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Citizen Direct: Supreme Court Undoes Democracy   🙂
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In This Issue:
– Featured Story
– Wall Street Bonuses
– Fibromyalgia Drug
– New Jersey Trade Bill
– Online Free Speech
– Nuclear Renaissance?
– From Our Blogs
– Press Room Updates
Featured Story:
Shed a Tear for Democracy
February 2010
Featured Story
Shed a tear for democracy: Supreme Court decision will unleash flood of corporate money in elections. Following the controversial and highly unfavorable ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which upended a century of campaign finance law, Public Citizen launched a campaign for a constitutional amendment to reverse the decision and already has gathered more than 27,000 signatures. Several lawmakers have introduced versions of an amendment; other solutions include public financing of elections and a law to give shareholders the right to veto political expenditures by corporations.
>> SIGN the petition for a constitutional amendment.
>> READ Public Citizen President Robert Weissman’s statement.
>> WATCH Weissman’s reaction to the decision.
>> LEARN MORE by viewing a recording of our webinar about the decision.
>> SUPPORT the campaign by making a contribution today.
 
Wall Street Bonuses
Wall Street is giving outrageous a bad name. Just 16 months after Congress and taxpayers rescued the failing financial industry, Wall Street giants have continued to act recklessly, giving themselves exorbitant bonuses in the process.
>> READ Public Citizen President Robert Weissman’s statement.
>> TELL Congress to hold Wall Street accountable.
Fibromyalgia Drug
Dangerous fibromyalgia drug should be pulled from the market. The fibromyalgia drug Savella should be removed from pharmacy shelves because it increases blood pressure, heart rate and suicidal thoughts, Public Citizen told the Food and Drug Administration. READ the news release.
New Jersey Trade Bill
On his way out, Corzine dismisses public call for new direction on American trade policy. On his way out of office, lame duck New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine vetoed cutting-edge legislation that would have safeguarded job-creation programs, Buy America/Buy New Jersey procurement preferences and renewable source energy policies from being undermined by trade agreements. LEARN more.
Online Free Speech
Florida media company tries to muffle free speech, goes after Public Citizen attorney. The saga of a media company trying to stifle its online critics continues – the company is now trying to muzzle a Public Citizen attorney involved in the case. Boca Raton, Fla.-based Vision Media requested a gag order to silence one of our attorneys, who represents the message board on which criticisms were posted. READ more.
Nuclear Renaissance?
"Nuclear renaissance" dealt blow by South Texas Project troubles. After a Texas court ruled that CPS Energy could withdraw from a nuclear plant expansion project, the so-called "nuclear renaissance" got a wake-up call that its days could be numbered. The project ballooned from $5 billion to more than $15 billion in less than a year. LEARN more about the expensive and environmentally damaging nuclear push, and how Public Citizen is combating it.
From Our Blogs
Joke’s on the Chamber: Yes Men spoof is protected political speech. When members of a parody troupe, the Yes Men, impersonated officials from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and held a press conference in the Chamber’s name, it was a prank, not a trademark violation, Public Citizen argued in a recent court brief. In the faux conference, the Yes Men announced the supposed reversal of the Chamber’s climate-change views – and when an actual member of the Chamber showed up, it caused quite the stir. Learn more.
Obama’s path forward, or Bush’s NAFTA for ‘Nam? Obama’s careful phrasing when it came to trade during his first State of the Union address leaves open the possibility that, rather than adopting Bush’s trade policies as his own and passing NAFTA for ‘Nam, Obama can push for a different kind of trade model and try out this new model with our trading partners in Asia and Latin America. Learn more.
 
Climate change will increase big hurricanes, scientists say. Mother Nature is getting fired up, and she won’t quit until we listen. A new study says that the number of powerful Category 4 and 5 storms in the Atlantic could increase by 81 percent. It’s time to do something. Learn more.
 
