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Two Things We Can Do to Help Reunite Families

  • I believe history will look back on this moment of how we treat immigrants in our country as a test of faith for which we will all be accountable and which will shape the meaning of faith and the response of a new generation in our future. It is time to act — and to start by reuniting separated migrant children from their families.


Jim Wallis, Sojourners

 

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.presente.org/images/stopdeportations.jpg 7-05-2018 | This past weekend, we saw an incredible outpouring of support for immigrants and asylum seekers to the U.S., with rallies and marches occurring across the country in response to the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy at the border and the consequent separation of thousands of children from their families. More than 700 rallies took place nationwide, as hundreds of thousands of protesters came together to urge the administration to reunite children with their parents and to go much further to protect vulnerable families. Sojourners convened a candlelight prayer vigil on Friday night at the Capitol, before the Saturday march, and called for such vigils across the country. These protests and vigils demonstrate the unity in moral outrage and faith responses since the administration enacted its zero-tolerance policies, and offered a reminder of the need for continued advocacy in the days to come — with a special focus on the separated children and the urgent need to reunite them with their mothers and fathers.

When the administration first announced the details of its enforcement of zero tolerance, voices from both sides of the political aisle decried the inhumane policy that needlessly separated more than 2,300 children from their parents, in especially brutal conditions and often without warning. In a statement issued by the Reclaiming Jesus church elders, we called this “an unbiblical sacrilege that is cruelly contrary to the love of Jesus Christ” and “a terror to families and an infliction of evil on children.” As Christianity Today wrote, “believers of all stripes were united on this one point of public policy. When Jim Wallis and Franklin Graham, and nearly everyone in between, condemn the administration’s policy, it’s practically a miracle. And for this, we should be grateful.”
... And now, we find ourselves on the other side of these marches, the news cycle moving to other important issues that nonetheless distract from the plight of these families. Even though we have spoken out, we now must also do something, not allowing ourselves to be complacent in the fact that we raised our voice.
 
Jim Wallis is president of Sojourners. His new audible spoken-word series, Jim Wallis In Conversation, is available now, as is his book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. 

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"Criminal Aliens" Vs. The West's Crimes Against Humanity, James Thindwa, Portside

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There is not enough space to catalogue all the crimes committed collectively by western countries that now feel besieged by migrants of color.
Related: Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S.
DirtyWars  in Central America.
 

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Special Project | An Hiroshima, Nagasaki Memorial Reader

  • Part 1: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • It was an act of sinister state terrorism.
  • Part 2: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 7 things you should know
  • Things ... that are really important if we’re going to make sure this never happens again.
  • Part 3: The Goals of the Nuclear Disarmament Movement
  • Disarmament is the process of reducing and eradicating nuclear weapons.

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Part 1: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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The United States killed 200-300 thousand innocent Japanese civilians with atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki … intentionally.  It was an act of sinister state terrorism.

Global Research News, Global Research

August 06, 2018 |

  • The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Hiroshima: A “Military Base” according to President Harry Truman
  • The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Un-Censored Version
  • Secret Meeting on the Privatization of Nuclear War Held on Hiroshima Day 2003
  • Hiroshima Child

The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) is an independent research and media organization based in Montreal.

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Part 2: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 7 things you should know

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The paper cranes are not just a symbol of peace, but also a call to action. They are a reminder that we must keep pushing to see the #endofnukes.

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)  / Rise Up Times

August 3, 2018 | [The week of August 5, 2018] marks 73 years since two atomic bombs were dropped over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and maimed, and the effects are still being felt today. But while the mushroom clouds became iconic symbols of mass destruction, and the paper cranes a symbol of hope for a nuclear-free world, there are many things you may not know – or may have forgotten – that are really important if we’re going to make sure this never happens again.

#1 More than 210,000 people were killed

By the end of 1945, the bombing had killed an estimated 140,000 people in Hiroshima, and a further 74,000 in Nagasaki. In the years that followed, many of the survivors would face leukemia, cancer, or other terrible side effects from the radiation.

“Each person had a name. Each person was loved by someone. Let us ensure that their deaths were not in vain.” - Setsuko Thurlow, survivor of the August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, December 2017

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017.

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Part 3: The Goals of the Nuclear Disarmament Movement


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Disarmament is the process of reducing and eradicating nuclear weapons, as well as ensuring that countries without weapons are not able to develop them. This movement holds that there is never a legitimate use for nuclear arms, and peace will only come with complete disarmament.

