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Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19).

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  • Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
  • Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now. 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post

https://secure.consumersunion.org/images/content/pagebuilder/Industry-telling.jpg  12/04/2016 | A lot of wishful thinking is happening in America right now. “Maybe Trump the President will be different than Trump the Candidate.” We already know this is a fallacy. Trump the president-elect is exactly the same as Trump the candidate. “Maybe he’ll suddenly become more responsible and balanced.” “Maybe this is the kick in the pants America needs.” “Maybe he’ll be impeached.” But the most damaging wishful thought of all is: “Maybe I don’t have to do anything — maybe the electors will choose to appoint someone else, on their own.”

The Electors should. But they won’t. Not without political pressure the likes of which America has rarely seen before. Which means we all need to be motivated. Well — how about the safety of our own lives, and the lives of everyone we love? Because let’s not fool ourselves. Anyone with a rudimentary appreciation of the powers of the president of the United States knows that the stakes are life and death. Pretending otherwise is wishful thinking.

Roger Wolfson, Attorney, writer. This article was co-written by Roger Wolfson, a writer and activist, and Jared Berenholz, a television executive.

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Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

 

 

 

 

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What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny

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Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

Timothy Snyder, Dallas (TX) News

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Defend%20Civil%20Liberties%20Graphic_1.jpgNovember 21, 2016 | Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so.

Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

Timothy Snyder, Contributor, Dallas (TX) News <http://www.dallasnews.com>, a Yale history professor and historian of Eastern Europe, originally published this on Facebook. He is the author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning."

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How Fire Ants Killed the TPP Dragon

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  • Literally thousands of civil society groups coalesced to combat the TPP.
  • There’s high hope in concerted action.

Leo Gerard, AlterNet

 

 

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November 22, 2016 | The defeat of the TPP is a tale of ants slaying a dragon.

 

It seemed a fearsome task, challenging the powerful behemoth that is Wall Street, Big Pharma, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Big Ag, Big Oil, all their lobbyists, and all the Congress critters they’d “campaign-financed” to support their money-grubbing 12-country trade scheme.

 

Leo Gerard is president of the United Steelworkers union. President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.

 

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Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story of How Organizing and Resistance Can Win

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  • Part 1:The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win
  • Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.
  • Part 2:  Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story
  • And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.

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Part 1:The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win

Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.

Naomi Klein, the Nation

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Standing_Rock_Win_rtr_img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80 Indigenous water protectors and their allies celebrate that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline on December 4, 2016. (Reuters / Lucas Jackson)

December 4, 2016 | “I’ve never been so happy doing dishes,” Ivy Longie says, and then she starts laughing. Then crying. And then there is hugging. Then more hugging.

Less than two hours earlier, news came that the Army Corps of Engineers had turned down the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built under the Missouri River. The company will have to find an alternate route and undergo a lengthy environmental assessment.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000). Each book has been translated into over 25 languages worldwide. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for the Nation and the Guardian that is syndicated internationally by the New York Times Syndicate.

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Part 2:  Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story

And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.

Bill McKibben, the Nation

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Standing_Rock_Drum_rtr_img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80  Water protectors in Oceti Sakowin camp demonstrate against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation on December 4, 2016. (Reuters / Stephanie Keith)

December 5, 2016 | All organizing is story-telling, and the story that got told at Standing Rock was so powerful that ultimately the Obama White House had little choice but to go along.

The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers not to grant the permits necessary for sending the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath the Missouri River is a tribute to truly remarkable efforts by Indigenous organizers, from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and Honor the Earth. It’s also a tribute to the incredible power of civil disobedience, a tool I tried to describe in last week’s print edition of the Nation.

But my analysis pales next to the actual story from the Oceti Sakowin encampment. There, the last few months have unfolded with almost eerie grace, and the textbook on nonviolent action has been revised and illustrated in the process.

Bill McKibben is the author of 15 books, most recently Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, he is the co-founder of 350.org, the largest global grassroots organizing campaign on climate change.

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