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Yet another sad, horrific tragedy of an innocent African American teenager gunned down in Florida. Once again, the alleged killer stands behind the right wing created, advocated, and sponsored ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law.
“Minister: Latest teen murder shows Stand Your Ground ‘reeks of racism’”
“Michael Skolnik op-ed: Turn the music up for Jordan Russell Davis”
I cannot recommend this information enough! This is MUST WATCH!
“Capitalism Hits the Fan: A Lecture on the Economic Meltdown – Preview”
Uploaded by ChallengingMedia on Feb 4, 2009
“With breathtaking clarity, renowned UMass Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic and systemic failures within American-style capitalism as a whole. Wolff traces the source of the economic crisis to the 1970s, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a dysfunctional spiral of borrowing and debt that ultimately exploded in the mortgage meltdown. By placing the crisis within this larger historical and systemic frame, Wolff argues convincingly that both the government “bailouts” and calls for increased market regulation will not be enough to address the real causes of the crisis – in the end suggesting that more fundamental changes will be necessary to avoid future catastrophes.”
“Richly illustrated with graphics and charts, this is a superb introduction that allows ordinary citizens to comprehend, and react to, the unraveling crisis.”
Available on DVD from the Media Education Foundation.
Turning to the issue of Women and the misuse of our POWER, we discuss this:
“Miss Representation Trailer (2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection)”
Uploaded by MissRepresentation2 on Feb 1, 2011
“Miss Representation explores women’s under-representation in positions of power and influence and challenges the limited and often disparaging portrayals of women in media. Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom brings together some of America’s most influential thought leaders in politics, news, entertainment, and academia, including Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Geena Davis, Lisa Ling, Marissa Mayer, Cory Booker, Jean Kilbourne, and Jackson Katz, to give us an inside look at the media’s messaging. As one of the most persuasive and pervasive forces of communication in our culture, mainstream media is educating yet another generation that a woman’s primary value lies in her youth, beauty and sexuality—not in her capacity as a leader. Miss Representation premieres Saturday January 22 in the documentary competition at Sundance Film Festival and then travels to the Athena Film Festival in New York City February 12.”
The TRUTH re: the total, & colossal failure of the “War On Drugs.”
In July of 2012, while speaking on fiscal policy, and government in NewJersey, N.J. Governor Chris Christie said this:
“GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE CALLS WAR ON DRUGS ‘A FAILURE’”
Published on Jul 12, 2012 by SydneyRehab
“WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has become the latest leader to condemn the now 40-year-old war on drugs.
“The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure,” Christie said Monday during a speech at The Brookings Institution. “We’re warehousing addicted people everyday in state prisons in New Jersey, giving them no treatment.”
Christie stressed the merits of legislation recently passed by New Jersey state lawmakers that institutes a year of mandatory treatment for first-time, nonviolent drug offenders instead of jail time. The mandatory treatment program, slated to be put in place in at least three counties during its first year, will eventually expand statewide over the next five years.
Christie, one of the few Republican lawmakers to actively speak out against the effects of America’s drug war policies, sought to put a conservative moral spin on his position.
“If you’re pro-life, as I am, you can’t be pro-life just in the womb,” he said. “Every life is precious and every one of God’s creatures can be redeemed, but they won’t if we ignore them.”
Perhaps to blunt conservative criticism of the cost of such a program to the state, Christie argued in favor of the economics of drug treatment over incarceration.
“It costs us $49,000 a year to warehouse a prisoner in New Jersey state prisons last year,” Christie said. “A full year of inpatient drug treatment costs $24,000 a year.”
Christie’s strong stance on the war on drugs and drug treatment contrasts sharply with the less-defined series of positions on drug policy taken by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. A recent overview of Romney’s past statements on drugs, undertaken by The Atlantic, concluded that the former Massachusetts governor’s position has been difficult to pin down.
While in 2007 Romney was quoted in support of the war on drugs and spending overseas to staunch the production and importation of drugs into the United States, he later shifted his position, calling the drug war “disappointing” due to the disparity between funds spent on foreign enforcement and those used for domestic anti-drug education efforts.
During the 2012 Republican primary, Romney again returned to the topic of education when asked about the drug war, telling a crowd in New Hampshire, “We’ve got to not only continue our war on drugs from a police standpoint but also to market again to our young people about the perils of drugs.”
Gov. Christie, however, emphasizes a focus on the longer term problem of what to do with those already involved with and convicted of drug use.
“You can certainly make the argument that no one should try drugs in the first place, I certainly am in that camp,” Christie said, “but tens of millions of people in our society do every year, and for some people they can try it and walk away from it, but for others the first time they try it they become an addict, and they’re sick and they need treatment.” – 9 July 2012.”
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