Community Articles from 2018

We’re All Trespassers Now in the Face of the Government’s Land Grabs

[Justice]
We’re All Trespassers Now in the Face of the Government’s Land Grabs
By John W. Whitehead
Posted June 30, 2018

government steals private land for corporate profitsHere’s what one resident of Roanoke, Va., wrote to me about the manner in which the Mountain Valley Pipeline is being inflicted on his community:

“Our small community has been invaded by private security and a fully militarized local police department. Mountain Valley Pipeline has begun cutting trees and has brought in private military contractors similar to what was used in North Dakota. They are basically using the power of government to steal this land for private profit. The residents and land owners of Bent Mountain now find themselves subject to arrest for walking in their own driveway, taking pictures of the pipeline companies ever-changing survey lines and path of destruction, or in more than one case, for confronting MASKED ARMED MEN ON THEIR PROPERTY IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. One of my neighbors was accosted on his own back porch by police for photographing the MVP surveyors continually moving the corridor of their easement. I have even had armed private security trespassing on my property miles away in neighboring Floyd County”. More…

‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Join Shakespeare’s Rallying Cry to Stand With Refugees

[Social]
‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Join Shakespeare’s Rallying Cry to Stand With Refugees
By Imogen Calderwood
Posted June 27, 2018

refugees from Syrian warThis 400-year-old speech is still scarily relevant.

Actors from “Harry Potter”, “Game of Thrones”, and “Sex in the City” have joined together with refugees to perform a rallying cry in defence of a compassionate refugee policy.

In a short film, created to mark World Refugee Day today, the actors and refugees perform a previously banned speech widely believed to have been written by William Shakespeare, from the collaborative 16th-century play “Sir Thomas More”.

And even though it’s over 400 years old, it literally couldn’t be more relevant today. More…

A Cashless Society Looms: Cui Bono?

[Economic]
A Cashless Society Looms: Cui Bono?
by Virginia Fidler
Posted June 27, 2018

war on cash has dangersThe government, of course, is extremely interested in your spending habits. The taxing authorities use an electronic money trail to monitor your spending and ensure against tax evasion. In addition, cards save the government the cost and trouble of printing and storing additional currency.

Your electronic purchase trail is nirvana to large corporations. Knowing your spending habits allows them to customize their ads to an ever-larger consumer base. They know what you need before you do and are ready to entice you with specials, sales and “act now” deals. More…

Why much of genetic engineering remains a mystery

[Social]
Why much of genetic engineering remains a mystery
by Peter Franklin
Posted June 27, 2018

do we have the wisdom to tamper with life?Imagine a company that employs 6,000 people. It’s your job to find out what they all do. The catch is that you can’t ask them directly, because you don’t speak their language. What you can do, however, is remove one of them from the workplace and observe the effects of that employee’s absence on the whole company. You can run the same experiment again and again, each time removing a different employee.

What you notice is that about a thousand of the workers are indispensable – if any one of them is absent, everything grinds to a halt. As for the other 5,000, well, the company copes – either what they were doing wasn’t that important in the first place, or their colleagues somehow step into the breach. More…

Weapons of Mass Corruption

[Social]
Weapons of Mass Corruption
by David Silverstein
Posted June 25, 2018

healthcare insurance secrecyWhat if I told you that you and/or your company, depending on where you get your health insurance, are spending more than $1,500 a year just to have your health insurance claims processed? That’s half a trillion dollars a year just to process health insurance claims. Well I’m telling you, it’s true. We spend about two-thirds of what we spend on our entire defense budget on healthcare administration, not on healthcare. And what do we get for it? The answer is selective information at best and a shroud of secrecy mostly.

The concept of health insurance in America, the belief that everything we get from the healthcare system must run through an insurance carrier and be scrutinized, is preposterous not to mention wasteful. But it serves a purpose. It creates a layer of secrecy between us and our providers, and in most cases makes it impossible for us to know what is being paid for and why. More…

A Jailbreak of the Imagination: Seeing Prisons for What They Are and Demanding Transformation

[Social]
A Jailbreak of the Imagination: Seeing Prisons for What They Are and Demanding Transformation
By Mariame Kaba and Kelly Hayes
Posted June 19, 2018

prison industrial complexOutspoken opponents of abolishing the prison industrial complex typically portray abolitionists as politically inactive academics who spout impossible ideas. None of this could be further from the truth. Abolitionists come from all backgrounds, and most are politically active. From bail reform to strategic electoral interventions and mutual aid, prison abolitionists are steadily at work in our communities, employing tactics of harm reduction, lobbying for and against legislation, defending the rights of prisoners in solidarity with those organizing for themselves on the inside and working to forward a vision of social transformation.

As a political framework, abolition has gained significant ground in recent years, with groups like the National Lawyers Guild adopting the philosophy in their work. A growing number of grassroots abolitionist organizers have co-organized nationally recognized campaigns such as the #ByeAnita effort in Chicago, which helped to successfully remove former State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez from office. Abolitionist organizers also helped lead efforts to win reparations for survivors of torture that occurred under the now infamous police commander Jon Burge in Chicago — a city that has, over the past two decades, become a hub of abolitionist organizing. Abolition is a practical organizing strategy. More…

Internal Emails Show FDA is Withholding the Fact that Foods in Your Pantry are Laced with Toxic Weedkiller

[Community]
Internal Emails Show FDA is Withholding the Fact that Foods in Your Pantry are Laced with Toxic Weedkiller
by Alex Pietrowski
Posted June 15, 2018

there is Round-Up in your morning cerealGlyphosate is Monsanto’s flagship herbicide, appearing in hundreds of agricultural and gardening products, and although it has been linked to cancer and other serious health issues including birth defects and degenerative diseases, the FDA appears to be withholding the fact that this poison is contaminating many of the foods in your pantry.

Glyphosate has been found in a wide array of popular foods including cereals, staples like corn and soy, Ben and Jerry’s ice creams, and even in human breast milk, suggesting that the chemical is making it to your table whether you know it or not.

Sadly, however, the FDA, the agency tasked with protecting the American public from unsafe food, has known for sometime that traces glyphosate are found in many more foods, but after two years of looking into this, the FDA still has not issued a warning to the public. More…

Fed Up With Big Banks That Fund Climate Crisis and Oppression, Community Coalition Demands Public Bank for New York

[Economic]
Fed Up With Big Banks That Fund Climate Crisis and Oppression, Community Coalition Demands Public Bank for NYC
by Julia Conley
Posted June 12, 2018

NYC needs to dump big banksChanting, “Wells, Chase, B of A, public bank’s a better way!” social justice groups rallied at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday to demand that New York City divest from Wall Street banks and establish a public bank that is “expressly chartered to serve the public interest.”

Investment in Wall Street banks like Wells Fargo, Bank of Americas, and JPMorgan Chase is synonymous with harming the environment, propping up private prisons, and putting working families at risk for financial collapse as well as pushing them out of New York neighborhoods, argued the groups. More…

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