Brionne Frazier, ThoughtCo

July 18, 2018 | Nuclear disarmament is the process of reducing and eradicating nuclear weapons, as well as ensuring that countries without nuclear weapons are not able to develop them. The movement to denuclearize hopes to eliminate the possibility of nuclear war because of its potential for catastrophic consequences, as demonstrated by the United States’ bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. This movement holds that there is never a legitimate use for nuclear weapons, and peace will only come with complete disarmament.

Origins of the Anti-Nuclear Weapons Movement

In 1939, Albert Einstein informed President Theodore Roosevelt that the Nazis in Germany were close to building a nuclear weapon. In response, President Roosevelt formed the Advisory Committee on Uranium, which then led to the creation of the Manhattan Project to research nuclear weapon capabilities. The United States was the first nation to successfully build and detonate an atomic bomb.

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Chris Hedges: Know That If We Resist We Keep Hope Alive

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  • “Accept sorrow—for who cannot be profoundly sorrowful at the state of our nation, the world and our ecosystem—but know that in resistance there is a balm that leads to wisdom and, if not joy, a strange, transcendent happiness. Know that if we resist we keep hope alive.”
  • Related: Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance, Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)

Christopher Smiley with Chris Hedges, Dandelion Salad

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Jun 3, 2017 | “We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture and our ecosystem, powerless and weak. But we are not. We have a power that terrifies the corporate state. Any act of rebellion, no matter how few people show up or how heavily it is censored, chips away at corporate power. Any act of rebellion keeps alive the embers for larger movements that follow us. It passes on another narrative. It will, as the state consumes itself, attract wider and wider numbers. Perhaps this will not happen in our lifetimes. But if we persist, we will keep this possibility alive. If we do not, it will die.

“Dr. Rieux in Albert Camus’ novel “The Plague” is not driven by ideology. He is driven by empathy, the duty to minister to suffering, no matter the cost. Empathy, or what the Russian novelist Vasily Grossman called “simple human kindness,” becomes in all despotisms a subversive act. To act on this empathy—the empathy for human beings locked in cages less than an hour from us [here in Princeton], the empathy for undocumented mothers and fathers being torn from their children on the streets of our cities, the empathy for Muslims who are demonized and banned from our shores, fleeing the wars we created, the empathy for poor people of color gunned down by police in our streets, the empathy for girls and women trafficked into prostitution, the empathy for all those who suffer at the hands of a state intent on militarization and imposing a harsh cruelty on the vulnerable, the empathy for the earth that gives us life and that is being contaminated and pillaged for profit—becomes political and even dangerous.

Christopher Smiley: YouTube documentary producer

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Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance, Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)

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Take Action: Stop the slow strangulation of the Social Security Administration

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  • Part 1: The slow strangulation of Social Security AdministrationPart 1: Title
  • It’s all part and parcel of the Republican "small government" philosophy.
  • Part 2: Take Action: Stop Trump’s “Tax Scam Round 2” for the rich and powerful
  • Emboldening GOP lawmakers to demand even more cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

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Part 1: The slow strangulation of Social Security Administration: How Republicans are gutting the safety net

It's even more cynical than the slow death of the Social Security Administration. It's the actual death of thousands of disabled people who die while waiting for a decision on their claim. Wait them all out long enough, and no claims will have to be paid out. It’s all part and parcel of the Republican "small government" philosophy.

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

https://images.dailykos.com/images/159253/story_image/14912286437_5902f695ed_k.jpg?1453719959Sun Mar 4, 2018 | If you can't actually get rid of Social Security as an institution in the near term, you can do everything to undermine it so that it'll be easier to kill off in the long term. That seems to be the philosophy of the latest Republican administration, as the Trump budget would significantly cut staffing in the Social Security Administration.

His budget request calls for almost 1,000 fewer full-time-equivalent work years in 2019 than this year. A full-time-equivalent work year is the amount of work a person toiling full time would do in one year. The amount of overtime allowed staffers to keep up with demand would be less than a third of that in 2017 and just over half the 2018 estimate. […]

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Part 2: Take Action: Stop Trump’s “Tax Scam Round 2” for the rich and powerful

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Six months ago, Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans passed a tax scam that will cost the American people $1.9 trillion. Now, in an Election Year ploy, they are preparing “Tax Scam Round 2.”

But six months after passage of Tax Scam Round 1, here is what we know:

• 83% of the tax cuts are still going to the richest 1%.
• Just 4% of workers have gotten a pay hike due to the tax cuts—a one-time bonus or wage hike.
• The cost of the tax cuts has ballooned from $1.5 trillion to $1.9 trillion, emboldening GOP lawmakers to demand even more cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education and more.
• Trump proposed a budget that would cut funding for these critical services by $1.7 trillion to pay for his tax scam.
• Prescription drug companies, health insurers, Wall Street banks and other major industries are getting huge tax breaks and not sharing the wealth with consumers or their employees.

