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Special Report | Pope Francis I In the United States: Week of September 26, 2015

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  • Francis I is the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of Catholic Church.
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Pope Francis addresses Washington crowd after historic speech to Congress
    • Pope Rejects Lunch with Boehner, Pelosi, McConnell, Reid: He will be Dining with the Homeless
    • Pope Francis declares Junípero Serra a saint on surprisingly political visit to DC
    • Francis falters in addressing sex abuse
    • Francis tells US bishops to be ‘promoters of the culture of encounter’
    • US progressives hope Pope Francis can bring moral force to key issues
    • The Papal Visit Brings Forth Ugliness From the Right
    • Francis Visits the Church that John Paul Broke

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Pope Francis addresses Washington crowd after historic speech to Congress, Guardian US

  • Sep 24, 2015 | Video: Pontiff’s speech challenges politicians on immigration, death penalty, climate change and more in surprisingly direct address to America’s legislative body.
  • The speech: Francis urges Congress to treat immigrants in ‘humane and just’ way
  • Top scientist: Pope’s climate push is ‘raving nonsense’
  • Video: Francis to meet family that faced deportation to Mexico

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Pope Rejects Lunch with Boehner, Pelosi, McConnell, Reid: He will be Dining with the Homeless, Ring of Fire

September 23, 2015 | We now know why the United States Congress absolutely did not want Pope Francis to come to America. He makes them look like the complete as*holes they are. Obviously, Congress thought Pope Francis would be honored to dine with them, and all their pomp and prestige. They were wrong.

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Pope Francis declares Junípero Serra a saint on surprisingly political visit to DC, Guardian US

  • Sep 23, 2015 | Canonisation of Junípero Serra has led to Native American protests
  • Thousands greet pontiff in Washington ... and he hugs a 5-year-old
  • Analysis: Obama and the pope defend ‘religious liberty’ – but where?
  • Pope confronts US bishops on ‘difficult moments’ and ‘healing to victims’
  • Pope Francis calls for urgent action on climate change at White House

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Francis falters in addressing sex abuse, Dennis Coday, National Catholic Reporter

  • Sep. 23, 2015 | Francis will need to show some deliberate, dramatic action to prove that he understands the gravity of this problem.
  • After he shows he understands it, he will then have to prove that he will do something about it.

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Francis tells US bishops to be ‘promoters of the culture of encounter’, Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter  

Sep. 23, 2015 | Pope Francis has earnestly outlined exactly what he wants from the U.S. Catholic bishops, telling them Wednesday that they should seek to be shepherds who never shy away from dialogue, do not fight with one another, and always seek out opportunities for encounter.

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US progressives hope Pope Francis can bring moral force to key issues, Guardian US

Tue, 22 September 2015 | Campaigners believe the pontiff’s visit can lift their work on climate change, income inequality, immigration and mass incarceration above partisan swamp

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The Papal Visit Brings Forth Ugliness From the Right, Frank Cocozzelli, Talk to Action

Tue Sep 22, 2015 | In a recent press release, Catholic League president Bill Donohue warned, "Pope Visits To U.S. Occasion Ugliness." Donohue then went on to describe the activities of several Catholic and non-Catholic Progressive leaning organizations during the last two papal visits. As is his wont, Donohue recklessly tarred dissent (by the Women's Ordination Conference, for example) as anti-Catholic behavior.  Donohue demagogically conflates progressive and liberal dissent with hate. There are important differences between hate and dissent, regardless of the source.

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Francis Visits the Church that John Paul Broke, Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches, Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches

September 21, 2015 | What we now call the Catholic Church looks very different from the church of 1979. Francis will find a fractured church where a significant number of practicing Catholics aren’t receptive to his papacy and its message, and where a large population of those who would presumably be supportive of his papacy and its priorities are politically and doctrinally alienated. Ironically, this diminished, splintered church—or, nascent churches—is largely the creation of John Paul, the last pope to get a rock star reception when he came to America.

