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Here’s to a future with no borders

Yesterday was July 4th. I admit I find fireworks (and crowds) overwhelming, and was relieved to be in bed with my wife and baby as the pyrotechnic thudding and loud, distant music did their thing.

But yesterday I felt what I’ve only begun to feel in the past few years, as my understanding of our country and the way we fit into the world has deepened: Pride. I feel proud to be American, and happy to be here. I love that I can be gay, and trans, and married to a woman. I’m bothered that there are still a lot of ways in which I’m a second class citizen but those are increasingly due to my status as an Earthling and a woman and a trans person and a vegan pacifist unaffiliated with any major religion, and not my status as an American. It turns out that 2013 is beginning to be a pretty good time to be queer in America. For the first time I’m really starting to feel like America doesn’t mind that I’m here, and maybe even values my family’s contributions to and presence in society.

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Events:

  • Left Forum 2014: Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice (May 30-June 1, 2014, NYC):

    “Pressing questions loom for justice-seeking social forces: What is to be done today when a reform brings us one step forward, while leaving other important struggles worse off in the process? What type of movements will it take to overcome such challenges? What type of institutions, systems and societal conditions are possible when transformed conditions of justice no longer take the forms of, ‘the aggrieved speaking to the grievance alleviators’? How do these issues raise the question of the relation of reform to revolution? More than ever, people know that a new and different world is urgently needed. How do we get there from here: reforms, revolution, or strategic combinations of both?”

  • People Links Digital Gatherings (online):

    “Join us on Thursday, March 27th from 6-7pm EST and 4-5 CT-MexDF to discuss technology related violence against women and the tensions that exist between combating hate speech versus the right to freedom of expression.”

  • Socialist Campaign in New York? A Discussion, Hosted by Campaign for a United Socialist Party – CUSP, April 17, 2014, The Brecht Forum, NYC (via Edge Left):

    “Previous meetings focused on the theory; this one is about concrete options. How do campaigns work? Should we learn by working on Howie Hawkins’ campaign for governor? Should we run open socialists? Now, in a few years, or when? What opportunities to run exist between 2014 and 2018? Will running candidates interfere with important movement work? How do we approach nationwide formations? This event is an open discussion and organizing meeting, so it will involve “audience” participation more than typical events. Bring your thoughts, listen to others, and focus on the nuts-and-bolts of what we will actually do.”

  • A New York that works for all of us Rally in Albany, NY, March 20, 2014 (via Edge Left):

    “We stand for a NY that works for all of us but today, Albany works for the super-rich and powerful corporations. If it favors the wealthy and CEO campaign contributors, it’s sure to pass in Albany. On the other hand, common sense legislation the majority of New Yorkers believe in, is stalled by politics. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can do better. On March 20th we are going to hold our elected officials in Albany responsible for putting people ahead of campaign contributors. We demand that our basic democratic rights be respected.”

Things to read:

  • Edward Snowden’s Testimony to the European Parliament on NSA Spying and its Consequences:

    Snowden’s testimony is vitally important for every citizen in every country to understand, yet it has barely been covered by the commercial or (non-commercial) global media. At stake is the possibility of individuals and organizations (not just the media) to function as checks on executive power. It also demonstrates the ability of a secret agency to become an executive power, able even to control the spy services of foreign countries.

  • Heroic Imagination Project:

    “Headquartered in San Francisco, California, The Heroic Imagination Project was founded by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University. At HIP, we translate the extensive research findings of social psychology and related fields into meaningful insights and tools that individuals can use in their everyday lives to transform negative situations and create positive change. Dr. Zimbardo’s work has studied the psychological foundations of negative forms of social influence (such as conformity, obedience, and the bystander effect) and is now refocused on understanding the nature of everyday heroism and they psychology of personal and social growth.”

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Breakfast with Mr. Signal Boost and Ms Retweet

Awesome links from awesome people. Please sign these petitions, read these articles, Like these pages, and help broadcast them all! Send me more on Twitter @arievergreen.


