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Tidbits - July 25, 2019 - Reader Comments: GOP Destroying Democracy; Puerto Rico Rises and WINS; Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson and Colin Kaepernick; Iran; Europe's Right; Citizens United; What to Do When ICE Shows Up; Angela Davis and Black Lawyers; more

Reader Comments: GOP Destroying Democracy; Puerto Rico Rises and WINS; Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson and Colin Kaepernick; Iran; Europe's Right; Citizens United; What to Do When ICE Shows Up; Angela Davis and Black Lawyers; and more ...

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Tidbits - Reader Comments, Resources and Announcements - July 25, 2019, Portside

Re: America's Deadly Wealth Pyramid: Eric Garner Stood His Ground and was Crushed for It (Claire O'Connor)
Smothered Justice  --  cartoon by Rob Rogers
Re: How Far Will Republicans Go to Destroy Democracy? And Can They Still Be Stopped? (JD Scot; Gordon Galland)
Deja Vu All Over Again? YIKES!  --  cartoon by Lalo Alcaraz
Re: Puerto Rico Rises (Christopher Peragine; Ellen Cantarow; Ignacia Olvera)
Re: Puerto Rico's Privatizers Are Finally Getting What They Deserve (Philip Specht; Ileana V. Perez-Negron)
Re: Blood on Our Hands: How We Help Drive Immigration North (Dan Jordan; Beth Emma Goldman; Mary Putera)
Unions  -- A Major Inconvenience For Those  -- Bread and Roses poster
Re: The 5 Biggest Lies Joe Biden is Telling about Medicare for All (John Case)
Re: Half a Century Before Colin Kaepernick, Jackie Robinson Said, ‘I Cannot Stand and Sing the Anthem.’ (Brent Raycroft; Diego F Perez; Larry Katz; Priscilla Kay Mason; Michael Pennock)
Re: How America Came Heartbreakingly Close to Universal Healthcare (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Re: Code Pink's Medea Benjamin On What's Really Happening in Iran (Kendle Leiter)
Re: What Sanctions Mean for My Iranian-American Family (Eric Niederkruger)
Re: The American Dark Money Behind Europe’s Far Right (Timothy Close)
Re: In Patriarchy No One Can Hear You Scream: Rebecca Solnit on Jeffrey Epstein and the Silencing Machine (Jim Watson)
Re: John Paul Stevens Was Right: Citizens United Opened the Door to Foreign Money in U.S. Elections (Eric Bengston)
Re: Tree Planting 'Has Mind-Blowing Potential' to Tackle Climate Crisis (Daniel Millstone)
Re:  The Dark Side of the Moon Mission (Charles Ostman)

Resources:

Here's what to know if ICE shows up at your door - English and Spanish (ACLU)
New Pamphlet - Banning Nuclear Weapons and Retrieving the Legacy of President Kennedy’s Last Year (Peace Task Force, Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution)

Announcements:

An Inter-generational Conversation with Dr. Angela Davis - Future Direction of the Movement for Black Liberation and the Challenges for Black Lawyers - Sept. 23 - New York (National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL))

 

Re: America's Deadly Wealth Pyramid: Eric Garner Stood His Ground and was Crushed for It
 

This piece is fantastic. What a wonderful example of placing daily reality into the system that creates and perpetuates it.

Claire O'Connor

Smothered Justice  --  cartoon by Rob Rogers
 

Rob Rogers

July 18, 2019
robrogers.com

Re: How Far Will Republicans Go to Destroy Democracy? And Can They Still Be Stopped?
 

Republicans= beady beady little eyes and can never ever be trusted! The article has brought forth truths I already knew, starting from the Nixon administration to the present!

JD Scot

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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With Trump's latest "go back to where you came from" pronouncement, the GOP is coming out of the closet.

Ere long, they'll say "We support a welfare state; but for whites only. We oppose abortion, but only of white babies; abortion of mud babies, whether pre- or post-natal, is A-OK!"

National Socialism, anyone?

Gordon Galland

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Deja Vu All Over Again? YIKES!  --  cartoon by Lalo Alcaraz
 

Lalo Alcaraz

July 18, 2019
Pocho Ñews Service

Re: Puerto Rico Rises
 

" ... Groups like the Colectiva made it into the governor's chat, in the form of disparaging references, because they had effectively held the government to account for its neglect of the crisis of gender-based violence. Yet their struggle is not limited to gender. Rather it aims at enacting an anti-systemic praxis that simultaneously targeted neoliberalism, colonialism, capitalism, patriarchy, and racism.

