While We’re Busy Arguing Over Who Gets to Use Which Bathroom, 2 Nuclear Plants Are Leaking in America

So, if you’ve been watching the news or been on Facebook lately (I’m guessing one is far likelier than the other), Americans are going batshit over whether or not transsexuals have the right to use the bathroom that they prefer rather than using the one assigned to them by biology. This is definitely an issue that deserves addressing, as it pertains to a group of underrepresented and often rejected portion of our society. However, there is an issue that deserves as much if not more attention from the media and the public in general. Not one, but two nuclear reactors in the United States are leaking radiation. And it’s very possible that one of these leaks could be worse than Fukushima.

The University of Miami has found that the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant just south of Miami has caused levels of Tritium (a radioactive isotope produced by nuclear reactors) in Biscayne Bay to spike to 200 times higher than normal levels. This basically has confirmed suspicions that the aging nuclear plant is leaking radiation into the nearby National Park. “This is one of several things we were very worried about,” South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, who is also a biological sciences professor at Florida International University, told the Miami New Times. “You would have to work hard to find a worse place to put a nuclear plant, right between two national parks and subject to hurricanes and storm surge.”

This leak is now endangering the water supply of the residents of Florida, as well as endangered plant and animal life in the region, as the nuclear plant is located between two separate National Parks. State regulators are still not acting on what could become the next major health crisis in America. It even has the power to put Florida into a very immediate state of emergency.

And if that’s not bad enough, there is another nuclear leak in the state of New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo has confirmed that the Indian Point nuclear facility is leaking tritium into the groundwater! Cuomo called an investigation after Indian Point, a facility that sits on the Hudson River, reported a leak of radioactive material flowing into the groundwater. Samples from groundwater show that levels of tritium are 80% higher than at previous times. Governor Cuomo encouraged Entergy, the company that runs Indian Point, to shut down the facility. But do you think they listened? Entergy responded with this: “While elevated tritium in the ground onsite is not in accordance with our standards, there is no health or safety consequence to the public, Releases are more than a thousand times below federal permissible limits. The tritium did not affect any source of drinking water onsite or offsite.” Does anyone even begin to believe this, the idea that radiation leaking into the groundwater will affect no one? Indian Point is located just 25 miles north of New York City–and serves the electrical needs of around 2 million people. If nothing is done about these nuclear spills and Indian Point in particular, some are saying it could be an even worse disaster than Fukushima. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has repeatedly weakened federal regulations to allow plants to keep operating, despite thousands of problems ranging from corroded pipes to cracked concrete and radioactive leaks.

Let’s be clear–the reason the media is not covering this and the reason that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission made their decision and the reason that Entergy released their public statement as it was is to AVOID THE PUBLIC PANICKING. To avoid a public outcry against the things that are happening in this country, and now in particular this thing that is threatening the health of millions of American Citizens. We need to act on this before any more can happen in the way of Nuclear spillage. Renewable energy is the only way to ensure that more damage to our planet and to our people does not occur. If we don’t act now in a public, united outcry, it may be too late when it finally comes. The demand for these types of things to stop has to come sooner than later if we are going to survive. The hour is far later than any media outlet or Commission or government would like us to believe–and we only shorter our timetable when we continue things like nuclear energy and other actions that pollute and damage and weaken our environment. Do whatever you can. Get out there with picket signs, organize protests, talk to your friends at parties about the shit they don’t pay attention to while they’re watching American Idol or completely isolating themselves with Netflix. Be that annoying gadfly in people’s ears to wake them up to what the fuck is going on. Act now, because that’s all we have.

Protect our Mother before it’s too late.

-ry

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Another Police Shooting of a Black Minor…When Will We Stand United?

It’s happened again.

On the 1 year anniversary of Freddie Gray’s death, a black man who died from injuries sustained in police custody, Baltimore police have shot and wounded a 14 year old African-American boy carrying a toy gun.

