November 21, 2012 By John Laforge
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Three disarmament radicals that snuck into the Y-12 nuclear weapons complex last summer are preparing for their February 2013 trial, and face the prospect that any mention of nuclear weapons will be forbidden.
Y-12 is the 811-acre site in Oak Ridge, Tenn. that’s been building H-bombs and contaminating workers and the environment since 1943. On July 28, Sr. Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed snipped through fences and walked up to the new Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility building. They unfurled banners, spray-painted the building with phrases such as “Woe to the empire of blood,” poured blood, prayed and broke bread.
Now they face felony charges that carry a maximum of $500,000 in fines and 15 years in prison. Additionally, in what looks like an attempt to scare them into pleading guilty now, federal prosecutors have mentioned bringing two heavier charges, including sabotage “during wartime,” which together carry up to 50 years imprisonment.
As with previous cases of symbolic damage to nuclear war systems, a kangaroo court is being arranged in advance. If the government gets its way again, the trial judge will keep facts about nuclear weapons away from the jurors and make sure that questions about the bomb’s outlaw status are left out of jury instructions. Instructions are the juror’s marching orders, the last thing they hear before starting deliberations.
After a decade of bitter partisan politics, Americans are divided like no other time since the Civil War. But one common villain is in the unique position to bring the left and right together this holiday season – Walmart. Activists on both sides are participating in next week’s Walmart Black Friday Boycott. But many intend to keep the pressure on right through the holidays.
Facts about Walmart
As one of the largest and richest entities on Earth, Walmart is basically the 23rd largest country in the world. It is so big and powerful, no country or government controls the global corporation. And unlike banks that are too big to fail, Walmart is so dominant it doesn’t need a home, or a country. Every country is its home.
Two years ago, Business Insider brought us ’16 Facts about Walmart that will blow your Mind’. Among them were details such as:
Walmart has 2.1 million global employees, or 7-times the population of Iceland.
Walmart’s $405 billion in revenue in 2009 made it the 23rd largest economy in the world.
Every human being on Earth makes an average of 1.1 purchases from Walmart every year.
Each week, nearly one-third of the entire US population visits a Walmart store.
From 2001 to 2006, Walmart single-handedly accounted for 11% of the growth in the US-China trade imbalance.
Walmart is the largest employer in America and the biggest in at least 25 states.
In 2000, Walmart was sued 4,851 times, or roughly every 2 hours.
In the largest class action lawsuit ever, Walmart was sued by 1.6 million of its employees charging sexual discrimination.
The wealthiest family in the world, the Waltons have given away 2% of their fortune to charity, compared to 48% for Bill Gates and 78% for Warren Buffet.
One new Walmart Supercenter increases the local area’s obesity rate by 2.4%.
The most popular destination typed into GPS devices is ‘Walmart’.
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On Thanksgiving, families across the country will be gathering 'round their tables to celebrate. In elementary school some of you may have dressed up as Pilgrims and Indians to reenact the "First Thanksgiving." The thing is, those reenactments—and a lot of what Americans "know" about American Indians—are inaccurate. A lot of American Indian people have a critical view of those reenactments and the Thanksgiving holiday itself.
Did you know that some Native people in the U.S. consider Thanksgiving a Day of Mourning? Or that some call it "Thankstaking" instead of Thanksgiving? And did you know that for the last several years, the President of the United States has been proclaiming November as National Native American Heritage Month? And that November 23, 2012—the day after Thanksgiving—has been designated as Native American Heritage Day?
Kids aren't in school, so there's no way for teachers to teach them about Native peoples on that day, and most Americans are racing to the stores for Black Friday to snap up the best deals and start their holiday shopping. In that heady shopping spree, it is not likely that any parents are inclined to say "Hey! Let’s talk about American Indians and their contributions to American society!"
In President Obama’s proclamation, he suggested that Americans "commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities." While proclaiming a month and a day to commemorate American Indians is a start in the right direction, I think it is far better that we step away from commemorations of any sort and start providing everyone with accurate knowledge about American Indians year-round. One of the best ways to do that is to buy books for children that are written by Native writers.
