Monday, December 12, 2016

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This is an ALL­CALL to the Soulforce family for Orlando.
We refuse to let them desecrate the graves of our fallen.
Soulforcers like myself will be there in Orlando in February to challenge the power of this communications hub to harm our bodies and spirits with their death‐ dealing rhetoric.
We will be holding vigil for the entire 86 hours of the NRB conference, and we need your help!
Will you join us?
Come to Orlando in February and help hold vigil for the lives and spirits of our people
Send a dove with your message of resistance for Orlando
Sign on to our demands for the National Religious Broadcasters
Join us at Creating Change in Philadelphia next month to help build the Living Altar that will travel to Orlando Give to this action‐ $86 for the 86 hours we hold vigil will go to feed volunteers on the ground Visit our webpage  to learn more and sign up for action alerts! In deep resistance with you today and every day, Yaz Nuñez Director of Programs, Soulforce P.S.: Interested in volunteering in Orlando during the action in February? We want you. Click "reply" and let me know so I can follow up with you!

From ISSHD 12/10/16

Unity March Chicago 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Winter Wonderland

The Biggest Story In Modern Times

Trump denies CIA report that Russia intervened to help him win election

CIA officials told senators it is now “quite clear” that electing Donald Trump was Russia’s goal. In an interview on Fox News Sunday on Dec. 11, President-elect Trump denied the CIA's assessment. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)
President-elect Donald Trump said he does not believe the CIA’s conclusion that Russia intervened in the election to help him win, attributing the assessment to Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton and claiming repeatedly that the U.S. intelligence community has “no idea” what might have happened.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” his first Sunday show appearance since the election last month. “I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it . . . No, I don’t believe it at all.”
Trump also denied the importance of receiving the daily intelligence briefing, a tradition for presidents and presidents-elect. He has received the briefings only sporadically since winning the election.
“I get it when I need it,” he said. “I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.”
Trump’s comments go against the conclusion of the CIA that individuals with connections to the Russian government provided the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others to boost his chances.
“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators told The Washingon Post on Friday. “That’s the consensus view.”
Trump openly mocked the report on Friday evening, suggesting that the CIA had discredited itself by producing faulty assessments about Iraq’s weapons stockpile during the George W. Bush administration. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” he said in a statement.
The latest comments appear destined to exacerbate tensions between Trump and the intelligence community, which is already wondering how it will function under his administration given the president-elect’s skepticism of the agency’s expertise and his disinterest in receiving daily briefings.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus voiced support for Trump’s view in an interview on ABC’s This Week.
“The Russians didn’t tell Hillary Clinton to ignore Wisconsin and Michigan,” Priebus told host George Stephanopoulos. “She lost because her ideas were bad. Donald Trump won in an electoral landslide that had nothing to do with the Russians.”
Meanwhile, in the Senate, there arose more evidence of a disagreement between Republican and Democratic leadership about the CIA assessment and what to do about it.
On Sunday morning, Republican Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joined Democratic Leader-elect Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) in calling for a thorough investigation of the cyberattacks.
“Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American,” the group said. “Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to examine these recent incidents thoroughly and devise comprehensive solutions to deter and defend against further cyber-attacks.”
Absent from the statement were members of the chamber’s Republican leadership. McCain is chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Graham is a member; Reed is the panel’s top Democrat.
Other Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have expressed doubts about the CIA’s conclusion that the Russian hacks were designed to boost Trump. On Saturday, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn wondered why the issue was being discussed at all.
“All this ‘news’ of Russian hacking: it has been going on for years,” he tweeted. “Serious, but hardly news.”
Trump declined to confirm whom he will name secretary of state but lavished praise on his expected pick, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, calling him a “world-class player” and even alluding to Tillerson’s ties to Russia, which are a source of concern for hawkish Republicans on Capitol Hill.
“He’s in charge of an oil company that’s pretty much double the size of his next serious competitor,” Trump said of Tillerson. “It’s been a company that’s been unbelievably managed. And to me, a great advantage is he knows many of the players, and he knows them well. He does massive deals in Russia. He does massive deals for the company.”
Secretary of state is the most powerful cabinet position that remains unfilled by Trump about a month after the election. For weeks, Trump has interviewed candidates, including former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R), and deliberated about the decision
Priebus told Stephanopoulos that he didn’t have misgivings about Tillerson’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The fact that he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin is not something that we should be embarrassed by,” Priebus said. “We have big problems in this world and I don’t think we can solve these problems by making believe that people don’t exist.”
Trump suggested in the “Fox News Sunday” appearance that he will retain a stake in his business as president, a possibility that has raised questions among ethics experts, and he questioned the idea that making deals for his company from the White House would represent a conflict of interest.
“When I ran, everybody knew that I was a very big owner of real estate all over the world,” Trump said, adding that he would not be involved in the day-to-day management of his company as president. “I’m not going to be doing deals at all. Now that would be — I don’t even know if that’s a conflict. I mean, I have the right to do it. You know, under the law, I have the right to do it. I just don’t want to do it.”
Trump is scheduled to give a news conference on Thursday to discuss how he will pass the reins of the Trump Organization to his three eldest children. “They’re not making deals, either, for my company,” he said.
Cleve Wootson contributed.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Women's March on Washington Barred From Lincoln Memorial

