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From a trained therapist | 11 small ways to feel less helpless this week.

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When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Fred Rogers

Annie Wright, Upworthy

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Pulse%20Mass%20Shooting%20Memorial.jpgOn the morning of June 12, 2016, I’d imagine that you, like me, woke up to the story of the Orlando, Florida, mass shooting in the Pulse nightclub.

Like mine, your social media newsfeed was probably flooded with stories about the tragedy.

And perhaps you, like me, felt your stomach sink and your heart grow heavy. Another mass shooting. The worst in recent U.S. history. And one where the clear intent seems to be terror and hate.

Annie Wright: a Berkeley-based psychotherapist, writer, and social justice advocate deeply committed to helping individuals, couples, and families from the Bay Area and beyond to transform their lives, no matter where they're starting from. 

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From the Archives | Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture

America was born with a unique bond to gun culture, some would have you believe. They're peddling bad history.

Pamela Haag, Salon

 

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Excerpted from "The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture"

Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 | An abridged history of the American gun culture, told from legend and popular memory, might go like this: We were born a gun culture. Americans have an exceptional, unique, and timeless relationship to guns, starting with the militias of the Revolutionary War, and it developed on its own from there. Some celebrate and some condemn this relationship, but it is in either case unique. Guns have long been a commonplace part of American life, which is why guns pretty much sell themselves. The Second Amendment, ubiquitous to contemporary gun politics, was a prominent presence historically and is a source of the gun’s unique stature, while the idea of gun control is more recent. The American gun story is about civilians and individual citizens, and they are its heroes or its villains—the frontiersman, the Daniel Boone “long hunter” who trekked far into the wilderness alone, the citizen-patriot militiaman, the guiltily valorized outlaw, and the gunslinger. The gun’s mystique was forged most vividly on the violent western frontier of the 1800s, and this mystique is about individualism: guns protect citizens against overzealous government infringement of liberties; they protect freedom and self-determination.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Pamela%20Haag%20%7C%20Gunning%20of%20America%20cover%20illus.jpgThis book tells the story of American guns from the perspective of what the gun was—in essence, an object, produced by businesses, to be sold. The story that highlights the Second Amendment, frontiersmen, militias, and the desires and character of the American gun owner is not to be found in the pages of this book. Or, more accurately, my work deliberately skews the story of the gun in another direction: it focuses on the missing element of the gun culture rather than reworking the familiar themes. As such, it has different characters, motivations, plot twists, highlights, and timelines, and all of these elements call into question the gun clichés that animate contemporary politics.

Pamela Haag holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Her work on a diverse range of topics has appeared in many venues such as American Scholar, NPR, Slate, and the Times (London).

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This Is Our Neoliberal Nightmare: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why the Market and the Wealthy Win Every Time

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  • The rage driving our politics stems from cruelty of capitalism. So why do we vote for those who worship the market?
  • Related: Bernie Sanders is a socialist? Some on the far left say sellout is more like it

Anis Shivani, Salon / AlterNet

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June 8, 2016 | Over the last 15 years, editors often asked me not to mention the word “neoliberalism,” because I was told readers wouldn’t comprehend the “jargon.” This has begun to change recently, as the terminology has come into wider usage, though it remains shrouded in great mystery.

People throw the term around loosely, as they do with “fascism,” with the same confounding results. Imagine living under fascism or communism, or earlier, classical liberalism, and not being allowed to acknowledge that particular frame of reference to understand economic and social issues. Imagine living under Stalin and never using the communist framework but focusing only on personality clashes between his lieutenants, or likewise for Hitler or Mussolini or Mao or Franco and their ideological systems! But this curious silence, this looking away from ideology, is exactly what has been happening for a quarter century, since neoliberalism, already under way since the early 1970s, got turbocharged by the Democratic party under the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) and Bill Clinton. We live under an ideology that has not been widely named or defined.

Anis Shivani is the author of several books of fiction, poetry, and criticism, including, most recently, My Tranquil War and Other Poems. His novel Karachi Raj (HarperCollins/Fourth Estate) was released this summer. His next book is the poetry collection Whatever Speaks on Behalf of Hashish, out in October.

