common Cause's Program Director for Media and Democracy.

Common Cause: Nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government.

 

Emergency demonstrations nationwide: No New U.S. War on Iraq!

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  • Actions at the White House in D.C., in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Albuquerque, Sacramento and many more cities on June 20 and 21!
  • We in the anti-war movement fought too long and too hard to prevent and end that illegal and unjust war. We cannot sit by idly today when the Pentagon may be about to open a new chapter in its history of death and destruction.
  • Attack On Iraq

ANSWER Coalition

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Iraqi child maimed by U.S. bombs in 2003 

June 13, 2014 | Today, it has become increasingly likely that the U.S. government will once again take military action in Iraq. It is urgent that anti-war forces mobilize to tell the Obama administration that the people of this country completely oppose any new war on Iraq.

 

The ANSWER Coalition is gearing up for such efforts, and is calling for nationwide demonstrations on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21, as well as emergency actions the day U.S. bombing starts, in the event that it happens before these dates. 

bombiiraq.jpg The ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) works to build an anti-racist, peace and social justice movement through grassroots activism and education.

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Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation ApartAmy GoodmanDemocracy Now!

  • Representative of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against what he called "terrorists" who have overrun large swaths of the country.
  • We go to the city of Najaf to speak to Sami Rasouli, founder and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. He left Iraq in the late 1970s and eventually moved to the United States and settled in Minneapolis, where he was a well-known restaurateur. He moved back to Iraq in 2004 after living abroad for nearly 30 years.
  • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

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Iraq War Drums -- Again! Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.
  • sign-btn.png Sign our petition. Tell President Obama and Congress: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Part 1: Obama Weighs 'All Options' for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums
  • Part 2: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure

 

 

Announcing New Activism Tools

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  • In the face of corruption, let’s show courage and create tools for justice. People power is showing every week that by working together we can prevail.
  • Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance

June 13th, 2014 | Chris Hedges wrote an excellent article this week on the lessons learned from the Tiananmen Square massacre that occurred 25 years ago. These lessons are salient today, particularly as we watch the violent repression of protests happening around the World Cup in Brazil.

Hedges emphasizes the importance of creating a broad movement grounded in nonviolence that draws in groups supporting the power structure. In Brazil, there is broad support for the protesters including the police and multiple unions that have gone on strike. In response, Brazil mobilized its military against the people injuring both protesters and tourists on opening day.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in PopularResistance.org. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

Full story … 

Related:

Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • A nonviolent movement that disrupts the machinery of state and speaks a truth a state hopes to suppress has the force to terrify authority and create deep fissures within the power structure.
  • ‘We Are Either Gonna Step Off the Board or They’re Gonna Kill Us’

 

 

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