Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TONIGHT! John Pilger and Evan Greer on TPS w/Cindy Sheehan

May 23, 2017
 
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GUEST ONE: JOHN PILGER
TOPIC: THE HOT MESS OF THE US EMPIRE/CHINA
 
GUEST TWO: EVAN GREER
TOPIC: PRIVATE MANNING'S RELEASE AND GOING FORWARD

Monday, May 22, 2017

The 19th of May: California Independence Day by Cindy Sheehan






Since my son Casey was killed in Iraq on 04/04/04, I have consistently taken steps to remove myself from the government of the USA: I stopped paying income taxes (how can I fund more murder after I essentially funded the murder of my own son?); I sold my car; dumped my house; and vocally oppose just about everything America does. Unfortunately, I still have a passport and I feel like, not only do I want to live in California, my surviving children (5th generation Californians) and my five grandchildren (6th generation Californians) live here, so I need to live here.

Also, why should I be forced to "love it or leave it?" Mostly, almost all the people who can afford to be so mobile and move around the world are the people who create untenable conditions for the rest of us, anyway.

Having written the above, you can imagine that I was extremely excited when I saw that there was a renewed interest in California Independence! I quickly contacted leadership of the movement and became involved myself and am now on the board of the California Freedom Coalition. 

On May 19, 2017 we joyfully, yet with a sense of gravitas, filed paperwork in Sacramento at the office of the Attorney General to put California Independence in front of Californians in the form of a ballot initiative. Right now, we are awaiting final approval (around 50 days) to begin collecting signatures for this historic and righteous effort.

In front of Cal Capitol. Cindy Sheehan (Young Lady), Steve Gonzales of CFC

As with the first American Revolution in 1776 (an effort which few colonists supported, at first, so the "Patriots" also had to wage a battle to win the "fence-sitters" over), it has become "self-evident" to some of us here in California that the US government (USG), way across the country in Washington, DC does not represent us, or our values, in anywhere near a competent, or even, humane way. We feel like we are treated as vassals to unrestrained capitalism and war. Even California's federal contingent that are sent to DC are a club of millionaires who have lost touch with California and the average Californian. How else are reps like Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) and Nancy Pelosi (D) able to constantly vote for wars, war funding, and work to protect out of control US regimes and corporate interests?

While California is one of the leading economies in the world, there is still an appalling unemployment and homeless problem. Following the trajectory of the US, California's good, manufacturing jobs have fled for greener pastures and what's left for us: service jobs or the military. Californians send billions to the USG to support US military adventurism, and while we mostly don't support the wars, our young people and families pay the highest and irredeemable prices in war deaths, injuries, and the deepest cut: suicide.

If left in the Republic of California, what we here in the state could do with our human, natural, and financial resources, is almost limitless. Similarly, the potential of a free California to lead the world in peace, education (the wealthy state of California consistently rates in the bottom 10% in education in the US), meaningful and full-employment with good wages and benefits, sustainable energy production, clean agriculture, clean water, clean air, etc; unleashes what my colleague in the movement Tim Vollmer has called, the "sociological imagination."

There have been independence movements in California since before it was quickly absorbed by the USA (because of the discovery of massive amounts of gold) in 1850 and it is only a matter of time before we are again successful.

We, the patriots and matriots of Californian Independence not only want a healthier country to live in, we also feel that if California does become independent from the bloody US Empire, it will ultimately deal a death blow to that Empire. Without California, the US will have to scale back its sick habit of regime change/carnage around the world, or perish. I would rather have the US voluntarily follow California on a much more peaceful and sensible path for humanity, but if it perishes, that is fine, too. Anything to stop the Empire's reign of terror around the world.

This is in no way a rightwing "Free State of Jefferson" movement (CalSplit) that wants to add another state to a nation that has, beyond a shadow of any doubt, demonstrated its psychopathic tendencies. We don't advocate for an independent California to further separate the rich and the poor, but to retain the beautiful diverse nature of our state; and to elevate everyone in equality and prosperity (some people will have to de-elevate, but, that's only a matter of time, too). 

However, this is also not a "liberal" initiative that only wants to skedaddle because Trump is the current CEO of Murder, Inc; only to return to again beg for scraps from our "master's" table when a Democrat assumes that position. This is an a-partisan effort that strives to leave the divisions of the US behind and join as Californians of all demographics to put the power and future of California back where it rightfully belongs: in our hands and in our communities.

