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Shock, anger, intense sadness, disappointment. Fear. These are all natural reactions to the election of Donald Trump.

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  • Take Action:

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg • Organize a local action on or around November 19 to take a stand for justice and to remember those we have lost as a result of violence, racism, hatred and bigotry.

• Join the inauguration protests in Washington, DC in January 2017.

  • Related: Call to Action: The Repression Continues so the Resistance can't Stop!

SOA Watch

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November 9, 2016 | Unfortunately, immigration and foreign policy are two of the areas which the President has a lot of power to shape. Trump has vowed to scapegoat immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and Muslims for the failures of this unjust system.

We must start now in partnering with and standing up with those that are most vulnerable to suffer because of this misplaced fear, frustration, and hatred. Reach out to local immigrant rights groups. Let's build and/or strengthen our sanctuary cities. Let's regroup, and reflect with our faith communities about how to help protect refugees, forced to come here because of imperialist policies in the first place. Let's offer solidarity to the Muslim community, not just in word, but in deed.

In the days ahead, let us build community and stand up against hate, white supremacy, fascism, xenophobia and misogyny. Today, tomorrow, and next week, we must organize. We must be prepared to take dramatic action against mass deportations and attacks on immigrants and Muslims. We must be prepared to organize and act against nuclear build-up and increase our work to build bridges, not walls.

Take Action:

• Organize a local action on or around November 19 to take a stand for justice and to remember those we have lost as a result of violence, racism, hatred and bigotry.

• Join the inauguration protests in Washington, DC in January 2017.

P.S. A piece of good news: Racist Sherrif Joe Arpaio, whose police force in Maricopa county, Arizona, has been repeatedly found to practice racial profiling, and who faces criminal charges, has been defeated in yesterday's election due to grassroots organizing power!

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Call to Action: The Repression Continues so the Resistance can't Stop! SOA Watch

Saturday, November 19, 2016: Converge in your community and at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.

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#NoDAPL: Native Americans and our Constitution are under assault

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  • Native Americans and our Constitution are under assault
  • Now that you see what water protectors are up against in North Dakota, here’s what you can do to help.
  • Part 1: #NoDAPL Signature needed: Stop the injustice at Standing Rock
  • Part 2: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

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Part 1: Signature needed: Stop the injustice at Standing Rock

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Josh Nelson, CREDO Action

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Stop%20Dakota%20Pipeline.jpgNovember 4, 2016 | The First Amendment is under attack along the Dakota Access pipeline route in North Dakota. Police and private security forces outfitted in riot gear and armed with assault weapons have unleashed dogs, pepper spray and rubber bullets on peaceful Native Americans and their allies.

Overzealous law enforcement officials in North Dakota have jailed journalists and celebrities who were exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech and the press by documenting police attacks on protesters. Just last week, militarized law enforcement arrested more than 140 people who were peacefully resisting the pipeline’s construction. Many of those arrested were reportedly detained in dog kennels.1

Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director, CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Part 2: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Now that you see what water protectors are up against in North Dakota, here’s what you can do to help.

Nick Bernabe, Activist Post

http://www.activistpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/dakota-access-pipeline-protests.jpgOctober 28, 2016 | A small Standing Rock Sioux site in North Dakota called the Sacred Stone Camp has been propelled into the national news narrative following their stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Due in part to independent media coverage of the ongoing standoff, the Sacred Stone camp has grown into a formidable opposition against the $3.8 billion, 1,200-mile long pipeline.

Due to misinformation coming from law-enforcement, political favoritism toward the pipeline builders, and the media’s blatant reluctance to report on the pipeline, it’s hard to tell truth from fiction. Anti-Media, along with our partners in the independent media and our embedded journalist at the opposition encampment, have been covering the unfolding standoff continuously. Here are five things you need to know.

Nick Bernabe is an activist, journalist, social media guru and defender of independent media. He also helped start and promote the global March Against Monsanto and the No War With Syria Rallies. He helped promote and organize the March Against Corruption, March Against Mainstream Media, and the Rallies to End The Fed. Nick is the founder of TheAntiMedia.org, a social network and news outlet for independent journalists and news junkies and host of The Anti-Media radio show.

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Call to Action: The Repression Continues so the Resistance can't Stop!

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Saturday, November 19, 2016: Converge in your community and at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.

SOA Watch 

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This year, we moved our annual mobilization to the US/Mexico border, to take a stand against the militarization of the border, to shine a light on the connection between US militarization abroad and the forced migration of thousands who are fleeing North, as well as racist immigration laws. The Convergence at the border took place in October to commemorate the 4th Anniversary of the killing of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez by a US Border Patrol agent in Nogales. Over 1,000 people came together, raised their voices for justice, and the convergence at the border was big success for our movement. Click here for videos and photos, check out the media coverage, and see the list of participating groups, speakers and musicians

