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A Call For An American Mass Uprising

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  • I don’t think the American people are cowards compared to the French. We just haven’t reached the stage where we fight our overlords on a large scale. That stage is close, and the catalyst for it could come as soon as enough people decide they’re ready to take action in this way.
  • Related: A Revolution of Democracy

Rainer Shea,  Ghion Journal

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December 10, 2018 | This is a call for all working-class Americans to move towards a vast protest effort. There are many ways to contribute to this project; a few options are helping civil disobedience organizing groups like the Poor People’s Campaign and Extinction Rebellion, directly organizing sit-ins and traffic blockades, and simply spreading the word about the need for mass revolt. But however people can help, I believe that this kind of mass uprising is our only option for defeating the corporate oligarchy.


We know that we won’t be able to meaningfully affect change by working within the system. The leadership of the new Democratic House majority is essentially just as pro-war and pro-Wall Street as the Republicans are.



They’re going to continue to assist in passing Trump’s policies while blocking progressive change. Democrat Richard Neal, who’s soon to become chair of the Ways and Means Committee, has said that Medicare for All is “not realistic,” with Neal’s donors in the health insurance industry no doubt having a say in his position. Nancy Pelosi also refuses to support single-payer health care and has proposed a plan that would make it almost impossible for the House to pass an increase on the individual income taxes of the bottom 80 percent of taxpayers.

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A Revolution of Democracy, Rivera Sun, Dandelion Salad

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  • An effort that seeks … a profound re-envisioning in the ways we make every decision in our lives is nothing short of a revolution. We must gird ourselves for the struggle if we ever wish to see government of, by, and for the people, all of us, together.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose

 

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Time is Running Out. Tell Congress: Restore Net Neutrality Now!


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The window on our best chance to restore net neutrality is closing very soon.

Craig Brown, Common Dreams
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December 8, 2018 | The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the right to overturn the FCC and restore the 2015 Open Internet Order — but they must do it before the end of the year.

Activists like you have already achieved so much in the fight to save the free and open internet. You shocked Big Cable and proved the naysayers wrong when we passed the CRA in the Senate.

But we still have to pass the CRA resolution in the House. We need a huge push on members of Congress to restore net neutrality during the lame duck session. If we can’t get enough representatives to sign on, we will have to start all over again in the new Congress.

Tell the House of Representatives: Time is running out. Restore net neutrality today.

Net neutrality is vital to free speech, small business, and communities that might not otherwise have a voice in the mainstream media. The only ones who benefit from the repeal of net neutrality are Big Cable executives and the lobbyists they employ. There’s NO EXCUSE – every lawmaker, both Republican or Democrat, must support net neutrality.

Polls show 86% of Americans support the free and open internet. And they showed that support by voting out dozens of net neutrality opponents in the midterm elections. The only place where this is a controversial partisan issue is inside the beltway.

As of today, the resolution has the support of 177 representatives in the House. We’re so close, but we still need 41 members to sign.

There’s no excuse for inaction and no more time to waste – we must demand the remaining members of Congress support the resolution to restore net neutrality.

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109 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Start Doing Today

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December 3, 2018 | We can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we often forget to think of others. But a small gesture of kindness can not only make someone else's entire day, but it can also make you feel good. So why not spread the love and try a random act of kindness today? Here are 109 ideas to get you started.   

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Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting. They're paying a steep price for neglect.

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  • Voting reforms should be top priority for all Democrats, now in states and later in Washington. What good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?
  • Related: Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

Jill LawrenceUSA Today

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Yes, Republicans are missing from that sentence. Democrats need to help themselves, not engage in another futile effort to get Republicans on board with what ought to be a no-brainer. The urgency of this cannot be overstated: It should be the top priority for every Democrat in America. Because what good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?

Jill Lawrence is commentary editor and a columnist at USA Today. A former columnist for U.S. News and World Report and Creators Syndicate, she is the author of the 2017 book "The Art of the Political Deal: How Congress Beat the Odds and Broke Through Gridlock" and a contributor to "The Surge: 2014's Big GOP Win and What It Means for the Next Presidential Race."

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Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning. Sam Levine, HuffPost

  • By characterizing basic safeguards as illegitimate, Rick Scott and President Trump are undermining democracy.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose

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Overcoming Voter Suppression, The Progress Report, Center for American Progress

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  • Check out this page from the ACLU for resources around knowing your rights and responding to voter intimidation.
  • Related: Five Truths About Voter Suppression


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Our Fights are Connected; Our Resistance Must Be Intersectional

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But we must do much, much more than vote. We have to think and act differently about the traumas we are all facing.

African American Policy Forum / Portside

November2,2018 | We at AAPF are anguished as we know are many of you at the successive acts of inhumanity that have rocked the country over the past two weeks. Between last Wednesday’s racially motivated murders of Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky, and Saturday’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, racist terror has claimed 13 lives.  If the explosives that MAGA fanatic Cesar Sayoc allegedly mailed to prominent political and media figures (and frequent Trump targets) had not been intercepted, that already sobering figure might be even higher. And this political mobilization of hate is likely the tip of the iceberg.

