Tag Archives: Civil Liberties

Chris Hedges | James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness

Whiteness is a dangerous concept. It is not about skin color. It is not even about race. It is about the willful blindness used to justify white supremacy.

Chris Hedges | The Illusion of Freedom

Politics in totalitarian societies are entertainment. Reality, because it is complicated, messy and confusing, is banished from the world of mass entertainment. Clichés, stereotypes and uplifting messages that are comforting and self-congratulatory, along with elaborate spectacles, replace fact-based discourse.

Ralph Nader | Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy

These are the citizen champions who, for example, led the fight for safer and nutritious food, less harmful medicines, cleaner air and water, more secure pensions, a freer media, more open government, waging peace instead of war, securing indigenous peoples’ rights, safer transportation, the well-being of children, insurance industry accountability and great advances for people with disabilities.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Is a New Political System Emerging in This Country?

Engelhardt: don’t for a second think that the American political system isn’t being rewritten on the run by interested parties in Congress, our present crop of billionaires, corporate interests, lobbyists, the Pentagon, and the officials of the national security state.

▶ Noam Chomsky: “Thought Control In Democratic Societies”

Rare Interview of Prof. Noam Chomsky on Necessary Illusions: Thought Control In Democratic Societies. Must Watch!
Date – 1990-02-20

▶ The Internet’s Own Boy: New Documentary About Aaron Swartz Now Free Online

[The film] features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.” By Dan Colman   openculture.com  June 29, 2014 Published […]

Glenn Greenwald: Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here’s What Matters Instead.

The boredom of this spectacle was simply due to the fact that this has been seen so many times before—in fact, every time in the post-9/11 era that the U.S. Congress pretends publicly to debate some kind of foreign policy or civil liberties bill. Just enough members stand up to scream “9/11″ and “terrorism” over […]

▶ Mark Fiore: Post-Racial America Alert

Another great satirical animation from Mark Fiore. To watch the video click on the Watch the Video  with the blue background and white lettering. What better way to defuse racially-charged tension following a police shooting of an unarmed man than with a show of militarized force? Cue the tough talk from the pudgy pink police chief. […]

David Swanson: Militarism Is a Public Safety Crisis in Ferguson and Beyond

“There is a no-fly-zone over Ferguson, Mo., because people in the U.S. government, from which local police forces take their cues, view the people of the United States increasingly as they view the people of other countries: as best controlled from the air.”    By DAVID SWANSON  counterpunch.org  August 19, 2014 Peace and justice organizations in St. […]

Evergreene Digest: Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia

Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia    Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch   July 22, 2014 | The Columbus Police Department, continuing its history of antagonizing the movement to close the US military training camp known as the SOA/WHINSEC (School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), has this year placed unjust, unsafe and […]

Trevor Timm: The Senate is giving more power to the NSA, in secret. Everyone should fight it

 Politicians are still trying to hand over your data behind closed doors, under the guise of ‘cybersecurity’ reform. Have we learned nothing? Trevor Timm    theguardian.com, Saturday 12 July 2014 Senator Dianne Feinstein says a new cyber security bill helps share information ‘through a purely voluntary process and with significant measures to protect private information.’ Did you […]

▶ Nigel Parry: Daniel Ellsberg announces the launch of exposefacts.org

“ExposeFacts aims to shed light on concealed activities that are relevant to human rights, corporate malfeasance, the environment, civil liberties and war.”   by NIGEL PARRY nigelparry.net  JUNE 4, 2014   Launched by the Institute for Public Accuracy in June 2014, ExposeFacts.org represents a new approach for encouraging whistleblowers to disclose information that citizens need to make truly […]

Evergreene Digest: Local Vets for Peace Chapter is Banned From Duluth’s Memorial Day Parade

The episode reminded me of why I lost interest in attending Memorial Day and Armistice Day (now re-labelled Veteran’s Day) events and parades a long time ago. “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”– Dwight D. Eisenhower The […]

Bill Moyer: The 8 Stages Of Successful Social-Political Movements

The Movement Action Plan by Bill Moyer PopularResistance.org  Originally posted December 26, 2013   The Movement Action Plan by Bill Moyer Long-time political activist and social change agent Bill Moyer, who developed the Movement Action Plan Model of how successful progressive movements evolve makes his last public presentation in this video six weeks before he […]

Chris Hedges: The Rhetoric of Violence

America’s vigilante violence, rather than a protection from tyranny, is an expression of the fear by white people, especially white men, of the black underclass. This underclass has been enslaved, lynched, imprisoned and impoverished for centuries. The white vigilantes do not acknowledge the reality of this oppression, but at the same time they are deeply […]

Cartoon: The mysterious disappearance

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Evergreene Digest: Continuing MLK’s Work on the 46th Anniversary of His Assassination

The best way to honor his memory is to continue the struggle for human dignity, workers’ rights, living wages, and social justice. Part 1: Why He Was In Memphis Part 2: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence ~ Rev. Martin Luther King  Photo added by Rise Up Times Part 1: Why He Was In […]

Chris Hedges: Fighting the Militarized State

 “We have already seen journalists such as [you] and Laura Poitras detained and denied access to a lawyer and due process. This law will make legal any such detentions. It will permit the military, on American soil, to throw journalists and activists in a military prison without trial or due process.”  — Carl Mayer Alexa O’Brien speaks […]

Vice: How the FBI goes after activists

The FBI affidavit paints a far more sinister picture, with testimony from “Karen” alleging that members of the FRSO—teachers and trade unionists with long-standing ties to their communities; people whose homes she visited and whose newborn children she cradled in her arms—were actively plotting to take over government buildings in an armed revolution, all while […]

Werner de Gruijter, Truthout: The Zombification of the West

On the need for inner tranquility in order to avoid authoritarianism  By Werner de Gruijter, Truthout | Opinion  15 March 2014 (Photo: Anne Roberts / Flickr) The preamble of the US Constitution contains this prodigious message: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for […]