I was honored to be asked to sign the "California Declaration of Independence," and the significance of this was not lost on any of us.

We are working hard for success and we all know that it will happen and it will be good for everyone (except the 1%, at first), but we wondered how did the signers of the Declaration of Independence feel on the sweltering day (it was also hot in Sacramento on 19 May) of 4 July, 1776? I am sure, like we, they were optimistic, excited, and a little fearful of what terror would be unleashed by the major Empire of that day.

Nothing can be achieved without people willing to take the risks of ridicule, demonization, marginalization, or worse. We won't become free until we demand freedom. As the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass stated in 1857, "power concedes nothing without a demand." 

Some things are worth fighting for and the very future of sustainable life on this planet is the thing we are fighting for. If the USG cannot be stopped, then the rest of us will be. 
 

Join us in this very worthy struggle! 


Thursday, May 18, 2017

"Russiagate" Conspiracy Theory: A Pretext to a Coup by Anthony Freda

I am not a supporter or defender of Trump, I Am a supporter and defender of Truth.
When political operatives in the Deep State collude with the discredited, but still oddly influential mainstream media to destroy someone, this dastardly duo cannot be stopped.
Even by arguably the most powerful person in the world.
The same intelligence agencies and media who lied us into the Iraq War now tell us the president is colluding with Russia.

There are plenty of reasons to resist Trump. His continuation of Obama's illegal spying campaign and Hillary's hawkish foreign policy are good places to start.

The "Trump-is-a-Russian-Stooge-and-Putin-Hacked-the-Election" conspiracy theory has been widely disproven as there has not been one iota of evidence to support the narrative.
The tall tale is a conjured, faux scandal designed to undermine the president's legitimacy (According to Julian Assange) and lay the pretext for impeachment.
The Machiavellian scheme is going brilliantly according to plan as the lies are repeated ad-nauseum to a gullible and receptive public.
In a feeding frenzy of vitriolic and politically motivated yellow journalism, the corporate fake news masters vomit up a daily menu of Russophobic and NeoMcarthyistic headlines written to misinform the populace and foster support for a coup.

It does not matter to the conspiracy theorists that Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) said publicly on May 4 that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has seen no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign aides and Russian officials, or that the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on May 8 that he still has not seen any evidence of any kind of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian foreign nationals.

Putin himself recently addressed the increasingly volatile state of affairs in American politics, saying that pushers of the ‘Russian conspiracy theory' are either "stupid" or "dangerous and corrupt."
"You know what surprises me? Those who are destabilizing the internal US political situation using anti-Russian slogans either don't understand that they are bringing this nonsense in on their own side, and then they are just stupid, or else they understand everything, and then they are dangerous and corrupt people."

Trump clearly has enemies in his cabinet leaking to the press. I don't recall the MSM reporting any high-level private conversations of Obama or Hillary in the last eight years, and now it happens every day. They refused to report the misdeeds of Hillary revealed by Wikileaks and actively worked to obfuscate her sins.
The MSM ignores the facts that Hillary Clinton and John Podesta were paid by Russia, or that Democratic National Committee computer expert Seth Rich was the one who leaked DNC emails, sending 44,000 DNC emails to Julian Assange at Wikileaks.

The idea that the Trump administration is colluding with Russia becomes even more absurd in light of the anti-Russian and even provocative stances and policies the president is advocating. 
Is he strengthening the US military to help Russia?
Is he empowering the coal industry to help Russia?
Only profound cognitive dissonance can explain how one can conclude that he is working with Russia, but trying to destroy them at the same time.
Candidate Trump promised to pursue detente with the Kremlin and have a less adversarial relationship with Putin than Hillary Clinton, who compared Vladimir to Hitler.
I wish Trump kept his promise and took a more diplomatic stance with Russia to avoid the whole pesky nuclear Armageddon that the Russophobes seem to be cheering for. 

Inverted reality seems to be what the public yearn for in the age of fake news.
The media and Deep State may just have their dream of impeaching and deposing Trump come true. What comes next is hard to predict.
Civil War II? Impeachment of the next dirty Russian traitor, President Penceski!!?? 
(I hear he likes Russian Dressing)

Anthony Freda
www.AnthonyFreda.com

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#CalExit May 19th March in Sacramento


March on the Capitol - May 19th!

