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White House Forms Task Force to Address Police Brutality, Appoints Brutal & Abusive Cop to Lead It

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  • This chief has already cost the tax payers millions in settlements for hundreds of civil rights violations, and now he supposed to lead a committee to stop civil rights violations?
  • Ferguson Grand Jury's Huge Mistakes

John Vibes, The Free Thought Project

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President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. meet with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Laurie Robinson, professor of criminology, law and society at George Mason University. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 3, 2014 | This week, President Obama gave a speech about police militarization, in light of the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and formed a committee that will supposedly be working to address police corruption and police brutality. However, one of his lead figures in this committee is Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey, a crooked cop who is notorious for using excessive force and making false arrests.

“If the president’s idea of reforming policing practices includes mass false arrests, brutality, and the eviscerating of civil rights, then Ramsey’s his man. That’s Charles Ramsey’s legacy in D.C. Obama should immediately rescind his appointment of Commissioner Ramsey, who is a mass violator of civil rights and civil liberties,” Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), said in a recent statement.

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. 

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Ferguson Grand Jury's Huge Mistakes, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • “This process is broken. The process should be indicted. It should be indicted because of the continuous, systematic result that is yielded by this process,” said Benjamin Crump, Michael Brown Family Attorney.
  • Part 1: Everything the Darren Wilson grand jury got wrong 
  • Part 2: Ferguson grand jury’s huge mistake: What the transcripts reveal about eyewitness testimony

 

Bought-and-Paid Congress Divides the Spoils

 

  • Never has the Golden Rule of Politics glittered so bright: the corporate-person with the most gold rules. And the Republicans are now firmly in control of Congress after having their pockets filled more than the Democrats, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship explain.
  • In Big-Money Move, Corporations Seek to Make Congress a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Consortium News

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zephyr-199x300.jpgNovember 21, 2014 | We’ve been watching Congress since the mid-term elections and reading Zephyr Teachout’s terrific history book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United.

That snuff box was a gift from King Louis XVI of France. His Majesty was a good friend of the American Revolution but when he gave Benjamin Franklin the gold box, featuring the monarch’s portrait surrounded with diamonds, some of our Founding Fathers objected. They worried that the gift would corrupt his judgment and unduly bias Franklin in France’s favor.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

Michael Winship is senior writing fellow at Demos and a senior writer of the series, Moyers & Company, airing on public television.

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In Big-Money Move, Corporations Seek to Make Congress a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary, Richard (RJ) Eskow, Huffington Post

For the American people, the moral of this story couldn't be clearer: If we don't get money out of politics, we'll lose our democracy altogether.

 

 

The War on Thanksgiving, December 1, 2014

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Think Progress

 

  • Thanksgiving is slowly becoming just another shopping day as many major retailers are planing to open then.
  • Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving.
  • Part 1: Black Friday is a sad, apocalyptic wallet safari. You'll thank yourself for staying home
  • Part 2: Opening On Thanksgiving Backfires For Retail Stores

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: Black Friday is a sad, apocalyptic wallet safari. You'll thank yourself for staying home.

 

  • Take it from a recovering Pied Piper of sales: the problem isn’t that Black Friday exists so much as the perception that it’s somehow necessary.
  • Interactive: How Black Friday has crept into Thanksgiving
  • Black Friday, Cyber Monday Are you for shopping hell?

Jeb Lund, Guardian

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Thursday 27 November 2014 | In the late 1990s, before Black Friday became the even more consumptive spectacle it is today, it was easy for me and my fellow teen retail drones to see what it was: a day of profound unhappiness for everyone other than us. For us, it was a day of transforming into individual Werner Herzogs as we watched phantom deals chased by an endless parade of people with sickness of the soul. For everyone else, it was and supposedly remains the Worst American Retail Day of the Year.

Working on Thanksgiving sucks, unless you’re young and really don’t give a damn and want the time-and-a-half wage. But working Black Friday was like working recess with no monitors and overtime pay: the rules didn’t matter, often at the customer’s expense.

Jeb Lund is a Guardian US columnist. He also contributes to Rolling Stone, Vice and elsewhere.

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Part 2: Opening On Thanksgiving Backfires For Retail Stores

Retailers that open their doors on Thanksgiving Day in hopes of boosting holiday sales are shifting purchases away from Black Friday, rather than increasing the number of overall transactions.

Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress

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November 30, 2014 | Retailers that open their doors on Thanksgiving Day in hopes of boosting holiday sales are shifting purchases away from Black Friday, rather than increasing the number of overall transactions.

According to an initial reading of data from consumer analytics firm ShopperTrak, “combined sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday fell 0.5 percent from the same period last year,” the New York Times notes.

Igor Volsky is the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.org. Igor is co-author of Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, and CNBC television, and has been a guest on many radio shows.

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No Left Turns: How We Normalize Dysfunction

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” —Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Christian Piatt, God's Politics / Sojourners

 

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10-07-2014  | I’m visiting Las Vegas this weekend, one of several stops on my postChristian book tour. I’m staying with my aunt and uncle, who are also in ministry, and who I don’t get to spend time with nearly often enough.

My aunt JoLynn was reading aloud a story about the shipping company UPS and how their trucks don’t make left turns. Of course my first reaction was, “well, that’s stupid.” It seems entirely counterintuitive to send trucks on a roundabout circuit when they could much more easily cut the route short by hanging a left. You need to go right, turn right. Need to go left, turn left for crying out loud. It’s just common sense, right?