These TRUMPCUNT/Hitler MotherFuckers are blocking women from marching on Washington to protest the treatment of women under the new TRUMPCUNT administration. It's appalling!

from the Guardian

For the thousands hoping to echo the civil rights and anti-Vietnam rallies at Lincoln Memorial by joining the women’s march on Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration: time to readjust your expectations.
The Women’s March won’t be held at the Lincoln Memorial.
That’s because the National Park Service, on behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, filed documents securing large swaths of the national mall and Pennsylvania Avenue, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial for the inauguration festivities. None of these spots will be open for protesters. 
The NPS filed a “massive omnibus blocking permit” for many of Washington DC’s most famous political locations for days and weeks before and after the inauguration on 20 January, said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a constitutional rights litigator and the executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.
Previously, Verheyden-Hilliard has led court battles for protest access on inauguration day itself.
But banning access to public land for protesters days after the inauguration is “extremely unique”, she said in a press conference held by the Answer [Act Now to Stop War and End Racism] Coalition.
“It hasn’t come up in any way previously, where you’ve had a groundswell of people trying to have access on the Saturday, January 21, and thousands of people want to come, and the government is saying we won’t give you a permit,” she said.
“What they’ve done is take all of these spaces out of action,” she said, many of which, the Answer Coalition noted in its press release, are “historic spaces for dissent”.
It’s partly a practical issue. Inauguration bleachers and viewing stands started being erected on 1 November and it will take until 1 March to completely clear the major public spaces from all of the inauguration works, said Mike Litterst, spokesman for the NPS.
“They’re construction zones, effectively,” said Litterst.
But the plan greatly limits the options for public protesting.
Answer requested a permit to host a rally along Pennsylvania Avenue the day after the inauguration and was denied.
“We’ve issued the demand to the parks service because this is an illegal abridgment of first amendment rights ... We expect they’ll conform to the constitution and make permits available,” said Verheyden-Hilliard.
Shortly after the election, the women’s march on Washington started going viral on Facebook, with activists calling on women and allies to head to the city on 21 January and march on the Lincoln Memorial. Currently, 135,000 people have registered on the national Facebook page to say they are “going” and another 225,000 are “interested”.
The Facebook event page still has the Lincoln Memorial listed as the event’s address, but it won’t be held at the historic location.
“The Lincoln Memorial is not possible,” said Cassady Fendlay, spokeswoman for the women’s march on Washington. She said march organizers were not associated with the Answer Coalition, and have “had no issues with the permitting process at all”. 
“We are in conversation with the police. We have secured another location,” said Fendlay, declining to name where the march would now take place but saying it would be nearby.
 This article was amended on 9 December 2016 to correct the spelling of Mike Litterst’s surname.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

My mom is dead. This guy thinks it's a hoax. Now Trump is thanking him?