 

Special Report | Jeremy Corbyn, Fighter for Social Justice, Peace and Human Rights, Week of September 26, 2015

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Jeremy Corbyn, the newly elected leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, speaks at a Solidarity With Refugees march in London on the day of his victory at the polls, Sept. 12. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)

  • Although his feet have barely touched the ground, the Labour Party’s new leader, a man of principle, is already reinvigorating British politics.
  • Part 1: Part 1: The Thunderous Threat of Jeremy Corbyn’s Principled Politics to The Power Elite
  • Part 2: Jeremy Corbyn, Fighter for Social Justice, Peace and Human Rights

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



 

Part 1: The Thunderous Threat of Jeremy Corbyn’s Principled Politics to The Power Elite

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  • In a country where the Prime Minister is now accused of sexual debauchery with dead farm animals and elites are allowed to walk free no matter how much evidence is laid out against them, it is no surprise that the political establishment is doing everything in its power to try and stop Jeremy Corbyn – a thunderous threat to the fun and games they are playing at the expense of quite literally everyone else in the entire country. 
  • If we could pass on only one piece of advice to Corbyn, it would be the following: STICK to your guns and do not under any circumstances pull a Tsipras!

Stuart L. Hooper, 21st Century Wire

/corbyn1.jpg?resize=600%2C485Corbyn is not afraid of the oligarchy. (Photo Credit: David Holt)

September 22, 2015 | The real opposition the UK has been waiting for has finally arrived at the helm of the Labour Party.

During the British Labour Party’s recent leadership election, the candidate who was supposed to be nothing more than a fringe addition to the competion, Jeremy Corbyn, swept to power by gaining 60% of the vote from party members. This is an unquestionable result and an incredible mandate for power, which far exceeds that of Tony Blair back in 1994.

 

Prior to the election, Tony Blair, ex-Labour Leader and British PM who could face war crimes charges for the Iraq War, warned that Corbyn’s leadership would doom the Labour Party to annihilation. The numbers, however, show a different story, as thousands joined the Labour Party just to vote for Corbyn and over 30,000 more have joined in the first three days after the result. Others even tried to brand Corbyn as anti-semitic as he shot to the stars of political popularity during the leadership race.

Stuart L. Hooper is a contributor to 21st Century Wire

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Part 2: Jeremy Corbyn, Fighter for Social Justice, Peace and Human Rights

Although his feet have barely touched the ground, the Labour Party’s new leader, a man of principle, is already reinvigorating British politics.

Roisin Davis, Truthdig

 

 

 

Sep 20, 2015 | For almost a generation, the left wing of the British Labour Party has been a voice crying in a wilderness of neoliberalism. Defeated and marginalized by Labour’s Tony Blair, then vilified by his Tory successor, Prime Minister David Cameron, the “Socialist Campaign Group”  has been routinely derided as an irrelevant “hard left” sect. Ed Miliband’s brief and disastrous leadership of the Labour Party, which ended with his defeat at the polls in May, was expected by political pundits to be followed by the so-called New Labour wing taking control of the party, albeit after a nasty quarrel over which of Blair’s descendants would become leader.

Few foresaw the possibility that Jeremy Corbyn, a member of Parliament and the Campaign Group—a politician the tabloid press has always depicted as the very incarnation of a “hard left” demon—would emerge triumphant and, what’s more, defiant from the Sept. 12 national voting.

Roisin Davis, Assistant Editor, originally from Northern Ireland, she is a journalist with a background in social research and community work. She holds an MA in Economic History from the University of Barcelona and currently lives in New York.

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How Party Insiders Have Thwarted the Will of Nearly Half of America’s Voters

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It is a scandal and a mockery of the democratic process that the largest political party in America, as NBC’s Chuck Todd called the mass of independents, is being kept off the debate stage by insiders seeking to protect the candidates from the two major parties.

Presidential Debate News / IVN

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republican-democrat-600x368.jpg?a051b6Aug 21, 2015 | The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently found that the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) had not violated current rules on access to debates. That was no surprise – when you consider that the FEC, like the CPD, is divided between Democrats and Republicans. It’s a bipartisan, not non-partisan agency.