On Wednesday, plainclothes officers began chasing 14 year-old Dedric Colvin after they saw him with a BB gun. Police say the officers opened fire, striking him as he ran away. Colvin’s mother said Dedric was shot in the leg and in the shoulder–he’s thankfully expected to recover. This incident also comes 2 days after Cleveland officials agreed to pay 6 MILLION DOLLARS to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice, the 12 year old African-American boy who was fatally shot by police in what was for all intents and purposes, a drive by shooting, for playing with a toy pellet gun in a park.

Though the BB gun does appear very lifelike–a replica of a semi-automatic handgun–police’s claims that they had no way of knowing whether the gun was fake or not are being contested by eyewitness accounts that say that “[Colvin] turned towards them but the wasn’t turning the gun towards them, and I’m positive I heard him say, ‘It’s not real,'” a witness who identified himself only as “Bryan” told a local NBC affiliate. “He said, ‘It’s not real. It’s not real,’ and that quick, the male officer shot him twice in the leg.”

This report from the eyewitness makes plain that the officers responded too quickly. Local activist and artist Kwame Rose told The Independent: “This speaks to the fact that a young black male was never given the chance to be innocent. He was automatically criminalised and automatically feared by the police.” Mr. Rose addressed the need for “heavy investment” in de-escalation training tactics for the Baltimore police. “Shooting should never be the first action….The only difference between this case and the Tamir Rice case…is that Dedric ran–which probably saved his life.”

Another call in addition to de-escalation training for Baltimore Police has come from Baltimore residents, who called for police reforms to confront “institutionalized racism”. Both topics are key to ensuring that travesties like this do not occur again. This obviously should not only be a localized effort, but instead needs to spread to the rest of America so that there is never another Tamir Rice or Dedric Colvin case. President Obama met with civil rights leaders and Black Lives Matter activists from across the country a couple months ago in February to discuss organization of reforms and the issue of police brutality. Many leaders commented, saying they believed the meetings to have been very productive. However, Aislinn Pulley, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Chicago, declined the invitation to the meeting, saying that she believed the meeting was nothing more than a photo-op for the President. In an editorial for TruthOut.org, Pulley wrote: “I do not feel that a handshake with the President is the best way for me to honor Black History Month or the Black freedom fighters whose labor laid the groundwork for the historic moment we are living in…We assert that true revolutionary and systemic change will ultimately only be brought forth by ordinary working people, students and youth–organizing, marching and taking power from the corrupt elites.” Exactly what actions are involved in that “taking power from the elites” were not stated, but Pulley’s words remain true and striking. Until the people stand up and unite and send a continuous message to those in power, I fear that the systemic racism going on in our country and our police forces in particular, will not be addressed, but instead will have lipservice paid to them without any real specific change.

This is why the Black Lives Matter movement is important, and why it must continue, and why it must gain more and more followers, regardless of race. We have to stand united against a system that is becoming more and more akin to a police state. The officers in the case of Dedric Colvin knew better–they did, and if it had been a White kid with a BB gun instead of a Black kid, I believe that the officers would have found better means for dealing with the individual in question. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who has discussed real police reform in his campaign. He has called for police transparency and has led a charge to “de-militarize the police”–the rest of the candidates stand firm with the status quo of police brutality and systemic, institutionalized racism.

I believe the Police must take drastic steps in correcting itself before any more of these instances happen. They have to do anything within their power–one idea would be to enlist help from the Police departments of other countries…Norway’s Police, for instance haven’t resorted to killing any suspects in a number of years. Why is it so inconceivable to think outside the box in this way in order to combat the many problems facing our defective Police forces? Why isn’t there a conference held with all the major Police chiefs of all the major American cities with Black Lives Matter protesters and organizers? Has the rift and spirit of enmity between these entities become so entrenched and immovable that we are deliberately looking away from the most crucial actions of peacekeeping and reconciliation? The attitude of both of these groups has become so militant and so stubborn that they are both becoming part of the problem. Why is a meeting with the President more important than a meeting with the Police departments themselves? I don’t believe that any progress will be made in the fight for equality until the tensions and grudges are dissolved between these two developing factions. I call for a respectful and productive spirit in which these issues can be hashed out and dealt with–no more name-calling and passing the buck.

