Let each of us strive to:
Eliminate systemic isms!
De-escalate military efforts in countries
Eliminate Nuclear Weapons- Hiroshima/Nagasaki set the wrong precident. It was wrong then, it is wrong now! The United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was passed January 22, 2021. The U.S. and all other nuclear weapons carrying countries have NOT signed this declaration. Fifty Countries have ratified this declaration! Put Pressure on your Representatives, Senators to Adopt this Resolution.
Health Care for everyone!
Family based economy!
Reform Prisons (Germany's present model publicized on "60 Minutes")
No For Profit Prisons
Stop Torture "Cruel &/or Unusual Punishment"
Work to eliminate Classicism worldwide
We must IMPROVE the world, not hurt it!
Fear is powerful
Use Faith & Hope to overcome Fear!
"When You're Accustomed to Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression." Anon. The Caucasian "Race" historically and generally in the United states has been and is privileged. The world also has this problem as "Exterminate All of the Brutes" (HBO Max Series) demonstrates beyond any doubt.
Your suggestions, to promote and instill peace are appreciated!. Please write to: Cara Bissell at firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MBFDREAMS
MAY ALL THE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER IN ONE CRITICAL MASS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE! END CLASSISM!
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The 99% will be heard. The Critical Mass is developing. Regardless of Race, Creed, Sexual Identity, Age or ethnicity. Classism in the United States (and eventually the entire world) must stop. We as citizens must put our actions where the actual words of our United States Constitution have been all along! The words never have matched the actions of our nation's founders nor the citizens in our great country. The 21st Century is the time to change our ways. Rhetoric can make a people feel good. Nonviolent actions by the masses will make it happen. Gandhi, King, Mandela, Chavez and Huerta with their followers have made good positive change happen. We now can rise up and demand our elected officials to follow the morals and ethics that have not been even considered in the past 1/2 century plus.
Alyson Ball's Presentation - "Immigration - The Basics" may be seen as presented before an audience - prerecorded: "Immigrations - The Basics" mirroring Ms. Ball's presentation . Town Halls are being planned to update the needs in 2021. Look for the details here soon.
An excerpt from Veterans For Peace Chapter #13 follows. Note the slide at the end of the clip that shows paths to citizenship vs. visitation plans for people entering the U.S. legally. "It is something to keep an eye on for how it changes - . . ." Alyson Ball
In 1976 the bicentennial celebration included the musical 1776. We acknowledge the evil of classism - Watch it now!
Another documentary - Doctrine of Discovery shows the Pope's cold hearted judgment against non-Catholic indigenous people.
Previewing the screening of "TRACES OF THE TRADE - A STORY FROM DEEP NORTH". Our complicity is demonstrated. From the Northern Industry transporting slaves to the Episcopalian Church investing in ships. Referring to the Slave traders - "They knew it wasn't right - new it was evil but they did it anyway". The argument went out, "we didn't start it! Slavery has been practiced in all of humanity's history". The slaves to molasses to rum industry put the U.S. in a position to control the world - quite literally.
"The wealthy people participated in it."
2021 - as a country & world we still have classism! President Trump tried to continue the oppression of the Black/Brown and Indigenous but it is us the people who need to recognize, "We are as good as we are through moral and ethical decisions ONLY! This past half a century plus has not been moral, has not been ethical and values from "trickle down economics" to "Corporations as people" to "proxy wars" to "wars for oil" to supporting even with weapons those countries who are openly oppressive to their own populations to militarizing our own U.S. police, the derivative must turn from negative to positive. It is not an "inflection point" that we are in. It must be the bottom of a "U" curve representing the worst we are at; the lowest state of affairs our country is in.
"Suffering is out of sight - out of mind unless you go to people who are suffering. People are not paid what they were worth." Debts for education that are free to the public other countries (and in Alaska now if you are in the mining industry) must be forgiven especially in this time of Pandemic. 1930's type "TVA" jobs that invest in our future must be provided for each able bodied person as this person is able.
We must realize White Privilege makes us all (as "whites") complicit. Blacks are incarcerated disproportionately to the White population.
Ibram K. Kendi in HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, Kendi points out he was brought up to believe he was evil because White Society publicized and lived that false narrative.
Nonviolent lifestyles will instill world peace. The recently deceased Peace Activist, Daniel Berrigan who died 04/30/2016 shortly before his 95th birthday said, "I do not believe in heroes, I believe in community!"
