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Reader Comments: Investigating Trump; Medicare for All; Red Scare; Concentration Camps, Holocaust Museum; Iran; Exploitation; Socialism; Asylum; Refugees; Resources: Reparations Now Tool Kit; Why End War; Climate Change for Workers

Reader Comments: Investigating Trump; Medicare for All; New Red Scare; Concentration Camps and Holocaust Museum; Iran; Exploitation; Socialism; Asylum and Refugees; Resources: Reparations Now Tool Kit; Why End War; Climate Change for Workers

Tidbits - Reader Comments and Resources - Aug. 1, 2019,Portside

Re: Mueller Has Provided Congress With Everything It Needs to Impeach Trump (Gene Glickman)
Re: House Judiciary Committee Is Investigating Possible Impeachment of Donald Trump (Rich Gelman; Jose Valentin; Terry Evans; Dawn Kennedy)
The Mueller Report  --  cartoon by Christopher Weyant
Re: CNN's Debate Fail (Patricia Schneider; William Davidowski; Enrico Campomizzi)
Re: The Five Biggest Lies Joe Biden is Telling About Medicare for All (Robert Supansic)
Re: How America Came Heartbreakingly Close to Universal Healthcare (Disraelly Gutierrez Jaime)
Re: America's Red Scare is Back.  And It's Racially Tinged (Jonathan Nack)
Re: An Open Letter to the Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (Cher Lunn; Albert Preston; Lindsey Morris; Dan Jordan; Elizabeth Fraser; Bautista Castillo; Jay Schaffner; David Nefzger; John McMahan; Tracy Brewer; Pat Carberry; Cheri Loop Foster; Pete McDermott)
Re: The Rise and Fall of Red Vienna (Stan Nadel; Roberto Buxeda)
Re: The U.S.-Iran Standoff Can Only End When the U.S. Accepts Iran's Right to Have a Nuclear Energy Program (Aida Rivera; Gabriel Sierra; Robert Alloca; Tarkpor Grupee)
Re: The Exploitation Time Bomb (Philip Specht; Judith Berkan; Barbara Crammer)
Re: Which Way to Socialism? (Ethan Young; George Fish; Ignacia Olvera; Disraelly Gutierrez Jaime)
Over 1400 Jewish Clergy Deliver Letter to Congress Demanding Right to Asylum for Refugees (Eoin Higgins - Common Dreams)


Reparations Now Tool Kit (Movement for Black Lives Policy Table)
Why End War (World Beyond War)
An Educational Tool on Climate Change for Workers (Labor Network for Sustainability)
37 Children's Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination (Colours of Us)


Re: Mueller Has Provided Congress With Everything It Needs to Impeach Trump

John Nichols's article is clear and good. But it is too narrow. It's too narrow because it sticks to the confines of the Mueller Report, which itself stays limited to its charge - Russian interference in the 2016 election. (The Obstruction case came about solely because of Trump's stupidity and inability to control his mouth or his impulses.)

But whole areas of Trump's conduct were outside the scope of Mueller's investigation. He didn't look into whether Trump was making money because he was president (the emoluments issue); he did not look at whether Trump's businesses were making money inappropriately because Trump didn't divorce his businesses from his presidency; he didn't look into whether Trump's race-baiting is a high crime or misdemeanor; he didn't look into whether the payoff to Stormy Daniels broke the law and was a high crime or misdemeanor.

These, and other, essential qualities of Trump's acts as candidate and/or President, while outside Mueller's parameters, should not be outside the House of Representatives' parameters when it is deciding on whether Trump should be impeached.

The House has Trump's entire presidency to look at, not merely "Russia, Russia, Russia."

(And why is Trump so desperate to keep his tax returns from public view? Would they reveal other types of crimes and misdemeanors? Perhaps low ones?)

Gene Glickman


Re: House Judiciary Committee Is Investigating Possible Impeachment of Donald Trump

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It's about goddamn time someone gets this traitor out of office

Rich Gelman
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Jose Valentin
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You don't wait for another election when a criminal is at the wheel.. there is no rule of law when money is your god.. same old sht.. tyranny needs to stop now

Terry Evans
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Yes, please. It's about damn time. At this point he's done so much permanent damage our country will never be the same. But he needs to go.. months and months ago.

