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Long Live the Armed Struggle!
Paul Haeder: Women Politicals in America: Jailed Dissenters from Mother Jones to Lynne Stewart. by Linda G. Ford. ... Jailers who willingly neglect the health of prisoners. Prison medical experts denying basic life saving treatment. Massive censorship of prisoners’ reading and writing. Male nurses ramming fingers up a political’s anus and vagina. Locked in High Security Units in what Silvia Baraldini called “a living tomb . . . a white sepulcher.” She was part of the May 19th Communist group and Black Liberation Army. She was charged with BLA robberies – however, she was in Zimbabwe when one of them took place. ... What happened to Standing Rock water protector Red Fawn Fallis is what has happened to many women political dissenters who go up against Big Government/Corporate power. After she was viciously tackled by several police officers (caught on video), she was brought up on serious charges of harming those who harmed her...
Jan 17, 2019, 4:09pm

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Top 10 Basic Income Articles of 2018 by Scott Santens
(8) "The Great Equalizer: What Dolly Parton and a Tennessee Wildfire Can Teach About Universal Basic Income" by Daniela Perdomo for In The Mesh ... In late 2016, a forest fire in Tennessee burned down about 1,000 homes, and in response Dolly Parton came to the rescue of the newly homeless victims with $1,000 per month for five months followed by an additional (and entirely unexpected) $5,000 check in the sixth month for a grand total of $10,000. ... Basically, basic income increased resiliency to disaster by helping everyone get back on their feet faster by providing people with what they needed most - cash to self-determine their own priorities. ... “It was very rare, I can almost get a tear. I just — to talk about it is one thing, but when it happens to you...,” ... the Gatlinburg community has changed: “People are helping people who weren’t helping before. You can’t buy that.” ... Visit Website ]
Jan 17, 2019, 10:32am

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How Misdemeanors Turn Innocent People Into Criminals
Jordan Smith: “Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal,” Alexandra Natapoff, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, brings the misdemeanor system into clear focus ... The misdemeanor system represents 80 percent of the state criminal dockets in this country ... serious misdemeanors — like domestic assault, driving under the influence, crimes that we have come to a consensus that pose real harms, real threats, and that represent conduct that can fairly be called wrongful ... At the other end of the spectrum, we see crimes or offenses that don’t seem culpable or blameworthy or harmful at all. ... can include jaywalking, spitting, littering, all kinds of minor, so-called order offenses ... We sweep people of color into the criminal system with that first order-maintenance arrest... Visit Website ]
Jan 13, 2019, 4:29pm

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Women Politicals of the American Empire
Linda Ford: There have been many women dissenters who have been jailed by the American government as political prisoners. There are women in jail now who are undergoing punishment as perceived enemies of the American Empire. ... The Empire applies its “humane” treatment to more than its accused Muslim “terrorists.” ... The US considers those who object to its global empire with its drones, bombs, universal surveillance and support for fellow oppressive nations—whether in the Middle East or Latin America—as potential terrorists. So women who protest against the School of the Americas or unmanned drone attacks from US bases are arrested and jailed. ... Since the 80s, women protesters have been jailed from six to 15 months for speaking out against the SOA, an American institution which has trained Latin American death squads... Visit Website ]
Jan 8, 2019, 11:32am

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How Standing Rock Changed the Course of a Doctor’s Life
Elisa Camahort PageCarolyn GerinJamia Wilson: The camp was “one of the most soulfully powerful places I’ve ever been,” says a volunteer medic. ... In November 2016, emergency physician Dr. Tara Sood rushed to volunteer with the Indigenous-led protest against the construction of an oil pipeline across the water supply for the Standing Rock reservation. ... At the Oceti camp, there was a medic/healer council and section. There was an herbalist, midwives, mental health practitioners, EMTs, paramedics, social workers, body workers, nurses, and another new doctor. ... The typical story was that the police would arrest people, strip them, and put them in buses with no heat, hence the hypothermia. There were reportedly beatings, and I saw lacerations and one woman who lost an eye to a rubber bullet. Many Americans can’t imagine the level of mistreatment that happened at Standing Rock... Visit Website ]
Dec 10, 2018, 5:23pm

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The Books That Keep Me Alive on Death Row
Kevin Cooper: Someone once told me that reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. That someone was another death row inmate, an older black man, who had seen enough in me as a person when I first came to this prison in 1985 to steer me away from gangs, drugs, gambling and all the other negativity in which a new inmate can get trapped and not escape. ... So I have spent a great deal of time reading books, magazines, newspapers and damn near any other thing that I can get my hands on while living in this often unlivable place, trying to stay sane in what often appears to be an insane asylum, learning the truth about this world and its history and the many different types and kinds of people who make up both... Visit Website ]
Nov 9, 2018, 2:13pm

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(Still) Manufacturing Consent - An interview with Matt Taibbi
Jacob Hamburger: When it came out in 1988, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman’s Manufacturing Consent rattled the accepted view in post-Vietnam, post-Watergate America that journalists’ relationship to power was essentially adversarial. Instead, they argued, the institutional structure of American media — its dependence on corporate advertising and sources in the upper ranks of government and business — created a role for the press as creators of propaganda. ... Taibbi’s new book, The Fairway ... is an update. ... The concept of “manufacturing consent” is that the conflicts we see in the media — between Democrats and Republicans, for example — are not really conflicts. The conflict is all for show. What we see is the strip of acceptable thought to those up top.... Visit Website ]
Oct 15, 2018, 12:17pm

