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Your School Is Becoming a Police State and a Hotbed for Military Recruiting

  • The shookking Orwellian rise of "School Resource Officers" and military recruiters.
  • Part 1: Your school is becoming a police state. 
  • Part 2: Truth in Recruiting
  • Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign | Protect Our Kids From Adult Risks

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: Your school is becoming a police state. 

  • The shocking, Orwellian rise of “school resource officers”
  • When a cop attacks a student sitting peacefully in the classroom, we shouldn't be surprised. This is the new normal.

Daniel Denvir, Salon Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 | The video of a school police officer in Columbia, South Carolina, brutally flipping a student backward and then heaving her across the room is instructive because it is not an isolated incident.

Earlier this month, ten people were arrested during protests in Pawtucket, RI, following a videotaped incident of a school police officer aggressively taking down a student who did not appear to pose a threat. In August, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit accusing a school police officer in Covington, KY, of shackling two children with ADHD. The children were only 8 and 9 years old. (A video of one incident is here). In March, the Houston Chronicle reported that “police officers in eight of the largest Houston-area school districts have used force on students and trespassers at least 1,300 times in the last four years.”

Daniel Denvir is a writer at Salon covering criminal justice, policing, education, inequality and politics.

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Part 2: Truth In Recruiting

  • Stopping War Where it Begins
  • Organizing Against Militarism In Our Schools

National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)

Truth in Recruiting is the foundational principle that directs the work of multiple Counter-recruitment groups inside the United States of America and territories. It has the essential mission to inform students, parents, and school teachers of the disparities that exist in the information that military recruiters are presenting to American Youth about military service in our schools. Since the implementation of a voluntary military force, the need to develop a vigorous campaign by the Department of Defense has led to aggressive recruitment quotas and encouraged unethical tactics of appeal to capture and encourage the interest of youth to join into the military forces. Recruiters have compromised the telling of the real facts of what it means to serve in the military services and appealing to parents with overstated educational and career benefits and to young people with the promise of travel and a "life adventure" that masks the real risks to their physical and mental health as they move forward into their lives.

Top military recruitment facts

1. Recruiters lie. According the New York Times, nearly one of five United States Army recruiters was under investigation in 2004 for offenses varying from "threats and coercion to false promises that applicants would not be sent to Iraq." One veteran recruiter told a reporter for the Albany Times Union, "I've been recruiting for years, and I don't know one recruiter who wasn't dishonest about it. I did it myself."

National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth

(NNOMY) is a national networking body that brings together national, regional and local organizations to oppose the growing intrusion of the military in young people's lives.

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Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign | Protect Our Kids From Adult Risks, Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign

  • "School-based military recruitment of adolescents is harmful."—American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • "Military Service is associated with disproportionately poor health for
  • those in late adolescence." --APHA
  • "Adolescent development is insufficient to support wise choices that have lifelong implications."—APHA
  • Opposing Junior ROTC


Chris Hedges Calls Out Corporate America for Their Complicity in Neoslavery

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, activist and Presbyterian minister Chris Hedges, whose latest book is “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle,” spoke Saturday at New York’s “Rise Up October” rally and march to end police violence. In his address, Hedges spoke about the effects that police violence and mass incarceration has on families. “There are husbands and wives severed, sometimes forever, from their spouses,” said Hedges. “There are sisters and brothers that have been torn apart, but this morning we remember most the children, those whose mothers and fathers are locked behind bars or whose parents will never come home again, whose tiny lives have been shattered, whose childhoods have been stolen, who endure the painful stigma of loss or of having a mother or father in prison and cannot comprehend the cruelty of this world.”
  • The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Chris Hedges, Democracy Now! / Dandelion Salad Image by Dave Phillips via Flickr

Oct 26, 2015 | Amy Goodman: Among those who addressed the crowd was the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, Chris Hedges who wrote for The New York Times for over 15 years, 20 years a Middle East correspondent covering war. His latest book is Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt.

Chris Hedges: I’m Chris Hedges. I’m a writer. I teach in a prison in New Jersey, and have for many years. I’m also a Presbyterian minister.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Ta-Nehisi Coates,  the Atlantic


American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this system, it's time to reclaim his original intent.

