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Standing Rock and the Struggle Against Corporate Power

“Leading up to today Water Protectors and Indigenous Peoples at Oceti Sakowin/The Big Camp, have been lighting their traditional dwellings on fire.
This morning, Indigenous Rising spoke with Darren Begay who has been managing the Navajo style structures at Oceti. He told us that as This forced evacuation grew nearer, he consulted with elders from his ancestral lands and they all agreed that based on the behavior of the law enforcement in the past, who during raids have broken and thrown away sacred items and who have shown disregard and horrible disrespect to tipis and sacred dwellings, it is best to burn these scared structures instead of having them desecrated by Morton County and North Dakota law enforcement.
Lighting our dwellings on fire is a sign of respect for them. It’s a sign of respect for the purpose they have served over these past few months. They have been containers for prayer and for brining people together. By lighting them on fire we send their smoke up like prayers. By lighting them on fire we ensure these structures go out in dignity.”

Photo: Liz Mckenzie , Water Protector

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A big thanks to all war veterans who traveled to #StandingRock to support Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline and corporate/government tyranny.

Thank you for your service.

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The Army Corp of Engineers has announced they are denying the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, effectively halting construction of the pipeline to conduct an environmental study. After months of peaceful protest and enduring the brutalization of the North Dakota law enforcement, the Native Americans of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have prevailed. The victory was celebrated at Standing Rock and across the country. However, there is still speculation that the pipeline will continue after the environmental study is completed. There is also the likely chance that once President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, he will resume construction of the DAPL. The battle was won but the war is far from over, and activists are continuing their efforts to protest the DAPL. Activists gathered at the Waldorf Astoria where the Wells Fargo Pipeline Symposium was taking place. Wells Fargo is one of the top investors in the DAPL and has earned a reputation as “Big Oil’s biggest banker” owing to its cozy relationship with the oil industry. 

#DonaldTrump and the #Koch Brothers would likely be in the driver’s seat to keep us addicted to dirty energy as they profit exploitation of dirty energy.

Brooklyn anti-gentrification protester in downtown Brooklyn. Too many working class people are being pushed out of their homes and are being replaced by luxury buildings and venues. Brooklyn has undergone radical changes and many people of color, immigrants, and the poor can no longer afford to live in their homes. 

This is the problem with #capitalism which enables Big Pharma to be run like a cartel (without guns).

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Stand with #StandingRock: The water protectors in Standing Rock are under attack by the police in North Dakota. Several days ago, the world witnessed peaceful Native Americans of Standing Rock being beaten, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets, and forcibly removed from their own sacred land. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton refused to show support for Standing Rock and failed to condemn the violence and police brutality against Native American citizens. It shows that she values the interests of corporations and Wall Street more than she values the lives of the people and the planet. Republican candidate Donald Trump has yet to even acknowledge what is happening. Besides Bernie Sanders, the only political party who has condemned the oppression in Standing Rock is the Green Party and Presidential candidate Jill Stein, who visited North Dakota in person to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock. 

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“There Are No Jobs On a Dead Planet” (w/Guest Kandi Mossett)

The only jobs on a dead planet will be cleaning up the mess left behind by reckless/greedy corporations and corrupt politicians. Since these are only jobs on a dead planet then the CEOs the corporations that benefited from the exploitation of natural resources and corrupt politicians (from both parties) should be compelled to clean it up since they allowed it to happen. It’s their mess.

Imagine Loki won after Avengers Assemble. Thor returned to Asgard to mount an army but is stopped from returning (even using Odin’s dark magic) by Loki’s powers. When he finally does find a way to return, he finds the humans ready to defend Loki with their lives.

In Thor’s absence Loki got rid of politicians and instead listened to the people and their needs. He invited the Avengers to be his advisers (albeit with many precautions at first because they obviously did not trust him).