What Puerto Ricans witnessed in the governor's leaked chat is how class power conspires to put the governor's boys club and the interests they defend in power, while keeping the rest of the population in their service. The movements and organizations that were disparaged in the chat were targeted because they threatened this system. It is our duty to support and build on the efforts of these movements, who withstand attacks, precarity, and exhaustion in their struggle. ..."

Christopher Peragine

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Amy Goodman had an excellent program on this last week. (Democracy Now.)

Ellen Cantarow

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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That is only part of it. He also called women whores and he called men cock suckers . He laughed at our dead people who are still in forensic from the hurricane Maria victims of not dealing properly with the peoples needs. He hid the water sent as emergency aid so people would have to buy it from supermarkets that raised prices etc etc etc...

Ignacia Olvera

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Puerto Rico's Privatizers Are Finally Getting What They Deserve
 

"Keleher, who is not Puerto Rican, is accused of using her position as secretary of education to give her associates preferential treatment in the awarding of bloated government contracts. One of the companies that she is accused of favoring was the "only company not qualified for the contract, and was the worst applicant" according to the indictment."

Philip Specht

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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We want justice for all our kids!!!!

Ileana V. Perez-Negron

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Blood on Our Hands: How We Help Drive Immigration North
 

Here's at least one reason for refugees.

Dan Jordan

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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"We hear endless calls for more resources to stop illegal entry at our border. But where are the calls to stop the massive illegal transfer of weapons fueling the very violence that drives innocent people to leave their homes?"

Beth Emma Goldman

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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The bigger picture of how the elected officials of “We The People” and therefor We... are criminalizing the bodies of others rather than letting go of the benefits we gain unjustly...

Mary Putera

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Unions  -- A Major Inconvenience For Those  -- Bread and Roses poster
 

Bread and Roses 1912-2012

Re: The 5 Biggest Lies Joe Biden is Telling about Medicare for All
 

A socialist US health care system, like single payer, is more rational than a mixed system, like the one we have.

However, what has really been said in such a sentence? "rational" sounds objective, but it is nonetheless a subjective expression. So the comparisons here are between an ideal and real system, not two ideals. In the realization of a socialized system, Biden's remarks may, or may not, turn out to be lies.

I have a quiz too. I like to call it the "Utopian Socialist" quiz.

Q1

"What is the word that best describes the confiscation without compensation of the lions share of the 3rd biggest concentration of US capital, deeply entwined with corporate and financial capital?"

cheers

John Case

Re: Half a Century Before Colin Kaepernick, Jackie Robinson Said, ‘I Cannot Stand and Sing the Anthem.’
 

Thanks — never knew about this. There’s a Canadian chapter in the story, too ... 

Jackie Robinson and the Montreal Royals (1946)

By Tabitha Marshall

Published Online: April 7, 2017
The Canadian Encyclopedia

Brent Raycroft

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Excellent article and overview of both Paul Robeson AND Jackie Robinson.

Diego F Perez

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Met Jackie Robinson. Shook his hand. Always admired him, as a ball player. Back then didn't know about the history behind this story. But now, do appreciate it, and Jackie remains a hero, for numbers of reasons.

Larry Katz

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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We've Come A Long Way Except We Have Not.

Priscilla Kay Mason

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Things I did not know about Jackie Robinson.

An aside - my grandfather’s cousin, Herb Pennock, is in the baseball hall of fame. Pitched for the Babe Ruth-era NY Yankees. Then was general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. In that role he, a good Quaker, led the charge to keep Robinson out of the Major Leagues.

Sigh.

Michael Pennock

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: How America Came Heartbreakingly Close to Universal Healthcare
 

Liquidate the AMA. Expropriate the insurance industry. Nationalize all hospitals.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Code Pink's Medea Benjamin On What's Really Happening in Iran
 

Bottom line. Rich capitalist republicans want to get their greedy hands on Iran's resources for nothing and line their pockets with " more " wealth, materials, and power.

