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John Lewis Stands Up for Human Dignity Once Again

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  • A sit-in by the civil-rights icon on the floor of the House of Representatives is a powerful statement against gun violence.
  • Related: House Sit In - Action Alert

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

http://dy00k1db5oznd.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/John-Lewis-House-Sit-In_6.22.16-1277x639.jpg"Do we have the raw courage to make at least a down payment on ending gun violence in America?" asked Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) as he led a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 22. (Screen grab)

June 22, 2016 | On March 7, 1965, 25-year-old John Lewis, already a veteran of the Freedom Rides, Mississippi’s Freedom Summer and Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, walked ahead of 600 civil rights activists as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on the first leg of what was meant to be a peaceful march for voting rights.

As they stepped off the end of the bridge, a posse of 150 state troopers and deputy sheriffs attacked them, wielding clubs, bullwhips and tear gas. Lewis was beaten to within an inch of his life. But he took the horrible pummeling of  “Bloody Sunday” and survived to lead another march a week later. This time they kept going — all the way to the state capitol in Montgomery, 50 miles away.

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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House Sit In - Action Alert, Nancy Nord Bence, Protect Minnesota 

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Let's be as brave and determined as the sit-in participants. Let's keep speaking up about gun violence. Let's Protect Minnesota!

 

Marian Kemensky | The Wall of Mexico* / media.cagle.com

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* "Show me a 30' high wall and I'll show you a 31' long ladder. --Molly Ivins

 

 

Scared Of Trans People In Bathrooms? Here’s One Huge Thing You’re Forgetting

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Get a grip, people!

Related: Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history.

Noah Michelson, Huffington Post

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05/18/2016 | Awooga! Awooga! My fellow Americans, this is not a drill!

Transgender people occasionally need to relieve themselves and they occasionally need to do it in public restrooms!

Terrifying,  right?!?!?!?!?!!?!??!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

Noah Michelson, Editorial Director, the Huffington Post Voices

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Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history, Parker Molloy, Upworthy

It's easy to feel hopeful when the federal government, of all things, can move you to tears in the name of justice.

Related: The Human and Economic Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2

Related: Yes They DO Hate Him Because He Is Black.

From Fight for $15 to the Verizon Strike: We Must Protect Workers' Right to Walk Out

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  • Strikes can be legally threatening and socially disruptive. But in the absence of any serious, social efforts to change the economy, it is perfectly reasonable for workers to defend their interests. So long as the economy is as radically unequal and oppressive as it is, workers have a right to strike. They have that right just the way anyone facing oppression has a right to resist it.
  • Related: Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich

Alex Gourevitch, The Guardian / Portside 

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https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/cwastrike.jpg?itok=nIoTcR7gThe Verizon strike is one of the biggest in years, and comes on the heels of several other significant strikes. Mike Groll/AP

April 14, 2016 | Given the new politics of inequality, there is every reason to think that strikes will become more common. So long as the economy is as radically unequal and oppressive as it is, workers have a right to go on strike. This is an uncomfortable thing to say because of what it means to defend that right.

The 40,000-person, Verizon strike on Wednesday and the Fight for $15 strikes on Thursday are just the latest examples of worker walkouts. The Verizon strikers are protesting about a host of issues, including the company’s demand for reduced compensation, loss of job security, work relocations and schedules that would require workers to spend months at a time away from their families.

Alex Gourevitch is an assistant professor of political science at Brown University. He is author of From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth: Labor and Republican Liberty in the Nineteenth Century and has written for magazines like Dissent, Jacobin, The American Prospect and New York Magazine.

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Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich, Dariel Garner, Popular Resistance 

The rich rely on us. They rely on our cooperation. They are nothing without us. As Martin Luther King said, “a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent”. It is time to stand up. We all can share the wealth.

Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history.

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  • It's easy to feel hopeful when the federal government, of all things, can move you to tears in the name of justice.
  • Related: The Human and Economic Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2
  • Related: Yes They DO Hate Him Because He Is Black

Parker Molloy, Upworthy

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| It's pretty rare that a Department of Justice press conference will bring people to tears — today was a rare and historic exception.

Today, Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued a formal response to HB2, North Carolina's anti-transgender law. In it, she said:

"This is not a time to act out of fear. This is a time to summon our national virtues 
of inclusivity, diversity, compassion and open-mindedness. What we must not do — what we must never do — is turn on our neighbors, our family members, our fellow Americans, for something they cannot control, and deny what makes them human."