Press Room Updates
Public Citizen commends OSHA’s proposal to learn more about employees’ ailments. A government proposal to require employers to track musculoskeletal disorders is a positive step that will help improve on-the-job safety. Public Citizen applauds this effort, as this recordkeeping will close an information gap and inform OSHA, employers and the public about patterns of workplace musculoskeletal disorders. This knowledge is critical to prevent this class of injuries, which afflict millions of Americans. Learn more.
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The 250th DNA Exoneration   🙂
Today, Innocence Project client Freddie Peacock became the 250th person exonerated through DNA evidence in the United States.
This is a major milestone – a moment to reflect on how much we have succeeded in using these exonerations to reform the criminal justice system, and how much work we still have to do.
    Peacock was convicted in New York in 1976 of a rape he didn’t commit based on an eyewitness misidentification and a false confession that police claim he made during an interrogation. Peacock, who has severe mental illness, was freed in 1982, but continued the fight to clear his name. With the help of the Innocence Project, he obtained DNA testing that proved his innocence and led to today’s exoneration.
His fight to clear his name after release is the longest of any DNA exoneree to date – for 28 years Peacock sought a complete exoneration, even turning down chances to end his parole because he thought staying on parole might improve his access to appeals.
The Innocence Project hears from thousands of people each year, the vast majority of whom are still in prison hoping the truth will finally come to light. While we work tirelessly to review their cases, we are also committed to preventing wrongful convictions in the first place. Today, as we mark the nation’s 250th DNA exoneration, you can help use this moment to raise awareness about the need to make our system of justice more fair, accurate and reliable.
Will you take action today? Take two minutes to send a letter right now to the editor of your local newspaper.
To mark the 250th exoneration today, the Innocence Project has released a new report: "250 Exonerated: Too Many Wrongfully Convicted" To host an event in your community marking the 250th DNA exoneration, email us at info@innocenceproject.org.
Read more about Freddie Peacock’s case and take action today by sending a letter to the editor.
                               