The violence of last week and its white supremacist markings confirm fears that many of us have expressed repeatedly about how Donald Trump’s presidency has unleashed and emboldened the forces of hate. The drumbeat leading to this awful moment has been a steady one, including Trump’s insistence on an equivalency between violent white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA and those who peacefully protested against them, his denigration of African nations as "shithole countries," his reference to Mexican immigrants as "criminals and rapists," and his effort to ban those from Muslim-dominant countries from entering the US. It includes his suggestion that a Black protester at one of his rallies "should have been roughed up," his coded references to a "corrupt, globalist ruling class," and the daily digital demagoguery that spreads fear and outright lies to his most fervent supporters. It includes his decision to send troops to the border to threaten Central Americans lawfully seeking asylum, demonstrating an alarming willingness to use military force to insulate his political power.  

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The ‘Resistance’ Supports Trump’s Evil Agendas While Attacking Fake Nonsense ~ Caitlin Johnstone

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  • Trump's enemies are seeking his impeachment for whatever they can hang on him, but they won't go after him for travesties like Yemen and the defense budget that they support.
  • Related: Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance.

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Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

September 23, 2018 | From Caitlin Johnstone at theantimedia.com: A new article from the Wall Street Journal reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lied to congress about the measures Saudi Arabia is taking to minimize the civilian casualties in its catastrophic war on Yemen, and that he did so in order to secure two billion dollars for war profiteers.

This is about as depraved as anything you could possibly imagine. US-made bombs have been conclusively tied to civilian deaths in a war which has caused the single worst humanitarian crisis on earth, a crisis which sees scores of Yemeni children dying every single day and has placed five million children at risk of death by starvation in a nation where families are now eating leaves to survive. CIA veteran Bruce Riedel once said that “if the United States of America and the United Kingdom tonight told King Salman that this war has to end, it would end tomorrow, because the Royal Saudi Airforce cannot operate without American and British support.” Nobody other than war plutocrats benefits from the US assisting Saudi Arabia in its monstrous crimes against humanity, and yet Pompeo chose to override his own expert advisors on the matter for fear of hurting the income of those very war plutocrats.

Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine, and has been on websites Zero Hedge, David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Lew Rockwell, The Automatic Earth, The Burning Platform, and Western Rifle Shooters Association. Although he engages in political commentary, he enthusiastically shuns politics.

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Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance. Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)

  • Left side: The censored version of the PSL poster from the Democratic Party's tweet 
  • Building the Anti-Trump Resistence
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Special Project | Climate Catastrophe Is Just Around the Corner

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Downtown area of Panama City, Florida after Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018.  Credit: Joe Raedle Getty Images

Story 1: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN * Story 2: New Climate Report Was Too Cautious * Story 3: The Planet Is Doomed—Let's Destroy It Faster! * Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

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Week Ending October 27, 2018|

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Story 1: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN, Jonathan Watts, the Guardian, Monday, 8 Oct, 2018

  • Urgent changes needed tocutrisk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC.
  • Overwhelmed by climate change? Here’s what you can do.

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Story 2 New Climate Report Was Too Cautious, Scott Waldman, E&E News / Scientific American
October
11, 2018

Experts cite the important outcomes and cost of climate change left out of the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC} report.

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The Trump administration* establishes the United States government as a death cult.
 

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Lost in the Face of Militarism. The Necessity of Moral Resistance to the Military-Industrial Complex

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  • Part 1: The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism ~ William J. Barber, II
  • Confronting head-on America's war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision ...
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Lost in the Military-Industrial Complex
  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have ducked any serious discussion of America’s escalating military spending.

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Part 1: The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism ~ William J. Barber, II
Confronting head-on America's war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision ...

Matthew Hoh, Rise Up Times

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May 6th, 2018 – Confronting head-on America’s war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision is the theme of this powerful speech delivered by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and the Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, where, during the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, people were housed; and also where President Abraham Lincoln and his family were welcomed as pew holders on the first Sunday following Lincoln’s inauguration in March 1861.

Matthew Hoh has nearly twelve years experience with America’s wars overseas with the United States Marine Corps, Department of Defense and State Department.

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Part 2: From the Archives | Lost in the Military-Industrial Complex

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have ducked any serious discussion of America’s escalating military spending, suggesting that whoever wins will be captive of President Eisenhower’s “Military-Industrial Complex,” writes Chuck Spinney.

Chuck Spinney, Consortium News

July 2, 2016 | America is engaged in the longest and second most expensive war in its history — a small war in terms of forces deployed and op-tempos, but a war that is grinding on endlessly, without a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

Contrary to the whining about constrained budgets causing readiness and modernization problems emanating from the Pentagon, all dutifully regurgitated without question by the mainstream media, defense spending in the Pentagon’s so-called Base Budget is close to an all-time high and poised to increase over the long term.

Chuck Spinney is a former military analyst for the Pentagon who was famous for the “Spinney Report,” which criticized the Pentagon’s wasteful pursuit of costly and complex weapons systems.

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