That being said, I believe the Black Lives Matter protesters are right. And I know that they are angry. I’m angry too, that an issue this important and divisive hasn’t been taken care of and put to bed. Some say the issue will never fully be resolved–but I say it’s that attitude combined with unchecked anger and aggression that will prove that self-fulfilling prophecy. We must remember that we are all brothers and sisters, and that when one of us bleeds or is mistreated, we all suffer from. Black Lives Matter, and it’s time everyone joined together in peaceful demonstration to make this dream a reality. Look up Black Lives Matter protests and organizations in your area–if there isn’t one, start one, or find someone who will. Write to your legislators, try to organize conferences. Get in touch with the people who have power to make sweeping legislative change, and then act on your own to sow the seeds of immediate, local change. We are all a part of this together, whether we put effort toward making a change or not. Making the decision to do nothing, is still an action–just one that doesn’t serve anything. Make a change, make a choice to be a part of this voice. Together, the people united will never be divided.

Love. Peace. Unity.

-ry

Gays and The South: The New Jim Crow

There is something sick and wrong going on in this country. Gays are being persecuted and subjugated just as much as they have been in the past. Only this time it’s not being done under the table. It’s being done right out in the open. By lawmakers. These lawmakers are shitting on the streak of progress that has been made lately in America, namely that of the legalization of Gay Marriage. These ignorant legislators are actively and openly seeking to take away the rights of a group of people whose culture values openness and acceptance and love and who deserve the same protections and freedoms under the law as everyone else. A number of Southern states have enacted legislation that gives any number of the following: permission to all sorts of health professionals in denying services to homosexuals; allowing individuals and institutions with religious objections to deny services to gay couples; permits business owners with broad application to deny homosexuals service; gives power to marriage insitutions to deny servies to homosexual couples.

The amazing thing is that something almost exactly like this happened 60 years ago in our country–just to a different group of people. Immediately after the US Supreme Court’s ruling on Brown vs Board of Education, which called for all public schools to be desegregated, Alabama lawmakers passed a series of laws intended to ignore the high court’s ruling–one of which established a procedure that would close any Alabama public school that even attempted to integrate; many of the other Southern states followed Alabama’s lead. The passing of laws meant to subjugate a certain group of people in the past, even after the highest court in the land had passed a ruling pertaining to the subjugation of said groups, compares amazingly to the situation going on right now with the LGBTQ community. Just like with the Supreme Court’s decision on Brown vs Board of Education, the highest court has already ruled: to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation is EXACTLY just as UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND ILLEGAL as discriminating against people because of their skin color. Period. What we are seeing is a resurgence of the Jim Crow laws, dressed up differently. As if these people (the South) just have to find a group of people to subjugate and treat with disdain. The other day I saw something that summed up the situation more than I ever could: it was a picture of an older lady holding a sign that read, “IT WASN’T ABOUT THE WATER FOUNTAINS THEN AND IT ISN’T ABOUT THE BATHROOMS NOW. STOP THE HATE.” This woman was drawing the same parallel that I’m drawing now–it was actually the inspiration for this blog post.

The states leading this despicable Jim Crow 2.0 charge are: North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Mississippi, and now Tennessee. The amazing thing is that these lawmakers from these states have an awful memory when it comes to history. When the lawmakers in the South tried to flout the ruling of the court, this gave the South a reputation as being a place crawling with bigots–people and businesses became reluctant to set up shop in a place known for intolerance and it took decades to undo the damage done by those elected “leaders.” The important thing to note is that this DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE ENTIRE SOUTH IS BIGOTED–surely, there are bigots in the South (they’re the ones running the South)–but there are also members of the LGBTQ community in the South, which means that there must certainly be a strong contingent of citizens in the South who support the LGBTQ community. This fact is important is because of how much financial impact is already happening to the South. Millions and most likely billions of dollars have already been taken out of the South, specifically North Carolina for its remarkably discriminatory bill against transgender individuals and homosexuals–PayPal elected not to extend its services to North Carolina, divesting millions of dollars from the state’s economy; Deutsche Bank on Tuesday said it would halt plans to add 250 new jobs in its Cary, North Carolina location, citing state legislation enacted in March that blocks anti-discrimination rules for gay and transgender people; in addition to this a number of musical acts and million dollar conferences have boycotted the state of North Carolina for the measures enacted by its lawmakers. Furthermore, major corporations have slammed the lawmakers’ decision publicly, including IBM, Google, and Facebook. Hopefully the people of these southern states will stand up and take back their legislatures and vote or oust their bigoted legislators. Mayors from major US cities including Seattle, San Francisco, and New York have banned all official travel to the places that have enacted discriminatory legislation.

