This just in . . .

ECONOMY, WELFARE: Repair our crumbling infrastructure, produce good jobs

Thursday, May 30, 2013

“Bridge Collapse in Washington State” . . . Headlines such as this will appear more frequently as the establishment political parties continue to allow the nation’s aging infrastructure to crumble.  The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the nation’s overall infrastructure condition a grade of D-plus, and estimated that an investment of $20 Trillion is needed by 2020 to bring it to an acceptable state. But instead of investing in infrastructure, the federal government is actively divesting from infrastructure by allowing the tax revenue contribution from the wealthy and corporations to shrink while shifting the tax burden increasingly to the middle class.

JUSTICE: Green Shadow Cabinet stands with Bradley Manning

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bradley Manning is a whistleblower who has exposed the policies and practices of the U.S. governmnet’s domination and hegemony. From Tunisia to Yemen, Sweden to Washington, DC, the documents expose the operation of U.S. foreign policy.  The detailed war logs from Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and the State Department’s diplomatic cables provide a glimpse into the daily operations of U.S. foreign policy at a critical time.  The documents have changed the course of history, spurring the Arab Spring and allowing the people of the world to see the truth about their government’s relationship with the United States.

Manning is a hero for sharing with the people of the world, and especially the people of the United States, the truth about U.S. foreign policy that is too often abusive, in violation of international law and conducted on behalf of transnational corporate interests.  This 25 year old private first class should not be being prosecuted but should be recognized as someone who has helped and continues to help, the United States become a more perfect union by showing the people the truth of the actions taken by the U.S. government.

DEMOCRACY: The U.S. press and repression in the Obama Era

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We are supposed to take seriously the outrage coming from members of the corporate press in response to the revelation that in the Obama administration’s ever expanding use of executive powers to intimidate and crush dissent it had turned its focus on the U.S. press.

But those of us who have consistently struggled to defend the human rights of the victims of the repressive national security state have a few very simple questions for the press – where was the outrage or even concern when the target of the State was the “usual suspects” of Black, Brown and poor folks and their ‘radical” sympathizers? 

JUSTICE: Inconvenient truths about Obama's address on terrorism, liberties

Friday, May 24, 2013

President Obama’s speech yesterday, presenting his vision of a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy, included welcome rhetoric about the importance of constitutional principles, including Due Process and rights to dissent. It may represent the high watermark for civil liberties since his inauguration five years ago.

ECOLOGY, WELFARE: What must be done about the Monsanto corporation, and why

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The following is a joint statement of members of the Green Shadow Cabinet's Ecology and General Welfare branches. Signers include Ronnie Cummins, Administrator, Food and Drug Administration; Mark Dunlea, Director, White House Office of Climate and Agriculture; Margaret Flowers, M.D., Secretary of Health; Jim Goodman, Secretary of Agriculture; Diljeet Singh, M.D.  Assistant Secretary of Health for Women's Health and Cancer; Brian Tokar, Director of the Office of Technology Assessment.

HEALTH: A mental health declaration of independence

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

In what has become a "psychiatric-pharmaceutical industrial complex," giant drug companies have corrupted mental health institutions, research, and practice. Most major mental health organizations and institution from which the general public and doctors receive information are financially interconnected with Big Pharma. This practice needs to be abolished by law. The official psychiatric diagnostic bible that is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). DSM-5 was recently approved by the APA, and according to the journal PLOS Medicine, "69% of the DSM -5 task force members report having ties to the pharmaceutical industry." 

Occupy Monsanto Rally with Jill Stein

Date: 

May 25, 2013 - 1:00pm

Location: 

Hyde Park Playground 2050 W Swann Ave
Tampa  Florida  33606
United States

Jill Stein is in Florida this weekend for the Green Party of Florida's state convention, and while there, she will also be participating in the Occupy Monsanto Rally as part of an international day of action. The rally will begin at 1pm at Hyde Park Playground (2050 W Swann Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606) and ends at Curtis Hixon Park (700 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602). More information about the day of action is available at www.occupy-monsanto.com 

HOUSING: DOJ should be locking up bank execs, not housing rights protesters

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Green Shadow Cabinet stands in solidarity with the millions of homeowners who have lost their homes during the economic collapse.  I was pleased to see homeowners standing up at the Department of Justice and non-violently occupying DOJ overnight.  That nearly 50 people were arrested standing up for their rights should give courage to others to join in calling for housing justice, and give pause to the current administration in continuing policies that favor corporate profits over people.

BOLGER, MANSKI: Obama’s misuse of AUMF is unconstitutional, unconscionable

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This past Thursday, Obama administration officials testifying before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee verified what had been unspoken up until now: that the executive branch intends to continue waging war indefinitely, and claims the power and authority to do so.  

The topic for the hearings was the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF, which was passed in a rush to reaction mere days after the 9/11 attacks.  Together with the Patriot Act, the 2001 AUMF defied both the U.S. Constitution and international law and dealt a series of blows to the separation of powers, civil liberties, and accepted legal norms. Because most Americans were so stunned and frightened by the attacks of 9/11, they hardly questioned the legality or constitutionality of the AUMF at the time.

PERRY: Too little, too late for foreclosures

Friday, May 17, 2013

On May 20 the Home Defenders League, a national network of homeowners fighting foreclosure, will descend on Washington and attempt to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder. They will be demanding real restitution for homeowners robbed by predatory banks, prosecution of Wall Street criminals, and resetting all mortgages to current market rates. The groundswell of activity by groups like Home Defenders League is a sure indication that the foreclosure crisis is not over, and administration responses have been ineffective.

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