What was surprising, however, was a joint statement that was just released from two members of the FEC: the chair, Ann Ravel, and a commissioner, Ellen L. Weintraub. These two commissioners voted in favor of opening a rulemaking that would consider, in their words, “whether the existing rules are adequate to ensure that debates are conducted fairly and without a bias against non-major-party candidates.”

They lost that vote, 4-2, but in their statement (just released) they lay out a powerful argument against the current debate rules.

Presidential Debate News provides the latest news and information on efforts to open up the presidential debates to include a third, independent candidate - thus, giving the American people a broader choice in their selection of our President and enabling more great Americans to run.

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Related:

America's Electoral Farce, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience,
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap

Too Big to Jail

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  • Analyzing industrial catastrophes that have killed or sickened consumers and workers or caused irrevocable harm to the environment.
  • Part 1: Critics Rip GM Deferred Prosecution Agreement in Engine Switch Case
  • Part 2: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: Critics Rip GM Deferred Prosecution Agreement in Engine Switch Case

“It is unconscionable that a giant corporation can conceal information about deadly safety defects for a decade, be responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people as a result and escape any criminal liability based only on a corporate fine and a promise not to do wrong again in the future. It is equally unconscionable that none of the executives inside General Motors responsible for this disaster are going to be held criminally accountable, as now appears to be the case.” --Public Citizen’s Rob Weissman

Editor, Corporate Crime Reporter

toobig1.jpgSeptember 17th, 2015 | General Motors will pay $900 million, enter into a deferred prosecution agreement and accept a monitor for three years as part of a settlement of allegations that it failed to disclosed a faulty engine switch in GM automobiles that resulted in 124 deaths.

That’s according to the deferred prosecution agreement, and a lengthy statement of facts detailing GM’s criminal wrongdoing.

Corporate Crime Reporter is a legal print newsletter. 

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Part 2: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction

A review of Why Not Jail? ~  Rena Steinzor 

The Center for Progressive Reform

WhyNotJailCover.jpgThe U.S. Department of Justice is under fire for failing to prosecute banks that caused the 2008 economic meltdown because they are too big to jail. Prosecutors have long neglected to hold corporate executives accountable for chronic mistakes that kill and injure workers and customers. This book, the first of its kind, analyzes five industrial catastrophes that have killed or sickened consumers and workers or caused irrevocable harm to the environment. From the Texas City refinery explosion to the Upper Big Branch mine collapse to the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and extending to incidents of food and drug contamination that have killed or injured hundreds, the root causes of these preventable disasters include crimes of commission and omission. Although federal prosecutors have made a start on holding low-level managers liable, far more aggressive prosecution is appropriate as a matter of law, policy, and justice. In accessible and jargon-free language, CPR President Rena Steinzor recommends innovative interpretations of existing laws to elevate the prosecution of white-collar crime at the federal and state levels.

The Center for Progressive Reform is a nonprofit research and educational organization with a network of Member Scholars working to protect health, safety, and the environment through analysis and commentary. The organization's 50+ Member Scholars -- working academics at institutions of higher learning across the United States -- provide research, analysis and commentary on a range of issues related to the environment, health and safety.

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Special Project | Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week Ending September 19, 2015

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  • “Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?” – St Augustine. 
  • 8 New Items including:
    • 5 Tips for Employers on Improving Disability Inclusion
    • Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?
    • Ella Taught Me: Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement
    • World Institute for Social Change (WISC)
    • Non-Violence And It's Violent Consequences
    • Echoes of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation at home and abroad,
    • Chris Hedges | Make the Rich Panic
    • Nonviolence as Compliance

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Pavel Constantin

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5 Tips for Employers on Improving Disability Inclusion, Meredith AusenbaughU.S. Department of Labor

  • In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the recent White House Summit on Disability Employment explored how we can better include people with disabilities in the workplace. Here are five top takeaways from the summit for employers on improving disability inclusion.
  • Deepening Our Inclusion of People With Disabilities

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Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?, Tom Engelhardt, Greanville Post

(Or What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices)

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Ella Taught Me: Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement, Barbara Ransby, ColorLines 

The Revolution Will Not be Tweeted

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World Institute for Social Change (WISC), Michael Albert, Zcommunications

An Online School for you - needs you ...