TWO days to go...
Volunteers are geared up, T-Shirts look awesome, the initiative is complete. We are ready to go!

If you plan on attending the event, please join us for a conference call this evening (Wed May 17). Reach out to calfreeco@gmail.com for more details.

Join us along with internationally known peace activist Cindy Sheehan as we file a new California Independence initiative with the state. The CFC will be hosting a lunch at 12:00p on May 19th at the State Capitol park. All are welcome to join.
We will be in the Park, near the Fish Pond, across the street from Starbucks at the corner of 12th and L streets.
RSVP and follow the event on Facebook for more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1293198327454826/
The CFC has announced full support of California HB 562 Single Payer Healthcare for all. We hope to march in solidarity on May 19th with Healthy California and the California Nurses Association.
For more information, including transportation options to/from Sacramento, please contact: Steve Gonzales calfreeco@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DNC Staffer Murder Cover-Up by Anthony Freda







Julian Assange has suggested before, it was not the Russians who leaked verified email evidence of DNC malfeasance, it was staffer Seth Rich.You know, the same guy who also just happened to be murdered soon after Wikileaks published the damning information.
Now there is evidence that Rich was in contact with Wikileaks.
During a subsequent television interview in August, Wikileaks Julian Assange appeared to confirm that Rich was the source for the DNC leak, dismantling the claim that Russia was responsible for the leak.

Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the Rich family, has now stated that Rich’s laptop contains proof that he was in contact with WIkileaks before his death and that DC Police were ordered to cover it up.

“I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you.’ Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department,” said Wheeler.
Rich was murdered in a posh area of Washington DC on June 8 last year but the killers did not steal anything from the victim, making the police’s explanation that the incident was a robbery and murder doubtful.

 
In an apparent attempt to distract from this powerful news, The Washington Post published a dubious story on President Trump leaking classified information to the Russians less than an hour after the bombshell news broke that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich was in contact with Wikileaks and that DC Police were ordered to cover it up.
 
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Monday, May 15, 2017

ROL, USA NEWSLETTER #102 (MAY-JUNE 2017)


NEWSLETTER #102

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INCLUDED ARTICLES:

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution: The October Revolution and the Working Class of Russia and the World Achieve Unprecedented Victories: Part 2 of 2 Part Series by RAY LIGHT

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Outrage at the World’s Number #1 Terrorist by CARL PAPPOS and PAT KELLY

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REVOLUTIONARY ORGANIZATION OF LABOR,USA (ROL,USA) AND CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX DENOUNCE AND CONDEMN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CRIMINAL MISSILE ATTACK ON THE SOVEREIGN STATE OF SYRIA

USA: Hands off California (SOAPBOX PODCAST 5/15/17)

May 15, 2017




Guests:

Tim Vollmer
Shankar Singam

Topic:

California Independence Movement
#CalExit



 

March to the Capitol on May 19th!


    • The original Calexit petition (16-0011) was withdrawn on April 17th.
    • A new initiative will be filed on May 19th.
    • The California Freedom Coalition (CFC) is fully behind this new initiative.
    • Cindy Sheehan (the famous activist who directly challenged George W Bush) has joined the CFC Board of Directors.
      • 12:00p Meet for a CFC hosted lunch at the State Capitol Park (exact location TBD)
        • Press and other activists will be invited.
      • 2:30p We march to the AG office 1300 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814
      • 3:00p File the initiative
        • Possibly more press interviews
      • 5:00p Join Nurses March
       
    We are going to march to the California Attorney General's Office to refile the petition and we are hoping you will join us.

    We need to show them how serious we are about re-gaining our full franchise and voting rights!

    The CFC is announcing full support of California HB 562 Single Payer Healthcare for all. We hope to march in solidarity on May 19th with Healthy California and the California Nurses Association.
    Follow the event on Facebook for more information:
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    For more information, including transportation options to/from Sacramento, please contact: Steve Gonzales calfreeco@gmail.com



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    Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Erin Brockovich on The Soapbox (Soapbox Podcast 5/14/17)

    Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
    May 15, 2017



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    Guest: Erin Brockovich
    Topic: Water protection and exposé of capital

    Erin Brockovich
    Guest Occupation: 
    Enviromental Activist/Consumer Advocate
    Guest Biography: 

    Erin Brockovich is best known for her involvement in one of the largest direct action lawsuits in U.S. history and is the subject of the 2000 film 'Erin Brockovich.'

