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Open your eyes to our North Side nightmare

  • To the rest of Minneapolis: We can see you from here, amid littered streets and tattered homes. Why have you turned your backs on us? 
  • Related: Poverty Is a Business
  • Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

Mickey Cook, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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April 21, 2016 | North Minneapolis is a war zone. We are afraid. We are losing our young people to gun violence. We are hiding in our homes, unable to enjoy our community the same way others do. Why do we not deserve the same as other nearby communities? 

We come and we go to our jobs. We don’t always take that walk we want to take, or that bike ride we crave, because we don’t want to be shot at or assaulted.

Mickey Cook lives in Minneapolis.

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Poverty Is a Business, Films For Action

  • The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. 
  • Related: Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor.
  • Related: Black America is getting screwed.

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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative, Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune 

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  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
  • Related: The Talk
  • Related: American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

Partners in Death: The GOP and the NRA

  • The Republicans’ cowardly and contemptible servitude to the NRA stands alone in its cravenness and in its costs: the death and maiming of so many thousands of Americans, year after year, shattering families and inflicting the stain of violence on our country. And the GOP’s only answer is to promise us more.
  • It is long past time for Americans to call them on it.
  • Related: How the NRA Enables Massacres
  • Related: Why Did the CDC Stop Researching Gun Violence?

Richard North Patterson, Huffington Post

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03/29/2016 | The tragic toll of war stupefies and stuns. In the 240 years since the Revolutionary War, we have sacrificed nearly 1.4 million Americans to war. In itself, this number is hard to grasp.

But harder yet is to reckon the human cost — of husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters; of perished potential; of achievements and kindnesses which will never be; of families forever shattered. However justified some wars may be, war sobers us, diminishes us, cheats us. We struggle to find some national purpose to console us, some nobility of spirit to uplift us. We mourn the tragedies of Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, the wars of our last half-century.

Richard North Patterson, Novelist and contributing opinion writer, Huffington Post

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How the NRA Enables Massacres, Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast

As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.

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Why Did the CDC Stop Researching Gun Violence? Kate Masters, the Trace

  • The agency’s former leaders say it could do more to explore the subject, but its officials fear political—and personal—retribution.
  • Related: My gun violence story could become your gun violence story

The History of Quaker War Tax Resistance

When you pay taxes to support (a) war, you earn a share of the guilt.

Paul Buckley, Quaker Speak

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04/14/2016 | Some Friends – a man named Wallace Collett, who was a member of this Meeting, Cincinnati Community Friends… he was a banker, and what he would do is he would send a letter saying, “I have put aside money in the amount of the taxes owed plus all the penalties and I put it in an account at this bank.” And then he would go to the bank – to people he knew – and he would tell them, “the government’s going to come and ask for that money. It’s there for them.” That gave him an opportunity to not just resist the war taxes – the portion of his income taxes he was estimating went to support the war – but to tell people in the business community and the banking community that he was doing it, why he was doing it, and try and prick their conscience; try and get them to realize that when you pay taxes to support the war, you earn a share of the guilt.

Quaker Speak is a Quaker YouTube channel. We interview Friends of all different backgrounds and ask them the core questions of our faith.

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The Privatization of War: Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC)

Private military and security companies (PMSC) are the modern reincarnation of a long lineage of private providers of physical force: corsairs, privateers and mercenaries. Mercenaries, which had practically disappeared during the XIXth and XXth centuries, reappeared in the 1960’s during the decolonization period operating mainly in Africa and Asia. Under the United Nations a convention was adopted which outlaws and criminalizes their activities. Additional Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions also contains a definition of mercenary.

Jose L. Gomez del Prado, Global Research

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/121826.jpg April 09, 2016 | These non-state entities of the XXIst century operate in extremely blurred situations where the frontiers are difficult to separate. The new security industry of private companies moves large quantities of weapons and military equipment. It provides services for military operations recruiting former militaries as civilians to carry out passive or defensive security.

However, these individuals cannot be considered as civilians, given that they often carry and use weapons, interrogate prisoners, load bombs, drive military trucks and fulfill other essential military functions. Those who are armed can easily switch from a passive/defensive to an active/offensive role and can commit human rights violations and even destabilize governments. They cannot be considered soldiers or supporting militias under international humanitarian law either, since they are not part of the army or in the chain of command, and often belong to a large number of different nationalities.

Jose L. Gomez del PradoFormer Chairperson of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries

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