Provide clean air, clean water, food, shelter, clothing, health care, education & employment for ALL people.
May we, each of us, promote this goal.
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For Peace- We, as military veterans, do hereby affirm our greater
responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work,
with others both nationally and internationally
1. To increase public awareness of the causes and costs of war
2. To restrain our governments from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
3. To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
4. To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
5. To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use nonviolent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.
The Green Party (U.S.) The four KEY Principles of our National Green Party.
PEACE / ECOLOGY/ SOCIAL JUSTICE / DEMOCRACY
The Arizona State Green Party continues to stress Green Party Growth
In The Green Party of Pima County, Arizona goals continue:
Stopping the Rosemont Copper mine plans from being carried out. Our aquifer is being toyed with. Water in Arizona has been polluted over the decades. Plans need to be made and carried out to reverse NOT CONTINUE and expansion of this pollution. Oak Flats proposal needs to be stopped for the same reasons. Reverse pollution causing industry. Be ecologically sustainable.
The Green Party U.S. is affiliated with Green Parties in over 80 nations.
We have 250 elected officeholders in 30 states.
The Green Party U.S. is the ONLY political party to connect war with environmental destruction and social stratification." Rank Choice Voting would eliminate the concern of a "wasted vote". The electoral college must be eliminated.
Concerned fellow United States citizens:
We want and need a feeling of worth and accomplishment! We need to be "going in the right direction". Help change life to be positive (just for everyone). The negativity we have witnessed in our lives as dramatic as it is from the media. Fact checking must lead to being accountable. "Tell the truth" and "This is a time for healing" were both stated by President Biden earlier this year. Pillars of society should not need to be stated. Pillars of Society should be exemplary to the entire population. Personal to international violence ONLY as a last resort.
"Sliding Baseline Syndrome" has otherwise made it difficult for anyone to see the change in our government and even our environment. Studying history including watching media programs allow us to see beyond our own personal perspectives. Public Library's have books beyond anyone's singular perspective. Going beyond ourselves before taking an action, especially one deemed to be illegal or against social norms is necessary. Time itself is put into a global perspective! We truly are in this world together! Overall, we can ask ourselves, "Are we getting better or worse? Are we the cause of the canary reporting the foul gas in the mine?"
True costs of war!
Sign up for The Nuclear Resister E-Bulletin LEARN MORE ABOUT THE JANUARY 22ND INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CELEBRATION FOR THE UNITED NATIONS BAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS. COME AND COAX THE NUCLEAR COUNTRIES TO COMPLY WITH THE BAN!
"We must do the right thing [even if the situation seems futile because] You never know" Dahr Jamail at the 2020 Veterans For Peace Convention August 9, 2020
Ibram K. Kendi wrote "HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST & Tim Wise's "White Like Me" DVD are suggestions.
Love Forever With Each Passing Day's Ongoing Progression In Our Higher Power.
Thank you for taking the time to write a hero, Daniel Hale, who out of conscience has let us, U.S. Citizens, know what Our Government - the U.S. Military - has done in our names - committed killings and maimings of citizens with impunity - until Daniel, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and others are recognized as heros, not law breakers, our society will be doomed. They have done the hard reporting work, becoming needed whistleblowers. We need to express our gratitude! Daniel Hale needs to be pardoned by President Biden as does Julian Assange. This is the time. "This is the time to heal." (President Biden inaugrial address Jan. 2021)
Cara Bissell, Veterans For Peace Tucson, Chapter 13 President
Written by John Kiriakou
Please Post Widely!
Daniel Hale Support Team @TeamDanielHale
We just received our first call from Daniel. He is in fact at the Communications Management Unit at Marion, IL. There’s lots more to be said - but for now PLEASE WRITE HIM LETTERS!
Daniel Everette Hale
P.O. Box 1000
Marion, IL 62959
JOHN KIRIAKOU: Drone Whistleblower Thrown in Pen With Terrorists
October 19, 2021
Is society safer with Daniel Hale, who exposed U.S. drone civilian killings, being housed with some of the most dangerous prisoners in America?
By John Kiriakou
Special to Consortium News
Drone whistleblower Daniel Hale was sent on Sunday to the notorious Communications Management Unit (CMU) at the maximum-security U.S. Penitentiary (USP) at Marion, Illinois to serve a 45-month sentence, rather than to the low-security prison at Butner, North Carolina, where federal Judge Liam O’Grady had recommended he go.
