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What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny

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Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

Timothy Snyder, Dallas (TX) News

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Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

Timothy Snyder, Contributor, Dallas (TX) News <http://www.dallasnews.com>, a Yale history professor and historian of Eastern Europe, originally published this on Facebook. He is the author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning."

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Special Report | War On The Homeless- Day Jobs, Not Tickets

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  • Part 1: War On The Homeless 
  • Cities All Over America Are Passing Laws Making It Illegal To Feed And Shelter Those In Need
  • Part 2: Albuquerque Gives Panhandlers Day Jobs, Not Tickets
  • While other cities try to regulate or ban panhandlers, Albuquerque, N.M., offers them an income and social services for the day.

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Part 1: War On The Homeless 

Cities All Over America Are Passing Laws Making It Illegal To Feed And Shelter Those In Need

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http://blogfactory.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/unnamed-24.jpg December 07, 2016 | If you want to be a “Good Samaritan” to the homeless in your community, you might want to check and see if it is legal first.  All over the country, cities are passing laws that make it illegal to feed and shelter the homeless.  For example, in this article you will read about a church in Maryland that was just fined $12,000 for simply allowing homeless people to sleep outside the church at night.  This backlash against homeless people comes at a time when homelessness in America is absolutely exploding.  In a previous article, I shared with my readers the fact that the number of homeless people in New York City has just set a brand new all-time high, and the homelessness crisis in California has become so severe that the L.A. City Council has formally asked Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.  Sadly, instead of opening up our hearts to the rapidly growing number of Americans without a home, way too many communities are trying to use the law to force them to go somewhere else.

For nearly two thousand years, churches have been at the forefront of helping the poor and disadvantaged, but now many communities are trying to stop this from happening.  Earlier today, I was absolutely stunned when I came across an article that talked about how a church in Dundalk, Maryland has been fined $12,000 for allowing the homeless to sleep outside the church at night.

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Part 2: Albuquerque Gives Panhandlers Day Jobs, Not Tickets

While other cities try to regulate or ban panhandlers, Albuquerque, N.M., offers them an income and social services for the day.

J.B. Wogan, Governing

Participants in Albuquerque's "There's a Better Way" initiative working on a city beautification project. All photos provided by the city of Albuquerque, used with permission.

October 13, 2015 | Twice a week, a city van rolls through downtown Albuquerque, N.M., stopping at popular panhandling locations. The driver, Will Cole, asks panhandlers if they want a day job. Work pays $9 an hour, higher than the state's $7.50 minimum wage. The city's public works department can employ up to 10 people a day for beautification projects, such as pulling weeds and picking up litter. The van has been in circulation since September, and while "we get a couple no's here and there," said Cole, he's usually finds 10 people willing to trade panhandling for a day job.

The van initiative is part of a larger effort in Albuquerque to reduce homelessness and panhandling. In May, the city started posting blue and white signs at intersections that list a 311 phone number and a website. Panhandlers can call the number to connect with services. At the same time, motorists can visit the website, managed by the United Way of Central New Mexico, to donate to a local shelter, food bank or an employment fund to pay panhandlers' wages.

J.B. Wogan, Staff Writer, Governing

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Fidel Castro - The Voice of the Third World

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  • “The inhuman exploitation on the peoples of three continents,” he said in reference to Africa, Asia and Latin America, “marked forever the destiny and lives of over 4.5 billion people living in the Third World today.” It was this history, he said, that left “the current victims of that atrocity” in poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and sickness. Castro’s words mirrored reality. He would not end there. It was hope, not despondency, that captured his personality.
  • Related: Michael Parenti | These Countries Are Not Underdeveloped, They Are Overexploited

Vijay Prashad, The Hindu / Portside

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/castro-mbeki.jpg?itok=R6bf-GJD Brutally honest: “Fidel Castro’s words at the World Conference Against Racism mirrored reality.” President Castro with his South African counterpart Thabo Mbeki in Durban in 2001. File Photo - The Hindu

November 28, 2016 | Fidel Castro was the mirror of Africa, Asia and Latin America’s aspirations

The room went silent at the UN’s 2001 World Conference Against Racism when Fidel Castro entered. He took the podium and firmly denunciated not only racism, but also the deep scars inflicted by capitalism. “The inhuman exploitation on the peoples of three continents,” he said in reference to Africa, Asia and Latin America, “marked forever the destiny and lives of over 4.5 billion people living in the Third World today.” It was this history, he said, that left “the current victims of that atrocity” in poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and sickness. Castro’s words mirrored reality. He would not end there. It was hope, not despondency, that captured his personality. “I believe in the mobilisation and the struggle of the peoples!” he said. “I believe in the idea of justice! I believe in truth! I believe in man!”

Vijay Prashad is Professor of International Studies at Trinity College and Chief Editor of LeftWord Books.