Keeping Hope Alive While Locked Out With No Voice

  • I hold onto hope for a better world.  I know it won’t be easy.  I know I may not see any changes resulting from my work, but I also know that I must take action and try to effect change in the world.  Taking action can help us hold onto our humanity and it is the only option we have.
  • How to Add Politics to Our Protest: The case for a new, open-source party of unified progressive movements

Joy First,  Popular Resistance From Lisa Savage of Went2theBridge

September 27, 2015 | The voices of the people are not being heard as we are increasingly denied access to our government officials.  For many, we have wanted to believe that we live in some kind of representative democracy where we can express our views to those we elect and it will make a difference, but that is not the case.

study published in the academic journal Perspectives on Politics found the majority of the American public has a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy” compared to the wealthy.

Joy First, Mount Horeb, WI,  is a long-time peace activist organizing and participating in actions of nonviolent civil resistance against the crimes of our government.  She works with the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars and other groups.  

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How to Add Politics to Our Protest: The case for a new, open-source party of unified progressive movements, Kate Aronoff and Max Berger, The Nation

  • From Black Lives Matter to Occupy Wall Street, from the DREAMer movement to that for divestment from fossil fuels, young people and people of color have been at the forefront of a new generation of popular movements rising to fill the democracy deficit left by an unresponsive political system.
  • The American people—recognized citizens or otherwise—are hurting, and the established political parties have been unable and unwilling to meet their needs. That’s where movements come in.  
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics

Marc Ash: Socialism? Let’s Cut to the Chase

  • “A basic principle of modern state capitalism is that costs and risks are socialized to the extent possible, while profit is privatized.” – Noam Chomsky
  • “This country has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor.” – The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Marc Ash, Reader Supported News / Rise Up Times downfall of Detroit. Detroit’s former Lee Plaza Hotel, closed in the 90s. (photo: Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre/Time

September 29, 2015 | You are going to be hearing a lot about “Bernie Sanders, the Radical Socialist” in the coming months. So before that bandwagon rolls off down the great American highway let’s pin a little truth to its tail.

Socialism is nothing new in American politics or economics. Of course it’s not called “Socialism,” that would screw up the corporate 1% media’s branding. They call it good economic policy or bailouts or quantitative easing or free trade – but it’s Socialism.

Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, now the founder, editor and publisher of Reader Supported News.

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Socialism According to Eugene V. Debs, Elizabeth Schulte, Dandelion Salad <dandelionsalad>

  • Sanders is promoting something that falls far, far short of the fundamental change that Debs fought for. Sanders relegates socialism to the realm of nice ideas that can be talked about, but never really be implemented—while he accepts what little the Democratic Party is willing to concede.
  • What did the man who Bernie Sanders today claims as his personal hero really stand for? Elizabeth Schulte tells the story of American socialism’s best-known figure.
  • Bernie Sanders Is No Eugene Debs


Series | How America Lost Its Political Sanity! A Cousin’s Unsolicited View of Politics (Part I)

  • I mentioned to my dear cousin that Democrats and Republicans are both charlatans who say one thing and do another.  While picking our pockets. 
  • Age of Ignorance

Mickey Walker, Political Junkies Magazine If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it.

September 13, 2015 | We’ve all got ‘em.  Cousins or in-laws who think they know politics and attempt to give you quick course and the benefit of their knowledge whether you ask for it or not.  They call us out for being big-spending Liberals but never mention the New Conservatives philosophy that spending on insane weaponry to keep us safe is fine, just fine.  Talking out of both sides of the mouth simultaneously, they present an elusive target to zero in on.  Does the Tea Party come to mind?  Can anyone tell me how Ted Cruz or Donald Trump managed to reach such popularity in the GOP?

