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Justice and the Law, with MOA in Between

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And it is that (divorcing the law from justice) , fortified with the overpowering elixir of white privilege, that allows a white mayor, council, and attorney to snatch up the narrative of Dr. King, proclaim themselves self-anointed representatives of his legacy of justice, prosecute the same marginalized Black Americans Dr. King fought for for using the tactics he taught them and which they claim to lionize, and to sleep well at night, with the comforting knowledge that their souls are just.  After all, they’re just upholding the law.

About that "Miracle"

Mike Spangenberg, Question The Premise

static1.squarespace.com/static/53fa55ece4b045January 15, 2015 | By now you know that the city of Bloomington, Minnesota is choosing to prosecute organizers of a #BlackLivesMatter demonstration at Mall of America on December 20th.

 

I was there.  The demonstration was entirely peaceful.  Yet the mall and the city responded with ludicrously disproportionate force, including swarms of police officers in riot helmets and Orwellian electronic messages on giant screens.  Sandra Johnson, the City Attorney for Bloomington, not only wants to prosecute organizers of the event, but to try to recover money to pay for the city’s paranoid overreaction.

Mike Spangenberg: Father, husband. Justice and education and justice in education. Author: Question The Premise 

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About that "Miracle" Mike Spangenberg, Question the Premise

  • There are most certainly topics here—tax policy, affordable housing, city planning—that are very much worth discussing.  But discussing them without exploring the history (and current reality) of racial oppression and exploitation isn't just incomplete; it’s dangerously deceptive, and almost miraculously self-perpetuating.
  • Truth and reconciliation is coming to America from the grassroots.

Netanyahu's Middle East

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  • Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s strident and continual harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security.
  • Part 1: To Netanyahu, Peace Is an Existential Threat
  • Part 2: 4 Things more Dangerous to Israel than Iran’s civilian Nuclear Enrichment

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: To Netanyahu, Peace Is an Existential Threat

To understand Netanyahu's message this week in Washington, one must understand that to those who crave war, peace is an existential threat.

Trita Parsi, Common Dreams

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Monday, March 02, 2015 | To Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, peace between the US and Iran is an existential threat. By now, it should be clear to all: It's not an Iranian nuclear bomb he fears, but a US-Iran deal.

In a tweet earlier this morning, the Prime Minister said as much: "We are strongly opposed to the agreement being formulated between the world powers and Iran that could endanger Israel's very existence."

So we have gone from Netanyahu declaring an Iranian bomb an existential threat to Israel, to a deal between the world powers and Iran an existential threat.

Trita Parsi is founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is author of A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012) and Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States.

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Part 2:  4 Things more Dangerous to Israel than Iran’s civilian Nuclear Enrichment

Here are genuine dangers to Israel, about which Netanyahu won’t be saying anything today.

Juan Cole, Common Dreams

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 | Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s strident and continual harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security. Netanyahu has raised this issue repeatedly over the past 20 years, often predicting that Iran was as little as a year away from having a nuclear warhead. Decades later, it does not, and Israel is still there. Many observers believe that Netanyahu is performing as a magician does, trying to make the audience take its eye over the real sleight of hand by pointing in the direction of a distraction.

There are, in fact, more pressing dangers to Israel than Iran’s nuclear reactors.

Juan Cole teaches Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. His new book, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East (Simon and Schuster), will officially be published July 1st. He is also the author of Engaging the Muslim World and Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (both Palgrave Macmillan).

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Truth and reconciliation is coming to America from the grassroots.

The country’s bloody history of lynching, slavery and racism cannot be tackled from the top-down. Change has to be initiated organically - from the people.

Fania E. Davis, Guardian US

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Thursday 26 February 2015 | All over the US, we are witnessing the dawn of a truth and reconciliation movement. There is a rising chorus of voices that is helping us to collectively face an epidemic of racial violence, expose its deep historical roots, and stop it.

At this stage, there’s no centralized national truth and reconciliation body of the sort we saw in South Africa after the fall of apartheid. Instead, these expressions emanate from local, community-based and grassroots groups that are self-organizing rather than following the directives of a high-level governmental entity. For now, letting bottom-up, organic initiatives lead the way is a good thing. 

To move toward a reconciled America, we have to do the work ourselves.

Fania E. Davis is the founding director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth.

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Our Attitude Toward the Elderly Is Getting Old

  • (We) ought to prioritize the needs of the elderly, for ultimately it is our own future that we otherwise imperil. We have to stop separating ourselves from seniors. If we are lucky enough to survive into our golden years, we had better hope that our public support systems have caught up with our needs, or else we need to work hard now to create such systems.
  • Retirement Theft in Four Despicable Steps

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

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sonalielderly_590.jpg Feb 12, 2015 | While disembarking from a long flight recently, I was dismayed to watch a couple who seemed to be in their 50s openly roll their eyes and criticize another couple in their 60s or 70s who were holding up the line. The two elders were painstakingly removing their hand luggage from the overhead bins and making their way down the cramped aisles. Apparently they weren’t spry enough for folks who were just a decade or so younger. “Look at how much time they’re taking!” complained the relatively younger man.

We have a serious social disconnect over aging in the United States. While it was shocking for me to overhear such callous disregard for seniors expressed out loud, it was particularly egregious to hear it coming from people who in 10 to 20 years will likely be in a similar situation. We imagine aging is something that happens to everyone else but us.

Sonali Kolhatkar, a Truthdig contributor, is the host and producer of KPFK Pacifica’s popular morning drive time program Uprising, based in Los Angeles, California. 