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As we approach the weekend in November where we have traditionally gathered at Ft Benning, members of SOA Watch will once again bear witness.  The gates of Fort Benning remain sacred ground for our movement, where we have shed tears, celebrated the successes of movements for justice, mourned the dead, spread the ashes of our friends, crossed the line, been arrested, booked, tried, and sentenced, and taken a stand for justice the past 26 years. A small group will gather this year at the main gates of Fort Benning on Saturday, November 19 at 12noon. We won't build the big stage that we had in past years, and there won't be workshops or concerts at the Columbus Convention Center, just a presence at the gates with a speak out and vigil, where we will hold banners and the posters with the faces of the victims of US militarization. This year we will especially call out Presente for those who have been murdered this year in Honduras and demand an end to US military funding and training in Honduras. There will also be a presence at the Stewart Detention Center at 6pm on Saturday, November 19, which going to be organized by our friends from the Interreligious Task Force (IRTF). IRTF is organizing a Caravan for Justice from November 17-20.

Help us make that demand heard loud and clear -- and you do not need to travel across the country to do so.  We are asking communities across the country to hold your own actions to speak out against US military training and funding in Honduras.  Here are a few action ideas:

• Hold a Vigil in your community on Saturday, November 19th, to remember those murdered as a result of US-sponsored violence in Honduras and throughout Latin America.  Find posters here with the faces and stories of some of the countless people who have been killed as a result of the US sponsored violence in Honduras and beyond to use in the vigil or paste in public spaces.

• Organize a visit to your House Member or Senator's office the week before or after November 19th and ask them to do everything in their power to cut US security aid to Honduras.  (To find out who your Representative is, click here. To find out if your House member has already sponsored HR 5474, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, click hereIf so, visit their office to thank them).

• If your Representative refuses to cosponsor HR 5474, believes a bigger border wall is the solution, or is otherwise hostile to U.S. accountability in Latin America, perhaps it it is time for a Vigil outside of their offices. Please contact us at info@soaw.org if you are interested in helping to organize a local action on or around 11/19

Despite international condemnation of the murder of visionary Indigenous leader Berta Caceres, the military, paramilitaries, and hitmen continue to target land activists, Indigenous leaders, journalists, lawyers, and many more.  Thousands more flee the country every day, headed north to escape the widespread violence.  Following the US State Department's bogus certification that Honduras was making progress just a month ago, Jose Angel Flores and Silmer George of the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguan were assassinated and this week the son of a prominent activist in the Aguan Valley was also killed.  Not to mention, state security forces aggressively repressed a protest full of children and even babies, and other activists have been shot at.  We need to take direct action to demand the US stop sponsoring bloodshed and murders in Honduras.  Let us know if you can organize a Vigil or an action on November 19th!


Thank you for your ongoing work for justice. peace and struggle,

SOA Watch

 

To the 4 White Male Policemen Who Beat Me for Checking the Health of a Sick Black Man in Their Custody …

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  • Because pick on schizophrenics, you are picking on me.
  • Related: Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People.

Ali Afshar, Human Development Project / Portside

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We found remarkably high IRRs for both schizophrenia and manic psychosis in both African-Caribbeans (schizophrenia 9.1, manic psychosis 8.0) and Black Africans (schizophrenia 5.8, manic psychosis 6.2) in men and women. Fearon et al, 2006 

This knowledge was forefront in my mind when I saw a man in his twenties muttering to himself, handcuffed and surrounded by 4 white male police officers on El Camino, in Northern California. As a physician, I have a duty (shit, I swore an actual oath) to preserve the health of all humans. There was no way I was going to drive past this situation without making sure that guy was going to be fine.

Ali Afsha: Google Developer Platform. Advanced Trauma Life Support. Open Source. Abominator Class. 

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  • It is probably no coincidence that when you examine the recent rash of police killings, you find that the offenses the victims were initially stopped for were preposterously minor.
  • The dangers of turning police officers into revenue generators.
  • Related: To the 4 White Male Policemen Who Beat Me for Checking the Health of a Sick Black Man in Their Custody … 

Health Care Is A Right, Not A Business

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  • Government’s first obligation is to protect rights, not profits. When the Declaration of Independence proclaimed our “unalienable rights” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” it even put “life” first.
  • Related: Bullying executives won't result in lower prescription drug costs

Richard (RJ) Eskow, Huffington Post

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08/30/2016 | Financial columnist Megan McArdle recently wrote a column entitled Healthcare Is a Business, Not a Right.” She was responding to a tweet from financial writer Helaine Olen, which she quotes as:

“The health of Americans should not be a profit center. Health care is a right. Full stop.”

Health care is a business, says McArdle, but most of us aren’t tough-minded enough to admit it. Even if you ask a conservative, she writes, “there is a good chance you’ll get a rant about greedy insurers nickel-and-diming hardworking consumers when they’re sick.”

Richard (RJ) Eskow: Host, The Zero Hour; Sr. Fellow, Campaign for America’s Future

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Bullying executives won't result in lower prescription drug costs, From an Editorial in the New York (NY) Times  / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune  

  • Congress should adopt reforms.
  • Congress needs to allow Medicare to negotiate prices, among other steps. 
  • Related: It’s Way Past Time We Stopped Deluding Ourselves About Private Health Insurers

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