Monday, April 25, 2016
Long Time Coming: Georgia Rises Up
Just in time for Georgia's former Confederate Memorial Day - begun to honor "our hallowed cause" of slavery in a state where racism is literally "chiseled into stone and law" - a few white supremacists feebly rallied at a mountainside monument to the Confederacy only to be met and outnumbered 10 to 1 by anti-racism protesters, with riot police between them. The protesters were there to decry the persistence of "this same BS of racism - it should just be over.”
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Friday, April 22, 2016
To Climb Out With You
Here's how it's done: A North Carolina judge - and veteran - who sentenced a three-tour, PTSD-afflicted veteran to 24 hours in jail for a DUI offense, and noted how the offender trembled at sentencing, served the time with him; they spent the night talking about their military service, their struggles, "our dreams for us and our families, and the road to take us there." Compassion 101.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Making Polluters Pay In Flint Et Al
Joining the furious voices of poisoned Flint residents seeking even "an ounce of accountability," Green For All marked Earth Day by launching a national campaign calling on polluters to pay for what they break via a modified carbon tax to be invested back into the communities they trash. The campaign will start in Flint, where, says one resident, "People out here are mad as hell."
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Are You Kidding Me? Awful Ted Cruz Whines, Fierce Elizabeth Warren Rips Him A Well-Deserved New One
To lift your post-New York spirits: Elizabeth Warren got her hands on a fundraising letter from Ted Cruz wherein the original "whiny whiny little man" moaned about the "significant sacrifices" he's made - little sleep! no personal time! - fighting for "the future of our country." Warren's righteous response: Boo friggin' hoo. She asks if he knows who else gets no sleep or family time and answers, in effect, "Thanks to you and the GOP, regular people." A beautiful thing to behold.
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Monday, April 18, 2016
On Bernie Burgers, T-Shirts, Babies, Birds, Murals, Memes, Mariachi Bands and Art of A Political Revolution
In honor of the New York primary, an upstate eatery has created two timely burgers. The Bernie Burger has beef patty, Vermont cheddar and maple bacon, spinach and side for $7; the Hillary Special is a hard roll packed with baloney for $14. Those concoctions are the latest in a deluge of heartfelt, good-time, Sanders-inspired gifts, memes, music, Eat the Rich t-shirts and, now, a touring show "The Art of A Political Revolution." From Bernie, "Art is speech. Art is what life is about."
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Where Is the Outrage: Standing With Palestinians In the Spirit of Sumud
As Palestinians marked Prisoners' Day to show solidarity with over 7,000 men, women and children now held in Israeli prisons - and the over 800,000 held since 1967 - the first U.S. delegation of prison activists returned from a visit to likewise honor those political prisoners and demand they be freed. The group, including former Black Panthers, focused not just on official prisons but a "post-Nakba Palestine (that) is tantamount to an open-air prison."
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Friday, April 15, 2016
Let Them Eat A $353,000 Dinner
Today's study in contrasts as reflected in the dueling hashtags #BernieAtTheVatican and #HillaryAtTheMansion: Bernie went to Rome to urge "a moral economy" after releasing his "very boring" tax returns - income $205,271 - while Hillary flew to the infamous Clooney fundraiser costing $33,400 to $353,000. In response to the "corruption-fest," hundreds of peasants for Bernie staged a pot-and-pan protest and #DineWithThe99 potluck - price tag $27.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
That Good Old Song: Suit Argues 'We Shall Overcome' Belongs To Us All
A class-action lawsuit by the non-profit We Shall Overcome Foundation seeks to free from copyright and place in the public domain the classic, searing anthem of the Civil Rights Movement that sustained so many through teargas, on marches, in jail cells - and still does. The suit traces the song's labyrinthian history - Black hymn to tobacco workers' vow to Seeger ode - before asking who owns its power and arguing, "You do, I do, we do."
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Soul of the Syrian People
Up to 100,000 Syrian refugees languish in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp, having fled the deaths of their neighbors and the ruins of their homes but still dispiritedly waiting in a desert wasteland for "a day that might never come." For those for whom "home is the barrel of a gun," artists and human rights groups have begun art projects to at least help them grieve, heal, remember, find hope and tell their painful stories.
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I Was Hungry and You Gave Me A Free Round of Golf: Trump's Much-Vaunted Philanthropy Is A Profiteering Crock
Astoundingly, it seems Drumpf is an even more despicable grifter and liar than we knew. A WaPo story found his "charitable giving" of $102 million consists entirely of free giveaways of his own gold-plated crap, mostly rounds of golf, and no money of his own - though he did give Serena Williams a $1,136.56 "donation" of a free plane ride and picture of herself. He also made money from "donating" a New York park and - sweet Jesus - from 9/11. In Donaldese, "What a loser! Sad!"
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