Parker Molloy is an essayist from Chicago, IL. She is a trends writer at Upworthy <http://www.upworthy.com>. In the past, her work has been
featuredat The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, Slate, and The Guardian, among other outlets.

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The Human and Economic Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Finn’s story shows the devastating emotional and psychological impact these laws can have on transgender people.
  • The economic impact of discrimination as underscored by harmful legislation such as H.B. 2 is yet another reason why LGBT people need to be fully included in U.S. communities. Everyone deserves fair treatment under the law.
  • Part 1: The Human Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2
  • Part 2: North Carolina’s Discriminatory H.B. 2 Threatens More Than Half Billion Dollars in Economic Activity.

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Yes They DO Hate Him Because He Is Black, Scandalous One, Daily Kos

Any fair observation of what has transpired over Obama’s two terms would reveal an undeniable racial component in the way Republicans have approached his presidency.

Justice for Berta

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  • Honduran authorities say they are pursuing murder charges for the March 3rd killing of the environmental and Indigenous rights activist.
  • "Berta no se murió; se multiplicó – Berta didn’t die; she multiplied."
  • Part 1: Military and Energy Company Officials Arrested for Murder of Berta Cáceres
  • Part 2: Slain Activist Berta Cáceres' Daughter: US Military Aid Has Fueled Repression & Violence in Honduras

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Military and Energy Company Officials Arrested for Murder of Berta Cáceres

Honduran authorities say they are pursuing murder charges for the March 3rd killing of the environmental and Indigenous rights activist.

Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/berta-caceres-getty.jpg?itok=hZGsZkugAdding credence to suspicions that Cáceres' killing was politically-motivated, among those arrested were Honduran military officials as well as an employee of Desarrollos Energéticos (or DESA), the private energy company behind the Agua Zarca dam, which Cáceres fiercely opposed. (Photo: Getty)  

May 02, 2016 | Authorities have arrested four suspects in the assassination of environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, the Honduran attorney general announced on Monday.

Adding credence to suspicions that Cáceres' killing was politically-motivated, among those arrested were Honduran military officials as well as an employee of Desarrollos Energéticos (or DESA), the private energy company behind the Agua Zarca dam, which Cáceres fiercely opposed.

Central American-based freelance journalist Sandra Cuffe reported Monday that the arrests included Mariano Díaz Chávez and Edilson Atilio Duarte Meza. Cuffe wrote, "Honduran Armed Forces spokesperson identified Díaz as a major and Duarte as a former member of the military."

Lauren McCauley, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: Slain Activist Berta Cáceres' Daughter: US Military Aid Has Fueled Repression & Violence in Honduras

Another indigenous environmentalist has been murdered in Honduras, less than two weeks after the assassination of renowned activist Berta Cáceres. Nelson García was shot to death Tuesday after returning home from helping indigenous people who had been displaced in a mass eviction by Honduran security forces. 

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

 

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March 18, 2016 | Another indigenous environmentalist has been murdered in Honduras, less than two weeks after the assassination of renowned activist Berta Cáceres. Nelson García was shot to death Tuesday after returning home from helping indigenous people who had been displaced in a mass eviction by Honduran security forces. García was a member of COPINH, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, co-founded by Berta Cáceres, who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize last year for her decade-long fight against the Agua Zarca Dam, a project planned along a river sacred to the indigenous Lenca people. She was shot to death at her home on March 3. On Thursday, thousands converged in Tegucigalpa for the start of a mobilization to demand justice for Berta Cáceres and an end to what they say is a culture of repression and impunity linked to the Honduran government’s support for corporate interests. At the same time, hundreds of people, most of them women, gathered outside the Honduran Mission to the United Nations chanting "Berta no se murió; se multiplicó – Berta didn’t die; she multiplied." We speak with Cáceres’s daughter, Bertha Zúniga Cáceres, and with Lilian Esperanza López Benítez, the financial coordinator of COPINH.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

Guests: Bertha Isabel Zúniga Cáceres, the daughter of Berta Cáceres and Lilian Esperanza López Benítez with COPINH, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, which Berta Cáceres co-founded.

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"She's Baldly Lying": Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton's Defense of Her Role in Honduras Coup*

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  • As Hillary Clinton seeks to defend her role in the 2009 Honduras coup, we speak with Dana Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras. "This is breathtaking that she’d say these things. I think we’re all kind of reeling that she would both defend the coup and defend her own role in supporting its stabilization in the aftermath," Frank says. "I want to make sure that the listeners understand how chilling it is that a leading presidential candidate in the United States would say this was not a coup. … She’s baldly lying when she says we never called it a coup."
  • Related: How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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April 13, 2016 | Amy Goodman: For more on Honduras, we are joined by—Hillary Clinton and the legacy of the 2009 coup—Dana Frank, is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras.

Professor Frank, it’s great to have you with us. Well, Hillary Clinton said a lot in this five-minute exchange with Juan González. Respond.

Dana Frank: Well, I just want to say this is like breathtaking that she’d say these things. I think we’re all kind of reeling that she would both defend the coup and defend her own role in supporting its stabilization in the aftermath. I mean, first of all, the fact that she says that they did it legally, that the Honduras judiciary and Congress did this legally, is like, oh, my god, just mind-boggling. The fact that she then is going to say that it was not an unconstitutional coup is incredible, when she actually had a cable, that we have in the WikiLeaks, in which U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens says it was very clearly an illegal and unconstitutional coup. So she knows this from day one. She even admits in her own statement that it was the Honduran military, that she says, well, this was the only thing that was wrong there, that it was the military that took Zelaya out of the country, as opposed to somehow that it was an illegal thing we did—that the Honduran government did, deposing a president.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres, Compiled by David Culver,  Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • The presidential candidate has ignored criticism of her role in enabling the consolidation of the Honduran coup.
  • Part 1: Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism
  • Part 2: Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism
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How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres

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  • Part 1: Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism
  • Part 2: Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism
  • Related: Take action for justice for Berta

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Part 1: Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism

The Clinton-brokered election did indeed install and legitimate a militarized regime based on repression.

Greg Grandin, Nation

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March 10, 2016 | Before her murder on March 3, Berta Cáceres, a Honduran indigenous rights and environmental activist, named Hillary Clinton, holding her responsible for legitimating the 2009 coup. “We warned that this would be very dangerous,” she said, referring to Clinton’s effort to impose elections that would consolidate the power of murderers.

In a video interview, given in Buenos Aires in 2014, Cáceres says it was Clinton who helped legitimate and institutionalize the coup. In response to a question about the exhaustion of the opposition movement (to restore democracy), Cáceres says (around 6:10): “The same Hillary Clinton, in her book Hard Choices, practically said what was going to happen in Honduras. This demonstrates the bad legacy of North American influence in our country. The return of Mel Zelaya to the presidency (that is, to his constitutionally elected position) was turned into a secondary concern. There were going to be elections.” Clinton, in her position as secretary of state, pressured (as her emails show) other countries to agree to sideline the demands of Cáceres and others that Zelaya be returned to power. Instead, Clinton pushed for the election of what she calls in Hard Choices a “unity government.” But Cáceres says: “We warned that this would be very dangerous.… The elections took place under intense militarism, and enormous fraud.”

Greg Grandin is a Professor of History at New York University and is the author of a number of prize-winning books.

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Part 2: Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism

Hillary Clinton will be good for women. Ask Berta Cáceres. But you can’t. She’s dead.

Gaius Publius, WashingtonsBlog 

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RH-D-BTdMyY/Vty6re7ExFI/AAAAAAAACj8/2lLSxz3fgjQ/s400/Berta_Caceres_otu_img.jpg  Berta Cáceres, Honduran indigenous and environmental activist, before she was murdered (source)

March 8, 2016 | I’ve been looking for a way to tell this story, the story of Hillary Clinton and the murder of Berta Cáceres, for a while. The core of the story involves yet another victim of Honduran right-wing violence.

For example, there’s this, from the Nation:

 

The Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime Is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders

The names of Berta Cáceres’s murderers are yet unknown. But we know who killed her.

Greg Grandin

March 3, 2016 | Hillary Clinton will be good for women. Ask Berta Cáceres. But you can’t. She’s dead. Gunned down yesterday, March 2, at midnight, in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca, in Honduras.

Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. 

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Take action for justice for Berta, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • RIGHT NOW demand justice for Berta Caceres, protection for human rights defenders, and a cut-off of U.S. security aid to the repressive Honduran regime.
  • No matter how many death threats she received, no matter how many times she was followed, pursued, or threatened, Berta would not be silenced.
  • And she must not be silenced today. Berta's voice must continue to be heard.
  • Part 1: Call & Email NOW to demand justice for Berta & Honduras!
  • Part 2: Take action to demand justice in the Assassination of Berta Caceres 

 

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