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Legalized Murder and the Politics of Terror

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  • The police kill citizens with impunity, and that is exactly how the system is designed to work. The numerous little police states that exist in poor urban areas across the U.S. are models for a system that would enslave all of us.
  • Related: Philando Castile deserves justice.

Chris Hedges, Nation of Change

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July 11, 2016 | Police officers carry out random acts of legalized murder against poor people of color not because they are racist, although they may be, or even because they are rogue cops, but because impoverished urban communities have evolved into miniature police states.

Police can stop citizens at will, question and arrest them without probable cause, kick down doors in the middle of the night on the basis of warrants for nonviolent offenses, carry out wholesale surveillance, confiscate property and money and hold people—some of them innocent—in county jails for years before forcing them to accept plea agreements that send them to prison for decades. They can also, largely with impunity, murder them.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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Philando Castile deserves justice, ACLU of Minnesota

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  • Related: Feds cover up police killing of Jamar Clark, community renews fight for justice.

'You Cannot Use Military Force to Wipe Out Terrorism'

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  • But the problem is, as long as you’re doing the military, the others don’t work. You can’t be bombing people and at the same time think that you’re going to succeed at, quote, “persuading” them, which is one of the great things the Obama administration has talked about wanting to do, persuading them that ISIS is not their friend. Well, it might be easier to persuade them of that if you weren’t killing them. You know, it’s — there’s something illogical there.
  • Janine Jackson interviewed Phyllis Bennis about ISIS attacks for the July 8, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/phyllis-bennis2.jpgPhyllis Bennis: “You can’t be bombing people and at the same time think that you’re going to succeed at ‘persuading’ them.

July 8, 2016 | Janine Jackson: Early in the morning of Sunday, July 3, a truck bomb exploded in a shopping district in Baghdad. Many of the more than 200 people killed were children shopping for new clothes for Eid Al-Fitr. The group ISIS claimed responsibility.

That was two days after militants claiming fealty to ISIS killed 22 people in Dhaka, Bangladesh, after an 11-hour siege on a cafe. It was five days after at least 42 people were killed in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. And it was the day before three separate bomb attacks across Saudi Arabia, including one in the holy city of Medina near a site sacred to Muslims, the mosque where the prophet Mohammed is believed to be buried.

Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her most recent book is Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror. Find her article “From Paris to Istanbul: More War on Terror Means More Terrorist Attacks” on Foreign Policy in Focus. 

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The Peril Of Our Helplessness

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  • We are facing a series of profound social crises, and … these crises show no signs of diminishing.  And it is precisely for this reason that … we must also deliberately turn our attention to the urgent task of addressing this crisis of democratic action: to recovering our belief that something can be done, that together we can discern what it is, and that together we can do it.    
  • Related: To Strike Fear into the Hearts of Plutocrats ... 
  • Related: 11 Common Ways White Folks Avoid Taking Responsibility for Racism in the US

Gregory Thompson, Huffington Post

https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/People-have-the-power-Ferguson-City-Hall-protest-101-13-14.jpg 07/08/2016 | Like many Americans, I spent last night watching—yet again—the horrifying tragedy of racial violence in our cities. In the span of two traumatic and surreal hours, I sat in my home and watched the murders of three different black men by police officers who seem to many of us to be prodigies of either malice or cluelessness.  And, like many Americans I found myself in the familiar oscillation between grief and anger, self-righteousness and empathy, numbness and nausea.

But this time, in the midst of this familiar oscillation I realized that all of these complex emotions had begun to dissolve into a new singularity.  And what was it?  Helplessness. Having spent hours watching these videos and having spent years thinking about the history of race in America, I sat in my room with only one thought: I have no idea what to do. 