The most recent anti-progress bill was signed just today by the Governor of Tennessee: SB 1556  was signed into law, the measure that allows counselors to deny services to clients based on the counselor’s “sincerely held principles”–the original wording of the bill allowed counselors to turn away clients based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.” These measures are rooted in the dangerous misconception that religion can be used as a free pass to discriminate. To find out how you can help in the case of the Tennessee issue in particular, contact Lindsay Kee, ACLU-TN communications director, 615-320-7142.

Maybe we can look at the example set by a different, non-Southern state to determine the likelihood of a pattern developing between enacting bigoted legislation and losing money influx. Last year, the state of Indiana enacted anti-gay legislation–a year later, the tourism department (VisitIndy) reported the loss of 60 million dollars in convention and tourism revenue. The picture is clear and developing more and more all the time–the people of this country will not stand for discrimination of any kind and they are speaking with the thing that speaks (or swears) loudest–money. If the Southern legistlators are not careful, they are going to end up with a much more difficult economy on their hands than already exists–and all over the issue that Southern legislators claim is “religious”–just like the South still contends that the Civil War was about states’ rights!
The HUFFINGTON POST recently ran an article titled: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 100+ ANTI-LGBT BILLS PENDING IN STATES. In reading this, I learned that there are more than 100 ACTIVE BILLS LIKE THE ONES PASSED BY THE STATES MENTIONED ABOVE. Some are bathroom bills, some let judges refuse to marry same-sex couples, some let businesses deny services to LGBT people–but they all have the same goal: legalizing discrimination against queer people. Another scary thing is that Democrats used to support bills of this same nature. These kinds of bills have far more support in places of power than we probably even know–Democrats far and wide now are for the most part too scared to support bills of this nature because they’ve seen the backlash from them. This is the pressure we need to continue to put on any legislator that attempts to push through these bills labeled “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” or anything of the kind.

If you, reader, want to do something about this, there are many things you can do. First of all, divest any funds from investments that go to companies based in those states that I mentioned above; decide against any travel to those aforementioned states as well; if you live in any of those states please write/call your legislators…ALL of them…the ones involved AND not involved in the enacting of this awful legislation. Go to your local Gay Pride Parade and march in solidarity with your brothers and sisters. Hell, run for fucking office, and run on a non-discrimination platform, especially if you’re in the South.Do something, do anything to show that shit kind of discrimination and prejudice will not stand. Don’t give in to apathy–just because they’re not attacking your rights now doesn’t mean they won’t come for them in the future.

Get up, Stand up.

-ry

Why I’m A Part of #BernieOrBust

Some voters and other politically informed people seem to be operating the delusion that what is important is that the Democratic Party win over the Republican Party. This is a delusion not because the Democratic Party isn’t better for the country than the Republican Party–the reason this is a delusion is because the operating logic behind this idea is that we should support whichever candidate wins the nomination of the Democratic Party IN ORDER to be sure that the Democratic Party wins over the Republican Party. I’m quite obviously referring to the developing situation between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The common wisdom behind this situation is this: if Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton should throw her support behind him and get the whole party on that level–on the flip side, Bernie Sanders is expected to throw his support behind Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic nomination for the same reason–the Democrats want to be at full strength in the months leading up to the general election. I say that this conventional wisdom is at the heart of the cancer of party politics in America.

