Protest and topical music including comedy. We're interested in the history of protest music, for instance labor songs, civil rights songs, anti war songs. We also feature contemporary protest music and we particularly want to hear your protest songs.
This is an open group. Please join and post your diaries. If you want to help manage the group message me and I'll make you a BlogEditor.
Of course Protest Music is on topic. But it doesn't have to be both. Protest or Music. Protest is on topic. Music is on topic.
PERC Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. Union City, NJ
Not; a, "beg-a-thon." Just for general information. But, maybe there are some rich benefactors out there who would like to help. That's good too.
Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation (PERC) A Hudson County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers emergency shelter to individuals and families.
Union City, NJ 07087
PERC is the only Family Shelter in Hudson County. It keeps families together.
PERC provides shelter and food for homeless and at-risk individuals and families to help defeat the cycle of poverty.
The Shelter and Soup Kitchen are located at 111 37th Street (between Park and Hudson Avenues)
The Thrift Shop is located at 113 37th StreetOver One Million Served!
Peace And Justice
The mass deportation most GOP voters want would cost taxpayers hundreds of billions
Though a strong majority of GOP voters—63 percent—say they would like to simply deport all undocumented immigrants, they probably have no idea that it's going to cost taxpayers a pretty penny. Esther Yu-Hsi Lee has the break down:
The center-right organization American Action Forum (AAF) found that it would cost between $400 billion and $600 billion to apprehend, detain, legally process, and transport every undocumented immigrant back to their countries of origin. Breaking down similar statistics, a Center of American Progress report found that it would cost an average of about $10,070 to deport each individual. The AAF report also found that without the 11 million undocumented immigrants, the U.S. labor force would shrink and real GDP would be reduced by $1.6 trillion.That economic shrinkage has actually proven to be true in two states that have adopted policies designed to force out most of their undocumented immigrants: Arizona and Alabama.
In the first year after passing SB 1070, Arizona’s economy lost $141 million in losses from conference cancellations, and the tourist industry took a $250 million hit, with close to 3,000 jobs lost.More sound economic policies emanating straight from the GOP.
When Alabama passed its own anti-immigrant law in 2011, work at some companies that require strenuous labor nearly stopped. A chicken factory found that the “turnover rate has gone through the roof,” while crops rotted on various farms. A University of Alabama report put the estimated economic damage at around $11 billion.
Life in prison for a Non-violent Crime
Seventy Years to Life whichever happens first. This is the sentencing my son Jeremy Stewart received. No murder was committed, nor was a bank robbed or a gun used. No one was tied any up, or raped. Yet, California sentenced him as if he had committed one of these crimes. He has been placed in prison with murderers and rapists. Jeremy was arrested for taking property from two homes while the occupants were gone. This is classified as “serious”. Jeremy and many more like him do not qualify for Proposition 36’s reduced sentencing opportunity passed by voter in 2012. Please, ask legislators to change the penal code for residential burglary life is not a fair sentence.
Jeremy’s first strike conviction was for taking a DVD/VHS camcorder out of a house. The courts offered a strike with less time, a plea bargain. Jeremy received his second strike conviction after answering a call in the middle of the night to pick up a friend. His car had broken down close to where Jeremy lived. This friend had stolen property on him. Jeremy didn't know this until it was too late. Jeremy let him stay at his house that night. This friend left behind some costume jewelry worth $200.00 and Jeremy received his second strike while the friend walked.
After being released from Prison, Jeremy tested positive for crystal meth. He had an addiction problem. The Parole department informed Jeremy, go to jail or pay for a rehabilitation center. He feared being sent back to prison. He made some bad chooses trying to come up with money to pay his bills. Jeremy entered Sharp’s rehabilitation center. On day four of his rehabilitation treatment his wife, Raechell, calls him. Stating, the police have come to the house to arrest you. Jeremy leaves the rehab to spend his last few hours with his pregnant wife and child. The Prosecutor stated Jeremy left a treatment program on his own free will and never explains why. He knew he would not have been allowed to complete this program anyway. Jeremy was being prosecuted for residential burglary. Sentencing day arrives and yes, the judge gave Jeremy the Ultimate sentence of 70 YEARS in a maximum security. What happened to letting the Time Fit the Crime?
My son was given a death sentence for property theft. CALIFORNIA is the only state to prosecute for a NON-Violent crime in this manner. I don't believe there is any place in the world that would lock someone up for 70 years for residential burglary. Is he eligible for parole? No he will die first since 100% of the time must be served and Good time credits is not allowed for three strikers in the state of California. Really and the taxpayers are going to pay for this? $65,000 per year over $6,000,000 is the price tag placed on Jeremy’s incarceration and this is for just one person. Save our communities put the money into education, housing, medical, rehabilitation, helping the homeless, and repairing our streets. There are so many beneficial ways to use our tax dollars. Stop wasting money on mandating life for a non-violent crimes. I believe not all violent crimes deserve life sentences. Common sense needs to be applied by our courts. Life should be reserved for the most violent crimes to mankind. Demand change!
A Seventy years sentence is a medieval.