PolicingTroy – Join the Opposition to Police Violence in Troy, NY: “There is a significant grassroots movement to affect real changes in the structure and community relations of the police department in Troy. However, accountability will not come without public pressure. A petition may seem futile or petty, but it represents an important component of national and international awareness. People are watching to see if government will come down on the right side of history. Signing is important, but so is spreading the word and encouraging your networks to sign on as well.” (Sign the petition)


Manhattan Neighborhood Network video interview with Anna Mwalagho: “Born and raised in Kenya, East Africa, Anna Mwalagho began performing professionally at the tender age of 8. She is a true remarkable renaissance woman, an internationally recognized actress, poet, dancer, singer/songwriter and storyteller. She has won numerous national awards in her native Kenya, where she performed on stage as well as on television and radio with the Kenya broadcasting corporation. Internationally recognized as the Queen of spoken Afro beat also Mama Africa.” (Via David McReynolds / Edge Left)

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  • Talk of the Town- WVBR 93.5 FM: “Tune into WVBR 93.5 FM every Saturday 5-6pm to hear Juliana Garcia and her guest discuss various social, political and cultural issues within our society” (Podcasts)
  • shalefield justiceShalefield Justice Spring Break: “a week-long camp that aims to bring together members of extraction communities, students, environmentalists and concerned residents who are interested in learning more about shale gas hydraulic fracturing and its infrastructure, as well as other forms of extreme energy extraction”
  • Please donate to Riseup because they are awesome: “Riseup works tirelessly to create grassroots technology alternatives that address the communication needs of people and organizations working for social change. When you get a service from a corporation that doesn’t charge you, chances are that the money comes from extensive surveillance. Riseup, on the other hand, relies on donations by users like you who believe in supporting democratic alternatives.”
  • Save the Date: The World of Skills Steering Committee is pleased to announce that World of Skills, the annual job fair in Ithaca, NY, is Thursday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 – Noon, at The Hotel Ithaca (formerly The Holiday Inn), 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca. For information call the Finger Lakes Independence Center, 272-2433 and ask for Larry Roberts. Please help spread the word!
  • Food Pantries, Hot Meals, and other Programs Served by Friendship Donations Network in Tompkins and nearby counties: “FDN provides produce, breads, desserts, dairy, deli, and groceries (if available) to the programs listed…” (Via Share Tompkins)
  • Bilal Tamimi being attacked by an Israeli soldier at a protest in Nabi Saleh in May 2013. © Tamimi Press

    Bilal Tamimi being attacked by an Israeli soldier at a protest in Nabi Saleh in May 2013. © Tamimi Press

    Amnesty International report: ‘Trigger-happy’ Israeli army and police use reckless force in the West Bank: “Israeli forces have displayed a callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children, in the occupied West Bank over the past three years with near total impunity, said Amnesty International in a report published today.” (Via David McReynolds / Edge Left)

  • Food For Change: “a feature-length documentary film focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. The movie tells the story of the cooperative movement in the U.S. through interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by the filmmaker and social historians. This is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems” (Via Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) Talking Circle on Race and Racism Alumni Group)
  • NSA robots are ‘collecting’ your data, too, and they’re getting away with it: “Yahoo webcam users are the latest victims of agency eavesdropping – and whether it’s done by human or algorithm, it’s still eavesdropping” (Via Anarchaithacans)

Links: Native landscaping, listening, governments, fracking

“It is not a black problem. It is a white problem. This is an American problem. It is a societal problem.”


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Take action:

People, not Profits (or Prisons)

Do you agree that Tompkins County should invest in schools, social services, infrastructure, and other things that help people, instead of in locking people up in prisons? Then please make your voice heard! Sign this petition asking the 2014 Tompkins County Legislators to pass a resolution agreeing to a 1-year moratorium on Tompkins-County jail expansion decision-making. Please pass this on. Thank you!

Help Free Leonard Peltier

Please write a letter and pass this on. Thank you!

AID US IN THE STRUGGLE.
Please post this everywhere, and forward copies of this email or your own letter to info@messages.whitehouse.gov and Congressional Representatives and Senators.

Become part of the history of your own times.
I beg each of you, do it NOW.
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