First and foremost, Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. He is an Independent candidate seeking the Democratic nomination in order to get the Democrats to acknowledge the necessity of a new political philosophy for a developing, maturing America. This fact is a reflection of the difference between Bernie Sanders as a candidate and Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders’ ideas and philosophy are fresh, progressive, and insightful–and what’s more, they are devoid of the pandering and backward-looking Neo-Liberal policies of Hillary Clinton. Let me remind you: Hillary Clinton was against Gay Marriage at one time; she was against the 15 dollar minimum wage; she supports fracking; she says she supports breaking up the big banks and yet takes their money to give speeches and yet refuses to tell us what she told them; she does not support the #BlackLivesMatter movement; every major progressive campaign promise or statement that Hillary has made recently have all been in an attempt to parrot Bernie Sanders’ message in order to gain followers and support. The most progressive thing she ever did was more than 15 years ago and that was her push to get UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE for everyone in America–and let us not forget who worked side by side with her on that issue all those years ago…Bernie Sanders. Let me say this clearly: we do not need a Democratic candidate to win the election–WE NEED THE CORRECT CANDIDATE TO WIN THE ELECTION. To say that we need to support whatever candidate gets the nod from the Democrats is to value party affiliation and POWER over the candidate with the right experience, the right attitude, and the right ideas on how to run the country. Our country and its political process has been glutted and slowed for far too long BY THIS EXACT SAME MENTALITY, that somehow the best way to get things done is for us to bunch up into two warring, completely uncooperative parties and sling as much mud as possible to see who ends up looking less dirty and to use that as the benchmark for electing our representatives. It’s complete bullshit and until we as a people realize this, we will always be the ones who lose and the politicians will be the ones who win.

Paris Agreement Signed Today

One day ago, 175 nations from around the world came together at the UN in New York City and signed the Paris Agreement. Earth Day served as the perfect backdrop for the signing of an accord that vows to slow the rising of greenhouse gasses that lead to global warming.

Before the signing ceremony, the UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo Dicaprio told the UN that The agreement is nowhere near enough to save the planet. He contended that it will not be enough “until fossil fuels are left in the ground” and left there. He went on to say,  “An upheaval and a massive change is required now. One that leads to a collective consciousness. A new collective evolution of the human race, inspired by a sense of urgency from all of you.” Dicaprio makes me wish he was the President, to be perfectly honest. We need more people like him to show us the way.

The UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon told the attendees of the signing that “We are in a race against time…the Era of consumption without consequences is over.” He added that the poor must not suffer for the choices made by the rich. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the agreement while holding his granddaughter, one of 197 other young people that were present to witness the signing. Ki-moon went on to say that the “…young people are our future. Our covenant is with them…This day is for our children and our grandchildren and all generations to come.”

The Paris Agreement sets the commitment to slow the warming of the planet by 2 degrees Celsius (3.4 degrees F) by 2100 as compared to pre-industrial levels. To accomplish this, each nation will set a goal to achieve this, and update the plan each year. Fridays signing sets a record for the amount of countries to sign an agreement on the first available day.

Signing the accord is only one step in the process. The leaders must now go back to their home countries’ governments to ratify and approve the agreement, which could take months or years. The deal goes into effect once 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions formally join.

The two biggest emitters of greenhouse gasses, USA and China, both signed the Agreement.

Reactions to the signing were mixed, with some environmentalists praising it as the first definite step toward addressing the issue of climate change. However, others like Mike Duncan, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, called the signing “nothing more than a parlor game…lacking consequence or purpose.” Of course, Duncan has room to be worried as head of a company whose wares will be fully phased out eventually as part of a cleaner, more renewable world of energy.

So to conclude, the Paris Agreement is off to a roaring start of being signed. However only one nation has submitted a plan to the UN as to how it will lessen it’s carbon footprint. This is where we need to see movement the most. Now that the lipservice in the form of signatures has been paid, it still remains to be seen as to how long it will take each country to ratify the Agreement and even longer until the magic number of 55% of the signing nations have ratified it. I expect and call on President Obama to act quickly in order to ratify the Agreement with an executive order and then to get to work immediately on a plan to submit to the UN, detailing exactly what will be done to limit the amount of climate change going on at the hands of America.