Dawn Kennedy
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The Mueller Report  --  cartoon by Christopher Weyant

Christopher Weyant
April 19, 2019
Boston Globe

[Christopher Weyant is a cartoonist and illustrator. You can see his work at or on Instagram at @christopherweyant.]


Re: CNN's Debate Fail

CNN dictated the "show". This multitude of candidates just weakens the outcome of the election. Dumping on each other will only come back to haunt them.

Patricia Schneider
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Frankly, I see America starting the campaign process too early. By the time the elections come around, the electorate is either too desensitized or too exhausted by all the rhetoric.

William Davidowski
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They need to start reducing the number of candidates

Enrico Campomizzi
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Re: The Five Biggest Lies Joe Biden is Telling About Medicare for All

No political issue in recent memory involves more lies than does health care. The following points, I believe, are essentially true.

1. The issue is not really about "health care"; it is about "health insurance." Specifically, whether the current system of privatized health insurance will be replaced by a government run program.

2. Most of the major ills of the current system are directly traceable to the privatization of health insurance. "Preexisting conditions" are a problem only because those having them are unprofitable and the system has to be bribed to cover them.

3. Only a single payer system will allow everyone to "keep their doctors." The government doesn't care who your doctor is. Every doctor would be "in network." Networks are only needed by privatized insurance.

4. Taxes may go up. But people would no longer be paying insurance premiums, copays, deductibles, and have health insurance deducted from their paychecks.

5. Private insurance will be available for those who want to supplement their government coverage. I know of no legal way privatized insurance can be outlawed.

6. A single payer system will vastly reduce the complexity and paperwork required by privatized insurance.

7. The real fear of those who claim a single payer system is "socialized medicine" is that the government will finally begin to control health care costs.

Robert Supansic


Re: How America Came Heartbreakingly Close to Universal Healthcare

As part of our efforts to rebuild and restore Germany and Japan after the end of the war, under the Marshall Plan, our leaders determined that a truly healthy democratic society requires a healthy population. Few Americans, however, are aware that our taxpayer dollars were used to fund the creation of universal national health systems in both countries. 

At the same time, however, we failed to set up the same system at home: the American Medical Association and allied corporations orchestrated defeat of the legislation by declaring President Harry Truman's effort would lead to "socialized medicine." These conflicting moves sowed the seeds for the widely dissimilar outcomes that exist today for our nation compared to others around the world. We spend nearly twice as much for outcomes that are markedly worse than those in other nations, and shockingly, the United States ranked 50th out of 55 nations in the 2017 Bloomberg Health Efficiency ratings.

Disraelly Gutierrez Jaime
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Re: America's Red Scare is Back.  And It's Racially Tinged

The article provides an excellent argument to elect Bernie as the nominee.  He will undoubtedly be the best at handling the red baiting which will surely come no matter who the nominee is.  Bernie won't become defensive and deny being a socialist, as all the others will.  Instead, Bernie will respond to red baiting as an opportunity.  He will explain the type of democratic socialism he is for and why we need it.   Bernie is a master and extremely experienced at responding to red baiting.  He has beat it throughout his entire career.  None of the other candidates have much experience in dealing with it.

In solidarity,

Jonathan Nack


Re: An Open Letter to the Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Trying to hide history and it's lessons never works. Comparing today with lessons from the past is how we can actively bring attention to atrocities. Next we won't be allowed to quote MLK, JFK, Churchill, etc

Cher Lunn


For 2.5 years they lectured us about the lesser of two evils. Remember the 2016 non voters and the 3rd party protest voters caused all of this, Trying to get even with Hillary Clinton. If they don't change, we need to disown them out of our lives. None of this would be happening with Hillary Clinton.

Albert Preston
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Albert Preston I'm a HRC voter but I also find your analysis overly simplistic. I would argue that she could and should have won the democratic primary, but also the way the process was constantly subverted--and it was, with cronyism and favors this is politics afterall--worsened the party rift to that point. Then instead of addressing a growing left or even just solidifying her base she pandered to the "reasonable right". They don't exist. Statistically they say they are open and uncommitted and always end up voting R. It's like her staff was blinded by her formidable talent and unquestionably qualified credentials. They let her do the one thing a woman can never do. We can't expect an equal shake. And we have to over prepare to guarantee even the most certain possibilities. Hitting the Midwest instead of Florida OR mending the progressive fence with a policy pickup from B's platform would have delivered. What we can't do this time is run a race like we're already inaugurated.