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Military hate group policy needs change   🙂
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February 4, 2010
Report echoes SPLC’s call for change in military hate group policy
The SPLC has long pointed out the dangers of extremism in the military, and in December SPLC President Richard Cohen wrote to the independent review board examining the Ft. Hood massacre about the need to amend Department of Defense regulations that have inadvertently permitted members of the military to participate in white supremacist activity. The review board has come to the same conclusion in its report, saying that in order to weed out extremists of all kinds from the military, hate group participation policy must be changed.
Limbaugh, Robertson and neo-Nazis find common ground on Haiti
Neo-Nazi leader Billy Roper announced a food drive for all Haitian citizens who agree to be sterilized. But he isn’t the only one spewing anti-Haitian rhetoric. Intelligence Project director Mark Potok tracked reactions to the catastrophe from Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson. Limbaugh is advising his listeners not to donate to the relief effort, and Robertson believes that the earthquake was caused by Haiti making a pact with the devil.
Teaching Tolerance magazine examines the ‘New Segregation’ in U.S. schools
"We’re back to buying into the belief that separate can be equal – and this time around we’re not limiting segregated classrooms to race," says Lecia Brooks, Director of SPLC’s Civil Rights Memorial Center. The latest issue of Teaching Tolerance reports that 50 years after Brown v. Board integrated classrooms, today’s schools not only remain racially segregated, but are dividing along gender lines, sexual orientation and immigration status in the name of better education.
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What is the State of Your Union?   🙂
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Last week we asked some of the 117 Green Party candidates who have already declared their runs for office in 2010 to comment on the State of the Union, respond to the first year of the Obama Administration, and present some of the ideas that the President asked for in his speech.  
Here’s what we heard back. 
Jill Stein, candidate for Governor of Massachusetts (http://www.jillstein.org) replied:
"The sobering message in President Obama’s State of the Union speech: Help is not on the way. His prescription is a stiff upper lip for America’s families struggling with double digit unemployment, home foreclosures and record un-insurance; for students facing brutal college debt and scarce job prospects; for ordinary citizens facing the threats of unending war and a planet warming faster than the worst scientific predictions…
On health care,  the President issued this invitation: "… if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know." Has he forgotten? He was describing the attributes of single payer health insurance…
It was good to hear the President decry the Supreme Court decision to put our elections up for sale to the highest bidder,
even if his concern may be partly in preserving Democratic Party financial advantages.  Unfortunately, the President will be a poor spokesperson for legislative integrity as long as he continues to praise highly flawed bills written by and for powerful moneyed interests.
It is up to the Green Party to provide the vision that America so desperately needs if it is to prevent Wall Street from cannibalizing our economy and destroying our planet.  Despite the rhetorical flourish,  President Obama is seeming more and more unequal to the task. Hope for change is now officially dead.  From here on, we need to talk less about hope and more about organizing.  Let 2010 be the year that democracy begins its recovery."
Sheldon Schafer, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’ 18th District, (http://www.schaferforcongress.info) notes that:
"President Obama’s talk about green energy and a green economy has turned out to be lip service. He could have turned that around during his State of the Union speech by announcing that he no longer backs the cap and trade scheme and will instead seek emissions reduction mandates, and by demanding an end to the mountaintop coal removal that is devastating West Virginia and other states and feeding climate change. Unfortunately, the actions of the U.S. delegation at the Copenhagen negotiations in December indicate that Mr. Obama is compromising on the real steps necessary to curb climate change…"
Lynne Williams, candidate for Governor of Maine (http://www.lynnewilliams2010.org) wrote:
"President Obama has realized that the American people are tired, upset, out of work and deeply in debt. But his solution appears to be to continue unlimited funding for war…Obama will not cut homeland security, so while we’ll still be poked and prodded at the airport, there may not be adequate staffing in the air traffic control system to safely manage our plane once it’s in flight. There could be cuts to public transportation, the arts, and other "non-essentials"…Programs supporting R&D and enrollments at post-secondary educational institutions could also be threatened.
America will never again be strong until it is again at peace. President Obama and Congress don’t need to "reinvent" government. They simply need to return control of the government to its rightful owners, the people of this nation."
We, the organizers of hundreds of local and state Green Parties and the Green Party of the United States, are the rightful owners of our government.  Now is the time to present a new vision – a truly Green vision – for the state of our union and work to make it happen. 
Will you support this mission today?
The Green Party does not accept contributions from labor unions, corporations, or political action committees (PAC)s, therefore our sole source of support is our membership.  We depend on you to fund our everyday operations, campaign schools, ballot access drives, web outreach, phone and mail campaigns, and national meetings.  At our last national meeting in Durham, North Carolina, party members set a goal of recruiting 500 sustainers supporting the party with monthly contributions.  We currently have over 400 monthly sustaining donors.
Who will the 500th sustainer be?  Will it be you?  Will you take one minute to sign up for a monthly contribution through your credit or debit card?  If 500 sustainers were supporting the Green Party and its candidates with $20 monthly donations, our monthly expenses would be covered in full.  $10 a month, or even $5 a month goes a long way as well. 
Sign up to be a sustaining donor today and we’ll send you a specially-designed pin with the Green Party logo.  You can proudly show your support of the party that represents your valuesWe hope you’ll help us reach 500 monthly sustainers.  But, if you are unable to give a monthly gift please donate what you can today to strengthen our voice so that we can make our vision a reality.  With your help we can provide support for candidates, spread the Green message and work for a more just and sustainable world.  If you have given recently, please consider giving more.  And, if you haven’t given in some time, please make today the day you give.
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Abolition Times   🙂
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Elaine Jones presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Anthony G. Amsterdam
NCADP Annual Conference Shows Movement to Oppose Death Penalty Grows Broader and Deeper
Political conservatives joined progressives, law enforcement officials joined exonerated former death row inmates, families of death row prisoners joined family members of murder victims and leaders from a multitude of faith communities at the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky earlier this month.
The conference, entitled "Training for the Long Run: Building Bridges to Wider Audiences," convened more than 400 participants from 40 states in a united effort to end capital punishment — NCADP’s largest annual conference in recent years. The energy was palpable and the momentum of the movement clearer than ever. The tone for the conference was set with a panel discussion on "The State of the Death Penalty," and an exceptional opening address by Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney that focused on the need to continue to build common ground across diverse political parties, racial backgrounds, and faith communities, and to be part of the overall criminal justice solution that addresses’ victims’ and society’s needs.
 