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Bernie Sanders is a socialist? Some on the far left say sellout is more like it, Evan Halper, Los Angeles (CA) Times

  • Not every leftist is enamored with Bernie Sanders. Some see him as a sellout.
  • Mimi Soltysik, presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA, says of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders: "He has had a long history of support for war."
  • Related: Bernie Sanders supporters need to stop behaving like a cult

Bernie Sanders is a socialist? Some on the far left say sellout is more like it.

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  • Not every leftist is enamored with Bernie Sanders. Some see him as a sellout.
  • Mimi Soltysik, presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA, says of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders: "He has had a long history of support for war."
  • Related: Bernie Sanders supporters need to stop behaving like a cult.

Evan Halper, Los Angeles (CA) Times

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5744b9db/turbine/la-1464121945-snap-photo/400/16x9 Mimi Soltysik, presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA, says of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders: "He has had a long history of support for war." Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times 

May 25, 2016 |As Los Angeles activist and aspiring officeholder Mimi Soltysik ponders the Democratic ballot in the race for the White House, the words he blurts out include "warmonger," "imperialist" and "status quo."

And that's before he even turns his attention to Hillary Clinton.

Not every leftist is enamored with Bernie Sanders. Some see him as a sellout.

Evan Halper, National Reporter at Los Angeles (CA) Times, writes about a broad range of policy issues out of Washington D.C..

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Bernie Sanders supporters need to stop behaving like a cult, Chris Tognotti, Daily Dot

  • As steadfast as Sanders and his supporters may be, their belligerence on questions about key social issues reveals a major danger in developing a cult-like following.
  • The problem with Bernie Sanders

 

Teaching Violence — How American Police Went From Mayberry to Madness — And How To Stop It

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  • Experts cited by the DoJ have explained, “that the high-stress paramilitary model of training results in police practices that are contrary to democratic governance and that a structure utilizing university connections, experiential learning, and critical thinking would be significantly more effective.”
  • So are law enforcement agencies incompetently ignoring the solution? Or, are they ignoring it by design?

Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/how-this-became-this-310x165.jpg June 5, 2016 | Policing in the United States metamorphosed drastically over the last few decades after the NDAA in 1990 allowed departments to obtain surplus military equipment free of charge. With the weapons and gear of war likewise came the warrior ethos. Though unprepared to handle accouterments of the battlefield, hapless American police waged war on the very communities in their charge — an epidemic level of violence by law enforcement has since erupted.

But this article isn’t a condemnation of police officers, many of whom spend their entire career without resorting to the use of excessive force. But because incidents involving excessively violent tactics resulting in serious injury and death have become so frequent people often don’t take notice, it’s necessary to point out the simplest means to end the epidemic already exists.

Claire Bernish: Avid anti-war activist, propaganda watchdog, corruption-buster, muckraker & dogged disinformation assassin

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The Global War on Terrorism: The Fight for Truth Continues

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  • From the attacks of September 11, 2001 to the war on Syria — how did we get to this point? Global Research offers you several important resources and encourages you to get the facts and share them with others.
  • Related: Uri Avnery | On Lieberman, Israel’s New “Defense” Minister

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/911.jpghttp://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/911.jpgMay 17, 2016 | The events of 9/11 played a pivotal role in launching the Global War on Terrorism, which has for the last 15 years brought about mass militarization on an unprecedented scale, by turns ravaging sovereign nations, creating further instability and breeding fear and hatred.

As Michel Chossudovsky wrote in 2013:

“A major transition in US counter-terrorism doctrine is unfolding. While Barack Obama, following in the footsteps of George W. Bush, remains firmly committed to waging a “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT), his administration is now openly supporting selected rebel units in Syria which are part of the Al Qaeda network.” (See: “Fighting Al Qaeda by Supporting Al Qaeda in Syria: The Obama Administration is a “State Sponsor of Terrorism””)

From the attacks of September 11, 2001 to the war on Syria — how did we get to this point? Global Research offers you several important resources and encourages you to get the facts and share them with others.

