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Today marks the first year anniversary of the passing of Tim Green, musician, educator, activist, and, let's just say what is true, a "Renaissance man of our time." Tim Green was a man whose warmth and friendship still causes those who were fortunate to have known him to call up his many qualities: spiritual, transcendent, classy and so much more!
Tim Green would have been pleased to know that among his peers, all these adjectives are inseparable from what he recognized as his true vocation, music.
OK, we all get it. Banks, corporations and Wall Street types in general, are out to make money. They're good at it. In fact, the Atlantic recently announced big banks could currently boast of a "golden age."
At the same time, the well-heeled insist, their vast accumulation of wealth is their own private, personal business.
Defending oneself from abuse and violence should never be criminalized. Love & Protect condemns the arrest of Cierra Finkley and calls for all charges against her to be dropped.
On August 18, 2015, in Madison, Wisconsin, 24-year-old Cierra and her 5-year-old daughter were almost killed by her abusive boyfriend, Terrence Woods. Although he had been court ordered to stay away from Cierra, he showed up at her home, and after trying to run her and their daughter over with his car, he kicked in the door to her home and lunged at her. Fearing for her and her daughter’s life, Cierra stabbed him in self-defense.
Speaking on behalf of indigenous people in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, earlier this summer, Pope Francis apologized for the role the Catholic Church played in oppressing Latin America's indigenous people. He called for a worldwide grass roots movement that would shatter global corporate abuses of "the new colonialism." Political elites in the US should follow his lead and apologize for the genocidal destruction US people waged against indigenous peoples. They should look toward indigenous people for guidance about ways to make reparations.
On April 26, 2011, a meeting that can only be described as sinister took place between the then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The most pressing issue discussed at the meeting in Rome was how to deal with African immigrants.
Sarkozy, who was under pressure from his right-wing and far-right constituencies to halt immigration originating from North Africa (resulting from the Tunisian uprising), desired to strike a deal with the opportunistic Italian leader.
Another pivotal moment faces New Zealand (Aotearoa) and a radically interconnected Pacific region, also inhabited by millions of people on island continents and smaller islets with diverse ecological systems. Remaining true to a history of learning from, and then preventing "overkill," no wonder thousands of Maori and New Zealanders marched against the Trans-Pacific Partnership's industrial and financial excesses. Everywhere, there was a sea of signs reading: "Keep NZ Nationwide and Free of TPP," "TPP Is Corporate Rape of Our Whenua," "John Key Is An A$$hole" and "TPP Not My Future."
No US citizen should be subjected to the treatment that George Khoury and Habib Joudeh received when they arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel last month.
George is a 70-year-old Palestinian-American from San Francisco. Habib, 62, from Brooklyn, is also an US citizen of Palestinian descent. During the third week in July, both attempted to travel to Israel/Palestine. Both told me they had been excited about their trips since neither had visited the area in more than two decades.
How is Gaza doing now? Short answer: "not well, not at all." War is war: no words can describe it. Everything is still the same, except for the sound of shells and bombardments, of course. Though wait, we can still hear the noise inside our heads: the shellings left us with many memories, physical diseases and mental illnesses, as you may know. We can't sleep at night. How are we supposed to forget? How can we move past these flashbacks?
As the wealth gap in the US widens, one group consistently finds itself at the bottom of the economic opportunity chasm. "On nearly every social indicator of well-being - from income and earnings to obesity and food security - Black women, girls and children in the rural South rank low or last." So finds an eye-opening new study by the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative of Black Belt counties in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
In "Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South," researchers examined poverty, income, employment, education, health, public infrastructure and housing in nine counties across the three states.
I brought a passion for truth everywhere I worked, which was mostly on Capitol Hill and the US Environmental Protection Agency. I also taught at several universities.
My work brought me face to face with a secret version of the US, not the country I thought about during my university studies. Secrets had something todo with this. I knew, of course, that individuals and governments have legitimate secrets.