Celebrating a year in which New Mexico became the third state in as many years to abolish the death penalty, the conference was built around a series of panels that highlighted different constituencies organizing around their concerns about the death penalty and addressed practical alternative solutions to violent crime. A panel on political conservatives and the death penalty featured Montana’s Republican Senator Roy Brown, who shepherded an abolition bill through his State Senate, and Revs. Matt Randles and Barry Lynn. A law enforcement perspective was featured on a panel that included current and former police officers, including Ron Hampton, head of the National Black Police Association. Nationally known author and victims’ advocate Susan Herman addressed the failures of the current criminal justice system in responding to the needs of victims of violence. And the movement’s connections to youth and the hip-hop movement were explored by Rev. Lennox Yearwood in a passionate address that brought attendees to their feet.
Activists were further energized at the conference by Sister Helen Prejean, known internationally for her advocacy and pastoral work with death row prisoners and victims of violence, and by an interfaith Praise and Healing Ceremony co-sponsored by Louisville’s Interfaith Paths to Peace. In addition, a handful of "Voices of Experience" put a human face on the movement, with brief remarks from well-known activists like Bud Welch, Henderson Hill, Vicki Schieber, Martina Correia and others. Participants attended dozens of workshops, and also translated their values and learning into specific action by making videos, writing letters to the editor and submitting formal comments to legislative committees and state corrections agencies at the "Abolition Action Center."
NCADP’s Annual Dinner, which closed the last full day of the Conference, opened with the high energy and festive pageantry of a local youth drum corps and featured Award presentations to key movement figures. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to New York University School of Law Professor Anthony G. Amsterdam. Former NAACP Legal Defense Fund Director-Counsel and President Elaine Jones, presenting the award to Prof. Amsterdam, noted there is no one in the country who has had or is having a more profound impact on the legal attack on capital punishment. Jones added that no one is more respected or beloved for the extraordinary intellect and skill that they bring to this issue as well as a host of other civil rights issues.
Among the countless cases that Professor Amsterdam has participated in over the years, he is perhaps best-known for litigating the landmark case of Furman v. Georgia, which led to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 overturning all existing death sentences.
Governor Bill Richardson and Representative Gail Chasey of New Mexico received the Abolitionist of the Year Awards and the New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty was awarded the Lighting the Torch of Conscience Award, for winning repeal of the death penalty in their state. These prestigious and highly anticipated awards were great cause for celebration.
In addition, the Kentucky Dept. of Public Advocacy  was presented with NCADP’s  Outstanding Legal Service Award by Stephen Bright, President and Senior Counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights., Longtime abolition advocate, lawyer, lobbyist and author Carl Wedekind and musician Steve Earle were celebrated and honored as well. Earle, who received NCADP’s first Shining Star of Abolition Award, closed the conference with a stirring acoustic solo performance that left the crowd spellbound.
 
Annual Conference Spurs Media Coverage of Abolition Movement
Pre-and-post conference media coverage was highlighted by a national AP article about how more political conservatives are joining the abolition movement, which ran in dozens of major daily newspapers around the country and was posted on thousands of websites.
Other coverage included:
an interview with MVFHR’s Susannah Sheffer with Public News Service regarding mentally ill prisoners on death row;an overview of the conference in The Record, Kentucky’s Catholic archdiocese newspaper;a TV feature story on death row exoneree and NCADP Board member Juan Melendez’s speaking to local high school students;a Louisville Courier-Journal feature story on the interfaith healing service which concluded the conference;an article in the Louisville City Hall Examiner regarding the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, the winner of NCADP’s 2010 Outstanding Legal Service Award; andKCADP director Donald Vish’s guest editorial on Louisville television station WAVE-TV3. A blog post from the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty that has been seen all over the globe.
NCADP announced their 2011 Conference would be in Chicago, Illinois.
 
Kansas Moves Abolition!
As we noted in an Action Alert sent earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee in Kansas passed a bill to abolish the death penalty today!
The Committee had hearings last week to review the state’s death penalty law and consider abolition. NCADP staff and consultants have been working actively with our Affiliate, the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Kansas abolition coordinator Donna Schneweis says her state should rethink capital punishment, given its costs, and that other states have abolished it within the last three years, most recently New Mexico.
Texas Commission Meets, Ignores Elephant In The Room
As Abolition Times is going to press, the Texas Forensic Science Commission, which readers will recall was on track to examine the evidence in the case of likely innocent Cameron Todd Willingham when Governor Rick Perry sacked four members and derailed the investigation, is scheduled to meet today. However, rather than carry on with their work, the new chairman, a close political ally of the Governor, is focusing on internal administrative procedures. Further delay in examination of the Willingham case is expected, as Perry’s handling of the case has become a political hot potato in Texas.
Observers are criticizing the decision to hold the meeting in Harlingen, far from major city public scrutiny and making it difficult to attend in person. However, the Innocence Project is live-streaming the meeting. NCADP continues to urge you to participate in the Shouting From The Rooftops campaign by making videos, writing letters to the editor, and sharing information about the case.
Cost of Death Penalty May Undergird Conservative/Liberal Alliance On Ending Capital Punishment
A recent op-ed column in the Springfield News-Leader by local Reverend Dr. Roger Ray notes that liberals and conservatives may have several points of agreement on repealing capital punishment, particularly the cost issue.
 