    Synopsis

    Consumer advocate and environmental activist Erin Brockovich was born in Kansas in 1960. While working as a file clerk at a Los Angeles law firm in 1992, Brockovich uncovered documents that ultimately led to more than 600 residents of Hinkley, California, filing a lawsuit against utility giant PG&E. The $333 million settlement they received is the largest of its kind in the history of the United States. The story of Brokovich’s life and involvement in the case was the subject of the 2000 film Erin Brockovich, which starred Julia Roberts in the title role. Since the film’s release, Erin Brockovich has continued to work as a consumer advocate and environmental activist.

    Early Life


    Consumer advocate and environmental activist Erin Brockovich was born Erin Pattee in Lawrence, Kansas, on June 22, 1960. The youngest of four children, she grew up in a tightknit middle-class family. Her father was an industrial engineer, and her mother was a journalist. Diagnosed as dyslexic at a young age, Erin was not a particularly good student. After graduating high school in 1978, Erin briefly attended Kansas State University before transferring to Miss Wade's Fashion Merchandising College (now Wade College) in Dallas, Texas, where she graduated with an associate’s degree in applied arts in 1980.

    After earning her degree, Erin moved with a friend to Newport Beach, California. After working briefly as a management trainee at Kmart, in 1981 she quit and entered and won the Miss Pacific Coast beauty pageant. She also met her first husband, Shawn Brown, around this time, whom she married in April 1982. The young couple moved around the country for the next few years, during which time Erin gave birth to two children, Matthew and Katie. However, their marriage eventually fell apart, and they were divorced in 1987.

    Now a single mother, to support her children Erin found work as an assistant at a brokerage firm in Reno, Nevada, where she met Steve Brockovich. They married in 1989 but divorced within a year, at which point Erin learned she was pregnant with her third child, Elizabeth. The events that followed would set Erin Brockovich on the path to her eventual fame.

    Hinkley and Hollywood

    Shortly after her divorce, Brockovich was involved in a severe car accident that necessitated her having neck surgery. She then moved to Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, where she was referred by a friend to the law firm Masry & Vititoe, whom she hired to represent her in her accident case. Brokovich was eventually awarded a small settlement, but not enough to support her family with. Feeling sorry for her, in 1992 attorney Ed Masry offered her a clerical job at the firm.

    One day, while filing documents for a real estate case involving the utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Brockovich noticed that the paperwork included blood samples. Her suspicions aroused, she asked Masry permission to look into the matter further. In subsequent visits to the California desert town of Hinkley, Brockovich eventually uncovered evidence linking a rash of illnesses there to high levels of hexavalent chromium found in the drinking water. When the pollution was eventually traced back to the PG&E compressor station in Hinkley, more than 600 hundred of the town’s residents hired Masry & Vititoe in 1993 to represent them. After information surfaced during the trial that suggested PG&E had been aware of and tried to cover up the pollution, the case was settled in 1996 for $333 million, the largest in United States history for a case of its kind.

    For her part in bringing the case to the firm, Brockovich received a fee of $2.5 million. But the publicity that the case received also brought Brockovich to the attention of Danny DeVito’s production company, Jersey Films, who bought the rights to Brockovich’s story in 1995.


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    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Incarceration Under Capitalism, A Quick Introduction By Dakotah Lilly (GUEST BLOGGER)



     Incarceration Under Capitalism, A Quick Introduction 
    By 
    Dakotah Lilly 

    The purpose of incarceration is to perpetuate the ruling ideology of the wealthy elites. Some people may say that the stated goal of incarceration is to rehabilitate or punish those for harming others. If this were true, why aren't the biggest criminals in the world such as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and George Bush incarcerated, while Chelsea Manning, Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu Jamal, and the Cuban 5 have been? The leaders of the majority of western nations all fit the definition of a war criminal, yet no accountability is reserved for them. This is at the same time as millions of Americans are incarcerated for non violent offenses and statistically will be back in prison once incarcerated a first time. George Bush and Tony Blair lied us into a war in iraq that has caused the deaths of millions of people, not to mention the misadventure in Afghanistan. Barack Obama attacked the nation of Libya, a direct cause of the rise of ISIS, as well as conducting indiscriminate drone strikes in the nations of Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Syria. Neo Nazi’s in Ukraine as well as Wahhabi terrorists in Syria enjoy the support of our government under Obama and Trump. It is clear that modern justice is not blind and that accountability for the worst criminals among us is still a pipe dream under the current system of imperialist capitalist exploitation, and the evidence for this is astounding in far too many cases. 
     