Maybe not.

Christian Piatt is the creator and editor of the Banned Questions book series and the author of PregMANcy, a memoir on faith, family, and parenting. His latest book is postChristian: What's Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care? (Jericho Books).

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Cultivating Gratitude For Everything in Life

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Michelle MarosPeaceful Mind Peaceful Life

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Tim Nolan for this contribution.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014 | The other day I was walking down the street in New York City, which is one of my favorite past times, and saw a fabulous piece of street art. One of the things I love about walking in NYC is you never know what you’re going to run into, and on this day I saw a sign that said, “Congratulations! You’ve just won another day on planet Earth!” What a wonderful reminder to be present and have gratitude.

Around the time of the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, we are reminded of the importance of gratitude. We sit around and talk about the major things in life we are grateful for, and that is so wonderful. What is even more wonderful is having that attitude of gratitude everyday, and being grateful for even the smallest blessings in life. When we are thankful and present to these blessings, we create space for even more to show up. Find gratitude for all aspects of your life by following these tips.

Michelle Maros is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga.

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Farmworkers

  • Decades after Edward R Murrow’s Harvest of Shame documentary and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (pdf), U.S. farmworkers still face many of the same problems: extreme poverty punctuated by substandard housing and lack of access to clean water, adequate food, healthcare, and education.
  • “Protecting our Children” in the Wake of Sandy Hook: Psychiatric Surveillance of US Public School Children

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Decades after Edward R Murrow’s Harvest of Shame documentary and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (pdf), U.S. farmworkers still face many of the same problems: extreme poverty punctuated by substandard housing and lack of access to clean water, adequate food, healthcare, and education.

Farmworkers represent the backbone and marrow of our agricultural economy. Performing some of the most demanding manual labor in any economic sector, farmworkers are also one of the least protected groups from the harms they can experience on the job.

Pesticide Action Network North America works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. It challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.

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“Protecting our Children” in the Wake of Sandy Hook: Psychiatric Surveillance of US Public School Children, James F. Tracy, Global Research

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While presented by the Obama administration as “commonsense solutions to gun violence,“ one is left to consider the long range implications of such an initiative, particularly in light of the Affordable Care Act and the psychopharmaceutical complex’s never-ending drive to expand its clientele.Corporate news media have thoroughly blacked out the Obama administration’s program that further transforms the nation’s public schools in to lucrative referral centers for big psychopharma. 

Al Sharpton: 'Michael Brown has lit a new energy'

  • Brown family representatives holds news conference
  • Calls for police accountability and federal intervention
  • Protesters: ‘Black lives matter’
  • New protests planned after decision not to charge Darren Wilson
  • Read the latest blog summary
  • Ferguson: Justice Is About What Comes After

Tom McCarthy. Guardian

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Tuesday 25 November 2014 | Summary

Here’s a summary of the news conference, which appears really to be over this time:

Brown family representatives called the grand jury process “completely unfair” and urged the federal government to bring a case against officer Darren Wilson.

No one from the Brown family spoke. Michael Brown Sr., the victim’s father, chose not to speak to avoid an expression of raw emotion that could be incendiary, said a family attorney.

The speakers said the state grand jury process turned out to be as flawed as they expected. They said evidence showed a lack of cross-examination and revealed statements by Officer Darren Wilson that conflicted with physical evidence.

The family representatives attacked county prosecutor Bob McCulloch, saying he had acted as a defender of the killer while publicly declaring the guilt of the victim.

Brown family spokesmen condemned the violence in Ferguson overnight “but we also condemn the violence of August 9 that killed Michael Brown.”

The speakers encouraged supporters of the family to rally but not to resort to violence. ““If you burn down buildings, you achieve what?” said Sharpton. “A fire. But you don’t get justice for Michael Brown.”

Sharpton announced a meeting of civil rights activists in Washington next year to carry the movement forward. Michael Brown has lit a new energy for police accountability,” he said.

Tom McCarthy is a live blogger and reporter at the Guardian US.

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Ferguson: Justice Is About What Comes After, Tony Messenger, St Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch  / The Guardian (London) 

Justice has a face. Justice demands it. Illustration: Chloe Cushman for Guardian US Opinion

America is on edge about the Ferguson grand jury decision. But justice is about what comes after that. There will come a day soon when the protests, in whatever shape they take, fall off the front page. No matter what happens, justice will still be possible.

 

2014 Black Friday Walmart Protests

  • Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpgWalmart Workers Take Action: Black Friday 2014Call/Text: 470-223-2014 to see how you can get involved. Or email: support@changewalmart.org .
  • Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever

Black Friday Walmart Protests

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This Black Friday we need to send the Waltons a message. We can’t sit back while their workers go hungry any longer. And Walmart and the Waltons must stop taking illegal actions against Walmart workers who want to work hard and be able to provide for our families.

To take action, you just need to go to your local Walmart with a sign saying that you support the workers fighting for fair pay and respect, get a picture of yourself, and tell the manager you support the workers’ cause. Walmart tracks all of these actions and they have a huge impact. Here’s an example picture!

Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpgYou can download detailed instructions or materials here to help you plan, or for those that want to have bigger actions, browse for flyers, chants, prayer vigil toolkits, etc. to make your actions more creative.

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Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever, Bryce Covert, ThinkProgress

  • The company has admitted that less than half of its workforce makes more than $25,000. But it could easily raise pay by ending stock buybacks or raising the cost of an item like a DVD by a penny.
  • The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014

 

 

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