Other Death Penalty Legislative Activity
Alabama’s legislature is considering a death penalty moratorium, and The Birmingham News supports the action. Oklahoma State Senator Constance Johnson has filed a measure to create a state commission on wrongful convictions – the first step in her plan to abolish capital punishment.
Capital Punishment in Indiana
Could the death penalty be on the wane in Indiana? A defense attorney in the state discusses the indications in a Fox News-Indianapolis story.
Another Posthumous Pardon Sought In South Carolina
Last year, two uncles of African American national radio talk show host Tom Joyner were posthumously pardoned in South Carolina. The state had executed them in the early 1900s for a murder they didn’t commit. Now, another posthumous effort is being made in South Carolina, this time to clear the name of a 14-year-old African American boy executed 65 years ago after he "confessed" to murder, even though there was no written record of the confession and no witnesses to the crime.
Today, we continue to see death sentences unfairly and arbitrarily imposed on people of color. Click here to listen to the Death Penalty Information Center’s new podcast on race and capital punishment for more information.
 
Thousands Comment On Flaws In Proposed California Lethal Injection Protocol
According to the ACLU of Northern California, more than 12,000 comments were submitted in response to a request for public input on California’s proposed lethal injection protocol. The state must now respond to the substantive issues raised in the comment period.
Upcoming Events of Interest
The monthly meeting of GCADP (Gainesville (Florida) Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty) will take place on Tuesday, February 2, at 6:00 p.m. at Hurley House behind St. Augustine’s Catholic Student Center, 1738 W. University Ave. For further directions or more information email mark1343@juno.com.
Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GADP) Lobby Day, February 16, 2010, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Georgia State Capitol.  Click here for details.
2010 TCADP Annual Conference "Seizing the Momentum: Building Capacity, Community, and Coalition" – February 20, 2010, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas – Co-Sponsored by the Southern Methodist University Human Rights Education Program – Conference information.
"The Voice of the Exonerated: Innocence and the Death Penalty" featuring death row exonoree Shujaa Graham and Terri Steinberg, mother of Virginia death row inmate Justin Wolfe. February 25, 2010, from 7 to 9 p.m. Shujaa will share his powerful story on being wrongfully sentenced to death and Terri will provide an overview and update on Justin’s case, in which he has a strong innocence claim. Sponsored by Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP). Epiphany Lutheran Church, 5521 Old Mill Road, Alexandria, VA 22309
Fourth World Congress Against The Death Penalty, February 24 – February 26, 2010, International Conference Center, Geneva Switzerland.
If you are having an anti-death penalty event, please email msummers@ncadp.org with the details for inclusion in this calendar.
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IN THIS ISSUE
FEATURED: NCADP Annual Conference Shows Movement to Oppose Death Penalty Grows Broader and Deeper
Annual Conference Spurs Media Coverage of Abolition Movement
Kansas Moves Abolition!
Texas Commission Meets, Ignores Elephant In The Room
Cost of Death Penalty May Undergird Conservative/Liberal Alliance On Ending Capital Punishment
Other Death Penalty Legislative Activity
Capital Punishment in Indiana
Another Posthumous Pardon Sought In South Carolina
Thousands Comment On Flaws In Proposed California Lethal Injection Protocol
Upcoming Events of Interest
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Contact us at Margaret@ncadp.org. Please join NCADP on Facebook or LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter, read more on our website, blog, or at the Huffington Post, and contribute online.
 
 
 
 
Advocating and art, some twigs of my poetree  🙂
 
A Weaver Of Life
Happy Birthday
To a student of Christ’s and Ghandi’s.
One who had a dream that someday
We’d live in the promised land and
Took us by the hand.
Yet, we won’t get there
If you don’t break your chains,
Refusing to be a pawn in their games.
We can’t turn our back to those
Unchosen, on the outside or in,
Simply ’cause they can’t afford.
We can bring them with us, if we,
Resisting, everyday, their common
Delusions, not be a link in that chain.
The chains that keep our humanities
Growth arrested, our potentials
Unexplored; our thoughts,
Feelings, and deeds flawed.
If you don’t refuse
To be the chains that bind you,
We’ll never break the chain.
The chain that murders.
The chain of delusions.
The chain of death.
 
eagle
Above…, and beyond…, they fly,
Betwixt earth and sky,
Feathers fully feeling the wind,
Reality, on high, at once message, messenger,
As betwixt the profane and sacred,
In the mundane, realism, we walk.
 