Global Research is an independent research and media organization involved in book publishing, support to humanitarian projects as well as educational outreach activities including the organization of public conferences and lectures. The Centre also acts as a think tank on crucial  economic and geopolitical issues.

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Uri Avnery | On Lieberman, Israel’s New “Defense” Minister, Uri Avnery, Tikkun <http://www.tikkun.org>

  • Lieberman has made so many demeaning statements against Palestinians that most Israeli peace movement people see him as an overt racist and hater whose stated goal is to rid the Land of Israel of Palestinians.
  • Related: Exposing Israel’s ‘pinkwashing’ 

 

Special Report | The Verizon Strike

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  • Verizon strikers are fighting against the oppression and indignity of the American workplace.
  • A labor strategy of workplace action and bold political vision is more necessary than ever.
  • Part 1: Chronicle of a Strike
  • Part 2: The Verizon Strike Is a Reminder That Improving Workers’ Lives Will Always Require Workplace Action

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Chronicle of a Strike

 

Verizon strikers are fighting against the oppression and indignity of the American workplace.

Alex Gourevitch, Jacobin Magazine

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5.18.16 | Bruce has worked construction for Verizon for nearly thirty years and he is on strike. Walking a picket outside a Verizon Wireless store, he explains why: “I love this job. It’s outdoors, you get dirty, you get to do things. You see that island over there, I can tell you where each of the manholes are. I’ve been in every one of these buildings here,” he says, pointing to a café, then some office buildings, a travel agency, and a few restaurants. “I don’t like not working, just standing around here. But we gotta do this. I mean, I love this job but I don’t want it for my children.”

Only a few Verizon workers are picketing this Massachusetts location, standing calmly in the signature red shirts of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) holding placards emblazoned “On Strike!”

Alex Gourevitch is an assistant professor of political science at Brown University and the author of From Slavery To the Cooperative Commonwealth: Labor and Republican Liberty in the Nineteenth Century.

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Part 2: The Verizon Strike Is a Reminder That Improving Workers’ Lives Will Always Require Workplace Action

A labor strategy of workplace action and bold political vision is more necessary than ever.

Elizabeth Mahony, Jacobin / In These Times 

http://inthesetimes.com/images/made/images/working/cwastrike_850_593.jpg A Verizon picket line on May 19, 2016 in Washington, DC.   (Stand up to Verizon / Flickr)

Monday, May 23, 2016 | On Tuesday, news broke that Verizon would return to the bargaining table with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The renewed negotiations could bring to a close the largest US strike in five years, which has seen nearly forty thousand workers—mostly landline technicians but also some call-center and retail employees—walk out for more than a month.

At stake are the potential outsourcing of call-center jobs to the Philippines and Mexico, the implementation of forced overtime, the assignment of employees to other cities for months at a time, and the increased use of non-union contractors.

Elizabeth Mahony is an assistant editor at Jacobin.

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Clinton’s Anti-Trump Rant Ignored Her Own High Crimes*

  • “Anyone rising to presidential material in America isn’t fit for any public office. The prospect of Clinton or Trump succeeding Obama should scare everyone.”
  • Related: Special Report | Selected Articles: Hillary, Donald and the Criminalization of Politics*

Stephen Lendman, Greanville Post

http://theantimedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/clinton.jpg June 3, 2016 | On Thursday, touting her foreign policy record without explaining its lawlessness, Clinton delivered a 30-minute anti-Trump rant – a demagogic litany of misinformation and Big Lies, devoid of substance, more proof of the danger humanity faces if she succeeds Obama next year. 

“I’m proud to run on my record,” she said. As first lady, US senator and secretary of state, she was and continues to be militantly pro-war.

Stephen Lendman's new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”  He lives in Chicago.

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Special Report | Selected Articles: Hillary, Donald and the Criminalization of Politics*, Global Research News

 

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Evergreene Digest does not endorse any candidate or political party. But we will publish articles that have a serious or substantial intellectual content challenging or supporting the ideas of any of the candidates. 

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