Lindsey Morris
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There it is, the oversimplified analysis, once again. 75,000 votes in three midwestern states, oddly tipping the electoral college. Clinton won the pop by 3.5 million. Bad DNC strategy to essentially ignore those three states. Voter suppression by the Republicans that keeps several million people from voting, and yes, disaffection with Clinton that kept voters at home, the DNC's own fault. But the key - the Electoral College and those three states.

Dan Jordan
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Those silver blankets are needed to help people who come from. the hot sun, outside, to the preconditioned facilities which is cold. They are there to be processed.

Stop. They are benign taken care of, 3 meals and 3 snacks, water available all the time and all needs met. Everything is clean. They are well supervised.

Elizabeth Fraser
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Elizabeth Fraser who said? Pictures tell another story!

Bautista Castillo
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Elizabeth Fraser That's what you see in that picture? Sleeping on the floor, so crowded you can't turn around. Lord, stop swimming in the koolaid. How about real beds, pillows, real blankets and NO CAGES!

Please explain this then

US-born teen detained for weeks by CBP says he was told 'you have no rights'
July 26, 2019

Cher Lunn
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Elizabeth Fraser -  after the horrors of World War II and the Nazi Holocaust, many "good people" around the world said "we did not know." Many of these good people also asked, "how could the German people let this take place?"

You, like those "good Germans" thought that the sign on the front of the Dachau concentration camp - Arbeit macht frei (Work makes you free) - was there to inspire those "temporarily housed" at Dachau, and later at Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen, Theresienstadt, and other camps to 'work harder to obtain their freedom.'

Dachau concentration camp

To believe that those caged are being well-fed and taken care of, is to believe that the Nazi SS Buchenwald concentration camp was simply the name of the beech forest on which it was erected. Tell that to the German political prisoners who lost their lives there.

Go ahead and believe such BS - it was a blinder for anti-Semitism in Germany, and is a blinder for racism in today's USA.

Jay Schaffner
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Elizabeth Fraser and they are dying from starvation, lack of drinking water and preventable diseases. All while being sexually assaulted 

On our tax dollars. 

Bullshit, not acceptable in any civilized country

David Nefzger
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Liz Chaney has a father instrumental in creating war and I have to question her motives in objecting to comparing the holocaust to today's statements

John McMahan
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Yes remember if we ignore history we are doomed to repeat it. It seems to me the Holocaust Museum weighed into politics when there was no need.

Tracy Brewer
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I read both letters and I can understand both points of view and here is why.

At the end of WWII Eisenhower told the photo journalist to take lots and lots of pictures so that we would never forget what happened to the Jews Gypsies etc.

I grew up in a small town with very few Jewish families so when I awoke one morning to hear that a cross had been burned in a Jewish families yard I was clueless Then I went to live in New York and practically every boy I dated was Jewish so I began to read about the Jewish people and their history 

Then I met a friend in Europe for a two week tour by car and one of our stops was Munich so we went to Dachau There was a sculpture at the entrance that I couldn't understand We preceded to the museum and I don't ever remember crying as I did that day There were all those pictures and i just could fathom how someone could be so evil to do this to another human being Then we walked through were the barracks had stood to the ovens and I gasped at the sight of a baby oven Imagine that ?? Upon leaving we passed that sculpture again and it was a OMG moment It depicted emaciated bodies piled on top of one another just like in the pictures I said to my friend "Every American child of school age should be brought here so they could see first hand what hate can do"

Before I retired I had a layover in Munich and it was the anniversary of the holocaust so I decided to go back to Dachau and see what changes had taken place over the past 40 yrs Now remember the Germans had been living with this history for many years The museum was completely white washed The pictures were gone replaced by poster boards telling the history The baby oven was gone So it didn't have near the impact as my first visit

I can understand the Germans wanting to get this part of their history behind them but history can repeat itself no matter how sophisticated we think we are.

The Chinese are not killing Muslims as far as we know but they are putting them in re-education camps And the ethnic people that were chased out of Myanmar The hate between the Shiites and Sunnis.

