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War unvarnished is brutality itself

  • 'You cannot qualify war in harsher terms, than I will. War is cruelty and You cannot refine it,' thundered Sherman in King James biblical cadences, which all Ameri­cans understood, 'and those who brought war into our country de­serve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out.' At this Point Sherman the cool deist had become Jeremiah, the Old Testament judge, and an ancient war god emerged from his prophecy, the god of the terrible swift sword.
  • from Citizen Sherman by Michael Fellman

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Stereograph showing skeletal remains and uniforms on the battlefield at Gaines' Mill, Virginia, several months after the battle.

July 5, 2016 | Today's selection -- from Citizen Sherman by Michael Fellman. In his march on Atlanta, and his subsequent march to Savannah and the sea, General William Tecumseh Sherman was the first in the Civil War to engage in "total warfare." In this mode, in addition to battling the Confederate Army, he burned homes, destroyed crops, expelled civilians and sought to destroy the South's will to fight. At a key moment in this campaign, he exchanged letters with his opponent, Confederate General John Bell Hood, thus providing an extraordinary portrait of the mind at war:

"Immediately after Atlanta fell to his army, Sherman initiated a plan to expel all civilians from the city, something he had done on a much smaller scale before but that, at this level, amounted to perhaps the most extreme action yet taken against civilians by any general in the war. Anticipating Southern reactions, Sherman declared to [his fellow General Henry] Halleck, 'If the people raise a howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will an­swer that war is war and not popularity seeking. If they want peace they and their relatives must stop war.' Writing this letter, on September 4, 1864, was the moment in which Sherman attained his most fully conscious and self-acknowledged role as psychological warrior. Though he had a military argument for getting civilians out of the way of his army -- in order to use Atlanta as one big military rail depot -- his greater purpose was to strike terror into Southern hearts. He would not remain a personality with human feelings, but would incorporate war itself. Having chosen transformation into the totalist warrior, he would offer Southerners a big puzzle -- what would this particular gen­eral not do? In purpose and self-conception he would be barbarous and cruel, not from his peacetime person, but from his personal rededi­cation in war, a war into which he had finally and fully entered.

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Urgent -- and Sustained -- Action on Gun Violence

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What will move Congress to act? Not more statistics. You.

Amelia Kegan, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/American%20Culture%20of%20Violence_1.jpg June 16, 2016 | There are some sad realities in this world. The presence of violence, and in the case of Orlando, hateful violence directed at the Latino LGBTQ community, is one of those sad realities our society faces.

Yet this is a reality we are called to change. Events like the tragedy in Orlando should galvanize all of us to action. We can't turn away because the politics are hard or disengage because we don't like the campaign rhetoric.

What will move Congress to act? Not more statistics. You.

 

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Your calls today matter. It will also take sustained action – showing Congress over and over again that this is a priority for you – to keep the momentum going for change. We’ve seen the pattern before: a tragedy like the Orlando shooting captures headlines and attention for a few days or weeks, and then things return to business as usual – until the next preventable tragedy.

That’s why, after you make your call, I hope you’ll send an email to your senators and representative. Tell them that background checks would be a good start, but it’s not enough. Tell them it’s time they take action against military-style assault weapons.

Similar types of military-style assault weapons were used in Orlando, Newtown, Aurora, San Bernardino, and the Umpqua Community College.

Tell Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban.

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This isn’t just about one killing, or even a series of mass killings. Gun violence permeates our society. The current stats are already alarming:

  • 1,500 shootings in Chicago so far this year.
  • On average, 51 women in the U.S. are shot and killed by an intimate partner each month.
  • 20,000 gun suicides in the U.S. every year.

This summer, candidates for public office – people who want to represent you and your views – are campaigning and holding events.

Bring your concerns for preventing gun violence to campaign events.

People running for office in this country need to hear that it’s time for Congress to prioritize preventing gun violence.

See FCNL’s resources on asking candidate questions, find out about races in your area and how to contact candidates, and see tips for being heard at in-person candidate events.

This is a time of great grief for our country. Yet we can also translate this moment into a moment of action. But it's going to take all of us speaking up and showing up.

Please act today and throughout the summer and fall so this tragic history doesn’t keep repeating itself.