We are all part of this. Be aware of what you throw away. Be aware of how much you drive your car. Be aware of how much meat you eat. Be aware of how much water is wasted. Call your representatives and find out how you can contribute to do more for the environment. Go out and pick up trash. The animals and the Earth will appreciate you if you show your appreciation. Thank you.

TODAY IN HISTORY – APRIL 22 2016

2016: Earth Day

HAPPY EARTH DAY PEOPLE.

Today is the day to take the time and thank the Mother for sustaining us as long as she has. Take the time to consider what YOU can do to help this world last a little longer. Don’t drive when you can walk. Use less water in
the shower. Plants are wonderful…grow some! Research the products you use and be sure that they participate in sustainability. It’s really Earth Day every day, but today is the day to make noise about it.

“What have we done to the Earth? What have we done to our poor sister? Ravaged and plundered and raped her and bit her. Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn and tied her with fences and dragged her down.”
-Jim Morrison

New York Primary Called in Favor of Hillary–Election Officials Call “Foul.”

Ever since the beginning of the Democratic New York primary, even before the day of the polls opening, we were expecting difficulties with voters being able to cast their ballots. A week before the primary, reports came rolling in of Independents and Democrats alike who were finding out that the record of their registrations had been lost. The irregularities reached even higher on the day of the primary as hundreds of thousands of voters were turned away from the polling place for various reasons. Most of these voters came from parts of New York where Bernie Sanders was polling better than Hillary Clinton–namely in Brooklyn and the more rural areas of New York state. Around 5pm, the New York primary was called in favor of Hillary Clinton. All told, reports are that as many as 3 MILLION VOTERS WERE DISENFRANCHISED EN ROUTE TO CLINTON’S WIN IN NEW YORK.

The Bernie Sanders campaign called the reports of voting irregularities a “disgrace” as local officials rushed to condemn the city Bord of Elections for stripping more than 125,000 DEMOCRATS FROM THE ROLLS. “It is absurd that in Brooklyn, New York — where I was born, actually — tens of thousands of people as I understand it, have been purged from the voting rolls”–Sanders said this during an evening rally at Penn State University.

ELECTION JUSTICE USA, an organization for voter rights, told reporters that it would go to Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Wednesday morning as part of an effort to have provisional ballots from voters disenfranchised by the Board of Elections counted before the primary results are certified. Basically this means that the results will not be final until AT LEAST the provisional ballots from the Primary can be counted. Earlier on Tuesday a federal judge denied a restraining order which would have helped voters vote who had claimed to have been unlawfully listed as Republican or unaffiliated–there were apparently a great number of these instances occurring. At Brooklyn Borough Hall, the polling site coordinator reported that approximately 10 percent of the voters at his polling place were turned away.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio said: “It has been reported to us from voters and voting rights monitors that the voting lists in Brooklyn contain numerous errors, including the purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters from the voting lists…reverse that purge…The perception that numerous voters may have been disenfranchised undermines the integrity of the entire electoral process and must be fixed.” Mayor de Blasio is a Hillary Clinton supporter and even he sees the dirty politics at work in this situation.

The Board of Elections Executive Director denied that there were irregularities–at least not out of line with the normal irregularities seen during elections. However, it’s been reported that the New York voter complaint hotline had received over 700 calls before 4pm, whereas in 2012, it had received less than 150 for the whole day of the primary.

Plainly speaking, this is fucking bullshit. The people are being disenfranchised, taken advantage of by those in power. The Democrats are afraid of losing the status quo, where they can parrot and give lip service to the values they claim to uphold while lining their own pockets with money from corporations and back room dealings. Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat, and he’s not acting like one, and that is why the Democrats are after him. Hillary Clinton is obviously another bought and paid for candidate–a flip flopping liar who is ready to cast her vote and throw her weight into the next war, the next political game to play, the next back room deal to make in order to make her friends and herself even more money. Hillary Clinton doesn’t care about the people electing her–she cares about the people who are paying for her campaign. The Democratic Party is doing all it can to make sure that the special interests in America remain special while the people of America foot the bill for it. As long as there is big money in politics, the only ones who will be served is the big money.