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Michael Parenti | These Countries Are Not Underdeveloped, They Are Overexploited (1986), James Thompson, dandelionsalad

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  • “The revolution that feeds the children gets my support.”
  • Related: Haiti's Aftershocks: Rape Gangs, Disaster Profiteers, and AWOL Aid

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How We Got to Standing Rock - and How You Can Help

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Part 1: The Many Ways to Help Standing Rock

Even if you can’t show up at the wintry encampments, you can join water protectors in other ways: from calling the North Dakota governor to breaking up with your bank.

Part 2: Climate Justice Meets Racism: This Moment at Standing Rock Was Decades in the Making

North Dakota’s militarized response to activists opposing the Dakota Access pipeline—and the Standing Rock Sioux’s fierce resolve—reflect the area's particular racial divides.

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Part 1: The Many Ways to Help Standing Rock

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Even if you can’t show up at the wintry encampments, you can join water protectors in other ways: from calling the North Dakota governor to breaking up with your bank.

Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine

Nov 29, 2016 | The timing couldn’t have been more awful.

The day after Thanksgiving, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that people camped at the Oceti Sakowin Camp would be considered trespassers on that federally managed land after Dec. 5. With thousands of people, it is the largest of the water protectors’ camps. Next came the snow, which is piling up across the camp as I write. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered an immediate evacuation allegedly out of concern for the well-being of water protectors in the “harsh winter weather.”

“He gave a whole list of concerns … that we’re going to freeze to death and the solution is to cut off emergency services,” said Tara Houska, an organizer from Honor The Earth, at a news conference on Monday. The move evokes the “collective memory of Native people being pushed off land,” she added. “In 2016, that history is still happening.”

Sarah van Gelder wrote this article for YES! Magazine. Sarah is co-founder and editor at large of YES! Magazine. Her new book, “The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000-Mile Journey Through a New America” is available now from YES!

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Part 2: Climate Justice Meets Racism: This Moment at Standing Rock Was Decades in the Making

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Chairman Archambault (left) and Chief Arvol Looking Horse. Photo by Jenni Monet.

North Dakota’s militarized response to activists opposing the Dakota Access pipeline—and the Standing Rock Sioux’s fierce resolve—reflect the area's particular racial divides.

Jenni Monet, YES! Magazine

Sep 16, 2016 | Attack dogs and waves of arrests by police in riot gear could look like isolated incidents of overreaction to the activism stemming from the Standing Rock reservation. But for the Lakota Sioux who live in these marginalized hillsides, the escalated militarization behind their battle against the Dakota Access pipeline is a situation decades in the making.

North Dakota is not the whitest state in America, but it’s arguably the most segregated. More than 60 percent of its largest minority population, Native Americans, lives on or near reservations. Native men are incarcerated or unemployed at some of the highest rates in the country. Poverty levels for families of the Standing Rock tribe are five times that of residents living in the capital city, Bismarck. In Cannon Ball, the heart of the tribal community, there are rows of weathered government homes, but no grocery store. Tucked behind a lonely highway, this is where mostly white farmers and ranchers shuttle to and from homesteads once belonging to the Sioux.

Jenni Monet wrote this article for YES! MagazineJenni is an award-winning journalist and tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico. She’s also executive producer and host of the podcast Still Here, launching in September 2016. 

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Deconstructing Thanksgiving at Standing Rock

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"With their heroic stand to deconstruct the Dakota Access pipeline, the indigenous tribes gathered at Standing Rock are also deconstructing Thanksgiving." (Photo: Joe Brusky/Overpass Light Brigade/flickr/cc)

  • With their heroic stand to deconstruct the Dakota Access pipeline, the indigenous tribesgathered at Standing Rock are also deconstructing Thanksgiving. And they are showing us a path for the future that should inspire us for the difficult times ahead: a future based on respect for Mother Earth and all species, cooperation, generosity, nonviolence, humility and love.
  • Related: A Pipeline Fight and America's Dark Past

Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams

November 24, 2016 | It is with a heavy heart that I travel to Standing Rock to give thanks and serve meals to the water protectors who, in the freezing weather, have braved attack dogs, tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, percussion grenades and other forms of state-sanctioned violence. This Thanksgiving comes on the heels of a particularly heart-wrenching day, Nov. 21, when over 150 activists were injured, receiving treatment for hypothermia, contamination by tear gas, and traumas from rubber bullets. One activist, 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky, will spend the holiday undergoing a third surgery on her shattered arm that was ripped apart by an exploding concussion grenade.

It is appalling that these fierce attacks against peaceful activists are happening under President Barack Obama’s watch, and these water protectors are anticipating even greater repression when Donald Trump gets to the White House. During the campaign, Trump promised to roll back regulations on the fossil fuel industry and unleash “a treasure trove of untapped energy.”

Medea Benjamin (medea@globalexchange.org), co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace,and author of a forthcoming book on Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of the Unjust. Her previous books include: Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control; Don’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart, and (with Jodie Evans) Stop the Next War Now (Inner Ocean Action Guide).

