It amazes me how Michigan’s state government is still telling its citizens to purchase water filters that have already proven not to work. People are quite literally being poisoned as we speak, and nothing is being done about it. Where is Attorney General Lynch? Why are people still being poisoned after all this time has passed?

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WATCH: New Bernie Sanders Ad Will Make You Feel Warm and Intersectional
A new ad supporting the self-described democratic socialist taps into the power of collective organizing, asking all progressive Americans, including gay people, to 'vote together.'

Fresh off a decisive victory in the New Hampshire primary, supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders have released a new campaign ad that calls on a diverse cross section of Americans to “vote together." In the 60-second spot, the Vermont senator, who’s spent most of his political career as an independent, is clear that he’s calling on gay Americans to join the political revolution that his campaign promises.

“Our job is not to divide — our job is to bring people together,” Sanders can be heard saying as images of individual faces flash across the screen, then are torn in half and put back together.

“If we do not allow them to divide us up by race, by sexual orientation, by gender; by not allowing them to divide us up by whether or not we were born in America, or whether we’re immigrants,” Sanders continues. “When we stand together, as white and black and Hispanic and gay and straight and woman and man; when we stand together and demand that this country works for all us, rather than the few, we will transform America. And that is what this campaign is about: is bringing people together.”

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The pretensions of organizers suggest another question, which I have often asked them, and to which I am not aware that I ever received an answer: Since the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to allow them liberty, how comes it to pass that the tendencies of organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their agents form a part of the human race? Do they consider that they are composed of different materials from the rest of mankind? They say that society, when left to itself, rushes to inevitable destruction, because its instincts are perverse. They pretend to stop it in its downward course, and to give it a better direction. They have, therefore, received from heaven, intelligence and virtues which place them beyond and above mankind: let them show their title to this superiority. They would be our shepherds, and we are to be their flock. This arrangement presupposes in them a natural superiority, the right to which we are fully justified in calling upon them to prove.

Waiting to be Filled, 2/11/1916

Series: Berryman Political Cartoon Collection, 1896 - 1949Record Group 46: Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2015

This illustration entitled, “Waiting to Be Filled”, by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared 100 years ago in the Washington Evening Star on February 11, 1916, depicts the empty shoes of Secretary of War, Lindley Garrison, who had called for a substantial increase in American armed forces in preparation for what he saw as the growing danger of American involvement in the war in Europe, but had promptly resigned when President Woodrow Wilson disagreed and called for only a limited increase. (via the Scope & Content Note)

Who favors freedom more – liberals or conservatives? There’s a way to look at policies based on their respective impact on individual freedom.

For more: http://www.libertarianism.org/media/around-web/who-favors-more-freedom-liberals-or-conservatives

neuroticpantomime fragte:

How much do you think faith ought to intertwine w/government? Are democratic republics in your eyes biblical? Are there other systems you'd think are superior/more moral/ethical? Just curious given how politics & faith blend vary person to person.

There’s a separation of church and state for a reason - I don’t want the  government trying to run my faith. I believe in small government run by the people because I think that’s the only way to avoid corruption and abuse of power. And that’s the only way to get complete freedom of religion. But I will admit that many Christians are more worried about politics and their freedom than serving and obeying God. (Those things ARE important, but that’s not what God put us on this earth for.) I’m not an expert on this subject, so that’s all I got. And I’m kinda still making up my mind on this issue. 

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FBI Arrests Every Corrupt Politician In Texas City
When Joel Barajas showed up to work at the office last Friday, he was alone. That's because he was the only Crystal City council member who hadn't been arrested, facing felony charges.

The indictment netted the city’s mayor, mayor pro tempore, as well as a council member, and the city manager. Additionally, a former city council member was arrested, along with a businessman accused of bribing the officials, Ngoc Tri Nguyen. Another council member, Marco Rodriguez, was just arrested last month on charges of human smuggling.

Crystal City has about 7,500 people, and it is located 130 miles southwest of San Antonio. Barajashas been on the council for nine months, according to local KSAT.

“I knew some things were not being correctly taken care of,” he explained.

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Girl with cancer dies waiting for hospital bed despite having a donor
Laura Hillier, 18, died from leukemia, waiting for a special bed to become available in a Canadian hospital. At her funeral friends signed her casket with loving messages in a now-viral image.

It’s just horrifying to think this could happen in an industrialized country with the means to prevent it.  

From the article:

“Laura might have experienced a few more milestones if a Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, hospital had been able to accommodate a bone marrow transplant for the young woman.

Numerous donors were a match with Laura and ready to donate, but Hamilton’s Juravinski Hospital didn’t have enough beds in high-air-pressure rooms for the procedure.

Hospital staff told her they had about 30 patients with potential donors, but the means to only do about five transplants a month.

Laura was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 13.

Statement to the media by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, on the conclusion of its official visit to USA, 19-29 January 2016


The rest of the world is concerned about racism in America probably more than our own government. 

Below you can see the extracts from the latest statement made by UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. Or you can see the whole text here.

UN:

During the visit, the Working Group assessed the situation of African Americans and people of African descent and gathered information on the forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, Afrophobia and related intolerance that they face. We studied the official measures and mechanisms taken to prevent structural racial discrimination and protect victims of racism and hate crimes as well as responses to multiple forms of discrimination. The visit focused on both good practices and challenges faced in realising their human rights.
We welcome the recent steps taken by the Government to reform the criminal justice system and combat racial discrimination and disparities.
The US has a growing human rights movement which has successful advocated for social change. Following the epidemic of racial violence by the police, civil society networks calling for justice together with other activists are strongly advocating for legal and policy reforms and community control over policing and other areas which directly affect African Americans.


Despite the positive measures, the Working Group is extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans.

The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism, and racial inequality in the US remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent. Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today. The dangerous ideology of white supremacy inhibits social cohesion amongst the US population. Lynching was a form of racial terrorism that has contributed to a legacy of racial inequality that the US must address. Thousands of people of African descent were killed in violent public acts of racial control and domination and the perpetrators were never held accountable.
Contemporary police killings and the trauma it creates are reminiscent of the racial terror lynching of the past. Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Recommendations:

The following recommendations are intended to assist the United States of America in its efforts to combat all forms of racism, racial discrimination, Afrophobia, xenophobia and related intolerance:
- There is a profound need to acknowledge that the transatlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity and among the major sources and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and that Africans and people of African descent were victims of these acts and continue to be victims of their consequences. Past injustices and crimes against African Americans need to be addressed with reparatory justice.
- Monuments, memorials and markers should be erected to facilitate this important public dialogue. Education must be accompanied by acts of reconciliation, which are needed to overcome acts of racial bigotry and legacies of injustice. To accelerate the process of desegregation, federal and state legislation should be passed recognizing the experience of enslavement.
- Community policing strategies should be developed to give the community control of the police which are there to protect and serve them. It is suggested to have a board that would elect police officers they want playing this important role in their communities.
- In imposing the sentence, the welfare of the family of the accused should be taken into account, with particular attention to the best interests of the child.
- Targeted measures should be developed with the community to raise awareness and reduce crimes against LGBTQI community, in particular against transgendered women.
- The Working Group encourages the government to undertake impact-oriented activities in the framework of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).
The Working Group welcomes the cooperation and engagement with the international human rights system to combat racial discrimination. We hope that our report will support the Government in this process and we express our willingness to assist in this important endeavour.