He placed value on people over profit and using his powers, managed to reverse the worst of our pollution, warning that shareholders/owners/directors of any business found polluting in the future, risking lives and health, would have their money confiscated, their business totally disbanded and sold off piecemeal, with all monies being given to the victims and the clean-up operations.

When he found out what teachers were paid, he flipped his shit because “these people are entrusted with the future of your civilisation, and you expect to attract the best by paying them a pittance?”

He made all education and healthcare free, paid everyone above a living wage, encouraged people to find their talents and pursue them, and made sure the trains run on time. Even those in dead-end jobs that they hate got improved pay, lots of holiday/vacation time, and guaranteed sick pay/maternity leave/paternity leave etc.

He did away with racism, sexism, basically every prejudice you can imagine, because offenders who said something prejudiced were magically silenced for a week (or more) and those who did something prejudiced were magically paralysed because “If you can’t do/say anything nice, you shouldn’t do/say anything at all”.

He has a range of punishments that are basically harmless, very effective, and fit the crime. Like if you hit someone, you feel the sensation of being hit once very hour (good luck sleeping) for a day/week/month, but whilst you feel the pain, it does no physical harm.

Thor finally returns and looks around at the peace and harmony in awe, thinking it must be a trick but eventually his friends, the Avengers make him see that it’s real, and Loki really is a good king.

Jill Stein 2016

Yo yo yo! Listen up people of the United States on Tumblr!

Are you tired of the ‘bipartisan’ bullshit in our government?

Me too. Vote for Jill Stein and support the Green Party.


Here’s what she’s all about!:

“My Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.

It offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties. And it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy.

This plan will end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it’s not in our dreams - it’s in our hands.” - Jill Stein


Key points of the Power to the People Plan:

A Green New Deal: Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.

Jobs as a Right: Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Advance workers rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.

End Poverty: Guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.

Health Care as a Right: Establish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.

Education as a Right: Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude. Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high stakes testing and public school privatization.

A Just Economy: Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage. Break up “too-big-to-fail” banks and democratize the Federal Reserve. Reject gentrification as a model of economic development. Support development of worker and community cooperatives and small businesses. Make Wall Street, big corporations, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Create democratically run public banks and utilities. Replace corporate trade agreements with fair trade agreements.

Protect Mother Earth: Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.

Freedom and Equality: End police brutality, mass incarceration and institutional racism within our justice system. Expand women’s rights, protect LGBT people from discrimination, defend indigenous rights and lands, and create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants. Protect the free Internet, replace drug prohibition with harm reduction, and legalize marijuana/hemp.

Justice for All: Restore our Constitutional rights, terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, end persecution of government and media whistleblowers, close Guantanamo, abolish secret kill lists, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Peace and Human Rights: Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.

Empower the People: Abolish corporate personhood. Protect voters’ rights by establishing a constitutional right to vote.  Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy: public campaign financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, and open debates.


If this sounds nice and reasonable, spread her name, and vote Stein when the time arrives! <3 


It’s in our hands.

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Occupy Orlando

Finally got a chance to take part in an Occupy march this morning! I have been to Occupy Orlando a few times over the last couple weeks, including almost the entire first day and still had managed to miss marching every time until now. So glad that I was able to be a part of this today, very powerful. Great people and good vibes. It is interesting how, while there are certain things that everyone is involved with and the movement agrees on to some extent, the ideas can also be extremely varied. It’s refreshing to see that people can bond over their similarities and address their differences with civility. I’m sure there are exceptions, but that is the approach I have seen every time that I have been there.

A lot of people criticize the Occupy movement because of a lack of focus. Sometimes, I agree with this, but I have to say that my opinion changes like the weather. However, I always will disagree with those that say there is NO POINT to all of the demonstrations, because to me it is important just to bring attention to the fact that there are very big problems around the world. It is important to demonstrate that we aren’t apathetic.

Between the late hour and the little sleep I had the night before I know this wasn’t exactly concise, but I really felt the need to write or ramble something before I turned in for the the night.