This is just heartbreaking:

Everytown for Gun Safety
William --
Our movement will face some serious challenges when Donald Trump and his friends at the NRA head to Washington, but this is one I wasn't expecting.
Our president-elect is cozying up to Alex Jones -- the Infowars radio host promoting the conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook School shooting was a hoax.
Click here to automatically sign my open letter below asking President-elect Trump to denounce Alex Jones >>
Dear President-elect Trump,
My mother was shot and killed at Sandy Hook School four years ago, along with five of her colleagues and 20 first-graders. Since then, radio host Alex Jones has fanned the flames of a hateful conspiracy theory claiming that the shooting that took my mother's life never happened.
I'm asking you to denounce it immediately and cut ties with Alex Jones and anyone who subscribes to these dangerous ideas.
You’ve appeared on Jones' radio show, praised his "amazing" reputation, and promised him that you "won't let him down". Now he’s claiming you’ve personally called to thank him after the election, and will be on his show again soon. It's unacceptable.
My life changed forever when I lost my mother, as do the lives of the families of the 91 Americans shot and killed and hundreds more injured every single day. You've promised to be a president for all of us. Well, that includes victims of gun violence and their families, like me. I hope that you will not only refuse to go on his show, but that you will denounce the conspiracy theories that he spreads at the expense of gun violence survivors.
-- Erica Lafferty, daughter of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, shot and killed at Sandy Hook School
Please click here to sign on to my letter if you agree.
-- Erica

I Would Be Charged With A Felony For Exercising My Right To Protest Hitler/TrumpCunt

A proposed new law would allow authorities to charge nonviolent protesters with “economic terrorism.” Click here to sign the petition to stop this!
A new law proposed by a State Senator in Washington would allow prosecutors to charge protesters with "economic terrorism," and slap them with serious felony charges that could lead to jail time, just for making their voices heard. [1]
The outrageous proposed bill would make any form of protest that causes an "economic disruption" a class C felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. It wouldn't just apply to people who engage in illegal acts or vandalism, it could be used to prosecute any person or group who organizes a protest that authorities deem as "disruptive." Broadly interpreted, this law could apply to honored American traditions of nonviolent dissent like boycotts and civil disobedience.

We don’t have to support every protest or every cause, but we cannot allow overly broad legislation to to undermine our Constitutionally protected freedoms.
Charging protesters with terrorism clearly violates the First Amendment and is an attempt to silence legitimate dissent. Please sign the petition telling lawmakers to reject this dangerous legislation.
We need everyone to speak out right now so we can shut down this terrible proposed legislation before it spreads to other states. This affects all of us. Will you sign the petition to stop it?
We need to remain vigilant. No matter who is in power, protecting our right to dissent is imperative for the future of our society.
Thanks for reading,
-Evan at Fight for the Future

Fight for the Future works to protect your rights in the digital age.

This Is Unbearable

I don't know a fucking thing about energy policy, but this is a perfect example of how the new Hitler president is going to fuck this country up and down, and ruin the environment while he's at it:



The future Donald Trump administration’s energy agenda is revealed in a memo prepared by Trump’s energy transition head Thomas Pyle, titled “What to Expect from the Trump Administration.” The document, obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), was sent by Pyle on November 15th, just days before the Trump campaign announced Pyle’s appointment as head of his Department of Energy transition team.
Pyle is the President of both the American Energy Alliance and the Institute for Energy Research. Both organizations have received cash from numerous fossil fuel funders including ExxonMobil, Peabody Energy and Koch Industries. From 2001 to 2005, Pyle was Director of Federal Affairs for Koch Industries.
The memo outlines fourteen policies to be expected from President-elect Trump, which collectively amounts to a fossil fuel industry wish list and which would be devastating for attempts to slow climate change.
The agenda includes withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate agreement, eliminating the Clean Power Plan, increasing the leasing of federal lands for exploitation of coal, oil and gas, expediting the approval of pipeline projects including the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline and rolling back federal fuel economy standards.
Here is the list from Pyle (PDF available here):
  • Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is in deep trouble. President-elect Trump has promised to cancel the agreement and stop spending taxpayer dollars on wasteful U.N. climate programs. Even if the Trump administration does nothing, this means there will be massive defections from the agreement. Any prior commitments to emissions reductions or taxpayer funding for the Green Climate Fund should be seen as null at this point.
  • Increasing federal oil and natural gas leasing. Less than 3 percent of federal offshore areas are currently leased for energy development. In particular, this will increase in the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea and the mid and south Atlantic. Onshore, there will be more leasing, especially in places like the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and on federal lands in the west.
  • Lifting the coal lease moratorium. The Obama administration’s coal leasing moratorium on federal lands—a part of their “keep it in the ground” strategy—will likely be terminated and royalty rates will likely be kept at current levels.
  • Giving the states greater say on energy leases on federal lands within their borders. Here’s what the Trump campaign wrote in response to the American Energy Alliance’s Presidential candidate questionnaire:
“The federal government does have stewardship of millions of acres of land. Rather than selling the land to states and private enterprises, the first step should be establishing a shared governance structure with the states. This first step would allow for maintaining the aesthetics of the land while finding ways to gain revenue that would benefit both the federal and state governments.”
  • Expediting approvals of LNG export terminals. The Obama administration has slow-walked the review of LNG export terminals. Under the Trump administration, approvals will be expedited.
  • Hitting reset on the Clean Power Plan. This regulatory rule is currently before the D.C. Circuit Court. Even if the regulation is upheld, the Trump administration will issue a new regulation withdrawing the Clean Power Plan. Also, the seldom-talked about regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants will also be withdrawn.
  • Reconsidering the “endangerment finding.” In response to Massachusetts v. EPA, the Obama administration found that greenhouse gas emissions harmed human health and welfare. This is the regulatory predicate to the Obama administration’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) mandates and Clean Power Plan and greatly expanded EPA’s power. This finding will be reconsidered and possibly revoked, marking a major blow to underpinning for many climate regulations.
  • Moving forward with pipeline infrastructure. The Obama administration slow-walked the Keystone XL pipeline, making it a political issue, and has done the same with the Dakota Access Pipeline(DAPL). The Trump administration will likely work to streamline and expedite pipeline permitting.
  • Taking a closer look at the environmental impacts of wind energy. Trump has been concerned about the harms to wildlife from wind turbines such as bird and bat deaths. Unlike before, wind energy will rightfully face increasing scrutiny from the federal government.
  • Reducing energy subsidies. Here’s what the Trump campaign wrote in response to the Presidential candidate questionnaire from the American Energy Alliance:
“This is an issue for Congress and the people they represent. Subsidies distort markets and should be used only when national security is at stake. Eventually, all subsidies should end so that the demand for energy will set prices, allow consumers access to the best values and encourage all facets of the energy industry to do all they can to keep their particular source competitive.”
  • Amending the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Trump has expressed support of the RFS as a way to increase domestic energy production. The RFS will be amended to reduce EPA’s discretionary authority to set the biofuel levels, especially after 2022.
  • Hitting reset on the Obama administration’s unconstitutional definition of “Waters of the United States”. This rule is currently in the courts. The Trump administration could revise the regulation to work cooperatively with the states. An expansive definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act tramples on the prerogatives of the states to regulate water.
  • Relaxing the federal fuel economy standards. Under the Obama administration’s CAFE standards, light-duty vehicles must achieve 54.5 mpg by 2025. This regulation will be significantly relaxed. It will either be completely withdrawn or revised and phased out to be closer to the current levels of fuel economy.
  • Ending the use of the social cost of carbon in federal rulemakings. The Obama administration aggressively used the social cost of carbon (SCC) to help justify their regulations. During the Trump Administration the SCC will likely be reviewed and the latest science brought to bear. If the SCC were subjected to the latest science, it would certainly be much lower than what the Obama administration has been using.

Friday, December 2, 2016


I just signed a petition urging President Obama to end a Bush-era "special registration" program that profiled and targeted Muslims, and that could provide the basis for Donald Trump's Muslim registry. Will you join me in urging the president to act before it's too late?


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Dear Justin Trudeau: HALT THE SITE C DAM!

Message Recipients: Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau

Subject: Halt the Site C dam

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I urge you to halt the Site C dam, and honour Canada’s obligations to respect and protect the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Peace River Valley, British Columbia.

If built, this huge hydroelectric project will drown over 80km of the Peace River Valley, destroying lands vital to Indigenous hunting and fishing and sweeping away grave sites.

Over 100 years ago, the Canadian government signed a treaty, promising to protect the way of life of Indigenous peoples in the region. Prime Minister Trudeau, please don’t break that promise.

William Rosen
Lombard, IL 60148

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Showing Up For Racial Justice

My new Black Lives Matter sign. I believe that black lives do and should matter to everyone. I have been fighting  for human rights my entire life. The election of Hitler has focused my priorities to minority communities across Illinois, and the United States. I am a member of one of those communities and I will fight till my dying breath for my and your human rights

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chronicles Of Hate: Thanksgiving Edition: Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Releases Video Statement on Hate Crimes in the United States

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released a video statement today on the FBI’s newly announced 2015 hate crime statistics as well as on recent media reports of alleged hate crimes and harassment around the country.  The statement reminds individuals to report these incidents to both local law enforcement and the Justice Department in order to ensure that career investigators and prosecutors are able to enforce hate crime statutes at the local, state and federal level.

