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NYT Editorial Board Says End Mass Incarceration Now

Given time we repeatedly find that Green Values are Majoritarian Values, that Green Policies are embraced by a majority of this nation.  

By now we are used to the most rigorous of research from our movement being ignored by policy makers.  Community organizations calling out our nation's penal policies as genocidal are routinely ignored.  Legal scholars with a history of employment with the ACLU who label US criminal justice policies as a "New Jim Crow" are ignored.  Let us hope that the same conclusions reached by a US Department of Justice funded study by the National Academy of Sciences will not meet a similar fate.  Let us hope that when the editorial board of the nation's 'newspaper of record' writes: "The American experiment in mass incarceration has been a moral, legal, social, and economic disaster. It cannot end soon enough;" that policy makers will at long last sit up and take notice.  


End Mass Incarceration Now

By 

MAY 24, 2014

 
 

For more than a decade, researchers across multiple disciplines have been issuing reports on the widespread societal and economic damage caused by America’s now-40-year experiment in locking up vast numbers of its citizens. If there is any remaining disagreement about the destructiveness of this experiment, it mirrors the so-called debate over climate change.

In both cases, overwhelming evidence shows a crisis that threatens society as a whole. In both cases, those who study the problem have called for immediate correction.

The absence of democracy drives up American health care costs

As interesting as these facts may be, John Green manages to avoid the real issues underlying the denial of access to affordable health care to 40-some million U.S. citizens: our system of privately financed elections which guarantees that public policy (including health policy) is made in the interests of campaign contributors, not the interests of voters and citizens.

Hugh

Audacity of Dope? Yes We Scan?

Steven Hill who has long advocated for proportional representation in US elections now takes on, in prose and song, the surveillance state and the criminality of the regime now occupying the government of our country. I had missed the news that  the NSA has extended surveillance to “three-hops” -- "friends of friends of friends" as Hill summarizes their policy.  These cutting, and insightful words ought to be read far and wide. 
  -- Hugh Esco

Saturday, 24 August 2013 10:11

By Steven HillSpeakOut | Op-Ed

http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/18375-audacity-of-dope-yes-we-scan 

 

This president has become a tragic figure, more so every day with each new revelation of how far the surveillance state has been developed and implemented under his watch. And how far they will go -- detaining the partner of reporter Glen Greenwaldinvestigating other reporterssmashing the hard drives of a leading newspaper -- to intimidate journalists and editors trying to report on it. Big Brother is watching, and cracking down on those who want to reveal the King’s secrets. The U.S. even has bugged European Union offices -- supposedly our allies -- and world leaders at international conferences of the G-20.

Consensus wisdom: The boycott of Israel is working

The only way to stop its spread is to end the occupation, say a growing number of prominent voices (none of whom, by the way, support the boycott).

Kings Legacy Demands We Know Our History

The Frank McGee Sunday Report:

Martin Luther King Profile,

NBC News, May 7, 1967

Many of us will enjoy Monday off as a Federal Holiday. Like so many of the days officially sanctioned for commemoration, the propaganda of what we are to remember of Doctor King cleverly disguises the significance our movement for justice originally attached to them when they were initially added to our calendars.  . . .

The same misinformation campaign is at work with the legacy of Dr. King. But in this 45 year old interview, NBC played excerpts from a speech by Reverend King in which he first publicly described the Vietnam War as an 'evil war'. I dare say the Atlanta Georgia native would also describe U.S. support for last week's invasion of Mali (there is uranium and petroleum at stake) by the French as also evil. I have my doubts the man would have smiled on U.S. direct and proxy imperialism in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Somalia, Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Korean Pennisula, Honduras or any of the other nearly 140 nations where US troops are currently based.

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While US Citizens Voted, Zionists Destroyed Homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

For weeks, in personal conversations with my coworkers, I was pointing to the polling data and asserting that absent outright election theft, which we have seen in recent election cycles and which was certainly a continuing danger in 2012, that Obama would be re-elected. That nightmare has again come true. I have also been clear with folks that no matter who prevailed in Tuesday's horse race, that the one thing we could count on with certainty is that the Finance Class would win the election and that the 99% would lose.