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Special Project | Veterans Need Your Help to Save the VA! Stop VA Privatization.

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  • Part 1: Do not privatize VA medical care
  • Veterans For Peace are fighting back to “Stop VA Privatization, Fix, 
Fund & Fully Staff the VA.” And you can too.
  • Part 2: The Veterans for Peace "Save Our VA" Work Group Needs Your Help!
  • There is a lot to do and a variety of ways to get involved!

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Part 1: Do not privatize VA medical care

Veterans For Peace are fighting back to “Stop VA Privatization, Fix, 
Fund & Fully Staff the VA.” And you can too.

David Cooley, Veterans for Peace (VFP)

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Part 2: The Veterans for Peace "Save Our VA" Work Group Needs Your Help!

Fighting for Veterans Health Care / Veterans for Peace

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If you are willing to try to help us, please complete and submit this survey.  We will then contact you about helping to organize this effort.  What ever local people decide - that is what will be done.  This is not a top down driven effort.  We, as members of the Vets for Peace Work Group, will try our best to help your local team be successful by giving advice where we can!"

There are still some banners available for ordering for a discounted fee, contact Buzz Davis for details!
Also if you and your members have images of your "Save the VA" banners or actions, post them here! Make sure you comment with information after you upload!

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Special Project | Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12, The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs

 

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Part 1: Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12
For more information on the March and see who has endorsed
Part 2: Poor People’s Campaign Is The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs
The campaign is dedicated to the idea that “people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist.”

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Part 1: Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12 

 

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Please join the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign for the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. from June 2 to June 12!

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Part 2: Poor People’s Campaign Is The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5b086b4d1a0000c704cdfcea.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscaleRev. William Barber called on lawmakers to address the “connection between systemic racism, poverty and voter suppression” at a Poor People’s Campaign rally in Washington on May 21, 2018. / Tom Williams via Getty Images

  • The original Poor People’s Campaign was the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, who wanted to expand the fight for civil rights to include a movement against the indignities of poverty across all racial lines.
  • The campaign is dedicated to the idea that “people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist.” Its revival could not be more urgent or timely.

Leo W. Gerard, HuffPost

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And all of this has occurred with barely more than a peep of protest from the populace, no more than a few here today, gone tomorrow Occupy Wall Street sit-ins.

This month is not, however, business as usual. Two Mondays ago, a bunch of dedicated rabble-rousers launched a new Poor People’s Campaign. Thousands demonstrated in Washington, D.C., including members of the union I lead, the United Steelworkers. The group, led by the Rev. William Barber II and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, plans actions in 30 states over 40 days. This past week, dozens of Poor People’s Campaign activists were again arrested in Washington, D.C., as they demanded restoration of the Voting Rights Act.

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Special Project | All Out for the Poor Peoples Campaign!

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  • We believe the PPC’s approach is consistent with our own views on what is necessary to build a mass movement. A movement, though, is only as effective as the people who build it. Sign up now.
  • Related: The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them

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May 18, 2018 | The Labor Fightback Network urges all our readers to participate in the Poor Peoples Campaign (PPC). Visit the PPC website to sign up for events.

Inspired by the PPC of 1968 that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was working on at the time he was assassinated, it focuses on the three issues he raised in 1968: poverty, racism, and, militarism, and adds an issue not as central in the 1960s: climate change and environmental degradation. The 1968 campaign was made up of a broad multiracial coalition of organizations committed to mutual support for each other’s issues. It encouraged participants to see their common ground and identify common enemies and obstacles. Mass protest and non-violent civil disobedience, as practiced in the Civil Rights Movement, were its central tactics. This included including the building of a massive temporary tent city in Washington, DC, to demonstrate the impact of poverty in the US.

elnwebmaster is the discussion blog of the Labor Fightback Network, an auxiliary to the laborfightback.org website. It is designed to facilitate discussion among labor activists concerning the critical issues facing working people in the current economic crisis.

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The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them, elnwebmaster, Labor Fightback Network

  • https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Statue-of-Liberty-and-Mushroom-Cloud-1024-850x567.jpgTo bring the issue of war into the Poor People’s Campaign would be natural and non-controversial. Any call for moral revival must demand peace. The destruction—indeed sheer waste—of young lives is unconscionable, and the amount of money wasted on that destruction is money which could be addressing the human needs to which the Poor People’s Campaign is drawing attention.
  • Related: Whither the Anti-war Movement?

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