Our Constitution guarantees all citizens No unlawful imprisonment. This Right, was written before the Bill of Right was even formed and is for all U.S. citizens. Truly, this is form of unlawful and unjust imprisonment. I will be dead before my son is released from prison and chances are he will come out in a body bag if this law doesn’t change. Murders and rapist serve less time for harming someone and are eligible for parole, in as early as 7 years. Something is terribly wrong with CALIFORNIA.
Tell everyone you know about my son, Jeremy. Education is key so this doesn't happen to your family. Write to the Legislators, the Senators, and the newspapers. Call the Governor or drop him an email and sign my petition going to the Governor Jerry Brown of California. Please help, Penal codes need to be changed in California. Thank you so much.
and Elizabeth Stewart
Trump is yet another cartoonish creation that has gotten completely out of hand . . .
Save Oak Flat - Washington 22 July
San Carlos Council Member Wendsler Nosie Sr introduces Representative Raul Grijalva in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC July 22 in a rally to reverse the land giveaway of Sacred Apache Land for destructive mining.
KDfrAZ posted earlier today on Oak Flat. He started a petition which should be signed. He had asked for a diary on the protest earlier. DC is not too far away so I took the day trip. Below are a few photos and a personal trip log.
Freedom to Marry – Short historical video of the fight that led to Marriage Equality
Freedom to Marry video and a 6 minute short video of the fight that ultimately led to the Nationwide Marriage Equality victory at the Supreme Court on June 26th.
Video produced by Eyepop Productions.
Freedom to Marry played a very crucial role in our Nationwide Marriage Equality victory! Well done to Freedom To Marry and indeed to all of us who fought long and hard for this victory!
AZ-Sen: CREDO Action Goes After John McCain's (R) Apache Land Grab Plan
Received this e-mail today from CREDO Action:
Click here to add your name: http://act.credoaction.com/...In what many believe is a first in U.S. history, Congress has decided to give away a sacred Native American site to a massive foreign mining company.1 We’re joining a last ditch effort to save this land before copper mining begins and this land is irreversibly destroyed.
Republicans in Arizona have been attempting for years to trade away the beautiful national forest lands at Oak Flat in Arizona, which are considered holy by the Apache tribe. And until recently, they’ve failed for lack of support. But last December, in a deeply cynical and undemocratic move, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake snuck last minute language into a must-pass defense bill transferring the land directly to the Rio Tinto mining company.2
Apache tribal leaders are planning a caravan to Washington, D.C. this month to protest this outrageous land giveaway. We’re joining thousands of activists to help amplify their message and pressure Congress to stop the Apache land grab.
Sign the petition: Stop the Apache land grab and protect Native American holy land from copper mining. Click here to sign the petition.
It’s hard to imagine politicians in Washington making the same deal for this land if it were considered sacred and holy by any other major religious group. But it’s sadly in keeping with a history of Native American mistreatment and dislocation.
And this land isn’t just important to the local Apache tribe – it’s important to historians, archaeologists, and all Americans who care about preserving a crucial piece of U.S. and Native American culture. When asked about the significance of the land at Oak Flat, a professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada stated, “this is the best set of Apache archaeological sites ever documented, period, full stop.”3
Foreign-owned mining giant Rio Tinto has repeatedly sought control of this copper-rich land over the past decade, lobbying Congress more than a dozen times since 2005.4 And it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Senators McCain and Flake were behind this unprecedented corporate giveaway. McCain has received campaign contributions from Rio Tinto subsidiaries for years, and Flake – before being elected to Congress – actually lobbied for a Rio Tinto subsidiary in support of a massive uranium mine in Namibia.
We need to fight back against this deeply undemocratic move and show Washington that Americans won’t stand by as our legislative process is twisted and sold off to the highest bidder.
Sign the petition: Protect Native American holy land from mining. Click here to sign the petition.
Thank you for your activism.
Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
1. Lydia Millet, "Selling Off Apache Holy Land," The New York Times, May 29, 2015.
3. Zach Zorich, "Planned Arizona copper mine would put a hole in Apache archaeology," Science, December 10, 2014.
4. Serene Fang, "In Arizona, a controversial federal land swap leaves Apaches in the lurch," Al Jazeera America, February 20, 2015.
Community Quilt for Commonsense Mainer -- need more messages!
I last wrote about CSM's star quilt in April -- and in the interim, I've posted quilt diaries for four quilts regarding cancer and another for a star quilt for Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, scene of a brutal and racially motivated mass murder last month.
Michael has been so patient in waiting -- and Ann and I really want to get his quilt done and out to him. He is most deserving of a community quilt for all that he quietly does for the community, including organizing a road trip to see Cedwyn as she lay dying. And now he has a chronic disease, himself -- COPD -- which is not easy for him to bear. We intend to work on it simultaneously with the Emanuel AME Church quilt, now possible because Ann is on medical leave from her part time job.
We are 40 messages and $401 short for this quilt. I will keep these numbers updated!
The Arizona border - an eye-opening trip at NN15
We didn't get all the way down to the border at Nogales, but we did take a journey down from NN15 in Phoenix yesterday yesterday to visit with some of the great nonprofits and activists fighting for human rights along the border. We met some wonderful people and found out just how huge the crisis is down here; I can't even begin do it justice in one diary, but I do want to thank the Netroots staff for putting the trip together.
This is what 'black privilege' looks like
Just wow. This gave me goosebumps.
Watch Crystal Valentine nail "black privilege" in this incredible video: