Archive | March 11, 2011

Silencing American Trade Unions

The lives of wisconsin teachers and school faculty are under attack the governor is trying to scare them with the National Guard to shut them up

Silencing American Trade Unions

From: Cheryl, Bryan,  Sal,  Ana Marie,  Ben,  Sharon,  Kris,  Dave,  Jill, Martha

There is an emergency in Madison. Senate Republicans in Wisconsin attempted the nuclear option!  In a final show of disregard for the sentiments of the majority of the people they severed the union-busting provisions from the budgetary bill.

This move allowed them to vote without a quorum on the union busting part alone. Last night they rammed this through the Senate.  Thursday it will come before the Assembly.

But not without resistance, thousands of people have already refilled the Capitol bringing with them sleeping bags, drums and making plans to stay.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and many others have put out an emergency call to come to Madison this morning.  Protests are schedule this whole week and weekend. On Saturday, farmers are planning to drive their tractors to Madison to join union members. Milwaukee high school students are marching 80 miles to the Capitol.

Members of the Bail Out the People Movement from around the country, who slept on the floor of the Capitol with our sisters and brothers, are saying NOW! is the time to do everything possible to stop Governor Walker, his right wing buddies and his billion dollar banker backers!

If you are unemployed this is your fight!  If you are a student this is your fight!  No matter what union you are in or what you do — this is your fight!

This is not just a battle against one bad governor — it is ultimately a fight against the entire tea party gang, who want to whip up racism and anti-immigrant bigotry and violence — who want to turn back the time to when there were no rights of any kind, no union rights, no civil rights, no people’s rights.

The people of Wisconsin cannot stand alone against such a giant enemy.

The bankers who have stolen trillions and who have foreclosed on our homes and jobs — are the same bankers and billionaires behind this attempt to smash unions.

What can you do?  There is plenty. If your community or student group or even your union has not verbalized its solidarity than make sure they do it now.  And make them do more!  Get them to act!  Send a delegation to Madison.

You know we can all get sick — a lot of us are already sick and tired.  Why not get sick for a day or two — and band together with other sick folks to form a caravan to Madison.  Stay as long as you can; the people of Wisconsin have open arms and hearts.

The bosses hate to hear us to talk about “the general strike.” So let’s start talking about it and even planning it.

And if you are too far away — hold a picket line or protest in your town or city square — take it to your favorite bank or billionaire.  If the Koch brothers have an office, hold a protest there.  Go inside if you’re feeling cold. If you’re feeling tired, sit down!  After all we built the buildings — why should we always have to hang outside.  Go to the web site for listings of their actions.

The first and last verses of the old union song “Solidarity Forever” say it best:

When the union’s inspiration through the workers’ blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong.

In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold
Greater than the might of armies, magnified a thousand-fold.
We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old
For the union makes us strong.

Solidarity Forever!

Bail Out the People Movement

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Joint Interfaith Response to King Hearings

{Revile not ye those whom they call upon besides God, lest they out of spite revile God in their ignorance. Thus have we made alluring to each people their own doings. In the end they will return to their Lord } (An-Anam 6: 108)Joint Interfaith Response to King Hearings


Religious Leaders Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder Against Extremism of All Kinds in Support of American Values

Washington, DC—March 10, 2011

As American religious leaders, we share a deep sense of obligation to call upon our fellow citizens to treat each other with compassion and honesty, and to foster an ethical commitment to bedrock American values such as pluralism and religious freedom, mutuality and respect—values also at the core of our religious traditions.

As the House Committee on Homeland Security convenes hearings on the putative “radicalization” of American Muslims, our obligation takes on renewed urgency. We gather together to affirm that we stand united with all Americans in urging our elected representatives to act—not against a single, unfairly maligned group, but against all forms of violence and extremism that endanger our security. As spiritual leaders and people of faith, we call on the United States Congress, elected officials at every level of government, and all American citizens not to perpetuate damaging false witness against our neighbours.  Instead, we encourage all communities of faith and people of good will throughout this country, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in communities of growing awareness, trust and hope.

All of our faith communities share a powerful prohibition against bearing false witness, with the understanding that destroying a person’s reputation is tantamount to destroying his or her life. To assert that Muslims as a broad group are not deeply devoted to America’s safety and the peaceful interaction of its entire citizenry – that is false witness. By subjecting American Muslims to such scrutiny, we weaken our more perfect union, and we harm the national vision of our common good that is a witness to the nations.  We encourage all citizens of this country to honour freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution that enable the free exercise of religion across our great land.

Far from a “radicalized” fringe group, Muslims are woven into the American tapestry. Muslims serve as teachers and factory workers, doctors and lawyers, social service volunteers and loving parents.  They serve proudly and with distinction in the military and FBI, on police forces and in fire departments, and in all branches of the US armed services next to soldiers of all faiths, many having given their lives for our country.  In these and other vocations, Muslims work hard, give back to their communities, and worship in peace. The Muslim community’s clergy work closely with the leaders of our nation’s other faith groups where we study our sacred texts together, pray together, and join hands to address issues of shared concern, such as homelessness, drug abuse, and violence against women.

The rationale for these hearings rests on an assertion that the American Muslim community has failed to support American law enforcement in its efforts against terrorism.  This assertion is false.  A study by Duke University indicated that “the largest single source of initial information” in helping prevent terrorist attacks were members of the Muslim community.  In fact, the American Muslim community is deeply engaged in preventing terrorism.  We regret that the Committee on Homeland Security held such a hearing today with specific focus on the Muslim community, and in the future we encourage its Members to listen not only to the voices of Muslim Americans and the law enforcement community, but also to witnesses from other faith communities, leaders who can stand up for the good character and ethical behaviour of their Muslim brothers and sisters.  It is unfortunate that Chairman King did not call any law enforcement experts to testify to the claims he has made.

As faith leaders, we are committed to building a future in which extremism is an artefact of the past, and where religious identity is not the cause of hostility but of acceptance.  This country’s spiritual, religious and ethnic diversity serves to enrich our public discourse.  When our public discourse is enriched, extremism is seldom given quarter.

We urge the members of our government as well as citizens of good will to refrain from passing judgment on religious or faith groups based on the actions of the few who pervert their spiritual traditions through acts of violence and hostile rhetoric. We believe that politicians, cultural figures and members of the media are never justified in exploiting religious differences in order to advance ideological or political aims. Our leaders in Congress and the Administration must stand up and speak out against these hearings – hearings that perpetuate misrepresentations and harm our country rather than lead it to greater awareness and a strengthened citizenry.

Spiritual leaders have a moral responsibility and a sacred calling to categorically denounce derision, misinformation or outright bigotry directed against anyone, regardless of faith community. Silence is not an option. Only by taking a stand together can we fulfil the highest calling of our respective faiths, and thereby play a role in building a safer, more secure America.

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Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values is a campaign of national faith-based organizations and religious denominations to promote tolerance and put an end to anti-Muslim bigotry.


Members of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Steering Committee
Dr. Roy Medley
General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA

Dr. James Zogby
President, The Arab American Institute

The Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins
General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Rev. Daniel Vestal
President , Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Dr. Michael Trice
Associate Executive
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rev. Jennifer Butler
Executive Director, Faith in Public Life

Rabbi Marc Schneier
President and Founder, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy
President, Interfaith Alliance

Imam Mohamed Hagmagid Ali
President, Islamic Society of North America

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky,
Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies
Director, Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary

Rabbi Jack Moline, Director of Public Policy, Rabbinical Assembly and Board Member, Interfaith Alliance

Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon
General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA

Rev. Richard Killmer
Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Rev. Richard Cizik
President, The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good

Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II
Director of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster
Co-Interim Executive Director, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer
Director, Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Rabbi Sid Schwarz
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and
Director, Faith and the Common Good (a project of Auburn Theological Seminary)

Mr. Mark J. Pelavin
Director, Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism
Associate Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Rev. Jim Wallis
CEO and President, Sojourners

Rev. Peter Morales,
President, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

The Rev. Geoffrey Black
General Minister and President, The United Church of Christ

Mr. Jim Winkler
General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church

Additional signatories
Rev. Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr.
President, The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley
Co-Chair, The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia
Secretary General, World Sikh Council-America Region

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BP Oil Spill Victims Dying

From Alexandra


Lisa Nelson passed away on 3.7.11. She will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Corexit is an industrial solvent designed to dissolve crude petroleum. It can also dissolve other oils, fats and fatty tissues. This was probably the cause of Lisa’s extensive bruising in this video, shot November 2010.

Lisa Nelson of Orange Beach, AL, U.S. is one of a growing number of people who’ve become sick and who’ve died as a result of the BP disaster. Local physicians have no idea how to diagnose or treat patients who have been exposed to this highly toxic crude/dispersant combination as local, State and Federal agencies continue to maintain a massive cover-up of this public health crisis.

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