Gregory Thompson: Associate Fellow at the Institute For Advanced Studies in Culture, Executive Director of New City Commons

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To Strike Fear into the Hearts of Plutocrats ... , Pablo MayhewOpEdNews 

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  • If it is such that down we must go, then let's go down fighting. Together. Nothing we do will ever instill more worthy pride within us. And nothing has the potential to make this country stronger than for it to be won back by its rightful heirs. This much I know.
  • A pep talk

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11 Common Ways White Folks Avoid Taking Responsibility for Racism in the US, Robin DiAngelo, AlterNet ?Everyday Feminism

  • A structural understanding recognizes racism as a default system that institutionalizes an unequal distribution of resources and power between white people and people of color. This system is historic, taken for granted, deeply embedded, and it works to the benefit of whites.
  • Related: From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer

 

11 Common Ways White Folks Avoid Taking Responsibility for Racism in the US

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  • A structural understanding recognizes racism as a default system that institutionalizes an unequal distribution of resources and power between white people and people of color. This system is historic, taken for granted, deeply embedded, and it works to the benefit of whites.
  • Related: From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer

Robin DiAngelo, AlterNet / Everyday Feminism

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I write and teach about what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet remains deeply divided by race.

A fundamental, but very challenging part of my work is moving white people from an individual understanding of racism — i.e. only some people are racist and those people are bad — to a structural understanding.

Robin DiAngelo builds a foundation of understanding from the bottom up and really helps the reader to build a framework for racial literacy.

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So here I ask that each of us pull our heads out of those fluffy and, mostly white, clouds of privilege and see the world our choices have created. Stop supporting the status quo with silence and quick indictments of the disenfranchised. Stop changing the subject. Stop complaining about our hurt feelings. Stop listening to everyone except the people who are suffering. We either challenge the system and our long held perceptions of the people it harms or do nothing, and thus, contribute to the collapse.

The Future of the Progressive Movement

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  • Bernie Sanders has shifted the goal posts for the Democratic Party.
  • Minimum-wage victories across the country are helping workers take back power.
  • Part 1: What’s Next for the Progressive Movement?
  • Part 2: Building a National People’s Movement

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: What’s Next for the Progressive Movement?

Bernie Sanders has shifted the goal posts for the Democratic Party.

George Goehl, American Prospect / AlterNet

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July 4, 2016 | When Bernie Sanders announced that he was running for president last year, people didn’t expect much from the Vermont senator. The political establishment wrote him off and the pundits berated him—“he’s a socialist for God’s sake.” Even die-hard progressives conceded his bid was a long shot.

In the months since, Sanders has not only drawn record crowds, he’s earned more than 12 million votes and won 45 percent of pledged delegates. Far and away, he’s done better than any self-declared socialist in our nation’s history. And he funded it all by raising hundreds of millions of dollars in mostly small donations from everyday people.

George Goehl is the executive director of National People’s Action, a network of metropolitan and statewide membership organizations dedicated to advancing economic and racial justice. 

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Part 2: Building a National People’s Movement

Minimum-wage victories across the country are helping workers take back power.

Andrew Friedman American Prospect

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July 8, 2016 | ver the past year, millions of workers have earned a raise as a result of the growing boldness of workers and organizers across the country. The success of the Fight for 15 and similar movements is no accident. Rather, it is the product of years of experimentation, perseverance, and creativity—and today, organizers may have finally hit on a powerful formula for helping workers take back some measure of power.

This success stems first and foremost from a basic reality: The economy in its current state is just not working for Americans. Nearly a decade after the 2008 recession, millions of families around the country have yet to be even touched by the recovery. Wages have stayed flat even as worker productivity has soared. Too many are stuck in jobs that don’t pay the bills, working hard and failing to even stay afloat.

Andrew Friedman is co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy.

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Put Away the Fireworks ... You Don’t Live in a Democracy Anymore

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  • In the cult film classic, The Usual Suspects, Roger "Verbal" Kint says, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.” Just so, has the Oligarchy taken over the US.
  • Related: Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System

John Atcheson, Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/sparkler-839806_960_720.jpg?itok=wvd76FUb We can still celebrate a day off and enjoy our holiday, but is it any longer possible to deny just how much the democracy has been eroded by the powerful interests of corporate power and elite interests? (Photo: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain) 

Monday, July 04, 2016 | Within the last 30 years, while we’ve chased bogeymen overseas and here at home, our Democracy has fallen. We have been taken over; defeated; our voices neutered; our freedoms trampled; our democracy vanquished.