 
Injustices
Addressing, not addressing them
have costs, the former is individual,
the latter is global, as well.
 
 
ends or means
Neither do I embrace.
Rather, the struggle well run,
Which uplifts us uncrowned,
Every moment humans race!
 
Responsibility
If you don’t exercise it,
Its Siamese twin sister, freedom,
Will wither, like a muscle, as well.
 
 
YOU CAN
Talk the talk, walk the walk, and even
Be the be, but, if you don’t vote the vote,
You’ll never be livin’ in a democracy!
 
Amadou
Your living was a gift.
Your life taken shows us
All how we’re not being.
Taking our own lives,
In effect, by not doing
All we can.
You may be dead, yet,
Still, you give us insight,
That we’re not fully alive.
May your memory be
A constant reminder of
What we lose when
We fail to be;
That being everything.
(For Amadou Diallo, who was assassinated by NYPD with 41 bullets (as a message to Africans, et al), when he complied with their request "to show them id", by reaching into his back pocket for his wallet.)
 
Carry On
‘We will never stop
‘Til we get our freedom.’
The song sings, while them that kill it,
Greed driven, avarice ridden, never
Filling their enlarging hole inside, for,
They can’t be, nor hide
Their poverty or deathly stride,
Murder to die.
These murderers of life
For delusional profits and pleasures,
Why aren’t they tried?
Delusions are sweet,
Illusions sweeter.
So, what do we do?
Their choosing is losing their potential
To grow, and personal power in the
Moment so, we show the growth, and
Walk towards the dream,
We’re realizing for both.
While life, here and now, is the point
Made with art, in our hearts,
Our beings are the heart of the point.
So, it is I stand and say,
The murder stops here.
Turning our back to the convolution,
We walk, evolution’s way.
 
multumultum
As machinations of
Travailing winds,
Miraging, veil and mirror
Narcissistic nihlistic
False-ego, as self,
We evince to be!
 
C’est La Unvie
A million monarchs lie dead, though,
No less sociological programming of
Upper-middle to rich classes with
Decadence, affluence, inclusion, is.
No less societal determination of
Middle to lower, being excluded by
Division and conquering, privation.
Yet, they, on wing no more, still
flyIn our spirit’s eye, heal humanities’
Heart. While their silent cry echoes
The 33,000 species extinct each year,
A rate not seen since the last ice age
Ensued; does it move you?
Does your curiosity ask why?
Will you, on this 33rd Earth Day, allow
A tear for all life’s fallen? Consider
The losses economic apartheid incurs,
Mirrored by the divide human-centricity
Has levied? Our underlying duplicitous
Disregard for life, greed and oil fueled,
Won’t abate for our existence, will you?
( For the beautiful butterflies, et tu, mon amis, written one and a half years
before the 33rd. )
 