    The case of Mohamedou Ouid Slahi is further evidence of this. This is an individual that traveled to Afghanistan decades ago in order to provide support for the mujahideen. The Mujahideen were organized around the goal of toppling the secular and independent government of the People’s Democratic Party. The mujahideen would later become a stepping stone to organizations such as Al Qaida and Dae’sh. This is the same organization that the United States provided everything from logistic, to financial, to armored support in order to spread its global doctrine of capitalism and exploitation. Cristina Fernandez, a former president of Argentina was correct in her assertion to the UN that “to the United States, yesterdays freedom fighters are todays terrorists”. The United States is the same nation that held Slahi for over a decade without trial for allegedly supporting organizations the United States 100% did support. This is again, evidence of the two tiered injustice system that exists to only perpetuate capitalist ideology and exploitation. Why is it that none of the people in the NSA, CIA, FBI, or anybody else who had a say in the arming of the Mujahideen have been arrested or attested for their crimes? Why is it that none of the people who tortured Slahi and put him through sexual, physical, and emotional distress, nor any of the people who ordered it or turned a blind eye to it, have been held accountable? Our justice system does not try to hide the fact that it is a tool for the state to exercise its ruling ideology’s dominance, yet so many people remain blind. 

    More evidence to support my claim comes in the testimony of Susan Rosenberg, a member of the Weather Underground accused of possessing explosives, participating in the bombing of the US capitol in 1983, and aiding in the escape of Assata Shakur, another radical, from prison. The weather underground was a notoriously left wing, militant, anti imperialist organization with the goal of fostering revolutionary activity and struggle in the United States. Rosenberg was found guilty of possessing explosives, and sentenced to 58 years in prison, which is sixteen times the average sentence for the same crime. During the 16 years that she served her time she was subject to solitary confinement, a form of punishment commonly used in the United States that many believe amounts to psychological torture. There could be several reasons for this as explained by my thesis. One reason could be that she was made an example out of. Rosenberg was one of the first people subject to the “High Security Unit”, a solitary unit that the American Civil Liberties Union called a “living tomb”. Another reason could be interpreted as purely punitive. There is no doubt as to whether solitary confinement amounts to punishment, but is that really all the state is hoping to invoke? To confine somebody is to take away their autonomy, and in a solitary manner is to ensure that no interaction happened between Rosenberg and other inmates. Many inmates do not become radicalized politically until their incarceration. Imagine if all inmates in the United States suddenly had access to the theory and ideology of somebody such as Susan Rosenberg. Such revolutionary anti-state ideology being directly provided to other inmates would no doubt lead to more difficulties for the state and its institutions such as the police and prisons. To lock her away and throw away the key was to completely shut down the revolutionary speech that Rosenberg would have no doubt invoked much more if not for the employment of such psychological terrorism as solitary confinement. 

    Many people for instance when looking at the case of Guantanamo detainees and more specifically Slahi, would just say that there is a reason these people are incarcerated and that this evil must be combated. However, in cases such as these perhaps it is helpful to call upon the wisdom of dialectical materialism. Under what circumstances and societal expectations were any of these people incarcerated, tried, or under what circumstances were the crimes they are guilty of, committed? Nobody wakes up one day and decides to be a terrorist, but after years of toppling governments, torturing people, killing children with bombs and sanctions alike, instilling dictatorships, and supporting terrorism, it is hard not to see the reasoning some people have for forsaking the traditional bourgeoise justice system talked about earlier, in favor of a sort of swift justice used by the original criminals who reside in the palaces and boardrooms of the west and western backed dictatorships. In this, there can be no debate. The justice system as it prevails in a large amount of the world is a smokescreen used to hide the gross injustices of imperialism and capitalism. 

    Evidence of this inhumane system prevailing in a large percentage of the world is the death penalty, or as many call it, state sanctioned murder against the poor, black, latino, and all around disadvantaged. “They will not talk about the thousands of men and women serving lesser sentences for similar or even identical crimes. Or others who by virtue of their wealth and their ability to retain a good private lawyer, are not convicted at all. The criminal court system calls itself the justice system, but it measures privilege, wealth, power, social status, and last but not least, race to determine who goes to death row” (Abu-Jamal, 6). Abu-Jamal is yet another case of blatant disregard for justice and what is right by our diseased capitalist system. Black and Latino men disproportionately make up our prison population, those unemployed, those in poverty etc, although all of these social ills of capitalism also affect white people as well. Black people are incarcerated more often and for longer than white or asian populations who have been convicted of the same crime. Law professor David Baldus and statistician George Woodworth, along with colleagues in Philadelphia, have conducted a careful analysis of race and the death penalty in Philadelphia which reveals that the odds of receiving a death sentence are nearly four times higher if the defendant is black. This is not only because of systemic racism and white supremacy, but also because police routinely terrorize and target communities of lower incomes and poverty, and these are two issues among many that affect black people more than any other group. 


    “When you don’t oppose a system, your silence becomes approval for it does nothing to interrupt the system” (Abu-Jamal, 11). This quote by Mumia was as true then as it is now. However it should be noted what happens to those who do challenge this system and those that support its exploitation. From flooding inner cities with drugs, to sabotage, bombings, murder, blackmail and other aspects of COINTELPRO, the ruling class and its subsidiaries have shown no mercy in keeping their dominant paradigm in tact. Take for example the MOVE bombing, which included the leveling of several blocks of poorer neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The police force of Philadelphia acted as judge, jury and executioner against not only the people that died, but also the people that were injured and left homeless from the incineration of several blocks of housing. “The mandate to practice social justice is unsettling because taking on the struggles of the poor invariably means challenging the wealthy and those who serve their interests” (Prejean, 5). Sister Helen Prejean sums up that we are against when we challenge the global narrative and argue that a better world free of exploitation is within reach. We are up against the most powerful interests in the world, and their ruthlessness is evident in their treatment of people like Mumia, Lynne Stewart, Leonard Peltier, among many others. 

    Dakotah lilly is a 19 year old anti imperialist, revolutionary socialist. He is a co founder and organizer with students and youth for a new America and is a frequent guest on PressTv. Facebook: facebook.com/Dakotah.lilly.9
    Twitter @dakotah4prez
     
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    My Statement at the Launch of the People's Congress of Resistance by Cindy Sheehan)



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    Hello Friends and Comrades,

    I am honored to be included in this movement with other activists who have long recognized that identity politics are bogus and are holding the movement back from true change for all workers.  I have a personal guideline, that I will only work with groups, or on efforts that are serious in the intent of smashing the US empire.

    In fact, unknowingly, or knowingly, people who rely on identity politics and only focus on the current outrages of the Trump administration, forgetting that the Obama regime was just a continuation of longstanding imperialist policies, are holding the revolution back.

    Also, we, as true revolutionaries cannot allow people like the war criminal Hillary Clinton to define the “resistance” for us. Recently, Clinton claimed that she was joining the “resistance,” and of course, what that means, is only resistance to the Trump regime or the Republican Party. This gives many liberals permission to forego the struggle to end capitalism and imperialism in favor of Get Out the Vote efforts for the equally bad, if not worse, Democrat Party.

    As the call for the People’s Congress of Resistance states, the US Congress have long been the representatives of Wall Street and the war machine and with the stranglehold of a Unitary political system where the distinction between the two parties is for all intents and purposes, non-existent, it’s time for people to recognize this and join with each other in opposition to not just Trumpism, but the entire imperialist system that allowed Trump to ascend and replace another able servant of Empire, Barack Obama: this Obama, who bragged about being at war for all 8 years of his regime and who is now profiting from Wall Street speeches. Do you think Wall Street would be rewarding him with such largesse if he wasn’t good for business? We know his regime consistently bailed out Wall Street and the banks while at the same time literally kicking the people to the curb.

    We with this resistance don’t pretend to have all the answers to the problems that have been laid out very well, but in a true grassroots, community driven way, we hope to achieve something that includes the elevation of all workers no matter what political or class division they would identify with.

    As our eco-systems are collapsing due to capitalist profit and exploitation we recognize that committed struggle against the systems of oppression is much harder than opportunistic protests, or “opposition,” but in the end we must wage this existential struggle for the present and future of human life. I think that is a struggle worth fighting, don’t you?

