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2012 Mountain Justice Summer Action Camp May 18-25

May 18- May 25, 2012 

 

This event will happen at the Appalachian South Folklife Center near Pipestem, West Virginia.

 

There is indoor bed space, heated buildings, chairs, and good food including meat.  People of all ages are welcome and people of all ages do attend.  You are welcome to come! 

 

GOP Again Has its Sights on the Voting Rights Act

The landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act must be renewed every twenty five years. In 1981 despite some grumbles and idle threats to oppose its renewal from a few in the Reagan administration, President Reagan dutifully signed the renewal legislation. A quarter century later, again despite the grumbles and idle threats from some in Congress to delay or even block passage, President Bush again dutifully signed the renewal legislation with a big congratulatory celebration at the White House signing. The renewal of the Voting Rights Act by two conservative GOP presidents seemed to assure that any effort to scrub the Voting Rights Act from the federal books was a pipe dream. However, that may soon change.

Why Santorum

American electoral politics has become as close to a random phenomenon as public life ever gets. Obama and Palin in 2008 established that truth. The Republican contest, now in its second year, has confirmed it. Just about anything can happen. The causal sequence is about as hard to discern as is figuring out why the green no. 6 billiard ball arrived in the side left pocket of the table after the wedge has been scattered by a turbo-powered cue ball. That is the permissive factor. But why someone as improbable as Rick Santorum? An ineffectual, nondescript, right-wing senator, a defeated candidate for reelection in Pennsylvania, a lucrative spell as a D.C. lobbyist, a penchant for outrageous statements and outlandish policy ideas.

A communication from Athens IMC

DOWN YOUR LIMBS FROM INDYMEDIA ATHENS! Since the generalized attack on an entire society in terms of labour, social and political rights has been answered massively last Sunday, 12/2, with the concentration of hundreds of thousands of protesters across Greece, the Power plays its last card, that of intensification of repression, to recoup the social rage. On Sunday morning, dozens of activists were kidnapped by the State-terrorist, some even from their homes. Four protesters in Athens, defenders of the right to life, and not mere survival, were imprisoned before their trial that it may take months until it starts. Others were prosecuted three days after the protest gatherings and demonstrations in other Greek cities.

Let Us Honor Slave-Owning Presidents?

Here it is again, the intersection of Presidents Day and Black History Month. Eight of our early presidents, beginning with George Washington, owned slaves during their tenure in the nation's highest office. The two I am most familiar with, given my career at the historic sites of Monticello and Montpelier, and as the author of the recently published A Slave in the White House (Palgrave Macmillan, $28.00) are Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Jefferson and Madison owned over a hundred enslaved people at their Virginia plantations and took several slaves with them to swtor credits the White House.

Occupy the Criminal Justice System: From Stop-and-Frisk to Prison Cells

On Monday, February 20, actions will be occurring across the country in solidarity with the more than 2 million people locked in cages -- the incarcerated. Monday, is National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners. "OWS is a struggle for human rights," said Jay Chiu, an activist with Occupy Wall Street. "You can't take a stand against severe economic inequity, the denial of human rights, and the universal dominance of the 1 percent -- some of which are private prison execs who spend millions every year lobbying our politicians -- without also denouncing the prison industrial swtor credits complex." The U.S. has the world's highest documented incarceration rate.

Franklinton Gardens Hosting volunteer work days

Dear Friends of Franklinton Gardens,

Where Is Jamie Dimon When You Need Him?

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is constantly running around railing about financial reform generally and the Volcker Rule in particular, usually in such hyperbolic terms that it should self-discrediting. Here's one example of his over-the-top ridiculous claims about the Volcker Rule: "We are going to have to have a lawyer, compliance officer, doctor to see what [a trader's] testosterone levels are, and a shrink, what is your intent?" Mr. Dimon has said a number of times.

U are a Gift: The commodification of the female body on a very bad webpage. Your value is your unplanned pregnancy

The other day, the ever eagle-eyed Claud D'Arcy found a website, U Are a Gift, that is truly beyond words.  If I didn't now better, I'd think that U Are a Gift, with its bizarre pictures of gift wrapped pregos, is a parody page. After one gets over the trauma of puerile aesthetics (Ad Busters take note!), one can only wonder who would take this site seriously.  The average 12-year old, with no prompting from any of us, should figure out quickly that U Are a Gift is somebody's fantasy in pink.

2004 Election Fraud Case dismissed

The Election Fraud Case from the 2004 Presidential race has been dismissed without prejudice. Dismissed without trial or hearing for 11th Amendment issues.

 

IT IS ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that pursuant to the

February 7, 2012 Order, this Court finds the Eleventh

Amendment precludes subject matter jurisdiction before this

Court, and this case is now DISMISSED without prejudice.