To insure that we all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and for many years to come we need you to take action. The fiscal "cliff" as it is being called in Washington and in the media, and we are calling a showdown, is an opportunity for us to stand up and say no to cuts to vital programs and yes to fair taxation. Did you know that the top marginal federal tax rate in this country in 1945 was 94% and throughout the 1950's and early 1960's, it was 91%? It began to dramatically drop in the 1980's and 90's and is now at 35%.
Delegates Have Questions for Obama as New Term Begins
Washington, DC — The Reverend Gary E. Doupe, a resident of Bainbridge, New York, and a retired pastor in the United Methodist Church, has recently returned from a unique delegation to Israel, the West Bank and the occupied Gaza Strip. Rev. Doupe landed in Tel Aviv on October 22 and traveled in Israel and the West Bank before entering the Gaza Strip from Egypt on November 4. The delegation exited Gaza on November 11, just as Israeli warplanes launched a wave of strikes in the impoverished Palestinian enclave.
This new wave of violence has swept across the Gaza Strip in recent days. At least fifteen Palestinians were killed and scores more injured in Israeli military strikes of various degrees between November 8 and November 15. Palestinian militants in Gaza have responded by firing homemade missiles into Southern Israel. Three Israeli civilian casualties were reported in that period, and five soldiers were injured November 8 - 10.
The Interfaith Peace-Builders delegation was co-led by Cindy Corrie, and included the participation of her husband, Craig. Their daughter, Rachel Corrie, was killed in Gaza on March 16, 2003, crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer operating in the Palestinian town of Rafah. The case gained notoriety as the first of several US citizens killed or wounded by occupying Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
“As a result of personal encounter and direct experience I feel more connected with Palestinians
Cooperative Gallery 213 Marche des Arts Offers Scholarship
Treat yourself to a treasure and at the same time contribute to a treasure for a deserving Binghamton High School student. The Cooperative Gallery 213’s annual Marche des Arts, a fancy name for an artists’ flea market, opens Thursday Nov. 29 and runs through Saturday December 1. This year the Marche, a fund raiser for the gallery, is also raising funds for a scholarship which will be given to a deserving BInghamton HIgh School Senior art student. “The gallery welcomes the opportunity to give back to the community and encourage an art student in a time that seems not to value the pursuit of art as a worthy endeavor,” said Janet Normile, a gallery member and former educator who is heading up the Marche.
The Artists” Flea Market begins with an Opening Gala on Thurs. Nov. 29th at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from gallery members or at the gallery. Only 100 tickets will be sold so that ticket holders will have the opportunity to look through the original art and art objects and purchase their “treasure” before the sale is open to the public on Friday and Saturday.They will also be treated to exquisite food, music and door prizes. “Bargains will be abundant,”said Normile,” everything is priced to sell ”
The Marche will be open to the public from 11-5 on both Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday December 1. “We want to sell everything to raise as much money as we can for the scholarship; so prices on our ‘art treasures’ may be reduced as time goes on,” said Normile.
The Cooperative Gallery 213, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walks, is located on Artists’Row, 213 State Street, BInghamton NY. For more information go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724 3462. Gallery hours are Friday 3-6 and Saturday 12-4
The Obama administration released updated statistics today that indicated that, as of yesterday, 53,273 undocumented youths have received relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
As of Nov. 15, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had received more than 300,000 requests for deferred action. Most of those applicants are still awaiting the completion of background checks.
The figures the administration released didn't indicate either how many beneficiaries have received work permits under the program or whether any requests for deferred action have been denied.
DACA directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to practice prosecutorial discretion towards those who came to the United States without documents as minor children.
At the rate the agency is processing applications, it appears likely that more than 100,000 requests for deferred action will be granted by the end of the year.
Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner, want to scare Americans into accepting yet another extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% and deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. So they've created a "fiscal cliff" boogeyman.
