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Lost in the Face of Militarism. The Necessity of Moral Resistance to the Military-Industrial Complex

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  • Part 1: The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism ~ William J. Barber, II
  • Confronting head-on America's war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision ...
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Lost in the Military-Industrial Complex
  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have ducked any serious discussion of America’s escalating military spending.

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Part 1: The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism ~ William J. Barber, II
Confronting head-on America's war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision ...

Matthew Hoh, Rise Up Times

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May 6th, 2018 – Confronting head-on America’s war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision is the theme of this powerful speech delivered by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and the Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, where, during the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, people were housed; and also where President Abraham Lincoln and his family were welcomed as pew holders on the first Sunday following Lincoln’s inauguration in March 1861.

Matthew Hoh has nearly twelve years experience with America’s wars overseas with the United States Marine Corps, Department of Defense and State Department.

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Part 2: From the Archives | Lost in the Military-Industrial Complex

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have ducked any serious discussion of America’s escalating military spending, suggesting that whoever wins will be captive of President Eisenhower’s “Military-Industrial Complex,” writes Chuck Spinney.

Chuck Spinney, Consortium News

July 2, 2016 | America is engaged in the longest and second most expensive war in its history — a small war in terms of forces deployed and op-tempos, but a war that is grinding on endlessly, without a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

Contrary to the whining about constrained budgets causing readiness and modernization problems emanating from the Pentagon, all dutifully regurgitated without question by the mainstream media, defense spending in the Pentagon’s so-called Base Budget is close to an all-time high and poised to increase over the long term.

Chuck Spinney is a former military analyst for the Pentagon who was famous for the “Spinney Report,” which criticized the Pentagon’s wasteful pursuit of costly and complex weapons systems.

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Stop Trump's Social Security Administration Commissioner

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Tell the Senate Finance Committee: "We call on the U.S. Senate to reject Andrew Saul’s appointment as Commissioner of Social Security (SSA). A vote for Andrew Saul is a vote against Social Security."

Michael Phelan, Social Security Works

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October 2, 2018 | Since taking office, Social Security Works members have banded together to stop Donald Trump’s attempts to destroy our Social Security system.

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His annual budgets attempted to cut Social Security Disability Insurance and force the closure of the Social Security offices.

Social Security Works leads the fight every day to expand and protect our Social Security system.

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October 10, 2018 | This weekend hurt.

We fought hard against Brett Kavanaugh, supporting protesters on the ground in the Hart Senate Building last week and outside the Supreme Court on Saturday. A Supreme Court with Kavanaugh threatens everything we fight for.

Already, the Roberts court has allowed unlimited dark money to flood our elections, struck down important sections of the Voting Rights Act, and ruled to preserve partisan gerrymandering. With Kavanaugh on the bench, Democracy itself is threatened.

These issues go beyond the court. The Republican minority in this country is exercising its power to entrench its supremacy permanently. Democracy itself is on the ballot in 2018.

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Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t, Sabrina Tavernise, the New York (NY) Times

  • Lula Hill … said she has grown disillusioned with politicians and no longer votes.
  • “I just got to the point, I said, ‘I’m not going do it anymore,’” said Ms. Hill, sitting on a couch in the lobby of the hotel she owns and runs, the Hotel Madison, 30 miles south of Charleston. “I just can’t vote for any of them in good conscience.”


 

Catholic Women Called ~ Bridget Mary Meehan

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The only "serious confusion" among the faithful is just how long the Vatican will continue to parade indefensible arguments that attempt to limit the reaches of God's call.

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The bravery of the women of Catholic Women Called directly contradicts Archbishop Ladaria's assertion that the ban on women's ordination is doctrine definitively held. Catholic women hear and respond to God's call, no matter the cost. This, we know, is crystal clear. 

Kate McElwee, Executive Director, Women's Ordination Conference

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Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t

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  • “I just got to the point, I said, ‘I’m not going do it anymore,’” said Ms. Hill, sitting on a couch in the lobby of the hotel she owns and runs, the Hotel Madison, 30 miles south of Charleston. “I just can’t vote for any of them in good conscience.”
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Sabrina Tavernise, the New York (NY) Times

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Oct. 3, 2018 | Lula Hill voted in just about every election once she became old enough in 1952. Her coal mining family of registered Democrats believed that elections were like church services: You didn’t skip them.

But over time, her sense of civic obligation faded. Mines started laying people off. Opioids started poisoning her neighbors. As her town lost its vigor, Ms. Hill watched as smiling politicians kept making promises and, in her view, growing richer. By the late 1990s, when political leaders — Democrat or Republican — talked about the greater good, she no longer believed them.

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  • Take heart from these tales of regular folks battling the bastards–and beating them back.
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Democracy Is What We Make of It. Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

  • In other words, institutions won’t save us: We have to save them.
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  • Even as the Catholic Church faces a historic crisis over sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is promoting a special season of prayer for a "change in the Supreme Court."
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Sept.8, 2018 | Without mentioning Brett Kavanaugh by name, the bishops have launched a nine-week "Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life" which is all about abortion, with no mention of capital punishment, war, or poverty.


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Catholics across America are yearning for honesty and transparency about the church's past and future. Instead they're being given yet more bulletin inserts with religious-right talking points about Roe v. Wade.

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Brett "Stonewall Justice" Kavanaugh, Compiled by the Marshall Project

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Select Articles | Labor, Week Ending September 15, 2018

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  • Part 1: Steelworkers Vote To Strike If They Don’t Get Piece Of Corporate Windfall
  • Workers seek pay raises and protection of health care and pension benefits.
  • Part 2: UPS Contract Vote Starts this Week.
  • Here's What You Need to Know.

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Part 1: Steelworkers Vote To Strike If They Don’t Get Piece Of Corporate Windfall

Workers seek pay raises and protection of health care and pension benefits.

Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost

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With corporations awash in tax cuts and protected from competition by Trump administration tariffs, United Steelworkers (USW) leaders say members want a contract deal that provides them with a portion of that windfall.

Mary Papenfuss <>, Trends Reporter, HuffPost <>

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Part 2: UPS Contract Vote Starts this Week. Here's What You Need to Know.

UPS Teamsters

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UPSers are getting ready to Vote No in big numbers to reject givebacks and send them back to the table to negotiate a better offer.

Members are Voting No to stop two-tier 22.4 drivers, take on harassment, subcontracting, and excessive overtime, and win $15 starting pay and catch-up raises for part-timers.

UPS Teamsters United is a grassroots campaign to prevent givebacks and win the contract we deserve.

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