This just in . . .

Mandela a lesson in peacemaking, empathy

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Nelson Mandela is looked to with affection and respect from around the world not because he's been the toughest or the meanest or the most intimidating leader around.  Mandela is looked to because -- while making no claims to perfection -- he has demonstrated the effectiveness of applying to public policy the admirable qualities we aspire to in our personal lives: empathy, restraint, affection, mutual respect, compromise, sacrifice, forgiveness, dedication.

Mandela gave strength to American Indian nations

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Happy Birthday to an inspirational man of the millennium, from one tribal member to another. As a Dine (Navajo) woman, I recognize that Mr. Mandela has always spoke out on the injustices of apartheid over the many decades. When he was born, us American Indian Nations were still fighting our battles over land and resources. In 1913, the Mescalero Apaches were released from Fort Sill Prison after 26 years of incarceration. Our histories share the horror and today we still see the subtle yet, deadly genocidal indigenous policies.
 

The role of dissent in national security, law and conscience

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Over the past decade, spanning two different presidencies, the U.S. government and its individual employees have faced extraordinarily important issues at the intersection of national security, law and conscience. Major American policies promulgated in the name of national security regarding war, invasion and occupation, kidnapping, extraordinary rendition, torture, indefinite detention, curtailment of civil liberties, extrajudicial killings, targeted assassinations and eavesdropping have all been called into legal question.  

Democracy Convention II

Date: 

August 7, 2013 - 9:00am to August 11, 2013 - 5:00pm

Location: 

MATC - Downtown
211 North Carroll Street
Madison  Wisconsin  53703
United States

Join Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala, and dozens of other members of the Green Shadow Cabinet at this year's Democracy Convention . . . 

If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most ... in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution ... you will find something inspiring in Madison this August. Join us at the second national Democracy Convention.

Speak for the voiceless: Support the Pelican Bay prisoner rights hunger strike

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

On July 8, 2013, incarcerated people at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison went on hunger strike against conditions of solitary confinement at the facility. The action was not new - it was part of a long history of campaigns to end the practice in the state. Within one week 30,000 inmates in the California prison system had refused meals, possibly the largest action behind bars in U.S. history.

Shameful, heartbreaking Trayvon Martin verdict calls for action

Saturday, July 13, 2013

In the hours following this heartbreaking verdict, we stand together in sadness and solidarity with Trayvon Martin and countless other victims of racial violence in all its forms. We share the pain, despair and fear this ruling brings to millions of African American parents who must now worry all the more for the safety of their children.

Fruitvale, Trayvon Martin and the value of human life in America

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Stories like Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant speak to the experience of people in America who have always had that experience, with or without drones. In fact, the Los Angeles police department, one of the most infamous law enforcement agencies in this country responded to the great migration of African American’s from the South into Southern California by hiring racist police officers from the very same places. 

At what point in human history will we choose to value all human life, no matter where it comes from as not only equally valuable, but beyond discussing in terms of value. At what point will we value that life, regardless of the circumstances, “beyond the shadow of a reasonable doubt.”

Liberty is hunted around the globe: What Snowden taught us about American freedom

Friday, July 12, 2013

Earlier this month, as Americans celebrated our Independence Day holiday, the true scope of American independence became visible. The revelations of Edward Snowden, and the elite reaction to those revelations show that Americans are not a truly free and independent people, our major media are not free or independent, and neither are the supposedly sovereign nations of Europe free or independent states.

The American people fully recognize the threat that the U.S. security state poses to American liberty; according to a national Quinnipiac Poll released this week, 55% of Americans consider Edward Snowden a whistleblower, not a traitor.

Yet who will protect this whistleblower, deemed a traitor by Pennsylvania Avenue, and a hero by most Americans?

President's sale of ambassadorships is illegal, corrupt

Friday, July 12, 2013

The United States currently has 187 ambassador positions to nation states and international organizations.  Under the Obama administration almost one-third of those positions are being filled by political appointees -- people who are not career diplomats, have never served a day in the Foreign Service, and have had no training, or assessment of skills required of career officers. If this were not alarming enough, it seems that almost all of the particularly plum assignments have been given to major campaign donors at a staggering average of $1.8 million per appointment.

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