The Atlanta BeltLine, is a massive & racist gentrification scheme funded by diverting billions out of Atlanta's Public School budget to banksters and crooked developers. But those billions aren't enough. To bail out the BeltLine, the governor and Atlanta's black mayor want to levy a one-cent sales tax on Atlanta for streetcars and light rail most of black Atlanta will never ride, for Jim Crow streetcars, when black Atlanta neighborhoods don't even get 24 hour bus or train service. Can the black misleadership class really pull this off?
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.
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.
As I have pointed out in another blog post, Really Long Link the Democratic Party has long ago ceased to represent a real left in this country. There is in fact very little that resembles a true left wing in official Washington today.
To whom it may concern:
I know that the NSA has recently drawn the ire of people from across the political spectrum and indeed from around the world. I assume that in your recent data collections, your agency has found several tweets, Facebook statuses , blog posts etc. that included messages which were addressed to it directly. In other words, they were actually meant for your eyes (unlike the vast majority of our information you receive). I have yet to write such a message, so here it comes.
By Dr. Matthew Quest (Member of the State Committee of the Georgia Green Party)
The article below elevates to national news the condition and plight of the historical Gullah/Geechee community in the Georgia coast, as they struggle against racism and for economic injustice. The continued threat of loss of homes or property through exorbitant taxation continues. It has a long history going back to the failure of the promise of Reconstruction (1865-1877) after slavery and the Civil War. The Green Party has taken a stand on "reparations to African Americans" (see paragraph three on the human rights section of our party platform http://www.greens.org/georgia.static/pdf/GvrnDocs/Platform-2003.pdf
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This news item underscores that we continue to live under a such a regime, even where administered by people of color, women, whites, or a rainbow coalition. It is my view that it can only be defeated not just by a program of economic reconstruction but one which strives for direct self-government where ordinary people hold the reins of society.
Far more than most realize, this is the historical legacy of the Gullah/Geechee coast.
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.
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.
Medea Benjamin, Green candidate and outspoken leader of Code Pink is scheduled to speak in Augusta , GA. this coming August 2, 3. She will be speaking out against the use of drones and will be signing her recent book on the topic of Drones at the Book Tavern located in downtown Augusta, GA. Hope you can make it.
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.