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Retirement Theft in Four Despicable Steps, Paul Buchheit, Nation of Change

  • The fear of running out of money in retirement is America’s greatest financial concern. It's a fear greater than death. But the American workers who have paid all their lives for retirement security are being cheated by wealthy individuals and corporations who refuse to meet their tax obligations, and who have found other ways to keep expanding their wealth at the expense of the middle class.
  • The Great American Class War
  • The right’s sinister new plot against pensions

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Special Project | Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week Ending February 28, 2015

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“Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?” – St Augustine. 

8 New Items including:

  • How activism won real net neutrality
  • To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways
  • Stop the 'fast track' to job loss
  • A “Grand Alliance” To Save Our Public Postal Service
  • New Budget Chair to cut Social Security!
  • Eve And Nashua Stand Trial In Columbus, Georgia And Celebrate Victory For SOA Watch!
  • Homelessness in America
  • Film ‘Selma’ is about more than ‘dreamers'

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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How activism won real net neutrality, Jay Cassano, Waging Nonviolence

“This is a classic example of how history gets written,” said Kevin Zeese, an organizer with Popular Resistance.“ Down the road, 50 years from now, people will say that Obama saved the Internet, that he was the president who said what needs to be done and made it happen. But the reality is that Obama was forced to save the Internet by the people.”

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To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways, Sarita Gupta, The American Prospect

  • When workers' power is diminished and people’s voices are shut out of the workplace, job quality and job standards suffer.
  • Across the board, most bosses are looking out for their own bottom line, not ours.
  • Right-to-work laws are union-hating Republican's weapon of choice

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Stop the 'fast track' to job loss, Sarah Arnold, the Nation

  • Fast track authority would allow the President to sign the TPP, and then railroad the deal through Congress in only 90 days with limited debate and no amendments allowed. 
  • Will you join The Nation and RootsAction in calling on Congress to reject "fast track" for the TPP?
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership: We Won’t Be Fooled By Rigged Corporate Trade Agreements

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A “Grand Alliance” To Save Our Public Postal Service, Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future

  • In the face of aggressive attacks, a wide range of national organizations have come together to create A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. These organizations are united in the demand that the public good must not be sacrificed for the sake of private investment and profit. A strong public Postal Service is our democratic right. The Alliance is fighting to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now – and for many generations to come.
  • Here are a few things you need to know about the Postal Service “crisis”.

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New Budget Chair to cut Social Security! Michael Phelan, Social Security Works

Tell the new House Budget Chair Tom Price: Expand, Don't Cut, Social Security

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Eve And Nashua Stand Trial In Columbus, Georgia And Celebrate Victory For SOA Watch! María Luisa Rosal, SOA Watch

Eve put the SOA on trial, as well as a US culture of militarism when she affirmed, "torture is not a political tool. My own President asks 'is this who we are?'. All of us would like to say no, but if the School of the Americas is kept open, then I am afraid the answer is yes. This is who we are."

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Homelessness in America, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • You can’t fucking get rid of us. You can’t criminalize our existence. We’re here. And we’re no longer going to allow you to use the police, to use private security, to use discriminatory laws, to incarcerate us and harass us until we leave town. We no longer accept that as the way our relationship is going to function with local governments and communities where we happen to fucking live whether we have a house or not. We have the right to exist. And we’ll use that as a building base for getting strong enough, for overcoming the corporate influence of decision-making and government and all of that.
  • Part 1: Homelessness Isn't Inevitable But Rather A Manifestation of a Society that Is Sorely Lacking in Justice
  • Part 2: Luxury Hotel Canceled Prepaid Christmas Reservation Because The Guests Were Homeless
  • People are living — and dying — out in the cold

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Film ‘Selma’ is about more than ‘dreamers', Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • As “Selma” shows, Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement must be seen not as “dreamers,” but as the motor force for change that transformed America. To make America better, look to movements, not presidents, people in motion, not legislators in session.
  • Part 1: What ‘Selma’ Gets Right—and Wrong—About Civil-Rights History
  • Part 2: Lessons From ‘Selma’: It Takes a Movement

Thank You, Readers, for Winning the Fight to Save Real Net Neutrality

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It is time to celebrate a victory in "one of the most intense – and bizarre – lobbying battles in the history of modern Washington politics. 

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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As you perhaps know by now net neutrality activists, including you, our readers, scored a landmark victory yesterday in the fight to govern the internet. Here's the story.

Net neutrality activists score landmark victory in fight to govern the internet, Dominic Rushe, Guardian US

  • FCC says ‘we listened and we learned’, and passes strict broadband rules that represent ‘a red-letter day for internet freedom’

  • How activism won real net neutrality

To be sure, the fight isn't over yet. Multi-national telecom corporations that spend billions bribing corrupt elected officials and bumbling bureaucrats don't fold their tents like the Arabs and silently steal away. GOP-lead congressional action and court battles are down the road.

PineTreeLogo200%20w%3A10%20yr%20Banner_0.jpgBut it is time to celebrate a victory in "one of the most intense – and bizarre – lobbying battles in the history of modern Washington politics. 

Once again it is our privilege to say thank you for whatever part you played in this protracted action to save a free and open internet and publications like Evergreene Digest that depend on it. 

It is also time for me and the Evergreene Digest crew to double down on our efforts to produce the best progressive website on the net. Truly, we cannot do this without your support.

Peace,

Dave and the crew

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