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How 20 Years of Stop and Search Has Widened America's Racial Divide
James Forman Jr: This is an extract from Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America Pretext stops are responsible for most of the racial disparity in traffic stops in the US. Analysing the results of a survey of black and white drivers in the Kansas City area, political scientist Charles Epp found that when the police are actually enforcing traffic safety laws, they tend to do so without regard to race. But when they are carrying out investigatory or pretext stops, they are much more likely to stop black and other minority drivers: black people are about two-and-a-half times more likely to be pulled over for pretext stops... Visit Website ]
Oct 9, 2018, 12:06pm

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The History of US For-Profit Prisons From Slavery to Today
Democracy Now: "American Prison.” That’s the name of the new book by award-winning journalist Shane Bauer, who dives deep into the profit-earning motives of U.S. prisons, from convict labor in colonial-era settlements all the way to present-day mass incarceration, including Bauer’s own stint as an undercover prison guard at the privately owned Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana. ... And I learned that throughout American history, prisons have been run at a profit. Our earliest prisons in the 19th century were for-profit prisons where labor was being contracted out to private companies. After slavery, the entire Southern system was privatized. Prisoners were essentially fulfilling the role that slaves had filled, working in cotton fields, in coal mines for companies like the U.S. Steel company, the world’s first billion-dollar company.... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2018, 2:18pm

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The Fakest Fake News: The U.S. Government’s 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
A Review of 9/11 Unmasked: An International Review Panel Investigation by David Ray Griffin and Elizabeth Woodworth by Edward Curtin: ... despite the establishment’s disinformation and deceptions, very many people have come to suspect that the official story of the September 11, 2001 attacks is not true. ... The book is based on the establishment in 2011 of a scientific review project comprising 23 experts with a broad spectrum of expertise ... Their job was to apply systematic and disciplined analyses to the verifiable evidence about the 9/11 attacks. ... Example: ... it is documented by the fastidious researcher Graeme MacQueen, a member of The 9/11 Consensus Panel, that over 100 firefighters who were at the scene reported hearing explosions in the towers... Visit Website ]
Sep 11, 2018, 1:25pm

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American Apartheid: The Native Struggle for Self-Determination and Inclusion by Stephanie Woodard
In Indian Country, you can expect to be frequently surprised by facts or ideas that lie around the next corner. Officials of Menominee Tribal Enterprises told me that the tribe had logged its 235,000-acre forest intensively for 150 years, extracting 2.5 billion board feet of lumber according to principles laid down by 19th-century chiefs. The tribe had, in essence, removed the forest three times over during that period. Yet the tract looked untouched, said the engineers who had toured it. They raved about its biodiversity and beauty. I saw striking satellite photographs, in which the tribe’s forest was a darker green than the surrounding areas. The Menominees had managed this by making harvesting decisions with all the forest’s inhabitants in mind... Visit Website ]
Sep 7, 2018, 2:47pm

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To Build These Homes, We Chose an All-Women Crew
Excerpted from Mudgirls Manifesto: Handbuilt Homes, Handcrafted Lives by the Mudgirls Natural Building Collective. .... The Mudgirls collective redefines expectations about what a construction site is supposed to look like—child care, breastfeeding breaks, and all. ... Guiding Principle: We are a women’s collective and seek to empower ourselves with employment and the skills to build
 homes. ... Our decision to be a collective of women is intimately bound up in the materials we use. Cob, apart from being breathable, strong, beautiful, and light on the Earth, is incredibly accessible and requires no special tools. The materials themselves have not been commodified and co-opted by the consumer economy ... Building with earth while contemplating how to be lighter on the planet imparts a feeling of direct connection with the primal forces that feed our lives... Visit Website ]
Jul 27, 2018, 2:42pm

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The right to bear arms disarmed
Jessie Muldoon: In her book Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz goes back to colonialism to reveal the history behind the NRA’s hallowed Second Amendment ... Taking land by force was not an accidental or spontaneous project or the work of a few rogue characters. The violent appropriation of Native land by white settlers was seen as an individual right in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, second only to freedom of speech. ... ALONGSIDE THE rise of militias to massacre and displace Native populations were the patrols to capture and police enslaved populations, and to repress slave uprisings. ... Armed slave patrols comprise half the story in the Second Amendment; the whole story implicates more than the slave states. While the “savage wars” against the Native Nations instituted brutal modes of violence for the U.S. military, and slave patrols seamlessly evolved into modern police forces, both have normalized racialized violence and affinity for firearms in U.S. society... Visit Website ]
Jul 24, 2018, 3:04pm

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Kristin Lawless on the Corporate Takeover of the American Kitchen
Russell Mokhiber: Formerly Known As Food: How the Industrial Food System is Changing Our Minds, Bodies and Culture. ... Lawless challenges the modern food movement for focusing on individual choice – made famous by Michael Pollan’s prescription – eat food, not too much, mostly plants. ... ten companies control nearly every large food and beverage brand in the world – Nestle, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Associated British Foods and Mondelez. ... We need to regulate these companies. And that is not going to come from individual choices we make in the store. We have to demand from our politicians that the regulatory agencies – the FDA and the EPA – that they actually regulate these companies. What I uncovered in my research is that in many cases, they are not regulating these companies carefully enough and protecting the public.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 22, 2018, 11:20am

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Politics and Psychiatry: the Cost of the Trauma Cover-Up
Bruce E. Levine: In Noël Hunter’s recently published Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), she asks, “Are we continuing to funnel money into a fundamentally broken system?” ... Both objective and subjective sources make clear to Hunter that the essential cause for what is called serious mental illness is not some kind of biochemical or genetic defect but some kind of trauma, and that the essential remedy is healing from trauma. ... Despite what the general public repeatedly hears from the mass media, there is no actual science behind proclamations that “schizophrenia” or other “serious mental illnesses” are caused by a biochemical imbalance, a genetic flaw, or any other innate defect... Visit Website ]
Jul 18, 2018, 3:00pm


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