People that just want to live their lives running for their lives And the biggest irony of all is that Germany has probably taken in more refugees than any other European country.

Pat Carberry
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There is no comparison between the two situations. The signers have apparently lost all sense of historical accuracy and significance. This is a weak attempt to convince us that people storming our borders, refusing to abide by our immigration laws are somehow the same as people who were forcibly removed from their homes, against their will, and were murdered. You should be ashamed, or at least intellectually embarrassed.

Cheri Loop Foster
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You are right. The magnitude of the Holocaust hasn't reached the numbers yet. Maybe you lost a sense of history. I know you will never be convinced. 

You turn your head when he called Mexicans rapist and murderers. You turned your head when he bragged about dehumanizing women saying " l like to grab them by the pussy." You turned your head when he made a mockery of the United States in front of the world when he bowed down to kiss Putins ass as well as every other tin pot dictator around the world. 

Nothing matters to you. Well let me tell you something this is just the beginning and when they come for you and they will there will be no one left to help.

Pete McDermott
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Re: The Rise and Fall of Red Vienna

This is a pretty good article, but it misses the extent to which Red Vienna is a victim of it's own success and the extent to which many classic Viennese working class voters have lost touch with reality.  Residents of communal housing with saunas and swimming pools complain that they aren't well provided for and think that they would be better off in a private market that in reality would double or triple their rent for the same level of conveniences. My Austrian wife says that these complainers about the Austrian social state really need to spend a year in the UK or the US so that they would begin to appreciate what they really have here. 

The Freedom Party--calling itself a Social Homeland Party in a variation on a National Socialist Party--promises pie in the sky to working class voters and then goes along with anti-worker neoliberal measures promoted by their conservative party coalition partners while diverting their attention with scare stories about evil aliens raping and murdering Austrians, invading their communal houses and destroying their culture. It's the Trump strategy in spades, but like the Democrats the Social Dems here are divided about how to respond--to play with fire and take up the themes of the Freedom Party (which is how the "conservative" People's Party won the last national election) or to take a more principled stand in defense of socialist and humane principles. The resulting mixed messages have not played well on either front.

Stan Nadel


Interesting, but what you inform is a strictly temporary situation. I think we will find that once the working people of all those countries realize that they have been fooled by racist populists they will rebound back to the left massively, this phenomenon is already occurring in South America and some European states. 

Fascism functions on the basis of deception, manipulation, ignorance and fear and the European populace is by and large fairly educated. I think many of those that faltered will be very embarrassed when they see their mistake .

Roberto Buxeda
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Re: The U.S.-Iran Standoff Can Only End When the U.S. Accepts Iran's Right to Have a Nuclear Energy Program

That is Iran's sovereign right. We can be watchful but we cannot order other countries around to fit our ways.

Aida Rivera
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Who is the U.S. to dictate what countries can or can't do? It is just a simple question.

Gabriel Sierra
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Whose going to write the letters to all the survivors when he shoots off a nuclear weapon killing thousands or millions.

Robert Alloca
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Carlos Latuff

Tarkpor Grupee
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Re: The Exploitation Time Bomb

"Worsening economic inequality in recent years is largely the result of policy choices that reflect the political influence and lobbying power of the rich. There is now a self-reinforcing pattern of high profits, low investment, and rising inequality - posing a threat not only to economic growth, but also to democracy."

Philip Specht
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Inequality is the result of public policy. Good article

Judith Berkan
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The dramatic increase in market inequality reflects the ability of the top 10% to extract more value created by others and to profit from existing assets - including those that should be public property, such as natural resources. Specifically, this increase in value extraction is the result of policies for which the rich have actively lobbied: privatization; deregulation of share buybacks that artificially inflate stock prices; patent laws that make drugs much more expensive; reduction or elimination of top marginal tax rates; and much else.

Giving the rich all this additional income has not resulted in higher investment rates in the OECD or in unequal middle-income countries. Instead, the rich are content to pluck the low-hanging fruit of rent extraction, market manipulation, and lobbying power. High profits therefore coexist with low investment and increasing market inequality, in a self-reinforcing pattern. This trend not only magnifies the risk of economic stagnation and market failures; political changes around the world suggest that it has also become a profound threat to democracy.