    I see the effort of the People’s Congress of Resistance, not as a non-partisan effort, but A-partisan. I believe we need an entirely different system here in the US if the nation and by extension, the world has any chance of  survival. And this is not something that can be put off, or use the other stale old concept of “incrementalism,” we need to act yesterday, not be hope-no-tized with the enticement that, even if the entire Congress turned Democrat in 2018 that anything would be changed for the better for the people. We have recent history that shows us otherwise.

    As Marx said, if we the people unite, the only thing we have to lose is our chains, yet we have a world to gain.

    I am excited to go forward with this effort.

    Again, thanks for being here and giving me the opportunity to be part of this principled action.


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    Sunday, May 7, 2017

    CONFIRMED: Erin Brockovich on TPS w/Cindy Sheehan: May 9, 2017

    Tuesday, May 9

     Guest: Erin Brokovich

    Consumer and environmental activist.

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    Erin Brockovich
    Guest Occupation: 
    Enviromental Activist/Consumer Advocate
    Guest Biography: 
    Erin Brockovich is best known for her involvement in one of the largest direct action lawsuits in U.S. history and is the subject of the 2000 film 'Erin Brockovich.'

    Synopsis

    Consumer advocate and environmental activist Erin Brockovich was born in Kansas in 1960. While working as a file clerk at a Los Angeles law firm in 1992, Brockovich uncovered documents that ultimately led to more than 600 residents of Hinkley, California, filing a lawsuit against utility giant PG&E. The $333 million settlement they received is the largest of its kind in the history of the United States. The story of Brokovich’s life and involvement in the case was the subject of the 2000 film Erin Brockovich, which starred Julia Roberts in the title role. Since the film’s release, Erin Brockovich has continued to work as a consumer advocate and environmental activist.

    Early Life


    Consumer advocate and environmental activist Erin Brockovich was born Erin Pattee in Lawrence, Kansas, on June 22, 1960. The youngest of four children, she grew up in a tightknit middle-class family. Her father was an industrial engineer, and her mother was a journalist. Diagnosed as dyslexic at a young age, Erin was not a particularly good student. After graduating high school in 1978, Erin briefly attended Kansas State University before transferring to Miss Wade's Fashion Merchandising College (now Wade College) in Dallas, Texas, where she graduated with an associate’s degree in applied arts in 1980.

    After earning her degree, Erin moved with a friend to Newport Beach, California. After working briefly as a management trainee at Kmart, in 1981 she quit and entered and won the Miss Pacific Coast beauty pageant. She also met her first husband, Shawn Brown, around this time, whom she married in April 1982. The young couple moved around the country for the next few years, during which time Erin gave birth to two children, Matthew and Katie. However, their marriage eventually fell apart, and they were divorced in 1987.

    Now a single mother, to support her children Erin found work as an assistant at a brokerage firm in Reno, Nevada, where she met Steve Brockovich. They married in 1989 but divorced within a year, at which point Erin learned she was pregnant with her third child, Elizabeth. The events that followed would set Erin Brockovich on the path to her eventual fame.

    Hinkley and Hollywood

    Shortly after her divorce, Brockovich was involved in a severe car accident that necessitated her having neck surgery. She then moved to Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, where she was referred by a friend to the law firm Masry & Vititoe, whom she hired to represent her in her accident case. Brokovich was eventually awarded a small settlement, but not enough to support her family with. Feeling sorry for her, in 1992 attorney Ed Masry offered her a clerical job at the firm.

    One day, while filing documents for a real estate case involving the utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Brockovich noticed that the paperwork included blood samples. Her suspicions aroused, she asked Masry permission to look into the matter further. In subsequent visits to the California desert town of Hinkley, Brockovich eventually uncovered evidence linking a rash of illnesses there to high levels of hexavalent chromium found in the drinking water. When the pollution was eventually traced back to the PG&E compressor station in Hinkley, more than 600 hundred of the town’s residents hired Masry & Vititoe in 1993 to represent them. After information surfaced during the trial that suggested PG&E had been aware of and tried to cover up the pollution, the case was settled in 1996 for $333 million, the largest in United States history for a case of its kind.

    For her part in bringing the case to the firm, Brockovich received a fee of $2.5 million. But the publicity that the case received also brought Brockovich to the attention of Danny DeVito’s production company, Jersey Films, who bought the rights to Brockovich’s story in 1995.