Kendle Leiter

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: What Sanctions Mean for My Iranian-American Family
 

Sanctions in Iraq after the first Gulf war killed one million children of starvation in ten years. Famously, Madelyn Albright said it was worth it. Sanctions punish and kill innocent civilians. The U.S. has regularly used them to force countries into war with us out of desperation. Venezuela is a good example of this cruel and inhumane tactic.

Eric Niederkruger

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: The American Dark Money Behind Europe’s Far Right
 

Many are clueless about the hard right in Putin’s Russia. The reaction, white supremacy and xenophobia, along with homophobia and anti-Semitism that they and the Orthodox Church are leading.

Timothy Close

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: In Patriarchy No One Can Hear You Scream: Rebecca Solnit on Jeffrey Epstein and the Silencing Machine
 

Interesting read. Bottom line we allow monsters and predators to go about their business unchallenged.

Jim Watson

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: John Paul Stevens Was Right: Citizens United Opened the Door to Foreign Money in U.S. Elections
 

Exactly! Worst single SC decision of my lifetime and the most destructive to the country.

Eric Bengston

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Tree Planting 'Has Mind-Blowing Potential' to Tackle Climate Crisis
 

The idea of reforestation as a climate change strategy is not new but that doesn't diminish its strength. Here, via Portside, is a report of some (essentially back of the envelope) calculations which show that large scale tree planting could make a huge difference. Of course forests don't take care of themselves. In the UK the Orchard Project partners with community groups and corporations to plant fruit trees. The groups care for the trees and harvest the fruit. On the huge scale proposed here, foresters would be needed.Further, of course, the creation of new forests would create economic demand for wood products.

Daniel Millstone

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re:  The Dark Side of the Moon Mission
 

Does everything that has ever occurred in history have to be extruded through the narrow, brittle mandrel of perpetual civil unrest, political correctness and so on . . . 24/7/365 ? It might be possible, just maybe, that there has been and will be significant moments in history which are truly remarkable. It seems like this article is struggling to grasp at anything that can somehow cast a dark shadow over one of the greatest moments in human history. 

Oh well . . . I understand, that's far too logical. I know, anything and everything must be cast in evil dark conspiratorial shadows, no matter what it was or what the actual truth might be. Have you ever considered this sort of perpetual castigation of everything forever might actually be hurting your credibility, on focusing on real issues of civil rights that really do warrant that type of scrutiny? Ever hear the story about "the little boy who cried wolf"? Warning: independent thought, critical thinking will be required to answer these questions. OK, never mind, just an idea . . .

Charles Ostman

Here's what to know if ICE shows up at your door - English and Spanish (ACLU)
 

A new wave of ICE arrests is expected to begin this Sunday in at least 10 cities across the country. We're fighting back by suing to stop mass deportations of refugee families. Here's what you can do to fight back in your community

Now more than ever, we need everyone to know: WE HAVE RIGHTS.

Share our #KnowYourRights guides in English, Español, Português, Kreyòl Ayisyen, اردو, Tagalog, 中文. and Twitter

Know this: We don't have to open the door if ICE comes knocking. If the agents don't have a warrant /signed by a judge,/ then we can refuse to let them in. We have the right to remain silent. And we shouldn't sign /anything/ before speaking to a lawyer.

ICE raids are nothing new. But for over two years now, the Trump administration has been terrorizing our communities at a new level – tearing thousands of families apart, spreading fear and hate. If this isn't the kind of country we want to live in, then we must keep fighting to defend our communities.

The best way to fight back? Know your rights. And help your family, friends, and neighbors to know theirs.

Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter so we all know what to do if ICE shows up. Our communities are diverse, so we've translated our guide to 8 languages that encompass most of the undocumented population. *

Thanks for taking action,

The ACLU Team

American Civil Liberties Union

125 Broad Street, 18th Floor

New York, NY 10004

New Pamphlet - Banning Nuclear Weapons and Retrieving the Legacy of President Kennedy’s Last Year (Peace Task Force, Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution)
 

WHO WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR FUTURE?

IF NOT US, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

This pamphlet is a product of the
Peace Task Force

Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution

345 Main Street

Greenfield, MA 01301

email: peacetaskforceFCCPR@gmail.com

An Inter-generational Conversation with Dr. Angela Davis - Future Direction of the Movement for Black Liberation and the Challenges for Black Lawyers - Sept. 23 - New York (National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL))