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Constitution Day: Celebrate it by Learning to Enforce It

constitution-day-montageBy Michael Boldin
Tenth Amendment Center

When I think of a “Constitution Day” speech, three things pop into my head.

First, I expect to hear a speech about the greatness of the Constitution and the wisdom of the Founding Fathers.

Second, that speech will likely cover the many ways that today’s Federal government is nothing close to the Founders’ constitutional vision. I’d hear about some of the ways the supreme court has flipped the constitution on its head, and how politicians from both major political parties only care about the constitution when it fits their political goals. They ignore or violate it with impunity when it doesn’t.

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Security Culture for Activists in a Panoptic Police State

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Governments have targeted groups that have advocated sabotage and groups that have not, movements that have been militant and movements that have been markedly pacifist. They have targeted peace groups, native resistance, environmental and animal rights movements, anti-poverty, anti-globalization, anti-police brutality, anti-racist, anarchist, patriot and communist groups, to name a few.

By adopting a security culture, activists can defeat various counterintelligence operations that would otherwise disrupt both mainstream organizing and underground resistance. It is important that as a movement, we learn to practice security at all points in the movement’s development. Remember that the State is interested in knowing about activists’ beliefs, not just in “hard evidence”. Learn and practice security to protect yourself and your people.

Below is a filmed discussion of Security Culture by Aric McBay, co-author of Deep Green Resistance (review here). Following that is a reproduction of Security Culture: A Handbook for Activists (3d ed. 2001).

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The Awareness Initiative Announces the deceptionsUSA.com website

By Chris Pratt

The Awareness Initiative Inc, a Vermont non-profit located in Brattleboro announces the immediate availability of and access to www.deceptionsusa.com. This site is the most comprehensive of its kind.  First, a well reviewed 58 minute movie called “deceptions,” has been segmented into 6 chapters for easy online viewing. Additionally an Awareness Theater comprised of several brief video clips illuminating banking, government and corporate fraud is available for viewing.  Further, definitive one page summaries related to unanswered 9-11 questions and coincidences, the War on Terror, Media Complicity and Police Suppression are all but a “click” away.

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Why We Say Save Our Schools

copyright © 2011 Betsy L. Angert. Empathy And Education; BeThink or BeThink.org

I am but one who will stand strong to ensure an equal education for all. All who do or plan to, will express themselves in various ways. Some will March. Others will Rally or gather in Conference. Several have, do, or expect to act locally. Countless change what they can for children within the dynamics that define their family. Nationwide, innumerable Americans join hands and embrace a common cause. Let us Save Our Schools. Continue reading

On the racism and pathology of left progressive First-World activism

By Denis G. Rancourt
MWC News

Why Systems Become Murderous Exploitation Machines
Arguably the three most influential end-point models of political organization are best represented by Adam Smith (capitalism), Karl Marx (socialism/ communism), and Mikhail Bakunin (anarchism).[2][3][4] These three men and many other persons who contributed to critiquing, perfecting and adapting or combining these end-point models were unquestionably brilliant, acute and incisive.

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Journey of a Citizen

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By Robert C. Koehler

Too much awareness is a tough burden to carry. I got an email the other day from a reader who opened up the deep, confusing paradox of being a citizen of the American empire.

“I read that 51 percent of our Federal taxes go to feed the war machine. The fear of the IRS overwhelms the shame I feel, for paying those dollars that go to kill people. Mixing all of the emotions: hypocrisy, shame, guilt, fear, anger, all together equal for me a sense of futility and hopelessness.

“I cannot even point the finger at the biggest killers, when I know that I am part of the problem and am too scared to do anything about it. How can I judge them, when I have blood on my hands also?”

It just so happens this email arrived the same day I sat and talked for an hour with Paul Rogat Loeb, author of the recently updated and re-released Soul of a Citizen, the definitive book on social and political activism — on stepping out of safety and beyond our fear and anger, indeed, beyond all the emotions listed above, and giving public meaning to one’s life.

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The Medium is the Message

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copyright © 2010 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org

It happened once, twice; I trust the third time could not charm me more. I have witnessed the power of a gesture, one made without words. I have seen the light that glows when people connect in quiet ways. Now experienced on more than one occasion, I have come to appreciate the peaceful power of consistent communication. I had not fully acknowledged what could be accomplished until I arrived on the scene, alone. Then I saw it. I felt it. I could hardly believe that a single steadfast individual, could convey a message without words, and still receive such a resounding response. Yet, while there, it occurred. I was struck by what had not been apparent for near a decade. The stance of a quiet soul, stated calmly, clearly, and with care, can move more persons than I ever imagined. Continue reading

Corporate Scrooge has change of heart

By Robyn Blumner

When we think of heartwarming tales, they tend to be of the sort like “Miracle on 34th Street,” where little Susan Walker gets the house she wanted for Christmas after all, or “It’s a Wonderful Life,” where George Bailey’s neighbors and customers put self-interest aside to save his bank. Those are yummy treats of magical doings and brotherly compassion that the season inspires. But in real life happy endings don’t often come so easily or tidily.

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RFK Laureate on hunger strike

By Monika Kalra Varma

Our 2008 RFK Human Rights Laureate, Aminatou Haidar, began a hunger strike on November 16th after being forcibly removed from her homeland of Western Sahara. And we need your help to support an investigation of her removal.

Last Friday, Aminatou was returning to Western Sahara from a visit to the United States and Spain. While in the U.S., she briefed Congressional staff on the human rights situation in Western Sahara, met with United Nations member states, and received the Civil Courage Prize from the Train Foundation for her bold defense of the rights and liberties of the Saharawi people.

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Stop Begging Obama and Get Mad

resist_nwoBy Chris Hedges

The right-wing accusations against Barack Obama are true. He is a socialist, although he practices socialism for corporations. He is squandering the country’s future with deficits that can never be repaid. He has retained and even bolstered our surveillance state to spy on Americans. He is forcing us to buy into a health care system that will enrich corporations and expand the abuse of our for-profit medical care. He will not stanch unemployment. He will not end our wars. He will not rebuild the nation. He is a tool of the corporate state.

The right wing is not wrong. It is not the problem. We are the problem.   Continue reading

The Yes Men Fix the World Premieres Tonight at 9 PM

yesmen_252x190Have You Met the Yes Men?

Meet Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, the Yes Men. According to the Yes Men’s website, their goals are “impersonating big-time criminals in order to publicly humilate them.”

Watch the mayhem unfold tonight at 9 PM, only on HBO.

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