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Will we ever have another fair election?

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  • We need a Congress that fights voter suppression, stops the corporate takeover of our democracy and makes sure we all have a voice. Please join us.
  • Related: Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t

Mike Phelan, Progress America

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October 10, 2018 | This weekend hurt.

We fought hard against Brett Kavanaugh, supporting protesters on the ground in the Hart Senate Building last week and outside the Supreme Court on Saturday. A Supreme Court with Kavanaugh threatens everything we fight for.

Already, the Roberts court has allowed unlimited dark money to flood our elections, struck down important sections of the Voting Rights Act, and ruled to preserve partisan gerrymandering. With Kavanaugh on the bench, Democracy itself is threatened.

These issues go beyond the court. The Republican minority in this country is exercising its power to entrench its supremacy permanently. Democracy itself is on the ballot in 2018.

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• Reduce Money’s Influence so that everyday Americans like you and me -- not just wealthy special interests -- have the power in our elections.
• Expand Voting Rights & Election Integrity so every eligible citizen can vote and have that vote count.
• Create Ethical & Open Government to hold elected officials to the highest possible standards.
• Ensure Fair Districts & Reflective Democracy so that our democracy represents the full diversity of our communities.
• Promote Free Speech & Accountability in Media so people like you and me can get engaged, informed, and active in our democracy.

We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines this November,

Thank you,

Mike Phelan

Progress America - the Action Network: Progress America is here to push things forward.

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Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t, Sabrina Tavernise, the New York (NY) Times

  • Lula Hill … said she has grown disillusioned with politicians and no longer votes.
  • “I just got to the point, I said, ‘I’m not going do it anymore,’” said Ms. Hill, sitting on a couch in the lobby of the hotel she owns and runs, the Hotel Madison, 30 miles south of Charleston. “I just can’t vote for any of them in good conscience.”


 

Catholic Women Called ~ Bridget Mary Meehan

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The only "serious confusion" among the faithful is just how long the Vatican will continue to parade indefensible arguments that attempt to limit the reaches of God's call.

Kate McElwee, Women's Ordination Conference

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Women%27s%20Ordination%20Conference%20logo%202.jpgJune 1, 2018 | In this week's Catholic Women Called video, Bridget Mary Meehan, a bishop with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, reminds us that we are already making what some have called "impossible," possible. 

The bravery of the women of Catholic Women Called directly contradicts Archbishop Ladaria's assertion that the ban on women's ordination is doctrine definitively held. Catholic women hear and respond to God's call, no matter the cost. This, we know, is crystal clear. 

Kate McElwee, Executive Director, Women's Ordination Conference

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Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t

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Lula Hill at the hotel she owns in Madison, W.Va. She said she has grown disillusioned with politicians and no longer votes.Credit: Maddie McGarvey for the New York (NY) Times

  • “I just got to the point, I said, ‘I’m not going do it anymore,’” said Ms. Hill, sitting on a couch in the lobby of the hotel she owns and runs, the Hotel Madison, 30 miles south of Charleston. “I just can’t vote for any of them in good conscience.”
  • Related: Will we ever have another fair election?

Sabrina Tavernise, the New York (NY) Times

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Oct. 3, 2018 | Lula Hill voted in just about every election once she became old enough in 1952. Her coal mining family of registered Democrats believed that elections were like church services: You didn’t skip them.

But over time, her sense of civic obligation faded. Mines started laying people off. Opioids started poisoning her neighbors. As her town lost its vigor, Ms. Hill watched as smiling politicians kept making promises and, in her view, growing richer. By the late 1990s, when political leaders — Democrat or Republican — talked about the greater good, she no longer believed them.

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  • We need a Congress that fights voter suppression, stops the corporate takeover of our democracy and makes sure we all have a voice. Please join us.
  • Related: Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t

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It's not all about Trump! The secrets of winning the long game.

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  • Take heart from these tales of regular folks battling the bastards–and beating them back.
  • Related: Democracy Is What We Make of It.

Jim Hightower, The Hightower Lowdown

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Democracy Is What We Make of It. Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

  • In other words, institutions won’t save us: We have to save them.
  • Related: Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System
     

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  • Even as the Catholic Church faces a historic crisis over sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is promoting a special season of prayer for a "change in the Supreme Court."
  • Related: Brett "Stonewall Justice" Kavanaugh

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Sept.8, 2018 | Without mentioning Brett Kavanaugh by name, the bishops have launched a nine-week "Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life" which is all about abortion, with no mention of capital punishment, war, or poverty.


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Catholics across America are yearning for honesty and transparency about the church's past and future. Instead they're being given yet more bulletin inserts with religious-right talking points about Roe v. Wade.

Faithful America is the largest and fastest-growing online community of Christians putting faith into action for social justice.

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Brett "Stonewall Justice" Kavanaugh, Compiled by the Marshall Project

The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination is different from its predecessors in many ways.

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Select Articles | Labor, Week Ending September 15, 2018

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  • Part 1: Steelworkers Vote To Strike If They Don’t Get Piece Of Corporate Windfall
  • Workers seek pay raises and protection of health care and pension benefits.
  • Part 2: UPS Contract Vote Starts this Week.
  • Here's What You Need to Know.

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Part 1: Steelworkers Vote To Strike If They Don’t Get Piece Of Corporate Windfall

Workers seek pay raises and protection of health care and pension benefits.

Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost

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With corporations awash in tax cuts and protected from competition by Trump administration tariffs, United Steelworkers (USW) leaders say members want a contract deal that provides them with a portion of that windfall.

Mary Papenfuss <>, Trends Reporter, HuffPost <>

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Part 2: UPS Contract Vote Starts this Week. Here's What You Need to Know.

UPS Teamsters

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UPSers are getting ready to Vote No in big numbers to reject givebacks and send them back to the table to negotiate a better offer.

Members are Voting No to stop two-tier 22.4 drivers, take on harassment, subcontracting, and excessive overtime, and win $15 starting pay and catch-up raises for part-timers.

UPS Teamsters United is a grassroots campaign to prevent givebacks and win the contract we deserve.

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Two Things We Can Do to Help Reunite Families

  • I believe history will look back on this moment of how we treat immigrants in our country as a test of faith for which we will all be accountable and which will shape the meaning of faith and the response of a new generation in our future. It is time to act — and to start by reuniting separated migrant children from their families.


Jim Wallis, Sojourners

 

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.presente.org/images/stopdeportations.jpg 7-05-2018 | This past weekend, we saw an incredible outpouring of support for immigrants and asylum seekers to the U.S., with rallies and marches occurring across the country in response to the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy at the border and the consequent separation of thousands of children from their families. More than 700 rallies took place nationwide, as hundreds of thousands of protesters came together to urge the administration to reunite children with their parents and to go much further to protect vulnerable families. Sojourners convened a candlelight prayer vigil on Friday night at the Capitol, before the Saturday march, and called for such vigils across the country. These protests and vigils demonstrate the unity in moral outrage and faith responses since the administration enacted its zero-tolerance policies, and offered a reminder of the need for continued advocacy in the days to come — with a special focus on the separated children and the urgent need to reunite them with their mothers and fathers.

When the administration first announced the details of its enforcement of zero tolerance, voices from both sides of the political aisle decried the inhumane policy that needlessly separated more than 2,300 children from their parents, in especially brutal conditions and often without warning. In a statement issued by the Reclaiming Jesus church elders, we called this “an unbiblical sacrilege that is cruelly contrary to the love of Jesus Christ” and “a terror to families and an infliction of evil on children.” As Christianity Today wrote, “believers of all stripes were united on this one point of public policy. When Jim Wallis and Franklin Graham, and nearly everyone in between, condemn the administration’s policy, it’s practically a miracle. And for this, we should be grateful.”
... And now, we find ourselves on the other side of these marches, the news cycle moving to other important issues that nonetheless distract from the plight of these families. Even though we have spoken out, we now must also do something, not allowing ourselves to be complacent in the fact that we raised our voice.
 
Jim Wallis is president of Sojourners. His new audible spoken-word series, Jim Wallis In Conversation, is available now, as is his book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. 

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"Criminal Aliens" Vs. The West's Crimes Against Humanity, James Thindwa, Portside

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There is not enough space to catalogue all the crimes committed collectively by western countries that now feel besieged by migrants of color.
Related: Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S.
DirtyWars  in Central America.
 

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Special Project | An Hiroshima, Nagasaki Memorial Reader

  • Part 1: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • It was an act of sinister state terrorism.
  • Part 2: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 7 things you should know
  • Things ... that are really important if we’re going to make sure this never happens again.
  • Part 3: The Goals of the Nuclear Disarmament Movement
  • Disarmament is the process of reducing and eradicating nuclear weapons.

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Part 1: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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The United States killed 200-300 thousand innocent Japanese civilians with atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki … intentionally.  It was an act of sinister state terrorism.

Global Research News, Global Research

August 06, 2018 |

  • The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Hiroshima: A “Military Base” according to President Harry Truman
  • The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Un-Censored Version
  • Secret Meeting on the Privatization of Nuclear War Held on Hiroshima Day 2003
  • Hiroshima Child

The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) is an independent research and media organization based in Montreal.

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Part 2: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 7 things you should know

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The paper cranes are not just a symbol of peace, but also a call to action. They are a reminder that we must keep pushing to see the #endofnukes.

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)  / Rise Up Times

August 3, 2018 | [The week of August 5, 2018] marks 73 years since two atomic bombs were dropped over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and maimed, and the effects are still being felt today. But while the mushroom clouds became iconic symbols of mass destruction, and the paper cranes a symbol of hope for a nuclear-free world, there are many things you may not know – or may have forgotten – that are really important if we’re going to make sure this never happens again.

#1 More than 210,000 people were killed

By the end of 1945, the bombing had killed an estimated 140,000 people in Hiroshima, and a further 74,000 in Nagasaki. In the years that followed, many of the survivors would face leukemia, cancer, or other terrible side effects from the radiation.

“Each person had a name. Each person was loved by someone. Let us ensure that their deaths were not in vain.” - Setsuko Thurlow, survivor of the August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, December 2017

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017.

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Part 3: The Goals of the Nuclear Disarmament Movement


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Disarmament is the process of reducing and eradicating nuclear weapons, as well as ensuring that countries without weapons are not able to develop them. This movement holds that there is never a legitimate use for nuclear arms, and peace will only come with complete disarmament.

Brionne Frazier, ThoughtCo

July 18, 2018 | Nuclear disarmament is the process of reducing and eradicating nuclear weapons, as well as ensuring that countries without nuclear weapons are not able to develop them. The movement to denuclearize hopes to eliminate the possibility of nuclear war because of its potential for catastrophic consequences, as demonstrated by the United States’ bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. This movement holds that there is never a legitimate use for nuclear weapons, and peace will only come with complete disarmament.

Origins of the Anti-Nuclear Weapons Movement

In 1939, Albert Einstein informed President Theodore Roosevelt that the Nazis in Germany were close to building a nuclear weapon. In response, President Roosevelt formed the Advisory Committee on Uranium, which then led to the creation of the Manhattan Project to research nuclear weapon capabilities. The United States was the first nation to successfully build and detonate an atomic bomb.

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