“Unreasonable” Women for The Planet, Peace, and Justice | Medea Benjamin Interview ::posted Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:36:26 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1v2SguB
Originally posted at AcronymTV
Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of Code Pink, sits down with Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV on the eve of the largest Climate march in history to discuss the climate justice. “”If you care about the planet, you care about people, workers, immigrants, and you care about whether we are destroying the planet whether by polluting or by polluting through war, says Benjamin, who went on to describe the founding of Code Pink as a climate Justice group. “We started as a group of women who came together around the environment. We were called Unreasonable Women for the planet.”
Talk Nation Radio: Brad Friedman on the State of War, Earth, and Democracy ::posted Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:38:43 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1v2SfXC
Brad Friedman is the investigative blogger, journalist, broadcaster, trouble-maker and muckraker from BradBlog.com. He is a regular contributor to Salon.com and elsewhere; host of KPFK/Pacifica Radio’s BradCast and the nationally-syndicated Green News Report with co-host Desi Doyen. We discuss war and peace, the environment and its destruction, and voting and everything done to prevent it. As Michael Moore says: It’s a comedy!
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Corporations Causing Climate Change Should Be Taken Over By The Public | Howie Hawkins Interview ::posted Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:36:45 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1v2SemL
Originally posted at AcronymTV.com
Howie Hawkins, Green Party Candidate for N.Y. Governor, sits down with Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV on the eve of the largest Climate march in history to discuss his campaign.
The richest 1% own the two major parties. It’s time working people had one of our own.
That’s why I’m running for Governor. My name is Howie Hawkins. I’m a working Teamster and my running mate, Brian Jones, is a teacher and union member.
SCOTUS Victory Helps Hobby Lobby CEO Build $800 Million Bible Museum ::posted Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:30:00 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1wVzMhe
When your biggest claim to fame is how devoted you are to eliminate the separation of church and state, and you win big with the help of our Catholic SCOTUS, there are no limits to your sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, Christian, earning-potential. Hobby Lobby CEO and Bible Study fanatic, Steve Greene, appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss his victory over the baby-killing heathens who brought the scourge of Obamacare upon this nation.
He explained to Steve Doocy that he just couldn’t disregard his family’s deeply held religious beliefs that life begins at conception. Women, no matter what they believe, will live their lives the way the Greenes decide, never ending any pregnancy. It doesn’t matter what a woman wants, the Greene family are allowed to impose their religious beliefs on all their female employees.
Get Ready For Yom Kippur With This List of Political Sins ::posted Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:12:04 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1qSTo02
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Jews around the world this Friday will ask God for forgiveness. Don Futterman, writing in Haaretz, says this year Jews of all political persuasions, no matter where they live, have much to atone for.
Perhaps in an effort to bring Jews together rather than apart (it’s been an ugly year for Facebook posts), Futterman suggests tailored lists for atonement for the left, right and center.
Political sins on the left, for example, include, “Being clever instead of visionary and too often being right rather than impactful.”
Here are two for the right: “Calling any critic, whether loyal friend or foe bent on our demise, an anti-Semite.” And: “Making Israel a pariah state among the community of nations, and loving it.”
For the center, it’s along the lines of, “Standing on the sidelines while Israel burns and hatred spreads.”
You don’t have to be religious or Jewish to atone. And you certainly don’t have to agree with this man’s lists. Make your own suggestions in the comments below (just please don’t say anything for which you might have to ask forgiveness).
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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White Politicians Still Run the Show in Heavily-Black Towns ::posted Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:00:22 +0000:: http://ift.tt/Zp9ZDm
African-Americans are moving into suburban Atlanta in droves, but their representation in municipal politics is fairly weak, according to a recent New York Times report.
The Times tells the story of Lorna Francis, who moved into Conyers, Georgia, and found a nice brick home to rent and a good school for her daughter to attend. Francis, however, hasn’t registered to vote, nor was she aware that the last mayoral election was last November.
“Life’s been busy—I’ve been trying to make that money,” Francis told the Times. “And honestly, I only vote in major elections.”
According the U.S. Census, 56 percent of Conyers’ population is white but only one of the six elected positions in the municipality of 15,000 is held by an African American. Cleveland Stroud, the city’s sole African-American City Council member, says that whites have remained in power because they serve their African-American constituents well. “Does a councilperson have to be black to represent black voters?” Mr. Stroud asked.
That depends on who else you ask.
In Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown sparked tense racial unrest and revealed the dearth of African-American representation in its city government, voter registration drives are taking off. The Times article also mentions how many blacks in Conyers complain about their interactions with the police. Of the 60 officers on Conyers’ police force, only eight are black. Conyers city government staff isn’t that diverse, either. Of the 170 city employees, only 21 are black.
The dearth of political participation by African Americans in towns like Conyers or Ferguson can have serious consequences. According to the Times:
City Councils are one of the easiest ways for community members to enter politics. The nation’s municipalities spend more than a trillion dollars a year, and city councils have much say in how that is spent.
And Ferguson, where blacks said they were the victims of a system that issued more arrest warrants per capita than any other city in Missouri, is a prime example of how local governments can have huge impacts on people’s lives.
According to the International City/County Council Management Association, among 340 American cities where more than 20 percent of the population is black, two had councils on which blacks were overrepresented compared with their population; 209 were within one seat of their population; and 129 underrepresented blacks by more than one seat.
There are number of reasons cited in the Times article why black Conyers residents are not as politically active in local politics. One that stands out is that the town’s council members are paid a mere $75 per month and only white-collar professionals can afford to take on those positions. Most of the town’s newest members are working-class people who don’t have the means or the time to run for public office.
Another challenge is that local elections aren’t held during the same year as national elections. For some residents, it’s hard to keep track of when local elections are taking place. It’s a complex issue that will take years to unravel.
But, as more blacks move into suburban communities where their political representation is sparse, the next question is this: when will African Americans finally enter the political realm of their new communities and assume the political power their majority populations suggests they can wield?