This collage is gleaned from many sources and is published in the service of the people.

We received the War On Earth card many years ago and have kept it. Needless to say we were quite startled to open the envelope and see the message. As we move into the next decade we again plea that we put an end to war. Peace on earth! As we enter in to the season of angels singing peace on earth, as hearts swell with goodness, as the story about the Prince of Peace is told over and over and little Jessie plays the Virgin Mary and Bobby plays Joseph in many a Christmas pageant, as bells ring merrily on high and voices sing out hallelujah we offer this essay again this year pleading with people to put the fight for peace back on the front burner. Let’s do it 365 days a year not just a few weeks at Christmas time. Let the wrong fail and the right prevail. Let’s take from the war makers and give that money to the life savers. 

 

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When we started this posting we thought that we would count the dead from war from 2000-2020. But then we said why! Why in the world would we want to do that? Some say that a conflict has to have 1,000 dead before it can be declared a war. We say that is BS. One thing we must make clear is that we do not support war in any form. We do not need to count the dead to know that war is wrong. We should not need to present to any reader a death count from war to convince them that war is wrong. 

We think of this quote:

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder”.. Albert Einstein

We call for peace, let us hold peace rallies. Let us continue to hold rallies for justice, against poverty and hunger, against homelessness, for the civil rights of all people. Let us tell those who build the war machine, and wage war that it is no longer possible in our world. Let us take that which is used for war and make peace. Let those who build the drones learn to build for peace, let those who build the bombs build for peace. Let all of the politicians who have the seeds of war desire in them fail and learn another way. Men, women, children do not do the bidding of the war monger. Let us tell the rich that they will not profit in any way from the murder of people or the destruction of the earth. Let us hammer home War Is Wrong and We Are Here To Right That Wrong! 

As we found during the days of the Vietnam war these powerful words can unite mothers, fathers, and family members against war and for peace.


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“I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning resources from life-affirming activities. I commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace.” World BEYOND War ( 3 )

Just 3%. Think of that folks. Read the rest of this entry »

There is currently a COVID-19 outbreak at the Mahanoy Correctional Facility where Mumia is being held. At least 20 guards have tested positive and the more than 2400 incarcerated people are in serious peril. The prison is currently on lockdown, but that is no guarantee of safety in the cramped and unsanitary conditions of prison.

Mumia’s situation is particularly dire given his age, 66 years, and the liver damage caused by Hepatitis C. Supporters are asking that people call Governor Tom Wolf and ask that Mumia and all elder prisoners be granted an immediate, unconditional compassionate release. Please contact the Mobilization for Mumia to let them know any response to your call.

Governor Tom Wolf –
Phone: 1(717) 787-2500
Fax: 1 (717) 772-8284
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Office of the Governor
508 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA  17120

brick by brick,
wall by wall,
we’re going to free,
Mumia Abu-Jamal!

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A Beautiful Song For Today

Posted: November 26, 2020 in for your reflection

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For our next webinar, we’re going International!

With the election of a President who acknowledges the threats of climate change and of ongoing economic devastation for working people, we have an opportunity to seriously address how to make a transition to a climate-safe, socially-just, worker-friendly society. The primary objective of the Just Transition Listening Project (JTLP) is to ensure workers and community voices are central to the conversation of a Green New Deal and other climate policies.

On Saturday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. Eastern, the Labor Network for Sustainability and the Just Transition Listening Project Organizing Committee will bring together labor and policy leaders to share perspectives, stories, and strategies from the frontlines of the struggle for a just transition globally. This will be the sixth webinar in the JTLP series. In addition to the webinar series we conducted interviews with more than 100 community leaders and workers to learn of their experiences and perspectives on Just Transition. Our report from these interviews will be available in January.

From the experiences of metalworkers in South Africa to the coal miners in Spain, to workers across sectors in Latin America and across the world, the struggle for a just transition is truly global. In order to effectively address the worldwide transitions we are facing in our jobs, environments, and homes, we must demand a worldwide response. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 5, as we learn from each other and set the stage for finalizing and distributing our report to help us win the struggle to protect jobs, communities and the right to thrive as we work toward a society that is ecologically sustainable and just.

Workers and Just Transition: A Global View

Worldwide Transitions Deserve Worldwide Response

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Richard Lipsitz
President, Western New York Area Labor Federation

Saturday, December 5, 2020
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United American Indians of New England

We Are Not Vanishing.
We Are Not Conquered.
We Are As Strong As Ever.

National Day of Mourning

Since 1970, Native Americans and our supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.

51st Annual National Day of Mourning
November 26, 2020
12:00 Noon
Coles Hill, Plymouth, MA

WHAT IS NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING?

An annual tradition since 1970, Day of Mourning is a solemn, spiritual and highly political day. Many of us fast from sundown the day before through the afternoon of that day (and have a social after Day of Mourning so that participants in DOM can break their fasts). We are mourning our ancestors and the genocide of our peoples and the theft of our lands. NDOM is a day when we mourn, but we also feel our strength in action. Over the years, participants in Day of Mourning have buried Plymouth Rock a number of times, boarded the Mayflower replica, and placed ku klux klan sheets on the statue of William Bradford, etc.

WHEN AND WHERE IS DAY OF MOURNING?

Thursday, November 26, 2020 (U.S. “thanksgiving” day) at Cole’s Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 12 noon SHARP. Cole’s Hill is the hill above Plymouth Rock in the Plymouth historic waterfront area.

WILL THERE BE A MARCH?

Yes, there will be a march through the historic district of Plymouth. Plymouth agreed, as part of the settlement of 10/19/98, that UAINE may march on National Day of Mourning without the need for a permit as long as we give the town advance notice.

PROGRAM

Although we very much welcome our non-Native supporters to stand with us, it is a day when only Indigenous people speak about our history and the struggles that are taking place throughout the Americas. Speakers will be by invitation only. This year’s NDOM will have livestreaming from Plymouth as well as messages from Indigenous struggles in many homelands!

Please note that NDOM is not a commercial event, so we ask that people do not sell merchandise or distribute leaflets at the outdoor program. Also, we ask that you do not eat (unless you must do so for medical reasons) at the outdoor speak-out and march out of respect for the participants who are fasting. Finally, dress for the weather! Read the rest of this entry »

A beautiful on line tribute and remembrance for the Transgender Day of Remembrance was held in Hartford at the Metropolitan Community Church with Aaron Miller presiding. Other observations were held in Willimantic and New Haven. This year in Hartford we were missing Jerimarie Liesegang who with her wife Anja founded TDOR in the Hartford area. A tribute to her and to Monica Roberts trail blazing Trans women who passed this year was also held.

Image  —  Posted: November 20, 2020 in Call to Action, for your reflection

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and this song written by Joe Hill and sung by Utah Phillips

Listen to this. But please remember even though we have kicked out the tyrant at the top it is still the system that has to go. The lower classes will still be with us. Congrats to this group named Windborne for singing like it should be song.

But let us remember it is more than the idiot that sits in the White House. That it is the whole damn system that is messed up. We can change presidents, we can change congress, we can change our underwear but as long as the Capitalist’s system is still operating and the amerikkkan people still think there is nothing wrong things can only get worse. Until we change the system we will be fighting the same old battles over and over.