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Special Project | Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week Ending October 24, 2015

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“Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?” – St Augustine. 

  • 8 New Items including:
    • Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign | Protect Our Kids From Adult Risks,
    • Jim Crow is back in Alabama
    • How to Add Politics to Our Protest: The case for a new, open-source party of unified progressive movements
    • Join a Grassroots Campaign to Fight Police Militarization
    • Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools
    • 10 Crucial Ways We Can Make Society More Inclusive for People With Disabilities
    • LGBT Discrimination Is Still Legal
    • Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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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

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Jim Crow is back in Alabama, Laura Packard, moveon.org

  •   http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngPetition to be delivered to Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General and President Barack Obama: Please investigate and put a stop to the voter suppression.
  • There are currently 103,962 signatures. New goal - We need 125,000 signatures!

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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 Bergerthe 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

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Join a Grassroots Campaign to Fight Police Militarization, NationAction, the Nation

  • Last year, activists were able to kick Urban Shield out of Oakland. Now they’re fighting to get rid of this potent symbol of police militarization for good.
  • Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools

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Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools, Produced by the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY), www.nnomy.org; hosted by American Friends Service Committee.

  • A live online organizing workshop in three 1-hour parts
  • Opposing Junior ROTC

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10 Crucial Ways We Can Make Society More Inclusive for People With Disabilities, Kristin Duquette and Mary Hums, Huffington Post

  • Although the ADA made significant changes, it did not address everything a person with a disability faces on a daily basis. Just because a president signed a piece of legislation into law doesn't mean that a) it's fully enforced and b) it 100 percent changed our culture on how we view the disability community.
  • Disabled Americans Are Worse Off In The Job Market Than They Were 25 Years Ago

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LGBT Discrimination Is Still Legal, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Overcoming militarism is just as vital as overcoming oligarchy. We won’t be able to do one without the other.
  • Part 1: Why Won't Bernie Talk About War?
  • Part 2: Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other
  • http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.png  Please sign this petition to Bernie Sanders.
  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

 

Justin Trudeau faces challenging inbox as Canada's new prime minister

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  • The Liberal leader promised a positive, ambitious and hopeful vision with sweeping policy changes on drug laws, tax, climate change, and electoral reform.
  • Part 1: Canada to end airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, new prime minister Trudeau says.
  • Part 2: Canadian unions cheer as voters toss out right-wing Prime Minister Harper

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Canada to end airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, new prime minister Trudeau says.

He did not set out a timeline for the withdrawal. Canada currently has six CF-18 fighter jets taking part in the US-led bombing campaign. They were due to remain in the region until March 2016.

Jessica Murphy, Guardian 

Tuesday 20 October 2015 | Canadian Liberal prime minister designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Canada will withdraw its fighter jets from the US-led mission against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

In his first news conference following the sweeping majority Liberal victory in Canada’s federal election, the visibly fatigued leader said he had spoken with US president Barack Obama in a phone call during which he discussed his intention to pull Canada’s fighter jets out of the anti-Isis campaign.

Jessica Murphy is a freelance print and TV journalist based in Ottawa. She writes regularly on federal politics and other matters for the Guardian as well as other publications. She also recently spent time as a foreign correspondent covering American politics and current affairs for a Canadian and international audience.

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Part 2: Canadian unions cheer as voters toss out right-wing Prime Minister Harper

Canadian unions say they will hold the Liberal Party, which has taken control of the nation's Parliament, to all of its campaign promises. 

Mark Gruenberg, People's World

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October 21, 2015 | Canadian unions cheered as, in a resounding rejection of a decade of radical right politics, voters decisively tossed out Tory Prime Minister Stephen Harper, giving a large parliamentary majority to the Liberal Party and its leader, Justin Trudeau.

Results from all House of Commons ridings (districts) show the Liberals won 184 seats with 40 percent of the vote, keyed by sweeps in Canada's largest cities, Toronto and Montreal. The Tories won 99 seats and 32 percent. Harper had led a plurality government from 2011-15.

Mark Gruenberg is the editor of Press Associates Inc. (PAI), a union news service.

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Mark Fiore | Conservatives Gone Wild / www.markfiore.com

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October 14, 2015 | Even though the presidential campaign is providing loads of entertainment and maybe even a bit of substantive discussion, the real show is in the House of Representatives.  There is chaos in the Republican-controlled House after the far right ousted John Boehner and blocked Kevin McCarthy from the speakership.  The right wing nuts are ascendant and in full display in the Freedom Caucus.

The Freedom Caucus is an assortment of the most ideologically-pure right wing Republicans.  There are reportedly about forty members, a fairly small number relative to the House’s 435 members.  Apparently, if you have nothing to lose and have the financial encouragement from various far right Super PACs, you can refuse to budge, compromise or legislate and lead all the other “establishment” Republicans around by a ring in their collective nose.

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Why America Won't Quit Guns

  • History, politics and Hollywood give firearms an implacable hold.
  • Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut

Howard Fineman, Huffington Post

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10/06/2015 | Sandy Hook. Charleston. Roseburg. The ghastly roll call of gun violence in America is ever lengthening.

The United States has the highest per capita rate of gun ownership in the world (Yemen is a rather distant second) and the highest incidence of gun deaths in the developed world. Yet a toxic mix of history, culture, politics and money is preventing -- and will continue to prevent -- the U.S. from significantly restricting the private ownership of firearms. 

