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    Ten Facts About Police Violence in Ferguson Sunday Night

    by Bill Quigley

    Police provocations against the people are creating a brand new cohort of freedom fighters.

    Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Trouble

    by Bill Quigley 

    The most recent crop of veterans is in trouble, especially in terms of joblessness, homelessness and mental health. Is it because vets find it harder to re-enter society, or is the society they are re-entering an increasingly hostile and dysfunctional place?

    Sixty Five Million Left Out of July 4 Celebration

    by Bill Quigley

    America’s incarcerated, homeless, poor – including four million subsisting on less than $2 a day – undocumented migrants and dispossessed aboriginal peoples are excluded from the “patriotic” festivities.

    Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations

    by Bill Quigley

    All told, pubic subsidies and props to the wealthiest Americans total in the trillions of dollars. Federal, state and local governments have become profit centers for corporations. “Each major piece of legislation contains new welfare for the rich and corporations.

    Why I Represent the New Orleans Immigrant Workers Who Committed Civil Disobedience

    by Bill Quigley

    The immigrant workers that helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina have been targeted for removal from the city. “If they go to the laundromat or the barber shop or the grocery store, they will be targeted for nothing more than looking Latino.”

    Racist Pot Prosecution in Louisiana

    by Bill Quigley

    Although whites and Blacks use marijuana at roughly equal rates, Blacks are far more likely to be arrested for possession. In Louisiana, the racial bias in prosecution is extreme. “In Tangipahoa Parish, blacks are 11.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites and in St. Landry Parish the rate of black arrests for marijuana is 10.7 times as likely as whites.”

    Katrina Pain Index 2013: New Orleans Eight Years Later

    by Bill Quigley

    The “new” New Orleans that developers hoped to construct when 100,000 poor Black people were purged from the city is still a place of daunting poverty. “African American households in the metro New Orleans area earned 50 percent less than white households.” By almost every measurement, only the rich and white have prospered.

    Florida “Dream Defenders” Confront Racialized Justice System

    by Bill Quigley

    The young people occupying the Florida governor’s office seek more than just repeal of Stand Your Ground laws. They are crafting and proposing “a full legislative package to challenge the criminalization of our generation.”

    MLK Injustice Index 2013: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

     

    by Bill Quigley

    The three great evils cited by Dr. Martin Luther King have proliferated since his passing. Here’s an index of their influence, today.

    Hundreds of Thousands Homeless in Haiti Three Years After Earthquake

    by Bill Quigley and Amber Ramanauskas

    The military occupation of Haiti could not possibly have been intended to help the Haitian people, whose material conditions have dramatically worsened under foreign rule. Most dramatically, “360,000 Haitians are still displaced and living hand to mouth in 496 tent camps across the country.” “How can a nation be expected to grow unless it leads its own reconstruction?”

    Remember All the Children, Mr. President

     

    by Bill Quigley

    Including those whose lives were destroyed by United States policies, actions and inaction.

    Fifteen Issues this Election is Not About

     

    by Bill Quigley

    The ties that bind the two corporate parties and their presidential candidates are much stronger than any differences that separate them. That’s why a progressive platform could be built almost entirely around opposition to those positions shared by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Below is a litany of issues that will not see the light of day in corporate campaign 2012.

    Katrina Pain Index 2012: 7 Years After

     

    by Bill Quigley and Davida Finger

    Racists and land-grabbers were celebrating the inundation of New Orleans even before the dead had been counted. A “new” New Orleans, they predicted, would rise out of the floodwaters. Seven years later, it is a city of excruciating pain – as indexed by the authors.

    Five Reasons Drone Assassinations Are Illegal

     

    by Bill Quigley

    The United States is engaged in assassination and war crimes by drones in at least five nations around the globe, in violation of both U.S. and international law. It is a campaign of “extrajudicial ultimate death for people who have not been convicted of anything.” Barbarically, “the US also frequently fires drones again at people who show up at the scene of an attack, thus deliberately targeting rescuers and mourners.”

    Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us

     

    by Bill Quigley

    The national security state grew exponentially following 9/11, and now includes nearly 4,000 organizations across the country, employing technologies, old and new. Americans have been enlisted to track each other. “The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative stores the profiles of tens of thousands of Americans and legal residents who are not accused of any crime but who are alleged to have acted suspiciously.”

    Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

     

    by Bill Quigley

    The United States is the world leader in both mass incarceration and the systematic isolation of prisoners. President Obama has earned his own grotesque superlative, having “prosecuted more whistleblowers for espionage than all other presidents combined.” In the case of Bradley Manning, “much of what was published by Wikileaks was either not actually secret or should not have been secret.”

    Occupying Corporations: How to Cut Corporate Power

     

    by Bill Quigley

    Bringing corporations down to controllable size is a gargantuan task, but an absolute necessity if there is to be any hope for democracy. “Corporations have worked the courts mercilessly since 1819 to take a wide variety of constitutional rights that were designed to cover only people.” In one 30-year period, “African Americans lost their legal personhood, while corporations acquired theirs.” This historical crime must be reversed.

    Social Justice Quiz 2012: Thirteen Questions

     

    by Bill Quigley and Sam Schmitt

    How large is the Black-white wealth gap? Is the U.S. really generous with its foreign aid, or a relative miser? We all know that America is Number one in mass incarceration, but who is Number Two? Test your social justice knowledge.

    Ten Steps for Radical Revolution in USA

    by Bill Quigley

    If the current system of rule of, by and for the rich is truly in its terminal stages, as some believe, then it’s about time to envision new or transitional ways of living. The author has ten suggestions, including reparations for America’s “original crimes”: genocide, land theft, and slavery. “If those in government and those in power do not help the people do what is right, people seeking change must together exercise our human rights and bring about these changes directly.”

    Haiti: Seven Places Where the Earthquake Money Did and Did Not Go

    by Bill Quigley and Amber Ramanauskas

    Billions in public and private aid was earmarked, promised or thought to be on the way to the Haitian people, yet the the physical and human landscape of the country shows few signs that such treasure ever existed. In fact, “almost none of the money that the general public thought was going to Haiti actually went directly to Haiti.” Some went to the U.S. war machine. “Thirty three cents of each of these US dollars for Haiti was actually given directly back to the US to reimburse ourselves for sending in our military.” Less than a penny per dollar went to the Haitian government.

    Migrants’ Rights Are Human Rights! Take Local Police Out of Immigration Enforcement

     

    by Bill Quigley and Sunita Patel

    The predatory anti-immigrant federal program Secure Communities needs to be gotten rid off, abolished. “The Obama administration was not transparent with Congress about Secure Communities’ true purpose when it asked for over $2 billion for the program; it tricked state and local officials into believing they could limit or opt out of the program; and worst of all the government sold untruths to the public to get this program launched at any cost.” The administration foisted this destructive program is foisted on cities and states that want no part of it.

    Twenty Examples of the Obama Administration Assault on Domestic Civil Liberties

    by Bill Quigley

    Is the Obama administration really better for civil liberties than his Republican predecessor? The author fails to find any fundamental difference between the two. For example, “Wireless fingerprint scanners first used by troops in Iraq are now being utilized by local police departments to check motorists.” If you’re Muslim, the intrusions are infinite. “Under the Obama administration, the Associated Press reported in August 2011, informants known as ‘mosque crawlers,’ monitor sermons, bookstores and cafes."

    Wave of Illegal, Senseless and Violent Evictions Swells in Port au Prince

    by Bill Quigley

    A year and a half after the earthquake, Haiti’s homeless legions are driven from place to place like vermin. “The administration of President Michel Martelly has apparently given a green light to widespread violent demolition of camps without any legal process.” Billions in international donations have done virtually nothing to relieve mass suffering. “With nearly 600,000 internally displaced persons still in camps, the scale of Haiti’s homeless problem remains daunting.”

    Bush Ducks Geneva Criminal Torture Charges

     

    by Bill Quigley

    There was never a chance that Barack Obama would not work to ensure impunity for the war criminals of the previous administration – no doubt because he planned to employ much the same barbaric practices. But international human rights activists are still seeking justice for George Bush’s gang, including the top dog, himself. Amnesty International says there ought to be a warrant out there with George Bush’s name on it.

    MLK Injustice Index 2011: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

    by Bill Quigley

    Dr. Martin Luther King sought peace and justice in the material world, for real people. That means our demands must be based on material reality, and our struggle guided by a careful review of the facts. Here are some facts to act upon, in the course of changing our world.

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