The video can be viewed here, and a transcript of the video is below:

“Earlier this week, the FBI released its statistics on hate crimes committed in 2015.  These numbers should be deeply sobering for all Americans.  Among other alarming trends, the report showed a 67 percent increase in hate crimes committed against Muslim Americans.  It also showed increases in the number of hate crimes committed against Jewish people, African Americans, and LGBT individuals.  Overall, the number of reported hate crimes increased six percent – a number that does not account for the many hate crimes that may go unreported out of shame or fear.

“Beyond these 2015 statistics, I know that many Americans are concerned by a spate of recent news reports about alleged hate crimes and harassment.  Some of these incidents have happened in schools.  Others have targeted houses of worship.  And some have singled out individuals for attacks and intimidation.  The FBI is assessing, in conjunction with federal prosecutors, whether particular incidents constitute violations of federal law.  We need you to continue to report these incidents to local law enforcement, as well as the Justice Department, so that our career investigators and prosecutors can take action to defend your rights.  You can find information about federal hate crimes laws – and other civil rights laws that the department enforces, including protections for students in schools – on our Civil Rights Division’s website.  Our site also contains resources for communities working to prevent and respond to hate crimes, as well.

“Last month marked the seventh anniversary of one of those laws: the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  This landmark statute was named for two men who were killed for the most un-American of reasons – because they were different from their attackers – Matthew Shepard in his sexual orientation, and James Byrd Jr. in his race.  The law that bears their names significantly expanded our ability to combat hate crimes by adding new federal protections against crimes based on one’s gender identity, sexual orientation, gender, or disability status – protections that we have worked tirelessly to uphold in the last seven years.

“But despite the tremendous progress we have made, we cannot lose sight of how much remains to be done.  Nearly two decades after Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. were brutally murdered simply for being who they were, we still have a long way to go to ensure that every American can live free from the fear of violence or harassment based what they look like, how they worship, or whom they love.

“That work is not just about enforcing the law.  It’s about staying true to our highest ideals and most cherished principles.  It’s about making sure that all Americans receive the protection of the law.  And it’s about giving real meaning to our shared belief that all people are created equal.

“Put simply, this work is the right – and just – thing to do.  And I want the American people to know that as long as that work is necessary, the Department of Justice will continue to carry it forward.  We will continue to enforce our nation’s hate crimes laws to the fullest extent possible.  We will continue to uphold our conviction that all men and women deserve to lead lives of safety and dignity.  And we will continue to champion the values of diversity and inclusion that have always been the bedrock of our nation’s progress, and that point the way to a brighter future.  Thank you.”

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


To: President-elect Donald Trump 
Dear Mr. President-elect:
On Nov. 8, you were elected president of the United States. As many have reiterated, regardless of which candidate any of us supported, you now have an obligation to represent ALL Americans. In your victory speech, you urged Americans to come together as one united people to take on the challenges before us.
Throughout American history, we have found opportunities to overcome our differences and work together for the common good; it is one of the defining characteristics of our nation’s greatness.
In the months leading up to your election, your campaign rhetoric found an audience with those who would use our differences to divide us. Throughout the campaign, you and your supporters directed hateful language at people based on what we look like, where our families come from, who we love, how we worship, our abilities, our gender, and other factors that make up our identity and expression in the world.
In the days since your election, we have seen people—seemingly emboldened by your victory—committing harassment, vandalism, property destruction and even assault based on those differences. Many of these acts have been carried out in your name. Though you may not condone this behavior, your silence gives tacit permission to those who perform these acts.
We are especially troubled by incidents taking place in schools and on college campuses—places where we do everything we can to ensure our children are safe and nurtured, and have the opportunity to grow and learn free of intimidation and hatred. But now we are hearing reports of children chanting “build the wall” at classmates, Muslim students and educators harassed for their clothing, male students intimidating their female classmates and swastikas painted on classroom doors.
Millions of your supporters would never participate in these actions, but your campaign rhetoric has created an environment that enables and encourages those who want to harm others. While you spoke against bullying, intimidation and hate crimes in your “60 Minutes” interview, the appointment of “alt-right” hero Steve Bannon as your chief strategist—which has been cheered by the Ku Klux Klan, the American Renaissance and other white supremacist groups—sends the exact opposite message.
The presidency is about many things. Chiefly, it is about setting an example through your leadership. You have said that you will be the president for all Americans, Mr. Trump. We ask that you keep your promise by loudly, forcefully, unequivocally and consistently denouncing these acts and the ideology that drives them. We ask you to use your position, your considerable platform and even your tweets to send a clear message that hate has no place in our public discourse, in our public policy or in our society.