I am so fucking angry about this election, but this primary in particular. Blatant voter disenfranchisement, lying, and manipulating of the electoral system is going on and nothing seems to have changed. Are there seriously people out there who don’t see that as the stakes are heightening and the hour gets later and the more momentum Sanders gets, the more problems there are with people casting their votes?! Is there not enough noise being made to scare these people in their seats of power into doing what is right? What is it going to take to ensure that the right person is elected? An act of God?  Hopefully by the time the dust settles on this issue, the state will be called for  Bernie Sanders like what occurred in Missouri and Nevada. I have to be honest: I pray for the result of this election a lot. Like, a lot more than I’ve ever prayed for anything in my life. I call people for Bernie, I call the delegates and super delegates pledged to Hillary to try and get them to change their minds. I’m angry. And I’m scared. Sometimes I’m more scared than angry, honestly. Hillary Clinton is a felon and a war criminal. A war monger and a corporate puppet. She supports fracking and further damage to the environment. She doesn’t believe in bringing people together. Her latest speech on the state of Israel-Palestinian relations shows that much–her game and her world function on the very basic idea of dividing people rather than uniting them.

If you do anything in response to this, please call your local delegates, the super delegates in your state, sign petitions, share articles about Bernie Sanders or the political race. Sign petitions increasing voter rights and voter access. Google “how can i make a difference in this election” and do what the results say for God’s sake. MAKE SOME FUCKING NOISE. WAKE UP. THIS IS FUCKING IMPORTANT.

Thank you for your time.

-ry

PS: BERNIE OR BUST. WRITE IN BERNIE SANDERS ON YOUR BALLOT IF HILLARY CLINTON WINS THE NOMINATION

DEMOCRACY SPRING PROTESTS CONCLUDE

Yesterday, April 18 2016, was the last day of a week of protesting on the steps of CAPITOL HILL in WASHINGTON DC by Americans to call attention to the problem of corporate money in politics and to bring awareness of the disenfranchisement of voters nationwide.  OVER 1300 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED DURING THIS WEEK OF PROTESTS. The simple fact is that Democracy is in crisis. This was said by Democracy Spring, when asked why the protests were going on. And it’s easy to see without looking too far that this is totally true. From voter disenfranchisement with new bullshit voter ID laws to felons not having a vote to cast, from Citizens United giving unparalleled power to corporations to sway elections to the corporate media hamstringing certain campaigns. DEMOCRACY IS IN CRISIS.

Though the protests that were planned are over, Democracy Spring has no plans on stopping or slowing its pressure on the powers that be.”We will demand that Congress listen to the People and take immediate action to save our democracy. And we won’t leave until they do — or until they send thousands of us to jail, along with the unmistakable message that our country needs a new Congress, one that that will end the legalized corruption of our democracy and ensure that every American has an equal voice in government,” the Democracy Spring website said. Among their ranks — and those arrested — were actress Rosario Dawson and ice cream entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield from Ben & Jerry’s. Democracy Spring is part of a larger coalition of groups including 99Rise and Democracy Matters.

There are 4 demands that Democracy Spring has–and they all relate to Bills for consideration to be made into law. They are: 1)Overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision about Citizens United which allows corporate money in politics; 2) restore protections against voter discrimination previously afforded under the Voting Rights Act; 3) Democracy Spring wants to make the voting process more transparent overall; 4) make sure anyone can run for office without the support of big money.

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders has changed American politics forever. The corporate stranglehold over America and its politics is not long for this Earth. Please share this page and like this article, talk to your friends about it, research the bills that Democracy Spring is supporting, share articles on your facebook and twitter accounts…THIS MOVEMENT STARTS WITH ALL OF US. And I guess get out of the way if you can’t lend a hand, because the new world is coming.

 

LOVE AND PEACE Y’ALL

-ry

THE BILLS:

H.J.Res.22
The Voting Rights Advancement Act
Voter Empowerment ActFair Elections Now Act