Here's why.

Howard Fineman, Global Editorial Director, Huffington Post

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Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut, Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

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  • He supported the most reprehensible pro-gun legislation in recent memory—one that may block Sandy Hook families from winning a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used to massacre their children.
  • Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle.

The Presidential Candidates Should Present An Agenda Centered on the Worth of Black Lives

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  • White pols still don’t get it: What Hillary and Bernie still need to understand about #Blacklivesmatter
  • A few hopefuls have met with activists, but the fight does not end there — or with mouthing a hashtag
  • Chris Hedges | State Terror Against People of Color

Kenneshea Allums, Demos

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Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 | A couple of months ago, Black Lives Matter activists broke a long-standing tradition governing interactions between politicians and communities of color. Traditionally, few organizations advocating on behalf of Black and Brown folks have had female leaders. Usually, charismatic male leaders negotiated on behalf of these communities in closed door, formal settings. While these meetings helped win many legislative victories, they also sparked problems.

Among them was a feeling that Black and Brown communities are only bargaining chips for winning elections and their needs and wants do not have to be taken seriously. Today, activists and voters are letting elected officials know that they want more than promises by demanding presidential hopefuls offer substantive policy proposals that account for the multi-faceted ways marginalized identities intersect.

Kenneshea Allums: Joined Demos' Communications Team in March, 2015. Writer and digital strategist interested in creating a world that provides for the needs of all folks.

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Chris Hedges | State Terror Against People of Color, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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  • Mothers of young men murdered by police in Orange County, Calif., testify to the systematic destruction of families and society that such shootings cause. And by extension they indict the capitalist evil that consciously holds the poor like animals in squalid pens.
  • Black Lives Matter movement faces new challenges as its national prominence grows
  • 15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now To End Police Brutality

The question of Socialism Vs Capitalism

  • Socialism in some form, which has been around before civilization, will eventually prevail.
  • Part 1: Socialism Vs Capitalism: Past, Present, And Future 
  • Part 2: 'Capitalism Is Mother Earth's Cancer'

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Socialism Vs Capitalism : Past, Present, And Future 

A new synthesis of Marxism and Existentialism rooted in each country's culture, traditions, and needs of workers and not just the bourgeoisie may produce successful leftist regimes in the future. Socialism in some form, which has been around before civilization, will eventually prevail.

Jon Kofas, countercurrents.org

23 September, 2015 | Contemporary civilization and its progress under capitalism are measured largely, though not exclusively, by stock market indicators and the wealth index of corporations and millionaires that mainstream media celebrates. All other issues are only significant if they enhance or diminish corporate wealth. This includes the political, social, environmental issues that may either entail greater profit opportunities or instability and lower profits. “Accordingly, the extent to which corporate democracy represents general, social interests or narrow, profit-oriented interests is largely a function of political contestation and state policy.”

Carl Gershenson, “Protecting Markets from Society: Non-Pecuniary Claims in American Corporate Democracy” Politics and Society (March, 2015, vol. 43, no. 1)

This “corporate measure” of the social contract in modern society is to the exclusion of the misery index in what Frantz Fanon once called “The Wretched of the Earth”, referring to the manner that imperialism determines social class in Africa and the masses’ reaction to create a more socially just society. The conditions Fanon described pertaining to Algerian struggle against French colonialism pertains today to conditions that capitalism universally creates and perpetuates as it always has since its nascent phase in the 15th century when European colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade began. An African-American youth shot by the police in the ghetto in 2015 is just as much a victim of the same class formation that capitalism creates as an Algerian youth fighting against French colonial rule in the 1950s. 

Jon Kofas is a retired university Professor from Indiana University.

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World People's Summit Issues 12 Demands 

Deirdre Fulton, countercurrents.org

Decrying capitalism as a "threat to life," an estimated 7,000 environmentalists, farmers, and Indigenous activists from 40 countries convened in the Bolivian town of Tiquipaya for this weekend's World People's Conference on Climate Change, aiming to elevate the demands of social movements and developing countries in the lead-up to upcoming United Nations-led climate talks.

"Capitalism is Mother Earth's cancer," Bolivian President Evo Morales told the crowd, which also heard over the course of the three-day conference from United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon as well as other Latin American leaders.

Deirdre Fulton, Assistant Professor of Religion in Old Testament, Baylor University

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This Just In: We Are Officially in a New Gilded Age

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  • Just 158 families have contributed nearly half of all the money raised so far for the numerous presidential campaigns. Not surprisingly, these donors are overwhelmingly white, male, old, Republican, and rich—very, very rich. 
  • Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery."
  • Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything.

Justin Miller, American Prospect

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As the Times reports, just 158 families have contributed nearly half of all the money raised so far for the numerous presidential campaigns. “Not since before Watergate,” the story states, “have so few people and businesses provided so much early money in a campaign, most of it through channels legalized by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision five years ago.”

Justin Miller is a writing fellow for the American Prospect.

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Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery" Jon Schwarz, the Intercept 

  • Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an 'oligarchy' in which 'unlimited political bribery' has created 'a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.'
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

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Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything, Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution

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  • Corporations Are Above The Government: They Dictate Government Policy.
  • “Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same bird, and the flight path doesn’t change.”  – Unknown.
  • "The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the speed with which they get on their knees when corporate campaign contributors show up." -- Ralph Nader
  • Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery
  • "It's a big club. And you aint in it." --George Carlin

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