Release Prisoner of Conscience Mahmoud Abu Zeid


Message Recipients: Minister of Interior, Magdy Abde el-Ghaffa

Subject: Release Prisoner of Conscience Mahmoud Abu Zeid

Dear Minister Magdy Abde el-Ghaffar,

I urge you to release Mahmoud Abu Zeid, better known as Shawkan, immediately and unconditionally with all charges against him dropped. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his journalistic work.

A photojournalist, he was covering the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in on 14 August 2013 in Cairo, when security forces swept in. More than 700 people were killed in that sit-in alone. Up to 1,000 people were killed across the country as police and army officers were deployed to disperse protests nationally.

When police found out Shawkan was a journalist, they arrested him. He has been in detention for more than three years facing trumped-up charges and receiving inadequate health care. Please release him without delay.


William Rosen
Lombard, IL 60148

Friday, November 18, 2016

My Sharona

Keep your promise MOTHERFUCKERS! Send aid to Flint before you go home!

Dear Senator Dick Durbin:
Dear Senator Mark Kirk:

I urge you to send aid to Flint before you leave D.C. this year, in order to fix the poisoned and decrepit pipes. It's been over two years, and Flint residents still don't have access to safe drinking water. 

There's no clear timeline for when residents will be able to safely use the water flowing from their taps. Governor Snyder and his appointed emergency manager are to blame for the decisions that led to the public health crisis. Flint residents have been dealing with the impacts of those decisions for far too long.

Before leaving for break in October, Congress promised to pass legislation allocating money to fix the pipes in Flint by the end of the year. As the end of the year rapidly approaches, don't forget the promises made to the residents in Flint.

I urge you to send aid to Flint before you leave D.C. this year, in order to fix the poisoned and decrepit pipes. It's been over two years, and Flint residents still don't have access to safe drinking water. 

There's no clear timeline for when residents will be able to safely use the water flowing from their taps. Governor Snyder and his appointed emergency manager are to blame for the decisions that led to the public health crisis. Flint residents have been dealing with the impacts of those decisions for far too long.

Before leaving for break in October, Congress promised to pass legislation allocating money to fix the pipes in Flint by the end of the year. As the end of the year rapidly approaches, don't forget the promises made to the residents in Flint.

Please support Flint residents and appropriate $220 million this year to fix the pipes in Flint. 

Flint residents have waited too long -- please move quickly to send funding to Flint to fix the pipes.

William Rosen
Lombard, IL -------------
United States

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Chronicles of Hate: Day 9 - Nov. 17, 2016

A white reporter in Detroit @Local4News recorded saying "I'm tired of reporting on niggers killing each other."

My home state of Georgia actually has a bill proposing to make it illegal for a Muslim woman to wear a hijab.

A Facebook post of my brother in arms Todd Gregory-Gibbs:

I feel the need to express my fear, very frankly.
A couple of weeks ago, the possibility that people like me and/or people of color or of a certain religion could be rounded up into camps and eventually killed -- by our fellow US citizens -- seemed completely remote.

It doesn't seem that way any more.

I fear this president-elect. I fear who he's allied himself with from the beginning, and I fear the people he continues to bring into his inner circle. I fear as much the possibility that he'll be impeached immediately and his fanatic Vice President be installed as Commander-in-Chief. All this while our legislature is all Republican, with the very real likelihood that the next Supreme Court justice will be a hard right-winger.