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Non-Violence And It's Violent Consequences, an unknown author, Zine Distro

  • There is little hope for us until we become toughminded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance. The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of softmindedness. A nation or a civilization that continues to produce softminded (people) purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan. --Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope
  • Nonviolence as Compliance
  • Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

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Echoes of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation at home and abroad, Frida Berrigan, Waging Nonviolence

Let us honor our mothers (and Julia Ward Howe) by listening to the voices of mothers from some of the world’s 28 active war zones. Women are still calling for an end to bloodshed in every corner of the globe.

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Chris Hedges | Make the Rich Panic, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

If you want change you can believe in, destroy the system. And changing the system does not mean collaborating with it as Bernie Sanders is doing by playing by the cooked rules of the Democratic Party. Profound social and political transformation is … never initiated (in legislatures and courts). Radical change always comes from below. 

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Nonviolence as Compliance, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Atlantic

  • Officials calling for calm can offer no rational justification for Gray's death, and so they appeal for order.
  • When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.
  • Police body cameras will not change the culture of racism in America

 

Reviews of This Week's GOP Debate

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  • Drinks for my friends.
  • Part 1: Clusterfuck Revisited
  • Part 2: A 5 year old's observations on the Republican debate
  • Fantasies and Fictions at G.O.P. Debate

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Clusterfuck Revisited

It was exactly the festival of outrageous mendacity and deliberate fomentation of fear appropriate for the level of emotional intelligence that has become the common denominator for the republican party as a whole.

Michael Douglass, Brainspank

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September 17th, 2015 | So I watched as much of it as I could stomach.

Almost the whole thing.

Actually, my DVR cut off the end of it and I found myself all little grateful.

Relieved.

I’d had enough.

Here’s what I learned:

Michael Douglass: A tremendous admirer of elaborate falsehoods. A pontificator. I eschew obfuscation.

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Part 2: A 5 year old's observations on the Republican debate

  • "Mama, are these people trying to destroy the country?"
  • "Why are they all so scary?"

the dogs sockpuppet, Daily Kos 

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Wed, Sep 16, 2015 | My 5 year old daughter decided to sit through the Republican debate for some unknown reason. I transcribed her observations verbatim and present them here for your enjoyment.

"Mama, are these people trying to destroy the country?" (I promise that I did not say anything to invoke this reaction. My partner may or may not have yelled something to that effect as I turned the debate on).

the dogs sockpuppet is a member of Daily Kos 

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Related:

Fantasies and Fictions at G.O.P. Debate, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

  • (After) Wednesday’s Republican debate … I’m terrified. You should be, too.
  • Now we have presidential candidates who make Mr. Bush (II) look like Abe Lincoln. But who will tell the people?
  • Reviews of This Week's GOP Debate

#ARRESTTRUMP

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  • Donald Trump and his presidential campaign have morphed into something very violent and dangerous, particularly for Latinos, immigrants, and communities of color. Trump represents a clear and present danger for our communities that must be confronted immediately.
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campaign_image/arrestdonald.jpgApril 16, 2015 | While much has happened during the presidential campaign over the last few weeks, few have noticed what Trump has put on full display for all Americans to see. And it's not that he's just a bully, a xenophobe, a misogynist, and a racist. It's that he has incited violence in our community and admitted to bribing public officials.

Trump's presidential campaign is no longer a joke. It is no longer just a sad sign of the times or an irresistible train wreck. Trump and his campaign have morphed into something very dangerous, particularly for Latinos, immigrants, and communities of color. He represents a clear and present danger for our communities that must be confronted urgently. Join us in calling on US AG Lynch and State Attorneys General to conduct a full criminal investigation of his actions and the actions of his campaign and representatives, and if the investigation shows he committed these crimes, that he be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If left unchecked, Trump's hate will continue to create a hostile environment for all immigrants and Latinos—an environment which can result in tragedy. #BastaTrump

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