Butner is a prison hospital complex, and O’Grady was cognizant of Daniel’s need for psychological therapy to deal with post traumatic stress disorder from his time as a U.S. Air Force drone operator.
USP Marion, on the other hand, is a former “Supermax” prison that was built in the early 1960s as a replacement for Alcatraz. It was converted into a CMU to keep terrorists from being in contact with the media. The Bureau of Prisons, which apparently knows better than a federal judge, decided that the American public must be protected from Daniel Hale’s dangerous ideas, like the notion that we shouldn’t murder innocent civilians with drones.
Hale today should be sitting in the TV room of a low-security housing unit in a prison in North Carolina awaiting drug and alcohol counseling or speaking with a therapist. That’s what the judge’s order was. Hale is emotionally fragile. He’s occasionally suicidal. He needs some help and support through this experience. Instead, he’s on 24-hour-a-day lockdown. He will likely spend his entire nearly 4-year sentence in solitary confinement with almost no human contact at great risk to his mental health.
What is Daniel Hale’s day like? He is alone in a six-by-ten-foot concrete and steel cell. It has a steel bunk, a paper-thin mattress, a small steel sink, and a steel toilet. On the days that he’s allowed to exercise, which is two or three times per week, he is led into a six-by-ten-foot outdoor cage, where he can walk in circles for an hour.
He is permitted two showers per week and one phone call per month, but only to his attorney. Visitors are carefully screened (NSA whistleblower Tom Drake and I, for example, are banned from visiting him because we have criminal convictions for blowing the whistle on warrantless wiretapping and CIA torture, respectively.)
Even then, the few visitors he will have will be able to see him only through reinforced glass and with the use of an intercom. When Hale receives a letter, it will be scanned and then put on a monitor screen installed along the ceiling of his cell, where it will remain for five minutes while he reads it. At the end of five minutes, it will disappear permanently.
His Fellow Prisoners
Daniel Hale at a peace protest at the White House in undated photo. (DIY Roots Action website)
There are only two full-fledged CMUs in America. One is at USP Marion and the other at USP Terre Haute, Indiana. Again, the purpose of a CMU is to keep the closest possible watch on a dangerous prisoner’s communication with the outside world. So who are some of the other prisoners in Marion’s CMU along with Hale?
They include convicted al-Qaeda terrorist Muhammad Saleh, a follower of the late “blind sheikh” Omar Abdul Rahman; Muhammad Rashed al-Owhali, convicted of terrorism in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; Omar Rezaq, a member of the notorious Abu Nidal Organization and the last surviving hijacker of Egypt Air flight 648 in which 58 people were killed in 1985; and Victor Bout, the Russian arms dealer convicted of selling surface-to-air missiles to terrorist groups.
Does Daniel Hale belong with these people? Is society safer with him being housed with some of the most dangerous prisoners in America? Is solitary confinement in one of the most restrictive maximum-security penitentiaries in America what Judge O’Grady believed was “justice?” Is solitary confinement supposed to somehow “rehabilitate” Hale?
The obvious answer is no.
This is what the BOP does, however. The bureau’s leaders don’t care one whit what judges say at sentencing. I was supposed to be sentenced to a minimum-security work camp and instead was sent to a low-security prison—not an impossible situation, but still an honest-to-God prison. When I filed an internal appeal, I was told that the judge’s order was a “recommendation” that the BOP had chosen to ignore.
The situation is more serious with Hale, though. This isn’t just a case of the BOP ignoring a recommendation. There’s a huge difference between a low-security prison and a Supermax CMU. There’s a huge difference between a low-security prison and solitary confinement. And there’s a huge difference between a low-security prison and a complete lack of the medical and psychological support necessary to keep a prisoner alive.
What happens if, God forbid, Daniel can’t make it through the sentence and he harms himself? A BOP apology isn’t going to cut it. A letter to Congress attributing the disaster to “human error” won’t help him. This issue has to be fixed right now. Daniel Hale must be transferred to Butner and he has to get the help he needs.
John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer and a former senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. John became the sixth whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act—a law designed to punish spies. He served 23 months in prison as a result of his attempts to oppose the Bush administration’s torture program.