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A Pipeline Fight and America's Dark PastBill McKibben,  New Yorker Magazine 

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The events at Standing Rock also allow Americans to realize who some of the nation’s most important leaders really are. The fight for environmental sanity—against pipelines and coal ports and other fossil-fuel infrastructure—has increasingly been led by Native Americans, many of whom are in that Dakota camp today. They speak with real authority—no one else has lived on this continent for the longterm. They see the nation’s history more clearly than anyone else, and its possible future as well. 

For once, after all these centuries, it’s time to look through their eyes. History offers us no chances to completely erase our mistakes. Occasionally, though, we do get a chance to show we learned something.

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and co-founder of 350.org. His most recent book is Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

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Shock, anger, intense sadness, disappointment. Fear. These are all natural reactions to the election of Donald Trump.

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  • Take Action:

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg • Organize a local action on or around November 19 to take a stand for justice and to remember those we have lost as a result of violence, racism, hatred and bigotry.

• Join the inauguration protests in Washington, DC in January 2017.

  • Related: Call to Action: The Repression Continues so the Resistance can't Stop!

SOA Watch

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November 9, 2016 | Unfortunately, immigration and foreign policy are two of the areas which the President has a lot of power to shape. Trump has vowed to scapegoat immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and Muslims for the failures of this unjust system.

We must start now in partnering with and standing up with those that are most vulnerable to suffer because of this misplaced fear, frustration, and hatred. Reach out to local immigrant rights groups. Let's build and/or strengthen our sanctuary cities. Let's regroup, and reflect with our faith communities about how to help protect refugees, forced to come here because of imperialist policies in the first place. Let's offer solidarity to the Muslim community, not just in word, but in deed.

In the days ahead, let us build community and stand up against hate, white supremacy, fascism, xenophobia and misogyny. Today, tomorrow, and next week, we must organize. We must be prepared to take dramatic action against mass deportations and attacks on immigrants and Muslims. We must be prepared to organize and act against nuclear build-up and increase our work to build bridges, not walls.

Take Action:

• Organize a local action on or around November 19 to take a stand for justice and to remember those we have lost as a result of violence, racism, hatred and bigotry.

• Join the inauguration protests in Washington, DC in January 2017.

P.S. A piece of good news: Racist Sherrif Joe Arpaio, whose police force in Maricopa county, Arizona, has been repeatedly found to practice racial profiling, and who faces criminal charges, has been defeated in yesterday's election due to grassroots organizing power!

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Call to Action: The Repression Continues so the Resistance can't Stop! SOA Watch

Saturday, November 19, 2016: Converge in your community and at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.

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#NoDAPL: Native Americans and our Constitution are under assault

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  • Native Americans and our Constitution are under assault
  • Now that you see what water protectors are up against in North Dakota, here’s what you can do to help.
  • Part 1: #NoDAPL Signature needed: Stop the injustice at Standing Rock
  • Part 2: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

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Part 1: Signature needed: Stop the injustice at Standing Rock

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Josh Nelson, CREDO Action

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Stop%20Dakota%20Pipeline.jpgNovember 4, 2016 | The First Amendment is under attack along the Dakota Access pipeline route in North Dakota. Police and private security forces outfitted in riot gear and armed with assault weapons have unleashed dogs, pepper spray and rubber bullets on peaceful Native Americans and their allies.

Overzealous law enforcement officials in North Dakota have jailed journalists and celebrities who were exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech and the press by documenting police attacks on protesters. Just last week, militarized law enforcement arrested more than 140 people who were peacefully resisting the pipeline’s construction. Many of those arrested were reportedly detained in dog kennels.1

Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director, CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Part 2: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Now that you see what water protectors are up against in North Dakota, here’s what you can do to help.

Nick Bernabe, Activist Post

http://www.activistpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/dakota-access-pipeline-protests.jpgOctober 28, 2016 | A small Standing Rock Sioux site in North Dakota called the Sacred Stone Camp has been propelled into the national news narrative following their stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Due in part to independent media coverage of the ongoing standoff, the Sacred Stone camp has grown into a formidable opposition against the $3.8 billion, 1,200-mile long pipeline.

Due to misinformation coming from law-enforcement, political favoritism toward the pipeline builders, and the media’s blatant reluctance to report on the pipeline, it’s hard to tell truth from fiction. Anti-Media, along with our partners in the independent media and our embedded journalist at the opposition encampment, have been covering the unfolding standoff continuously. Here are five things you need to know.

Nick Bernabe is an activist, journalist, social media guru and defender of independent media. He also helped start and promote the global March Against Monsanto and the No War With Syria Rallies. He helped promote and organize the March Against Corruption, March Against Mainstream Media, and the Rallies to End The Fed. Nick is the founder of TheAntiMedia.org, a social network and news outlet for independent journalists and news junkies and host of The Anti-Media radio show.

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