Unfortunately, if you're following the media story, you may believe Republican claims that the world's about to end. But the only thing going off a cliff on December 31 is the ability of Republicans to hold our economy hostage for the sake of the rich (read below to find out why!).
That's why we have to spread the truth, so our friends and family don't fall for the Republican myth about the fiscal cliff. We've put together a 5-point guide on what this fiscal showdown is really all about. Check it out and then share it on Facebook or Twitter, or just forward this email.
5-Point Guide To The Fiscal Showdown
The "Fiscal Cliff" Is A Myth. As Paul Krugman put it, "The looming prospect of spending cuts and tax increases isn't a fiscal crisis. It is, instead, a political crisis brought on by the G.O.P.'s attempt to take the economy hostage."1 Republicans are manufacturing this crisis to pressure Democrats to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and accept painful cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Bush Tax Cuts Finally End December 31. If Congress does nothing, the ax will fall on all the Bush tax cuts on New Year's Eve.
Then, on January 1, the public pressure on John Boehner and House Republicans to extend the middle-class tax cuts (already passed by the Senate and waiting to be signed by President Obama) will become irresistible. So the middle-class tax cut will eventually get renewed, and we'll have $823 billion more revenue from the top 2% to do great things with.
The Sequester. The sequester is another political creation, forced on Democrats by Republicans in exchange for lifting the debt ceiling last year to avoid crashing our economy. It's a set of cuts (50% to a bloated military budget and 50% to important domestic programs) designed to make both Republicans and Democrats hate it so much that they'd never let it happen. And the cuts can be reversed weeks or months into 2013 without causing damage.7
The Big Three. Nothing happens to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits on January 1—unless Republicans force painful cuts to beneficiaries in exchange for tax increases on the wealthy, which are going to happen anyway if Congress does NOTHING.8 So, there's literally no reason benefits cuts should be part of the discussion right now.
We Should Be Talking About Jobs. The real crisis Americans want Congress to fix is getting people back to work. And with just a fraction of that $823 billion from the wealthiest 2%, we could create jobs for more than 20,000 veterans and pay for the 300,000 teachers and 52,000 first responders, which our communities so desperately need.9 That's not to mention jobs from investing in clean energy and our national infrastructure.
Please share this with your friends and family—and talk about it at the dinner table next week. The first step to winning this showdown is making sure we're all armed with the facts.
Thursday, November 15 – 5:00 – Fair Elections meeting to be held in the Fellowship Hall at First Congregational Church Binghamton. For Information, call Larry Parham at 607-743-5877.
Thursday, November 15 –6:00 - 8:00 – Moving Forward After the Elections at the Fellowship Hall at the Congregational Church, Front and Main Streets in Binghamton. Opportunity for all Progressive Groups to come together to discuss where we go from here. There will be critical issues on the budget deficit on the federal level and critical issues during the special session of the legislature on the state level. Please put this on your calendar. For information, call Mary Clark at 607-723-0110.
24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report on November 14-15th has exciting, essential programming you won't want to miss.
Let's face it: The weather is different than it used to be. Record heat waves make it a chore to go outside. Floods and rainstorms damage our homes and cities. Crops wilt under severe droughts. Hot, dry weather feeds widespread fires.
This is the extreme weather you see almost every day on the news - or out your window. And because of man-made climate change, we can expect it to happen a lot more often. This is Dirty Weather
We're polluting our atmosphere with Dirty Energy like coal, oil, and gas. The result? The planet heats up. And we expose ourselves to Dirty Weather: Floods, droughts, heat waves, and wildfires.
We'll always have bad weather. But we don't have to live with Dirty Weather. We can make the switch from dirty to clean energy ... and together, we can stop the pollution that's disrupting our climate.
Help us change the world. Watch 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report, a live online broadcast with former Vice President Al Gore, beginning on November 14 at 8 p.m. EST and concluding on November 15 at 8 p.m. EST.