off the ass’s back, onto the elephant’s                            
Without their toes touching the ground, will
Be their latest trick, to astound. Chris said it,
"They want some of that destroying $, like
Cigarettes, liquor industries“; as if he never
Heard of crack?   On Traci’s show, ‘Scare
Tactics’, he says, "we do what we want!!!",
One of the most devolutionary series the
Corporate structure’s convolutions multi-
Media conspiracy has aired, aiding in the
Sociological programming of destruction,
And murder into the coin of the realm. They
Sure do!, like Reagan Nagin’s committing
Genocide against predominantly poor
African Americans for the remocrats, the
Premeditated murder of about 6000, etc.; as
“The river taking what‘s the rivers“, because
They purposely didn‘t prevent the flooding
Done by ‘Katrina’ in New Orleans- through
Not reinforcing the levees for 30 years. 
Barack has been the best person for the
Remocrats conspiracy since Ronald Reagan,
Continually insisting on bipartisanship and
How "honorable“, “patriotic", “good”, etc.,
Remocrats are, etc., as they pathologically
Lie, divide, conquer this country into the
Ground, etc.; moving to the right so much
He’s almost not a dem. He’s putting the con
Back into the convolution, devolving into
Remocrat lite, the remocrats are moving
Right to avoid him, becoming tea baggers. 
If he chose to be a tea bagger, all the rems
Would give that up and resurrect the Whig
Party. Now, does anyone want to see him in
A wig, I guess he’s not Black enough; is
Any dem? While he and MA dem leaders
Purposely lost Ted’s seat to a tea bagger, 
Dems are losing ground all the way around.
Barack insists, “I want you to believe”,
He’ll realize, “change you can believe in”,
Etc., while anyone who asks anyone to
Believe anything, ever, is a conman. 
Just what the convolution ordered, a
Machiavellian dempublican that makes
Believe he isn’t; same as it ever was-
Don’t accept his “change”, what’s left in
Your pocket after the remocrat’s vacuum-
Up economics ’sucks’ up all your dollars,
Leaving only change trickling down. A
Spending freeze is what the remocrats
Ordered, Barack delivered, and it will
Dictate the deaths of thousands of lower
Middle-class to poor. All Kings, Queens,
Divas, Goddesses, have no problem with
The remocrats slave/master paradigm, now
That they get to be the masters; don’t let
Them liquidate your assets and asses.
Little girls sexually abused by older boys,
Possessed by remocrat conspiracies ‘suck’,
Psychic terrorism, in third grade. Several
Times a week, mugging boys. A kid stabbed
To death over a pickle. Being thrown down
Flights of stairs, exactly timed anatomical
Destruction of feet, ankles, knees, legs, etc.,
To destroy potential future competition for
Sports contracts, et al. Assaults, insults,
Intimidation, routine; etc..  That’s some of
What they did in public schools before high,
40 years ago.  They insist the country goes
Down in their bipartisanship contract with
The remocrats. Genocide against non-rem
Caucasian boys with potential, to destroy
Remocrats future competition, etc..
Barack’s went to “The Families” annual
National Prayer Breakfast (of champions?),
The supposed Christian conspiracies world
Dominionism cult, “fashioned on the mafia”,
Whose rem political leaders commit adultery
There, are being investigated for fraud, as
It‘s tax-exempt status as a Church is; whose
Event set the stage for Uganda’s “kill the
Gays” bill to be rolled out? The African
American conspiracy‘s, which everyone
Knows doesn’t exist, because, Al says, "
There are no conspiracies", just like they,
“Can’t be racist or criminal”, job is to hand
The end of humanity and the evolution to
The rem conspiracy; because the remocrats,
Having destroyed their brand name, the
Country, and the global economy, almost,
Can’t get it on their own. “It’s all about the
Benjamins”, extinction of large mammals
Humanity; we can’t let them- act, now!
 