No invading force accomplished this; no jackboots echoed across our republic; no alien flag was raised above our lands. Not a single shot was fired by our vaunted military to halt this takeover. No, this was a quiet coup, accomplished from within, and conducted in stealth. 

In the cult film classic, The Usual Suspects, Roger "Verbal" Kint says, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.” Just so, has the Oligarchy taken over the US.

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, an eco-thriller and Book One of a Trilogy centered on global warming. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the San Jose Mercury News and other major newspapers. Atcheson’s book reviews are featured on Climateprogess.org.

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Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance  /  Rise Up Times 

  • The media problem should not be underestimated. As John Stauber points out “We are completely enveloped by the corporate propaganda system from the moment of our birth on, and it allows the oligarchy to control our minds and lives from cradle to grave, in seamless invisible fashion, via marketing, advertising and public relations, reinforced by the news media.  Few are able to admit and see this . . .”
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Considerations for Independence Day in a Presidential Election Year

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Politics, the organization of power, interests, and resources, is based on the bonds "of brotherly affection," which constitute the sovereign group. "We must not look only on our own things, but also on the things of our brethren." Winthrop considered this our political covenant and basis for policies and institutions.

Marcia Pally, OpEdNews

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7/4/2016 | We celebrate it every year, but what does independence mean? We declared independence from Britain to be free from unjust burdens, for the liberty to do as each thinks best, but most of all to form "a more perfect union." What does this mean for us in a presidential election year?

The phrase is from our Constitution, but working towards common goals and future was our impulse long before 1789. Writing not only about church but about politics, John Winthrop held that the "condition of mankind," is "that every man might have need of others, and from hence they might be all knit more nearly together in the Bonds of brotherly affection."

Marcia Pally teaches at New York University and at Fordham University and is a regular guest professor at the Theology Faculty of Humboldt University, Berlin. Her most recent books are  Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality (2016) and "The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good" (2011). In addition to her academic work, Prof. Pally has been a columnist in the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years.

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The Globalization of Poverty: Inside the New World Order

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  • In these unprecedented economic times, the world is experiencing as a whole what most of the non-industrialized world has experienced over the past several decades. For a nuanced examination of the intricacies of the global political-economic landscape and the power players within it, read: The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order ~ Michel Chossudovsky
  • Related: The Real Meaning of Brexit: Cry of Pain by the World's Working People
  • Related: Profiting Off The Poor and Disabled in The Poverty Industry

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/129554.jpg June 29, 2016 | Michel Chossudovsky takes the reader through an examination of how the World Bank and IMF have been the greatest purveyors of poverty around the world, despite their rhetorical claims to the opposite. These institutions, representing the powerful Western nations and the financial interests that dominate them, spread social apartheid around the world, exploiting both the people and the resources of the vast majority of the world’s population.

As Chossudovsky examines in this updated edition, often the programs of these international financial institutions go hand-in-hand with covert military and intelligence operations undertaken by powerful Western nations with an objective to destabilize, control, destroy and dominate nations and people, such as in the cases of Rwanda and Yugoslavia.

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal and Editor of the Global Research <globalresearch.ca> website. 

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The Real Meaning of Brexit: Cry of Pain by the World's Working People, Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun magazine & Chair, the (interfaith and secular-humanist-and-atheist-welcoming) NSP: Network of Spiritual Progressives

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Tikkun Editor’s Introductory Note:  The vote by a majority in the UK to exit from the European Union  (Britain exiting, now called Brexit) is actually a cry of pain by the working people of Britain, and a reflection of the growing pain that will shape the social and political lives of our world in the coming decades till that pain is fully addressed.

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Profiting Off The Poor and Disabled in The Poverty Industry, All Sides Staff, Radio WUSU

  • This hour, we'll discuss the rise of the poverty industry and how it plays out across the U.S. 
  • Related: Here are 7 things people who say they’re ‘fiscally conservative but socially liberal’ don’t understand

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