Tag Archives: Bill of Rights

The Last Time Democracy Almost Died, by Jill Lepore

“It’s a paradox of democracy that the best way to defend it is to attack it, to ask more of it, by way of criticism, protest, and dissent.”

DN!: “The Second”: Carol Anderson on the Racist Roots of the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms

Black people demanding their freedom, being willing to have an uprising to gain their freedom,” says Anderson. “What I saw was that it wasn’t about guns. It was about the fear of Black people.”

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, “Loaded” (Video)

In her eye-opening study of the Second Amendment, Dunbar-Ortiz exposes the racist roots of America’s gun culture.

Robert Parry | The Right’s Second Amendment Lies 

Today’s American Right is drunk on some very bad history, which is as dangerous as it is false. …This gun fable is particularly insidious because it obstructs efforts by today’s government to enact commonsense gun-control laws and thus the false narrative makes possible the kinds of slaughters that erupt periodically across the United States…

“The US’s Culture of Violence Contributes to the Sanctification of the Second Amendment”: An Interview With Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The Second Amendment was seized upon by white nationalists as a legal tool to preserve or restore white dominance.

The Return of Civil Disobedience | “Democracy is in the Streets”

The sixties produced a conviction that “democracy is in the streets.” The Trump era may echo that. Protest against Donald Trump. (photo: Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto/Getty Images) By Jelani Cobb  The New Yorker  RSN  January 1, 2017 n December 6th, less than a month after the election, Vice-President Joe Biden, who was in New York to receive […]

Media Censorship: The News That Didn’t Make the News

Both parties are in support in the continuation of the US/NATO global empire of permanent war and the protection of the capital of the global 1%. Even Bernie Sanders calls for drone strikes and continued war on Isis and other evil terrorists.

▶ Michael Ratner | Magna Carta at 800: A Promise Unfulfilled

As the world marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Michael Ratner says the promised guarantees of liberty are unfulfilled as our elected leaders continue to flout the law through indefinite detentions in Guantanamo, illegal wars and imprisonment of millions. TheRealNews   June 15, 2015 Media for the people!  Click here to help Rise Up Times continue […]

Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires in June. Is Congress Ready?

You may have heard that the Patriot Act is set to expire soon. That’s not quite the case. The Patriot Act was a large bill, as were the reauthorizations that followed in 2005 and 2006. Not all of it sunsets. But three provisions do expire on June 1st: Section 215, the “Lone Wolf provision,” and the “roving wiretap” provision.

Noam Chomsky: A Surveillance State Beyond Imagination

A White House lawyer seems determined to demolish our civil liberties.  . . . in order to carry out violence and subversion abroad, or repression and violation of fundamental rights at home, state power has regularly sought to create the misimpression that it is terrorists that we are fighting, though there are other options: drug […]

Glenn Greenwald> Video> On radical executive power and US political and media culture

On radical executive power and US political and media culture Hampshire College • Critical Social Inquiry Lecture  March 5, 2013 Glenn Greenwald:  Last month, I spoke at Hampshire College on radical executive power and US political and media culture; that was followed by a conversation on those topics with the writer and philosophy professor Falguni […]

Coleen Rowley> A long way from the Magna Carta to legalizing torture and “kill lists”!

A long way from the Magna Carta to legalizing torture and “kill lists”! Posted on June 19, 2012 by coleenrowley   comehomeamerica.org Friday June 15, 2012, happened to be the 797th anniversary of the day certain feudal barons in England confronted King John and asked him to guarantee a “charter of liberties” which eventually became the Magna Carta. So it […]

Reclaiming the Commons> Taking Human Lessons in the Era of H.R. 347, Corporatism and Perpetual War

Reclaiming the Commons> Taking Human Lessons in the Era of H.R. 347, Corporatism and Perpetual War Thursday 15 March 2012  Phil Rockstroh   Nation of  Change “While Republicans desire to set clocks back to the Bronze Age — Democrats now run on Republican Standard Time, as collectively, the nation’s citizenry continues to roll over and […]

US Congress expands authoritarian anti-protest law

The virtually unanimous passage of H.R. 347 starkly exposes the fact that, despite all the posturing, the Democrats and the Republicans stand shoulder to shoulder with the corporate and financial oligarchy, which regarded last year’s popular protests against social inequality with a mixture of fear and hostility. President Obama: Veto the “Anti-Protester” Bill 10 Reasons […]

NDAA: Military Can Imprison Us, Too

NDAA: Military Can Imprison Us, Too Our most precious safeguard, the Bill of Rights, has been effectively destroyed, and the Supreme Court has allowed the Constitution to be perverted. This cannot be allowed to stand unopposed. On March 30, 2012, people from across the country will gather for an American Spring in Washington, D.C. See: […]

Creeping Fascism> Ask the Cop on the Corner, Ask the Cop at Your Front Door

Ask the Cop on the Corner, Ask the Cop at Your Front Door Creeping Fascism by RON JACOBS    February 17-19, 2012    Counterpunch The list contines to grow.  The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The essentially unprovoked police attacks on protesters, bystanders and journalists at Occupy protests around the nation.  The continuing murder of […]

This Is How You Can Tell Congress To Undo The NDAA

This Is How You Can Tell Congress To Undo The NDAA OpEdNews Athens Report  January 6, 2012 The NDAA amendments 1021 and 1022 allowing indefinite detention ofAmerican citizens is now law, signed by Obama on New Year’s Eve. The list of people opposed to the signing is as long as it is diverse, so with a few suggestions […]

Video> Anonymous – Message to the American People & NDAA Protests

National Day of Protest Against the NDAA February 3, 2012.  In Minneapolis at Obama’s Campaign Headquarters, 4:30 pm, 2722 University Ave SE. Uploaded by anonymous04210 on Dec 3, 2011 Dear brothers and sisters. Now is the time to open your eyes! In a stunning move that has civil libertarians stuttering with disbelief, the U.S. Senate has just passed a […]

Poster> Join us in Washington, DC, beginning on March 30 for NOW DC and Occupy Power!

The National Occupation of Washington, DC: Occupy Power! Submitted by Margaret Flowers on Sat, 01/14/2012 – 19:14  NOWDC.org March 30, 2012, people from across the country will gather for an American Spring in Washington, DC. The National Occupation of Washington, DC (NOW DC) opposes the corruption of both parties in conducting U.S. domestic and foreign policies. Our most precious safeguard, the […]

Video> Labor Beat: Chicago City Hall Press Conference Against NATO/G8 Ordinance & “Sit Down and Shut Up” ordinances passed in Chicago City Council

Uploaded by MiloWolf on Jan 17, 2012 An impressive coalition of organizations — unions, anti-war, human rights, churches and neighborhood groups — held a press conference today (Jan. 17, 2012) at Chicago’s City Hall. They were protesting the proposed new ordinances against demonstrations targeting the upcoming spring NATO/G8 meetings here, but now possibly to become permanent laws. The […]