The latest video from the Occupied Palestinian Territories makes it clear that there was another set of winners and losers in Tuesday's balloting; namely the Zionists continued domination at the expense of the Palestinian people and the moral standing of this nation whose tax dollars finance the Israeli settler state's illegal, immoral and genocidal policies against their Palestinian neighbors.

Two videos, one shot Tuesday while Georgia voters were casting their ballots.

 

 

and another published four years ago during the 2008 McKinney-Clemente Presidential campaign.

 

US Attorneys Refuse to Assure Judge That They Are Not Already Detaining Citizens Under NDAA

US Attorneys Refuse to Assure Judge That They Are Not Already Detaining Citizens Under NDAA

by Tangerine Bolen

8-9-2012 4:30pm

The US government seems determined to have the power to do away with due process and Americans’ right to a trial.

Kai Tangerine answers reporters questions on her suit against Obama over the NDAAI am one of the lead plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit against the National Defense Authorization Act, which gives the President the power to hold any US citizen anywhere for as long as he wants, without charge or trial. In May, following a March hearing, Judge Katherine Forrest issued an injunction against it; this week, in a final hearing in New York City, US government lawyers essentially asserted even more extreme powers – the power to entirely disregard the Judge and the law. Indeed, on Monday, August 6, Obama’s lawyers filed an appeal to the injunction – a profoundly important development that as of this writing has been scarcely reported.

In the March hearing, the US lawyers had confirmed that yes, the NDAA does give the President the power to lock up people like journalist Chris Hedges and peaceful activists like myself and other plaintiffs. Government attorneys have stated on record that even war correspondents could be locked up indefinitely under the NDAA. Judge Katherine Forrest had ruled for a temporary injunction against an unconstitutional provision in this law – after government attorneys refused to provide assurances to the court that plaintiffs and others would not be indefinitely detained for engaging in first amendment activities. Twice the government has refused to define what it means to be an “associated force”, and it claimed the right to refrain from offering any clear definition of this term, or clear boundaries of power under this law. This past week’s hearing was even more terrifying: incredibly, in this hearing, Obama’s attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA’s provision – one that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial -- has not been applied by the US government anywhere in the world -- AFTER Judge Forrest’s injunction. In other words, they were saying to a US judge that they could not or would not state whether Obama’s government had complied with the legal injunction that she had lain down before them.

50 days, why would Georgia create martyrs of the Hunger Strikers?

The leadership shared by  Miguel Jackson reminds me of an earlier hunger striker.  When you have read this, I hope you will join me in a solidarity fast for Miguel Jackson.

Bobby Sands, MP, Poet, Revolutionary, IRA Volunteer, 1981 H Block Hunger StrikerBobby Sands once said "Our revenge will be the laughter of our children." Sands died at the age of twenty-eight, as a Member of the British Parliment, on the sixty-sixth day of the hunger strike he led in H-Block at the Long Kesh Prison, a British Gulag in occupied Ireland. Nine more Republican Hunger Strikers would follow him to the grave before the occupation forces relented and acknowledged that the Irish nationals they interned there were indeed political prisoners, not the common criminals which the Thatcher Administration painted them as.

Christopher Petrella on The Next Frontier in Prison Privatization?

By Christopher Petrella

Gary Declaration, 1972 National Black Political Convention, As Relevant Today as Forty Years Ago

The National Black Political Convention of 1972 is an important part of our history.  As folks committed to building an independent and progressive political party committed to serving the needs of this nation's people, rather than the greed of its plutocracy, it is important to understand the work which prepared the way, that we honor the shoulders on which we stand.

The Gary Convention predates the first meeting of US Greens by twelve years. Leonard Mzee Tate, a founding and interim officers for the Georgia Green Party, back in 1995 and 1996 when we were first filing our paperwork with the state, came to his work to create this Party having as a young man attended the Gary Convention, twenty-three years earlier. It was Mzee, from whom I first learned a small piece of this history. Note please that the platform articulated in Gary is the one we are still struggling to deliver to the people of this nation, today.

In the bold words of the National Black Political Agenda, adopted by those gathered in Gary forty years ago:

"At every critical moment of our struggle in America we have had to press relentlessly against the limits of the 'realistic' to create new realities for the life of our people. This is our challenge at Gary and beyond, for a new Black politics demands new vision, new hope and new definitions of the possible. Our time has come. These things are necessary. All things are possible."

Please follow the Read More links to read the entire Gary Declaration.

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