Sincerely,

Amelia Kegan, Legislative Director, Domestic Policy, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

Vietnam Vets Push VA to Link Bladder Cancer to Agent Orange

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  • The Department of Veterans Affairs is evaluating new research as it decides whether to extend benefits to exposed vets with the disease.
  • Reliving Agent Orange

Mike Hixenbaugh, the Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, and Charles Ornstein and Terry Parris Jr., ProPublica

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April 27, 2016 | Alan Eller has spent more than a decade trying to convince the Department of Veterans Affairs that his bladder cancer was the result of exposure to Agent Orange almost 50 years ago in Vietnam.

The Army vet has filed three claims with the agency, most recently in 2014, since a doctor told him the cancer was likely tied to the toxic herbicide.

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Each time, even as he found additional doctors to vouch for the link between his cancer and his service, the VA rejected Eller’s claim, arguing there was no proof.

Mike Hixenbaugh is an investigative and projects reporter for the Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot. He spent three years covering the military and veterans affairs after joining the paper in 2011.The Military Reporters & Editors Association singled Mike’s work out as the best domestic national security coverage in the country.

Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter for ProPublica covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry.

Terry Parris Jr. is ProPublica's community editor. Prior to joining ProPublica, he led digital production and engagement at WDET 101.9 FM, NPR’s affiliate in Detroit.

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History = Made

Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America / Everytown for Gun Safety

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Sen.%20Murphy%20Gun%20Control%20Filibuster.jpgJune 16, 2016 | 14 hours and 50 minutes. That's how long gun sense champions held the Senate floor last night to demand a vote on common-sense gun safety laws -- one of the longest filibusters in modern U.S. history.

You flooded congressional offices with tens of thousands of calls. Over 95,000 of you signed our petition calling for action from Congress in the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. NRA-backed politicians finally surrendered and agreed to hold a vote on bills that would prevent suspected terrorists from getting guns and require background checks for all gun sales.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpg Gun sense champions like Senator Murphy, Sen. Feinstein, Sen. Blumenthal, and Sen. Schumer stood through the night. Now it's time for us to stand with them. Share our graphic thanking these gun sense champions so they know we've got their back.

This vote could happen any day -- so tell your friends and family to call their senators and support these common-sense gun laws.

Last night was a historic moment. That's because a historic number of Americans are demanding change from their leaders. But what hasn't changed are the people in Congress doing the NRA's dirty work.

This November, Americans have the chance to kick out these craven politicians and elect a gun sense majority. If Congress doesn't change our gun laws, we'll change Congress.

Let's make sure these politicians know that Americans are watching.

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Shannon Watts: Founder, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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Enough, Center for American Progress

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  • To Do Nothing Is A Decision As Well
  • Related: 1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like

 

 

Enough

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To Do Nothing Is A Decision As Well

Related: 1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like

Center for American Progress

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/American%20Culture%20of%20Violence_1.jpg Jun 15, 2016 | This morning, three days after the tragedy in Orlando, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) began a speaking filibuster on the Senate floor to honor the victims of Orlando and demand that the Senate take action to address gun violence. “I’m prepared to stand on this floor, and talk about the need for this body to come together on keeping terrorists away from getting guns … for frankly, as long as I can, because I know that we can come together on this issue,” he said. More than six hours later he remains on the floor, where he has been joined by many of his Senate Democratic colleagues.

 

One of the changes Sen. Murphy, along with many of his fellow Democratic Senators, is calling for is closing the terror gap, which is a loophole in our gun laws that allows suspected terrorists to legally purchase firearms. Right now in the United States, if you are considered too dangerous to buy a plane ticket, you can still buy a firearm. Suspected terrorists who are placed on a no-fly list are prevented from flying on an airplane but can still legally purchase guns. And they have.

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1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like, Guardian US interactive team, The Guardian

The shooting in San Bernardino with 14 victims has added to the growing number over the past three decades, but support for gun control has fallen.

Related: From the Archives | Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture

 

1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like

  • The shooting in San Bernardino with 14 victims has added to the growing number over the past three decades, but support for gun control has fallen.
  • Related: From the Archives | Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture

Guardian US interactive team, The Guardian

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Tuesday 14 June 2016 | Sunday’s attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida was the deadliest mass shooting in American history – but there were five other mass shootings in the US during that weekend alone.

“We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” Barack Obama said after the San Bernardino attack in December 2015.

Data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive via the crowd-sourced website ShootingTracker.com reveals a shocking human toll: there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – on five out of every six days, on average. (Updated on 13 June 2016)

US mass shootings becoming more frequent – and more deadly

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Related:

From the Archives | Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture, Pamela Haag, Salon

America was born with a unique bond to gun culture, some would have you believe. They're peddling bad history.

 

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