I get ambushed in the most unlikely places.  Like when we were eating buffet-style after a funeral.  Not the choicest timing on political discussions, I thought. My cousin must have mistaken me for an avid Democrat, I guessed, though I tried to tell him, too, that he was preaching to the choir.  Did that slow him down?   Nope.  These dudes with a pocketful of catchy “talking points” seem to be relentless in pursuit of spreading their worn out messages to grass roots voters.  I tried to impart to him that after a preview of Obama and the Democrat Congress at the time, I had no love lost for either entity.  But anyway he spoke of the evils of Pelosi, Obama, Michelle Obama using govt. planes for shopping sprees abroad, you know, the usual talking points, and both sides have them.  Once he checked me out and asked what I thought about it, and I said, hey, you are preaching to the choir, tell it to someone who might want to argue with you.  I don’t. 

Mickey Walker has written political and outdoor sports articles for several area newspapers and magazines for the past 30 years.  Regular columnist, “The Political Junkies” Magazine for two years.  Now retired, he travels to all points of the globe with wife Andrea and Bichon Frise, Quinn, fishing and chasing the eternal child still within.

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Age of Ignorance, Charles Simic, New York Review of Books Fairgoers cheer for Sarah Palin while she appears on the Sean Hannity Show at the Iowa State Fair, August 12, 2011 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Age of Ignorance, Charles Simic, New York Review of Books

  • What we have in this country is the rebellion of dull minds against the intellect. That’s why they love politicians who rail against teachers indoctrinating children against their parents’ values and resent the ones who show ability to think seriously and independently. Despite their bravado, these fools can always be counted on to vote against their self-interest. 
  • Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

Paul Ryan: Hypocrite, Charlatan, Right-Wing Extremist, Savior - and King

  • Only in the whacky world of today's Republican Party could Ryan be seen as a voice of reason or even, according to the party's Tea Party wing -- as "too far left," as the New York Times recently reported.
  • Part 1: Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite, Charlatan, and Right-Wing Extremist
  • Part 2: Paul Ryan Demands Family Time In His New Job. Many Americans Aren't So Lucky.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite, Charlatan, and Right-Wing Extremist

In any rational look at the spectrum of American political views, it is hard to imagine attaching the words "moderate" or "moderate conservative" to Ryan on any issue except perhaps his clothing preferences and his haircut.

Peter Dreier, Huffington Post

Joe Heller

10/21/2015 | Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker of the House but he wants a coronation, not a contested election. Toward that end, he's orchestrating a campaign that makes him appear to be a bridge-builder between the so-called "establishment" and "Tea Party" wings of the Republican Party -- the only guy who can save the GOP from self-destruction. But only in the whacky world of today's Republican Party could Ryan be seen as a voice of reason or even, according to the party's Tea Party wing -- as "too far left," as the New York Times recently reported.

As part of his campaign to appear to be an honest broker within the party, Ryan has carefully cultivated the image of being a serious "thinker" and "policy wonk" and, for the most part, the mainstream media have taken the bait. When Mitt Romney introduced Ryan as his running mate in 2012, he described the Wisconsin Congressman as the "intellectual leader of the Republican Party." In the conservative magazine Commentary, James Pethokoukis wrote that "It's probably safe to assume that no elected official in America understands the ins and outs of the labyrinthine U.S. budget the way Paul Ryan does." A McClatchey news story described Ryan as a "policy wonk" and a "conservative thinker." The Daily Beast called Ryan a "number-crunching policy wonk." New York Times columnist Ross Douthat described Ryan as a "moderate conservative."

Peter Dreier: E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College

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Part 2: Paul Ryan Demands Family Time In His New Job. Many Americans Aren't So Lucky.

The U.S. is the only developed country with no guaranteed paid family leave.

Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post,scalefit_630_noupscale/5626f4921400002b003c8ba5.jpeg?cache=bKNKBTOF62 Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) family joined him on stage at the Republican National Convention in 2012, when he was Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate. (Credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images) 

10/20/2015 | Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made many in his party happy Tuesday night when he told his colleagues that he had finally agreed to take the job no one wants and run for speaker of the House. But he said he will do so only if members agree to a list of conditions, most of which concern the functioning of the caucus. One demand, however, was deeply personal. 

"I cannot and will not give up my family time," Ryan told reporters following the House GOP meeting.

Ryan is known among his colleagues as a "family guy" who goes back to Janesville, Wisconsin, every weekend to be with his wife and three young children. 

Amanda Terkel: Senior Political Reporter, Huffington Post

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