Please don't explain how I should "wait" or "give him a chance" or "relax." He's had chance after chance to show his true stripes. and I've learned that when someone tells you who they are, you believe them, period.
We've already seen fellow Americans do brazenly un-American things, all during his campaign rallies, and even more recently. For me it doesn't seem like such a leap to have my rights canceled out, and once the dehumanization begins, where does it end?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Chronicles of Hate: The Corporate Edition

From a Facebook friend who asked for anonymity to avoid repercussions:

Story from St. Louis.  My partner is VP of a company. One of his employees is an African-American female. For lunch, she'll drive 3 minutes away to get lunch and check on her mom. Today, she tried to get off at her usual exit. The car next to her wouldn't let her over. She had to use the next exit. She noticed the car that was blocking her swerve out of the exit lane and followed her. At the next exit, the car swerved into her, forcing her to swerve into the curb and damage her tire. As she was swerving, the guy in the car yelled the n word at her. Other than damage to her car, she's fine. Shaken, but fine.

New development, the President of the company was informed of what happened and blamed Obama for it happening. Offered no condolences to the employee.  My partner has been chatting with his employee tonight to make sure she is ok.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Respect the Human Rights of People Opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline

Dear Sheriff Kirchmeier,

I am writing to urge you to respect the human rights of Indigenous people and all others gathered near Standing Rock in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The U.S. government is obligated under international law to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of Indigenous people, including the rights to freedom of expression and assembly. It is the legitimate right of people to peacefully express their opinion. Public assemblies should not be considered as the “enemy”.

The command hierarchy must convey a clear message to law enforcement officials that their task is to facilitate and not to restrict a peaceful public assembly.

Refrain from outfitting officers in riot gear when policing the Dakota Access Pipeline protests unless strictly necessary.

The decision to disperse an assembly should be taken in line with the principles of necessity and proportionality, and only when there are no other means available to protect public order from an imminent risk of violence.

Where a small minority tries to turn a peaceful assembly into a violent one, law enforcement officials should protect the peaceful protesters and not use the violent acts of a few as a pretext to restrict or impede the exercise of the rights of a majority.

The type of equipment used to disperse an assembly must be carefully considered and used only when necessary, proportional and lawful. Chemical irritants, such as tear gas or pepper spray, should not be used where people are confined in an area and not in a way that can cause lasting harm. Chemical irritants should also not be used against people in water.

Arrest and detention should be carried out only in accordance with procedures established by law, and should not be used as a means to prevent peaceful participation in a public assembly nor as a means of intimidation or punishment for participation.

If individuals are arrested, officers should not use restraints in an excessive manner or for prolonged periods of time during processing, and anyone arrested should be provided with food and water, access to restrooms, medical attention if needed, and prompt access to counsel.

Intrusive searches, including strip and body cavity searches, should be undertaken only if absolutely necessary, and should be conducted in private by trained staff of the same sex as the prisoner. Strip searches and invasive body cavity searches carried out in a humiliating manner can constitute torture or other ill treatment; authorities are encouraged to develop and use appropriate alternatives to intrusive searches.

Finally, I support the call for a federal investigation into the policing of protests and the camps by your office and other law enforcement agencies.

Lombard, IL 60148

Letter From Senator Durbin RE: NDAA

November 15, 2016 Mr. William Rosen
Lombard, IL 60148

Dear Mr. Rosen:

Thank you for contacting me about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. I appreciate hearing from you.
On June 14, 2016, the Senate passed the NDAA, which would authorize appropriations and establish policies for Department of Defense programs and activities. The House passed a different version of NDAA. Once the same provisions are agreed to by both the House and the Senate, the bill could then be considered by the President.

The Senate version of the NDAA would authorize approximately $543 billion for national defense programs as well as an additional $59 billion for overseas contingency operations. We must ensure that United States Military Personnel and their families are justly compensated for their honorable sacrifice. The Senate-passed NDAA authorizes a 1.6 percent pay increase for troops.

The legislation also contains provisions to reform the military health system to provide military service members and their families with better access to higher quality care. Approximately one-third of service members receive government-provided housing and the remainder receive a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for housing they rent or purchase that is not provided by the government. The Senate-passed NDAA would provide an allowance amount equal to the actual monthly cost of housing. If two or more service members occupy the same housing, the allowance would be split among them to total this actual cost of the housing.

No words can adequately express our nation's debt to the men and women who have served our country, but providing accessible and affordable health care and benefits is one way we can show our gratitude for their service. As the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, I will continue to work to ensure that the federal government provides the funding necessary to meet our commitments to our troops and veterans.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.

Sincerely, Richard J. Durbin United States Senator

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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