Daily Archives: May 30, 2014

MoveOn.org Political Action: Democracy in Action

Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m., Senator Elizabeth Warren and best-selling author and economist Professor Thomas Piketty are sitting down for an hour-long conversation at Boston’s historic Old South Meeting House.

It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear directly from two leading thinkers about tackling economic inequality. It’s free to attend, and a few seats are still available. Can you make it?

Yes, I’ll be there at the Old South Meeting House on Saturday at 10 a.m.

No, but I’ll watch it online from home on Monday at 8:30 p.m.

MoveOn.org brings real Americans back into the political process. With over 3.3 million members across America—from carpenters to stay-at-home moms to business leaders—we work together to realize the progressive promise of our country. MoveOn is a service—a way for busy but concerned citizens to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media. MoveOn.org Political Action, a federal PAC, mobilizes people across the country to fight important battles in Congress and help elect candidates who reflect our values. Both organizations are entirely funded by individuals.

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“How Immigration Became Illegal”: Aviva Chomsky on U.S. Exploitation of M igrant Workers

We are joined by Aviva Chomsky, whose new book, “Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal” details how systemic prejudice against Mexicans and many other migrant workers has been woven into U.S. immigration policies that deny them the same path to citizenship that have long been granted to European immigrants. She also draws parallels between the immigration laws now in place that criminalize migrants, and the caste system that has oppressed African Americans, as described by Prof. Michelle Alexander in her book, “The New Jim Crow.” Chomsky’s previous book on this topic is “They Take Our Jobs! and 20 Other Myths about Immigration.” She is a professor of history and coordinator of Latin American studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

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Transition US Newsletter

May 2014 e-newsletter

It’s been a busy month for Transition, with the Community Resilience Challenge in full swing and engaging, innovative events happening around the country. Read on for inspiring stories from fellow Transitioners and to learn how to get involved in Transition Streets!

Already this month we’ve collectively registered 9,691 actions in communities across the country, from Flagstaff, AZ to Rapid City, SD to Washington, DC and more! There’s still time to register your action and be counted as part of the growing national movement for community resilience – but hurry! Registration closes Saturday, May 31st.

For inspiration, read “Let’s build resilient communities, not just seawalls,” an Op-Ed by Challenge organizer Susan Silber of Transition Berkeley, CA, and visit our website for dozens of project ideas.

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See particularly:

(Spring of Sustainability) Tackling Climate Change in Your Household and Community


Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 12:00pm


Please note: this webinar is part of the Spring of Sustainability, a nine-week virtual gathering of sustainability leaders and innovators. Registration is free and gets you access to all nine weeks worth of online events. Learn more and register here. (This event is listed in Pacific time).

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Detainee Bombshell – Immunity for Bush 911 War Crimes


Uploaded on Sep 29, 2006

Hidden by MSM and US government is one of the real reasons for this new bill.

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Exclusive: Bush Committed War Crimes Says Ex-Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke


Published on May 28, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – In a Democracy Now! exclusive, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official has said he believes President George W. Bush is guilty of war crimes for launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Richard Clarke served as national coordinator for security and counterterrorism during President Bush’s first year in office. He resigned in 2003 following the Iraq invasion and later made headlines by accusing Bush officials of ignoring pre-9/11 warnings about an imminent attack by al-Qaeda. On Tuesday, Clarke spoke to Democracy Now! in an interview that will air next week.

Amy Goodman: “Do you think President Bush should be brought up on war crimes [charges], and Vice President Cheney and [Defense
Secretary] Donald Rumsfeld, for the attack on Iraq?”

Richard Clarke: “I think things that they authorized probably fall within the area of war crimes. Whether that would be productive or not, I think, is a discussion we could all have. But we have established procedures now with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where people who take actions as serving presidents or prime ministers of countries have been indicted and have been tried. So the precedent is there to do that sort of thing. And I think we need to ask ourselves whether or not it would be useful to do that in the case of members of the Bush administration. It’s clear that things that the Bush administration did — in my mind, at least, it’s clear that some of the things they did were war crimes.”

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Financialization and the Collapse of European Social Democracy – Costas Lapavitsas on RAI (3/8) and (7/8)

The Rise of the Big Banks – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)

Financialization and the Collapse of European Social Democracy – Costas Lapavitsas on RAI (7/8)


Published on May 29, 2014

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lapavitsas says Greece will face the choice between socialism or fascism

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Divest Harvard | Send a Letter, Not a Check | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson

By William E. Mckibbena day ago

I’m pretty sure that, all its defensive sputtering aside, Harvard will eventually divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies. Four reasons come to mind:

First, the logic of the divestment campaign has so far gone unassailed. No researcher, and not even any oil executive, has disputed the core idea students have been putting forward for two years now: The fossil fuel industry has many times more carbon in its reserves than researchers calculate the atmosphere can handle. If Exxon et al. follow through on the promises made to shareholders and governments—the promises to dig up their reserves and sell them—then this industry will make massive climate change inevitable: There’s no mystery about it anymore, no drama. If they carry out their business plans, the planet tanks.

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