Barbara Crammer
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Re: Which Way to Socialism?

Eric Blanc proposes letting go of the vestiges of Leninism as it has been appropriated by would-be Bolsheviks far away from Russia, a century later, through shaky translation and shakier sense of historical context. Charlie Post argues that this would lead us backwards. But neither offers a path to socialism. This is just as well. 

If we survive capitalism, an alternative will be fought for and built, hopefully through conscious democratic political activity. It may or may not be called socialism. It would be better if it would be class conscious too, but it might not be. The socialist movement will play a role in working out its direction, but we have only limited ability to determine that. 

Working people do organize for their own emancipation, consciously and not so, all the time, in many different ways, taking many different collective forms. The main value of the left is not charting the course, but helping to build a united front where people's conscious engagement becomes an effective political force in their/our collective interest. Both Eric and Charlie raise serious issues but they bite off more than the socialist movement can chew.
Ethan Young
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Let us never overlook the positive role of "sellout," "Democratic Party sheepdog" in making socialism a part of the viable political agenda today! Be honest--w/o Bernie & his alternative model of socialism as "bourgeois" Scandinavia, the socialist movement would still be in the doldrums, marginalized & irrelevant to the vast majority of people.

George Fish
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Fidel said that one mistake they had done is to think they knew how to install socialism.There are theories that we can use in the analysis but this is a totally new system.We know for sure that capitalist will not give up voluntarily their privileges even though it is absolutely necessary so we can distribute the surplus to social needs. So how are we gonna do it? Seize the state by the workers to make laws.

Ignacia Olvera
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Is there a democratic road to socialism? And if so, what does it mean for socialists today?

Disraelly Gutierrez Jaime
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Over 1400 Jewish Clergy Deliver Letter to Congress Demanding Right to Asylum for Refugees

"As Jews we understand the heart of the refugee, and the current actions of our government echo some of the darkest moments of our own history."

by Eoin Higgins, staff writer
Common Dreams
July 26, 2019


A delegation of rabbis, attorneys, and advocates gathered on Capitol Hill on July 18 to deliver a letter signed by 1,400-plus Jewish clergy members to elected officials, calling on them to protect the essential legal right to seek asylum in the U.S. 

Photo: HIAS  //  Common Dreams

Over 1,400 Jewish clergy-members signed a petition demanding lawmakers protect the right to request asylum in the U.S., citing the history of the Jewish people as a warning for today's treatment of immigrants.

"The Jewish people know what it means to be turned away and to be denied protection," the petition reads. "As Jews we understand the heart of the refugee, and the current actions of our government echo some of the darkest moments of our own history."

Activists from the advocacy group HIAS, founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, delivered the petition (pdf) to lawmakers on July 18. 

Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld of Congregation Albert in Albuquerque was one of the clergy on hand for the delivery. 

"The officials we met, from both sides of the aisle, were sympathetic to the necessity of providing humane treatment and facilities to those seeking asylum in the United States," said Rosenfeld. "I believe we made a difference."

President Donald Trump's war on immigrants has placed hundreds of migrants into overcrowded facilities and separated families in an attempt to use their punishment as a warning to other people trying to reach the country. The administration has also shut off avenues for claiming asylum at the border, instead demanding that people in need of aid go through a third country instead. 

The HIAS petition, said HIAS Rabbi-in-residence Rachel Grant Meyer, is a direct response to the border crisis from the Jewish community.

"At this moment when the United States is abandoning its legacy as a nation of immigrants and refugees by rescinding its commitment to provide asylum to those fleeing violence and persecution, more than 1,400 Jewish clergy around the country heeded the urgent call to raise our voices to say that this is a moral disgrace for all Americans and, in particular, for Jewish Americans who know well the danger of turning away those in need of a safe place to call home," said Meyer.

"We pray that our elected officials will take seriously the tens of thousands of American Jews we represent and step up to ensure that our country continues to have a fair, humane, and expeditious asylum process," Meyer added.

That's part of the message of the petition letter, which calls to the history and mission of the Jewish faith in helping the less fortunate. 

"In Jewish tradition, there is no higher obligation than to save the life of another," the petition reads. "As Jewish clergy, we will not stay silent as our country turns its back on individuals fleeing danger."