temples of doom, twins rebuilt, for future’s broom
Remocrat conspiratorial elite’s, hand, by purposely
Not preventing the attacks on 9-11, holding the gun,
The suppose Christian extremists mirrored image,
In Islam, reinvented, reprogrammed, re-manned, by
Dempublicans and their only got hope leader, who put
The con back in the corporate structure’s convolution,
Not idling, to avoid the "devil’s workshop", have re-
Fashioned the united suck of assassins global Christo-
Blitzkrieg against all life; it’s now, not only "keinder
And gentler", "not anti-Islam", gangrene and power
Magnet mild, it’s also going to run its vacuum-up
Economics on medium, for awhile, allowing a larger
"Trickle down effect", left on the ground, which,
With "volunteers", marketeers to be, will, purportedly,
"Portend the survival of "We,…" and the resurrection
Of "He", into the future, you’ll see"- not. He tried to
Put healthcare in every pot, cap emissions, will me-
Diate the crisis between "pro-life" anti-lifers and pro-
Choicers, switch "don’t ask, don’t tell" with don’t
Ask, it’s ok to say, strike down DOMA; yet, the "war
On terror", that’s unnecessary, and the destruction of
"the axis of evil" countries, that aren’t, have only gone
From the lexicon, now covert, though still "unending".
This while the growing need for real change of all,
Only possible through changing directions, from the
Remocrat conspiracies devolutionary one, based on
Destruction, murder being profit, pleasure, in a word,
Scarcity, based systems, to evolutionary, abundance,
Based ones, isn’t, individually, communally, globally;
Nor, somatic, (w)holistic, organic, conscious, green.
To begin, again, only knowing where you’ve been,
Informs where you’re at, and only then can one direct
Where they go, yet, it must begin within, self-actuate,
Turning 360 degrees around, back to the future and
The evolution- a supplanting of everything, evolving.
No Newt is good Newts’ contract on America must
Be undone, as must be pathological lying and high
Treason as politics, a trust, agreement, covenant with
Us, be reformed, as Christianity needs reformation,
Really, only then can "we,…", path find humanities
Way to undo the highway paved in militarisms wake;
Deschooling, without rote, progeny, who can realize,
Illimitable potential, practice unscorched earth policy
Of all kinds, instead, dispelling delusional constructs:
Materialism, separation, sides, use, have nots for
Haves, narcissism, nihilism, vampirism, cannibalism.
Humanities and large mammals extinction, racing
Towards us from our future, seen on the horizon,
Dictated by corporate structure, must be stopped,
First; now- you ask how? If you don’t build it, they
Won’t come, For years, from a decade before the
World Trade Center was undone, by "planes that
Flew into buildings", Ms. Rice said "they didn`t
Know could happen", as she never saw a kid play,
I warned of their doom, in twigs of poetree, et al.
As I told of the terrible two’s, the axi of supposed
Power, the remocrat and totalitarian conspiracies
Dividing and conquering the world between them,
Like two sides of a materialist coin (un)becoming
Like one another, racing towards each other, life and
Humanity, the coin between them, disappearing as
They go, decades before. Those twigs told of the
False gods, mammon, of avarice (the real religion
behind all studies), and mollock, of war; neither able
To realize their exigent supposed potential without
The other- and how each of The Twin Towers was a
Temple to one, western civilization worshipped in.
Those false gods feed, humanity, sacrificed more,
Constantly, at the altar of mammon, and life at
Mollock`s, only death’s dirge heard from supposed
Christian abominations, proclaiming "it is all done
For Jesus", forced extermination of humanity, large
Mammals; dictating their "final solution", extinction,
For all. How, addressing, not addressing injustices
Has costs, former is individual, the later is global,
As well, if you don’t stand up for yourself, exercise
Your responsibility, you lose power, also, those real
Deficits (consequence of delusional gains), in lost
Power taken from us, or abdicated willingly to the
Gov`t, individually, communally, globally, add up;
Manifesting autocratic power, which corrupts
Until it’s absolute power- that corrupts absolutely.
Yet, one can’t abdicate their responsibility, so, one
Suffers the consequences of what those false leaders
Do, and don’t. That’s why "Abhaya", fearlessness,
Is the only solution, betwixt one and reality, which,
If continually concentrated, evolves one, all- if not
You, then who, now, when, here, where, this, what?
 
infanticide, pedocide, genocide, oh my
Republican conspiracies Nazi programs:
infanticide, "suck" ing infants to death in
The crib, with their psychic terrorism;
Feeding on their souls. The destroying of
Infant’s testicles, dictating who won’t be
The uber-class, remocrats, dempublicans.
Determining an underclass; systematically
Deep sixed before they can even crawl.
Pedocide, Roman Catholic Empire, many
Hindi Sects, military, etc., systematic
Sexualizing, abusing, assaulting, raping of
Mostly boys, determining under achievers,
Criminals, institutionalized, addicts; those
Who may not stop the cycles of ill, taking
Others with them- down. Target group,
Caucasian, dictating who won’t be the
Uber-class; who won’t strive, thrive, or,
Even be alive, to avoid having their asses
And assets liquidated- loved ones undone.
Parents, your taxes, pay your kids rapists!
All genocides, I’ve struggled with all my
Life, yet, never mentioning this one, tea
Baggers were manufactured to organize on,
Caucasian. Target group, Caucasian boys,
Who are dictated to not be uber-class, by
Programs mentioned above; their undoing,
Assassinations subcontracted out to every
Other conspiracy, to silence victims and
Dictate destruction, murder as profit and
Pleasure are the coin of the realm- for, the
Largest conspiracy only grows when any
Conspirator does their bidding. Every
Remocrat aids and abets all pedociders,
Infanticiders, genociders, at minimum,
While most dempublicans do too. Many
Of these Nazi machine parts, say "they do
It for Jesus", only multiplying their
Atrocities- they’re abominations, one, all.
What shall be done, act, if not you, then
Who, now, then when, here, then where?
  
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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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