Reparations Now Tool Kit (Movement for Black Lives Policy Table)

We hope this finds you well. We are writing to ask for your support in spreading the word about a Reparations Toolkit that the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table authored and is releasing on Saturday, July 27th.   

The M4BL Policy Table is releasing the Toolkit in honor of Queen Mother Moore’s birthday, with the goal of providing a grounding definition of what reparations is, and advance our argument that reparations for slavery and continued oppression of Black people is essential. We hope this work stimulates the ambitions of organizers and their communities to seek reparations at the local, national, and international level and advance our collective struggles for Black liberation. 

We would love for you to share the toolkit widely. It went LIVE today at 10am ET at  Below and here are some sample social media posts and all graphics can be found here 

Thank you for all  your work and your support,  

Sample Media Posts: 

Hashtags: Here are the hashtags we will be using. 






Sample Posts

Twitter 1

M4BL Reparations toolkit is live and lit! 

Click to download 

Text ‘FREE’ to 91990 for more info 

#ReparationsNow #ReparationsHow #V4BL


Twitter 2

Continue the tradition! #ReparationsNOW! Continue the demand! #ReparationsHow!

Click for M4BL toolkit


Twitter 3

Honor #QueenMotherMoore by continuing the demand #ReparationsNow! Start the conversation

Click to d/l M4BL toolkit 

#reparationshow #V4BL


Twitter 4

Wanna know what reparation is and what it isn’t? Check out the M4BL #reparationsnow Toolkit  

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Why End War (World Beyond War)

We're excited to announce our new fact sheet series outlining the reasons why we should abolish war. 

  1. War Is Immoral
  2. War Endangers Us
  3. War Threatens Our Environment
  4. War Erodes Liberties
  5. War Impoverishes Us
  6. War Promotes Bigotry
  7. We Need $2 Trillion/Year for Other Things

The fact sheets are designed as printable handouts that can be used for tabling events, grassroots lobbying meetings, and much more. Each one contains a list of references, so you can learn more about any of the details mentioned. 

We believe that education is a critical component of a global security system, and an essential tool for getting us there. We educate both about and for the abolition of war. Our educational resources are based on knowledge and research that expose the myths of war and illuminate the proven nonviolent, peaceful alternatives that can bring us authentic security. 

Thank you to numerous volunteers, including Gayle, Joanne, Tim, and Ben, who helped us complete the fact sheet series! 

For questions or more information about our peace education programs and volunteer opportunities, please email me at

For a world BEYOND war,

Greta Zarro
Organizing Director
World BEYOND War


An Educational Tool on Climate Change for Workers (Labor Network for Sustainability)

The Labor Network for Sustainability held its Third National Labor Convergence on Climate in Chicago, June 28-29. The theme was "Strengthening Labor's Voice to Help Shape Green New Deal."


How can the basic themes animating the Labor Convergence on Climate be made available to labor organizations and activists around the country?

The Convergence unveiled a new tool, a PowerPoint presentation headlined "We Need a National Political and Economic Mobilization to Confront the Climate Crisis."

Starting with a straightforward, accessible presentation of the history of climate change, it explains the devastating impacts of climate change on workers and working class communities and how the Green New Deal can both protect the climate and reverse our ever-increasing inequality through good jobs protecting the climate. It ends with a presentation of what workers and unions can do to counter climate change and create a more just society through the Green New Deal.

Now it is available for download for anyone to use and to modify to fit their own needs. Download and view it now »


Labor Network for Sustainability
P.O. Box #5780
6909 Laurel Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20913


37 Children's Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination (Colours of Us)

"I have a dream
that my four little children will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin
but by the content of their character."
~ Dr. Martin Luther King

Sadly, the above part of Martin Luther King’s famous dream still hasn’t come true and racism is very much alive and well in America (as well as in many other parts of the world).

Talking to our children about racism and discrimination is as necessary as it is uncomfortable for most parents (especially white parents). Necessary because racial bias in children starts as early as from the age of 3; uncomfortable because it means we have to address our own racial biases, too.

These multicultural children’s books are a selection of picture books and novels about the past and the present. They can be helpful for talking to your children (Elementary to High School) about racism and its devastating consequences.

Colours of Us - All about multicultural children's books